Saturday, 28 March 2020

Corrupt Politics Breed Corrupt Practices: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, March 28 (KCNA) -- It has been nine years since the Fukushima Atomic Power Plant accident in Japan, but its aftereffects still linger. A strong earthquake and tidal wave caused the accident in May, 2011.

The Tokyo Shimbun recently carried an article titled "Nine Years after Great Earthquake Disaster in East Japan, Still Over 47 000 Evacuees".

The time set by the Japanese government for "reconstruction and creation" is approaching, but tens of thousands of displaced evacuees still live an arduous life. The longer the evacuation life, the more people are committing suicide and the death toll is on the rise due to the poor living conditions and diseases.

The number of cancer cases caused by radioactive rays is on the increase among those who returned home and they are experiencing extreme sufferings due to the aggravating economic situation, damaged ecological environment, etc.

This notwithstanding, the Japanese government releases underreports, saying that all the problems have already been settled. It is even hatching a plot to discharge the highly concentrated radioactive contaminated water into the sea.

It is a typical reminder of the unpopular policies of Japan which prioritizes the interests of the government more than the safety of the people.

Corrupt politics is bound to beget corrupt practices.

The Japanese society is ailing from all sorts of social evils bred by the reactionary politics, the damage from which has now reaches records high.

According to the Japanese Police Agency, last year the number of the cases of child maltreatment spotted by the police and the number of victims reached the highest figure in history. And the number of the children, believed to have been treated badly, has topped 90 000 for the first time since 2004 when the statistics began to be collected.

The proportion of teenagers in the suicide rate has risen for three consecutive years and the number of children who were found to be abusing hemp increases ten times for the last seven years, arousing concern.

In a report on the status of women published by the World Economic Forum, Japan was the 121st country out of 153 countries, the lowest in its history. The birth rate was also the all time low last year.

As proven by figures and facts, the island country tops even in the capitalist world in terms of mental and moral corruption though it trumpets about human rights, equality and well-being, and often finds fault with the internal affairs of other countries.

It is natural that corruption and jungle-law are endemic and extreme misanthropy and individual selfishness are rampant under the social system of Japan where past history of aggression is denied and justified, world peace is sacrificed for its militarist ambition and rising generations are inspired with reactionary ultra-nationalism, national chauvinism and mammonism.

Genuine human life can never be expected from the desolate political climate in Japan. -0-

Reflections on the Housing Issue in People's Korea and in the capitalist world-special article by Dr Dermot Hudson

                                                                                 

I read an article titled "State Benefits Given Through Dwelling Houses" on the website of Voice of Korea which explained that  " Korea builds dwelling houses at state expense and distributes them to the people free of charge." Of course I had known that fact for a very long time since I first became interested in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the 1980s and through my 18 visits to People's Korea since 1992 . It made me reflect on the reality of capitalist Britain and the superiority of Juche-based socialism compared to life in capitalist Britain.
  My own situation which was after leaving my mothers home I was always a tenant whether of a private landlord or the capitalist state in the form of a local council . As many people reading this article will know private renting in a capitalist society is a nightmare . Rent can take more than half of one's income .I remember the first time I rented a flat and it took  40 per cent of my income . You also have to pay a deposit to the landlord  which they rarely give back , they will usually find a trumped up excuse or pretext to deny paying back the deposit to the renter . Even council housing , which is very difficult to obtain nowadays as most council properties were sold off in the 1980s and 1990s , does not have low rents . When I was in a council flat in Woolwich I still paid about 33 per cent of my income . When you add things like Council tax , electricity , gas , water and insurance costs it really comes to an extortionate amount and can take nearly a 100 per cent of a workers income . Entering middle age I was able to finally buy a small flat  a long way from the centre of  London . These cost nearly a quarter of a million pound to buy ! but I thought I would be free from the burden of rent , as there was a small ground rent on the property . However I was to be disappointed the property had a "service charge ' of  £1000 per year ! . Recently , the property management company greedy for more profits sent a demand for an even greater amount more than double the original amount  Daylight robbery ! Do these parasites think that money grows on trees ?  This was my first thought ! . A friend remarked to me that I was getting the worst of both worlds , buying a place but having to pay a grossly inflated and extortionate service charge at the same time . Well Jack London , the famous socialist writer did once write that if capitalists could discover a way of bottling the air they would sell it at a profit.
                                                     
                                             
However I remembered that in People's Korea  citizens get flats and houses allocated to them free of charge .
                                             
  In People's Korea citizens do not worry about deposits , rents , service charges or council tax but live happy thanks to the socialist system , the Juche idea and the guidance of dear respected Marshal
KIM JONG UN. How I envy them ! People's Korea is a socialist paradise.

Dr Dermot Hudson

Chairman British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK
Official Delegate Korean Friendship Association UK

Friday, 27 March 2020

Campaign for Boycotting Vote





The campaign to boycott vote for the conservative elements in the upcoming general election is being carried on in south Korea.

The Family Association of the April 16 Ferry Sewol Disaster and the April 16 Solidarity called press conferences to make public its plan for boycotting vote for the conservatives on March 19.


                                                   




Eighteen members including Hwang Gyo-ahn, Cha Myeong-jin and Kim Jin-tae of the United Future Party and the representative of the Free Republican Party Cho Won-jin running for parliamentary seats were on the list.

The UFP should admit that the UFP is friends with Hwang and Cha who are responsible for the sinking of ferry Sewol. It is shame that Hwang and Cha would be elected as the assemblymen representing fifty million people, chairman Chang Hoon of the Family Association of the April 16 Ferry Sewol Disaster, said.

The Family Association of the April 16 Ferry Sewol Disaster and April 16 Solidarity would launch a vigorous campaign in demand of a strict investigation into the sinking of ferry Sewol and punishment of those responsible for it and to boycott vote for them in the upcoming election, he stressed.

Meantime, the Progressive Federation of Students had a press conference to call for the people to vote in opposition to Na Gyeong-won, a pro-Japanese element, who is accused of fraudulent entrance examination of her daughter on Mar. 20.

Over 830 Expedition Groups Tour Revolutionary Battle Sites in Area of Mt Paektu

                                                                 
           

Pyongyang, March 27 (KCNA) -- The zeal for expedition to the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu has run high as never before in this winter.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's historic horseback march to revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu early in December last year served as an important occasion that raised the fierce flames of education in the revolutionary traditions to prepare the whole Party, all the people and the entire army to be the indomitable ranks with the offensive idea of Mt Paektu, the revolutionary spirit of Paektu.

After a group of Party information workers from across the country began its expedition to the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu from December 10 last year, over 830 expedition groups of officials of Party and power organs, working people's organizations, ministries, national institutions and armed forces organs in Pyongyang and local areas and those of institutions, industrial establishments, farms and schools in different parts of the country, working people, youth and students and service personnel of the People's Army mounted Mt Paektu, the sacred mountain of the revolution, pushing their way through blizzards that swept across the vast land of Paektu, as of March 25

During the tour of the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu last year, the Supreme Leader set forth the practical programme for comprehending the revolutionary traditions and the revolutionary spirit to make everyone feel immediately how severe difficulties and trials the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners had overcome.

The Supreme Leader said that through the expedition to Mt Paektu in balmy spring, it is impossible to learn about the soul and spirit of Mt Paektu, stressing that only when one feels in their flesh the bitter cold, can one keenly realize the tenacity, fighting spirit and revolutionary spirit of the forerunners and how much the cold stirs the zeal to make a revolution and one's blood. In hearty response to his instructions, an endless stream of expedition groups has visited the revolutionary battle sites in the area of Mt Paektu, the center for education in revolutionary traditions, in this winter.

Making expeditions to the revolutionary battle sites, including Paektusan Secret Camp, Chongbong and Konchang bivouacs, Mudubong Secret Camp, Kanbaeksan Secret Camp, Mupho Bivouac and Taehongdan Revolutionary Battle Site, the groups keenly realized once again that the revolutionary traditions of Juche took root thanks to the outstanding leadership of President Kim Il Sung who brought back to life the soul of the nation.

Touring the revolutionary battle sites which were splendidly built as a great seat for the education in the revolutionary traditions, they recalled with reverence the undying feats of Chairman Kim Jong Il who pioneered the expedition to Mt Paektu and turned the mountain into the native place dear to the hearts of all our people, their mental pillar.

Their colorful political and cultural activities like campfire meeting to hear the impressions of reminiscences of anti-Japanese guerrillas, frontline-style publication of news during the march, recreation gatherings during break in forests and Korean wrestling on snowy place showed well their will to become stalwart partisans of the new century who embody the revolutionary spirit and fighting traits of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters.

All the members of expedition groups climbed Mt Paektu, a strategic base of the Korean revolution and source of the tremendous might of our country.

The march to Mt Paektu in the face of blizzards was a significant occasion that made all the members of expedition groups keenly feel the true call of Mt Paektu and harden their determination to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche pioneered on Paektu.

The expedition to the blizzard-swept revolutionary battle sites, a new learning place of the revolution named "Paektusan University" by our Party, will be invariably carried forward as the eternal march of the Juche revolution, adding to the lively breath and spirit of sure victory of our country that is making leap forward under the banner of achieving prosperity by dint of self-reliance, regarding the revolutionary traditions of Mt Paektu as its lifeline. -0-

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Reflections on the 38th anniversary of the publication of ON THE JUCHE IDEA -short essay by Dr Dermot Hudson

                                                             
There is no doubt that the publication of "ON THE JUCHE IDEA "by  comrade KIM JONG IL  some 38 years ago  was a great event in the annals of the movement for the study of the Juche idea because it was the first time that the Juche idea was explained in a systematic and in depth form .  The publication of "ON THE JUCHE IDEA '  in 1982 evoked a great response from the progressive peoples of the world . Seminars were held on in different countries and the work was translated into many different languages.
                                                         
The anniversary of the publication of " ON THE JUCHE IDEA " caused me to deeply reflect deeply on the Juche idea , its correctness and vitality.
 I read ON THE JUCHE IDEA in the late 1980s for the first time. I got a fresh new copy of the work from the old Mosquito Press in north London. Reading  "ON THE JUCHE IDEA " was  a real
 breath of fresh air for me . Since then I have read and re read "ON THE JUCHE IDEA " many times.
. In fact I can say that it was an important part of a process that opened up a new path in life for me .
In the early 1980s whilst I was a history student and a youthful member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. I resolved to combat the bourgeois ideology of the university I was at (the University of Winchester ) by  studying Marxist ideology intensively so I read "About Marxism " the introductory course of the CPGB ,  Emile Burns's famous "Introduction to Marxism " and Maurice Cornforth 's  "Historical Materialism ".However I was not satisfied reading these works . They came across as dry and wooden in places . According to these books the revolutions happen when the development of the productive forces comes into conflict with the relations of production . Emile Burn's book" Introduction to Marxism " even talked of the "the natural laws which run through all human history'. Of course such works did a great service in exposing the contradictions of capitalism and the exploitative nature but nevertheless showed limitations . It did not explain why capitalism remained in existence despite the fact the conditions for its overthrow and replacement by a new socialist order  were long overripe . Indeed in imperialist countries like Britain capitalist ideology seemed to have a strong grip on the minds of even working class people and there seemed little support for communist and socialist parties .     

However comrade KIM JONG IL  instead of talking about 'natural laws '  instead proclaimed the basic truth that  "That man is the master of everything means that he is the master of the world and of his own destiny; that man decides everything means that he plays the decisive role in transforming the world and in shaping his destiny." This was in contrast to the 'material first ' and 'economy first ' doctrines of some dogmatists who reduced Marxism into determinism . Of course Juche does not deny
materialism nor does it set man apart from the material world. Comrade KIM JONG IL wrote in "ON THE JUCHE IDEA " that  " The Juche idea uniquely defined the domination of the world by man who is the highest-developed product in the material world, as well as the principles of its transformation and progress, thus shedding a new light on the foundation of the world outlook. The world outlook based on the philosophical principle of Juche is a world outlook which is centred on man."
   This put man in the context of the material world rather than outside it . Moreover man has the attributes of independence , creativity and consciousness which are not inborn attributes but are socially acquired .
    In the work comrade KIM JONG IL stressed the role of ideology both in the revolutionary struggle and the work of socialist construction.   He wrote that " The will and fighting power of people demonstrated in the evolutionary movement are also determined by their ideological consciousness. The level of the willpower and strength demonstrated by the people is determined by their ideology. Only those who have a firm consciousness of independence will be able to take an indomitable attitude towards the revolution, actively participate in it with a strong will, and struggle to the end, overcoming all difficulties and trials"
  This teaching is like a secret weapon fore revolutionaries  Society will not change of its own accord . No matter how many people there are unemployed and homeless  if the working class is not equipped with socialist ideology and class consciousness and worse still have their heads full of capitalist ideology such as individualism and consumerism then there will no revolution . Similarly if in a socialist country people do not have the consciousness that they are the masters of society and worse still have no faith in the superiority of socialism  , then people will not work properly,there will be losses in socialist construction and the eventual collapse of socialism .This has been proven in practice by the
traumatic events of 1989 to 1991.
 "ON THE JUCHE IDEA " is a powerful work that cuts through dogmatism , revisionism and the idea of relying on big powers . It is a new "Communist Manifesto ' of the times. I strongly recommend everyone to read and re read it.
Dr Dermot Hudson
Chairman British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK
Official Delegate Korean Friendship Association UK








































A Summary of DPRK Film Art by John Marchant - Staffordshire KFA and Stoke On Trent branch of the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea

                                 
The State Film Studio was established on February 6th, 1947 at the invitation of President Kim IL Sung. The first-ever DPRK feature film to have been produced was "My Home Village" in 1949. "My Home" recollects the national liberation struggle of the Korean people against Japanese colonialism which was at the time a very recent memory. Even when the Korean War (the Fatherland Liberation War) 1950 - 1953 was waging, the film studios were able to have produced many movies in the effort to lift up the morale of the Korean people in that titanic fight against US Imperialism. More than forty feature films and documentaries were released by the DPRK's film studios during the Korean War, including the films "Scouts", "Again To The Front" and "Righteous War". In the difficult days of postwar reconstruction, Kim IL Sung visited the State Films Studios several times and gave the guidelines to be followed for the promotion of cinematic art.

                                   

Kim IL Sung and Kim Jong IL saw the importance of cinematography in the formation of a revolutionary and socialist ideological consciousness. Without a socialist culture, there cannot be a socialist society. In other words, there cannot be any empty spaces where bourgeois ideology might infiltrate through. Kim Jong IL devoted alot of attention to the issue of cinema and the role that form of media plays in shaping consciousness in a socialist society. Kim Jong IL developed his theories concerning the role of feature films in his renowned work "On The Art Of The Cinema", which was published on April 11th, 1973. In "On The Art of The Cinema", Kim Jong IL gave in-depth clarification on the ideological, artistic and technical aspects of the film making. Kim Jong IL in "On The Art of The Cinema" further evolved the theory of the seed at the core of creative work, and additionally enhanced the depictions of socialist humanism on screen. In fact, "On The Art of The Cinema" is regarded as a masterpiece of the late 20th Century's cultural development by many political activists, filmmakers and movie connoisseurs alike.

"Star Of Korea", which was made in the early 1980s is a series of films devoted to the early revolutionary activities of Kim IL Sung. The film series centring on the early Korean revolutionary movement and the Anti-Japanese struggle "Star of Korea" consisted of 10 parts and "The Sun of The Nation" had 4 parts. Throughout the 1990s, a series of films came out under the title of "The Nation And Destiny", which ran for 62 parts. "The Nation & Destiny" deals with the subject of the fate concerning the Korean Diaspora since the time of the Japanese occupation and the division of Korea. The synopsis of "The Nation & Destiny" is that the individual cannot be separated from the fate of the national and social community. This film is divided into sections dealing with various characters and topics such as "Choe Hyon Dok", "Yun Sang Min", "Naturalised Japanese Women", "Workers",
                         
Another classic film series is "Unknown Heroes", which depicts the activities of DPRK Intelligence operatives at the time of the Korean War."Unknown Heroes" which began its production in 1978, and the main protagonist in the film Yum Rim uncovers various schemes masterminded by the US Imperialists. Incidentally, there is a character named Lewis, a British Army Officer of Irish descent who becomes sympathetic to the cause of the DPRK. A Korean film series, which may be of interest to the friends of the DPRK is "The Country I Saw". "The Country I Saw" runs into five parts, three segments of the series have been subtitled into English. In Part One of "The Country, I Saw", a Japanese Journalist Takahashi Minoru experiences the reality of Juche Korea for himself and propagates the truth about the DPRK in the press of Japan, at great personal cost. The daughter of the pro-DPRK journalist Kayama Aiko upholds the Juche Idea with a deep sincerely and passion. Kayama Aiko, who is a Professor of International Politics at Tokyo University suffers all sorts of trauma at the hands of the Japanese reactionaries for her actions in the promotion of Juche among progressive academic and political circles. Parts Two and Three of "The Country I Saw" is based on the events around the launch of the artificial satellite "Kwangmyongsong No.2" in April 2009 by the DPRK. The film in question portrays the might of the Songun Politics of the Workers' Party of Korea and how many people in different parts of the world are taking up the banner of the Juche Idea.
                                                 
"A Broad Bellflower" is a film which focuses around the efforts of building a village to become a modern socialist village through the perspective of Song Rim, a Workteam Leader. An engineer by the name of Wong Bong (Song Rim's fiance') is tempted by the bright lights of the big city and leaves the village to fend for itself. Song Rim and her comrades build-up their native village through the efforts of the collective. "A Broad Bellflower" made in 1987 is a strong metaphor for the virtues of self-reliance. DPRK feature films fall into broadly five categories; movies about Ancient Korea, the Anti-Japanese Revolutionary struggle, the Fatherland Liberation War, the fight for Korean Reunification and the present-day life in Socialist Korea. The themes in some films the main character is on the wrong track and have been mistaken for anti-social behaviour, but make amends after self-criticism by heroic deeds for the good of society. Another common motif running through DPRK feature films is the high proportion of women as the leading characters and as the heroines of the narratives
                                                 
I can recommend the following DPRK films on historical themes "The Flower Girl", "An Jung Gun Shoots Ito Hirobumi", "The Emissary Unreturned, "Plugsari" (which is a mixture of historical commentary and science fiction). As regards DPRK war films among the best ones is "Wolmi Island", "From 5pm To 5am", "Order No.027", "Just Give Us Our Orders", "Song of Retrospection" and "Kim Ok Song-War Composer". As for films on contemporary themes, the ones worth watching are "A Traffic Controller", "Centre Forward", "Flower In The Snow", "Case Closed", "A Family Bright With Songs" and "The Fate of Kum Hui And Un Hui" among others. The recently made DPRK movie which I have seen was "The Story Of Our Home" produced in 2016 and is about a young woman adopts orphans. "The White Birch Of Mount Paektu" is a favourite of mine. is about how University students from all over the DPRK volunteer to keep the revolutionary sites around the Mount Paektu-san intact despite arduous circumstances reflecting their ideological purity, Another outstanding film from the DPRK is "Lifeline", which has a plot centred on the struggle of the workers of the Chollima Steel Complex in constructing a UHP furnace. Viewing "Lifeline" one can see how the working class of Korea overcomes the imperialist imposed sanctions on their socialist country in the spirit of self-reliance. Of course, there are many other splendid DPRK feature films which I have left out due to the constraints of time.

Over the years the DPRK film industry has had international collaboration, for instance in the Soviet-DPRK film "Eternal Comrades" made in the 1980s and more recently with the DPRK-UK-Belgian joint production "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" (2013). Since September 1987, there has been held the International Film Festival in Pyongyang, on a biannual basis. As we have seen with the release of the south Korean movie "Parasite" and it being the winner of several Oscars, this year 2020, there is a growing curiosity in films from outside of North America and Europe. So I hope that the fans of World Cinema can experience for themselves the wonders of feature films from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea!!!

(A presentation given to the National Meeting of the Juche Idea Study Group of Britain and the Korean Friendship Association in London on February 2020)

Not a penny!



Over sixty political parties and organizations held a press conference to condemn the U.S. for putting pressure upon the south Korean authorities the increase of defense cost sharing in front of Cheongwadae on Mar. 17.
They denounced the U.S. which intends to enforce five billion US$ of defense expenses with livelihood of south Korean employees serving in the US military bases as a bait and expressed their stand that the south Korean authorities should not accept gangster-like demand of the U.S.




They described the U.S. as the occupation army of the 21st century, the government-general and gangster.
It is not the defense cost sharing but the expenses for stationing in south Korea. The U.S. army is forcing the south Korean authorities the hike of expenses with wages of the south Korean employee in the US military bases as a bait. It is just something like only gangster can do. We cannot pay even a penny to the U.S. The U.S. force in south Korea leave south Korea. We will make a vigorous struggle until the U.S. army is withdrawn from south Korea, the vice chairman in the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said.