January 3rd, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Paul Antonopoulos, for FRN –
DAMASCUS, Syria – Russia’s Center of Science and Culture in Damascus for the first time since the war began in 2011 organized New Year festive events for children.
Syrian children along with children from Russia watched a live Pinocchio performance and received presents.
“Today, we are seeing the New Year in here, in Damascus, at the Russian Center, where the silence remained for seven years,” Rossotrudnichestvo’s deputy head Alexei Frolov said.
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“About 300 children with parents, our compatriots, who came to this holiday, I hope have enjoyed the performance,” he continued.
“Everyone knows the story of Pinocchio, and even children from orphanages, those who do not speak Russia, I think, they all could understand the good triumphs over the evil. The war finishes, and the peaceful life goes on,” he said, adding the Russian side had organized a charity action at an orphanage in Damascus.
This was the first such event since 2010.
Russia is often accused by US war hawks and jihadist ground sources who are then quoted by Western mainstream media as deliberately targeting Syrian civilians, including women and children, without being able to provide any evidence.
[editor’s note – this is a republish of our January 1st article which contained a misplaced and inappropriate attempt at sarcasm in the headline. In response to reader’s concerns, we have pulled that article due to an un-fixable URL title, and re-run it in good form here, today – JF ]
Joaquin Flores is Editor-in-Chief of Fort Russ News, as well as the Director of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. Educated at California State University, Los Angeles, in the field of International Relations, he previously served as Chief Negotiator and Internal Organizer in several jurisdictions for the SEIU labor union in California. Flores has twenty years experience in community, labor, and anti-war organizing. Flores has appeared regularly on Iran’s ‘PressTV’ and Russia’s ‘RT’ news to share his expert opinion and analysis on current geopolitical matters. As a Thought Leader, he has spoken publicly internationally at numerous forums, published in over 10 languages, his conceptual and ideological frameworks, approaches to branding and aesthetics have influenced others in his field.