Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Did you know? - June 14, 2006

- 15pc children in UAE obese, malnourished :: Khaleej Times

- Admission of expat kids to govt schools allowed :: KT - "Dr Hassan exuded faith that the decision would engender a competitive atmosphere among students and behove the customs and tradition of UAE which, he said, had always extended opportunity to expatriates' children on par with UAE students. The decision had been taken after thorough and comprehensive study, he said. "We should take advantage of such decisions, which will help UAE students to interact with the other Arab cultures," he said, observing that the decision would create competition and motivate students to work harder to excel." The Gulf News adds: "A Cabinet decision issued five years ago stopped expatriate students from studying in government schools."

- No more flogging for petty crimes :: KT - What about stoning? To death. For adultery?

- Meanwhile: Sex syndicate lures Filipinas to Dubai :: Manila Times. And the U.S. "State Department said the UAE does not take proper care of prostitutes who are trafficking victims, and instead simply jails and deports around 5,000 trafficked women per year. The country also needs to crack down on the gangs that traffic those women, the department said."

- Gulf bloggers: a new breed of Arab activists :: Sydney Morning Herald. Thanks to samuraisam blogging at UAE community blog. The comments there are revealing.


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