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A true leader

Morale is the most important factor in the military field where it has a magical effect on the hearts of the military personnel.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who is also the supreme commander of the armed forces, has always been keen on boosting the morale of the brave soldiers, who are defending the honor of their homeland and its borders.
He shares with them their joys and supports them in times of hardships because they are the protectors of the homeland and defenders of the Two Holy Mosques.
In this context, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has given a lesson in leadership and dedication when he directly moved from Paris to the southern border area to join soldiers at their Iftar party, who are stationed there.
After a journey extending for 20 days in the United States and France and having extensive meetings with officials and businessmen in the two countries, the deputy crown prince’s visit to the southern border has brought about a positive impression for those who followed this inspection visit.
Leaders of the military sectors are following in the footsteps of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in inspecting and following up conditions of all security sectors.
They are supporting and updating activities and facilities of these sectors to go on a par with their peers in the developed countries in a manner that will achieve efficiency and modernity in their work.
These efforts will, in turn upgrade the security of our country, which is experiencing challenges in its geographical surroundings, and boost its role in preserving the regional security and its moral and ethical responsibilities toward its brother Arabs and Muslims.

— By Aiman Al-Hammad


Saudi Vision 2030 and women

One of the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030 is to increase the share of women in the labor market from 22 percent to 30 percent.
Those who have studied the Saudi Vision 2030 would find that it contained all social and economic aspects.
The Saudi Vision 2030 is a plan that needs mega efforts for its effective implementation, and contribution of women taking into consideration traditions and values of the community and, above all, teachings of our religion.
The Saudi Vision 2030 has put forth a genius plan that will change the face of the Kingdom in the next 15 years where it focused on support of Saudi women being one of the important elements in the nation-building process.
Women constitute 50 percent of the university education output and, therefore, the Saudi Vision 2030 will extend support to them through development of their talents.
The Vision 2030 is an ambitious plan and will yield marvelous results in the next few years.

— By Saad Al-Subaie


A novel idea

Saudi Aramco has taken a huge step by linking clearance of traffic violations by its employees to their job performance and promotions.
It simply means linking bonuses, promotions and incentives to what extent its employees are following traffic rules and regulations.
By taking this measure, Aramco showed that it cared about its employees’ safety and their welfare. The oil giant also wanted its employees to learn the importance of following traffic laws.
Care of Aramco is not limited to its employees or future of their families but also extends to cover the whole community. Those who don’t respect traffic rules are prone to traffic accidents. Saudi Aramco does not want to see its employees getting involved in such cases.
Aramco depends on a system that allows it to monitor traffic violations of its employees, inform them of such violations and warn them over the impact of violations on their future promotions and rewards.
— By Said Al-Siraihi


Culprits should be named

A few weeks ago, the Criminal Court in Jeddah dropped charges of attempted murder against a Saudi businesswoman. She was accused of torturing to death her female housemaid.
The Saudi woman was sentenced to three years in jail and her husband was also awarded two-year jail term and 500 lashes each.
The ruling was clearly based on the existence of suspicions, which normally ward off capital ((Islamic hudud) punishments despite call by the prosecutor to level murder charges against the Saudi couple.
We appeal to our respected judiciary to announce the names of the culprits so that people will know them and, secondly, others will learn a lesson from such incidents.
A few days ago, the Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) issued a preliminary ruling on the imprisonment of (businessmen) Mohammed Muajjil and his son five years and repayment of SR16m for fraud during the IPO of their company. Therefore, what is wrong if the names of Saudi businesswoman and her husbanded were announced?
The community has the right to know the names, which have distorted its image, and we have to add that due to such heinous atrocities some countries are reluctant to send maids to work in our country.

— By Salem bin Ahmed Sahab


Efforts against terror

We always try to avoid answering the question: Is the Ministry of Interior alone responsible for the war against terrorism?
In other words, what is the role of other ministries in fighting terror? If the responsibility of security falls on the Ministry of Interior, where is the role of other sectors and ministries: Education, Health, Islamic Affairs, Labor and Social Development, Culture, Finance, Civil Service, Municipalities, and the National Dialogue?
These sectors are responsible for creating a healthy atmosphere that is supposed to bring joy to citizens and save them from the state of frustration, which has accompanied the Arab region since Sept. 11, 2001.
Intentions alone cannot provide solutions because we are in a circle getting narrowed every day and dangers are threatening us: Al-Qaeda, Daesh, Iranian threats, and instability in neighboring countries.
On the other hand, threats are looming over community focusing on families, notably the age group of 17-22 years, or the secondary school or undergraduate students.
We have to tackle problems related to university admissions and the increasing of seats of strategic specialties acceptable in government and private labor market.
In this context, we have to activate job sector and employ graduates to avoid unemployment and, therefore, minimize cases of frustration and radicalization of youths.
Therefore, all sectors are invited to support the Ministry of Interior in the fight against terrorism and Iran’s political terror against the GCC countries.
We have to jointly work to ward off western pressures, which allegedly say Arab and Muslim countries are incubators of terror ideology.

— By Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Jarallah


Digital generation

In the past, family used to be the nucleus of the community and a major source of shaping values and identity of individuals living within the community.
Families also used to cooperate with the community and exchanged roles with it and remained supportive to each other.
Now, media and technological openness has transformed the entire world into a global village and, therefore, the entire value system has changed over the time.
Means through which our families are dealing with these days need reconsideration. This necessitates building educational skills, introduction of programs offered by non-governmental organizations and creation of family programs, which will increase bonds of family affiliation and identity.
We have to admit that the current digital generation is characterized by a series of features including, among others, its dependence on audio-visual means, tendency to lead discussion and poor influence by local surroundings such as the father, teacher or neighbor.

— By Shahir bin Zafir Al-Shihri