Social and economic foundations of global terrorism

Cemil Ertem25/03/2016 (Sabah – Turkey by Emil Ertem *): Two African youngsters, Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore, while escaping from police in a migrant-populated suburb of Paris, took shelter beside an electric transformer and died from electric shock on the evening of Oct. 27, 2005. Following this, Paris witnessed large suburban riots. The point to take into consideration here is that the youth who were involved in the incidents, including the two dead, were all around 20 and unemployed. While youth unemployment is around 40 percent in Europe, it exceeds 50 percent among the migrant population in Europe. As is known, similar incidents take place in U.S. states with predominant poor black populations…

*Emil Ertem is a Turkish Economist, Journalist, Writer


Pope washes feet of Muslim refugees, issues peace message

Pope Francis washes the foot of a refugee during the foot-washing ritual at the Castelnuovo di Porto refugees center near Rome, Italy, March 24, 2016. (Reuters Photo)Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Christian and Hindu refugees Thursday and declared them all children of the same God, as he performed a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time of increased anti-Muslim sentiment following the Brussels attacks.Francis denounced the carnage as a “gesture of war” carried out by blood-thirsty people beholden to the weapons industry during an Easter Week Mass with asylum-seekers at a shelter in Castelnuovo di Porto, outside Rome.The Holy Thursday rite re-enacts the foot-washing ritual Jesus performed on his apostles before being crucified, and is meant as a gesture of service. Francis contrasted that gesture with the “gesture of destruction” carried out by the Brussels attackers, saying they wanted to destroy the brotherhood of humanity represented by the migrants…


Shortage of 1.7m homes claimed

file-24-housing.jpg25/03/2016 (Arab News – KSA): SEOUL/RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and South Korea have signed an agreement to build 100,000 houses over the next 10 years in the north of Riyadh costing SR75 billion.Housing Minister Majed bin Abdullah Al-Hogail inked the pact with the South Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Infrastructure in Seoul on Thursday. The agreement includes an exchange of expertise through workshops and conferences. The joint consortium has two major South Korean companies, Daewoo Engineering and Construction Company and Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corporation, with Saudi Pan Kingdom Company.The houses would be built as part of a residential city over 38 sq. km, 14 km south of King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh. The final agreement will be signed in October in Riyadh.Meanwhile, Abdullah bin Suaidan, a prominent Saudi real estate businessman and expert, has claimed that there is a shortage of about 1.7 million houses in the Kingdom and 130,000 in Riyadh..


Istanbul theater revamps Shakespeare plays

Istanbul theater revamps Shakespeare plays 25/03/2016 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): British playwright William Shakespeare’s works have undergone countless adaptations, from silent performances to dance acts, for hundreds of years.In Istanbul, a local theater has been adapting Shakespeare’s plays in a freely translated and modern manner in order to render the plays engaging and relatable to a larger audience.“There are people who said to me that they were happy to understand a Shakespeare play. This is very precious,” Onur Unsal, 30, says in the foyer area of the four-story theater, decorated mainly in black and white.Unsal, who is also a well known television actor in Turkey, is one of the 12 founders of the Moda Sahnesi, a theater based on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, in the Kadikoy district.The group teamed up in 2013. They have since been joined by a number of other actors and actresses…


Syria army recaptures Palmyra citadel from ISIS

25/03/2016 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): The Syrian army recaptured on Friday the citadel of Palmyra from ISIS group, nearly a year after the militants overran the ancient city, state television said citing a military source.“Our armed forces, in coordination with the popular defence forces, have taken control of the ancient Palmyra citadel after inflicting many losses in the ranks of the terrorist group Daesh,” the report said, using another name for ISIS. Earlier, Russian news agencies are citing a military official as saying that a Russian officer has been killed in fighting near the Syrian city of Palmyra. Aided by Russian strikes, Syrian government forces on Thursday entered the historic city of Palmyra, which has been held by ISIS since May. Troops reached the “heart” of Palmyra, the state-run Ikhbariya news channel reported, broadcasting images from just outside the historic city which has been held by ISIS since May last year…


USSABC chief talks about strategic alliance between US and Saudi Arabia

The US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) hosts a luncheon in September 2014 in Riyadh for Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, honoring his recent appointment as US Ambassador to the Kingdom. (From left) Edward Burton, USSABC president and CEO; Eng. Mubarak Al-Khafrah, chairman of the National Industrialization Company; Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, minister of commerce and industry; Mohamed Al-Mady, president, General Organization for the Military Industries Corporation and former USSABC Saudi co-chairman; and Dr. Basheer Al-Ghuraydh, USSABC secretary general and executive director.19/03/2016 (Saudi Gazette – KSA): THE close relationship shared between the United States and Saudi Arabia, is not just a diplomatic one. It is also a solid partnership based on business, history, and friendship. It dates back to 1933 when Standard Oil of California [now Chevron] was allowed to look for oil in the Kingdom. They discovered oil in 1938, and in the decades since President Franklin D. Roosevelt met King Abdulaziz on the USS Murphy in 1945 to solidify the relationship, the two countries have never looked back.That is why the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council plays such a pivotal role in maintaining these historical links between the two countries. Headquartered in Washington D.C., and with a fully staffed office in Riyadh, it was established in 1993 to improve mutual knowledge and understanding between the private sectors of the Untied States and Saudi Arabia…

USSABC chief talks about strategic alliance between US and Saudi Arabia



GCC forecast to see slowest growth since 2008 this year

19/03/2016 (Arabian Business – UAE): Weaker oil prices will stunt economic growth in the GCC region to its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, according to a new report.However, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) also said that serious fiscal reform should see the region avoid recession.According to the its Economic Insight: Middle East Q1 2016, depressed oil prices will compound economic concerns in a region already facing issues over fiscal sustainability, structural economic weaknesses and deepening military conflict in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.The report, produced by Oxford Economics and commissioned by ICAEW, said oil prices are set to remain lower until at least 2017, due to the continuation of current Organisation of Petrol Exporting Countries (OPEC) policy and increasing concerns over growth in China and other emerging markets…


Almost 7 years after Cairo speech

19/03/2016 (Arab News – KSA by ABDULRAHMAN AL-RASHED *): I wish US President Barack Obama’s stormy interview with Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic magazine took place five years ago. Perhaps back then its implications would have been different. This time his fran kness has angered his friends and very little can be done in the remainder of his presidency to convince him of his mistake(s) or make them change their opinion. After seven years in office, they have discovered that Obama has a different view previously unrevealed to them. He succeeded in angering his friends only: Saudi Arabia, the UK, Turkey and Israel. His answers were well thought out. They were not excuses given to the media, but principles he believes in…

*ABDULRAHMAN AL-RASHED is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel


Riyadh Spring Festival attracts 150,000 visitors

file-18-1458223894085026000.jpg19/03/2016 (Arab News – KSA): RIYADH: More than 150,000 people have visited the Riyadh Spring Festival during its first two days.Organized by the Riyadh municipality, the festival, which is being held in two places in the capital, was inaugurated by Riyadh Mayor Ibrahim bin Mohammed Sultan on Monday.The venues of the show are Al-Bijairi Quarter in Al-Diraiyyah and Al-Jazirah District at Exit 16.A collection of 1.4 million flowers of 10 different varieties were designed and decorated to give visitors a cozy and natural environment.The mayor said the major goal of the festival is to provide an opportunity for families to spend their leisure time happily. It also depicts the natural resources available at this time of the year in the Kingdom…