The planned takeover is on March 2. Emergency legislation might be offered next week to block the deal.
at 12:04 on February 21st, 2006
I find all of this really strange. On one hand, it seems really
bizarre to have ports in one country owned by another country. Is this
common? I heard that this UAE company also owns some ports in Britain.
So maybe this isn't intrinsically unusual or controversial.
And yet the objections to this deal that are coming out of the
USA are aimed at it from the angle of being a "threat to national
security". To me this objection seems to stem from an anti-UAE feeling
- like maybe no one would level the national security concern if the
company was from Finland...
But regardless, I find it strange in
general to be selling the ports to this company: it isn't a company
based in the UAE, it is a company owned by the kingdom itself.
at 12:23 on February 23rd, 2006
this entire deal is ridiculous. it has nothing to do with the fact that the company is arabic but the fact that it is owned by a government entity. what reason would a middle eastern government have for aquiring a publicly traded company that operates at major united states ports. this has nothing to do with prejudice. president bush states we cant allow the british to operate our ports but then tell the arabs they can not. except for the fact that P&O the company that dubai world ports is attempting to aquire is a publicly traded non government affiliated corporation, dubai world ports is owned by government of Dubai. this deal makes no sense and president bush is ridiculous for endorsing such a deal, and also saying that if america doesnt endorse it that it sets a bad example for the international community. what other country would allow another country to operate their ports? i think this is all a political bush oil deal and he is giving out country away to terrorists for fake promises that they will remain our ally. this deal must be stopped at all costs.
at 10:06 on February 27th, 2006
In case you don't know we've been outsourcing stevedoring for years. Mostly to foreign owned companies. In fact 80% of terminals in Port of Los Angles are run by foreign owned companies. - Karon, Tony, Waller, Douglas. (February 20, 2006). "Who's Behind the Dubai Company in U.S. Harbors?". Time, Inc. http://www.time.com/time/nation/printout/0,8816,1161466,00.html
Tery Spataro, Daily Eats
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