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June 14, 2008

"A Cross between Erin Brockovich and Lawrence of Arabia"


Jane, on NPR, continues the fight to free Abdul-Karim al-Khaiwani. Mr. al-Khaiwani, a Yemeni journalist, was charged with sedition and sentenced to 6 years hard labor for daring to speak truth to the government of Yemen.

What a lady. Please, if you have a blog, consider writing about this. Keep up the pressure - it is not too late to free Mr. Khaiwani if the government of Yemen realizes the world's attention is focused upon them and we won't go away.

This is a man's life we're talking about, and it matters. Freedom of speech matters. These aren't just words.

Rights are not rights because they are written down on some dusty parchment archived in a marble building that tourists visit. They become real - life is continually breathed into them - when flesh and blood human beings stand up and demand that they be respected; when they refuse to back down in the face of tyranny. Mr. Khaiwani has put his life on the line to defend the kind of freedom we here in the United States take for granted.

Let us show him - and the government of Yemen - how a free nation defends the rights of democratic people. This is what we are trying to do in Iraq, and in Afghanistan. The lesson is an important one, worth the awful sacrifices our men and women in uniform make on a daily basis. Let us show the Yemenis they are not wrong, or foolish, to resist despotism.

Hope, sometimes, is a fragile ember. It can be all too easily extinguished by threats and the shadow of fear.

It should not be allowed to die out.

Posted by Cassandra at June 14, 2008 10:39 AM

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Didn't a Yemeni court just "parole" one of the planners of the USS Cole bombing? Jurisprudence, a tenuous concept it seems.

It would seem vis a vis the recent Supreme Court decision that Juris and Prudence are now a passe concept.

Posted by: Allen at June 14, 2008 05:57 PM


You've been tagged.

Posted by: Dave Schuler at June 15, 2008 09:18 AM

"Please, if you have a blog, consider writing about this."

I most certainly shall consider it...although my blog isn't nearly as widely read as your own.

Posted by: camojack at June 16, 2008 03:38 AM

A very easy to check the authentic people fighting for human progress against the fakes is to put them side by side. Iti s very easy to tell a fake from the real deal once you can see both at the same time.

Unfortunately for America, most Americans are too parochial and ignorant to see the real compared to the fake.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 18, 2008 05:38 PM