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In the news [Feb. 8th, 2008|07:17 am]
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Interview with Diz on the BBC World Service and Radio 4, if you can tune in (which should be re-run throughout the day). Should be on the website soon, as well.

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I'll update as more stories come to my attention. I'm definitely leaving out a few, and if you know of anything else post here and I'll add it to the list.

Everything has gone exactly as we wanted it to, and many other cases are coming forward. Some of these stories are truly abhorrent: people losing their homes and their lives being destroyed by similar false allegations. You are basically forced to plead guilty, or your case will never be seen, and then you are wholly reliant of the benevolence of the monarch for any kind of justice.

Why is this? What could Dubai possibly have to gain, either financially or in reputation, by prosecuting innocent people?

We're hearing from a number of sources that police officials are given rewards in return for prosecutions, as part of the new crackdown on drugs in Dubai. This is a difficult thing to prove, as it's obviously quite cloak and dagger, but would account for why travelers are being singled out and prosecuted for seemingly nothing.

We hope that the bad press Dubai is getting will inspire the men in power there to change these policies, but so far they haven't been responsive. We're still holding out hope that they will do the right thing and let these innocent people go.

Edit: German paper BILD is picking up the story
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[User Picture]From: yaruar
2008-02-08 09:56 am (UTC)

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I think the only thing they have to gain is control of their state. People forget that the majority of the middle east are strict dictatorships which have to keep exerting power to maintain control of the wealth. Banging up a few foreign nationals probably helps them maintain that aura of power, especially as they know that the west is shit scared of them because of the OPEC control over world fuel prices so won't anger them. I think it's just a n extra way of them saying Fuck You to the rest of the world whilst laughing at the way that our governments will keep kissing their arses whilst they do what they want.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:17 pm (UTC)

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Our governments are so in bed with these guys that we're pretty much powerless to see any kind of justice. I recommend you watch Ian Curtis' 'The Mayfair Set' it's very well done and provocative, and explains how this has has happened.
[User Picture]From: telecart
2008-02-09 06:59 pm (UTC)

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I second the recommendation for The Mayfair Set; However, Ian Curtis is the long-dead lead singer of Joy Division. Adam Curtis is the brilliant (albeit tendentious) documentary filmmaker behind The Mayfair Set, The Power of Nightmares, and The Century of the Self, among others.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-09 07:04 pm (UTC)

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LOL.
Wow, I need to get some sleep. Thanks for the correction.
[User Picture]From: telecart
2008-02-09 07:39 pm (UTC)

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Cheers :)
[User Picture]From: ulorin_vex
2008-02-08 10:17 am (UTC)

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I guess in one way Diz is really lucky as he has you guys doing a really great job at raising awareness. i imagine there are many others who have been stuck there for a while whose friends/families wouldnt know where to start doing anything like this. Im so angry and worried for all of them :(
[User Picture]From: ulorin_vex
2008-02-08 10:19 am (UTC)

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and also for you. hope you're doing ok
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:19 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, the stories keep coming out, Diz hasn't even had it that bad compared to some of these poor travelers.
One of the problems we've been having is that everyone wants their case to be anonymous, which poses credibility problems for us. I understand why, though, since being published your name will be synonymous with drugs in search engines for the rest of your life. I think Dubai knows this and it probably goes a long way to explaining why they've been able to get away with this without much publicity so far.
[User Picture]From: sciamachy
2008-02-08 11:00 am (UTC)

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I popped a post on my fledgling blogger blog too. I'm definitely not going to be going there ever though - I take 2 of the drugs on the list as a matter of necessity.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:22 pm (UTC)

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Thanks for that, and I added you to The List :)
From: alienfox
2008-02-08 11:38 am (UTC)

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It's been far too difficult not to spew forth a big ol' bastard tirade of vitriol about all this, and I don't even know you guys. Your objectivity is enviable and the press coverage on this is remarkable.

Did I see somewhere that you're going on Sunday to say hello to the CoS?
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:24 pm (UTC)

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I'd love to go to that, but I'm in Los Angeles. You'll have to take photos :D
[User Picture]From: bluekieran
2008-02-08 11:58 am (UTC)

Facebook 2

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http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8722691373

Quite a lot of info on that one.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Facebook 2

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Thanks!
I know two were started, but it's impossible for me to see since I'm not on FB. I should sort that out, if only temporarily.
[User Picture]From: emmelinemay
2008-02-08 12:11 pm (UTC)

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OH MY GOD some of the comments on the daily mail article.

I mean, I know it's the daily mail, but seriously, some people are fucking idiots!!!

Great to see the word is getting out, I got a text today from a friend who heard the Radio 4 interview, and people at work are telling me they've seen the story in the paper. Word is getting out!

[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:28 pm (UTC)

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"Good on these authorities for actually enforcing the law of the land, I have no pity for the suspects and criminals whom they have caught, some ignorant, some stupid and some simply brazen. It seems that suspect "profiling" is alive, well and working effectively in some parts of the world.

It's a shame that our own establishment is so weak by comparison.

- Perfectly Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland"

YES.
We should throw all the brown people in Britain in JAIL. I AGREE.

Daily Mail readers are very entertaining.
[User Picture]From: kynon
2008-02-08 12:31 pm (UTC)

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I just saw this article with another example of the OTT behaviour of the Dubai authorities...thought you might want to add it to the list.
[User Picture]From: kynon
2008-02-08 12:33 pm (UTC)

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PS - I got this one through FARK, so there's at least some US awareness of what's going on as well...
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:29 pm (UTC)

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Added, and thanks for that!
[User Picture]From: she_ghost
2008-02-08 12:49 pm (UTC)

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yr doing a fucking amazing job.
i'd vote for you.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:31 pm (UTC)

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I'm not as handsome as Romney, though.
[User Picture]From: purpleattrition
2008-02-08 02:18 pm (UTC)

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keeping my fingers crossed that all the media coverage forces Dubai to want to just deport him back to the UK before it gives them too much negative press...
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:32 pm (UTC)

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I hope so, too. It's not too late for them to rectify this situation.
[User Picture]From: zwetschke
2008-02-08 03:04 pm (UTC)

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i reposted this since a friend of mine ask me last night about media coverage regarding this...i knew there was going to be some but i'm glad that so much is being reported on this!

much love and luck to you both, as always...
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:32 pm (UTC)

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Wicked, thank you for that :)
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:33 pm (UTC)

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Updated, and thank you!
[User Picture]From: man_d
2008-02-08 03:52 pm (UTC)

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Front page of the BBC UK Mil - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/default.stm
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:33 pm (UTC)

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I gots! Thank you for that!
[User Picture]From: man_d
2008-02-08 09:04 pm (UTC)

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It's on Harderfaster too - http://www.harderfaster.net/?sid=748af9981bc4bf1f8080a6cb9d6a95c0§ion=news&action=shownews&newsid=1177597257

Just want to say massive respect to you too flower. \m/
[User Picture]From: 23haxor23
2008-02-08 04:54 pm (UTC)

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I didn't know that Diz is a german national. Is that true?
Have you contacted the german authorities/government yet?

I always thought that the german authorities would do more in case of wrongful accusation in a foreign country.

The media coverage is awesome you did a great job.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 05:35 pm (UTC)

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It's been tricky, because the Germans have no emotional investment in a fella who hasn't lived there since he was eight. But the consulate is involved, and local the German press is starting to pick this up, as well.
Thanks for the support, and I'm glad this issue is getting the attention it is deserving of.
[User Picture]From: vivacious_g
2008-02-08 05:43 pm (UTC)

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Wow.


And
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[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 06:47 pm (UTC)

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Edited, thank you Gret!
[User Picture]From: rxgreene
2008-02-08 06:21 pm (UTC)

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And now Andrew Sullivan - http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/ - Linking to the "This is London" article.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-08 06:44 pm (UTC)

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Updated and thank you!
[User Picture]From: telecart
2008-02-09 07:00 pm (UTC)

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This is great, word has really spread.
[User Picture]From: destroyx
2008-02-11 12:53 am (UTC)

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I hope it goes well for him, it's very scary to know that this kind of thing can happen. You guys are doing an amazing job for him.

I'm so glad that I have heard about this. I have warned my friends and family about it. My brother actually visited Dubai last year and had an amazing time (and had medicines in his backpack). So he was extremely lucky not to have been singled out! I will make sure he also warns all of his friends.

Power to you all.
[User Picture]From: _yungfuktoi_
2008-02-11 03:39 am (UTC)

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I'm really glad this information made its way to you and your family, and hopefully this knowledge can prevent the same thing from happening to other people.
Thanks so much for your support!