24/09/2016 (Tehran Times): TEHRAN — Peanut festival, featuring the high quality peanuts produced in Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh, northern province of Gilan, was held on Thursday, Mehr news agency reported. According to statistics, peanut is cultivated over 3,500 hectares of lands across Iran, of which 2,507 hectares are located in Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh, accounting for 71 percent of the whole country’s peanut production. The fifth peanut festival is organized to introduce the different stages of cultivating, harvesting, and processing peanuts, Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh governor said. Rahim Heidari noted that introducing best peanut producers and supporting them, developing direct interaction between the farmers and consumers, maximizing economic gain from peanut production and lifting spirits among the people are of the festival’s objectives. All the programs organized for this festival are peanut themed and are tried to cause merriment among the public, he added…
24/09/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has criticized the government for not touching politics and politicians as part of the ongoing probe in the aftermath of the July 15 failed coup attempt, including mayors who provided enormous financial support to the Gülenist network. “The cost of the coup has been passed on to academics who signed a peace declaration, to teachers registered in trade unions, to the rank and file and to the business world, but not to politics. Politics and politicians are not in any way paying the cost, although they are the most responsible for this coup [attempt],” Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), told daily Hürriyet in an interview on Sept. 23. Kılıçdaroğlu went further, arguing that no action had been taken against mayors who provided a significant amount of financial gains to the Gülenist organization. “You are dismissing civil servants, seizing the assets of businessmen, but you don’t touch [mayors]. The real perpetrators are left unpunished. This is the main problem,” he said. Kılıçdaroğlu did not name which mayors he was referring to..
24/09/2016 (Arab News – KSA): JEDDAH: The Saudis are celebrating their 86th National Day standing on a strong footing, as the Kingdom is ranked among the 20 strong economies in the world. According to the economists, the Saudi economy is estimated at SR3 trillion, including the SR1 trillion oil industry. They said the economy has certainly created different stages of development, including helping to build the Kingdom’s infrastructure, especially over the last five years when the state invested heavily in mega projects. “In 2002, the Saudi budget was the size of today’s educational budget, and that’s a huge increase,” said economist Abdullah Al-Barak. He said the Saudi economy “is no longer dependent on oil, which only represents about 40 percent of the economy, in light of the growth of the private sector, and today we have a comprehensive infrastructure that Saudi Arabia will depend on for the next 50 years.”..
24/09/2016 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Anadolu Agency will open the third exhibition of photographs featured at the Istanbul Photo Awards 2016 in the Austrian capital Vienna on Saturday. Bringing together around 40 pictures showing key events from around the world, the display will be open through Oct. 2. Saban Kizildag, the deputy chairman of Anadolu Agency’s Executive Board, and the agency’s Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya will host the opening ceremony at the Museumsquartier. At the exhibit, visitors can see the work of photographer Abd Doumany, whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen Photo of the Year by an international jury. Also on display will be the work of Sergey Ponomarev, who captured images of refugees for The New York Times that won the Single News category and later a Pulitzer Prize…
24/09/2016 (Al Arabiya News -UAE): Scenes of village panchayat (courtroom) are among my best childhood recollections. Disputing parties would gather around a group of wise, usually old, men. Cases such as theft, forgery, property and family disputes would be taken up. Disputing parties would present their cases and then the accused, the aggrieved party and the witnesses would be cross-examined. After a little bit of deliberation, some pressure tactics and open pleas, the verdict would be delivered. Of course the process would be preceded by lobbying and sometimes followed by murmurs of dissent, even contempt. But there would be general consensus and recourse in the form of appeal, with the same protocol, at a mutually agreed time and place. At the end of it all, grievances would be addressed, the guilty would be punished and the victim compensated. More importantly, there will be no spillover. There were no winners or losers. It was a classic case of collective community compromise brokered and reached within the confines of a village with no outsider getting an opportunity to intervene…
24/09/2016 (Ahram Online – Egypt): The official death toll from the capsizing of a migrant boat off the coast of Egypt on Wednesday had climbed to 165 on Saturday morning, with 52 families still looking for their missing relatives. The boat, which capsized on Wednesday, was carrying migrants of a number of nationalities to Italy. Eyewitnesses estimated the boat was carrying around 450 migrants, 300 over an estimated maximum passenger capacity of 150 people. A total of 164 people have been rescued including the four crew members of the boat, 117 Egyptian migrants and 43 foreign migrants. Authorities have recovered dozens of victims’ bodies in the boat disaster but many are still missing. There are many children and women among the victims. According to survivors’ testimonies, after the boat sank, they remained in the water for seven hours before being discovered…
16/09/2016 (Tehran Times – Iran): TEHRAN – Iran has advanced in the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita ranking in 2015, according to a report released by the World Bank in July 2016. The Islamic Republic’s rank moved a place up despite the 46 percent decrease in global oil prices in 2015, Fars news agency reported on Thursday. Iran, with $17,400 of per capita income per year, ranked 90th among the 216 countries on the list and stood among the countries with upper-middle-income.The countries included in GNI per capita report are categorized in four groups namely the high-income group, the upper-middle-income group, the lower-middle-income group, and the low-income one. The GNI per capita is the dollar value of a country’s final income in a year, divided by its population. It reflects the average income of a country’s citizens. Knowing a country’s GNI per capita is a good first step toward understanding the country’s economic strengths and needs, as well as the general standard of living enjoyed by the average citizen…
16/09/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Lebanese collector and researcher Ebu Cude sheds light on the recent history of world cinema with his rich film archive – including the posters of many classic and obscure Turkish films. Cude, who rented the garage of a building in the Lebanese capital Beirut to hold his film archive, which he also uses as his office, said it started as a hobby but turned into a mission for cinema.
Cude said Turkish films featuring the most famous actors such as Cüneyt Arkın, Türkan Şoray, Fikret Hakan and Hülya Koçyiğit had been translated into Arabic for Lebanese viewers since the 1960s. “At least 600 out of nearly 12,000 film posters in my archive belong to Turkish cinema,” he added. Lebanese viewers first met Turkish cinema with the 1964 film “Istanbul’da Aşk” (Love in Istanbul), written and directed by Turkish-origin Egyptian director Seyfeddin Şevket. After this film’s success another Turkish film “Ölüm Vadisi” (Valley of Death), starring Cüneyt Arkın and Lebanese actress and singer Sabah, were released to acclaim in the Arab world, Cude said…