Turkish painter offers hands-on art experience for the blind27/08/2014 (Sabah – Turkey): ISTANBUL — In 2010, Turkish artist Türel Süt created an art project “Renkleri Hissetmek” (Sense the Colors) for the blind and partially sighted people, allowing them to touch paintings through embossed panels. His project was introduced in 15 European countries, and will be turned into a museum next year in Switzerland. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the Germanybased artist criticized the practice of forbidding visitors to touch artwork in museums and galleries. His project aims to enable blind people to access art and has received very positive feedback. “Art is for everyone, not only for those who can see the world,” Süt said. The artist’s creative works were previously displayed in Germany and Switzerland. “I focused on the eyes and faces of animals in my works. I tried to express their suffering and make them heard,” he continued…



Iran, Tajikistan Ink MoU on Scientific, Cultural Cooperation

Iran, Tajikistan Ink MoU on Scientific, Cultural Cooperation27/08/2014(Fars News – Iran): TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Tajik officials signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to broaden mutual cooperation in various areas of science and culture.The agreement was signed in a meeting between the Iranian cultural attaché to Dushanbe Mohammad Hassan Sanati and Head of Tajikistan National Library Nasser Jan Salimzadeh in the Tajik capital on Wednesday.”The contents of the MoU include broadening of scientific and cultural relations, preparing the grounds for cooperation between the two countries’ scientific and cultural bodies and holding joint scientific, literary and research conferences,” the Iranian cultural attaché told reporters in Dushanbe on Wednesday.The Tajik official, for his part, pointed to the importance of the MoU, and said, “This MoU opens a new chapter in the Iran-Tajikistan relations and will further broaden mutual cooperation in the two fields.”

Hot property: Newly-launched Dubai villa projects claim sell-outs

27/08/2014 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): The slow rate of growth being witnessed in property prices and a delcine in number of real estate transactions have not deterred Dubai developers from launching new projects. In the last few weeks, two developers have announced projects in Dubailand – once touted as the leisure and entertainment district for the emirate. And these developers, in fact, have even claimed to have sold their units, put for sale, on the launch date itself. Damac Properties said the first release of houses in Akoya Oxygen, a master development in Dubailand, have been sold out and that, too, in record time…



Following truce, Gazans glimpse normal life

27/08/2014 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): For the first time in 51 days, Soha Obeid didn’t shout at her eight-year-old son Ahmed when he ran out in the street to play football with his neighbors outside his Gaza City home. “I was scared to so much as open my front door or stand on the balcony, fearing the kids would be struck by Israeli shrapnel,” Obeid, 35, told Anadolu Agency. “But I’m not scared anymore, now that this insane, vicious war is over,” she said. Normal activity had returned to the beleaguered Gaza Strip by Wednesday, the first full day of an indefinite truce that ended a devastating Israeli military offensive that claimed more than 2000 Palestinian lives since it began on July 7. As soon as the sun rose on Wednesday morning, the streets of the coastal enclave came alive with traffic, while shops reopened to receive customers – many of whom emerged from their homes, or shelters, for the first time since the onslaught began. Noha Okal, 42, rushed out to buy school supplies for her children for the upcoming academic year. “I was supposed to buy these supplies several weeks ago, but the war disrupted our lives,” Okal said…



High-level Saudi delegation visits Qatar

27/08/2014 (Al Arabya News – UAE): A high-level Saudi delegation led by Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, Intelligence Chief Khalid Bin Bandar and Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef paid a brief visit to Qatar on Wednesday.Official SPA news agency described the visit as “brotherly.” The three senior officials later went to the neighboring kingdom of Bahrain. The visit to Qatar came a month after Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani visited Saudi Arabia and held talks with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.The meeting was the first for the two Arab leaders since a major rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier this year. Qatar bankrolled the Muslim Brotherhood government of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who was overthrown by the military a year ago…