Wednesday, October 10, 2007

To quote a certain expat: 'In my country at least, we dont have censors telling us what we can and cant watch'.

yes. right.


vagabondblogger said...

Where, perchance, is this imaginary country?

BuJ said...

Emirati: Eid Mubarak!

Vagabondblogger: if you follow the link, you'll see it refers to the UK.

tobasco said...

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.

vagabondblogger said...


jafaar said...

eid mubarak 2 all!!let us pray that the people responsible for censorship open their eyes & see that it just isn't kosher!!

secretdubai said...

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).

the cow who ate the cow said...

forgive my naivety(?) but i have heard of snuff movies but exactly what is it?

BuJ said...

Very interesting and valid point SD. It's so refreshing to hear these views being aired by a European. said...

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.

unJane said...

well....I think it's funny how WE all pretend we don't know what a snuff movie is, either. If only....

Anonymous said...

A blackout has been ordered with regards this strike in Dubai

Asian workers‭' ‬strike prompts Emirates to start considering
minimum wage
DUBAI‭, ‬United Arab Emirates‭ (‬AP‭) _ ‬A strike of about
40,000‭ ‬Asian construction workers in Dubai‭ _ ‬in its fifth
day Monday‭ _ ‬has prompted the government to order ministers
and construction firms to review salaries and possibly set
a minimum wage in an effort to avert turmoil on the labor
The workers have refused to work at a hotel site that is
part of the world's tallest skyscraper being built in this
booming Gulf city‭, ‬complaining of low salaries‭, ‬soaring
coast of living and poor working conditions‭.‬
The strike‭, ‬one of the most crippling in Dubai's
construction frenzy‭, ‬has triggered a labor crisis of sorts
in this desert city-state that markets itself as a top
business and luxury tourist hub in the Middle East‭.‬
It has prompted the government to announce the creation of
a joint salary reviewing committee‭, ‬made up of labor
ministry's officials and construction companies‭'‬
The move‭, ‬reported by the state WAM news agency late
Sunday‭, ‬was a clear indication the Emirates is taking
critical note of the worker's grievances and not dismissing
it as just a problem for the private sector‭.‬
Venu Rajamany‭, ‬India's Consul General in Dubai‭, ‬said a
government-set minimum wage looked increasingly probable‭.‬
He has been closely involved in negotiations among the
striking workers‭, ‬labor ministry and Arabtec construction
company which is behind the Burj Dubai hotel project‭.‬
‮+‬Setting a minimum wage could be one of the solutions to
the problem‭,‬؛‭ ‬Rajamany said‭. ‬‮+‬When the labor ministry
comes up with a figure after consultations with companies‭,‬
that figure will be a benchmark bellow which no company can
A minimum wage would be an unprecedented step for the
Emirates‭, ‬which has long depended on cheap imported labor
for its capitalist boom‭.‬
Calls to Arabtec representatives and company human
resources officials placed by The Associated Press were not
returned Monday‭. ‬A Dubai construction giant‭, ‬Arabtec is
also building two high-rise residential towers in Dubai's
financial district‭, ‬penthouses on the beach front and
villas in the desert‭.‬
The 40,000‭ ‬Asian workers vowed to remain put in the 26
labor camps scattered around seven semiautonomous Emirati
states‭, ‬until their salaries are raised by at least US$55

The company is currently paying unskilled workers US$109

‮+‬We are fed up with these conditions‭. ‬We need an
immediate pay raise‭,‬؛‭ ‬said Mohammed Aslam‭, ‬28-year-old
worker from Bangladesh‭.‬
Strikes are illegal in the Emirates and unions are banned‭,‬
but the Asian workers protest has persisted despite threats
of detentions‭.‬
Last week‭, ‬4,000‭ ‬Asian workers employed with the Pauling
Middle East Company LLC‭, ‬a general contracting company
working on Dubai's different landmark projects‭, ‬were
detained when their strike over low salaries and harsh
working conditions turned into unrest‭.‬
About 160‭ ‬of them‭, ‬suspected of damaging police vehicles
with stones‭, ‬remain in jail‭, ‬facing legal action and
possibly deportation‭.‬
The 40,000‭ ‬Asian workers strike comes as contractors
struggle to find laborers to complete their ambitious
projects‭, ‬after more than 300,000‭ ‬workers returned to Asia
in the last three months‭.‬
Emirates‭' ‬undersecretary of labor‭, ‬Humaid bin Deemas‭, ‬was
quoted by WAM as saying that a‭ ‬‮+‬study will be prepared in
the next few days؛‭ ‬to ensure workers‭' ‬rights and protect
the interests of companies‭.‬
Bin Deemas insisted‭ ‬‮+‬all workers must receive full wages
without any deductions؛‭ ‬and rejected‭ ‬‮+‬excuses given by
some companies for their practice of withholding workers‭'‬
The workers also complain of delayed salaries and that
companies randomly deduce their pay for transportation‭,‬
vacation or sick days‭.‬
Bin Deemas said such practice was illegal and‭ ‬‮+‬an
unacceptable form of exploitation‭.‬؛‭ ‬However‭, ‬he gave no
indication if and when the striking workers would get their
raises‭. ‬On Sunday‭, ‬the workers refused a company offer to
increase their wage in two months‭.‬
‮+‬We cannot wait‭,‬؛‭ ‬said a worker in the Jabal Ali labor
camp‭. ‬He refused to give his name because he fears
reprisals‭. ‬‮+‬We will return to work only after our demands
are met‭.‬؛
He said he shares a room with 12‭ ‬men and a bathroom with
59‭ ‬workers‭. ‬They have no health insurance and no paid
leave‭, ‬and have to scuffle with each other to get on a bus
to bring them back to their camp after a 12-hour workday‭.‬
Too few buses shuttle between construction sites and labor
camps‭, ‬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 three
children back home in India and is on strike‭, ‬spent his
last coins on a cup of tea‭.‬
‮+‬From now on‭, ‬I don't know how I will survive‭,‬؛‭ ‬Raj
said‭. ‬

layla from baku said...

hello! isn't it time for a new entry???

unJane said...

Emirati, are you striking in sympathy with the laborers? If so, goodonya, mate!

asshole said...

hello!new topic? where r U?

Kashif said...

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