Friday, 28 April 2017

No to new Korean war!

By New Worker correspondent

Londoners picketed the American embassy in Grosvenor square last week to demonstrate against a new Korean war brought nearer by the provocations of US war-lord Donald Trump in recent days. Stop the War and CND called the emergency protest outside the US embassy to protest at Trump's aggression and the British government's shameful support for his policy.  Hundreds of Londoners joined the protest against the new US threat to peace that has created a frightening stand-off with nuclear-armed Democratic Korea. This, combined with missile attacks on Syria and the use of a weapon of mass destruction (MOAB, the so-called Mother of All Bombs) in Afghanistan, signals a sharp turn to intervention that is ratcheting up tension around the world.

Friday, 21 April 2017

President Kim Il Sung and Britain

by Dermot Hudson
The highly significant 105th anniversary of the birth of the great Korean communist leader, comrade Kim Il Sung, is a reminder of how important it is to reflect on the relevance of his teachings and ideas to Britain. How are the ideas of Kim Il Sung applicable to Britain?
Firstly, the great Juche idea is applicable to Britain because it teaches that every country and every people should be independent and masters of their own destiny. The Juche idea is expressed in practical terms as Juche in ideology, independence in politics and self-reliant in defence. These are policies that a new progressive government could and should implement. Although Britain is an imperialist country it is at the same time deeply subordinate to US imperialism and pursues the so-called special relationship.
A new government in Britain could apply Juche by leaving NATO and kicking out
US troops. This would be a basic prerequisite to achieving independence in politics. Kim Il Sung understood the need for capitalist countries to be independent, saying:  "Ours is an era when the people demand independence. Today even the people of the capitalist countries, to say nothing of the socialist countries, want to take the road of independence and especially the people of the Third World who were exploited and oppressed by the imperialists over a long period are advancing under the uplifted banner of independence."
            Kim Il Sung showed the way to independence for the peoples of the capitalist, socialist and Third World countries. Indeed, the Juche idea reflects the aspirations of the peoples of all countries for independence – this is an undeniable fact.
            To establish Juche and achieve both political and economic independence, Britain would need to break with international capitalism and imperialism by leaving the European Union (EU), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The British people recently voted, decisively, to leave the hated EU. President Kim Il Sung condemned the predecessor of the EU, the Common Market, pointing out that: "The ‘European Common Market’, the ‘integration of the world economy’ and the like, loudly advertised by the imperialist powers today, all pursue the heinous, aggressive aims of strangling the economic independence of the newly independent states and subordinating these countries to their rule."
Indeed, as Britain prepares to withdraw from the EU the teachings of Kim Il Sung on building an independent national economy are highly relevant to the British people. When some big power chauvinists and revisionists tried to force the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to join the former Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA or COMECON), a Soviet-led economic bloc dominated by the USSR and its Warsaw Pact allies, this was opposed by President Kim Il Sung. The leader of the Workers Party of Korea upheld the banner of self-reliance and the independent national economy, saying later that: "It has become more clear today that our decision to build socialism by our own efforts on the principle of self-reliance and not enter the CMEA was quite correct."
He defined the building of an independent national economy as: "Building an independent national economy means building a diversified economy, equipping it with up-to-date technology and creating our solid bases of raw materials, thereby building up an all embracing economic system in which every branch is structurally interrelated so as to provide domestically most of the products of heavy and light industry and the agricultural produce needed to make the country wealthy and powerful and to improve the people's living conditions."
            Instead of trying to strike free-trade deals with countries such as the USA (who will only exploit and plunder Britain through so-called ‘free trade’) and lowering wages in order to be 'competitive', Britain could take on board the Juche idea, the line of self-reliance, and build an independent national economy like the DPRK.
              The example of Juche-based socialism, which is the fruit of the leadership and teachings of the great leader Kim Il Sung, is an inspiration to the people of Britain in their fight for socialism. Democratic Korea has provided people with the right to work, housing is provided at a very low cost or even totally free (one could only sigh when you contrast this to the recent headline about house prices in London going up even faster). Education is also free up to all levels, including university and post-graduate study. School clothes and other things for children are either free or sold at 50 per cent of cost price. Mothers with more than three children can work a six-hour day but be paid for eight hours. The retirement age is 60 for men and 55 for women. Taxation, including local autonomy tax, was abolished in 1974.
            Free medical care was introduced in 1953 and buttressed by further legalisation in 1960 and 1980. All treatment including medicine is free and the state even pays travelling expenses to the sanatorium!
Such measures have not been taken in all socialist countries nor in rich countries, but have been taken in the DPRK because of the profound concern of the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung for the people and the belief that the country should shoulder full responsibility for the destiny and well-being of the people. President Kim Il Sung made sure that improvement of the people’s living standards was enshrined in the principles of both the Workers Party of Korea and the DPRK. Juche Korea became the model of socialism for the world, including Britain.
            Lastly, President Kim Il Sung always supported the struggle of the working people of the capitalist countries, including Britain, for their rights and for socialism. In 1983, for example, he declared: "firm solidarity with the working classes and peoples in the capitalist countries battling against oppression and exploitation by capital."
            At a time when many British progressives and communists had lost heart because of the overthrow of socialism in the USSR and the people’s democracies of eastern Europe, the DPRK stuck to the socialist road, showing that socialism was alive and not dead!
President Kim Il Sung met with a delegation of the New Communist Party of Britain in 1990 and also with a delegation of the Communist Party of Britain at a later date, as well as a leading British social scientist. Twenty-five years ago on the 20th April, 1992 President Kim Il Sung unveiled the Pyongyang Declaration: Let Us Defend and Advance the Cause of Socialism, which was adopted by 70 parties. Now over 258 parties, including five British communist parties, have endorsed it.
            In conclusion, the revolutionary activities and teachings of the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung are vitally relevant to British people today. The Juche idea authored by comrade Kim Il Sung lights the road of independence for the British people.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Remembering a Great Korean

Andy Brooks recalls the life of a great Korean

by New Worker   correspondent
Friends of the Korean people returned to the Chadswell Centre in central London last weekend to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of great leader Kim Il Sung, the Korean communist who led the guerrilla struggle that broke the bonds of Japanese colonialism to build the people’s republic which now stands as a bright red bastion of socialism in north east Asia.
Kim Il Sung was born on 15th April 1912 and his birthday has long been celebrated as the Day of the Sun in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and by everyone who stands by the DPRK.
Speakers, including solidarity activists and DPR Korea diplomats, spoke highly of Kim Il Sung’s immense contribution to the theory and practice of scientific socialism at the meeting called by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA).
KFA Chair Dermot Hudson opened the meeting with a talk on the outstanding achievements of the Korean revolutionary whose life spanned most of the 20th century. This was followed by Kim Song Gi from the DPRK embassy in London who said that his country was firmly based on the revolutionary traditions of Mt Paektu started by the great leader Kim Il Sun. Now the Korean people are successfully implementing the twin line of developing the economy and nuclear force in parallel under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Un.
Alex Meads spoke about the revolutionary traditions of the Korean People’s Army and their internationalist support for the Vietnamese, Egyptian and Zimbabwean revolutions while NCP leader Andy Brooks talked about his personal recollections of Kim Il Sung whom he met when the NCP sent a delegation to Pyongyang in 1990.
There was plenty of time for questions and general discussion which continued over refreshments long after the meeting ended.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Defending the DPRK in Belgravia!

KFA Chair Dermot Hudson and Andy Brooks with other comrades
 by New Worker correspondent
NCP leader Andy Brooks joined other Korean solidarity activists outside the Malaysian embassy in London’s Belgrave Square last week to demand an end to the hostile actions of the Malaysian government against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
 The picket, called by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA), gave out leaflets pointing out that a DPRK citizen called Kim Chol collapsed and died in Kuala Lumpur airport on the 13th February. The Malaysian authorities initially said that this was due to a heart attack. Subsequently the Malaysian authorities, in violation of international law:
         Carried out an autopsy without the permission of the DPRK and without the presence of the DPRK side;
         Refused a request for a joint investigation;
         Refused to hand over the remains of the dead man;
         Spread false accusations and allegations, and wrongfully arrested a DPRK citizen
It is claimed that VX nerve agent was used to kill the man – but clearly it would be impossible to use VX Nerve agent at the airport without killing scores of other people and rendering the terminal unusable for years if not decades to come. The two women arrested are not from the DPRK and are not even ethnic Koreans. They had, however, visited south Korea several times in the past.
            The KFA calls on Malaysia to return the body of the dead DPRK citizen to the DPRK and ends its campaign of false allegations, lies and slanders against the DPRK.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Defending the DPRK at LSE

leafleting outside the hall
by New Worker correspondent
Korean solidarity activists were outside the London School of Economics (LSE) last weekend to leaflet a seminar that purported to “provide a platform for detailed discussions on various aspects of North Korea, from North Korean society to the prospects for, and challenges of, Korean unification”. What they mean by ‘unification’ is really south Korea absorbing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). So basically this was a regime change conference organised by those hostile to the socialist system of the DPRK and the Juche Idea.
Last Saturday Korea Friendship Association (KFA) Chair Dermot Hudson and NCP leader Andy Brooks joined student supporters of the Korean revolution putting the record straight with KFA leaflets and presenting the other side of the story in face-to-face discussion with participants entering and leaving the building. 
The conference was, in fact, simply a propaganda forum organised by the south Korean puppet regime and sponsored by the Doosan Group, a south Korean manufacturing and construction conglomerate that employs 41,400 workers in 38 countries. The speakers were drawn from the usual circle of pro-imperialist academics and journalists, along with a number of south Korean diplomats and former ministers. Needless to say, no DPRK representative or representative of the KFA was asked to attend the conference.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Trump trumped in Grosvenor Square!

Korea is One!
By New Worker correspondent
Solidarity activists returned to the US embassy in London on Saturday to demand the end to the American war-games in south Korea that are ratcheting up tension on the Korean peninsula. NCP leader Andy Brooks joined comrades at the protest organised by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) to call for a halt to the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve military exercises that are rehearsal for a full-scale invasion of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). And although KFA pickets rarely attract the mainstream media, this one had come to the notice of a Daily Star reporter who interviewed KFA Chair Dermot Hudson and filed a report that appeared on his paper’s online edition.
Dermot Hudson and Andy Brooks on the line
Dermot Hudson said: “Last year’s exercises, involving 300,000 south Korean fascist puppet troops and around 17,000 US imperialist aggressor troops backed by warships and warplanes were described as the largest ever. However this year's exercises will be bigger than the year before. They also involve the presence of troops from vassal states of the US. The US navy is sending the aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, and its strike group of two guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser, to join the Foal Eagle drills. The US Marine Corps is dispatching sophisticated F-35B stealth fighters from Japan to the Korean Peninsula for the first time. Also nuclear submarines and nuclear strategic bombers will be deployed.”
The KFA holds protest pickets outside the centre of US imperialism in London throughout the year without incident. This time we were told by the police that a pro-Trump demonstration would be held outside the embassy mid-way through ours that could lead to clashes. As it happened only three people turned up to support the new US President – a cranky woman draped in the Stars and Stripes, a known fascist and a student who insisted he was only an observer and not there to support the billionaire property developer.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Day of the Shining Star

Dermot Hudson opening the KFA meeting on Saturday
 by New Worker  correspondent

Friends of the Korean revolution celebrated the 75th anniversary of the birth of dear leader Kim Jong Il at meetings across London last week, including a joint Korean Friendship Association (KFA)/Juche Study Group meeting on Saturday 11th February followed by a reception at the London embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that same evening, and a Friends of Korea meeting at the John Buckle Centre on Monday 13th February.
            Comrades joined the Korean people in celebrating  Kim Jong Il’s birthday, which has long been known as the Day of the Shining Star in the DPRK, and tributes to the Korean leader’s life and times were made at all three events.
New Communist Party leader Andy Brooks joined diplomats and many others actively involved in solidarity with Democratic Korea across the country for the reception to mark the Day of the Shining Star at the DPRK embassy in London. The new DPRK ambassador, Choe Il, paid tribute to Kim Jong Il’s the outstanding contribution to the Korean revolution and the world communist movement, and Dermot Hudson from the KFA spoke about the dear leader’s contribution to the Juche Idea.
Dermot Hudson and Choe Il at the reception
  Prof Dr Harish Gupta, the director general of the International Institute of the Juche Idea and head of the Asian Regional Institute for the Study of the Juche Idea, spoke at the KFA event and Michael Chant, the general secretary of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (ML) and John McLeod of the Socialist Labour Party both spoke highly of Kim Jong Il’s revolutionary role on Monday.
Choe Il and Michael Chant
Kim Jong Il steered the DPRK through the difficult times that followed the death of great leader Kim Il Sung in 1994. He devoted his entire life to serving the Korean people in the cause of building a human-centred society, a cause that is espoused by the democratic and anti-imperialist forces the world over. He followed the footsteps of great leader Kim Il Sung in leading the country into the 21st century and died at his post on 17th December 2011.
       Now the torch has passed to Kim Jong Un, and under his leadership the DPRK has made giant strides in science and technology over the past few weeks with the test of a thermo-nuclear bomb and the successful launch of a satellite into space.