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U.S. Eases Publishing Ban on Cuba, Iran, Sudan
United States has eased its ban on publications from Iran, Sudan and Cuba after being sued by a prominent Iranian rights activist.
The ban was lifted on 15th December after Iran's Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi sued the United States because of its economic embargo on Iran, which was blocking U.S. publications of her writings. Speaking to RFE/RL, Ebadi said the lifting of the ban represents a victory for truth.
"It's a big victory for all Iranians who were somehow facing cultural problems in the U.S., who wanted to publish their work and were facing this restriction. I am happy that finally the truth has become victorious. I thank everyone who accepts logic and doesn't sacrifice justice for the sake of (short term) interests."
Representatives of U.S. publishers had also sued the U.S., saying that the ban blocked the free exchange of ideas, and was therefore unconstitutional.
The new rule allows U.S. publishers to practice "most ordinary publishing activities" with Cubans, Iranians and Sudanese while maintaining restrictions on interactions with the governments of those countries.
Washington considers Cuba, Iran and Sudan to be state sponsors of terrorism.
Iran Frozen Afghan Warlord’s Bank Account
Iran has frozen four bank accounts belonging to renegade Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who is believed to have teamed up with Taliban holdouts and al-Qaida
militants, the chairman of a U.N. sanctions committee said.
U.N. anti-terrorism sanctions require all 191 U.N. member states to impose a travel ban and arms embargo against a list of those linked to the Taliban or al-Qaida and to freeze their financial assets. Hekmatyar is one of 318 individuals and 115 groups on the list.