Progressive Democrat Issue 223
This week some good news for journalism. The two Current TV Vanguard journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have been pardoned by North Korea after Bill Clinton paid a visit to North Korea. Ling and Lee had been in China covering a story about refugees from North Korea escaping into China when they were kidnapped by North Korean soldiers at the border. North Korea sentenced them to 12 years hard labor.
Here is footage of their homecoming:
Current TV's Vanguard program is among the best investigative journalism in America today. Laura Ling is one of the ones whose work I am familiar with and she, along with the other Vanguard journalists, has gone all over the world covering stories no one else covers. Among her works:
Narco War Next Door:
Turkey/Iraq Border War:
I recommend Current TV as an antidote to the inane journalism that most American TV gives us. And I am happy Laura Ling is now free.
I also want to mention that one of my fellow Culture Kitchen bloggers, Leo Igwe, a Humanist in Nigeria, was apparently attacked by a mob last week and robbed and beaten. Why? Because he was standing up against child abuse by religious fanatics in Nigeria. Here is my Culture Kitchen article on the incident. And you can read Leo Igwe's pieces on the abuse of so-called "witch-children" in Nigeria here and here.
On a much lighter note, YOU TOO can have your OWN Kenyan birth certificate, just like the one people produced for Obama.
And, of course, congratulations to our newest Supreme Court Judge!
Here is this week's newsletter:
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
MSNBC's Donnie Deutsch Calls for Glenn Beck Advertiser Boycott
Your Water Footprint
Saving the Earth's Fisheries
First Sign of Recovery?
NYC FOCUS: My updated endorsement list
Brooklyn, NY Focus
Queens, NY Focus
Bronx, NY Focus
Rochester, NY Focus
NEW YORK STATE FOCUS
Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus
San Diego, CA Focus
Orange County, CA Focus
Sussex County, NJ Focus
Passaic County, NJ Focus
Warren County, NJ Focus
NEW JERSEY FOCUS
Virginia Organizing Project: On Predatory Lending, Legislators Say, "Let Them Eat Cake"
Virginia Focus: Creigh Deeds Launches Tour of Rural SW Virginia
Virginia Congressman Target of Right Wing Forgery Attempt
Dallas County, TX Focus
Austin/Travis County, TX Focus
Houston/Harris County, TX Focus
Georgia Democrats Work
Georgia Action for Health Care
Coweta County, GA Focus
Pennsylvania Focus: Joe Sestak for Senate
PA-15: Democrats Land Another Top Recruit In Swing Territory Hotlist
Arizona Focus: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Neo-Nazis
Nevada Focus: Stop Blackstone Coal
NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS
Florida Fire Fighters Endorse Alex Sink for Governor
Jacksonville, FL Campaign Training