Syriana cut in UAE

George Clooney's oil drama Syriana has premiered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with two minutes of film removed at the request of government censors.

Scenes showing mistreatment of Asian workers in the Gulf and references to a late Saudi king were among those cut.
Maybe they couldn't figure out the plot either.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.