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    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/12/26/kohails-canada.html

    Conservatives work to save C`anadian
    facing execution in Saudi Arabia

    Last Updated: Friday, December 26, 2008 | 7:05 PM ET
    he Canadian government is appealing to Saudi officials in an effort to assist Mohamed Kohail, a Montreal man whose death sentence was upheld in Saudi Arabia last month.

    In an interview with CBC News on Friday, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Deepak Obhrai said he had spoken to several senior officials about Kohail's situation during a recent trip to the Middle Eastern country.

    "We talked about the case and Canada's concern with reference to the case, and we asked them to work with us," said Obhrai, who visited Saudi Arabia from Dec. 20 to 23.

    "Saudi officials [were] very cooperative and gave us all of the access that was requested, and so we had discussions with them. But due to privacy concerns, I cannot talk much about it."

    Among the people Obhrai said he met with were Saudi Arabia's minister of justice, officials from the ministry of foreign affairs, the chairman of the human rights commission, as well as Kohail himself.

    Kohail was convicted of murder and sentenced on March 3 to a public beheading following a schoolyard brawl in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2007. A 19-year-old Syrian man, Munzer Haraki, died in the incident.

    A Saudi appeals court upheld Kohail's sentence in a verbal ruling last month.

    Kohail's younger brother, Sultan, 17, was also convicted in April of similar charges and sentenced to spend one year in prison and receive 200 lashes. However, the prosecution was not satisfied with the sentence and asked the judge to refer the case to an adult court.

    Family members maintain the two brothers are innocent, and that Mohamed did not get a fair trial. The entire case consisted of 10 court hearings totalling about 90 minutes. They say no defence witnesses were heard.

    Obhrai said that the Canadian government seeks to support the Kohail family and its lawyers in their efforts, "but ultimately, the family and the lawyers will work their way out through the Saudi justice system."

    Obhrai's visit to Saudi Arabia was the latest efforts made by the Harper government, which is yet to secure clemency for either of the Kohail brothers.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon raised the issue with his counterparts in the Saudi government two weeks ago, Obhrai said, while Canada's ambassador in Riyadh and the consulate general in Jeddah is also working on the case. He added that a diplomatic note had also been sent to the Saudi government.

    Federal Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day requested Mohamed's death sentence be overturned when he met with officials in Saudi Arabia last March.

    Obhrai praised Saudi officials for allowing him complete access to Mohamed, who he visited in jail during the trip.

    "Suffice it to say [for] somebody going through such turmoil, the stress was showing on him. But that is all I can say," he said.

    When asked if Mohamed appeared to have been mistreated in jail, Obhrai replied: "I don't have anything to say on that case."

    The Kohail family has rejected demands from the victim's family for the two brothers to confess their guilt, although recent reports suggest they may now be re-considering that position.

    Obhrai, who also met with the Kohail family during his visit, wouldn't comment on the issue Friday.

    "Ultimately, which course of action they have to take is not for the government to decide, but for the Kohails and their lawyers to decide how to pursue the case."

    The Kohail brothers are of Palestinian origin but grew up in Saudi Arabia. They moved to Montreal in 2000, became Canadian citizens in 2005, and returned to Saudi Arabia in 2006.

    In January 2007, the brothers were involved in a brawl that involved more than a dozen people.

    A group chased the Kohails and Jordanian Muhanna Ezzat after Sultan allegedly insulted a female cousin of Haraki's. Sultan has denied the accusation.

    The Kohails have said the group leaned against a waist-high fence, which toppled and pinned Haraki under it. Haraki died of internal injuries.

    Mohamed Kohail was sentenced in Saudi Arabia to a public beheading after a schoolyard brawl that led to a death. (Canadian Press

     

     

    Mohamed Kohail was sentenced in Saudi Arabia to a public beheading after a schoolyard brawl that led to a death. (Canadian Press)


    Sultan Kohail, shown in an undated photo, was 15 when he was involved in a schoolyard brawl in Saudi Arabia. (Canadian Press)


    Saudi Arabia to Boost Spending
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    RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia said Monday that it plans to ramp up government spending next year -- despite a sharp downturn in oil prices -- and incur its first budget deficit in six years to keep its economy growing.

    The kingdom, the world's largest oil exporter, said revenue next year is forecast at 410 billion riyals, or $109.31 billion, against budgeted spending of 475 billion riyals.

    The dramatic drop in estimated income, from 1.1 trillion riyals expected this year, signals that Riyadh is preparing for lower crude prices to extend into next year as a global economic downturn weighs on demand.

    [A university being built in Saudi Arabia; the government's 2009 spending push will boost public projects]Reuters

    A university being built in Saudi Arabia; the government's 2009 spending push will boost public projects.

    The government didn't say what average oil price it was using to calculate its budgetary figures.
     In Monday's statement, the finance ministry said that oil and petrochemicals represent the major
     portion of government revenues.

    U.S. benchmark crude prices will have to average $43 per barrel in 2009 to cover the budgeted revenue
     projection, said John Sfakianakis, the chief economist at SABB, HSBC Holdings PLC's Saudi affiliate.
     On Monday, crude fell $2.45 to settle at $39.91 a barrel in New York.

    Saudi Arabia, like other Arab oil-producing countries, traditionally presents conservative government budget
    estimates based on lower energy prices than the market forecasts. Throughout the oil boom of the last
     few years, such projections have helped the country amass large foreign-currency reserves,
    now estimated at around $450 billion, as well as pay down its foreign debt. The ministry said that debt
    would fall to 13.5% of gross domestic product this year, compared with 18.7% of GDP in 2007.

    Despite this comfortable position, business and investor confidence in the kingdom have dropped steadily
     this year, as oil prices have fallen and major developed economies have gone into recession.

    The Saudi stock market, the Tadawul index, has dropped around 50% since July, when U.S. benchmark
    oil prices hit their peak of around $147 per barrel.

    In December, Fitch, the ratings agency, said it forecast a 2.6% economic growth rate for the kingdom
     for 2009, down sharply from this year. The government said Monday that it expects gross domestic
     product to grow by 4.2% in 2008.

    A quarterly business-confidence survey conducted by SABB earlier this month concluded that the bes
    t hope for growth in the kingdom next year would be beefed-up government spending because businesses
     in the kingdom "are bracing for a slowdown."

    The government's budget appears to respond to that decline in sentiment. The ministry statement
    released Monday said that the kingdom would increase spending so it could enhance "economic growth,
     maintain an attractive investment environment and increase confidence." It said the budget will focus on
     infrastructure and social services, including education, municipal services and roads.

    —Margaret Coker in Abu Dhabi and Reem Shamseddine in Dubai contributed to this article.


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    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2008/12/saudi-arabia--1.html


    SAUDI ARABIA: Going to the movies for the first time in decades

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    For decades, Saudis have been deprived of the simple diversion of going to the movies. But last week, thousands of men, women and children in the conservative kingdom rushed to see a film in a movie theater for the first time in more than 30 years.

    The Saudi comedy “Mennahi" was screened for nine days beginning Dec. 9 in conference halls in the cities of Jeddah and Taif.

    The film was such a success that organizers said they had to show it eight times a day to absorb the eager crowds. One of the screenings even had to be canceled because of overcrowding in the waiting hall.

    It is still not clear whether Saudis will have another chance to go out to the movies in their own country. The morality police, which imposed the ban on movie theaters in the 1970s, has not yet declared if it will allow the revival.

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    The head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Ibrahim Gaith, said that religious authorities were "not against having cinema if it shows the good and does not violate Islamic law," according to the local press.

    Gaith, who is the second most prominent cleric in the kingdom, commented during last week's film screenings, however, that cinema was an “absolute evil.”

    Saudi Arabia follows one of the strictest interpretations of Islam. The morality police in that oil-rich nation have wide powers to enforce bans on alcohol and drug consumption and also can jail men and women for mixing in public, failing to perform their prayers or not abiding by the strict dress codes.

    It is unclear why Saudi Arabia suddenly decided to lift the ban on movie theaters, at least temporarily. But behind the movie that was screened last week was the gigantic Rotana entertainment group, controlled by one of the most influential Saudi tycoons, Prince Waleed bin Talal.

    But whatever the reason authorities changed their minds, many Saudis were thrilled for the chance to see the film, which tells the story of a naive Bedouin who gets entangled in Dubai’s stock market.

    Salman Boghas, 22, a college student who watched the film, told the English-languageSaudi Gazette:

    “What’s wrong with having cinema? People enjoy cinema when they go abroad, but here it seems we are different from the others.”

    Saudis typically watch movies on DVD at home. Some restaurants secretly show films to their customers. 

    -- Raed Rafei in Beirut

    Photos: Top, a Saudi man shows his entrance ticket to a movie, the first screened in Saudi Arabia since a ban on movie theaters was initiated in the 1970s. Bottom, a crowd gathers in the theater lobby. Photo credits: AFP / Getty Images

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    Worstness starts from little and becomes large if neglected. So, if Saudis let the cinemas show the movies even if it is not breaking the law of Islam. Further it can spoil the culture of Saudi Arabia. The Example you can see worldwide, the countries which show movies were used to show the characters in the movie wearing and behaving in a repectful manner. But now, the characters of the movies wear the dress and act in such a way that it seduces and spoils the mind and nature of every person.




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    AC-ROV to Saudi Arabia 

      21/07/2008
    Saudi Arabian marine construction company Huta Marine Works has taken delivery of an AC-ROV Underwater Inspection System. The sale represents the first export into Saudi Arabia for AC-CESS. With over 2,500 employees, Huta Marine is a specialist marine equipment owner operator, supporting a broad range of construction activities in the Persian Gulf and surrounding Middle East region.
     

    The AC-ROV has two specific inspection roles within the Huta organisation: Firstly, the unit is deployed in a health and safety capacity for dive site inspection of hazardous and confined environments, such as water intakes. The dive site is inspected and mapped prior to the dive team entering the water; with the AC-ROV monitoring the dive team when work is underway. Secondly, the vehicle enables site engineers and decision-makers to view submerged targets and work progress first hand, minimising disruption to the work site and ahead of mobilising the dive team.

     

     

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    Shoura demands explanation for ongoing water crisis
    Arab News
     

    RIYADH: Outraged by the aggravating water crisis in the Kingdom, several Shoura Council members demanded that the concerned minister and the top official of the water desalination corporation should be called to the council.

    Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen and Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Feheid Al-Shareef had appeared before the council in similar circumstances months ago. After that the water crisis eased but the situation deteriorated and even worsened with the coming of the summer season.

    The members, who described the water situation as catastrophic, made the demand while discussing a report submitted by the council’s Water and Electricity Committee on the ministry’s performance in its last meeting presided by Assistant Chairman Abdul Rahman Al-Barrak, Al-Eqtisadiah daily reported yesterday.

    Various cities, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif and Abha, have been suffering water shortages and people have been made to wait for several hours for a truck of water in front of water distribution centers. Some had to get water from the black market after paying as much as SR400 for a tanker, which normally costs SR114. Sometimes, the price goes up as high as SR800.

    There have been reports of people waiting more than 10 hours at the center to obtain a delivery truck.

    In Jeddah, Saudis are reportedly being given preference at the main distribution center. Marginalized neighborhoods in the port city can go up to 45 days without water in the main lines, while other neighborhoods receive water in the lines once or twice a week. Water lines feed into buildings’ cisterns. When those cisterns dry up, building residents must obtain water by delivery trucks until the next time the lines fill the reservoirs.

    “Immediate solutions to the water shortage should be found and implemented without being complacent with time-consuming plans and projects,” the council advised the ministry in a statement. “The minister had made a promise on the floor of the council to bring about radical solutions to the water crisis last summer. But the problem has raised its ugly head again and the ministry has not made any effective move to contain it. On the other hand, the problem has spread to more cities.”

    Shoura members stressed that it was quite logical to call the minister and the SWCC chief again to the council for an explanation as the water crisis remained unresolved despite their promises a few months ago.

    Expressing his disappointment at the dismal performance of the ministry, a member went to the extent of demanding to take away the task of solving the water crisis from the ministry and entrusting it to an emergency committee.

    “The Shoura Council has received complaints from citizens in various cities about the disappointing manner in which water officials have been handling the crisis,” he said.

    The committee in its report on the performance of the ministry urged the ministry to speed up formulating transparent regulations regarding privatization, as it did before privatizing the electricity sector. It urged the ministry to give due consideration to social issues while privatizing the water sector.

    The committee also recommended that the ministry should take necessary steps to complete the water and sewage water projects on schedule and avoid delays by removing obstacles faced by contractors.

    Several steps have been taken to alleviate the water crisis in the Kingdom. The latest is the introduction of two floating water desalination plants near Jeddah.

    Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water and accounts for 29.2 percent of the total world desalination capacity, according to a recent statement by Al-Hussayen.


    Souk Okaz festival planned for July
    Arab News
     

    TAIF: The Makkah governorate is planning to make the annual festival at Souk Okaz, a location 40 kilometers north of Taif, a major cultural attraction. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is expected to inaugurate the festival, which begins next month.

    The opening event will feature an operetta with the participation of celebrated Arab singers and artists, Al-Jazirah daily reported yesterday.

    There will also be art exhibitions, lectures and, of course, souks for shopping.

    More than 2,000 eminent Arab thinkers, writers, poets, historians and other cultural activists inside and outside the Kingdom, participated in the festival last year.

    Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, himself a renowned poet, is keen on reviving the historic glory of the Souk Okaz festival, which is associated with the development of classical Arabic poetry. He is also determined to make it a great center of tourism in the summer season.

    “This place has huge tourist potential as it is associated with the ancient souk where the poets of different tribes in the Arabian Peninsula used to compete and select the best Arabic poet,” said Taysir Al-Dabit, a local citizen.

    He added that the moderate weather in Taif is another factor that would attract both domestic and foreign tourists, particularly Arab tourists.

    Efforts are being made to make Okaz a major Arab cultural center, similar to Carthage in Tunisia and Jarash in Jordan.

    In a previous statement, Prince Khaled said the traditional Souk Okaz provides an insight into the ancient Arab culture.

    “Arabs in the past were depending on poetry, more than any other literary form, to express their emotions. Poetry is the history of Arabs,” said Prince Khaled.

    The prince heads several committees set up to make the festival a great success.


     
    Shoura demands explanation for ongoing water crisis
    Arab News
     

    RIYADH: Outraged by the aggravating water crisis in the Kingdom, several Shoura Council members demanded that the concerned minister and the top official of the water desalination corporation should be called to the council.

    Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen and Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Feheid Al-Shareef had appeared before the council in similar circumstances months ago. After that the water crisis eased but the situation deteriorated and even worsened with the coming of the summer season.

    The members, who described the water situation as catastrophic, made the demand while discussing a report submitted by the council’s Water and Electricity Committee on the ministry’s performance in its last meeting presided by Assistant Chairman Abdul Rahman Al-Barrak, Al-Eqtisadiah daily reported yesterday.

    Various cities, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif and Abha, have been suffering water shortages and people have been made to wait for several hours for a truck of water in front of water distribution centers. Some had to get water from the black market after paying as much as SR400 for a tanker, which normally costs SR114. Sometimes, the price goes up as high as SR800.

    There have been reports of people waiting more than 10 hours at the center to obtain a delivery truck.

    In Jeddah, Saudis are reportedly being given preference at the main distribution center. Marginalized neighborhoods in the port city can go up to 45 days without water in the main lines, while other neighborhoods receive water in the lines once or twice a week. Water lines feed into buildings’ cisterns. When those cisterns dry up, building residents must obtain water by delivery trucks until the next time the lines fill the reservoirs.

    “Immediate solutions to the water shortage should be found and implemented without being complacent with time-consuming plans and projects,” the council advised the ministry in a statement. “The minister had made a promise on the floor of the council to bring about radical solutions to the water crisis last summer. But the problem has raised its ugly head again and the ministry has not made any effective move to contain it. On the other hand, the problem has spread to more cities.”

    Shoura members stressed that it was quite logical to call the minister and the SWCC chief again to the council for an explanation as the water crisis remained unresolved despite their promises a few months ago.

    Expressing his disappointment at the dismal performance of the ministry, a member went to the extent of demanding to take away the task of solving the water crisis from the ministry and entrusting it to an emergency committee.

    “The Shoura Council has received complaints from citizens in various cities about the disappointing manner in which water officials have been handling the crisis,” he said.

    The committee in its report on the performance of the ministry urged the ministry to speed up formulating transparent regulations regarding privatization, as it did before privatizing the electricity sector. It urged the ministry to give due consideration to social issues while privatizing the water sector.

    The committee also recommended that the ministry should take necessary steps to complete the water and sewage water projects on schedule and avoid delays by removing obstacles faced by contractors.

    Several steps have been taken to alleviate the water crisis in the Kingdom. The latest is the introduction of two floating water desalination plants near Jeddah.

    Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water and accounts for 29.2 percent of the total world desalination capacity, according to a recent statement by Al-Hussayen.


    Jilted suitor blackmails girl
    Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News
     

    MAKKAH: Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice arrested a jilted suitor in Makkah who had embarked on a vicious program to blackmail a Saudi girl.

    The man, who is of an Arab nationality, was incensed after the girl’s family turned down his marriage proposal and began harassing her.

    The girl’s family told Arab News that the man would ring and swear at her, and threaten to follow her to school.

    He also threatened to throw acid on her if she did not sleep with him and would ask her to let him into the family home when her parents were out.

    Scared by the man’s advances and threats, the family filed a complaint with the commission’s office in Al-Mansour district of the city. Commission members asked the girl to arrange a meeting with the man in Al-Hafayer district.

    The man was then arrested while attempting to drive off with the girl inside the car.

    Following his arrest, commission members handed him to police for further questioning.

    Meanwhile, Makkah police recently found a bag full of over 500 poisonous snakes and another bag full of passports in Al-Sharaie residential district.

    Police say there would have been a huge problem had the snakes escaped. Police moved the bag from the location and are currently investigating how the snakes got there.


    Girl falls into a coma after abuse by father
    Hayat Al-Ghamdi | Arab News
     

    ABHA: A 17-year-old Saudi girl, who was tortured by her father in Khamis Mushayt, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a local hospital after remaining in a coma for three days.

    Following calls from hospital staff, Abha police and officials from the local Ministry of Social Affairs began investigating the case. The girl has since come out of the coma and her health condition is said to have stabilized.

    A hospital source told Arab News that the police and the Ministry of Social Affairs failed to quickly respond to a hospital request on Monday asking them to investigate the issue, and that officials from the two bodies began investigations two days later. The girl had slipped into a coma on Saturday.

    Arab News met the girl, who has become epileptic on account of the abuse, along with her mother at the hospital. The woman, who was separated from the girl’s father 10 years ago, came to the hospital after hearing that the girl had been admitted there. During the interview, the girl repeatedly said she does not love her father.

    “It happened after I returned from school. I was standing in the kitchen when my dad came and began beating me up. He then tried to strangle me with his hands and a rope,” she said.

    “He tied me to a window and left me there for 15 minutes; my stepmother came and untied me. Later he came back and beat me up again. I then fainted and woke up in hospital,” she added.

    She said that this was not the first time she had been assaulted and that both her father and stepmother used to physically abuse her. She added that her stepmother broke her arm two months ago by throwing a large plate at her.

    The hospital source told Arab News that, as a result of the abuse, the girl might remain epileptic for the rest of her life. The source added that a medical examination revealed that she had suffered an injury to the right side of her head.

    The source said that the girl is in a terrible condition and that there is evidence suggesting the father is an alcoholic and drug addict.


    Quiz contest for school students
    Arab News
     

    JEDDAH: Indian Islahi Center in Jeddah is holding an online educational quiz contest for all Class VIII to XII students in the Kingdom as part of its silver jubilee celebrations.

    The winner of the first place in the contest will receive a laptop computer while the second place winner will get a digital camera and third place winner a mobile phone, the organizers said.

    “The answers submitted online will be evaluated and 20 toppers selected for an extempore contest. Ten of the twenty will be short-listed for a third contest on July 4 in front of an audience,” they said. The last date for submitting the result of the online contest is June 30. The quiz may be accessed online at www.islahicentrejeddah.com.

    “A participant can submit only one set of answers. If more than one set of answers are submitted, all the entries will be considered invalid. However, if it is convinced that multiple entries were due to some technical error (e.g. pressing the “submit” button twice by mistake), the first entry will be considered as the genuine one,” organizers said.

    A participant after submitting the entry may confirm the receipt, by calling Tel. 6571566, the next day after 7 p.m. If for some reason it is found out that the entry is not received, he/she may seek the advice of the organizers in this regard. For more information, contact 0506602639, 0503639918 or 0503351478




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    Terrorist groups destabilizing Saudi Arabia
    Samir Al-Saadi | Arab News
     

    RIYADH/JEDDAH: During the last six months, Saudi security forces have arrested 701 militants for allegedly plotting to carry out terrorist attacks on oil facilities and other vital installations across the Kingdom, the Interior Ministry announced yesterday.

    “Some of the arrested suspects were planning to stage terrorist attacks on oil fields and installations,” Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the ministry told Arab News.

    He said the militants — Saudis and foreigners — were trying to regroup and strengthen the Al-Qaeda terror network in Saudi Arabia.

    “The exact involvement of these new detainees, who were apprehended during the last six to eight months is not immediately known,” the spokesman said.

    “However, the five terror groups mentioned in the statement are not linked to one another.”

    He added: “Of the total 701 arrested, 520 are still in detention while the remaining 181 have been released as there was no evidence to prove their connection with terrorist groups.”

    The large-scale security sweep has been carried out over the past few months in various parts of the Kingdom and police have confiscated weapons, ammunition, sophisticated electronic equipment and money from the militants.

    In one instance, Al-Turki said a cell controlled by African immigrants was broken up in the oil-rich Eastern Province. The Africans were attempting to influence employees in oil installations to secure jobs. Without giving details, he said the cell had also begun planning an attack on “an oil site and a security target with car bombs.”

    Al-Turki said many of the arrested militants, who have been publicizing and promoting Al-Qaeda ideology, had links with foreign organizations.

    “These militants have also been recruiting innocent Saudis and foreigners into terror cells operating in the region,” he added. “These terrorists were using Haj as a means of bringing more foreign Al-Qaeda cadres into the Kingdom.”

    However, he said, no new regulations are going to be introduced with regard to Haj and Umrah visas.

    Al-Turki refused to give a breakdown of the number of Saudis and foreigners arrested, saying he did not want to name any country or nationality. He said that some had been busy raising funds for terrorist operations and that this fundraising needed to be investigated further. He declined to specify where the detainees were being held.

    When asked why the announcement was made, Al-Turki answered that it was in the context of normal ministry security briefings. He said the militants wanted to destabilize the Kingdom.

    The militants were trying every conceivable means to collect money for terrorist operations inside and outside the Kingdom, he said, adding: “They used Saudis’ religious sentiments to influence them and recruit them as suicide bombers.”

    Al-Turki said Al-Qaeda leaders abroad were recruiting Asian and African militants to carry out operations inside the Kingdom, adding that they were targeting mainly economic installations.

    Explaining the mode of collecting funds for terrorism by militants, he said they stole money meant for charitable activities by using donation boxes that appeared to be affiliated to a charity but in fact were not.

    One of those arrested was carrying a recorded message of Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman Al-Zawahri on the memory card of a cell phone. “The bearer of this message is one of our trusted brothers; therefore, please give him your donations to help hundreds of families of captives and martyrs in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the message said.

    Al-Turki said the arrested militants included members of a cell in Yanbu that was promoting their takfiri (branding opponents as infidels) ideology and collecting funds for terrorist activities. They had forged coupons for sacrificial animals that are sold to pilgrims.

    About the arrest of another group of militants recently, he said: “There was a 22-member cell which formed a special team to assassinate Islamic scholars and security officers.” The assassination move came after imams and khateebs across the country joined the fight against terrorism and extremism.

    Police arrested 112 suspects for coordinating with foreign parties to facilitate the travel of militants to disturbed regions, Al-Turki said, in a reference to those that convince Saudis to travel to Iraq in order to fight alongside insurgents.

    Al-Turki said the arrested financiers included Saudis as well as expatriates, adding that they had provided financial support to Al-Qaeda militants in the Kingdom and abroad.

    Speaking about the media cell in Madinah that promoted deviant ideologies and thoughts, he said the cell had provided every encouragement to commit crimes. The media cell published a news bulletin called Echo of Iraq and facilitated the travel of militants to the war-torn country.

    The spokesman cautioned Saudis and expatriates about terrorist groups that try to destabilize the Kingdom and urged them to lend their support to flushing the terrorists from the country. “Security forces will not allow anybody to interfere with the Kingdom’s security,” he added.

    Last March, the ministry announced the arrest of 28 militants, who were involved in rebuilding Al-Qaeda network in Saudi Arabia to launch another campaign of terror across the country. Prior to that, police arrested 28 militants for allegedly planning to attack sites outside Makkah and Madinah during the Haj season.

    — With input by Ghazanfar Ali Khan &
    P.K. Abdul Ghafour




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    World Bank backs king’s oil-for-poor initiative
    P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News
     

    JEDDAH: World Bank President Robert Zoellick has backed Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s energy-for-the poor initiative and said the bank would work with Saudi Arabia to support the $1 billion program.

    “We will work with the Saudi government to explore how best to support the initiative announced by King Abdullah to address the energy needs of the world’s poorest countries,” said Zoellick. “The combination of high fuel and energy costs is having a devastating impact on the poor, putting a huge burden on the one billion people who live on less than $1 a day and many of whom spend two-thirds of their income on food for their families and on energy and transport.”

    King Abdullah announced the initiative while opening a meeting of oil producers and consumers at Jeddah Hilton on Sunday. He called on the Saudi Fund for Development to allocate $500 million in loans for the energy needs of developing countries.

    “World Bank research suggests that high energy prices will result in economic growth in about 40 developing countries being between three and 10 percent lower than it would have been otherwise — affecting millions of people,” Zoellick said stressing the significance of the king’s initiative.

    In his keynote speech at the energy summit, King Abdullah said: “I call for launching an ‘Energy-for-the-Poor’ initiative. Its aim will be to enable developing countries to confront the increasing costs of energy, and I call on the World Bank to organize a meeting as soon as possible for donor countries and regional and international financial institutions to discuss and activate this initiative.”

    Suleiman Al-Harbash, secretary-general of the OPEC Fund for International Development, said King Abdullah’s directive to the Ministerial Council of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to commit $1 billion to the initiative would help more than 100 countries to carry out new energy projects.

    He said an extraordinary meeting of OPEC’s ministerial council would be convened to approve the initiative.

    “Once the $1 billion initiative is approved, the amount will be given to projects related to energy production in poor countries such as setting up power plants and building dams to generate electricity,” Al-Harbash said, adding that the beneficiaries would include African, Asian and Latin American countries.

    “We have received applications for loans from several countries and we finance projects in association with other international funds such as World Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Fund for Development, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and Arab African Fund,” he explained.

    Ever since its establishment in 1976, the OPEC Fund has provided $9 billion in loans to finance development projects in more than 100 countries, he said, adding that about 20 percent of the amount was allocated for energy projects. Saudi Arabia is the largest contributor to the fund with a stake of 35 percent.


    Riyadh governor arrives in Sweden
    Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News
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    Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman is received by a senior Swedish official on arrival in Stockholm on Wednesday. (SPA)

    STOCKHOLM/RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Salman arrived here yesterday on a four-day official visit. He was received at the airport by Per Unckel, county governor of Stockholm, and other senior Swedish and Saudi officials including Saudi Ambassador Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Jadie.

    Prince Salman is accompanied by a high-level delegation including Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Prince Turki bin Salman, Prince Naif bin Salman, Prince Bandar bin Salman and Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, mayor of Riyadh.

    “Prince Salman’s visit will boost links between Riyadh and Stockholm further,” said Gufran Al-Nadaf, a spokeswoman of Swedish Foreign Ministry, while speaking to Arab News from Stockholm yesterday. Prince Salman is scheduled to meet with King Carol Gustaf XVI, Prime Minister Frederick Reinfeldt and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

    “(The visit) will contribute to further cementing bilateral relations in the political, trade and economic domains,” said Swedish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Jan Thesleff.

    According to reports, the designs for a Saudi-funded landmark mosque in the Swedish city of Gothenburg have received the final go-ahead. The new mosque, to be built in the Hisingen area of the city, would include a 25-meter minaret. The mosque is scheduled for completion in 2009. Saudi Arabia is contributing SR27 million (44 million Swedish kronor) for the mosque, estimated to cost SR31 million (50 million kronor).

    In recent years, Riyadh and Stockholm have forged closer ties with balance of trade in favor of Sweden.

    — With input from agencies




    WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY
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    About Us

    Women in Technology (WIT) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region is funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State, managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) West Coast Center and implemented in collaboration with local partners in nine countries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen. Since its launch in 2005, WIT has trained over 4,500 women and built the capacity of more than 50 local women’s organizations in the Middle East.

     

    Our Mission

    Women in Technology (WIT) strives to empower women and expand their participation in the workforce and civil society by providing partner organizations, and the women they serve, with cutting-edge curricula and training in business planning, professional development and information technology.

    Our goals are: 
    • To provide substantial capacity building to partner organizations to expand their reach, sustainability and ability to serve women.
    • To create a strong base of women with vital IT and professional development skills, allowing them to gain access to new careers and training opportunities.
    • To empower WIT participants to play an integral role in shaping their country’s future.

    What We Do

    The WIT MENA program takes a two-fold approach to empowering women and expanding their participation in the workforce through specially tailored training activities that build the capacity of both partner organizations and the women they serve. 

    Activities for WIT Partner Organizations

    Activities for WIT Participants

    WIT works with local partner organizations to target a wide-range of women, including recent high school graduates, housewives, mid-career professionals, or university students interested in gaining practical professional skills to increase their competitiveness in the job market. 

    WIT partner organizations are selected to be geographically diverse and include Chambers of Commerce, NGOs, women’s associations, universities and colleges


    Since its launch in 2005, WIT has trained over 1,500 women and built the capacity of 26 local women’s organizations in the Middle East.  Learn more about WIT partners and the countries where WIT is implemented by clicking the dots on the map or choosing from the list of organizations below.

    WIT has trained over 1,500 women and built the capacity of 26 local women’s organizations in the Middle East.

    Bahrain
    • Bahrain Women’s Union
    • Hamad Town Women Society
    • Fatat Al Reef Society
    • Al Riffa Cultural Charity Society 

    Iraq

    Jordan
    • Shabakat Al Ordon (NetCorps Jordan)
    • Family Guidance and Awareness Center, Housewives Society/Zarqa
    • Princess Basma Center for Development/Mafraq - The Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)
    • Mlieh Development Center -The Hashemite Fund for Development (JOHUD ) /Mlieh-Madaba
    • Jordan Forum for Business & Professional Women, Al-Taj Center 

    Lebanon
    Morocco
    • Tanmia
    • Entraide Nationale
    • Association Jeunesse Sans Frontieres (AJSF)
    • Association des Gestionnaires et Formateurs en Ressources Humaines (AGEF)
    • L'Association UNIE pour l'Encadrement des Enfants & des Jeunes (ASUEEJ)
    Oman

    Saudi Arabia
    United Arab Emirates
    • General Women’s Union (GWU)
    • Western Region Development Council
    • Bayaat Al Rudwan School for Basic Education
    • Qatr Al Nada High School
    • Al Zaytoona School
    • Women and Society Center
    Yemen
    • SOUL
    • Al Takaful for Solidarity and Social Care
    • Social Development Association
    • Khadija-As Handicapped Training Center
    • The Abi Mousa Al-Asha’ri Charity Association
    hank you for your enthusiastic response to the first issue of WIT CONNECTIONS. In this edition, we will share with you news about the launch of WIT in three countries, an "Outstanding Partner" Award to WIT from Microsoft, the inaugural meeting of a women's Professional Development Network in Saudi Arabia, our collaboration with the Western Region Development Council in UAE and a report on our recent Global Team Meeting held in San Francisco to kick-start the next phase of WIT. Don't miss the Empowered Woman of the Quarter section, featuring the inspiring story of Huda Yahya, a physically-disabled participant from Yemen who is now helping others like herself to achieve their dreams.

    We would like to express our gratitude to the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State and Microsoft Corporation, for their generous support of WIT since 2005. MEPI recently supplemented WIT's funding to include new training opportunities for women in the MENA region in entrepreneurship and blogging!

    Best wishes,


    Heather Ramsey, Program Director
    Women in Technology, IIE
    San Francisco



    WIT recognized as 'Outstanding Partner' by Microsoft

    At Microsoft's recently concluded Legal and Corporate Affairs Summit, Microsoft awarded Women in Technology (WIT) an Outstanding Partner Award in the Middle East and Africa. "WIT" won theAward for its innovative partnership approach to empower women and expand their participation in the workforce by providing a number of local partner organizations, and the women they serve, with Microsoft Unlimited Potential, business planning, and professional development skills training in partnership with Microsoft Community Affairs and Middle East Partnership Initiative of the US Department of State," Microsoft Gulf's e-newsletter said.

    WIT Global Team Meeting focuses on Expansion

    WIT's impact in the Middle East and North Africa has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in one country in 2005. Hundreds of WIT participants have obtained employment and internships in local companies, academic institutions and government ministries. WIT participants have formed Professional Development Networks, which organize events relevant to their members and women in their communities such as breast cancer awareness drives, talks by guest speakers, job fairs, etc. The Networks regularly publish electronic newsletters covering topics ranging from job interview skills to book reviews. WIT participants are involved in civil society building initiatives and many have started mentoring other women and girls in their communities. Some partner organizations have used the Business Planning for Sustainability Training they received through WIT to expand their centers to new locations and more and more partner organizations are moving towards operating WIT training centers on a cost recovery model. WIT will reach more than 10,000 women and expand to include over 70 partner organizations by 2010.

    WIT Launched in Lebanon

    WIT continued its expansion with the launch of the WIT Lebanon program earlier this year. With five partner organizations from different areas of the country, WIT Lebanon has been thriving. In April, the Technology and Education Exhibition which was held in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tripoli proved to be the perfect opportunity to showcase the new WIT Lebanon program.

    Local WIT partner organization IT-Lebanon and lead partner Women in Information Technology came together and collaborated with Microsoft to debut the WIT program and celebrate the official start of classes in Tripoli. To date WIT Lebanon has already trained over 120 women in four partner organizations.

    Saudi Arabia launches a Professional Development Network

    In April, WIT Saudi Arabia launched its first Professional Development Network (PDN) at the Learning and Technology Symposium held at Effat College in Jeddah. The Learning and Technology Symposium was inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Queen Rania of Jordan, Prince Khaled Al Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, Princess Loulouh Al-Faisal, the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and General Supervisor of Effat College, and Karin Eisele, the Executive Director of IIE West Coast Center. Almost 100 women, including Unlimited Potential and Professional Development administrators, trainers and WIT students past and present, attended the launch event, which took place at the Hilton Hotel in Jeddah.

    WIT kick-starts activities in Morocco

    WIT Morocco was officially launched in Rabat on July 9, 2008. The event was marked by a launch ceremony organised in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, Family and Solidarity, which was represented by the Minister, Ms. Nouzka Skalli, herself.

    Several members of the media and journalists as well as representatives of international organisations, Moroccan NGO's and associations attended the launch event. WIT Morocco will be implemented in collaboration with five local partners in the North, Central and Southern regions of Morocco (Oujda, Azrou, Rabat and Marrakech). Partners were strategically chosen to reach both urban and rural populations of women in these areas. WIT Morocco will train more than 500 women by July 2009.

    UAE's Western Region Development Council Partners with WIT to expand the program in the Abu Dhabi Emirate

    The Western Region Development Council (WRDC) recently announced its plans to fund four new, permanent WIT training centers in Madinat Zayed, Al Marfa, Ghayathi and Al Selaa.

    The decision to fund these new training centers, specifically devoted to the WIT program, came as a direct result of the project's success in the region. Since the second phase of classes began in February 2008 at just two sites (Madinat Zayed and Al Marfa), the program has trained 225 women. Based on this initial success the WRDC expanded WIT to two more sites in April 2008 - Al Ghayathi and Al Selaa.

    WIT off to a strong start in Jordan

    Following remarkable success over the last three years in other countries in the MENA region, WIT kicked-off its activities at a launch ceremony and press conference in Jordan on July 27, 2008.

    Introducing the organization at the event, WIT Jordan's Program Manager, Eman Al Tarawneh said, "WIT will work with and support Jordanian organizations to empower women to take on a greater role in the economy. Along with our partners, we hope to help women develop IT and business skills across the Kingdom."

    Through the assistance of Microsoft and lead partner, Shabakat Al Ordon (NetCorps Jordan), WIT Jordan hopes to train 400 women across the country by the end of the year.

    Please feel free to contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing your opinions and suggestions.

    WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY
    Ms. Heather Ramsey, Program Director
    Institute of International Education
    San Francisco, USA
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    Women in Technology for the Middle East and North Africa (WIT MENA) is funded by the US Department of State, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by the Institute of International Education (IIE), in partnership with Microsoft and local partners in Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman, UAE, and Yemen. WIT MENA draws its participants and partners from non-governmental organizations, businesses, government agencies and academic institutions.



    "Sometimes great changes are not apparent. I know the WIT 
    program is short, but it has changed in me the idea that this work 
    is exclusively for men. When I see myself and the other girls 
    opening up their computers I get happy because I know that 
    we are women breaking into a challenging field.
    "
    - WIT participant

    Country Spotlight Archives: Saudi Arabia

    Many articles have been published about the Women in Technology program. Articles are both in Arabic and English language publications. If you have an article about the WIT program not already on this list, or if you would like to publish a new one, please contact us for information or an interview at witmena@iie.org
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