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Doom and Gloom or Economic Boom? The Myth of the “North Korean Collapse” [Asia-Pacific Journal / Sweet & Sour Socialism Essential Archives]

Posted in Anti-communism, Black propaganda, Capitalist media double standard, Corporate Media Critique, DPR Korea, Kim Il Sung, Media smear campaign, Photos, Pyongyang, Seoul, south Korea, Sweet and Sour Socialism Essential Archives on August 11, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

If you read one article about North (sic) Korea this year — or perhaps this decade — this is the one to provide the antidote to capitalist media’s endless disinformation and vilification of that dynamic and resolute nation – Zuo Shou

The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 18, No. 3, May 5, 2014.
Doom and Gloom or Economic Boom? The Myth of the “North Korean Collapse” 破綻か好況か 「北朝鮮崩壊」という神話

Henri Feron

Abstract: The DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is said to be an economist’s nightmare. There are almost no reliable statistics available, making any analysis speculative at best. The few useable figures that we have, though, fly in the face of the media’s curious insistence on a looming collapse. Food production and trade volumes indicate that the DPRK has largely recovered from the economic catastrophe of the 1990s. Indeed, Pyongyang’s reported rising budget figures appear more plausible than Seoul’s pessimistic politicized estimates. Obviously, sanctions, while damaging, have failed to nail the country down. There are signs that it is now beginning to open up and prepare to exploit its substantial mineral wealth. Could we soon be witnessing the rise of Asia’s next economic tiger?

There is hardly an economy in the world that is as little understood as the economy of the Democractic [sic] People’s Republic of Korea (aka “North Korea”). Comprehensive government statistics have not been made public since the 1960s. Even if production figures were available, the non-convertibility of the domestic currency and the distortion of commodity prices in the DPRK’s planned economy would still prevent us from computing something as basic as a GDP or GDP growth figure. In the end, this dearth of public or useable primary data means that outside analysis is generally based more on speculation or politicized conslusions than on actual information. Unfortunately, the greater the province of speculation, the greater also the possibility of distortion, and hence of misinformation, or even disinformation.

The dominant narrative in the Western press is that the DPRK is on the verge of collapse. What commentators lack in hard data to prove this, they often try to invent…

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“‘Good’ and ‘bad’ war – and the struggle of memory against forgetting” – Korean War truth suppression enables war on China []

Posted in Anti-communism, Black propaganda, China, DPR Korea, Encirclement of China, Genocide, Historical myths of the US, Japan, Kim Il Sung, Korean War, Shanghai, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, World War II on February 18, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

12 February 2014

by John Pilger

12 February 2014

…In ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, George Orwell wrote: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

The people of Korea understand this well. The slaughter on their peninsula following the second world war is known as the “forgotten war”, whose significance for all humanity has long been suppressed in military histories of cold war good versus evil.

I have just read ‘The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings’ (2010), professor of history at the University of Chicago. I first saw Cumings interviewed in Regis Tremblay’s extraordinary film, ‘The Ghosts of Jeju’, which documents the uprising of the people of the southern Korean island of Jeju in 1948 and the campaign of the present-day islanders to stop the building of a base with American missiles aimed provocatively at China.

Like most Koreans, the farmers and fishing families protested the senseless division of their nation between north and south in 1945 – a line drawn along the 38th Parallel by an American official, Dean Rusk, who had “consulted a map around midnight on the day after we obliterated Nagasaki with an atomic bomb,” wrote Cumings. The myth of a “good” Korea (the south) and a “bad” Korea (the north) was invented.

In fact, Korea, north and south, has a remarkable people’s history of resistance to feudalism and foreign occupation, notably Japan’s in the 20th century. When the Americans defeated Japan in 1945, they occupied Korea and often branded those who had resisted the Japanese as “commies”. On Jeju island, as many as 60,000 people were massacred by militias supported, directed and, in some cases, commanded by American officers.

This and other unreported atrocities were a “forgotten” prelude to the Korean War (1950-53) in which more people were killed than Japanese died during all of world war two. Cumings’ gives an astonishing tally of the degree of destruction of the cities of the north is astonishing: Pyongyang 75 per cent, Sariwon 95 per cent, Sinanju 100 per cent. Great dams in the north were bombed in order to unleash internal tsunamis. “Anti-personnel” weapons, such as Napalm, were tested on civilians…

“The unhindered machinery of incendiary bombing was visited on the North for three years,” he wrote, “yielding a wasteland and a surviving mole people who had learned to love the shelter of caves, mountains, tunnels and redoubts, a subterranean world that became the basis for reconstructing a country…

The guerrilla leader Kim Il Sung had begun fighting the Japanese militarists in 1932. Every characteristic attached to the regime he founded – “communist, rogue state, evil enemy” – derives from a ruthless, brutal, heroic resistance: first to Japan, then the United States, which threatened to nuke the rubble its bombers had left. Cumings exposes as propaganda the notion that Kim Il Sung, leader of the “bad” Korea, was a stooge of Moscow. In contrast, the regime that Washington invented in the south, the “good” Korea, was run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America.

The Korean War has an unrecognised distinction. It was in the smouldering ruins of the peninsula that the US turned itself into what Cumings calls “an archipelago of empire”. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, it was as if the whole planet was declared American – or else.

But there is China now. The base currently being built on Cheju island will face the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai, less than 300 miles away, and the industrial heartland of the only country whose economic power is likely to surpass that of the US. “China,” says President Obama in a leaked briefing paper, “is our fast emerging strategic threat.” By 2020, almost two thirds of all US naval forces in the world will be transferred to the Asia-Pacific region. In an arc extending from Australia to Japan and beyond, China will be ringed by US missiles and nuclear-weapons armed aircraft. Will this threat to all of us be “forgotten”, too?

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National Meeting Marks 60th Anniversary of Victory in Fatherland Liberation War [KCNA]

Posted in China, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), DPR Korea, Juche Idea, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Korean War, Pyongyang, Sino-Korean Friendship, Songun policy, south Korea, US imperialism, USA, Workers Party of Korea WPK on July 28, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, July 26 (KCNA) — A grand national meeting was held at May Day Stadium Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War.
Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, appeared at the tribune of honor of the meeting place.
Taking the tribune of honor were senior officials of the party, the state and the army including Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju and Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, and officials of the party and armed forces organs.
Seen there were Li Yuanchao, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice-president of the People’s Republic of China, Abdullah al-Ahmar, deputy general secretary of the Syria’s Baath Arab Socialist Party, Guy Scott, vice-president of the Republic of Zambia, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand, vice-president of the Republic of Uganda, and heads of foreign delegations.
Also seen there were Hong In Hum, chairman of the Central Audit Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, Choe Un Bok, chairperson of the General Association of Koreans in China, and Kim Kang Hui, head of the lecturers group of veterans of the Chinese People’s Volunteers.
Present at the meeting were delegates of war veterans, officials of the party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, bereaved families of fallen fighters, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, art and literature, public health and media, merited persons, Pyongyangites, delegations of overseas compatriots, compatriots abroad and chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.
Present on invitation there were diplomatic envoys of various countries, representatives of international organizations and members of the military attaches corps here, delegations and delegates of various countries staying here to participate in events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the war and other foreign guests.
KPA Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, declared the meeting open.
Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK and president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, made a report at the meeting.
He said:
The U.S. imperialists ignited the Korean war on June 25, 1950 to realize their wild ambition to dominate Asia and the rest of the world with the Korean Peninsula as its springboard. They hurled into the war even troops of its satellite countries by abusing the UN flag, and applied all sorts of the most brutal war methods and means including the threat of A-bombs.
The army and people of the DPRK defeated the invaders of 16 countries including the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces in the war.
The historic victory in the war was the victory of the Juche-oriented military idea and outstanding strategy and tactics of President Kim Il Sung and one of the indomitable mental power of the army and people of the DPRK as they heroically fought, united close around the party and the leader.
The U.S. imperialists sustained a heavy defeat for the first time in their more than 100-year-long history of wars of aggression in the three-year-long Korean war and signed an instrument of surrender.
The DPRK, which beat back U.S. imperialism, was widely known as a country of heroes and its army and people earned worldwide fame as a heroic army and people.
During the war the party and government of China sent volunteers organized by its fine sons and daughters under the banner of resisting America and aiding Korea, safeguarding the home and defending the motherland even under the difficult situation where they just won victory in the people’s revolution. They helped the Korean people in their just struggle at the cost of blood.
The internationalist example set by the Chinese People’s Volunteers in the war recorded a shining page in the history of the DPRK-China friendship and the Korean party and people will always remember this.
The army and people of the DPRK greeted a new era of history in which they are successfully carrying forward the history and tradition of sure victory which started in Mt. Paektu and reliably steering the human cause of independence, thanks to Kim Jong Un, the reporter noted, and went on:
We should hold the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in high esteem as the eternal leaders of our party and people and the sun of Juche for all ages and firmly uphold and eternally glorify the undying feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning a victory in the war and the Songun revolutionary feats of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
The army and people of the DPRK will continue dynamically advancing for peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the rest of the world together with the progressive people who aspire after justice and value conscience.
Only July 27 of victory will be in store for the DPRK as the undying feats Kim Il Sung performed by winning the victory in the war and the Songun revolutionary exploits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are shedding their rays and there are the invincible Paektusan army and the great unity of the army and people wisely led by Marshal Kim Jong Un.
Similar meetings took place in provinces, cities (districts), counties and industrial complexes to mark the anniversary. -0-

“May Day Marked in DPRK” & “National Meeting Marks May Day”- 2013 [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Holidays, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Pyongyang, Songun policy, Workers Party of Korea WPK on May 1, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手


Pyongyang, May 1 (KCNA) — The May Day was significantly marked in the DPRK on Wednesday.
Parks, pleasure grounds, industrial establishments and cooperative farms were in a festive mood with colorful art performances and sports and amusement games.
Artistes of the Phibada Art Troupe gave a performance at the plaza of the Arch of Triumph and the National Folk Art Troupe at the Taesongsan Pleasure Ground. Put on the stages were mixed quartet “Our Leader Loved by People” and male duet “Peace Is Guaranteed by Our Arms”. The performers sang high praises of the undying feats of the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
Acrobats of the National Circus put on the stage acrobatics at the Mangyongdae Amusement Park. Builders of the capital city spent the holiday, playing sports games at Kim Il Sung Stadium.
The workers of the Huichon Power Station, the Pyongyang and Pukchang thermal power complexes, those of the Kangson Steel Complex, Songjin Steel Complex, the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex and the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex, coal miners in Anju and other working people in the fields of light industry and agriculture across the country added to the atmosphere of the holiday with sports and amusement games.
Intellectuals of the State Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Agricultural Science, the Academy of Medical Science and other scientific research field across the country significantly marked the May Day. -0-


Pyongyang, May 1 (KCNA) — A national meeting was held at the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex Wednesday, the 123rd May Day.
Present there were Pak Pong Ju, Kim Ki Nam and Yang Hyong Sop, and officials of the local party and economic organs, labor innovators and other people.
Premier Pak Pong Ju, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea, made a report at the meeting.
He said that May Day is a significant holiday for fully demonstrating the revolutionary spirit and militant power of the working people of Songun Korea who are making devoted efforts for the prosperity of the country, united around the Workers’ Party of Korea in one mind, adding that it also serve as a holiday for strengthening international solidarity with working people the world over who are struggling to break iron chains of capital and attain democratic freedom and right and lead an independent life.
The working people of the DPRK are extending militant greetings and firm solidarity to the working people the world over struggling for a just and peaceful new world under the banner of independence against imperialism on May Day, he noted, and went on:
President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il wisely led the Korean people to successfully discharge their noble historic mission and duty in the struggle for realizing the revolutionary cause of Juche, the socialist cause.
The dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un is trusting and putting forward the workers and other people as revolutionary comrades and comrades-in-arms and energetically leading them to dynamically advance toward the final victory.
The workers and other people of the DPRK have devotedly worked for the country and revolution with hammers, sickles and writing brushes remaining true to the leadership of the party and the leader in the annals of the Korean revolution that was adorned with victory and glory.
There are many countries in the world and each country has many working people but there are no working people as those of Songun Korea who devote themselves to the patriotic cause with their creative labor efforts, displaying the independent dignity as human beings and leading a worthwhile and proud life under the care of the peerlessly great persons.
The reporter underscored the need to defend the dignity and sovereignty of the nation and build the best country, the people’s paradise on this land, by carrying out the new strategic line on simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of nuclear force in the spirit of the March, 2013 Plenary Meeting of the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un. -0-

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Fireworks Display Marks War Victory Anniversary in DPR Korea – PHOTOS [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Photos, Pyongyang, Songun policy on July 29, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, July 27 (KCNA) — A fireworks display took place on the banks of the Pothong River on the evening of July 27, the 59th anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the Fatherland Liberation War.

Various places of Pyongyang including Jonsung Square, Ponghwa Street, An Sang Thaek Street and Moran Hill along the banks of the Pothong River, around the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Memorial Tower, were crowded with spectators.

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KCNA Commentary Rebukes False Rumors about DPRK Leadership [Korean Central News Agency / KCNA]

Posted in Corporate Media Critique, DPR Korea, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Lee Myung-bak, Media smear campaign, south Korea, Workers Party of Korea WPK on July 21, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, July 20 (KCNA) — The U.S., south Korea and other forces hostile toward the DPRK are spreading false rumors as regards the organizational matter dealt with at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

Taking the lead in the smear campaign are FOX News, CNN, VOA, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other U.S. media and Chosun Ilbo, Dong-A Ilbo, Korean Broadcasting System and other south Korean conservative media.

They fed the public with misinformation that there is serious power scrambles within the leadership in the DPRK and it has shifted its line from the military-first policy to the party-first policy emphasizing party’s control over the army.

Who is dismissed and appointed in the DPRK is not a matter of concern of other countries.

The rumors put it that the illness was not the cause of dismissal,…

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S Korean “New Right” anti-DPRK subversives held in China for criminal violations of PRC’s national security [The Hankyoreh / 한겨레]

Posted in Dalian, DPR Korea, Juche Idea, Kim Il Sung, south Korea on May 19, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

[Edited to remove The Hankyoreh’s bourgeois liberal nationalist bias, and considerable anonymously-attributed rumor-mongering. I can find no support to the story in Chinese media. – Zuo Shou]

May 16, 2012

By Kim Kyu-won, staff writer

…Kim Young-hwan and three colleagues were reportedly arrested on March 29 in Dalian, China by intelligence agencies on charges of violating the country‘s national security law. [They] are suspected of having sent defectors back into North Korea [sic] to promote democracy [sic]. Their detention has been made public through the testimonies of [unidentified] other[s]…

On May 15, a figure familiar with Kim and the other three men, said, “The defectors they sent into North Korea are said to have distributed leaflets and collected information. I know that the object of their activities was bringing down the North Korean [sic] regime…”

Reports suggest that the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) targeted five individuals for arrest, but one of them evaded capture and is now on the run. The source, said, “He left his passport behind, so he’s unable to come back to Korea.” The source claimed that three of the five were former students…from North Jeolla province.

“…they are all influenced by Kim Young-hwan. I know that they followed Kim when he turned to the New Right movement…”

Some have raised suspicions about the relationship between the arrested individuals and South Korean intelligence services. They have been traveling to and from China for between five and ten years, supporting defectors, and are known to have run restaurants and internet cafes in order to fund the operations . Some suspect that the individuals received financial support from South Korean intelligence agencies . An official at the National Intelligence Service [issued a boilerplate denial]…

An official at South Korea‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) stated with regard to the incident, “Of the four individuals, only Kim Young-hwan wanted consular access, so the [South Korean] consul general in Shenyang met him on April 26. We have requested telephone calls and meetings with the other three individuals, who signed documents waiving their rights to consular access, to confirm their exact intentions….

The four individuals are currently being held by the MSS as they await indictment. MOFAT reported that it was not yet certain whether they would be handed over to a court….The MOFAT official stated that individuals convicted of violating China’s national security law are subject to sentences of up to life imprisonment for ringleaders and up to ten years in jail for accomplices.

In the 1980s, Kim Young-hwan was a pro-North Korea [sic] activist. He is widely known as the writer of “Gangcheol Seosin,” a work that served as the textbook of the left-wing Jusapa faction of the 1980s. In the 1980s he was a scholar of North Korea‘s Juche ideology as part of the National Liberation movement. He visited North Korea and met premier Kim Il-sung in 1991.

After his visit to North Korea, Kim…turned against North Korea…

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