Saturday, May 10, 2008

CNN: Notes on North Korea

Christiane Amanpour aired a one hour report “Notes on North Korea” this evening on CNN, centering around the recent visit of the New York Philharmonic, a visit that may have been connected to North Korea’s agreement in 2003 to deactivate its nuclear power station, the innards of which are shown in the film. That agreement had supposedly allowed North Korea to be released from the official list of sponsors of terrorism. As ABC has done before, CNN showed the “human stoplights” doing ballet in blue uniforms. The Philharmonic visit was controversial for one member, whose family had escaped from the North to the South years before, and she felt some danger of kidnapping, which did not happen. A couple of musicians who had escaped to the south for cultural freedom (reminds one of Shostakovich). One musician spent three years in prison for listening to ideologically subversive music in her home. Musicians work for the state to serve the ideology of the state. The Philharmonic played the Brahms Symphony 4 and the Bruch Violin Concerto.

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