May 21, 2010

SaudiNewsWeekly

SaudiNewsWeekly
Founded Jan 22, 2004
Published by Alami Consulting
May 21, 2010

The Communications & Information Technology Commission has blocked acontroversial Facebook page that lampoons the Islamic ban on depicting the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

I’m for free speech but not when it comes to religions or depicting The Prophets.

Education Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdullah said that women would be employed to teach boys at the public primary school level but that the Kingdom would not introduce mixed classrooms.

I’m convinced that female teachers can do a better job in teaching primary students as they can understand these children better than male teachers.

KSA and the United States signed a cooperation agreement on health affairs last Tuesday.

Is this the beginning of the end?


Saudi Arabia's telecommunications watchdog has ruled out banning the controversial messenger service from BlackBerry.

I don’t own BB, but I appreciate the move.


KSA two human rights bodies have criticized the work of Social Security, saying that many people are being forced instead to turn to their organizations for help.

Its about time somebody had discovered that 20% of Saudis live under poverty line.


Last Tuesday, the first group of Saudi women graduated in fashion design and cosmetics from Jeddah’s High Technical Institute.

Way to go girls! For all men out there don't get too excited, they will only do women.


All segments of society should join hands to fight the dangers of smoking, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Othaim, Chairman of the Tobacco and Narcotics Combat Charity Society (Kafa), said.

I wish this announcement is also placed inside our airports.


Madina Police chief Awad Al-Sarhani has said that expatriates are not responsible for the increase in crime and suggested that claims blaming foreigners are exaggerated.

This is a huge step forward in appreciating expatriates.


The Saudi government has approved 652 contracts valued at SR40 billion ($10.67 billion) during the first four months of 2010, said Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance last week.

For some reason, and after having lived through Jeddah and Riyadh flooding, I have little faith in these figures.


Prince Andrew, Duke of York, met with Saudi students at the British Council in Riyadh.

Yes, he attended an English language session on football to discuss World Cup and Olympics 2012.


The Shoura Council heard Sunday a request from member Abdul Rahman Al-Anad for women to be allowed to vote in the next municipal elections.

Finally somebody saw the light at the end of the ‘barrel”.


Life goes on….

Abdullah Al Alami


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