UAE Begins Blogger Trials

The trials of five bloggers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) began Monday. The five, Ahmed Mansoor, Nasser bin Ghaith, Fahad Salim Dalk, Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, and Hassan Ali al-Khamis, are accused of “publicly insulting” top government officials. Many of the men blogged at the site UAE Hewar and had called on the government to initiate democratic reforms.

Angela Shah, writing in Time Magazine, examined why the Arab Spring has not affected the UAE. She noted the economic largess of the UAE and the impact this has on minimizing economic distress, which she said was a large factor in other revolutions like Egypt and Tunisia.