Let Happiness Spread!

Let Happiness Spread!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

I must confess that when I first read about the establishment of the General Entertainment Authority, like many others, I was skeptical about what kind of entertainment would be involved, especially as I considered the hardening of social mores over the past three decades.

Do We Want to be a Nation of Shopkeepers?

Do We Want to be a Nation of Shopkeepers?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The French emperor Napoleon defeated at the battle of Waterloo is said to have described Britain as “a nation of shopkeepers.” His remarks were deemed offensive by the English who after his defeat by the Duke of Wellington replied that “the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.”

Punish Those Who Falsely Accuse Others

Punish Those Who Falsely Accuse Others

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

A report in a local paper focused on the damages inflicted on people by false accusations made to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha). Nazaha Chairman Khalid Al-Muhaisen highlighted some of the points and said that care will be taken to protect those against whom allegations have been made.

Change or Be Changed

Change or Be Changed

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is one of the few Arab leaders who calls a spade a spade. He puts forward ideas that are relevant, not only to the present but to the future.

Is the Arab World Truly Independent?

Is the Arab World Truly Independent?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The number of foreign journalists coming to our part of the world is on the rise. However, what is noticeable is the replacement of seasoned journalists by younger and less experienced reporters.

Why Not a Saudi MADD?

Why Not a Saudi MADD?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Every day glaring headlines of traffic accidents are splashed across local papers. Over the weekend there were quite a few. Everyone speaks about the abnormal high ratio of deaths in the Kingdom compared to the population. Newspapers highlight deaths on the highways but many tragic accidents go unnoticed.

President Trump: It’s Too Early to Predict

President Trump: It’s Too Early to Predict

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

And finally, it happened! An outsider has occupied the White House. After a bitter election campaign that was a first in several things including verbal duels and mudslinging, Donald Trump finally triumphed over Hillary Clinton and both Democrats and mainstream Republicans.

It Doesn’t Cost Anything to be Civil

It Doesn’t Cost Anything to be Civil

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

I have written several times both in English and Arabic about the lack of civility in our approach to daily life. The list of complaints can go on and on. What makes me return to this subject is an incident that I observed yesterday in which a driver parked his car right in the middle of the road.

The Arab world in 2017?

The Arab world in 2017?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The year 2016 was a bloody year for the Arabs. Wars, civil strife, economic downturn and a feeling of hopelessness cast long and dark shadows over most part of the Arab world.

Use Performance Indicators to Reach Saudi Vision 2030 Goals

Use Performance Indicators to Reach Saudi Vision 2030 Goals

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

It seems inevitable that in every private or public gathering with family or friends, the main focus is on complaints. And mind you, as we moan and groan, and many are quite right in doing so, we do not come up with solutions or remedies for the problems under discussion.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad: A Shining Example to Follow

The Holy Prophet Muhammad: A Shining Example to Follow

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Some of the fears being expressed in the wake of the upset victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election may be exaggerated. But there is enough reason to worry over the rise of the far or hard right in the US and across Europe.

Let’s Make Saudi Vision 2030 a Reality!

Let’s Make Saudi Vision 2030 a Reality!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

According to a report in a local newspaper, the government will start paying contractors within the next two weeks and up to 80 percent of the money owed will be paid by the end of this year.

Impress People with Your Mind, Not Your Wealth!

Impress People with Your Mind, Not Your Wealth!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Reports of wealthy Gulf Arabs being robbed in Europe are now a common occurrence. Last week masked men stopped a car heading from Le Bourget airport in Paris and robbed the two occupants of about five million euros in cash and other assets. According to reports, the luxury Bentley was ambushed and its occupants were tear-gassed.

Donald Trump in the White House? Not to Worry!

Donald Trump in the White House? Not to Worry!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

I am always amazed at Arab reaction to the results of US elections. This year saw the winner Donald Trump an outsider to the American political scene beat the Arab favorite Hillary Clinton. This man, who has never served in public office, nor in the military, defeated Clinton because America wanted change.

GCC States Consolidate Military Strength

GCC States Consolidate Military Strength

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif was in Bahrain on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to witness the final exercise of the “Arabian Gulf Security One” tactical drill. This is one more step toward the consolidation of the military strength of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

Patriotism is Action and Deeds, Not Hollow Words!

Patriotism is Action and Deeds, Not Hollow Words!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The world has been transformed in the past two decades. Technological advancement by the West and certain countries like Korea and Japan has been a phenomenon that has affected our personal lives. I remember only 20 years ago when we led peaceful and sedentary lives without cell phones.

It’s the Houthis Who Are Starving Yemenis, Ms. Amanpour

It’s the Houthis Who Are Starving Yemenis, Ms. Amanpour

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

Recently, Christiane Amanpour interviewed Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri. During the interview, she showed him a heart-wrenching photo of a starving Yemeni woman without providing any details about the picture, like where and when was it taken.

Will the Arabs Ever Learn?

Will the Arabs Ever Learn?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

In 48 hours Americans go to the polls and the new entrant to the White House will be packing his or her personal belongings for a four-year stay. Also in the next 48 hours, many Arabs will be sitting around their TV screens or following on social media the course of events in America.

Iran: A Threat to Peace

Iran: A Threat to Peace

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

Are we, the Saudis, too obsessed with Iran? Or should we be too obsessed or be annoyed with Iran? During the past many decades, we have tried several times to extend our hands toward Iran seeking better and stable relations with a neighbor with whom we have many things in common.