Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dubai nightmare

In Dubai they were building an air-conditioned beach, with cooling pipes running below the sand, so the super-rich didn't singe their toes on their way from towel to sea. A resident of Dubai has the biggest average carbon footprint of any human being – more than double that of a US citizen.
On the other hand a Human Rights Watch study found there is a "cover-up of the true extent" of deaths from heat exhaustion, overwork and suicide," among the construction slaves.
The Indian consulate registered 971 deaths of their nationals in 2005 alone. After this figure was leaked, the consulates were told to stop counting.
This is how extreme it can get in this disneyworld build by the slaves for the super-rich; a neo liberal paradise where the despotic rulers rule the country as CEOs.
Dubai owes 107 percent of its entire GDP. It would be bust already, if the neighbouring oil-soaked state of Abu Dhabi hadn't bailed it out.
I cannot but rejoice that the recession is finally taking its toll on this oasis of illusions which defies the ecology of the desert. My only regret is that if Dubai falls, Malta will also be effected.
Pity that we have sold them our land at a pittance. What will happen to Smart City and Go if this unsustainable and despicable state really goes bust?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Burn that witch

Gift of Life have striked again. They have singled out Sharon Ellul Bonici for posting a comment on facebook which reflects mainstream opinion in European democracies namely that: "the state should not constrain a woman from terminating her pregnancy, let alone entrench it in our constitution".
She has also made it clear that this was her personal opinion and that if elected her position on abortion would be in accordance to Labour Party policy i.e. against abortion.
But this was not enough to appease the new age inquisitors who want Sharon to recant. They went on to name and shame Sharon simply for having the guts of expressing a personal opinion.
I express my full solidarity with Sharon Ellul Bonici.