Inside the Middle East
April 10, 2011
Posted: 1334 GMT
Ahmed Mansoor was taken from his home in Dubai on Friday his wife says. Mansoor has called for poltical reform in the UAE.
Ahmed Mansoor was taken from his home in Dubai on Friday his wife says. Mansoor has called for poltical reform in the UAE.

A blogger and political activist who has called for reform in the United Arab Emirates has not been heard from since he was taken from his Dubai apartment Friday, his wife said.

About 10 men, including two wearing police uniforms, picked up Ahmed Mansoor from his apartment Friday afternoon, said his wife, Nadia.

The men also took Mansoor's passport and laptop and left without telling his wife where they were taking him or why.

Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the commander-in-chief of Dubai police, said he was not aware whether Mansoor had been arrested, but promised to look into it.

CNN has also sent queries to other Emirati officials inquiring about Mansoor but have not heard back.
Earlier Friday, three men identifying themselves as police officers were at his apartment building, Mansoor wrote in an email. When he called police asking about the men, he said he was told they had come for his car. Read more...

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John A   April 10th, 2011 4:44 pm ET

If that UAE blogger was Jewish, he could be missing for the next 2000 years and later his family descendants could return and claim ownership to the apartment. If he was Zionist he could be missing for 2000 years and later his descendants could make a claim for a vast estate with helicopter pads and swimming pools.

By the way is this UAE story another one of cnn's "we cant verify the facts", so we are just gossiping items?

miriam   April 11th, 2011 5:42 pm ET

I'm sure it won't take too long for Tamim to come up with some story! I wonder which sports kit the suspects will be wearing this time.

I'm still wondering why CNN has a news hub in the UAE considering its non-democratic character and the restrictions on free media and expression.

John A, you are obsessed.
Perhaps the Jews of Arabia can claim Mecca and Medina since they were residents there before the birth of Mohammed and before they were massacred and expelled.
But they don't because Arabia is not their religious, historical and cultural
center. Similarly they do not claim Spain, Portugal, France, Britain, Germany or any of the other foreign countries they have been expelled from throughout history, often being told to go back to the Holy Land.

Israel is the homeland of the Jews and only those who revise history as result of their hatred of Jews and their religion can deny that fact.
That hate is further decorated with far-fetched lies and distortions, perhaps out of jealousy since it must be hard to accept that a people so down-trodden and victimized for so many centuries can re-achieve independence and contribute so positively to the development of the modern world.
That will only sound strange to those who take John seriously.

John A   April 12th, 2011 11:00 am ET

Miriam, Is that why the Zionist movement first claimed Uganda as their home land, then Argentina and then last of all Palestine. Even your mate Proud Zionist admits these facts.
So why do you feel such a need to spin your fairy tales and oppose well documented Zionist claims?

miriam   April 14th, 2011 3:41 pm ET

John A,

The Holy Land was always considered the only potential homeland for the Jews.

The offer by the British of Uganda was considered as a temporary solution since the Jews in several regions of the world, particularly in Eastern Europe, were in need of rescue from dire situations and self- determination was deemed the only option for their survival. The offer was ultimately rejected.

The Argentinian plan is a fabrication of the Argentinian extreme right.
Argentina was only considered as a favorable destination for immigration of the oppressed Jews of Eastern Europe because of the sympathetic attitudes of the Argentinians towards Jews and the benefits they received from Jewish immigration.

Those are the facts.

Not your distortions.

John A   April 17th, 2011 10:34 am ET

Miriam the British never offered Uganda as you well know. It was the Zionists who proposed Uganda. And if this Zionist proposal was accepted, then it would have been the people of Uganda in refugee camps, as the Eastern European Jews looked to escape poverty by robbing another country of its land and resources.

In the end the Zionists and the world powers agreed Palestine should be the victim of such an immoral theft. This was done to relocate British American sympathizers into the the newly discovered oil regions, to ensure the colonialists had military influence in the region.

Your only defense is your claim that Zionists always wanted to rob Palestinians and robbing Uganda was plan B. This doesn't give much credibility to you belief that the Jews protect Gods word. Since when did God state, "thou shalt steal the land developed by others"??????

University Rector   April 17th, 2011 11:37 am ET

Miriam, said, " The Holy Land was always considered the only potential homeland for the Jews".

Therefore Miriam admits the Holy land was not the homeland of the Jews, but in the 1920's it was considered a "potential home land".

Miriam, again you have tripped over on another one of your ridiculous Israeli propaganda efforts.

Abdullah   April 18th, 2011 1:16 am ET

useless discussion, yes we arabs hate to admit the existence of Isreal but it's a reality "as simple as that"

Chips Ku   April 19th, 2011 11:50 am ET

The West will never stop killing those from Third World countries who oppose their interests. Gaddaffi was a darling to France, Italy, USA and UK. Whats the difference of what is obtaining in Bahrain and Libya. The USA and allies have given a blind eye. The rebels in Libya are being used to kill each other and the time they realise it will be too late. The West has started committing systematic murder in the name of Democracy and protecting civilians from ruthless leaders yet they are one s who have been supporting their stay in power. What USA and allies are doing is equivalent to slavery (modern time). The UN has lost direction na d is a puppet of the West lead by USA.

miriam   April 20th, 2011 4:39 pm ET

John A,

April 23rd 1903.
Joseph Chamberlain proposed Uganda as a Jewish state.

The British proposal was rejected and even if it had been accepted as a temporary state, there would have been no "robbing" of land.

Similarly, the return of the Jews to their homeland in the Holy Land did not involve any "robbing", especially as all pre-state land acquisitions were legally purchased even if there was already clear Jewish historical records of ownership.

The re-establishment of the Jewish state was the only allocation of land resulting in statehood in the ME during the first half of the 20th century
that had any legal or historical basis.

miriam   April 20th, 2011 4:47 pm ET


The politicians of the time discussed a potential re-establishment of the Jewish homeland in the Holy Land.

For Zionists and Jews, the homeland had always been there.

Jewish historical and religious texts provide undeniable proof.

Unless you deny their authenticity but then if you do that you are denying Judaism and the Jewish people's legitimacy, aka anti-semitism.

miriam   April 20th, 2011 4:48 pm ET

Should be addressed to UR.

John A   April 21st, 2011 8:52 pm ET

Miriam you lie again and why? The truth is easy to find. Please look at any Zionist website and they will admit the truth about the Uganda program.

At the Sixth Zionist Congress (1903), Herzl proposed the British Uganda Program as a place for refuge Jews in Russia. Herzl was the founder of the Jewish Zionist movement.

The Uganda Program was finally rejected by the Zionist movement members at the Seventh Zionist Congress in 1905. After two years of proposing Uganda as the home land for Jews, the Zionist movement was deeply divided. So the leaders of the Zionist movement ended their own claim to Uganda.

Miriam you are terrified of the truth. But only the truth will set you free.

amaudawia   April 25th, 2011 8:49 am ET

what is up ? deomgracy in UAE ? OR Israel ??

miriam   May 1st, 2011 10:28 am ET

John A,

And before Herzl took the proposal to the Congress in August 1903, he had met with Chamberlain in April who had put proposed it in the first place.

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