Thursday, February 23, 2006

Myopia

On the surface, the United Arab Emirates, and Dubai in particular, are enlightened, modern, cosmopolitan, high tech wonderlands who promote tourism, free markets, and build expensive housing developments to woo European and American residents.

But there's a dark side.

Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery - United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Child Labor and other abuses in the UAE

UAE Talliban, al Qaeda and 9/11 ties (the UAE broke off relations with the Taliban on 9/22/2001)

From the CIA: "the UAE is a drug transshipment point for traffickers given its proximity to Southwest Asian drug producing countries; the UAE's position as a major financial center makes it vulnerable to money laundering; anti-money-laundering controls improving."

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