aNewDomain.net – Breaking, Latest North Korea YouTube Videos Threaten DC, New York, North Korea, Jibes on Central Media Channel on Facebook, Twitter — As North Korean war hawks beckon and United States B-52 fighters whiz near the Communist nation’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a new front emerges in the escalating United States vs North Korea conflict. It’s social.
Video is popping up every few hours now on YouTube, where a channel believed to be under North Korean control began feverishly posting material Monday night. There’s video of a virtual North Korean attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. online now, via a YouTube channel the North Korean government claims to control as a central media outlet site. That claim is on a website by the same name, “uriminzokkiri,” or “one nation,” in English.
There is an associated Twitter account supporting that — and a Facebook account, too. How involved the secretive regime really is in the postings is murky. But it’s going viral on YouTube — as are posts from the same media outlet on Twitter, Facebook and blog posts.
The title translates more clearly from Korean into English via German, which this reporter speaks. It reads in German: Das Urteil über den Bildschirm, und wenn – die Hochburg des Krieges bulbyeorak. In English: The verdict (is) on the screen — and when/if — for (bullies).
Source: Uriminokkiri North Korean claimed YouTube Channel, run at a China IP address
The social front doesn’t stop there. It runs deep and curves outwardly. Anti-Seoul, anti-US videos, tweets, blog posts and parodies to the tune of the Korean PSY hit Gangnam Style are proliferating on international social networks.
Uriminzokkiri, purportedly a North Korean government controlled media outlet, posted the war video you see above late Monday, March 18, 2013.
Google, YouTube, Twitter and other social sites have yet to block the content, which is likely protected speech for American citizens in the United States under First Amendment free speech guarantees per the U.S. Constitution. We note there is an embargo in place prohibiting exchange between US and North Korean citizens. This is a news piece written by an American citizen for readers of the tech site aNewDomain.net.
North Koreans, like the Chinese, as a population see just a sliver of the Internet content visible in most first and second world countries on the globe. North Korea, the state, closely monitors and filters net content, civil activists say. It’s unclear how much of the material is intended for Korean versus American audiences, although the content indicates a distinct news mix, as you’ll see below.
On the Uriminzokkiri channel, started in 2010, there are hundreds of videos decrying forces that threaten or otherwise interfere with North Korean interests. This video is just the latest in a long string of them here and, on another channel apparently linked to it, called StormCloudsGathering. Google ad words adorn the site — this reporter’s screen showed a Visa ad as the video voice-over decried American economic policies.
Video Source: Uriminzokkiri (English transliteration: Our Nation) North Korean digital news channel on YouTube
Who or what is Uriminzosokkiri — or, as its official Twitter account calls itself — @uriminzok? Details are sketchy and difficult to reveal amidst propaganda flinging on both sides. North Korea is a notoriously secretive regime, but its English and Korean language tweets, videos and blog posts are streaming out quickly as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea mount this week.
The home site uriminzokkiri.com describes itself as a central North Korea-based media outlet intended to produce English language content on behalf of the North Korean government.
A tour through the tweets, posts and various Uriminzokkiri videos shows, in total, the content to be vehemently anti-U.S. and anti-Seoul. It is, at this point, for the most part, highly produced video containing strong messages regarding the U.S. policies and that of Seoul, Korea.
As one of the few media outlets permitted in the country, the uriminzosokkiri tweets, blog, Facebook account and YouTube channels would logically run through North Korean government censors, which control all media there. That includes its associated Flickr and Facebook accounts, decried earlier this year as so-called “propoganda” accounts by U.S. government reps and media.
The website, at least according to Norton Safe Web and at this writing, physically lives in China.
From the AFP:
The secretive regime has begun micro-blogging under the name @uriminzok, with a number of posts pointing its … followers to anti-Seoul and anti-US statements on the country’s official website — http://www.uriminzokkiri.com
Scrape the surface a bit and it’s easy to see how social media is now changing the face of global politics, debate, intelligence and warfare.
Earlier this year, the channel posted a parody video that chided the South Korean conservative party presidential candidate, current president Park Guen Hye as doing what it calls “the horse-riding dance” — better known to millions the world over as the viral Korean dance video hit Gangnam Style. That’s the music video by South Korean rap sensation Psy. The official PSY video was the No. 1 most watched video on YouTube in 2012, Google execs reported in a year-end report in December.
North Korean claimed outlets also posted a notorious mock nuclear attack on the U.S. via video six months ago.
It’s difficult to determine just how much of the anti US and anti Seoul content found on this site and a major one linked to it, called StormCloudsGathering, is civilian mudslinging — as opposed to organized online wars of words between governments via the social net.
StormCloudsGathering posted this video on the channel just hours ago — The Chain of Identity. It deeply criticizes U.S. policies and what it says is continual U.S. war-mongering in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea and elsewhere. Turn closed captions on to view it in English or your native language.
Another video — called U.S. Government Preparing for Collapse — and Not in a Nice Way — is live both at StormCloudsGathering and at the Uriminzok channel. Below is an excerpt from the dual-posted The Road to World War 3 video that made headlines six months ago. It boasts more than half a million views.
609,262 views 6 months agoWe are on a road that leads straight to the World War 3, but in order to see that and to fully understand what is at stake you have to look at the big picture and connect the dots. This video examines the history of the dollar, its relation to oil, and the real motives behind the wars of the past two decades.
Source: StormCloudsGathering March 13, 2013 posting on Google YouTube.
The degree to which U.S. companies can and cannot extricate themselves from political conflicts like this one is bound to be a dicey question. This especially affects social media companies and the firms that sponsor them — as is evident in videos at StormCloudsGathering, a site still flying below the U.S. media radar.
Its video, which predicts American economic collapse, opened the first time in this reporter’s Google Chrome browser (set to San Francisco, CA )with a Google ad sponsorship message. The advertiser? Visa.