December 19, 2008

Saudi News Weekly Dec 13-19, 2008

Water Water Everywhere...

There’s no place like home…

According to a recent publication, Saudi Arabia’s foreign assets could increase more than twofold to nearly $878 billion (SR3.22 trillion) at the end of 2010 because of massive fiscal surpluses spawned by a surge in its petrodollar income.
I hope that we would spend some of these “massive fiscal surpluses” to improve many areas in Jeddah still suffering huge water shortages (see picture below).

The local Human Right Commission recently commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
If this is the case, why is it that nine Indian nurses who received a favorable ruling from the Labor Court against their employer, Dr. Siddiqa Hospital in Jeddah, have not yet received their unpaid salaries and their final-exit visas?
Happy human rights everybody…

Last week was not a very happy week for many people.
· In Jeddah, police arrested a 47-year-old Saudi man shortly after he killed his 19-year-old daughter by slashing her neck with a knife. Another abuse story.
· Also in Jeddah, the Investigation and General Prosecution has moved the General Court to award capital punishment for a Yemeni accused of raping young children. How many children? 13.
· The Saudi Charitable Society Caring for Saudi Families Abroad (Awassir) announced it is studying the condition of 1,000 abandoned Saudi children abroad in 15 Asian and African countries. We don’t waste any time when we go abroad, do we!
· A group of monkeys has been wreaking havoc on Al-Ajer Intermediate School for Girls in Khamis Mushayt. I understand the monkey scare has forced panicky students and teachers to stay away from the school altogether. I don’t blame the monkeys.

Finally, and as Linda Heard said: Size 10 will never be the same again.

Life goes on….
Abdullah Al Alami

This is not a little village in Africa...
This is Al kandara, Jeddah
where volunteers fill water cans
(Pic from Arab News)

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