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4 The View 6 Comment 8 Compass
C U R R E N T A F FA I RS
12 Egypt: Is the party over? Egypt – No going back
Foreign policy The economics of revolution Syria protests The politics of social networking Who are the Brotherhood? Turkish gains 22 Lebanon: Back to the abyss?
26 Afghanistan: Courage & Charisma vs Chaos & Corruption 30 South Sudan: towards a brighter future?
B U S I N E S S & F I N A N C E
33 Technology Report: Creating jobs for global markets 38 Water offers huge investment prospects 42 Focus on Project Finance 45 COMESA: Opening doors to Africa 47 The Middle East exclusive interview: Maqbool Ali Sultan, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Sultanate of Oman
D E TA I L S
52 A lust for the open road
T R AV E L O G
55 Dubai: so much more than mere bling
MOSA I C
59 Afghanistan: Making a difference 62 Cairo’s Culture Revival 64 Books 66 The Last Word
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