Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Land of the Free?
Attorney and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, but you can't read any of her writings about her work as the first female president of the city court of Tehran, Iran, or read about her tireless work for the rights of women and children, for which she has been imprisoned several times. The U.S. government won't let you. What's the difference between a religious dictatorship and a constitutional democracy? Uh, not much. Because of U.S. political sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan, books from those countries cannot be published in the U.S. The fact that such an injunction is a violation of the U.S. Constitution seems not to matter. No stranger to court battles, Ms. Ebadi has just filed suit in New York Federal Court. Go, girl.

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