15-years olds are NOT what I would call "little boys". The problem possibly is that homosexuals in "traditional" areas are oppressed, and then may develop intense "desires" somehow exploding at a given time. Such does not excuse criminal actions, but has to be taken note of.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 11360 posts, RR: 50 Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1782 times:
Quoting FlashFlyGuy (Reply 11): True, but then you have all the ones that have happened in the past, where the victims have not been able to speak up. Whether through fear, or if they have, they've ended up jailed....
I believe countries like the UAE and Qatar are slowly moving forward in respect to matters like this.
I'm not defending them on issues like these, but equally "westerners" have to accept that our standards do not always apply. When in Rome, and all that.
I have recently completed a 9-month project in Dubai. I loved the place, and it has much to commend it. There are many frustrations however. One has to learn to adapt and accept the cultural differences.
NorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1713 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1675 times:
What a travesty. I wish the boy all the best, and if that were my kid, if he tests positive for aids or not, i'd sue the government of Dubai for everything they're worth, not to mention the perpetrators. I hope the perps do get the death penalty, they've effectively ruined that kid's life, not to mention potentially sentenced him to die of aids. and its inexplicable for the physician to think that he engaged in consentual sex, when he was tricked into the car to begin with, betrayed by a classmate, and gang raped at knife point, there's something wrong with that doctor's head.
I could have elite status if I wanted it, but flying the same airline all the time is boring.
LASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1656 times:
I didn't know UAE didn't accept homosexuals. And I've always wanted to go there. Guess I can't now.. The mindset of some people... The story said the Alex fled to Switzerland in fear of being charged. Can't they still go and get him and press charges? I hope everything turns out okay for Alex.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 11360 posts, RR: 50 Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1639 times:
Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 16): I didn't know UAE didn't accept homosexuals. And I've always wanted to go there. Guess I can't now..
Well, as long as you don't walk around with a neon sign that says "I'm gay!", I'm not sure how anyone would know. They don't actually ask you when you arrive at immigration. If you did go, I'm fairly certain that you wouldn't be the only gay in the UAE.
Despite this story, the UAE is very tolerant. As long as you don't ram your gayness down people's throats (IYSWIM), I'm fairly sure you'd be fine.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 11957 posts, RR: 51 Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1589 times:
Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 11): Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 4):
Well the landscape has come into the 21st century, the mentality and mind set is still very much in the past. Maybe they talked with Iran which has no homosexuals.
...and the landscape of 21st century A.net is still mired in stupidity...
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just told an audience at Columbia University that "Iran does not have homosexuals."
Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 11): It is well known that the tribal Pashtun people in parts of Pakistan have, shall we say, a preference for little boys - is the UAE the same?
Well known? ...Got proof?
he possibly meant to say that "it is known that there are people in tribal Pashtun areas with a preference for young boys"
Quoting Cakentennis (Reply 13): This story taints the image of a progressive and modern UAE.
That made me laugh. It can't be tainted, if it doesn't exist.
laughing is allowed, however, there SA) and Eagle Air/Arnaflug (Iceland)">IS a progressive and modern UAE, technology and business-wise, but it is the SAME country as the fairly traditional country which fairly late started into modernity
Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 16): The story said the Alex fled to Switzerland in fear of being charged. Can't they still go and get him
NO, they canNOT as homosexual activities are NOT a crime in Switzerland and nobody will get extradited on such charges. And "go and get him" ?