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King Salman’s efforts to unite Muslim world praised at Pakistan conference

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Arab News
Thu, 2017-01-26
ID: 
1485376433072641500

ISLAMABAD: King Salman’s efforts to unite the Muslim world and Saudi Arabia’s role in the fight against terrorism have been praised at a conference in Pakistan held this week.
The international “Centrist Rhetoric and Community Security” conference, organized by the Muslim World League (MWL), called for the development of moderate rhetoric and to boost the fight against the currents of extremism.
A statement praised the effort by King Salman, as well as that of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and deputy crown prince, to unite Islamic countries to achieve security, peace and stability, and to highlight moderation in the face of extremism and terrorism.
Participants at the conference expressed their gratitude and appreciation of Saudi Arabia over its formation of an Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism.
They called upon scholars and preachers, professors, educators and media to exert collective efforts to expose extremists’ fabrications and to reveal their false arguments.
The final declaration of the conference adopted a call made by the MWL to cooperate with official and popular institutions in Pakistan over joint programs aimed at correcting misconceptions about religion.
It also adopted a call for cooperation between the MWL and educational and social institutions and associations in Pakistan to help Muslims address challenges of poverty, disease and ignorance and to provide development projects.

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King Salman’s efforts to unite Muslim world praised at Pakistan conference

Author: 
Arab News
Thu, 2017-01-26
ID: 
1485376433072641500

ISLAMABAD: King Salman’s efforts to unite the Muslim world and Saudi Arabia’s role in the fight against terrorism have been praised at a conference in Pakistan held this week.
The international “Centrist Rhetoric and Community Security” conference, organized by the Muslim World League (MWL), called for the development of moderate rhetoric and to boost the fight against the currents of extremism.
A statement praised the effort by King Salman, as well as that of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and deputy crown prince, to unite Islamic countries to achieve security, peace and stability, and to highlight moderation in the face of extremism and terrorism.
Participants at the conference expressed their gratitude and appreciation of Saudi Arabia over its formation of an Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism.
They called upon scholars and preachers, professors, educators and media to exert collective efforts to expose extremists’ fabrications and to reveal their false arguments.
The final declaration of the conference adopted a call made by the MWL to cooperate with official and popular institutions in Pakistan over joint programs aimed at correcting misconceptions about religion.
It also adopted a call for cooperation between the MWL and educational and social institutions and associations in Pakistan to help Muslims address challenges of poverty, disease and ignorance and to provide development projects.

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Disability research center launches 2017 academic program

Author: 
Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
Thu, 2017-01-26
ID: 
1485376433092642100

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR) has launched its 2017 academic program, which includes lectures, workshops and training initiatives.
A KSCDR spokesman said the center is currently choosing the specialized persons in universities in the Kingdom and abroad for the implementation of the academic program.
He said these include professors, doctors and specialists on various disabilities, who will give lectures to disabled individuals. He encouraged those interested to register via the center’s website, http://www.kscdr.org.sa.
The spokesman added that Prince Sultan bin Salman, KSCDR’s chairman, thanked King Salman for supporting the center.
He also thanked King Salman for his patronage of the center’s Endowment Investment Project.
That project, comprised of 110 five-star serviced apartments, is built on 7,264 square meters inside the Diplomatic Quarter in the Saudi capital.
The project “is positioned to accommodate diverse guests … and includes a number of restaurants, gym, indoor and outdoor seating areas and cafes all under the management of Radisson Blu.”
It is expected to be officially launched in September.
In a statement issued by the KSCDR, Prince Sultan bin Salman said with “the rising costs of research projects and programs, there was a need to look for sustainable means of funding, which was why this project came to light. The investment of the income from this project will support KSCDR’s vision, mission and support for its various projects and programs.”

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Disability research center launches 2017 academic program

Author: 
Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
Thu, 2017-01-26
ID: 
1485376433092642100

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR) has launched its 2017 academic program, which includes lectures, workshops and training initiatives.
A KSCDR spokesman said the center is currently choosing the specialized persons in universities in the Kingdom and abroad for the implementation of the academic program.
He said these include professors, doctors and specialists on various disabilities, who will give lectures to disabled individuals. He encouraged those interested to register via the center’s website, http://www.kscdr.org.sa.
The spokesman added that Prince Sultan bin Salman, KSCDR’s chairman, thanked King Salman for supporting the center.
He also thanked King Salman for his patronage of the center’s Endowment Investment Project.
That project, comprised of 110 five-star serviced apartments, is built on 7,264 square meters inside the Diplomatic Quarter in the Saudi capital.
The project “is positioned to accommodate diverse guests … and includes a number of restaurants, gym, indoor and outdoor seating areas and cafes all under the management of Radisson Blu.”
It is expected to be officially launched in September.
In a statement issued by the KSCDR, Prince Sultan bin Salman said with “the rising costs of research projects and programs, there was a need to look for sustainable means of funding, which was why this project came to light. The investment of the income from this project will support KSCDR’s vision, mission and support for its various projects and programs.”

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829 foreign detainees in public investigation prisons

Author: 
Mohammed Al-Sulami
Thu, 2017-01-26
ID: 
1485376433082641800

JEDDAH: A list of detainees in public investigation prisons have shown that there are 5,084 prisoners, including 829 foreigners.
The foreigner prisoners’ list includes individuals from Afghanistan, Angola, Ethiopia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia, China, Iraq, the Philippines, Morocco, India, United States, Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Belgium, Bangladesh, Chad, Turkey, Lebanon, Mali, Egypt, Mauritania, Palestine, Niger and some detainees with unknown nationalities.
Yemen topped the list of foreign detainees with 281, followed by Syria with 217; Pakistan came third with 68 detainees. These detainees do not include those announced on Tuesday by the Ministry of Interior, who were arrested after raids uncovered explosive belts in Al-Harazat neighborhood of Jeddah, and an apartment in Al-Nasim neighborhood. The 13 detainees are all of Pakistani nationality, with a woman among them.
Egypt came fourth with 57 detainees, while Sudan came fifth with 30, followed by Palestine with 21 detainees, Jordan with 19 detainees and India with 18.
Brig. Gen. Bassam Atiyaah, director of the strategic planning office at the Ministry of Interior, said he appreciated all expatriates who reside in the Kingdom and all those who are committed to law and order of the country.
He said “we can’t make conclusions and accusations about all foreigners living in the Kingdom, but figures and numbers give a general impression of the work done by Daesh and other terrorist groups, who tend to use expatriates for terror crimes.”
However, this doesn’t mean that all those under arrest are criminals; some of them have been arrested under certain circumstances. After investigations, some individuals may be found innocent and immediately released.

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829 foreign detainees in public investigation prisons

Author: 
Mohammed Al-Sulami
Thu, 2017-01-26
ID: 
1485376433082641800

JEDDAH: A list of detainees in public investigation prisons have shown that there are 5,084 prisoners, including 829 foreigners.
The foreigner prisoners’ list includes individuals from Afghanistan, Angola, Ethiopia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia, China, Iraq, the Philippines, Morocco, India, United States, Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Belgium, Bangladesh, Chad, Turkey, Lebanon, Mali, Egypt, Mauritania, Palestine, Niger and some detainees with unknown nationalities.
Yemen topped the list of foreign detainees with 281, followed by Syria with 217; Pakistan came third with 68 detainees. These detainees do not include those announced on Tuesday by the Ministry of Interior, who were arrested after raids uncovered explosive belts in Al-Harazat neighborhood of Jeddah, and an apartment in Al-Nasim neighborhood. The 13 detainees are all of Pakistani nationality, with a woman among them.
Egypt came fourth with 57 detainees, while Sudan came fifth with 30, followed by Palestine with 21 detainees, Jordan with 19 detainees and India with 18.
Brig. Gen. Bassam Atiyaah, director of the strategic planning office at the Ministry of Interior, said he appreciated all expatriates who reside in the Kingdom and all those who are committed to law and order of the country.
He said “we can’t make conclusions and accusations about all foreigners living in the Kingdom, but figures and numbers give a general impression of the work done by Daesh and other terrorist groups, who tend to use expatriates for terror crimes.”
However, this doesn’t mean that all those under arrest are criminals; some of them have been arrested under certain circumstances. After investigations, some individuals may be found innocent and immediately released.

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Red Crescent, Red Cross delegation laud Saudi relief effort in Syrian camp

Author: 
Arab News
Thu, 2017-01-26
ID: 
1485376433052641200

AMMAN: A delegation from the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) visited the Saudi National Campaign in Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees to oversee its humanitarian work.
The delegation was headed by ARCO Secretary General Dr. Saleh Al-Suhaibani, and included the President of Qatar’s Red Crescent Society Ali Al-Hammadim, the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan Stefano Severe, and UNESCO Ambassador for Peace Ahlam Mosteghanemi.
The regional director of the Saudi National Campaign, Dr. Badr bin Abdul Rahman Al-Samhan, welcomed the delegation and thanked its members for their relief services and humanitarian activities.
He said the campaign to provide relief for displaced Syrians inside Syria and in neighboring countries aims to improve their living conditions.
The visitors praised the campaign’s efforts and role in serving Syrian refugees, as well as Saudi humanitarian and charitable work for vulnerable people worldwide.
Al-Samhan stressed the need for all involved in relief work to cooperative to elevate the level of services provided.
Al-Suhaibani said the main goal of such visits is to share experiences, and praised Saudi efforts under King Salman.
Mosteghanemi said the Saudi people are pioneers in helping the needy.
Al-Hammadim highlighted efforts by the Saudi National Campaign to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.
The delegation participated in the distribution of aid to Syrians in the camp.

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Red Crescent, Red Cross delegation laud Saudi relief effort in Syrian camp

Author: 
Arab News
Thu, 2017-01-26
ID: 
1485376433052641200

AMMAN: A delegation from the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) visited the Saudi National Campaign in Jordan’s Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees to oversee its humanitarian work.
The delegation was headed by ARCO Secretary General Dr. Saleh Al-Suhaibani, and included the President of Qatar’s Red Crescent Society Ali Al-Hammadim, the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan Stefano Severe, and UNESCO Ambassador for Peace Ahlam Mosteghanemi.
The regional director of the Saudi National Campaign, Dr. Badr bin Abdul Rahman Al-Samhan, welcomed the delegation and thanked its members for their relief services and humanitarian activities.
He said the campaign to provide relief for displaced Syrians inside Syria and in neighboring countries aims to improve their living conditions.
The visitors praised the campaign’s efforts and role in serving Syrian refugees, as well as Saudi humanitarian and charitable work for vulnerable people worldwide.
Al-Samhan stressed the need for all involved in relief work to cooperative to elevate the level of services provided.
Al-Suhaibani said the main goal of such visits is to share experiences, and praised Saudi efforts under King Salman.
Mosteghanemi said the Saudi people are pioneers in helping the needy.
Al-Hammadim highlighted efforts by the Saudi National Campaign to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.
The delegation participated in the distribution of aid to Syrians in the camp.

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Trump’s Next Executive Orders: “Drastically Reducing” US Role In International Organizations, Ending Treaties

In the latest surprise to come from the Trump administration, the NYT reports that in the Trump administration is preparing a set of executive orders aimed at isolating the US and which would allow the United States to “drastically reduce” its role and involvement in the United Nations and other international organizations, “as well as begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, officials said.” The order calls for then enacting “at least a 40% overall decrease” in remaining United States funding toward international organizations.

The first of the two draft orders, titled “Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations” calls for terminating funding for any United Nations agency or other international body that meets any one of several criteria.  It was not immediately clear if NATO is also among the international organizations targeted.

Those criteria include organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea. The draft order also calls for terminating funding for any organization that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” or is blamed for the persecution of marginalized groups or any other systematic violation of human rights.

According to the NYT, the agency most targeted at least initially is the UN:

If President Trump signs the order and its provisions are carried out, the cuts could severely curtail the work of United Nations agencies, which rely on billions of dollars in annual United States contributions for missions that include caring for refugees.

 

The United States provides about a quarter of all funding to United Nations peacekeeping operations, of which there are more than a dozen, in Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. At least one of these, the operation in southern Lebanon, directly serves Israeli interests by protecting the country’s northern border, though the draft order characterizes the funding cuts as serving Israeli interests.

The second executive order, “Moratorium on New Multilateral Treaties,” calls for a review of all current and pending treaties with more than one other nation. It asks for recommendations on which negotiations or treaties the United States should leave.

The order says this review applies only to multilateral treaties that are not “directly related to national security, extradition or international trade,” but it is unclear what falls outside these restrictions.

One treaty that could fall under the scope of the order is the Paris climate agreement or other environmental treaties deal with trade issues.

As the NYT adds, “taken together, the orders suggest that Mr. Trump intends to pursue his campaign promises of withdrawing the United States from international organizations. He has expressed heavy skepticism of multilateral agreements such as the Paris climate agreement and of the United Nations. The draft orders, which are only a few pages each, leave several unanswered questions. For example, it is unclear whether they call for cutting 40 percent of United States contributions to each international agency separately, or to the overall federal funding budget.”

While the details are still to be unveiled, it is certain that Europe, not to mention the UN, will be quite displeased.

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Trump’s Next Executive Orders: “Drastically Reducing” US Role In International Organizations, Ending Treaties

In the latest surprise to come from the Trump administration, the NYT reports that in the Trump administration is preparing a set of executive orders aimed at isolating the US and which would allow the United States to “drastically reduce” its role and involvement in the United Nations and other international organizations, “as well as begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, officials said.” The order calls for then enacting “at least a 40% overall decrease” in remaining United States funding toward international organizations.

The first of the two draft orders, titled “Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations” calls for terminating funding for any United Nations agency or other international body that meets any one of several criteria.  It was not immediately clear if NATO is also among the international organizations targeted.

Those criteria include organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea. The draft order also calls for terminating funding for any organization that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” or is blamed for the persecution of marginalized groups or any other systematic violation of human rights.

According to the NYT, the agency most targeted at least initially is the UN:

If President Trump signs the order and its provisions are carried out, the cuts could severely curtail the work of United Nations agencies, which rely on billions of dollars in annual United States contributions for missions that include caring for refugees.

 

The United States provides about a quarter of all funding to United Nations peacekeeping operations, of which there are more than a dozen, in Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. At least one of these, the operation in southern Lebanon, directly serves Israeli interests by protecting the country’s northern border, though the draft order characterizes the funding cuts as serving Israeli interests.

The second executive order, “Moratorium on New Multilateral Treaties,” calls for a review of all current and pending treaties with more than one other nation. It asks for recommendations on which negotiations or treaties the United States should leave.

The order says this review applies only to multilateral treaties that are not “directly related to national security, extradition or international trade,” but it is unclear what falls outside these restrictions.

One treaty that could fall under the scope of the order is the Paris climate agreement or other environmental treaties deal with trade issues.

As the NYT adds, “taken together, the orders suggest that Mr. Trump intends to pursue his campaign promises of withdrawing the United States from international organizations. He has expressed heavy skepticism of multilateral agreements such as the Paris climate agreement and of the United Nations. The draft orders, which are only a few pages each, leave several unanswered questions. For example, it is unclear whether they call for cutting 40 percent of United States contributions to each international agency separately, or to the overall federal funding budget.”

While the details are still to be unveiled, it is certain that Europe, not to mention the UN, will be quite displeased.

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