EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

09.15.11

Cablegate: Bill Gates Lobbies to Integrate Programmes in Dubai With Microsoft

Posted in Asia, Bill Gates, Microsoft at 4:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cablegate

Summary: How Bill Gates lobbied for Microsoft in 2008 (when he claimed to have moved on to a charitable foundation)

BACK at the beginning of 2008, "Microsoft 'Bought' Dubai Away from GNU/Linux" following a visit from Bill Gates. Later on we saw this reinforced and then we saw people being sent to court/jail. Over three years after the act we discover that, based on the following Cablegate cable, Bill Gates did some clever lobbying even after his alleged departure from Microsoft. According to this, “Bill Gates would visit Dubai on January 27, 2008 to meet with with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai) and members of the MbRF staff to discuss integration between Microsoft and the MbRF [Mohammad Bin Rashid Foundation] Programs.” Here is the cable:



VZCZCXRO5272
PP RUEHBC RUEHDIR RUEHKUK RUEHROV
DE RUEHDE #0614/01 3051111
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 011111Z NOV 07
FM AMCONSUL DUBAI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5732
INFO RUEHAD/AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI PRIORITY 2751
RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE
RUEHZM/GCC C COLLECTIVE
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 8877
Hide header
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 DUBAI 000614 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR NEA/ARPI BAGWELL AND MASILKO 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  11/1/2017 
TAGS: PREL [External Political Relations], 
PGOV [Internal Governmental Affairs], PHUM [Human Rights], AE [United Arab Emirates] 
SUBJECT: FURTHER DETAILS ON ANNOUNCED  AND UNANNOUNCED, PLANS FOR 
MOHAMMED BIN RASHID FOUNDATION 
 
REF: A) DUBAI 601    B)  DUABI 425    C) ABU DHABI 949     D) DUBAI 363 
 
DUBAI 00000614  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Paul Sutphin, Consul General, Exec, Dept of 
State. 
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
 
 
Classified 1.4 b & d by Consul General Paul Sutphin 
 
¶1. (U) This is an action cable; see para 12. 
 
¶2. (SBU) Summary.  During a November 1 meeting in the newly 
established offices of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Foundation 
(MbRF), Nabil Alyousuf (Director General of the Dubai Executive 
Office and defacto managing director of the newly established 
MbRF) and Dr. Yasar Jarrar (Executive Dean of the Dubai School 
of Government) elaborated on several of the fifteen (Reftel A) 
recently announced programs under the auspices of the MbRF, as 
well as a number of initiatives in the offing that have not been 
publicly discussed, including a number of joint programs with US 
universities.  Jarrar will be in Washington, DC, Monday, Nov. 4 
and then in Boston Nov. 5-8; Alyousuf will be in Boston November 
8 and is unlikely to go to DC beforehand. They asked for USG 
assistance in a number of areas (see para 12), most immediately 
in contacts for the Washington office of the Gates Foundation. 
End Summary. 
 
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
 
Announced Programs with US Connections 
 
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
 
¶3. (U) Referencing the US's Teach for America model, Jarrar 
elaborated on the MbrF's announced "Pioneers" Program: an 
educational initiative focused on providing financial assistance 
to the top 10% of graduate students at select Arab universities 
in return for their commitment to teach for an as-yet 
unspecified period of time in their home country/community. 
Jarrar pointed to the nascent "Teach for All" partnership 
between the US program and its counterpart UK program (Teach 
First) and mentioned that adding the Pioneers Program would be a 
logical extension into the Arab world. 
 
¶4. (U) Continuing on educational programs, the announced 
Leadership Program is being modeled after the US's Eisenhower 
Fellowships Program.  Under this initiative, two or three 
individuals would be selected from each Arab country to go to 
the UAE in order to participate in two to three months of 
leadership training, likely at the Dubai School of Government. 
The program is currently envisioned as a three way partnership 
between the Dubai School of Government, the Aspen Institute and 
the London School of Business. 
 
¶5. (SBU) The MbRF has signed an agreement with the Harvard 
Business School Press (HBSP) that will allow the MbRF the rights 
to translate all HBSP-owned titles into Arabic and then 
subsidize printing and distribution of the texts throughout the 
Arab world.  Translation rights to other authors' publications 
through HBSP will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. 
 
¶6. (SBU) Under its announced translation program, the MbRF also 
hopes to expand Western awareness of Arab literature and legacy 
by translating Arabic texts (both popular press releases, such 
as the recently translated "Girls of Riyadh", and more formal 
literature) and working with Western publisher's to produce and 
promote these works. Jarrar said he would appreciate USG 
assistance in identifying likely publishing partners in the US. 
(See action request, para 12.) 
 
¶7. (SBU) Focusing on entrepreneurship, the MbRF's announced 
Business Incubator Program will work with the top regional 
business schools to develop curriculums focusing on 
entrepreneurial skills and creating incubators that allow 
students to test out their entrepreneurial concepts.  In a 
second tier, the MbRF plans to select the best new ideas, and 
bring those innovators to Dubai and provide further resources 
for developing and testing the concepts. For concepts that have 
passed the second round of screening, the MbRF wants to develop 
joint venture relationships with top corporate innovators (3m, 
Philips, Google, Microsoft were among those named) that would at 
the minimum allow MbRF-sponsored entrepreneur's access to the 
corporate labs (on fellowships) or ideally allow for full joint 
venture development of the projects. Jarrar requested possible 
USG assistance in facilitating corporate contacts.  (See action 
request, para 12.) 
 
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
 
DUBAI 00000614  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
 
Unannounced, but Ambitious, Plans for Joint Initiatives with US 
Universities and Businesses 
 
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
 
¶8. (C) As yet unannounced, Jarrar revealed an imminent agreement 
between the MbRF and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 
Sloan School of Management establishing a Dubai-based branch of 
the renowned MBA program.  The first year would see the launch 
of an executive training program, followed the next year by the 
matriculation of 40 students in a standard MBA curriculum. 
Jarrar envisions the school eventually maintaining around 100 
active students.  Farther down the road, the MbRF is also 
looking to create a similar, undergraduate, joint venture 
between the American University of Dubai and a world class US 
journalism school (preliminary discussions are currently 
underway with the Columbia School of Journalism in New York). 
 
¶9. (C) In ongoing discussions with Harvard, Jarrar is hoping to 
convince the Harvard Business School (HBS) to place one of its 
Research Centers in Dubai (Jarrar noted HBS has research centers 
in 5 locations world-wide, including Paris, Hong Kong and Buenos 
Aires.  These centers focus on researching local businesses and 
developing the case studies that form the core of the HBS 
curriculum). 
 
¶10. (SBU) A firm advocate of development via technology, the 
MbRF intends to partner with US hi-tech giants such as Intel, 
Microsoft and others to further the utilization of online 
programs for teacher training throughout the Arab world (thus 
bringing best-practices training directly to instructors without 
expensive and lengthy overhead and development issues).  Jarrar 
indicated that initial conversations with Intel have commenced 
and that Bill Gates would visit Dubai on January 27, 2008 to 
meet with with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice-President 
and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai) and members of 
the MbRF staff to discuss integration between Microsoft and the 
MbRF Programs. 
 
¶11. (SBU) In a similar vein, Alyousuf noted the MbRF has a 
longer-term plan to develop a "traveling museum" focused on the 
civilizations of the region and their contributions to humanity 
through out the ages.  The MbRF would like to work with US 
museums in developing the concept and possibly a partnership for 
the traveling museum. We agreed to try to facilitate contacts 
with the Smithsonian on this initiative. (See action request, 
para 12) 
 
¶12.  (SBU) ACTION REQUESTS: Most immediately, Jarrar asked for 
USG assistance in contacting and possibly meeting the leadership 
of the Gates Foundation office in Washington DC (both indicated 
a senior management meeting with the Gates Foundation in Seattle 
would be premature and expressed a desire for a lower level, 
preliminary meeting in DC as a precursor to subsequent 
Seattle-based conversations).  Jarrar asked for a name and 
contact information for the Washington office.  Given the 
impending travel by Jarrar, Post (1) requests appropriate 
Department contacts pass this information directly to him at 
HYPERLINK 
"BLOCKED::mailto:yasar.jarrar@dsg.ae"yasar.ja rrar@dsg.ae; or 
call him on his mobile phone at 971-50-640-7281. (2) Jarrar 
expressed openness to possible further consultations with the 
USG during his visit to Washington, noting he was in direct 
contact with S/P; he said he would welcome direct outreach from 
any of the offices with which he met on his previous visit to 
Washington with Minister of Cabinet Affairs (and MbRF Chairman) 
Mohammed Gergawi. 
 
Medium-term action requests: 
 
-- Possible contacts for English to Arabic publishing partners. 
 
-- SG assistance in facilitating corporate contacts for the 
business incubator program. 
 
-- Appropriate initial contacts at the Smithsonian for the 
Traveling Museum concept. 
SUTPHIN

We have more examples of such lobbying.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 28/1/2015: Ubuntu Touch Windowed Mode, NVIDIA Linux Legacy Drivers Updated

    Links for the day



  2. Breaking: EPO Vice-President Željko Topić Loses Defamation Case in Croatia

    The EPO's notorious Vice-President, whose appointment at the EPO is still raising some alarming questions, has just lost his case in Croatia (one of many cases), motivating us to accelerate coverage about the persona known as Željko Topić



  3. Qualys Starts Self-Promotional FUD Campaign, Naming a Bug That Was Already Fixed 2 Years Ago and Distros Have Covered With Patches

    Responding to the media blitz which paints GNU/Linux as insecure despite the fact that bugs were evidently found and fixed



  4. The Openwashing of Microsoft is Now Threatening to Eliminate the Identity of Free Software

    More openwashing of Microsoft, including in the corporate media, shows just to what great an extent and how quickly the old "Microsoft Open Source" Big Lie grows feet



  5. Links 27/1/2015: Plasma 5.2, Dell Precision With GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  6. Microsoft's Media Attack on Free Software and GNU/Linux

    Brainwash war is still being waged by Microsoft and its friends to convince people that Windows is universally dominant and that Microsoft is now part of the Free software world



  7. Microsoft Accounting Practices After Fire Again, After Previous Abuses and Book-Cooking

    After the infamous IRS brawl comes another confrontation between Microsoft and the SEC, which is unhappy with Microsoft for seemingly cooking the books again



  8. Links 26/1/2015: Debian 8.0 “Jessie” RC1, Linux Kernel 3.19 RC6

    Links for the day



  9. Links 25/1/2015: Android Wear 5.0, Tizen in Bangladesh

    Links for the day



  10. IRC Proceedings: January 11th, 2015 – January 24th, 2015

    Many IRC logs



  11. Links 24/1/2015: Zenwalk Linux Reviewed, Netrunner 14.1 Released

    Links for the day



  12. The Latest 'Microsoft is Open Source' Propaganda a Parade of Lies

    Microsoft myth makers continue their assault on what is objectively true and try to tell the public that Microsoft is a friend of "Open Source"



  13. Apple -- Like Microsoft -- Not Interested in the Security of Its Operating Systems

    Apple neglected to patch known security flaws in Mac OS X for no less than three months and only did something about that vector of intrusion when the public found out about it



  14. As Battistelli Breaks the Rules and Topić Silences Staff, New European Parliament Petition for Tackling the EPO's Abuses is Needed

    The neglected (by EPO) Article 4a of the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the European Parliament petition/complaint against the EPO's crooked management



  15. Links 23/1/2015: Red Hat on IBM Power, Meizu Leaks With Ubuntu

    Links for the day



  16. Links 23/1/2015: Plasma 5.2, Manjaro 0.9-pre1

    Links for the day



  17. Microsoft is Dying Due to Free Software, Tries to Infect GNU/Linux With .NET and to Infect Moodle in Schools With Microsoft Office and OOXML Lock-in

    'Free' drugs (a proprietary software analogy) the new strategy of Microsoft in its latest battle against Free software, especially in schools where choice is a rarity (if not an impossibility), with the premeditated intention of forming dependency/addiction among young people



  18. Microsoft Symptoms of a Dying Company: More Boosters Depart, Back Doors Revealed, Microsoft's Outlook Cracked

    Bad news for Microsoft shortly before the marketing extravaganza served to cover much of it up



  19. The Collapse of European Patent Office Management Culminates With Resignations

    No blood is spilled, but even the management of the EPO is falling apart as the Director of Internal Communication is said to have just resigned



  20. New LCA Talk: Open Invention Network's Deb Nicholson on Software Patents and Patent Trolls

    Deb Nicholson's LCA talk is now publicly accessible



  21. Links 22/1/2015: GNU/Linux Sysadmin Opportunities, TraceFS Introduced

    Links for the day



  22. Links 21/1/2015: Andrew Tridgell, Torvalds Being Baited

    Links for the day



  23. Vesna Stilin Renews Her Fight for Justice in Željko Topić Case (EPO VP)

    Željko Topić's abuses continue to cloud the legitimacy of the European Patent Office, in which he is a Vice-President



  24. Failure of the EPO Can Derail the Trojan Horse of Software Patents and Patent Trolls

    Dazzled by his endless pursuit of infinite money and power, Battistelli pushes for expansion of patent scope (geographically too), but he won't have it without a challenge



  25. Links 20/1/2015: Linux 3.19 RC5, 30 Years of FSF

    Links for the day



  26. Translations of Member of the European Parliament Complaining About European Patent Office (EPO)

    French, German, Dutch, and English translations of the article from Dennis De Jong



  27. Microsoft, the Back Doors Company, is Gradually Dying and Trying to Embrace the Competition

    The world is leaving Microsoft's common carrier (Windows) behind, so Microsoft, which is shrinking, tries to conquer Free software and GNU/Linux



  28. Battistelli's Latest Propaganda War Tries to Convince EPO Staff That Željko Topić's Many Criminal Charges Don't Exist

    Battistelli's right-hand man, Željko Topić, is now facing real danger of prosecution and possibly arrest in his home country, so Battistelli rushes to defend this thug's reputation



  29. Links 18/1/2015: Sailfish OS RoadMap, ownCloud Turns 5

    Links for the day



  30. Strategy of Litigation With Patents Has Collapsed Since SCOTUS Ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank

    The latest figures from Lex Machina show a massive decrease (-18%) in patent litigation last month; lawyers look for ways to spin the data in their favour


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts