Walking on water through Turkish artist’s work in Münster

Walking on water through Turkish artist's work in Münster28/08/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): After postponing my visit to Skulptur Projekte Münster two times, last week I finally had the chance to see the current edition of the venue, which is being held in the German city of Münster. The story of the Skulpture Projekte goes back to the 1970s when American artist George Rickey placed his kinetic sculpture, “Drei rotierende Quadrate,” in Münster. At the time, there was a significant protest taking place in response to the placement of the artwork, as I learned from its history. To address this dissatisfaction and in an attempt to forge a bridge of understanding about art across public spaces, Klaus Bussmann, then- director of the Westfalisches Landesmuseum in Münster, provided a series of lectures and presentations at the museum in 1977, in what was the initial step for Skulptur Projekte Münster with the project’s founders Bussmann and Kasper König, the curator at Museum Ludwig in Cologne…




Digging of tunnels begins for Makkah metro project

28/08/2017 (Saudi Gazette – KSA): The Makkah municipality has given the go-ahead for the launching of Makkah metro when it began digging tunnels for the ambitious project in the holy city. About 120 cubic meters of concrete was poured on part of the train track parallelly along King Abdul Aziz street with a length of 3.5 km. “The pouring of the concrete signals the first step in the launching of the Makkah “B” metro which will cover a distance of 11 km in its initial stage,” Mayor Osama Albar said. The mayor said the first stage will consist of seven stations including the Jamarat terminal which is last station of the Haramain train. He said the metro will pass through Al-Malawi District and continue to the southeast area of the Grand Mosque where Al-Marwa three-way station for the trains, buses and taxis will be built…



Turkish forces neutralize 34 PKK terrorists in 7 days

Turkish forces neutralize 34 PKK terrorists in 7 days28/08/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Turkish security forces have neutralized 34 PKK terrorists in a week of operations, according to the country’s Interior Ministry on Monday. During the operations, 22 terrorists were killed, two were captured and 10 surrendered, a statement issued by the ministry said. According to the statement, more than 2,849 arrests were made in 1,094 operations between Aug. 21-28. They include the arrest of 127 suspects for aiding the PKK, 44 for alleged ties to Daesh, 400 for potential links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), and 14 who allegedly joined leftist terrorist organizations, the statement added.Also last week, security forces destroyed nine shelters used by terrorists, and 27 mines and explosives in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Diyarbakir as well as in the eastern Bingol…




Does Kissinger want ISIS to stay?

28/08/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Mashari Althaydi*): In a recently published column in the same daily, Iranian writer Amir Taheri commented on Henry Kissinger’s views regarding the West’s confrontation of ISIS and similar groups in Syria and Iraq. Kissinger’s advice is not to rush into eliminating ISIS and similar groups because this means paving way for the Iranian Khomeini republic to dominate in Syria and Iraq. This theory surprised Taheri and he voiced his opposition of Kissinger’s opinion by stating that the latter hails from an old political culture that’s based on the principle of “balance of powers” which is a remnant of the European Westphalian eras. To Taheri, eliminating ISIS does not mean not eliminating the Khomeini regime later as Khomeinism, ISIS, al-Qaeda and Taliban are all faces of one ugly truth. Taheri added that during World War II, eliminating the Nazi threat was not postponed out of fear of the USSR’s expansion, noting that the USSR was later eliminated. He thus concludes that the same must happen to confront the threat of ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq…


*Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.


Emir of Qatar wants to leave GCC

28/08/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): Iran’s former ambassador to Qatar Abdullah Suhrabi has said that Qatar wants to leave the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In an interview to the Iranian newspaper Jaam-e Jam, he said: “The information we have received from Qatar indicates that the Prince (now Emir) wanted to withdraw from the GCC since the onset of the Syrian crisis, but he had deferred the move on the advice of his counsellors”. Suhrabi also claimed that Doha has been trying to restore relations with Iran for over eight years and that early last year it reluctantly followed Saudi Arabia’s cue in calling back its ambassador from Tehran. He pointed out that when Doha took over the presidency of the GCC in 2007, it had invited former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Gulf summit, despite opposition from other member states…



Egypt returns stolen currency artefacts to Iraq, China

iraq28/08/2017 (Al Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Enany, handed over a collection of authentic coins, currencies, and bonds to Iraqi Ambassador Habib Mohamed Hadi Al-Sadr and to Chinese Ambassador Song Aiguo in a formal ceremony at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square on Sunday. The returned artefacts had been seized before they could be successfully smuggled out of the country. “The artefacts were handed over in accordance with the UNESCO agreement which Egypt joined in 1972, and in accordance with bilateral collaboration agreements which obligate Egypt to seize foreign antiquities if they are smuggled through its territories, and to show them to the relevant embassy in order to check whether they are on their heritage list in attempt to guarantee the protection of their cultural properties,” Ahmed El-Rawi, who runs the ministry’s unit which oversees antiquities inspections at ports, told Ahram Online…



Film forum raises support for Turkish cinema

Film forum raises support for Turkish cinema11/08/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): Directed by Zeynep Atakan, the Antalya Film Forum is held as part of the 54th International Antalya Film Festival that will take place between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27 this year. Nearly 200 leading experts, national and international film professionals will be hosted and support for Turkish productions will increase at the forum, which is being held for the fourth time. The forum is a project development initiative and a co-production platform to support the development of film and to increase the visibility of Turkish productions internationally by encouraging producers and directors. It will get stronger this year and its support for Turkish productions will increase. The Antalya Film Forum, which is also a communication platform in which Turkey and the global film industry can come together, will support many projects…



Archaeologists searching for ‘chamber of secrets’ in Khufu Pyramid

11/08/2017 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Archaeologists claim they could be “very close” to locating a secret cavity located within the Great Pyramid of Giza, AFP reported earlier this month. A team of scientists have been working to identify the location of a hidden chamber buried within the ancient wonder of the world, adding that the existence of the space was first detected last October using non-invasive technology to study the 4,500-year-old monument.“All the devices we put in place are designed to find where the cavity is located. We know there is one, but we’re trying to find out where,” Mehdi Tayoubi, president of France’s Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute told AFP. Researchers have turned to cutting-edge technology to locate the mysterious cavity – including 3D reconstruction, infrared thermography and a technique called muography, which records particles known as muons to create images…