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Ziad El Rahbani: a man of controversy

The son of famous Lebanese singer Fairouz, Ziad al-Rahbani is a star in his own right. A musician, pianist and composer, he is a respected but often controversial figure. Many of his songs and musicals discuss Lebanese politics and the civil war.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Yousef al Azmeh

Yousef Al-Azmeh (1883 – July 24, 1920) had the charge of Syrian Minister of war when he led a desperate and very unequal battle to defend Damascus against the French army of General Gouraud on July 24, 1920. Al-Azmeh, who was killed in the fighting, is considered today a marthyr of independence and a national hero.

Photos by Ibrahim Malla

17/04/2011 - 09:41
Winning social inclusion: Special Olympics Syria 2010

Special Olympics is a global organization established in 1968 that serves more than 3.4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. The 7th SOMENA Regional Games, held in Syria from 25th September till 3rd October 2010, saw the participation of 23 countries including Arab countries and Iran for a total of 2.500 athletes competing in 15 sports.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Welcome Sushi

Nov 22 - Syria opens the doors to Japanese cuisine culture through a lecture organized at Cham Palace Damascus by the Embassy of Japan and Japan Foundation. The event was crowded by an enthusiastic audience who also had the opportunity to taste Japanese specialties.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Wedding in Golan Heights

Jan 5 - Syrian Samar al-Khayal could join her husband Nabih Farhat living in occupied Golan Heights. The wedding, scheduled on Dec 27, 2010 and postponed to Jan 5, 2011 took place at the Kuneitra crossing point with the coordination of the International Committee of Red Cross. 

06/01/2011 - 01:47
Valentine's Day

Since a few years in Syria a new trend has taken to celebrate Valentine's Day. But what does best represent Love in collective immagination? Here is how the friends of ALMUSAWARA see Love through photos.

15/02/2011 - 14:09
Ugarit: The birthplace of the alphabet

Syria is home to thousands of archeological sites, some of which haven't yet been excavated. One of the most important is Ugarit, on the northern coast close to Latakia. Here an ancient Mesopotamian civilisation built up and went on to develop the earliest example of a letter-based alphabet.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Two Syrian dentists making American kids smile

Hazar Jaber and Hani Eid are an example of success in life and business. From Syria to the U.S. they never stopped working with creativity for their projects, for their community and for their family.

06/01/2011 - 19:06
Traditional Syrian handcrafts

A panoramic of the most popular traditional handcrafts in Syria, from wood mosaic to kilims, from blown glass to traditional clogs.

Photos by Ibrahim Malla

12/07/2011 - 17:13
Top photos 2010

Enjoy the best shot of 2010 captured by Almusawara.

05/01/2011 - 15:05