Los Angeles, USA – An
article that appeared today, February 21, in the Los Angeles Times mentions that the United States Department of the Treasury declared recently that American publishers cannot edit works authored in nations under trade embargoes. Altering any works written in the five five embargoed nations, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya and Cuba, is deemed illegal. Publishing articles is legal, but editing is considered a “service” and the agency has ruled that it is illegal to perform services for embargoed nations.
According to its own mission statement, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the United States Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and tradesanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those persons, organizations and countries engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The OFAC acts under Presidential wartime and national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze foreign assets under US jurisdiction. Many of the sanctions are based on United Nations and other international mandates, are multilateral in scope, and involve close cooperation with allied governments.