Former New York Times reporter Michael Janofsky was contacted for an unusual freelance assignment: blogging
as a United Arab Emirates royal. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom
on Feb 13, 2013 -
Who is Reflex Responses Management Consultancy LLC
? Only "the Premier Security Consultant and Training supplier for the United Arab Emirates," of course. Frequently referred to as R2, the company specializes in nuclear facility security, special-forces operations, revolt quelling, cybersecurity, and (somehow) protecting the U.A.E from Iran with one battalion of foreign mercenaries. Oh, and it's led by Erik Prince
, formerly of Blackwater (now Xe). [more inside]
posted by postel's law
on May 14, 2011 -
UAE phone company pushes BlackBerry update with embedded spyware.
The United Arab Emirates phone company Etisalat
recently sent out a firmware update to its BlackBerry-using customers, billed as a “performance enhancement patch”. After customers reported the patch degrading their handsets' performance and draining their batteries more rapidly, a programmer examined it and found that it contained spyware from a US company
, which could be remotely activated to forward all emails and text messages to a third-party server. [more inside]
posted by acb
on Jul 15, 2009 -
Hey! Didn't anybody notice that today is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
, sponsored by those bleeding hearts at the UN
? The UNODC is declaring "even occasional use of marijuana is a link in a long and dangerous cycle of crime, degradation and terrorism."
In Afghanistan, 30 -or is it 60?- tons of drugs have been burned in large bonfires
(If they're not sure how much, blame the contact high). Meanwhile China celebrated the day with a massive demonstraton
and a few executions
. The United Arab Emarites is issuing a stamp
. And the U.S.ofA.? Well, it's on the State Department Calendar
, but the Office of National Drug Control Policy has never heard of it
. Still, you can send an Anti-Drugs Day Greeting
to someone you know (is a user).
BREAKING NEWS: In Kenya, 49 Killed, Hundreds Harmed by Poisoned... er... Alcohol. (nevermind)
posted by wendell
on Jun 26, 2005 -
They hate Flickr for it's Freedom.
(and government controlled monopoly) in the United Arab Emirates
has decided to ban access to Flickr for it's citizens, apparently due to the complaints of a couple of UAE expats
in the UK
. Of course, said blockage won't apply to them. Most interestingly, they blame the rest of the world's non-flesh-fearing photographers as opposed to their ISP (and by proxy their own oppressive government.) Now Flickr joins Skype
, AtomFilms, Friendster, AOL, and anything from Israels top-level domain, as outlawed content and services
in the UAE (related study here
). Well, if they don't care, why should we? Via linkfilter
posted by rzklkng
on Jun 22, 2005 -
- The United Arab Emirates is to mount robot jockeys on racing camels later this year after a ban on using children in the region's popular sport.
posted by Tlogmer
on Apr 11, 2005 -
recently completed a survey of Gulf countries. Much of the content is 'premium access only' or available in the print version. This article, subtitled "The Gulf states have come a long way, fast. Now they need to think about where they are going" is online and examines the swift changes in economy, institutions, and population trends in this in-the-spotlight region. Some fascinating stuff.
posted by cell divide
on Mar 25, 2002 -