Saturday, February 25, 2006

What I'm reading - 25 Feb 06

Boston mosque construction opposed by David Project :: Bridge News Portal

FrontPage magazine.com :: Welcoming Terror to U.S. Ports by Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen - Sent to me by a commenter.

Larry Kudlow on Dubai Ports World on NRO Financial - "The entire case against the DP World deal is built on nonsense."

Alex Alexiev on United Arab Emirates on National Review Online - Sent to me via my google alert set for the words American, Sharjah

German multiplex giant CinemaxX has pulled the Turkish action blockbuster "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq" :: Reuters.co.uk - "The move follows a targeted media campaign by German politicians who claim the movie is "hateful and dangerous" because it depicts U.S. troops in Iraq committing multiple atrocities and because one of its bad guys, played by Busey, is a Jewish-American doctor dealing in stolen organs." My take: I want to live in a country where I can see that film.

The Muslim Madonna :: Hugh Hewitt - Here's a music video I'd like to be able to see in my country.

Oscar’s foreign films make strange bedfellows :: Khaleej Times

Saudi men and secret marriages : Khaleej Times - It is not permitted?

The economics of polygamy :: Marginal Revolution - Economists take an interest in polygamy.

Three's a crowd, four's a marriage :: CalendarLive - "HBO's "Big Love" probes the polygamists next door. It's family values of the provocative kind."

U.S. Wins Its First-Ever Medal in Curling :: AP - Interest in the icy sport of curling continues to heat up, I see.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Slagothor said...

The Frontpage link is now blocked. Maybe somebody ought to tell teh powers that be that this isn't the best way to react to criticism. So of the stuff out thee is getting to be truly hyperbolic. This one from Volokh:

The ruling class in the UAE is composed of a bunch of morally depraved thugs who happened to be sitting on some oil. They do business through bribery, influence peddling, and oppression. They preside over a morally bankrupt nation which, among other atrocities, has a thriving trade in human trafficking. They are the farthest thing from capitalists imaginable.

My eyes surely do deceive me. There are also numerous references out there to this country being a "Wahabbist" state. The fact that the Wahabbis were driven out of this part of Arabia in 1869 seems to be of little relevance.

BTW, I won't be offended if you delete this post due to the, erm, strong content that is being quoted.

3:50 PM  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

FALSE ATTRIBUTION: slagothor, I went looking for your source. It is NOT from Volokh. It is from a commenter at Volokh. There's a big difference.

Just because Volokh let a comment stand does not mean he endorses it. There'd be no point in allowing comments only if you endorsed them - that shuts off learning.

I also subscribe to the belief that the best way to defeat misguided or malevolent ideas is to give them a public airing.

I agree with your point that the UAE ought to more directly confront accusations. It would be healthy and it would be productive.

So, no, I'm glad to have your comment stand. Just wanted it made clear that Volokh wasn't the source of the quote.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Slagothor said...

Sorry - I meant that the comment was found at Volokh.com, not that it came directly from EV. I know that he would never say anything so belligerent or provocative.

I do see that the old Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-up issue was raised at volokh.com. Seems like every mis-step thiscountry took is being dragged up again. The one common thread is that the royals are being assumed to be complicit and actively involved in everything that happens in the country. Which we know, of course, to be silly. But that's not really an argumant that can be countered.

10:03 PM  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

It could be countered if one did something besides roll up the tent and turn on the proxy everytime the press asks pointed questions. Same thing happened when the Harvard gave back the money - UAE never adequately repudiated some of the stuff put out by the Zayed Centre although the ZC was reformed. If memory serves didn't Gore accept big bucks from the ZC - before the reform?

Bingo: "zayed centre" "al gore" - Google Search

No matter. Harvard thumbed its nose at Larry Summers, too. Zayed and Summers are both gentlemen and heroes in my book.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Slagothor said...

A lot of people gave speeches at the ZCCF. As a think-tank it did a whole lot more than just the crazy anti-zionist and conspiracy stuff. But that's the only stuff that gets remembered now. Poor management enabled a few idiots to bring the whole thing down.

At least the ECSSR seems to have avoided being used in that way.

I agree that the UAE has to be more willing to present their case to the world, and also to be a bit more thick-skinned and less hper-sensitive. It strikes me as a big inferority complex, the origins of which befuddle me.

10:53 PM  

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