Monday, March 10, 2008

Light at the end of the tunnel

There are encouraging signs that little by little we may be getting to more public honesty about things.

We're used to the relentless 'everything is good, nothing bad ever happens' style of reporting, but there are the odd signs that it's beginning to be a bit more realistic, a bit more honest.

Not only are officials, and The Big Boss, saying things publicly that once would have been kept private, but they are being reported.

There's another little item along these lines today with the announcement that Dubai Police are launching an anti-narcotics campaign. Part of it is to help rehabilitate 5,000 drug addicts in the Arab world.

Announcing it, Police Chief Lt.General Dahi Khalfan Tamim said that according to international statistics there are 10 million addicts in the Arab world.

Not so long ago that kind of thing would not have been spoken about publicly.

Unless problems are identified and acknowledged they can never be fixed. And it's always dangerous if the general public is kept in the dark and believes that nothing bad is happening around them.

A shortened version of the newspaper report is here.

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