Mideast Emirates Crackdowns

May 7, 2012 - 1:57 PM
In this picture dated Thursday, May 3, 2012, A justice symbol monument is seen in front of a mosque in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. At least eight people _ including a member of Ras al-Khaimah's ruling family _ have been detained this year for suspected links to the group al-Islah, or Reform. Five others have been reported missing by rights groups that claim undercover security agents took them into custody. Members of the Islamist group describe their goals in purely populist terms, saying they only want to open up political participation in a country whose seven emirates are governed by various tribal dynasties. UAE authorities view them as a dangerous undercurrent inspired by the Arab Spring gains of Islamist movements elsewhere, such as Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, and a potential threat to the UAE's Western-friendly tolerance. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)