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absolutelyasianamerican:

Because I fear that many AsAms today are forgetting our history of solidarity with black lives and black power.  

We must not forget. 

selucha:

Arlen Siu, martyr of the Sandinista revolution. Known as “La Chinita” (The Chinese Girl), she was active in the music group Pancasan and also fought against Somoza’s National Guard in the early years of the war. She died in combat in 1972 at age 20. She also wrote a number of essays on Marxism which I have been thus far unsuccessful in finding online. I may try to contact the FSLN directly to get a hold of them.

Since I didn’t have time to do a Song of the Day, here’s a link to a video of famed Nicaraguan folk singer Carlos Mejia Godoy performing his song "El Zenzontle Pregunta por Arlen" (The Mockingbird is Asking About Arlen), dedicated to her memory.

Powerful women revolutionaries should be promoted widely!!!

Our communities are not warzones

Tanks in our towns

Last week, local police fatally shot an unarmed African-American 18-year-old named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days that followed, there have been massive protests in Ferguson and heavily armed SWAT teams are roaming the streets in response. Our communities are not warzones.

And yet the police, armed to the teeth, treat us like the enemy, especially if we’re black, young, poor or homeless. Tanks are rolling through our towns. What will it take for police to start protecting communities of color, not waging war on them?

The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice are funneling billions of dollars to state and local law enforcement agencies every year to help them purchase military weaponry and equipment. What business do DOD, DHS, and DOJ have funding a war here at home?

With our country’s long history of aggressive policing in communities of color, it shouldn’t surprise us that these wartime tools and tactics are hitting poor and black neighborhoods hardest. To start undoing the damage, the feds need to stop funding this war.

Good policing is about trust, which has been severely eroded through the use of excessive force and police brutality. If police forces across America continue to militarize and treat communities of color as the enemy, they will increasingly be seen as an occupying army.

Stopping the funding and incentivizing of police militarization is a crucial first step to ending this war.

Tell the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice: Stop funding the siege on communities of color.

MEET THE ONLY WESTERNER TO WORK FOR THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME

By Christine Jun 



Alejandro Cao de Benos holding a pin of Kim Il-sung. (All photos courtesy of Alejandro Cao de Benos)

This weekend saw the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. While you no doubt spent Saturday toasting the memory of the fatherland’s eternal victory over the US, it’s unlikely that you rejoiced with quite the same vigour as the DPRK’s biggest fan in the West.

Alejandro Cao de Benos – a 38-year-old Catalan aristocrat – is the head of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA), an organisation that works with North Korea’s Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries. He’s North Korea’s unofficial ambassador to the rest of the world and the only Westerner to be awarded the position of special delegate in the country.    

His organisation represents nearly 13,000 people internationally who want to be friends with the DPRK, whether that be out of a genuine sense of solidarity or because they thought it would be funny to sign up to his website when they were high. As head of North Korea’s international fan club, Alejandro was able to celebrate the big day by flying out to Pyongyang last week to meet Kim Jong-un and a coterie of his top ministers at the Arirang Mass Games, later going on to watch a huge military parade at Kim Il-sung Square.

I caught up with Alejandro before he left for the festivities.

VICE: HI Alejandro. How did you end up as president of the Korean Friendship Association?
Alejandro Cao de Benos: I was 16 years old when I had my first North Korean delegation in Madrid. I founded the KFA, organised by the Justice Ministry of Spain, which then expanded internationally with conferences, cultural exchanges and many visits to North Korea. Since my passion was always Korea, I got my official position as a special delegate from the Foreign Ministry in 2002.

Was it difficult to obtain the position as a non-Korean?
Yes, it was. It was the first and only time in history that a foreigner was appointed this responsibility. It took about ten years to earn their confidence. It’s a great honour since my main interest was to live and work in North Korea. My Korean name is Cho Son Il, which means ”Korea is one”. I’ve always believed in the Korean Revolution and General Kim Jong-il, who I met several times before his death, and even accepted gifts from.

You’re also in charge of the DPRK’s official website?
Yes. I proposed the first-ever DPRK website in 2000 to our minister because there was no information about it, and he agreed. I was given responsibility not just for North Korea’s publicity, but to act as a multi-ambassador to the country and to all countries that don’t have a North Korean delegate. So my work includes giving a lot of media interviews since obviously most North Koreans abroad will not give interviews to foreign journalists. When something happens and they want an official DPRK point of view, they call me.

What kind of requests do you normally deal with?
Landing permit issues from Australia and Russia, for example. I’m not a decision maker. My work is to forward the requests to the relevant ministry or department in North Korea, unless it’s related to the government website, which I run, or the KFA.

Okay. What is Kim Jong-un like in person?
He’s a mixture of father and grandfather. Like Kim Il Sun, he’s friendly and likes to talk to the people and receive foreign delegations. At the same time, he has the heritage of general Kim Jong-il since he’s long been in military affairs. And even during the recent crisis in May with South Korea and the US, he remained firm in defending the independence of the country and its political system.

If you have a North Korean passport, why not live in Pyongyang?
If I lived in Pyongyang I could not have this interview with you today and attend to foreign requests. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter – there is no internet access in the DPRK. My work would be quite limited and useless inside the country.

Which Western media misperceptions are too often portrayed of North Korea?
There are so many, I don’t know where to start. But the main one is that that North Koreans are forced into the “Juche" communist idea – that’s totally wrong. The ideology of single-minded unity comes from Korea’s cultural roots. This is why the political system continues, even under the strong pressure of US blockades. Even though the DPRK has been through terrible times – and economically collapsed from 1995 to 2000 – politically, they never gave up on the belief of a society based on equality. It’s a big mistake for Westerners to believe that the DPRK will collapse – it’s never going to happen under the current leadership.

I’ve read differing accounts of “Juche”. Do North Koreans believe in their destiny as a racially superior nation?
No, no, no. That is American propaganda to give a false image of North Korea. Juche means socialism, Korean-style. Our own version, developed by Kim Il-sung. How can North Korea be racist when they have given years of support and alliance to African countries from the heart, without asking anything in return? It’s Japan that is convinced of its racial superiority, in invading other countries. Or even America, which believes in its own superiority by forcing its decadent culture onto other nations.

If North Korea continues its nuclear development, do you expect another civil war with the South?
First, the Korean War was not a civil war at all. South Korea did not sign the armistice agreement in 1953, but was and still is just a puppet army under the military control of the US. So that’s another problem: people don’t know that the Korean War was only between North Korea and the USA. South Korea had nothing to do with it and can’t sign a peace treaty today because the US won’t let them. So its up to the US to leave Korea to the Koreans. If they go back home, everything will be solved.

Which countries have the strongest “friendship networks” with North Korea?
Traditionally China, as a neighbour, because people are very communist. And Russia, since there are many North Koreans living there. Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam as well. But things are changing. Nowadays we have a lot of supporters in Europe and the US. 


Alejandro with Kim Yong-nam, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea.

Really? How many international members are there?
Near 13,000. Since the US is the most developed in terms of internet capacity, it’s number one right now in terms of members. Second is the UK. To join as a member is free, and it’s very important that no one earns any money.

If you don’t earn any money, how do you survive?
We are all volunteers with day jobs who dedicate our free time to our passion for North Korea. I haven’t received a single cent for my work since I started.

I see that you believe in the reunification of Korea. How do you envision that occurring?
It depends entirely on South Korea right now. If the current president backs the idea of the true Korean identity, we will see reunification in ten to 15 years. If she just follows the interests of the US, there will be more confrontation. How will reunification happen? Based on the model of one country, two systems. It would be a confederate model, keeping communism in the north and capitalism in the south, but with open borders and a parliament that would agree to work together on projects like the Korean DMZ. But the US has to leave first, of course.

Don’t you think the huge economic disparity between North and South will cause too much tension and mass migration?
Well, in South Korea there are a lot of beggars, too – a lot of people who are being exploited at criminally low salaries. I invite anyone to look up the definition of democracy on the internet or even Wikipedia. They call South Korea a democracy, but just look it up: national security act. It was a law originally imposed by the US during wartimes that used to be called The Anti-Communism Law. You can’t read anything about communism or North Korea in the South. If you do, it is punishable by three years in prison up to even being executed. Obviously after reunification there will be some North Koreans influenced by the neon lights and marketing from the South’s capitalism. But there will also be thousands of underpaid Southern workers and union trade fighters who will move North and be supportive of communism.

Okay. Does this national security law also exist the other way round? If North Koreans are caught with capitalist material, do they also face the death penalty?
No, not exactly like in South Korea. As long as they are not involved in any criminality or challenge the government, there is no problem.


Alejandro with Yang Hyong Sop, ex-chairman of the Supreme People’s Assembly.

Which countries invest most heavily in the DPRK? Which attend these IKBC trips you organise?
China, obviously. And Eastern Europe, because in the past they were once socialist countries. We have some third party agreements in the US with private investors and in the UK. They are usually interested in exporting, mining, heavy machinery, ship building and IT. In many international contests recreating artificial intelligence, North Korean engineers have won over Japan. But the US blockade still prevents North Korea from developing itself economically.

Aren’t the US embargos in place because North Korea is guilty of human rights violations?
No, not at all. For us, human rights mean housing, food, water, free healthcare and education. We believe that the US and UK are the first not to accomplish that. I’ve been to the UK many times and seen hunger and poverty and so many social problems that they don’t have the right to judge anyone until they solve their own problems first. Not just provide a McDonald’s every 200 metres.

But what about widespread claims of North Koreans starving or suffering from food shortages?
No, you’re mistaking this with what happened from 1995 to 2000. Now there is not a single person suffering from this in all the DPRK, because the state provides for all their necessities. In North Korea we don’t have prostitution, crack addicts or beggars. In the UK, and even here in Spain, I will show you people who are starving in the streets – white children without food. But then you’re going to have to promise me that you will publish that!

Sure. Anything to add?
People should see with their own eyes by visiting North Korea, not by listening to mass media. If possible, come with the KFA. Why? Because you will be coming as a friend of the country, directly invited by the Foreign Ministry. You can talk to the North Korean people in schools and factories. We bring diplomats, doctors and anthropologists who are keen to learn about the daily life and reality of the DPRK, not just to take pictures. There are many places that we provide exclusive access to, like Parliament and the Ministry of Defence. 

Okay, great. Thanks, Alejandro.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Vadodara, Gujarat, India: Joint demonstration against the Modi government’s hike in train fares by the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist), June 25, 2014

Via Proletarian Era

life-is-knocking:

paintingwithink:

t0nightweride:

taint3ed:

sad-rad-and-fab:

thistimeitsuptoyou:

We asked twenty strangers to kiss for the first time….

This guy knows his shit on how to kiss a girl.

fave fave fave

I want to be kissed like this some day

I am taking notes

Why do I never get to be part of these studies

I hope they are together

penis-hilton:

congratulations snow white that’s fucking unsanitary as shit

The #NationHood Mixtape

A global mixtape in support of Indigenous and oppressed peoples’ struggles for liberation. Worldwide music for the movement.

MORE INFO: http://rpm.fm/music/download-nationhood-mixtape/

Compiled by @culturite: https://soundcloud.com/culturite/

#NationHood Mixtape – Full Tracklist

Marlon Brando – The Dick Cavett Show (1973) / Automuse – “Pan 2223″ / Eastern Eagle Singers – “Mi’kmaq Honour Song”
Beaatz – “Broken Promises”
Sacramento Knoxx – “Dear Vaughan”
DJ Muggs x Bambu – “Pow Wow Drums”
Killah P – “Ζόρια”
Immortal Technique – “Toast to the Dead” (prod. by J Dilla)
Ant Loc – “Hands of Vengeance”
Big Cats – “Pyramids”
Angel Haze x ATCR – “A Tribe Called Red”
Shining Soul – “Get Up
Boikutt – “Muraba’at Amniyeh, Muthalathat Sihriyeh, Dawa’er Maliyeh – مربعات أمنية، مثلثات سحرية، دوائر مالية”
Shigeto – “Detroit Part 1″
Invincible – “Drunken Sleuth” (prod. by Marco Polo) *unreleased*
Amewu – “Leidkultur”
Tall Paul – “Protect Ya Spirit”
Gil Scott Heron – “Parents (Interlude)”
Gonjasufi – “Ancestors”
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – “she sang them home (ft. Cris Derksen)”
Shibastik – “LandSlide”
Skookum Sound System / Deano – “Long Stem (See Monsters RMX)”
Meesha – “Movements” / Janet Rogers – “Being Indian”
Flying Lotus – “Between Friends (Instrumental)” / Jeff Corntassel – “Indigenous Waves 11/13/2013″
Poz Lyrix – “Chicago Native”
Optimal – “Good Hair”
Gabriel Teodros x Rebel Diaz x Suntonio Bandanaz – “Rise & Decolonize” *unreleased*
Malcolm X – “My Philosophy is Black Nationalism”
Jasiri X – “The New Nat Turners”
Big Cats – “Eleven” / Leanne Simpson – “Indigenous Waves 11/11/2013″
City Natives – “4Kingz”
Eastern Eagle Singers – “Mi’kmaq Honour Song”

Mexica Women at the head of the struggle.

"True Indigenous resistance power comes from the ability to confront raw colonial power with direct action."