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Posts Tagged ‘Middle East

Tragedy in Gaza

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On one level, it’s difficult to write anything truly meaningful or insightful about the tragedy that’s playing out in Gaza. I’m going to use the word “tragedy” for the reason that there doesn’t seem to be an exit for any side in this conflict. And like any tragedy, the danger is not just to the protagonist/antagonist, but to those caught in their wake.

In this case, that includes leadership elsewhere in the Arab world, faced with angry demonstrators with instant media access to the Gaza situation. I heard an expert several years ago advise an audience to “watch Egypt,” a focal point for condemnation for Hamas, Iran, and Syria for its closure of the Gaza border. Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah called upon Egyptians on Sunday to force an opening of the border via mass protest, without explicitly advocating a coup – see either this article on Ynetnews or this post from an Egyptian blogger for more details.

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December 29, 2008 at 5:10 am

Arabian Bytes

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BusinessWeek has a short but intriguing brief on Cisco’s foray into Saudi Arabia. As a consultant quoted in the piece states, technology companies can be thought leaders in weaving ICT into the development plans of countries like Saudi Arabia. At the same time, the article comments on the competition Cisco faces from the likes of Ericsson and Huawei. Unanswered:  how would “thought leadership” differ from Cisco to Huawei to Ericsson, and what would that mean for Saudi Arabia’s positioning in the Internet age?

Written by Mark

November 22, 2008 at 1:28 pm