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(CNN)   The UAE isn't known for its keen appreciation of parody   (cnn.com) divider line 34
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2013-12-23 09:28:40 AM
This is what a freedom of speech issue looks like.
 
2013-12-23 09:56:12 AM
A stupid move by the UAE.  The only thing this act will accomplish is to show how profoundly insecure the UAE's leadership is.  They're terrified by the Arab Spring.
 
2013-12-23 09:56:52 AM
The article said they don't like a parroty video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uYgC1bN02MI
 
2013-12-23 09:58:28 AM
UAE......A&E.....think about it. WAKE UP, people!
 
2013-12-23 10:00:57 AM
So glad I don't live or work in that area.
 
2013-12-23 10:03:46 AM
He's lucky they didn't behead him.  Not yet, anyway.
These places are one step below north korea.
 
2013-12-23 10:03:50 AM
"It was just for fun"


Welp,  I hope prison is fun for ya,  sport.
 
2013-12-23 10:10:44 AM

Makh: This is what a freedom of speech issue looks like.

 
2013-12-23 10:14:41 AM
Wow making fun of teenagers is a national security issue?
 
2013-12-23 10:21:24 AM
The Independent ran a very interesting and savage piece on life in Dubai a few years ago. Long read, but interesting.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/the-dar k- side-of-dubai-1664368.html
 
2013-12-23 10:23:57 AM
The video sounds funny, where can I download it? watch it?

The coincidence is that he was jailed for an equally useless and highly skewed perspective.

Would have been more ironic if to avoid arrest he had to throw his sandel to escape...
 
2013-12-23 10:28:19 AM

groppet: Wow making fun of teenagers is a national security issue?


Maybe the UAE doesn't really want the world to know that their teenagers actually act like that?

We might think it's parody but it could be the truth hitting to close to home.

Also, this guy has been in the UAE since 2006, he should know their rules by now.

I would never voluntarily go to UAE and if I did, I'd make damn sure that I find out what I can and cannot do before setting foot in that crap hole.
 
2013-12-23 10:33:52 AM
I went to the UAE in May. I made sure I was completely surrounded by Europeans the entire time I was there. From what I saw, in the three days I spent in hyper-tourist areas, Dubai is nothing but Las Vegas with camels- all flash and no substance.

If you want to do some cheap shopping, stare at impressive buildings, and gawk at Eurotrash, it's great. If you want to do anything else, go to a better part of the world.
 
2013-12-23 10:45:23 AM
From TFA :"It was just for fun. It was -- he's a big fan of sketch comedies. He's a big fan of 'SNL,' "

I got a pretty good guess now why they didn't think it was funny.
 
2013-12-23 10:53:32 AM
Wow, here in USA, we have a TV channel that makes up funny stuff about the president 24/7.
 
2013-12-23 10:57:16 AM
Story about being imprisonment for satire reads like satire.
 
2013-12-23 10:57:56 AM
Well.. I certainly dont think its right, but at the same time I have very little sympathy for somebody who went out of his way to make videos mocking powerful people in a Kingdom.

Its just not that hard to mind your own business.  Not everywhere in the world protects your right to insult other people.
 
2013-12-23 10:58:04 AM

what_now: I went to the UAE in May. I made sure I was completely surrounded by Europeans the entire time I was there. From what I saw, in the three days I spent in hyper-tourist areas, Dubai is nothing but Las Vegas with camels- all flash and no substance.

If you want to do some cheap shopping, stare at impressive buildings, and gawk at Eurotrash, it's great. If you want to do anything else, go to a better part of the world.



Yeah....I've heard the Las Vegas comparison from a lot of other people as well......I will be there next May.

/Just for a layover.
//Land at midnight, my next flight leaves at 9AM.
///CSB.
 
2013-12-23 10:58:57 AM

bifford: he only thing this act will accomplish is to show how profoundly insecure the UAE's leadership is.


It's a bigger issue than that. Fixed:

"...the only thing this act will accomplish is to show how profoundly insecure the UAE's leadership  religious conservatives are is."
 
2013-12-23 11:03:59 AM

what_now: I went to the UAE in May. I made sure I was completely surrounded by Europeans the entire time I was there. From what I saw, in the three days I spent in hyper-tourist areas, Dubai is nothing but Las Vegas with camels- all flash and no substance.

If you want to do some cheap shopping, stare at impressive buildings, and gawk at Eurotrash, it's great. If you want to do anything else, go to a better part of the world.


Seconded
 
2013-12-23 11:23:35 AM
My gawd the people over there are farking retarded
 
2013-12-23 11:38:28 AM

bifford: They're terrified by the Arab Spring.


Probably not. They keep the Emitati population very comfortable.

MechaPyx: So glad I don't live or work in that area.


Dubai is all plain sailing 99.9% of the time. It's just that that last 0.1% is a real humdinger.

groppet: Wow making fun of teenagers is a national security issue?


Most likely a few kids in the extended royal family knew the parody was directed at them and people like them so they biatched to their parents, who decided the insult against their children could not go unpunished. I'm not joking. This is a country where you can go to jail for a month or so for honking at the wrong person if they cut you off on the highway.

what_now: I went to the UAE in May. I made sure I was completely surrounded by Europeans the entire time I was there. From what I saw, in the three days I spent in hyper-tourist areas, Dubai is nothing but Las Vegas with camels- all flash and no substance.

If you want to do some cheap shopping, stare at impressive buildings, and gawk at Eurotrash, it's great. If you want to do anything else, go to a better part of the world.


Pretty much - lots of drinking and prostitution in tacky buildings. Except all the stuff people go to Vegas for is technically very illegal in the UAE, it's just rarely enforced. If a cab driver tries to shake you down for a hundred bucks after picking you up at a nightclub you're probably better off just paying him than playing roulette with the cops.
 
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2013-12-23 11:50:42 AM
"The UAE isn't known for its keen appreciation of parody fun of any kind"

FTFY
 
2013-12-23 12:20:43 PM

The_Sponge: Yeah....I've heard the Las Vegas comparison from a lot of other people as well......I will be there next May.

/Just for a layover.
//Land at midnight, my next flight leaves at 9AM.
///CSB.


The airport is pretty impressive, actually. You'll be able to do some cheap shopping in whatever currency you have. I had about 100 Dirhams left (about $28) and I have no plans to go back, so I went to buy some Lancome products tax free.

I ended up spending more than 100AED, and asked if she could just do two transactions so I could get rid of my currency, and she said that her system allowed her to accept up to four different currencies, which was pretty cool.

/had some Czech kroner, some pesos, and a lucky Toonie that I always keep in my wallet, but I just used dirham and pounds- the two currencies I wanted to be rid of.
 
2013-12-23 12:49:14 PM

Gordon Bennett: The Independent ran a very interesting and savage piece on life in Dubai a few years ago. Long read, but interesting.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/the-dar k- side-of-dubai-1664368.html


That's some gripping reading. The collapse hasn't happened yet, but the environmental problems can only be worse.
 
2013-12-23 12:58:42 PM
It's his own fault for choosing to live in that abomidable shiathole.
 
2013-12-23 01:06:29 PM
Some song lyrics I wrote a couple years ago.  I envision it as about a minute-and-a-half grindcore/DEP-type tune.  I call it "Party In the UAE":

DUBAI - Land of enchantment
DUBAI - Pearl of the desert
DUBAI - Vegas on the Gulf
DUBAI - Bring lots of money

DUBAI - See man-made islands
DUBAI - Beaches, casinos
DUBAI - World's tallest building
DUBAI - Bring the whole family

DUBAI - Sharia law rules
DUBAI - Blasphemy means death
DUBAI - Women have no rights
DUBAI - Y'all come back now, hear?
 
2013-12-23 01:10:51 PM
Gentlemen...welcome to Dubai.
 
2013-12-23 01:28:22 PM
Hm, interesting. My wife and I are still looking to visit Dubai in a few years (we want to see it on the off-chance it eventually gets swallowed back by the desert when their economy dries up, which, I'm afraid it will), and we're pretty aware of some of the cultural things. We figured it would be part of a trip to there, Morocco, and Istanbul.

The way I'm taking it is this - how would I feel if someone came into my house and started trash talking my kids about an issue I'm trying to work out myself? Especially if it's someone who is known for coming into places they weren't invited to, and sticking their nose where it doesn't belong.

Even as a joke, I'd probably be pretty... annoyed.
 
2013-12-23 01:53:52 PM
They do have cool police cars though

i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-12-23 06:10:09 PM

Gordon Bennett: The Independent ran a very interesting and savage piece on life in Dubai a few years ago. Long read, but interesting.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/the-dar k- side-of-dubai-1664368.html


Assuming even half of the article is true, that's one of the most disturbing stories I've ever read.

I'm a clueless Yank; is The Independent a reliable source, or is it more of the Daily Mail variety?
 
2013-12-23 06:52:16 PM

bifford: A stupid move by the UAE.  The only thing this act will accomplish is to show how profoundly insecure the UAE's leadership is.  They're terrified by the Arab Spring.


The Arab Spring isn't what they're terrified of.  Emiratis are a minority in their own country--everyone who actually works over there is either a Western contractor or a South Asian wage-slave.

What they're terrified of is the night the rest of the world becomes tired of their shiat and every Emirati gets his throat cut by his housemaid.
 
2013-12-23 08:41:46 PM
This is what he got 12 months for  Ultimate Combat System: The Deadly Satwa Gs

How can that threaten anyone?
 
2013-12-23 09:19:06 PM

dpaul007: Gordon Bennett: The Independent ran a very interesting and savage piece on life in Dubai a few years ago. Long read, but interesting.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/the-dar k- side-of-dubai-1664368.html

Assuming even half of the article is true, that's one of the most disturbing stories I've ever read.

I'm a clueless Yank; is The Independent a reliable source, or is it more of the Daily Mail variety?


The Independent is a respectable left leaning UK newspaper. I was living in Dibai at the time that piece came out, if anything it's a bit generous to both Dubai and the expats who work there.
 
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