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New York Times profiles Jawa Report anti-terrorist blogger

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By See-Dubya  •  May 21, 2008 12:25 AM

One of my daily reads is the Jawa Report, and not just because I did some guest blogging-there once upon a time. There’s always some good jihad-busting action, and Dr. Rusty Shackleford and co. do more than just write about it–they lead it, actually exposing and taking down Al-Qaeda’s websites.

One of my favorite Jawas is Jane Novak, who writes both at the Jawa and on her own blog, Armies of Liberation, more or less exclusively about Yemen. And she manages to have a real effect on events there, where things are happening. I never realized this until I saw the (quite fair) New York Times report on Jane, but she’s never even been there. She’s advocating human rights and exposing corruption and malfeasance out of her FOB in New Jersey:

Ms. Novak does not fit the profile of a dilettante in exotic causes. A former sales manager for a textile company, she speaks with a distinct Brooklyn accent, having grown up in Flatbush. When a Yemeni government minister visited the United States last year and invited the notorious “Jane,” as she is known throughout Yemen, to go to Washington for a meeting, she turned him down. “It was too much, the money, the kids, all for a one-day trip,” she said.

Nor does she have any background in Middle East studies. One of her opponents in Yemen accused her of being a Zionist member of Aipac, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “I had to Google it,” Ms. Novak said with a chuckle. “I didn’t know what it was.”

Yet being over the target, she’s taking more than a little flak:

Ms. Nowak’s perpetual harping on these themes appears to infuriate the Yemeni authorities. In late 2005, Al Jazeera included her as a guest on a special about Yemen, along with a former United States ambassador, a leader of the Yemeni opposition, and a spokesman for the Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. As soon as the spokesman came onto the line, he began a tirade, ignoring the moderator’s pleas to let others speak.

“She doesn’t speak Arabic, she’s never visited Yemen, and she’s not a real journalist!” the spokesman shouted. “She just has a Web site that she uses to attack Yemen!”

Heh. The government of Yemen sure is scared of her. They’re sending out their character assassins against a former sales manager in New Jersey. What a great way to spend your free time, pestering Islamofascist-abetting tyrants.

Seriously, though, read that Times story. I wouldn’t send you to the New York Times lightly, but there you’ll learn all about Jane, get a basic sitrep on Yemen, and learn about journalist Abdul Karim al-Khaiwani, who faces the death penalty for telling the truth about events in Yemen.

You can sign a petition to support al-Khaiwani here. Please do!

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{Post by See-Dubya}

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