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THE MEDINA Edited by Marcello Balbo

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Published by I. b. Tauris

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SECRET AFFAIRS By Mark Curtis

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Published by serpent’s Tail/Profile books IsbN 9781846687631

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THE ROAD TO TAHRIR Front line images by six young Egyptian photographers

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Sherif Assaf, Omar Attia, Rehab K El Dalil, Timothy Kaldas, Zee Mo, Monir El Shazly

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HRH PRINCE ALWALEED ALSAUD

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However, within that package deal, it is not enough to open up the social safety valve or simply give economic benefits to the people. these things must work in parallel with political structural change in the Arab world, especially in those countries that did not witness any internal upheaval or social unrest last year. Some countries have heeded the lessons and are trying to implement reform. Others are not reacting as quickly as I would have expected but the Arab world has changed forever, it can never be the same. I think what is needed now is a sort of country-by-country insurance policy. Each country should take out the insurance policy of implementing political reforms swiftly, in order to pre-empt any internal and social upheaval.

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BOOKS IN BRIEF

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Lebanon offers extraordinary diversity. We look at the latest Bradt travel guide

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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To acknowledge and celebrate Oman’s creative women, the Bait Al Zubair Foundation and Shangri-La’s Barr All Jissah Resort and Spa, Sultanate of Oman, opened an exhibition last month titled

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Most of us have heard the story of the emperor’s new clothes, bought at great cost and paraded with great vanity until a small boy – with no political axe to grind – pointed out that they did not exist.

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