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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2019; 12341–64 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/caa.2019.123003
Published: 03 September 2019
... Ali’s wife, who, according to them, was a cunning businesswoman entirely responsible for the creation of a mafia-like network, sustained by her brothers and other relatives who accumulated vast amounts of wealth ( Mnasri 2011 ; Honwana 2013 ). This entire situation exacerbated dissent and...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2017; 103392–407 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2017.1350368
Published: 01 July 2017
...). Corruption a global phenomenon usually indicates the weakness of the rule of law (Dobriansky, 2004). In many places including Latin America, Sicily, Hong Kong (China) and others, corruption is intertwined with violence, mafia groups and gang warfare. Pro- grammes and anti-corruption campaigns have been...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2017; 10193–117 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2017.1279384
Published: 01 January 2017
... are traded for loyalty in a pyramidal structure from the command posts of the state down to the common people through petty kings at various levels, be they key office holders, wealthy business men, big landowners, tribal chiefs, religious leaders or mafia bosses (Menza 2012; Kassem 1999). Civil...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2016; 93365–382 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2016.1201939
Published: 01 July 2016
... number of regions of the North Caucasus where local authorities enjoyed unlimited powers and which were beset with corruption and drug mafias. Salafists offered a solution in the facilitation of social affairs in accordance with Islamic shari ah (Malashenko 2000). In sensing the danger posed by the...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2016; 9182–99 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2015.1124519
Published: 01 January 2016
... at extremely expensive prices. This has created a heavy burden on the budget of the country, created deficits of different kinds, increased the internal and external debts, and produced mafia-like and unofficial economic net- works that control the economy of the country. Last but not least, these...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2013; 64552–566 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2013.850772
Published: 01 October 2013
... manufactured products, particularly in the run-up to the implementation of sanctions. One final strategy by Seoul was to pour Korean pro- ducts into the countries neighbouring Iran, especially the UAE, so that the country s imports mafia , as it was known in the Iranian media, could have easy access to made...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2013; 62164–171 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2013.783184
Published: 01 April 2013
... the state into a mafia, the economy into a free for all, and politics into a form of deception and charlatanism, which is what is actually happening in the West, despite some positive aspects. World politics are today governed by a group of financial middlemen who have a lot of money, and by extension...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2012; 52252–278 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2012.671999
Published: 01 April 2012
.... © 2012 The Centre for Arab Unity Studies 2012 political corruption in Algeria al-Khalifah Group scandal Sonatrach political mafia oil rent East–West Highway project Algerian army corruption of electoral processes Detailed analysis of the phenomenon of political corruption in Algeria...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2012; 51107–127 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2012.649586
Published: 01 January 2012
... infighting, forced exile, the prevalence of crime in all its forms and without any legal, ethical or religious impediment, as well as the domination by militias and mafias of the institutions of state. Iraqi political elites were unable to formulate a unified national discourse instead of the attendant...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2011; 43301–321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2011.586506
Published: 01 July 2011
... is behind all this destruction? Isma l replies: Our country is rich, but there is a financial mafia which has been swallowing up [the wealth] and they refuse to let anything get out of their grip. But, their calculations are short-sighted, as these killers when they come will eat everything.16...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2010; 3183–91 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550910903525952
Published: 01 January 2010
... embargo running created an emerging class of nouveaux riche, an economic and social mafia who through their ties to the ruling elite managed to prosper by breaking sanctions (Marr 2000, p. 90). The direct effect of sanctions on the ruling elite also had unintended conse- quences. In the aftermath of the...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs. 2008; 14551–571 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550910802390854
Published: 01 October 2008
...Fathi al-Afifi The article tackles a lesser-known aspect of political bureaucracy in the Arabian Gulf and establishes the link between forced tribal loyalties and hegemonic bureaucracies. The system in place is inherently anti-democratic and fosters a distribution of favours and benefits to groups...