johann hari on dubai

I'm in the middle of reading a lengthy feature by the outstanding British journalist Johann Hari: The Dark Side of Dubai.

I thought I knew how bad things were in Dubai, but I was wrong. I also thought the story was too long and I would skim it, but I'm riveted.

I highly recommend spending some time with this one: The dark side of Dubai.

Thanks to James for sending.

And may I add, regarding both A. L. Kennedy (in my previous post) and Johann Hari, that it really pisses me off that writers can be this good, this young.


Sarah O. said...

Wow, that is crazy. It's like reading a dystopian novel, only it's much worse - this isn't what we might become, it's what we are.

laura k said...

A hyperinflated version of our own capitalist world. A neocon-neoliberal paradise.

Glad you read it. I hope a lot of people do.

Kim_in_TO said...

Happy to say I read this last month and have been telling everyone I know about it. I thought I had a fairly good idea of what was going on there; I was wrong. It's appalling. It's also very timely, as we are faced with this recession - which if forcing a lot of people to re-evaluate capitalism. And Dubai seems to have embraced the worst aspects of it.