Nbr. 368, June 2006
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- Editorial comment: an overture towards the cessation of hostilities or an opportunistic ploy to delay the inevitable showdown? Either way Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad managed to put the cat among the pigeons last month with his letter to US President George W. Bush.
- Stamping down on corruption: bolstered by the victory of Hamas at the polls, Palestinians are getting serious about stamping out the corruption that has been allowed to run rampant in their official departments for years, imperiling all attempts to establish a modern state.
- Yemen elections: better the president you know? Presidential elections are due to take place in Yemen this September. While President Ali Abdullah Saleh has declared that he will not be running for re-election, and his party is threatening to boycott the process if he does not, is there any viable alternative currently available? Eamon Gearon reports from Sana'a.
- Yemen talks the talk; Sana'a is under growing western scrutiny after a mass prison breakout by Al Qaeda veterans who may have had official help.
- The carve-up continues; Sally FitzHarris traveled to the Occupied Territories to see how construction of the Separation Wall is progressing, and spoke to some of the people most directly affected.
- Ankara steps up military action; recent weeks have seen an escalation of violence as Ankara anticipates a major new offensive by separatist guerillas of the PKK.
- Out of the shadows? Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, often described as Iraq's most notorious insurgent, was assumed by many usually well-informed observers to be dead. However, recent video evidence shows him--or somebody closely resembling him--to be very much alive.
- All change at Westminster but who benefits? Only weeks after British Prime Minister Tony Blair set out his strategy to confront threats from Islamic extremism, he faced the most difficult period of his nine-year premiership, following a battering by English voters in local councils elections on 4 May.
- Tunisia: high hopes for the World Cup.
- Arab markets beckon foreign player; Arab stock markets are hoping their past record of rapid growth, plus more transparent trading regimes will attract major western institutional investors. Are pensions and insurance companies ready?
- Dubai drinks more dairy.
- Iran oil: on the up and up: a big boost to Iranian oil production will come from the development of the Azadegan field and, according to Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, everything is in place for development to begin.
- $11.2bn community planned for Jeddah.
- Syria boosts tourism.
- Match of the day? In the not too distant past a catchy jingle on a crackling radio ad and some good old-fashioned word of mouth was the best way to promote a company. Today however, exposure, brand awareness and marketability are the corporate watchwords of the moment as firms from Argentina to Zambia and everywhere in between attempt to pass their key on to potential message customers worldwide.
- Emirates links with Marriott for World Cup promo.
- Gulf money capitals take off; the race to become the Middle East's leading financial capital is on.
- In Salah paves the way; a gas project in a remote district of Algeria's Sahara desert is pioneering technology that can be applied to radically cut the world's CO2 emissions.
- Saudi Arabia records strongest economic growth in decades; burgeoning money and credit growth gave fuelled the asset markets.
- A Yemeni woman's fight for freedom; nothing at first sight betrays the strong will and bravery that lie behind the smile and gentle manners of Khadija Al Salami, the softly-spoken cultural counsellor at the Yemeni Embassy in Paris. But Ms Al Salami's story is an unusual and inspiring one.
- 25th Istanbul Film Festival: after a quarter century of bringing the finest of world cinema to Turkey, the Istanbul Film Festival in April was in both reflective and celebratory mood.
- Veil: the veil has long been the subject of much controversy, seen as a symbol of subservience in some quarters, while a sign of autonomy in others. The academic and author of the revolutionary book Veil, now in its third printing, Egyptian-born Fadwa El Guindi talked to Pat McDonnell Twair.
- Mandated Landscape British Imperial Rule in Palestine 1929-1948.
- Regional Politics in the Gulf: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen.
- We Are Iran.
- My name is Rachel Corrie.