Blog archive: Uae

  • 8th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last week brought more embarrassment for the UAE-linked Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) following the revelation a few months ago that its founder/president had previously run here  Lizin, who was expelled from the Socialist Party in 2009, clung to her mayoral post...
  • 8th March 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A European politician who has been banned from public office because of electoral malpractice was involved in monitoring the 2014 presidential election in Egypt. Last Thursday, an appeals court in Belgium confirmed a suspended prison sentence and a five-year ban from holding public office...
  • 26th February 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As regular readers will know, some odd things have been happening since I raised questions about the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), an organisation registered in Norway which has links to the United Arab Emirates and takes an unusually favourable view of the UAE's human rights...
  • 23rd February 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Fake Twitter accounts which have been used to promote a controversial human rights organisation are now being used to target me after I criticised the organisation in blog posts. A series of tweets posted over the weekend here Last week GNRD held a conference in Geneva on human rights...
  • 22nd February 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In a blog post earlier this month I wrote critically about the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) and here Between 2007 and 2010, Deeb was head of the so-called Scandinavian University, a fake educational institution (see photograph). The "university" boasted of having 175...
  • 21st February 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Mansoor Lootah: attacked Human Rights Watch  Human Rights Watch has recently come under attack from a mysterious Swiss-based organisation objecting to a section of its annual World Report which discusses the United Arab Emirates. Summarising the human rights situation in the...
  • 12th February 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A gay American wrestler has been barred from performing in the UAE – not by the Emirati authorities but by the company promoting the tour, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (WWE). In 2013, Darren Young was the first professional wrestler to come out as gay while signed-up...
  • 9th February 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Last November various Yemeni political figures were flown to Brussels for a conference which had been hailed by its organisers as "a real opportunity to achieve an all-inclusive national reconciliation". Since then, of course, the situation in Yemen has gone from bad to...
  • 30th October 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      A controversial NGO headed by a man who once ran a fake university in Norway is playing a central role in efforts to solve Yemen's political crisis. The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), together with Yemen's National Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development (...
  • 25th October 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A report on migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates, issued by Human Rights Watch earlier this week, tells a story which is kafala ("sponsorship") system opens the door to abuse and other laws do little or nothing to protect domestic workers. HRW says in its report...
  • 22nd October 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The other day I got into a discussion with a friend who works in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, he told me, is making a useful contribution to the international battle against ISIS – and not just militarily: its government promotes a "moderate" version of Islam and controls religious activity...
  • 6th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Loai Mohammed Deeb: ran a university from his home The Scandinavian University, established in Norway in 2007 and closed three years later, boasted of having 175 professors and more than 300 lecturers, plus a wide range of courses stretching from engineering and economics to sharia and...

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