Tony Blair Advising A Prime Minister Who Called Him An 'English Gay Fart'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK

Tony Blair is now advising a prime minister whose country he once bombed, and who also once contributed to a book entitled "English Gay Fart Tony Blai...

The Number One News Formula: Sport and More Sport

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's surely something ... amiss here. With all due respect to Mr Hamilton and his super-fast Mercedes, I don't think winning a car racing tournament is the most important thing that happened yesterday. Or indeed, any day.

Fox News Actually Just Made Sexist Jokes About The Pilot Who Bombed IS

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

When you're a pioneering Arab female pilot undertaking one of the most dangerous and high-profile missions in decades, you might expect a decent amoun...

Wife Is 'Unprincipled Because She Smokes,' Says Heavy-Smoking Bigamist

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

A Muslim bigamist who smokes heavily told a family court judge that his estranged Muslim "wife" was not "principled" - because she smoked. He told ...

British Student Was 'Tortured' Into Cocaine Confession

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A British student who has been sentenced to nine years in a United Arab Emirates prison for possessing £3 worth of cocaine has said he was tortured i...

On the British media coverage of the attack on the three UAE tourists

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Faisal J. Abbas

It was interesting to observe how the British media dealt with last week's "hammer attack" against three Emirati women at a Central London hotel. O...

Nuclear Summit in Holland Neglects Crucial Security Issues

Behnam Taebi | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Behnam Taebi

Earlier this week, the Netherlands hosted the third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). More than 50 world leaders where in The Hague to enhance international nuclear security...

Are the United Arab Emirates Fit for Schengen?

Rori Donaghy | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Rori Donaghy

On Thursday, 27 February, the European Parliament will vote on whether the United Arab Emirates should join the Schengen Agreement, which would provide their citizens with visa-free travel throughout European Union member states...

Understanding Social Media in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.

Distracted by a Big, Shiny Arms Deal - David Cameron Has Abandoned a British Citizen, Please Help

Alastair Sloan | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The Brits are big in the weapons game too, in fact our tiny isle is second only to the mighty U.S of A in arms manufacturing and exporting.

British Victim of Domestic Abuse Faces Prison in the UAE

Rori Donaghy | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

On 20 January this year, the HuffPost UK published a Blog Post by Rori Donaghy (Director at the Emirates Centre for Human Rights) headed "British Victim of Domestic Abuse Faces Prison in the UAE". The post recorded the travails experienced under the Emirati legal system by Afsana Lachaux, a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, in connection with a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband over their three-year-old son. The HuffPost UK has received a complaint about this post from Afsana's ex-husband, and we accept that the post might fairly be criticised for conveying a one-sided impression of the couple's dispute; it could have been made clearer that Afsana's allegations of domestic abuse were denied by her ex-husband. We are happy to put that right, and apologise to him for any embarrassment caused.

Emirati Fireman on Trial for a 'Gay' Handshake

Dan Littauer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

An Emirati man has gone on trial accused of insulting a colleague with a "gay" handshake, on Tuesday. Dubai Court of Misdemeanors was told a 39-year-old Emirati man shook "the victim's" palm whilst tingling it with his middle finger. The court was also told by the prosecution that "the gesture was insulting and insinuated the recipient was homosexual."

Indian Man Facing Death Penalty in the UAE Says He Was Tortured Into Confessing

Rori Donaghy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Rori Donaghy

A 56-year-old Indian man is facing the death penalty in Abu Dhabi for a crime he says he did not commit. Abandoned by his Embassy and former colleagues, Ezhur Gangadharan is in a desperate place. On 11 November he will appeal his conviction and his only hope is that support from the international community will pressure authorities into reviewing his case.

Dubai: Bling, Bling, Ferraris and Slavery

Ritwik Deo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ritwik Deo

Athiraman Kannan took off his shoes and laid them on the carpet. It was cool, pleasant and fragrant as perpetual sun lashed the tinted windows of the Burj Al Khalifa. Next he smashed the air vent and started crawling through the twists and turns. He was 148 floors above the city.

Rihanna's Mosque Snaps Spark Controversy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Entertainment

Rihanna may have enjoyed her trip to a mosque in Abu Dhabi, happily posting snaps of herself wearing a head-to-toe hooded black jumpsuit outside one a...

Allegations of Torture in the UAE Require Action

Rori Donaghy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

Over the past year there have been a number of allegations in the UAE that authorities are torturing prisoners. Defendants in a trial of political dissidents, three Britons held in Dubai and two Syrians have come out to say they have been tortured. Now, smuggled handwritten letters by Egyptian prisoners facing trial over alleged Muslim Brotherhood links say that they have been tortured as well.

Moving Abroad: Which Country Is Becoming More Popular?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Around 350,000 Brits move abroad each year, according to the Office of National Statistics, and the nation that is becoming increasingly popular is th...

UAE Must Reform Rape Laws to Stop Victims Being Prosecuted

Rori Donaghy | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

The pardoning of Marte Delelv validates a system that does not protect women and spreads stigmatisation of women who report rape. Authorities should have quashed the conviction, provided reparations for any suffering caused and publicly committed to ensuring protection for victims of sexual violence. By failing to do so the fear must be that there will be many more cases such as this one.

British Men 'Tortured' In Dubai Return To UK

PA | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK

Three men who allege they were tortured in Dubai have been released and are back in the UK, campaigners Reprieve said today. Prime Minister David C...

Jessica Elgot

Boris's Latest Gag | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK

UPDATE TfL said that the contract does not ban expressions of opinion and said it was standard for a sponsor to expect that it would not sell the c...

UAE 94 Verdict: Unfair Trial and Torture Ensure the Story is Just Beginning

Rori Donaghy | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

The trial of 94 people accused of plotting to overthrow the government in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has come to a conclusion. 69 of the 94 were found guilty, receiving prison sentences ranging from 7 to 15 years, and the remaining 25 were acquitted.

Ignoring the Torture of Our Own Citizens Demonstrates How Far Britain Is Willing to Go to Preserve Its Cost Relationship With Brutal Gulf Dictatorships

James Elliott | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

The British government recently sat down with torturers and did business. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Yet this time, the tortured victims of Sheikh Khalifa's dictatorship in the United Arab Emirates were not political dissidents, Yet this time, the tortured victims of Sheikh Khalifa's dictatorship in the United Arab Emirates were not political dissidents, but British citizens. "but British citizens.

Beneath The Glitz, Dubai's 'Disregard For Fair Trial Rights'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK

Human rights campaigners have urged the British government to put further pressure on the UAE to investigate claims of torture, and flaws in the legal...

PICTURED: Is This The Ridiculously Good-Looking Man Kicked Out Of Saudi Arabia For Being 'Too Handsome'?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Move Over Omar Bourkan Al Gala, There's A New Zoolander In Town, Meet Ahmed Angel (PICTURES) Earlier this month we reported on the three ...

British Politicians Shouldn't Ignore UAE Rights Abuses

Rori Donaghy | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

When it comes to the UAE, British values whither when the temptation of untold riches is on offer. Certain politicians have grabbed all they can, be it for personal gain or departmental funds, and ignored abuses against British and Emirati citizens alike.