Wednesday 5 August 2009
Here's Kirsty Wark with news of what's happening tonight on Newsnight:
A happy story from North Korea? A publicity coup for one of the world's toughest dictators in a closed country where labour camps are full of North and South Koreans, where there is widespread poverty and starvation, and where the threat of an attack on South Korea is ever present. United States citizens Laura Ling and her sister, Euna Lee, (who work for Al Gore's Current TV) were arrested in March and found guilty of entering the country illegally, and then sentenced to 12 years hard labour. Today former US President Bill Clinton brought them home after meeting with Kim Jong Il, many photo ops, and a resultant special pardon for the two women. Tonight we'll be asking who has come out of this deal on top.
Is Twitter an amazing phenomenon, catapulting communication and journalism into a new era? Or simply an extension of text messaging that has captured the public's attention because of such diverse things as the Obama campaign, Demi Moore, and the Iranian uprising? We'll be speaking to the CEO and co-founder of Twitter, Evan Williams, about why he thinks it's so popular in the UK (second only to the US), what he thinks of China banning Twitter, how the company makes money with a free site, and what happens next. Click here if you have a question of your own for the Twitter CEO.
And if you are a regular viewer you will know about our group of care leavers whom our reporter Liz McKean has been following - Cherish, Jareth, Cass and Phil - as they try to take greater control of their lives. As we've seen it's been tough for each of them as they struggle without much of the emotional, physical and financial support that the majority of young people enjoy - and take for granted. In tonight's film Cherish is turning 18, something she's been preparing for with driving lessons. What will happen when she comes of age? And we catch up with Jareth as he deals with the dizzying responsibilities of a tenancy in a council flat. You can read more about tonight's Leaving Care film here.
Finally Prime Minister Putin of Russia has not let us down again this year with his holiday snaps. We will playout the programme tonight with some of the footage. Leave your ideas for what cheesy music you think should accompany it below!