Nbr. 371, October 2006
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- Editorial comment: despite a very public plea by Nato Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, for additional soldiers to fight alongside British, Canadian and Dutch troops already operating in southern Afghanistan, it was met with little enthusiasm as The Middle East went to press.
- Terrorism scorecard: five years after 9/11 the terror networks have not been eliminated and although key figures have been captured or killed a new generation has taken their place.
- The massacre and destruction of southern Lebanon: Brian O Dubliagh reports from Lebanon on the human cost of Israel's latest attacks on its neighbour.
- Business as usual in Gaza: while a tentative ceasefire has been reached between the warring parties on Israel's northern and Lebanon's southern borders, the bombing and killing continues in Gaza, barely registering on the international media radar.
- Mission impossible? The Middle East war has presented Lebanon's long-neglected army, the victim of sectarian politics and Syrian intrigue, its greatest challenge as the beleaguered government struggles to assert its authority.
- With a little help from their friends: Richard Seymour examines the role of the powerful Pakistani intelligence agency that helped to blow the cover of the recent suspected plot to bomb transatlantic flights mid-flight.
- 9/11--five years on.
- Top 100 Arab Banks: The Middle East presents its annual review of the region's Top 100 Arab Banks and includes a special focus on Islamic banking, which has witnessed an impressive surge across four continents.
- Oil boom fuels banking growth.
- The Islamic dimension.
- Viva Dubai: 'The Las Vegas of the Middle East', 'Dubai Vegas', 'Sun City without the sin', 'The New Nevada'?
- The Gulf looks east: India, China and Japan are among the nations exploiting opportunities to trade with the Gulf and restrictions are slowly being relaxed.
- Sokhna Port: a 2020 vision: in 1999, the Egyptian government took a bold decision to create a state-of-the-art deepwater port on the Red Sea, south of the Suez Canal.
- Qatar pay-deals worth 11%.
- Business gives Sokhna the thumbs-up.
- Abu Dhabi builds $27m air control centre.
- QNB first in Libya.
- The 'Scribe of Egypt': Adel Darwish bids a fond farewell to one of Cairo's most celebrated sons.
- Something to celebrate.
- Sovereign threads.
- Losing Arab Hearts and Minds: The Coalition, Al Jazeera and Muslim Public Opinion.
- The Birth of Modern Turkey: The Ottoman Military and the March to World War 1.
- The Shi'is of Saudi Arabia.
- Images from the Endgame: Persia Through a Russian Lens 1901-1914.
- Islam in World Politics.
- Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict.
- The last word.