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No Reason: News from the UAE

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

ePlus 5

Read the Gulf News and English online paper from the United Arab Emirates.

Aparently, they are taking harsh steps against selling tobacco to minors. Fines and closure of the store. That ought to prove effective. Well, to stop them from being openly sold.

Read the Gulf News and English online paper from the United Arab Emirates.

Aparently, they are taking harsh steps against selling tobacco to minors. Fines and closure of the store. That ought to prove effective. Well, to stop them from being openly sold.

And child-visitation rights for the father are a religious right.

The appellant's advocate mentioned in his pleading that the father has the legal right to see his children in his house on a weekly basis to be able to participate in raising them up properly. He explained that one hour for seeing the kids at the mother's house isn't enough.

Ramblings about the US and Israel in Iraq here

It is impossible to believe that an Iraqi government, temporary or otherwise, would have awarded a contract to any company that uses Israeli equipment.

And a complaint that Arabs are not spending enough on scienctific research.

Every once in a while i find it fun to pick a paper from a foriegn country and see what they are talking about.


Inconsistency (1)

Cyberdyne (104305) | more than 10 years ago | (#6724397)

They claim "many" Arab mobile phone companies are owned by governments for "security reasons" - then claim there's no reason Iraq shouldn't accept those companies itself. Surely those same "security reasons" would preclude using a company owned by some other government?! Meanwhile, they suggest Iraq should be happy with a company owned by the government of, say, Iran, or Kuwait - but a private Jordanian company is out of the question, because it uses some equipment from Israel. Hm. Considering most Iraqis have far more reason to fear or distrust Iran or Kuwait than they have Israel...

That, of course, is probably what many other Arab countries fear: Iraq not hating Israel. Suddenly, they lose a huge scapegoat; Israel's been a useful diversion for their populations so far. Once they realise Israel isn't the cause of all (or even any) of their problems, their governments will have a lot of explaining to do...

Re:Inconsistency (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#6725011)

scapegoat...their governments will have a lot of explaining to do.

Good point. Regardless of Israel being the scapegoat, they need a scapegoat. It helps to keep non-democracies in power. What they may be afraid of here is a democracy in Iraq. Israel may be mentioned here to get people infuriated, change the process, and ultimately remove the people from retaining power. A dictator is much more easily manipulated.

Besides, if they do not want to stay part of OPEC, given Iraq's oil, some countries will lose some substancial control over the US energy market, if the new Iraq decides to let the market decide, rather than control the market.

Security reasons (1)

cybercuzco (100904) | more than 10 years ago | (#6724567)

"Many arab phone companies are owned by the government for security reasons" In the next breath they complain that the israelis will be spying on them if israeli _equipment_ is used. I guess its ok for arab governments to spy on iraqis but not ok for the israelis. Not to mention the fact that in most case they are only talking about equipment manufactured in israel. Now I disagree with alot of the things israel does wrt the palestinians, but this borders on silliness, at least a reputable company (not govt owned) could check the equipment for bugs.

Re:Security reasons (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#6725035)

I guess its ok for arab governments to spy on iraqis but not ok for the israelis.

Well, in their defence, they trust themselves. Or at least, that's what they are told to do.

Arab sensitivities? (1)

superyooser (100462) | more than 10 years ago | (#6726953)

It is a shocking decision that pays no heed to Arab opinions or sensitivities.

Why should the U.S. make its decisions in deference to the "opinions or sensitivities" of a people so out of touch with reality of which many actually believed the asinine statements made by the Iraqi Minister of Information during the war and that has compared President Bush with Pharaoh and Prime Minister Sharon with Hitler? Most Arabs in the Middle East are militantly racist and support terrorism and genocide against the Jews. According to the mindset of the Gulf News' criticism, Joseph Lieberman should not run for president because it would pay no heed to Neo-Nazi opinions and sensitivities. Who cares about offending people who are wrong or evil? (I don't support Lieberman for president, BTW, but not because he's a Jew.)

Why don't the Arabs comprehend the stupidity of biting the hands that are trying to feed them? Their mindless hatred of Israel and America only works to alienate them from their best sources of help. They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

It is the Arabs' delusional world view, i.e. "opinions and sensitivities," that is their greatest hindrance to prosperity. If they would just extend a genuine hand of friendship to non-Muslim nations (and all their people groups), Israel and America would be their best friends.

On second thought, the truth is that Israel and America already are their best friends. We have built up and continue to sustain their economies, we give them large sums of financial aid, we side with them against their despotic rulers (the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, Yassir Arafat, Ali Khamenei), we export cutting edge technology and entertainment, we export industrial, medical, and scientific knowledge so that they can work to improve their societies from within, and most important, we export charity, freedom, and democracy. If the Arabs over there had access to honest, independent media and could detach themselves from the ever-present religious and governmental propaganda, they would figure that out.

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