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Red Tory v.2.0: General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait

Red Tory v.2.0: General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait

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UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

On Wed, 31/12/08, Akujo amonye alemi wrote:

From: Akujo Amonye alemi
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To: "kadara kursum" alemi
Date: Wednesday, 31 December, 2008, 2:10 PM




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TAKE YOUR FAMILY OUT TO WELCOME 2009

Concerts
December 31, 2008
Sheraton Kampala Hotel
Check out the New Year Reaggeton Xplosion at 6:00pm. Entry fee is sh20,000 for VIP and sh10,000. Artistes include iROd from Spain. There will also be a fireworks display at midnight.

Didi’s World, Kansanga
Go for the Fire in the City concert from the afternoon till midnight. All top artistes will be there. Entry fee is sh5,000.

Briton Hotel, Masaka
Enjoy an an end-of-year concert for sh10, 000.

Agip Motel, Mbarara
Go and watch Amarula Family’s Akabadi k’Obama. Entrance fee is sh5,000.

Lubiri Palace, Mengo
Go for the Bell Lager-sponsored Enkuka ya CBS. There will be performances by top artistes like Juliana Kanyomozi and the Eagles Productions Band. There will also be fireworks at midnight.

Nabugabo Sand Beach, Masaka will hold a music extravaganza from morning until the next day. Entrance fee is sh6,000.

Hotel Annex, Arua
Local singers will hold an end-of-year concert. Entrance fee is sh10,000 for VIP, sh5,000 for adults and sh2,000 for children.

Kakindu Stadium, Jinja
Do not miss Lord Fred Ssebata and the Matendo Guitar Singers. Entrance is sh5,000.

Sabrina’s Pub, Kampala will welcome the New Year with a live music performance. Entrance is free.

Crested Crane Hotel, Jinja will hold a transnight concert, dubbed Tujjakeesa. Entrance is sh7,000.

Jinja Town Hall will host the mayor’s ball. Entrance is sh7,000.

Television
January 1, 2009
M-Net Channel 101.
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (8:00am)
Drake and Josh get up to their usual antics, but this time the tale has a Christmas twist to it.

Supernormal (9:30am)
Welcome to Crumptonville, a town where there is a school for superheroes. The students have superpowers and study Death Traps and Doomsday Machines. However, there is one student with no powers; his name is Eric Normal.

Samurai Girl (11:00am)
A Japanese girl is set to marry the son of her father’s business partner against her will. Mayhem is unleashed on the big day when ninjas swarm the event and her brother attempts to save her.

Inspector Mom (12:00pm)
Soccer mum Maddie Moore lives a double life. On one hand she is a devoted mother and on the other she is a detective. When her daughter’s soccer coach is murdered, she investigates.

Enrique Iglesias: At Odyssey Arena (4:55pm)
Within three years, Enrique became the biggest selling Spanish language singer in the world. He has enjoyed 16 number one Billboard Latin hits.

Clash of The Choirs (6:00pm)
A reality show in which five celebrity singers including Nick Lachey, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Blake Shelton and Kelly Rowland visit their hometowns to assemble an amateur choir.

EGOLI - Place of Gold (7:00pm)
The breakfast table is abuzz with gossip of the New Years Eve Party.

Two And A Half Men (8:00pm)
‘Taterhead Is Our Love Child’. Charlie encounters an ex-girlfriend whose son looks an awful lot like him.

Dirty Sexy Money (9:30pm)
The Injured Party. Letitia hits a pretty bicyclist with her car. To avoid another public scandal, Tripp invites Wrenn to recuperate at the Darling mansion.

Christina Aguilera’s Back To Basics (10:30pm)
Christina Aguilera performs live as part of her Back to Basics sell-out world tour.

Nine To Five (11:30pm)
A happily married sexpot constantly avoids advances from her boss. She decides to team up with two other women, who have their own issues with men, to take revenge on her chauvinistic boss.
M-Net Action on Channel 106
Q & A at 7:00am
A young district attorney is assigned to a cut-and-dry case. However, he begins to uncover evidence that points to a corrupt police force.

This Revolution (9:10am)
An Iraq War widow falls in love with a reporter who is tracking the movements of a group of anti-war radicals that she leads.

Fear Itself (12:00pm)
A near-death experience causes a likeable family man to switch bodies with an incarcerated serial killer.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1:00pm)
Ten years ago the machines who now control the future sent a Terminator to assassinate the unborn John Connor. Their mission failed. Now the machines are trying again.

Unforgettable at 3:20pm
A police medical examiner is obsessed with finding his wife’s killer. He receives injections of a serum that allows him to relive his wife’s and other victims’ memories.

Taggart: Genesis (5:15pm)
A woman is killed on her way to a fertility clinic. The case is further complicated when one of the nurses there is also attacked and murdered.

Ghost Hunters (7:00pm)
Experts at hunting ghosts go on a chase of ghosts in spooky places.

Africa Magic Channel 114
A Time To Love (10:15am)
Hope is unable to bear children for her husband Peter. He seeks solace in the arms of another woman. In a twist of fate, Hope gets pregnant after a violent rape by a fraudster.

Kids Alone (2:20pm)
A reality TV series featuring 20 kids aged between nine and 13 left in an abandoned house for 20 days. They are tasked to literally live alone.

Discover Africa (3:20pm)
This is a travel series about destinations, activities and general amenities in Africa to showcase Africa’s many tourist attractions.

House In Crisis (4:20pm)
Uche and his siblings find themselves in predicament when disaster befalls their family. Now the challenge is to bring peace between two elder brothers who have different ideologies.

The Art of Dance at 19:10pm
This dance show takes us to the roots of dance culture in Botswana. It shows how various cultures embrace the art of dance.

Mary Slessor (8:40pm)
Mary Slessor is the story of an 18th century Scottish woman who gave her life to the development of the people of Nigeria. She stopped the killing of twins.

Temple Of Justice (9:10pm)
She has a mission: to fight for the fatherless, be the husband of the widow, fight for the oppressed and be the hope for the hopeless. Will she succeed?

Theatre
DECEMBER 31, 2008
l Thorns and Roses – women 3 romantic night episode 7 at Theatre La Bonita at 7:00pm. Entrance is sh10,000, sh15,000 and sh20,000. Ragga Dee will be there.

l Ndere Troupe in trans-annual celebrations starting at 5:00pm. Dinner will also be served. Entrance is sh10,000.

JANUARY 1, 2009
Societal Equilibrium – Galebera full length drama performance By The Ebonies at Theatre La Bonita 2:00pm and 7:00pm prompt. Entrance is sh10,000, sh15,000 and sh20,000.

l Theatre Factory presents the Comedy Nite show at 8:00pm at Dembe Car Sales Depot on Dewinton Road. Entrance is sh10,000.

l Diamonds Ensemble present Omusayi mu Masanganzira at National Theatre. Entrance is sh10,000.

l Afri-talent in a new play Bbungulu ewa Bbungulu at Bat Valley Theatre. The play revolves around family conflicts. Show time is 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Entrance is sh10,000.

l At Ndere Centre is the Go Home at Ndere experience. It kicks off with serving of traditional dishes at lunch time. Ndere Troupe will perform at a Family show at 6:00pm. Entrance is sh10, 000.

Parties
DECEMBER 31, 2008
Kampala Sheraton Hotel
l Enjoy a ‘70s flower power dance party at the Paradise Grill starting at 7:00pm. Entrance is sh100,000.
l Take your kids to a party at Rwenzori Ballroom. For kids from 10 years and below, entrance is sh65,000.
l Kyoga Poolside will host guests to the Pirates of Kampala party from 7:00pm. The party includes a gala dinner at sh155,000 per adult and sh75,000 for children between five and 12 years. Kids below four years enter free.

Imperial Royale Hotel
l Guests will be treated to a five-course meal at Royale Restaurant from 7:00pm to 2:00pm. Adults pay sh40,000 and children sh20,000.
l There will also be a gala dinner at the poolside from 7:00pm to 2:00am. Adults will pay sh40,000 and children sh20,000.

Club Silk will usher in the new year with a street dance party. Gates open 6:00pm on the street. There will be a fireworks display and performances by top artistes. Entrance is sh10,000 on the street, sh15,000 for Royale and sh20,000 for the Lounge.

Club Volts will host a Ladies’ Nite. Entry is free for ladies before11:00pm.

Ange Noir Discotheque will welcome 2009 with a dance party.

Club Sway will host the Around The World party at sh25,000.

Moroto Hotel Gardens has organised an end-of-year party for sh5,000.

Acholi Inn Gardens will host a party for sh5,000.

Club Oasis, Mbale revellers will be hosted to an end of year party. Entrance fee is sh10,000.

Lira Hotel Gardens will throw a party for sh5,000.

Jobiah Hotel, Mukono will have a fireworks display. Entry fee is sh2,000. Come party with Fina Mugerwa and Dr. Hilderman.

JANUARY 1, 2009
Imperial Royale Hotel will serve a Champagne Brunch from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Adults pay sh40,000 and children sh20,000.
l There will be a continental lunch and entertainment by Mbonge Musica Band at Rumours Bar from 12:00pm to 4:00pm for sh40,000 for adult and sh20,000 for children.
l Children will enjoy free swimming from 3:00pm to 10:00pm.

Club Volts will offer free entrance to everybody. Drinks will be sold at a discount.

Sabrina’s Pub, Kampala will serve a buffet for sh6,000.

Club Oasis, Arua will host a sumptuous buffet at sh6,000.

Cinema
Cineplex Cinema
l Yesman (104 minutes). shows: 12:00, 2:30, 7:00, 9:45pm.
Based on Danny Wallace’s autobiography, Jim Carrey stars as a man who decides to spice up his life by saying yes to everything that he would normally say no to. He thinks this can change everything. And indeed things change, but to what outcome?
Zooey Deschanel co-stars as Jim Carrey’s romantic interest, Bradley Cooper as Carrey’s best friend.

l Australia (165 minutes). Shows: 12:00, 2:30, 7:00, 9:45 pm
Lady Sarah Ashley is an Englishwoman who goes to Australia in the years before World War II. She is determined to have her estranged husband sell his cattle ranch. But when she arrives, Lord Ashley is dead and her plan to sell the ranch changes when she sees an employee cheating her husband’s business and mistreating a young boy because he is of mixed race.
Starring Baz Luhrman, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, David Wenham and Jack Thompson.

l The day the earth stood still (103 minutes). Shows: 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30 pm.
Renowned scientist Dr. Helen Benson finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who travels across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. When forces beyond Helen’s control treat the extra-terrestrial as a hostage and deny his request to address the world’s leaders, she and her estranged stepson Jacob discover the deadly ramifications of Klaatu’s claim. And earth will stand still.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Kathy Bates.

l Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa (89minutes). Shows 12:00, 2:30, 4:45pm.
In this sequel to 2005’s Madagascar, New York zoo animals; Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo are still stranded on Madagascar. Then they start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them. Stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer.

l Righteous Kill (100 minutes)
Shows: 7:00, 9:30pm.
After 30 years as partners in the New York Police Department, detectives David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement, but aren’t. Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before. Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional crimes take place, it becomes clear the detectives are looking for a serial killer, one who targets criminals that have fallen through the cracks of the judicial system. Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, 50 Cent, Donnie Wahlberg.

Stories by Emmanuel Ssejjengo, Nigel Nassar, Pidson Kareire, Jude Katende and Gilbert Mwijuke.



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UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

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Not only are the older generations becoming increasingly numerous as users, customers or clients; they are also a significant part of the active community and willing, indeed eager, to become involved. The trouble is that stereotypical retired professionals are seldom representative of older people in general, and the challenge, therefore, is to ensure a balanced dialogue that involves the full range of older voices and to address issues that really matter to them.



Designed to consider relevant topics in depth, this event is an opportunity to hear specialist presenters and to discuss the issues involved.



· Natalie Penrose of will outline the excellent research undertaken by the Audit Commission, and illustrating the best practice uncovered in engaging with the older generation

· Peter Vale of Help the Aged will explain the concept of Experts by Experience and how this can be used to capture the views of older people

· Peter Fahy of Coventry City Council will provide a classic case study into the problems of closing a residential Care home

· Tony Russell of Isambard Digital Media will show a video made to represent older residents’ views on Post Office closures in the West Midlands .



Add to this the Institute’s unique perspective on the current Consultation culture, with the much-valued opportunity to network and contribute to discussions in event’s Roundtables, and you will appreciate that this event becomes a great way to absorb new ideas and understand best practice at a time when unprecedented pressures may make life difficult in all public bodies.



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Seminar attendees will also receive copies of a recent Institute/Age Concern White Paper and entitled The Case for Better Engagement with Older People. This addresses many of the key themes of the Seminar and is becoming required reading for elected members and officials in local authorities, the NHS, Police and other service providers in the coming months.



This event will be of interest to Consultation co-ordinators and Public Relations/ Communications staff in public bodies of all kinds. But it will also be relevant to specialists in Adult Services, Social care and other disciplines where an understanding of the preferences and priorities of older people is an issue. We would be grateful if you can, therefore, draw Seminar to their attention.



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Mr. and Mrs. Mariam Majid Alemi Junior & Family.

Dear. mike,queenie,mukoki. and all the presenters of connect uganda. thank you people, to bring all ugandans communites together via your family sunday programe. a special thanks goes to mukoki of airing my message last sunday. keep the good work. all three of you get.200% each. also. the special greetings to the followings, hafsa ibrahim in edmonton alberta ca, khadija ibrahim in germany, jamilah nyota aggy in bonn germany, to ahmed rajab in khartoum sudan,to my sister maimuna amin dada in kampala, to sister zaituni of mama madinah nalongo amin in kampala, sister. hajira of mama madinah amin in kampala, to my brother. jaffar amin & family, in kampala, to all family alemis family, wherever they are, around the globe, bran abe and family in vancouver, hamid andeku and family,mohamoud adebo and family,akonyu akolo and family,male ayume and family, all in vancouver. bc. to all those who are listening connect uganda rite now, lastly, to my special wife lady mariam and our kids in
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UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

This is a copy of the following message you sent to Connect Uganda Presenters via Connect Uganda

This is an enquiry e-mail via http://www.connectuganda.com from:
Mr. and Mrs. Mariam Majid Alemi Junior & Family.

Dear. mike,queenie,mukoki. and all the presenters of connect uganda. thank you people, to bring all ugandans communites together via your family sunday programe. a special thanks goes to mukoki of airing my message last sunday. keep the good work. all three of you get.200% each. also. the special greetings to the followings, hafsa ibrahim in edmonton alberta ca, khadija ibrahim in germany, jamilah nyota aggy in bonn germany, to ahmed rajab in khartoum sudan,to my sister maimuna amin dada in kampala, to sister zaituni of mama madinah nalongo amin in kampala, sister. hajira of mama madinah amin in kampala, to my brother. jaffar amin & family, in kampala, to all family alemis family, wherever they are, around the globe, bran abe and family in vancouver, hamid andeku and family,mohamoud adebo and family,akonyu akolo and family,male ayume and family, all in vancouver. bc. to all those who are listening connect uganda rite now, lastly, to my special wife lady mariam and our kids in
vancouver bc. i love you all. from majid alemi junior in vancouver bc. western canada. salam warahma. not to forget uncles and aunties in arua and koboko west nile, and bombo.

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The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

13/01/2009


Hello, Majid Alemi Junior.

kadara kursum is suggesting the following article from http://www.arabnews.com:
Editorials: Let the accent be on quality
13 January 2009

THIS week it was announced that plans have been approved “to create 204,056 new jobs in education.” New jobs, along with new schools, new colleges, new universities are indeed planned for the Kingdom — specifically 1,500 extra primary and secondary schools this year. That is in addition to the 3,240 currently in the pipeline and the 2,000 existing schools under renovation. In this case, however, the very precise announcement is not about extra teachers. It is about giving existing teachers in the state sector better pay and conditions. Jobs are to be re-evaluated on the basis of qualifications.
That is important. There is a direct link between pay, status and conditions on the one hand and enthusiasm for the job on the other. Poorly motivated teachers can only mean badly taught students. Giving teachers the rewards and the status they deserve is, therefore, crucial to the success of the government’s dream of a high-skilled society.
Saudi Arabia’s total commitment to education is evident in this year’s budget. At SR120 billion, not only is the allocation for education and training the highest ever, it accounts for more than quarter of the entire budget. But the drive for education cannot be just about quantity. It has to be about quality as well. It is not only teaching posts that need to be re-evaluated, teachers need to be as well. The sad fact is that there are some who are not up to the job.
The quality of education in the state sector is an issue that many Saudi parents frequently gripe about. Many, if they could afford it, would send their children to private schools; they cannot. It is appalling that some feel they have to resort to extra tuition for their children, because they are not getting it at school. There are, of course, good teachers out there, but there are some dreadful ones as well. Horror stories of bullying, of teachers verbally and physically abusing students, students attacking teachers surface all the time. It is not good enough. The truth is that there are some teachers who should not be allowed near a school. The authorities are far from unaware of the towering importance of quality in the drive for education. The six-year, SR9-billion King Abdullah Project for Education Development is very much about quality of teaching. It aims at improving teacher training and providing more facilities in the classrooms. More, better-trained teachers are vital — teachers who can also genuinely inspire their students to learn, who can stimulate a desire for knowledge, who can implant a work ethic. Without them, the Kingdom’s hopes for high-skilled work force will be stillborn. They are its foundation stone..
Rewarding teachers with better pay and conditions on the basis of their qualifications will help motivate them. But what about those with the qualifications but who are nonetheless unsuited to teaching? It is not only jobs that need to be re-evaluated, it is teachers as well. The authorities need to find out who are the good teachers and who are the bad ones; who needs retraining; who needs to be sacked. That is as much part of the drive for educational excellence as anything else.
Be aware of language taboos
THE epithet “Paki” is offensive and should be used neither in anger nor in jest, said The Times in an editorial yesterday. Excerpts:
The degree to which an insult can wound depends hugely on how it is said. A racist taunt, spat out on the street by skinheads, is an appalling abuse: Cruel, demeaning and incendiary. The same taboo words, if used in a wholly different context, do not necessarily prove malign intent. To brand Prince Harry a racist because of a remark recorded on video three years ago is absurd. But to suggest that what he said was not offensive and, to many people, insulting is also wrong. He was right to apologize. But it will be some time before the unpleasantness caused by his foolishness dissipates.
The old proverb about sticks and stones breaking bones may be true for people with confidence in their rights and place in society. But for minorities, who may have encountered prejudice and discrimination, words can indeed be a weapon to undermine dignity, self-confidence and eventually normal human rights. Some people are able to brush off foolish remarks. Robust dismissal is always the more effective response. Others, however, fear that slights about their race, gender or religion betray a subtle antipathy against which they have no effective defense.
The more public a figure, the greater the responsibility not to give offense. After the absurd fancy dress fiasco a few years ago, Prince Harry should need no reminder that a prominent member of the Royal Family is a public figure, even in private. His supporters will argue that he is in an impossible position: Urged by the media to be “normal”, he must nevertheless police every word and action, as the media will miss no opportunity to create a scandal out of some ill-judged utterance. This must be doubly difficult in the army.
But there is a world of difference between an obscenity uttered in anger and a remark intended as a joke that is not only racist but patronizing. Too many Asians have been insulted by the epithet “Paki” to shrug it off. It is offensive. It should be used neither in anger nor in jest.

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

13/01/2009


Hello, Majid Alemi Junior.

kadara kursum is suggesting the following article from http://www.arabnews.com:
UNICEF worried over crisis
Mohd. Rasooldeen I Arab News

RIYADH: Thanking the Saudi government for its gesture of support for Palestinians affected by the ongoing Israeli operations, UNICEF expressed yesterday its deep concern about the suffering of children and women in Gaza, calling for a full and permanent cease-fire to allow round the clock humanitarian assistance programs to respond to the huge needs.”
“The physical and psychological damage that this conflict is inflicting on children must end,” said Ayman Abu Laban, UNICEF Gulf area representative.
“Children are being killed and injured on a daily basis as a result of the current military operation. This is unacceptable and every effort must be made by all concerned to ensure that children receive the protection that is their right and our collective duty.”
He added that the distribution of food, water, fuel and medicine among these victims should not be impeded.”
“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict to take every measure to protect children,” Abu Laban said, adding that it is only with an end to the conflict that children’s rights can be fully respected. He pointed out that 50 percent of the Palestinians in Gaza are under the age of 15 years.
“Unimpeded humanitarian access must be established in Gaza urgently to ensure that children have access to regular life-saving supplies and support,” he said.
It is estimated that 400,000 people, most of them in Gaza city, do not have access to piped water. Two essential water mains, one is a 10-inch pipe connecting the middle area to Al-Nuseirat camp and the other a 20-inch pipe connecting Al-Safa wells to Gaza City, are damaged.
Sewage is flooding into the streets as the result of the damage to the sewage network. The Gaza City wastewater treatment plant was hit on Saturday.
Two trucks loaded with 500 basic family water kits for 30,000 people and two trucks loaded with 33,125 bottles of water for about 11,000 people entered Gaza on Sunday.
UNICEF has provided 355 First Aid kits, 20 resuscitation kits, and transported into Gaza five additional emergency medical kits, each meeting the needs of 10,000 people over three months. Supplies were already pre-positioned in Gaza.



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UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

13/01/2009


Hello,

kadara kursum is suggesting the following article from http://www.arabnews.com:
Cabinet hopes Obama will be objective and neutral
P.K. Abdul Ghafour I Arab News

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia yesterday called on the international community to help stop Israel’s killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians and demanded the immediate pullback of Israeli troops from Gaza. “Saudi Arabia will stand by their Palestinian brethren at all levels to protect their entity and rights,” the Council of Ministers said in a statement yesterday, describing Israel’s war on Gaza as genocide.
The Council of Ministers, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, expressed its deep concern over the continuing Israeli atrocities on unarmed civilians.
“The situation in Gaza demands decisive international intervention to put an end to this human catastrophe,” the Cabinet said in the statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The Cabinet meeting urged the international community to pressure Israel to implement the UN Security Council resolution that calls for both sides to return to an immediate cease-fire.
The Cabinet expressed its optimism over US President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to move quickly in search of a just solution for the Palestinian cause.
“We look forward to the upcoming American administration being more serious, objective and neutral in its handling of the Palestinian issue,” the statement said.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will meet King Abdullah in Riyadh today, SPA said. The two leaders will “discuss regional and international issues of mutual interest as well as bilateral relations,” the agency added.
Saudi Arabia has been in the forefront of Muslim nations in providing relief to Gazans reeling under the Israeli war machine. A nationwide fundraising campaign ordered by King Abdullah has so far collected more than SR188 million. The amount does not include the value of in-kind donations such as jewelry, foodstuffs, medicine, tents and blankets.
Saed Al-Harithy, head of the Saudi relief campaign for Gazans, said the Kingdom was sending relief supplies to Gaza by air and land. “All relief supplies have reached Gaza but the enormity of the damage caused by the Israeli blitz demands more assistance,” he said.
The Kingdom has established a land bridge to transport relief supplies to Gaza. Al-Harithy launched the first phase of the project during a function at Hyper Panda in Moruj district of Riyadh. A convoy of 59 large trucks carrying 760 tons of foodstuffs, medicine and 30 ambulances was dispatched to Gaza during the event. “We are still welcoming donations from Saudis and expatriates for Gazans. Prospective donors can deposit their money in the joint account No. 33 at National Commercial Bank,” he said..



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UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

Amin’s kids’: We lived and died before our time
I had resisted joining the social network Facebook, fearing it would just take up time that I didn’t have. But I could no longer bear a whole year of having my friends and children ridiculing me for being “old fashioned”.

Battered, and isolated, I surrendered and joined. Within minutes, there were several “friend invitations” from old buddies and schoolmates who had been looking for me. I have since gotten to meet many old friends and made new ones. But the schoolmates among them (like others whom I had reconnected with through other avenues on the Internet), are mostly the ones I met while studying in Egypt and the USA.

I have about 12 friends I knew at Makerere more than 25 years ago whom I exchange emails with regularly; two from high school, and NONE from my days in primary school.

It is slightly better with women, because quite a number of them are still friends and in contact with other women with whom they shared a desk in Primary Two. Two other groups of Ugandans have done much better than us, the Amin Generation children: Those who became of school-going age after 1986 (as long as they weren’t from the north) and, ironically, our parents. Some of father’s best friends today are people with whom he went to secondary school!

I have no primary and secondary school mates on Facebook, because all but one of my best friends in high school were killed in political violence, especially from 1979 during and immediately after the war against Amin’s regime, and during Obote II. Several died in the bush fighting on the side of the NRA rebels.

To compound matters, we reached our 20s, the age when hormones tend to rage out of control; when you are finally free from parental authority and the tyranny of the school headmaster, hall warden, and vice chancellor, to experiment with all forbidden pleasures. But then, Aids was ravaging Uganda mercilessly and ignorance was high. That was the silly age when we believed crap like if you chewed raw cassava or ran around the bed three times, then you couldn’t possibly get Aids from your partner that night. Aids laid waste to those of us that remained.

While I know quite a few girls from the Amin Generation who survived, a very high number of them just broke down from the trauma of the years and ran mad. One of our friends was simply beaten into insanity by her husband. Waragi then finished most of a few more of the survivors, ensuring that we nearly became extinct.

Luckily new technology has allowed the fate of our generation to become a narrative – even though tragic - because it gives us new power to search those times. I think of names of wonderful school and classmates, and even of nice girls in neighbouring schools who looked promising. And no matter which search engine I use, I come out with blanks. But I won’t give up.

Sometimes I fear that, apart from Amin, nothing else will be remembered of the 70s because it just doesn’t make sense. I have heard people who went to Makerere before the 70s, talking of the shared experience of dancing at Susana Nightclub in Nakulaabye. And today, this generation is spoilt for choice. There is Ange Noir, Silk, name it.

We had Chez Josef, near the IPS Building. But in an age of great scarcity, the drinks were either not there, or when they were they were too expensive. Besides, dances off-campus used to be held only during broad daylight because it was too dangerous to go out at night.

Recently in London I met a very funny chap who used to play Kampala in those days. He told me that those days, you could take a girl to a dance, confidently walk to the bar and ask to Johnnie Walker, secure in the knowledge that it was not there.

Your lady would still appreciate that you wanted to buy her a black label Johnnie Walker, extremely expensive those days, but you were let down by the widespread shortages of the time. One time, he pulled the old con at Chez Josef with a girl he was trying to impress. He asked for whisky. However, as misfortune would have it, that day the bar had received a few smuggled bottles from Kenya. The bar tender asked him how many tots he wanted.

His world collapsed, for in his pocket he had only Shs300 left. Today, this story sounds childish and silly. I have tried telling my children these tales, and almost every time they have laughed me out the house. They don’t believe that anywhere in the world, let alone Uganda 30 years ago, one could wear their bell bottoms, blow out an Afro hairdo, and at midday walk (as was more likely) to town to dance. This generation then is fortunate that there are very few of us who are alive today to tell them these stories, so they will hardly hear them.

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Leslie Karidon said at 01/13/2009, 22:13
Charles, You can't cease amusing me. Your focus is always extra-ordinary. The death of a generation is a symbol of systems collapse and a threat to cross-generational moral dialogue; the tenets of strong society. May be that is the reason we have failed politically. Because politics is very much a product of socio-cultural morality.
Aisha said at 01/14/2009, 08:06
Charles, we need to hear these stories, so that the past does not repeat itself. We of the dotcom era no longer know or even understand what our legacy is and what your generation sacrificed for us to be able to enjoy the benefits today. Don't ever stop telling the stories, some of us are listening
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JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday emphasized the strong relationship between the Saudi citizens and their leadership, saying: "I am nothing without my people."
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TABLE 1




GENEALOGICAL ASSIMILATION BETWEEN THE ADIBU & OKAPI-BURA CLANS OF WEST NILE SUB-REGION


1st generation / Guki


2nd generation/ Yeki


3rd generation / Zaki- Jaki


4th generation / Temeresu son of Zaki at Mount Liru Bango son of Zaki –Jaki at Oleba


5th generation / Wangita- Adibu son of Utusi from Obali –Okapi at Oleba
Ora extending to the other side


6th generation / Dada son of Ide of the Nyikamero Oka - Okapi at Oleba
Clan


7th generation / Baba son Atta of the Nyori Clan Enzu- Okapi at Oleba


8th generation / Dada son of Aka of the Morobu Clan Lewoziya- Okapi at Oleba


9th generation / Nyabira son of Ute - Biyu of the Turupa Clan Avudri- Okapi at Oleba


10th generation / Al-Amin Dada son of Atata of the Godiya Clan Lenya married from the Bura Clan


11th generation/ Buda married from the Mbokolo Clan


12th generation / Aate was betrothed to Al-Amin Dada


13th generation / Idi Al-Amin Dada son of Aisha Aate of the Okapi –Bura Clan


14th generation / Jaffar Remo Al-Amin son of Nakoli of the Ba-isemuwaya-Ngobi Clan


15th generation / Idi Alemi Al-Amin son of Tiko of the Leiko-Yatwa Clan



IDI AL-AMIN'S ANCESTRY CHART (INCLUDING MATERNAL LINEAGE):


TABLE 2


13th Century
1260-1310
Temeresu son of Zaki-Jaki
from Kupera Clan Mama Iriyaka from
Odhobu Clan Mount Liru Koboko District


14th Century
1360-1410 Wangita son of
Temeresu from
Taranga Clan Mama Utusi from Ora Mount Liru Koboko District


15th Century
1460-1510 Dada son of Wangita
from Ora Clan Mama Ide from
Likamero Keri River Koboko District


16th Century
1560-1610 Baba son of Dada from
Likamero Clan Mama Atta from Nyori Keri River Koboko District


17th Century
1610-1660 Dada son of Baba from
Nyori Clan Mama Aka from
Morobu Keri River Koboko
District


18th Century
1710-1760 Nyabira son of Dada
from Morobu Clan Mama Biya from
Turupa-Ponyona Keri River Koboko
District


19th Century
1889-1976 Al-Amin Dada son of
Nyabira from Turupa
Clan Mama Atata from
Godiya-Gombe Keri River Koboko District


20th Century
1928-2003 Idi Al-Amin son of Al-Amin
Dada from Godiya Clan Mama Aate from
Okapi-Bura Oleba County Maracha-Terego
District


20th Century
1966- Tshombe Jaffar Al-Amin
son of Idi Al-Amin
from Okapi-Bura Clan Mama Nakoli Bulima
from
Ba-isemuwaya-Ngobi Namugongo County
Kaliro District


21st Century
2004- Idi Alemi Al-Amin son
of Tshombe Jaffar Al-
Amin from Ba-
Isemuwaya-Ngobi Clan Nnalongo Tiko
From Leiko-Yatwa Leiko Sub-County
Koboko District



Footnote:- Assimilation traits in most Ethnic groups in the Great lakes region:




Cultural diffusion as opposed to enculturation which refers to the passage of culture from one generation to another, goes some way to explain the consistent examples of multicultural traits in most of the Ethnic groupings in the Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa.


For example we the Kakwa of the Bari Ethnic Group have experienced our fair share of both cultural diffusion and enculturation into our neighbouring Sudanic Madi ethnic grouping that includes the following sub-tribes of Avukaya, Lendu, Madi, Lugbwara and Logo.


A similar case in point is seen in the Plains Nilotic Langi who form part of the Atekerin Ethnic group constituting of the Karimojong,Teso, Sebani, Kumam and Langi in Uganda. However through the years they have experienced in the case of the Langi their fair share of cultural diffusion into the Preponderant River Nilotic Luo Ethnic Group of the Acholi and Alur-Junam.


Further south The Mythical so called Ba-tembuzi (Actually Hamitic Oromo) call them what you may: Tshewezi-Luo-Bibito-Bahinda-Hima-Tutsi-Bahororo-Bafumbira-Huma Royal Lineage which forms the so called Bantu Kingdoms in the Great Lakes region are definitely what Bambushi "Major Stigand" termed "of a composite mixer under rulers of foreign extraction".


Their combined diffusion and enculturation in fact taking up and relinquishing their original languages and taking up the languages of their Indigenous Bantu Subjects: Banyoro, Balamoji, Basoga, Bugweri, Baganda, Bakooki, Bahaya, Baziba, Bairu, Bakiga, Bakonzo and the Bahutu Ethnic groups, who trace their origins from the Katanga region of Central Africa. Here in the Cushite-Hamites practically usurped a way of life but also brought in the so-called superior way of life from the Horn of Africa into the Great Lakes region some 600-500 years ago.

A NILO-HAMITIC EQUIVALENT OF THE JUDAEO-SEMITIC GENESIS OF THE KAKWA TRIBE




Our Nilo-Hamitic equivalent of the Judaeo-Semitic Genesis account comes from one of today’s most prominent and respected of Kakwa Adiyo Narrators, Elder Erinayo Lega from the Padombu Clan and Midiya sub-clan, in Ko'buko County. He tells us our very own version of historical events deeply rooted in Mythical Legend.

This is how he proceeded in an interview aired in the 90s on Radio Uganda, "Kakwa Program", which the Program host, Akita Mungo Park, of the Leiko Clan kindly recorded and which Yuga Juma Onziga later had the privilege of laying his hands on.


Please note at the outset that it is our Kakwa unique traditional style to reduce the narration of the events of the past or ethno-history to kaze (variant kaje) or {yesterday}. Furthermore, this information can be gleaned from Yuga Onziga’s website: http://www.kakwa.org/history.htm.



Yuga Juma Onziga of the Rugbuza Clan near Mt- Liru made great efforts in translating the Oral Recitals from Kakwa into English almost verbatim (i.e. as is).



Kakwa Social-Political Set-up:




Among all Bari-speaking tribes, types of dependant affiliation have been reported (Buxton, p.11). The Bari call them dupi or "clientsâ, pena" or "prisoners of war " and lui or "free men". Crazzolara (1951) claims to have found similar dependants among the Alur of Uganda. Exactly what their status and role in society was is not well explained.


For the Mundari, they were a society, which has always seen political assimilation of different kinds: that of dependant strangers to established patrons; that of new groups to older ones; and that of the politically weak to the politically powerful. In contrast, Kakwa society has always seen mostly the assimilation of the nephews to their mother’s clans.


A case in point is that of the Midiya clan in Ko-buko, which boasts of having the largest numbers of assimilated nephews. The ability to assimilate individuals and small groups of people into society and imbue them with strong feelings for the Kakwa culture and way of life may, in fact, have been one of the reasons why the Kakwa succeeded in retaining their independence in the face of southward and westward pressure by their powerful Sudanic neighbors.


Egalitarian Structure:




Kakwa people have a patriarchal form of society without a central supreme authority. Fragmentation was the essence of the political system, a single village sub-clan known as ketimi being the largest unit with full social and political functions.


The sub-clans always have had strong individualistic and partisan interests. Each clan was politically independent of others and it enjoyed sufficient traditional loyalty. At the head of each clan, and the highest political officer, there was the Kayo the oldest and eldest member of the clan.


Those clans destined for rain prediction like the Adibu Likamero, Bura and Morodu Clans also have a special chief known as the Mata lo Kudu literally Chief of Rain often mistakenly referred to as "rain-maker". Other clans who trace their lineage through Wokube, the brother to Yeki refer to this chief as the Bura-tiyo.



This is so since they actually are not descendants of Yeki and neither are they descendents of Zaki son of Yeki, but as mentioned are the descendants of Wokube, the sibling who insisted to their father Guki that they should slaughter Dikilinya the Cow, which was chosen as the welcoming feast for Yeki the Prodigal son who had to make a four day trip from his father’s Kraal to his newly found Wodogo Mt-Liru and another four day trip back to his father’s Kraal in Lolowi.



Immediately below the Mata are the clan elders known as Temezi-ka who are more often than not, heads of sub-clans and are related to the Kayo, being brothers. The main function of the Mata lo Kudu is To-bura "wisdom and strength" to look after the welfare of each clan and consequently of the entire Kakwa people altogether.


For instance, in cases of outbreaks of mysterious diseases, prolonged droughts, hunting expeditions, conflict resolutions etc, the Bura are consulted. In some clans, Chieftainship was confined to the rainmaking clans and the chief would simultaneously assume two titles as chief of the land and chief of the rain.

Some Kakwa clans did not have a rainmaker for various reasons but most plausibly because their founding father "any of Zaki's 12 children" did not belong to a rainmaking family. In such clans, the duties of the chief of the land and the chief of the rain were separated. That of the chief of the rain was entrusted to another person who was not the chief.


However, it was rare to find a chief who was not also a rainmaker. As a patrilineal society, the position of the chief has always been hereditary. However, among the non-rainmaking clans, the chief's office was not hereditary. Clans without rainmakers could borrow them from other clans and a borrowed rainmaker did not have political influence. He would instead be paid for his consulting services.


The Kakwa indigenous political system features small villages centered around a group of men who are related by patrilineal descent. A council of male elders wields political and judicial authority.


Most land is devoted to cultivating Corn / Maize, Sorghum, Millet, Potatoes, and Cassava.

Cattle, goats, sheep and chicken are part of the economy but not central to it.


Kakwa operate on a common principle. All clans in society are related genealogically by the Kakwa way of thinking. Any Kakwa clan knows only it's own genealogies in detail and something of those of it's immediate neighbors, who were always considered to be of the same division. Beyond one's own community, little or nothing was known of the genealogies of other groups except through marriage and maybe adoption.


The historical past of another group’s ancestry was relevant as its present territorial and social relationship to one's own. It was clear also that in this context social distance was equated more or less with spatial distance.


The accounts of the creation and of the activities of the siblings before the heroes---- from Guki to the present---may be called mythical; those of the clan-founders' descendants may be called genealogical; those of the heroes themselves presented both mythical and genealogical features, that is, they may be placed in either category on different occasions. If we put them on a time scale, the heroes are either at the end of the mythical period or at the beginning of the genealogical period.


But to do this is to distort the significance of accounts. The difficulty is that Western myths and histories are placed on a time scale and, therefore, the concepts we use in this context contain reference to non-recurrent measured time.


During the mythological period-----from Mungura to Biyu---- the personages lived in isolation in a world in which there were no clans. They committed incest, not recognizing ties of kinship; they did not transfer bride-wealth for their mates and ties of affinity and the family as such were not recognized; they could do marvelous feats that men can no longer achieve: workers of miracles, miraculous men, magic or the introduction of techniques by magical means.


Their characteristics were non-human or contra-human (i.e. against or in opposition to or contrary to humans). It is with the appearance of the heroes and their begetting sons that human beings became social beings living in society and personages were ordinary beings and clan members behaved in the way that people did normally. These heroes also possessed superhuman and magical ties.


Before that they were not members of a society - "there was no society, in fact and they and their world existed in the north outside present Kakwa territory, a territory where every part was associated in tradition with a particular clan".


The appearance of the Europeans in Kakwa land has also been accounted for in a similar use of myth. They were said to have introduced kido bo-li literally "tortoises or vehicles". These foreigners were also given similar attributes, such as cannibalism, disappearing underground, walking on their heads and covering long distances in a day by this means; as soon as they were noticed, they began to walk on their legs but if attacked they would vanish into the ground and come up some distance away.


They legend says would then move away on their heads. They were thus literally inverted. For Kakwa, time was periodic, reckoned mainly by generations of men and women, the seasons, the stars, the moon and the sun. All these phenomena occurred at regular intervals and were not placed on a scale of non-recurrent time. Events that did not recur were not put on measured time scale. Kakwa myth and genealogy were little related to historical time. Genealogy explained and validated the social relations among living people. No Kakwa knew the genealogy of other people except their own, since they were for the most part outside everyday experience. Genealogies dealt with social beings as members of a given community, and the ancestors were significant, and therefore, remembered insofar as the relationships between them validated the present composition of the community. But the ancestors were placed in society, and society itself was given meaning and validity, by myth.



Linguistic connection:



The Kakwa are related to the Bari, Kuku, Mundari, Nyangwara, Pojulu and even to the Karimojong. Although Kakwa people speak an Eastern Nilotic language, they are geographically separated from other Eastern Nilotic speakers. Kakwa society occupies the region bordering northwestern Uganda, southern Sudan, and northeastern Congo. The exact point at which the Kakwa separated from the Bari and Bari-Speaking Tribes or from the rest of the Nilo-Hamites/ Plains Nilotics groups as a whole is not known. The general conjecture is that they split east of the Nile at Kapoeta from the eastern shore of Lake Rudolf (Lake Turkana), or they split somewhere in the present northeast area of the Red Sea in Ethiopia and may be they split even in the Nile Valley of the Sudan.


The place of Yeki, Zaki and Mount Liru in Kakwa traditions and history is well documented in songs, dances, child naming ceremonies and in other aspects of the tribe's traditional culture. These are always reinforced by the Kakwa elders during funeral rites, wedding ceremonies or during any communal feasts and events. The greatest honour bestowed upon Yeki and Zaki has been undertaken by the legendary Kakwa singer and musician Agele, of the Ginyako Kakwa clan, in Ko-buko. Indeed, his songs known as mute or mourning songs are still sung to this day. Even the fundamentalist Christian cult, locally referred to as 0-barokole or 0-borokole, have adopted Agele’s songs. Also, a Kakwa infant, born anywhere in the world, is pointed to Mount Liru to connect the child to his or her ancestry.


Additionally, it is to make him or her live long and become as legendary as the famous mountain. In the Kakwa tradition of gbiyo na N'giro or Child-naming ritual, the nursing mother of an infant emerges from her house officially after the kapule (or umbilical cord) of the baby has fallen off the navel. Up to that point, the baby who has been kept indoors since birth, is brought outside for the first time. If the infant is a girl, the nursing mother emerges with her after three days and if it is a boy after four days.


At the door, an aunt holds the infant and points her or him to the direction of Mount Liru with the pronouncement: Liru, N'giro lolu ilo (which literally translates into: "Liru, here is your child"). If it is a baby boy, this pointing and pronouncement is repeated four times. If it is a baby girl, the pronouncement: Liru, N'giro nonu ina "Liru, here is your child" is repeated three times. After this, an appropriate proper name is given the child. Jungba na laputu na nyeyi (a special meal prepared from a type of pea is eaten) as a special meal for celebrating the child naming ritual.



The handful of the Kakwa people who have long settled in Arua call themselves Kakwa-ti-Arua or Kakwa-ku-Arua [i.e. the "Kakwa of Arua"] or Kakwa of Mvara or Kakwa of Ochi- ba, or Kakwa of Awindiri etc., depending on what exact outskirt of Arua they have settled in. Such Kakwa have always considered themselves as being "more advanced" socially, culturally and economically than their counterparts in either Yei, Ko-buko, A'di or Godia Bura.

Most are also either Protestants or Muslims (sometimes erroneously called Nubis), and they hail mainly from the Ko-buko clans of Godiya (Godia), Nya ngiliya (Nya ngilia), Turupa, Leyiko (Leiko) and Dimu. The Protestant segment is mainly settled at Mvara and Awindiri. Many of it's members have been mainly prominent church leaders and goers of the famous Emanuel Church in the vicinity of Arua town. Here, their main occupation was Primary or Elementary school teachers.


The Muslim population concentrated around the Tanganyika Village, Lumumba Road, and in Ochi-ba. These are mainly traders, drivers, butchers, and even peasants. Indeed, the family of Idi Awongo Alemi [Idi Amin Dada] settled in the Tanganyika Village after the armistice WW I in which his Father Amin Dada Nyabira had forcefully been conscripted into serving between 1915 and 1921 in the Kings African Rifles when he joined the Colonial Police Forces at Nsambya Police Baracks.


Because of their Islamic faith, the whole Kakwa community in Arua have been equated with the Nubis or Nubians.


Although conditions of living of the Arua Kakwa have always been obviously harsh—with constant food and accommodation shortages—for example, they still believed that they were living a "better" life than their rural Kakwa counterparts. It is this self-conceitedness, utopia, paranoia, and myopia that have consistently and foolishly tended to drive them to look down upon their distant relatives. But, as if to remind them that they were refugees in Arua after all, many of these Kakwa ti Arua were also forced to vacate West Nile's capital in 1979, after the so called liberation of Uganda, by the invading Tanzanian and UNLA forces.


In doing so, the Arua Kakwas lost most of their possessions in the district's capital. Even worse, they became worse-off refugees than the rural Kakwas who were already used to being self-reliant in food and accommodation, and having faced decades of dire social and economic problems throughout much of their daily lives before.


An even worse situation was faced by those Kakwa people who described themselves as ngutui-ti-lojo meaning the "overseas people". The word ngutu means "person" and lojo (lozo) means "across river or lake" or simply "overseas". Hence, these people sometimes also call themselves Kakwa-ti-lojo (or "the overseas Kakwa"). The term generally designates the Ugandan towns and other areas of "economic vibrancy", such as Bugerere (Kayunga), Soroti, Mbale, Gulu, Moyo, Kakira, Kawolo (Lugazi), Kigumba, Kampala, Jinja, Hoima, Kakoge, Masindi, Namasali, Namasagali and Mbale.



These places had become the chief centres of kasa nmvu (cheap labourers) drawn largely from the northern Uganda tribes that include the Kakwa people. This southward migration peaked soon after World War I when Uganda's present territorial borders were finally demarcated. This migration further ushered in wave after wave of adult Kakwa males who had to work in the sugarcane, banana and coffee plantations in order to receive financial payments to pay for the newly-introduced poll taxes. Meanwhile, the Kakwa of the Congo migrated to Kinshasa, Kisangani, Wacha and Bunia also as labourers, or rarely, to enlist as soldiers in the notorious Belgian army or Force Publique then commonly known as the Tukutuku.


A similar migration pattern developed among the Kakwa of the Sudan who are now found in Juba, Khartoum and Port Sudan—mainly voluntarily compared to either Uganda or the Congo.


.
LIFE TOUR OF THE LATE IDI AL-AMIN ALEMI DADA FROM 1925 TO 16TH AUGUST 2003:


TABLE 3


Age Year In Year Out Time Place of Residence




1-3 years 1925 1931 3 years Police Barracks Shimoni-Nakasero &
Kololo Hill Poice



3-8 years 1931 1936 5 years Arua Muslim School
Arua District


9-12 years 1937 1940 4 years Semuto-Luwero


12-16 1940 1944 5 years Al-Qadriyah Darasah Bombo
& Mehta Sugar Plantation


17-18 years 1945 1946 1 year Imperial Hotel Speke Avenue



18-34 years 1946 1962 17 years KAR-UR
conscription
No. N44428


34-44 years 1962 1971 10 years Command Centre
Mbuya UA no. UO-03



44-53 years 1971 1979 9 years Head of State
2nd Republic
of Uganda


53-76 years 1979 2003 24 years Exile in Libya
& Saudi Arabia

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We have been proved right: Al-Jasser
Mushtak Parker | Arab News

LONDON: The prudent and cautious regulatory stewardship of the Saudi financial and banking sector over the last few years has been vindicated as Saudi-based financial institutions have been much less affected by the fallout of the credit crunch and the impact of the global financial turmoil.
While some banks in neighboring Bahrain, Kuwait and Dubai have reported exposure to the US subprime CDOs (collateralized debt obligations); or to overexposure to the real estate market or even commodity receivables such as reverse Murabaha, resulting in some of the cases to more than $3 billion of write-offs, Saudi banks are weathering the storm and in fact are looking forward to 2009 and 2010 with much greater optimism than there Western and international counterparts.
At a recent financial and economic conference in Riyadh, Muhammad Al-Jasser, the vice-governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), the central bank, highlighted the Saudi regulator's prudential and supervisory philosophy. "We were accused of micro-managing. They said that SAMA was intrusive when we said 'slowdown'. Now they want to kiss our foreheads. We never ceased believing that regulation must be part of the financial markets. The private interest of bankers must be guided like traffic. The rules must be applied to prevent excessive risk taking," he explained.
Unusually for a Saudi bureaucrat, Al-Jasser could not have been more forthright in stressing that "there was a dismal failure of regulatory oversight" in the financial services markets in the West especially in the US, UK and Western Europe. In contrast, the Kingdom has been planning precisely for the rainy day. "In the good days, we rebuilt our reserves and paid down debt so we could cushion the economy and spend more than we are taking in during the bad times. Now our reserves will come down," he said.
Some four years ago in 2005, SAMA, concerned by the wanton speculation on the local Saudi share market, was already reining in local banks and warned their senior executives that the banks should not to finance excessive speculation in the capital markets. Perhaps it was a bit too late to preempt the "irrational exuberance" in the Saudi stock market (the Tadawul Stock Exchange) which led to a 30 percent market correction in March 2007 which was effectively a wake-up call for both ordinary Saudis and institutional investors.
Ironically, it was the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which repeatedly in its Article 1V Consultations with Saudi Arabia over the last few years urged Riyadh to use its petrodollar surpluses more prudently to mitigate downturns in the future and to help future Saudi generations. Perhaps it is a double irony that the IMF failed to advise its main bankroller the US and its European partners to adopt the same prudency.
SAMA's conservative policy of urging Saudi banks to steer clear of highly speculative and risky derivatives and the government's policy of not rushing into establishing bloated sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), unlike Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait and those in China and Singapore, has paid off handsomely. Many of the SWFs were chasing high returns and have reported losses on several fronts. SAMA reserve investment exposure is mainly to US Treasury bonds and US dollar reserves.
SAMA's policy has even been commended in the international media. The London Financial Times in a report a few days ago called the Saudi regulator's supervision and investment policy "prescient precisely because of that conservative stance."
"While many central banks from China to Qatar were establishing funds to pursue higher returns with at least a portion of their reserves," said the Financial Times report, "SAMA did not. It eschewed the siren song of alternative investments and faithfully continued to buy US Treasury debt, using its dollar-denominated oil earnings to do so. In retrospect, with many hedge funds down 50 percent and the majority of private equity-owned companies worth far less today than at the peak two years ago, SAMA's choices seem more brilliant than boring. At a time when both Washington and Wall Street have lost their certitude, both capitals could do worse than look at SAMA.
"As a result of its sound approach to regulation and its careful management of its reserves, Saudi Arabia today is in far better shape than most of its neighbors in the region; neighbors who pursued more ambitious investment policies and were less prudent regulators."
Local bankers such as John Sfakianakis, chief economist at SABB (Saudi British Bank) strongly support SAMA's prudent policy. "If SAMA had not been prudent in allowing the many banks to set up operations," explained Sfakianakis to Arab News, "we could now be facing the same regulatory oversight problems that US banks are facing. The culture of greed that characterized many Western banks was not replicated in Saudi Arabia due to SAMA.
"Also, unlike the speculative real estate lending that was witnessed in some parts of the Middle East, Saudi banks have adhered to a balanced and conservative loan book. Saudi Arabia can weather the global recession far better now than before and far better than most members of the G-8. Even if oil prices average $30-$35 a barrel for the next two years Saudi Arabia's economy will face manageable headwinds. If the US economy is undergoing a heart transplant Saudi Arabia is facing a cold snap."
Indeed, perhaps not surprisingly, it was to Riyadh that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown turned to bring stability to the world oil markets by suggesting an international conference in the Kingdom last year to discuss the vagaries of the oil market and its impact on global economies. Similarly, Saudi Arabia was invited to the top table at the G-20 meeting in Washington late 2008 called by the lameduck Bush administration to bring stability to the global financial markets.
Even the transition team of new President Barack Obama sent out feelers to Riyadh to see what role Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries and Islamic finance in particular could play in helping recapitalize and energize the global financial markets.
Indeed one of the "positives" of the credit crunch and the global financial crisis, is the clear shift of financial and economic power away from the traditional centers of the US and Western Europe to the East including China, the GCC, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. Similarly analysts in London stress that the financial crisis and the credit crunch have exploded the myth once and for all that the developed markets in the West are not risky and are therefore secure. They urge investors in emerging countries to leverage their asset allocation strategies to include emerging market debt and other asset classes.
In the past, there was a sense of financial market and management invincibility exuding from Wall Street and the City in London. This was based on a neo-financial colonialistic chauvinism, which of course has proven to be highly fallible and damaging not only to these countries but to global financial system. In the end, the system was based on a pyramid of excess - whether of greed, risk, bonus chasing and under-regulation.
It would turn out to be perhaps perverse that the regulators and markets may have a greater capacity to endure major global financial crises than to pre-empt them.

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Bid launched to find jobs for disabled
Fatima Sidiya | Arab News

JEDDAH: The Disabled Children's Association is organizing a meeting for disabled Saudis of both genders to network with private and public companies to find jobs.
Samir Hanifa, head of the You Are Not Alone Department at the Disabled Children's Association, said the organization had been holding such meetings since 2004 and so far found jobs for 200 disabled youths over the age of 18. She added that the meeting would be ideal for disabled job seekers to network with companies looking for disabled staff.
Asked about the low number of disabled people helped so far, Hanifa said this was due to a lack of awareness among relatives of the disabled. She added that the meeting was being held to create a database of disabled job seekers. The meeting is being held ahead of the Disabled Employment Forum scheduled to take place in May.
Hanifa said there was a demand to employ disabled Saudis and that a number of companies regularly contact the association looking to hire disabled people. The Ministry of Labor's Saudization quota system considers the employment of one disabled Saudi equal to employing four able-bodied Saudis.
The You Are Not Alone Department was established in 2004 to raise awareness among disabled people and their families, and help them overcome difficulties and challenges in finding jobs. The department also helps disabled people interact with public and private institutions, and provides them with social and psychological support.
Disabled people looking for jobs can contact the department at 02-6224080 (ext. 310 and 220) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Ministry move on mixed marriages makes many unhappy
Hassna'a Mokhtar | Arab News

JEDDAH: When 38-year-old American Mary Jones married a Saudi in the United States 15 years ago, she did not expect that it would take two years for the Saudi government to allow her to live with her husband in Saudi Arabia.
Why two years? That's how long it took to obtain the marriage permit from the Saudi Ministry of Interior.
From a Saudi woman's point of view, Jones said, allowing Saudi men to marry foreigners increases the problem of spinsterhood.
"Marriage is a personal choice," said Jones. "It's not fair to decide for people whom they can and can't marry. In Islam, husbands are to be chosen for excellence in religion and moral character, not for nationality."
Last week the Ministry of Interior rejected a request by the Shoura Council for easing rules governing Saudis who marry non-Saudis. However, the ministry excluded from the rules the elderly, the disabled and people who are socially rejected.
"To allow only the elderly, outcast and disabled people to marry non-Saudis is an affront to society. It shows that we're a non-cooperative and unbalanced community," said 36-year-old lawyer and legal consultant Wail Joharji.
A non-Saudi has to apply for a marriage permit to marry a Saudi woman.
Relevant official documents, medical records, passport, identification letter and the marriage request must be submitted to the Interior Ministry to issue the marriage permit. Only after this permit is issued can the marriage legally take place.
Article 6 of the Saudi intermarriage bylaw states: "Any Saudi man or woman who desires to marry a non-Saudi woman or man must have acceptable character, nationality and religion, excluding people belonging to beliefs not approved by Shariah."
But even with the strict regulations, almost 25 permits are granted daily for Saudis to marry non-Saudis, the Okaz newspaper reported on Friday quoting a source at the ministry.
Tara Gregory, an American married to a Saudi with one son living in Riyadh, wrote in her blog Future Husbands and Wives of Saudis (www.taraummomar.blogspot.com) that the entire marriage-permission process is so rife with encumbrances that it can be viewed as collective punishment.
"A few reasons that compel Saudis to marry non-Saudis are religion, love, compatibility and sometimes destiny ... I propose that the Saudi government conduct a study on whether the effects of regulating such marriages are actually decreasing spinsterhood and not contributing to higher divorce rates," wrote Gregory.
Talal Bakri, head of the Social, Family and Youth Affairs Committee at the Shoura Council, was quoted recently in a local newspaper as saying that the council requested the ease of regulations due to the unfortunate situation many Saudis who marry non-Saudis without permission are in.
"Saudis whose marriage permits were rejected are forced to travel outside the country to conduct the marriages. These marriages don't last long and end in divorce. The victims are the children who eventually become homeless. It all gives a bad reputation for our country," Bakri said.
Taha Al-Safi, a 25-year-old systems analyst at Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, is currently engaged to a non-Saudi.
"I wish I was an outcast or disabled so that I could obtain the marriage permission without problems," said Al-Safi humorously.
"At the end of the day, marriage is a personal choice. And with the increased divorce rate among Saudis, I believe we must be given the option," Al-Safi added.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If a man of whom you're pleased with his religion and manners comes proposing, then approve the marriage."

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US Consulate starts partial visa services
Sultan Al-Tamimi I Arab News

JEDDAH: The US Consulate in Jeddah announced yesterday that it would resume “partial nonimmigrant visa services.”
“The Consulate General will be able to process a maximum of 300 applications per month, which represents about 10 percent of the traditional caseload in Jeddah,” said a consulate statement.
US officials will be available four days per month to conduct interviews for King Abdullah Scholarship Program recipients, exchange visitors on government-sponsored international programs, diplomats and Saudi government officials traveling on official business and employees of and representatives to international organizations. The interviews will take place on Sundays and Mondays.
The reinstatement of full service is contingent on the opening of the new consulate building in Jeddah, expected to be completed in the first half of next year.
Saudi students should be particularly happy about this change, which is expected to make it easier for those who plan ahead and budget enough time to obtain one of the interviews locally.
“Hopefully now I don’t need to travel to Riyadh and book myself in a hotel so that I don’t lose my interview,” said Mohammad Abdul Aziz, who will be studying in the US. US visa services in Jeddah have been closed since an attack on the consulate in December 2004 that killed five locally hired consular employees.

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Israeli elections and Arab hopes
Faris Al-Asr I Arab News

EVER since the dashed hopes of Annapolis, Arab desires to move forward with peace have been met with the caution that timing was not right. Repeatedly we were told that we would have to wait for American, and now Israeli elections, before deducing the political environment in which such efforts would have to be made. That wait is now over, and we have understood that it is not the environment, but the courage of participants in peace that matters.
The election of Barack Obama brought great hope to the world, and his appointment of George Mitchell as Middle East envoy was well received across the board. Yet Arabs are still disappointed by Obama’s silence on Gaza, and there are no signs yet that US policy fundamentals on the Arab-Israeli conflict will change. We hope so of course, and we hope that after Israel’s election Obama will fully redefine America’s approach to peace.
On the Israeli side, where we are told that Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud is against a viable two-state solution while Labor and Kadima are for it, the picture is actually much more nuanced. Menachem Begin’s Likud government was the first to make peace with any Arab country, while Golda Meir and Shimon Peres of the Israeli left achieved little in terms of peace.. Again, it is bold moves, bold leadership and the seizing of opportunities that make peace, not political parties or circumstances.
In Israel, a broad coalition government will likely emerge from today’s elections, representing both opportunities and obstacles to peace. Meanwhile, the Palestinian leadership is even more divided, especially after Gaza. The Israeli mantra that there is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side is quite fitting for once. But a Palestinian national unity government could be in the works after a cease-fire agreement with Israel, putting the Palestinians in broadly the same political situation — in terms of opportunities and obstacles to peace — as an Israeli coalition government.
As we await Obama’s proposals beyond the usual American policy of sending an envoy as a temporary tranquilizer, the only potentially transformative element for peace is the Arab peace initiative. In Beirut in 2002, 22 Arab countries signed on to a proposal from then-Crown Prince Abdullah, offering Israel peace and fully normalized relations with all Arab countries, in exchange for a withdrawal to pre-1967 borders (with expected adjustments) and a just solution for Palestinian refugees.
In the seven years that have passed since the proposal, and despite its relaunching in 2007, neither Israel nor America has responded particularly favorably, or even at all, to a daring initiative that provides a solid basis for final negotiations leading to a peace agreement. The Arab peace initiative was somewhat incorporated into the Annapolis initiative and represents international consensus and prescriptions on resolving the conflict. In fact, it spells out exactly the conditions that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on the eve of his resignation, said that Israel must eventually accept if it wants peace.
What we would like to hear from Israel’s next government, whoever heads it, is exactly that: A clear endorsement of the Arab peace initiative and a call on all parties to show some audacity in moving toward a final peace agreement. If the new Israeli government were to extend a true olive branch to Arab countries on the basis of their peace initiative, the effect on the Palestinian side would also be transformative. A further pledge to work on the basis of what has already been agreed and move straight on to the finer details may be all that is needed to spur forces for peace into action across the board. This may seem like a lot to ask from Israel’s next government, but all parties to the conflict have come to recognize that their policies have reached a dead end, and that time is running out for a peaceful solution. Contrary to what we are sometimes told, Israelis want peace as much as we do. They want to hear our reassurances, that we accept their existence as a respected neighbor and that we take their need for security seriously.
By calling on Arabs to negotiate via the Arab League, the Palestinian Authority or a select group of Arab countries, the new Israeli government would send a powerful message to the Arab world, allowing Arabs also to get their divided house in order. Our approach should be one of building each other’s capacities for peace and demonstrating the benefits we all stand to gain. With that prospect, Arabs and Palestinians will come together and we will all bring out the best in each other. Instead of waiting for the ideal circumstances or leaders for peace, it is time we all built on what we already have and on the transformative power of a dialogue between parties who, despite widespread mistrust, all want the same thing.
By engaging and opening up to the other side we will solidify each other’s capacities and public credentials for peace. That is where the real road to peace lies. A groundbreaking declaration from Israel’s new government on the Arab peace initiative could be all we need to get that process going.
Let us be frank with each other and not miss another opportunity for peace, because every minute that goes by and every child that is killed in this conflict can only make prospects for peace recede further. We hereby call upon Israel’s new prime minister to seize existing initiatives for peace and to carry not the heavy weight of war, but the feather-light power of ideas and sincere dialogue. Let us help each other along that noble road and work together for peace.
— Faris Al-Asr is a Saudi businessman. He is based in Jeddah.

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Israeli elections and Arab hopes
Faris Al-Asr I Arab News

EVER since the dashed hopes of Annapolis, Arab desires to move forward with peace have been met with the caution that timing was not right. Repeatedly we were told that we would have to wait for American, and now Israeli elections, before deducing the political environment in which such efforts would have to be made. That wait is now over, and we have understood that it is not the environment, but the courage of participants in peace that matters.
The election of Barack Obama brought great hope to the world, and his appointment of George Mitchell as Middle East envoy was well received across the board. Yet Arabs are still disappointed by Obama’s silence on Gaza, and there are no signs yet that US policy fundamentals on the Arab-Israeli conflict will change. We hope so of course, and we hope that after Israel’s election Obama will fully redefine America’s approach to peace.
On the Israeli side, where we are told that Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud is against a viable two-state solution while Labor and Kadima are for it, the picture is actually much more nuanced. Menachem Begin’s Likud government was the first to make peace with any Arab country, while Golda Meir and Shimon Peres of the Israeli left achieved little in terms of peace.. Again, it is bold moves, bold leadership and the seizing of opportunities that make peace, not political parties or circumstances.
In Israel, a broad coalition government will likely emerge from today’s elections, representing both opportunities and obstacles to peace. Meanwhile, the Palestinian leadership is even more divided, especially after Gaza. The Israeli mantra that there is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side is quite fitting for once. But a Palestinian national unity government could be in the works after a cease-fire agreement with Israel, putting the Palestinians in broadly the same political situation — in terms of opportunities and obstacles to peace — as an Israeli coalition government.
As we await Obama’s proposals beyond the usual American policy of sending an envoy as a temporary tranquilizer, the only potentially transformative element for peace is the Arab peace initiative. In Beirut in 2002, 22 Arab countries signed on to a proposal from then-Crown Prince Abdullah, offering Israel peace and fully normalized relations with all Arab countries, in exchange for a withdrawal to pre-1967 borders (with expected adjustments) and a just solution for Palestinian refugees.
In the seven years that have passed since the proposal, and despite its relaunching in 2007, neither Israel nor America has responded particularly favorably, or even at all, to a daring initiative that provides a solid basis for final negotiations leading to a peace agreement. The Arab peace initiative was somewhat incorporated into the Annapolis initiative and represents international consensus and prescriptions on resolving the conflict. In fact, it spells out exactly the conditions that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on the eve of his resignation, said that Israel must eventually accept if it wants peace.
What we would like to hear from Israel’s next government, whoever heads it, is exactly that: A clear endorsement of the Arab peace initiative and a call on all parties to show some audacity in moving toward a final peace agreement. If the new Israeli government were to extend a true olive branch to Arab countries on the basis of their peace initiative, the effect on the Palestinian side would also be transformative. A further pledge to work on the basis of what has already been agreed and move straight on to the finer details may be all that is needed to spur forces for peace into action across the board. This may seem like a lot to ask from Israel’s next government, but all parties to the conflict have come to recognize that their policies have reached a dead end, and that time is running out for a peaceful solution. Contrary to what we are sometimes told, Israelis want peace as much as we do. They want to hear our reassurances, that we accept their existence as a respected neighbor and that we take their need for security seriously.
By calling on Arabs to negotiate via the Arab League, the Palestinian Authority or a select group of Arab countries, the new Israeli government would send a powerful message to the Arab world, allowing Arabs also to get their divided house in order. Our approach should be one of building each other’s capacities for peace and demonstrating the benefits we all stand to gain. With that prospect, Arabs and Palestinians will come together and we will all bring out the best in each other. Instead of waiting for the ideal circumstances or leaders for peace, it is time we all built on what we already have and on the transformative power of a dialogue between parties who, despite widespread mistrust, all want the same thing.
By engaging and opening up to the other side we will solidify each other’s capacities and public credentials for peace. That is where the real road to peace lies. A groundbreaking declaration from Israel’s new government on the Arab peace initiative could be all we need to get that process going.
Let us be frank with each other and not miss another opportunity for peace, because every minute that goes by and every child that is killed in this conflict can only make prospects for peace recede further. We hereby call upon Israel’s new prime minister to seize existing initiatives for peace and to carry not the heavy weight of war, but the feather-light power of ideas and sincere dialogue. Let us help each other along that noble road and work together for peace.
— Faris Al-Asr is a Saudi businessman. He is based in Jeddah.

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China to boost relations with GCC: President Hu
Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and China have pledged to work together to reform the world financial system. "Riyadh and Beijing have agreed to keep close contacts with a view to reforming the global financial institutions," said Chinese President Hu Jintao after talks with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Abdul Rahman Al-Attiyah.
Beijing also seeks to expand its ties with Gulf states within the framework of a new vision of bilateral relations that has been set out by the two blocs: the GCC and China. "Beijing would like to boost links with the six-nation GCC in all sectors," Hu said.
A keen desire to boost Sino-GCC relations and a plan for joint efforts with the Kingdom to ensure better functioning of the global system figured prominently during Hu's talks with senior Saudi and GCC officials yesterday. The global crisis was also discussed with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Tuesday night.
"The international situation is undergoing profound changes. In particular, the global financial crisis has posed severe challenges to us," said the Chinese leader.
Saudi Arabia and China will work closer at the G-20 Summit to be held on April 2, he added. Both countries are members of G-20, which is working on an ambitious plan to draft and adopt new rules and measures to confront the new challenges amid global financial crisis, especially new accounting, auditing and banks' reporting rules.
Hu said that China and Saudi Arabia should step up coordination, work more closely on trade and investment, jointly respond to and guard against financial risks, in an effort to ensure the two countries' economic and financial stability. On the second day of his visit yesterday, the Chinese leader also visited Riyadh Cement Company, which has just contracted China's Sinoma International Engineering to expand its production lines.
Hu also met with the Chinese Embassy staff, members of the local Chinese community and representatives of several Chinese companies here yesterday. Referring to his talks with GCC chief Al-Attiyah, Hu said that trade liberalization measures topped the agenda of the talks, while trade, investment and energy relations were discussed in detail.
"In recent years, friendship between China and GCC member states has also witnessed comprehensive development," said a statement obtained by Arab News yesterday.
Later, the Chinese leader visited the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), where a group of Chinese scientists are working on a research project, studying the gene of dates.
"The project is a symbol of cooperation between the two countries in the sector of science and technology," an official in Hu's delegation said.
KACST has direct cooperation with many international scientific bodies, which also include the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
In fact, a 20-member team from CAS is working with their Saudi counterparts on such projects as date-planting and camel-gene research at the moment, said a KACST official.
KACST has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei Technologies, China's leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer, to strengthen cooperation in telecom technology and personnel training, he added.

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New Cabinet lineup
Arab News

RIYADH: Following is the lineup of the new Cabinet after yesterday's reshuffle:
Head of state and prime minister: King Abdullah
Crown prince, deputy prime minister, minister of defense and aviation: Prince Sultan
Minister of interior: Prince Naif
Minister of foreign affairs: Prince Saud Al-Faisal
Minister of petroleum and mineral resources: Ali Al-Naimi
Minister of finance: Ibrahim Al-Assaf
Minister of commerce and industry: Abdullah Zainal Alireza
Minister of municipal and rural affairs: Prince Miteb
Minister of justice: Mohammed Al-Eissa
Minister of higher education: Khaled Al-Anqari
Minister of Islamic affairs: Sheikh Saleh Al-Asheikh
Minister of Haj: Fouad Al-Farsi
Minister of civil service: Mohammad bin Ali Al-Fayez
Minister of health: Abdullah Al-Rabeeah
Minister of agriculture: Fahd Balghonaim
Minister of communications and information technology: Mohammad bin Jamil Mulla
Minister of planning and economy: Khaled Al-Gosaibi
Minister of information and culture: Abdul Aziz Khoja
Minister of education: Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed
Minister of transport: Jabara Al-Seraisry
Minister of water and electricity: Abdullah Al-Hussayen
Minister of labor: Ghazi Al-Gosaibi
Minister of social affairs: Yousuf Abdullah Al-Othaimeen
Ministers of state: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, Mutlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafeesa, Musaed Al-Aiban, Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Khuwaiter, Saud bin Saeed Al-Mat'hami (in charge of Shoura Council affairs).
Minister of state for foreign affairs: Nizar bin Obaid Madani
Deputy education minister for girls' education: Nora bint Abdullah Al-Fayez

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New Cabinet lineup
Arab News

RIYADH: Following is the lineup of the new Cabinet after yesterday's reshuffle:
Head of state and prime minister: King Abdullah
Crown prince, deputy prime minister, minister of defense and aviation: Prince Sultan
Minister of interior: Prince Naif
Minister of foreign affairs: Prince Saud Al-Faisal
Minister of petroleum and mineral resources: Ali Al-Naimi
Minister of finance: Ibrahim Al-Assaf
Minister of commerce and industry: Abdullah Zainal Alireza
Minister of municipal and rural affairs: Prince Miteb
Minister of justice: Mohammed Al-Eissa
Minister of higher education: Khaled Al-Anqari
Minister of Islamic affairs: Sheikh Saleh Al-Asheikh
Minister of Haj: Fouad Al-Farsi
Minister of civil service: Mohammad bin Ali Al-Fayez
Minister of health: Abdullah Al-Rabeeah
Minister of agriculture: Fahd Balghonaim
Minister of communications and information technology: Mohammad bin Jamil Mulla
Minister of planning and economy: Khaled Al-Gosaibi
Minister of information and culture: Abdul Aziz Khoja
Minister of education: Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed
Minister of transport: Jabara Al-Seraisry
Minister of water and electricity: Abdullah Al-Hussayen
Minister of labor: Ghazi Al-Gosaibi
Minister of social affairs: Yousuf Abdullah Al-Othaimeen
Ministers of state: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, Mutlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafeesa, Musaed Al-Aiban, Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Khuwaiter, Saud bin Saeed Al-Mat'hami (in charge of Shoura Council affairs).
Minister of state for foreign affairs: Nizar bin Obaid Madani
Deputy education minister for girls' education: Nora bint Abdullah Al-Fayez

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JEDDAH: Nora bint Abdullah Al-Fayez has been serving as director general of the women's section of the Institute of Public Administration since 1993. She completed her master's degree in educational techniques from Utah State University in 1982 and bachelor's degree in social science from King Saud University in 1978.
Before taking up her role at the Institute of Public Administration, Al-Fayez was controller of education techniques at the Institute of Private Education under the Ministry of Education from 1989 to 1993.
She also served as director general of Girls' Schools at the Kingdom Schools, was associate professor in education techniques from 1989 to 1995 at the College of Education, King Saud University; and lecturer and head of the Training Techniques Center from 1984 to 1988 at the women's branch of the Institute of Public Administration.
Al-Fayez has also served as a member or adviser of the following organizations and committees:
Member of the Women's Organizing Committee of Janadriya Festival in 1991 and 1992,
Member of the Board of Directors of the College of Literature at the General Presidency of Girls Education from 1994 to 2000,
Member of the Cultural Advisory Committee of Janadriya Festival in 1995,
Member of the Women's Committee for the King Abdul Aziz Museum (Darah) from 1997 to 1999,
Adviser to the Prince Salman Social Center from 1998 to 2001,
Member of the Consultative Council of the National Museum from 1999 till date,
Member of the Consultative Council of the Supreme Commission for Tourism from 2001 to 2003,
Adviser to the King Abdul Aziz Women's Charity Society in Qassim from 2000 to 2003,
Member of the women's committee of the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Gifted Persons from 2002 to 2007,
Member of the Women's Committee of the First Riyadh Economic Forum in 2003,
Head of the Women's Committee of the Human Resources Development Forum under the Human Resources Development Fund in Riyadh in 2004, and
Member of the Women's Science Committee for the Cultural Season of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth in 2005.
Al-Fayez has also attended a number of national and international seminars and courses, including:
Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Program, Oxford Management Center, London (2008); The Effective Training Management Workshop Course, Brussels (1985); Management Communication for Development, Washington (1994); Distance Education, Salzburg (1997); Management Work Conference, Denver (1997); Women in Management, Dubai (1998); and The Art of Leadership, Advanced Management, Euromatech, Amsterdam (2003).

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Mombasa refinery to close for month

By Barbara Among

THE Mombasa refinery that supplies oil products to Uganda is to shut down for a month, forcing the country to find short-term alternatives.

The Kenya Petroleum Oil Refineries Ltd (KPRL) said it would shut down the Mombasa plant for maintenance starting June 1 for a month to carry out inspections, repairs, preventive and proactive maintenance.

The refinery at Mombasa also supplies oil products to Rwanda. Work is estimated to cost the firm Ksh260m (sh6.5b).

Interruption in the supply of oil products from Kenya often leads to supply disruptions and price escalation in Uganda.

However, energy minister Daudi Migereko said the closure would not cause much impact as Uganda had been importing petroleum products directly from the Middle East.

The minister said he and ministry officials would meet with Kenya’s energy and finance ministers on Tuesday.

Uganda is proposing to use Kimazi storage facility, where it would be able to offload the products directly onto a ship or transport it by rail to Uganda..

Uganda has been using Kipevu storage facility at the port.

However, the alternative Migereko is suggesting already has loopholes with Uganda’s ships, Kawa and Pamba out of service because they have not been insured and the Rift Valley Railway concession in balance.

Uganda’s commissioner for energy was in Kenya on Thursday to discuss the mater with his counterpart.

The Government has not yet restocked the contingency reserve tanks in Jinja district.

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Brit interfaith initiatives set example
Usama Hasan | Arab News

In recent weeks, the UK - and the rest of the world - witnessed both widespread optimism (Barack Obama's election as US president) and heartfelt grief (violent conflict in Gaza). In the wake of tragedy and hope, British Muslim and Jewish leaders have come together for interfaith initiatives that are not only important for achieving communal harmony in the UK, but were designed to inspire Middle Eastern political leaders to work for lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.
During the Gaza conflict, Britain saw a rise in both anti-Semitic and Islamophobic attacks on ordinary citizens. There was an arson attack on a London synagogue and the daughter of a Muslim leader was attacked in Central London and left unconscious. Both the government as well as local Muslim organizations warned that the conflict could be exploited by extremist organizations in an attempt to further radicalize public opinions.
Despite this tension, however, there were encouraging signs. Dialogue between British Muslims and Jews, which has too long been stifled by the "elephant in the room" - the Arab-Israeli conflict - actually became more forthright, with greater attempts to harmonize theological and political positions.
At several London-based meetings of Jewish and Muslim faith leaders during the conflict, which involved members of the Three Faiths Forum, the London Jewish Forum and City Circle, all sides spoke frankly about their feelings regarding Gaza, with expressions of widespread horror at the suffering of civilians on all sides and a renewed determination to find practical ways to encourage a just peace settlement in the Holy Land.
Despite the tension, the goodwill on all sides and concern about the rise in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic violence in London ultimately spurred a joint public statement by leaders of many faiths, including the three Abrahamic religions, committing these communities to peaceful coexistence.
This statement, called "United London Stands," was welcomed by mainstream media, with coverage by the BBC and The Times, among others. The statement called on communities to stand together, stating: "Primarily, we are determined to ensure that those ethnic and religious communities within this city work to continue to build this city together. We are all Londoners committed to the growth and well-being of the city."
Jewish leaders welcomed a separate statement by British Muslim leaders calling on their communities to firmly avoid and oppose any anti-Semitic behavior, after it became clear that some recent anti-Semitic acts had been perpetrated by Muslims.
Jewish and Muslim leaders repeatedly expressed the hope that Jews and Muslims living together in harmony in Europe would be able to set an example for their co-religionists and political leaders in the Middle East.
But we leaders know that our participation and goodwill in local interfaith initiatives aren't enough. To make a concerted effort toward resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Muslim world needs to come to terms with the existence of Israel, which it has not yet done.
After over 60 years, Muslims still seem to be in denial over the loss of parts of Palestine, an event that was deeply traumatic for those whose ancestors had lived in the Holy Land for 12 centuries. The fact that only a few of the almost 50 Muslim-majority countries, such as Egypt and Jordan, have peace treaties with Israel shows the extent of the problem.
But the Muslim world alone cannot achieve a Middle East peace. It must be met half way. Israel must abandon its illegal occupation and settlements in the West Bank. To do this, it needs reassurance that the Arab and Muslim world will recognize and respect its existence.
In our interfaith work, we have tried to model this respect between local groups and call on political leaders to promote a lasting peace between two much larger groups - Israelis and Palestinians. With the Gaza cease-fire holding thus far and a new US president inspiring hope around the world, faith leaders and political leaders need to seize the opportunity to work together sensibly and make brave, honest decisions for the sake of us all.
- Usama Hasan is an imam and university lecturer based in London and active in interfaith work. This article was written for the Common Ground News Service (CGNews).

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Plan to see planet Saturn

By Lydia Namubiru

WE want you to see planet Saturn this year. Start looking for it now. It is somewhere at the base (horizon) of the sky in the east. It is a golden bright object that shines like a star. You will know that it is the planet and not a star because its light is steady. It does not twinkle like a star.

Once in every year, our planet, Earth, passes between the sun and Saturn. When this happens, we can see Saturn clearly in our sky. In 2008, that happened on February 24. In 2009, this event will happen on March 8. It will be in the opposite direction from the sun.

Of course, it is easiest to see the shining planet at night when the sky is dark. So if you want to see Saturn, you have to look at night.

How to see it
Starting now in late February go out after the sun has set. With your back to the direction where the sun went down, search along the curve where the sky seems to meet the land. This curve (where the sky seems to meet the land) is called the horizon.

If the sun has just gone down, Saturn will be on the horizon. You may not see it. So wait until around 9:00pm when it is dark and Saturn has moved higher in the sky.

How do you know it is Saturn and not just another star? Well, Saturn will be bright. In late February and early March, it will be the brightest shining object that will come from the east and move higher in the sky as the night goes on. Saturn will also be near a special pattern of stars. The stars form a pattern that resembles a question mark written backwards. One of these stars is far brighter than the others. It shines with a bluish light. This star, called Regulus, will be to the right of Saturn, but it will appear a little higher in the sky than Saturn.

Save this article and use it every time you are trying to find this golden planet called Saturn. If you do not see it the first night you look, continue trying. By March 8, it will be shining so bright that you won’t miss it.

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Islam is for progress, says Prince Khaled
Sultan Al-Tamimi I Arab News

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal yesterday denounced propaganda by certain westernized Muslims that Islam and Islamic values are the reason for the backwardness of the community.
“Islam, on the contrary, is a religion of progress, civilization, justice, equality and freedom,” the governor told students and faculty members of King Abdulaziz University while giving a lecture on Saudi moderation.
“A Saudi youth nowadays finds himself caught between two forms of extremism — each ideology tries to take him to its side leaving him confused and in need of knowing who he is and what his culture stands for,” he said.
“Moderation is the way of life of a progressive Arab Muslim. Society in this country firmly and confidently says ‘no’ to extremism and westernization and ‘yes’ to moderation in thinking, politics, economics and culture,” he said.
Prince Khaled also announced a plan to establish an academic chair — entitled Al-Faisal Chair for Deepening Saudi Moderation — at the university.
The governor’s lecture was followed by a question and answer session. “We are in a quick information age; information is now vast, fast and accessible to anyone ... the world now seems small in this era of information,” he said.
The lecture was part of a series of meetings and discussions that Prince Khaled has been holding on a regular basis since the start of the year. He explained how Saudi moderation overcame and defeated extremist ideologies since the time of King Abdul Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia.
Prince Khaled has broached the idea of establishing a cultural council in Makkah province to serve as one of various development mechanisms, particularly to promote moderate thinking.
Prince Khaled dwelt on the basic principles that mould the character of the people of Saudi Arabia. These principles, he said, did not come from the Kingdom’s oil wealth but from Islam.
He said one of the most important aspects of reformation programs in the region was to not just build on the character of individuals but society as a whole.

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Armed with e-learning, education sector will see ‘dramatic progress’
M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan I Arab News

RIYADH: On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the Minister of Higher Education Khaled Al-Anqari opened the first international conference on “E-Learning and Distance-Learning” on Monday with a pledge to set up the necessary infrastructure and national standards in Saudi Arabia.
“The Kingdom is implementing a national plan under which most universities will adopt the new system of e-learning next year,” said Al-Anqari. “This is part of our developmental plan to promote e-learning and distance learning,” said the minister.
A total of 42 scientific papers will be presented in 19 sessions at the conference. The papers will focus on e-learning and distance learning including both their cultural and ethical dimensions, their prospects in the era of globalization and knowledge-based economy and their applications.
Fourteen workshops, conducted by 18 international experts for over 520 trainees, have been organized for the conference. Some of them focus on e-learning design and development, challenges, materials and evaluating e-learning etc. The trainees are faculty members from different Saudi universities, and those involved in creating e-content for learning as well as those who are interested in the field of e-learning.
After formally opening the three-day event, Al-Anqari toured an exhibition organized on the sidelines of the conference. The opening ceremony was attended by about 2500 guests including senior Saudi officials, distinguished speakers and IT experts.
Abdullah M. Al-Meqren, project manager of the National Center for E-Learning and Distance Learning (NCEL), accompanied the minister.
Al-Meqren said that the Ministry of Higher Education established the NCEL to set up the necessary facilities for e-learning. University academics who have agreed to adopt e-learning are being offered training. “Hence, the new system will produce dramatic progress in the Saudi education sector,” said Al-Meqren.
The program entitled “Smart Campus System” aims at encouraging computer-based teaching and learning in Saudi Arabia, he said. Referring to the objectives behind the event, he said that the main one was to discuss and highlight issues and challenges in the context of implementing e-learning.
A.S.F. Karim, the CEO of Edutech, a major company participating in the conference, said: “The excellent initiative by NCEL underlines the Kingdom’s seriousness in leveraging the advances made in e-learning technologies for the benefit of students, teachers and the country’s future workforce. Our role in this massive movement is to provide educational institutions with the appropriate tools and solutions to help them build a robust structure for both e-earning and distance learning.” Institutions which have already adopted Edutech’s solutions, include Effat University (Jeddah), KFUPM Schools (Alkhobar), Al-Andalus Schools (Jeddah), and Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University.

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500 African exhibitors expected to attend service expo

By John Odyek

OVER 500 exhibitors from different African countries are expected to attend the International Expo for Trade in Business and Professional Services. The expo, that will be held from March 23 to 28, will take place at the Uganda Manufacturers Association show grounds in Lugogo, Kampala.

Amos Tindyebwa, the chief executive officer of the Trade and Business Development Centre, the organisers of the event, said the countries that had confirmed participation are South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.

Tindyebwa said the participants were expected to network with each other to promote their competitiveness.

“Services contribute greatly to the economic competitiveness of our economy, business rating and in attracting investors,” he told a press conference at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala.

Tindyebwa said they were also targeting exhibitors from outside Africa. The services to be showcased include insurance, telecommunications, post delivery, engineering, consultancy, procurement, tourism and travel, information and communication technology, financial services and real estate.

“Services contribute to over 50% of Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product. Out of 10 new jobs created in Uganda today, eight are in the service sector. Services are the fastest growing sector in the world. The global services market is estimated to be more than one trillion dollars.”

The Trade and Business Development Centre is a non-profit making business support organisation.

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Child actors deserve a fair share for their sweat

Opiyo Oloya

LAST Saturday, Emily and I went to the movies to watch Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle. It won seven categories at the Academy Awards including ‘Best Picture’. Though made on a very modest budget of $14m, the movie has made $190m at the box office worldwide. By the time it hits the streets on DVD, it would have easily grossed half a billion dollars or more. It is a gritty story of survival, set in the mean streets of Bombay, now Mumbai, in India.

The movie opens with a scene of torture where Police officers are interrogating a young man named Jamal Malik. He is suspected of cheating on the popular Indian television contest ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’—Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He is very good at answering the questions, and the show producers suspect he is cheating because he is only one answer away from getting the grand prize of 20 million rupees. How else could an uneducated chaiwallah (tea-server) answer correctly questions that have stumped educated elites?

Jamal narrates his technique to his unconvinced captors. Each question, he tells the Police, is linked to a chapter in his sad life on the street. With his older brother Salim, and his true love Latika, they raised themselves in the streets when their parents perished in an ethnic riot. Together, the trio lived by begging, stealing and scrounging around for anything to eat. Salim, the older of the two brothers was very protective of his younger brother. Meanwhile, he, Jamal, had a soft spot for Latika.

At some point in their wondering the streets, the three children were befriended by a seemingly kind man who runs a charity. However, Salim found out that the kind benefactor was really a slumlord who enslaved children for prostitution and begging. Hot oil is poured into the eyes of children who are then rendered unconscious by chloroform causing them to become blind before they are turned into the streets to beg for money.

When the time comes for Jamal to go through the routine, Salim turns the table on their captors, and the children escape. The two brothers jump onto a moving train, but Latika is caught by their pursuers and carried away. Many years later, the brothers are young men, but Jamal Malik has not forgotten Latika. Salim is a tough street hoodlum ready to settle scores by violence. Through a former child associate now a blind-beggar on the street, the brothers trace Latika to a brothel where she is a dancer.

As they prepare to escape, the slumlord shows up. Salim shoots him and the three escape. In a twist of events, Salim takes Latika away from Jamal, and the brothers become separated for many years. Jamal must now win the millions and get back Latika, long since sold by Salim to a gang boss.

While there are many stereotypes about India in the movie—India is just one big slum is one of such a stereotype—the biggest issue I have with Slumdog Millionaire is the exploitation of the young child actors who acted the young Jamal, Salim and Latika. By exploitation I don’t mean that the egregious child actors—Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (young Jamal), Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (young Salim), and Rubina Ali (young Latika)—should not have acted in the movie.

On the contrary, they made the movie into what it was by providing authentic, almost natural flow to the story-telling. You felt their reality simply because they portrayed themselves as completely at ease in their grim surroundings, finding moments of laughter and happiness in dire circumstances.

My problem is that the children will hardly share in the success of the movie. Yes, the movie producers have moved on to create scholarship funds for the child actors to go to school, and are apparently building better homes for them. These are all well and good.

My quarrel with Slumdog Milionaire is that it exploited the natural acting talents of slum child actors, but has not provided them with equitable share of the bonanza. At the end of the day, the continued success of movie at the box office will be beyond the reaches of these actors and their families. If the situation had been reversed, and the movie had been shot in America or somewhere in Europe, each child actor would have had a tight contract that entitled him or her to residual earnings of the movie for many years to come. There would have likely been a clause for sharing the revenues generated by the movie. In other words, the actors would not have been treated as disposable—dazzled by the glitters of the Oscars and dumped to their miserable lives in the slum as happened to Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali.

Sadly, the Slumdog Millionaire paradox—namely that the movie succeeded with the help of poor children who remain relatively poor after the movie is a success—is played over and over again in developing countries where movie producers come with their camcorders, take pictures for free using unpaid extras, and turning the stories into commercial successes. I am reminded of the many movies taken in northern Uganda, and in Darfur which have gone on to do well, but whose successes have not been shared by the unwitting actors. Often, the child actors are lucky to see the movie producers ever again.

One way to protect child actors in foreign made movies, whether commercial or humanitarian is to create contractual policy that dictates fair compensation for fair work. Such a policy could spell out how child actors are compensated, and how they will continue to share additional revenues once the movie has made returns of its investment.

The guidelines need not be so tight that potential movie-makers are scared away, but clear enough so that the child actors are given a fair share of the proceeds. While the Slumdog Millionaire had a happy ending with Jamal Malik rejoining his love Latika, I am saddened by the reality for the child actors who made it a success—theirs is a story of exploitation.

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Editorials: Rewards instead of punishments
19 March 2009

HUNDREDS of millions of little people around the world are suffering the effects of a recession, largely brought about by the greed and incompetence of a few thousand bankers and finance professionals, who turned a once relatively sound international financial system into a casino. They bet the farm and lost.
This tiny financial elite, who earned fabulous salaries, deserves scorn. They should lose their jobs. What they certainly do not deserve is reward. Yet, at US Insurance giant AIG, already bailed out by the US taxpayer to the tune of $170 billion, that is precisely what has happened. Having recorded a $61.7 billion loss — the largest in corporate history — in just the last three months of 2008, AIG executives are rewarding themselves and the top market traders with a total of $165 million in bonuses.
It is hardly surprising that everyone from President Barack Obama through legislators of both parties down to the man in the street are seething with rage at this effrontery. The administration’s immediate response has been to say that the $165 million will be deducted from funds due to be paid to AIG. Why government money is being found to keep alive a company that sits at the heart of the international financial mess? For the simple reason it is deemed to be too big to fail. The lack of that $165 million could tip it into insolvency. Therefore, the AIG executives who organized these outrageous bonuses know perfectly well that the US Treasury will pay whatever it takes to keep their incompetent company alive.
There is, however, surely a better option. The US Justice Department should give serious consideration to prosecuting those AIG people who have been rewarded for failure, with theft of public funds and the managers who arranged the bonuses with conspiracy to commit theft.
It is no better in the UK where the former chief of the Royal Bank Of Scotland (RBS), Sir Fred Goodwin led his institution into one of the biggest-ever banking collapses. RBS has had to be bailed out by the British taxpayers. Now there has been widespread fury at the discovery that Goodwin, who could have simply been fired for his failure, was instead awarded by the RBS board a pension $23 million, equivalent to nearly $17,000 a week — Goodwin is aged only 50.
While politicians in the US and UK rage against such extraordinary payouts, widespread damage is being done to the general reputation of bankers, banking and the financial system as a whole. This is not a sector peopled by evil men.
And for every greedy and incompetent former “master of the universe” there are many thousands of honest people in finance who had absolutely nothing to do with the credit debacle. Unfortunately there is a danger that all finance professionals will be tarred with the same brush and worse ordinary people will lose faith in banking and investment systems that once served them perfectly well. Therefore these scandalous, undeserved rewards should be reversed.
A new dawn in El Salvador
LOS Angeles Times on Tuesday commented on the victory of former leftist guerrillas in El Salvador’s elections, saying in part:
For anyone who witnessed the horror show of El Salvador’s 12-year civil war, the ballot-box victory of former leftist guerrillas there on Sunday was a stunning development. Though it took another 17 years after the war ended, the country now joins Northern Ireland in demonstrating that it is possible for a rebel group to effect political change and assume power through peaceful means. That’s a gratifying development. We are especially pleased that the outgoing National Republican Alliance, or Arena party, chose to respect the results.
President-elect Mauricio Funes of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, has groundbreaking opportunities and tremendous challenges ahead of him when he takes office on June 1. This is still a supremely divided and impoverished nation without strategic resources like Venezuela’s oil reserves or Bolivia’s natural gas and minerals. Funes, who won by only 3 percentage points, must demonstrate to skeptics that the left can govern wisely and for all Salvadorans. A former television reporter who was never a guerrilla himself, Funes is known as a worldly and politically moderate leftist. He was off to a good start in the hours after his election when he appealed for national unity and said that he hopes to strengthen relations with President Obama and work on bilateral issues such as immigration, street gangs and drug smuggling. This sends the right message, especially to the estimated one-quarter of El Salvador’s population that lives in the United States and sends money home. Obama should see the election of Funes as a chance to mend relations with those who view the United States as a historic supporter of Latin America’s repressive regimes and an ally of its economic elite at the expense of the poor. He should move quickly to establish common ground with Funes, who is part of a wave of elected leftist governments across Latin America.

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Saudi history and heritage are rich by any canon, says Sultan
M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan I Arab News

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, secretary-general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), and visiting Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura jointly opened the exhibition of nominated and registered Saudi UNESCO World Heritage Sites here Tuesday night.
Speaking on this occasion, Prince Sultan said: “The Kingdom’s history and heritage are very rich and its antiquities are really valuable by any canon of judgment.”
He said that a UNESCO delegation led by Matsuura visited the historic zone around the town of Al-Diriya near Riyadh.
A UNESCO team has been in the Kingdom for the last two days to look at sites penciled in for inclusion in the list of World Heritage Sites and other historical features in Saudi Arabia.
The delegation has looked at the proposed heritage sites of the Turaif Quarter in Al-Diriya near Riyadh and the historic Balad district of Jeddah..
The delegation will also visit Madain Saleh, which became the Kingdom’s first registered World Heritage Site last year. The historical areas of Riyadh and Jeddah have been placed on a tentative list.
Matsuura said he had very productive meetings with Prince Sultan and Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, minister of education, during his stay in Riyadh..
He said his meeting with Saudi officials mainly focused on the existing cooperation between the Kingdom and UNESCO.
Matsuura said the Kingdom has several attractive and historically important sites.
A SCTA statement released on this occasion said Saudi Arabia is a member country of the United Nations agency and Matsuura’s visit as head of the 12-member delegation will underscore the role the Kingdom has been playing in preservation of culture and heritage sites.

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

On Thu, 19/3/09, City Circle Notices wrote:


From: City Circle Notices
Subject: City Circle Noticeboard
To: kadarakursum in uk
Date: Thursday, 19 March, 2009, 9:24 AM


CITY CIRCLE NOTICEBOARD
Thursday 19th March 2009

***EVENTS***

1. City Circle Event: Muslims and Civil Society: A few case studies

27 March 2009
6.45pm-8.30pm
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP
Speaker: Dr Wander Krause

2. City Circle Event: Fair Knowledge is organising a Cineforum on Muslim Women: Visibility and Leadership, as part of the London International Documentary Festival and supported by City Circle, Mosaic Network, Film London, UK Film Council and the Centre for Arab and Muslim Media Research. It will be held at the RSA on 30th March 2009.

The Cineforum is a unique media event, bringing together inciteful documentary films, provocative pundits and impassioned audiences ready to debate the social, artistic and economic advancement of Muslim women. We are also offering one-to-one mentoring sessions and various leadership and media training workshops. Please visit the Cineforum website for the latest information on our films, speakers and workshops.

Booking for the Early Bird Full Day Delegate Pass is now open.
www.cineforum.co.uk.

3. City Circle Event: Resolving Conflicts between Communities: From Kashire to East London

3 April 2009
Time: 6.45pm-8.30pm
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP
Speakers: Ashima Kaul (Peace Direct, Kashmir), Bilal Hafeez, Halima Hussain (Muslim Mediation Service, Newham)


Bilal Hafeez will introduce Peace Direct and its work.

Ashima Kaul will speak about the situation in Kashmir and her work in bringing Muslim, Hindu and Sikh women together with a view to building foundations for peace.

Halima Hussain will speak about the situation in Newham and the way that Community Conversations have been used to bring people together.

Truce 20/20 participants will share one of their exercises in conflict resolution.

Ashima Kaul is a journalist by training. Born in Kashmir, she left when still a child. She returned to Kashmir as a journalist and was shocked to see young unmarried women queueing up for sterilization, because of their fear of rape. She also saw wives waiting outside the prison, from the Hindu and Muslim communities, facing the same issues yet isolated from each other. She determined to dedicate her life to bridging the gap between the two communities, creating samanbals where women could meet each other in safety, while developing the means to earn a living. Her latest report is attached as an Annex. Peace Direct recruits people in the UK to support Ashima's work on a long term basis.

Halima Hussain started as a volunteer for Newham Conflict and Change�s Muslim Mediation Service in Oct 2004, and is currently the Service Development Officer. She has experience in mediation for both families and neighbour disputes, developing training programmes as well as setting up Muslim Mediation Service as a Charity Organisation. She is in the process of qualifying as an accountant and in Life Coaching.

Muslim Mediation Service works mostly with Muslim families helping them to find ways to resolve their issues through communication. All Muslim Mediation Service volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer for Conflict and Change in neighbour disputes as well. MMS also works with C&C on community conversation projects, bringing different people within the community together to have their say on issues that are affecting them and also an opportunity to hear from other people in their community.

Truce 20/20 is a project (jointly run by Newham Conflict and Change and Peace Direct) that trains young people in Newham, East London, in conflict resolution and community leadership. As part of the training, participants meet an overseas peacebuilder, such as Ashima, and learn from their experience of working in 'hot conflict..' Truce 20/20 is eighteen months old, but already the participants have formed a Steering Committee to direct the project, and are working in schools with peer mediators, and with the police and other community based services. Participants are drawn from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds, with a significant minority on each course being Muslims. In the light of recent events in Gaza, Truce participants are hoping to set up a community conversation with young people from the Jewish community in neighbouring Ilford.



4. Jerusalem Peacemakers Tour Is peace possible after Gaza?"

Two leading grassroot mediators from Jerusalem will be touring England, speaking about their "bridge building" work in the Holy Land. Campusalam are hosting jointly with the Spirit of Peace Organization (http://www.spiritofpeace.co.uk/index.html).

In the light of growing polarization in the UK following the recent events in Gaza, Jerusalem Peacemakers will discuss the impact of the recent Gaza war in the Holy Land, on renewed efforts for peace building in its wake and how people can help.

Eliyahu McLean, an orthodox Jew, and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, a Sufi Muslim, are both co-Directors of Jerusalem Peacemakers &newsite=http://www.jerusalempeacemakers.org>http://www.jerusalempeacemakers.org, an internationally respected network supporting reconciliation projects and initiatives involving both Israeli and Palestinian communities. Both leaders train and encourage people of all faiths and beliefs to build bridges and open their hearts to one another.

This is an event not to be missed, though there has been many Gaza events over the last month or so, this one is definitely unique.

Dates & Times & Venues:

Thursday 19th March 2009: 7pm-9pm: Coventry Central Hall, Methodist Church, Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2AH
Sunday 22nd March 2009: 4pm-6.30pm: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR1 1EW
Monday 23rd March 2009: 6.30mpm - 8.30pm, Manchester University, Manchester Student Union (Steve Biko Building)
Tuesday 24th March 2009: 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Friends Meeting House, St. Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW,

Contact: Mohammad Uz Zaman Campusalam pusalam mob: 07794954484


5. CONFERENCE ON MUSLIM YOUTH: OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES & EXPECTATIONS
20-22 MARCH 2009
UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER
CHESTER
UK

CONFERENCE DETAILS ON WEBSITE:

http://www.amssuk.com/

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tel: 020 8948 9511


6. Teens, Trials and Transformations

The challenges young Muslims face and creative solutions to overcoming them

A Charity Dinner to raise vital funds for the Muslim Youth Helpline

Saturday 21st March 2009, 6.30pm
Nawaab Restaurant and Banqueting Hall, Manchester

With our fantastic line up we offer you an evening packed with great food, entertainment, intellectual discussion and a chance to catch up with old friends, and make new ones.

A delicious three course meal in the company of:
Yasmin Qureshi, Barrister and former human rights advisor to the Mayor of London
Imran Hakim, ITeddy Entrepreneur from Dragons Den
Abdulla El-Dallal, Long standing helpline worker,at the front line of services

A charity auction will be held of some beautiful artwork including a delicately engraved Islamic woodwork piece and a magnificent photograph of the tiles of Masjid al Aqsa. Also available is a glass cased ITeddy signed by Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis

The Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) is a registered charity which provides pioneering faith and culturally sensitive services to Muslim youth in the UK. Our core service is a free and confidential support service available nationally via the telephone, email and internet.

Tickets £25

Special offer: Book before the end of February and get 10% off your ticket!

www.myh.org.uk

020 7435 8171

7. This is an experience not to be missed.!! 21 March 2009
Witness the sensational Mystical Whirling Dervishes and get charged up by the Sudanese Hadhra Dhikr!
Something for everyone including the latest in Muslim-Rappers, the enchanting Nightingale of Burma and the Prince of comedy! (Check them out and listen to tracks at our website!) www.suma.org.uk
There will be stalls, food and a lot of excitement.!
An excellent cultural experience and FREE for ALL.
All queries to info@suma.org.uk please or call 07913 863 907
Building bridges across community and cultural divide...

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 07545347786 or should you have any queries.

8. Asociacion de Musulmanes Latinos presents:

FROM SALSA TO JALSA

with Yusuf Chambers

Date: Saturday 21st March 2009
Time: 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Venue: Basement, London Central Mosque, 146 Park Road, Regent's Park,
London, NW8 7RG

Discover the history and origins of Islam in Latin America.. Did you
know that the presence of Muslims in the region predates Christopher
Columbus? Are you aware that the Spanish language contains over 3000
words of Arabic origin? At least one person accepts Islam every day
in Latin America. Find out more about the Colombian Dawah Centre -
the biggest grassroots dawah initiative in South America. Learn more
about the latest situation there, and how you can support the spread
of Islam in one of the most exciting frontiers of the Muslim world.
A unique event featuring presentations, stalls, Colombian coffee,
Islamic literature in Spanish, and traditional Latin American food.

The event will be hosted by Brother Yusuf Chambers who has been
active at the forefront of da'wah in the UK for several years. He
has also presented programmes on Islam Channel and Peace TV. All
funds raised go towards the Colombian Dawah Centre. Everyone is
welcome. Come and find out how millions of people are turning
from salsa to jalsa..!

Note that the event is now taking place at London Central Mosque
and the start time is earlier at 5.00 pm.

For more information please contact:
Tel: 07794 253 856 / 07766 129 888

Website: www.salsa2jalsa.com


9. 'FAST FOR THE PLANET': A transformative approach to caring for the earth
2nd Main Event

Date: Sunday March 22nd 2009
Time: 4 - 8.20pm
Venue: St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London. EC2N 4AG. (Nearest tube: Liverpool Street). (Click to view map)

If you prefer community over corporate domination; simplicity over consumerism; economic systems that are real over ones that are fictitious, then this is for you!
With a destabilising climate, and an economy in crisis it's clear we need deeper, more joined up solutions. 'Fast for the Planet' draws together a range of supporting values that include the inner (e.g. through fasting), the economic, and community, and weaves them together into a more coherent whole. The experience is fun, empowering, challenging and purposeful!
Includes: reflective exercises; choice of workshop:

Debt-free Home Finance, with Tarek El Diwany (Author, 'The Problem with Interest);
A very brief introduction to Permaculture: Nicole Freris (Naturewise);
Sharing Stories & Poetry:'New Perspectives Emerging as Story', with Peter Challen (Christian Council for Monetary Justice), plus a talk on Forms of Activism by Derek Wall (Green Political Campaigner);

We will also be ending fast together.

The wider event will be facilitated by: Muzammal Hussain (LINE), Helen Gilbert (St Ethelburga's) and Olufemi Hughes (Community Dialogue for Change - CDC). Please visit the website to register your place as well as for details about fast times, preparatory measures and food.

Organised by LINE (London Islamic Network for the Environment) & St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.

For more info and to REGISTER: www.fastfortheplanet.net
Tel: Muzammal (LINE): 0845 456 3960 (local rate) / Helen (St Ethelburga's): 020 7496 1610

10. The AML Annual Dinner is fast approaching on 4th of April 2009 at Middle Temple at 6pm!

Please see the website for full details on www.aml.org.uk

Limited tickets available for this year's event.

Book on-line at www.aml@org.uk by the 15 March to take advantage of the early booking price. Tickets will be sold on a strictly first come, first served basis.

Students Members - £45.00 (early booking discount price £38)
AML Members - £55.00 (early booking discount price £50)
Non-AMLMembers - £65.00 (early booking discount price £60)

Please also ensure that you go the website and make a nomination for the AML Awards in the four categories:-

1. Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
2. Lawyer of the Year 2008
3. Muslim Woman Lawyer of the Year 2008
4. Young/Trainee Lawyer of the Year 2008

12. The East London Book Circle

Love books? The Book Circle is an open forum for the discussion of books and
all related topics. Featuring titles from fiction, non -fiction, and
everything in-between, whatever your views!

This month's title is 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad’s
Green Zone' by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. All are welcome to the discussion on
Date: Saturday, April 18th

Time: 12-1pm

Location: Costa Coffee, Ilford Exchange.
For more information contact 07811 186 436


13. Access to Islamic Finance Event
Date: April 27 2009
Location: British Library Business and IP Centre

Attendees shall gain an understanding of:
- The principles of Islamic Finance
- The major Islamic Finance products available in the UK
- How to approach the providers of Islamic Finance

For more information:
http://www.gkpartners.co.uk/downloads/A2F%20Islamic%20Finance%20Workshop%20L
eaflet%20-%20April%2009.pdf

Contact: Dominic Morris

020 7785 6344




***NOTICES***
1. 7 Night Islamic Tour of Morocco

Next Tour leaves: 27-March-09

Tour Includes visits to:

Imperial City of Fez
Imperial City of Meknes
The pretty mountain town of Ifrane 'The Switzerland of Morocco'
Thermal Spa of Moulay Yacoub- Great to relieve those aches and pains!
Roman Ruins of Volubilis
The Beautiful Kairaouine Mosque in Moulay Idriss (built by Moulay Idriss the
great grandson of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Sadaqah Giving to muslims in rural areas

Hotel Accommodation and Breakfast daily and 4 picnic lunches, 1 traditional
Moroccan meal and airport transfers within Morocco.

Special Offer Price:
£399 Hotel accommodation with private bathroom
£299 Hostel accommodation sharing bathroom

Flights can be arranged with www.royalairmaroc or: www.atlas-blue.com from
£150 Return


For more information take a look at:
www.moroccanadventura.com or info morocca


2. Civic Skills Programme ' Play Your Part - Make Your Mark', www.localleadership.gov.uk

We would like to introduce an innovative project organised by the National Muslim Womens Advisory Group (NMWAG), aimed at increasing the levels of Civic awareness and participation amongst Muslim Women, visit the website www.localleadership.gov.uk for an application form and FAQs which are also attached to this email, to apply for a free place on this unique course.

The National Muslim Womens Advisory Group (NMWAG) was formed in November 2007 and is made up of 19 Muslim women from all over country representing a wide spectrum of communities, professions and traditions. We are determined that more Muslim women should play their part and make their mark in the wider civic society.

We want to work with you to develop a civic skills programme that can provide the skills, knowledge and confidence, networks and mentors to seek public office at all levels including schools, voluntary groups and local councils. Women have much to contribute and now is the time for them to become fully engaged, have courage and conviction and step forward to achieve their true potential and act as inspiring role models for their families, communities and wider society.

We hope that you will apply for this programme and encourage others to do the same. If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Paul Wheeler paul or your Regional NMWAG member;

East Midlands: Parvin Ali - info
London: Reedah Nijabat El-Saie reedah
North West: Siddika Ahmed - siddika
Scotland: Farkhanda Chaudhry - ummhashim
Yorkshire & Humber:Naheed Arshad-Mather - naheed.


3. Can you give 2 hours to community?

The South London Supplementary School, based in Tooting, requires
professional Muslim volunteers to give 2 hours of their time on Sunday
to teach Muslim children English & Maths. Don't worry you don't need
any teaching experience but commitment and drive to help the Muslim
children achieve the best they can is required.. If you can't get to
Tooting we have sister schools in West & East London.

If you are interested then please email Fahim Sadek at
Fahimsadek

4. Experienced Muslim Counsellor and Integrative Psychotherapist with
practice in central London available to see individuals who may wish to
seek therapeutic support with an Islamic understanding and
perspective.

Pls call Naelah on 07966 403059 to discuss your needs or visit website
www.wellness-counsellingpsychotherapy.co.uk for further information.

5. ARABIC/ENGLISH TEACHER REQUIRED

2 teachers required to teach Islamic Studies, Arabic and Qu’ran in a Madrassa in North Harrow, Middlesex.
The children are aged from approx 5 years to 9 years of age. One teacher is required for Reception Class and one for Class 1.

The teacher/s have to be fluent in English and have basic Arabic and good tajweed. The Madrassa timing is from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm and operates every Saturday during term time.

For more information please call Mr Z Baig on 07960 225056 / 020 8868 8293 or Mrs Cockar on 07947 364842.
6. I am trying to set up Pakistan's first alternative news website and have
recently been experiencing some problems with the design stage. If you know
'Wordpress' and think you can spare me a few hours of your time, I would be
very grateful. Plus you can take credit for designing the website along with
a small sum I have put aside for your time.

Please contact Salman Ahmed at 07930940370 or email:
journalist
7. KARATE CLASSES FOR SISTERS ONLY (SOUTH LONDON/STREATHAM)
Calling all sisters! Want to get fit but unsure how? Come and join us as we
get fit and learn self-defence at the same time! Sisters of all abilities
welcome.
For more information, please contact Saima on: saima nisaa
07709326107
8. I am writing to ask a big favour, I need a teacher for my daughter who
is studying As Law and is about to give up on it.
I would be immensely grateful if you have any contact of person/s who
tutors in your group. we need it in TH area.
Look forward to your kind response.
Manzila Pola Uddin khanmw parliament


***EMPLOYMENT***
1. City Circle Administrator Post
City Circle are seeking an administrator to assist the current managment team.
We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills, very good written skills and the ability to organise effectively. The person responsible will be required to respond to enquiries and contribute to managing the CC events calender. It is a varied and exciting role for someone wishing to work in the charitable sector and the right candidate will have access to many exciting opportunities to build on their portfolio. We are looking for someone to work 10/12 hours a week. However, flexible working hours are a must as the demands can vary from week to week. Salary is negotiable and dependent on the candidates credentials. If interested please send your cv to Andleen, andleen Deadline for applications is Friday 27 March 2009.
2. Helpline Officer (x2 job share), Muslim Youth Helpline

Salary: £21,000 - £25,000 (pro-rata)

(This approximately equivalent to £10,500 - £12,500 pa)

Location: Swiss Cottage, NW London

This post is advertised for two part time positions, however outstanding candidates may be considered for full time employment

The Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) is a national award winning charity providing faith and culturally sensitive support services to young Muslims in the UK. Its core services are a free and confidential Helpline, and an online peer support forum.

Service users are at the centre of Muslim Youth Helpline's work. We are seeking to appoint two part time Helpline Officer's to ensure the smooth day to day running of shifts during helpline hours. They will be responsible for supervising Muslim Youth Helpline's telephone, email and online support channels, as well as for supporting our Prison clients. They will deliver the highest quality service user and volunteer care, while ensuring a consistent standard of service.

A psychology, health or social care background is essential for this post and candidates should be of graduate calibre (or equivalent). Youth work or experience of working in a supportive role is essential; qualifications and/or experience of counselling skills are desirable. Knowledge of the contemporary social and welfare issues affecting Muslim youth is also required.

The successful candidates will work within the Support Services staff team in supporting volunteer Helpline Workers to deal with complex service user cases, as well as to implement Muslim Youth Helpline's policies, procedures and client care guidelines.

You will be an enthusiastic person with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, who can work with flexibility, as well as firmness, when faced with varied and challenging situations. You will need to be passionate about working with and supporting young British Muslims, and enhancing the Support Services' dynamic and creative team.

Muslim Youth Helpline is a vibrant and innovative organisation, and the successful applicant will contribute to the dynamism that lies at the heart of MYH's success. For a full job description, please contact Akeela Ahmed, Head of Support Services, at Muslim Youth Helpline, 1st Floor, 18 Rosemont Road, London, NW3 6NE

Telephone: 0207 435 8171
E-mail: akeela.ahmed
Website: www.myh.org.uk

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 6th April 2009
Interviews: provisional dates for week beginning 13th April 2009

To apply, please submit a CV (including two referees, and supporting statement/cover letter addressed to Akeela Ahmed at the above postal/email address.
3. Chief Financial Officer and Finance Managers required in Doha, Qatar**

A new joint venture company has been established in Qatar with a European
multinational, which aims to engage in infrastructure projects throughout
the Middle East.

We are therefore looking for highly skilled individuals who would like to
become a part of the team which will lead the company's expansion initially
in Qatar and then throughout the Middle East.

*SUMMARY*

Responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of company
operations. Provide leadership and coordination in the administrative,
business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts of the company.

*PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES*

1. Create, coordinate, and evaluate the financial programs and supporting
information systems of the company to include budgeting, tax planning, real
estate, and conservation of assets.
2. Approve and coordinate changes and improvements in automated financial
and management information systems for the company.
3. Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal budgetary reporting
requirements.
4. Oversee the approval and processing of revenue, expenditure, and
position control documents, department budgets, mass salary updates, ledger,
and account maintenance and data entry.
5. Coordinate the preparation of financial statements, financial reports,
special analyses, and information reports.
6. Develop and implement finance, accounting, billing, and auditing
procedures.
7. Establish and maintain appropriate internal control safeguards.
8. Interact with other managers to provide consultative support to
planning initiatives through financial and management information analyses,
reports, and recommendations.
9. Ensure records systems are maintained in accordance with generally
accepted auditing standards.
10. Develop and direct the implementation of strategic business and/or
operational plans, projects, programs, and systems.
11. Assist in obtaining the necessary licenses and insurance required to
start a business.
12. Analyze cash flow, cost controls, and expenses to guide business
leaders. Analyze financial statements to pinpoint potential weak areas.
13. Establish and implement short- and long-range departmental goals,
objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
14. Serve on planning and policy-making committees.
15.. Oversee financial management of foreign operations to include
developing financial and budget policies and procedures.
16. Other duties as assigned.

*ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES*

1. Represent the company externally to media, government agencies, and
the general public.
2. Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate department staff.


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS*

1. Experience in strategic planning and execution. Knowledge of
contracting, negotiating, and change management. Knowledge of finance,
accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles. Knowledge of automated financial and
accounting reporting systems. Knowledge of federal and state financial
regulations. Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial
reports, statements, and projections.
2. Work requires professional written and verbal communication and
interpersonal skills. Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials
within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects. Ability
to participate in and facilitate group meetings.
3.. Work requires willingness to work a flexible schedule.

Languages

English is required and knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage but not
necessary.

Package will vary depending on skills and experience, but will be
competitive in the market place.. Full relocation costs for the candidiate
and their family will be provided. Qatar is a liberal yet very hospitable
country. It is very family friendly and has some of the best schools in the
Gulf as well as academic institutions set up in Qatar Foundation.

Please send me your CV, contact details as well as current package to
rajasharif



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UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

20/03/2009


Hello, Majid Alemi Junior.

kadara kursum is suggesting the following article from http://www.arabnews.com:
US leaders wish Sultan fast recovery
Arab News

NEW YORK: Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, who is undergoing treatment in the United States, yesterday received a message from US Vice President Joe Biden wishing him a quick recovery.
Biden also conveyed the greetings of President Barack Obama to Prince Sultan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
In a reply cable, the crown prince expressed his appreciation to President Obama and Vice President Biden for their noble and sincere sentiments.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also sent a similar cable to Prince Sultan.

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

Hi there! Majid Alemi Junior.

akujowangita amonyr in uk thought you might be interested in this article from The New Vision online: http://www.newvision.co.ug

They also added this comment:
""

Fantastic country with pathetic roads!

Letter of the day
This letter, the Editor feels, demands special attention

EDITOR—We returned from a three-week visit to your beautiful country recently. While there, I read your paper in order to acquaint myself a little better with the inner life of Uganda and Ugandans. I learned a lot.

Thank you.

At the end of our visit, I felt I wanted to express my views and my impressions. We spent time in Kampala and then took to the roads, to visit the country and some of its parks and wildlife reserves. We fell in love with the natural beauty of the countryside, the friendliness, warmth and generosity of the people everywhere, the untiring labour and effort of people to look after their families in—sometimes—hard conditions. But, my point is, something has to be done about your roads. I know there are plans, I know the Government is

promising action—but where is
If Uganda wants to develop ‘the tourism industry’, it will have to ensure that people don’t need hospitalisation for back injuries at the end of their trip. But there is another point, and I think it is more important than the tourists. Hundreds of Ugandans use the roadside as their trading ground.

Mothers come from the villages, sometimes walking for miles, to sit by the roadside with their children and sell whatever they might have grown in their gardens, to supplement their income.

They sit there —day in day out—inhaling the dust raised by the cars on the ‘road’. Surely, all this dust, inhaled by the children cannot be good for them!

Or for their mothers or people in general. Please, don't put up with it—demand action from your Government for the better health of all. With my thanks to all involved in our visit - thank you for a wonderful stay. By the way, your women are all so beautiful, so why are all the manequins in dress shops 'Bazungu'?

Ginette Ashkenazy
England

You can also read the article online at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/detail.php?mainNewsCategoryId=8&newsCategoryId=21&newsId=675163

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

02/04/2009


Hello, Majid Alemi Junior.

kadara kursum is suggesting the following article from arabnews
Sultan makes full recovery
Arab News

NEW YORK: Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, left hospital on Tuesday evening after achieving complete recovery following a successful surgical operation that was performed on him on Feb. 23, a Royal Court announcement said yesterday.
"By the Grace of God, Prince Sultan is now enjoying good health. He will spend a few days for convalescence and rest," the announcement said.
Prince Sultan thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for constantly following up on his health condition. He also thanked world leaders, princes and top officials for expressing their good wishes.
Prince Sultan received at his residence in New York Khaled Al-Nafeesi, the Kingdom's permanent representative to the United Nations, Brig. Ameen Shaker, Saudi military attaché in Washington, Mohammed Al-Eissa, Saudi cultural attaché in Washington, and other senior officials who came to congratulate him for achieving complete recovery.
The reception was attended by Prince Salman, governor of Riyadh, Prince Ahmed, deputy interior minister, Prince Khaled bin Sultan, assistant minister of defense and aviation for military affairs, Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk, Prince Turki bin Sultan, assistant minister of culture and information, other princes and top officials.
In a recent statement, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif said Prince Sultan's health was satisfactory. "I would like to assure you that the crown prince's health is very good. God willing, after the medical vacation he will return to the Kingdom in full health," the Saudi Press Agency quoted him as telling reporters in Beirut.

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

For Keele People Past & Present | April 2009







Hello Kadara from Keele University!

KEELE IN THE CITY IV - THIS MONTH!


Can't get to Keele? Keele in the City informal events bring Keele to you!

Keele in the City IV is on Thursday, April 30, at Tiger Tiger, 29 The Haymarket, London, from 6pm.
Guests for Keele in the City have exclusive access to THE CLUB – a lounge bar with dance floor, music and a separate bar. All guests will be offered on the night a discount voucher for 50 per cent off meals in the Tiger Tiger Restaurant. A door charge of £5 will apply for entry after 10pm. Tiger Tiger's dress policy is smart casual.

You must be confirmed on the Guest List to attend Keele in the City - either via the "Keele Society" Facebook Group (which has a photo album from previous KITC events) or directly by email to the Alumni Office at j.c.easom

For more information about the event see http://www.keele.ac.uk/alumni/alumni_inthecity.htm or see http://www.tigertiger-london.co.uk for venue details.




FOREVER:KEELE MAGAZINE IS ON ITS WAY!


We've just heard that Forever:Keele has been mailed out this week to approximately 40,000 alumni around the world! UK residents should receive it in the next seven to 10 days; international residents in the coming weeks. If anyone has not received their copy by the end of April please contact us and we will look into it for you.

We welcome your feedback so please e-mail the editor Hannah Hiles if you have any comments about the magazine, good or bad (but preferably good, she says!).




NOVEL LAUNCHED AT KEELE


Author, musician and lecturer Joe Stretch launched his second novel Wildlife at Keele last week.

Joe is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University and sings in the band (We Are) Performance.
Described as "viciously funny, brave, challenging and hugely topical", Wildlife sees three lonely members of the Facebook generation dragged out of their isolated existences and towards the promise of a perfect future – in the Wild World.
He was born in 1982 and brought up in Lancashire. He moved to Manchester at the age of 18 to study politics at Manchester University. His first novel was the acclaimed Friction.



KEELITE OF THE MONTH


Every month we take a look at a Keele graduate and find out what they are doing now.
Dr Alan Taylor (1982 American Studies/English) is an author and lecturer in media literacy, American studies, film and critical pedagogy.. He is the author of "We, the media..." (2005), editor of "Healthywords..." (2006) and author of "Jacobean Visions: Webster, Hitchcock & Google Culture (2007) and cites the late Keele academic Charles Swann as one of his major influences.
Find out more about Alan on the alumni website here or on his own website here.






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Tense end to Varsity competition

Keele University Athletic Union competed in the Varsity series against Staffordshire University last month - the occasion was organised and hosted by Staffordshire this year but it will return to Keele's hallowed turf next year.

Thirteen different sports teams were involved and after twelve contests the series was level at 6-6, with the Men's Football match as the decider.

Every team and every competitor gave their all but we were pipped at the very end... The final score was 2-1 to Staffordshire and the series ended in their favour at 7-6.

Still, Keele won the trophy last year so I guess we can lend it to Staffordshire...for one year only.



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Envoy wants to reinstate Global Fund confidence for Uganda

Uganda’s Ambassador-designate to Geneva Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka says his priority is to reinstate the Global fund confidence for Uganda, as he embarks in his new task.

Kiwanuka-the former minister for economic monitoring says increasing levels of corruption and governments failure to fight the vice, had forced the global fund secretariat to limit funds to Uganda.

He says he intends to use the prosecution of persons who were involved in the mismanagement of Global fund as a basis for increased funding to Uganda for fighting Malaria, TB and Aids.

Kagimu Kiwanuka also adds that he will Lobbying Swiss investors to come to Uganda.


You can also read the article online at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/detail.php?mainNewsCategoryId=1&newsCategoryId=10&newsId=676694

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Expand research in value addition

The Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID) has already paid off. Makerere University’s Dr. Florence Muranga who headed a research project on the preservation of banana on Monday handed a special report on the progress of her work to President Yoweri Museveni.

However, the highlight of the ceremony at State House, Nakasero, was not the report, but rather a pack of Tooke biscuits made from our own bananas. The success of the research demonstrates the potential of Ugandan scientists given the necessary resources.

While banana is widely grown and is a staple food in many parts of Uganda, the technology for its preservation has been lacking leading to high post harvest losses. With the research breakthrough, Uganda will not only be in a position to preserve this highly perishable crop, but other industries to consume banana by-products shall sprout up, thereby creating jobs.

Through processing, it shall not only be possible to prolong the shelf life of bananas, but the flour can be used for the production of nutritious baby food, enriching dairy products and the production of banana juice and banana alcohol.

However, as we celebrate this success, the Presidential initiative should be expanded from banana to include other food crops widely grown in Uganda but are difficult to preserve. These include crops like sweet potatoes and cassava.

In Uganda, 70% of the cassava produced is for fresh consumption yet the shelf life for fresh cassava rarely exceeds two days. Yet cassava, just like potatoes, could be processed and preserved either for human consumption. Its by-products like starch could be for industrial use in textile, paper and pharmaceutical industries.

Research is an important component in the development process of any country and research organisations in Uganda should try to justify their existence by engaging in practical research to solve local problems. That is why PIBID’s scope should be expanded beyond just bananas.

You can also read the article online at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/detail.php?mainNewsCategoryId=8&newsCategoryId=14&newsId=676593

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03/04/2009


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Summit seals historic deal
Mushtak Parker | Arab News

LONDON: After a day of frenzied activity and almost five hours of hard negotiations, leaders of the world's largest economies yesterday reached an agreement to tackle the global economic crisis with financial measures worth $1 trillion. This is on top of the largest bundle of macroeconomic stimulus packages the world has ever seen - with a staggering $5 trillion being injected into economies worldwide by governments through the end of next year.
"This is the day that the world came together to fight back against the global recession, not with words, but with a plan for global recovery and for reform and with a clear timetable for its delivery," declared a buoyant British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the summit host, in his closing statement. "Our progress is indivisible. Global problems require global solutions ... We want to restore global trade, jobs and confidence in the financial system. The old Washington consensus is over ... A new world order is emerging."
The $1 trillion will go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the G-20 talks. This includes the $250 billion already pledged plus a $500 billion of new resources to help troubled economies, especially in the emerging countries that have been impacted by the global financial crisis through no fault of their own. It also includes a further $250 billion in so-called Special Drawing Rights (SDR), the IMF's currency that the world's poorest countries can call on to help bail out their economies. The IMF will also explore the possibility of selling some of its gold reserves to provide extra funding for poor countries.
Thus far the main contributors to the $1 trillion pledged include $100 billion from Japan; $100 billion from the EU; and $40 billion from China. However, there will also be a new agreement for $500 billion that will be announced over the next few weeks.
Brown agreed that China, Saudi Arabia, India and other countries should receive more equitable representation at the IMF.
The Chinese want a quid pro quo on the basis of more say for more money for contributing to the IMF coffers. Beijing has a strong case in this respect. China's current voting rights at the IMF, for instance, are the same as Switzerland's, whose economy and contributions are miniscule compared with Beijing's.
Similarly, Beijing expressed the need for a new international reserve currency to mitigate the decline in the value of the US dollar and the euro.. However, China did not present detailed proposals for such a move. The G-20 leaders did not rule out such a move but stressed that they would look at any proposal that is presented in detail. The Chinese do not merely want the end to the "Washington Consensus" but also the "Washington Currency".
The G-20 leaders agreed on several core pledges and will meet again later this year at a venue to be announced over the next few days to take stock of the progress made in implementing the measures agreed at this London summit and agree any additional measures that may be further needed to ensure stability and growth in the global financial and economic systems.
The leaders committed to a series of reforms and pledges, including a major overhaul in the way the global banking system and credit ratings agencies are regulated and a crackdown on tax havens and sanctions on countries that do not comply with eliminating them. The IMF will be given more authority to ensure cooperation across borders and act as an early warning system. Executive bonuses to bankers will be leashed so as to avoid guaranteed bonuses even for overall poor performance.
The leaders have also committed to collaborating on cleaning up banks' toxic assets and increasing lending to families and businesses. Provisions to help promote international trade through the World Bank have also been included, as well as a pledge to meet the UN's Millennium Development Goals and work toward a greener global economy.
Any talk of divisions between the US and UK on the one hand and Germany and France on the other hand soon dissipated with German Chancellor Angela Merkel describing the agreement as "a very, very good, almost historic compromise that will give the world a clearer financial market architecture."
Brown said there was "no quick fix" to the world economy but there was a commitment to do whatever was necessary.
"Today's developments," he stressed, "will not solve the world's economic problems immediately. But, we have begun the process by which they will be solved."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the conclusions of the summit were "more than we could have hoped for" from the crunch talks. "The G-20 countries have decided on a profound reform of the international financial architecture, which has not been done to such an extent since the Bretton Woods accords in 1945," he said.
The agreement represented "a commitment by heads of state and government to strengthen regulation and supervision of financial activities. That was a priority for Germany and France."
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hailed the summit decision to launch a crackdown on "cowboys" operating in unregulated financial markets.
Rudd said the leaders had shown "an overwhelming drive toward achieving a real outcome with real commitments and real timelines in order to provide a pathway to global economic recovery." He said the summit had disproved the cynics who had claimed that the Group of 20 was riven by divisions and would find it impossible to reach agreement.
"Today's agreement begins to crack down on the sort of cowboys in global financial markets that have brought global markets undone, with real impacts for jobs everywhere," he said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the $1 trillion commitment but said it was vital that the poorest countries benefit. In a statement released in New York, Ban said he was pleased by the package, which will be mainly channeled through the IMF.
"But it will be critical that the share of this going to the poorer countries is delivered," he said.
EU President Jose Manuel Barroso said: "It is a historic moment, a defining moment for our global response to the crisis...We took the right decisions."
Yvo de Boer, head of UN Climate Change Secretariat said: "This is a good example of the major economies of the world coming together and developing a common understanding."

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The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

03/04/2009


Hello, Majid Alemi Junior.

kadara kursum is suggesting the following article from http://www.arabnews.com:
Summit seals historic deal
Mushtak Parker | Arab News

LONDON: After a day of frenzied activity and almost five hours of hard negotiations, leaders of the world's largest economies yesterday reached an agreement to tackle the global economic crisis with financial measures worth $1 trillion. This is on top of the largest bundle of macroeconomic stimulus packages the world has ever seen - with a staggering $5 trillion being injected into economies worldwide by governments through the end of next year.
"This is the day that the world came together to fight back against the global recession, not with words, but with a plan for global recovery and for reform and with a clear timetable for its delivery," declared a buoyant British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the summit host, in his closing statement. "Our progress is indivi

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Hi there! Majid Alemi Junior.

akujowangita amonye in uk thought you might be interested in this article from The New Vision online: http://www.newvision.co.ug

They also added this comment:
""

Envoy wants to reinstate Global Fund confidence for Uganda

Uganda’s Ambassador-designate to Geneva Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka says his priority is to reinstate the Global fund confidence for Uganda, as he embarks in his new task.

Kiwanuka-the former minister for economic monitoring says increasing levels of corruption and governments failure to fight the vice, had forced the global fund secretariat to limit funds to Uganda.

He says he intends to use the prosecution of persons who were involved in the mismanagement of Global fund as a basis for increased funding to Uganda for fighting Malaria, TB and Aids.

Kagimu Kiwanuka also adds that he will Lobbying Swiss investors to come to Uganda.


You can also read the article online at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/detail.php?mainNewsCategoryId=1&newsCategoryId=10&newsId=676694

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Koboko elders urge govt to intervene in border conflict
Tuesday, 7th April, 2009 E-mail article Print article

By Josephine Maseruka

Cultural leaders and elders from Moyo and Koboko districts have asked the Government to avert a potentially bloody conflict at the Sudan border.

Haji Sebbi Longa, an elder from Moyo, recently said the Southern Sudan government was claiming the border area of Bibia and had established a market at Elegu.

Speaking at the consultative meeting on the formulation of the national land policy at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala, Longa said Sudan had claimed part of land in Bomure in Moyo.

He said the district had been stopped from constructing a road from Lefori to the border.

“If the governments of Uganda and Sundan do not convene a meeting to settle the matter amicably, there will be insecurity in the border areas,” Longa warned.

Tia Silas Aloonyu, an elder from Koboko, said there were conflicts on the Sudan border at Yumbe, Tereho and Maracha, which could turn bloody if not addressed immediately.

Aloonyu said before the conflicts, the Sudanese and Koboko residents were living in harmony. “We would like the Government to sensitise our people and discourage them from selling land to foreigners.

Another Koboko elder, Lucy Akulia Afulo, supported Aloonyu, saying the disagreements could lead to a civil war. Responding to the fears, the acting local government permanent secretary, Tom Matte, said the Government would soon draw permanent boundaries for Maracha and Terego.

“We have exhausted all administrative measures to settle the matter, but those people are very stubborn. We have, therefore, decided to draw permanent boundaries,” Matte explained.







CURRENT LOCAL NORTH STORIES
Lira school abandoned

Starving Karimojong cross to Pader in search of food

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CITY CIRCLE NOTICEBOARD



Thursday 9th April 2009


***EVENTS***


** Future City Circle Events can be viewed here: http://www.thecitycircle.com/futureevents.php**


1. City Circle Event: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization


Mr Ali A. Allawi, former Defence Minister of Post-War Iraq


Fri 17 Apr 2009


6.45pm - 8.30pm, Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place , London W1H 4LP



Ali A. Allawi has served as Minister of Defence and Minister of Finance in the Iraqi postwar governments. A graduate of LSE, Harvard University and MIT, he is Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford .. He has written one previous book, The Occupation of Iraq (Yale 2007). The City Circle will be hosting a launch of his new book, The Crisis of Islamic Civilization, published in March by Yale University Press.

Ali A. Allawi makes a compelling and provocative case that the best hope for the world's Muslims is a rejuvenated Islamic civilization - one that unites the inner world of Islamic spirituality with a public, outer world that is also genuinely Islamic. A deep thinker who has the respect of both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars, and a former cabinet minister in post-invasion Iraq , Allawi has studied the past and has witnessed firsthand the convulsions of Islam's encounters with modernity. His voice is one that cannot be ignored as the world grapples with the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Assessing each of the building blocks of Islamic civilization, the author concludes that it cannot survive without the vital spirituality that underpinned it in the past. Unity of the private sphere of personal spirituality and the public sphere of government and institutions forms the essential core of Islamic civilization, and it is this core that has been allowed to decay, he will argue.

Ali A. Allawi argues persuasively for Islamic civilization's inherent value and potential to generate new paths and better lives in a complex world - a world increasingly aware of the consumerist dark side of the Western model. But the destruction of Islamic civilization is well underway and continues apace. Muslims, Allawi argues, must decide whether they want to create and dwell in a civilization which grows out of their own beliefs without disrupting the world of others. If they do choose this path, they will have to overcome years of indifference and inaction as well as the enormous influence of competing civilizational forces. The challenges are not insurmountable, but they will indeed test to the limit Muslims' commitment to Islam as a complete way of life.

We will be looking at the following difficult questions:

- Is Islam inherently opposed to modernity? Or is there a different, genuinely Islamic path to modernity that would better serve Muslims than the path forged by Western civilization?

- Can Islamic spirituality be separated from the public sphere? Should it be separated, following the Western model?

- Can sharia, so often condemned as inhumane in the West, offer a just and legitimate legal system for Muslims?

- Given Islam's ban on interest, is a truly Islamic economic system possible in today's world? How well do current Islamic banking institutions meet the spiritual and economic needs of Muslims?

- How well do today's Muslim leaders meet Islam's standards for just, honest governance?

- Is the rise of radical political Islam and Wahabbist thought likely to hasten or slow the decline of Islamic civilization that is clearly underway?

- What forces in today's Islamic world could productively contribute to a rejuvenated Islamic civilization?

Join us for a fascinating evening. All Welcome. Free Entrance.


2. Mecca via Wall St - Luton

A blueprint for Material and Spiritual balance

Guest Speakers | Nasheeds by SHAAM | Comedy | 5 course meal | Networking

Tickets start at just £10, with all proceeds going to charity.

see for tickets and further information, and our Facebook group.

Details - Luton - Whipsnade Zoo
Date: Saturday 11th April 2009
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Whipsnade, Dunstable
Bedfordshire , LU6 2LF

For more info:
07950 753 656


3. The East London Book Circle

Love books? The Book Circle is an open forum for the discussion of books and
all related topics. Featuring titles from fiction, non -fiction, and
everything in-between, whatever your views!

This month's title is 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City : Inside Baghdad’s
Green Zone' by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. All are welcome to the discussion on
Date: Saturday, April 18th

Time: 12-1pm

Location: Costa Coffee, Ilford Exchange.
For more information contact 07811 186 436



4. Charity Craft Fair for Gaza
Sunday 19th April 2009
11 am - 4 pm
The Mosaic Rooms
Tower House
226 Cromwell Rd
London SW5 OSR

This one day event in the heart of central London is your opportunity to purchase some of the finest handmade craft and gift items including Islamic silver jewellery, handbags, shawls, scarves, clothes, embroidery, ceramics, pottery, silverware, crystal gifts, objets d'art, greeting cards, soft toys and much more.
Also featuring work by Internationally renowned calligrapher Dr Nassar Mansour who will be introducing pieces from his new silver jewellery collection plus paintings by Charles Foster Hall, Ghada Habib and Najia Karim.
A tombola offering quality prizes and light refreshments will also be available.
Come and enjoy a fun day out with family and friends or just relax over a coffee and soak up the beautiful surroundings of the mosaic rooms.
The mosaic rooms provide full disabled access and facilities.
All proceeds from entrance fees, tombola, refreshments and stall hire will go toward the Welfare Association's Gaza Emergency Appeal. The Welfare Association (UK) is a Registered Charity (No. 1020238) which supports humanitarian and development projects in Palestine and in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon (http://welfareassociation.org.uk).
For more information about the craft fair please contact Rajai Al-Jehani raljeha Rima Abboushi



5. Iraq Relief brings to you its second Gala Dinner fundraiser.

The centre is the largest in Iraq to deal with children's cancers and the doctors see approximately 1000-1400 inpatients and 6000-8000 outpatients every year. The centre sees an increasing number of severely ill children yearly, yet continues to function whilst both under funded and understaffed, lacking basic equipment medication and resources. The centre may shut down in the next few months due to the lack of resources.

Many painful procedures are undertaken on the children without adequate pain relief. Effective anti-cancer drugs are in short supply with infection control procedures almost non-existent. Add to this the fact that many of the children suffer from nutritional problems on top of their cancers and you may begin to get an idea of the conditions in which these doctors work.

Nevertheless, the team of doctors and healthcare professionals at the clinic are exceptionally dedicated to this cause, and with your support they will be able to undertake their jobs more effectively, continuing to drastically change the lives of the patients they see!

This year's dinner will be at Ozer, a luxurious Turkish restaurant in central London.

Date: Sunday 19th April
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Ozer Oxford Circus
5 Langham Place
London
W1B 3DG

Ticket prices:
£26 for students
£32 for professionals

BOOK NOW BY

Please note that tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis on receipt of full payment. Ticket reservations are cannot be made.

The evening will include a 3 course meal, live iraqi instrumental music, Iraqi art from Iraqi Memory Foundation, poetry, raffles, auction and much more..


6. Islamic Circles presents:

SHAH WALIULLAH AND INTRODUCTION TO THE HUJJATULLAHIL BALIGHA

By Shaykh Dr Muhammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)*

Date: Saturday 25th April 2009
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Ebrahim College, 80 Greenfield Road, London E1 1EJ

Since the fall of the Moghuls in India, one of the most important
and influential Muslim scholars in Islamic revival in India was
Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Dehlavi (rh) whose work to this day
still influences most of the Muslim groups and schools of
thought be it Deobandi, Ahle-Hadith, Barelwi and others.
His magnum opus was the Hujjatullahil Baligha, two-volume Arabic
manuscript covering the principles of Islamic revival, which is
more than pertinent in todays society.This course will cover Shah
Waliullah's life and an overview of his work and the impact it has
on Islamic groups in the Indian Subcontinent til to this day.

All welcome and by bookings only as there are limited spaces.

To BOOK please visit


7. Access to Islamic Finance Event
Date: April 27 2009
Location: British Library Business and IP Centre

Attendees shall gain an understanding of:
- The principles of Islamic Finance
- The major Islamic Finance products available in the UK
- How to approach the providers of Islamic Finance

For more information:
downloads

Contact: Dominic Morris

020 7785 6344

8. ARE YOU UP FOR THE MAKKA TWIN PEAKS CHALLENGE?

CLIMB TWO OF THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS IN MAKKA , SAUDI ARABIA AND RAISE
MONEY FOR CHARITY!

LONG TRIP

TUESDAY 28TH APRIL TO THURSDAY 7TH MAY 2009
SHORT TRIP (Over Bank Holiday Weekend)

THURSDAY 30TH APRIL TO TUESDAY 5TH May 2009

YOUR CHALLENGE
To scale the peaks of Mount Noor and Thawr (Mecca, Saudi Arabia) in
one day and raise money for Ebrahim College.

MOUNT NOOR :
The cave where Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) first received revelation

MOUNT THAWR :
That cave that provided sanctuary for the Prophet (SAWS) and his
companion Abu Bakr (RA).

THERE'S ALSO THE GRAND OPPORTUNITY OF PERFORMING AN UMRAH AND
VISITING THE PROPHET'S (SAWS) MASJID IN MADINAH.

YOUR TARGET
Your target is to raise a minimum of £1,500 in sponsorship for
Ebrahim College . £600 of this will cover costs for travel, visa and
accommodation.

Don't worry, we'll help you fundraise with tools and advice to help
you reach the target.

We encourage all participants to personally pay the cost of the
trip, but if you cannot then please ensure you achieve your
fundraising target of £1,500.

UMRAH ONLY PACKAGE - If you have family or friends who want only to
perform their Umrah then an Umrah only package is available for a cost
of £850 (Long trip) and £750 (short trip).

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS UNIQUE CHALLENGE, PLEASE HURRY AS PLACES ARE
LIMITED. WE WILL ALSO BE JOINED ON THE TRIP BY BARRISTER RIZWAN
HUSSAIN AS WELL AS SCHOLARS AND TEACHERS FROM EBRAHIM COLLEGE


Contact 020 7539 1577

PLEASE VISIT

to register online for your fundraising pack

80 Greenfield Road, London E1 1EJ,
Tel: 0207 377 6677 - Fax: 020 7377 8567



9. The Evil Eye event in London is fully subscribed. A replica event is taking
place as follows;

Friday, 1 May 2009, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Memon Centre
3 Weir Road
Lambeth
London
SW12 0LT

Admission: FREE (places limited; first come; first served)

To register, visit: www.mdda.org.uk
Contact person: Catriona Robertson (Wandsworth Community Empowerment
Network: WCEN) on 07903682142

10. Gaza 100: World Record Run. Let your feet do the talking!

Could you spare 20 seconds of your time to help save a child’s life?

Race into the Guinness Book of Records and help raise £400,000 in 24 hours
for Save the Children’s Gaza Appeal . We need 4,000 participants to break
the world record for the ‘Most people running 100 metres in a 24 hour
relay’. [Guinness Book of Records official title] The current record was set
in Latvia in October 2008, in which 3,807 people participated. Help bring
this record to London !

You must be able to run 100 metres in or around 20 seconds and raise a
minimum of £100 sponsorship, which will go directly as humanitarian aid to
the children of Gaza .

100 metres, £100, 100% for the children of Gaza . (IF or Save the Children
will not be taking any administrative costs out of money raised).

Date: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2009
Time: 12 noon
Venue: Mile End Stadium, London E14 (nearest tube station is
Mile End, District & Central lines)

To register visit www.ifcharity.com/gaza100.html.

Deadline to register: 1st MAY 2009

For further information contact: 020 8963 9262, 9263 or 9266 or email



***NOTICES***

1. Young Muslim Offenders Mentoring Programme

Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH), Business in the Community (BITC) and Mosaic are launching a new project to provide focused support and mentoring opportunities to Muslim prisoners around the vulnerable period of transition from prison back to society.

Led by Iqbal Wahhab, Founder of Roast Restaurant and Mosaic Board Member, this programme will support 16-25 year-old offenders at the end of their custodial sentence, providing them with a trained mentor to support them through the difficult transition back into society and, particularly, the workplace. The project will operate in London , Birmingham , Manchester , Bradford and Leicester .

More details on the programme and the necessary Expression of Interest form I'll need can be found at mentoring/new_-_supporting_muslim_ex-offenders/ You can also find out more at the City Circle event on Friday 24th April -

2. I have a young niece 15 years old whose mother (my sister in law) is desperately looking for a social forum for her to start networking with young muslim girls her age. They live in a non-muslim community and at this age it is important that my niece has links into making friends with like-minded young women her age she can engage with on a social basis. The kind of activities would they would be interested in would be social events (cinema, theatre, cultural) and sport.

They live in the Purley, Surrey area.

Could you please direct me to anything of interest. Please could you put the word around and let me know. If there isnt anything - does anyone know anyone who would be interested in starting up something of this nature?

Shazia Khan, crazygal786@hotmail.com



***ACCOMODATION***


1. Sister urgently searching for a one(/two bedroom) apartment to rent for 2 weeks in April. Must be clean, safe and walking distance to East London Mosque, Whitechapel.
Please contact Tasnim on tasnim 078 287 40 287 for any leads.

2. Double room in North London --BARNET with fitted wardrobes to rent, recently renovated to share with professional brothers. New kitchen and bathroom will be shared with other two proprofessionalothers.Located in quiet close. Close to local transport, local shopping centre, hospital and college. 5 minutes walk to High Barnet underground station (Northern line) and New Barnet British rail(15 mins tMin'sty).Buses to all routes.
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Companies to manage expat workers
Arab News

JEDDAH: Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif yesterday disclosed the government's plan to establish companies for the recruitment and employment of expatriate workers.
"The Ministry of Interior is currently studying the proposal, which will also reduce expenditures of citizens who want to recruit house servants and put an end to the problem of straying workers," he said.
Prince Naif made this comment while talking to Mohammed Al-Fadl, chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, its vice chairmen and members of the board of directors.
He also discussed with chamber officials the problems and obstacles facing businesses in the country. He urged businessmen and industrialists to employ maximum number of Saudis.
Prince Naif also received Asir Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khaled, Royal Commission chief Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayan and other officials.

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Vocational education is essential

EDITOR—Mahatma Gandhi, in late 1930, visualised basic education as a basic tool for the development of national consciousness and reconstruction of the society. His concept of education throughout life, work and environment was a new contribution to the philosophy of education, which has now been accepted universally.

After several years of war in South Sudan, the country has needs total development. I can say it is not re-construction but constructing new institutions as the name New Sudan
Vocational Education suggests.

Knowledge, skills and right attitude are required through diversified vocational courses to prepare students for the world of work, especially for self-employment. There are few vocational centres in South Sudan. How will the country develop without training people hands-on job skills?

Julius Geoffrey Mujuni
Yei Institute of Science and Technology
South Sudan

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22/04/2009


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The slow death of newspapers
Dan Kennedy | The Guardian

There is something deeply unsatisfying in sitting down to write a commentary about why newspapers can't charge for online content.
It's not that what I have to say is unoriginal, though it is. The Internet, after all, is awash in arguments as to why the disintegrating newspaper business must stop giving away its content and, conversely, why it can't..
More than that, though, I fear that in pointing out the obvious, I'm only convincing myself there's no future for the metropolitan newspaper as we've come to know it, either in print or online. That great industrial-age amalgamation of international, national and local news, sports, comics, concert reviews, obituaries, crossword puzzle and advertisements is finally giving way to something else.
After several years of trying to make a go of free access supported by advertising, news organizations are once again poised to try charging for online content. Writing in the American Journalism Review, newspaper consultant John Morton practically demands it. "I call on all you publishers to decide individually (to ward off the antitrust folks) to charge for Internet access to your newspaper content," he says.
And Steven Brill, the entrepreneurial journalist behind such projects as the American Lawyer, Court TV and Contentville - the last an early failure in the paid-content wars - has unveiled something called Journalism Online. The idea is that users will be able to choose from a variety of plans - paid subscriptions, per-article micropayments or some combination - to access news sites that are currently available for free.
Now, I have no philosophical objection to the idea that news organizations ought to be able to charge for their online content. The problem is that it's highly unlikely to work - mainly because there are too many sources of free, high-quality news with which they're competing.
For example, let's consider what would happen if the five national American newspapers - the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times - were to begin charging for content.
First, consider that the two leading news websites are affiliated not with newspapers but, rather, with cable news channels. MSNBC.com, with just a shade under 40 million unique visitors in March, according to Nielsen Online, and CNN.com, with nearly 39 million, are about twice as popular as NYTimes.com, by far the most successful newspaper site, with nearly 20.1 million. Neither MSNBC.com nor CNN.com is going to start charging anytime soon, as both serve to promote their television cousins.
And though CNN.com and MSNBC.com lack the depth of a great newspaper, there are plenty of other online alternatives that are not only free, but that are almost certain to remain free, including the websites of nonprofit news organizations both large (National Public Radio) and small (the Christian Science Monitor), as well as non-American options such as BBC News and, yes, the Guardian.
There is an additional problem with newspapers' charging for online access: newspapers have never asked their readers to pay for content. As Michael Kinsley pointed out earlier this year, the money you plunk down for your daily paper barely covers the cost of paper, printing, ink and distribution. Given that context, it hardly seems fair to charge customers who've already paid for their own press (their computers or iPhones) and distribution (Internet access).
So what is to be done? Probably the best we can hope for is to help newspapers shrink slowly into a new role as specialty news sources. A democratic society needs the sort of public-interest journalism and investigative reporting that have traditionally been provided almost solely by newspapers, and it's that kind of journalism that most needs saving.

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27/04/2009


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Riyadh library acquires rare Islamic coins
Arab News

Riyadh: The King Abdul Aziz General Library in Riyadh acquired recently a distinct collection of rare Islamic coins from different places in the Muslim world. The pieces are considered unique or extremely rare. Among the rare coins is the Abbasid dirham, which was issued in the year 140H (757/758AD) in Basra during the period of the Caliph Abu Jaafar Al-Mansour. There is also a gold dinar from the Omayyad period minted in 73H (692/693AD) and a rare Arabic/Sassanid coin minted in Damascus two years later. The library also acquired rarities issued in Makkah, Madinah, Bisha, Sanaa, Amman and other cities. These coins are now part of the col

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South Africa 15th Freedom Day Supplement: 'We celebrate with joy our hard-won freedom'
Arab News

Fifteen years ago on this day, April 27, in the year 1994, the first democratic elections were held in the new South Africa. It is on this day that we, as South Africans, celebrate with joy our hard-won freedom and work to realize our vision of a better life for all.
Much has been achieved in the past 15 years in transforming South Africa, although much still remains to be done. Progress has been uneven in some of the different facets of the lives of South Africans, but there is no doubt that freedom has given us the opportunity to move South Africa away from the injustices of the past and deal with the legacy of apartheid, opening new opportunities in the quest for a better life for all South Africans. It is through this freedom that we have had the opportunity to hold another successful general election in South Africa on April 22, 2009.
South Africa is an amazing country, incredibly beautiful, with vibrant, warm-hearted and highly talented people eager to realize their potential. It is truly alive with opportunity and possibility.
Economic and tourism opportunities abound in South Africa: We are a modern, diverse, economically stable and innovative country with an advanced infrastructure and a well-developed financial, economic and legal system. Our companies are globally competitive and, in some instances, are world leaders in their fields, for example in the mining sector and in coal-to-fuel technology.
South Africa offers an attractive investment environment and we are a growing and dependable trade partner. Our numerous and diverse tourism sites are world-renowned and we continue to be amongst the leaders in tourism growth figures. South Africa is also gaining popularity as a venue for hosting mega events and conventions, amongst others, the World Conference Against Racism, World Symposium on Sustainable Development, FIFA Confederations Cup (June 14, 2009) and FIFA 2010 World Cup (June 11, 2010).
South Africa is privileged to enjoy a warm and close relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its peoples. Both politically and economically our ties are strong, and we look forward to developing them still further. Saudi Arabia is one of South Africa's top trading partners, but in fact there is much room for expanding and diversifying economic ties. Both countries are leaders in their respective regions, and both have ambitious socio-economic development plans. There are, therefore, extensive possibilities for engagement in each other's development projects.
Bilateral relations between South Africa and Saudi Arabia are promoted within the framework of a joint commission that focuses on a bid to strengthen trade, investment and bilateral relations. In February this year we welcomed a high-level Saudi delegation to South Africa for the Third South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission. During this visit, areas of cooperation in many sectors were examined, including trade, investment, agriculture, fisheries, mining and energy, developmental cooperation, tourism, science and technology, education, transport and ICT. Also, the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Business Council discussed their program of action.
South Africa has over the last year become more significant to the region as it is a hub for economic activities on the African continent and is the financial powerhouse of the continent. South African investments into Africa have increased dramatically in the mineral resources sector. South Africa is a strong supporter of the African Union's vision of an integrated and united continent, and we look to the Kingdom for continued support for the African Union's main socio-economic development framework, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
The South African expatriate community in Saudi Arabia numbers close to 5,000, and plays a pivotal role in the promotion of people-to-people relations, contributing to strengthened relations, both political and economic, between the two countries.
In 2010, South Africa will host one of the world's premier sporting events, the FIFA World Cup, and we look forward to welcoming the world to South Africa for the first football World Cup to be held on the African continent. The way things are going in the qualifying stages, we might even have the pleasure of welcoming the Saudi Arabian football team to the finals!
South Africa awaits you!

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27/04/2009


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Women may be allowed to vote in municipal elections
Arab News

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is considering allowing women to vote in municipal elections this year but they would still be barred from running for office, a senior government official was quoted as saying yesterday.
Prince Mansour bin Miteb, deputy minister for municipal and rural affairs, made the comments after attending a conference of municipal councils in the Eastern Province. "The meeting's recommendations included that women should be eligible to vote. A special committee will study this proposal," one paper quoted the prince as saying.
Only men eligible to vote participated in municipal elections in 2005, which were the first nationwide polls held in the Kingdom. The election for half of the seats on the councils was part of a series of reforms undertaken by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
The meeting in the Eastern Province, the first indication that the municipal vote will take place this year, recommended that the government continues to name half of the council members, Al-Watan daily said.
Prince Mansour also disclosed plans to establish women's sections at municipalities in the Kingdom's 13 provinces.
"Difference of opinion is good for public interest. I consider it a positive development as it will help reach better decisions that serve the nation," the minister said when asked about conflicts in the municipal councils of Dammam and Qatif.
He said a committee at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs is currently preparing a bylaw for municipal councils, with the support of consulting houses. "We have distributed questionnaires among all council members to get their views while drafting the bylaw."
Prince Mansour said the performance of the municipal councils in their first four-year term was good.
Asked about the resignation of some members, he said: "The number of council members who resigned was very few." He also urged all council members to work as a team.
The municipal councils' meeting in Ras Tanura called for enhancing the powers of council members, and increasing budget allocations for research. It also stressed the need to hold council meetings twice a month and exchange of visits by members to exchange expertise.
Prince Mansour commended the mayoralty of the Eastern Province for establishing the King Abdulaziz Urban Center.
"We hope similar centers would be established in all provinces of the Kingdom," he said.

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27/04/2009


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Women may be allowed to vote in municipal elections
Arab News

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is considering allowing women to vote in municipal elections this year but they would still be barred from running for office, a senior government official was quoted as saying yesterday.
Prince Mansour bin Miteb, deputy minister for municipal and rural affairs, made the comments after attending a conference of municipal councils in the Eastern Province. "The meeting's recommendations included that women should be eligible to vote. A special committee will study this proposal," one paper quoted the prince as saying.
Only men eligible to vote participated in municipal elections in 2005, which were the first nationwide polls held in the Kingdom. The election for half of the seats on the councils was part of a series of reforms undertaken by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
The meeting in the Eastern Province, the first indication that the municipal vote will take place this year, recommended that the government continues to name half of the council members, Al-Watan daily said.
Prince Mansour also disclosed plans to establish women's sections at municipalities in the Kingdom's 13 provinces.
"Difference of opinion is good for public interest. I consider it a positive development as it will help reach better decisions that serve the nation," the minister said when asked about conflicts in the municipal councils of Dammam and Qatif.
He said a committee at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs is currently preparing a bylaw for municipal councils, with the support of consulting houses. "We have distributed questionnaires among all council members to get their views while drafting the bylaw."
Prince Mansour said the performance of the municipal councils in their first four-year term was good.
Asked about the resignation of some members, he said: "The number of council members who resigned was very few." He also urged all council members to work as a team.
The municipal councils' meeting in Ras Tanura called for enhancing the powers of council members, and increasing budget allocations for research. It also stressed the need to hold council meetings twice a month and exchange of visits by members to exchange expertise.
Prince Mansour commended the mayoralty of the Eastern Province for establishing the King Abdulaziz Urban Center.
"We hope similar centers would be established in all provinces of the Kingdom," he said.

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26/04/2009


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35 stranded Saudi families repatriated to Kingdom
Muhammad Humaidan | Arab News

JEDDAH: The Welfare Society for the Sponsoring of Saudi Families Stranded Abroad (AWASSER) has repatriated to the Kingdom 35 Saudi families who were living in difficult conditions abroad, said Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Hamoud, chairman of AWASSER's board of directors.
"We have also secured more than 100 jobs in private companies for the sons and daughters of Saudi families abroad in the countries of their current abode," he said.
Al-Hamoud said AWASSER was sponsoring more than 1,000 Saudi families stranded abroad. These include 220 families in Egypt, 85 in Morocco, 60 in Jordan, 68 in Bahrain and 200 in Syria, and numerous others in Lebanon, Yemen, Sudan, Belgium and Sweden.
"We are now working to know the number of Saudi families who are eligible for our services in Yemen and India," he added.
He explained that AWASSER was focusing on helping the children of foreign mothers and Saudi men, who could not return to the Kingdom because they had died or for any other reason. He said help is extended even if such people do not have Saudi identification documents.
"All we require is evidence that these children are the result of marriages between Saudi men and foreign women. We will then help them in obtaining Saudi nationality and provide them with economic, social and educational help on their return," he added.
Al-Hamoud pointed out that AWASSER had signed cooperation agreements with a number of local organizations and was able to secure social insurance for Saudi families stranded abroad or who could not return for various reasons.
"We have reached agreements with a number of commercial centers in Egypt to provide services to Saudi families through special prepaid purchase coupons," he said.
A nongovernmental organization, AWASSER did face some problems outside but was able to overcome them through the help of Saudi diplomatic missions. "We have representatives in a number of Saudi embassies to assess the needs of Saudi families living abroad," he said.
Tie-up with IIROSA
The International Islamic Relief Organization in Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) will provide a wide range of services to needy Saudi families living outside the Kingdom including, inter alia, sponsorship of orphans, university scholarships, medication, and development of skills to prepare them for the job market. The IIROSA signed an agreement to this effect yesterday with AWASSER.
The agreement was signed by Adnan Khalil Basha, secretary-general of IIROSA, and Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Hamoud, chairman of the board of directors of AWASSER.
Under the five-year agreement, IIROSA, through its external offices and within its available potential, will assess the needs and requirements of Saudi families living in difficult situations outside the Kingdom with a view to extending all possible support to them.
The organization will also help qualify these people for the local labor market in case they decide to return to the Kingdom.
According to the agreement, the two organizations will cooperate in organizing workshops and training for their staff and will exchange data in all fields of common interest.
Basha expressed his happiness over the signing of the agreement and praised the efforts of AWASSER in trying to resolve the problems faced by Saudi families stranded abroad and in bringing them back home.
The IIROSA chief said the two organizations would soon constitute a joint committee to monitor the implementation of the agreement.

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South Africa 15th Freedom Day Supplement: 'We celebrate with joy our hard-won freedom'
Arab News

Fifteen years ago on this day, April 27, in the year 1994, the first democratic elections were held in the new South Africa. It is on this day that we, as South Africans, celebrate with joy our hard-won freedom and work to realize our vision of a better life for all.
Much has been achieved in the past 15 years in transforming South Africa, although much still remains to be done. Progress has been uneven in some of the different facets of the lives of South Africans, but there is no doubt that freedom has given us the opportunity to move South Africa away from the injustices of the past and deal with the legacy of apartheid, opening new opportunities in the quest for a better life for all South Africans. It is through this freedom that we have had the opportunity to hold another successful general election in South Africa on April 22, 2009.
South Africa is an amazing country, incredibly beautiful, with vibrant, warm-hearted and highly talented people eager to realize their potential. It is truly alive with opportunity and possibility.
Economic and tourism opportunities abound in South Africa: We are a modern, diverse, economically stable and innovative country with an advanced infrastructure and a well-developed financial, economic and legal system. Our companies are globally competitive and, in some instances, are world leaders in their fields, for example in the mining sector and in coal-to-fuel technology.
South Africa offers an attractive investment environment and we are a growing and dependable trade partner. Our numerous and diverse tourism sites are world-renowned and we continue to be amongst the leaders in tourism growth figures. South Africa is also gaining popularity as a venue for hosting mega events and conventions, amongst others, the World Conference Against Racism, World Symposium on Sustainable Development, FIFA Confederations Cup (June 14, 2009) and FIFA 2010 World Cup (June 11, 2010).
South Africa is privileged to enjoy a warm and close relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its peoples. Both politically and economically our ties are strong, and we look forward to developing them still further. Saudi Arabia is one of South Africa's top trading partners, but in fact there is much room for expanding and diversifying economic ties. Both countries are leaders in their respective regions, and both have ambitious socio-economic development plans. There are, therefore, extensive possibilities for engagement in each other's development projects.
Bilateral relations between South Africa and Saudi Arabia are promoted within the framework of a joint commission that focuses on a bid to strengthen trade, investment and bilateral relations. In February this year we welcomed a high-level Saudi delegation to South Africa for the Third South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission. During this visit, areas of cooperation in many sectors were examined, including trade, investment, agriculture, fisheries, mining and energy, developmental cooperation, tourism, science and technology, education, transport and ICT. Also, the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Business Council discussed their program of action.
South Africa has over the last year become more significant to the region as it is a hub for economic activities on the African continent and is the financial powerhouse of the continent. South African investments into Africa have increased dramatically in the mineral resources sector. South Africa is a strong supporter of the African Union's vision of an integrated and united continent, and we look to the Kingdom for continued support for the African Union's main socio-economic development framework, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
The South African expatriate community in Saudi Arabia numbers close to 5,000, and plays a pivotal role in the promotion of people-to-people relations, contributing to strengthened relations, both political and economic, between the two countries.
In 2010, South Africa will host one of the world's premier sporting events, the FIFA World Cup, and we look forward to welcoming the world to South Africa for the first football World Cup to be held on the African continent. The way things are going in the qualifying stages, we might even have the pleasure of welcoming the Saudi Arabian football team to the finals!
South Africa awaits you!

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28/04/2009


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Forum to end chaotic fatwas: Ikrimah Sabri
Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News

SHARJAH: The 19th conference of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA), an offshoot of the Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference, is an extremely important event and will lead to ending the current chaos of people issuing random and contradictory fatwas (religious rulings) on thorny issues, said Ikrimah Sabri, grand mufti of Al-Quds and imam of the Aqsa Mosque.
Sabri, who is also an IIFA member, said, "We should unify fatwas so that people are not left puzzled on Islamic issues that concern them."
The mufti said he had no objection to ijtihad (the process of deriving rules on contemporary issues from the Qur'an and Sunnah) and described the academic differences among various Islamic schools of thought as "healthy."
"Ijtihad and differences among various schools enrich Islamic jurisprudence," he added.
Sabri said a final ruling would be issued on the topic of securitization and whether it is permissible under Shariah or not.
"We will reach a final ruling on this matter at the current session," he said.
He also called on Islamic governments to implement decisions issued by the IIFA, as they focus on the welfare of Muslims.

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SFDA to monitor food imports from May 25
Arab News

JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) will take over next month the monitoring of imported foodstuffs from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mohamad bin Ahmed Alkanhal, executive president of the authority, announced yesterday.
"We'll check imported foodstuffs at 27 entry points. We have mobilized adequate number of employees for the purpose, including 100 staff members who had undergone training abroad," he told Al-Watan Arabic daily.
He said all entry points would be linked with SFDA headquarters through an electronic system. "The SFDA will take over all laboratories and customs inspection centers for foodstuffs from the ministry on Jamad Al-Thani 1 (May 25)," he added.
The authority's task is stupendous as the Kingdom imports 60 percent of its food requirements.
Alkanhal attributed the growing number of food-poisoning cases in the Kingdom to unqualified workers at restaurants. "About 99 percent of workers at restaurants in the Kingdom are foreigners and most of them are not qualified to do the work. This is the main reason for food poisoning," he pointed out.
He said about 5,000 food-poisoning cases are reported in the Kingdom annually. "We'll introduce an advanced warning system to ensure food safety round the clock," he explained.
"About 20 percent of world population suffer from food poisoning," Alkanhal said and urged Saudis and residents to inform the authority about suspected cases and symptoms.
The authority has contracted with a German company to develop laboratories. "We have allocated SR750 million for development programs over the next three years," he said, adding that the agreement also covers development of new inspection methods.
The SFDA's development projects include construction of new buildings and laboratories and installation of advanced equipment and training of staff at reputable international laboratories.
The SFDA recently launched a national center to monitor the safety of medicines that are being sold in the Kingdom. The new move is expected to prevent unauthorized entry of medicines and medical compounds into the country. All powers related to medicine sales would be transferred to the center in coordination with the Ministry of Health. The center will also check herbal medicines that are widely in use in various parts of the Kingdom.
According to the new bylaw, all medical equipment and products being imported to the Kingdom should comply with the conditions set by the authority. "We'll start implementing the new bylaw within the next few months," Alkanhal said.

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28/04/2009


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Poor coordination disappoints young talents
Fatima Sidiya | Arab News

JEDDAH: Students who are identified as gifted and proved this by winning a national competition said officials of the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity excluded them from attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for Giftedness and Creativity in Nevada, US.
The reasons for this exclusion appears to have been lost in communication between local coordinators and the officials of the national competition.
Nobody interviewed for this article, including event coordinators and supervisors, would agree to have their names published in this report. "We were clearly told from the start that we all are going to the competition in the US," said a 17-year-old student.
The young woman's brother said he was unable to find any "convincing reasons" why his sister and others were first told they would be competing in the US and then later told they wouldn't be going.
These students, who won a regional talent competition, said that they were invited to Riyadh to attend a workshop that would prepare them for the Intel Fair. "They prepared us from the start by telling us that we would go to the US. They even took our sizes in Riyadh to design us uniforms," said another student.
However, after arriving in Riyadh, they suddenly were told that they would be evaluated on the day and would be divided into three groups - participants, observers and excluded students.
"We were told that this was just a preparatory stage and it would not necessarily result in us going to the States," said another student. "I was named to go as an observer but my partner was excluded. How would I go without my partner? This is our joint achievement."
The congratulation letter that was given to all the first-place winners (a copy of which is obtained by Arab News) states clearly that these students have been selected to attend the Intel Fair.
Students expressed their shock at how this competition - designed to showcase up-and-coming, gifted Saudi students - turned into a waste of time for some of the top-notch pupils.
"We had to leave our studies and devote our time to filling all those forms and prepare for our visas, and now nothing," said another of the students.
A supervisor of these students confirmed that the organizers of this competition had stated that these students would be going to the competition..
"They met with all the students and told them they would either participate or go as observers; this was their promise," he said. "I was shocked when my students called me to say that they were excluded. I was with them all along, preparing their documents."
An official from the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation said that these students went to Riyadh as part of an elimination round and that they were not confirmed to travel to the US before that.
He added that the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair allotted Saudi Arabia six seats for individual projects and three group seats. An American judge was brought in for this elimination round.
"We apologized to (the students) who participated previously and did not benefit from the competition in developing their projects," said the official.
Some of the girls who were told they wouldn't be going had been placed first in their regional competitions.
When asked whether their gender had anything to do with being refused travel to the US for the Intel competition, the official denied discrimination but pointed out that the competition separates boys from girls.
"We make separate competitions for boys and girls; this is a situation that happens only in the Kingdom because of our condition, tradition and culture," he said.
Speaking about the students he said that he felt their pain; however, he does not want to involve emotions in the judgment.
The official also denied that they were definitively told they would be traveling to the international competition but said perhaps the notifications could have been more clearly worded.

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

Re: Read. I will phone those you mention here their contact. and hear from them. also if kakwa community buried him in koboko, then we just sent our contribution for funeral rites. the daughter, the son,and the MP for kakwa kumuro in koboko. majid alemi junior. in BC.




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From: MIKE BUGASON
To: majid alemi junior
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:30:50 AM
Subject: RE: Orbituary: Col Jackson Asiki

Majid,
Thanks for your prompt response. If there are any contributions or arrangements, I suggest you contact the late's daughter, Agnes Akulia Asiki, and son, Apollo Asiki, in Kampala on +256 782 324 707. The Kinshasa arrangements are being coordinated by the honorable Member of Parliament for Kakwa/Kumuro/Ingbokolo, Tel +243 990 903 362. The Hon MP told me that it would require about U.S $10,000 to repartriate the body home (i.e. U.S$ 3,000 for the fee for authorizing repatriation of bodies of deceased foreigners; U.S 5,000 plane charter; plus about U.S$ 2,000 for other associated costs e.g. preservation, coffin, coffin wrapping, handling, etc. The huge costs involved actually forced them to opt for a burial in Kinshasa. Probably, burial will be tomorrow. Hope this clarification suffices. Mike


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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 05:40:04 -0700
From: majid alemi junior
Subject: Re: Orbituary: Col Jackson Asiki
To: mike bugason
CC: majidalemijunior


Re: thank you bro. mike bugason. for the Info. I & my Family. send message of sympathy,sorrow,condollence to the family of late, col. asiki. may almighty god rest his soul in eternal peace amen. I did forwarded the message you send to fellow kakwa communities worldwide. also I spoke to baba hussein diliga on phone in arua. my suggestion that, the lates body be brought and burried in arua. if we all agree I sent my contribution to baba hussein diliga for transporting the body, as well for funeral rites in koboko. majid alemi junior in BC. vancouver. western canada.




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From: MIKE BUGASON
To: majid alemi junior
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:17:01 AM
Subject: Orbituary: Col Jackson Asiki

Hi Majid,
I thought I should inform you, and those you believe need to know, that our brother Col Jackson Asiki, former CO Masaka in the 1970s, succumbed to death in Kinshasa yesterday, 28 April 2009, after unsuccessfuly battling an internal organ problem. At the time of his demise, Col Asiki had started processing his repatriation to Uganda under the MONUC DDRRR program. unfortunately, his good intentions were overtaken by the speed of death. He was my good friend in Kinshasa. I helped link him with his family before the end of my tour of duty in Kinshasa (Uganda Embassy). Arrangements are underway for his burial. The Kakwa community in Kinshasa think, in view of current economic realities, he should be buried in Kinshasa. However, the family members in Kampala, Arua and Koboko wish his corpse could be transported for burial at his ancestral village in Koboko (Adibu), funds permitting. Pray for them.

May his soul rest in etrnal peace.

Please inform those whom you think need to know.

Mike Bugason

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

share.Nubian Culture
"Millah Te'innah" Our Triad Cultural Heritage: To Quote Karen Armstrong’s book titled ISLAM a Short History, “Islam thrives without Government support, indeed the only constant in a world of Political flux.” (End of Quote) The Al – Qadriyah Tariqah at Bombo’s Masgid Noor should be discussed at length to give a full benefit and clarification to our long and misunderstood Triad Cultural Heritage. I will personally champion the inclusion of arguably the 1st Brick and Mortar Mosque in Uganda to become a National Heritage Site. A Brief History: By the time Lord Lugard {Kapere} and Colonel Colville inherited Amin (EMIN) Pasha’s so called Nubian Troops, they (Nubians) having been approached by one Major A.B. Thruston, who met remnants of the Rebel Commander Salim Bey’s Battalion of approximately 1,500 Rifles strong had been abandoned on the shores of Vuta Nzige {Present day Lake Albert} by the Belgian Congo Administration, following the Lapse of the territorial Rights to the Lado Enclave in 1909-10. A Truly Triad Cultural Society combining the Territorial Imperative of the ongoing scrabble for the so-called “ Dark Continent” imposed by the Colonialists, Our Sufi Futuwah of the Al Qadriyah Order and our Individual Ethnic Origins eg. Aringas, Avukaya, Alur, Bari, Fojulu, Junam, Kakwa, Kuku, Lendu, Logo, Lugbara, Moru, Mundari, Nyagwara, Zande, etc came together in this unique melting pot under the Armed Forces of the emerging British Protectorate following the Demise of the Belgian Monarch Leopold II. Major A.B. Thruston took the remnants of approximately 1,500 rifles strong plus 3,000 family members of Salim Bey a Giant Makaraka’s Battalion to Masindi. Fardhl Al Mullah {Fodimulla} a 6’ 4” Terego Man had also camped at Bora following an intense attack on his 1,000 strong troops by his very own tribes mate of Terego who considered Amin (EMIN) Pasha’s troops as Muslims & foreigners at that! He too like Salim Bey had refused to accompany Stanley & Amin (EMIN) Pasha’s evacuated contingent who had left for Mombasa following an intense and tragic attack by the Mahdist Army of Karmullah. The above remnants were the Genesis of what would be amalgamated into the Kings African Rifles (KAR), then the Uganda Rifles (UR) and finally into the Uganda Army (UA) & Uganda Police (UP) by 9th October 1962 (the day Uganda attained “Independence” from the British). The combined force of approximately 2,500 Rifles with their family of upwards of 3,000 strong where brought down near the lake side Port Bell Encampment which was later named Port Bell but resided in the Garrison which was eventually converted into the present day ( Marchinson Bay) Maximum Prison Luzira. The place was initially heavily under forest cover and the Nubian troops remarked in Colloquial Arabic “Umon Jibu ina fil Ghaba” (“they have brought us into a forest!?”). The Name GABA ensued from this remark….. They were then transferred near the seat of Political Power at a swampy locale called Kitigulu in Entebbe, the initial Colonial Capital. The Nubian Troops were finally transferred to the Newly Installed Army Headquarters Barracks in Bombo, Luwero District. The majority of The Triad “Creole” Nubians call them what you may, adhered to the Sunni Teachings championed by Imam Al- Ghazzali (Abu Hamid Muhammed). Based on his influential writings “Ihyah Ulum Al-Din” whose endearing insight fostered and galvanized the tradition that only Ritual and Prayer could give Humanity a direct knowledge of Allah Subhana Wata Allah. His teachings had urged the Muslim Ummah to practice the contemplative Rituals that were mainly associated with the Mystical Esoteric Movements which enhanced a Believer’s inner spirituality while encouraging a Believer’s outward rules of Shariah based on our five Pillars of Islam. This Revolutionary concept propelled the Muslim Ummah to the extent that instead of Dhikir (Remembrance of God) being a solitary practice for Esoteric Sufi Muslims confined to the so called Religious Elite, the traditional chanting of the 99 Attributes of Allah Subhana Wata Allah became a group activity that indeed propelled Believers into an alternative state of awareness. Two Unique Tariqah Schools excelled in spreading this Sufi Ritual in the African Great lakes Region. From the Eastern Board came the Tariqah Al – Alawiyah which came with the Sea Faring Arabs searching for Slaves and Ivory as far a field as Oman,Yemen’s Hadral maut and down as far as Zan-Zibar. This Tariqah (route) had its greatest adherents at the Futuwah in Mambrui, near Malindi and Lamu in Kenya. The Second Tariqah School is the main subject of this discourse - the Tariqah Al Qadriyah which had its strongest adherents the length and breadth of the Great Sahel Belt stretching from Mauritania on the Atlantic Coast right across through to Sudan on the Red Sea - the Most famous retreat being based in the State of Niger with annual Mawled Ziyarahs (visits) that attracted the Rich and Powerful Rulers from as far a field as the Magrib Kingdoms on the Shores of the Mediterranean. This Tariqah came into Uganda with the Nubian Troops and they built arguably the 1st Brick and Mortar Mosque “Mosgid Al Noor" in Bombo in the early 1900s. As mentioned above, Tariqah Al – Qadriyah had its strongest adherents amongst the Kings African Rifle Troops whose key base was the newly installed Bombo Military Headquarters in present day Luwero District in the Great Kingdom of Buganda. Their contribution to Nation building or shackling the indigenous peoples of present day Uganda to Colonial dominion is much maligned by Parochial Historians who tend to focus most of the glory of the expansion policy on the figure of Ugandan Jew Semei Kakungulu Author: Jaffar Amin Fri Feb 27 12:51:50 2009 Subject: Log VI Nubians { African Triad Community } Date:Fri, 29 Oct 2004 08:39:13 +0300 By Jaffar Idi Amin Dada Note: With due respect to the “Allusion” and very strong Aguments that we originated from Aswan’s Upper Egypt? I Jaffar Idi Amin would rather explain that all Africans and mankind for that matter Originated from the Great Lakes Region that encompasses the Mountain of the Moons alluded to in the “Ancient Kmt” Book of the Dead which stretches from the Virunga Mountains,Mt. Muhavura,The Great Rwenzori Mountains, Semiliki right across to the edges of the great rift valley in Uganda and onwards to the Nuba mountains and finally into Abysinia [Ethiopia]. However in the context of the Scramble for Afrika, a process of Creolization was taking place just as it was in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Luwanda, Maputo, Seychelles, the Caribbean etc; every where the West met the South we were forced to learn their strange languages, in our case we owed alot to the Arab Slavers from Khartoum who attempted to empty the Lado Enclave of its sons and daughters branding each cath with the infamous 111 on every victims cheek, ironically some of us ended up in the Louisiana and Mississippi cotton fields just as much as into the Perian Gulf and Saudi Arabia; for the Arabs were shrood traders and would sell the slaves and Ivory into the Turkish slave markets hence leading to many of our people ending up in the Americas. Back in the Lado Enclave a new breed of Africans was thus born { African Triad Community } out of this interaction between the indigenous(the Arena/Lado Enclave [Kuturiya corruption of the word “Turkiya” sic ]),The Islamic(Islamization and Creole-Arabization) and the new territorial imperative(the Western concept of Protectorate Nation States) of western Heritage following the infamous scrabble for the Dark continent. The concept of Africa’s Triple Heritage which has fascinated re-known scholars like Ali Mazrui is perhaps most poignantly captured in the emergence of the so called Nubian community of East and Central Africa. Mount Lado: The majority of indigenous Southern Sudanese continue to be both militant anti-Islamic and anti-Arab. They themselves, largely non-Muslim, and have partly on this basis fought one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars against their Arab and Islamic fellow compatriots to the North. Yet, disparate Southern Sudanese continue paradoxically to use their own version of Arabic (Creole Arabic). Today, there are thousands of Nubians virtually wholly Muslim of the Sunni Sect in the West Nile composed of the various tribes namely Jonam, Alur, Okebu, Lugbara, Ma’di, Metu, Aringa and Kakwa in this region who are returnees from exile in Congo Kinshasa and Sudan who lived not in disharmony but in fraternal peace with their host-cousins across the European-drawn borders to the north. The territorial imperative of the modern state that the west bequeathed to Africa and the dichotomous conception of the world between the abode of Islam(Dar-El-Islam) and the abode of War (Dar-El-Harrb) has never stopped these Africans from loving each other. Yet, both insurrections by the indigenous Southern Sudanese (Anyanya I Joseph Lagu) and (Anyanya II—SPLA John Garag) Movements, are militarily a continuous resurrection of cultural affirmation against the Arabs to the North. But the Anyanya have not rejected their own prodigal children from further South. Ironically, Amonye (Father) is held in high esteem amongst the (Anyanya I) for the direct military support he gave them during his extremely close relationship with the Israeli Military might in the late sixties and early seventies. Amonye’s Paratrooper wings are Israeli and Baba Moshe Amin was trained in battle tanks in Israel right up to the rank of Major. To Africans, soil is perhaps thicker than blood but blood is still thick, usually—thicker than religion and western-style territorial jurisdiction. One important factor that most people fail not to grasp is the fact that most Kakwa and indeed most Ugandan West Nilers are by definition almost all multi-lingual ; in fact the Concurrence of West Nile’s rapidly shifting and multiple National identity in the 20th century as well as its enduring Peripherality has been to encourage the propensity among our inhabitants to speak more than one language. Many Kakwas speak at the very minimum three languages simultaneously, their nearness to the numerically more preponderant Lugbara tend to force them to learn Lugbari, the geographical proximity of their home land to Congo and the resultant interaction with Congolese has enabled many of them to speak Lingala (once called Bangala). To the north of West Nile lie Sudan and Egypt whence came Islam and a Creole (Pidgin) Arabic called Ki-nubi. In this particular sense Omari H. (Umar) Kokole Ph.D. eloquently said“Ki-nubi is in splendid isolation more comparable as it is in this instance to Creole or Krio (pidgin derivative of English and French) Spoken in parts Of the Indian Ocean, Western Africa and the Caribbean than to native African Languages”Dr. Omari went on to explain that In Amonye’s {Idi Amin’s} Uganda the popular misconception was that we Muslims were, mainly due to some of our names (which were not tribal but in fact Muslim and Universaly part of the Islamic Ummah. Thus, they assumed we are members of a particular tribe- the so-called Nubian Tribe and that these names pointed an accusing finger to our non-Ugandan roots. What these critics of Amonye’s Religious Ethonocracy Dr. Omari insisted ,were doing was basically to confuse or equate religion with tribe. Although Amonye had a strong partiality towards fellow Muslims and included many of them in his Cabinet and appointed them to other influential positions during his reign, these so called Nubians were by and large not from his tribe - The Kakwa. What he shared with them was Membership to the Universal Muslim Ummah within Dar-El -Islam but not tribe in the normal African use of the term. In fact, the only fellow Kakwa to have ever become (briefly) a member of Amonye’s Cabinet was a Christian Kakwa - Major General Isaac Lumago (Briefly Minister of Industry and Power and also Minister of State for Defense). In African “Tribal” terms Isaac Lumago was closer to Amonye and Isaac Maliyamungu than he was to Vice President Mustafa Adirisi Abataki (the latter was a partial member of the Aringa tribe from the Gisara clan in along the Kakwa-Aringa border in Ko’buko County). In religious terms, the reverse was the case, General Lumago was in religious terms further away from Amonye than the Muslim, Mustafa Adirisi, who was half- Kakwa. The only important position Amonye tended to reserve for his ethnic compatriots [fellow Kakwa] was the militarily strategic post of Chief of the Armed Forces Staff. For some reason, no other Ugandan tribe in the so called “Amin years” had its fair share of this office than the Kakawa [regardless of religion]. The list of Kakwa who held this post included the late Brigadier Charles Arube [from the Kaliwara clan], Major General Isaac Lumago [from the Isoko clan], Major General Yusuf Gowan [from the ‘Dukuliya clan in Ko’buko] and the half Aringa/half Kakwa, General Mustafa Adirisi Abataki [from the Owo’ba clan]; the only non-Kakwa who briefly held that position was The distinguished Major General Francis Nyangweso, a Musamiya from Tororo in the east of Uganda. In addition, the majority of army battalion commanders under Amonye’s Army tended to be fellow Kakwa [tribesmen regardless of religion] with a sprinkling of a few but non-Muslim West Nilers as well as other Ugandans. One is tempted to conclude that Amonye preferred to have a Kakwa-based ethnocracy [at least in terms of command and a broader Muslim political constituency [sometimes erroneously called Nubians]. An American student, Jonathan Owens once wrote in a Kenya magazine that “the general picture of Nubi presented is wrong. It is a tribe of the loosest sorts - anyone who speaks Nubi and is (though not necessarily) a Muslim is a Nubi I for instance, an American studying the Nubi language, could claim to be a Nubi if I made the effort to adopt myself to Nubi customs.” Owens then went on to make the point that although the original East African Nubi did come from the then Sudan, Intermarriage with other tribes of East Africa had given the Nubi a very heterogeneous character. But as Dr. Omari went on to point out what, Dr.Owens surprisingly does not seem to have noticed was that the so-called original Nubi he refers to were themselves very heterogeneous to begin with. Evidence of this heterogeneous origin was right under Owens Caucasian Long nose and relatively undisguised. It is rather strange that Dr. Owens does not seem to have detected it. The evidence consisted mainly of how the Nubi residents of Kibera themselves used and still use the word Kambi, a corruption of the English word “camp.” When the original Nubi first settled in Kibera, they tended to segregate themselves into ethnic-specific units, hence the resilience of terms like Kambi Kakwa, Kambi Alur, Kambi Makaraka, Kambi Avukaya, Kambi Lendu, Kambi Bari etc, incontrovertible and enduring evidence of the original tribes of these heterogeneous so-called Nubi/Nubians. The fact that there is no Kambi Nubi in both Kibera and Bombo is no accident Kambi Nubi simply does not exist. Nonetheless, the necessity to have a lingua franca, a mutually intelligible lingo forced these immigrant people to develop their own version of Arabic partly because colloquial Arabic was already a common denominator for all the Kambis. “Ina min Junub (Southern) Sudan” : As already mentioned, these Kambis continue to exist in Kibera to the present day and point to the multiplicity of indigenous tribes that resulted in the neo-Islamic cultural melting pot called Nubian. Kambis as a point of reference are also present in our very own major settlement in East Africa in Bombo; donated to the KAR settlers by Kabaka Daudi Chwa in the Buganda Kingdom in Uganda in return for their commanding in the efforts to fight and annex large chunks of Bunyoro to Buganda under the command Colonel Collvile. In fact it was from him ( Kabaka Chwa) that the question of origin arose when he asked the KAR soldiers and they answered him “ Ina min Junub ( Southern ) Sudan”, Baganda have this inate propensity to shorten difficult sounding names to suit their very peculiar idiosyncratic way of pronouncing names: eg Muhammed becames Medi, Ibrahim becomes Bullu or Ibra, Janat al Niama becomes jane and Junub became Ba- Nubi. In Bombo, too, you will still find Kambi Makaraka, Kambi Tekrur, Kambi Bari, Kambi Mundu, Kambi Kakwa Kambi Kuku etc, a whole host of tribes which were not neatly Sudanese because by the time Emin Pasha operated and recruited his Sudanese mercenaries, the present borders between Uganda, Zaire and Sudan had not yet as Major Stingard and others have reminded us stabilized or been consolidated. West African Contingent: It should also be pointed out that some of Emin (Amin ) Pasha’s mercenary soldiers who also came to be subsumed under the label Nubi came from as far afield as what later became Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Tchad in West and Central Africa—originally as Muslim pilgrims en-route to Makkah over land in the pre-air travel era. For several reasons, many of these Muslims never returned to their respective homelands. In some cases, the pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajji) took the better part of a lifetime and according to some estimates the present population of Sudan consists of a considerable Nigerian factor consisting of some pilgrims who never made it back home to West Africa. A Denis Pain has suggested that some of the Nubi were, in fact, Nigerian though it is conceivable that other west Africans Muslims pilgrims were also involved. In a separate and later movement, many Nigerians came to the Sudan and some of these joined the Nubians and are to be found among them in Uganda. Indeed Emin Pasha, found some among them in the 1880s. What this demonstrated is that the so-called Nubian phenomena is more heterogeneous and more universalized than many Uganda and the foreign press has tended to assume. Concerning the theme of the non-tribal names of the Nubians i.e. IDI (EID) AMIN, Dr. Omari went on to enlighten me by going back into our Islamic history. “ The Caliph (Khalifa in Arabic) who resided in Baghdad, Iraq between 789 and 809 AD for example was Harun (Aaron)Al-Rashid. Harun Al-Rashid was later to be given popular fame as a Hero of the Arabian Nights. In 1980 Dr. Omari’s colleague at the University of Michigan, Professor Ali A Mazrui attended and delivered the keynote address at the ceremony for the installation of the new Chancellor of the University of Calabar in Eastern Nigeria. the new Chancellor’s name was also precisely Harun Al-Rashid. Both Rashids were male both were Muslim and both belong to the same worldwide Muslim Ummah. Both were important personalities in their respective societies albeit in different moments of Muslim History. Had these two men been both Uganda or East African, then many non-Muslims there would have jumped to the wrong conclusion that they belonged to the same tribe in Africa terms - the Nubians. But in act not only did the two Harun Al-Rashids not share a tribe,theywere also not from the same nation state or for that matter the same continent. In Sub- Saharan Black Africa, Islam is strongest in west and in the Horn of Africa. It is weakest in Southern Africa. Central Africa and East Africa; are some where in between. In both west Africa and the Horn of Africa Muslim purists tended to have double Muslim names making it virtually impossible to identify their tribal or national or African cultural origins. In the case of the Nubians it is not just names that have are completely Islamic but also language albeit Pidgin rather than the Classical Arabic of the Qur-an. However, as has already been pointed out, even in the Arab world proper varieties the Arabic language exist and are sometimes unintelligible unless its speaker approximate and emulate Qur-anic Arabic text. Dr. Omari Haruna Kokole’s argument: This briefly then is the thrust of Dr. Omari Haruna Kokole’s argument that the Nubi/Nubians have no names of their own although in their case this was mainly voluntary or self embraced disafricanization at the level of personal identity. To borrow Alex Haley’s imagery, there was no Arab slave master equivalent of the White master in Roots whipping Kunta Kinte into finally capitulating to the Civilized Name”Toby”. Like Cassius Clay who voluntarily became Muhammad Ali or Malcolm X Little who voluntarily became Malik El-Shabbaz, most African Muslims opted for Muslim names. The firm link between all Nubians is our Islamic Faith (of the Sunni Sect) and our use of Arabic, we are less a tribe in this set-up than a community, albeit only a fraction of one percent of the total Luganda population. Universal Muslim Ummah: Nubians represent a membership in the Universal Muslim Ummah within Dar-El-Islam but not Tribe in the normal African use of the term. What this ultimately demonstrates is that the Nubians in Uganda, especially as well as in other parts of East and Central Africa, are not a sudden intrusion but in essence, an integral part of its modern recorded history. It is also inextrically linked to the pattern of ethnical affiliations between the Westnile regions of UG & the Contentious arena of Dar El Harb of the Southern Sudan & Eastern Congo DRC. Through the agesd from the inception of the Scramble for Afrika in the 1840s right through to the 21st Century. Recap: Let us go back to the Future as per this chronological sequence: The Scrabble for Afrika: 1840s Zanzibari Muslim traders reach the shores of Lake Victoria. They seek ivory and slaves. In return, they leave the Baganda people with guns, beads a new religion, Islam & the Cotton Cloth which lead to a drastic transformation from Bark cloth to Cotton clothing amongst the natives. 1841 Mohammed Ali turns his attention to the Southern Sudan by despatching the Turkish naval captain, Salim, to Gondokoro because “the area was rich in ivory and the Bari were disposed to bartering it for beads.” By this time, slave trade in the Sudan has run for decades as the Egyptian Governor-General, Ahmad Pasha Abu Widan, conquers Kasala and Sawakin. The Turks, Arabs of the north and the European explorers all engage in slave trading. 1843 Muhammad Ahmad, later the Mahdi, is born in the province of Dongola (in the Sudan). Well-educated, he sees a vision in which Allah appoints him as the new Prophet or “promised one” who would free the Sudanese from the corrupt and materialistic Egyptian rule. 1883 The Mahdi and his Sudanese army, whose troops are called Dervishes, enjoy several outstanding military successes. Finally, in November 1883, they completely massacre Egyptian troops under the British General Hicks. When Britain hears of this defeat, it pressurises Egypt to withdraw its troops and officials from the Sudan, including General Gordon. 1845 The Welsh mining engineer, John Patherick, explores rivers Jur, Yah and Rol as he “studies” trades in ivory and slaves. John Patherick becomes the first whiteman to reach the Azande; Mundu and the Makaraka territories (including the Kakwa Territory) then controlled by the Makaraka. 1846 Pope Gregory XVI constitutes Central Africa vicariate apostolic which aims “to maintain spiritual welfare among the Catholics residing in the upper Nile.” 1848 The Jesuits, Ryllo (from Polland), and Angelo Vinci E.Pedemonte, Dr.Ignatius Knoblecher and Monsignor di Mauricaster (Italians), arrive in Khartoum. 1849 A Baluchi soldier, named Isa bin Hussein, flees from his creditors in Zanzibar and enters Buganda a year later. 1850 The Arab, Isa bin Hussein enters Buganda Kingdom. A number of Arabs and Swahili’s arrive in Buganda. 1850 Suna, the King of Buganda, presents Isa bin Hussein with three hundred Baganda concubines. 1850 Dr. Albert Peney, who died in 1861, in the Bari country, describes the Yei River as a great affluent of the Nile. Vaudet comes to the Bari country and is killed here by the natives. The Brothers, Pouchet, followed by the Italian Giovani Miani reach the Welle. At this time, Egyptian administration actually controls not only L. Albert, but also the Upper Uwelle valley south of the Nile-Congo divide (in what is now northeastern Congo). The Italian, Dr.Knoblecher, reaches Mt. Logwek in the Bari country. Missionaries establish the Gondokoro Mission. Snay bin Amir: 1852 Isa bin Hussein invites Arab traders living in Tanganyika to Buganda and Sheikh Snay bin Amir al Haris arrives and tries to convert Mutesa Suna to Islam. A typical Zanzibari caravan makes the slow, dangerous trek from the east to Lake Victoria. The exhibition is led by Snay bin Amir, an Arab who leaves a written record of his Luganda translations of the Honourable Qur-an with Ka’baka of Buganda.Snay bin Amir wants slaves. He trades with the Ka’baka who is all willing to sell his enemies to the Arab. The price for an adult male is 2 muskets, and for a female, 100 bullets! The Arabs spread their influence at clan level and new Kabaka Mutesa I, at mid-19th century urges all his subjects to convert into Islam. 1855 The Holly Cross mission is established in the village of Awongo in the Kitch territory of the Southern Sudan. 1856 Khartoum is teeming with slaves of all tribes of the Southern Sudan; annual slave exports from the Southern Sudan are between 12,000 to 15,000! 1856 John Patherick becomes British Consul and opens the Bahr el-Ghazal Region. 1856 The Frenchman, de Marc, becomes the first European to explore the Bahr el-Ghazal for ivory. 1860s Khedive Ismail rules Egypt for Turkey. At the same time, he is worried about the growing British influence in the Mediterranean Sea. Ismail also wants the British to be on his side and to increase the size of Egyptian territory. 1860 The Maltese, de Brono, combines ivory trade with slave trade in the Southern Sudan. 1860 The Italian, Giovani Miami, becomes the first European to visit what has now become the West Nile District of Uganda. 1860s Jaliyin Danaqala, a Syrian merchant is protected by the Egyptian administrators and establishes slave trading posts or zeribas fortified with a palisade fence for himself and his bazingir (Arab slave soldiers) 1862 John Speke discovers the source of the Nile. While he is struck with the high standard of the Buganda, he is also appalled by what he sees: the savage and cruelty and contempt for human life within the Lubiri, Ka'baka’s palace. The Ka'baka is both god and king, with divine powers to massacre or maim his subjects at will. The precincts of his court are constantly stained with human blood and executions are carried out for the most trivial of offences. John Speke is the first British explorer to reach Buganda in January 1862 where he meets Mutesa I (Ka'baka or King of the Baganda). Mutesa I reigns from 1854 to 1884. Speke had travelled to Buganda from the Indian Ocean to Lake Tanganyika and then to Lake Victoria in the late 1850s. The Royal Geographical Society paid for Speke’s return journey to Africa. John Speke left England in 1860 before arriving in Buganda in January 1862. Speke finds that Mutesa’s palace is well established with several officials as follows: the dowager queen or Namasole; the queen sister or Lubaga; and the Prime Minister or Katikiro. There is also a chief Field Marshal or Mujasi to lead the army, and the Gabunga serves as the lord high. The Makujunga is the lord high executioner. The chiefs belong to a Council or parliament called the Lukiko, which vote for a new Ka'baka from among the old Ka'baka’s sons. By putting all the losers to death, the new Ka'baka ensures no royal brother could challenge his authority. In addition to killing his brothers when he ascended to the throne, Mutesa orders that hundreds of slaves be put to death as a way of celebrating his power. Upon his return from Buganda, Speke reports that: “The Nile began in lake Victoria and the Baganda provided the perfect setting for the protestant missionaries from Great Britain to expand Christianity into the heart of Africa.” The rest is now history! Or Our History. 1863 The Westernised Ismail becomes the Khedive of Egypt. He is determined “to put an end” to the slave trade in the Sudan. 1865 Khedive Ismail establishes a police patrol on Upper Nile at Fashoda due to pressure from Britain to suppress the slave trade. Sir Samuel Baker is sent to explore the source of the Nile and to end slave trade as well as to expand Egyptian dominions in the Southern Sudan. 1866 An intrepid Italian known as Piaggia, studies the Azande people of the Western Equatoria Province. 1869 Khedive Ismail makes the British Explorer, Samuel Baker, to be Governor General of the Equatorial Nile Basin. Baker had written a best-selling book about his African travels, The Albert Nyanza, which had aroused British public opinion against the horrors of the Nile slave trade. Slavery had been abolished in Great Britain in 1833. Most Europeans viewed the Nile slave trade as proof of the barbarisms of both the Africans and the Arabs. Christianity they believed, conveniently ignoring the Protestants and Catholics of the Confederate States of America, were fighting to keep slaves in the 1860s- would never allow such a practice. Khedive Ismail orders Baker “to subdue to our authority the countries situated to the south of Gondokoro, to suppress the slave trade, to introduce a system of regular commerce [and] to open to navigation to the Great Lakes of the Equator.” 1873-1876 Ismail appoints Charles Gordon, a British, as Governor of the Equatoria Province or Khatt al-Istiwa of which the Kakwa were, and are, a part. 1872 Baker reaches Gondokoro and manages to expel the great Arab slave trader in that area, Abu Sand.Next, Baker enters the Acholi area. Unlike Mutesa, the Acholis have had no friendship with the Arab traders, and they are pleased with the Englishman, Baker’s work. 1874 Baker’s term ends after 4 years, and on paper, claims Bunyoro for the Khedive. But the prospect of either a strong Bunyoro or a Bunyoro ruled by Egyptians poses grave threats to the independence of Buganda. Meanwhile, Mutesa continues to fear the growing influence of the Zanzibari traders in his kingdom. Just at this time, another Englishman, Henry Murton Stanley, appears in Buganda. 1874 Gordon founds Jebel Lado (Juba) and becomes Governor of the Equatoria. 1867-76 The Ka’baka (Mutesa I) observes the Islamic ritual of fasting. Muslim influence is firmly established in Buganda. 1874 The American, Chaille Long, arrives at the Ka'baka’s palace as emissary for Gordon and he witnesses that Mutesa had slaughtered 30 men in his house. 1875 Linant de Bellefonds (a Belgian) is sent by Gordon to the Ka'baka to survey the area to the south of the Sudan with a view to a possible annexation by Egypt. However, De Bellefonds is killed by the Bari people on his return to the Sudan and Gordon deals on a wholesale slaughter of the Bari in the area to avenge his fellow whiteman’s death. 1875 The explorer Henry Morton Stanley arrives in Buganda on a journey funded by The New York Herald and The New York Daily Telegraph. He meets Mutesa I, and writes on the King’s behalf to the London Daily Telegraph, appealing for missionaries to come to Buganda. Stanley writes: “Until I arrived at Mutesa’s Court, the King delights in the idea that he was a follower of Islam; but by one conversion I flatter myself that I alone tumbled the newly raised religious fabric to the ground, and, if it were only followed by the arrival of a Christian mission here, the conversion of Mutesa and his Court to Christianity would, I think, be complete.” Most probably the one snag that the likes of Shiekh Snay Bin Amir Al Haris met when trying in vain to convert His Majesty Ka'baka Mutesa I is the sacred animist stipulation that the Ka'baka cannot spill his blood thus the issue of circumcision was out of the question. Mutesa takes this opportunity to equate the white person with super natural powers that would neutralise the Egyptian threat from the Sudan and from King Kamurasi of Bunyoro to the Northwest. Mutesa agrees to welcome Christian missionaries to Buganda. His government enlists new supporters who will help him ward off Egyptian invaders and help him control the growing influence of Islam.Stanley’s open letter is published in the London newspaper, Daily Telegraph, of November 15, 1875. The letter asks for missionaries to serve in Buganda and explaining that the Ka’baka wants Christians to come and save his people. An anonymous philanthropist was so moved by the letter that he sent 5,000 (pounds sterling) to the Christian Missionary Society (CMS) aid in sending missionaries to Buganda. 1870s Christians in England and elsewhere in Europe and the United States, are absolutely convinced that the best thing for the people, in all parts of the world, is to be brought into the Christian Church. Non-Christians, including the followers of Mohammed (the Muslims), are considered to be heathens, damned to hell or eternity unless a missionary reached them before they die and convert into Christianity. 1875 Emin (Edward) arrives in Egypt.Ernest Marno and the American Colonel Long travel to Makaraka territory. 1876 The British, Alexander Mackay (an engineer before becoming a missionary), George Smith and C.T. Wilson accepts the funding from the CMS and brings Christianity to Buganda. Their work is dangerous: Smith arrives in Uganda only a year before being murdered. The new religion, however, will prove to be equally as dangerous to Uganda as to the missionaries. 1876 The Anglicans land at Zanzibar. 1876 Emin Pasha, becomes the chief physician of the Equatoria Province. 1876 Leopold II founds L’Association internationale pour l’exploration et la civilization de l’Afrique centrale, which, two years, later becomes the Le commite’ d’etudes du haut Congo and, later still, the Independent State of the Congo. 1876 W. Junker, the Russian-born German explorer and scientist, arrives at Jebel Lado (now called Juba). The above serves to show that indeed our history is inextricably linked to the pattern of ethnical affiliations between the West Nile regions of Uganda and the contentious areas of the Sudan and Zaire. The Nubian factor in Uganda also simply re-affirms that the boundaries drawn up by the colonial powers were arbitrary. One result has been the in-built tendency sometimes to disregard and defy national frontiers. The New United States of Africa is the ultimate re-affirmation of this yearning for better or worse. Kwame Nkurumah must be doing the “cake walk” for all its worth! In his grave. The West Nile region was added to Uganda rounding off the northern limits of the old colonial protectorate. This particular part of my fatherland used to be part of what was called the Lado Enclave which had been leased by Britain to Belgium King Leopold II. When Leopold II died in1909 -1910, the lease lapsed and the Enclave was handed over to the Sudan. Then, in January 1914, a bounder readjustment between Uganda and the Sudan was made and West Nile was handed over to Uganda while Gondokoro and Nimule were transferred to Sudan. Sociologically, the so-called Nubians, according to one Micheal Twaddle formed a fascinating category for scholars to study forming as they do a secondary and expansible social category capable of assimilating Ugandans previously classified under other tribal names; amongst the West Nile Muslim Colony in Buganda I might add..Come to think of it some of our fellow Tribes mates ended up serving In the Nyasland ( Present day Malawai) in the KAR, in Fact or Rumours abound that Bakili Mulusi is a decendant of the KAR settlement in Nyasaland. We might an be-knownst to the general public have had two Nubian Presidents during the 20th & 21st Century in East & Central Afican Region, Hmm!?…………. NB : IDP and refugee camps are the best places for reviving Ujamaa philosophy of villagisation or collective settlement. When Remo came to Butiama, so we are told, he brought with him a gift of a traditional Nubi mat. By the way, the Nubi are ex-Sudanese who fought in the two world wars who decided to settle and spend their post –service benefits in East Africa. These soldiers of fortune found a common identity in Islam. Hence, Nubi black people or Black civilization of the Nile valley. Most of the Nubi in Tanzania who first settled in Mnazi Moja are either dead, or went to Zanzibar where they fitted culturally. Nubi women are good at making handicrafts like weaving baskets and making mats. So for someone like Remo who is half Kakwa and half Nubi, a mat – which is the work of human hands – is the greatest honour one can bestow a brother or friend. Chairs are modern furniture of today. The mat is an African symbol. During important occasions, visitors sit on a mat; we sleep on it, and have fun on it. The mat is a Nile valley item, from the source of Lake Victoria to Upper Egypt, the home of the real Nubians, a people who invented their own script and their civilization spans thousands of years even before the pyramids were built. The Bahaya people of Bukoba by the shores of Lake Victoria are known for their hospitality and spoiling visitors with gifts. Apart from the traditional dry coffee beans (emwani) that are given to visitors to chew to keep them awake, a mat is an indispensable wedding gift. It is the bed where the newly wedded couple sleeps on and to bear fruits (whatever fruits). Solomon Mugera and his colleagues at the BBC brought Jaafar Remo Amin and Madaraka Nyerere together to bring hope for a new beginning in East Africa in particular, and mother Africa in general. For you Remo and Madaraka, that symbolic mat must bear abundant fruits of lasting peace on our continent. (Source: http://www.dailynews.co.tz/feature/?n=1420&cat=feature, Thursday April 23, 2009 – posted on April 20, 2009 @ 02:49) jaffar@idiamindada.com http://www.mod.go.ke/ HISTORY OF THE KENYA ARMY INTRODUCTION The origin of the present day Kenya Army may be traced from the King's African Rifles. The reasons that necessitated the recruitment and formation of troops that preceded the King's African Rifles and in essence the Kenya Army are as many as they are varied. It will be difficult to analyze them without tracing the events that were unfolding in the East African region during the last quarter of the 19 th Century. This period was characterized by active involvement of the British in the enforcement of abolition of slave trade in East Africa . In this effort they had the support of the Sultan of Zanzibar. The Sultan was under increasing pressure not only from independent minded subjects like the Mazrui family, but also from his own troops who like the Mazrui family didn't believe in the abolition of slave trade. The slave trade was one of the major sources of income during the material time. During the same period other European nations were also developing an interest in acquiring spheres of influence in Africa . In this rivalry the British established the Imperial British East Africa Company to take care of its interests. As these interests developed and expanded, there was need to create a more formidable force to safeguard these interests and expansion. It is out of this that the first indigenous land forces in Kenya can be traced. In 1873 the Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Barghash signed the final treaty to abolish slave trade in all his dominions. The task of enforcing the abolition was vested on the British Royal Navy Fleet under Admiral Freeman Tie. The British Resident Consul Sir John Kirk and the Sultan realized that this could only be achieved through the establishment of a reliable Land Force, which could be used in the hinterland as opposed to the British Patrol boats whose operations were limited to the coastal region. At the same time the forces of the Sultan of Zanzibar comprised mainly of mercenaries drawn from Persia and Buluchi who held traditional beliefs that were at variance with the anti-slavery movement. At the same time the Sultan feared the growing influence of Khedive Ishmael of Egypt, who posed a threat to the Sultan's rule in the region due to his increased interest in the source of the Nile (Uganda). In 1877 a Royal Navy Officer Lt Lloyd Matthews serving in the “HMS London” formed a small force of 300 Zanzibaris for the purpose of combating slave trade. During the following year Lt Matthews was given leave to serve under the Sultan who appointed him Brigadier General in command of the newly established force. By 1880 the force had grown to 1300 men who were all Armed with snider rifles donated to the Sultan by the British Government. This force was also used to enforce the Sultan's will on the mainland. For instance in 1882 the force re-established the Sultan's authority over Chief Mbaruk of Gasi who had rebelled against his authority. This was the first known force in East Africa that had recruited indigenous Africans to serve under the British. It was this native force that was later to become the East African Rifles. In 1877 Sultan Barghash offered a 70 years lease of his mainland dominions to a British Company, the British India Steam Navigation Company whose chairman was Sir William Mackinnon. This company had trading interests in East Africa and also ran mail between Zanzibar and Aden . When the scramble for Africa intensified, Sir Mackinnon and other prominent British subjects with interests in Africa formed the British Africa Company. This company had the authority to take care of British interests in the territory claimed by Britain after the Anglo-German Agreement of 1886. On 8 Sep 1888 the British Africa Company was granted royal Charter and was charged with the responsibility of administering “ British East Africa ' on the liens of a Crown colony. The name of the Company changed to Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEA). Sir Mackinnon saw the need for a force that would guarantee the security of the company's operations. During the initial stages the company used the force that had been formed by Lt Mathews, which was now under Capt Hatch as the Sultan had since appointed Lt Mathews First Minister. This force, which had now been reorganized into 12 companys of 63 men each, was effective but inadequate. The IBEA Company was therefore forced to frequently seek the assistance of the Sultan's mercenaries (viroboto) to augment its resources. However, these mercenaries were arrogant, indisciplined and could not be relied upon without European supervision. This inadequacy led Mackinnon to seek authority to recruit more reliable soldiers from outside East Africa . After exploring various alternatives the company was granted permission to recruit from India . In 1891 a contingent of 300 Indian troops was shipped to East Africa . Their major task was to garrison the coastal stations. The company relied on its own troops to protect its interior stations against the indigenous people like the Kikuyu, Nandi and sections of the Kamba who resented the company's rule. Where the situation demanded however, the officer in charge of each station recruited his own protection force, for instance, Ainsworth recruited Kamba militia for protection. On other occasions the company had to request assistance from the Royal Navy. Indeed in 1890 a naval force of 800 men was landed near Witu to help the company forces suppress the rebellion of the Sultan of Witu. In 1893 the three-year contract with the Indian contingent came to an end. During the same period the company was experiencing serious financial problems that had led to the abandonment of Uganda and Jubaland infact, the company could barely police the coast. This development made the British Consul in Zanzibar at the time, Sir Athur Hardinge to notify the foreign office of his intention of taking over East Africa from the company. The British government accepted this and in November 1894 the IBEA company rights valued at 250,000 British pounds were bought by the foreign office. Consequently on 1 July 1895 a British protectorate was declared over all the areas previously administered by the company. The company troops were subsequently reorganized under Capt Hatch. In August 1895 the British government sanctioned the establishment of a force composed of 300 Punjabi, 300 Swahili, 100 Sudanese and 200 soldiers from various ethnic groups in the region. This force was renamed East African Rifles and was formed from the former IBEA company force in Mombasa (Fort Jesus). The first task of this force was to quell the Mazrui rebellion in 1895 in which the officer who was the second in command Capt F C Lawrence was killed. NEXT HISTORY OF THE KENYA ARMY EAST AFRICA PROTECTORATE 1895-1902 The new protectorate administration divided East Africa into three provinces. These were Seyyidie, Ukamba and Jubaland. Seyyidie was garrisoned by 400 Swahili and Sudanese troops who were later joined by an Indian Contingent under Capt Bharat. Some of the troops were stationed in Tana and Taveta. The troops were under the command of Gen Hatch, as the overall commandant. Ukamba Military district was placed under the command of Capt Harrison who had 125 men at a Garrison in Kanzalu. Later on the troops were moved to Machakos when the Barracks were completed. Jubaland became the third military district. Mr. Middleton who was the DO at Kisumu also acted as the OC of 300 men at his disposal. The period between 1896 and 1900 saw the East African Rifles deployed in a number of Campaigns in line with British Colonial policies. In collaboration with Major Cunningham's Uganda Rifles, expeditions were organized against the Nandi who put up a strong resistance. It was not until 1906 that they were subdued. Another expedition under Major Quetin was undertaken in Jubaland in 1898 against the Ogaden Somali. Another one in 1900 commanded by LT Col Hatch Commandant East African Rifles followed this. Two medals were issued after these expeditions namely” 1898 ' and “ Jubaland 1900 ”. East African Rifles also sent troops to help Uganda Rifles suppress a mutiny by Sudanese troops in Uganda . Capt Harrison who led this expedition was decorated. After being deployed on this expedition, he remained behind to form the 1 st Battalion of the Uganda Rifles. This battalion later became 5 KAR. In 1901 the British government decided to organize all the existing troops in Central Africa, East Africa, Uganda and Somaliland under one command. Lt Col Manning, an officer in the Indian Corps was appointed Inspector General for all the troops and promoted to the rank of General. After the troops based in different parts of British East and Central Africa territories were placed under a Central Command, the regiment born thereof was officially designated” King's African Rifles” on 1 st January 1902. The composition of this regiment was as follows:- The eight companys of 1 Central African Rifles became 1 Battalion King's African Rifles. The six companys of 2 Central African Rifles became 2 Battalion King's African Rifles. The seven companys and one Camel Company of East African Rifles became 3 Battalion King's African Rifles. The nine companys of Uganda Rifles became 4 Battalion King's African Rifles. The four companys of the Contingent of Uganda Rifles became 5 Battalion Kings African Rifles. The three Infantry companys, Camel Corps, militia and Mounted Infantry based in Somaliland became 6 Battalion Kings African Rifles. The six Battalions formed a regiment which had a total of 104 officers and 4579 men. THE PERIOD FROM 1902-1963. On 1 st April 1902, 3 KAR moved its Headquarters from Mombasa to Nairobi , together with 4 KAR and 5 KAR these battalions were used by the British colonial government in expeditions against those who resisted British rule. The most notable of these were against the “ Mad Mullah ” in Somaliland in 1902 and the Nandi expedition of 1905-6. In 1904 5 KAR, which was mainly made up of Indian troops, was disbanded chiefly because of maintenance costs and also because the British felt they had contained the resistance to their rule. This was however reconstituted in 1916 during World War I and stationed in Meru. It was given the responsibility of operations in Jubaland. During this war, 3 KAR distinguished itself in Narungombe against the Germans. Later in 1926, 5 KAR was again disbanded and their colours were handed over to 3 KAR for safe custody. On 1 March 1930 the Unit was once again reconstituted, presented with their colours and stationed in Nairobi . After World War II both battalions were used by the colonial government to contain the Mau Mau rebellion. On the dawn of Independence the Kenya National Assembly passed a bill (Kenya Bills 1963) to amend the status of the military forces in Kenya . Accordingly, the former Units of the King's African Rifles were transformed to Kenya Military Forces and the Independent Kenya Government was legally empowered to assign names to the Units as deemed necessary with effect from the midnight of 12 th December 1963. Thus 3 KAR and 5 KAR became 3 Kenya Rifles and 5 Kenya Rifles respectively. 3 KAR which was the forerunner of today's Kenya Army was formed on 1 st January 1902. The transformation of King's African Rifles to Kenya Military Forces on the midnight of 12 th December 1963 is a major milestone in the foundation of today's Kenya Army Units. The inauguration of the Kenya Military Forces, which is the current Kenya Army, therefore, robs the thunder from 3 KR because the former was a composition of all Army Units in existence at the day of Independence. THE KENYA ARMY MISSION The primary mission of the Army is the defence of the nation against external land based aggression, while the secondary is the provision of aid and support to civil authority in the maintenance of order. Inherent in the secondary mission is participation in international peacekeeping missions in support of national Foreign Policy objectives. VISION To develop an Army deeply rooted in professionalism and certain of its ability to achieve its mission. ROLES Defence of Kenya against land based external aggression. Aid to civil Authority in the maintenance of order. Perform any other tasks as may be assigned by the state through the CGS.
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Shoura call raises virtual storm
Omaima Al-Fardan & Fatima Sidiya | Arab News

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, the head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Makkah region, is generally supportive of the Shoura Council's call to include women as members of the commission. He said there was need for a "body that can penetrate women's groups such as those in the education and business fields."
"There is no other monitoring body that does this job (except the commission). I believe the presence of women, after educating them and teaching them the necessary procedures, would produce positive results," he added.
The Shoura Council recently approved the inclusion of women members in the commission. The approval not only upset certain groups in the Kingdom but also sparked heated debates in Saudi society. Both women and men were quick to point out what they saw as the inherent contradiction in the move and they were vocal in their arguments against the recommendation.
The primary argument they presented was that the commission would go against itself by including women as members. The commission in general opposes women working and also considers the presence of women in public places as "khulwa" (unrelated men and women being together). How then could women serve as members of the commission? they asked.
The blatant inconsistency was pounced upon by Amina Kashgari, a Saudi columnist in Al-Watan newspaper. She asked: "Would it be necessary for a female commission member to have a legal guardian with her?"
Kashgari also raised the point that the commission is instrumental in opposing women working in the government sector and, more recently, it has also opposed women selling lingerie in shops.
She said that approving the Shoura's recommendation was one thing but that its implementation could be catastrophic. It would give commission members an opportunity to go into women's only groups and private ceremonies and would raise many questions about individual freedom. "If this recommendation is implemented, it will prove an obstacle for development and reform that the various (government) bodies in the country are working for," added Kashgari.
A'azib Al-Misbil, the head of the Islamic, Judicial and Human Rights Affairs Committee in the Shoura Council, said such a recommendation cannot be implemented. "I, as head of the committee, voted against the recommendation, because the commission's work should be only fieldwork," Misbil said, adding that the council had approved the recommendation.
According to him, the recommendation to include women as commission members was made by three committee members, and was not a primary recommendation. Nonetheless, the council adopted it. Al-Misbil said the commission denied any plans to establish a women's section when asked about it in the Shoura Council.
The head of the Social, Family and Youth Affairs Committee of the Shoura Council, Talal Al-Bakri, also warned at the council session on Monday about approving the recommendation. Despite his objection, the recommendation was approved. Al-Bakri said that commission members would fall into the same trap they accuse people of concerning khulwa. Al-Bakri added that such a recommendation could not be implemented unless women were allowed to drive in the Kingdom.
Rights activist Suhaila Zain Al-Abidin said it would be a "disaster" if "conservative ignorant women" began going into women's sections and setting off "catastrophic incidents". She said Islam certainly allowed women to promote virtue; indeed, it is considered one of their rights. This is clearly stated in the Qur'an. But she raised her concern about the "selection of women."
"I fear they would be like those in the mosques of Makkah and Madinah. They are conservative and accuse others of being nonbelievers," she said, adding women commission members must know the Shariah and must be moderate and treat all with respect and consideration.
Zain Al-Abidin said that before approving the recommendation, there should be firm procedures and regulations put in place in order to prevent women from infringing public privacy and rights.
Ahmad Al-Ghamdi was cautious in his approval of the move. He said the recommendation would not be implemented unless it was approved by the ministerial council. Al-Ghamdi said when he backed the move, he realized that society needed "awareness and guidance" and not the commission itself. He added that every new idea needed "complete procedures and administrative comprehension."
The Shoura Council also approved an increase of 20 percent in the salaries of commission members who do fieldwork. Al-Ghamdi justified the pay hike, saying that the commission members' fieldwork was exhaustive and tiring. "There is a difference (in workload) between these commission members (who do field work) and others who only do administrative work."
Zain Al-Abidin, on the other hand, said that the pay hike might result in more unwelcome field inspections by the commission.

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Rabigh meet discusses ways to bolster growth
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RABIGH: The 27th session of the Council for International Understanding (CIU), which is being held at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), yesterday discussed the global financial crisis and how to stimulate economic growth across the world.
The CIU conference, which is chaired by former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who is honorary president of the council, also discussed ways to ensure enough energy supply and promote world peace and stability, an official statement said.
The CIU meeting, which is being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia, will end today when a press conference will be held to announce its resolutions. "The holding of CIU meeting in Saudi Arabia is very important in light of the reputation the Kingdom has in the comity of nations," Schmidt said. He also praised Riyadh's efforts to establish peace in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
The former German chancellor also commended the Saudi government for its endeavors to develop its economy. "It's quite visible to all those who visit the Kingdom. The King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh is the latest example for it," he said.
Abdul Aziz Al-Quraishi, former governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, said the Kingdom's hosting of the conference reflects its desire to play an effective role in the world and take part in efforts to find solutions to the world's pressing problems.
Amr Al-Dabbagh, governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, highlighted CIU's achievements over the past years in boosting peace and stability.
Participants of the conference yesterday visited the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, 90 km north of Jeddah. The delegation included former presidents and ministers from 20 countries.
Nathmi Al-Nasr, executive vice president of KAUST, said the visitors were briefed on the vision and objectives of KAUST.

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Expats celebrate 46th anniversary of Africa Day
K.S. Ramkumar | Arab News

JEDDAH: Expatriates from various African countries celebrated the 46th anniversary of Africa Day at a function marked by cultural programs here on Monday night. Ambassador Mohammed Ahmed Al-Tayeb, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah Region, was the chief guest. Consuls general and honorary consuls of various countries as well as local officials and businessmen were among those present.
Al-Tayeb said Saudi Arabia and African countries had been enjoying close cooperation and hoped that such interactions would further strengthen the bonds.
Salah Attia, consul general of Algeria and dean of the African Group of Consuls General, in his address expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the services provided by the Saudi authorities to the consulates general. "The Kingdom's Haj and Umrah facilities for hundreds and thousands of our pilgrims have been exemplary," he added and referred to the consolidation of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and African countries.
May 25 is a historical day, which symbolizes the sacrifices made by the people to liberate the African continent from the colonial powers. The foundation of the Organization of African Unity in 1963 was a turning point in enhancing development and cooperation of young African countries.
Attia recalled that the formation of the joint African working group in 2002 resulted in initiating the African Union, which emerged from the Organization of African Unity. "This came as a result of international trends of globalization and regional consolidation. Such an initiative enabled the African Union to face various challenges and tackle issues related to immigration, poverty, illiteracy and epidemics," he said.
There is no doubt that the African Union has accounted for many achievements through a strong political leadership, as well as cooperation in political and security aspects. The African Union has revived the economies of member countries through the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), program, which will help contain poverty and diseases, and enable the setting of the future goals for economic development.

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Obama arrives June 3
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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on June 3 for talks on Iran's nuclear program and Washington's renewed push for a Middle East peace plan, the White House said yesterday.
Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, has been a key player in the drive for a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which Obama has declared a top foreign policy priority.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama would meet Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and would also discuss terrorism.
The Kingdom is among the United States' top 15 trading partners. After Saudi Arabia, Obama will travel on to Egypt, where he is scheduled to give a major policy speech to the Muslim world.

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Tajudeen killed in Nairobi car crash

By Anthony Bugembe

RENOWNED pan-Africanist Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem has died. The Ugandan-Nigerian passed away during a car accident on his way to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi yesterday morning.

“He had missed an earlier flight to a meeting in Rwanda. Probably the car was speeding when taking him to the airport for the next flight,” said David Mafabi, the former director of political affairs at the Pan-African Movement Secretariat in Kampala.

Dr. Tajudeen, 53, was the general secretary of the Pan-African Movement. Apart from managing the daily affairs of its Kampala secretariat, he was also a strong advocate of freedom and independence of Africa.

Since 2006, Tajudeen was based in Nairobi where he worked as deputy director for the United Nations millennium campaign. The campaign encourages people’s involvement in realising the millennium development goals.

Mafabi said plans were underway to get in touch with Tajudeen’s family for the burial arrangements. He is expected to be buried in his home town of Funtua in Northern Nigeria.

Tajudeen worked closely with the African Union. He was the chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Development based in Abuja and London, and of the Pan-African Development Education and Advocacy Programme based in Uganda and Nigeria.

Most people, however, knew him as a columnist for several African newspapers, including The New Vision, Daily Monitor, Weekly Trust (Nigeria), The African (Tanzania), Nairobi Star (Kenya) and the Weekly Herald (Zimbabwe).

“He was a strong advocate of pan-Africanism and a campaigner for good governance, justice, human rights and democracy,” said Mafabi.

Tajudeen was born on January 6, 1956. He holds a degree in political science from Bayero University in Nigeria and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University. Tajudeen leaves behind two daughters, Aisha and Aida.

Disaster preparedness minister Tarsis Kabwegyere described Tajudeen’s demise as a great loss to the continent.

“He was an accomplished columnist, writer and a Pan-Africanist of monumental proportions,” he told The New Vision.

“His clarity in writing and enthusiasm in addressing pertinent issues and taking unpopular positions, like he did in Nigeria, put him on a higher standing on the African political scene.”

At the time of dictator Sani Abacha, Tajudeen was blacklisted in Nigeria and had to leave the country.

Sarah Bireete, the coordinator of the Youth League for the Great Lakes region, said it was tragic that Tajudeen passed away on African Liberation Day, honouring the 1963 signing of the charter establishing the Organisation of African Unity.

“I don’t know why God chose to take him away at the time when we are marking Africa Day. He was a revolutionised person who wanted to see Africans enjoy a good life.”

See obituary under the Columnist section

You can also read the article online Re: sad news. a message. of sorrow,sympathy,condolence to the family of late tajudeen,RIP. from, majid alemi junior,& family, in BC vancouver. western canada. INNA LILAHI WA INNA ILEIHI RAJUUN.

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

A Special Dua Prayers To All Our loved Ones Who Are Not With Us Anymore on June.6th,2009.
written by Majid Alemi Junior, May 29, 2009

Will do,


since these are my inlaws fine.

6th June will be a good thing.


The whole Al-Amin Family just might be arriving from Jeddah.

The Notice was One month..........

I wish they could join the dua too.



Yours faithfully

Jaffar





--- On Thu, 5/28/09, majid alemi junior wrote:

From: majid alemi junior
Subject: A Special Dua to all our loved ones who are not with us anymore.
To: aligaone in jeddah. saudi arabia.
Cc: jaffar amin dada hussein juruga amin kadara kursum amin khadija abiriya amin lugala muhamed
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:58 PM

Remo Alemi Dada

Quoting majid alemi junior.
Re: at last i talked to baba diliga just now on his c/phone. he said he was
invited for the wedding which will be on sunday. may 31,2009. in kampala. then
he will go back to arua on june. 2nd,2009. the dua in arua at mzebaba RIP. al-
haji idi amin dada alemis house in arua tanganyika village are now fixed. june.
saturday. 6th,2009. baba diliga told me that, he will talk to safi amule &
others to pospond 30th 2009 date of may now extended to june. 6th,2009. over
to you. keep me updated. majid alemi junior in BC. Re: at present. baba
diliga are asking brothers and sisters in kampala for to contrbute to help for
the weding on may. 31st,2009 in kampala. love.
> OK
>
> best Regards
>
> Jaffar

> OK
> best Regards
>
> Jaffar
>
>
> --- On Mon, 5/25/09, majid alemi junior. wrote:
>
>
> From: majid alemi junior. in BC.
> Subject: Greetings from vancouver.
> To: "Remo Alemi Dada"
> Cc: majid alemi junior.
> Date: Monday, May 25, 2009, 2:05 PM
>
>
>
> Re: brother remo. i did talk to your wife just now. she told me baba diliga
> went to the town. i tried baba diligas phone line. maybe on charge. i will
> try
> to talk to him this evening your time there. majid.
> Re: the Invited. Guests. are. the governor of westnile and his family. major.
abiriga, maj.gen. idirisi mustapher & family,maj.general,lumago & family,maj.
gen. hussein gowan & family, lt.gen. moses ali & family, lt.col. nasuru abdalla
& family former gov.of central prov. the mayor of kampala. nasser sebagala,hajati. mama. anuna umari & family, also we extended the invitation to mama miria obote and her son, jimmy akena lira manicipality MP. all
army officers the soldiers, civil servants who served under mzebaba. RIP.al-
haji idi amin dada, all family members. welcome. lunch & refreshments will be served.by majid alemi junior in BC. Re: baba hussein diliga, & jaffar remo,major. ahmed dudu, capt. muzamil amule. are the committees that will handle the events, plus volunteers in arua & kobok. all media are invited to report the events. jaffar keep me infirm of the progrees. salam warahma. majid alemi junior in BC. the events are sponsor by me.
>Re: We Request: Business people in Uganda. to donate. plastics cups,plates,rice,bijanjaru,unions,cookings oils,flour, contact persons, baba hussein diliga, jaffar amin remo, safi amule, hajati. mama anuna umari. in arua. drop the stuffs at mzebaba. RIP. al-haji Idi Amin dadas house in arua, tanganyika village. thank you once again. by. majid alemi junior. in BC. http://www.connectuganda.com/content/view/328

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

30/05/2009


Hello, Majid Alemi Junior. in BC.

kadara kursum is suggesting the following article from http://www.arabnews.com:
A journey that seeks to end discrimination
Laura Bashraheel | Arab News

JEDDAH: Two Saudi men have undertaken a journey that will take them across the Kingdom in a four-wheel-drive vehicle during two months. They are on a campaign to tackle issues of discrimination and tribal racism.
Hussein Al-Mansour and Ali Al-Hamzan have been sponsored by Prince Mishaal bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the Allegiance Commission, to tour Saudi Arabia's 13 provinces in a vehicle carrying the slogans "No to Discrimination, No to Racism" and "Our Loyalty and Belonging is to Saudi Arabia." The vehicle will also carry pictures of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan.
"We will meet governors, ministers, tribal chiefs, educated people, media personnel, businessmen and people from all strata of the society," said Al-Mansour. "Our goal is to get everyone in the society talking about this issue. Princes will give their opinions, journalists will give their viewpoints and citizens will share their perceptions," he added.
"Discrimination and racism are dangerous," said Al-Mansour, adding that they affect cohesion.
Al-Mansour and Al-Hamzan came up with the idea of touring the Kingdom after King Abdullah called for countries in the region to end their differences at the Kuwait summit. The two presented their plans to Prince Mishaal who offered his support
Al-Mansour and Al-Hamzan's journey was approved by the higher authorities and the Ministry of Interior.
More than 130 students belonging to two different tribes recently fought pitched battles inside a high school in Taif. It is these types of attitudes that the two campaigners want to discuss with people.
Al-Mansour and Al-Hamzan define racism as intolerance of a particular ideology or class, and the tribal, religious and social marginalization of others. "We want to show how bad it is ... the trip is aimed at gauging everyone's opinion," said Al-Mansour. The pair will also carry with them a notebook for people to jot down their opinions. The notebook will, at the end of the trip, be handed to Prince Mishaal who will present it to King Abdullah.
"This trip might not be the solution but it's an invitation to work on curbing racism," Al-Mansour added. "Saudi society loves to be part of solutions ... if we give them immediate solutions, they won't accept them," he said, adding that Prince Mishaal will give his final opinion at the end of the trip.
The two believe that the media have an important role to play. "Tribal leaders are crucial in ending racism among tribes," said Al-Mansour.
The trip was supposed to begin in mid-March, but this was not possible due to the two not being able to get legal permits.
"We aim to meet Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. He is not only a governor; he is a poet, a painter and a politician. He is an influential character," they said.
They added that they expect the people of Jeddah to be the most responsive. "We expect people of Jeddah would respond in a better way than any other place ... we will receive more understanding from its people," said Al-Mansour.
Al-Hamzan and Al-Mansour said they do not wish to miss out on any sector of Saudi society. "If we ignored any category, we would be guilty of racism," said Al-Mansour with a smile.
The two will cover in their journey - Makkah, Al-Baha, Jazan, Asir, Najran, Tabuk, Al-Jouf, Hail, Qassim, Madinah, Riyadh, Eastern Province and Northern Frontier.

UGANDANS COMMUNITYCANADA. NORTH AMERICA. said...

The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily

16/06/2009


Hello, Majid Alemi Junior.
Check this out.
kadara kursum is suggesting the following article from http://www.arabnews.com:

Prince Khaled opens Jeddah trade forum
Galal Fakkar | Arab News


JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal opened the first Jeddah trade forum at Lailaty Hall here yesterday and urged participants to make proposals to remove the obstacles facing businessmen and women and boost the Kingdom's trade sector.

He stressed the need to revise the Kingdom's trade regulations in accordance with those of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

He also extended all-out support to businesswomen and said: "They have made tremendous progress in business and we are proud of them."

Prince Khaled said the Kingdom's annual exports and imports have crossed SR1 trillion and hoped the forum would contribute to further increasing the Kingdom's trade volume. "We hope that these kinds of forums would help increase the country's gross domestic product," he added.

More than 400 businessmen and officials and 200 businesswomen attended the opening session of the three-day event.

Commerce and Industry Minister Abdullah Zainal Alireza said his ministry was currently working on a strategic plan to improve its services and facilitate trade in the Kingdom.

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