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As the organisers hope many will gather for the CABSAT 21 in Dubai , in this issue Chris Forrester offers a reflection on the progress , or otherwise , of TV propositions across the MENA region . Of course , in many ways MENA is not a region from which any wider conclusions or pointers can be drawn . In the Gulf , the normal rules of supply and demand , or profit and loss , are suspended , as sovereign funds compete only in how to out-spend each other . That ’ s not to say this phenomenon doesn ’ t have a wider impact beyond the region ; it certainly does , in sport in particular : Manchester City , Paris St Germain and now perhaps , Newcastle United , can all bear witness to the transformative effect of virtually limitless cash . And the World Cup heading for Qatar in 2022 is the ultimate example of the pulling power of money in sport . These investments , alongside others , including those into satellite systems , are often about trying to diversify away from oil and bring new expertise and industries to the region . Though it must be said that when it comes to sport , there is often also the accusation of ‘ sport washing ’; an attempt to deflect attention from some of the less cosmopolitan aspects of the region ’ s regimes . Away from the Gulf , it is the contrast with that area ’ s wealth that is the main determinant of progress , in the media and much else . That and ongoing political instability . And , where there is content available but insufficient income to pay for it at an economic price , that leads inevitability to an endemic piracy problem . Progress for economic and political stability in key areas such as Egypt and Libya , and international rehabilitation for Iran will be pre-requisites for healthy , expanding , media environments .
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