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Is the UAE getting twitchy about democracy?; Illegal abortions a fatal choice in the UAE; The 411 on Google+ ; $17 billion for Greece? ; What you look like when you use a computer
July 7, 2011 12:00 by Eva Fernandes
It is interesting to read what the press abroad are writing about your country of residence. Take for instance, this article from The Economist which writes of “the fate of two of the country’s oldest civil-society institutions, the teachers’ and lawyers’ associations. On April 6th they issued a joint statement appealing for greater democracy. Within a month the government had dissolved both organizations’ elected boards and replaced them with state appointees. In June the Gulf Research Centre, a respected privately funded think-tank that has been based for more than a decade in Dubai, one of the UAE’s seven statelets, regretfully announced it was closing its offices owing to the government’s unexplained failure to renew an operating licence.” Kipp was surprised to find out about the dismissal of these three institutions. Were you aware of them?
Every now and then, the local press does an excellent job exposing some of the country’s most kept secrets—especially on Thursdays. Yes, when the staff at Xpress aren’t conducting pseudo “sting” operations focusing on supermarkets that don’t hand you back the right change or even worse sell cigarettes to under 21s, the paper does well to dig into some pretty serious stuff. This week, Xpress dwells into the dark and murky world of abortions in Dubai. Though rather gruesome, the article provides an perceptive insight into the complicated world of abortions in the UAE.
Google+ is all the rage, but don’t look at Kipp for commentary, we haven’t had the chance to get on it just yet. Which is why we relegate you to this article from TIME which will tell you that “Google+ is a worthy challenger to Facebook’s social throne. The reviews, the buzz, they’re all largely positive. But Google’s motivations for moving into the social game are far deeper than simply proving it could.”
Greece receives $17.4 billion in EU funds and additional funds are on the way. But what is this likely to mean for the debt-ridden country? Watch this video from Al Jazeera to find out more.
And last, we suggest you have a look at an invasive but revealing art project from artist Kyle McDonald who installed software that would grab pictures of people’s faces while they were using a public computer.