29/11/2015 (Hurriyet – Turkey): A homemade birthday present is an unlikely starting point for a groundbreaking graphic novel about a Turkish woman’s childhood. But a notebook full of stories given to a friend by Turkish artist Özge Samancı 15 years ago is the inspiration behind what has become a gripping and innovative account of life in 1980s and 1990s Turkey.“Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey,” a 200-page illustrated memoir in English, is the first book by Samancı – an İzmir native born in 1975 who has been living in the United States since 2003.Samancı said her target audience was people “who do not know about the issues in Turkey.”..
29/11/2015 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today (Sunday) confirmed that Commemoration Day is the beginning of a new era in the UAE, an era which is full of sacrifice by every precious thing for the sake of the homeland, its future, as well as enhance solidarity with its leadership in order to preserve its security, stability and interests.In his speech on the occasion of Commemoration Day, which falls on November 30every year, Sheikh Mohammed said, ”Today, we prove that for martyrs, we are loyal to their sacrifices and we are like fathers to their sons. We pledge that we will continue their march and appreciate their sacrifices forever.” He added that on Commemoration Day, the UAE people and history will mark the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for the sake of the country…
29/11/2015 (Arab News – KSA): ZAWERGOSK, Iraq: Aria is stateless. Like thousands of other children born to Syrian refugees living in Iraq, the 10-month-old girl is beginning her life in legal limbo.Some 240,000 refugees who fled the fighting in Syria now live in Iraq, where among many other hardships, they are often unable to get their children citizenship in either country.“It’s required to have a nationality,” said Azad Khalil, the girl’s father. “She doesn’t exist in any records (in Syria) because she was born here.”Syrian refugees who have children in Iraq’s Kurdistan region are entitled to apply for official birth certificates from local authorities, but many families don’t. Refugee camps are often far away from government buildings in major cities, so many children are left without the most basic documentation.Khalil said he can only apply for citizenship for his daughter if the family returns to Syria. But with the country in the fifth year of a civil war that has killed more than 250,000 people, the odds of returning home are slim. He fears that even a temporary visit to apply for citizenship would be a waste of time…
29/11/2015 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order imposing economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets on Nov. 24.According to a statement issued by the Kremlin Saturday, Putin signed the order imposing a ban on economic operations of several organizations under the jurisdiction of Turkey as well as a temporary limitation on certain goods originating from Turkey.The order also prohibits the employment of Turkish citizens by Russian employers as of Jan. 1, 2016. The prohibition will exclude employees who have already been officially hired as of Dec. 31, 2015. The sanctions include the unilateral suspension of the visa-free regime for Turkish nationals traveling to Russia starting in 2016. Russian travel agencies are also to suspend the sale to Russian citizens of products that consider visiting Turkey…
29/11/2015 (Al Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt inaugurated on Sunday the largest wind power station in the MENA region with a capacity of 200 megawatts (MW), located in Gabal Al-Zeit area, Red Sea governorate, the ministry of electricity and energy said in an e-mail statement.The project’s cost is estimated at 270 million euros (roughly $286 million), financed through two loans from German KFW development bank, European Investment Bank, and a grant from EU Commission in Egypt.The project will be able to generate an annual 800 million kilowatts/hour, the ministry said.“The new station will help save 175,000 tons of equivalent oil that would be used to generate electricity from thermal power units,” Wael Salah, the chief engineer of the project said by phone, adding that the renewable energy sector aims to make up 20 percent of Egypt’s total produced power.According to the ministry’s spokesperson Mohamed Al-Yamany, the project’s execution has taken around 30 months with the deal being signed in December 2008. He attributes the delay in implementation to the 2011 uprising and the subsequent developments…
21/11/2015 (Sabah – Turkey): Jazz Company has been the center of jazz music in Istanbul for the last six years. Located in Taksim, the heart of Istanbul, Jazz Company continues to host prominent jazz and blues musicians every Friday and Saturday. Funda Sezer & Latin Night will rock the stage today and the Uğur Güneş Band will enchant music lovers tomorrow. Next week, on Nov. 27, Nilüfer Verdi Arrangements will perform their best repertoire for Istanbulites. Well-known jazz artist İlham Gencer and one of his discoveries, İpek Dinç Yüce, will bring jazz rhythms to the Jazz Company on Nov. 28. The Jazz Company, which not only pleases the ear, but palatal delights as well, hosts weekend performances from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and continues to be the shining star of Istanbul’s jazz musicians.
21/11/2015 (Libya Herald – Libya): Officials in the Jebel Nafusa town of Jadu have called for the Tobruk-based House of Representatives and the General National Congress in Tripoli to establish a “Libya-Libya” dialogue, separate to the UN-brokered Libya Dialogue. They want them to set up a joint legislative council which would then appoint an interim government.A delegation from Jadu, headed by one of the municipal councillors, Sulaiman Gasbi, and Salem Lamri from its council of elders, met GNC president Nuri Abu Sahmain today to present their plan.According to Gasbi, he and others will now go to Tobruk to present it to HoR president Ageela Salah Gwaider…
21/11/2015 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Turkey has moved down five places, ranking 130th among 145 countries, in the “Global Gender Gap Index” released annually by the World Economic Forum, despite a slight increase in its scores. The report measures gender gap by evaluating data in four areas: economic participation and opportunity, access to education, political empowerment and health and survival. Turkey completed this year with 0.624 points, with zero points indicating complete inequality and one point signifying full equality. This score designated Turkey as among the three lowest performing countries in theEurope and Central Asia region alongside Malta (104th) and Armenia (105th). The country’s worst performance was under the economic participation and opportunity criteria, where it ranked 131st after the United Arab Emirates, Fiji and Bangladesh. Turkey scored an overall 0.459 points, below the sample average of 0.592…
21/11/2015 (Emirates 24/4 – UAE): President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has announced the adoption of the Emirates Science, Technology and Innovation Higher Policy which includes 100 national initiatives in the educational sector, health, energy, transportation, space and water. The plan foresees an investment of over Dh300 billion and includes new national policies in legislation, investment, technology, education and finance. Its goal is to build a vibrant knowledge economy in the UAE.”The UAE is working towards establishing a solid future for the coming generations away from the fluctuation of the energy prices and markets,” commented Sheikh Khalifa. “The UAE has set its course for a post oil world through investing in the development of our people in the fields of science and advanced technology.”Sheikh Khalifa added, “Creating sustainable wealth for the coming generation will depend on science, knowledge, technology and innovation….