Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Drug abuse on the rise in Saudi: study

by Habib Shaikh from Khaleej Times

Statistics by the Interior Ministry show that drug abuse increases by 17% every year. The study said that broken families as well as poor education are also reasons why many people in the kingdom turn to drugs ... “Some 90,000 people go to these hospitals on a yearly basis for treatment. I believe that three hospitals are not enough,” said Dr Abdul Aziz Al Ghuraib, a speaker at the Second Symposium for Reforms and Rehabilitation in Correctional Institutions.

Madrassa issue likely to dominate Sino-Pak talks

from the Gulf Times

China's concern about increasing extremism in Sinkiang and the kidnapping of its nationals by a madrassa students in Islamabad will dominate the four-day Pak-Chinese talks that begin in Beijing shortly, official sources said yesterday ... Sources said the two countries would also discuss the preparation of fake travel documents for Chinese pilgrims. Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Religious Affairs Minister Ejazul Haq will visit Saudi Arabia to make arrangements for the Chinese pilgrims if China accepted Pakistan's offer, according to sources.

A strategic perspective on 21st century energy challenges

by Tom Petrie and Steve Andrews from Energy Bulletin

Energy will be one of the two or three defining issues we’ll face over the next decade. Since post-1999, we’ve essentially been in a crisis mode. That’s the result of an accumulation of factors ... The case for Iraq to produce 4 or 5 or even 6 million barrels a day is technically sound but is not imminent. The Saudi-US “special relationship” has been significantly altered and impaired by 9/11. Our relationship with them is now one of many. China will become of coequal importance to the US relationship.

Moroccan King Moving His Country in a New Direction

by Nick Gier from New West

Once again the North African country Morocco is in the news. In late May, 2007, Spanish police arrested 16 men in Barcelona, 14 of whom were Moroccans ... Spanish police have been closely watching radical Muslims from North Africa for many years. Saudi national Mohammed Atta, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, visited these terrorist cells twice and most of their funding comes from Saudi Arabia. In May of 2003, three Saudis were given ten-year sentences for starting an Al Qaeda cell in Morocco and planning to blow up ships in the Straits of Gibraltar. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has also proscribed the teaching of the fundamentalist Wahabi theology from Saudi Arabia.

Poll: More Than 4 in 10 Americans Still Believe Saddam Involved with 9/11

from Editor & Publisher

Nearly six years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., better than 4 in 10 Americans still wrongly believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in planning or carrying out the actions. Surprisingly, that number has even risen in the past two years, according to a Newsweek poll ... In a separate question, 20% said that "most" of the 9/11 hijackers came from Iraq. The correct answer, Saudi Arabia, was chosen by 43%.

Iraq new Jihadist hotbed

from the Muslim Weekly

The presence of Saudi, Jordanian and Yemeni volunteers in the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon, as well as arrests in Jordan and Saudi Arabia of Jihadists coming from Iraq illustrate this. "The Iraqi resistance doesn't need people inside, they have more than they need, freeing up foreign fighters to fight elsewhere," said Marwan Shehadeh, an expert in radical movements with the Vision Research Institute in Amman. "They are in contact with each other because Salafi ideology (true Islam) is spread all over Arab and Islamic countries," he said.