Monday, October 30, 2006

WAGES

The burning question is why are the low paid, who are the backbone of the UAE subject to the horrible act of not only being low paid but at times not being paid in a timely fashion?

Surely no pay no work!

Not so fast.

What about serious sanctions of offenders?

What about business based policing?

What about caring?

And then do we have anything invested and do we care?

MEDIA in the UAE

Amazing there is a difference between english and arabic media!

The verdict?

Arabic media is not giving the complete story.

English language media is far more probing on social issues, those that cut to the core of society!

Prostitution, drugs, booze...

Many people are happy with englishmedia becasue of the wide range of stories from the world.

we need more local content!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dubai Beach Culture!

Well the calls on the topic of to beach or not to beach in a bikini were as far flung as the people lathering up with sunscreen in Dubai.

Ali suggested that if you go to a public beach half naked you are asking people to look at you so stop complaining!

SMS messages reminded us that this is a Muslim country so respect the fact that the state is driven by religion!

An unidentified caller suggested that if the state really wants to stop the beach problem they simply need to arrest the offenders on the spot, put them in jail overnight and the problem will be solved!

Hmmmm.

Again there was an undercurrent of nationals feeling that they have had their beach and their country in general taken from them by expats who seem to think they are owed something beyond the generous pay package.

The result of the conversation?

Keep thinking.

One curious strand of the conversation was that some women felt it was their fault men were harassing them!

Others did not want to contact the police for fear of not being able to prove their case...

What is your take?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

reality check dubai

Think things are tough in Dubai?

Go to Cairo!

Traffic lights are ignored.

Traffic lines are ignored.

Vehicles are without safety chacks!

Lights for night driving an option.

Try crossing the street!

Dubai October 25th

Tonight we are talking about the beach culture of Dubai.

It is not a question of safety but a question of objectification of women!

Migrant workers use the beach as a place to babe watch.

Police say they are on it BUT the problem is so large a few patrols don't make a dent in the issue.

Solution?

Maybe there need to be gates on the beeches and a person monitoring who goes in?

Maybe all beeches need to be pay-per-use?

Maybe you just use a beach at your own risk?

Maybe women enjoy beeing looked at!

We will see.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Wednesday free for all Dubai!

And there is no doubt that one of most significant issues among all living int he UAE today is the need to have a voice.

Caller after caller is asking who is listening to them?
How can we effect change?
Has economics cast a dark shadow over the civil side of society?

Case in point is the fact that Dubai's only women's shelter has had to move to a smaller location, rent the reason, and thus women in need and their children are out on the street!

We hear that Dubai is this fantastic city, it is, but there needs to be balance and in many cases this balance is skewed today.

Truckers that run red lights to be deported!
Smart traffic systems!

Progress is here now it needs to be rounded out.

The question is how?

Keep calling, keep talking!

"If you throw enough mud at the wall some is bound to stick!"

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Dubai traffic!

2003 ------ 520,000 traffic violations

2004----- 950,000 traffic violations

1st 8 months of 2006 908,000 traffic violations

or 157 traffic violations per hour.

Only after Sheikh Hamdan has asked for tougher enforcement of traffic violations have the police cracked down!

Hmmm... Something seem wrong with the picture?

The Internet Future!

Jeffery Cole and Duy Linh Tu joined the show last night and talked about the internet phenomenon.

What did we get for an hour of our time?

There is a new communication divide! We traditionally think of the communication divide in terms of those nations that have and those that don't, 1st world and other worlds.

Now the divide is between the young and the over 30 crowd!

The under 30 crowd are the internet/technology generation... the divide is growing.

The old fight technology and the young embrace it!

The problem?

Even our education systems cannot keep up.

Who will help the young user understand the ideas of credibility and reliability?

The internet makes life easier and requires a new investment of time on the part of parents and others who help the youth today understand their environment.

Where are we going to find that time?

the host

James Piecowye, THE IDEA MAVERICK, and professor in the college of communication and media sciences at ZAYED UNIVERSITY is the host of NIGHTLINE.

Need to know more?

Google me!

Tuesday October 17th

During the first hour of the show we will be talking about the internet and our future.

DO we care?

Should we care?

Two guests join us to talk about the lessons learned so far and what the future might hold.

The short and skinny is that the youth of today are using technology like their parents never will and the implications are profound!

Cool Sites!

http://digitalcenter.org
http://lifehacker.com