Mein Parteibuch seeks asylum in China

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 20:46 | Posted in Blogosphere, China, Not serious | 6 Comments
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The dissident expatriate German blog Mein Parteibuch is seeking asylum in China, April Fools News reports. The blog was earlier forced to flee judicial intimidation in Germany and establish its presence in an undisclosed location in the cyberspace. China may now turn out to be the only rescue for Mein Parteibuch as Beijing offers the site an assylum.

“Since we are oppressed by the brutal Tibetan government who press down our national identity and culture, we offer asylum behind the Great Firewall of China to all those whose freedom of speech and other human rights are being pressed down by the Fourth Reich”, Chinese government spokesman Lüg Ner told me earlier today.

The Chinese Olympic Committee announced an olympic boycott this morning. As a protest against the recent violent actions against Chinese culture in Tibet, the committee said that Chinese athletes would not participate in the Olympic Games. The Chinese party and government would also boycott the opening ceremony. The IOC received a note from the Chinese Olympic Committee asking that Dalai Lama would open the games as the Chinese president Hu Jintao has been placed mouth gags by the Tibetan rezime.

I tried to obtain a comment from the editors of Mein Parteibuch but the only thing they agreed to confirm was that they intend to stay out of Germany. Former editor Marcel Bartels told me he has nothing to do with the site.

Undisclosed sources said under anonymity that the Great Firewall of China could turn the tables around. “We may soon detect ourselves protecting the freedom of speech of the Chinese against the brutality of Tibetan monks”, a western observer told me. “Five million Tibetans are obviously a great threat to the Chinese culture. How could 1,3 billion Chinese possibly resist their cultural imperialism?”, the independent observer asked.

N.B: All statements referred to in this post were recorded today, the 1st April 2008.🙂

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  1. Nothing to do with this entry or April 1 – yesterday evening, April 3, arte (www.arte.tv/de, I think) had a Finnish theme. There was a programme about Finns and the sauna, one about the Finn – both programmes were Finnish-French co-productions – and a Kaurismäki film. The second programme is being repeated on April 8 but can also be seen again online, at least in Germany. Unfortunately I was too busy to watch them properly. But I had no idea that the hymn ‘Be still, my soul’ was really Finland’s unofficial national anthem, with music by Sibelius! What ignorance – stirring stuff.

  2. Not quite, Margaret. “Be still, my soul” is a part of “Finlandia” by Sibelius but it is not the national anthem. The national anthem is indeed unofficial because unlike the flag and coat of arms, it is not mentioned in the Constitution but it is “Our Land” (Maamme), composed by Fredrik Pacius. Incidentally, the national anthem of Estonia has the same melody which has its origin in a tune sung in Hamburg pubs in the 18th century.

  3. Unfortunately, the film is visible at arte.tv only in Germany, France and French colonies.😦

  4. I realize that the national anthem is Our Land and Estonia has a sameish one, that’s precisely why I wrote ‘*unofficial* national anthem’ – otherwise I would have written ‘official’.

    I will watch the repeat if I remember and see what it tells me about Finns.

  5. You see, Margaret, since national anthem is not mentioned in the Constitution, neither of them is official but Our Land is commonly used as the national anthem. Occasional propositions have been tabled throughout the 90 years of independence that Finlandia should replace Our Land but they have never found a broad acceptance.

  6. Well, now I know.
    Yes, there are a few good tunes in the UK that would be better than what we have (I need hardly say that what I would call the ‘official national anthem’ is not laid down in any constitution either).


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