Source: Al-Jazeera (Qatar), Portraits of Kandahar, February 10, 2008
Burkini, Islamic Swimsuit, Sparks Row in Netherlands
"A Dutch Muslim woman was thrown out of a public swimming pool for wearing an Islamic-style swimsuit, sparking a row between pool and municipality officials, German news agency DPA reported on Wednesday.
"The woman, a convert to Islam, was wearing a "burkini" -- a combination of burqa (the garment Muslim women wear to cover the whole body) and bikini.
"She was asked to leave Hanzebad swimming pool in the eastern Netherlands city of Zwolle, some 120 kilometers from the capital Amsterdam. [...]"
Source: Al Arabiya.net (Saudi-owned, Dubai-based), February 27, 2008
Egypt Bans Human Rights Booklets Distributed In Schools
Local authorities in Upper Egypt have banned the distribution of educational booklets advocating human rights, stating that they pose a threat to state security.
The booklets were distributed to pupils in Egyptian schools as part of a U.S.-funded initiative implemented by the Arab Organization for Reform.
Source: Al-Mustaqbal, Lebanon, February 27, 2008
Lazhar Mansouri: Algerian Portrait Photographer
Traditional Door of Saudi Arabia
Spring of Culture 2008 in Bahrain
"Fayrouz [very well-known Lebanese singer] will be among a world-class line-up confirmed for the Spring of Culture 2008, scheduled to start in Bahrain next month.
"With over 30 events over five weeks, beginning on March 1 and running until the F1 weekend in early April, the festival features bigger names, more local talent and even more must-see events in its third successful year.
"For this year, Spring of Culture will feature a mix of the best in international, regional and local music, dance, theatre, visual and performing arts, poetry, literature, art and sculpture exhibitions, say organisers. [...]"
Source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain), February 25, 2008
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum foundation joins hands with Al Obeikan Publishers
Graffiti Stencil in Tehran
Persepolis: The Animated Movie by Iranian-born Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis, the animated movie by Iranian-born Marjane Satrapi won best first film and best adaptation at the French Cesars.
Persepolis was running also for the Oscar, but did not win as it had a stiff competition from the Pixar animated movie Ratatouille.
Persepolis' Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/persepolis/
'The Secret of the Grain' wins four awards at French Cesars
"La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain), a witty social drama about North African immigrant families working in a southern French port town, won four awards at the French Cesars on Friday. French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche won the Cesar for best director and original screenplay for the surprise hit, while Hafsia Herzi, 21, took the best upcoming actress award for her leading role in the film, which also took the overall best picture prize.
"The Secret of the Grain centers on a Tunisian family in the town of Sete. Kechiche repeated his 2005 winning streak for the film L'Esquive (Games of Love and Chance), which also won four Cesars.[...]"
Source: Daily Star (Lebanon) February 25, 2008