By Lowell H. Schwarts
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The point of comparison for this chapter is how Western governments organized themselves and executed policy during this Cold War era and what lessons can be drawn from these eﬀorts today. This chapter should not be read as a judgment by the authors that there are strong similarities between the Arab world and the West today and the East-West divisions of the Cold War. Nor should it be viewed as an endorsement for particular methods or approaches for disseminating creative material. Some of the methods, as well as the organization of Cold War eﬀorts, may or may not be appropriate for the Middle East today.
4 The competitions have attracted signiﬁcant attention in the Middle East and have provided the winners and runners-up a great deal of publicity and exposure. The monetary prizes oﬀered provide ﬁnancial assistance to writers, allowing them to continue their work. Finally, the regional and international attention drawn to the authors makes censoring them more diﬃcult. Once an author’s work becomes well known outside his or her native country, attempts to censor often spark the types of international incidents governments want to avoid.
The harassment of the owner, however, led him to cancel the celebration of the bookstore’s 50th anniversary. On several occasions, the Egyptian security forces have stormed Madbouly Books to physically remove books from the shelves, threatening its workers with more severe consequences if they republish or sell the books in question. On one of these occasions, the security forces conﬁscated a book written by a former Ministry of Interior ofﬁcial, who, after 20 years of service, started to work as a lawyer for a human rights organization.