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Body launched to care for the AIDS-hit

  • JEDDAH: The first official society to care for AIDS patients was launched on Tuesday night....
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Lashing in the 21st century

  • I AM fully aware that the penalty of lashing is a very sensitive issue for most people. Nevertheless, as one who seeks to uphold the law every day and who has great respect for Islam and loyalty to my country, I am compelled to speak because the image of Saudi Arabia was profoundly affected...
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Fatwas and danger to society

  • WHAT is happening in our country is terrifying. The rising incidence of fatwas (religious edicts) is extremely frightening. Fatwas that demand the murder of persons who are alleged to violate Islamic laws are extremely dangerous and destabilizing to a tolerant, civilized society. These demands...
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Old Pakistani TV dramas an Eid tradition for some expats

  • Considered by many to be the products of the golden age of Pakistani television, these close-to-reality yet fictional quality dramas dealt with many family and social issues. For some Indian and Pakistani expatriates, they recall earlier days before easy access to television programming when...
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What if the Arabs had recognized Israel in 1948?

  • Now, the Palestinians are on their own; each Arab country is busy with its own crisis and has put the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on hold....
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It’s time to abolish the lashing penalty

  • I REALIZE that this is another very sensitive subject, but I would like to make an important point in order to dispel any confusion or misunderstanding. When I discuss a matter having religious implications, I do not mean to criticize the divine Islamic religion itself nor the positive...
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The progression of women in GCC countries: The road to empowerment

  • Although the journey along the road to the empowerment of women in the Gulf region has sometimes been slow, it is now surely under way, through forward steps of positive reforms, as more female voices are being heard. These voices reflect the motivation, determination and ambition of all those...
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Eighth National Dialogue on Reform, Development

  • THERE is no satisfactory alternative to open dialogue in any society, and its success depends on how far it achieves its goals and objectives and on its impact on people. The Eighth National Dialogue on Reform and Development, the latest in a series of national dialogues established through the...
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It is still hard for women in GCC countries to get senior jobs

  • WOMEN in the GCC countries have not yet made it to the top. While their share of the workforce is increasing, it is still hard for them to reach senior positions, which are mostly held by men. Although this is a worldwide phenomenon, it is particularly striking in the Gulf region where leadership...
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Losing weight: Challenge for women in GCC states

  • IN many past civilizations, women were considered attractive if they were plump and rounded with voluptuous feminine curves. Being fat was a symbol of beauty and fertility and a source of pride. Obesity reflected status and wealth because only the rich could afford to eat well. The ample wives of...
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