Thursday, May 24, 2018

Trump;s decision to cancel summit with North Korea gave no face to South Korea - Moon Jae In is very perplexed



Donald Trump for all his praise of Moon Jae In when he was in  Washington did not inform him of his decsion to cancel summit - another world leader has got the message you cannot trust Trump the architect of a new world disorder..

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he’s “very perplexed” that the U.S.-North Korea summit won’t go ahead as planned.

Yonhap news agency cited Moon as urging direct talks between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Moon was speaking at an emergency meeting of his top security officials in Seoul after Trump announced he was canceling the summit because of North Korean “hostility.”

Moon was quoted as saying: “I am very perplexed and it is very regrettable that the North Korea-U.S. summit will not be held on June 12.”

He said, “Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of permanent peace are historic tasks that can neither be abandoned nor delayed.”

Moon met Trump in Washington on Tuesday, but appeared caught unawares by the president’s decision Thursday.

India: Naxalbari Day 25th May 1967 till forever



Most dangerous is that watch
Which runs on your wrist
But stands still for your eyes.
Most dangerous is that eye
Which sees all but remains frostlike,
Most dangerous is the moon
Which rises in the numb yard
After each murder,
But does not pierce your eyes like hot chilies. '

Paash, A Naxalite Poet

During the summer holidays in Gwalior, we all went to my grandmother home in Shibpur in Howrah to escape the extreme heat of Madhya Pradesh. During one such visit, we found the walls of her house and adjoining houses plastered in red with slogans, 'Naxalbari Laal Saalam'. As a young boy unaware of the politics of that time in Bengal, I had frequently asked my father and uncles about the slogans and graffiti which they always declined to explain.

Nobody had the courage to whitewash those walls. Many years later, North East India became my favorite tramping grounds and driving long distances through little hamlets on my way to Bhutan or Along was more frequent. Visiting Naxalbari became a reality during that time. But the explosive ingredients had long fizzled off and Naxalbari I found to my great disappointment just a small village like any other village in the Darjeeling district. The ghosts of Naxalbari could not be suppressed and curiosity brings thousands of people like me just to feel the soil or try to find a tiny ember of a revolution within the tea plantations and villages of that area. The Mechi River lies close to it and across it lies Nepal. Farm lands, tea estates and forests dot this fertile geographical part of Darjeeling district. The large villages in the region are Buraganj, Hatighisha, Phansidewa and Naxalbari. It all started in May 23 1967. The landless and poor peasants of Jharugaon village raised their bow and arrows.

The attacking police hordes were met with a shower of arrows, spears, stones. An inspector was killed, the rest fled. The Naxalbari armed struggle that was to become a historic turning point in Indian politics, had begun. At the entrance to Naxalbari, a Kargil martyr's statue stands. The statue looks out of place in the village of Naxalbari. The sculptor sold it to government who thought of it erecting it there just to divert the mind from a history that is part of this place.

A dusty path leads to the settlement of 30,000-odd people sharing borders with Nepal and Bangladesh. There is no development here, the highways are pock marked and the peasants look poorer. The illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Nepal do not know anything about this movement nor do they care to do so. The main occupation seems to be smuggling of essential goods through Nepal and Bangladesh borders.

A lone unkempt statue of Comrade Charu Mazumdar stands. The children of the village don't know anything about him.



Asian Dub Foundation

Naxalite


Album: Rafi's Revenge

Brothers and sisters of the soul unite
We are one indivisible and strong
They may try to break us but they dare not under estimate us
They know our memories are long
A mass of sleeping villages
That's how they're pitching it
At least that's what they try to pretend
But check out our history
So rich and revolutionary
A prophecy that we will rise again
That we will rise again...

Again and again until the land is ours
Again and again until we have taken the power
Again and again until the land is ours
Again and again until we have taken the power

Deep in the forest
High up in the mountains
To the future we will take an oath
Like springing tigers we encircle the cities
Our home is the undergrowth
Because I am just a naxalite warrior
Fighting for survival and equality
Police man beating up me, my brother and my father
My mother crying can't believe this reality
And we will rise again
And we will rise again...

Again and again until the land is ours
Again and again until we have taken the power
Again and again until the land is ours
Again and again until we have taken the power

Jump into the future dub zone

Roots rockers

And we have taken the power
And the land is ours
And we have taken the power
And the land is ours
And we have taken the power
And the land is ours
And we have taken the power
And the land is ours
It's ours

Because I am just a naxalite warrior
Fighting for survival and equality
Police man beating up me, my brother and my father
My mother crying can't believe this reality

Iron like a Lion from Zion
This one going all the youth, man and woman
Orginal Master D upon the microphone stand
Cater for no skeptical man- me no give a damn

'Cos me a naxalite warrior

Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom, by Stephen Gowans




Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom, by Stephen Gowans. Montreal: Baraka Books, 2018. Paper, $24.95, pp 270

The following is a review of Gowans’ book by Gregory Elich

The release of Stephen Gowans’s superb new book could not be better timed. With the Korean Peninsula on the potential brink of major change, looking to Western mainstream media for reasoned analysis is a fool’s errand. 

Gowans provides a valuable service in filling that gap by situating Korea in its historical context, while making no compromise with received opinion or resorting to lazy formulations.

A key to understanding Korea is its experience under harsh colonial rule by the Japanese Empire from 1910 through the end of the Second World War. As was the case elsewhere, some of those under oppression chose to serve power, and others resisted. While Imperial Japan shipped off Koreans as forced laborers throughout its empire and cast women into sexual slavery, a determined resistance movement arose, particularly in Manchuria, where future North Korean leader Kim Il-sung was a prominent guerrilla leader. Many of those who would later fill the ranks of the South Korean government chose a different path, and actively collaborated with the Japanese occupiers.

After the end of the Second World War, the U.S. divided the Korean Peninsula along the 38th Parallel, an act that Gowans points out the Korean people had not asked for. Liberation from Japanese rule, Koreans felt, meant that the country was once again theirs. People’s committees spontaneously sprang up throughout the peninsula, as newly freed Koreans sought to forge their destiny.

The Soviet presence in the north was mostly hands-off, allowing events to unfold unhindered.

It was a different story in the south. U.S. General John R. Hodge, as military governor of South Korea, along with his advisers “drew up a four-point plan to destroy the movement for independence.” 

The plan called for building up an army and police force to be largely staffed at upper levels by those who had collaborated with Japanese imperialism.

Gowans quotes U.S. military sources as describing the Korean police force under Japanese colonial rule as “thoroughly Japanized and efficiently utilized as an instrument of tyranny,” which made these men a natural choice for U.S. occupation authorities to perform the same role in establishing an anti-communist police state.

People’s committees were systematically crushed, as tens of thousands of leftists were killed or rounded up and imprisoned. For Koreans in the south, one colonial master had simply been exchanged for another, as it was the U.S. that called the shots.

Traitors who had served the Japanese now took orders from the Americans. “By 1950,” Gowans writes, “between 100,000 and 200,000 Korean patriots had been killed by U.S. occupation forces and their Korean subalterns.”

The division of the Korean Peninsula was intended to last no longer than a relatively brief interregnum, but discussions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union on establishing a provisional government went nowhere.

Soon the U.S. abandoned any pretense of respecting the agreement on postwar Korea. “An ongoing U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula,” Gowans observes, “offered too many attractions to Washington to leave Korea to Koreans.”

The U.S. proceeded to build a separate government by launching an election process in its occupation zone that was boycotted by a majority. 

Nevertheless, the U.S. pushed ahead. “Koreans, after all, weren’t the object of the exercise,” Gowans reports. “The building of a global U.S. empire was.” Voting in the south was organized by a police force that was dominated by former Japanese collaborators, along with right-wing thugs.

Under the circumstances, the outcome was preordained.

The Soviet Union withdrew its forces on schedule from North Korea in 1948. Decades later, the U.S. military remains firmly ensconced in South Korea, and showing no inclination of ever leaving.

The division of the Korean Peninsula, which most Koreans opposed and few recognized, laid the groundwork for the Korean War. For Koreans, the war was a brutal nightmare made far worse by the U.S. program of total destruction and the aim of annihilating North Korea along with a significant percentage of its population.

South Korea endured long decades under right-wing dictatorship. Gowans is eloquent in describing the harsh realities of life under repression, and this section is one of the book’s many strengths. 

Through continual struggle, the South Korean people eventually managed to throw off the shackles of dictatorship, yet in many ways, the nation remains subservient to the U.S. That liberation remains to be won.

For more than a century the history of Korea has been a contest between people’s needs and the demands of the powerful. Gowans places Korea in the context of the global struggle for liberation from imperialist domination, a perspective that sheds much light on developments in recent decades.

The analytical framework and information provided by Gowans reveal the basis for U.S.-North Korean animosity and depict a far more complex picture of U.S.-South Korean relations than we customarily encounter. 

It is fair to say that if all one knows about Korea before coming to this book is from mainstream news, then the reader will come away with a far deeper understanding and appreciation of Korea’s fight for independence and self-determination.

Stephen Gowans is not a writer to mince words or to defer to mainstream distortions. He makes no concessions to the standard self-serving Western narrative, and this is one of the reasons his work is so consistently refreshing. Gowans is also noted for his careful research and masterly knack for deploying information in support of logical analysis. Patriots, Traitors and Empires is no different in those respects.

His book is an impassioned call for justice, imbued with a deeply felt sympathy for the Korean people and their struggle for freedom.

Patriots, Traitors and Empires can be ordered from Baraka Books:
http://www.barakabooks.com/catalogue/patriots-traitors-and-empires/

South Korea pays over US$ 3.1.billion for annual cost of U.S. troops -



Democracy and Class Struggle says paying those who divide your country billions of dollars is a racket that Major General Smedley Butler would recognize.


Reality Check: I've studied nuclear war for 35 years -- you should be worried !

Trump cancels the Summit with North Korea : North Korea wants negotiations not submission - the deal maker cannot deal !



Democracy and Class Struggle would like there to have seen a successful summit in Singapore but with Bolton and Pence opening their mouths and active sabotage of Moon Jae In's push for Peace on the Korean Peninsula in Washington and the appointment of Harry B Harris as US Ambassador to South Korea - the omens were not good.

Next time Trump talks about negotiations it should be that and not threats via Bolton and Pence.

We also note this letter was sent by President Trump a few hours after North Korea in a act of good faith destroyed its nuclear test facilities.

India: Why are people in Tuticorin protesting against Vedanta's Sterlite copper plant ?





India: Pre Planned Massacre in Tutucorin (Thoothukudi) - Tamil Nadu By Harsh Thakor


Democracy and Class Struggle says OUTRAGE is not enough ACTION to bring down the architects of this WAR ON THE PEOPLE OF INDIA is long overdue.

MASSACRE  IN TUTUCORIN SYMBOLIC OF THE FANGS OF THE STATE THAT BANG EVERY TOOTH AND NAIL TO SUPPRESS EVEN THE MOST PEACEFUL PROTESTS OF THE PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS.

THE PROTESTS MUSTY BE PART OF A MOVEMENT TO FIGHT FASCISM AS A WHOLE.THE PROTESTS MUST ENGULF EVERY NOOK AND CORNER OF THE NATION LIKE A TIDAL WAVE EXTINGUISHING A FIRE.

THE LIGHT OF JUSTICE SHOULD SHIMMER ALL OVER WITH THE EFFECT OF A SWORD PIERCING THROUGH FLESH SYMBOLIZING THE WRATH OF THE PEOPLE AGAINST THIS GRAVE INJUSTICE PERPETRATED.

CONDEMN THIS FASCIST GENOCIDE BY THE STATE IN TAMIL NADU .THERE COULD BE NO MORE PROOF THAT MORALLY THE STATE IS FASCIST AND TRAMPLES UPON THE ANY PROTEST TO PROTECT PEOPLES LIVELIHOOD TO BLESS THE ANTI-PEOPLE CORPORATES.

MAY THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE SHOT BE PERMANENTLY WRITTEN IN RED BLOOD SYMBOLIZING THE WRATH AGAINST  FASCISM AND THE INEXTINGUISHABLE SPIRIT OF THE OPPRESSED TO EXTINGUISH IT.

PROTESTS SHOULD SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE ENGULFING EVERY NOOK AND CORNER OF THE NATION 

War on people extended to Tamil Nadu!

For the Loot of Vedanta at least 18 people killed ( 11 officially confirmed )in police firing at Tutucurine (Thoothukudi)) in a protest rally against Vedanta Sterlite plant!

The district is sealed...

Raise your voice for Thoothukudi's
heroic people!

Down with the repression! 


The tremor in his voice is evident as Godwin Jose begins to recount the horror of police firing in the protest rally against Sterlite on May 22. The 23-year-old from Sorispuram in Thoothukudi was among the tens of thousands of people who had gathered to take out the rally which ended with bloody violence leaving at 11 dead and several injured.

“The police opened fire when we tried to enter the Collectorate. So, we stepped away and sat somewhere outside. That was when there was a lathicharge too. Fearing lathicharge, we entered the Collectorate again, and there was shooting again,” Godwin says.

Godwin has no shred of doubt that the firing was pre-planned. “It looked as if the police were singling out those who were vocal, those who led the protests, and shot them above the abdomen,” he says.

“There was of course indiscriminate shooting, too, and many of us were hurt in the legs. But there were several rounds of fire, and we could see they were picking the targets at times. Thamizharasan, for example, was very active in the protest for quite some time. He has been shot dead. When you target the organisers and kill them, it is evident you want to kill the protest,” Godwin says.

Henry Tiphagne, executive director of People’s Watch, couldn’t agree more. “It was certainly planned and intended at quelling the protests,” he says.

On May 20, the district administration had called for a peace committee meeting in which over 20 organisations including traders’ associations and fishermen associations had participated. At this meeting, warnings were given against participating in the rally.

“We were advised against the protest rally in the meeting. The administration warned us against taking out a rally, since there were chances that it could turn violent. All of us agreed to hold a call-attention protest on a playground that was earmarked for us, and signed an agreement to that effect,” says S Raja of Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangam (Traders Association). But the agreement did not go down well with many other protestors.


THIS DAY SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN BLACK LETTERS IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND AND IS A TESTIMONY OF FASCISM THAT EXISTS TODAY.ANGER SHOULD SIMMER ALL OVER THE COUNTRY LIKE A HUGE BOILING POT BURSTING OR A BIG BUILDING SET ON FIRE.


                 THE MURDEROUS NEXUS BJP- VEDANTA

North Korea's vice-foreign minister Choe Son Hui Statement on US / NK relations



Below is the full report carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

At an interview with Fox News on May 21, US Vice-President Pence made unbridled and impudent remarks that North Korea might end like Libya, military option for North Korea never came off the table, the US needs complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, and so on.

As a person involved in the US affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the US vice-president.

If he is vice-president of "single superpower" as is in name, it will be proper for him to know even a little bit about the current state of global affairs and to sense to a certain degree the trends in dialogue and the climate of détente.

We could surmise more than enough what a political dummy he is as he is trying to compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a few items of equipment and fiddled around with them.

Soon after the White House National Security Adviser Bolton made the reckless remarks, Vice-President Pence has again spat out nonsense that the DPRK would follow in Libya's footstep.

It is to be underlined, however, that in order not to follow in Libya's footstep, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength that can defend ourselves and safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region.

In view of the remarks of the US high-ranking politicians who have not yet woken up to this stark reality and compare the DPRK to Libya that met a tragic fate, I come to think that they know too little about us.

To borrow their words, we can also make the US taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now.

Before making such reckless threatening remarks without knowing exactly who he is facing, Pence should have seriously considered the terrible consequences of his words.

It is the US who has asked for dialogue, but now it is misleading the public opinion as if we have invited them to sit with us.

I only wonder what is the ulterior motive behind its move and what is it the US has calculated to gain from that.

We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.

Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.

In case the US offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-US summit.