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Re: accessing KCNA, articles

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    Dear Eric, I have tried this and succeeded, though I had to cancel one icon for Japanese text support and another for Korean texts support. At least there is
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 12, 2003
      Dear Eric,

      I have tried this and succeeded, though I had to
      cancel one icon for Japanese text support and
      another for Korean texts support. At least
      there is some source for English-language news
      from People's Korea.

      Comradely,

      Kevin

      >Dear Kevin,
      >
      >I forgot, last night, to respond to your statement
      >that you can't pull up the KCNA website:
      >
      >http://www.kcna.co.jp
      >
      >They did indeed "improve" it several months ago.
      >Perhaps they made it inaccessible to older systems.
      >What do you get if you type in that URL?
      >
      >I get a mainly white scree with big blue letters
      >reading "Korean News" and then two smaller lines, one
      >reading "English Korea News Service (KNS) in Tokyo"
      >and the other line in Korean.
      >
      >If I click on the "English . . ." line, it pulls up a
      >"second page" where the current KCNA headlines are
      >displayed. Clicking on the first one of those
      >headlines brings me to the lead story on the "third
      >page" and I just scroll down to read all the stories
      >for the day on that screen.
      >
      >One can also access previous headlines going back a
      >few years by clicking on "Past News" on that "second
      >page" where the news headlines are.
      >
      >If the following:
      >
      >http://www.kcna.co.jp
      >
      >comes up blank, maybe you could try this:
      >
      >http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm
      >
      >That appears to be the URL for "page 2" where the
      >clickable headlines are.
      >
      >The Koreans changed their website appearance a few
      >months ago, as you noted. But the actual news pages
      >look the same as they always did. It's the home page
      >and headline page that are different in appearance.
      >So possibly if you could get to the news stories
      >themselves you could still read them.
      >
      >So, if neither of those URLs don't work for your,
      >here's another alternative:
      >
      >Try this URL:
      >
      >http://kcna.co.jp/item/2003/200307
      >
      >That should pull up a screen entitled "Parent
      >directory" and on it will be all the news bulletins of
      >a given month. In this case the month of 200307,
      >i.e., 2003 July. So on that page the column will run
      >from 20030701 (i.e., 1 July 2003) through the latest
      >date available. Currently, of course, that is
      >20030712, i.e., 12 July 2003. They don't publish on
      >Sundays and Korean holidays.
      >
      >I can't see why this page would be invisible to your
      >system since there aren't any sophisticated graphics
      >on it (but who knows, of course).
      >
      >So possibly, if every evening (in July) you type:
      >
      >http://kcna.co.jp/item/2003/200307
      >
      >You can then scroll down to the bottom (most recent
      >date and find the clickable headlines of the current
      >news bulletin there.
      >
      >Of course on August 1st the URL will presumably
      >become:
      >
      >http://kcna.co.jp/item/2003/200308
      >
      >I've got three of the Stalin pamphlets that I
      >requested by interlibrary loan. I photocopied them
      >and did two copies actually, so I plan to send you a
      >copy of each as well. Marxism and Liberalism is there
      >(and H. G. Wells does not appear overwhelmingly
      >sophisticated in his thought), there's also a Stalin
      >interview from 1936 on the war threat, and a pamphlet
      >collection of speeches and interviews of Stalin and
      >Molotov from 1946. One of them is a Pravda interview
      >with Stalin dated 13 March 1946 in which Stalin
      >responds to Churchill's infamous Fulton, Missouri,
      >"iron curtain" speech (of 5 March 1946) that heralded
      >the onset of the Cold War.
      >
      >I'm also sending a 1931 article by George Bernard
      >Shaw, the famous playwright and Fabian "socialist."
      >(I found it by accident in a volume of Shaw's works
      >when, as a part of my dissertation research, I was
      >looking for something else he wrote.)
      >
      >The Fabians were hopeless reformists. But in this
      >article Shaw deals with welfare capitalism as an
      >attempt to enjoy socialist benefits without doing away
      >with capitalism - something that he finds highly
      >undesireable and ultimately socially destructive.
      >
      >Today many "Communists" are less clear about the
      >difference between socialism and capitalism than G. B.
      >Shaw the Fabian was in 1931, so it is interesting.
      >Obviously, though, it must be read critically.
      >
      >But I found it useful because many of the people on
      >the right with whom we must deal, seem to think that
      >socialism = welfare and Shaw clearly demonstrates why
      >the welfare state is in fact not socialist at all but
      >pure capitalism. That might be useful background
      >reading in the current situation when we have to
      >debate rightists.
      >
      >I'm not sure if I'll be able to mail it today
      >(Saturday) but if not, I should be able to do so on
      >Monday.
      >
      >Comradely,
      >
      >Eric
      >
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