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[14 Jul 2009 | Comments Off | ]

Whenever journalists work in an area without proper accreditation or enter hostile territory, be it controlled by an “enemy” government, rebels or criminals, they face arrest or in the latter cases, being kidnapped, or even worse, killed.Journalists many times focus on the negative, trying to uncover abuses, making them even more of a target.  Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested in March after entering illegally into North Korea, trying to do a television report about allegations of human trafficking. In June, they were sentenced to 12 years in a …

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[9 Jul 2009 | Comments Off | ]

I have been here in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for the past few days, covering the crisis that came to world attention when soldiers forced President Manuel Zelaya to leave the country on June 28. Since then the country has been ruled by an interim government headed by President Roberto Micheletti. Mr. Zelaya’s supporters call Mr. Micheletti the gorilla and accuse him of being an interloper serving the interests of the Central American nation’s elite. Mr. Zelaya tried to return here Sunday and I was at the airport with thousands of his …

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[8 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

The president of the Uyghur American Association, Rebiya Kadeer, says “The Chinese authorities instigated the violence” between the Uighur minority and the majority Han Chinese in Xinjiang province

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[23 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | ]

Am staying in touch with my contact in Tehran as it seems both sides in the stand off are hardening.  Here’s the latest message I received on Monday:
 
“As for the situation on the ground, there is talk of strikes in the capital city and Kurdistan. Mousavi is not backing away from his position. Also, saw the basij at the Vali Asr square tonight. No police presence, only Basij. The family of Neda, the girl who was killed at a demo, was supposed to have a memorial for her at a …

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[21 Jun 2009 | Comments Off | ]

I just got an update from my contact in Tehran, where it’s about 11:30pm local time.  He says, “There is a quasi-state of martial law in the capital city. We just passed through a Basiji (state militia) road check. Older and younger Basijis, holding huge guns, were checking out passing cars for potential ‘troublemakers.’   Meanwhile, despite the Supreme Leader’s stark warning against the demonstrators, many went on their rooftops and shouted ‘allah Akbar’ (God is Great!). Pro-Mousavi people are glued to their computers, waiting to hear what Mousavi would …