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70% of Arabs call for more film and TV censorship

Around 70 percent of Arab adults in the region believe governments should do more to censor violent and romantic content in films and TV shows, while the same number also believe they should be banned...

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Posted by: Doug Apr 17, 2014 8:24 PM [UAE]

@RAH - but surely it is more virtuous to consciously reject vice for yourself rather than have someone else do it for you?

There is nothing wrong with a priest or whatever condemning an immoral scene in a movie. However, surely it is then up to an individual whether they wish to expose themselves to immorality or protect themselves against it?

There is far greater glory in being surrounded by sin and refusing to be be brought down by it, rather than never having your faith tested and being insulated from sin.

Furthermore, who defines what is 'offensive' and who gives them the power to decide? What one person finds offensive, another may not - even if both of those people share the same religion. For instance, a Saudi may be offended by a movie that features a woman with an uncovered face - a Jordanian may not. Which one is 'right'?

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Obama has been “stupid and short-sighted” on Bahrain – former US ambassador

The United States has not done enough to support the Bahrain government since the Gulf state was beset with Arab Spring demonstrations three years ago and the handling of the crisis by President Barack...

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Posted by: procan Apr 17, 2014 8:24 PM [canada]

Hello Telcoguy.... well let me try to address point 2 first, US Israeli partnership is due in my view to a shared values including democratic governance. Also jews have been involved for more than 100 years in US and Canada for that matter, in our growth and development, science,education, arts ,and law and government. The strategic asset Israel provides to the US and the West in General can not be over looked. So point 1, as you say the US likely could careless about Bahrain ,but I love the F1 race they have : ), the changing geo political map would indicate there assets would be better deployed in the Pacific Theatre and Easter Mediterranean .Wish there was more time and space to expand this conversation but as always thank you for your thoughtful questions Cheers!

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US says may pull out all troops as Afghan leader holds up deal

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, and Washington may have to resort to the "zero option" of withdrawing all American...

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Posted by: Ron Apr 17, 2014 5:47 PM [United States]

It's quite evident that this man is just toying around with the future of his country. He does not care and that is evident by his comments made to the Loya Jirga chief representative at the conclusion of the Jirga. This is self-centered politics at its very best!

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Surging rents "a very real concern" for Dubai tenants - report

A leading property consultant has warned that the rising cost of living in Dubai is “starting to become a very real concern for many residents” as new figures show residential rents have surged by an average...

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Posted by: stephen Apr 17, 2014 5:45 PM [UAE]

Wonderfully perspicacious of these sages!

Prices are rising so we think there will be a flight to affordability and the rising cost of living is starting to become a real concern for residents.

Brilliant. What next? "Summer has arrived, we think it may get hot!"

These chaps are worth every cent of their hard earned salaries

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Perk up your workforce

It’s a universally acknowledged truth that everybody enjoys a good work perk. Even those who love their jobs tend to find it just that little bit easier to wake up on a Sunday morning when there’s a free...

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Posted by: ahmed Apr 17, 2014 5:10 PM [uae]

lots of people have lots to learn from this article...:)

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Dubai's Nakheel invites bids for Palm Boardwalk project

Property developer Nakheel has invited bids for the design and construction of its planned 11km Boardwalk project on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.The Boardwalk, unveiled at Cityscape 2013, will transform Palm...

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Posted by: Simon Apr 17, 2014 3:51 PM [Dubai]

Very assute of you SA1...good memory and so very true.

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Ten reasons to put down your coffee cup

Coffee has been hailed as the magical elixir to youth, energy and high metabolism, but when it comes down to it, we all love coffee for the ritual that it is associated with.The smell of roasted beans...

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Posted by: hussein Apr 17, 2014 3:51 PM [Dubai]

Whad do you suggest to drink instead of coffeeeeeee?

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Kuwait to debate scrapping fuel subsidies for expats

The Kuwait Parliament is reportedly prioritising the proposal to lift the subsidisation of petrol for expatriates and reduce subsidies on electricity despite mixed support from MPs, it was reported.MPs...

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Posted by: Expat Apr 17, 2014 3:51 PM [Expat]

Some of the people think expats are a burden on the economy, which shows their poor insight into building the future of Kuwait. I would really like Kuwait to analyse costs and benefits of burdening expats with such discriminatory charges.

Expats pay millions of KDs for their residency, health insurance etc and are taking general subsidies as discussed in the article. Kuwaitis on other hand are not only utilizing these subsidies in addition are being paid by the Government on individual levels, which brings a real burden to their budget and expats are blamed (i agree, it is Citizens right to get benefit from Country).

If subsidies are lift then definitely salaries would increase by that margin. Kuwaitis cannot afford to loose expats, since expats work for them.

I do love Kuwait as home country and i hope that the leadership works toward making Kuwait something into what UAE has become.

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Saudi construction giant posts 4% rise in Q1 net profit

Saudi Arabian real estate firm Dar Al Arkan reported a 4.3 percent increase in first-quarter net profit on Thursday, beating analyst forecasts, on the back of higher sales of its developed properties.The...

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Posted by: RAK Apr 17, 2014 3:50 PM [Saudi]

Construction giant??? Is that what you would call a land bank owner? Get your facts right before publishing, News Giant of the Arab World

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40hr work week for Saudi private sector 'within 3 months'

Saudi’s new work laws governing a 40-hour, five-day work week for private sector employees will come into force within three months, it was reported.Labour Minister Adel Fakeih told a Eastern Province...

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Posted by: Tariq shafi Apr 17, 2014 2:45 PM [Pakistan]

had it been implemented as Law or yet to be made Law. As I have got a recent offer from a Saudi company but with 48 hrs work week.

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