As I was bored from the normal books I was reading these days, I decided to head for some non-fiction. I went to the Ahram bookstore and bought el siassa el dawleya (the foreign affairs) and el etegahat el ektesadeya el estratigeia (the strategic economic trends), both are publications from el ahram.
El Siassa el dawleya is very interesting, not an easy read, so don’t expect to enjoy it while relaxing at the beach, but full of information, analysis, academic studies. It is mainly written by university professors and researchers, and I like it that they mention the name and occupation of the writer, this way I get acquainted with the writer and may follow his writings later on if I liked his style in presenting his ideas. It’s a quarterly publication (January, April, July and September), you can buy it for 20 LE.
El etegahat el eketessadeya has very interesting topics and full of statistical reports and analysis, but it is very biased (for the Egyptian point of view tab3an). I hated the lengthy descriptive way, it reminded me “madet el ta3bir” at school, I had to jump paragraphs as the writer keeps repeating himself in different forms, not necessarily to endorse his idea, but simply to show that he knows how to write prestigious Arabic phrases. I also didn’t know why they didn’t mention the names of the writers. Finally, the price of this report is 50 LE !!
Now, if I compared the topics, the content, the style, the price or even the number of articles, I would definitely say that el siassa el dawleya wins. I hope that el etegahat el ektessadeya would face a revamp soon, such reports are very important to view and discuss important economic issues, so it’s logical that such report would try to benefit from the experience of his fellow el siassa el dawleya, لعل و عسى أحوالنا تتحسن 🙂