The second wave:
"Hip hop is always something where plain speaking, blunt-speaking, is hard-wired into the genre from the off," says Andy Morgan. But that also made it particularly difficult for musicians in many tightly-controlled Arab states to express themselves. Indeed, until now, hip hop and rap have had only a limited reach within the Middle East and North Africa - principally among Palestinians and in Morocco. But in recent months, hip hop appears to be gaining momentum rapidly in many Arab Spring countries, including Egypt, Libya, and Syria.
Is hip hop driving the Arab Spring
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Posted by grapeshisha at 3:24 PM
“If anyone says there is a regime in this country, he lies,” Zabara told me before he left. “We are like Somalia now, but we have yet to start fighting.”
The article is from the New York Times magazine and is recommended reading
Posted by grapeshisha at 3:17 PM
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I love it when the Western Media jump on a story that has been out for a while, and then proceed to get all the detail wrong: Apparently Sheikh Hamad is president of the UAE. Perhaps, the journalist could use the internet next time to do a quick search - I guess they were so fixed on the "public trial" of their boss Rupert Murdoch, that they just didn't have the time.
Either way - more marketing for Abu Dhabi!
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Posted by grapeshisha at 7:13 PM
WP says this:
Hero worship knows no bounds, particularly when it’s paid for by vested interests. “Zayed,” a multimillion-dollar bio-musical performed Friday and Saturday, was commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, which is also funding its overseas touring. Should we view it as a counteroffensive to the Arab Spring’s transformation of Middle Eastern autocracies? Perhaps that goes too far. But “Zayed’s” message is clear: Abu Dhabi really wants you to like this guy.
but the crowds love it.
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Posted by grapeshisha at 4:18 PM
"If I turn off the air-conditioning when I leave the house, I will spend even more energy to cool down the house when I'm back. So I leave it." Ali, whose name has been changed for privacy, is not unusual in this high-rise city that has rapidly transformed from a sleepy fishing village to an international financial center.
Many of Dubai's estimated 2 million inhabitants leave their air-conditioning running 24/7, shrugging off tips from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for electricity and water conservation. Dubai's non-stop running air-conditioners help drive the emirate's summer peak demand per person to more than three times that of Spain — where cooling demand from its 47 million citizens has also surged over the last decade in scorching summers on the Iberian Peninsula. Such heavy consumption in well-to-do UAE cities like Dubai and federal capital Abu Dhabi mean the wealthy Arab state could see another summer of sporadic power blackouts in the northern emirates. It will also face a ballooning gas bill for the fuel used to generate 85 percent of its electricity with global gas prices having doubled from a year ago.
The interesting number is at the end - peak electricity consumption will increase by 12% between 2010 and 2020. That's not the overall number - it's the peak number!
UAE's mission impossible: Cooling the desert
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:49 PM
The 10-year agreement, which means City's ground is renamed the Etihad Stadium, will be worth more than twice the previous record, JP Morgan Chase's $300m (£187m) for the new Madison Square Garden, while simultaneously demonstrating the growing disparity between the top clubs in English football.
And with silverware now in the bag, with the FA Cup, and Champions League football ready for the taking, the future can now begin for Manchester City. But controversy will remain as despite the billions already thrown into the the club to buy players and funf their wages, Manchester City are still in the red. And so this deal will get the full sniffing over by UEFA:
Etihad are owned by the Abu Dhabi government and the airline's association with the City owner, Sheikh Mansour, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, will almost certainly prompt Uefa's Club Financial Control Panel, under the chairmanship of the former Belgian prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, to investigate. A Uefa spokesman said: "We are aware of the situation and our experts will make assessments of fair value of any sponsorship deals using benchmarks." Under the terms of financial fair play, clubs have to show they can break even in the medium term if they are to take part in European competitions and, for City, that represents a significant issue given that their last financial figures reported a £121m loss and the next accounts, to be published in September, are expected to be worse. The club have, however, made extensive inquiries of their own, consulting with Uefa in the process, to ensure the Etihad deal fits in with the rules and cannot be construed, in essence, as a different twist to 'mates' rates'.'
The deal couldn't have come at a better time. With Carlos Tevez complaining about the Manchester weather and how it is time to go home, they may need more cash to buy another world class striker to replace him.
Posted by grapeshisha at 4:04 AM
There’s a strategy for developing super-tall buildings because in and of themselves they very rarely make money. So what they’re doing in China and in other locations like Dubai is they will use the tall buildings as a catalyst for developing the land around it and the person who owns the tall buildings and the land around it will make his money off the adjacent land. The tower itself gives the land around it the prestige, a location and an identity.
The "Old Town" or "Down Town" Dubai is more valuable. The view of the Burj is more valuable than the view from the Burj, yet many still go "At the top" to say they are sky high and to ogle at Dubai.
Read the full interview with Adrian Smith
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Posted by grapeshisha at 3:46 AM
According to them:
Brusselssprout is a free curatorial magazine on contemporary thinking and emergent art. Brusselssprout aims to become an open, independent and alternative platform offering content related to the artistic and cultural world. It strives, with the help of the curatorial endeavours of artists and projects that can contribute a different layer to the ever more monopolized artistic scene. Brusselssprout is a luxury for those of us doing it and hopefully for those who consume it. Adapted for the latest electronic devices (Ipad, Kindle, etc), Brusselssprout can be downloaded quarterly in ePub and PDF format from brusselssprout.org.
And from a recent interview with core magazine, we find out why they covered Dubai for their first 3 issues:
We think the criticism that Dubai has received from the West has been at the very least frivolous, without taking time to look. We align ourselves with and share the same views expressed by Rem Koolhaas and some of his collaborators at Al Manakh I & II. The view from within Dubai, on Dubai itself, barely exists and the view from the outside on Dubai is completely frivolous and distant. We looked around and found it impossible to understand how the city itself and everything around it has been excluded (almost) from the calendar of artistic production...Almost all current discussion of art seems to focus on the problem of identity, and in our opinion this has nothing to do with artistic production. Almost everything revolves around geographic, religious and cultural identity. The problem of identity is a consequence of the problem of the homogenization of production. No one can ask themselves who they are and be accepted by the rest. It's the others who ask who you are and if you try to answer—big mistake. Dubai, and by extension the Middle East, seems to be caught up in this dilemma.
It surely is a magnificent achievement and worth 10 minutes of your time this weekend, if you haven't yet seen it. And if you haven't, enjoy! As we said, we think part 3 of the Dubai Manifesto is the best, but would love to hear what you think.
And issue 3:
Posted by grapeshisha at 11:11 PM
Today's FT talks about a move to rid the fat cats of the country. And while this is the right time to start to move more local skilled Emiratis into these leadership type positions, there will always be a place for the expat in the UAE - at all levels.
But there are other things in play:
Hiring more nationals may not, some say, necessarily cut costs greatly but this year’s uprisings across the Arab world have created a sense of urgency behind “emiratisation”, the policy of promoting national employment in Gulf Arab states. “Security is paramount for this country,” says Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a politics lecturer at UAE University. “Unemployment has been a big part of the Arab uprisings and the government doesn’t want to take any chances.”
Is the speed up in Emiratisation really due to the Arab Spring and a fear of an uprising? Or is it just coincidence?
‘Expat fat’ cut as Abu Dhabi shifts focus
Posted by grapeshisha at 5:55 PM
Yet, according to contract documents, that money has bypassed the competitive bidding process that is supposed to accompany any -purchase—of firearms, flak jackets, or fuel—by the Pentagon. In Abu Dhabi, “we may be essentially buying our presence,” says Alexander Cooley, a professor at Barnard College who studies U.S. basing strategy. The U.S. regularly pays rents to foreign landowners, but those payments are separate from base rights, which are government-to-government agreements. On bases, Cooley says, “there is a quid pro quo that is tacit.”
The article is about having fair tender processes and is written by an investigative journalist. However, it should be noted that the journalist has ignored the distinction between dictator and autocrat. or perhaps that was the point.
Welfare for Dictators
Posted by grapeshisha at 7:05 PM
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