Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Group's Freedom Appeal for jailed Kurdish dissident

Group Appeals for jailed Kurdish dissident's freedom
Detained for nearly 4 months by KDP for criticizing Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, group now fears for Dr. Qadir's safety

From Kurdish media: A group called the Free Dr Kamal Sayid Qadir Campaign is appealing to the international media, all human right organizations, and all western democracies countries, "particularly those that participated in ending the dictatorship and tyranny of Saddam’s regime" to support human rights, freedom of press, freedom of expression in Kurdistan and put effective pressure on the Barzani leadership to free Dr Kamal Sayid Qadir, without any conditions, bails and restrictions to enable him to return to his job in Austria as a free man with untarnished character and intellectual integrity.

Bob Woodruff Update

Bob Woodruff Update

We haven't heard a lot about ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff's healing progress in the news. The last I read, Bob was still in a drug-induced coma at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. People magazine's website provides a message from David Woodruff, Bob's brother:
"On behalf of all the Woodruffs I wanted to reach out to Bob's entire ABC family and thank you again for your seemingly endless supply of love and support. It means everything to us and to everyone involved in Bob's recovery." Regarding his brother's condition, David Woodruff said: "Bob's amazing team of doctors, nurses and corpsmen continue to be pleased with the progress he makes each day and they are optimistic about his recovery. But the more we learn about Bob's injuries the more we appreciate just how lucky he is. We need to remind ourselves it's only been 2 1/2 weeks since he sustained his injuries in Iraq. We live in a world of instant gratification where patience as a virtue is rarely practiced. Our family now has a whole new appreciation for the word and what it truly means to be patient."