Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports on internet censorship in the UAE
2010 HRW report on UAE (released 26 January 2011) noted that websites that were blocked in 2010 included www.localnewsuae.com, www.uaehewar.net (UAE Hewar) with its discussion forums (topics include freedom of expression and politics) along with its Facebook and Twitter pages.
"The UAE should take a long, hard look at what happens to governments that suppress the rights of its citizens to speak out or that think they can control the information people share. Tunisians are not the only ones in the Arab world who will insist that no government has the right to trample their rights." - strong comments from Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a 26 January 2011 press release. As it happened, Tunisia was not the only Middle East country whose citizens had something to say - Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen all had varying degrees of unrest in February 2011 with Libya in particular descending into what looked like civil war to many observers.
Flickr (www.flickr.com) - blocked since 2005, although many other image hosting websites are not blocked. Update 27 September 2010: Flikr available on both Du and Etisalat internet connections after the TRA said it could be unblocked, although Flicker Groups are still blocked (but that might change also).
www.localnewsuae.com - blocked in November 2010? Unclear why. Presumably commentary or blog posts that went over the tolerance line of criticism of the UAE.
www.mafiwasta.com - a website about labourers and workers in the UAE, and the harsh treatment meted out to them. Blocking seems to be off and on, and like uaeprison.com, it's not clear what the point is of blocking it in the UAE when those who reside outside the UAE are not affected by the censorship.
Middlesex University (UK) - website blocked in the late 1990s due to the inclusion of the word "sex". No longer blocked, and there's even a Middlesex Dubai branch now.
The royal mile Edinburgh ,Scotland. This building is the tolbooth it served as a council meeting house, courthouse and prison. The present building, erected in 1591 (with Victorian embellishments), now serves as an extension to Huntly House, the city museum on the opposite side of the road.
This is a very special cake my mom made for today (Thanksgiving). She worked very hard on it as it has a lot of detail on it. Oh, and she referred to a YouTube video for it.
Mom used wedding fondue and edible gold paint fondue (or whatever it was she used) for the Triforce. It came out perfect, and it's the best cake I have seen in my life... The best Zelda cake in other words.
Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Zelda's 25th Anniversary to you all as well!
The Friedrichwerder Church, this dark red brick building, market originated in 1824/28 after plans of Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the Werderschen. It is one of the nicest and construction-historically most important churches of Berlin. With this building to melt tried Schinkel architectural styles of the German classicism with the new Gothic.
During the Second World War the church burnt out. Because of the high repair costs only the facade was restored in the years 1982/87 faithfully and was opened on the occasion of the annual celebration 750 of Berlin in 1987 as a branch of the national gallery.
Showpiece is the gypsum model of the princess's group of Johann Gottfried Schadow which stands in the original in the old national gallery. This statue counts to the highlights of the European classicism. Crown princess Luise and her sister Friederike, closely embraced, in youthful beauty. Queen Luise already passed away at the age of 34 years. On the running around wooden loft one can find out, in an exhibition, about the life Karl Friedrich Schinkels and his Berlin buildings.
Excuse for my bad English!
Die Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, dieser dunkelrote Backsteinbau, entstand 1824/28 nach Plänen von Karl Friedrich Schinkel am Werderschen Markt. Sie ist eine der schönsten und baugeschichtlich bedeutendsten Kirchen Berlins. Bei diesem Bauwerk versuchte Schinkel Baustile des Deutschen Klassizismus mit der Neugotik zu verschmelzen.
Im Zweiten Weltkrieg brannte die Kirche aus. Wegen der hohen Instandsetzungskosten wurde nur die Fassade in den Jahren 1982/87 originalgetreu restauriert und anlässlich der 750-Jahrfeier Berlins 1987 als Filiale der Nationalgalerie eröffnet.
Prunkstück ist das Gipsmodell der Prinzessinnengruppe von Johann Gottfried Schadow, welche im Original in der Alten Nationalgalerie steht. Dieses Standbild zählt zu den Glanzlichtern des europäischen Klassizismus. Kronprinzessin Luise und ihre Schwester Friederike, eng umschlungen, in jugendlicher Schönheit. Königin Luise verstarb bereits im Alter von 34 Jahren. Auf der umlaufenden hölzernen Empore kann man sich, in einer Ausstellung, über das Leben Karl Friedrich Schinkels und seine Berliner Bauwerke informieren.