Anyone can be targeted because of Yemen; Olives

05/25/12 Samar Jarrah
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True Talk spoke to IBRAHAM QATABI who is a Yemeni-American human rights activist and a legal worker with Center for Constitutional Rights specializing in Yemen. He spoke about President Obama’s executive order giving the Treasury Department authority to freeze the U.S.-based assets of anyone who ‘obstructs’ implementation of the administration-backed political transition in Yemen. Qatabi insisted that The USG isn’t naming groups or people who it’s illegal to work with, so any sensible person would be very cautious about working with anyone they aren’t 100 percent sure the USG approves of. In fact, the USG’s officials have flat out told the press that the sanctions are a ‘deterrent’ to ‘make clear to those who are even thinking of spoiling the transition’ to think again — in other words, think again before you work with any democracy activists who we think are ‘spoiling the transition’ to the U.S. government’s favored candidate for leadership. It reminds me of something the government said in the 9th Circuit in HLP v. Holder — that the aim of these broadly-worded sanctions regimes, capable of criminalizing speech, is to make groups the U.S. government disfavors so ‘radioactive’ that American citizens won’t even want to go near them. That’s not democracy – either here or in Yemen.”

True Talk then spoke to Alexander Mcnabb author of the novel Olives: A violent Romance. It talks about the Palestinian Israeli conflict through the eyes of a British who just moved to Amman Jordan. The book met some criticism because of the last name of the Palestinian heroin. Alexander talked to us very candidly about his reasoning and why he wrote the book! The novel is intriguing and I enjoyed reading it and I think you all should.

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