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Upload a Spoof Video, Go To Jail (In Dubai)

timothy posted about a year ago | from the little-touchy dept.

Censorship 107

Taco Cowboy writes with news, as reported by the BBC, that eight people have been imprisoned in Dubai for creating a spoof video about youth culture in that country, for which they were accused of acting "with the intent of inciting to actions, or publishing or disseminating any information, news, caricatures, or other images liable to endanger state security and its higher interests or infringe on the public order." "The video, posted to YouTube, was a gentle satire on young men in the Satwa residential suburb of Dubai who adopt a 'gangsta' pose despite living the sedate, prosperous lifestyle more usually associated with Dubai residents."

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God damn! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776237)

Arabs are some uptight people!

And they used to be the most progressive people on Earth - even after Islam!

Re:God damn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776261)

The progressive Islamists were not ever Arabs. The Arabs were the ones who brought Islam into its own dark age.

Re:God damn! (-1, Flamebait)

anagama (611277) | about a year ago | (#45776839)

At least in Dubai, they don't murder people with drones for posting videos on youtube like Obama did with Al Awlaki.

And before people say he was involved in plots, remember that there is no evidence of that at all. There are merely self-serving statements made by the Obama administration that are unproven and unsubstantiated and certainly not subjected to the scrutiny of trial.

Re:God damn! (4, Insightful)

murdocj (543661) | about a year ago | (#45777033)

I wondered how long it would take to morph a discussion on how Dubai suppresses speech into "USA Evil!!!!" Congratulations!

Re:God damn! (1)

znrt (2424692) | about a year ago | (#45777361)

I wondered how long it would take to morph a discussion on how Dubai suppresses speech into "USA Evil!!!!" Congratulations!

the morph was from "Dubai suppresses speech" to "USA suppresses speech". pretty related.

meaning there was nothing to celebrate until you brought up the false equivalence. congratulations!

Re:God damn! (1)

murdocj (543661) | about a year ago | (#45777393)

You are correct, any attempt to equate speech suppression in the USA and Dubai is a false equivalence.

Re:God damn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45778809)

It's called "moral authority." Here in the US, we're fresh out.

Re:God damn! (3, Insightful)

rsilvergun (571051) | about a year ago | (#45779089)

My understanding is America is a large part of what made the Middle East so extreme. We meddled in their politics to keep Communism from spreading and ended up putting some really awful people in power. Our relentless thirst for cheap oil doesn't help matters much either.

Re:God damn! (2)

vinehair (1937606) | about a year ago | (#45777045)

Single-issue poster somehow manages to make a thread about Dubai, about the USA and Obama. Go away.

Re:God damn! (-1, Flamebait)

anagama (611277) | about a year ago | (#45777101)

Eight months in jail with trial v. death without trial

Fuck you.

Re:God damn! (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about a year ago | (#45777279)

Our goal with drone warfare is to make you people fear us as much as you hate us, that's all. Now go have yourself a great Solstice Festival of Death, or whatever it is you do this time of year.

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777439)

Making a video, as opposed to plotting to kills thousands of people...

No, Fuck YOU.

Re:God damn! (1)

vinehair (1937606) | about a year ago | (#45777449)

What was that in response to? My post? Because it didn't address it.

Re:God damn! (1)

flyneye (84093) | about a year ago | (#45777685)

It should be about pot, cupcakes and rat rods. Where did it all go wrong?

Re:God damn! (2)

TsuruchiBrian (2731979) | about a year ago | (#45777093)

Well considering both the first time they tried to kill him, he was in a car with members of al-Qaeda (2 of which were killed), and when they actually killed him, he was a in a car with 3 al-Qaeda members, I wouldn't say there was "no evidence at all" that he was a terrorist.

I agree that it is possible he was innocent. I agree that killing him might have been a violation of the constitution. I agree that maybe we shouldn't be killing people in other countries. But I don't think there is 0 evidence Al Awlaki was a terrorist. I am not saying that this is conclusive evidence or even good evidence. I am saying that it is enough evidence to suggest that he *might* have been working with al-Qaeda to some extent.

Re:God damn! (2)

anagama (611277) | about a year ago | (#45777153)

Here's a kid whose father was also an AQ ^w wedding participant:

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/the-aftermath-of-drone-strikes-on-a-wedding-convoy-in-yemen/?_r=0 [nytimes.com]

I can't understand why anyone would believe a single word spoken by the the Executive branch, the NSA -- any of them. They're just a bunch self-serving liars who murder people. Why would you believe them at all??

Re:God damn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777235)

Why we should believe Obama.

1. He is Obama
2. He is a Democrat
3. Obama is the POTUS

Need any other reasons?

LOL!!!

Excuse me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777433)

But a conservative or libertarian complaining of a liberal lying is hilarious.

RandGoldOwl indeed.

Re:God damn! (1)

brainboyz (114458) | about a year ago | (#45777597)

Might as well include the entire Federal government in that. It's all about building power and crafting public opinion.

Re:God damn! (1)

anagama (611277) | about a year ago | (#45779335)

Agreed.

Re:God damn! (2)

TsuruchiBrian (2731979) | about a year ago | (#45778777)

I can't understand why anyone would believe a single word spoken by the the Executive branch, the NSA -- any of them. They're just a bunch self-serving liars who murder people. Why would you believe them at all??

Obviously because I don't believe the US government is "just a bunch of self-serving liars who murder people".

Maybe you don't think the us government is any better than Al-Qaeda or the Nazis or the Spanish Inquisition, or whatever is the most evil organization in human history, and that has led you to this conclusion. I just don't agree with this premise.

I think our government has both good and bad aspects to it. (i.e. it's not perfect). I don't think the people at the top are ruthless killers who enjoy seeing dead children. I think there are *some* bad people in the government who profit at the expense of other, and there are also incompetent people who cause bad things to happen unintentionally, but there are also people who are doing a good job.

Some people like to see everything in black and white, but when things aren't black and white, that kind of thinking doesn't really lead to anything useful.

Re:God damn! (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#45778529)

Ooooooh -1 Uncomfortable Truth!

Re:God damn! (2)

Mashiki (184564) | about a year ago | (#45778611)

At least in Dubai, they don't murder people with drones for posting videos on youtube like Obama did with Al Awlaki.

Right. They'll just out-right execute them, or ship them back to their home country. And if that home country happens to be a muslim country, the chances of them getting a very quick, fast, and painful show trial with an execution at the end is pretty high. And if you happen to be female, you can expect repeated rapes in there before they kill you...should you be so lucky. Sometimes they'll let them go after raping the women for a few weeks.

Re:God damn! (1)

flyneye (84093) | about a year ago | (#45777671)

Well, any recreation is a spoof, so, you can see why recreating the historical life of Mohammed by that Fundamental Christian group, pissed them off so precisely.
Whether there was any actual historical fact or not got obscured in the politically correct clusterfuck that ensued. Seems open discussion and tolerance take a back seat to political aspiration and zealotry. Progressive? Civilized? No one in this story has achieved that yet. Might as well calculate by stones and absence of stones.
I look out my window and I see a city of people incapable, save for a handful, of anyone capable of alloying bronze. I see proto-hominids quarreling over food and territory. Show me this progression and I'll show you the regression that followed. D EVO

do not upload or download anything (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776273)

should be the title of this 'story'

Re:do not upload or download anything (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776627)

should be the title of this 'story'

Nope. It should be titled "Streisand Visits Dubai To Watch YouTube Video".

lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777469)

well played my friend

"Hate" speech , obviously... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776327)

How I laugh at the idiots who blindly parrot the JEW created phrase "'hate' speech", as if it makes them 'good' people, all the while the JEW is taking away our most basic human right of all - the right to free speech.

So come on, mad white left wingers, please try to convince us all that our countries are now better places for US and our children, than they were 50 years ago, and try to convince us that we should actually WANT millions more non-whites flooding into our countries...

The day of reckoning is coming, left wing scum, and you're ALL going to die. Every last traitor, spy, quisling and grass among you. Every little arrogant shit who sits in the office every day, watching what everybody else says, and then goes and reports back to 'teacher' to get people into trouble - YOU are all going to be brutally executed. Every arrogant manager and 'Human Resources' communist, who gets paid for forcing white people to go on 'diversity' courses (white genocide courses), we know who you are, and you're ALL going to be executed, when we finally get our countries back.

You have TWO choices:
1) You stay in power and continue to destroy our countries, and the sooner you do it, the sooner you die. Once the race war breaks out, and nobody has a job any more to worry about, do you treachorous whites among us seriously think we're going to let YOU live in our all white areas, the only safe places for white people to live?
2) WE get into power, and we round you up and execute you for what you've done to us.

So carry on, you arrogant, worthless nation-wrecking shits. Feel powerful do you? Too convinced you're right to bother DEBATING people who disagree with you? Of course you are...

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776357)

u w0t m8

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (1)

spacepimp (664856) | about a year ago | (#45776399)

No where in the linked article or the summary post you are commenting on was hate speech brought into the conversation. The fact is the UAE is attempting to stifle conversation by arresting the eight people who made the video. But yes Lets listen to an anonymous coward spewing hate for jews who have nothing to do with this article, or the way the UAE is exerting their power over these individuals.

You are so ready to condemn left wingers and Jews that your hatred made you oblivious to what exactly you are being shown here. I'm sure somewhere in the twisted little caverns of your minds hatred you can contort this all into jew/left wing hate. That is irrational and a big part of the problem.

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776599)

I'm sure somewhere in the twisted little caverns of your minds hatred you can contort this all into jew/left wing hate.

Your dismissive attitude and utter disrespect toward the possessive apostrophe in "your minds hatred" outs you as a punctuation bigot. How is anyone ever supposed to take you seriously again after you've displayed such hate towards possessing something? And don't think it's lost on us that an apostrophe leans toward the right. Your true colors, sir, are showing.

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776981)

You're dismissive attitude and utter disrespect toward the possessive apostrophe in "your minds hatred" outs you as a punctuation bigot. How is anyone ever supposed to take you seriously again after you've displayed such hate towards possessing something? And don't think it's lost on us that an apostrophe leans toward the right. You're true colors, sir, are showing.

In the interests of reparations towards apostrophes, I have fixed your comment.

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777845)

Hilarious... Did you not notice how many times you typed the word "hatred"? LOL. After I spoke about so-called 'hate' speech.
I'M irrational? You're the idiot who defends the Jews who have taken over your banking system (do you actually know HOW money is created and by WHOM? Of course not), your media, and your government. You arrogant cretin.

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776591)

You sound mad? Did a nigger steal your girlfriend? Just kidding, you've never had a girlfriend. I'm sure you just saw a hot white girl with a nigger and couldn't jerk off without thinking about him fucking her.

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45778933)

What a brilliant rebuttal. Very impressive.

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (0)

Deadstick (535032) | about a year ago | (#45776667)

Here's a paper towel for you.

Re:"Hate" speech , obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777643)

signed,

a butthurt duck dynasty fan

It reminds me of the US (4, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | about a year ago | (#45776331)

As an American, it's hard to criticize Dubai when kids in the US getting expelled from school and/or arrested over the content of their jokes or writing assignments.

Re:It reminds me of the US (5, Insightful)

Baloroth (2370816) | about a year ago | (#45776389)

As an American, it's hard to criticize Dubai when kids in the US getting expelled from school and/or arrested over the content of their jokes or writing assignments.

No, it's still very easy to criticize. Just make sure you criticize everyone who acts like that.

Re:It reminds me of the US (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776483)

That is something good to point out. As a US citizen, part of our duty is to bring stuff about a kid getting expelled for a pop-tart eaten in an "L" shape and let it be known as unacceptable.

Injustice has no borders. It is just as wrong to toss some kids in the UAE in jail for showing off some ballin' as it is to have a kid expelled for something stated on Facebook criticizing a teacher or admin.

Re:It reminds me of the US (5, Insightful)

jklovanc (1603149) | about a year ago | (#45776491)

There is a major difference between a couple of days off school and 8 months in prison and a permanent criminal record. Yes there have been some questionable arrests but I have yet to see convictions and prison sentences in the US.

Any country that can not take a little criticism of their youth really needs to take a hard look at themselves. The only way to change bad things is to first admit they are happening.

Re:It reminds me of the US (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year ago | (#45776559)

There is a major difference between a couple of days off school and 8 months in prison and a permanent criminal record.

The OP was basically referring to the joke's punchline of Now we are just haggling over the price

Re:It reminds me of the US (1)

jklovanc (1603149) | about a year ago | (#45776685)

A couple of days of school says "you might want to think about that" while 8 months in prison says "we will ruin your life".

Re:It reminds me of the US (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#45777061)

8 months in prison says "we will ruin your life".

Maybe somewhere else, but probably not in Dubai. No Dubaians work in Dubai. Foreigners do all the work. All Dubaians live off the state oil revenues.

What did those guys do before prison? Probably nothing. What will they do after their prison time? Probably more of the same.

Dubai is famous for its lavish 5-star hotels . . . maybe even their prisons have 5 stars, and armies of foreign servants . . . ?

Re:It reminds me of the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777265)

Really, seeing that one's school records can be read by "other" authorities for the rest of one's life indicates "a couple of days of school [suspension]" may mean "we will ruin your life". A grade school boy who kisses a grade school boy can be labeled a "sexual offender" for the rest of his life.

Re:It reminds me of the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45779319)

Oh well, it's actually easier to pick up chicks when you have to go door to door every time you move and introduce yourself by law :)
Just tell them you were in love and the man took her away from you. That's a real panties-dropper right there!

Re:It reminds me of the US (4, Informative)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#45776573)

Having moved out of the US, I'm surprised at the lack of punishment for criminals. In the US, a criminal conviction is often a lifetime sentence, jobs, houses, and such are harder to come by. But in other parts of the globe, a prison sentence is "time served" and when you are out, you are treated like a regular person, so long as the criminal conviction isn't about something you are trying to do (i.e. a conviction for sexual assault of a minor or whatever will hurt your chances of being an elementary school teacher, but probably not a university teacher, and fraud conviction will hurt your chances of being CFO, but probably not COO).

So don't generalize the US "a criminal conviction is a life-long sentence" attitude to the rest of the world. It might not apply.

Re:It reminds me of the US (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776673)

What are you talking about? You have a bunch of people sitting in concentration camps without trial. Nothing you say about justice can be taken seriously.

Re:It reminds me of the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777171)

And there's a major difference between 8 months in prison and the ten years in prison you get in he US:

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/case-against-league-of-legends-player-who-reportedly-made-terrorist-threat-to-move-forward/1100-6416847/

I don't think you're aware how bad it's getting (2)

Rujiel (1632063) | about a year ago | (#45777603)

for poor inner city kids in this country. Several states have enacted laws that more or less allow for arresting teens because they are deemed uncooperative by a teacher. google the school to prison pipeline and see for yourself.

Re:It reminds me of the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776561)

WTF? Please explain why Americans shouldn't speak of Dubai's government with the same contempt they speak of America's government.

Re:It reminds me of the US (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777399)

Maybe you'd be more objective if you didn't constantly see the US as being the center of absolutely everything that happens.

They have a good reason (3, Insightful)

paiute (550198) | about a year ago | (#45776363)

These guys have to keep a paranoid, choking control on the people. Oil-filthy-rich nations in the region have to be praying that no organization whose initials are AQ would have the brilliant idea to take them over instead of wasting their time bombing malls and the streets outside embassies. I mean, how much effort would it take to overthrow Dubai? About as much as it would take to assume control of the Cleveland Rotary Club, maybe?

Re:They have a good reason (0)

FriendlyLurker (50431) | about a year ago | (#45776579)

Did Youtube hand over the IP Address?

Re:They have a good reason (3, Insightful)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#45776593)

Don't they have more working immigrants than citizens now? If there were unrest, they'd have no way to keep control. It's more like Apartheid than anything else there. There are two classes, Citizens, and others. And the citizens live large (and silly) while the others do all the real work to keep it going.

Re:They have a good reason (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776719)

well, the way they keep control is...

guns. they don't buy guns to fight a war against iran or whoever. at least in apartheid they let the oppressed fuck with each other as they liked..

posting anon because a big part of the problem is the western companies who do the white collar work so even posting shit about dubai could get shit on someone due to that. but the fucks would be in SO BIG FUCKING DOODOO if they were put under even half as bad sanctions as south africa were - because they don't know even how to do the white collar work! they don't know how to keep the plumbing going, they don't know how to balance the books. they don't know shit and can't do shit - and live in a fucking sand castle with their heads up their arses.

their heads are so far up their asses though that they're getting bled for their cash pretty damn fucking quick. Artificial Islands? yeah, wasn't a dubai company building them. wasn't dubai workers paid for doing it, wasn't dubai equipment used for it and what do they have to show for it? an artifical island project no sane country would have undertaken. is it dubai companies turning metal into 1000% value of the materials and selling it to dubai fucks? hell no.

in short: don't go to dubai as a tourist. don't go to dubai to work. just boycott them.

they're trying to buy the country into being something that it isn't. they're trying to buy into having a domestic industry without anyone who is a "citizen" actually doing any work, so they're just renting that image from others and seemingly can't even grasp that if they want to be germans they HAVE TO FUCKING WORK or give the germans and nepalese working there citizenship so that they can become the country. enforcing "virtue" isn't an industry and frankly that arm of the police is doing a fucking shitty job of enforcing a decent set of ethics.....

Re:They have a good reason (2)

tibman (623933) | about a year ago | (#45776857)

Kuwait was like that. The entire workforce was foreigners. BestBuys,Starbucks, and mansions in the middle of the desert. I saw several totaled luxury SUVs sitting on the side of highways. Guessing there was a wreck and instead of getting it repaired or dealing with it they just bought another. Not knocking them, just my observations.

Re:They have a good reason (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | about a year ago | (#45777607)

Same in Qatar.

Re:They have a good reason (2)

Whorhay (1319089) | about a year ago | (#45777451)

I wouldn't go so far as to say that it couldn't happen but the UAE is ruled by a Monarchy. That is a real Monarchy, not the celebrity heads of state that the UK has. There is a king and his word is law, his family owns the biggest businesses, commands the military and picks and chooses economic winners and losers. The UAE is to poor third world countries what the USA is to Mexico and various other poor countries of the Americas. The UAE hasn't had much terrorist hostilities because a previous king threatened to expel and permanently bar entry to everyone of any nation who shared nationality with any terrorist carrying out an attack on their soil. For terrorist organizations that rely on the good will or at least passive acceptance of the people at large in their regions this is simply not worth the gamble.

On top of all that the UAE is a play ground for the rich in that part of the world and much of AQ's funding comes from those people. Turning the country into another war zone would be contrary to AQ's interests financially. To some the UAE may look like a tempting bit of honey comb but in reality it is a well guarded hornets nest.

old news (0)

sribe (304414) | about a year ago | (#45776369)

Weeks old. Yes, it's important. But sheesh, it was news several weeks ago, now it's just a really lame, stale, old dupe.

Re:old news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776439)

/. isn't about breaking news it's more about the discussion and community. If you want breaking headlines then go to Drudge or Google News or some other hard news aggregator, not /.

Re:old news (1)

ArbitraryName (3391191) | about a year ago | (#45776689)

They were sentenced on Monday. Pretty sure Monday morning in Dubai was about a day and a half ago. They were first arrested "several weeks ago", yes but the actual disposition of the case is significant news. I guess you're the sort of reality TV viewer who gets all stirred up by some barely newsworthy event then just as quickly gets distracted by whatever the new outrage of the day is and forgets all about what he was upset about the day before. I wouldn't be proud of that if I were you, but rather ashamed.

Of course, Slashdot isn't really supposed to be about breaking news anyway, it's supposed to be for thoughtful and intelligent discussion of the events. I guess we have people like you to thank for why it isn't anymore.

Re:old news (1)

sribe (304414) | about a year ago | (#45776987)

They were sentenced on Monday. Pretty sure Monday morning in Dubai was about a day and a half ago. They were first arrested "several weeks ago", yes but the actual disposition of the case is significant news.

And the summary makes no mention whatsoever that they have now been sentenced.

I guess you're the sort of reality TV viewer who gets all stirred up by some barely newsworthy event then just as quickly gets distracted by whatever the new outrage of the day is and forgets all about what he was upset about the day before. I wouldn't be proud of that if I were you, but rather ashamed.

No, I'm the kind of busy person who expects a fucking decent summary that doesn't make me work to figure out what's the news it's trying to communicate ;-)

Re:old news (1)

ArbitraryName (3391191) | about a year ago | (#45777147)

And the summary makes no mention whatsoever that they have now been sentenced.

The phrase "has been imprisoned" implies such. For confirmation you could have clicked that phrase, which is a link, and seen that information in both the headline and the very first sentence. The summaries are often shitty, but that's not an excuse for ignorance on anyone else's part.

No, I'm the kind of busy person who expects a fucking decent summary that doesn't make me work to figure out what's the news it's trying to communicate ;-)

You're such a "busy person" that you have plenty of time to whine about it though? This is a discussion forum, not a news aggregator. If you don't have time to read and understand the topic before you post, then go away. This forum isn't for you. Maybe some Duck Dynasty reruns are on.

Re:old news (1)

sribe (304414) | about a year ago | (#45779243)

The phrase "has been imprisoned" implies such.

No, it most certainly does not. One can be imprisoned for years, decades even, while awaiting trial...

Re:old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45779457)

No, I'm the kind of busy person who expects a fucking decent summary that doesn't make me work to figure out what's the news it's trying to communicate ;-)

Oh, I get it. You are new here. Your UID says otherwise, but since you firmly believe /. provided a "decent summary" ever that proves you are new here.

Re:old news (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about a year ago | (#45777341)

Not so. Monday morning in Dubai was two hundred years ago. That is, however, still several centuries ahead of Saudi.

defaming the UAE society's image abroad (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776391)

A state security court found them guilty of "defaming the UAE society's image abroad", according to the state-owned newspaper, The National.

Does anyone else find it funny that this arrest is "defaming the UAE society's image abroad" much more than the video ever would?

Re:defaming the UAE society's image abroad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776509)

It is hurting their image. The truth is not defamatory.

Re:defaming the UAE society's image abroad (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#45776609)

The truth is not defamatory.

No, the truth is often defamatory. Defame means de-fame (e.g. take from famous to infamous, or just reduce the fame of). It's only legally actionable in most cases when untrue. UAE did defame itself for someone defaming it. Yes, that is irony.

Re:defaming the UAE society's image abroad (1)

ttucker (2884057) | about a year ago | (#45776755)

Defame means de-fame (e.g. take from famous to infamous, or just reduce the fame of). It's only legally actionable in most cases when untrue. UAE did defame itself for someone defaming it.

You might want to check the dictionary mate, defame is defined as: " to harm the reputation of by libel or slander". Slander and libel both refer to untrue statements.

Re:defaming the UAE society's image abroad (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#45778331)

The quick check I did didn't list a definition that required it be libel or slander.

Re:defaming the UAE society's image abroad (1)

ttucker (2884057) | about a year ago | (#45778455)

Let me help you out:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/defame [thefreedictionary.com]

Re:defaming the UAE society's image abroad (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about a year ago | (#45777355)

The truth is only defamatory in the UK.

The wromg end of the telescope. (1)

westlake (615356) | about a year ago | (#45778743)

Does anyone else find it funny that this arrest is "defaming the UAE society's image abroad" much more than the video ever would?

That depends on the UAE's target audience.

In the Arab world, news of the conviction might play very, very well.

Clean your own house first (0, Flamebait)

tekrat (242117) | about a year ago | (#45776437)

Take care of your own house first before you complain about the actions of your neighbors.

The USA has plenty to feel guilty about. Stories like this tend to emphasize injustices elsewhere in the world, and IGNORE that these same injustices may be happening at home, but are under-reported.

Re:Clean your own house first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776523)

Rubbish! Idiots need to be treated the same regardless of where they live. If it wasn't for the West's addiction to oil, the extreme hypocrisy and human rights issues would be getting just as much media coverage as African countries that have no value to us.

Re:Clean your own house first (2)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#45776631)

I've complained about my house first. I just can't do anything about it. So I'm not allowed to criticize anyone doing wrong until the rest of the US wakes up and joins me in criticizing the USA? You sound like an anti-speech censor, not a voice of reason and moderation.

Re:Clean your own house first (4, Interesting)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about a year ago | (#45776705)

Take care of your own house first before you complain about the actions of your neighbors.

Why does each task need to be executed sequentially rather than concurrently? Is there a hidden dependency forbidding concurrent execution?

The USA has plenty to feel guilty about. Stories like this tend to emphasize injustices elsewhere in the world, and IGNORE that these same injustices may be happening at home, but are under-reported.

Smells like "Buuut Mommmmy ... Jonny did it toooo"

Re:Clean your own house first (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777425)

"Your house?" The second person pronoun suggests you are not an American. By your own logic, you shouldn't complain about our ways and focus on your own problems.

Oh no! I should have checked! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776467)

I just paid the nice telephone salesman $500 for a year of Satwa training!

Dubai (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776473)

You mean there's no freedom of speech or of the press in Dubai? Say it ain't so!
Is this what passes for news?

Streisand effect ? (4, Insightful)

Alain Williams (2972) | about a year ago | (#45776479)

I would never have seen this video if they had not been tried in a kangaroo court. What makes Dubai a laughing stock, the video or the prison sentences ?

Dubai jails self for creating bad press for Dubai (5, Insightful)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about a year ago | (#45776517)

Dubai's reaction generated more bad press for themselves and significantly enhanced viewership of a YouTube video nobody should waste their time watching...

Keep up the good work Dubai.

That's a lot of "or" in the accusation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776605)

They are throwing a bunch of things at a wall hoping that something will stick. If they were confident in their accusation they would use "and".

What a boring spoof (1)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about a year ago | (#45776647)

That's like going to jail over making 'Howard the Duck'.

Re: What a boring spoof (1)

cuncator (906265) | about a year ago | (#45776759)

In all fairness someone probably should have been imprisoned or at least fined heavily for that movie.

Re:What a boring spoof (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#45778619)

It had some funny bits, surprisingly good production value, but insufficient joke density.

Re:What a boring spoof (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45779489)

Oooooo kay....
I want some of what you're smokin' :)
That movie was crap. I'd rather watch one of the Toxic Avenger sequels!

Halliburton (3, Insightful)

Princeofcups (150855) | about a year ago | (#45776709)

No wonder Cheney moved Halliburton to Dubai. After 8 years in office, this is what he always wanted the US to be.

Welcome to (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776785)

Tha fjutjar.

We should all take notice (1)

techsoldaten (309296) | about a year ago | (#45776951)

We should all take notice of this but, Lonely Island, you should take special note. It the authorities in this country are not going to punish you for your crimes against good taste, we will find a way to get you to the UAE.

freedom of speech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45776983)

does Dubai understand the concept of parody? People in the United States of America and make fun of politicians without consequences. Saturday Night Live and other comedy shows poke fun at President Obama and the American culture.

Talk about a police state in Dubai without freedom of speech. Maybe I am missing something.

The UAE is not an open society (5, Informative)

bunyip (17018) | about a year ago | (#45777085)

Don't ever confuse Dubai with an open and modern society. It's a monarchy that needs to hold onto power and does not toerate criticism or free speech of any kind. They walk a fine line between the glamour of business, yet holding onto traditional values and conservatism.

It's also illegal to kiss in public, even for a married couple. People have been arrested, imprisoned and deported for such indecency.

Re:The UAE is not an open society (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45777933)

such indecency!

I hear the males over there are so utterly without any form of willpower that so much as seeing any display of affection, or even the slightest hint of female flesh, that they are completely unable to hold themselves back from from raping the female to within an inch of her life. Once that inch is reached, their society murders her for the crime of being raped. Its all her fault remember.

This is why females have to hide under a burka, so as not to provide even the slightest hint of femininity, as so much as seeing a thigh or a abdomen is enough to turn the males into feral dogs utterly unable to hold themselves back from the desire to rape a woman.

Fucking barbarians.

Satire? (2)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about a year ago | (#45777559)

a gentle satire on young men in the Satwa residential suburb of Dubai who adopt a 'gangsta' pose despite living the sedate, prosperous lifestyle

This could apply to just about any Rap / Hip hop artist - or Miley Cyrus. Just sayin' ...

Maybe we need a new genre - Suburban Gangsta - with minivans and shit.

Re:Satire? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45779509)

We have that, it's called dub-step. There is also something called "trap music." Now please shoot me.

3rd world (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45778247)

Simple. Stay out if third world countries.

Dubai human rights (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45778667)

Dubai ranked better in human rights than the USA in 2013. We jail kids for making paper mÃché guns.

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