» 02/04/2014, 00.00
NORTH KOREA - RUSSIA
Sochi: No Olympics for North Korea
Athletes from the nation under the regime led by Kim Jong-un failed to qualify for the Winter Games which start on February 7. And the Olympic Committee denies Pyongyang the "wild card" facilitated entry for poor or developing countries.
Seoul ( AsiaNews) - For the first
time in 12 years, North Korea has no representative at the Olympic Winter Games
year's edition will open in Sochi, Russia , on 7 February. The
Organizing Committee have entered only " Korea" on the list of participating nations,
confirming that no athlete from the North will be present at the event.
North Korea's exclusion is explained by the failure of
any of it's' athletes to qualify for in winter sports. But
the Sochi Olympic Committee adds that the Pyongyang regime was not even granted
the "wild card" facilitated entry for developing or under-developed nations,
invented to promote the participation of lesser equipped or poorer countries in
the sporting event.
In any case, it seems that the North
Korean government wants to send Kim Yong-nam (the " head of state", whose
office is purely ceremonial) to the opening celebrations all the same. It
is unclear whether the Russian government will accept, given that traditionally
only the Heads of State and Government of the nations represented in that
edition take part in the opening of the Games.
The absence of North Korea is
another wake-up call for the general situation of North Korea. Founded
on principles of self-sufficiency, the regime led by Kim Jong-un has always
given much weight to sports, celebrating the victorious athletes as "heroes
of the Revolution". In
the Juche doctrine (elaborated by the father of the nation Kim Il-sung ) , the
question of sport is seen as "crucial" to affirming the "great
results" obtained from national sport's education at an international
Along with soldiers and scientists, athletes are considered "first rank citizens"
and get the best of everything to be found in North Korea, from food to
clothing and medicines.
Extraordinary security measures came into force yesterday in Sochi
Only Sochi-marked vehicles are now allowed in the town that will host next month's Winter Olympics. Air and sea traffic restrictions have also been imposed; anyone travelling to the area will submit to stringent security checks area.
Pussy Riot amnesty just Kremlin propaganda
Once out of prison, Mary Aliokhina attacks Putin's granting of clemency. Even Khodorkovsky pardon for analysts, is not a "humanitarian act". The Kremlin seeks to divert attention from human rights in Russia on the eve of Sochi.
Terrorism in Volgograd: At least 26 dead in 24 hours
This morning , during rush hour, an explosion destroyed a tram and killed 10 passengers. Yesterday, a female suicide bomber killed 16 people and wounded 35 . The suicide bomber came from the North Caucasus and had been married to two Islamists, both killed in battle. Terrorist attacks spread over the Caucasus and aim to stop the Sochi Olympics.
07/02/2014 RUSSIA - ASIA
Sochi Winter Games: opening ceremony highlights Moscow-Beijing axis
The 22nd edition of the Winter Olympics opened today in Russia. Several Western leaders boycotted the event to protest Russia's laws against "homosexual propaganda." Instead, the spotlight is on Chinese President Xi Jinxing, and on the two countries' closer economic, energy, defence, and trade ties.
02/11/2005 NORTH KOREA SOUTH KOREA
Pyongyang nuclear six-party talks set for next week in Beijing
The attendance of the North Korean delegation was confirmed during Hu Jintao's visit to North Korea. A groundbreaking agreement has been reached about the joint participation of the two Koreas as one team in the upcoming round of 2006 Asian Games and the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
18/02/2017 CHINA - VATICAN
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.