Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 09:59:59 PM EST
In my lifetime I envisioned the Arab peninsula to become a modern state with equal rights for women. Instead we are witness to mass failure of Emirati leaders on human rights issues. Twice an Emirati princess attempted to escape from the authoritarian rule of their father and twice the women were abducted and returned to the Emirate. The world watches and does nothing ... selling your soul for a few bucks.
Human rights on the back burner as the Arab states slaughter the opposition rebels and civilian population in Yemen.
Not just the two principal Arab partners the United Kingdom and the United States of America are guilty of support in these war crimes.
○ Yemen: The devastating war waged with European weapons | DW |
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The city of Dubai is one of the modern miracles in the desert in the UAE. To escape from Dubai has a familiar ring to it. A close relative managed to escape from Dubai in quite an unorthodox manner some years ago. But for a daughter to be brutalized by a parent is inexcusable. The world should raise its voice as was done with the Saudi Kingdom and the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
○ Salman Hit Squad Murdered Khashoggi
Missing Emirati princess 'planned escape for seven years' | The Guardian |
An Emirati princess who disappeared after witnesses described her being seized by commandos on a yacht had spent seven years planning her failed escape bid from the Gulf state she considered a gilded prison, according to her friends.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai's ruler and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. The 32-year-old has not been seen or heard from since she was grabbed by armed men about 30 miles off the coast of India in early March, according to witnesses.
The detailed planning for her doomed escape bid is laid out for the first time in a BBC documentary, Escape From Dubai, through interviews with a French ex-spy and Finnish capoeira teacher who say they helped her plan it, and the Filipino crew that say they tried to sail her to a new life.
Latifa is the second of the Sheikh's daughters to try to flee a life of a caged luxury and then vanish after reports of recapture. Her older sister, Shamsa, was seized on the streets of Cambridge after fleeing the family's Surrey estate in 2000, in an apparent abduction never fully investigated by British police.
○ UAE Funds to elect Donald Trump, the scheme to discredit the Democrats in the presidential election 2016
[no not Putin or the Russians were the main culprits - just investigate and put all leads together - get the picture of Neocon foreign policy after Barack Obama !]
○ FBI & UN investigating as illegal rendition of Dubai princess snowballs into dangerous new political landscape of lawlessness
Libya documentary: Out of the Ashes | DW |
For decades in the West, Libya was practically synonymous with Muammar Gaddafi. But since the revolution there and the NATO deployment in 2011, images of civil war and chaos are more common. Are hopes of a democratic new beginning doomed to fail?
We travel through his homeland with him...a journey that provides some rare insights into the North African country and its cultural diversity. Ever since a fellow student was killed in one of Gaddafi's mass executions, Abdul Salam Hamtoun has been a passionate supporter of democratic reform. When the Arab Spring of 2011 rolled through Libya, his dream finally seemed to be within reach.
Then NATO intervened, and Gaddafi was overthrown.
But years of civil war have left little behind but rubble and ashes, and Libyans now speak of a "stolen revolution". Did NATO's intervention make the situation worse? Was everything actually better under the dictator? Why hasn't Libya's parliament managed to draft a constitution, and why does the country explode into violence again and again?
Hamtoun meets taxi drivers, football stars, shopkeepers and academics to ask about their hopes and fears. Could the warring parties agree on a common, Libyan identity? Do new ideas promise a peaceful future, or would it be better to revert to Libya's living traditions and nearly forgotten cultural heritage?
Libya: revise Draft Constitution to ensure compliance with international standards
From my diary - Cambridge Analytica 2.0 Linked to Erik Prince.
The UAE is 'employing' Blackwater to run its army
The top officer in the Presidential Guard is an Australian citizen called Mike Hindmarsh, while responsibility for recruitment was delegated to a UAE firm called Reflex Responses Company, also known as R2.
Reflex Responses Company (R2)
R2 was founded in 2010 by a United States military contractor called Erik Prince, the same year the former US Navy SEAL officer moved to the UAE - and only months after he sold his stake in the `controversial' mercenary firm, Blackwater.
Frontier Services Group (FSG)
In Libya, foreign mercenaries, employed by Prince, were being used to fly UAE ally, General Khalifa Haftar`s war-planes. [Gen. Haftar was CIA's asset in Libya]
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