Tunisian lawmakers pass no confidence vote, firing PM

Habib Essid31/07/2016 (Ahram Online – UAE): Tunisia’s parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Habib Essid on Saturday, effectively disbanding the government of the U.S.-trained agricultural economist. The no-confidence motion was passed by 118 votes, easily crossing the country’s 109-vote threshold after a debate that stretched late into the night. Although the result was expected — Essid had faced criticism from across Tunisia’s political spectrum — the vote was a mark of the instability which has bedevilled the North African country since it kicked off a wave of pro-democracy rebellions across the Arab world in 2011. Parliament President Mohamed Ennaceur told lawmakers that Tunisia was “living through a difficult situation that demands sacrifices from all” and added that “we must now look to the future to return hope to all Tunisians.”..



58th anniversary of the death of a Turkish playwright echoes his legacy

58th anniversary of the death of a Turkish playwright echoes his legacy24/07/2016 (Sabah – Turkey): Musahipzade Celal was a playwright, considered a pioneer in the genre of indigenous musical comedy in Turkey, staging his first play in 1912. Considered one of the pioneers of Turkish theater, Celal was born as the son of Musahipzade Ali Bey and Fıtnat Ecibe Hanım on August 31, 1868 in Istanbul’s Cihangir district. Although the playwright’s full name was Mahmud Celaleddin, he assumed the same nickname “Musahipzade” along with his family, as his grandfather, composer İzzet Şakir Ağa, was one of the companions (“musahip” in Ottoman Turkish) of Sultan Selim III. He attended Firuzağa Sıbyan Elementary School before enrolling at Feyziye Junior High School and Süleymaniye Numune-i Terakki High School…



International Arab Film Festival opens in Oran

image24/07/2016 (Ennahar Online – Algeria): The opening ceremony of the ninth International Arab Film Festival of Oran FIOFA, took place Thursday evening in the presence of Minister of Culture Azzeddine Mihoubi, and a number of Arab cinema superstars, including Aymen Zidane from Syria, Dalia Mostafa from Egypt, Youcef El Khal from Lebanon and Fawzi Saichi from Algeria, according to APS. The source added that the event is distinguished by the presence of Mujaheed (national liberation war veteran) Yacef Saadi, who played in Italian Gillo Pontecorvo’s famous movie “the Battle of Algiers” (1966). Films from 14 Arab countries will compete for the Golden Lion of Oran’s festival, to run until July 27. Twelve feature-length films, 12 short films and 10 documentaries are competing in the Arab cultural event…



Dh4.4 billion mega hospital with 719 beds taking shape in UAE

24/07/2016 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) has completed 32 per cent of Al Ain Hospital, which will be handed over to Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). “The new hospital will provide integrated medical services to everyone living in Al Ain City in accordance with latest international standards and practices in the area of health facilities,” said Mohamed Al Shuweihi, Musanada’s Healthcare Acting Director.“This will help to enhance the healthcare sector in Al Ain city and the emirate of Abu Dhabi in general, while addressing the needs of the growing population of that region.”..



Erdogan to meet heads of Turkish political parties

Erdogan to meet heads of Turkish political parties24/07/2016 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited leaders of some of Turkey’s political parties to the presidential palace in Ankara to thank them for their stance against the coup attempt on July 15. The Turkish leader is also to receive their suggestions, a presidential source said on Sunday. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Turkish president sent a letter to the head of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Binali Yildirim, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahceli. “The armed coup attempt by the FETO terrorist group aiming to demolish the democratic state ruled by a constitution, fundamental rights and liberties and the Republic of Turkey was prevented by the brave resistance of our people who strongly adhered to its democracy,” read the letter…



How can there be guardianship over women in a modern Saudi Arabia?

24/07/2016 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Faisal J. Abbas*): So much has happened over the past 10 days: a terrorist attack in France on Bastille Day, a failed Turkish coup, Donald Trump officially become the Republican Party nominee and Pakistani reality star Qandeel Baloch was brutally murdered in a so-called ‘honor killing.’ As such, it may be understandable that many of us might have missed the recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report which criticized male guardianship over women in Saudi Arabia. Loosely defined, male guardianship is a practice whereby women require the consent from their husbands or male relatives to travel, work or carry out other various activities. However, unlike most of the above mentioned disasters, the good news when it comes to the male guardianship issue is that there is actually something that can be done to resolve it. I say this with confidence because I know for a fact that much of the matter is related to outdated customs and traditions…


*Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English


Four hospitals hit by air raids in Syria’s Aleppo

24/07/2016 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): Four makeshift hospitals and a local blood bank in Syria’s battered Aleppo city have been hit by air raids in the past 24 hours, a group of doctors said Sunday. The bombardment killed a two-day-old baby in the children’s hospital in a besieged eastern neighbourhood of Aleppo, said the Independent Doctor’s Association, a group of Syrian doctors that supports clinics in the city. The infant’s oxygen supply was cut after a strike on the hospital at 1:00 am (2300 GMT), the second strike on the hospital in about nine hours, according to the IDA. “The doctors could only yell for their colleagues to take cover and shield the babies,” the group said in a statement. The IDA said the four hospitals that were hit — the children’s hospital, Al-Bayan, Al-Zahraa, and Al-Daqaq — would all be going out of service “as a result of the escalating series of aerial attacks taking place against health facilities in Aleppo by Syrian and Russian warplanes.”



Zarif lauds Turkish people’s bravery in aborting coup

16/07/2016 (Tehran Times – Iran): TEHRAN – The Iranian foreign minister has praised the Turkish people for their bravery in aborting military coup in Turkey. “Turkish people’s brave defense of democracy & their elected government proves that coups have no place in our region and are doomed to fail,” Zarif wrote on his tweeter. Zarif also said he is “deeply concerned about the crisis in Turkey.” The military coup appeared to crumble in the early hours of Saturday after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets to support him. Erdogan, who had been holidaying on the southwest coast when the coup was launched by a faction in the armed forces, flew into Istanbul before dawn on Saturday and was shown on TV appearing among a crowd of supporters outside Ataturk Airport. Iran’s chief diplomat said, “Stability, democracy & safety of Turkish people are paramount. Unity & prudence are imperative.” According to Reuters, Erdogan said the coup was an “act of treason,” and those responsible would pay a heavy price…