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Fro Dubai Corespondent James O’Hearn… Back when I studied creative writing at York University, one of my profs, Richard Teleky, told us that he felt Nino Ricci was a good writer, but not necessarily a great writer*. The reason why he felt this was that Ricci’s debut novel, “Lives of the Saints” was by far […]

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Full Circles

Full Circles

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From Dubai Corespondent James O’Hearn… Growing up, I was so attracted to books, to the idea of sitting in a far off room by myself, getting lost in a story that having to put my book down and do something else, anything else, always seemed like a punishment. Especially being required to work with my […]

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Sex, Cars, and Stamping

Sex, Cars, and Stamping

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From Dubai Correspondent James O’Hearn… Just in the Gulf News, out of that den of tolerance and wisdom known as Ras Al Khamiah, a couple has been arrested for having sex in their car. A Bangladeshi man and an Indian woman have been sentenced to a year in jail followed by deportation. So far, so […]

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Brown Eye for the White Guy: The White Man’s Burden

Brown Eye for the White Guy: The White Man’s Burden

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From Dubai Correspondent James O’Hearn… In 2005 I married a wonderful young woman named Nerissa D’Souza. Her family is Goan, and though she is Indian by nationality, she spent her entire life in Dubai. When I moved to Dubai in 2006, I moved in with her family, and by 2007 I had become a “traditional” […]

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Is Dubai to Big to Fail?

Is Dubai to Big to Fail?

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As little as five years ago, most outside the Middle East had never heard of Dubai. A 7-year boom turned sand dunes into a glittering metropolis of night clubs and man-made marinas, creating islands in the ocean, the world’s tallest building, its biggest shopping mall, over the top luxury services and innovative architecture.  Dubai is a temple of capitalism in a region never known […]

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Gangs of Dubai

Gangs of Dubai

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From James O’Hearn… This news story is old new by now, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to close the tab on my browser holding this story.. “A police officer was moderately injured on Saturday evening during police raids on flats that were operating as brothels in International City. A little over […]

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Mall Culture

Mall Culture

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From James O’Hearn… One thing for sure about this wacky little emirate is that there is an incredibly high number of malls per capita. The wife and I recently decided to hit a new mall each week, and counting off just the ones we know, that list is going to take quite a long time […]

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TV Land

TV Land

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From James O’Hearn… Most years, when the fall premiere season arrives, it is a safe bet that a majority of the shows will land with a thud. For some reason, only one or two shows will stick in a given year, but then along come these bumper crop years where the small screen is suddenly […]

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Getting All A-Twitter

Getting All A-Twitter

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From James O’Hearn… Twitter is a dichotomy. On the one hand it is the most vapid, pointless extrapolation of the useless small talk paradigm ever put into concrete form. On the other hand, it is the most powerful collaboration tool, and passive information retrieval system ever devised.   Say wha?   Simply put, if you […]

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Dining in Dubai vs. Dining in Toronto

Dining in Dubai vs. Dining in Toronto

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From James O’Hearn…   I came home today an interesting comment left on my post in blandness. The commenter, Ah pois, seemed taken aback by my apparent preference for food in Canada over food in the Middle East. The issue is a little more complicated than that, but overall, I do prefer a great deal […]

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