* Dr. Mohamed Ali AlBar emphasize that tobacco is hazards to the health of its user. He sent us an article from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) which says that, ''Tobacco causes health problems across all ethnicities, but the way people from different ethnic backgrounds use tobacco varies considerably. Some ethnic minorities are substantially more likely to use smokeless tobacco (in particular, South Asian Britons) and shisha pipes (in particular, Middle Eastern and South Asian Britons). However, smoking remains the most common form of tobacco use in all communities. The most recent smoking rate for the UK is 14.7%, and smoking causes 95,600 deaths each year.
This fact sheet includes the latest data and evidence on tobacco use by ethnic minorities in England, Wales, Great Britain and the UK (differences due to the population covered by each data source). It includes:
• Smoking prevalence by ethnicity and nationality
• Smokeless tobacco
• The health impacts of tobacco use among ethnic minorities.’’
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* A book review of Dr. Mohamed Ali AlBar and Hassan Chamsi Pasha on all issues related to bioethnics from an Islamic perspective. The review was published in the Journal of the British Islamic Medical Association by Ahmed Ashour of University of Manchester Faculty of Pharmacology. The review mentioned that, ''Al-Bar and Chamsi-Pasha have provided the world with a comprehensive encyclopaedia on all issues related to bioethics from an Islamic lens. This piece of work provides the reader with an all-inclusive introduction to the matters being discussed as well as a balanced approach to the Islamic opinions on selected case studies that are seen as contemporary on the current scene. This work is split into three segments, the first are labelled as introductory chapters and they discuss the definition of ethics, as chosen by the authors, as well as issues fundamental to later chapters such as the origins of Islamic morality and ethics and the oath of a Muslim physician. The second segment discusses the four principles of biomedical ethics with an Islamic perspective, namely: autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice. Finally, the third segment collates contemporary issues related to bioethics and aims to provide Islamic evidence to the opinions of the scholars on these issues. Some of the issues Al-Bar and Chamsi-Pasha tackle are abortion, organ transplantation and end-of-life care. In the following paragraphs we will delve deeper into each of the segments to understand the opinions and facts provided by the authors on this hugely important subject.''
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* Dr. Mohamad Ali AlBar co-authored with Dr. Hassan Chamsi Pasha and Dr. Alexander Woodman a study paper on the Introduction to Islamic Medical Ethics. The study paper was published in the Journal of the British Islamic Medical Association Volume 2 No.1 and catograized under the heading of Ethics.
In its abstract the study paper mentioned that, ''Islamic medical ethics is the methodology of analysing and resolving the ethical issues that arise in healthcare practice or research based, on the Islamic moral and legislative sources (primarily Quran and Sunna), and aims at achieving the goals of Islamic morality. Islamic ethics upholds “the four principles” of biomedical ethics. However, there are some differences in the applications of these principles. The aim of this paper is to briefly highlight the principles and characteristics of Islamic
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* Academia website published a paper on the ''Transitional Processes and Political Change in Arab Countries: Gulf Countries and Arab Transitions: Role Support and Effects'' by Dr. Abdullah Baabood Director Gulf Studies. In it the author mentioned, ''The recent decades have witnessed a great trans- formation of what were once peripheral and largely inconsequential Gulf states. The members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC); Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have witnessed an inﬂux of enormous wealth generated by rising hydrocarbon prices, which elevated these countries into pre-eminence in regional politics. As GCC states started to accumulate more soft and smart power through their economic, ﬁnancial, media and international status, they began to act more visibly within the wider Middle East and the Mediterranean region (MENA) and beyond. This was more evident in the role of Gulf States in media-tion, economic and ﬁnancial aid and their growing investments and growing political inﬂuence in the region. Indeed, the GCC states started to take centre stage in Arab regional economics and poli-tics. The Arab Spring, which started in 2011, initi-ated one of the greatest transformations within the Arab world and further enhanced the roles of the GCC states. However, the GCC states do not follow a coherent strategy and nor do they have a uniﬁed foreign policy, but rather different sets of conﬂicting foreign policies, which has often led to misunderstandings and disagreements within the group.''
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