Monday, April 23, 2012

N. Korean army vows to turn Seoul to ashes

North Korea's military Monday threatened "special actions" soon to turn parts of the South Korean capital to ashes, accusing Seoul's conservative government of defaming its leadership.
The North has for months been criticising the South's President Lee Myung-Bak in extreme terms and threatening "sacred war" over perceived insults.
There have been no incidents but the language has become increasingly vitriolic. Some analysts said they believe a military provocation is likely.
"The special actions of our revolutionary armed forces will start soon to meet the reckless challenge of the group of traitors," said a statement on the official news agency.
The North said its targets are "the Lee Myung-Bak group of traitors, the arch criminals, and the group of rat-like elements including conservative media destroying the mainstay of the fair public opinion".
It said the actions "will reduce all... to ashes in three or four minutes... by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style".
Tens of thousands rallied in Pyongyang last Friday, screaming hatred for Lee and calling for his death over alleged insults.
Last week the nuclear-armed North accused Lee of "desecrating" mass celebrations marking the 100th anniversary on April 15 of the birth of Pyongyang's founding president Kim Il-Sung.
It bridled at anti-Pyongyang demonstrations in Seoul and at comments by Lee and conservative media. These questioned the cost of the anniversary celebrations for a nation suffering acute food shortages.
Lee said the estimated $850 million cost of a rocket launch intended to mark the anniversary could have bought 2.5 million tonnes of corn.
The launch, purportedly to put a satellite into orbit, was to have been a centrepiece of the celebrations. The rocket disintegrated after some two minutes in what was seen as an embarrassment for the regime.
Monday's statement castigated Lee for comments last Friday, which urged the North's new leader Kim Jong-Un to reform agriculture and improve human rights.
It also took issue with the South's unveiling of a new cruise missile said to be able to reach any target in the North.
The North attributed its statement to the "special operation action group" of the military supreme command. Military officials in Seoul said they had no knowledge of such a unit, and no particular military movements had been detected in the North.
One analyst said the North, unlike in the past, may well follow up its threats now that major anniversary events are over.
"The easiest option will be cyber terror... but we may have to guard against actual terrorist actions," Cheong Seong-Chang of South Korea's Sejong Institute think-tank, told AFP.
"This time, I think there's a high possibility that the North's words, unlike in the past, will actually lead to specific actions."
Baek Seung-Joo, of the South's Korea Institute for Defence Analyses, said there had been "bad signs" across the border but did not elaborate.
"I'm worried about military provocations by North Korea," Baek told AFP.

It is time to lift the head more

| By Ernesto Santana Zaldivar

Lia V- Foto de Ernesto Santana
Lia V-Photo Ernesto Santana
Interview with blogger Lia Villares

HAVANA, Cuba, April, - "To create is to resist" is a certainty for Lia Villares, known in  the alternative Cuban blogosphere and very knowledgeable in this new world. "Cry, therefore I am,  Reinaldo Arenas said much before committing suicide. I appropriated if it is a serene scream of resistance, "has written just one of its Parents blogs this daughter of journalists, raised in a family where the was the most natural interest in the arts, writing from very young Songs, poems and stories with her sister Monica and then Lizabel he studied music.
It was, however, until 1998 that both are seriously interested for literature, after meeting the writer Jorge Alberto Aguiar and attend the workshops he taught, which led in 2007 to sort of collective blog called Rhizome project (s), in tribute to the Pileup defunct literary magazine (s) that were published between 2003 and 2005 Jorge Alberto Aguiar himself (JAAD), Rebeca Duarte (Lizabel Monica) and Pia McHabana (Orlando Luis Pardo), which in turn had been magazine tribute Diaspora (s). Several of his texts would appear in a subsequent magazine, 33 and a Third, which is digitally published until recently, edited, among others, Raul Flores, and continued in some way the path begun by Diaspora (s) and Pileup (s).
Through this interview Cubanet can learn more about the young blogger.

Cubanet - How was your discovery and then your initiation into the world of internet? What did it mean to you?
Lia Villares - Other than go into serious literature, JAAD  I owe a bit also my "leaning" to the virtual window, which drop  escurríamos during early morning drop in Luyano whole. I remember JAAD advising on ways to save time online, opening multiple windows, which in turn were not allowed to be fully opened and the first, because the connection speed was, and remains, shameful, there are things that seem to never change ...  At first, my blog, very personal (still is), was parked on MySpace, another social networking then. By Of course, for me it was an exhibitionist and youth entertainment, although the possibility of seeing my writing and my published photos to time, ready for the look of the next international visitor, was an almost indecent and irreversible that still thrills me.

CN - How would you describe the alternative Cuban blogosphere? Do you think you can have a real impact on the society and, finally, on the profound changes that are required the country?
Leah V. - The Cuban blogósfero boom, inside and outside Cuba, has talked a lot. It is surprising that there has been a decline after climax, so far from calm, this wave has been joining forces wherever there is a Cuban with some internet access, either Pinar del Rio and Japan. What at first was great now almost commonplace. So much so that my modest collection of subscriptions RSS has fallen short. The new blogs are coming out every day so many that you can not afford to know them all, let alone follow. Blogger Academy, located in the living room of Reinaldo Escobar, Yoani Sanchez, was the perfect place for many of those who already had a blog, and they began to investigate the more technical issues of wordpress, we met and we established, the majority, a close friendship.
If you do not believe in the importance this has reciprocated come to have, actually become the lifeline of wreck of the information that enters and leaves the island, in that some oxygen that we have taken in the face of total control, at least in the red-turned-hyper-now, because you were not  giving this interview! In the words of the artist and colleague Ana Olema, we become a "civilian rescuers," we do not content to comment or give notice of the new violation, but we went to charge whatever comes, as was the case of the last judgment Gorky Avila and Hector Riscart Mustelier (Nano). Our cry virtual total lack of civil and human rights becomes a very real presence in the trial, where the absurdity comes  that the law does not recognize the innocence of the accused until they proves otherwise. That would understand if we had a situation ancient as in Iran, where there is a fanaticism for a higher power  has offended almost every human action.
In our case it is very sad to acknowledge how in over fifty years since this system in power, our rights have been removed and trampled on too many occasions and have not found solution. At the same time, a position so pessimistic could not hold a "rescuer", so activists who consider ourselves  (Civil rights, provided that reclaim and express a view before any abuse of power) is because we really want, hope and visualize that change possible and we were not arms-or sea- Crusaders. The complaint sober and the written word, or shouted at lung is now our main weapon, because if we survived the great  disinformation four generations, we now propose a press Virtual reliable, as free and multiple possible.

CN - Many young people yearn to leave Cuba because we do not believe  have prospects, but on the other hand, in recent times has thought that many young people have openly expressed their ideas,  criticism and disagreements with the government, and have decided, rather than claim their rights, exercise them. That is not widespread; however, do you think it has any meaning beyond what just anecdotal? Why do not relish the possibility of migrate?
Leah V. - There is now much more aware that they can work together for a cause: freedom.  Nothing is so overwhelming and shocking as the lack of freedoms and many young people who had abandoned the idea of ​​reacting, acting, now be reconsidered with more encouragement the commitment to collective strength from a broad spectrum of political beliefs and views different, where everyone can contribute and every contribution is invaluable. I think the place of those so we stay within the country, but do not rule out the possibilities for support imminent exile. If I stay here because I feel more necessary, at least for now. I think the political apathy characterized many of the young Cuban exile has now become something else, perhaps in a mortified impatience, it is not worse than the previous impassivity.

CN - Do you consider yourself a simple citizen, opposition, dissident?
Leah V. - The term dissenter, "worm", an opponent, have ended in  Cuban popular imagination nearly as "bad words", or at least  quite hurtful, if not confusing. Recall the irony in John of the Dead,  our first zombie movie, where the living dead-attackers are precisely dissidents. Certainly, and thankfully, are just labels and  concepts not indicate a clear policy position in general nonexistent for the average Cuban. In the internal means always been tried to void the word opposition to block the existence of any other party other than the One, and with such naïve strategy century have slept through many Cubans. A few because they have some insight and others because they sat meekly behind the worm  that would fall into the open beak from time to time, excluding those with much greater material interest at stake.
But if I had to take one of these little words, without the pejorative sense are often given, without hesitation I would call dissident,  because I disagree profoundly with the totalitarian regime imposed for those who are now octogenarians. And I, even I could checking, which is one of the bloodiest dictatorships herein are suffered. The red paint is the quickest to fade on contact with light, and in this country, although they show all the time the appearance  of a phenomenon in reverse, restoration, or make-up is imminent.
CN  - The revolutionary process led by Fidel Castro is one of the periods of greatest importance in the history of our country. What meaning has  had particularly to you?
Leah V. - My answer here is clear from what I said. This revolution is foreign to me as I was not no spectator or player, rather I was his victim, and over the years have been falling against  my eye-no more or less alert, one after another, the legends children reflected in the history books, the review and correction would be the first step in a new modern society. For me it was just a myth from beginning to end, but the end does not just arrived. The worst that I have had of this "revolution", which for us has always been the opposite: devolution, if anything, is to see  how a people increasingly degrades the abhorrent acts of repudiation, increased in recent months, especially in Santiago de Cuba, and, therefore, live among the people degenerated and polluted by the system.
On the other hand is good, and sad to know that there is an outside Cuba  great source of information about the truth of the facts this stage in the history of the country, all the unspeakable, the crossed out in  time-to which only has access to most of us. Me like to have in the immediate future well served with a file and testimonial available to the young.

CN - What do you think about the visit to Cuba of Pope Benedict XVI? ¿Filled your expectations? How do you interpret the way the government repression exercised during this visit?
Leah V. - If I had higher expectations with the visit of Pope, would catalog of daunting, but as particular were poor my hopes, I was amazed that not even agree to interview with the Ladies in White "lack of time." For one was a secret only to meet the Cuban people, the Pope came in as head of state plan, and to find photographic Fidel Castro was more pathetic than anything else. Everybody talks about truncated enthusiasm and opacity of the visit with respect to that of John  Paul II, in which I was days "holidays", while in these March days Havana was more grim and ugly than usual.
The party was inadmissible crackdown on dissidents and artists. A  modus operandi, very cynically named Vow of Silence, which can be repeated any time and then be twice as effective if  do not take time to determine the PARE and protest massively: Time to lift over his head. I know, and I'm relieved to some extent, in prisons and police units resonated with force the cry of freedom but in the Mass-assembling the Plaza there has been cordoned off more than a dull buzz. The blow bass was cutting the mobile and internet by ETECSA, unique telephone company whose services with rates as high should show greater respect and trust in the customer pays.  Where is the just demand to the company by citizens? The State Security took the city of Havana and nothing happened, or happened.
The radicalization of state policy toward terror only was starting, I am inclined to believe. The Pope's visit not only not managed to change anything about the violence and repression, but adjusted the bonds of church-state power, a union that far from provide some protection for our rights, kills again, as in  For those who were expelled by the police force Charity Church, by Cardinal.

CN - Can you describe Cuba in which you want to live?
Leah V. - I think we all want a Cuba without fear, without prejudice,  where the future is for our children's children, but that all to enjoy the time we play live.
Fidel cake that is controversial on the web

Cuban's face with his mouth severed and the text "50 years together, cutting the voice of oppression" part of a campaign for anniversary Amnesty International. Although never used, leaked online

The ad, which bears the legend "The voice of oppression" ("The voice of oppression"), circulated on the Internet, although the international organization ultimately decided against it in his campaign.

"Did not meet our requirements," said Amnesty International spokeswoman Sharon Singh, who denied that the decision was made to avoid offending Castro because the NGO "believes in freedom of expression," the newspaper quoted The Miami Herald.

The image in question shows a cake in the face of the former ruler of Cuba, Fidel Castro, With its traditional green beret and beard included. The portion where your mouth is should be sliced. She is accompanied by a caption in English that says: "50 years together, cutting the voice of oppression".

The poster was created by the advertising company Euro RSCG Prague, Czech Republic. It was part of a campaign by the anniversary of the foundingBorn in London in 1961. "At the end was not," said Singh.

Amnesty International is "a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members  and activists in over 150 countries and territories ", which campaigns against "serious human rights abuses", as described in  their official site.

Two Cuban players leak out in the U.S. going to present a film about escape from Cuba...

Fresh Paint

Anailín de la Rua and Javier Nunez Florian disappeared in Miami to a stop before arriving in New York

International | 23/04/2012 -

Miami (EFE). - Two actors Cuban,  protagonists of a film that chronicles the adventures of young who want to leave Cuba, disappeared this week when they stepped U.S. soil, where they traveled from the island to present tape in the Tribeca Film Festival.
The electronic journal The Huffington Post said today that Anailín de la Rua and Javier Nunez Florian,  twenty two years, left Cuba along with other co- sharing with the aim to participate in the premiere of "Night" in the known New York festival.
However, when separated from their colleagues on Wednesday made  stop in Miami (Florida), explained to the newspaper the actor Daniel Arrechada also twenty years.
"I'm only in New York," confirmed Arrechada digital newspaper, the who said he is willing to return to Cuba: "There I have my family, my friends and my girlfriend. Do not know anyone here, I know the lifestyle and do not know much English. "
In any case, would not judge their fellow actors. "It its decision. Not everybody has to stay and not all have to return. If you want to stay well, stay. If you want to come back again. It's about what you will do with your life, "he argued.
Dela film director, Lucy Mulloy, the newspaper added that although  is somewhat "disappointed" and "surprised" by the decision models two actors, "understands" his flight. "I really thought they wanted to come to enjoy the festival. I imagine they have taking a decision, "said Mulloy, who wrote the screenplay for the film after having lived few months in Cuba and have met "many stories about people who had gone "dela island." I hope you are well and safe, "he said.
The filmmaker said he was surprised because "they have there his entire family, "but" things can be difficult in Cuba: there is a however and a lot of challenges for people living in Cuba. "" A night, "a co-production of Cuba, the U.S. and UK, chooses This year the award dela best narrative in the Tribeca Film Festival.
The film tells the story of Raul and Elio, two young Cubans faced the dilemma of leaving the island in search of a promise dela  better life in Miami. They built a raft that, contrary to planned, also gets Lila, the sister of one of them.