January 17, 2009

Saudi News Weekly (Jan 10-16, 2009)

21 days

A friend alerted me to the fact that the war on Gaza started on December 27th, after 18 months of planning (jailing Gaza after settlers are out), and leaders in Israel say it will take about a month. That puts an end to around January 27th.

Jan 27th is “Holocaust Memorial Day” in Israel and the US, meaning it really serves a powerful metaphor (in their minds) to have calculated for this. Bury their dead and pay tribute to their memory on the same day. Problem is their reasoning is a lie.
This is the time to boycott US/Israeli products. Make it a habit, not a short-term response. We should take serious steps to boycott Israel and US products in protest against the massacre of Palestinians by the Israeli holocaust in the Gaza Strip.

Life goes on...

Abdullah Al Alami

The King Abdullah Project for General Education Development will bring about dramatic changes in the Kingdom’s education system, said Naif Al-Roumi, deputy education minister for planning and development and director general of the project.

This is good news. Whatever the objective is, please remove the fanatic teachers from our schools.

Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice recently found a woman in her 20s who escaped from a group of kidnappers who took her to a rural location along the Jeddah-Makkah Expressway.

What is going on? You mean our streets are no longer safe?

Abdul Aziz Aal Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of the Kingdom, said girls as young as 10 years old can be married and that critics of the practice were doing the girls “an injustice”.
I agree with the National Human Rights Commission who condemned marriages of minor girls. These marriages are inhumane violation.

An international conference to discuss problems related to randomly issuing fatwas will be held at the headquarters of the Muslim World League (MWL) on Sunday.

The conference needs to determine the methods and terms and conditions that should govern fatwas. We should no longer allow fatwas-to-go.

The Ministry of Justice reported that the average number of monthly divorce cases in Saudi Arabia was 1,980 in 2008 against about 1,500 cases in 2007.

Please note these are monthly averages.

Cops at the Sanabil checkpoint, south of Jeddah, foiled a smuggling attempt of nearly 80 dead sheep on a truck believed to be on the way to Jeddah restaurants Saturday.

Please take extra caution when purchasing meat.

Matrook al-Faleh, an outspoken Saudi human rights advocate who was imprisoned for nearly eight months was freed on Saturday.

This is the time for national unity.

Agents at Al-Majardah checkpoint seized about 44 tiles of hashish estimated to be worth SR2 million from inside the welded part of the body of a car being towed along the Coast Highway heading for the Western Region.

This is a large quantity of hashish, I wonder who is importing!

The Israelis continue their holocaust in Gaza . Please sign this petition addressed to the UN, the Arab League and the OIC.



Jeddah will host the International Exhibition for Mineral Exploration and Development (MENA-EX 2009) on Jan. 18-20 at Hilton Hotel, under the supervision of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, and represented by the administration of mineral Resources, the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) ,Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), Austrade, Saudi Ministry of Transport, Saudi Ports Authority, Saudi Railways Organization and British CWC.

The Cultural Exchange Center in Jeddah will be starting the men's "Arabic for non-Arabs" courses (All levels) on January 24, 2009.

Call 02 663 7191 or 050 723 7822


More than 100 leaders will discuss solutions to the global financial crisis at the Competitiveness Forum to be held Jan 25-27 in Riyadh . Speakers includes:

Mahathir Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland

Shinzo Abe, former prime minister of Japan

Abdullah Ali Reza Zainal, Saudi minister of commerce

Jean Chrétien, former premiere of Canada

Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president of the Council on Competitiveness

Michael Porter Bishop from William Lawrence University

Jim Clifton, chairman of the Gallup Organization

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, professor at Haas Business School

Thomas Russo, VP of Lehman Brothers

John Thain, chairman of Merrill Lynch.

For more information:


The Lebanese American University is offering scholarship opportunities for 20 women rights activists from organizations in the Arab Gulf countries. Successful candidates will be funded by the Young Women Leadership program (YWL) to participate in two summer leadership training modules at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.
The program is offered during the first two weeks of August of every year (2009 and 2010) and is intended to advance the leadership skills of women activists in the Arab Gulf countries.

Interested candidates should check the webbsite


Submit your CV to YWL before January 31, 2009.

For more info:
Email: ywl@lau.edu.lb
Fax: +961-1-867-098

The 2009 Euromoney Conference is set to be the most important and highest profile Euromoney Saudi Arabia event scheduled for May 19-20, 2009 in Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh .

For more information

Call +44 (0) 20 7779 8770

Email ekearney@euromoneyplc.com

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