Re: accessing KCNA, articles
- 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.
>I forgot, last night, to respond to your statement
>that you can't pull up the KCNA website:
>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:
>comes up blank, maybe you could try this:
>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:
>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:
>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
>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
>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
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