A few months ago, I received an invitation to lecture at Bridgewater University, which is located in the suburbs of Boston. The visit, though brief, brought back many memories. Last year, the National Council on US-Arab Relations had organized a forum in Washington, D.C.
Hajer Football Club in Al-Ahsa is considered one of the oldest clubs in the Kingdom. And it is the first and probably the only sports club in the Kingdom that used the image of a plant on its badge. The club since its establishment around the year 1949 used the palm tree as its emblem.
On Feb. 23, 2013, my article titled “Saudi stability and royal succession” was published in Arab News. Truth be told, I wrote that article after reading several reports and commentaries on Saudi Arabia published in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Most of the material was produced by westerners or by analysts of this region but based in the West. Western media outlets carried those analyzes.
It was until 1975 that Jubail was a small fishing village. Commuting from Dammam to Jubail was time consuming and tiring. That small fishing village had very few inhabitants living in small houses dotted along the Arabian Gulf’s shoreline.
I had my first contact with the Iraqis in the 1960s when I was in my sixth grade. Later on I was taught by more Iraqis. They were known to be the best science and mathematics teachers.
For some days, I have watched the debate on Saudi resources set off by Matt Simmons with amusement - the kind of amusement one feels when listening to discussions about economics in a small-town barber shop. But now, since some seem to be taking the concerns voiced by Simmons and his followers (e.g. Morse) seriously, I feel compelled to comment.