Fidel Castro: A Champion of the People

Today on November 26, 2016, we all heard of the passing away of Comrade Fidel Castro, former President of the Republic of Cuba and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. Since the victory of the Cuban revolution we have seen illiteracy been eradicated from Cuba. Raul Castro announced in a brief speech that: “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 [EST] this evening.” Under the leadership of Comrade Fidel Castro, Cuba have also developed a free universal healthcare system against all odds. Not only did it become unique where Cuba have researched and developed cures and medicines that no other country have, and that other countries want, but it is one of the best in the world. Progresses in areas such as healthcare, education and energy sustainability are now in world class, despite the US embargo. CIA have targeted Cuba in several smear campaigns against where they have tried to discredit the socialist government of Cuba and even went so far that between 1960 – 1965, it is estimated that they tried to assassinate Fidel Castro 638 times! As with most US ventures abroad, they failed though and a credible distrust is built towards the US.

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As late as yesterday, Comrade Fidel Castro said that the time was approaching for a younger generation to take over, in his public farewell speech, and this morning he’s no longer with us. There’s no secret that the friendship between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) and the Republic of Cuba flourished since the early days of revolution. DPRK have always been the most far-east outpost against US imperialism and Cuba have always been in the far-west. After Cuba was betrayed by the Soviet Union’s defeatism, President Castro turned to President Kim Il Sung as he knew he could trust him.

With an aggressive neighbour like the US, the Cuban people knew that another “Bay of Pigs” might occur at any time. President Castro communicated with his friend President Kim Il Sung :”We asked him if they could supply us with weapons free of charge as they had in the past. He responded that they would.”

“We then communicated to him: ‘Don’t worry. Send us the arms and we will take care of the invaders ourselves.”
Castro continued and credited Kim Il Sung: “a veteran and unimpeachable combatant, sent us 100,000 AK rifles and (ammunition) without charging a cent,” he said.

Even though our great comrade Fidel Castro have passed away, his achievements and unbroken solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world will forever live on and the bond of friendship between the Korean- and Cuban people will live on forever.

Kim Jong Un Receives Letter from Chairman of KFA

Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) — Supreme leader Kim Jong Un received a letter from Alejandro Cao de Benos, chairman of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA), on behalf of the participants in an international meeting of the KFA for successfully holding the 2017 Meeting Praising Great Persons of Mt. Paektu on Nov. 5.

The letter said:
The KFA met today in the city of Dublin, Ireland, to remember the life and immortal exploits of the great persons of Mt. Paektu.

Members of the KFA and friends of the DPRK from all over the world find inspiration in the exemplary life of our great leader President Kim Il Sung, Generalissimo Kim Jong Il and Mother Kim Jong Suk and Marshal Kim Jong Un.
Regardless of race, country or religion, we believe that the teachings based in the motto; “All for one and one for all”, and the unity between the leader and the masses, are the perfect way to overcome all obstacles in the construction of the new society, free from the chains of imperialism.

The Korean Friendship Association will continue expanding its work internationally for the defense and glory of the Republic, always loyal to Your Excellency, who is the perfect leader to continue materializing the construction of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilst society, based on love and happiness. -0-

KFA International Meeting Held

Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) — An international meeting for successfully holding the 2017 Meeting Praising the Great Persons of Mt. Paektu took place in Dublin, Ireland on Nov. 5.

Present there were delegates of branches of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) in Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Poland, Ireland, Britain, Italy, Spain, U.S. and other countries.

The delegate of the Irish branch of the KFA made a report and congratulatory letters sent by Alejandro Cao de Benos, chairman of the KFA headquartered in Spain, and the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries to the meeting were read out.

A director of the board of the KFA and delegates of its branches made speeches.

The speakers stressed that the year 2017 will mark the 105th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung, the 75th birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il, the 5th anniversary of Marshal Kim Jong Un’s election to the top posts of the party and state and the 100th birth anniversary of anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong Suk, praising the undying exploits performed by the peerlessly great persons of Mt. Paektu for the prosperity of the country, happiness of its people and carrying out the cause of global independence.

A statement supporting the appeal made by the international preparatory committee for the 2017 Meeting Praising the Great Persons of Mt. Paektu was published.

Noting the eternal footprints of the great persons of Mt. Paektu will be the path to follow by the Korean people and all the world’s progressive people, it called on all friends of the DPR of Korea to show their administration and actively participate in the events that will unfold in Juche 106.
A letter to Kim Jong Un was adopted at the meeting. -0-

How the Outcome of the US Presidential Election will Affect the DPRK

During the race for becoming US president, many people already knew Hillary Clinton, while many saw Donald Trump as a wildcard. Even before June 16, 2015, when Donald Trump announced that he would be running for president, lots of strange rumours have since been spread in the mainstream media. On June 2, 2015, Reuters posted that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) praised Donald Trump on a so called “propaganda website, where they claimed that he was a “a prescient presidential candidate” who can liberate Americans living under daily fear of nuclear attack by the North, and that Hillary Clinton was referred to as “thick-headed Hillary” over her proposal to apply the Iran model of wide sanctions to resolve the nuclear weapons issue on the Korean peninsula. This has uncritically been paraphrased by Wester media, such as the Guardian for example. Only problem is that it’s not true. In fact it was written by the China-based Korean scholar Han Yong Muk for the site DPRK Today, which is a Chinese-based news site that supports the DPRK, but is in fact not a site run by the DPRK. This fabrication is the root to the belief that the DPRK supported Donald Trump.

There’s no secret about what Hillary Clinton would have done. The US Democratic administration have told the public that they are fighting terrorists such as the Islamic State. Of course there have been many of us who have always known that so is not the case, but that the US have provided training and logistics to them by using their puppets in the Middle East. Now we know for a fact that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic administration have sponsored the Islamic State and other terrorists in the region. Read more

There is no secret though that US have a long history of sponsoring terrorism. Some of the most notorious terrorist groups that most likely wouldn’t have existed without their US sponsors are the Contras in Nicaragua and the Afghani Talibans and Al Qaeda. These terrorist groups have all been sponsored by both Democratic- and Republican administrations. So what can the DPRK really except of Donald Trump as president?

Ri Jong Ryul, deputy-director general of the Institute of International Studies in Pyongyang, explained to the CNN in an interview in April of this year that Donald Trump is both absurd and illogical, and is having double standards on the nuclear weapons policy in East Asia, where Donald Trump have said that he wanted to withdraw US troops from south Korea and Japan and let them develop their own nuclear weapons while at the same time forbid the DPRK from developing nuclear weapons. Double standards is something that all previous US administrations have had when it comes to the DPRK. Donald Trump can say that he want to talk with Marshal Kim Jong Un how much he want, but it would all be in favour of his imperialist overlords. When Libya abandoned their nuclear programme they were attacked by islamist terrorists backed by US as well as bombed by NATO countries. It is understandable that President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria welcomed Donald Trump as president. Syria is already ruined by US backed terrorists and Hillary’s email where she wrote that “The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad” says everything that she would for a fact not have been a favourable president. So for Bashar Al-Assad to welcome Trump as president, the candidate who haven’t threatened Syria is the only logical alternative of Clinton and Trump. Hillary Clinton expresses that she want to secure the security of the genocidal state at any cost. Read email

President Kim Il Sung meant that it doesn’t really matter who becomes the president in the US. It’s the imperialist system and the policy of aggression of the US, that matters. Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump won’t bring any difference in US policies. When Barrack Obama became president in the US, people thought that meant change. During the two terms he have served, the US have kept on bombing countries, just like the presidents before him. Institutionalised racism is still there and the police are getting away with killing unarmed black men and women. The US have been at war for 223 years out of a total of 240 since 1776, when the colonisers claimed the birth of the United States of America. The foundation and existence of the US is war. No matter who is the president, that individual will only be there to represent the interests of US imperialism.

 

16th KFA International Conference Successfully Held in Dublin

The 16th KFA International Conference were successfully held in the Teachers Club in Dublin on November 5. Present there were members of the KFA from Ireland, Denmark, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA.

Comrade Andreas Engström, the Official Delegate of KFA Ireland welcomed people to the meeting. He said that both Ireland and Korea had been divided by imperialism and therefore it was highly significant that this year’s KFA International Meeting were held here in Ireland. 2016 16th anniversary of the foundation of the KFA and also the important “one-hundred anniversary of the Easter Rising – 1916 was the year the Irish people rebelled against British imperialism.”

The speech continues: The Korean people are well aware of the hardships that their Irish brothers-in-arms have endured over the century as they have for a long time been fighting imperialism, long before the DPRK born.
So, until this day, both Ireland and Korea are divided at the hands of imperialism…”

The meeting was presided over by Trever Aritz, the international commissar of the Korean Friendship Association. KFA President comrade Alejandro Cao De Benos was unable to attend the meeting after his passport was retained by the Spanish fascist authorities, who decided that in the last minute he was not allowed to leave the country due to the fake charges fabricated against him. President had his speech read by comrade Trever Aritz, where Alejandro said that the recently established KFA office, KIM IL SUNG-KIM JONG IL library and Pyongyang Cafe in Tarragona, Spain had been a big success and that every KFA branch in the world should have one. A message from Pyongyang from the Korean Committee For Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries was read out. The message paid high tribute to the struggle of the Korean Friendship Association the only true friends of the DPRK.

Lots of good speeches were made and appreciated by the delegates from all countries. Below is a part of the speech made by the Official Delegate of KFA Poland:

“Dear Comrades and Friends,
I am really glad to see you all here and being able to participate in this important KFA Meeting. First of all, I wish to thank Comrade Andreas from KFA Ireland for organizing the meeting and inviting me.
My name is Lukasz Mrozek and I am an official delegate of the KFA in Poland. I’ve been a delegate of KFA almost four years. Poland is a country that has a long history of cooperation and friendship with the DPRK. Poland, the Soviet Union and China were the first three countries that recognized the DPRK in the international arena. Dear Comrade President Kim Il Sung visited Poland twice during his life.
When the U.S. imperialists provoked a war on the Korean Peninsula, Poland had strongly condemned this barbaric act of aggression and as the fraternal socialist assistance we sent doctors to the DPRK.
The Polish branch of the Korean Friendship Association is making permanent and tireless efforts to promote Polish-Korean friendship and solidarity with the Korean people. We are also showing to Poles the true face of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…”

Comrade Dr. Dermot Hudson, Official Delegate of KFA UK, held another great speech were he said: “The legacy of the great generals of Mt Paektu is today’s People’s Korea led by dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un. During my 3 recent visits in October 2015, April 2016 and September 2016 I saw the reality of Korean style socialism for myself and the great advances that are being made in all fields such as the impressive construction of Ryomyong Street. I was proud to be in the DPRK in September when the nuclear warhead was successfully tested on the 9th of September DPRK National Day and there was the successful test of the road launched ICBM…”

Martin Lotscher KFA Official Delegate for Switzerland and chairman of the Swiss Korea Committee addressed the meeting saying it was very important to mark the keynote anniversaries of the DPRK next year and that preparatory committees had been formed in many countries. The speaker paid high tribute to the work of the KFA saying that KFA is the only true defender of the DPRK.
Ulrich Larsen KFA Official Delegate for Denmark paid high tribute to the Juche idea of the great leaders President KIM IL SUNG and Chairman KIM JONG IL. Messages were also read out from KFA Arabia, KFA Singapore and KFA Argentina, as they were not able to be present this year.

On Sunday the 6th, KFA members met up for a walking tour of revolutionary sites of the time prior to the Easter Rising and until the Irish Civil War., organised by members of KFA Ireland. The conference was enjoyed by all present KFA members and everyone is looking forward to next year’s meeting that after an unanimous vote were decided to take place in Morocco.

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Speech by Andreas Engström, KFA Ireland (left). Trever Aritz (right).

 

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Dr. Dermot Hudson, KFA United Kingdom.

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Martin Lotscher, KFA Switzerland.

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Ulrich Larsen, KFA Denmark.

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Lukasz Mrozek, KFA Poland.

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David Munoz, KFA UK Communications Secretary.

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Chris Bovet, KFA USA.

The Importance of International Solidarity: DPRK and the Struggle Against Apartheid

The friendship between the popular masses of Korea and many other oppressed countries were shaped and wielded together through their common struggle to fight imperialism and goal to build socialism. They also share a common history of oppressive colonial rule. Just as the Korean people fought its oppressors of Imperial Japan, so did also for one example, the Zimbabwean people fight the successor colonial state of Rhodesia, previously the British colony known as Southern Rhodesia. As in many African countries, the Korean People’s Army fought alongside anti-colonial fighters and training was also provided to the armed wing of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) – the Zimbabwean African National Liberation Army (ZANLA). ZANU (merged with Zimbabwe African People’s Union in 1987 and formed ZANU-PF) were demonised by racists such as Margaret Tatcher and David Cameron, for the very same reason that Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress were demonised by the very same people. What the racists feared were democratic African states, governed by the indigenous people and an abolishment of the apartheid regimes who governed. When the imperialists supported the apartheid regimes of South Africa, South-West Africa (now Namibia) and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) the progressive forces sided with the struggling people. President Kim Il Sung, who many struggling peoples of the third world recognised as a champion of socialism and national liberation, had his arms open to those who needed his assistance. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) might be a small country, but President Kim Il Sung’s Korea was always open to those who needed support. By the time the peoples who suffered under apartheid regimes defeated the racist governments, there hadn’t been one single victorious national liberation movement who did never enjoyed the support of the DPRK.

DPRK’s support started as early as the 1960’s when the wars of national liberation started. Many fighters of the different national liberation armies travelled to the DPRK to receive training by the Korean People’s Army, and throughout the wars, they enjoyed unlimited support in different fields of the comrades in the DPRK. On the other hand, imperialist powers such as the United States, Britain and of course the apartheid state Israel, supported the racist regimes. The friendship have since the liberation and defeat of apartheid grown even deeper between the DPRK and the African countries who have suffered under apartheid. Sam Nujoma, the first president of Namibia, as well as his successors, have enjoyed great relationships with the DPRK. Comrade Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, visited Namibia in 2008 and signed several agreements to strengthen the bilateral co-operation in fields such as trade, commerce, transport, energy and defence. President Sam Nujoma was awarded the Order of the National Flag (First Class) and the International Kim Il Sung Prize. The Order of the National Flag is only awarded to longstanding friends of the DPRK, and the International Kim Il Sung Prize is only awarded to those who have contributed in the study and dissemination of the Juche idea.

Ever since the defeat of the apartheid regimes, the vicious imperialists have tried to make their comeback through proxy groups. As they managed to sneak back into South Africa and viciously brought back apartheid in practice, so have the imperialists and reactionaries tried for a long time to bring back apartheid in Zimbabwe. Since the defeat of the colonial forces, the US and Britain have been in so called “negotiations” with the government of Zimbabwe to compensate the people for the land that was forcibly stolen. As the imperialists weren’t interested in providing any compensation, the government of Zimbabwe decided to introduce the land reform, where the land was redistributed to the people and farm workers. The land reform were introduced in the 2000’s – two decades after the liberation. Just as the DPRK, Zimbabwe is also a target of sanctions and military threats by the imperialists. Trigger happy Tony Blair who wholeheartedly backed the US invasion of Iraq was also considering to invade Zimbabwe in order to bring down the revolutionary government of ZANU-PF and President Robert Mugabe. Since a military intervention was ruled out, US and Britain have started their own creation in order to try to bring down the popular government of Zimbabwe in the form of the so called “Movement For Democratic Change” (MDC). MDC whose aim was to portray itself as a social democratic, all inclusive, non-tribalistic foundations, was soon exposed for what it really was – a group whose goal was to cause ethnic tensions and it lost the confident they tried to build with the trade unionists and academics. Now it is nothing without the financial support it receives from the imperialists.

Earlier this year the Namibian government has confirmed that DPRK’s state-run construction company, Mansudae Overseas Projects, built an arms and ammunition factory in the Namibian capital of Windhoek that was completed in 2005, and is in the process of executing other contracts for the construction of the country’s first military academy, military barracks and a new headquarters for the Ministry of Defense (MoD). The US have tried hard to put pressure on the Namibian government to have them severe the ties with the DPRK, but as the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, said: DPRK and Namibia have a long history of military cooperation, which dates back to the struggle for independence.

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Deputy Prime Minister (Namibia), Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah meet with President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly (DPRK).

No matter how hard the imperialists are trying to blackmail and threaten Namibia to end its longstanding friendship with the DPRK, they won’t succeed. Maybe it would have been different if the US would have shown that they were a friend of the anti-colonial fighters and not one of the apartheid governments who oppressed the Namibian people. Those who have suffered under imperialism knows very well that the US are no friend of them.

The Police Killing of Baek Nam Gi

This story have its beginning in last years massive demonstrations against the government of Park Geun Hye. The marches, organized by labour, civic and farmers’ groups, brought together protesters from all walks of life, against the government of conservative President Park Geun Hye, including her capitalist-friendly anti-workers policies and a decision to require middle and high schools to use only state-issued and history revisionist textbooks starting in 2017.

Han Sang Gyun who were one of the main organisers of the protests were sentenced to five years in prison. South Korean riot squad attacked protesters with water cannons and tear gas. Many times the water cannons were used against single protestors, among them were Baek Nam Gi. On Saturday November 14th, 2015, Mr. Baek were rushed to the hospital. After 10 months in a coma as a result of head injuries suffered after being hit by water cannon, he passed away on Sunday, 25 September, 2016.

Over the past ten months as he lay in hospital, Baek Nam Gi’s family has been trying all possible avenues to seek accountability. They filed a criminal case against seven officers involved in the killing, and brought a separate lawsuit against the state demanding compensation. The National Police Agency of south Korea conducted an internal investigation but did not release findings. To date, the south Korean authorities have accepted no responsibility for the incident, and not a single police officer involved in the incident has faced any charges for the killing.

Baek Nam Gi was expelled from school twice for protesting the rule of the current president Park Geun Hye father – military dictator Park Chung Hee. He was expelled from university in Seoul in 1971 for leading a demonstration against Park’s deployment of troops on college campuses to harass student activists. He was later allowed to re-enroll but was soon on the run from the police for organizing protests against Park’s constitutional revision aimed at extending his presidency.

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Picture shows Park Chung Hee in Imperial Japanese Army uniform in 1944. Park is the father of the current south Korean puppet ruler Park Geun Hye and was the fascist military dictator of south Korea from 1961 to 1979 (when his own side shot him)

The same family of fascists that have a long tradition of banning opposition and in 1975, simultaneously as Mr. Baek was expelled, fascist dictator Park Chung Hee, issued a directive to police and local officials to “purify” the streets of undesirables. Police officers, assisted by shop owners, rounded up panhandlers, small-time street merchants selling gum and trinkets, disabled, orphans and other poor children dissidents, including a college student who’d been holding anti-government leaflets. Those who by the fascist regime considered as undesirables where taken to concentrations camps, that first in recent years has been revealed. Tens of thousands of people have died fighting the repressive puppet governments of south Korea. This is not the first time that the south Korean government should be held accountable for its crimes against its own citizens, and won’t be the last. In 1980, Mr. Baek was expelled a third time and sentenced to two years in prison for his activities.

Mr. Baek was born in 1947 in Boseong County in a rural community. Unlike former student activists who entered politics and became national figures in south Korea, Mr. Baek devoted himself to fighting for the rights of poor rural farmers. Outside the room that held Baek’s casket in Seoul National University Hospital over 500 people gathered to mourn, the same day as they found out that Mr. Baek passed away. Yoo Young-hoon, 64, said, “This is a very sad day. We think that the government should investigate the exact cause of Baek’s death and should apologize sincerely.”

Yoo had known Mr. Baek since 1987, through their work with the Korean Catholic Farmers Movement. He said he will fondly remember Baek as a kind man. “He was someone who sacrificed, who fought for our country’s democratization,” Yoo said.

The struggling people of south Korea will always carry the spirit of Mr. Baek. The south Korean authorities have caused the Baek family and friends great harm and distress, taking away a husband and father of two daughters and one son.

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Dear comrade. We will never forget you, how you unselfishly dedicated your life to fight for the rights of the poor and oppressed. You fought against a powerful enemy for decades. When the oppressors couldn’t get you to fall to your knees, they went so far as they did on September 25, and took your life.

May you rest in peace.