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As UAE Greets UN's Ban, It Blocks Prof's Talk on Bahrain, Qatar Poet Gets 15 Years

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 25 – Days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere in the Gulf, the UAE openly denied entry to Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen to speak about Bahrain at a conference organized by the American University of Sharjah.

  The UAE's foreign ministry explained, or bragged, “Coates Ulrichsen has consistently propagated views de-legitimizing the Bahraini monarchy. The UAE took the view that at this extremely sensitive juncture in Bahrain's national dialogue it would be unhelpful to allow non-constructive views on the situation in Bahrain to be expressed from within another GCC state.”

  So the UAE blocked “non-constructive views,” by an academic. During Ban Ki-moon's visit and talks with the UAE foreign minister, did he raise it?

  The UN has tweeted a photograph of Ban with the UAE foreign minister, and looking out from the world's tallest building in the UAE. Inner City Press tweeted back the question: "Did Ban ask of blocking speaker on Bahrain at AU of Sharjah?" So far no answer. So far not a word about Bahrain, much less freedom of speech.

  Meanwhile in Qatar, the prison sentence of poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami was set at 15 years. Inner City Press has repeatedly asked at the UN for any response to the jailing of tweeters of Bahrain and this poet by Qatar, owner of Al Jazeera; Ban's silence has been deafening. Watch this site.

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