* There has been recent outbreaks of epidemics like measeles, whooping cough etc. There has been as well debates about vaccinations which were administered previousely to combat the spread of these epidemics.
"Dr. Ghaiath Hussein admits that he did not read many of what was published online and this was based on a subjective assessment of the source based on the website type and extension. He continued that he is not a big fan of the peer-review model. However, so far at least, it is the only model we attach to so as to assess the validity of medical information. The premise is simple: If it was good enough, why wasn't it published in a specialized journal, and if it is not; why should we read it.
This seems very unfair but based on the Principle of Sadd al dhari'at is the prohibition of an act that is otherwise permissible we should not rely on information that is not published because this will turn the body of knowledge into a global scale Dr Oz Show (where anything can be claimed by anyone with no proof whatsoever!)." Dr. Ghaiath M. A. Hussein is a PhD, MBBS (SUD), MHSc. (CAN), MRSPH (UK), PhD (UK) and Bioethicist.
Hossam Fadel, M.D., Ph.D. agrees with Dr. Ghaiath statement. "In addition to all the valid points he raised, gelatin used in the vaccines has been modified and according to scholars such modification changes an impure substance to a pure one. We at IMANA published our statement supporting the use of vaccines few years ago."
Joel Michael Reynolds is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Rice Family Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center. He wrote an article on "Three Ethical Reasons for Vaccinating your Children".
He listed the merits and advantages of vaccines against diseases online at the following link
Dr. Muhamad Ali Albar commented that "The Vaccine campaign is getting tougher and needs a closer look. There is no doubt that vaccinations have stopped many epidemics that have been sweeping humanity and killing tens of millions, but the extravagance in giving children a huge collection of vaccinations up to thirty vaccinations needs to be reviewed, studied and verified before being imposed on millions of children annually."
* "Yemen:The 60 years war" is a paper published by The Middle East Institute. The paper was authored by ambassasor (ret.) Gerald Feierstein who is a senior vice president at the Middle East Institute.
MEI has established itself as a credible, non-partisan source of insight and policy analysis on all matters concerning the Middle East. MEI is distinguished by its holistic approach to the region and its deep understanding of the Middle East’s political, economic, and cultural contexts.
The paper stresses that, "The root causes of the ongoing civil conflict in Yemen lie in the failure of Yemeni society to address and resolve the popular anger and frustration arising from political marginalization, economic disenfranchisement, and the effects of an extractive, corrupt, rentier state. This systemic failure has produced a cycle of violence, political upheaval, and institutional collapse since the creation of the modern Yemeni state in the 1960s, of which the current conflict is only the latest eruption."
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* Tamer Badawia and Osama al-Sayyad teamed up to write an articel on Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. The paper was published online by Academia. "Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, despite falling on opposite sides of the Middle East’s Sunni-Shia divide,both see benefits in cultivating ties. For Iran, outreach to the Brotherhood, particularly the movement’s Egyptian branch, is a lowcostinvestment in a group that could help Tehran widen its influence in the region. For the Brotherhood, it is useful to have connections with Iran—a regional power that shares a similar, though not identical, ideology on the role of Islam in politics and society—to serve as political leverage with other important actors in the Middle East.
However, while Iran is eager to develop a deeper relationship to support its regional agenda, the Muslim Brotherhood remains hesitant to move beyond friendly contacts. This is due to the organization’s overriding priorities, notably its unwillingness to alienate the Sunni Arab world. Political Islam while the parties have had informal contacts since the founding of Iran’s Islamic Republic in 1979, the relationship entered a new phase as the Muslim Brotherhood rose to power in Egypt after the 2011 uprising. When the Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohamed Morsi, was elected Egypt’s president in 2012, official contacts between Cairo and Tehran increased. But Morsi, forced to heed the views of Egypt’s military establishment and traditional allies, proved unwilling to reestablish formal diplomatic ties, which had been severed in 1979, during his first and only year in office. Instead, the new Egyptian administration undertook a more gradual approach toward warming relations with Iran. Despite the coup that removed the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood from power in 2013, Iran continues to reachout to its members and views the group as a potential ally in advancing its regional goals. The Brotherhood, meanwhile, retains its pragmatism, engaging in informal contacts with Iran that will not sabotage outreach efforts to other influential regional actors. However, the Brotherhood’s current weakness and the negative image of Iran among many Sunni Arabs represent obstacles to heightened cooperation.
The Muslim Brotherhood and Tehran: More than Interlocutors.
In 1979, Brotherhood branches from several Arab and non-Arab countries sent delegations to offer support to and congratulate Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the revolution’s principal leader. The writings of influential Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb, particularly his framing of Islam as a revolutionary system of political and social governance, also appealed to current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who translated Qutb’s works from Arabic into Farsi.
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* Hussam Sultan asks whether Fintech will become future banks. He writes that, "Part of the excitement about Fintechs globally is that they may one day be an alternative to an ailing banking industry, not just an alternative, but a better alternative, playing fair, giving hope and more importantly a better customer experience in a fast moving age of disruption. But perhaps that is more wishful thinking than realistic aspiration.
Fintech will contribute to the re-shaping of the way we do our banking and finances, but they may never become banks in the traditional sense. Apps have facilitated shopping but never became supermarkets, and made ordering food easier and convenient but they never cooked a meal. Similarly, at least theoretically, Fintechs will make payments and transacting easier but they will never become banks. Or will they?".
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