Illegal seizure of the US flagged yacht carrying Sheikha Latifa on bid for asylum must be answered

A number of things have become clear over the past several days regarding the disappearance of Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum. First of all, it is clear that she was who she said she was. Not only was this confirmed by endless individuals who know Latifa and were concerned about her safety; but also by the very fact that she was apparently apprehended BY the UAE in an extrajudicial raid on the yacht on which she was fleeing the country. Furthermore, she was traveling with her friend, Finnish citizen Tina Jauhiaien, who is known to have been a friend of the Sheikha for almost a decade; which was confirmed by Tina’s family and evidenced by records of correspondence via text messaging and photograph

UAE Media, Censorship and Propaganda discussed after disappearance of Sheikha Latifa & internati

According to salary information released through WikiLeaks, journalists in the UAE are paid wages associated more with the Public Relations industry than with newspapers; and that makes sense. When you consider that the UAE ranks 119th out of 180 countries in an index of press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders, it would seem that the primary function of media in the UAE is indeed, to serve as a government-sponsored propaganda operation. It is inconceivable; for instance, that a free press anywhere in the world would remain utterly silent about the disappearance of a member of the ruling family of the country; as the UAE media has done during recent weeks with regard to Sheikha

Safety of Visiting Dubai Under Question

Statement of Radha Stirling, founder of London based NGO Detained in Dubai who have recently surpassed their ten year anniversary: "Middle Eastern travel, investment and expat hotspot Dubai has been intently campaigning for British nationals to come to the emirate. With major public relations investment, the United Arab Emirates has become a popular destination. But, despite its international image as the “Las Vegas” of the Middle East, when we sift through the propaganda and glossy brochures, we see a country that remains seriously risky for unsuspecting foreigners. According to recent analysis, The UAE remains, on a percentage scale, the most likely country for British nationals to be deta

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