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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:48 PM

A Princess Vanishes. A Video Offers Alarming Clues.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The princess known as Sheikha Latifa had not left Dubai, the glittering emirate ruled by her father, in 18 years. Her requests to travel and study elsewhere had been denied. Her passport had been taken away. Her friends’ apartments were forbidden to her, her palace off-limits to them.

At 32, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum went nowhere without a watchful chauffeur.

“There’s no justice here,” she said in a video she secretly recorded last year. “Especially if you’re a female, your life is so disposable.”

So it was with a jolt of astonishment that her friends overseas read a WhatsApp message from her last March announcing that she had left Dubai “for good.”

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Her escape — planned over several years with the help of a Finnish capoeira trainer and a self-proclaimed French ex-spy — lasted less than a week.

Within a few days of setting sail on the Indian Ocean in the Frenchman’s yacht, bound for India and then the United States, the sheikha went silent. She has not been seen since, except in a few photos released in December by her family, which says she is safely home after surviving what they said was a kidnapping.

Yet thanks to the video she made before fleeing, her face and voice have made their way around the world, drawing more than two million views on YouTube, spurring avid news coverage and marring Dubai’s image as a world capital of glitz and commerce.

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In sisterhood....

(Can we now dispense with the idea that UAE is "Westernized" and "Liberal"?)


OOPS!

Forgot the link!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/10/world/middleeast/princess-latifa-sheikha-dubai.html

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:54 PM

1. Westernized, relatively liberal, but it is a freaking

DICTATORSHIP at the end of the day...

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:56 PM

2. Nope. Not liberal when women are arrested for reporting their own rape. n/t

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Response to Coventina (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:13 PM

3. Relatively as I said, I lived and worked there for 12 yrs.

The rest of the MENA region is far worse with the exception of Israel and Turkey

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Response to JCMach1 (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:47 PM

4. I get that other places are worse, but I'm not going to reward them with a "liberal" label

when their track record is so poor.

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