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Mrs. Asma al-Assad: Syrian women’s sacrifices unlimited

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Mrs. Asma al-Assad received Monday families of female martyrs of the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the homeland.

Mrs. Asma al-Assad asserted to families of the martyrs that what Syrian women provided throughout the crisis highlights that their devotion to their families and homeland is unlimited, pointing out that joining men in defending their homes, neighborhoods and country is a prominent reason for Syria’s steadfastness.

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Mrs. al-Assad said it is not strange for Syrian women, who have brought up their children, teaching them how to love their country and to sacrifice their lives for the sake of the homeland.

For their part, families of the martyrs expressed gratitude for the attention, stressing that the homeland deserves great sacrifices, showing pride over the sacrifices of female martyrs, which indicates that the Syrian women have not only fulfilled their duties in building the society, but they also have taken up arms to defend their homeland.

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Media martyrs honored on Martyrs’ Day

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Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that Syria does not accept any interference in the presidential elections at all, being a national domestic issue.

The remarks came in a speech during a ceremony for honoring media martyrs on Tuesday, held at the Auditorium of Dar al-Baath in Damascus on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day and Arab Press Day.

Syria marks Martyrs’ Day on May 6 of every year. It is a Syrian and Lebanese national holiday commemorating the Syrian and Lebanese nationalists executed in Damascus and Beirut on May 6, 1916 by Jamal Pasha, the Ottoman wāli of Greater Syria. They were executed in both Marjeh Square in Damascus and Burj Square in Beirut.

Minister al-Zoubi added that confronting terrorism in Syria and supporting Syrian Army and all the upcoming constitutional events, including presidential elections, are national decisions, stressing that “Neither the UN Secretary-General, the U.S. President, Gulf emirs and agents nor the Turks have the right to comment or interfere in these decisions.”

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“We should go for the presidential elections with conviction and out of belief in our homeland… we should choose who can protect Syria and the unity of Army and institutions… who can combat terrorism and protects sovereignty of Syria,” he added.

He reiterated the need for all citizens to take part in the presidential elections.

Al-Zoubi said that the presidential elections are a special democratic experience in the history of Syria, adding that boycotting elections would be a political isolation not a practice.

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“All martyrs, including media martyrs, are distinguished persons with extraordinary characteristics” , Minister al-Zoubi said.

Shaaban stresses need to establish Arab media reference to preserve Arabism

Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban said that what the West called “the Arab Spring” is a bloody, sectarian and terrorist winter in which some Arabic-speaking media channels played a significant role promoting it.

In a speech during the ceremony, Shaaban said that western media has become a means for aggression against peoples, and since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the number of the journalists who have been killed has become unprecedented, with reporters seeking to convey the reality of events becoming “living martyrs”.

“We need to distinguish friends from enemies and dispose of the fake ideas planted by colonialist powers on the neutrality, democracy and objectivity of its media” she added.

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Shaaban highlighted the need to establish an Arab media reference which preserve the rank and identity of the Arab nation and adopt cutting-edge scientific and documentary methods.

She referred to the fact that “the choir of agents which were adopted by the western

20140506-151327.jpg and some Arab media has been attacking the Syrian channels, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also attacking the Russian RTV, a channel that managed to unmask the fakeness of the western story.

Shaaban said that all indications show that the West is thirsty for more blood, adding that “What we need now is conveying to the international public opinion the reality of the crimes committed against the Arabs “.

“Many in the West have begun to question their media outlets and seek trusted sources, with that we can re-identify the Arab-Israeli conflict to the public opinion.”

Al-Baath senior official: Syrian media managed to face US-Zionist scheme

Member of the Regional Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party, Dr. Khalaf al-Muftah, said that Syrians have faced a war that targeted Syrian media and journalists, adding that the Syrian media outlets have been successful in confronting the US- Zionist scheme that had tried to blackout reality and present the issue in Syria as a “confrontation between an authoritarian regime and freedom-seeker people”.

In his speech, al-Muftah said Syria was able, thanks to its army, media and leadership, to foil the scheme adding that the Syrian journalists have been side by side with the Syrian soldiers in confronting the takfiri terrorist plot hatched against the country.

“We are not only defending Syria, we are defending Arabism and true Islam,” he said, calling for establishing a resistant Arab media system to face the western media and its affiliates.

For his part, head of the Journalists Union, Elias Murad, said that the bloods of the martyrs will not go in vain as Syria will be victorious.

Relatives of the martyrs expressed their appreciation for the honoring ceremony, saying that Syria will continue eradicating terrorism and terrorists.

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SFP from SANA – 6/5/2014

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