UAE bloggers, activists arrested; A Canadian in Abu Dhabi to write exclusively about the Kardashians
As attempts at change sweep the Arab world, some more successful than others, there hasn't been unrest in the UAE. Not exactly. A protest here, a ripple there. A recent petition from heavy-hitters appealing for direct elections, you know, that sort of thing. The bottom line is, as I tell my family and friends, most of us are not from here and face boarding a one-way flight home for such activity. If we are lucky.
But many people are from here, and a group of them are not complacent. Like Ahmed Mansour. The Emirati human rights activist and blogger, who was arrested Friday afternoon in Dubai for "criminal activity".
After a middle-of-the-night visit from the cops, he warned this might happen. Be safe brave one.
UPDATE: And, another one, apparently. And a third. Sheesh.
UPDATE: Yes, I took this down last night. Now I am putting it back up.