“DUBAI— No protesters have taken to the streets calling for reforms. There’s been barely a public whisper about whether the Arab uprisings could intrude on the cozy world of the United Arab Emirates’ rulers.

The main challenge to authority so far has been a modest online petition urging for open elections and the creation of a parliament. But even that crossed a line. Security agents have arrested at least five Internet activists over the past month.

The five activists detained – including Ahmed Mansour, who led a popular online political forum that was blocked last year, and Nasser bin Ghaith, a prominent blogger and frequent lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of Paris’ Sorbonne university– are under investigation for “perpetrating acts that pose a threat to state security” and insulting the rulers of Abu Dhabi. If convicted of the charges, the men could be imprisoned for decades.”

From Huffington Post