Friday, 16 February 2018

Red Salute to Kim Jong Il!

Kim Song Ji, Andy Brooks and Michael Chant
by New Worker correspondent

Friends of the Korean revolution have been commemorating the anniversary of the birth of dear leader Kim Jong Il throughout the month at events in the capital and other parts of the country. And last week comrades and friends gathered to mark the Day of the Shining Star at the John Buckle Centre, the HQ of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (ML) in London.
Kim Jong Il steered the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (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.
Following in Kim Il Sung’s footsteps, Kim Jong Il led the Workers Party of Korea into the 21st century to build a strong and prosperous socialist republic. Kim Jong Il was a leading Marxist thinker who made an important contribution to modern communist theory as well as an astute statesman who led the Korean people through thick and thin to overcome natural disasters, the imperialist blockade and diplomatic isolation.
Andy Brooks, the chair of the Friends of Korea committee that organised the meeting, welcomed everyone to the event to honour the memory of the Korean communist leader who died at his post in December 2011. The speakers, who included Michael Chant from the RCPB(ML) and Kim Song Gi from the London embassy of the DPRK, both spoke about the continued advances of the people of Democratic Korea and their contribution to international peace and progress. The focus was naturally the courageous initiative by DPRK leader Kim Jong Un that led to the creation of a united Korean sports team at the Winter Olympics currently taking place in south Korea and an easing of tension across the armistice line which, hopefully, will lead to a positive response to Democratic Korean peace proposals by the south Korean authorities.
This was followed by a lively question and answer session with the DPRK diplomat and a general discussion that continued, as usual, over refreshments after the formal close of the meeting.

The truth about Korea in north Wales

By Ray Jones
Dermot speaking

About 20 people gathered on a cold evening last week in St John’s Methodist Hall in Llandudno to hear what was happening in Korea. At the invitation of Conwy Peace Group, Dermot Hudson from the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) and Lindis Percy from the Campaign for Accountability of US Bases, both of whom have recent experience of Korea, reported to the meeting.
Dermot set the scene with a brief history of the country and its division into two states following the war caused by the USA.
The north became a socialist state, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), whilst south Korea became an occupied puppet of the USA led by a fascist government. The south became the darling of the West and the north the most slandered state in the world.
The DPRK became the most independent country in the world, not in the grip of any great power, with a fine social welfare system that ensures free education and healthcare for all. South Korea became in effect a colony of the USA, with security laws which threaten seven years in jail or even death for supporting the DPRK or communism.
Dermot pointed out that the DPRK has been forced to develop nuclear weapons by the nuclear threat of US forces in the south and in the light of the history of imperialist aggression against non-nuclear states such as Iraq and Libya.
To say that the nuclear weapons of the DPRK are the problem is nonsense. For the many years before the DPRK had such weapons the USA continued its aggressive posture and did little to solve the issues.
Lindis, a veteran peace campaigner, told the meeting of the massive demonstrations for peace and the demand for reunification of Korea that she had witnessed in the south.
She described how she was roughly handled by south Korean security when she had joined in the protests outside the US embassy against the stranglehold the US military has on the south with its 83 bases around the country.
Lindis had hopes that the new moves around the Winter Olympics would lead to improvements in the relations between north and south.
There was an interesting discussion following the speakers, which had to be cut short due to time constraints. There were, of course, different points of view, but there seemed to be only one person who remained vehemently anti-DPRK and totally taken in by the imperialist propaganda!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

A life devoted to Korea

by New Worker correspondent
Theo Russell, Dermot Hudson and Shaun Pickford

Comrades and friends marked the 76th anniversary of the birth of Korean leader Kim Jong Il at a meeting last weekend called by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) and the British Juche Society.
Kim Jong Il developed the Juche idea, applying it to all spheres of economic construction and for the promotion of north–south dialogue for the independent peaceful reunification of Korea. His modesty, faithful service, tireless work, total loyalty to Kim Il Sung and the Korean revolution, and undoubted ability meant that when the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) considered the question of the succession – and this was decided long before Kim Il Sung’s death – Kim Jong Il was the unchallenged candidate to be the successor to great leader Kim Il Sung.
When Kim Il Sung passed away, Kim Jong Il told the Korean people and the world that they could “expect no change from me” and under his leadership the WPK won further victories. Natural disasters were overcome. Imperialist diplomatic isolation was broken and the intrigues of US imperialism exposed.
Kim Jong Il, the great leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) who devoted his entire life to serving the Korean people, died at his post in December 2011.
Last Saturday supporters of the Korean revolution returned to the historic Lucas Arms to celebrate the Day of the Shining Star as it is known in Democratic Korea, and to hear solidarity speeches from KFA and New Communist Party (NCP) solidarity activists. The Kings Cross pub has been a working class venue for many years and was the place where the Committee to Defeat Revisionism for Communist Unity was founded to challenge the leadership of the old Communist Party of Great Britain in 1963.
Chaired by Dermot Hudson of the KFA, the meeting began with openings from Shaun Pickford of the KFA and Theo Russell from the Central Committee of the NCP. This was followed by a general discussion that revolved around the initiative of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un over the winter Olympics in south Korea and the latest American attempts to derail all attempts to defuse the crisis on the Korean peninsula.
Everyone praised the DPRK's socialist system and the proposals for reunification and calls to defend Democratic Korea against US imperialist aggression.