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Art & Culture: Lebanon International Theater Festival 2016 programme, from the South to Beirut

Lebanon International Theater Festival 2016 has released the programmed theater plays that will be shown at Nabatiyeh from 20 to 26 August 2016. The Festival is organized by Istanbouli Theatre and Tiro association for Arts with the support of the Municipality of Nabatiyeh, Tyre, the Ministries of Culture and Tourism of Lebanon and Regie Libanaise as well as the collaboration of the Federation of municipalities of Alshaqif . Theatre participants from Algeria, Iran, Lebanon, Argentina, Syria, Palestine, Tunisia, Lybia, Iraq, Spain and Sloveniahave gathered to offer a wide variety of theatre pieces that will give a vision of the independent theatre movement in the Middle East, North Africa, South America and Europe. The Opening of the Festival will take place on Saturday, August 20th, 6pm, at the «Stars Cinema» of Nabatiyeh with a Street carnival that will kick off in front of the Hassan Kamel Al Sabah and will go to the doors of the Stars Cinema, which is reopening after a 27 years clos…

Tenth Interfaith Dialogue for Peace concludes its work

- The 10th Interfaith Dialogue for Peace, held under the theme “the Prophet Yahya (PBUH)”, on Tuesday evening concluded its work in the Wilaya of Boujdour, Saharawi refugee camps. In a final communiqué issued at the end of the Dialogue, participants stressed the Sahrawi people right to freedom and independence. They also called the United Nations to apply the international law and decolonization of Western Sahara, stressing the need to take concrete steps in order to grant to the Saharawi people their rights of freedom and self-determination. The Dialogue is an annual conference jointly organized by the Saharawi Youth Union (UJESARIO) and the U.S. Christ the Rock Community Church, and sponsored by the Saharawi Ministry of Justice and Religious Affairs. This year’s edition was attended by scholars and imams from Algeria, Mauritania and the Saharawi Republic (SADR), in addition to priests and researchers from the United States of America.  (SPS)

Opening in Boujdour of 10th Forum for interreligious dialogue

The 10th forum for interreligious dialogue opened Sunday at Chahida Naaja center in the province of Boujdour, Sahrawi refugee camps, attended by religious leaders from Algeria, Mauritania and researchers from the United States of America.
It is also attended by the imams and scholars of the Sahrawi Republic (SADR) in the presence of members of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front and executives representing various the SADR government institutions.
Speaking at the opening of the edition of this year, the Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs, Hamada Selma, urged participants to demonstrate the values of justice called by divine books to deal with all forms of injustice.
The forum discussed the theme of the Prophet Yahya (PBUH) through several lectures by imams and Muslim scholars, researchers and Christian bishops.
The Forum has become an annual event organized by the Saharawi youth in collaboration with the American foundation Christ the Rock and sponsored by the Depart…

26th Carthage Film Festival: Six Algerian films vying for Golden Tanit

ALGIERS-Six Algerian films are vying for the Golden Tanit as part of the official competition of the 26th edition of the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), scheduled from November 21 to 28, 2015, during which 300 films from 58 countries will be screened, the Tunisian press said Tuesday.
Algerian films "Les puits" (The Well) directed by Lotfi Bouchouchi and "Madame courage" (Lady courage) of Merzak Alouache are vying for the Golden Tanit in the category of feature films, will "Babor Casanova" directed by Karim Sayad and "Lmuja" OF Omar Belkacemi are scheduled the in short films category. "Contre-pouvoirs" (counter-powers) directed by Malek Bensmail and "Rassi Fi round-point" of Hassen Ferhani in the category of documentary films.
The jury of the official competition (long and short films) is chaired by Moroccan Noureddine Sail while the documentaries category is chaired by Daniele Incalcaterra (Italy-Argentina).
This edition will …

Oman hosts Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers

Muscat, Nov. 2 (BNA): Deliberations of the 9th session of the Islamic Conference for Culture Ministers will begin here on Monday under the auspices of Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture in the presence of Dr. Abdulaziz bin Othman al-Tuwaijri, Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), ministers of culture in the Islamic world and heads of their countries' delegations. 
The Sultanate's host to the three-day conference comes as part of the program to celebrate Nizwa the Capital of Islamic Culture. It is expected that the Islamic delegations will take part in the opening ceremony of the Cultural Centre in Nizwa, the prominent project among the city's celebrations, according to Oman News Agency (ONA). 
The conference carries the theme "Towards Intermediary Developmental Culture for the Advancement of Islamic Societies". The culture ministers of the Islamic world will hold tomorrow a pane…

Notice of Life: book depicts the experience of former Western Saharan political prisoner

Shaheed Al Hafed (Saharawi refugee camps) -MAP - A cultural ceremony was held Thursday at the Saharawi Ministry headquarters on the occasion of the publication of the book “Ichaâr Bil-Hayet (Notice of Life)”, which is a living testimony documents a personal experience of the Saharawi activist Said Mutapha El Beilal in prison.
The Saharawi activist affirmed “the book is an attempt to show the reality of the Moroccan tyranny, trail and imprisonment against the Saharawi civilian on the ground of his thought, view and conviction. It also aims to call attention of the world to the flagrant human rights violations in the occupied territories and to the struggle of the Saharawi people.”
“Luckily, this book has gone out of existence in this day coinciding with the National Day of Unity and Tent as a sign of the distinct Saharawi identity,” he added, underlying “it is a culmination of year of writing, revision and review.”
Said El Beilal hoped that this new born “would meet the aspirations, moti…

José Barberán sings for Western Sahara

Malaga -MAP -Party in favor of the Saharawi People performing by the Spanish singer José Barberán Algeciras took place Friday at the Conferences Palace in Malaga, Spain.
The income of the party oriented to food supplies which will be delivered to the Saharawi Refugee Camps.


This activity is planned by the Group of Radio Linea in cooperation with the Department of Culture of Malaga.

Yahoo to launch mobile website in Arabic for Middle East

Yahoo is set to launch a mobile website in Arabic tailor-made for the Middle East in June, thus looking to exploit the region’s booming smartphone market, according to reports. Internet users in the Arab world who currently browse Yahoo are redirected to US or UK mobile sites. However, with the new localized front page, Middle East content – such as text or video based news, entertainment and sport – will be presented in Arabic as well as English and supported locally.

“Via mobile devices, our users will be able to connect to the latest news and sports … from the UAE or Egypt or Saudi, with relevant content,” Ahmed Nassef, the Vice President and Managing Director of Yahoo Middle East told reporters.

“This is going to be much more relevant to what people here are looking for,” added Mr Nassef.

The move follows the acquisition of Middle East web portal Maktoob in 2009 by Yahoo, in order to ensure more localized web content on its internet site. The purchase, which cost US$164 million, has …

African Union to review progress report of NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

African Press Agency-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is holding its 24th meeting on Saturday in Addis Abba prior to the official opening of the 16th ordinary session of the African Union.

During the summit of HSGOC, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency will present a report on the progress of the agency in the coordination of the implementation of Africa’s priority programmes and projects.

African leaders in attendance at the 24th HSDOC will be briefed on the regional projects that are being pushed for in selected sectors such as agriculture, science and technology, information and communication technologies and infrastructure.

The NEPAD/HSGOC high level sub-committee on infrastructure is led by South African President Jacob Zuma who is also attending the on-going summit here in Addis Ababa