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If some weeks ago we saw that Google was urged to clean up YouTube’s Copyright Troubles, now the Association of American Publishers are also suing them:

“The publishing industry is united behind this lawsuit against Google and united in the fight to defend their rights,” AAP President and former Colorado Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder said in a statement. “While authors and publishers know how useful Google’s search engine can be and think the Print Library could be an excellent resource, the bottom line is that under its current plan, Google is seeking to make millions of dollars by freeloading on the talent and property of authors and publishers.”

This comes after Google removed 20.549 videos from YouTube (Spanish), after being sued by a Japanese holding who defends the rights of the authors, because of an infraction related with intelectual property (here in English from BBC, here from PC World and here from Tail Rank).

In Spain, SGAE (General Society for Authors and Editors) is planning to install a new tax on every hard disk (link in Spanish)-whether they are on computers or not- that you purchase just in case you are going to copy protected material in them. Tribunals have issued sentences against the old canon (link in Spanish)in which the hard disks and other high capacity devices were not included. SGAE won [not earned] €29 millions only in 2004 and it increased 30% in 2005. The percentage is decided on average estimations on what would the normal share of clients using those means to archive forbidden material. There are a lot of campaigns  and on line petitions against the canon in internet.

Básicamente lo que pasa es que Google después de haber sido obligada a retirar casi 30.000 vídeos de YouTube por la SGAE Japonesa, ahora ha sido demandada también por la Asociación americana de Editores, debido a su nuevo proyecto que intentaba subir a Internet los libros de diferentes universidades. Los editores quieren dinero a cambio de la millonada que se va a llevar Google.

En cuanto a España, como seguimos a vueltas con el canon de la SGAE, aquí teneis un vídeo de traca que he encontrado en Internet… smile_teeth

Aquí teneis el link del video.

UPDATE: Javier de la Cueva from Derecho de Internet points me another sentence which is more recent that the one I pointed to above, in fact, from Sept 26th, 2006. The Judge failed to recognise his rights to the consumer but later the Provincial Audience has revoked that, recognising againthose rights.

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I have added this blog to two campaigns that are so necessary nowadays.

The first is about denouncing the present state of Human Rights’ abuses in China. Human Rights Watch has launched a campaign denouncing that, whatever the Chinese political elite wants the rest of the world to know, they are even harrassing more the freedom activists and the overall state of Human Rights is even worse than some years before. So if you agree with this campaign, go to this page and insert the logo in your blog. For more information, go here.

The second one is promoting a campaign to boycott Indonesian products, after the persecution Chrsitians are suffering there. I found it in a blog called “Persecuted Christians in Indonesia” (Thanks to Ajopringue for pointing to this blog). In a country were 1 out of ten muslims are supporters of Jihad (approx. 18.7 millions), this is really necessary. So:

Hay dos nuevas campañas importantes en la blogosfera internacional: la primera se refiere a China. La ONG Human Rights Watch está denunciando que, a pesar de las promesas realizadas por la élite política china, todavía están amenazando a los activistas pro-libertad y derechos humanos y que el estado general de los Derechos Humanos es peor ahora que hace unos años. Así que, si estás de acuerdo en dar la voz sobre lo que está pasando en China, ve aquí y pon el logo en tu blog.

La segunda es sobre Indonesia, país mayoritariamente musulmán que ahora está llevando a cabo una campaña de persecución de los infieles, en su mayoría cristianos. Ajopringue, en el link de arriba, enlaza al blog “los infieles persguidos en Indonesia“, en el que la encontré. Este último es un blog de obligada lectura sobre lo que está pasando en Indonesia.

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From The Washington Post:

The children answer to nicknames such as “Seagull,” “Brightness,” “Summer” and “Ocean,” but they come with scars that social workers initially mistake for dirt. When they first arrive at the two-story house here, they hoard toothpaste, or they hide new socks and steamed buns in their bed quilts, as if they were precious gems.

They are the children of prisoners, and in this country, they belong to no one.

The law is unclear on who should provide for the children of China’s more than 1.5 million prisoners. No government department is willing to supervise them. Historically, relatives have taken them in, but in practice, many unwanted children are shuffled from family to family. Sometimes, even the families do not want them.

A small number of children, like the 12 at the home here in Dalian, receive care at “Children’s Villages,” organizations usually run by civic-minded individuals. But there are no more than nine or 10 such organizations nationwide, serving perhaps 1,000 children, experts say. Prisoners have an estimated 600,000 children under the age of 18, according to Justice Ministry statistics; experts argue that the actual figure is higher.

 Found at Letras Cum Garfos.

Chinese authorities also recognise having shoot in Tibet some Tibetans who were trying to cross to Nepal. But it was on self-defense. Of course that is ridiculous when you see they were trying to defend themselves from… a monk and some children. [UPDATE: You have more information about this in Truth About China, here, here and here]

But China is increasing his attractive throughout the world (found at China e-Lobby), despite Chinese record of Human Rights’ abuses:

Among the tools available to Beijing in exercising its soft power, the most obvious are socioeconomic. Riding the wave of its astonishing growth over the past decade, China now routinely portrays itself not only as a model for the world’s poorest countries but as their most vocal and sympathetic international ally.

[…]  At the top of China’s list in this regard has been energy, ever-increasing amounts of which are needed to fuel the country’s booming economy. The heads of state-owned natural-resource firms speak openly of the investments that Beijing directs them to make abroad. This campaign has paid off handsomely, with Chinese companies lining up a range of eager partners in countries possessing first-tier oil and gas fields. In South America, the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has established a joint venture with the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela and, through a subsidiary, has bought a stake in Peru’s Pluspetrol. Last year CNPC purchased PetroKazakhstan, one of the biggest oil companies in Central Asia, for $4.18 billion. Chinese firms have also become the biggest foreign investor in Sudan’s sizable oil industry, and have concluded a deal to develop one of Iran’s major oil and gas fields (I wrote about this here).

[…] Still more amazingly, China’s charm offensive has made a strong impression on international public opinion. In a 2005 BBC poll of 22 nations, 48 percent rated China’s role in the world as mainly positive, with only 30 percent seeing it as negative. A follow-up poll, released in February 2006, revealed a rise in positive feelings in nations ranging from Brazil to Indonesia to Nigeria, even as the public standing of the United States deteriorated.

[…] The effects of China’s diplomatic outreach can be registered perhaps most sharply in its own region, where its influence is felt in older groupings like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and in newer pan-Asian institutions, like the East Asia Summit, which it has helped to create. In the longer run, Beijing may try to convert some of these partnerships into more formal alliances.

[…] Then there is Central Asia. There, China played a leading role in the founding five years ago of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a group that includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The rest of the world paid little attention, but since 2001, Central Asia has assumed new international prominence. It is both rich in oil—Kazakhstan alone produces more than a million barrels a day—and adjacent to flashpoints like Afghanistan and Iran -that now wants to control all the Middle East, as described in the link with Russia’s help-. This is why, after 9/11, Washington hurried to secure basing rights in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

[…] Globally, there is also the danger of imitation. To the extent that poorer nations follow China’s model of development, they are likely to reproduce both its disastrous environmental record and its hostility to independent labor unions and other accoutrements of a free civic order, a combination with dire effects on long-term social health. Nor is state control in the most backward corners of the world likely to produce anything like Chinese-style growth. Though corruption is endemic in Chinese officialdom, its negative effects are offset by the developing rule of law there (especially in the eastern cities) and by the country’s need to fight graft in order to attract foreign investment. In parts of the developing world, where the rule of law is at best a distant ideal, the Chinese model can only intensify corruption.

Finally, the Chinese posture of “noninterference” can be a cover for something more ominous. The fact is that, in the developing world, China has served as a positive impediment to Western efforts to bring about vital reforms. In 2005, for example, IMF officials were on the verge of concluding a deal with the Angolan government in which new loans would be tied to intensive monitoring to ensure that aid actually reached the poor. At the last minute, Angolan officials broke off the talks; China had stepped in, offering loans and credits worth as much as $5 billion—with no conditions.

[…] Worldwide, China’s support for dictators hurts the populations of the affected nations while endangering regional and international security. In supporting self-aggrandizing demagogues like Robert Mugabe and Hugo Chavez, China fosters instability in the world’s fragile, impoverished continents. By reducing pressure on rogue actors like Sudan and Iran, Beijing undermines any real prospect of political and social reform, all but guaranteeing that they will continue to be engines of extremism and global terror.

[…] All of which is a sharp reminder that China remains not only an economic rival but a looming political danger. In many respects, indeed, China represents a more complicated potential adversary than the Soviet Union ever was. Our struggle with the hidebound USSR certainly had its “soft” side, involving the contest of ideas and of political and economic ideals. But the main struggle was in the arena of hard power, of military might and determination, and in the end this is what proved decisive. Countering the new China is a task requiring a kind of intellectual and ideological agility at which Americans are not much practiced. If democratic values are to prevail globally, we need even more rapidly to develop and to give life to some unaccustomed instruments of American influence.

It does not say anything -that I have read- about NKorea’s abuses: WMD reports that refugees are reporting the killing of disabled infants and forced abortions of babies believed fathered by Chinese men in an obsessive program based on mystical notions of Korean racial superiority.

Oficialmente los hijos de prisioneros en China no tienen sitios donde alojarse mientras sus padres cumplen condena. Normalmente los recogían parientes, pero ahora son rechazados por sus familias en muchos casos. Se estima que el 1,5 millones de chinos en la cárcel, tienen 600.000 hijos menores de 18 años -algunos estiman que son más-, de los que aproximadamente 1.000 reciben cuidados de organizaciones cívicas. smile_sad

Asimismo, las autoridades chinas han declarado que los soldados de la frontera dispararon contra unos tibetanos muy malos que se les resistieron y lucharon contra ellos. Lo que me creería si las personas a las que dispararon a quemarropa y a sangre fría no hubieran sido un monje y varios niños que querían huir a Nepal… smile_angry

Por último, un artículo en el que se examina la importancia geopolítica de China. Con su política suave ha hecho olvidar a la gente que es el país en el que más derechos humanos se violan -como ya vimos ayer-. Invirtiendo en estados con grandes reservas de petróleo, se ha introducido en Sudamérica, con importantes acuerdos con Chávez y Evo Morales, así como comprando un paquete de acciones en la peruana Pluspetrol; en Asia Central, formando la Shanghai Cooperation Organization, de la que forman parte Rusia, Kazajstán, Uzbekistán, Tazijistán y Kyrgystán -ya vimos aquí la construcción del mega oleducto a Turkmekistán-; y en África, con los acuerdos con los gobiernos sudanés -ya vimos lo que pasaba con los campos petrolíferos de Darfur– y angoleño.

El comportamiento de China da lugar a varios problemas: el primero que nos interesa es la imitación. Si a los países subdesarrollados se les ocurre imitar a China, sólo conseguirán disminuir el respeto a los Derechos Humanos y aumentar la corrupción. Y el segundo es que su política de apoyo a los dictadores representa un peligro aún mayor, con apoyo a los ayatolás -que ahora quieren controlar todo el Medio Oriente, con la inestimable ayuda de Rusia-, a Chávez, a Mugabe o al querido líder Kim Jong-Il -que parece estar llevando a cabo un obsesivo programa de limpieza racial: a las norcoreanas que se quedan embarazadas de un chino, o les hacen abortar forzosamente o matan al niño dejándolo sin comer una vez que ya ha nacido-.

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EL PAIS (that leftist newspaper): China remains in the podium of repression. “Chinese promised to fulfill obligations in Human Rights before been awarded with the Olyimpics, but now instead of really fulfilling that promise, both freedom of expression and citizens’ rights are even less respected. Well, this is a very little note for all that is going on in China. Of course, it is much better to insist on calling murderers to US soldiers in Iraq, but to give no information of the grave Human Rights’ abuses in China -or about the Liban war, has someone heard something in Spain?-. The rest of the article can be viewed paying….
Well, it is curious also that when Amnesty International reports about US abuses all the TV networks, newspapers, etc are greedily reporting it. But when they publish something about other countries it goes really silenced. That is what has happened with the last report from AI, who founded that news title from the independent diary of the mornings, as EL PAIS is subtitled. About this last report I have known because of the blog Galería de Arte”. [NOTE: AI also has hidden this report, not in its front page, but in a subsidiary for China’s problems with Human Rights, but there is a link in its front page to “know more about Guantanamo Bay”]. Now for the report:

China’s record on imprisoning citizens without charge, its treatment of human rights defenders and its respect of media freedoms are all deteriorating, despite promises from the Chinese government that it would make human rights improvements in advance of the Beijing Olympics, Amnesty International said in a new report today. The report finds that though China has made some progress in reforming the death penalty system, its record in other crucial human rights areas has gone downhill — ironically, sometimes in the name of preparing for the Olympics.
“Flagrant human rights abuses continue in China, and the appalling ‘re-education through labor’ system seems to be flourishing in the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games,” said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). “This is contrary to the Olympic Charter ideal and clearly negates the ‘preservation of human dignity’ that Beijing, as an Olympic host, has committed to uphold.”
The 28-page report, The Olympics Countdown: Failing to keep Human Rights Promises, focuses on four areas: “re-education through labor” (RTL), restrictions on media freedom, the harassment and imprisonment of human rights defenders, and the death penalty. Amnesty International has sent its findings to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has stated that it would act if human rights commitments by China were not upheld in practice. The organization is urging the IOC to use its influence with the Chinese authorities and to speak out on behalf of individuals who have been wrongfully imprisoned.
Amnesty International is concerned that the Chinese authorities may be using the forthcoming Olympic Games as an incentive to retain the unjust system of RTL in the name of safeguarding security and maintaining order. Police have the power to issue sentences of up to three years for vaguely defined charges. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be held at RTL labor camps across the country.

At the end, they beg ask US to make China be really committed on Human Right.


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USA has pressed for NKorea Sanctions. The proposed US sanctions are:

  • Halting trade in material that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction
  • Inspections of cargo going in and out of North Korea
  • The ending of financial transactions used to support nuclear proliferation
  • A ban on the import of luxury goods

Japan has confirmed the economic restrictions on NKorea and the restrictions to the entry of NKoreans in Japanese land. They are also forgiving NKorean ships to enter Japanese ports. All of these measures can have a very bad efect on NKorean economy as some of their products, as clams or mushrooms, are one of the main methods of achieving foreign currencies, mainly from the Japanese market. Also ferries are the main way of communication between the two countries. [The Guardian]

Of course, Koffi Annan has -in another crisis in his reign– said to the US: please, talk to NKorea…

He urged the US to enter direct talks with North Korea, something which Washington consistently refuses to do. “I have always argued that we should talk to parties whose behaviour we want to change,” Mr Annan said.

And NKorea has threaten to retaliate strongly:

North Korea today threatened “strong” retaliation against Japanese sanctions as UN security council members tried to work out a compromise deal on a response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test.

“We will take strong counter-measures,” Song Il Ho, North Korea’s ambassador in charge of talks with Japan, said when asked about Tokyo’s unilateral sanctions, imposed yesterday. The measures include a ban on North Korean shipping.

In an interview with Japan’s Kyodo news agency, he warned: “We never speak empty words.”

Newsweek asked some days ago if this test will bring down Kim. And also wrote about China:

But U.S. officials had become increasingly frustrated by China’s reluctance to squeeze Pyongyang harder. In the past, even when it was displeased with Kim, Beijing has done little more than temporarily interrupt fuel flows. The hope in Washington is now that Chinese President Hu Jintao will decide he’s finally had enough of his out-of-control former junior partner. With Sunday’s test Kim has now twice rebuffed Hu’s pleas for restraint. The last time was July, when Kim ignored the Chinese leader’s request not to test missiles. This time Kim insulted Hu the day after an important Sino-Japanese summit with Tokyo’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe—a nationalist who will no doubt be probing China’s strategic determination—and on the eve of a big communist party plenary session at which Hu’s reputation will be on the line.

For Washington, almost everything is riding on this hope. U.S. officials are talking tough about beefing up their Proliferation Security Initiative, which mainly involves interdicting suspect shipments on the high seas. But last week they quickly walked back any speculation that Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill’s stark rhetoric from last week—“North Korea can have a future or it can have these weapons. It can’t have both,” Hill said—meant a threat of war. The Pentagon is extremely leery of any military options, with the heavily-populated South Korean capital of Seoul lying vulnerable to missile attack just across the North Korean border. What Hill’s comment meant instead, several U.S. officials said, was that the U.N. Security Council would move to impose sanctions, and key countries such as China, Japan and South Korea would join in, ensuring that the Pyongyang regime remains utterly friendless.

Well, today, from Reuters:

The United States will push formally on Thursday for tough U.N. punishment of North Korea for its reported nuclear test, but is certain to face strong opposition from China.

China, the nearest North Korea has to a backer, openly condemned its communist neighbor after it announced on Monday it had conducted a nuclear test and agreed to limited sanctions.

“In response to North Korea’s actions we’re working with our partners … to ensure there are serious repercussions for the regime in Pyongyang,”U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday after Japan announced new sanctions of its own against North Korea.

But a new U.S. resolution goes further than Beijing wants.

There has not yet been any independent confirmation that Monday’s test was of a nuclear device. But some have speculated that if it was nuclear, it might not have been successful as claimed by Pyongyang.

North Korea has held out the threat of more tests, calling U.S. pressure to rein in its nuclear program tantamount to a “declaration of war”.

A U.N. Security Council vote on the resolution could come on Friday, when the leaders of China and South Korea — on which Pyongyang relies for economic aid and a level of diplomatic protection — are also due to meet in Beijing.

Both countries are anxious to avoid driving the reclusive North — with its 1.2 million-strong army — further into a corner, possibly triggering instability on the Korean peninsula, which has been divided for more than half a century.

USA has softened previous proposal on NKorea.

The new American resolution, to be formally introduced this morning, would declare North Korea’s actions to be a threat to international peace and stability and would require countries to freeze assets related to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs and ban the sale or transfer of materials that could be used in them. It would also ban travel by people involved in the programs and bar the sale of the luxury goods used to reward the regime’s elite, diplomats said late Wednesday.

But unlike an earlier version, it would allow but not require inspections of all cargo going into or out of North Korea, or the freezing of assets related to counterfeiting or narcotics, which American officials say are crucial sources of the hard currency needed to fund the weapons programs. Japanese demands for a ban on allowing North Korean ships or planes to enter other countries were also dropped.

In Beijing today, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry appeared to back away from a statement on Tuesday by the country’s United Nations ambassador expressing support for “punitive” sanctions.

“It’s necessary to express clearly to North Korea that the nuclear test is the wrong practice,” said the spokesman, Liu Jianchao. “As to what measures to take, I think the measures themselves are not punitive action,” he said. “One can say that punishment isn’t the goal.”

Precisely the question now arising in some places is whether or not NKorea really tested a nuclear bomb.

UPDATE: An interesting article from the Telegraph: The West woke up too late to the nuclear threat of rogue states. (Found at Disculpen las Molestias)
EEUU presentó una resolución en la que se imponían una serie de sanciones a Corea del Norte por la prueba nuclear. Estas eran no dejar entrar material que pudiera ser usado para hacer ADM, inspecciones de todos los buques cargueros que entren y salgan de Corea del Norte, el final de todas las transacciones financieras usadas para apoyar la proliferación nuclear y una prohibición para importar bienes de lujo.
Japón por su pare ha establecido restricciones a sus transacciones comerciales con Corea del Norte y sobre los ciudadanos norcoreanos que quieran entrar en el país nipón. Asimismo, también ha prohibido a los barcos norcoreanos atracar en puertos japoneses. Estas medidas pueden ser penosas para la economía norcoreana que recibe muchas divisas procedentes de la exportación de setas y almejas a Japón y cuyo único medio de comunicación con este país son los ferries. Corea del Norte ha anunciado “grandes represalias” contra Japón.
Hace unos días ya escribí que el principal problema para imponer una sanción a Corea del Norte era precisamente China. Pues bien, después de protestar mucho cuando Corea del Norte hizo la prueba nuclear, ahora no es partidaria de que se le impongan muchas sanciones. EEUU ha tenido que presentar una nueva propuesta de resolución en la ONU, en la que ya no se exige un registro de los barcos que entran y salen de Corea del Norte, medida que es vital según los expertos, porque de esa forma se impediría que llegara dinero procedente de drogas o de falsificación, para financiar el programa armamentístico.
Eso sí, Koffi Annan le ha dicho a EEUU que a ver si dialoga con Kim Jong Il, diciendo: “Creo que siempre hay que hablar con las personas cuyo comportamiento debemos cambiar”. NO comments 😦
Mientras crecen las dudas sobre si efectivamente Corea del Norte tiene la bomba realmente.

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Defiant North Korea conducts nuclear test | Top News | Reuters.com


North Korea said it conducted an underground nuclear test on Monday, defying a warning from the U.N. Security Council and opening its crippled economy to the risk of fresh sanctions. South Korea put its troops on heightened alert after the announcement, which came just minutes before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed in Seoul for a visit. The move could heighten regional tension and deal a fresh foreign policy blow to President Bush ahead of mid-term elections. The White House branded the act “provocative” and said it expected the U.N. Security Council to take immediate actions. Long Pyongyang’s chief ally, China denounced the “brazen” act, urging it to avoid action that could worsen the situation, and Russian President Vladimir Putin also condemned the test. North Korea’s announcement pushed the dollar to an eight-month high against the yen and helped shove oil above $60 a barrel. South Korea’s won fell 1.5 percent to two-month lows and its main stock index tumbled as much as 3.6 percent.

You can read also: Washington Post:

The White House did not immediately confirm the test, but spokesman Tony Snow said in a statement: “U.S. and South Korean intelligence detected a seismic event Sunday at a suspected nuclear test site in North Korea. A North Korean nuclear test would constitute a provocative act, in defiance of the will of the international community and of our calls to refrain from actions that would aggravate tensions in northeast Asia. We expect the Security Council to take immediate actions to respond to this unprovoked act.”

The U.S. Geological Survey registered a “seismic event” of magnitude 4.2 at 10:35 a.m. Monday local time (9:35 p.m. Sunday EDT) 240 miles northeast of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, said Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist at the agency. She said the event occurred 45 miles north of the North Korean town of Kimchaek.

Russia’s defense minister said the reported test was equivalent to between 5,000 tons and 15,000 tons of TNT, the Associated Press reported. That would make the blast possibly as powerful as the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima in World War II, which was equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT, the news agency said.

USA TODAY: North Korea says it conducted succesful underground nuclear test
NYT: NKorea reports 1st nuclear arms test.
Memeorandum: US Official N Korea tested nuclear weapon.
The Guardian: Blair condemns nuclear test.

Acordding to Spanish newspaper EL MUNDO, UN will act against NKorea.

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Winds of Change writes:

The truth is that North Korea is an irrelevant bit player in this whole drama. The real player here is China. They have helped North Korea at every step, and North Korea’s regime cannot survive at all without their ongoing food and fuel aid. Kim Jong-Il’s nuclear plans may be slightly inconvenient to the Chinese – just not not inconvenient enough to derail a strategy that still promises net plusses to those pursuing it within China’s dictatorship.
[…] In other words, make it clear to the Chinese via back-channel diplomacy that anything Taiwan chooses to do re: acquiring nuclear technology is no longer of any interest to the USA until Kim’s regime is gone – and that the Taiwanese are being briefed to that effect (the US had stopped a Taiwanese nuclear effort by threatening a cutoff of all military aid). Be clear also, and make public statements that “other states in the region” now have a viable reason to respond in kind. One could also drop hints about and then refuse to deny to the Chinese that back-channel discussions have begun with South Korea and Japan that involve America offering them a set number of working nuclear weapons from US stocks as a counterweight. They can also be told more directly via diplomatic channels that the USA will also support either or both countries if they choose to pursue their own programs, meanwhile floating diplomatic “trial balloons” re: a system that gives these countries their own deterrents as a better option, because it does not produce the capacity for further manufacture and so is “less destabilizing to the region.”

I agree. As I wrote here, the real goal is Taiwan and its independence.

I have found this [fake -or not? 😛 -] photo in Asia Pundit:



You scratch my back, Ill test some missiles

To sum up…

En español podeis leer: Ajopringue,
EXPANSIÓN: El Consejo de Seguridad se reúne de urgencia para debatir sobre las pruebas nucleares de Corea del Norte.
ABC.es: Corea del Norte confirma su desafío nuclear tras el “éxito” de su primera prueba.

Just read this piece of news: it is disgusting AND
Test raises tension on border | The World | The Australian:

THE North Korean refugee had one request for her captors before the young Chinese soldiers led her back across the steel-girdered bridge on the Yalu River that divides two “socialist allies”.
She asked for a comb and some water because she said that if she was going to die she could not face going to heaven looking as dirty and dishevelled as this,” recounted a relative of one soldier who was there. What happened next is testimony to the rising disgust in Chinese military ranks as Beijing posts more troops to the border amid a crisis with North Korea over its regime’s plan to stage a nuclear test.
The soldiers, who later told family members of the incident, marched the woman, who was about 30, to the mid-point of the bridge. North Korean guards were waiting. They signed papers for receipt of the woman, who kept her dignity until that moment. Then, in front of the Chinese troops, one seized her and another speared her hand – the soft part between thumb and forefinger – with the point of a sharpened steel cable, which he twisted into a leash. “She screamed just like a pig when we kill it at home in the village,” the soldier later told his relative. “Then they dragged her away.”

Lo que tiene que quedar muy claro es que el jugador aquí NO es Corea del Norte si no China. China, como señala Winds of Change un poco más arriba, ha jugado un papel determinante auydando a los norcoreanos en el éxito de su programa nuclear. Y eso es nuestro [1] verdadero problema, porque China está interesada en Taiwan y de esta forma le abre un nuevo frente a USA en su defensa de la independencia de la isla, así como de Japón y Australia. De modo que al final lo que se está acelerando es la carrera armamentística nuclear.

La última noticia relata cómo mataron los soldados de Corea del Norte a una chica que se había saltado a la valla para ir a pedir comida y su “aliado” China, se la devolvió. “Chilló como cuando matamos a un cerdo en mi casa del pueblo“, le dijo un soldado chino a un familiar. Y este país tiene energía atómica…. 😦

[1] NOTA: NO es el problema de Zapatero, que es partidario de que China anexione Taiwan

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OneFreeKorea | Blog Archive » The Case for Blocking Ban Ki-Moon


I’m betting on the U.N. to flub it, and I can even tell you how it’s going to happen. The front-runner to replace Kofi Annan is South Korea’s leftist Foreign Minister, Ban Ki-Moon, a man whose record embodies the very worst we’ve come to expect from the U.N.: passive-aggressive policies that appease evil and confront all efforts to define or enforce standards of civilized conduct. As Foreign Minister, Ban was architect and executor of a no-questions-asked appeasement policy toward North Korea. During those years, North Korea’s human rights record was the worst on earth, and probably the worst since the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Kim Jong Il’s absolutist regime, supported by $7 billion in South Korean aid since 1994, stands accused of racial infanticide, the use of gas chambers for horrific chemical weapons on entire families, and a politically selective famine that “cleansed” North Korea of millions while the regime went on an arms-buying spree. North Korea’s forced labor camps are estimated to hold as many as 250,000 people, including thousands of children.
Ban and his government had little to say and nothing to ask as these atrocities went on, and go on to this very day. When resolutions condemning these crimes came before the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and later, the General assembly, South Korea’s ambassadors were instructed to either refuse to vote or abstain. Publicly, Ban’s government failed to raise more than one mild, belated, token call to improve human rights in the North, and then, only in the most vague and general sense and in response to withering criticism from abroad.

Add to this that the prisoners have resorted to cannibalism to survive (HT: Blah Blah Blog, thanks to Right Truth )

Well, I was not very happy at the possibility of this man being crowned as the new UN secretary General and after reading this [above is only an excerpt, there is more in the link above], I am less happy at the perspective of this man being the new UNSG. Because this same day he has been confirmed by the UN Security Council and is probable that he will be also ratified by the UN General Assembly [English: AOL News, BBC, Breitbart.COM (HT PJM), CNN, FOXNews, MSNBC, Reuters, French: Le Figaro, Le Monde, Nouvel Observateur]. I fear he is going to be Boutros Ghali-Koffi Annan reloaded.

Yesterday, there was however people like intelligent Alexandra from All Things Beautiful who, blogging about an article by The Guardian, wrote:

They don’t want a man who will focus on “administrative detail”; that would curtail their gravy train. They don’t want a leader who “knows to disagree without being disagreeable”; that would forgo juicy Israel bashing headlines. They don’t want a man with strong convictions; that would jeopardize the continuation of mindless anti-Zionist propaganda.

In short, they don’t want a man who is described as “intelligent, polite, moderate and honest” and who supports “UN reform, transparency and the free market”.

We may of course find to our dismay, that Ban Ki-moon has little sympathy for a beleaguered Israel, but in absence of a confirmed anti-Semitic, Muslim candidate, I am prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt and look forward to rid the airwaves of the spineless and hopelessly corrupt Kofi Annan.

The same conclusion was reached also by Blue Crab Boulevard.

I really do not know what Ban Ki-Moon thinks about Israel, but seen how he has behaved with his neighbour NKorea, I am thinking he is not going to behave very well… 😦

ONE Free Korea es uno de los blogs más interesantes -junto con The Korea Liberator- relativos a la actualidad Corea del Norte. Es cierto que están escritos por americanos pero tanto en uno como en otro caso se han dedicado a denunciar los abusos de Derechos Humanos existentes en Corea en su vida profesional -especialmente el autor de One Free Korea-. Pues bien, según OFK, Ban Ki-Moon es un izquierdista, partidario del apaciguamiento. Su gobierno conocía que existía infanticidio racial, uso de cámaras de gas para los disidentes -incluso se ha utilizado con familias enteras-, que se produjo una hambruna políticamente inducida -es decir que mataban de hambre a los disidentes-, todo ello mientras el régimen seguía comprando armas… y Corea del Sur le entregaba 7 billones de dólares en ayuda desde 1994 y daba a sus embajadores la orden de abstenerse en las votaciones de condena de Corea del Norte por abusos graves -que, por otro lado, estaban más que justificados-. Su gobierno sólo ha criticado por encima a Corea del Norte para salvar las apariencias internacionales.

Pues este hombre acaba de ser elegido -no de manera definitiva, falta todavía la ratificación por la Asamblea General- como el nuevo Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas.
El Mundo:El Consejo de Seguridad designa al surcoreano Ban Ki-Moon próximo secretario general de la ONU .

LA Razón: El surcoreano Ban Ki-Moon, secretario general de la ONU .
Libertad Digital: Ban Ki-Moon, Ministro surcoreano de Exteriores, nombrado nuevo secretario general de la ONU .

El Pais: El surcoreano, Ban KI-Moon, designado próximo secretario general de la ONU .

ABC.es: El Consejo de Seguridad elige al surcoreano Ban Ki-Moon nuevo secretario de la ONU

Me temo que va a ser un Boutros Ghali-Koffi Annan reloaded. 😦


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