Free Bahrain's Ali Abdulemam

Blogger Ali Abdulemam was arrested over a month ago and has been held in solitary detention ever since. His trial is today, but the charges against him are unknown. There is an active campaign in his favor, which produced the above video. Abdulemam's arrest is part of a wider crackdown on civil society that has taken place in recent weeks, with many arrested and held illegally and fears that they may be subjected to torture.

Update: Here's an AP report from the trial.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.