* Dr. Qais Ghanem continues his weekly articles in Gulfnews newspaper and its website. The paper is published in Dubai, UAE.
He wrote an article entitled "Yemen's future looking very bleak". In it he explained why he is pessimistic about the future of Yemen. Multiple disasters are looming for Yemen. Oil is depleting,
water is getting scarce, mismanagement of resources is rampant and on top is the problem of corruption. He suggested some solutions which have to come from Yemenis theselves.
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* Dr. Mohamed Ali AlBar delivered a slide presentation entitled "Islamic teachings and health issues" in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He quoted many examples from Al Tib Al Nabawi and explained the regulation of medical practice in Islam.
Click here to watch the slide presentaion.
* Dr. Qais Ghanem published his third fiction novel entitled "Forbidden Love in the Land of Sheba". The synopsis "Fifteen-year old Hana has a crush on twenty-year-old cousin, Farook. But he leaves Yemen to study medicine in Scotland. Her parents force her to marry another cousin, twice her age, a selfish, abusive criminal involved in arms’ sales and gang rapes. Ten years later, Hana’s life changes dramatically when Farook opens a clinic next
“Against a backdrop of things unimaginable by the Western mind, the author takes us on a journey of intrigue, passion and danger. Death lurks in every corner, in every whisper, in every kiss.” —
commented Sherrill Wark, Crowe Creations
“When you begin to read this novel, you will not stop for one moment, enticed by the versatility of the writer in crafting its plot with tact and skill. As a woman of Yemeni origin, I wish to thank Dr.
Qais Ghanem for his courage in exposing the reality of Yemen in this and his two other novels: Final Flight from Sana’a and Two Boys from Aden
College.” — commented Tahani Shihab.
The novel is available in PDF file form from
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/415729 for the price of $1.49.
* Dr. Abdulla Al Sayyari sent a message of protest to the British Ambassador of Her Majesty the Queen in Sana'a. He expressed his indignation about the unjustified, suppressive and undemocratic ban on the publication of Aden Al Gad. He argued that Aden Al Gad gave space to many column writers and authors who were proponents for the cause of South Arabia. Dr. Al Sayyari also sent the same message to the member of British Parliament Mr. Keith Vas.
* In his weekly articles for Gulfnews, Dubai, UAE, Dr. Qais Ghanem wrote an article entitled "Let Tunisia be an example for the entire Arab world". He praised the courage, consensus and peaceful
dialogue of the Tunisian parties to deliver a new constitution which recognizes Islam as the state religion and which enshrines freedom
of conscience, belief, and gender equality in a very patriarchal region of the world.
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* A new experience for Dr. Abdulla A Sayyari, writing poetry in English. His attempt is entitled "I simply can't pretend no more that I am not happy to my core".
Read the poem here.
* Teacher and Principle of Aden Technical Institute Mr.Fadhl Luqman mentioned, in an email to Dr. Abdulla Al Sayyari, that Aden Technical Institute was the first technical educational system which introduced technical coeducation for males and females in the entire Arabian peninsula in the 60s.
There were 15 registered female graduates in construction engineering. Out of the 15 females,
12 finished their National High Technical Certificate from London, UK.
* Dr. Abdulla Nasher confirmed in an email that his wife Dr. Ilham Bassahi was the one of the female proponents for technical coeducation and the one who convinced the then Minister of Education and Mr. Fadhl Luqman to give females the opportunity to study Engineering in Aden Technical Institute in 1972 and not in the
Dr. Ilham Bassahi has an M.Sc. and Phd. in Civil Engineering from London, UK. She lectured in Sana'a University and was a consultant for many international organizations in Yemen.
* Dr. Abdulla Al Sayyari began a series of stories in English and Arabic reflecting on his student days in London, UK. He went to the UK to study in a Boarding School. Like all other Adeni students studying abroad, he was under the responsibility
of the British Crown Agents. His first, second and third installments can be read in
Memorable days page5