Feature Stories

American Expats Make Their Presence Felt

By Sameera Aziz (Saudi Gazette) THE 2008 US presidential election will go down in history for its remarkable voter turnout. Not wanting to be left behind, many American expatriates in the Kingdom exercised their voting rights through the process of absentee voting. “This is the best opportunity for American expatriates. Life has become so easy due to such advancements; I ...

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Way To The Kingdom

By Sameera Aziz (Saudi Gazette) FOR many expatriates, Saudi Arabia can be ‘home sweet home’’ only when they are with their families here. While some opt for a single’s life to make a quick buck and return home, others make it their priority to bring their families to the Kingdom on a permanent visa. “It is hard to adjust in ...

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Obama And The Hopes Of Pakistanis

By Sameera Aziz (Saudi Gazette) IN November 2000 when I first started out as a journalist, I remember that the people of Pakistan were very excited and hopeful about the election victory of George Bush. I prepared a survey story and reported that people were thinking of it as their own victory. But bit by bit, I observed a change ...

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From Dreams To Deportation

By Sameera Aziz (Saudi Gazette) The plight of runaway maids can be overwhelming if they are not handled lawfully. While the lack of official documents can be a stumbling block for seeking legal help, the greater problem is their unawareness of rights and a way to seek help from their respective consulate missions. Shainaz Begum, 38, who had come to ...

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