Laura Ling and Euna Lee, Bill Clinton return to US

no words needed – Now it is 6:15, about 7.5 hours after I posted this video and the raw footage is gone and now we have a newscaster telling us the obvious and the video gets framed within the stage.

from Lede Blog
As my colleagues Mark Landler and Peter Baker report, Al Gore was present this morning at the airport in Burbank, Calif., when Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who work as journalists for his company, Current TV, returned home to the United States after four months in North Korean custody. Britain’s Channel 4 News posted the raw video of the emotional homecoming embedded above on their Web site.

adding more at 6:30pm
from BBC

Leaving Korea video
Arriving Burbank video (this same footage had no sound this morning)
Laura Ling tells story of departure and give thanks video

story, photos, and video from MSNBC

RAW FOOTAGE via you tube
Euna Lee’s family (very voyueristic)

night protests iran

Update | 5:48 p.m. This video, which the blogger who uploaded it to YouTube today says was shot in Tehran on Thursday, appears to show that opposition protesters are continuing with the nightly ritual of shouting slogans, including “Allahu Akbar!” (”God is Great!”) and “Marg Bar Diktator!” (”Death to the Dictator!”) after dark:

found via Lede Blog 7.30.09

Iran’s opposition movement consecrated another martyr Sohrab Aarabi..
read Lede blog post with amazing video tribute

Sohrab Aarabi, the 19 year old protestor, who disappeared on 15 June during a demonstration in Tehran, was buried today at Behesht Zahra Cemetery in Tehran 13 July 2009 – funeral videos and photos

Bloggers using Twitter added the tag #Sohrab to many of their updates on the post-election turmoil, alongside the tag #Neda, indicating that he has become, like Neda Agha-Soltan, a martyr.

Iran – death of Neda

too upsetting to post many photos or videos so will just note links

Neda Agha-Soltan was killed June 20 during a protest in Tehran
TIME story | link to photos
Lede Blog on June 22 – the video still below haunts just like the one of the little boy being shielded by his father in West Bank the moment before he is killed. the moment before death

only Al-Jazeera blurs her face
Al-Jazeera Iran in Crisis

incredible memorial page on Facebook
a photo of her alive in collaged in front of a media still
rather than a ghost image – it is an image of fate to come