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    MICHAEL WANTED TO HELP JOURNALISTS

    Post  EMPATHY on Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:27 am

    I wanted to post this here because it was a short time before Michael 'passed'. I note that Michael tried to find a connection with Kim Jong and it turned out that Bill Clinton who we know is a friend of Michael actually went and got these two girls pardoned. Makes you wonder if it was Michael calling in a favour from Bill Clinton?????









    Michael Jackson wanted to help Laura Ling & Euna Lee




    By Herald de Paris Contributor's Bureau on July
    7,
    2009


    By Gotham Chopra
    NEW YORK (Via Intent.com) –
    The last time I spoke to my friend Michael Jackson was about a month
    ago, 3 weeks before his shocking death. He had called me late one night
    to ask about another of my close friends who he had read about in the
    news. Laura Ling, a former colleague and friend, was detained originally
    by North Korean border guards along with her colleague Euna Lee on
    March 17th. Since then, they have been imprisoned, had very little
    contact with their families or western officials, and endured a
    secretive trial at which they were sentenced to twelve years hard labor.
    At this present moment, it is unclear where Laura and Euna are –
    whether they remain in a government guesthouse where they were
    originally held, in a hospital (due to medical problems for both of
    them), or moved to the infamous North Korean labor camps that many do
    not survive.
    Michael had read some of the details regarding Laura and Euna’s
    predicament. As was often the case with him and global events he read
    about – from famine in Africa to victims of natural disasters in far off
    countries, to orphans created by wars – he felt a deep sense of empathy
    for Laura and Euna. When I shared with him that Euna had a
    four-year-old daughter, he was even more anguished.
    He asked me whether I had had any contact with Laura. I told him I
    had written her a few letters and had been assured they were getting
    through. Outside of that, her own family had only heard from her twice –
    brief monitored phonecalls – in the over three months they had been
    imprisoned. When I told him that, Michael paused.
    “Do you think,” he said hesitantly, “that the leader of North Korea
    could be a fan of mine?”
    I didn’t really know how to respond. Not much is known about the
    reclusive Kim Jong Il or “Dear leader” as he is called in the Democratic
    People’s Republic of Korea. Over the years it’s been alleged he has a
    thing for Hollywood, certain NBA stars, Elvis, and specific liqueurs.
    Still, I’d never heard about any connection between Michael Jackson and
    Kim Jong Il.
    Michael said he had seen some pictures on the internet of the Dear
    Leader. “You’know, he wears jackets like mine.”
    I couldn’t help but laugh a little. It’s true. Michael always had a
    fascination with military-like jackets, the types with markers and
    badges on the collars and shoulders. If you search it online, you will
    indeed find a lot of images of Michael and Kim Jong Il, similarly
    bedecked in analogous outfits.
    “I don’t really know,” I answered Michael. “But I can try and find
    out.”
    “Please,” Michael responded without hesitantly, “because maybe if he
    was a fan, I could help get those girls home.”
    I explained to Michael that there were larger geo-politics involved,
    nuclear programs, a new administration trying to assert its foreign
    policy strategy (Obama), and another one in NK possibly going through
    some sort of transference of power.
    “Yeah,” Michael said wistfully, “but if someone wants to do something
    good, they just can. They don’t really need to worry about all that
    other stuff.”
    And that was really the end of that conversation. I kept my promise
    and tried to see if I might find a connection between MJ and KJI, but
    sadly I wasn’t able to. Before I was able to get back to Michael, the
    news regarding his tragic passing broke. The tributes and commemoratives
    began in earnest and have not stopped.
    Then the irony occurred to me, the far
    out bizarre seemingly impossible possibility: there is really only one
    person in the world today that could make a truly meaningful tribute to
    Michael Jackson. If indeed Kim Jong Il ever was a fan of Michael
    Jackson, ever gasped at Michael’s moonwalk, smiled at Thriller, hummed
    along to the Jackson Five or any of Michael’s countess hits, his
    pardoning of Laura Ling and Euna Lee and sending them home to their
    families would be a profound act of compassion, a true tribute to a man
    whose death has left the entire world in mourning. What a better way to
    re-invent himself and his own conflicted image than for Kim Jong Il to
    send a message of hope, forgiveness, and empathy as a commemoration of
    possibly the greatest icon of our times. It’s an act that would be
    historic, covered by every news organizations in the world, and be
    immortalized in the annals of time.
    Alas, maybe I’m naïve to have such dramatic hopes for my friend and
    her colleague, to think that leaders of nations may be influenced by the
    dying wishes of great artists. Or…maybe not. To me, Michael’s memory
    will always be as a great friend and mentor. To many around the world,
    it will be as an iconic and brilliant musical artist. Wouldn’t it be
    staggering if one Kim Jong Il were to honor him – post-death – as a
    truly great humanitarian?
    - Gotham Chopra
    Originally published on Intent.com


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    Re: MICHAEL WANTED TO HELP JOURNALISTS

    Post  EMPATHY on Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:31 am

    AND THEY WERE FREED...

    Laura Ling and Euna
    Lee Freed from North Korean Prison, Headed back to L.A.







    South Korean conservative activists
    with a defaced North Korean flag and portrait of North Korean leader Kim
    Jong Il stage a rally demanding the release of American journalists
    Laura Ling and Euna Lee (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee will arrive
    in Los Angeles tomorrow after a surprise visit by former President
    Bill Clinton prompted a pardon by Kim Jong II. In June, they were
    convicted of entering the country illegally and other unspecified
    "hostile" acts against the country which led to a sentence of 12 years
    of hard labor.

    Although Clinton acted as a private citizen at the request of the
    families of the two reporters, there a lot of talk about the political
    implications such as opening talks between the two countries and how
    North Korea may spin this in their favor, especially to their citizens.
    "In North Korea, everything is political," said Scott Snyder, director
    for U.S.-Korea policy at the Asia Foundation, to
    NPR. "And so the idea that there could be some sort of artificial
    distinction between a humanitarian mission and a political mission is
    ludicrous from the North Korean point of view, and so I'm sure that the
    former president is being asked all kinds of political questions. The
    point is that as a private visitor, he's not in a position to commit the
    U.S. government in any particular way."

    The Obama Administration called Clinton's trip "solely
    private."
    The families thanked Obama and others in a
    statement made this afternoon. "The families of Laura Ling and Euna
    Lee are overjoyed by the news of their pardon. We are so grateful to
    our government: President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the U.S. State
    Department for their dedication to and hard work on behalf of American
    citizens."

    *************

    Heres another report with a date.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/08/06/2009-08-06_ling_lee
    _call_captivity_a_nightmare.html

    Freed journalists Laura Ling, Euna Lee call captivity in N.
    Korea a nightmare


    DAILY NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

    Wednesday, August 5th 2009, 10:07 PM



    Freed journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee
    discuss their imprisonment.



    Euna Lee is reunited with daughter Hana.

    They didn't have to break rocks, just eat them.

    As Laura Ling and Euna
    Lee celebrated their freedom and thanked Bill Clinton for his rescue mission on Wednesday, harrowing
    details of their ordeal as North Korean prisoners emerged.
    Prison food was rice peppered with rocks. They were held in isolation
    from each other, gripped by fear that they would be shipped to one of
    the infamous hard-labor gulags in Kim
    Jong Il's Communist state.
    "The past 140 days have been the most difficult, heart-wrenching time
    of our lives," Ling said, choking back sobs just moments after the two
    journalists were reunited with their families.
    In a classic Hollywood ending, Ling, 32, and Lee, 36, bounced
    off a private jet at 6:19 a.m. at the Burbank
    airport near Los Angeles and rushed to embrace loved ones.
    As tears flowed, Lee hugged her husband and knelt down to lock her
    4-year-old daughter, Hana, in a tight embrace. Ling kissed her husband.
    Soon after, the families applauded when Clinton emerged from the plane.
    "Thirty hours ago, Euna Lee and I were prisoners in North
    Korea. We feared that at any moment we could be sent to a
    hard-labor camp, and, then, suddenly, we were told that we were going to
    a meeting," Ling said.
    "When we walked in through the doors, we saw, standing before us,
    President Bill Clinton," she said, pausing with emotion as she placed
    her hand on her chest.
    "We were shocked, but we knew instantly in our hearts that the
    nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end and now we stand
    here, home and free."
    In June, the North Korean regime sentenced the journalists, who work
    for former Vice President Al Gore's
    Current TV cable channel, to 12 years of hard labor for illegally
    entering the country.
    Kim pardoned them during Clinton's dramatic 20-hour visit.
    The full story of the women's confinement is yet to be told.
    First, they went home with their families to rest and recover. Ling's
    sister Lisa, a former co-host of "The View," offered a glimpse.
    "She said there were rocks in her rice," Lisa
    Ling related. "She's a little bit weak. She's lost a lot of
    weight."
    The women "were kept apart most of the time," she added. "On the day
    of their trial, they hugged each other, and that was it."
    Finally free, Lisa Ling said her sister craved fresh food and a sushi
    dinner.
    The White House kept a diplomatic distance
    from Clinton's "private" mission, but President Obama said, "We are obviously extraordinarily
    relieved ...
    "The reunion that we've all seen on television I think is a source of
    happiness not only for the families but for the entire country."
    Secretary of State Clinton, touring Africa,
    said her husband "was just so relieved and happy that it had been
    successful. He said it was very emotional, it was personally affecting
    to him."
    It was the former President's biggest solo turn on the world
    political stage since he left office. He planned a quick shift back to
    his current realm as a globetrotting master of philanthropy and do-good
    causes.
    Clinton will appear at two news conferences in Manhattan
    today - one on an agreement with major drug manufacturers to help fight
    AIDS, the other on a program to promote good nutrition for
    schoolchildren
    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/08/06/2009-08-06_ling_lee_call_captivity_a_nightmare.html#ixzz0tZKX4n5r


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    whenever you need me, I,ll be there".

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    Re: MICHAEL WANTED TO HELP JOURNALISTS

    Post  EMPATHY on Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:37 am

    Also interesting that they landed back in the US at BURBANK Airport which is the area I thought Michael was rehearsing at for part of his TII rehearsals. Probably a coincidence?


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    Re: MICHAEL WANTED TO HELP JOURNALISTS

    Post  starfish on Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:56 am

    More than coincidence...Synchronicity...

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