Sun, Aug 4, 3pm: Medea Benjamin and Jeb Boone: Eyewitness to Yemen’s Revolution

Augusta, GA native and Davidson Fine Arts High School graduate Jeb Boone (Twitter) is scheduled to talk about his experience as a freelance journalist covering Yemen’s revolution. He is joined by CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, who has recently returned from a trip to Yemen where she spoke with revolutionary activists and relatives of Guantanamo detainees. The program will begin with a screening of the powerful, 27-minute documentary Karama Has No Walls (warning: violence not normally shown on US news broadcasts). This documentary shows footage from the Change Square massacre of March 18, 2011, to which Jeb was a witness, and interviews participants and relatives of a slain protester. The Yemeni revolution provides the proper context to understanding how Yemenis are responding to the United States’s targeting killing program, and Jeb will help us understand the program’s economic, political and diplomatic consequences.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, Headquarters Library, 823 Telfair St., Augusta, GA 30901, 3:00 pm. Ground floor, turn to the right before going through the book detectors at the library’s entrance. Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook & Share

Jeb Boone is a journalist, former managing editor of the Yemen Times and a GlobalPost correspondent and blogger. Jeb reported on Yemen’s uprising in 2011 and has been published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, GlobalPost, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian, the Independent and the Sunday Telegraph. He has also appeared on the BBC World Service, BBC World News, Sky News and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

Boone began blogging at GlobalPost’s “The Grid” in February of 2012, writing on topics ranging from Arab Spring hacktivists to esports.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Boone first set foot in Sana’a years before Yemen’s youth uprising as part of his degree program, studying and researching Arabic language and literature, political science and cultural anthropology at the Yemeni College of Middle East Studies.

Not anticipating the bond he would come to experience with Yemen and its people, Boone decided to prolong his stay by eight months to continue his Arabic language study and research.

After returning to the US, Jeb completed his bachelor of interdisciplinary studies in Middle East Studies and Arabic Language and Literature at Georgia State University’s Middle East Institute. After graduating, Boone traveled back to Sana’a to begin his work as a journalist.

Now based in the US, Jeb covers technology and security issues for GlobalPost and has written extensively on hacker collectives, internet policy, international cyber relations and the politics of video games.