Recommended Website to Follow

To stay on top of the real news, TVSet producer Jim Wrathall recommends the following sources of information:

http://www.wsws.org/

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/home.html

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/

http://www.globalresearch.ca

http://majority.fm

His #1 favorite source is Democracy Now!. Share your favorite sources of reliable news.

Map of Religious Repression

Based on a 2013 report, Reporters Without Borders posted a Map of Religious Repression infographic. It “looks at the different kinds of legislation penalizing attacks on religion or the ‘feelings of believers.’ Such laws exist in nearly half (47 per cent) of the world’s countries. Only the most hardline Islamic states penalize apostasy (the act of giving up one’s religion), which is punishable by death in some cases. But blasphemy is penalized in no fewer than 31 countries including Greece, Italy and Ireland (which updated its legislation in 2010) and ‘defamation of religion’ is criminalized in 86 countries.

For more information, click on this link: http://en.rsf.org/religions/en.html#.

World Press Freedom Index 2015: decline on all fronts

The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate. Most countries saw a decline, but several saw improvements: Mongolia, Tonga, Madagascar, Georgia, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Tunisia, Brazil, and Mexico.

Some themes emerged, including blasphemy is being used politically for religious censorship, and security is the grounds most often given by governments – both those that are democratic and those that are not – for trampling on fundamental freedoms and gagging the media.

For a country rankings and more themes and insights, visit this link: http://index.rsf.org/#!/index-details. By the way, the U.S. is ranked 48th “best” out of 180 countries, but its ranking declined from last year. Thanks for Reporters Without Borders for providing unbiased rankings.

Islam’s contribution to Europe and the Renaissance

February 15 TVSet live show at 6 p.m. Tune in to learn more.

Islam is in the news, and often not in a positive light. TVSet producer Jim Wrathall delved into the contributions followers of  Islam have made to the world, and it’s impressive. He wants to share some of what he’s discovered with viewers.

He’ll be sharing clips from the following links. If you want to learn more, please check them out.

When the Moors Ruled in Europe
Islam the Untold Story
Islam’s contribution to Europe and Influence to European Renaissance
Islamic Art and Culture in the Renaissance—The True Moor of Venice
Islamic History of Europe – BBC Documentary

Co-hosts tonight are Anitra Campbell and John Kellerman.

If you have an issue that TVSet’s progressive audience should know about, please get in touch.

Support Bill that Transitions Oregon Beyond Coal to Clean Energy

According to Sierra Club Oregon, 71% of voters agree with them that Oregon should transition from coal to clean renewable energy by 2025. Yet Oregon still gets one-third of its energy from coal, much of that coming from out-of-state coal plants, making coal-burning a top source of climate pollution for our state. Pacific Power, Oregon’s second biggest utility company, gets two-thirds of its energy from out-of-state coal plants.

As the Oregon Legislature convenes, we can put pressure on them to support a bill that transitions Oregon beyond coal to clean energy.

Event details:

WHO: Sierra Club activists, coalition partners, and you!
WHAT: Oregon Conservation Network Lobby Day – to call on our legislators to support the coal to clean energy bill
WHEN: Tuesday, March 24th 9:30 am – 4 pm
WHERE: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301, we will soon be coordinating meet up locations across the state

Click here to sign-up: http://action.sierraclub.org/LobbyDay2015OR

Next TVSet airs Sunday, February 15 – Issue: Nestlé wants to bottle and sell Oregon water

Nestlé wants to bottle and sell Oregon water. Learn how they are attempting to gain control of a pristine water source in the Columbia Gorge and why it is a cause for concern (and uproar!).

According to Food and Water Watch: “Nestlé has taken water from numerous U.S. communities for little or no compensation, bottled and sold it – for billions of dollars in profit – and then dumped the environmental and other costs onto society.”

Check out the links below and tune into the Sunday, February 15 TVSet Show, 6-7 p.m. on Channel 11 to become informed about the issue and learn what you can do to have an impact.

http://www.bark-out.org/project/nestle-water-bottling-proposal

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/nestle-cascade-locks/

The Danger of Silence

Just watched Clint Smith on a TED Talk talking about the danger of silence. As he says, our voices are powerful and need to be used. “Silence is the residue of fear,” says Mr. Smith. He quotes Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Mr. Smith makes a compelling case. There’s a lot of silence in the world at a time when we need to be raising our voices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiKtZgImdlY