Doha Magazine is released with cover story on the rhetoric of fallen Arab leaders

Ahram Online, Wednesday 4 Jan 2012

The January issue of Doha cultural magazine features cover story on “fatal” rhetoric of ousted presidents showing them to be in a “virtual” world

January Issue

January issue of ‘Doha’ cultural magazine is just released including a different set of reports on Palestine, Islamic parties and a cover story about presidents' speeches.

The cover story which comes under the title “President’s Speeches: The Fatal Rhetoric” tackles the speeches of the ousted Arab presidents at the end of their rule. The topic treats their statements as senseless rhetoric they created for themselves and lived inside its virtual world. So instead of making democracy and achieving social justice, they just speak about themselves and their supposed achievements.

The magazine includes several articles on the theme of Arab presidents including “Down with the Televised State” by Mohsen Al-Otaiqi, “Saleh’s Rhetoric” by Lahbib Abdelrab Alserwy, and “I’m the president not the soldiers’ master” about Bashar Al-Assad by Maya Shukrallah.

In the interviews section, there's an interview with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova about Palestine’s membership in the organisation, and a quoted interview from British newspaper The Guardian with prominent Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Articles by renowned writers include contributions from Spanish novelist Juan Goytisolo “Memory from Chechnya’, also ‘Rhetoric of Advantage’ by the known Moroccan thinker Abdel-Salam Ben-Abdel-Ali as well as pieces about the late Czech writer and politician Václav Havel and the late Iraqi poet Youssef Al-Sayigh in their memory.

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