Latest News Syria: A Syrian woman raises her voice

Shaaban: Some points in Geneva1 communique still valid, reality requires change in priorities

Montreux, Jan 23, 2014 (SANA) – Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Dr. Bouthina Shaaban, said that some points in the Geneva1 communique are still valid but reality requires a change in priorities, on top of which would be restoring peace and stopping arming the terrorist groups.

In statements to al-Mayadeen TV, Shaaban said that “If we ask any Syrian citizen, he will say that the priority is for restoring security and stop terrorism, which will never stop until the countries that are funding and arming the terrorists vow to cease such acts.”

Shaaban added that the countries that have good intentions as far as Syria is concerned agree on these priorities and the countries that have conspired against it refuse them, noting that “We hope that all sides will be convinced that the wahabi mentality endangers Syria, the region and the whole world and It is in the world’s interest to stand by Syria against this mentality and leave the future of Syria for the Syrians to determine.”

Mar 25, 2011 – Shaaban: Forming Committee to Punish Perpetrators of Daraa Events, increasing employees’ salaries


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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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  1. kruitvat says:

    Bouthina Shaaban: Goals of Terrorist Groups Meet with Israel’s Ones

    Jun 8, 2013 – DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Bouthina Shaaban, affirmed that the goals of the armed terrorist gangs meet with the goals of the Israeli entity which manage and arrange to them some of the criminal acts committed by these gangs against the Syrian people.

    “The terrorist groups’ attack on a checkpoint in al-Qunaitera is part of the premeditated scheme against Syria by its first enemy which usurps part of its lands as well as the Arab rights; mainly, Israel, the beneficiary side of what is going on,” Shaaban said in an interview with al-Mayadeen TV Channel broadcasted on Friday.

    She said the Austrian decision to pull out its forces operating within the UNFOF in the Syrian Golan reflects differences among the European countries on tackling the crisis in Syria, and the region in general.

    The Syrian senior offical added that Syria is historically and culturally very important country in the world as it is the cradle of the holy religions, asserting that what is going on in Syria is a part of the attempt to redraw the map of the region under a new title which is called ” the Arab Spring” which aims at destroying the identity, heritage and culture of the Arab countries.

    She said that there is a direct military intervention in Syria as some western counries arm, fund and send mercenaries who kill the Syrians, abduct, shed blood and behead them.

    Shaaban stressed that the Arab League (AL) is the spearhead of the war on Syria, as it pushed for this crucial situation and such amount of bloodshed, therefore it is considered as a “partner of what is taking place in Syria”.

    “Syrian people and army’s steadfastness confronted the culture of hegemony and servility which Zionism and colonialism are trying to impose on the Arab Countries,” she said.

    Shaaban pointed out that Turkey and Qatar turned over the good relations with Syria as Turkey sought to create a position for the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria while Qatar has no independent decision as it is a tool for the US.

    “Syria is going to Geneva international conference without preconditions as it knows that it will negotiate the masters of some opposition sides,” she said.

    Shaaban added that president Bashar al-Assad’s vision on the crisis was very clear since the beginning as he dealt with its internal side through the implementation of most of the reform decisions and its external side when he clarified that there is a real attack against Syria which aims at undermining it and destroying its army and identity.

    She confirmed that the “Palestinian cause is the compass of the Arab-Israeli conflict and it is also the compass of our existence as Syrians”, asserting that Syria has always supported the Palestinian cause and any other resistance movement which supports Palestine.

    H.Zain/Mazen- SANA – 8/6/2013

  2. kruitvat says:

    Shaaban: Forming Committee to Punish Perpetrators of Daraa Events,
    increasing employees’ salaries

    Mar 25, 2011

    Damascus, (SANA) – Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthina
    Shaaban said “the Regional Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party
    chaired by President Bashar al-Assad, on Thursday discussed the latest
    political developments, the public and services situation in the country.”

    The meeting dealt with the level of governmental performance and the
    efficiency of security, political and administrative institutions to provide
    the best services for citizens, ensure decent living standard and to protect
    the citizens’ freedom and dignity, she added.

    Shaaban talked in detail about the regretful events in Daraa Governorate and
    the accompanying chaos which led to destroying public facilities and
    inducing death on citizens.

    The meeting decided in the living condition field:

    – The formation of a committee to contact and listen to citizens in Daraa to
    know the reality and circumstances of the regretful events and its causes
    and to punish perpetrators besides tackling all resulted effects in a way
    that responds to the legitimate demands of citizens.

    – The increase of the employees’ salaries immediately to positively reflect
    on their living standard. – Finding the necessary funding to provide health
    insurance for the state employees.

    – Providing the needed capabilities and resources to increase job
    opportunities whether to create new jobs for unemployed youth or to appoint
    temporary employees as permanent.

    – Making comprehensive assessment of the performance of the government,
    local and administrative institutions and taking decisions regarding them
    urgently. In the political domain:

    -Laying down new and effective mechanisms to combat corruption and issuing
    the relevant legislations and establishing the necessary commissions.

    -Studying the invalidation of the emergency law as soon as possible and
    issuing legislations to guarantee the safety of the homeland and
    citizens. -Preparing a draft parties’ law in Syria for political and public

    -Issuing a new media law that meets the aspirations of citizens for more
    freedoms and transparency.

    -Amending Law No. 49 on the border areas as to facilitate the citizens’
    paperwork and eliminating causes for complaints associated with enforcing

    -Consolidating the powers of the judiciary, preventing indiscriminate
    arrests and settling the citizens’ cases as soon as possible.

    Shaaban: Demands will be heard and answered in deliberate and calm way

    On procedures to be taken regarding the Eastern region, particularly
    regarding those who have no civil registrations, Shaaban said: ” We in Syria
    don’t use the word “Kurds” since they are Syrian citizens and President
    Bashar al-Assad talked about them in various occasions.

    We don’t like to be referred to as a religious, denominational or ethnical
    identity. The demands of this segment of the Syrian society were the focus
    in the last Regional Conference held in 2005 and they are still under
    discussion, she added.

    Shabaan said:” We may not succeed in responding to these demands on the
    right time, but it doesn’t mean that they won’t be fulfilled. These demands
    will be heard and answered in a deliberate and calm way. I wish the Syrian
    people would be able to differentiate between the just demands and those who
    want to fish in troubled waters,”

    On the presence of Hezbollah groups in Daraa Governorate, she said it is
    very funny and ironic that some news agencies reported such a lie. Those who
    did it don’t know Syria’s value, potentials or position. We are a country
    that is capable of managing its own affairs. It is part of a media
    mobilizing project to give the image that something very serious is

    Shaaban said ” In a time when some sides try to exploit the Arab revolutions
    which took place in Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab countries for achieving
    certain goals which do not serve the interests of the Arab nation, we see
    that targeting Syria is very clear as it constitutes the safe sanctuary for
    the resistance, and as President Bashar al-Assad stated several times that
    we are with the resistance…It is not strange that Syria is targeted, and who
    reads today the Israeli and western newspapers in general knows how much our
    country is targeted.”

    “I mentioned this point to say that it is completely separated from the just
    demands of Daraa’s inhabitants and the Syrian people in all the provinces,
    not only in Daraa,” Shaaban added.

    Shaaban conveyed President al-Assad’s condolences to the families of the
    martyrs, stressing that Daraa is a precious part of the homeland, adding
    that the people of Daraa are inseparable part of the Syrian people.

    “Daraa was not selected for any social or economic reasons, but only for
    geographical reasons as it is located near the borders and the weapons and
    money can reach it so easily by the groups which target the security,
    stability and dignity of Syria,” Shaaban said.

    She added” It is doubtless that no Syrian citizen has an interest in
    destabilizing the security and stability of Syria, and no official has an
    interest in targeting the security and stability of the country…There is no
    dispute between the citizens and the Government on the importance of Syria’s
    dignity, security and stability, but there is a dispute between the Syrian
    people and Government and the enemies who target the security and stability
    of Syria…This doesn’t underestimate the just demands which are on the table
    of President al-Assad and the Syrian leadership, and there is no topic which
    is not allowed to be discussed”

    “Everything the Syrian citizen thinks of or wants is legitimate and it must
    be discussed, and it is the viewpoint of President al-Assad,” Shaaban said.

    “The second thing which is targeted in Syria is the wonderful coexistence in
    it…This region is targeted to become sectarian, regional and racial…Whoever
    comes to Syria recognizes this great coexistence spreading among all the
    spectrums of the Syrian people regardless of their religion or race…On this
    occasion we greet our brothers the Kurds and we congratulate them on the
    Nowruz Day which represents a civilized occasion in which all the Syrian
    people participate…All the Syrians participate in the Muslim and Christian
    occasions,” Shaaban said, indicating that this great Syrian example is also
    targeted, and we must not diminish its importance.

    Shaaban addressed those who pretend that they want freedom and dignity for
    the Arab nation saying” We saw the samples they presented in Iraq and the
    million martyrs there, and we saw the absence of security…Nobody can be more
    keen on achieving the interests of our people than us.”

    She added “President al-Assad doesn’t want the bloodshed at all, and I
    witnessed his directives on not using live bullets whatever the
    circumstances as he is keen on every citizen…This doesn’t mean that there
    are no mistakes or practices which were not unsatisfactory and not up to the
    required level…I don’t deny this thing which might happen and which could
    have happened, but we mustn’t mix the malpractice or the wrongdoing or the
    bad person and the desire and will of President al-Assad to move Syria with
    the Syrian leadership to the dignity, prosperity and security, in addition
    to achieving all the aspirations of the citizens.”

    Answering a question on when the actual implementation of the decisions will
    start, Shaaban said “The actual implementation will start today, and next
    month will witness new decisions…the date and speed are at the heart of
    these decisions.”

    On the foreign side or the armed group which smuggled weapons and money into
    Dara’a, and its political goal, Shaaban said “investigations are still
    underway… there are indications and signs of the existence of foreign
    funding, arms smuggled and given to some people, but we couldn’t talk about
    who were the sides that funded or who were the sides who prepared, we will
    present details after the end of investigations.”

    As for the number of the dead circulated by news agencies and what is the
    real number, Dr. Shaaban added “the Syrian TV gave the right number of the
    martyrs… the problem is in the media which wants to exaggerate in the
    numbers and events.”

    “Syrian TV and media have the credibility… I talked to some journalists this
    morning, some of them said that even if we tell the others about something,
    they would not believe our words, they would believe another person who
    lives in London or Paris,” Shaaban added.

    She called on all mass media to try to be credible in conveying the news and
    events. On the way of dealing with demands of Dara’a citizens who peacefully
    demonstrated, Shaaban said “Dara’a demands are of priority…. It is not a
    study, it is a decision… the decisions were adopted to deal with these
    demands… President al-Assad is very careful about their demands.”

    As for what has been described as armed gangs or instigators, Dr. Shaaban
    said “this has been named perhaps on those who carry weapons, not demands,
    but want to destabilize security and stability… when a national crisis
    occurs, there might be a provocative or not good word… I want to say that
    this naming was for those who tried to destabilize the security and
    stability of the country, not the people and families of Dara’a.

    She thanked journalists for the important role they played during the events
    of Dara’a.

    English Bulletin

  3. kruitvat says:

    A woman with a vision

    Buthaina Shabaan was born in 1953 in a small town called Am-Massoudiah, which belongs to Homs. Graduating as the top student in Homs and receiving the fourth highest score in Syria for the secondary school exam in 1971, she met the new leader of Syria, Hafez Assad, who awarded her a scholarship to complete a university degree. Even though her familly was strict, her father, an Arabic teacher, allowed her to study at Damascus University. She was the first female student to major in English, and she received another grant to continue her studies in Britain. In 1977, she earned an MA degree from Warwick University, where she also finished her PhD degreee. Her PhD dissertation was on the English poet Shelley, who is well-known for his revolutionary political and poetic visions as in his poem ‘Revolt of Islam,’ about someone who has ‘a resolution to confer the boons of political and intellectual freedom on his fellow-creatures’.

    Demonstrating a great deal of fearlesness and independence, she maried, against the will of her family, an Iraqi national whom she met during her doctoral study in Britain.

    After graduation, Shabaan taught for two years (1982-1984) in Algeria, before going back to Damascus to start a career as a professor in comparative women’s literature and a writer exposing and agitating against the hindrances of women.

    Shabaan’s high achievements in school and her membership in the Ba’ath party from an early age attracted the attention of President Hafes Assads, who invited her to do a simultaneous translation for his meeting with former US Secretary of State, Warren Minor Christopher.

    Dr. Assaad Al-Saleh is an Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the Department of Languages and Literature & Middle East Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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