Vietnam 1975: A New Movie by a Kennedy

VIETNAM 1975
New movie by a Kennedy. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks interesting.
For something as chilling as they come, reference my blog entry of April 8, 2013.  http://thefiveoclockfollies.com/?p=544
A CBS video report by Bruce Dunning on a harrowing 1975 flight of thugs stampeding to get out of Da Nang.

Homage to Those who Take the Risks

HOMAGE TO THOSE WHO TAKE THE RISKS, and to those who fall:
From Nicholas Kristof
In Darfur once … my interpreter said: We’ve just got to go. If they catch us, they’ll hold you for ransom. But they’ll just shoot me.

Video Shows ISIL Possible Beheading of Photojournalist James Foley

Men claiming to be part of terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posted a video allegedly showing the beheading of freelance photojournalist James Wright Foley, who disappeared in northwest Syria on November 22, 2012. The White House said they have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video.
More on this story will follow as it develops.

Read More Here: http://politi.co/1Aw7mwl

See reactions on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/hashtag/JamesFoley?src=hash

Video Believed to be authentic http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/215579-white-house-foley-beheading-video-authentic

 

No Free Press in Egypt

In June, a Cairo court sentenced 3 journalists seven to ten years each in prison. Similar sentences were passed on 17 other defendants– 11 of them in absentia.

More HereReporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders)

EGYPT-POLITICS-UNREST

Egyptian opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi hold up a poster of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on July 26, 2013 during a protest in Cairo. Tens of thousands of anti-Morsi supporters gathered in response to a call by the army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Egyptians to show their support for a security clampdown on “terrorism”. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Bad Timing for the US

Secretary of State John Kerry went to Egypt last weekend to renew US-Eqypt ties and to offer its new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, swift restoration of military aid. Unfortunately in less than 24 hours of Egypt’s aid being restored, a judge on Monday convicted three journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast ‘false reports’. One was sentenced to at least seven years.

Read more here: Egypt Convicts 3 Journalists; U.S. Is Critical – NY Times June 23, 2014

The Whitehouse responds: June 23, 2014

Anja Niedringhaus’ Slaying Diminishes our Eyes on the World

Two Associated Press journalists were shot in Khost province, Afghanistan: Kathy Gannon and Anja Niedringhaus on April 4, 2014. Anja Niedringhaus died in the attack.  Kathy Gannon was also wounded but survived.
Anja Niedringhaus

From the editorial in the Los Angeles Daily News (April 9, 2014)

Los Angeles Daily News Editorial (April 9, 2014): Anja Niedringhaus’ slaying . . .

Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, A Long Time Nemesis of the West Is Dead

Gen Vo Nguyen GiapA long time nemesis of the West has died, Vietnamese Gen. No Nguyen Giap. During the siege of Khe Sanh, Ford Jennings, one of the main characters in The Five O’Clock Follies, insisted that the U.S. Marine outpost there was going to fall on the same day in the same that the French had been defeated at Dien Bien Phu 14 years earlier.

The correspondent’s thinking: General Vo Nguyen Giap, the mastermind of the French rout, was thought to be calling the shots in Khe Sanh.

Read More Here: NY Times Oct 4, 2013

Witness to a Massacre in a Nairobi Mall

The New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks was nearby when gunmen opened fire at an upscale Nairobi mall, killing at least 39 people in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya’s history. He was able to go inside the mall as the attack unfolded.
Here’s what he saw: NY Times Lens Blog Sept 21, 2013