Heavens, that is dreadful!
I hope it all goes well for him...
P.S Please pass on my good luck wishes to him!
I will do, for sure, and thanks!
2008-01-29 07:20 pm (UTC)
I will send him some good email this evening. I will keep you both in my bestt houghts. I will get this information through to some friends in Detroit who are from Dubai and well aware of these issues. They may be able to inform the right folks in Dubai to help Diz from the inside as it were.
Can you email me this post with all of the html for those links??
Hey Benson, will do, and you are a star!
I hope he comes through this ok and is released soon.
We were always going to visit a friend who lives in Dubai, thank god she is now coming home in a month because I am not keen on visiting anymore.
This is the very reason I want word to get out. So many Westerners are given the impression that Dubai is just like any other tourist destination, and wind up ensnared by their profiling techniques.
Thanks for your sentiment, and I'll pass it along.
OMG, how horrible. I have a friend who wants to be a nurse there, she doesn't do any drugs but the thought that she could be framed like that is terrifying. Thanks for posting this. Best of luck to your friend.
There's a massive ex-pat community in Dubai. They walk on eggshells, but generally have positive stories to tell of living and working there.
But you run the a risk with thweir 'don't ask don't tell' policy for Westerners: a glass of wine without your husbands permission: prison. Co-habiting with a room-mate of the opposite gender: prison. The list goes on.
Tell her to get a job in Miani if she like the beach :)
That's horrible, outrageous. My thoughts and best wishes are with you both.
Thank you, and I'll pass it along.
Oh. My. God.
My uplifting emails to Diz will shortly ensue.
Thank you, I'm sure he'd be very appreciative.
Posted to warrenellis.com, my LJ, my MySpace bulletin net, and my email list.
Warren, there are no words. Thank you so much for helping us get the word out there, and I hope some good will come of this.
I only heard about this through Warren, but I'll be passing this along to everyone I can. It's nigh unthinkable that in the CIVILIZED world we live in today this kind of bullshit can still happen.
Hi, and thanks for your involvement.
In any other country, if they don't like the look of you they send you home. I would like to see Dubai follow the example of the developed world by doing that rather than detaining and throwing tourists in prison. If word gets around, maybe things will change.
All my love to both of you, I cannot think of less deserving people for this to happen to.
Aye, this being the guy who offers shelter to his friends, loans money to anyone in need and subscribes to 'daily_puppy'.
We'll get him home, and thanks for the kind words.
*Offers utterly useless emotional support*
and am reposting this now.
No such thing as useless emotional support :)
Thank you very much for your help.
Oh my god, poor Diz, and poor you :(
I really hope everything works out okay x
We're alright, we're just taking it one day at a time. Things could still be a lot worse: had he failed the urine test there would be nothing the consulate could do, and that was our biggest worry.
Thanks for your support.
The best thing you can do right now is see if you can bring him a Koran.
They eat that shit up. If they see you giving him something to read and he eschews secular books for scripture, it may be your ace in the hole.
I used to deal with this all the time.
Magazines getting shredded, chess pieces (representing kings) getting nabbed.
Even had a walkman smashed for being a military communication device...
Did I mention that they HATE Asians?
Let me know what I can do to help.
Yeah, they're total raging racists there, and I fear not enough people are aware of this when they book a flight.
That's a very interesting and useful perspective, and thanks for that. I'll run it by Scotty and see what he has to say.
Diz says he's being treated well, which goes a long way to redeem them in my eyes. That was my primary worry, as I've read some horrific accounts by foreigners in custody there.
I'll be sure to give everyone the green light if this gets more serious, and thanks for your support.
I'm just reeling from all this bullshit, dawgg.
My best to Diz - he's in mine and Daniel's thoughts. Anything I can do - just say the word.
Thanks, dude, I'll definitely pass on your love to him.
I wish I could say that this story surprised me. It's absolutely ridiculous. I don't know any of you, or the person involved, but I heard this through Warren Ellis' bulletin on myspace and couldn't ignore it. Unfortunately it's gonna be one in, one out until someone actually decides to do something about people like this in power. Who does, though, right?
You have my full support and I hope this all works out for the best.
We're working on a website, which for now is designed as a tool for those who wish to visit or live there. We want to offer realistic advice and resources for those in need.
If they decide to press charges we'll wage a full-on campaign for his release, but we're abstaining until we have more news.
Ultimately, they need to change their policies to mime that of the developed world if they have the audacity to advertise themselves as a tourist destination. Right now what we can do is get the message across to potential tourists that this may not be their best option for a safe holiday, at least until Dubai updates it's strategy for dealing with visitors.
Thanks for your support, it means a lot to us.
Followed Warren's link here. I have a (very) small amount of pull with a couple of bigish city lawfirms, wrong field but they might know the right lawyer for the job if you don't. Will have a word and see if anyone knows if you like.
Hi, and that would be terrific if you can help in any way. My email is mildredvon at yahoo dot com, and I'd be grateful for any leads in the event that this kicks off.
Thanks so much for your support.
christ, i don't even know where to begin...
much love to you, mildred...you and diz are fully supported here.
Will pass along you love to Mr Diz and thank you very much.
I'm no Warren, but I dropped a heads-up into my Twitter feed and have been mentioning it to people I know via phone and IM, and face-to-face.
Thank you very much for that, maybe we'll see some good come of his predicament if word gets out.
I'm someone who heard about this through Meredith Yayanos, and I offer you my deepest sympathies. I'm sickened at the treatment Diz (and you) have received.
I hope that they offer an almighty apology and that he'll be on his way home soon.
Thank you so much for your support.
My word, that's fucking dreadful.
Shall pass this on in my LJ immediately. Hope that the light at the end of the tunnel is imminent.
Pass my best wishes on to the fella, tell him my thoughts are with him.
Thanks Lee, and I'm sure Dizza would love to hear from you. I'll be sure to pass along your thoughts to him, and thanks for helping us spread the word.
Thanks so much for your support and I'll pass it along to him. I hope he's home soon, too.
Prime fuckery. I'm here as a reader of Warren Ellis and Coilhouse. Sickened and saddened by the story, but it says a lot that you're both treating the situation with grace and humour. Wishing a swift reunion to you, and rest assured this is going on the blog tonight. Best wishes.
Wicked, and thanks for helping us get the word out there. It's astonishing to see how many people have come out to support Diz and I'm truly humbled, as I suspect he would be as well.
Oh my, Mildred I am so sorry. I don't know what to say or do, but you and Diz have my support, for what it is worth.
The articles you linked to are utterly disgusting. :((
Those articles, unfortunately, are the tip of the iceberg. I was taken aback by the stuff I've uncovered since his arrest.
thanks for your support, and needless to say we'll keep everyone up to date with developments.
(via Bad Signal)
My hopes and prayers and best wishes for you and Diz. I'll send him some e-lovin soon.sokkmonkey
, You 'da man! work those fundie brains with symbolism.
A damn shame. Guess Dubai is not on my list now.
Take CareEdited at 2008-01-29 08:50 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people will be disappointed by this revelation, I know I was. I always cited UAE as an example against the Islamaphobes and I feel personally betrayed, on a selfish level.
Thing is, if the West demonstrates outrage against these sort of policies, then perhaps we can persuade their INS to adopt strategies more in keeping with that of developed nations: dont like the look of someone? Detain them, question them, and, if in doubt, send them home. Don't throw them in prison.
Thanks for your support, and I will pass along your thoughts to him.
Hey--got this over Warren Ellis' LJ. I'm so sorry to hear about this.
I couldn't do much else, so I linked this entry at my home forum. I hope everything comes out all right. In the meantime: chin up!
Hey, that's fantastic and thanks for your help in getting his story out there.