China sends its top actors and directors back to socialism school

By Simon Denyer and Luna Lin

BEIJING — Culture is the soul of the nation, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared in a key speech last month. And like Chairman Mao Zedong before him, Xi believes that Chinese culture must serve socialism and the Communist Party.

This week, more than 100 of the nation’s top filmmakers, actors and pop stars were gathered for a day in the city of Hangzhou to be told exactly what that meant in practice, and to study the spirit of the 19th Party Congress, where Xi gave that speech and set out his “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.”

A socialist culture with Chinese characteristics, China’s president said last month, should promote socialist material well being, raise socialist cultural-ethical standards, and be guided by Marxism. Writers and artists should simultaneously reflect real life and “extol our Party, our country, our people and our heroes.”

This is not a new theme for Xi — he made a similar call at a speech back in October 2014 — nor is it a new idea for China. Indeed, Xi was consciously evoking the words of Communist China’s first leader Mao, who told a forum of artists in 1942 that art should reflect the lives of the working class and serve the advancement of socialism.

Read more at: washingtonpost.com

Dramático Escape: Soldado Nor-Coreano deserta hacia Corea del Sur y sobrevive

Este es uno de los lugares mas fuertemente resguardados en el mundo, y en el vehículo se encuentra un soldado Nor-Coreano a punto de realizar la mas atrevida y peligrosa decisión de su vida: Desertar al Sur.

En las imágenes, el soldado continua su rumbo y pasa de largo el ultimo puesto de vigilancia Nor-Coreano, y sigue manejando. Sin vuelta atrás, el soldado esta a muy poca distancia de la libertad.

Los soldados del régimen Nor-Coreano toman una ultima decisión para atraparlo, y a solo unos metros de la linea demarcatoria sucede el desastre cuando el desertor choca su Jeep.

El soldado tiene que cruzar a pie con sus perseguidores disparando 40 balas a sus espaldas. Un soldado Nor-Coreano inclusive cruzó la frontera antes de que todos sus compañeros retrocedan, una clara violación al acuerdo de armisticio.

Media hora después, el soldado malherido es captado por las cámaras sobre una capa de hojas. Las imágenes de la cámara infrarroja muestran como los soldados Sur-Coreanos gatean para rescatarlo. Los doctores señalaron que el soldado se encuentra en recuperación.

Traducción al español: arturodiazf

Fuente: DW

Controversial movie release in India: “Padmavati” (Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone)

The Washington Post reports that “The release of a highly anticipated Bollywood blockbuster has been delayed after a politician from India’s governing party offered a bounty of $1.5 million for the heads of the movie’s star and director amid outcry that the film distorted Hindu legend.”

Read more at: Indian ruling-party member offers bounty for beheading of Bollywood’s biggest female star

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