Daily Archives: September 15, 2011

Political Prisoner Dies in Vietnamese Detention

Truong Can Suona, a political prisoner who spent thirty-three of his sixty-eight years in jail, died in detention.

Truong Van Suong died in prison after serving over 33 years as a political prisoner (Photo Courtesy of The Guardian).

Truong Van Suong died in prison after serving over 33 years as a political prisoner (Photo Courtesy of The Guardian).

In November 2010, prison officials notified Mr. Truong’s family that he had developed a serious heart condition. He was temporarily released but was returned to prison on August 19, just weeks before his passing.

Mr. Truong served as an officer in Southern Vietnam‘s Army during the Vietnam War. After the North invaded Saigon, he spent six years in a re-education camp in central Vietnam. After his release, he fled to Thailand and joined the United Front of Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Vietnam in trying to bring democracy to Vietnam.

Mr. Truong is the second political prisoner to die in Vietnam since July.

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On This Day…

In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

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Gov. Perry Allowed the Execution of an Innocent Man. Why Hasn’t Anyone Asked Him About It?

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As Governor of Texas, Rick Perry oversaw the execution of an innocent man, but the media has yet to make Gov. Perry account for his role in this terrible injustice.

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for intentionally starting a fire that killed his three children. Six outside experts who have reviewed the evidence of the December 23, 1991 fire, however, have concluded that there is no reason to think arson caused the fire.

In perhaps the most heartbreaking story of all time, Mr. Willingham first lost his three children, and then was executed for killing them. He was executed for a crime that never even happened.

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CNN Poll Reveals That Tea Party Splits GOP in Two

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A new CNN/ORC International poll suggests that the Republican party is split between Tea Party supporters and those who do not support the movement.

Forty-nine percent of Republicans and right-leaning independents say they support the Tea Party movement; 51% say they have no feelings one way or the other about the movement or they oppose it.

Tea Party Republicans are more likely to be male, older, and college-educated. Non-Tea Party Republicans are younger, less education, women, and less likely to be evangelical Christian.

The two wings of the party are not in agreement on issues such as abortion, the deficit, the Department of Education, evolution, the Federal Reserve, global warming, same-sex marriage, or social security.

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Rick Perry vs. Science: Abstinence Edition

Texas has the highest teen birth rate and the fourth highest teen pregnancy rate in the United States, so when Governor Perry turned down $4.4 million in federal funding for pregnancy prevention programs, a reporter from the Texas Tribune asked why. Why was the governor sticking with state-funded abstinence-only education when it appeared to be failing?

Perry responded that he knew abstinence worked from his “own personal life.”

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