Nbr. 397, February 2009
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- Give us this day our daily bread: some Gulf states are seeking vast tracts of farmland in Africa and Asia to feed their swelling populations. Proponents describe such moves as sound economic planning that might also offer an opportunity to bring modern technology to failing agricultural regions, others see it as a 'neo-colonial' food grab.
- Seeking a new way forward: after less than 24 hours in power President Barack Obama had instituted change at Guantanamo Bay and within 48 hours had established personal telephone contact with a series of Middle East leaders. Milan Vesely looks at the new president's inaugural speech and anticipates major changes in the region.
- Turning a page of history? Richard Seymour reports on the proposed withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
- Afghanistan: chaos in the Khyber: Milan Vesely reports from the United States.
- Europe accepts 10,000 more Iraqi refugees.
- The nuclear Arab world.
- Jailhouse jihadis: prisons in Europe and the US have become recruiting grounds and universities of terror for Islamist militants. Several major plots have been hatched behind bars under the noses of the security services.
- Middle East leads the world in stamping out killer virus.
- UAE leading from front: skilful and strategic planning together with almost unimaginable quantities of money have--in not much more than two decades--seen the transformation of the United Arab Emirates from a sleepy desert backwater to the commanding, awe-inspiring futuristic regional hub of business and culture we know today.
- Dollars, euros, dinars, dirhams and riyals: who's winning the global currency race?
- Gulf investors look to Europe to balance their portfolios.
- Gulf banks' urge to merge: Rohit Chawdhry, portfolio manager of BisB, Bahrain Islamic Bank, looks at the issue of overbanking in the Gulf region and the institutions anticipating mergers.
- Gulf cash energises Maghreb tourism: though a few GCC-based tourist projects are in abeyance, Gulf investors appear largely unperturbed by the global credit crisis, if their commitment to future tourism schemes in the countries of North Africa are anything to go by.
- Tying new technology to modern working practices.
- In pursuit of a dream: the dynamic young Emirati jewellery maker and designer, Azza Al Qubaisi, talked to Mustapha Karkouti in Abu Dhabi.
- Babylon: Myth and Reality.
- Salt of this Sea.
- The forgotten problems of a forgotten people: Mel Frykberg reports from the Occupied Territories on the rising incidence of drug abuse among the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza.
- Good health and good living.
- Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair.
- Palestinian Costume.
- The Petroleum Experience of Abu Dhabi.
- Afghanistan: The Mirage of Peace.
- Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present.
- Winning Turkey: How America, Europe and Turkey can revive a fading partnership.
- The last word.