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Helping suffering humanity

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSHARC) was established in May 2015 to provide humanitarian aid to 83 countries worldwide irrespective of racial or religious considerations.
Efforts of the KSHARC are currently focused on Yemen due to the volume of crisis caused there by a war imposed on both Yemeni and Saudi peoples by an enemy, which has usurped the legitimacy and posed threats to the Kingdom’s security.
Over 16 million Yemeni people have so far benefited from the KSHARC services, which can be summarized as follows:
Airlift to Aden Airport through which 20 tons of foodstuff, 24 tons of dialysis equipment and solutions, 11 tons of food baskets, 10 tons of medical aid, and 8 tons of infant milk have been sent. A ship carrying more than 3,500 tons of medical and food items have been sent to Yemen
The Djibouti Program through which 2,000 food baskets and 24 tons of medical supplies for Yemeni refugees have so far been distributed in this country. A food security program under which food baskets, Iftar meals and 450 tons of dates for over 350,000 Yemenis in different parts of Yemen were distributed.
Different humanitarian programs through which 13,440 Yemenis trapped in different countries were repatriated and a temporary shelter in Al-Abr town was constructed to accommodate 1,000 Yemenis.
Medical programs for Yemeni children and mothers were initiated for six months in Djibouti under which 2,500 Yemeni patients or injured were treated.
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, is exploiting its global weight to end the Yemeni crisis as soon as possible.
In brief, the KSHARC was created to achieve a universal goal: To alleviate sufferings of people affected by natural disasters and wars.

— By Mohammed Al-Atif


A social problem

As soon as a murder takes place and a legal retribution (death sentence) is issued against the criminal, his or her group or tribe hurriedly stand together to collect blood money. Despite this collective show of cooperation, it may lead to “trading” in blood money to reach tens of millions.
The rush to collect blood money may indicate that we have become a society purely concerned with money and have abandoned all values associated with blood money. On the other hand, some scholars see that show of cooperation and support in collecting blood money is not permissible if the convict has repeatedly committed similar crimes. Since tribe members are capable of collecting millions of riyals in blood money, where is their role in helping the needy people in the community such as the poor, widows, orphans, elderly, and unemployed?
Blame is not raised if these tribes are helping those committing crimes of their members but all blame can be leveled if help is restricted to those committing crimes and ignoring the needy and poor in tribes capable of collecting millions of riyals.

— By Said Al-Siraihi


Tehran: Sponsor of terror

A few days ago, the US State Treasury announced imposition of penalties on three key members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group who are living in Iran.
It is natural for Iran to be the first supporter of terrorism in the world because it has remained to be a sponsor of terror since the Khomeini revolution. It is uncommon to impose penalties one three terrorists and not the one who shelters and allows them to carry out terror attacks through its territories i.e. the Iranian government.
The US State Treasury’s announcement coincided with a request from the Argentine government to Malaysia and Singapore to extradite an individual who was involved in a terror attack in Argentine in 1994, Ali Akbar Velayati, former Iran foreign minister, who is currently visiting the two countries.
Velayati, who is now working as adviser to Iran’s supreme leader on international affairs, is on the global wanted list on terror charges, and here comes a question: Is there any country more worthy than Iran to carry the title of “mother of terrorism?” Iran has a long history of terrorism starting from the massacre of US Embassy in Teheran, bombing of US Embassy in Beirut down to the bombing incidents in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia, and Buenos Aires. Additionally, Iran is responsible for crimes against Muslims in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. In brief, no Arab or Muslim country is safe from terrorism of the Tehran gang.
Even the Iranian peoples are not safe from the crimes of the Tehran gang. Countries and peoples will never enjoy security and stability as long as there is a country, which is supporting terror with funds and men. If the world wants to root out terror, it is required to get crush the “head of the snake,” namely the ruling gang in Tehran.

— By Sattam Al-Thaqail


Commendable services

We cannot ignore the services being provided by the Ministry of Interior and continued improvement of its performance. We all should commend these services.
Absher and other electronic services provided by the General Directorate of Passport (GDP) represent a series of positive achievements.
Care of human element, use of technology in communication with the public and quick response to solve problems are the key reasons for the success of some ministries and service agencies.
Therefore, the success of the Ministry of Interior raises a question here: Why it succeeded while others failed?
This question is, in particular, addressed to the Ministry of Health, which is facing heaps of criticism over its services. At the personal front, I hope the new health minister will achieve success as he did in the Ministry of Commerce.
The minister is expected to lay down a future vision for the ministry to take it to a new level where the citizens will feel a change.
In this context, I would like to refer to the rudeness of handling of cases sometimes by passport staff at airports.
We have to remember that airports create the first impression of a country.

— By Abdulaziz Husain Al-Suwaigh


Loyalty to legitimacy

We usually underestimate people’s power. The power of the masses is so much that if properly organized can threaten the might of the strongest army in the world.
People’s decision on various issues should be considered the final word. A common man usually does not know much about his importance and strength. The recent foiled military coup attempt in Turkey is an ample example of people’s power. It was really impressive to see people locking horns with a tiny faction of military that tried to take over the power in country using weapons.
The Turks took to the streets and showed the world that it is not possible for any army with sophisticated weapons to crush people’s power.
The Turks sided with their elected government and showed the world the true meanings of people’s power.
The criteria of goodness (of a government) for the majority of people are reflected in feeling stability, security and development in all areas and not in attaining personal interests or financial gains.
What happened in Turkey is a substantial evidence of honorable stand of the Turkish people in the face of the coup and coup plotters.
So why did the (Turkish) people behave in such a courageous manner? The answer is simple: The leader was good due to which people supported him.

— By Saeed bin Ali Al-Faqih


War on Daesh

Two years have passed since the declaration of war against Daesh. Based on the data released by the International Alliance Forces, Daesh has lost 45 percent and 20 percent of its territories in Iraq and Syria, respectively.
In a meeting termed as the last stage of war against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, 30 defense ministers of the alliance member countries have firmly committed in Washington to wipe out this terrorist group.
The ministerial meeting came at a time when Washington and the alliance members are preparing to attack Daesh in Mosul, the second biggest city in Iraq.
However, the alliance seems to be cautious over the launching of the liberation battle of the city hosting more than one and a half million people, which will possibly send waves of displaced peoples to other parts of the country.
Typically, when the fall of the city in the hands of Daesh was resounding, its loss for the terrorist group will herald its failure and death on the ground.
Despite the dwindling control of the terrorist group, it has managed to internationalize its operations in many parts of the world.
Here, we have to follow carefully the message of extremism, incitement and hatred being spread by Daesh in many parts of the world.
Since the rise of extremism that accompanied the Syrian crisis, Saudi Arabia has been instrumental in warning against terrorism and its repercussions.
However, the western countries have underestimated that warning and today they are facing a fierce enemy hitting their capitals and targeting their citizens.

— By Aiman Al-Hammad