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Vigil Thursday night at SF City Hall for journalists imprisoned in North Korea

July 9, 2009

OK people let me first of all excuse myself for being gone for almost a month but I have been very ill.

Here is the latest regarding the journalist Laura Ling and Euna Lee that are being held in North Korea.

There will be a vigil at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at San Francisco City Hall for the two Current TV journalists imprisoned in North Korea. Organizers are going to take a photo of all of the participants in Thursday’s vigil and send it to the women as a sign of their support back home. A few of their co-workers and friends and other supporters will speak, but organizers say this event is about “direct participation.”

Here’s what you can do to help: Supporters are being asked to write postcards to each of the women, Laura Ling and Euna Lee. (Separately, please, organizers ask. Try to refrain from “Hey Laura and Euna!”) Their families will bundle the cards and send them — through an intermediary — to the women. Family members who have spoken to the journalists say they are getting messages.

Lisa Ling said she spoke to her sister Tuesday night, and told “Good Day Sacramento” Wednesday about it.

“We actually received a call from my sister quite unexpectedly last night and she reported that she and Euna seemed to be treated fairly but they’re very, very stressed and concerned about being sent to a labor camp,” Lisa Ling said. She will appear at a rally in front of the state capitol in Sacramento Thursday night. Gov. Schwarzenegger and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson are expected to attend.

Here’s the address to send the cards:

Laura Ling and Euna Lee c/o PO Box 2174 Toluca Lake, CA 91610

You can also keep up with the support effort on Facebook and on Twitter.

Posted By: Joe Garofoli (Email) | July 08 2009 at 04:34 PM

North Korea, What Next?

May 28, 2009

Well, it seems that the crisis in North Korea is getting ever closer to a declaration of war.
North Korea keeps saber rattling and flexing its muscles while Seoul has joined more than 90 nations that have agreed to stop and inspect vessels suspected of transporting banned weapons.
One would think that in the face of such odds that North Korea would back down but they won’t. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il, is now in a position where he must save face in the eye’s of his people and possibly go for broke. What is also playing out right now is a leadership transition in the North in which the stroke-afflicted leader Kim Jong-il is gradually being succeeded by a select group of hard-line loyalists and members of the Kim family.
What really seemed to piss off the North Koreans was South Korea’s decision to join the Proliferation Security Initiative. Following North Korea’s nuclear test on Monday, Seoul announced it was joining the ad hoc alliance. Pyongyang promptly threatened to attack the South if it were to search North Korean vessels under the program.

Well, it seems that the line has been drawn in the sand! What now? Where do the other nations stand? What of China, Russia, Japan, all of which would share consequences? Well right off it is a known fact that China is not part of the 95-nation grouping. “China’s lack of participation is noticeable because a lot of North Korean proliferation activities are going through China, either wittingly or unwittingly,” said Bruce Klingner, a Korea expert at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

One concern that both China and South Korea are worried about are moves that might push the belligerent state into collapse, which could lead to chaos on their borders and a bill estimated at more than $1 trillion for the South to absorb the North in the event of re-unification.
Russia has no interest in an isolated, pariah North Korea. Last year, Putin played a constructive role in encouraging Kim Jong-Il to mend relations with Japan, resulting in North Korea’s admission that it kidnapped Japanese citizens, many of whom since died in captivity.

Everyone knows the consequences for Japan especially after the recent missile tests conducted by North Korea!
Well, no doubt this coming week will prove to be crucial among the decision makers of the world. Let us all hope the right decisions are made and that we are not plunged into another nuclear confrontation or world war.

North Korea’s second nuclear test stirs outrage

May 25, 2009

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) — North Korea delivered on its threat Monday, conducting a second nuclear test that angered governments around the globe.

The North had threatened to do so unless the U.N. Security Council apologized for imposing sanctions on it following a rocket test on April 5.

Well, it would seem that we are in a cold war scenario once more this time with North Korea. I am very much concerned as to what North Korea has up it’s sleeve! This all seems like a prelude to something.