In a recent interview about Russia and Ukraine at Truthout, Noam Chomsky (MIT), discussing sanctions and the toleration dissident voices in public in the United States and elsewhere, notes an example of intolerance:
I recently heard from a colleague that an article of his was returned to him, unread, by a highly respected philosophy journal in England, with a notice that the article could not be considered because he is a citizen of a country under sanctions: Iran. The sanctions are strongly opposed by Europe, but as usual, it submits to the Master [the U.S.], even to the extent of banning an article by an Iranian philosopher.
I asked Professor Chomsky for details about which “highly respected philosophy journal in England” this is, but he said he purposely left out details so as not to put anyone at additional risk of harm.
Certainly, there is no need to know the name of the author, but it would seem like a good idea to know which journal this is. If you know, let us know, or email me. Please avoid speculative accusations. Thanks.
UPDATE (4/5/22): A reader shares a form letter reply they received from a Wiley philosophy journal:
The journal welcomes contributions without restrictions from all over the world. However, we must follow sanctions law and regulations. During routine processing of your manuscript, it was recognized that one or more authors resides in a nation currently under sanctions.
This should not impede the management of the paper by Wiley, the journal’s publisher, if:
(1) neither the author nor the entity with whom the author is affiliated is on any of the following lists:
Or, from North Korea, Crimea or South Sudan; and
(2)(a) is not employed by the government of Iran, Syria or Cuba; or
2(b)(i) is preparing articles in their “personal capacity” (in other words, “not as an official representative or otherwise on behalf of a sanctioned government”); or
(2)(b)(ii) are employed at an academic or research institution where research or education is the primary function of the entity.
Please send us an e-mail declaring that individual authors residing in the country under sanctions are not on any of the above lists or from North Korea, Crimea or South Sudan and comply with at least one of the conditions
(2)(a), 2(b)(i) or 2(b)(ii).
Once we receive this confirmation from you, Wiley will be able to continue the processing of your manuscript.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this procedure. If you have any questions, please contact the Chief Editors of the journal.