mmm hmm. This is how Dubya has notably left many of his projects. Bankrupt and with powerful friends the richer for it.

In UAE, Tales of Paradise Lost

Migrant Workers Creating Splendor Are Abandoned With No Pay

By Anthony Shadid

Washington Post Foreign Service

Wednesday, April 12, 2006; Page A10

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, April 11 -- A sweltering fog still shrouded the East Coast & Hamriah Co. labor camp when, dressed in the equivalent of their Sunday best, the migrant workers set out after dawn Tuesday. They didn't shower beforehand. Water was cut last year to their shantytown, now abandoned by their employer. They didn't eat breakfast. They have no electricity to cook.

They simply bundled into plastic bags their yellowing court papers, an 18-month chronicle of their attempt to get paid by a now bankrupt company, and began their trek on foot -- six, maybe seven miles -- to the Sharjah Federal Court. They walked out a bent and rusted gate, past a crumbling cinder-block wall and through a sprawling pool of sewage, which splashed over their sandaled feet.

"Either they pay us or send our corpses home," said Imtiaz Ahmed Siddiq, one of the South Asian laborers, who has made the trek to the court more than 50 times since last year. "If they pay us, we'll go home alive. If they don't pay us, we'll go home dead."


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