n.31 July 2010

Despite severe restrictions imposed by Islamic law, the sex industry thrives in a large number of Dubai hotels and night spots. The lucrative industry is pumped in part up by the city'slarge foreign population. But aside from the city's expatriate population, Dubai’s austere façade conceals widespread underworld sex traffic.As a result, some call the city “The Sodom on the Sea.”


Russia has a new symbol of "me-first" power that's beginning to produce widespread protest.

The year 1989 saw the Tiananmen Square revolt, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the ouster and assassination of long-time Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, considered a friend of theWest during the Cold War. .The author
visited Romania less than two months after his ouster and recalls the country’s more fragile times.

The enlargement of the Schengen area in 2007 opened Western Europe to former Soviet bloc states. Gone are the Cold War-era border crossings that divided the continent for more than half-a-century. Unchecked frontiers and easy passage has revolutionized both travel and traffic flow. The openings have produced cases of remarkable rapprochement, with ties between Austria and Slovakia as a good example. But cordiality is not always a constant. In some
cases, historical animosities endure.