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30 March, 2006

Saddest, seediest day

Is today the saddest, seediest day ever in sandlands history? A glance at Gulf News' Nation stories reveals a rollcall of sordid human misery and depravity:

Prisoner hangs himself in Sharjah jail
Housemaid in court for molesting child
Man fined after he beat wife who took children for a drive
Mother tells court barber molested son
Ex-soldier and sex worker jailed

No wonder the poor Arabian mammoths became extinct. They probably lemminged en masse off Jebel Hafeet in a fit of shame and depression if the Miocene-era Elephant Today headlines were in any way similar.

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Blogger Pacifist101 said...

Behined Dubai's glamourous facade is a serious CIVIL RIGHTS CRISIS

30 March, 2006 03:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You help make my point for me. I've read much about the supposed "sugar-coating" of the UAE by the heavily-censored media. Seems to me that they report quite heavily on crime.

As a reader, even in a city 20 times the size of Dubai, I would not want to read the "full list" of crime and death stories that exist. I'd rather have a full, balanced "slice of life"...including stories on corruption, politics, health, human interest, business, technology, etc.

30 March, 2006 04:11  
Blogger Rock.the.Casbah said...

Ah, but remember Leads, these news stories aren't just about Dubai. It's not so bad, considering it's all the crime in the country.

Bassam Za'za' may have had the scoop today but other emirates get their fare share (watch Nasouh Nazzal rak 'em up).... ok, maybe not UAQ, but hey.

And there are plenty of human interest and positive business stories in the Gulf News too. Of course - being less controversial -people are not as likely to blog about them. The media censorship is frustrating, but most people are well informed of these issues regardless. Furthermore, GN has a good coverage of international politics.

Not to detract from SD's post; I completly agree with her and I think it's great that these issues are discussed. Just sayin' these aren't the only stories out there...

30 March, 2006 07:14  
Blogger mazhar farooqui said...

This happened in Sharjah Airport

My friend's father named Anantharaman Subbaraman arrived at Sharjah airport.  He ended up waiting for his visa for about 2 hrs for the authorities to call his name.

Finally, he got fed up and went to them and asked why they haven't called his name yet. They said that they have been calling him for the last hour and a half and were wondering why he hadn't responded!

 The reason was made clear when the immigration officer pronounced his name as:   'Anotherman Superman'

30 March, 2006 09:51  
Blogger nada_a said...

It wasn't like this though. The stories that appeared in the newspaper some years back would make one think that there was no crime. I don't know, perhaps crime has increased? Maybe the press has more freedom?

One barrier they have to break is the political stories. We want to hear balanced stories on our government and leaders. The press has a long way to go..

30 March, 2006 09:56  
Blogger ssosw said...

SD ,Why is it a sad seedy day in sandlands history?.Was it because of what happened or the fact that it is " happening in the UAE".You surely meant to convey the latter.Please point out if I was the only one who got that impression from what was posted.I don't understand why you hold the "sandlands" responsible. Maybe your point is that the housemaid and the barber considered UAE a safe place for molesting a child.Surely they wouldn't have done it in any other country.And is this the first time you heard of a prisoner committing suicide or someone beating his wife. Maybe you are disappointed the wife beater was fined.A lost opportunity on blogging about how the UAE legal system is biased.And please don't start about the sex worker who stole money getting a year in prison and the soldier getting a month.

SD, I agree like everyone else that these crimes are upsetting and that they are on the increase too. But that is just as in any growing metropolitan city. Why do you use these to point out that the "sandlands" is a bad place.Why do you want its people to be ashamed and depressed ( don't tell me that was not your aim while you brought up the Arabian mammoths as an example). If you are frustrated with the way things are going in the UAE then blog all you want about that.Dont hold the people of the UAE and the country itself collectively responsible for the actions of a few.

And maybe I should give you a real reason why it is a sad seedy day for the world .There is another headline in today's newspaper which reads

Nine killed in Baghdad attack

Baghdad: Gunmen dressed in Iraqi military uniform have killed nine people in a raid on an electronics store in western Baghdad.
Police sources say the gunmen jumped out of three cars before opening fire on the Al-Ibtikar Company store in the Mansour district of the Iraqi capital.
Three women and six men are believed to have been killed in the attack, while a further six were injured.
On Monday and Tuesday, a total of 35 people were abducted in four attacks, two of them on electronics dealers.

Three years after the war in Iraq has been officially ended.People don't care about what is happening there anymore. Iraq is no longer news,but people are still dying there.
It says "gunmen DRESSED in Iraqi military uniform". One word changes the whole scene doesn't it. Read it again without the word DRESSED in between and see if it conveys a different message.
I have , for the last two days started reading a blog by an Iraqi girl. It was front page article in last week's Gulf News. The blog is being nominated for some British literary award. The name of the blog is Baghdad Burning.You can click here for the first post in her blog . It contains day to day happenings in the life of an Iraqi girl in the midst of the war. Its not an article by some analyst sitting safely in some other country.You will be moved when you read it. Many may not agree with her political views but atleast it contains first hand information about life in Iraq during and after the war. SD I hope you don't mind me posting a link to another blog but I think everyone should know what war is like.

30 March, 2006 09:58  
Blogger SIN said...

Thx SSOW, it was heartening to read the blog of Riverbend. She is a brave young woman whose simple story gives us a rare insight into the so-called war on terrorism and the fruits of its labour.

Unfortunately, the Western media usually refrains from being so brutally honest, while the Middle Eastern-and-beyond media usually turns a blind eye, is severly gagged or have resigned itself to move on to more juicier and timely tales.

Wish the people of Iraq could do the same.

30 March, 2006 13:53  
Blogger hannibal said...

I personally think today's saddest headline is


where the #$*@ are we all going to park?

we'll take 2 hours to cover a distance of 10km and then we'll take a further 1 hour to find a parking spot ( if we're lucky)

oh the pain !

30 March, 2006 13:58  
Blogger SIN said... true hannibal. Let's all start carpooling, walking or hitchhiking to work.

30 March, 2006 15:30  
Blogger the shadow said...

Wow.. busy day :)

30 March, 2006 17:53  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

You know.. I have to wonder how many of these molestation stories are even true. I know that in Dubai, and pretty much the whole UAE, people are guilty until proven innocent, not the other way around. I also know that certain people will file false police claims and give fallacious testimony against people because they hold some grudge or to get revenge.

I've known from experience that dealing with the police and courts can be unbelievably frustrating, even with a lawyer to decipher the "law" and I can only imagine what a housemaid and a barber, who probably can't afford a lawyer, are going through.

30 March, 2006 17:59  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

As for the guy who hanged himself at the Sharjah Jail, I personally think he's in a better off place (have you seen some of the jails around the UAE? Suicide is preferable to staying in those hell holes).

Its funny how the article mentions that the 2 people who killed themselves had "psychological problems". Well duh! who wouldn't have any mental issues after being inside a UAE prison?!

30 March, 2006 18:05  
Blogger The Kimep Blogger said...

Ah, it's all because Islam is "such a civilising religion", according to the Sheikhs...

30 March, 2006 20:38  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

I thought it was the "Religion of Peace™"

30 March, 2006 21:07  
Blogger KingKaiser said...

speaking as someone who was accused of a crime in the UAE, trust me, half the time you're 'guilty' of a crime you didnt commit.

"Officer, what did I do?"
"He stole something, you know him, you must have stolen too"
"Sign this! Or we'll jail you!"

30 March, 2006 23:09  
Blogger Debbie does Dubai said...

SD, all wasnt so gloomy in the press - Richard Branson bought here in Dubai. It was on front page on 7 days, a couple of arabic papers, Gulf Today, etc:

I wish i could get a beauty queen with an island as well!

31 March, 2006 00:44  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

Hey SD

This seems interesting enough that I thought I'd hijack this post to link to:

Unions for workers by the end of the year?

31 March, 2006 02:14  
Blogger LazyOwl said...

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31 March, 2006 06:01  
Blogger LazyOwl said...

I used to work for a state owned company in Dubai. Built with western technology and fuelled by the exploited Asian muscle power.

Still remember the words of a company custodian “Unions, picketing, Strikes , We don’t have that shit here. If you think you are smart, you should be working for NASA by now.”

I’m trying to ignore a voice inside my head” Unions! My a#*”. (Oooops! Cat, please come back to the bag).

Be optimistic guys! Dubai is going to improve!!!

31 March, 2006 06:03  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

Yeah but the govt. says a lot of things to appease the international community. I doubt any union will be set up by the end of the year.

31 March, 2006 13:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is KATHAR MOIDEEN Indian citizen living in SHARJAH UAE. A man named Mohd Bin Al Hamrani Living in Sharjah UAE tied up with me a lease contract for his business for the period of one year at the rate of 13000 Dirham per month. After handing over the business to me Hamrani continually disturbing and interrupting the business he did what ever he things that he want to develop this business and put all the expenses on my head and made me great loss where I could not pay the agreement amount as agreed.

Since I could not pay my obligations as per the agreement he don’t want to take back the business and pushing me in to great loss again and again.

Now He is trying to put me in Jail based on the agreement where the total business gone on loss
And I have to pay to him a big money.

I am trying to convince him that I can pay this amount by installment in three or four years but he don’t want to accept it and he is always with me in aggressive way.

Now I found no way to run out of it. Do not understand what I can do. But only way I have to kill my self.

02 January, 2008 12:32  

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