Thursday, March 09, 2006

U.A.E Port Deal in the U.S. is at Risk

There are so many debates on the Dubai Company taking over some if the American ports. But it is not only debates now, it might come to an end, denying the company to operate in the U.S. in the first place. House Republicans sent a clear message to President Bush yesterday with a 62-2 vote to block the Dubai-owned firm deal.

If you want to engage yourself in a discussion with an American blogger who is taking an objective stance, I would highly encourage you to read his post and discuss with him whether this U.A.E. company compromises the U.S. security as the debate touches on a Muslim and Arab country. Here is what he wrote. He is all ears.

UAE's economy minister Sheikha Lubna al-Qassimi smiles during an interview with Reuters in Dubai March 1, 2006. Opposition in the U.S. to a UAE firm taking control of U.S. ports will not deter the Gulf Arab state from seeking further investments there, but it would give other countries pause, al-Qassimi said


At 3:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Well just heard the deal was scuttled from the Dubai Ports. I can't beleive the law-makers in the US are so blatantly anti-Arab. This will have an impact on people trying to preach free-market policies and the Middle East companies trying to become global players. Sigh!!
Egyptian in Germany

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

Egyptian in Germany,

I hope this anti-Arab phobia is proven wrong and that the deal will go through.

I fully understand that there are and there will be always security and national concerns for the US and other counrties. That's so normal and understandable, but I cannot comprehend rejecting a company because it is branded Middle Eastern. This is so dangerous, as if the entire Middle East is made of terrorists when they are only wicked individuals that we count on our fingers.

I am a bit puzzled by the U.S. stance not only from the business point of view but from the cultural aspect, knowing that the U.S. is a country of diversity and its culture is based on encompassing and inclusion.

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

I didn't agree with the position the congress was taking at first but I am now quite worried. At first I was suprised to see a reaction to obvious political bait, "lets be tough on national security and ban the arabs" but now I could care less because the U.A.E. pulls this shit all the time.

I am worried because my usually wishy-washy liberal friends are no longer interested in being inclusive. People who would normally talk about open borders are now acting as if open borders sans arabs would be great (btw, I don't care where immigrants come from or want open borders). It is the same sort of weird hate that I have heard about in Holland and Australia. They seem to think that there is no way the "cultures" can co-exist, even though they love "multi-culturalism", and I think it was the cartoons that did it.

It is possible that a politician will run on an anti-arab/muslim/foreign people in general ticket, but this will pass soon. (This is a guess, but I would bet that it passes to MS-13)

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...


I agree with you.Also, one of the very dangerous consequences will be, as some idiots played the cartoons among Muslims, I am sure there will be other hatred mongers against the US that will use the occasion to say that the US hates Muslims and Arabs. Those people will interfer to spoil the situation without having any rationale or background. Knowing that the Middle Eastern news readers are not closely following how the situation as developed. They will believe anything they are being told.

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual, I agree with you totally, FFE. Let us hope that people in our beloved ME will not use this to further their own agendas.
On the other hand, I would like the US Lawmakers to take the intitiative to encourage Arab companies and individuals to develop business opportunities.
Egyptian in Germany


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