United we stand
By participating in the military drill, North Thunder, Arab and Muslim countries have sent a strong message to all those forces in the region who are trying to sow discord in this part of the world.
These military exercises were organized at a time when the entire region is facing immense internal and external problems. Amid this chaos, the Muslim world chose to stand together and by holding these drills proved to the world that we stand united against all threats.
Today, there is no room for those who want to re-shape our region to promote their selfish agendas. The Arab and Muslim countries have strongly responded to forces aspiring to impose a new kind of colonialism in the region.
Those who think that North Thunder was aimed at sending a message to Iran are sadly mistaken because the event was too big to deal with such petty issues.
The Gulf Arab countries and other Muslim states have already send strong messages to Iran condemning its harmful behavior in the region. Iranian plans have already been thwarted in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria. So, so-called analysts should not belittle this giant military exercise by unnecessarily linking it to Iran.
The Kingdom along with its brother Arabs will go ahead to restore national states in the Arab world and thwart all plans to promote sectarianism and terrorism in the Muslim world.
The Kingdom is forging strategic alliances in the region to give it cohesion and viability and, therefore, it was not a surprise to find a fierce attack in the western media and think tanks against the Kingdom.
These so-called analysts find all kinds of excuses to criticize the Kingdom. Sometimes they try to target the country’s ideological basis and sometimes they give their argument an economic angle by harping on the decline in oil prices and its impact on the Kingdom’s economy.
North Thunder is not an indication of war because the Kingdom, since its unification, has pledged to be supportive to prosperity, development and unity of the region.
— By Aiman Al-Hammad
A show of strength
North Thunder military exercise was not a mere military parade with live ammunitions but a reflection of the will of the participating countries to deter those who want to tamper with the security of Arab and Muslim countries.
It is not possible to deter the aggressors or their agents in the region except without military power. The Arab and Muslim countries cannot enjoy development and prosperity unless accompanied by deterrence and determination that will preserve their stability and security.
The patronage and attendance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and leaders of participating countries in the final round of the military exercises gave a message that they are determined to unify ranks in the face of threats against their countries and peoples.
The North Thunder exercise was conducted amid critical regional situation and amid threats endangering more than one Arab country.
Iran keeps full record of terrorism and interferences in the region, which brought about destruction as the case in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.
The latter, which was once called a happy country, has become a miserable country due to Iran’s interference, a matter that was discovered by coup plotters Houthis who ordered Iranian authorities to end their interference in Yemeni affairs.
The huge Muslim gathering in Hafr Al-Batin has given their countries tranquility and peace of mind and sent a message that the era of defeat and shame has gone and will never return.
— By Sattam Al-Thaqail
Saudization of mobile industry
A few days ago, the Labor Ministry issued a directive to completely Saudize the country’s mobile industry.
The decision also gave a notice to companies and employees engaged in the activity to correct their positions in six months by localizing at least 50 percent of this profession within three months and 100 percent within six months.
According to the ministry, the decision will cover all geographical areas of the Kingdom and all enterprises, adding that strict penalties will be applied to offenders of the decision in accordance with the provisions of residence, labor, business cover-up combat systems.
The objective of the decision is clear: Provision of more job opportunities for male and female Saudis in an area that can generate suitable income.
To make it succeed, certain training programs have been designed in areas related to customer service and maintenance works to support jobseekers in cooperation with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC).
Meanwhile, the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) will provide employment support services to enterprises and jobseekers in areas related to telecom sector in addition to its plans to support salaries of Saudi cadres employed in this field.
These steps are intended to correct the situations in labor market, which is still experiencing many forms of irregularities and frauds. Occasionally, the government announces localization plans in certain sectors but, however, the situation on the ground never changes which necessitates a thorough study whereby we do not repeat the same shortcomings.
— By Ibrahim Badawood
Following the decision to Saudize the telecom or mobile phone sector including sales and mobile repair works and accessories, a question is raised: What fate awaits hundreds of thousands of expatriates who will lose their jobs in the coming months?
The majority of residents working in this area are young, but does the Ministry of Labor have a plan to absorb them in other sectors or guarantee sending them back to their home countries after the end of their contracts?
It is better to think about this issue in two ways and not one sided, which only focuses on Saudizaton gains. Those losing their jobs have to be given either jobs or clear deportation plans to prevent them staying among us unemployed.
The decision is said to provide 700,000 jobs (half of them for female Saudis) on the long term on condition that there should be a clear-cut mechanism for women’s work in this sector.
— By Fahad bin Jilaid
Caring for a child
In real life, some parents find themselves in a position whereby they cannot convince their children to do what they are ordered or give up certain habits.
In this case, they tend to resort to harsh physical violence, which leaves adverse psychological effects on the children that become difficult to redress when they grow up.
Modern studies have shown that the children who are exposed to violence at an early age suffer from multiple psychological problems as adults.
We were shocked to read data released by the National Family Safety Program (NFSP) saying that the child abuse rates in the Kingdom have increased eight-fold.
The abuse reportedly came in many forms including physical (58.4 percent), sexual assault (18 percent) and negligence (31.4 percent).
Based on the NFSP data, physical abuse by fathers stood at 20.2 percent, mothers 29.2 percent, family members 21.3 percent, non-family members (drivers, maids) 5.6 percent, non-family members (foreigners) 23.6 percent.
Our religion came with strict guidance on how to deal with a child so as to make him a useful member of society.
From a sociological point of view, violence against children makes them lose the ability to positively deal with society and keeps him away from communal and social activities.
— By Abu Lujain Ibrahim Al-Dahman
Importance of social media
Popular social media platform “Twitter” has played a remarkable role during the Riyadh International Book Fair (2016). This platform even outperformed various official sources of information in the Kingdom by broadcasting the event.
Today, an author can market his book through the new electronic applications and, therefore, books of young writers have become more widespread following the signing ceremony of his/ her book.
However, books of well-known writers have no longer become popular as the popularity went to those who have more accessibility to the Internet, notably twitter and SnapChat.
The Riyadh book fair has become the first destination for Arab publishers in terms of turnout of Saudi readers, purchasing power and modern marketing methods.
One of the appreciable steps taken by exhibition management is the honoring of key theatre figures and the allocation of prizes for those who contributed to the cultural development over the past decades.
— By Abdulwahhab Al-Aridh