In Dubai a woman was raped and then arrested for unlawful sex

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    I don't think anyone here is going to argue with Saudi Arabia being a pretty messed up place.
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    Yeah, its messed up. The headline of the piece about "silence" is a little bizzare, given that outcry from the West in part led to her release.
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    You're probably right but this was Dubai. Cosmopolitan and regressive at the same time. There have been other instances of this too.
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    Feminists and the left in America were still strong on this sort of issue as recently as the late 90s, but then the wind shifted and it became socially unacceptable to condemn another culture's BS.
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    A phenomenon not restricted to the confines of TH, apparently.
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    Probably because they had to start dealing with politically empowered religious fundamentalists in their own back yard. :joecool:
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    Dubai is not in Saudi Arabia...

    Dubai is pretty westernized, really. It's a really nice place.
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    Yeah sorry, guys, didn't read the whole story and saw the first paragraph about Saudi Arabia.

    I had a friend that went to Dubai for work for a few months and came back traumatized, basically saying it's a Western veneer on an extremely regressive place.
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    I would have given them credit for enough brains to distinguish a "fundamentalism" that criminalizes being raped and occasionally endorses female genital.mutilation and a "fundamentalism" that merely asks any young man or woman who wants birth control or, more ambitiously, their child eradicated, keep the grubby hands out of other people's pockets to cover the bill.

    My aim was too high, perhaps.
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    They import labor to feed an ambitious growth plan. The Emirates saw the future possible decline in oil, and began to build a wealth capital city. Last time I was there (in 2011) they were building everywhere.

    They treated the imported labor force like slaves. Very few could afford to leave once they got there.
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    I'm sure they make a distinction. I certainly do. But ultimately, foreign weirdos have no power over us. Our own, less regressive Christian fundamentalists wield some actual political power and law making ablitity. All politics are personal/local, and the fact that there are more dangerous and less tolerant fundamentalists elsewhere in the world isnt much comfort if you feel your liberty is being violated at home.
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    If you're a wealthy man....and your women walk 2 steps behind you. :wink:
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    This is true. Their leaders have down foresight to plan for the downturn of oil but their societal structure and general populace are far behind. What to do? As you say, lipstick on a pig.

    These kinds of articles are what they try so very hard to quash.

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