Saudi Press Roundup
The recent terror attacks across the Middle East or to be more precise in the Arab world has exposed nefarious designs against the Arabs. The main objective of the anti-Arab plan to drive a wedge between the Arabs and to push the Arab countries on the verge of disintegration and to render their weak and helpless against “certain” powers.
I write these lines with a heavy heart that the enemies of the Arab and Muslim world found it very convenient to spread sedition and terror in this part of the world. Underdevelopment, poverty, poor education standard, the practice of glorifying the past instead of focusing on the future and corruption provided the unscrupulous elements with an excellent opportunity to further their designs in the Arab world and the result is in front of us in the form of emergence of several terror outfits and the ongoing turmoil in most of the Arab world.
In the wake of the so-called Arab Spring, wise leaderships of various Arab countries faced the situation very tactfully and prevented the spread of those poisonous ideas that wreaked havoc on other parts of the region. The countries that were badly affected were those where the leaders failed to read the situation clearly.
As some of the Arab countries are trying to address their sociopolitical problems by introducing various reforms in almost every sphere of life are being targeted by terrorist groups. Egypt and Tunisia could be cited as the perfect examples. Both the countries were badly affected by the so-called Arab Spring and are currently trying to move away from their painful pasts by taking positive steps. Truth be told, both countries are well on the path to progress but it seems that certain forces don’t want these two countries to prosper and want to push these countries in the dark and bottomless pit of ignorance and violence. That is why; we are witnessing a spike in terror attacks in these countries.
Egypt is facing war on multiple fronts. Fortunately, the masses are standing with the political and military leadership of the country against the evil forces. We can claim with full confidence that the Egyptian leadership and people are fully capable of defeating the forces of evil. The recent measures announced by the Egyptian government indicate the resolve of the country to fight back and we are sure that these steps will prove to be very effective in the fight against extremism and terrorism.
— By Jasir Al-Jasir, Al-Jazira
Role of cooperative societies
The background of Minister of Social Affairs Dr. Majed Al-Qasabi will undoubtedly help him revitalize the role of cooperative societies in the Kingdom.
The government has placed this vital sector (cooperative societies) under the control of the Ministry of Social Affairs. Due to its immense importance, this sector needs immediate attention. Unfortunately, it did not receive the attention it actually deserved. We cannot blame any individual for the dismal performance of this sector. It was perhaps due to a lack of understanding of the importance of cooperative societies in a country like Saudi Arabia. This sector in a way helps boost the development process of a society. Cooperative societies help bring about socioeconomic change in a country. There is a great need to realize the importance of this sector in the greater good of the country.
When the government boosted the cooperative aspect through cooperative societies, they were supposed to play a key role in the development of the community members.
In different countries around the world particularly the United States and European countries, cooperative societies play a key role in the uplift of various economic sectors including agriculture and industry. This sector in the developed world is playing a key role.
We need to learn from the experience of the developed nations and implement those healthy business practices in the Kingdom particularly when it comes to the revitalization of the role of cooperative societies.
As a matter of fact, cooperative societies could play a huge role to effectively support and sustain small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by removing obstacles on the path of their growth. One aspect to add more positivity to such societies is that the decision-making and management are vested in the hands of a group of owners who are undoubtedly, aware of their interests.
— By Yasin Al-Jafri, Al-Madinah
Need for a union
There is no doubt that the ties between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are strong beyond imagination.
Since their establishment, the Gulf countries made efforts to create a political common vision, which resulted in the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 1981 to reflect the political visions and stances of the GCC states and represent ambitions of the GCC peoples toward the union.
It is noteworthy that events that plagued the Arabian Gulf region, notably the Iranian revolution and its repercussions on the region, and the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war that lasted for eight year, were the key factors to give impetus and importance to the GCC.
Now, and after the elapse of 34 years, the Middle Eastern countries, especially the Arab states, are facing unprecedented challenges threatening their very existence. The developments in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring, which were believed to be confined to these countries, began to mushroom and have transformed into civil wars.
Exploiting the situation, regimes in the Arab Spring countries used to hit opponents whereas terrorist groups infiltrated into the whole region, including the Arabian Gulf countries, to implement policies and ambitions of foreign forces, be they regional or international.
In the past few months, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been targeted by terrorist groups with the sole aim of destabilizing these countries and stoking sectarian tensions. However, cohesion of the leaderships and people of the two countries managed to foil attempts of the terrorist groups.
It is known that there is a security, political and military coordination between the GCC countries, which has saved the stability and security of the people of the region and prevented Iran from expanding its influence in the Gulf countries. On the other hand, the terrorist groups will try to destabilize GCC states, a matter that necessities the development of the Gulf Cooperation Council into a Gulf Union at all levels that would empower them to face all forms of challenges, including terrorism, or political or foreign military.
— By Ali Al-Inizi, Al-Hayat
Collapse of a society
Every religion in the world prohibits and condemns homosexuality or same-sex marriage. The divine scriptures were revealed to save mankind from such an abnormal behavior and to live life in a natural manner.
It is not just we, the Muslims, but people of the book are also aware of a nation, which openly and adamantly practiced homosexuality and did not heed the advice of their blessed prophet. Yes, I am referring to sodomites. God sent his wrath upon that nation and it was completely wipe off the face of earth. The fate of that nation is proof enough to understand the nature of this practice. It is an unnatural way of living.
It is obviously known that ethics and values are major indicators of the progress or collapse of nations. Nations lacking ethics — political, economical and social — tend to deteriorate and finally vanish.
The legalization of same-sex marriage or in other words the legal protection to this unnatural act indicates a decline in the ethical standards of the western world. This decline is a result of moving away from religious beliefs or keeping religion away from other aspects of human life.
The manner in which homosexuality has transformed into kind of a cause shows that the ethics and moralities in the western countries are on a decline. Unfortunately, various western governments are coming forward in support of homosexuality on the pretext of personal freedom.
According to statistics, homosexuality among the Americans, Dutch, Britons and Australians has reached 3.8 percent, 3 percent, 1.5 percent and 1.2 percent respectively. There were a large number of supporters of this practice and same-sex marriage but they had never been active due to the social stigma attached to this practice. Now United States President Barack Obama recognized it as a culture and provided it with a legal cover.
The act approved by both the US constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court, cannot be categorized under the principles of freedom and human rights. The banner of homosexuality cannot be raised under the title of freedom. Saudi Arabia’s rejection of this act is not strange in dealing with such resolutions which are incompatible with human nature, provisions of Islamic Shariah and values and culture of its community and being an abnormal act criminalized by all divine religions and leads to moral corruption.
— By Mohamed Al-Sudairy, Okaz
World’s inaction and Syria
THE GCC interior ministers, who have just concluded their meetings in Kuwait, are fully aware that their countries will be targeted by the terrorist groups in a bid to scuttle their security and stability amid a volatile surrounding.
Earlier, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had warned that the international inaction in the fight against terrorism will allow it reach the western countries whose citizens were targets of terrorists inside and outside these countries which prompted the British prime minister launch a verbal attack on the terrorist group, Daesh. A spokesman for Cameron said that he sought a legislative reference to wage a war against the group in Syria.
Negligence over Syria for years has made it a mega training camp for extremists, especially Daesh. The international negligence allowed Daesh to plan and carry out cross-border attacks. However, this expansion will negatively affect its ability to run these areas as it lacks experience in governance and, further, its inability to bear burdens of the areas if attacked by an organized army. Hence we have to draw the attention that the Peshmerga (Kurdish) forces managed to inflict losses on Daesh in Kobani, Tal Abyad and Kirkuk, which reinforces the view about the inability of Daesh in resisting an organized army. But it has to be noted that the intersection of interests between Daesh and the Syrian regime made them to attack moderate Syrian opposition as a common enemy.
The GCC countries, on the back of global concern over terrorist attacks on western tourists in Tunisia, are entitled to lead an international effort to boost the current alliance in eradicating terror in a more organized way instead of merely depending on carrying out air strikes. A global alliance is required to enhance capacities of moderate Syrian forces on ground, which inflicted heavy losses on the army of the Syrian regime.
— By Aiman Al-Hammad, Al-Riyadh
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