Dubai economy collapsing, video

This video says about itself:

Crisis in Dubai: Economy is Melting like a Glacier in the Desert

12 September 2018

DUBAI RULER CONDEMNS RUNAWAY WIFE IN VERSE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, has written a furious poem denouncing treachery and betrayal after his wife, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the daughter of the King of Jordan, secretly fled to Europe with her son Zayed, 7, and daughter Al Jalila, 11. [The Daily Beast]

DUBAI RULER’S WIFE IN HIDING IN UK Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, a wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, a billionaire racehorse owner and has often been seen conversing with the Queen at Ascot, is in hiding in London and said to be in fear for her life after fleeing her husband. [BBC]

PRINCESS SEEKS FORCED MARRIAGE PROTECTION ORDER IN UK The sixth wife of the billionaire ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has applied to a London court for a forced marriage protection order. Princess Haya bint al-Hussein appeared in a central London court following weeks of media speculation about her whereabouts. [CNN]

Swedish woman, little girl arbritrarily jailed in Dubai

Ms Ellie Holman and her four-year old daughter, before they were arrested in Dubai

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Friday, August 10, 2018

Woman detained in Dubai over having a free glass of wine

That free glass of wine had been offered by Emirates airline staff on her journey from London to Dubai, according to this report in Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws.

Emirates is the airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), of which Dubai is a state.

Ellie Holman, a Swedish-born dentist who lives in Kent with her husband and three children, was detained last month for three days with her four-year-old daughter


before being released on bail.

She could be detained again while awaiting a court hearing and officials have confiscated her passport.

The pair were initially denied food, water and toilet access, according to rights group Detained in Dubai.

After landing, Ms Holman was questioned by an immigration official, who said her visa was invalid and she must return to London. She said he was “dismissive and rude” when she asked if she could buy another visa.

Ms Holman says the guards tried to rip out her hair extensions and described the prison as hot and foul-smelling. She said they were made to sleep on a filthy mattress and she was told to clean toilets and floors.

“My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell”, she said.

Ms Holman said her partner Gary flew in to the country looking for them, and friends had tried to visit them but were denied.

Chief executive of Detained in Dubai Radha Stirling said: “The United Arab Emirates maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors.”

Ms Stirling called on the Foreign Office and the British government generally to do more to protect British nationals, and claimed airlines needed to be held accountable.

A WOMAN who was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after drinking a glass of wine on the flight from London has been told she is free to go home. Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Kent with her partner Gary and their three children, and her daughter Bibi were initially denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody from July 13, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai: here.

No training in dictatorial Dubai, fans persuade football clubs

This 14 August 2015 video shows relatives of conscripts from the United Arab Emirates, forced by the absolute monarchy to participate in the bloody Saudi war on Yemen, crying after their loved ones come back dead from Yemen.

And now, about Dubai, one of the emirates of the UAE.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Rosenborg cancels training camp in Dubai after criticism by supporters

Today, 14:24

Rosenborg BK turns back the plans to go to training camp in Dubai in January. On Monday the board of the Norwegian soccer club still agreed with the controversial trip, but after criticism from supporters the club canceled that one day later.

After the announcement of the trip, a storm of criticism broke out among supporters. The official supporters club [Kjernen] called it ‘disgusting’ that the club wants to commit itself to a city-state that is part of the United Arab Emirates, a country that is associated with violation of human rights such as exclusion of homosexuals and discrimination of women. …

Managing Director Tove Moe Dyrhaug said “This tells us that we have to take more timer, this time we had made the wrong decision.” …

The national champion of the Norwegian league is not the only club that has canceled a training camp in Dubai as a result of criticism. Earlier, the Swedish club Malmö FF turned the plans back after fierce criticism from the club’s supporters. “We do not think the club should sponsor a state that punishes homosexuals and slaves”, was the reaction of the official supporters club last winter.

Men’s Football: Guardiola’s solidarity with Catalonia calls into question him ignoring the abuse of UAE citizens: here.

British Conservative-Dubai dictatorship alliance

This video says about itself:

Human Rights Abuse in the United Arab Emirates on BBC World News

5 November 2012

Rori Donaghy discusses ongoing human rights abuse in the UAE on BBC World News.

By Solomon Hughes in Britain:

How a Tory ex-foreign minister is sheikhing it up with new despot pal

Friday 3rd July 2015

SOLOMON HUGHES casts a hawkish eye over Falcon and Associates, a lobby group for Dubai’s violent, repressive regime

FORMER Foreign Office minister Hugh Robertson resigned from that post in 2014 and promptly stepped into a new job doing PR for a repressive Middle Eastern government.

Robertson, who was responsible for the Middle East and counterterrorism in his ministerial post, also stood down as MP for Faversham at May’s general election.

He is now head of the London office and director of international relations for “Falcon and Associates.”

Falcon was established by the Emir of Dubai to run Dubai’s abortive bid for the 2020 Olympics — Robertson was also Olympics minister in 2010.

Falcon now acts as a general PR and business promotion officer for Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates. Falcon and Associates “works to positively influence the conversation about Dubai and the UAE as a place of opportunity for business, culture and lifestyle.”

This is how the conversation should really go: Dubai is an absolute monarchy with no democratic rights and a bad reputation for abusing foreign workers who build and service the city state. In May, just as Robertson’s appointment was announced, Amnesty International’s human rights expert tried to address a conference on mistreatment of workers in Dubai, but the sheikh’s police put him on a flight straight back out of the country, without explanation.

So just as a former British government minister is taking a job with the sheikhdom, a human rights advocate is being kicked out of the country.

The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), which regulates the “revolving door” between government and business, approved Robertson’s new job. They noted “the UK government overtly supported Dubai’s bid for Expo 2020 — a bid that Falcon and Associates was at the core of,” but said that Robertson was not personally involved in that support, so this was no problem.

Falcon and Associates reflects the archaic politics of Dubai — even the title sounds like a cross between a management consultancy and an episode of Game of Thrones. Falcon is a family affair. The top directors include John Ferguson, who is also the Emir of Dubai’s “bloodstock adviser” — his expert on buying racehorses — and Ahmad Abdullah Al Sheikh, the “media escort of His Highness the Ruler of Dubai.”

Another top Falcon director, Giselle Pettyfer, was previously head of “comms” for the International Olympic Committee.

While Dubai gave up on a 2020 Olympic bid, the Sheikhdom’s Olympic ambitions might still be in play.

The letter from Acoba says Robertson’s new job “will involve heading the London office, with frequent travel to Dubai. You will have particular responsibility for international relations, with particular emphasis on potential investors; sports and major events strategy, including Expo 2020; and special projects as they arise.”

Robertson’s post-ministerial job shows one of the contradictions of Parliament: Robertson owes his job to democracy. He would not be getting money from the sheikhs without the experience and contacts he developed as a minister in a democratically elected government. But the first place he turned for cash when he left office is a repressive autocracy.

Turning to the sheikhs for cash shows how little this ex-minister feels for the democratic system behind his career.

Khloé Kardashian in Dubai, land of tiger and human rights abuse

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Always wanted to get up close to a tiger? You need to watch this first!

27 November 2014

Animal entertainment is animal abuse. It’s time to let the world know the truth: here.

United States reality TV personality Kim Kardashian got criticism for participating in a publicity stunt of the human rights violating absolute monarchy Bahrain.

More recently, Kim’s sister and fellow reality TV personality Khloé Kardashian went to a country, not so far from Bahrain, which is also a human rights violating absolute monarchy: Dubai.

In Bahrain, not only human rights, but also the rights of animals, especially of circus lion cubs, are violated.

In Dubai, the situation for animals, especially for big cats, seems to be not really better.

From Wildlife Extra:

Khloe Kardashian causes outrage for selfie with tiger cub in Dubai

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has been condemned by wildlife charities  for being the latest celebrity in the disappointing trend of taking wild animal selfies (click here to see the image). Khloe then posted the image on her instagram account.

For the photograph Khloe was cuddling a tiger cub, which, says the conservation charity World Animal Protection, probably would have had its “canine teeth and claws removed – a process which causes them great pain,” so that it was safe for tourists to handle.  “These ‘once in a lifetime’ photos mean a lifetime of misery for the animal involved,” it said in a statement

More tigers live in captivity today than in the wild. It’s estimated that the number of captive tigers in the United States alone is at least 5,000 – far more than the 3,200 left in the wild globally. Many of these captive tigers are kept not by accredited sanctuaries or zoos but by private owners.

Tourists are often unaware of the cruelty tigers suffer for these tourist attractions. That’s why we recently launched the next step in our ‘Before they book’ campaign, to expose the hidden suffering that lies behind posing with tigers for holiday snaps. Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach, Programme Manager for Wildlife in the Asia-Pacific region, said:

“We’re disappointed to see yet another celebrity posing with a wild animal. Tigers belong in the wild, where their needs can be fully met – not in captivity for use as entertainment or photo props.

“While interacting with tigers may seem harmless, people posing with wildlife don’t realize that a ‘once in a lifetime’ photo for them means a lifetime of misery for the animal. To be used for entertainment, tigers are forcibly removed from their mothers as cubs, trained to perform, and often suffer for the rest of their lives in captivity.

“Tigers are also highly unpredictable, and tourists around the world have been mauled or attacked when posing or interacting with these animals, underlining that show-business is no career for a wild animal.

“To people like Khloe Kardashian who love animals, our message is simple: see them in the wild.”

Global research shows that 50% of people who pay for a wild animal experience, do so because they love animals. But we know that if these animal lovers were aware of the abuse that takes place at wildlife tourist attractions and parks, they would never take part.

Help us end animal abuse

You can help the charity end the suffering that goes on behind the scenes at animal attractions around the world. Join our Before you Book campaign and share our video.

Playing drums for rhinos

This music video says about itself:

Rhino Revolution Desert Drumming

On the 9th of January [2015], Rhino Revolution Dubai held their third fund-raising event in order to raise funds to contribute towards the work done by Rhino Revolution in South Africa to aid the conservation efforts regarding the rhinos.

Dutch royal family’s hunting costs taxpayers much

This video says about itself:

Tanzania Evicts 40,000 So Dubai Royals Can Hunt

18 November 2014

40,000 Masai people will be evicted from their homeland in Tanzania, because the Dubai royal family has bought it with the intention of using it as a reserve to hunt big game. Last year, the Tanzanian government had resisted the purchase, proposing instead a “wildlife corridor” dedicated to hunting near the Serengeti national park. However, the deal will still reportedly go through, and the Masai will have to leave by the end of the year…

Read more here.

Translated from Pro Republica in the Netherlands today:

While in society there is no support for the killing of animals for pleasure, the Royal House’s hunting hobby is paid from public funds (nearly € 650,000 per year). The Dutch citizen pays involuntarily for hunting activities of the royal family.

The cost of this hobby are part of the budget of the Royal Hunting Department, which has undergone a name change and camouflages itself nowadays as the Royal Department for Wildlife Management. For years the government has refused to disclose the amount of tax money being put aside for hunting activities. On the initiative of the Party for the Animals, that changed since 2013. It cannot be true that 97 percent of the Dutch are against hunting, while members of the Royal Family are still avid hunters. So, there must be an end to the hunting parties of the royal family, and the royal hunting department, paid by taxpayer money, should be abolished.

Philippine Airlines bans shark fins

This video is called Stop Eating Shark Fin Soup.

From Wildlife Extra:

Shark fin banned from airline

Shark fin will no longer be tramsported by Philippine Airlines, the company have announced after a report showed the carrier had flown 6.8 tons of illegal products from Dubai to Hong Kong.

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, a Philippine Airlines spokesperson, confirmed that the carrier would stop the shipments. “It’s a total stop. We are stopping the shipment on all fronts, not just to Hong Kong,” said Cielo Villaluna. “PAL takes the issue of protection and conservation of endangered marine life seriously.”

The decision follows the news that the Conservation group WildLifeRisk and ocean-advocacy group Fins Attached had found 136 bags, each with 50kg of dried shark fins, “freshly arrived from Dubai” on Philippine Airlines earlier this month (April 2014).

“Obviously we’re delighted that Philippine Airlines has seen fit to turn its back on the dirty shark fin trade by joining a growing family of airlines that take their corporate social responsibilities seriously,” WildLifeRisk director Alex Hofford told the newspaper. “It’s another victory for the sharks and we hope that other regional carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways will quickly follow.”

Philippine Airlines said in a statement “it will formalize and strengthen a freight policy it has recently adopted to stop the shipment of shark fin in support of its overall commitment to sustainable development.”

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Torture in United Arab Emirates

This video is called CIA is destroying evidence of their torture tape recordings.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Brother of Dubai police torture victim calls for his release

Tuesday 15th April 2014

Hasnain Ali beaten and threatened with rape after arrest for ‘trumped-up’ drugs charges

The brother of a British man tortured at gunpoint and threatened with rape by Dubai police spoke out for the first time yesterday about the case.

Hasnain Ali, a former bodyguard to members of the Abu Dhabi royal family, will be sentenced today on allegedly trumped-up charges of possessing and selling drugs.

He was on holiday in Dubai in May 2013 when he was arrested, beaten and threatened with Tasers, firearms and rape by police.

Following the ordeal he was made to sign a “confession” in Arabic, which he did not understand, relating to the charges.

This “confession” is being used against him at trial.

“There has been no proper investigation into his torture and we have felt that the authorities have shown more interest in saving face than ensuring that any kind of justice is done,” his brother Jed said.

Legal charity Reprieve is fighting for Hasnain to be acquitted and returned home to Britain to his family.

Breaking news from Reprieve:

A British man arrested and tortured by Dubai police has today been acquitted.

Hasnain Ali (32), from London, was on holiday in Dubai in May 2013 when he was arrested and held for three days without access to a lawyer or his family. While detained he was beaten and threatened with tasers, firearms, and the prospect of sexual assault. Following his torture he was forced to sign a ‘confession’ in Arabic, a language he doesn’t understand, and charged with drugs offences for which he could have been given a death sentence.

See also here.

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Woman saved from jail in Dubai for having been raped

This video is called Free to go: Dubai pardons Norwegian rape case woman.

From the Austrian Times:

30. 01. 14. – 13:00

Sebastian Kurz under pressure to secure release of Austrian woman in Dubai

Sebastian Kurz (OEVP) is facing his first big test as Austria’s new Foreign Minister as the pressure builds to secure the release of an Austrian woman who was arrested in Dubai after reporting her rape to police in Dubai.

The 29-year-old Viennese was arrested by police for having illegal sex in December after she went to them to report that she had been raped in an underground car park by a man from Yemen. The police also told her she could escape the charges if she agreed to marry the man she says attacked her.

Over 100,000 people

250,000 people, according to other sources

have now signed an online petition in support of her release and campaign activists have called on Kurz, the youngest ever Finance Minister, to make it happen.

“Sebastian Kurz must ensure that Dubai will return the young Austrian to her family and her friends,” said Christopher Schott, Campaign Director of global campaigning organisation Avaaz.

Kurz has sent a high level crisis team to Dubai and has done “everything in his power to help the Austrian”, according to the Foreign Ministry.

A similar case last year caused an outcry when a Norwegian woman was sentenced to 16 months in prison after reporting her own rape. She was eventually pardoned and was allowed to return to Norway.

The mass campaign to free this Austrian woman has succeeded; she is back in Austria.

The rapist was a policeman’s son.

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