Thursday, February 23, 2006

Port Confusion

Once again my friend, Frau Budgie of Red Hot Cuppa Politics has an in depth look at the port confusion. Is it truly a matter of national security or could it be a case of "money talks" for the politicians? Both are worthy of consideration.

My understanding of the situation is that the security would still be done by the Coast Guard and the Dept. of Homeland Security, the loading and unloading of the cargo will still be done by the longshoreman's union and the Dubai Ports World would not own any part of the ports. The U.A.E.'s company has bought out the British company that manages a fraction of the terminals at each of the six ports in question. From what I have heard, the procedures would not change little from the way they are run right now. The changes that are being made are to the U.S. benefit because there were apparently certain requirements that the U.A.E. had to agree to before the deal would be approved.

This is my basic understanding of the situation. Frau Budgie has information regarding the Longshoreman's Union and political donations that I found quite interesting as well as more in depth research into the Dubai company and the way our U.S. ports are run. It is a very good read and I would strongly urge you to read it if you have any interest in all this.

Tags: Dubai, ports, National Security, UAE

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