Saturday, December 11, 2010

Birmanie et Corée du Nord: Fusion sur le nucléaire?

Beaucoup de commentaires récemment sur le nucléaire nord-coréen et en particulier des accusations de similitudes entre certaines installations et celles conçues en Corée du sud et au Japon. Difficile de faire son tri dans ce qui est vrai et faux dans la mesure ou les enquêtes et vérifications sont impossibles dans le pays de Mister Kim brother & son.

Mais plusieurs télégrammes émanant de l'ambassade des Etats-Unis à Rangoun, révélés par WikiLeaks, montrent que les diplomates surveillent depuis des années les activités énigmatiques des Nord-Coréens en Birmanie, en particulier à l'ouest de la ville de Minbu, dans le centre du pays, où serait située une installation nucléaire.

La junte birmane est depuis longtemps suspectée de chercher à développer ses capacités nucléaires avec l'aide des Nord-Coréens, mais la plupart des spécialistes estiment que le pays, très pauvre, reste très loin de l'objectif. En septembre, la Birmanie a certifié à l'AIEA (Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique) qu'elle n'avait pas l'intention de développer des armes atomiques et que ses activités nucléaires, dont elle n'a pas fourni le détail, étaient de caractère purement civil.

Les fuites:

-Dans un câble de novembre 2009, Larry Dinger, le chargé d'affaires américain à Rangoun, écrit que la coopération entre les deux pays, parmi les plus reclus au monde, «reste opaque». «Il se passe certainement quelque chose», ajoute-t-il. «Que ce quelque chose comprenne du “nucléaire” reste une question très ouverte qui demeure de la plus haute priorité.»

-Dans un mémo de janvier 2004, un homme d'affaires étranger transmet à l'ambassade des rumeurs selon lesquelles un réacteur nucléaire serait en chantier à proximité de Mimbu. Il dit avoir vu d'énormes péniches en cours de déchargement près du site ainsi qu'un nouvel aéroport doté d'une piste si large que «la navette spatiale pourrait se poser dessus». Le câble note que ces rumeurs circulent depuis 2002 et coïncident avec la présence accrue de Nord-Coréens en Birmanie.

-En août 2004, un autre télégramme indique que selon un informateur, des ouvriers nord-coréens assemblent des missiles sol-air et construisent une installation souterraine sur un site militaire proche de Minbu. L'information n'a pu être vérifiée mais corrobore des rumeurs rapportées par d'autres sources. Ces informations indiquent que «les Birmans et les Nord-Coréens travaillent sur un projet secret de nature militaire ou militaro-industrielle», poursuit la note. «Quoi exactement, et à quelle échelle, cela reste à déterminer.»

Aussi ce blog spécialisé sur la Birmanie et ses tumultueuses relations avec la Thaïlande suit cette affaire depuis quelques mois: "Since 2000, Western intelligence sources have been gathering evidence of North Korea providing assistance to Burma to build a nuclear reactor that can produce graded plutonium"

Sources: Agences, Vaitor, Reporter's notes

Thursday, December 09, 2010

WikiLeaks: Americans criticize the French press

Bilingual post FR & EN

*** French version

L’image des médias français est loin d’être bonne outre-atlantique.
Extraits du câble 07 Paris 306, Ambassade américaine à Paris.

Blog L'Express:
"Le quotidien Le Monde a publié quelques unes des
données fournies par WikiLeaks sur les 251 287
documents confidentiels de la diplomatie américaine
diffusés sur Internet. Pourtant, l’un d’entre eux,
très critique sur la presse française, n’a pas été
retenu. Comme l’a relevé Olivier Fraysse sur Twitter,
l’image des médias français est loin d’être bonne
outre-atlantique" :"Le quotidien Le Monde a publié
quelques unes des données fournies par WikiLeaks sur
les 251 287 documents confidentiels de la diplomatie
américaine diffusés sur Internet. Pourtant, l’un
d’entre eux, très critique sur la presse française, n’a
pas été retenu. Comme l’a relevé Olivier Fraysse sur
Twitter, l’image des médias français est loin d’être
bonne outre-atlantique" :

*** English version, quote of the cable

"Media Environment"
¶11. As in other European countries, French media reporting of U.S.
policies and intentions is often skeptical. Reporting by the
mainstream media on Arab Muslims and their issues, however, is
typically not so much negative as negligent, falling short both in
its coverage of discrimination towards them and of juvenile
delinquency among them.

¶12. Official Americans and pro-USG surrogates have ready access to
most French media to convey official policy messages, but using that
access effectively presents a special challenge. Superior French
language and presentation skills are especially important for making
effective use of French broadcast media. Communicating to the
French about the treatment of their minorities, a topic they
themselves are often reticent to explore in depth, is more difficult
for us than, say, describing our own, American experience. Any
ill-prepared efforts to reach out to France's Muslim audiences could
easily become counter-productive. We therefore must continue to
proceed with care.

¶13. Our primary media focus needs to be on TV and radio,
but print - and the new media - should not be ignored.

¶14. Fewer or less than one French adult in four reads a national
newspaper regularly. Regional papers are still important, however,
with Ouest France (Rennes) being the largest daily. The French are
more avid magazine readers, buying over three billion copies a year.

¶15. French broadcasting is partly state-owned and partly in the
hands of private enterprise. Most French TV viewers still,
reportedly, prefer the six major broadcast channels, but the number
of channels offered by various cable and satellite operators
continues to grow, with the newest being France 24, a CNN-like
24-hour news-station. Average French TV viewership is over five and
one-half hours per day.

¶16. Radio, especially FM, remains an important medium in France:
over 99 per cent of French households own at least one radio and
almost 5 in 6 over the age of 13 year listen to the radio daily. As
with TV, French radio is part state-owned and part private.

¶17. Top French journalists are often products of the same elite
schools as many French government leaders. These journalists do not
necessarily regard their primary role as to check the power of
government. Rather, many see themselves more as intellectuals,
preferring to analyze events and influence readers more than to
report events.

¶18. The private sector media in France - print and broadcast -
continues to be dominated by a small number of conglomerates, and
all French media are more regulated and subjected to political and
commercial pressures than are their American counterparts. The
Higher Audio-Visual Council, created in 1989, appoints the CEOs of
all French public broadcasting channels and monitors their political

¶19. Internet access is growing steadily in France, especially among
the younger generation, rapidly replacing traditional media. All
important television and radio channels in France have their own
websites, as do the major print media. Blogs are an increasingly
popular method of communication for minorities and NGOs, who use
them to express opinions they do not feel are reflected in the
traditional media.

¶20. France's first generation Arab immigrants typically continue to
read publications from their countries of origin, and the major
Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian papers are widely available in
larger French cities. These individuals also watch satellite and
cable TV stations in Arabic, including Al-Jazeerah TV. Second and
third generation French Arabs, however, are typically not literate
in Arab, and their print media habits are similar to those of other
French readers." Unquote

Sources: WikiLeaks, Le Monde, L'Express, JournaListe, Reporter's notes

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Wikileaks: the war against Information is lost!

Millions of people already accessed to the information leaked by Julian Assange

Assange's Wikileaks opened the Pandora Box! Some want it close! Amazing story, this "Cablegate!" Astonishing! Unless the questions are asked about intentional inaction of the American Executive to stop the leaks. The first military power, financial and electronic world trapped and forced to drown politically, through incompetence, irresponsibility and paralysis because of a bunch of online activists? Or is it that the U.S. administration perceives a benefit by inaction and let the world focus on somber episodes of former administrations?

How could Assange breached the most guarded and privileged information that exist on earth? Besides, the US geopolitical position has remain unchanged since these exposures despite the embarrassments... To let the State Dept lose its credibility, such a monument, it appears as a political act. And the more it goes, the more the cables identify policies implemented during the sulphuric Bush presidencies. Now, about 750 mirror sites have sprung up to help WikiLeaks continue to publish its leaks of sensitive U.S. documents. It is not only a matter of sympathetic supporters of Internet Journalism or Mad Max of transparency.

The latest revelations came on a day that saw hackers sympathetic to WikiLeaks and targeted Master Card and Visa over their decision to block payments to the whistle-blowers' website, after Amazon and PayPal. Interesting enough Facebook and Twitter are not removing WikiLeaks!

Meanwhile, the U.S. and its allies have taken measures to interrupt WikiLeaks' activities. The French Industry Minister Eric Besson called for the site to be banned from French servers. Swiss bank announced it had frozen $41,000 in an account set up as a legal-defense fund for Assange.

Though, "there appears to be no statute that generally proscribes the acquisition or publication of diplomatic cables," the Secrecy News of the FAS writes today, according to a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service, "although government employees who disclose such information without proper authority may be subject to prosecution."

But there is a thicket of statutes, most notably including the Espionage Act, that could conceivably be used to punish unauthorized publication of classified information, such as the massive releases made available by Wikileaks.

A previous version of the CRS report, issued in October, was just cited by Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in support of prosecuting Wikileaks, though the report did not specifically advise such a course of action. Sen. Feinstein also seemed to endorse the view that the State Department cables being released by Wikileaks are categorically protected by the Espionage Act and should give rise to a prosecution under the Act.

But the Espionage Act only pertains to information "relating to the national defense," and only a minority of the diplomatic cables could possibly fit that description.

The new CRS report put it somewhat differently: "It seems likely that most of the information disclosed by WikiLeaks that was obtained from Department of Defense databases [and released earlier in the year] falls under the general rubric of information related to the national defense. The diplomatic cables obtained from State Department channels may also contain information relating to the national defense and thus be covered under the Espionage Act, but otherwise its disclosure by persons who are not government employees does not appear to be directly proscribed.

It is possible that some of the government information disclosed in any of the three releases does not fall under the express protection of any statute, despite its classified status."

The CRS report concludes that any prosecution of Wikileaks would be unprecedented and challenging, both legally and politically. "We are aware of no case in which a publisher of information obtained through unauthorized disclosure by a government employee has been prosecuted for publishing it. There may be First Amendment implications that would make such a prosecution difficult, not to mention political ramifications based on concerns about government censorship." Unquote.

Time writes, quote: "In the U.S., officials are finding that while there were certainly structural reasons like expanded technology and over-classification behind the theft of the leaked documents, practical reasons were equally important. Thanks to an imperative from then commander of the U.S. Central Command David Petraeus and others to share information with allies on improvised explosive devices and other threats, the Central Command allowed the downloading of data from its secret in-house network, SIPRNet, to removable storage devices, officials tell Time. The information was then carried to computers linked to secret networks used by allies and uploaded. The process was derisively called "sneaker net," because it was so inefficient, although it replaced the prior need to manually retype all information into the allied computers. Unquote.

The worst scenario would be new restrictions on the use of Internet but apparently no-one can do it today and this is the real victory that Assange and his fellow colleagues of WikiLeaks are trying to demonstrate. One can punish a traitor who grabs data he should not within his service duties but it can't be the messenger who publish them who is to be jailed. Otherwise there is a word to describe such act and it does not fit the language used by Democracies.

Sources: FAS, Agencies, Time, Reporter's notes

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Asian Gazette's Leaks...

Keep on course

Asian Gazette Blog doubled the number of readers compared to a year ago! Transparency... here is the result of regular posts with today's release of comments made by readers of Asian Gazette --readers on increase with the use of smart-phones, IPod and IPad-- According to the famous expression nowadays, this is a
"journalistic selection" regarding the topics covered, quoted, re-posted or commented here; and I post it "brut de décoffrage". The most obvious lessons of contemporary journalism underline the principle which is that transparency represents the first really sustained fruit born with the digital age. And as always, I am aware and concerned with access to information as a principal (based on the spirit of the United Nations peers) with the inherent responsibilities and consequences attached to any data publication. Thank you for your faithful encouragement and comments.

Not all of secret documents should be published. If a country has some secret dealing with an another one, and it doesn't want opposing diplomats to know about it, it should keep it secret. That's just my opinion, though.
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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Mission médicale française en Corée du Nord

Témoignage rare et descriptif sur la situation économique, humanitaire et médicale de la Corée du Nord

Je l'ai écrit sur mon blog, je l'ai dit à la radio, des médecins français ont souvent porté leur magistère dans des pays en crise tels que la Corée du nord. Le professeur Roux depuis 2008, le professeur Debré fin octobre, non loin de la date de décès d'un célèbre Maréchal nord Coréen. Bernard Debré est ancien Ministre de la Coopération du gouvernement Édouard Balladur: "Je ne pense pas qu’il faille voir dans cette mission nord coréenne que j’ai menée avec le Professeur Michaël Peyromaure, mon collaborateur, un aspect de politique étrangère mais plutôt un aspect médical. Cela dit, si ma présence peut être d’un quelconque apport pour la paix, j'en serai très heureux."

Une autre façon d'aborder le dossier nord Coréen.

Son Blog

Et aussi Bernard Debré, avec une radio française, sur la péninsule de Corée

Président d'honneur pour la France de la Fondation NKFC (Nginn Karet Foundation for Cambodia). Il s'occupe en outre de 14 villages au Cambodge, responsable d'un service de chirurgie. Il a participé également à de nombreuses opération humanitaires en Afghanistan, dans différentes régions de la Chine, en Côte d'Ivoire, au Mali, en Mauritanie, au Gabon. Responsable d'un service d'opérations à Moussaferabad au Cachemire pakistanais. A l'occasion de tremblements de terre en Algérie, en Chine, au Pakistan, il a participé à des mission de secours d'urgence.

Bernard Debré est né le 30 septembre 1944 à Toulouse (Haute Garonne). Chirurgien urologue et homme politique. Frère jumeau de Jean-Louis Debré, actuel Président du Conseil constitutionnel, fils de Michel Debré, ancien Premier ministre et rédacteur de la Constitution de la Vème République, et d'Anne-Marie Lemaresquier. Petit-fils de Robert Debré, un des fondateurs de l'UNICEF, créateur de la pédiatrie moderne. Marié et père de quatre enfants.

En mission en Asie du sud-est

Compte rendu de son récent déplacement à Pyongyang

"... à la fin du mois d'octobre. J’ai apporté un certain nombre de matériels très sophistiqués à l'hôpital de Pyongyang, matériels que je leur ai offerts. J’ai également visité des hôpitaux.

Cette mission médicale en Corée du Nord rentre dans le cadre des nombreuses missions que j’ai réalisées dans un certain nombre de pays difficiles. Je suis allé opérer en Afghanistan, au Cachemire pakistanais, à Mussaferabad où j’avais un hôpital qui malheureusement a été détruit par un tremblement de terre. Je vais ainsi dans un certain nombre de pays pour apporter un petit espoir de paix en opérant et en offrant du matériel.

Curieusement, dans cet hôpital nord-coréen, certains services sont assez modernes, en particulier celui de la radiologie. D’autres, au contraire sont très pauvres, tel celui d'urologie qui manque de beaucoup de matériel moderne. C’est pour cette raison que j’en ai apporté et que je continuerai à en envoyer. Heureusement, les médecins sont assez ouverts et il n’y a pas trop de morosité de leur part.

Ils sont très avides de contact avec l’Occident. Si vous aviez vu la joie qu’ils ou elles montraient, c’était pour moi un bonheur de leur faire plaisir ainsi d’ailleurs qu’aux malades modestes que j’ai opérés. Je le referai si les Nord-Coréens me le demandent. Cette mission n’avait évidemment pas de but autre que médical. Cela dit, évidemment, j’ai rencontré des « personnalités ».

J’ai été reçu par les autorités du pays, du moins certaines (Ministres de la santé, des affaires étrangères, le Président du Présidium suprême, qui est le Président officiel du pays, sinon le dirigeant, et d’autres encore dont je ne peux pas donner les noms). Il était évident que j’allais être invité, d’autant que j’avais soigné à Paris des personnalités nord-coréennes importantes. Ce pays entre dans une phase semble-t-il de semi-transition, il est très avide de s'ouvrir mais il y a encore loin de l’espoir à la réalité.

La Corée du Nord est un pays extrêmement pauvre où il y a peu d’électricité, peu ou pas de chauffage, évidemment peu ou pas d’étrangers mais j’ai eu la surprise de voir que le nombre de voitures à Pyong Yang avait augmenté de façon assez significative, qu’elles étaient d’ailleurs presque toutes allemandes et j’ai vu également la présence d’agronomes ou de techniciens allemands dans la périphérie de Pyong Yang.

J’ai pu visiter une ferme ultra moderne, écologique qui était assez spectaculaire, cultivant les choux, les salades, les tomates, les fraises et également les poissons. On a l’impression que la Corée va bouger d’autant plus qu’elle va y être obligée, son grand voisin la Chine étant de plus en plus distant vis à vis d’elle.

Le président Nicolas Sarkozy avait mandaté Jack Lang pour, semble-t-il, ouvrir une mission politique. Je ne suis pas sur que cette mission ait été couronnée de succès, d’après ce que l’on a pu me dire. Jack Lang avait une lettre du Président Nicolas Sarkozy qu’il devait remettre à M. Kim Jung Il qu’il n’a pas pu voir, il a donc gardé la lettre ce qui a vexé les autorités.

Cela dit, une fois encore il faudra évaluer l’intérêt qu’il y a à ouvrir cette mission politique. Personnellement je pense qu’il serait nécessaire de l’ouvrir en accord avec les autres pays européens (qui sont, eux, tous représentés en Corée du Nord). Je ne suis pas sûr qu’exclure par un embargo tant de millions de Nord-Coréens qui sont dans la misère soit une très bonne chose. Je pense que le dialogue sincère et quelquefois ferme vaut mieux qu’un embargo.

En tout état de cause, il est difficile pour un médecin de voir une population si démunie et j’ai été assez fier et content de pouvoir apporter un peu de soulagement à ceux qui en avaient besoin. Je ne pense pas qu’il faille voir dans cette mission nord coréenne que j’ai menée avec le Professeur Michaël Peyromaure, mon collaborateur, un aspect de politique étrangère mais plutôt un aspect médical. Cela dit, si ma présence peut être d’un quelconque apport pour la paix, j'en serai très heureux.

C’est en partie par un effort de coopération sanitaire que les pays s’ouvriront par les médecins, par les administratifs des hôpitaux, par les infirmiers qui nous côtoient. Je leur apporte, et mes équipes également, un espoir. Ils l’apprécient d’autant que, comme je vous l’ai dit, certains d’entre eux ont été formés en France."
Pr. Bernard DEBRE (Ancien Ministre)

Fin de citation. L'intégral du texte ici

Sources: Blog Debré, RF, Agences, Reporter's notes