November 15, 2008

Human Beings Are Created Equals

Greetings from the land of the Nile, where I'm attending the "Fikr 7" conference. This is probably the only thing we can be proud of today: The Arab Thought.

There's so much going on this week.

ConocoPhillips and Saudi Aramco said they would delay a proposed $10 billion oil refinery in Yanbu. In addition, TOTAL joint venture refinery in Jubail may also be delayed. However, the picture is not so dark, at least not yet.
King Abdallah will attend on Nov 15 the Group of 20 financial summit in Washington. I made some comments on the global financial situation in my interview with NPR (to be aired on Nov 15 @ noon Eastern Time)

The special UN General Assembly session on cultural and interfaith dialogue in New York was a wonderful opportunity. I hope the world was listening to what King Abdallah said: "Human beings are created equals and partners on this planet. Either they can live together in peace and harmony or they will inevitably be consumed by the flames of misunderstanding, malice and hatred.”

The AP reported that a group of women gathered to celebrate the afternoon 18 years ago when they got into cars and drove the streets of Riyadh. The AP also reports that the 47 female drivers were arrested, lost their jobs for 2 1/2 years, were banned from travel for a year and were condemned by the powerful clergy as harlots. To this day, some say they have not been promoted at work because of their protest.

Eighteen years later, and we're still the same!!

Life goes on….
Abdullah Al Alami

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