Saudi Press Roundup
ZIONIST cowards can attack worshippers, pollute the immaculate land of Al-Aqsa mosque and desecrate it with their boots. But with the help of Allah and the virtues of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and other prophets who have worshipped there, it will remain safe. The brave sons of Al-Aqsa will throw the dirt of the occupiers away. It would be cleansed with their pure blood, which is flowing in defense of its land, its sanctity and wounded community.
The Houthi rebels, with those who have allied with them and cooperated as mercenaries, have killed weak and innocent people tearing apart bodies of their children with their dirty missiles, which fell on gallant Taiz city. They have also cut its water and food supplies. The mercies of Allah will cover these victims and there will be tranquility. They will remain steadfast defenders and will continue to be in their beautiful land, with the help of their loyal brothers, primarily heroic people of the Kingdom, the Gulf and the legitimate army of Yemen. Beautiful Taiz with all its green gardens and its flowers knows all of them well. But they did not know outsider killers financed by the enemies of the community.
Russia can send its advanced arms, which are internationally banned, to modern days Hulagus and their armies in Halab, Idlib and Hums. Iranian occupants of the Arab land can mobilize their troops to march on the Syrian cities and destruct crops and generation. The imbecile Daesh terrorists can shed blood, attack on modesties and properties, and displace millions of people to all parts of the world in coordination with their allies in Syrian and Iranian regimes. But the brave Syrian Arabs are steadfast, resisting and defending what has remained from the rueful Sham. The wounds of the enemies of the Ummah would thicken. There would be revenge in the honor of the Ummah. The spirit of sacrifice and struggle against occupiers would be revived. History is witness that the victory always allied with the people of the land and truth.
— By Mansour Al-Thabiqi, Okaz
The Syrian conundrum
THE political solution, of which the president of the Syrian regime has talked when he went to Moscow on the “demand” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, should be in the light of the Geneva I. It seems as if Assad has become aware of the time limit of Moscow’s military strikes meant for floating a system and rehabilitating Assad to prepare him for any political settlement so that on the basis of Russian power he can negotiate.
But at the same time, the Russian leadership, which now controls some affairs in Syria, is not clear about its strategy for solution of the crisis, which has entered its fifth year. Moscow is insisting on including Tehran in any initiative to find a solution to the ongoing crisis. The reality is that Iran, which is participating in the military operations through Revolutionary Guard inside Syria, cannot be made part of any political process. Iran is now seen as part of the problem and not the solution.
Another ambiguity of the Russian view is its latest insistence on pushing the crisis into a set of solutions, which would actually create hindrance, instead of facilitating the solution process. This may further aggravate the crisis, as Russia has become a major player on the ground. Today it is not possible to understand Russian point of view when it talks about presidential elections in which Assad would participate. How is it possible to accept a person who has painted his hands red with the blood of Syrians? He used his arsenals to destroy the country and did not respond to any international call for a political solution. More than 250,000 people have been killed in violence and six million have became refugees.
The international community’s interest in the solutions outside what has been agreed upon in Geneva is absurd, as this is the solution which had the consent of Russia, which now has the responsibility to make it successful.
By Ayman Al-Hammad, Al-Riyadh
Corporate social responsibility
IDEALLY speaking humanitarian work should be carried out without any advocacy from anybody. It should stem from the spirit of someone’s giving and many others getting benefit of it. We cannot link such noble activities with any other interests. Most of us need social, health and sports activities. Only one person starts such works and many benefit from those activities. Let us see other countries, particularly western countries and what their businessmen are doing in these countries and what the private sector is doing there. They are doing charity works. They are establishing social and cultural centers. Their charity work has reached to the level of setting up of health centers, which get donations from businessmen and private sectors. We have a very strong private sector in the Kingdom, which is earning billions of riyals annually. There are companies and banks. But they lack interest in humanitarian works required by the society. It is true that various members of the business community have helped established kidney centers and orphanages across the Kingdom but keeping in view the size and strength of the private sector it is not enough and more is expected of the huge companies and banks.
Banks in the Kingdom, for instance, earn billions of riyals annually but we never get to read about any bank establishing a health center or orphanage. These banks and companies benefit from the people and the government but they don’t do anything to benefit the country and its people. The government is doing a lot for the people and pumping billions into development projects. But it does not prohibit the private sector from doing charity work for the society. There should be contact between the private sector and the municipal councils, because these councils represent residential localities and are considered voice of the people. The residential areas need lots of services. A partnership between municipal councils and the private sector is a dream, which should come true.
— By Suleiman bin Abdullah, Al-Sharq
Getting into savings habit
A study, conducted by the “Knowledge Centre” revealed that around 52 percent of Saudis do not save money at all. With much difficulty, they are just meeting their current expenses. Thirty-three percent of the people who participated in the study had enough income to meet their current expenses. They can save part of it as cash or investments like purchasing real estate. Fifteen percent of all the participants were not financially stable at all. They had to control their expenses to make it within the limits of their income. They depend on credit cards or loans to cover their expenses.
The study explains the difficulties, which some people of the society face and the challenges they may have in future due to their difficulty in saving. Many people do not own houses. In future the volume of needs will be higher due to the continuous rise in prices and because of less supply than demand.
Writers only focus on the authorities of implementation and legislation in issues of providing houses or prices rise of various commodities and services. Nobody highlights other aspects of this problem. This is why the problem persists.
The study has found that there were three types of behavior. There are people who do not try to save money. They are 48 percent. People in this category do not have capability to control their expenses. They do not know what they own and how much they would need in future. They take loans to meet their expenses. At the same time, they do not know how to balance their income and expenditure.
It means there are lots of other issues, which have to be addressed to improve the living conditions of the society. This can be done by strengthening skills of the people to achieve a balance between their income and expenditure.
— By Salah bin Fahad Al-Shalhoob
Fast loans and housing woes
THE solution of the dilemma of housing begins from minimization of the cost of residence and emphasis on its continuous reduction. Even if the finance facilities comes after reducing the cost, the people will lose if there is no clear planning to prevent increasing of the cost of development. The market will landslide after a period of inevitable high cost. The government support will go waste leading to social and political problems. If the situation were overlooked then it would mean a lack of understanding of public policies.
This is the precursor of the risks for the private sector in delivering projects. It also shows the difference between the ways of thinking of the private sector’s confined mentality about the partial scope and the overall strategic thinking.
The idea of fast loan is a deformed version of one of the financing models, which I have been presenting in my articles as examples of financing solutions. Treading a path without understanding is like deforming some beautiful thing and making opportunity a curse.
The real estate loan is a government support, which is aimed at making a national owner of a house.
This is a humanitarian, political, social, security and moral objective. The problem of housing began with the increase in population and changes in the culture of a big house, which accommodated two generations or more of a family, under one roof.
The private sector has also become a threat with its pretext of customization with limited time and objective. The private sector is a monster, which does not show mercy.
If there were no democracy and media freedom in the western countries, the private sector of these countries would have led to destruction and internal strife.
— By Hamzah Al-Salim, Al-Eqtisadiah
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