Sara Flounders, a longtime activist and co-director of the International Action Center, joins the "Unauthorized Disclosure" weekly podcast to discuss the campaign to free Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab.
He was jailed in Cabo Verde while trying to obtain food and gasoline for Venezuelans from Iran. He faces extradition as part of lawfare by the U.S. to enforce crippling sanctions against Venezuela.
Sara recently visited Cabo Verde with a delegation. She describes solidarity efforts that are underway, as well as some of the wider organizing she has done to show sanctions are not a peaceful alternative to war.
She also outlines how the US is able to count on Cabo Verde to act as a client state and submit to their demands to violate human rights and international law.
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