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    •  So was the White House. nt (7+ / 0-)

      "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

      by Geenius at Wrok on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 07:38:00 AM PDT

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      •  Slave labor is currently still in use in Dubai (25+ / 0-)

        so there is a difference...not to mention the other human and womens' rights violations so if Westerners said NO, this place would dry up like it should

        I am not violent but if I were, bombs on Dubai and Karachi would rid the world of many evil people

        •  It's definitely not cool to visit dubai, (2+ / 0-)
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          merrywidow, Geenius at Wrok

          unless you're into large scale human rights violations.

          The Dark Side of Dubai is a long article with tales of workers having their passports taken and being subjected to indentured servitude and slavery...

          As soon as he arrived at Dubai airport, his passport was taken from him by his construction company. He has not seen it since. He was told brusquely that from now on he would be working 14-hour days in the desert heat – where western tourists are advised not to stay outside for even five minutes in summer, when it hits 55 degrees – for 500 dirhams a month (£90), less than a quarter of the wage he was promised. If you don't like it, the company told him, go home. "But how can I go home? You have my passport, and I have no money for the ticket," he said. "Well, then you'd better get to work," they replied.
          of middle class exats thrown in debtors prisons after falling on difficult times...
          Nobody told her there is no concept of bankruptcy. If you get into debt and you can't pay, you go to prison.

          "When we realised that, I sat Daniel down and told him: listen, we need to get out of here. He knew he was guaranteed a pay-off when he resigned, so we said – right, let's take the pay-off, clear the debt, and go." So Daniel resigned – but he was given a lower pay-off than his contract suggested. The debt remained. As soon as you quit your job in Dubai, your employer has to inform your bank. If you have any outstanding debts that aren't covered by your savings, then all your accounts are frozen, and you are forbidden to leave the country.

          "Suddenly our cards stopped working. We had nothing. We were thrown out of our apartment." Karen can't speak about what happened next for a long time; she is shaking.

          Daniel was arrested and taken away on the day of their eviction.

          of squelched acitvism...
          Horrified by the "system of slavery" his country was being built on, he spoke out to Human Rights Watch and the BBC. "So I was hauled in by the secret police and told: shut up, or you will lose you job, and your children will be unemployable," he says. "But how could I be silent?"

          He was stripped of his lawyer's licence and his passport – becoming yet another person imprisoned in this country. "I have been blacklisted and so have my children. The newspapers are not allowed to write about me."

          and of the privileged class of emiratis...
          The government pays for your education up to PhD level. You get given a free house when you get married. You get free healthcare, and if it's not good enough here, they pay for you to go abroad. You don't even have to pay for your phone calls. Almost everyone has a maid, a nanny, and a driver. And we never pay any taxes.
          and even though dubai is supposed to be the least gay unfriendly city in any islamic country...
          It is illegal to be gay in Dubai, and punishable by 10 years in prison.
          The article is a good but frustrating read. dubai is a seriously fucked up place. Dalelv is lucky that there was huge outside pressure on the emir to release her. In a city with more than two million people, with laws which criminalize women for being raped unless there are multiple male witnesses who will testify on her behalf, and a government which suppresses journalists and human rights advocates, there must be many other women currently in prison in dubai for reporting their own rapes.

          Hopefully this story won't fade into yesterday's news.

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