- Kevin McCoy
Monday, March 21, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Yesterday Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. sent security forces into Bahrain at the request of the ruler.
This is after a month of protests by a very large number of people there for political reforms, including calls for a constitutional monarchy and other economic and political reforms.
I'm a resident of the U.A.E. I live here and am working here. I think it is a big mistake to send in foreign troops. It's a big slap in the face to the legitimate political demands of the people there. I don't think this can end well and I don't want to see the armed forces of the U.A.E. caught up in it.
Already a number of colleagues have come by to discuss the situation, which really is the goal of the sign. We'll see what happens.
Posted by Kevin McCoy at 12:44 AM
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I was just in New York for a few days staying with my dear friend Cindy and going to see art and "get shit done". Well, its done, and I'm back in the UAE dealing with some serious "end game" issues. Cindy pointed out that it is much like the kids on their year abroad who went home for Christmas. They just weren't serious and didn't get immersed the way (we) hardcore study abroad students did. Well, too late now. For a start, certain elements that were annoying but charming have become intolerable to me. Namely, the grocery store. I filled a cart with two items today and then promptly left without buying them. The knot of people over by the turnips was just too much to infiltrate. Couldn't do it. Hopefully, the kids will be happy with sliced cheese and the tin of tuna fish this week...
Also, I've started planning our summer (hooray!) and it looks good. Damn good. Also, I feel that people who are living here longer term (there are few permanent residents) have started to slack off socially. Or maybe we are. I must redouble my efforts there- these are good people to know. They see as short timers though and its easy to think, "why bother?". I know, we will invite them out to dinner!
Posted by Jenn at 8:19 AM