The UAE is religiously diverse thanks to a large number of expats who practice their religion openly in the country. Pope Francis' visit is a welcome development but the UAE can do a lot more to be a truly 'tolerant' nation.
The announcement on Matthew Hedges' upcoming release ends a diplomatic headache for the UAE, a staunch American and British ally in the Mideast.
Matthew Hedges, who was arrested on May 5 at Dubai Airport after a research trip to the UAE, was sentenced to life in prison for spying.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warns of "repercussions" after an Emirati court sentenced Matthew Hedges to life in jail having convicted him of spying for London.
The UAE is Saudi Arabia's—and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's—strongest backers. Why then, does the UAE not face any scrutiny for its whitewashing of MBS, and its own egregious human rights violations?
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