|Noam Chomsky - well known intellectual and peace|
activist would likely be banned in the UAE too.
In early April, New York University Professor Andrew Ross, president of his university's chapter of the American Association of University Professors, was labelled as a "security risk" by Abu Dhabi immigration officials. They had the decency to phone New York Airport ahead of time and tell them to pass on the message before Professor Ross's flight took off.
Then, earlier this month, there was the case of Ashok Sukumaran; he has "a long history of artistic work and commitments in the region including at the Sharjah Biennials (2009, 2011, 2013) and at events including Art Dubai and several prior editions of the March Meetings."
Yet UAE immigration police, bereft of my training manual, got mixed-up again. Sukumaran, Mumbai-based and with a strong penchant for human rights, was also deemed to be a "security risk".
Finally, artist Walid Raad also fell victim of the Abu Dhabi immigration authorities; clearing Raad to enter to attend the Sharjah Art Foundation's March Meetings conference, they decided that he was a "security risk", a modern day Caravaggio. Here's his own simple and compelling account of how it went down: