The Sheikh Of Controversy. Social and political topics regarding the UAE and the region.
Where, perchance, is this imaginary country?
Emirati: Eid Mubarak!Vagabondblogger: if you follow the link, you'll see it refers to the UK.
Like I've always said they're just more discreet about it here (UK) and don't have things as blatant.Nice work to bring this to light.
eid mubarak 2 all!!let us pray that the people responsible for censorship open their eyes & see that it just isn't kosher!!
I find the worst abuse of "freedom of speech" in the West is the laws against Holocaust denial.While I personally fully believe that the Holocaust took place, and believe many deniers are motivated by anti-semitism, I still think that they should have a right to deny it if they wish.So the West - or at least the countries with these inappropriate laws - is hypocritical on this point.As to video censorship: I think adults should be able to watch and distribute whatever they like, bar illegally created content (child pornography, coerced pornography, actual torture, snuff movies).
forgive my naivety(?) but i have heard of snuff movies but exactly what is it?
Very interesting and valid point SD. It's so refreshing to hear these views being aired by a European.
heres the thing. in the UAE, they TELL YOU you cant watch it. in other countries, they dont tell you you cant watch it. you just dont know it exists.
well....I think it's funny how WE all pretend we don't know what a snuff movie is, either. If only....
A blackout has been ordered with regards this strike in Dubai Asian workers' strike prompts Emirates to start consideringminimum wage^DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ A strike of about40,000 Asian construction workers in Dubai _ in its fifthday Monday _ has prompted the government to order ministersand construction firms to review salaries and possibly seta minimum wage in an effort to avert turmoil on the labormarket.The workers have refused to work at a hotel site that ispart of the world's tallest skyscraper being built in thisbooming Gulf city, complaining of low salaries, soaringcoast of living and poor working conditions.The strike, one of the most crippling in Dubai'sconstruction frenzy, has triggered a labor crisis of sortsin this desert city-state that markets itself as a topbusiness and luxury tourist hub in the Middle East.It has prompted the government to announce the creation ofa joint salary reviewing committee, made up of laborministry's officials and construction companies'representatives.The move, reported by the state WAM news agency lateSunday, was a clear indication the Emirates is takingcritical note of the worker's grievances and not dismissingit as just a problem for the private sector.Venu Rajamany, India's Consul General in Dubai, said agovernment-set minimum wage looked increasingly probable.He has been closely involved in negotiations among thestriking workers, labor ministry and Arabtec constructioncompany which is behind the Burj Dubai hotel project.+Setting a minimum wage could be one of the solutions tothe problem,؛ Rajamany said. +When the labor ministrycomes up with a figure after consultations with companies,that figure will be a benchmark bellow which no company cango.؛A minimum wage would be an unprecedented step for theEmirates, which has long depended on cheap imported laborfor its capitalist boom.Calls to Arabtec representatives and company humanresources officials placed by The Associated Press were notreturned Monday. A Dubai construction giant, Arabtec isalso building two high-rise residential towers in Dubai'sfinancial district, penthouses on the beach front andvillas in the desert.The 40,000 Asian workers vowed to remain put in the 26labor camps scattered around seven semiautonomous Emiratistates, until their salaries are raised by at least US$55The company is currently paying unskilled workers US$109+We are fed up with these conditions. We need animmediate pay raise,؛ said Mohammed Aslam, 28-year-oldworker from Bangladesh.Strikes are illegal in the Emirates and unions are banned,but the Asian workers protest has persisted despite threatsof detentions.Last week, 4,000 Asian workers employed with the PaulingMiddle East Company LLC, a general contracting companyworking on Dubai's different landmark projects, weredetained when their strike over low salaries and harshworking conditions turned into unrest.About 160 of them, suspected of damaging police vehicleswith stones, remain in jail, facing legal action andpossibly deportation.The 40,000 Asian workers strike comes as contractorsstruggle to find laborers to complete their ambitiousprojects, after more than 300,000 workers returned to Asiain the last three months.Emirates' undersecretary of labor, Humaid bin Deemas, wasquoted by WAM as saying that a +study will be prepared inthe next few days؛ to ensure workers' rights and protectthe interests of companies.Bin Deemas insisted +all workers must receive full wageswithout any deductions؛ and rejected +excuses given bysome companies for their practice of withholding workers'wages.؛The workers also complain of delayed salaries and thatcompanies randomly deduce their pay for transportation,vacation or sick days.Bin Deemas said such practice was illegal and +anunacceptable form of exploitation.؛ However, he gave noindication if and when the striking workers would get theirraises. On Sunday, the workers refused a company offer toincrease their wage in two months.+We cannot wait,؛ said a worker in the Jabal Ali laborcamp. He refused to give his name because he fearsreprisals. +We will return to work only after our demandsare met.؛He said he shares a room with 12 men and a bathroom with59 workers. They have no health insurance and no paidleave, and have to scuffle with each other to get on a busto bring them back to their camp after a 12-hour workday.Too few buses shuttle between construction sites and laborcamps, so workers wait for hours to get home.Sitting in front of a supermarket at the labor camp,36-year-old Bal Raj, an Arabtec worker who has threechildren back home in India and is on strike, spent hislast coins on a cup of tea.+From now on, I don't know how I will survive,؛ Rajsaid.
hello! isn't it time for a new entry???
Emirati, are you striking in sympathy with the laborers? If so, goodonya, mate!
hello!new topic? where r U?
Well, we do have censorship in Pakistan (imposed recently) but thats only on satellite media. The Pakitan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is internet watchdog and it tried to implement ban on blogspot some time back but proxies where working fine. Its not as bad as here. Even decent sites are ban (try expatriates.org)
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