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Bouthaina Shaaban: “Capitalizing on diversity of opinions and political affiliations to serve homeland”

Damascus, (SANA-M. Ismael) – Presidential Political and Media Advisor, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban underlined the necessity of according care to the culture and science and shaping public opinion despite the circumstances triggered by the crisis in Syria.

Dr. Shaaban was speaking during al-Baath Forum for Dialogue organized by the Damascus branch of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party titled ”the Dilemma of the Syrian Intellectual amid Crisis”.

The Presidential Advisor underlined the importance of capitalizing of the diversity of viewpoints and affiliation to different political components to serve the interest of the homeland ”as difference is healthy and useful that allows for diverse opinions and analyzing problems to address shortcomings and initiate reconstruction after the crisis ends.”

Shaaban called for according great care to culture and charting cultural broad strokes to serve the homeland, and creating objective conditions that help the intellectual play his role as the Arab world is witnessing ” a terrifying cultural decline”.

Dr. Shaaban saw that the crisis, in one of its dimensions, is one of culture, intellect, knowledge and opinion, pointing out that the Gulf States have played a negative role in the Arab culture in recent decades.

The Presidential Political and Media Advisor called for laying the foundations for an Arab intellectual independence.

For his part, Dr. Khalaf al-Miftah, member of the Regional Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party underlined the importance of the forum in implementing an awareness-raising, educational intellectual plan that influences shaping public opinion.

He also said the role of the intellectual is focused on effecting change in society to face the cultures trying to return the Arab societies to the past.

Jamal al-Kadri, Secretary of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party Damascus branch said the forum is aimed at shedding light on the shortcomings and drawbacks and outlining strategies and plans for addressing them, calling for confronting the schemes targeting Syria.

Head of National Initiative for the Syrian Kurds Omar Osi pointed out that the intellectuals have failed to do what ought to be done during the crisis, indicating that some drama makers have gone against the will of the sweeping majority of the Syrian people and sought to “ride the wave” at a time when North African countries were falling to a salafi tide.

The participants focused on the importance of building a cultural project that stands up to the scheme targeting the region which seeks to get the effective Arab minds and heritage out of any future equation.

The coming phase requires building a culture of citizenship and national character, the participants pointed out, stressing that the scheme that has been concocted against the region started with the cultural invasion and the deconstruction of the cultural structures of societies.

The forum was attended by Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi, Chairman of the Journalists Union, Elias Murad, Head of the Press and Information Committee at the People’s Assembly, Fayez al-Sayegh, member of the Syrian Popular Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People, Saber Falhout, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) Director-General, Ahmad Dawa, MPs, researchers, analysts and religious and popular figures.

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Shaaban: Hacer provecho de los diferentes puntos de vista y afiliaciones políticas por el bien de la patria

Damasco-(SANA-Yamil K.-Riyad Sh.) – La Consejera Política y de Medios de Comunicación en la Presidencia, Bouthaina Shaaban subrayó la necesidad de prestar atención a la cultura y la ciencia y formular la opinión pública a pesar de las circunstancias provocadas por la crisis en Siria.

Las declaraciones de Shaaban se produjeron en un discurso pronunciado durante el Foro de Al- Baaz para el Diálogo, organizado por la filial de Al Baaz en Damasco bajo el título ”El dilema del intelectual sirio en medio de la crisis”.

La consejera de la Presidencia ha destacado la importancia de aprovechar las discrepancias en los puntos de vista y la afiliación a diferentes componentes políticos para servir a los intereses de la patria, señalando que el papel de los intelectuales radica en la formulación de la opinión publica en su país.

Asimismo Shaaban llamó a prestar más atención a la cultura y trazar rasgos culturales comprensibles a fin de servir la patria y crear condiciones objetivas que ayudan al intelectual a desempeñar su papel asignado, haciendo hincapié en que el mundo árabe presencia una decadencia cultural ”terrible”.

De igual modo, Shaaban opinó que una de las dimensiones más importantes de la crisis, es la cultural, señalando que los Estados del Golfo han jugado un papel negativo en la cultura árabe en las últimas décadas en lugar de invertir al servicio de la cultura árabe.

La Consejera Política y de Medios de Comunicación, exhortó a sentar las bases para la independencia intelectual árabe.


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