Season of speech obstruction in the U.S.

Please read Laila Lalami’s Rushdie Was Right Then, He’s Right Now, an examination of new OFAC restrictions on the “publication of books from countries under embargo.”

Update: Reuters is reporting:

The United States eased a controversial ban on publications from Iran, Sudan and Cuba on Wednesday in a bid to allow dissidents to be heard while maintaining an embargo on official documents.

The rule change by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control comes after Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi sued the United States because its economic embargo on Iran blocked U.S. publication of her memoirs.

(Via Kitabkhana.)


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