Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I have long known of Jane Novak's commitment to Yemen, in particular, via her blog Armies of Liberation, and her efforts on behalf of a dissenting journalist there (her blog has been on my roll forever, but I am embarrassed to say that I only get to it occasionally). The New York Times has now written a great story about Jane, a Monmouth County mom about my age who is driving the criminal government of Yemen completely insane. This bit is great:
Ms. Novak has become so well known in Yemen that newspaper editors say they sell more copies if her photograph — blond and smiling — is on the cover. Her blog, an outspoken news bulletin on Yemeni affairs, is banned there. The government’s allies routinely vilify her in print as an American agent, a Shiite monarchist, a member of Al Qaeda, or “the Zionist Novak.”
Jane is all of those things, and not a word about her outsized American carbon footprint? The Yemeni propagandists have lost a step.
Start with an energetic American who gives a damn, add one blog, change world. Good job, Jane.