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CONTROVERSIAL! THE U.S. AND NORTH KOREAN NATIONAL ANTHEMS IN COMMUNIST PYONGYANG (Streaming)
MBC TV, KOREA FROM NORTH KOREAN TV (STREAMING) ^ | 26 February 2008 | AmericanInTokyo (S. Korean MBC TV)

Posted on 02/26/2008 4:57:17 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo

Just happened a few hours ago in brutal communist North Korea's capital, Pyongyang.

The New York Philharmonic.

CLICK HERE, THEN UNDER THE SINGER'S PHOTO, HIT PLAY

Be patient as it loads. May not be viewable on all PCs.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: anthems; appeasement; chiahead; chiapet; detente; dprk; korea; nkorea; northkorea; philharmonic; propaganda; pyongyang; show
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One may have to install "Active X" to see the short streaming video from the secluded dictatorship North Korea, featuring the US national anthem. This short clip is actually taken from live North Korean TV tonight, our time, in Asia.

From what I can surmise from the video, only very very connected and senior Communist party member types got into this staged and scripted-yet odd and historic event.

1 posted on 02/26/2008 4:57:22 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: TigerLikesRooster; SevenofNine; Jet Jaguar

PING.


2 posted on 02/26/2008 4:58:07 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sean, Rush, Laura, Mark, Michelle, Neil, Michael nor others do ANY thinking for THIS conservative.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Thanks for the heads up.


3 posted on 02/26/2008 4:59:45 AM PST by Hoosiersailor
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To: AmericanInTokyo

BTTT and off to see if I can actually listen.


4 posted on 02/26/2008 5:00:03 AM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Hoosiersailor

Meant to also say, I enjoy reading when you post these kinds of things.


5 posted on 02/26/2008 5:00:23 AM PST by Hoosiersailor
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I would have preferred to hear the Navy Hymn being played, specifically with these lyrics sung loud and proud:

"Stand Navy out to sea, Fight our Battle Cry!
We'll never change our course, So vicious foe steer shy, aye aye aye...
Roll out the TNT, Anchors Aweigh! Sail on to Victory
And sink their bones to Davy Jones, Hooray!"

Then for the Grand Finale', sink the Pueblo right there in Pyongyang Harbour and tell 'em *UP YOURS*!

Oh wait, Comrade Chia Pet is our pal now.

Never mind Comrade Condi.
6 posted on 02/26/2008 5:02:54 AM PST by mkjessup (Any SOB who calls John F'in Kerry "his dear friend" will NEVER get my vote, no way, no how.)
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To: Hoosiersailor
Thank you.

In my case it asked for an Active X download. I did, and no problem. It is from a major SOUTH Korean TV network which also carried the North Korean TV feed tonight.

7 posted on 02/26/2008 5:03:53 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sean, Rush, Laura, Mark, Michelle, Neil, Michael nor others do ANY thinking for THIS conservative.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Oy. No go for me. The page comes up as loading, but it does not.

Bumping for the late nighters here, and the early morns back home.


8 posted on 02/26/2008 5:04:35 AM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: mkjessup
bump! That is why I said, "controversial".

The USA flag was--if I am not mistaken, also displayed on the stage on the left I believe, with the norkies' on the right. And of course, the DPRK anthem came FIRST. What the hell. It is THEIR sham of a country.

I wonder if the NY Philly would have accepted an invite to South Africa during Botha's days and the U.N. embargo over apartheid

9 posted on 02/26/2008 5:07:44 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sean, Rush, Laura, Mark, Michelle, Neil, Michael nor others do ANY thinking for THIS conservative.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

They(The NK’s) appeared to follow standard diplomatic protocol...

But I agree, just the Philharmonic being there is groundbreaking for that nation....


10 posted on 02/26/2008 5:13:37 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

They(The NK’s) appeared to follow standard diplomatic protocol...

But I agree, just the Philharmonic being there is groundbreaking for that nation....


11 posted on 02/26/2008 5:14:11 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: nevergore
Funny how they observe "diplomatic" protocol, except when it comes to what they mail around East and Southeast Asia in their little--and sometimes BIG--diplomatic pouches!


12 posted on 02/26/2008 5:17:20 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sean, Rush, Laura, Mark, Michelle, Neil, Michael nor others do ANY thinking for THIS conservative.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Dang...can’t get it from this government network. I’ll check it later in my quarters where the internet isn’t nearly as restricted.


13 posted on 02/26/2008 5:17:32 AM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: Jet Jaguar
People can hit *Raw Video* at this link on the left side here

But they will not get the DPRK anthem and those assorted antics, and it is not a particularly clear video version compared to state NK TV.....

14 posted on 02/26/2008 5:23:16 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sean, Rush, Laura, Mark, Michelle, Neil, Michael nor others do ANY thinking for THIS conservative.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
And of course, the DPRK anthem came FIRST. What the hell. It is THEIR sham of a country.

Actually, that's the accepted standard everywhere in the world - the host nation's anthem is always played first.
15 posted on 02/26/2008 5:23:20 AM PST by Nathan Jr.
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To: Allegra

try my tip in post # 14....


16 posted on 02/26/2008 5:23:55 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sean, Rush, Laura, Mark, Michelle, Neil, Michael nor others do ANY thinking for THIS conservative.)
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To: Nathan Jr.

i realize it, i am just in a nasty mood over all this smoke and mirrors, bread and circuses, while they are executing people north of Pyongyang (last week) on making international telephone calls while this group is there with Condi’s blessing. makes one SICK. yep, ABC NEWS, North Korea is REALLLLLY opening up with this. barf.


17 posted on 02/26/2008 5:26:25 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sean, Rush, Laura, Mark, Michelle, Neil, Michael nor others do ANY thinking for THIS conservative.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Not trying to be snarky, but what exactly are people upset about? That a respectful event followed protocol and norms? Seems proper to me. Far more proper than the supposed anti-communist Madeleine Albright enjoying the hell out of that 'lil Kim parade.

I suspect you're right, though, that the NY Phil wouldn't have accepted an invitation from the Botha gov't, but whatever.

18 posted on 02/26/2008 5:42:32 AM PST by manapua
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To: AmericanInTokyo

But...but...they’re so ronely!


19 posted on 02/26/2008 5:42:42 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I’m sure they let hundreds of Christians and other enemies of the people out of their dungeons and death camps so they could have some R&R at this concert. /s


20 posted on 02/26/2008 5:49:53 AM PST by hellbender
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To: AmericanInTokyo

bookmark. Hope that’s still up when I get home tonight. Maybe someone can capture the stream and save it.


21 posted on 02/26/2008 6:02:12 AM PST by WSGilcrest (I'm beginning to realize I don't realize what I'm saying.)
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To: nevergore
I'm So Ronery
So ronery
So ronery and sadry arone

There's no one
Just me onry
Sitting on my rittle throne
I work rearry hard and make up great prans
But nobody ristens, no one understands
Seems like no one takes me serirousry

And so I'm ronery
A rittle ronery
Poor rittle me

There's nobody
I can rerate to
Feel rike a bird in a cage
It's kinda sihry
But not rearry
Because it's fihring my body with rage

I'm the smartest most crever most physicarry fit
But nobody else seems to rearize it
When I change the world maybe they'll notice me
But until then I'rr just be ronery
Rittle ronery, poor rittle me

I'm so ronery.


22 posted on 02/26/2008 6:02:58 AM PST by indcons
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Which anthem did Barack Obama salute?
23 posted on 02/26/2008 6:05:36 AM PST by fungoking
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To: fungoking
Which anthem did Barack Obama salute?

National Anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran
24 posted on 02/26/2008 6:08:00 AM PST by indcons
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To: AmericanInTokyo
try my tip in post # 14....

There are a lot of restrictions on the government network but pretty much none on the one at "home." I'll just do it from there. :)

25 posted on 02/26/2008 6:10:15 AM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Philharmonic plays US anthem in N. Korea

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080226/ap_on_re_as/nkorea_ny_philharmonic


26 posted on 02/26/2008 6:10:20 AM PST by faq (I, for one, welcome our new socialist overlords.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
From what I can surmise from the video, only very very connected and senior Communist party member types got into this staged and scripted-yet odd and historic event.

Yeah, I saw it on the tube earlier. Definitely no "lowly" workers in that audience. All big party members.

27 posted on 02/26/2008 6:12:50 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List ---The BIGGEST on the FR!!!)
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To: faq
Philharmonic plays US anthem in N. Korea

AMAZING! PHILHARMONIC PLAYS US ANTHEM IN N. KOREA! TRENDSETTING! TRUE!!

28 posted on 02/26/2008 6:13:49 AM PST by TankerKC (Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

OMG no change this .. Hey Obama is this the kind of Change you are selling?


29 posted on 02/26/2008 6:20:03 AM PST by tomnbeverly (" And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon")
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To: AmericanInTokyo
This cracks me up... under Breaking News, no less!

When our jazz band toured communist Romania in 1974, we played both anthems over 20 times all over their country, as did all the musical groups that toured. As it turned out, Romania had the most vicious regime of the eastern bloc.

30 posted on 02/26/2008 6:28:23 AM PST by DaveMSmith (Nothin' worse than a leaky dame)
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To: PJ-Comix

With all this good will around, maybe the NK’s will finally return the USS Pueblo. Just as a symbol of good will, ya know. I know I’m just dreaming of that happening.

That was one of the best rendentions of the U.S. National Anthem I have ever heard. The orchestra must have played it with a little extra zest to show who’s the best.


31 posted on 02/26/2008 6:30:54 AM PST by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I look at this as an end-around the dictator, Little Kim. Asian people are definitely into classical music and are always hungry for it. A lot of music is banned in NK. Here we brought some great music to them and it will bring them hope, perhaps, that someday they will have freedom of choice in music. Kim was not in attendance.

The offerings were the anthems of the two countries and after ours, there was a standing O. The program included The New World Symphony by Dvorak which is a symphonic "picture" of our country.

Gershwin's "American in Paris" was also on the program, a truly great achievement by an American composer.

The theater where the concert was performed holds 2500 seats. The men patrons wore business suits and many women wore traditional Korean attire. There's no evidence that the audience was made up of high communist apparatchiks. There is a middle and upper class in major NK cities as in most countries. When I go to the opera or a concert in this country and look around, I don't see any "day laborers" or "workers of the world" types, either. I see pretty well-heeled-looking folks.

Whether we politicize this concert or not is up to each of us. I look at it as undercutting the dictatorship and bringing a couple nights of musical pleasure to those who hunger for it. Great music by great composers is what it is no matter where it's played.

The orchestra received a prolonged standing ovation at concert end. It was a musically-profound evening for the audience, not an American Tragedy.

Leni

32 posted on 02/26/2008 6:39:56 AM PST by MinuteGal (FRed and Mitt are Still My Guys)
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To: indcons

Damn you! Now I have to go watch the movie again!


33 posted on 02/26/2008 6:52:13 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Can anybody say, "Star-Spangled Banner"?
34 posted on 02/26/2008 6:54:40 AM PST by XR7
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Saw on the news this morning that Eric Clapner (Clapton to everyone but Jocelyn Elders) is next to perform there.


35 posted on 02/26/2008 7:10:56 AM PST by sweet_diane ("They hate us cause they ain't us." RTR! ~runs with scissors~ of the Rush tribe)
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To: TankerKC

This was my contemporaneous report on the concert. I sent a series of e-mails to my relatives giving them a blow by blow account, as follows:

I know you would appreciate this. It’s 3:30 a.m. and I’m still awake, and glad of it. On CNN right now, they are broadcasting the live performance of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra playing, for the first time ever, in Pyongyang, North Korea, with both nation’s flags on either side of the stage. They opened by playing first the NK anthem and then the US anthem. Right now they are playing Dvorak’s 9th Symphony (I love Dvorak). It is a beautiful performance and the NK audience seems enraptured. Lot’s of soft smiles and pleased looks. The music has to touch everyone there as it is so lovely. Lorin Maazel is conducting. This will probably do more for relations than many other steps that could be taken. The performance is also being broadcast live over NK TV and radio, so it is reaching the whole country, unheard of possibility before this. A brief, momentary thaw in a seemingly implacable situation otherwise. Hopefully the thaw will hold more than a fleeting moment in time.

Now the NY Philharmonic is playing Gershwin’s American in Paris, in Pyongyang. How perfect! The conductor just cracked a joke that maybe one day they would be playing An American in Pyongyang. It went over well. The audience was laughing. That’s all.

P.S., the concert started out with the Swan Knight part of Wagner’s Lohengrin, which was also lovely. Ok, to bed now.


36 posted on 02/26/2008 7:52:29 AM PST by flaglady47 (Algore: send global warming to Chicago area; will pay any carbon tax - desperate)
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To: flaglady47

I forgot one other e-mail I sent about the concert as it was happening:

At the very end of the concert, after playing a part of Candide, by Leonard Bernstein, the NY Philharmonic played a beautiful NK folk song called Arirang. It was just so plaintively beautiful (about a lover who can’t let go). It is their national folk song that all NK’s know by heart. The whole concert was a rousing success and I hope they put it on DVD or CD, because I know I’d be one of the first to buy it. So glad I tripped over this on CNN and didn’t miss this historic concert. Bravo, bravo, bravo!


37 posted on 02/26/2008 8:02:38 AM PST by flaglady47 (Algore: send global warming to Chicago area; will pay any carbon tax - desperate)
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To: flaglady47
Excellent review, Flaglady. I hope you got SOME sleep last night, hah.

Leni

38 posted on 02/26/2008 8:09:55 AM PST by MinuteGal (FRed and Mitt are Still My Guys)
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To: DaveMSmith
From the Associated Press article:
Kim Cheol-woong, a North Korean pianist who defected to South Korea in 2002 because of the lack of musical freedom, said last week that regular citizens in the North were prohibited from listening to or playing foreign music produced after 1900.
Who knows, maybe they will start to allow jazz music now too.
39 posted on 02/26/2008 8:17:39 AM PST by faq (I, for one, welcome our new socialist overlords.)
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To: faq

Gershwin was an excellent choice. Almost as good as The Star Spangled Banner


40 posted on 02/26/2008 8:32:56 AM PST by Nice50BMG ((taglines optional post))
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To: AmericanInTokyo

The sky is falling!


41 posted on 02/26/2008 8:34:07 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: AmericanInTokyo; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; Tamar1973; TigerLikesRooster; All

I hear about that AIT I was shocked it was on my AOL news page


42 posted on 02/26/2008 11:50:27 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: AmericanInTokyo; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; Tamar1973; TigerLikesRooster; All

I hear about that AIT I was shocked it was on my AOL news page


43 posted on 02/26/2008 11:50:35 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: AmericanInTokyo; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; Tamar1973; TigerLikesRooster; All

I hear about that AIT I was shocked it was on my AOL news page


44 posted on 02/26/2008 11:50:40 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: SevenofNine
I believe you.

...all three times! :-)

45 posted on 02/26/2008 11:53:43 AM PST by TChris ("if somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesn’t make him my enemy." -RR)
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To: nevergore

spat my coffee through my nose on that one!


46 posted on 02/26/2008 12:47:41 PM PST by combat_boots (She lives! 22 weeks, 9.5 inches. Go, baby, go!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Bookmark


47 posted on 02/26/2008 12:55:37 PM PST by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: indcons

That should be North KOrea national anthem LOL!


48 posted on 02/26/2008 2:35:08 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

BTTT


49 posted on 02/26/2008 2:38:20 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: purpleraine
Are you aware of the reality of North Korea?

And the history and essence of these engineered DPRK "shows"? Did you drink the koolaide? I have never seen you on any of the FR North Korean threads discuss anything.

What is your level of knowledge? I am calling you out on it.

50 posted on 02/26/2008 3:58:50 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Sean, Rush, Laura, Mark, Michelle, Neil, Michael nor others do ANY thinking for THIS conservative.)
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