Why Syrian refugees will thrive in Canada - The Globe and Mail

Why Syrian refugees will thrive in Canada – The Globe and Mail

The crisis in Syria is by now a metaphor for uncertainty. Humanitarian corridors, no-fly zones, arming the rebels, air strikes – none of these choices are low-risk. The result? Nothing gets done. Excerpt: They will give back. Howard Adelman, a retired York University professor, tells this story. In June, 1979, he opened his downtown Toronto…

Amid Devastation of Aleppo, Syria, Archaeological Museum Fights to Preserve Heritage

Amid Devastation of Aleppo, Syria, Archaeological Museum Fights to Preserve Heritage

Curators at Aleppo National Museum Struggle to Protect Ancient Heritage From Civil War’s Destruction Excerpt: The old city is a unique collection of ancient temples, mosques, churches, bustling souks, caravansaries, traditional homes and narrow alleyways and streets spanning an area of about 1,000 acres. Nearly 240 structures have been classified as historic buildings by the…

Surviving Cold and Conflict in Syria

“Amal”[1] fled violence in the countryside outside of Damascus with her husband, father, and five children almost two years ago. The family moved to Salamieh, a Syrian town of approximately 100,000 people 33 kilometers southeast of Hama. Salamieh is still under the control of the government armed forces, and many displaced people, mainly Sunnis from…

Aga Khan Network honors National Reconciliation Minister and Grand Mufti - Syria

Aga Khan Network honors National Reconciliation Minister and Grand Mufti – Syria

Damascus, (SANA) –  The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) honored State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar and Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun for their efforts in the national reconciliation process. The honoring ceremony took place on Sunday at the AKDN office in Damascus. State Minister Haidar said that this gesture…

Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk | ArtsIslamica

The fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods requires the enhancement of legal instruments and the use of practical tools disseminating information, raising public awareness, and preventing illegal export. Following reports of widespread damage and looting at cultural heritage sites in Syria, ICOM decided to publish the Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk…

New Interview Transcript: His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2008 Syrian TV Interview (Aleppo, Syria)

In August 2008, following the Opening Ceremony of the Aleppo and Masyaf Citadels and the Castle of Salah ad-Din, His Highness the Aga Khan gave Syrian TV a wide-ranging and important interview. The NanoWisdoms Archive is pleased to make available the interview’s transcript for all to study and reflect over at these critical times. Among…

Syrian Conflict Imperils Historical Treasures – NYTimes.com

Preservationists and archaeologists are warning that fighting in Syria’s commercial capital, Aleppo — considered the world’s oldest continuously inhabited human settlement — threatens to damage irreparably the stunning architectural and cultural legacy left by 5,000 years of civilizations. Already the massive iron doors to the city’s immense medieval Citadel have been blown up in a…

Ministry of Health, AKDN Review Enhancing Cooperation in Nursing Sector

Minister of Health Wael al-Halqi and Representatives of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on Monday discussed means of boosting bilateral cooperation in the health and nursing sectors, particularly developing human resources. The two sides reviewed steps taken to activate the nursing capacity building program, in addition to possibility of funding the program in Tartous. Minister…

Aga Khan Institution for Cultural Services Hands Model of Masyaf Citadel to General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums- SANA, Syria

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Agha Khan Institution for Cultural Services on Wednesday handed the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums a Model of Masyaf Citadel at the Cham Hall at Damascus-based National Museum. General-Director of Antiquities and Museum Bassam Jamous said that heritage belongs to the whole humanity and what has been provided by the Institution…

Health Minister, AKDN Resident Representative Discuss Cooperation – SANA, Syria

Nov 21, 2011 DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Health Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi said on Monday that the 11th five-year plan involves constructing 32 new hospitals across Syria, including one in al-Salamiya area in Hama governorate. During a meeting with resident representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Syria Mohammad Seifo, Minister al-Halqi said that…

70 Children Participate in “Students’ Creations” Exhibition in Aleppo organized by Aga Khan Cultural Services

ALEPPO, (SANA)- “Students’ Creations” exhibition opened on Saturday in the old city of Aleppo, organized by Aga Khan Cultural Services (AKCS) in cooperation with the Culture Directorate, with the participation of 70 basic education students. The exhibition, lasting for the 30th of September, displayed 70 paintings which reflected the beauty of the Syrian natural landscapes…

Syria Today | Small Loans, Big Business: Can microfinance help solve Syria’s poverty problem?

“The aim is to improve the quality of life for the majority of Syrians who are denied access to mainstream financial services,” David James, chief executive of the First Microfinance Institution-Syria (FMFI-S), the country’s largest micro-lender and part of the Aga Khan Development Network In towns and villages across the country, Syria’s small but growing…

Aga Khan Network to Boost Sustainable Development and Volunteering Conceptions – SANA, Syria

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Agha Khan Network for Development has worked in cooperation with government authorities concerned to boost the conception of sustainable development and empower local communities and spread the conception of volunteering and partnership. In a report on its activities in Syria from 2010 to April 2011, the Network pointed out that its work…