Sunday, October 25, 2009
Peppered through a review of the course material in class are these delightful tidbits of muttered afterthoughts on Globalization. My notes are covered with his/her words of wisdom.
(Obviously the professor wasn't Obama, but I put in that picture because Obama is an adonis).
On resources and changing political structures:
Prof: So which country in the gulf is losing oil--
student: --and adopted democracy?
Prof: *narrows eyes* in the gulf.
On developing countries requesting financial aid:
"Of course developing countries wouldn't reject monetary aid, who have you heard tell the world 'we like 70% illiteracy and a ruined economy, and even a debt of $500billion, who needs money? We're fine!'"
On death tolls:
"How many people died in WWII? 20million, that's crazy! The Middle East didn't have that. Iran-Iraq war, pretty bad, but you're not looking at 20million. The Arab-Israeli war, it was nothing, peanuts really-- no offense!
On information capital:
Prof: So what else about knowledge guys?
Student: Knowledge is power?
Prof: *sigh* yes yes, knowledge is power, power is in the West, and that's why everything is ROTTEN.
"There are many places in the world where an expat would feel relatively unsafe and insecure, but you lot say you feel quite safe here in Dubai, and I would have to agree. But there is one place where as an expat I do not feel safe at all... the Emirates Road highway, of course."
On companies investing in other countries' industry:
"If Germany wanted a Siemens factory out in Palestine, the Palestinians would accept because unemployment is crazy and they really need jobs, but the only jobs are in Israel, which is a problem in itself."
On woman's rights:
Student: Women are victims of abuse not just in countries that lack women's rights; like Russia has woman's rights but it also has the highest statistics on domestic abuse.
Prof: Perhaps, but Russia also has a problem with it's population being drunk half the time. Don't laugh, I'm not insulting Russia, I said just half!
On Political Sentiments in America:
Prof: To openly say you're a communist- even today- is like kissing any political aspirations you have goodbye
Student: But why? Lots of countries had communist groups. Doesn't America have freedom of speech?
Prof: Yes but even so Communism was regarded as the evil that kills society, all the American politicians made it appear so bad that if you told people you were a communist you might as well admit that you're a pedophile too. *looks around* Please don't write down that pedophile part.
[More to quotes to come, watch this space]