A new face in portraits

A new face in portraits30/04/2016 (Daily Sabah – Turkey): In an age of digital technology where the perfect selfie is the main priority, İlhami Yıldırım, a photographer working at Sabah newspaper, offers a breath of fresh air to the dying art of portraits with a contemporary twist. A project that began with a humble smartphone and an aim to test the boundaries of portrait-taking has since developed into a three-year project with 127 faces from various walks of life. Şüheda Aykut, the very first subject, to Bayram Öz, the very last face of Istanbul, and all the memorable stories that come between is a truly a vast collection of lives that make Istanbul the majestic and dynamic city it is. The still images combined with music is each a mini project, which took Yıldırım anywhere between three hours to seven hours to compile, results in a short story that rapidly reveals the inner beauty, pain and joy of individuals through numerous still images that resembles a short film…



Egypt condemns Aleppo attacks, express concern over humanitarian situation

Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegations leave 10 days of peace talks with few results and a follow-up meeting uncertain, but analysts and negotiators say the discussions are an important beginning. (AFP PHOTO/Mohammed Al-khatieb)30/04/2016 (Daily News – Egypt)
: The Egyptian government condemned the attack on Aleppo’s Al-Quds hospital, one of several locations within Syria that have been bombarded recently. The deteriorating political and humanitarian situation in Syria has caused the Egyptian state concern, foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement on Friday. “The current situation requires attention to the political process…and facilitating humanitarian aid to the people of Syria,” Abu Zeid stated. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reports 50 persons have now died in relation to the Syrian government’s airstrike on Al-Quds hospital in Aleppo. The international organisation had previously worked to support the hospital…



1.4 million unemployed in Algeria against 10.6 workers

image30/04/2016 (Ennahar Online – Algeria): There is a working population of 11.932 million people in Algeria, distributed among working population of 10.6 million workers and 1.337 million unemployed people, according to the figures of the National Office of Statistics, according to APS. Working population is made up of 8.66 million men and 1.934 million women, said ONS’ latest report drawn up in September 2015. Wage-earners continue to constitute the dominant form of the working population with a rate of 69.8%. The category of employers and freelancers represents 28.7% . The same source stated that the market and non-market services absorb 61.6% of the total work force, followed by construction and public works (16.8%), industry (13%) and agriculture (8.7%). In terms of legal sector, ONS’ report said that the private sector employs 58% of all the employees, but with a gender disparity as female employment is mainly concentrated in the public sector with 64.1% of the overall female employment…



The Destruction of Aleppo – Until When?

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed30/04/2016 (Asharq Al Awsat – UK by Abdulrahman Al-Rashed *): Syrian regime warplanes deliberately chose their targets; hospitals and civilian neighbourhoods in their vicinity were bombed violently and did not face resistance because residents are unable to defend themselves on the ground due to the international embargo. The regime has repeatedly carried out bombings in the last few days and has burdened rescue workers with searching for living people under the rubble of buildings that were bombed. The victims are doctors, nurses, aid workers and residents of the neighbourhoods that were bombed. Most of them are women and children who were unable to flee to the Turkish border nearby. The bombings have been going on for several days and hundreds of civilians are dying in the city which was left at the mercy of the Assad regime, its militia and Russian forces, at a time when the international community stood by and watched, despite the fact that Syria, and the city of Aleppo in particular, is supposed to be covered by the ceasefire agreement that is one of the conditions for negotiations that the United Nations sponsored!..*Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is the general manager of Al-Arabiya television..,

*Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is the general manager of Al-Arabiya television.

Opinion: The Destruction of Aleppo – Until When?


Jazz Day celebrations in Istanbul

Ayşegül and Nezih Yeşilnil30/04/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey): April 30, which was officially designated as International Jazz Day in 2013 by UNESCO in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe, will once again be celebrated in Turkey. As part of the 2016 International Jazz Day celebrations, the Ayşegül and Nezih Yeşilnil Quartet will perform at the Istanbul Zorlu Center PSM. Invited by UNESCO, the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), the couple was also on stage during the first International Jazz Day celebrations in Istanbul in April 2013. The free concert by the Yeşilnil duo, who will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., will be followed by the Ece Göksu & Neşet Ruacan Trio at 8 p.m. and Jülide Özçelik at 10 p.m. Another International Jazz Day concert will be organized at Swissôtel The Bosphorus Istanbul as part of the Ambassadors of Jazz Music are in Town concert series at Les Ambassadeurs Bar…



Egypt’s Al-Azhar calls for end of bloodshed in Aleppo

Ahmed Al-Tayeb30/04/2016 (Ahram Online – Egypt): The leading Sunni Muslim seat of learning in the world, Al-Azhar, on Saturday strongly denounced the recent “brutal” shelling of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, calling for a swift end to bloodshed in the war-torn country.It called for urgent action from the global community and rights organisations to “stop the bloodshed” and save civilians who “fell prey to armed conflicts.”The leading Islamic authority also urged swift delivery of humanitarian and medical aid to the city’s trapped residents.More than 230 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week as the government of Bashar Al-Assad has pounded rebel-held areas, with opposition forces replying in kind.Aleppo was left out of a deal to freeze fighting despite international outrage over renewed violence in the northern Syrian city…



Obama reaffirms US to deter aggression against Gulf Arabs

23/04/2016 (Jordan Times – Jordan): RIYADH — The United States will deter and confront aggression against Gulf Arab monarchies, who continue to have concerns about threats from Iran, President Barack Obama said after meeting their leaders to iron out strains in their alliance. Obama came to Saudi Arabia hoping to allay Gulf states’ fears over Iranian influence and encourage them to douse sectarian tensions in an effort to confront the threat posed by extremists like Daesh.“I reaffirmed the policy of the United States to use all elements of our power to secure our core interests in the Gulf region and to deter and confront external aggression against our allies and our partners,” the president said on Thursday after the summit with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).



Mohammed inspects Dh10bn Dubai Parks and Resorts project progress

23/04/2016 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,inspected today, the workflow of the final stages of Dubai Parks and Resort project, the largest integrated theme park destination in the Middle East.The project, that cost more than Dh10 billion, is spread across 25 million square feet of land strategically located on Sheikh Zayed Road, close to the Palm Jebel Ali, between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.Upon his arrival, Sheikh Mohammed viewed the plans and designs of what is to be a-first-of-its-kind entertainment tourist and family destination in the region.The project is set to offer luxurious facilities and is anticipated to attract visitors, artists and intellectuals from around the world…