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  1. the one that deserves the least is Christ the Redeemer
  2. Atypical by-the-book thinking. Anywho, Dubai will only grow so much until investors realize Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Doha and Muscat are nearby and equally willing to attract investors.
  3. The ones in Dubai come as Guest Workers. They are Guests. They are guaranteed certain things: $1/HR Free Health Care Free Living Quarters It is true that they get treated like crap, but thats a social problem. All South Asians get treated like crap by Arabs. Why did i relate them to US Illegals? Because unlike the US, the UAE recognizes these guest workers. On the other hand, the US government has a good estimation of how many illegals live in their country and of what sector these illegals find jobs. Im sure the federal government discusses these things and realizes the benefits illegals po
  4. They have the technological and material abilities to play catch up but only within 20 years.
  5. Well i figure just because a nation is rising doesnt mean it cant also be a global influence. Meaning, they havent reached their apex yet, but they manage to control global affairs in their current state. Theres more to come of the inventions, culture, style, learning that China will spread over the world; they are right now in the position the US was in 1890. Israel is important in the sense they represent the Jews of the world and they have geopolitical influence. I should have made room for them.
  6. Iran has more going for it than Iraq does. If it suceeds it will be America's 51st state. If it falls, Iran will pick up the pieces. Iran and Turkey are the only ones that can do anything substantial anyways. Iraq was a European invention post WW 1, and it will probably collapse now. It cant be sustained with such a warring heterogenous population. America will stay on the top 5 list. China and Russia will probably reach a position where they can economically match or outdo the US, and militarily match Europe. India just wants to take over the smaller nations around it to recreate itsself pos
  7. The guest workers in Dubai have much better treatment on paper than the (illegal) guest workers of the USA.
  8. Thats definitely true. There are two things that i like about Japan though, when the US was negotiating the surrender treaty with Japan, the Japanese wouldnt allow 2 things: the loss of the Emperor (who is like Britain's Queen in modern day - politics wise) and that they would be allowed to control their own education. They gave up the military for the sake of education. And today they are rebuilding their military at a fast pace.
  9. Well, for one things the "skyscrapers" and such are in and around Downtown and Uptown. There is no equivalent of greenspoint or that west end along beltway 8 (cant remember name). secondly, the educated tourist is the one who knows what hes looking for on his vacation. thirdly, we have different ideas of tourist attractions. i dont see anything touristy in south dallas or far east dallas. i dont consider parks, lakes or sports complexes as tourist destinations. to me tourist destinations are those "things" unique to a certain city. yes dallas has a pretty lake to its east, but houston has a
  10. Trust me, things are more centralized in Dallas. Secondly the 'type' of tourism you receive in Houston is different from tourism of Dallas. Most Americans dont think to visit Houston like they do Dallas. No, not even for NASA Space Center; Cape Canaveral blows away Houston. Anyways, Houston's NASA looks more like a child's indoor playground. The only thing an educated national tourist could get out of Houston is museums and the plays they have in Downtown.
  11. Houston is too serious to be a tourist destination. Its work here. Its also too big and barren in its fringes. Unlike Dallas, Chicago or other cities, you need to rent a ar and burn money on gas to visit this city. In the end, the negatives outweigh the positives. truth be told there are only a few cities that can bring in pure tourism: International tourism from the ends of the world: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles International tourism from Europe, Canada and South America: San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, San Diego, Las Vegas, Orlando and the above cities Nationa
  12. But the family was Kurdish. You can take the Kurd out of his Culture, but you cant take the culture out of the Kurd. If your ingrained at birth to understand something is okay, then your going to be emotionless about committing the crime. Obtaining a passport and moving overseas doesnt change the way you think. Anyways, 1807, 2007, or 2207 this crime will continue until people change their philosophy of thought. Until then dont be suprised to hear stories like this, or stories of kitchen fire, or of lynchings, or rape, or anything else for that matter.
  13. Yeah, mostly to women. Although it does happen to men. Basically anyone who defies standards or set guidelines in his family/community. Again, these dont really have anything to do with religion, as much as it is social pressure and peer pressure. Meaning, you find this stuff in Hindu India and Christian Bulgaria as well. Also, you made the comment about love and trust: The only example i can give you is that who you are is what society judges you by. These are cultures that value family lineage, hence it is very hard to get a divorce and such. If you get a divorce, it means you break the fa
  14. No, i doubt Westerners would understand how the thought process goes. I have four different ways of looking at the world due to my religious, ethnic and national background. Id have to tell you its really a clash of cultures. Their honor is tied to family prestige, and thats how they are socially organized. One dude in the family ____s up big time, and they have to get "rid" of him. European culture differs in its individualist outlook. You actually feel a personal loss due to the acts of other members, in this culture on topic. Dueling like Aaron Burr's duel against Alexander Hamilton is a
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