JUly 2008 issue 391 The region’s besTselling english language pan-arab magazine
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déépôôt léégal Juillet 2008
8 lebanon: at the crossroads
14 us: may the best man win
18 egypt: step out of the dark ages
20 afghanistan: anticipating a promising future
24 israel: the art of balance
26 israel: the temperature rises
28 Occupied Territories: the third way
30 egypt: the summer of discontent
32 GCC: moving forward
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
36 gCC: food security
42 abu dhabi: capture the solution
44 saudi arabia: construction
46 regional: an unhealthy interest?
48 exclusive interview: oil expert robert Mabro
53 Tunisia: ports – the gateway to africa?
54 afghanistan: fashion chic
58 iraq: bitter sweet revenge
60 Oman: a shellfish worth its weight in gold
62 Tunisia: Carthage Jazz festival
64 Book reviews
66 The last Word
8 The doha accords appeared to resolve lebanon’s 18-month political crisis, but the country remains in a precarious position as the Middle east lurches towards great change fuelled by skyrocketing oil prices, waning american power and iran’s expansionist ambitions.
36 despite its escalating wealth, the Gulf states are facing a potential food crisis as world prices for everything from wheat and rice to fruit, vegetables, dairy goods and cooking oils rise dramatically.
54 afghanistan is perhaps not the first country that you associate with modern design. For centuries women’s stories were woven into traditional carpets but the traditional ways are now being blended into the world of modern fashion.
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