* This year marks the 5th anniversary of the murder and death of Aden college alumnus Abdul Rahman Bagunaid by unknown assailants in Aden.
Stunned fans of the musician Abdul Rahman Bagunaid and the family of Saleh Bagunaid were shocked by the impact and the mystery of his murder and death on May 11, 2011. He died of multiple fatal stab wounds on his body. His body was found in his apartment in Khormakser, Aden. The murder took place during the chaotic, unruly and volatile security situation in Aden. Until this day, his killers were not apprehended, let alone to mention the lack of proper investigation and follow-up of the legal measures against crime and criminals.
His close and long time friend Ashraf Girgrah wrote a tribute in his remembrance.
Read the tribute here.
* In the wake of British European (EU) referendum which took place on 23rd June 2016, Dr. Adel Aulaqi wrote a short poem in English expressing his feelings about the outcome of that referendum.
Deed is done.
Cameron is nearly gone,
More dilemmas are anew
They will Not be fun.
No longer European
We need wisdom
The wisdom of Solomon
Love we must welcome
Hate we must shun.
May we negotiate
A much better future
In the face of all strife
Disharmony and potential
* Two poets from UAE Dr. Shihab Ghanem and Geeta Chhabra from India got together to form a dialogue focusing on universal peace, poetry and interfaith harmony. The setting was published online on the website of Indian poet Geeta Chhabra. Dr. Shihab Ghanem translated into Arabic language Geeta's poems written in English.
View the website here.
* Alumnus Farook Murshid sent us an explanatory diagram of the symptoms of anemia.
Dr. Adel Aulaqi thought that was a clever way of demonstrating the summarisation for the Symptoms and Signs of Anaemia from any cause.
He continued to comment saying, "May I add that one of the commonest symptoms and signs in insidious anaemia especially of slow blood loss from the gut is un-explained swelling of the feet and legs, often accompanied by lethargy attributed to and missed as unimportant and old-age-related. Common large bowel polyps often do that."
View the diagram here.
* At the closing session of the Kerala Akademi of Literature - UAE Reading Year initiative seminar/workshop which was held on June 4th, 2016 at Gulf Model School in Dubai, Dr. Shihab Ghanem was honoured by President of the Sahitya Akademi along with best seller novelist Sri. Perumbdavom Sreedharan, novelist Sri.N S Madhavan, poet Sri. Kureeppuzha Sreekumar and lady poet Smt. Lopa who came from Kerala.
* Hussam Sultan is a frequent contributor in Aden College website. He wrote recently about the refugee crisis in Europe which had been the main headline for the past few month in Western media. He wrote that anyone who watched the many news reports about the crisis would probably have noticed that the vast majority of those queuing up at the borders to enter Europe are young men with average age of probably 25, this is not mention that many daily boats that leave the shores of Libya across the Mediterranean headings towards the southern parts of Europe.
Martin Wolf wrote in the Financial Times that Europe has a "particular" responsibility towards the refugees as Europe helped destabilise the Middle East, and called for distinction between refugees and immigrants. Europe has a moral obligation, he said, towards refugees but not towards immigrants. Refugees has an advantage over immigrants in that they will accept any job in their new host country, unlike migrants who have particular skills and their economic value may not be as high as unskilled labour.
There is no doubt the demographics of the rich world are changing, with population growth down from 1% in the 1950 to 0.5% now and will drop to zero by 2040 (The Economist), so the need to boost the population growth and adjust the labour markets is an economic need more than it is a matter of compassion or guilt. Germany, for example, expects to receive 800,000 refugees in 2015. That is about 1% of its population and more than the entire EU combined in 2014.
In the midst of all this there is a booming trade in humans and an emerging formal trade in refugee quotas between recipient countries, or an advanced form of the old Souq al Nikhasah (slaves market) similar to the primitive one that ISIS have revived in their fantasy land.
The article discussed that proposal in which the writer Mollie Gerver writes that while the principle of refugee quotas has generated opposition, a quota trading system, in which states can sell all or part of their quotas to other states, could offer a solution. She notes that although there would remain reservations about such a system, it would ensure that states who accept disproportionately more asylum seekers are compensated for doing so, while those who accept fewer pay for the privilege. The world as we know it is definitely changing.
Read the article here.
* Dr. Thalia Arawi, Vice Chair, Medical Center Ethics Committee and Medical Center at the American University of Beirut wanted to share the result of the collaboration with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the highest bioethics authority in the UK. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has achieved an international reputation as an independent body advising policy makers and stimulating debate in bioethics. This collaboration led to the production of an Arabic Version of an animated short video about research ethics for children: Health research: making the right decision for me. This animation reveals ethical issues from the perspective of Mia – a character who goes through some of the questions and issues that might be raised when a young person is invited to take part in clinical research.
Watch the video here.