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Issue 459 December 2014

News and Views

4 The View

6 Comment

8 Compass

10 GCC dreams of an Arab ‘Nato’

16 Kurds: the next Mideast war in the making?

18 Palestine: on the brink of Intifada III?

22 Obama’s policy of prevarication continues

24 Syrian refugee crisis escalates

28 Iran: Rouhani’s acid test

Business 30 Riyadh’s Red Sea gas boom

36 Morocco’s Arab/African option

38 Oil: UAE aims high while prices fall

40 Egypt: First steps on the long road to economic recovery

Travelog 46 Regional tourist trends from the World Travel Market

Mosaic 48 Inspiration from the Orientalists and the Alhambra

52 Film revue: ThePresident

55 Review:Dispatches fromtheKabulcafé

56 Books

58 Letter from Cairo

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