03 May, 2009

Why Blame It On Dubai?

Today I got an email comment from Naresh Nayak of Marunouchi, Tokyo, about my Open Letter to Johann Hari; Nayak says:
Sorry I cannot agree with you at a fundamental and human level.

A country which jails its inhabitants for declaring bankruptcy, leaving their wife and children on the streets is not acceptable.

A country which uses slave labour to build its city is also not acceptable.

I am sure if you were an expat who is maxed out and is sleeping near hotels and sand dunes, you would agree with me.
My short answer is: I DO agree with you, in principle.

As I’ve said repeatedly in this blog (come to think of it, I’ve been singing the same tune for about 40 years, and will probably be doing so until the day I die):
…clearly there is something wrong with a global system in which 10 per cent of the population enjoys 90 per cent of the wealth…

Human history is replete with tragic examples of how the rich get richer at the expense of the poor, and how the powerful get more powerful at the expense the weak.

Does this make it acceptable? Obviously not.
In no way shape or form do I condone human rights abuses. Nor do I believe people should have to live in poverty, not here, not anywhere.

My point is this is a global problem, not a Dubai problem.

Unfortunately, I’m not an economist, and I don’t pretend to have the solutions to the mess in which we (i.e. humanity as a whole), find ourselves...

Read the rest here: Why Blame it on Dubai?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

yawn, old topic, get over it.

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Mr. Naresh Nayak has a very unfortunate name. (in Arabic, I mean)

Anonymous said...

Mr. Naresh Nayak has a very unfortunate name. (in Arabic, I mean)

ROTFFLMAO!

God that made my day!

Anonymous said...

DJ - do tell :-)

BuJassem said...

i agree with anon. old topic.
we shouldn't give hari too much attention when he doesn't deserve it.

DJ i like ur arabic comments.. and agree with you, but his saving grave is that his name is in the grammatical form of faa3el rather than the much worse maf3ool bih which would just be so unfair!

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

Naresh Manyook?

3aib 3alaikom said...

now those who don't understand Arabic want to know what it means ... ok ,, it means a Fucker !

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Bu Jassem, that's true. Although I would have thought of better variations for his name: 'Nayyak' for example. which would've moved him from the ranks of fa33el to the Fe33el itself. Albeit in the past tense.

Poor Nayak. :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree with your following theory. How long did it take you to put 2 & 2 together?

My point is this is a global problem, not a Dubai problem.Your cheque is in the mail.

Signed CEO on behalf of DInc ;)

Anonymous said...

This is a hilarious thread. On one hand, we have Abdel Halim Khaddam and on the other an Ahmawhatever with the hots for his Tomb occupiers. Carry on with the mockery and let's see how you both react when the tables turn on you. To be continued..........

DUBAI JAZZ said...

this thread has lost its virginity rather prematurely.

Amazing Susan said...

I put 2 & 2 together in the same amount of time it took you to come up with anonymous as an identity lol.

Yawn, only a coward criticises without putting his or her name to his or her comments...

Anonymous said...

@ Amazing Susan - My guess was right. You don't have a thick skin after all because you simply succumbed to my '2 & 2' line.

Commendable, your denial theories I mean. It can be a thankless job but if you're getting paid for it, then all disbursements must be withheld. And, please come up with a better line than 'My point is this is a global problem, not a Dubai problem.'. I wouldn't be surprised if it weren't the likes of you that penned 'not a pattern of behaviour' that further ruined the UAE's already-damaged reputation around the globe.

Amazing Susan said...

LOL. WTF? LOL. I don't have a clue what you're talking about... :)

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