Blog archive: Uae

  • 1st July 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Several Facebook pages have appeared during the last few days which seem to have the sole purpose of making defamatory allegations about me. These include claims that I am paid by Qatar to write nice things about it, that I am spying for Qatar and that I was fired from the Guardian for passing...
  • 30th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      In a blog post last week I wrote about the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) and its extensive network of Palestinian connections. Since then, as part of my continuing investigation, I have been looking at GNRD's Syrian connections. Syria actually gets more attention...
  • 27th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, currently under way in Geneva, has turned into a platform for some disgraceful lobbying in support of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) – the strange quasi-NGO that Norwegian authorities are investigating on suspicion...
  • 24th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) issued a press release yesterday in response to accusations of money laundering. GNRD's head office in Stavanger and the home of its founder-president, Loai Deeb, were raided by Norwegian police at the end of May. Deeb was arrested...
  • 23rd June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Global Network for Rights and Development – the organisation at the centre of a $13 million money-laundering investigation by Norwegian police – declares itself to be an international NGO which is "neutral and impartial". It has made strenuous efforts to win acceptance as a normal,...
  • 21st June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A section from one of the deleted web pages Amid growing media interest in the mysterious affairs of GNRD (the Global Network for Rights and Development), various items have begun disappearing from its website. Norwegian media have been investigating GNRD following a police raid on its...
  • 20th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Multiple sources have identified Mohammed Dahlan, the former head of Palestinian “preventive security” in Gaza, as a provider of funds for the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) – the “human rights” organisation at the centre of $13 million money-laundering...
  • 19th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       The UN's Geneva headquarters. GNRD will be holding two meetings there next week The Global Network for Rights and Development – the organisation at the centre of a $13 million money-laundering investigation by Norwegian police – will be making use of its newly-acquired UN "...
  • 18th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Christine Smith-Simonsen, head of Tromsø university's Centre for Peace Studies, signing an agreement with GNRD last March An update on latest developments in the evolving GNRD scandal: Loai Deeb, founder and president of the Global Network for Rights and Development, has...
  • 17th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Global Network for Rights and Development, the strange but well-funded human rights organisation raided by Norwegian police on suspicion of money-laundering, issued a blustering press release in Arabic yesterday denouncing the police action as "unjustified and irresponsible" and...
  • 15th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       The five-star Hotel President Wilson stands on the shores of Lake Geneva, offering "exceptional" views of Mont Blanc, and its three restaurants are said to provide "unparalleled culinary delights". Room prices in the Wilson hotel start at around £250 a night, ranging...
  • 15th June 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       Loai Deeb (right) signs a memorandum of understanding with COMESA, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Just two months ago, the head of cultural studies at Stavanger university in Norway signed a cooperation agreement with an obscure but very well funded human...

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