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25 de Junho de 1950. Quatro horas da manhã. Paralelo 38.

Ouvem-se os primeiros disparos da artilharia norte-coreana em direcção aos ROK (soldados sul-coreanos). Em pouco tempo, todas as posições do paralelo 38 estavam ocupadas. A Norte e a Sul. Às 11 da manhã, a República Popular Democrática da Coreia (Coreia do Norte) faz uma declaração formal de guerra, dizendo que o Sul tinha atacado primeiro. Ninguém acreditou. As hostilidades só acabaram daí a três anos, com a assinatura de um armistício. Nunca com um Tratado de Paz.

A Guerra da Coreia começou há 60 anos. Uma guerra entre irmãos que terá feito quatro milhões de mortos.

Este é o melhor documentário que encontrei sobre a Guerra da Coreia e está em castelhano.

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Há cada vez mais evidências de que os norte-coreanos estão a ter consciência daquilo que se passa fora de portas. Interessante e prometedora esta informação publicada pela NPR:

Conventional wisdom holds that the people of North Korea are trapped in a world of rigid conformity, totalitarian discipline and complete isolation from the rest of the world.

But increasingly another picture is emerging: North Koreans are far more aware of the outside world, according to evidence provided by North Korean refugees, South Korean humanitarian aid workers, Chinese traders and others. (ler mais)

E o repórter Cathal Kelly, do jornal The Star, encontrou uma forma de quebrar o muro que rodeia a selecção norte-coreana no mundial da África do Sul. Cathal ficou ferido num pedaço de arame farpado e deu por ele a receber tratamento do médico da equipa da Coreia do Norte. Aqui fica uma parte desse relato:

The arena sits hard up against a neighbourhood of tightly packed adobe bungalows. A 2 ½-metre wall topped by razor wire surrounds it. We were told to park alongside the wall. A Portuguese film crew had arrived before us. We pulled up beside them, the rear of our car pressed up against the wall.

I got out to stretch my legs. The police lazily regarded me from behind a wrought-iron fence.

People who’ve spent time in South Africa have told me that after a few months, you stop noticing the razor wire. It’s everywhere — around businesses, houses, public parks, churches. What took them months must have taken me 10 days.

I slipped around behind the Portuguese TV truck, daydreaming. The first thing I felt was a tugging. When I flinched, I felt a ripping. On the section wall I was passing, the razor wire spilled over, hanging about 2 metres above the ground. It caught me on the crown of my head and tore two jagged strips in my bare scalp. There was an impressive amount of blood.

I leaned forward to keep the stream off my clothes. Jean-François jumped out of the car. I explained what had happened. He ran off to get the police. The Portuguese had some napkins.

It didn’t hurt badly, but I wanted to disinfect it as quickly as possible. I walked over to where Jean-François was negotiating with the police.

“What happened?” one cop asked, not moving from his stool.

“Razor wire,” I pointed.

(ler mais)

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Hoje falei com Leonid Petrov, um professor russo que dá aulas de Língua e História da Coreia, na Universidade de Sydney, Austrália. Quis saber qual era a sua opinião sobre os rumores que correm à volta do futuro dos jogadores norte-coreanos. Estou a preparar um pequeno trabalho sobre esta questão para a Antena 1, que vai ser transmitido amanhã, o dia em que a Coreia do Norte se despede do Mundial de Futebol 2010.

Leonid Petrov tem um dos blogues que mais vezes espreito para saber o que se passa na Península Coreana e também organiza viagens para a Coreia do Norte. Considero-o uma das pessoas mais imparciais na análise deste tema. A seu pedido, passo a divulgar a próxima viagem que Petrov está a organizar e que aceita jornalistas:

Are you interested in travelling to NK for the  7th  Pyongyang International Science & Technology Book Fair (15-17 Sep.) and the 12th Pyongyang International Film Festival (17-24 Sep.)?

See below the conditions. Feel free to spread the word.

Universities, science and technology research institutions and publishing houses might be interested in participating in this book exhibition.

PISTBF introduces and shares the world’s recent science and technology achievements through books exchange and aims to develop friendship and cooperation between the nations.

All institutions and organisations interested in participation should contact L&J Development and Consultancy ( LJinfo@narod.ru ).

At the exhibition the participants they can conclude contracts of copyright and books sale with international organisations and North Korean publishing houses, they can discuss the practical issues, share the opinion and update their knowledge on the recent developments in world science and technology.

All the participants can exhibit recently published science and technology books, CDs and DVDs.

Exhibition dates: Sep. 15-17, 2010

Exhibition venue: Pyongyang International Cultural Exchange Centre

Sponsorship: Organising Committee of PISTBF, Committee of Cultural Exchange with Foreign Countries

Participation cost: Persons applying for participation before August 10, 2010 should pay 80€ per day (if application is made after that deadline – 100 € per day). This price  includes hotel cost, performance cost , internal transportation cost , interpretation cost and sightseeing cost.)

Rent of exhibition area: 4 square meters – 50€ ; 6 square meters- 80€;  9 square meters- 110€

The 12th Pyongyang International Film Festival (17-24 Sep.) encourages the development of national film in all countries under the motto “Independence, Peace and Friendship”. You will also attend the incredible ARIRANG Mass Gymnastics Show of 100,000 performers hosted at Pyongyang May Day Stadium, one of the biggest sport arenas in the World.

Journalists are welcome. The whole trip could be up to ten days long (14-25 Sep.). Just find a sponsor!
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