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Stories about United Arab Emirates

3 August 2018

Killing speech softly: How the world’s biggest tech companies are quietly censoring critical expression in the Middle East

Advox

The failures of tech giants in moderating content in the region is a big and complex problem.

11 July 2017

Protesting Mistreatment in Prison, Emirati Activist Survives Six Weeks of Hunger Strike

Advox

Imran al-Radwan is serving a seven-year jail sentence for calling for reform in the UAE.

8 June 2017

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

27 April 2017

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

Advox

"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

31 March 2017

Emirati Hardline Nationalists Target Human Rights Defenders on Twitter

Advox

It is no longer unusual for governments to maintain a robust online presence. They understand well the power of the internet in forming public opinion and manipulating political discourse.

30 March 2017

Global Inequality in Your Pocket: How Cheap Smartphones and Lax Policies Leave Us Vulnerable to Hacking

Advox

People who are poor, socially marginalized, and less tech-savvy bear the greatest risk of attacks via mobile phones.

21 March 2017

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

Advox

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

Advox

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

3 February 2017

After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court

Advox

Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.

20 January 2017

Health of Detained UAE Academic Nasser Bin Ghaith at Risk, Rights Groups Say

Advox

Bin Ghaith was held incommunicado for nine months over and deprived of adequate food and clothing. Supporters are now concerned for his health.

20 January 2016

Don’t Laugh, But Dubai’s Deputy Police Chief Would Like to Tell You About Obama’s ‘Shia Roots’

Dubai's deputy chief of police reasons the Iran Deal happened because Obama is Shia. Arab and Iranian social media users can‘t contain their laughter.

13 January 2016

Two Arrested and then Released for Taking Selfies with Burning Dubai Hotel in the Background

Advox

Two men who posted their selfies on social media with Dubai's 63-storey The Address hotel on fire in the background were arrested -- and then released.

11 January 2016

Zam Zam Cola, a Symbol of Happier Diplomatic Times Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Tensions rage between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi has ended diplomatic ties, and Iran has banned all Saudi imports. But where does this leave Iran's popular Zam Zam Cola?

17 November 2015

When You're a Single Woman in the Emirates, but You Still Want a Child

“Even the married people, they don’t talk about adoption. I talk about it because I have a message for my society…[adoption] is the most important thing for society to accept.”

24 August 2015

The Story of Salim Alaradi, a Canadian National of Libyan Origin Detained in the UAE

Libyan-born Canadian Salim Alaradi has been in a UAE prison for a year, with no charges or access to a lawyer. His 17-year-old daughter is campaigning for his freedom online.

3 August 2015

#NepalQuake: When Human Trafficking Is not Earth-Shattering And More Needs To Be Done

Post-earthquake, an overwhelmed Nepali state struggles to develop a long-term vision to tackle the vultures of human trafficking within and beyond its borders.

14 July 2015

Australian Artist Jailed in UAE For Posting “Bad Words” on Facebook

Advox

An Australian artist found herself thrown into an Abu Dhabi prison and deported for posting a photograph of a car blocking a disabled parking spot.

24 May 2015

On Dubai's Roads, Women Hop on Harleys and Shatter Stereotypes

You might not expect to see women riding motorcycles if you took to the UAE's roads, but a group of women from all over the world are doing just that.

6 May 2015

Who Says Desert Climates Can’t Rock Agriculture? Check Out the Gulf Nations at EXPO 2015

Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE participate in Milan's Expo 2015 with well designed pavilions to introduce the world to their agrarian and food culture.

27 April 2015

Understanding Copyright in the Arab World

Arab countries should not extend the length of their copyright term without thinking of the consequences that this will have on the ability of society to access knowledge and culture.

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