Friday, 14 December 2018

Remembering Kim Jong Il

Ambassador Choe Il speaking
By New Worker correspondent 

Korean friendship activists met to hear speakers, that included the Democratic Korean (DPRK) ambassador, talk about the outstanding achievements of Korean leader Kim Jong Il at a meeting in central London last weekend Called by the Korean Friendship Association, the meeting was opened by Dermot Hudson who said that we are not here to mourn the life of the Kim Jong Il, who died at his post in December  2011, but to celebrate it as part of the struggle for socialism.
 DPRK London ambassador Choe Il spoke movingly about the immortal achievements that Kim performed for the defence and advance of the socialist cause . He said that Comrade Kim Jong Un had defended socialism in the most trying conditions against the winds of history through exemplary ideological and theorectical work . The ideas of Kim Jong Il constituted a militant banner of independence and socialism .

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Solidarity with the Korean people

20th  International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties 

Statement of Solidarity of Communist and Workers' Parties in Support of the Just Cause of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean People for an Independent and Peaceful Reunification of Korea and for Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

We, participants in the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties held in Athens, Greece on November 23-25, 2018 express full support for and solidarity with the just cause of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people for realizing an independent and peaceful reunification of Korea and maintaining peace and security on the Korean peninsula.

We welcome the new phase of peace and reconciliation being opened up on the Korean peninsula thanks to the proactive efforts of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people, aimed at improving the inter-Korean relations, establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula and terminating the U.S. hostile policy toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The just cause of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people to defend the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and build a powerful socialist country constitutes an active contribution to the struggle of Communist and Workers' Parties to secure international justice and peace and victoriously advance the cause of socialism on the global scale.

We resolutely oppose and reject the imperialists' interference in the internal affairs of the Korean nation and their unjust policy of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK,and strongly demand that the U.S. withdraw its policy of hostility and military threats against the DPRK once and for all.

We hope that the international community will respond positively to the measures taken in good faith by the DPRK toward the ease of tension and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula and call upon all Communist and Workers' Parties and progressive organizations of the world to intensify the international solidarity movement for the just cause of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people.

November 25th  2018 

Initiated by the Hungarian Workers’ Party

  1. Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism
  2. Communist Party of Argentina
  3. Communist Party of Australia
  4. Party of Labour of Austria
  5. Communist Party of Azerbaijan
  6. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  7. Communist Party of Belarus
  8. Brazilian Communist Party
  9. Communist Party of Britain
  10. New Communist Party of Britain
  11. Communist Party of Bulgaria
  12. Party of the Bulgarian Communists
  13. Communist Party of Canada
  14. Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia
  15. Communist Party of Cuba
  16. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
  17. Communist Party in Denmark
  18. Communist Party of Denmark
  19. Communist Party of Ecuador
  20. Communist Party of Estonia
  21. Communist Party of Macedonia
  22. German Communist Party
  23. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
  24. Hungarian Workers' Party
  25. Communist Party of India
  26. The Worker's Party of Ireland
  27. Communist Party of Israel
  28. Communist Party (Italy)
  29. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  30. Workers' Party of Korea
  31. Party of the Communists of Kyrgyzstan
  32. Socialist Party of Latvia
  33. Lebanese Communist Party
  34. Socialist Party, Lithuania
  35. Communist Party of Luxembourg
  36. Communist Party of Malta
  37. Communist Party of Mexico
  38. New Communist Party of Netherlands
  39. Communist Party of Norway
  40. Communist Party of Pakistan
  41. Palestinian Communist Party
  42. Palestinian People's Party
  43. Paraguayan Communist Party
  44. Portuguese Communist Party
  45. Romanian Socialist Party
  46. Communist Party of Soviet Union
  47. Russian Communist Workers' Party ‐ Communist Party of Soviet Union (RCWP‐CPSU)
  48. Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF)
  49. UCP-CPSU
  50. Communists of Serbia
  51. New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
  52. Communist Party of Slovakia
  53. South African Communist Party
  54. Communist Party of The Peoples of Spain
  55. Communist Party of The Peoples of Spain
  56. Communist Party of Sri Lanka                             
  57. Communist Party of Swaziland
  58. Communist Party of Turkey
  59. Communist Party of Ukraine
  60. Union of Communists of Ukraine
  61. Communist Party USA
  62. Communist Party of Venezuela

Friday, 7 December 2018

Korean Solidarity in Madrid

 by New Worker correspondent
Korean solidarity activists vowed to redouble their efforts in the coming year at an international conference in Madrid last weekend. A UK KFA delegation led by Dermot Hudson took part in the conference at the Democratic Korean embassy in the Spanish capital that was attended by Korean Friendship Association (KFA) delegates from all parts of Europe.
The 18th KFA International Meeting was opened by Alejandro Cao De Benos, the president and founder of the friendship committee, who spoke about the diplomatic triumphs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including the ground-breaking summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump and three other summits with the south Korean leader over the last year.
Future work will include preparations for a blockchain and crypto-currency conference to help the people’s government side-line imperialist sanctions, and a project to create a ‘virtual DPRK’ on the Web.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Down with the lying BBC!

By New Worker correspondent
outside BBC headquarters in London

Comrades were out last Saturday picketing Broadcasting House to condemn the ongoing demonisation of the DPR Korea in BBC reports. The picket, called by the Korean Friendship Association with the support of the NCP, called on the BBC to “stop lying about the DPRK and instead produce fair, accurate and objective material about People’s Korea”.
KFA Chair Dermot Hudson said the BBC has consistently lied about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). On several occasions BBC reporters have used tricks and subterfuges to enter the DPRK to produce one-sided, biased reports that bear no resemblance to reality.
            Alejandro Cao De Benos, the president of the international KFA, sent a solidarity message to the protesters in which he said: “US imperialism, by utilising its money resources and puppet mass media like the BBC, is regularly organising campaigns of defamation and creating horror stories with the aim of creating fear and rejection of Korea among the general public. But the times of the US and British media empires’ monopoly for mind control are coming to an end. The rise of popular and alternative low cost media…is making more and more people question every sensationalist news coming from the mainstream press.
“As more and more fake news is being exposed, there is a new generation that will no longer swallow all this nonsense”. They are looking for genuine sources of information on Korea, he said. “That source is the KFA, and your work will become more important everyday”.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

For peace in Korea

Andy Brooks opening the meeting

 by New Worker correspondent
Friends of Korea returned to the Marx Memorial Library last weekend for a solidarity meeting to discuss the current efforts for peace and reunification that have taken place on both sides of the divided peninsula since Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s historic talks with Donald Trump, the leader of US imperialism in Singapore in June.
            The meeting, called by the Friends of Korea committee, was opened by NCP leader Andy Brooks who welcomed everyone in the hallowed hall whose boards had, as he said, once been tread by Harry Quelch and Lenin.  Michael Chant from the RCPB (ML) followed with a talk that focused to the current efforts for peace by the people’s government in the north and the new southern administration and the need to raise the question of peace on the streets of Britain in this, the hundredth anniversary of the end of the first world war.
            This was followed by Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) who spoke about his recent visit to Democratic Korea and the giant strides that the people’s government is taking at home and abroad for the cause of peace and socialism.
            The panel then took part in a wide-ranging discussion that covered all aspects of the campaign for peace in Korea in Britain and across world. The meeting ended with the adoption of a solidarity message to Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea supporting the right of the Korean people to self-determination, independence and peace that was adopted by acclaim.
The Friends of Korea committee consists of the New Communist Party of Britain, Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (ML), Socialist Labour Party, European Regional Society for the Study of the Juché Idea and the UK Korean Friendship Association. Meetings are open to all friends of the Korean revolution and the committee organises events throughout the year which are listed by the supporting movements and on the Friends of Korea blog.