* Aden College website welcomes alumnus Engineer Nasr Thabet Mahmoud who sent an email saying that he appreciated the efforts in publishing Aden College website. He emphasized that the website is rich in disseminating information of a high standard educational institution which reminded him of his best years in the College. He spent 2 years at the College from 1970 until 1972. The Principle of the College at the time was Abubaker Badeeb.
He wished if the website continues to trace the heritage of this ancient institution from its inception until the change in its features.
* Dr. Nikki Barr, Author and Psychtherapist generated a wideworld discussion on his article about the US government acceptance that cholesterol is not s 'nutient of concern' doing a U-turn on the US warnings. The article which appeared in the papers and websites prompted comments from Aden College alumni physicians who voiced their experiences with the anti-cholesterol drugs.
Read the article and comments.
* A joint study paper authored by Dr. Hassan Chamsi Pasha and Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Bar was published by the website of British Medical Journal. The title of the paper is " Pragmatic message to Junior Doctors".
The paper characterizes Junior doctors working in hospitals as playing multiple roles. It reveals that doctors are medical practitioners, learners and employees at the sametime. The multiple roles they play predisposes them to a unique set of ethical issues which is clearly specific to this group and partially overlapping with the one faced by medical students and the other faced by senior doctors. Junior doctors have several clinical responsibilities: admitting patients, prescribingmedications and updating medical records.
Despite the fact that they are responsible clinicians, they remain students, continuously acquiring skills and knowledge. Their junior position in the medical ranking and limited experience may create striking conflicts between their various roles.
Read more here.
* Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Bar sent us a Statement on behalf of Muslim Scholars' Associations and Islamic Organizations, on the Draft Agreed Conclusions entitled on “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development”. The statement comes in response to The Commission on the Status of Women, which mainly aims to implement Gender Equality, and Women's Empowerment, which devoted the theme of its 60th session (CSW60), to the link between women's empowerment and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Read the statement here.
* Dr. Shihab Ghanem has been named by the Saudi Gazette as a goodwill ambassador of Indo-Arab culture, a humanist fostering harmony and world peace. In an exclusive interview with Saudi Gazette and during an interaction with expatriate Indian writers and cultural figures in Riyadh recently, Ghanem spoke at length about a wide variety of topics spanning from his literary career to the role of poetry as a bridge to connect people and continents on pillars of harmony, love and compassion. Ghanem, a humanist with several poems and translation of poems whose themes cross borders and languages, says that his thrust is on humanistic nature of poetry and has devoted his life to uphold this type of poetry by penning them down or translating them from different languages into both Arabic and English.
Read the interview here.
* "How tobacco firms tried to undermine Muslim countries' smoking ban" is an article which appeared in the British newspaper The Guardian. The article stressed that attempts to tackle sales threat by framing criticism of smoking as fundamentalist fanaticism are outlined in cache of documents from 1970s until late 1990s.
The tobacco industry attempted to reinterpret Islamic teaching and recruit Islamic scholars in a bid to undermine the prohibition on smoking in many Muslim countries, an investigation has shown.
The article generated a debate among some Aden College alumni.
Hussam Sultan, a frquent contributor to Aden College website commented that " I know someone who works for BAT (British American Tobacco), he is well paid, raises a young family, quite sporty and does not smoke. I also have a feeling that he may be a philanthropist, a notch higher than just a charitable person. Many will think that this guy works for a sin company, no ethical investment fund will invest in the company where he works, people may even frown at him or see him as an evil person for the damage he and his company are doing to the rest of the innocent humans.
Similarly, Islamic funds will not invest in a tobacco company on the basis that smoking is harmful and, therefore, haram (prohibited), yet cigarettes are openly sold in the two holiest cities of Islam and worshippers smoke at the doors of the two holiest mosques and some even break their fast in Ramadan with a cigarette and water. There are many other chemicals and chemical by-products that are just as harmful as tobacco some of which are edible and drinkable and can be easily bought by children and adults alike, but they do not get the same treatment or be labelled as sinful when it comes to investment and business.
The above is not meant to defend smoking, tobacco or the guy working in BAT. It is more in defence of the concept of ethical investment, ethical finance and ethical banking, where the efforts and criteria should be based on more societal impact than individual choices. The article below argues that there could well be a socially responsible tobacco company, that voluntarily warns its customers of the ills of tobacco, sources its material sustainably and treats its employees fairly.
Not sure if many would agree with that."
Read the Guardian article here.