Friday, 22 November 2019

Pyongyang - A City of Workers , a proletarian city -special article by Dr Dermot Hudson


There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about People's Korea ,sometimes these are due to misunderstandings and ignorance but usually false stories are spread by the imperialist mainstream media whose aim is to defame and slander People's Korea with a view to turning people against it and prevent people from seeing the truth .
   One frequent lie is that "Pyongyang is the city of the elite" (and by the way , the "elite' is never actually defined by the hack writers of imperialism) . Usually the people writing this kind of thing have never been to the DPRK , the nearest they have got to the DPRK is the south Korean puppet capital of Seoul but they have never set foot on the soil of the DPRK. It is reminiscent of the notorious anti-communist hack-writer and MI5 informant George Orwell who wrote two so-called 'novels' about the Soviet Union without actually visiting the place . Unlike Orwell and the various anti DPRK media propagandists I have been to the DPRK 18 times.
 This October I leave a delegation of the Juche Idea Study Group of England , Juche Idea Study Group of Scotland and UK KFA  to visit the DPRK .It was my 18th visit and the 2nd time visit for other members of the delegation.
   We were privileged to visit both  the Pyongyang KIM JONG SUK textile mill and the Ryuwon Footwear Factory . These two factories are just two of many factories in Pyongyang . In the past I have visited the Pyongyang Bag Factory and the Pyongyang cosmetics factory . Pyongyang also has major industrial enterprises such as the Kim Jong Tae locomotive factory plus two power stations . So rather than Pyongyang being a "city of the elite " many Pyongyang citizens are actually industrial workers , others are waitresses , shop assistants , drivers ,railway workers etc . In fact Pyongyang is a city of workers , a proletarian city. In fact probably one of the more working class cities I have actually been in . 
 Sadly my home city of London lacks industry , In the past there were many factories in London but due to de- industrialization caused by capitalist crisis plus policies of successive governments Labour and Tory  as well as the EU , many factories have been closed in London. I struggle to think of a single factory located near to my home . Pyongyang is a very productive city , it does not rely on international finance or retail for its wealth but instead on productive industries. In fact it also a self-reliant city as it has farms producing its food located within the boundaries of the city .                        

  At the Ryuwon Footwear factory ,in the south west of Pyongyang we were told that the factory ,which has 600 workers, has its own gardens producing food for the workers. This is not only an example of Juche and self-reliance but it is also environmentally friendly as it reduces the carbon footprint by eliminating the need to transport food to the factory . The DPRK is truly ingenious  !

  Visiting the Pyongyang KIM JONG SUK textile factory on our last day was truly informative . This factory is named after the anti-Japanese revolutionary heroine Madame KIM JONG SUK who is also known as the Mother of Korea .The factory has 1,600 workers (very few UK factories have that number of workers ) and has extensive grounds . It is located very near to the centre of Pyongyang , something unthinkable in London. It is also nicely situated by being near to the banks of the River Taedong . We were told there are blocks of flats behind the factory for workers as well as a hostel on site. This is a pleasant contrast to London and other capitalist cities where workers have to spend hours travelling into work . I remember with my old job it used to take an hour each way to get into work . Worse still we have to pay very high fares to travel into work , I paid £2,000 for a 1-4 zone annual travelcard in London but workers at the KIM JONG SUK textile mill do not need to travel into work paying high fares. It really is a workers' paradise .

  I asked about working conditions  and was told that workers get 2 hours of break per day ( compare this to 30 minute lunch breaks in the UK or people being made to work through their lunchbreak) . The guide also said that the state took special measures for the health of the workers. The factory had its own kindergarten and creche plus a sports hall, house of culture (including a cinema) , a restaurant and a sports court . We were shown a fishpond where people could just sit and relax quietly during their break . We also noticed workers planting trees and gardening in the factory compound . Despite being a working factory it was spotlessly clean and the surroundings were quite pleasant . 

  At both factories , the Pyongyang KIM JONG SUK textile mill and the Ryuwon Footwear factory , the workers seemed to be working with ease. There was no sign of the workers being pushed around or bullied by supervisors.Workers in the DPRK belong to trade unions which take an active part in encouraging workers to participate in production . Constitutionally in the DPRK people have the right to work and the duty to work . There are no zero hours contracts ,people have permanent jobs with holidays and sick pay. Wage differentials exist but a low. These exist to reflect different levels of skill and experience.
  Visiting the Pyongyang KIM JONG SUK textile mill and Rywuon Footwear factory I became ever more convinced that Juche -socialism is the best and that Pyongyang is a model socialist city.

Dr Dermot Hudson
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
Official Delegate Korean Friendship Association for UK KFA
Chairman UK KFA 
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Palestinian Photo, Art and Handicraft Show Held


Pyongyang, November 21 (KCNA) -- A Palestinian photo, art and handicraft show was held at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club on Thursday on the occasion of the Day of World's Solidarity with the Palestine People under the co-sponsorship of the DPRK-Palestine Friendship and Solidarity Committee and the Palestinian embassy here.

Present there were So Ho Won, vice-chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries who is chairman of the DPRK-Palestine Friendship and Solidarity Committee, officials concerned, working people in the city and Ismail Ahmed Mohamed Hasan, Palestinian ambassador to the DPRK, and his embassy members and diplomatic envoys and representatives of international bodies here.

Speeches were made there.

The speakers said that the Palestinian people are waging a vigorous struggle to establish an independent state with Kuds as its capital against the moves of the Israeli occupiers.

They vowed to make every possible effort to boost the friendly and cooperative relations between the DPRK and Palestine forged and developed in the struggle for independence, sovereignty and national liberation.

The participants saw the photos, art pieces and handicrafts showing the struggle of the Palestinian people and their national emotion. -0-

Everything Needs Suitable Time and Place

Pyongyang, November 21 (KCNA) -- The preparation for a special ASEAN summit slated to open in Pusan, south Korea on November 25 is reportedly pushed forward in its final stage.

On November 5, south Korean President Moon Jae In politely sent to us a personal letter earnestly inviting the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to be present in the special summit.

There is no reason for us not to be grateful for it, if the personal letter contained the sincere trust in the SAC Chairman and invitation carrying earnest expectation.

We already know that the south side is looking forward to the visit by the SAC Chairman, with full preparations of the highest level including escort and ceremonies regarding his visit to Pusan.

We also fully understand the distress and agony of President Moon Jae In to hold on to the opportunity to make it a new occasion for unraveling the present north-south relations.

This can be known from the fact that in the wake of the personal letter, there were several earnest requests for sending even a special envoy, if the SAC Chairman could not come.

But the beclouded air of south Korea is so skeptical about the north-south relations and the south Korean authorities are still not away from the misguided stand of settling all the issues arising in relations between the north and the south in reliance on outsiders, not national cooperation. This is a stark reality today.

Even at this moment, the minister of "Unification" is on his way to the U.S. over the issue of north-south relations. How can we sit face to face and solve things with such a partner entrusting everything to the outsider without any independence and self-standing attitude.

It is said that earnest request can even be read by a blind man.

Everything needs its suitable time and place.

We can not but think whether the present moment is a suitable time for the top leaders of the north and the south to meet.

From the reports being aired in the world, we know well enough that the sentiment pervading the land of the south is not clean.

The south Korean conservative forces have become zealous in their censure and attack on the DPRK, calling for "scrapping of the north-south agreement", not content with slandering the present south Korean regime as "pro-north regime" and "left-wing regime".

Even such wild words as a "regime change in north" and "leading the north to collapse" which could not even be heard in the previous regimes are being heard.

It is doubtable that the meeting between the north and the south will be meaningful at this time.

The south Korean authorities fall short of taking any measures even though the warm breeze of reconciliation and cooperation that made a rare visit is being brought to naught. If they think they can easily turn around the present serious situation with just a piece of letter, they would be seriously mistaken. This is our thought.

We can not but ask the south side what sort of north-south relations it wants to show to foreigners after inviting them who have no interest in the destiny and future of the Korean nation at a moment when repeated visits with the feelings of repentance of its wrongdoings should be paid by it.

We will never follow without reason the impure attempt of the south side to give impression that dialogue is going on between the top leaders of the north and the south although no settlement of the fundamental issues between the north and the south, issues pertaining to the nation, is being made, and to insert the north-south issue to the corner of the "neo-southern policy" masterminded by it.

How can the hand-shaking and photo-taking in the complicated international meeting of no great interest to us be compared with the historic moment when the top leaders of the north and the south held their joined hands high up on Mt Paektu, the sacred mountain of the nation.

As nothing was achieved in implementing the agreements made in Panmunjom, Pyongyang and Mt Paektu, the north-south summit for the mere form's sake would be pointless. This is our stand.

It is too late to lament over the present crisis facing the north-south relations after clearly understanding its reason. At this moment, not content with sustaining losses from dependence on the U.S., the south side made an offer for discussing the north-south relations in the theatre of multi-lateral cooperation. This makes us only dubious.

If children mulled over piling up eggs on a horn, it can be ascribable to their innocence. But, now that those taking the helm of south Korea set themselves to meditating on how to draw a picture on water, far from pondering over their wrong deeds and failures, how can the north-south relations be improved and when will the flower of reconciliation and cooperation bloom again.

Explicitly speaking again, it is important to choose the proper time and place, if everything is to be done well. Therefore, it can be said for sure that a good result can not be produced though even a number of meetings are held with those of no knowledge of such reason.

Under these circumstances, there would be no option for us but to see with patience when the independent decision would begin to develop and grow from such barren mentality.

We are grateful for the trust and sincerity of the south side but we hope it would understand the reason that we failed to find out the proper reason for the SAC Chairman to visit Pusan. -0-

Report of 19th KFA International Meeting Copenhagen, Denmark 16.11,2019


The 19th KFA International Meeting on the theme -PRESIDENT KIM IL SUNG A GREAT LEADER WHO TOOK CARE OF PEOPLE”S LIVES" was held in Copenhagen , Denmark on the 16th of November. 

Despite cold and rainy weather delegates were in a high spirited mood. The meeting was attended by delegations from the UK , Denmark , Greece , Germany , Switzerland,Spain and Romania . Some people could not attend the meeting due to travel difficulties . KFA President comrade Alejandro Cao De Benos was shamefully prevented from attending the meeting due to the travel ban imposed on him by the reactionary fascist Spanish authorities at the behest of the CIA and US imperialism , where is the freedom of movement ad freedom of speech that anti-DPRK liberals like to talk about him. 

 The meeting opened with the rousing  anthem of the KFA , the 'Song of National Defence " and
was presided over by comrade Mana Sampak , KFA International Organisation Secretary and comrade Ulrich Larsen KFA Official Delegate for Scandinavia . Comrade Ulrich welcomed us to Copenhagen. He said that KFA is at war and that KFA is the intellectual shield of the DPRK . Comrade Alejandro Cao De Benos in his speech that was read out to the meeting said " First of all I thank you for gathering here today and accept my apologies because my passport is still retained by the abuse of the Spanish court and I cannot join you on this special occasion. President Kim Il Sung is the example that a human being can do supernatural things. That the will for liberation and love to the people can overcome any obstacle and enemy, no matter how big it is."
Trever Artiz KFA International Commissar in his contribution to the meeting said that 'the red flag is flying high in Juche Korea under the leadership of respected Marshal KIM JONG UN ' Comrade Perikilis K Official Delegate of KFA Greece said "With the flame of Juche, President KIM IL SUNG received debris and delivered modern states with endless comforts for the people. Who has the opportunity to visit a modern and fully equipped pool at no charge or very cheaply at any time and enjoy swimming? Which citizen enjoys free holidays in luxury beachfront apartments? Which citizen pays nothing for his child's education? Which citizen does not pay taxes? Only the sophisticated man of Juche enjoys these privileges that he has chosen to provide to himself through a long battle with imperialism and reaction." Martin Lotscher of KFA Switzerland and the Swiss Korea Committee said the President KIM IL SUNG was an ever-victorious iron-willed brilliant commander .He reconstructed the DPRK at Chollima speed . Socialist Korea is a people' fairyland . Dr Dermot Hudson KFA OD for the UK and chairman of UK KFA said in his speech "President KIM IL SUNG had abolished the taxation system in March 1974 making the DPRK the first tax free socialist country and at the same time reduced prices of basic commodities by up to 50 per cent . These measures combined gave Korean working people a huge boost to their income. In the difficult period after the Fatherland Liberation War President KIM IL SUNG had prices reduced on 16 occasions. Thus President KIM IL SUNG was sa great leader who took care ofpeople’s lives and devoted his entire energy to improving living standards. Today the work of President KIM IL SUNG is continued by the honourable successor to the Juche revolutionary cause dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN who also devotes his energy to improving living standards of the people. The DPRK is the only state in the world with virtually free housing , free education , free health care and no personal taxation .Our duty in KFA is to defend this and publicize its achievements . Let us unite to defend People’s Korea ! Speeches were also made by KFA Germany and KFA Romania . Dr Dermot Hudson read out a message of greetings from the DPRK Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries . A message from KFA Singapore was read it out , Amongst other things it said that the DPRK had successfully resisted pressure from Gorbachov and Deng to reform and open up A resolution calling for the acquittal of comrade Alejandro Cao De Benos of false charges and for the restoration of his right to travel was carried unanimously . A letter to the dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN was adopted by the meeting also unanimously . The meeting discussed plans tor the next KFA International Meeting and to attend international events in People's Korea. In the evening delegates went for a dinner and the next day enjoyed sightseeing around Copenhagen city but without the rain !

Defense budget against north Korea

The south Korean authorities earmarked defense budget for 2020 by 7.4 percent as compared with 2019 under the veil of “strong security” and “independent defense”.

It was the greatest amount increased by 1.4 percent and 1.8 percent to what was in the periods of Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye regimes.

The south Korean authorities increased the budget for coping with missiles of north Korea by 22.6 percent as compared with 2019. They allocated a stupendous amount of funds for the development of spy satellite against north Korea, stealth fighters for amounting precision strike on military strategic bases of north Korea and building of next generation Aegis destroyer.

In addition, they sharply increased the budget for development of ground-to-ground tactical guided missile, long-range air-to-ground guided weapon and defense research.  

It is a undisguised military confrontation with north Korea and a thoughtless act that pushes the situation of the Korean Peninsula to a uncontrollable catastrophe. 

It is an open secret that the south Korean authorities have conducted joint military exercise against north Korea in league with foreign force after the publication of the historic Panmunjeom Declaration and September Pyongyang Joint Declaration, while introducing the latest weaponry into south Korea. 

“Permanent settlement of peace”, “peaceful economy” and “no war” much touted by the south Korean authorities are nothing but red herring.

It is a challenge to expectation of public sentiment of candlelight resistance and an unbearable insult to the Korean nation desirous of peace.

The south Korean people are waging nationwide campaign to foil the south Korean authorities’ move of military confrontation and military buildup, strongly criticizing the authorities’ attitude would invite a dreadful disaster.

The 12th candlelight resistance for liquidation of judicial conservatism

The 12th candlelight resistance for liquidation of judicial conservatism

The candlelight rallies were held in Seoul to demand reform of the prosecution.
On Nov. 2, a civic organization for liquidation of judicial conservatism held the 12th candlelight rally in Seoul.
Participated there were about 5 000 people from Seoul, Busan, Gwangju and Ulsan.
People say that the prosecution should be independent from the political circle. The prosecution has made desperate attempt to keep vested rights. The prosecution should investigate Hwang Gyo-ahn and Na Gyong-won. We demand the prosecution to be fair to everybody, Jang Jin-sook, representative of a civic organization for liquidation of conservatism noted.
The participants shouted slogan “carry out reform of the prosecution”, carrying yellow balloons and placards written with set up an official investigation team.
Chung Cheong-rae, a former member of the ruling Democratic Party, said that it is judicial democratization to dismantle authority of the prosecution and set up the official investigation team.
After the rally, they marched outside the building of the Liberty Korea Party and shouted slogans “dissolve LKP”.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Gangster-like Claim

The US is compelling to south Korean authorities to increase defense cost sharing ahead of the third meeting for the 11th "special agreement on defense cost sharing" to be held in Seoul in November. 

The US has built international public opinion that the US suffers great loss through its outlets and experts. Meantime, it claims that south Korea should pay funds for the US strategic assets to be deployed in south Korea as well as expenses for the US civilian groups relating with war and military operation in indirect or direct way.

In this regard, broad segments of south Koreans call press conference, launch nationwide signature campaign and protests against the US.

The defense cost paid to the US every year is the expenses for the war against north Korea and funds to satisfy debauchery and avarice of the US troops.

The fact proves that the aftereffects of the pro-US sycophantic policy pursued by the successive south Korean rulers are very gruesome and the south Korea-US alliance trumpeted by the south Korean authorities is subordinate relationship.

The present situation substantiates that the more south Korea offers money to the US, the more the US will be arrogant and the noose around neck of south Korea would be tightened.