90 extremist tweets posted every minute

Updated 05 November 2014

90 extremist tweets posted every minute

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has released statistics showing that there are more than 90 extremist-oriented tweets posted every minute, or more than 129,600 per day.
Abdul Moneim Al-Mushawwah, director of the Peace Campaign run by the ministry, said in an interview this was the lowest statistics recorded compared to previous months. There is a 30 percent margin of error because the data was gathered manually, he said.
He said extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda are weakening geographically and intellectually, and across the Internet. However, unrest and chaos in some areas “are reviving their activities.”
Al-Mushawwah said more than 500 accounts have been shut down belonging to individuals promoting the activities of organizations including Jabhat Al-Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham. He called for the establishment of a national body to monitor, analyze and provide guidance about posts on social networking sites that promote extremism.
He said dialogue plays an important role in trying to reform terrorists. “It is important to first deal with the psychological, emotional and mental state of an individual to determine the best way to carry out an intellectual dialogue with someone that has adopted radical or extremist ideologies.”
He added: Also, it is important that dialogue with extremists are realistic, reoccurs, and addresses the changing circumstances they may experience.”
He said the success of rehabilitation programs require proper analyzes of what’s happening with these radicals. “This demonstrates the significance of properly measuring how this phenomenon has declined, keeping in mind that it is difficult to measure intellectual ideas, but certain indicators can be taken into account.” “The authorities should work on programs and projects that monitor and follows up on this issue, but the media, education institutions, mosques, family and the Internet have become effective tools, and should also play a role.”
He said the campaign has been focusing over the past four years on building an intellectual and scientific system that serves all those who are trying to confront extremism.
“The focus of our online site is to be an archive that assists all those who are doing this kind of work. We have a specific mechanism to ensure research and studies reach the authorities that will benefit from them.”
He said he is satisfied with the performance of the campaign. “Thankfully, we have had many great achievements in the process of confronting extremism and promoting moderation. Our team has achieved a lot over the last 10 years, but has also faced some failures.”
He said there some people in the Kingdom who support Jihadi ideologies “but we hope that they do not find a suitable environment for growth. The situation needs a comprehensive national plan to put in place realistic measures.”
He said education plays a key role in tackling this phenomenon among young people.


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah