* The editors of Aden College website extend their deep sympathies and offer their condolences to the family members of the late Abdul Rahman Fakhri who passed away in New York, USA.
The late Abdul Rahman Fakhri was born in Aden in 1936-2016. He joined with a number of those with intermediate certificates in education to teach in the schools of Aden colony under the supervision and control of the Department of Education. Later on, he graduated from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in Economics and Political Science. Worked as deputy for the Ministry of Economy, then worked about 20 years for UNESCO.
Alumnus Dr. Qais Ghanem offered his condolences to the family on Facebook and told the story of how he met with the late Fakhri six decades ago.
Alumnus Dr. Shihab Ghanem remembered the name from Aden because he thought the late Fakhri taught his brother Isam in the Saila primary school, and later around 1970, Dr. Shihab Ghanem saw him on TV in an interview with Fadhle Al-Naqeeb who critisized very strongly his modernish kind of poetry.
He only met him once. It was in the UAE at the end of the last century. The late Fakhri asked to be introduced to poet Sultan Al-Owais who met them at his majlis. That was just after he retired from work for UNESCO international agency and he was probably on his way to Aden from the US.
May Allah bless him and rest his soul in peace.
* Alumnus Adel Aulaqi wrote an article for Aden College Journal while a student at the College in 1960. He was at the time in form (class) five science. The article was entitled ''Street Scene in Sheikh Othman''.
Commenting on the article today, Dr. Aulaqi said that having sighted the pages, odd snippets of memories return, or it may just be nostalgia.
The scene was in Sheikh Othman, but the street was at least 80-100 yards long. If it will help the AC Website to have it as an example of what life was like in Sheikh Othman in 1959-60, then let it be. Dr. Aulaqi went to say, ''Perhaps it can have a little editorial introduction by you the editor that the author has highlighted the literary limitations of the Note especially the typographical error of an eight yard long street that takes camels and big bulls!!. So it must have been at least Eighty yards. But images invoked and comments on life then are pretty accurate for the time. Perhaps not much has changed, except cars were not as predominant as now.''
Read the article here.
* Dr. Qais Ghanem was the moderator of a panel discussion on Gendor Based Violence at Ottawa, City Hall Ontario, Canada as part of Ottawa Peace Festival which is held every year.
The festival lasted for 10 days. The annual Peace, Unity and Harmony festival unites the UN International day of peace with UN International Day of Nonviolence. The panel included prominent Canadian experts on the subject.
Read more here.
* Dr. Adel Aulaqi placed an Appeal in Arabic along with a short English Statement of support for All 2000 retired employees on his Facebook Page.
He hoped that his words in English may help.
"I have worked in Aden Refinery for a number of years as director of its medical services in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I have come to respect and love the company's truly hard working employees. Many members of my own family and a very large number of my friends have now retired after a long service in the Refinery and its various branches. These wonderful professional men and women gave so much to the Refinery and therefore to the prosperity of the country. They now truly deserve to receive their own hard-earned pensions without delays or added unnecessary cumbersome bureaucracy and difficult travel to obtain their much needed pension and pay it directly from the company rather through the post office.''
He went on to say, ''If I were in their shoes I would also appeal to the Executive Director, The Company Board of Directors and indeed anyone high in Government to help all these retired employees enjoy their hard-earned retirement and ease any hardships in simply getting their own pension.’’
* Lamia Al-Swailem, a Saudi Woman Columnist published a column entitled ''Arab Culture Has Doubly Devalued Human Life'' The column appeared in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.
Lamia Al-Swailem attacked the glorification of death in Arab culture, and examined the difference between the value of human life in the Arab world and in the West. Calling on the Arabs not to accuse Westerners of not valuing Arab life, she asks them instead to examine their own culture and to demand accountability from their preachers and politicians who devalue Arab life by extolling the virtues of sacrificing this life for the nation, the land, the struggle for the regime, and so on.
Read the column here.
* The New York Times published In the opinion section of its Sunday Review an article entitled ''England Forgotten Muslim History'' by Jerry Brottonsept.
''London Britain is divided as never before. The country has turned its back on Europe, and its female ruler has her sights set on trade with the East. As much as this sounds like Britain today, it also describes the country in the 16th century, during the golden age of its most famous monarch, Queen Elizabeth I.
One of the more surprising aspects of Elizabethan England is that its foreign and economic policy was driven by a close alliance with the Islamic world, a fact conveniently ignored today by those pushing the populist rhetoric of national sovereignty.''
Read more here.