From 'There are no Sunglasses'
''A court in Qatar, which has supported Arab uprisings abroad, jailed a
local poet for life on Thursday for criticizing the emir and inciting
revolt – a sentence that drew outrage and cries of hypocrisy from human
In his verses, Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami praised the Arab Spring
revolts that toppled four dictators, often with the help of money and
other support from the tiny, energy-rich Gulf state. But he also
criticized Qatar’s own absolute monarch and spoke, for example, of
“sheikhs playing on their Playstations”.''