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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

You'll du it our way, or not at all

Formally speaking, many UAE universities are clustered in a free zone.
Knowledge Village indeed. New filtering techniques pursued by local ISP du mean that, for instance, the academic journal Genders online is now blocked, the content not being consistent with the moral, cultural and social values of the UAE, apparently. Like the odd custodial arrangements for gender studies textbooks, local web filtering points to the need for academic freedom in the Arabian Gulf.

And freedom more generally.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Sibling rivalry

At one point in the new Jay Rayner book my brother is introduced as being "enthusiatic" (p.135). I, on the other hand, have to make do with being "comforting for other academics licking the wounds of their mauling at the hands of media" (Goggin, p.123). Hey, it's a job.