Nbr. 367, May 2006
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- Editorial comment.
- Winners and losers: Lawrence Joffe looks at the results of the Israeli elections and what they might mean for the Palestinians of the Occupied Territories.
- Part of a global pattern? The debate that currently rages as to whether or not Iraq has descended into civil war is, of course, purely academic to the ordinary Iraqis who find themselves suffering under the weight of the conflict, whatever name the politicians choose to give it. But in the world of international diplomacy, such distinctions are important.
- The empire digs in; amid all the talk of withdrawing troops from Iraq, Bush requests funds to build a network of super-bases across the country, pointing to a long-term deployment to last far beyond the insurgency.
- Doha hosts 6th Forum.
- Iraq: ready to play its hidden hand? Western governments fear Tehran will unleash a wave of terror if its nuclear facilities are attacked.
- A long time in politics ...
- Algeria the battle within; President Bouteflika clips the wings of Algeria's long-powerful military.
- Gold fever.
- Emaar takes the global challenge; award-winning Dubai estate agent Emaar Properties has set its sights on new markets locally and in neighbouring North African and Asia. But it won't stop there, writes Alexandra Dubsky in Dubai.
- The myths and hype of hydrogen.
- World Economic Forum: some of the most important leaders in the Arab world will be taking part in the World Economic Forum near the end of May in Sharm Al Sheikh.
- Riyadh look to asian trade; a series of multibillion dollar agreements between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, China and India, have given new impetus to the kingdom's economic strategy and helped it avoid opening up its economy to western domination.
- $5bn renewal plans for Aqaba.
- Saudi builds aluminium plant.
- Qatar's ORYX GTL comes on stream; Qatar has pioneered gas-to-liquid hydrocarbon exploitation in the Middle East region, and the first stage of its ORYX plant at Ras Laffan will shortly become operational.
- Arab journalism comes of age; despite often crude censorship and frequent financial limitations, the Arab media has grown in size and sophistication. But relationships between publishers, reporters, governments and advertisers often remain ill-defined.
- Ice cold in Aqaba: author and travel writer Amanda Hemingway recalls her Christmas visit to Jordan on a riding holiday which purported to follow "in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.".
- Visit Palestine.
- A question of sport? It is a well known fact that when a nation's soccer team goes on a winning run in a major tournament, crime figures fall and productivity in industry goes up. There is not a politician in the world who would not want to bottle such a thing if it were possible.
- Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition.
- Saudi Arabia: Power, Legitimacy and Survival.
- Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer.
- Heart of Beirut: Reclaiming the Bourj.
- Meetings with Remarkable Muslims: A Collection of Travel Writing.
- Osama: The Making of a Terrorist.
- Death of a giant.