Thanks for posting this. I find it amazing (in a bad way) when people around me talk about how great Dubai is. It's very common for people where I live (Scotland) to go there to work or holiday, and they either know nothing about this 'darker side' of the city, or have heard rumours and refuse to talk about it. They say stuff like, 'Oh that's just what it's like in that part of the world' (i.e. 'those foreigners don't have proper, civilised societies' - a pretty racist undertone). It's gross. I first read about Dubai specifically in a book 'Evil Paradises', by Mike Savage. It seems to me that it's an extreme example of what is found everywhere to some degree - uncontrolled capitalism. I understand when people react to documentaries like this by questioning what humanity is doing to itself and finding it very tragic, but it seems clear to me that it's about economics too, it's about capitalism. Which makes me angrier, but also makes me feel less helpless, because it's just an economic and political ideology, and these can, in theory, change. maybe? What do you think
I think you're absolutely right! Dubai is a great place no doubt (I would know, I was born and raised here) - probably a thousand times better regarding financial opportunities, security and livelihood than say, Pakistan or India. But the one major issue with the U.A.E. as a whole is, ignorance. There's a huge, huge elephant in the room and the our esteemed leaders/sheikhs simply refuse to acknowledge it -- but then, why should they? It's not their problem. I remember an Emirati (U.A.E. local) I met at the Department of Economic Development tell me once that "If these men are finding it so hard to work here, they are free to leave the country. They came here on their own, we didn't invite them. They work, we pay. They don't work, we say goodbye. Simple."
Very sad, but it's not limited to one country or regime. The degree of comfort that the developed world takes for granted is an unreality for a very large majority of this planet's population.
The degree of privilege entrenched by subsidies, tax systems, trade quotas etc is quite horrifying. Those who participated in the "Occupy" movement felt something of this. These guys, and the billions of people outside of privilege have no voice. Who cares about the person who picked the coffee beans, so long as the coffee isn't too expensive (or cold). Who cares that we have systematically eradicated subsistence farming by various illusions of 'progress' and development, whilst some very small minorities get rich and many poor people who could feed themselves starve.
I firmly believe that, in part, we need to eloquently tell these stories, of the inhumanity to humanity. Because the privileged will be drawn by the eloquence, and the 'art', and then some will be touched by the message. These stories are on the fringes of every city, of every country, if we will open our eyes to what the world doesn't want us to see.
But the images are not 'cool', and not popular. Just important.
I guess I'm ranting, but the less we try, the more culpable we each are.
I had already seen a report as that one, I am not surprised, the modern supporters of slavery are everywhere, even if they are often hidden ; in France also we know this type of problems, television sometimes shows them... Thank you Khuram.
Khuram, Thanks for sharing. Very very hard to watch. One of the richest countries in the world; it seems like they shouldn't have to revert to slavery, but then again, others have done the same thing in the past... Slavery is not an economics issue...
It is so sickening to me..... The ability for some people to treat other people as though they are worth less than the mud scraped off the bottom of a boot is completely unfathomable to me... and yet, it never surprises me, because I've come to expect it.