Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Japan concerned over suspension of US South Korean War Games



Shinzo Abe is a recidivist he will not change his war tune - it is part of his being - even his family history.

There has always been another Japan in some ways represented by the revisionist Japanese Communist Party which does seek peace with its neighbours - they need to find a voice and support the Peace Process rather than see Japan as an obstacle to Peace.

We love the other Japan but hate the new military neo -imperialist Japan of Shinzo Abe.

FAMILY HISTORY : SHINZO ABE AND KISHI NOBUSUKE

A vital figure in the long Japanese counterinsurgency effort in Korea was Kishi Nobusuke, who made a name for himself running munitions factories. 

Labelled a Class A war criminal during the US occupation, Kishi avoided incarceration and became one of the founding fathers of postwar Japan and its longtime ruling organ, the Liberal Democratic Party; he was prime minister twice between 1957 and 1960.

The current Japanese prime minister, Abe Shinzo, is Kishi’s grandson and reveres him above all other Japanese leaders.





Saudi war on Yemen - Disgusting Duplicity from USA and UK and France - Protect Sovereignty of Yemen - Protect the Yemeni People



VICTORY OF THE YEMENI PEOPLE - SMASH IMPERIALIST INTERVENTION

Now French Special Forces fighting alongside UAE forces in attacking Hudaydah - Blood on the hands of USA - Britain - France - UAE and Saudis - Smash Imperialism - Victory to Yemeni People



SHAME ON USA BRITAIN FRANCE AND UAE AND SAUDIS IN THEIR ATTACK ON THE YEMENI PEOPLE - THEY HAVE UNDERESTIMATED THE PEOPLES WILL AND WILL PAY DEARLY FOR THEIR INTERVENTION INTO A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY



THE BLOOD WILL NEVER WASH OFF


On Hour of Dutch Communist Music



Morgenrood (Red Dawn) De Internationale (The Internationale) Broeders, Verheft u Ter Vrijheid (Brothers, Arise to Freedom) Wij Stemmen Rood (We Welcome Red) Voor Het Socialisme (For Socialism) Socialistenmars (Socialist March) De Rooden Roepen (The Reds Call) Aan de Strijders (To the Warriors) Als wij Schrijden (If We Stride) De Strijders (The Warriors) Strijdmars der Arbeiders (Battle March of Workers) Planlied (Plan Song) Mariannelied (Marianne Song) Op Naar Het Licht (On Towards the Light) Eens (Once) Het Lied Van de Vlag (The Song of the Flag) De Nieuwe Tijd (The New Era) Strijdlied (Battle Song) Hier, de Vereeniging van Arbeiders Radio Amateurs (Here, the Association of Worker Radio Amateurs) Algemeen Nederlands Jeugd Verbond Lied (General Dutch Youth League Song) Volkelied (People's Song) We Mogen Niet Vergeten (We Shall Not Forget)

Our Sister is Free - Debbie Africa was released on parole after serving 39 years and 10 months in prison





June 18, 2018: On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10 a.m., MOVE member Debbie
Africa will make her first public appearance since being released from
prison after 39 years and 10 months of incarceration.

On Saturday, June 16, Debbie was released on parole from State Correctional Institution
(SCI) Cambridge Springs. Debbie will be speaking at a press conference
that will be held at Faith Immanuel Lutheran Church, at 65 Penn Blvd. in
East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Other speakers will include Debbie’s son
Mike Africa Jr. and Brad Thomson, one of Debbie’s attorneys.



Debbie said, “I am happy to finally be home with my family, but Janet,
Janine and the rest of the MOVE 9 are still in prison, in the same
situation that I was in and they deserve parole too.”



Debbie was imprisoned since August 8, 1978, following an altercation
between the Philadelphia police and the MOVE Organization. Debbie was
one of 9 MOVE members, collectively known as the “MOVE 9,” who were
convicted and sentenced to 30-100 years in prison following the
altercation.



Debbie was eight months pregnant at the time of the incident and gave
birth in jail to her son, Mike Africa Jr. Debbie has been incarcerated
for Mike’s entire life and the two spent time together outside of prison
for the first time on Saturday, following Debbie’s release.



“After being born in jail and never being with my mom or dad, I’m happy
to be with my mom at home for the first time ever in almost forty years.
But my family is still incomplete because my dad is still in prison.
Forty years of separation is not over for our family,” said Mike Africa,
Jr. His father, Mike Africa Sr. is also one of the MOVE 9 and still in
prison. Mike Sr. is scheduled to next appear before the parole board
this upcoming September.



Janet Africa and Janine Africa, also of the MOVE 9, were denied parole
after appearing before the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
(PBPP) on the same day as Debbie. Debbie is the first member of the MOVE
9 to be granted parole. The surviving members of the MOVE 9 have been
eligible for parole since 2008 and have each been denied parole when
previously appearing before the PBPP.



One of Debbie’s lawyers, Bret Grote, of Abolitionist Law Center, stated,
“This historic release of Debbie Africa renders the Parole Board’s
decision to deny Janet and Janine all the more incomprehensible, as each
has maintained DOC records that are as exemplary and essentially
identical to that of Debbie.”



Debbie had not had a misconduct for violating prison rules since 1992.
She also received the recommendation of the Pennsylvania Department of
Corrections (DOC), as well as recommendations from Corrections expert
and former DOC Secretary Martin Horn, and Philadelphia District
Attorney’s Office. Janet and Janine also received the support of the
DOC, Martin Horn, and the District Attorney’s Office.



In letters written to Leo Dunn, the Chairman of the PBPP, Carolyn Engel
Temin, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office First Assistant,
wrote on behalf of District Attorney Larry Krasner that she was
“confident” that Janet and Janine “will not pose a threat to the
Philadelphia community” and that their “continued incarceration does not
make our city safer.” In spite of these letters, the PBPP cited the
“negative recommendation of the prosecuting attorney” as a basis for
denial.



Brad Thomson, of the People’s Law Office, who is also a lawyer for
Debbie, Janet, and Janine stated: “It is shocking that Janet and Janine
were denied parole. Their circumstances and institutional records are
nearly identical to Debbie’s. The decision to deny Janet and Janine
appears arbitrary and it is difficult to understand how the Parole Board
could justify it based on the facts that were presented."



“The Parole Board has the opportunity to correct its mistake regarding
Janet and Janine, stop playing politics with parole determinations for
the MOVE 9, and release our clients,” said Bret Grote of the
Abolitionist Law Center, who also represents the women. “If they do not
take the chance to do the right thing, however, we fully intend to
vindicate our clients’ rights and keep fighting until they join Debbie.”



In addition to Janet, Janine and Mike Sr., three other members of the
MOVE 9 remain incarcerated, as two died in custody. During the August 8,
1978 altercation, a Philadelphia police officer was killed and following
a highly politicized trial, the MOVE 9 were convicted of third degree
homicide. All nine were sentenced to 30-100 years in prison. The six
surviving members of the MOVE 9 are all eligible for parole.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in two day trip to China


Turkey's Erdogan Allies with Fascists for Election, Repressing Leftists and Kurds



Neo Fascists and Erdogan move further together - economic crisis on horizon.

Ivan Duque, who is the candidate of former president Alvaro Uribe, won a solid victory for Colombia's presidency and will probably take Colombia back towards civil war and internal repression, with the help of the US and other conservative governments, argues Manuel Rozental, of PueblosEnCamino.org



A War with Venezuela is now in Prospect ?

Monday, June 18, 2018

One Hour of South Yemeni Communist Music : Let the Past Guide the Present - From Anti Imperialism to Socialism



From Anti Imperialism to Socialism - Victory to the Yemeni People

“Civilian Lives No Longer Matter”: Millions at Risk as Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Yemeni Port City



THE CRIMES OF BRITISH AND US IMPERIALISM AND ITS PROXIES UAE AND SAUDI ARABIA IN 21st CENTURY .

VICTORY TO THE YEMENI PEOPLE - DEATH TO IMPERIALISM 

Irish Socialist Republican Radio


Red Salute to Irish Socialist Republican Radio from our Irish Comrades

Red Salute to Good Campaign in Ireland to Exit EU for an Irish Socialist Republic.

SEE ALSO:

https://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.com/2018/06/irish-socialist-republican-radio.html

CPIML-New Democracy and Inqulabi Lok Morcha at Patiala in Punjab Protests Arrests and Killings by Indian State




HARSH THAKOR SAYS MEETING QUALITATIVELY SUCCESSFUL CONVENTION IN PATIALA SHIMMERING LIGHT OF JUSTICE TO EXTINGUISH FASCISM.SYMBOLIC OF THE RELENTLESS SPIRIT OF COMMUNIST REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT OF PUNJAB WHICH WILL NEVER TAKE OPPRESSION LYING DOWN.ATTENDED BY AROUND 200 PERSONS .

Anti repression convention against GADCHIROLI massacre, Arrest of Five activists like Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Surinder Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, and Mahesh Raut and also the killing of 13 people at Tutikorin who were protesting against Vedanta in Tamil Nadu. Gautam Navlakha of PUDR, Delhi, Com Darshan Khatkar of CPI (ml), ND and Sawaranjit Singh Sangrur, of Revolutionary People's Front (Inquilabi Lok Morcha, Punjab.

Two resolutions one on shillong massacre of Sikhs and on the murder of Sujjat Bukhari, Editor of Rising Kashmir 

“A powerful people resistance to counter the fascist onslaught of Saffron Brigade is need of the hour” said Navlakha

Patiala, 16 June: A joint convention was organized by CPIML-New Democracy and Inqulabi Lok Morcha in Patiala a main city of Punjab to protest against the recent arrests of five prominent democratic activists, against fake encounter killings of 40 Maoists and adivasis in Garchiroli and against the massacre of people in Tamilnadu by Sterlite-TN government alliance.

It was presided over by main speakers Com. Gautam Navlakha and Com. Darshan Singh Khatkar along with Dr. Darshan Pal, Vidhu Shekhar Bhardvaj, Swarnjit Singh and Gurcharan Singh Dakaunda.

Addressing the gathering Gautam Navlakha from PUDR Delhi said that by attacking, killing and displacing the people by brutal means present dispensation want to eliminate the revolutionary resistance led by Maoists and also want to ensure that all MOU’s signed by various governments with corporate capitalists are materialized at full speed.

It was the militant mass struggles of the adivasis which forced the governments to pass forest rights and other acts in the past. These acts gave some relief and protection to the adivasis but now these very acts are under severe attack. 

So, the resistance of adivasis for their survival is bound to intensify as the history shows time and again since the British days.

Addressing the convention com. Darshan Singh Khatkar, a veteran Naxalite leader and provincial secretary of ND said that the BJP govt. backed by RSS is imposing its fascist agenda. 

He said that those so-called intellectuals are most foolish people who are under the influence of fascist illusion that they are supreme thinkers and replacing history with mythology. 

These king of people always push the society into the blind alley and destroy the achievements of humanity.

He reminded that it was the Naxalite movement which paved the way for unprecedented revolutionary upsurge in the country and aroused the wretched of the earth at a large scale for the transformation of their lives from centaries agony and oppression. 

That is why the imperialist masters and their agent i.e.Indian ruling classes are so scared by the very name of Naxalbari and are bent upon suppressing it through extra-judiacial killings and other fascist means. 

Com Swarnjit Singh, general secretary of Morcha, Sawant Singh and Gurcharan Singh also addressed the audience and emphasized the significance of popularizing the revolutionary alternative among the masses and prepare the people to overthrow the oppressive system.

The convention condemned the murder of journalist Shujjat Bukhari in Srinagar and the violence against Punjabi Sikh community in Shillong and demanded immediate release of Sudhir Dhawale and other activists detained recently under plotted story of Maoist conspiracy.

Report by Buta Singh





Colombian Guerrilla Anthems our answer to Ivan Duque



There is only one answer to Fascism - People's War

UK involved in targetting of Aerial Bombardment of Yemen port of Hudaydah



British Imperialists get out of Yemen - Let the Yemeni People Live !




VICTORY TO THE YEMENI PEOPLE - SMASH IMPERIALISM AND ITS PROXIES

Korea: Defending Dokdo

Washington set fire to the Middle East:US supply militants in Syria with American missiles through Ukraine by Mikhail Onufrienko


An international scandal, connected with illegal deliveries of the American heavy weapon to the terrorist organizations of the Middle East through the Ukrainian ports, is inflaming. For the first time, one of the employees of the security service of the port “Olivia” (the former port of Oktyabrsk in the city of Nikolaev), who suspected the management of the trading company in smuggling, reported to journalists about strange night shifts of certain “secret cargoes” to journalists.

Ukrainian journalists and public figures began to unravel this foul-smelling story, which eventually resulted in the biggest international scandal in recent years, in which representatives of American arms companies, Ukrainian officials and terrorists of the Middle East were implicated.

A journalistic investigation showed that in the food containers intended for sending to Syria, Lebanon and Iraq were hiding not sausages and ham, but … large-caliber missiles. As soon as the information leaked to the press, international human rights organizations joined the issue, which together with journalists began to besiege the offices of officials under all the rules of military art.

The weakest link in the criminal chain, as usual, turned out to be Ukrainian officials who, under pressure from the public, confessed that they really provided Ukrainian ports as a trans-shipment base for deliveries of heavy weapons to Syria.

The main flow of property and weapons to the port of Nikolaev comes from the countries of the former eastern bloc. The delivery is supervised by Kyiv in the person of Ukroboronexport under the direct patronage of the SBU and, consequently, the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States.

In fact, the territory of Ukraine is used as a transit zone for the transfer of obsolete weapons to “hot spots”. The weapons were transported on the ship “Wellington Star”, owned by the same company “Alaska Reefer Managment”. It is not difficult to guess that the receivers of the deadly cargo were not the official authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic, but illegal armed groups supported by the US government in Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Thus, thanks to the efforts of journalists and public figures, another branch of illegal military supplies of heavy weapons from the United States to terrorists was discovered. It is characteristic that the American traders themselves did not want to spoil themselves with cooperation with illegal armed groups, giving this dubious honor to Ukrainian mediators. However, they once again failed to observe the regime of secrecy and, thus, framed their overseas partners.

The promulgation of information on illegal military deliveries is jeopardizing not only Ukrainian officials, but also businessmen from Alaska Reefer Managment. The fact is that the relations of the pro-American groups of the Syrian “free opposition” with the banned in Russia group IGIL are very ambiguous.

The periods of bitter confrontation are followed by periods of military cooperation.
This means that no one can guarantee that at some point the missiles delivered through Ukraine by the Americans will not be directed against US troops in Syria, Iraq or elsewhere in the Middle East.

Mikhail Onufrienko, special investigation. Kiev, May 23.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Zakharchenko warns of provocations by Ukraine against Donbass

Dokdo is Korean Land



A United Korea must resist Japanese Encroachments on territory


The UN warns millions of Yemenis could starve as US-backed Saudi and Emirati forces attack Yemen's port city of Hodeida. TRNN's Ben Norton speaks with Medea Benjamin, who is campaigning to try to end the cataclysmic war



US and British Complicity in this attack

Koreans Want Peace, Do Liberal Pundits Want War?



Democracy and Class Struggle says if there is one lesson and there are many from the US North Korean Summit it is it has exposed the bloodlust of liberals which some on the Left just see on the right. 

We know that our position at Democracy and Class Struggle of support for a Peace process to solve the national question on the Korean Peninsula does not go down well with certain Leftists some calling themselves Maoists or Trotskyists.

We see these people suffering from the pervasive sickness diagnosed by Lenin as Imperialist Economism and it is a fatal political disease which will condemn our critics to oblivion.

We salute our sister Christine Ahn who has been there for the Korean People in bad times and good times.



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Abby Martin & The Neo-Liberal Plan To Bring Down VenezueIa

U.S. Withdrawal from Human Rights Council “Imminent”



Human Rights and USA did not fit well together past or present - reality asserts itself

Teflon Don One gets a Film with Travolta - Teflon Don Two (Trump) ?




The Chartists and the Working Class by Paul Foot - Lessons !



The Working Class in the British Isles in 1838 and 1842 and 1848 and its lessons for today.

The 10 year agitation a lesson for Today- a failure of Leadership.

How do we craft People's War not merely insurrection ? Byron gives us a description.

Byron in his Don Juan Eighth Canto writes 

At first it grumbles, then it swears, and then,

    Like David, flings smooth pebbles 'gainst a giant;

At last it takes to weapons such as men

    Snatch when despair makes human hearts less pliant.

Then comes "the tug of war;" -- 't will come again,

    I rather doubt; and I would fain say "fie on 't,"

If I had not perceived that revolution

Alone can save the earth from hell's pollution

ALSO:

Before the Chartists and After the Chartists the History of the Scotch Cattle by Alan Jones



http://greatunrest2012.blogspot.com/2018/03/edward-morgan-of-scotch-cattle-executed.html



For a Far Sighted View of 20th Century Social Democracy listen to this speech of William Morris in 1888

https://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.com/2013/01/whigs-democrats-and-socialists-by.html






China: Long live the national truck drivers’ strike!



Democracy and Class Struggle say Chinese truck drivers protest in nine provinces and municipalities.

Mass protests by truck drivers have erupted in nine Chinese provinces and municipalities against decreasing wages, high fuel prices and police harassment.

Strike action began on June 8 in Jiangxi province’s Xiushui county and rapidly spread to Shandong province. Trucks filled national highways and parking lots, rendering some impassable.

Protests and strikes are reportedly continuing in the provinces of Anhui, Guizhou, Hubei, Sichuan and Zhejiang, and the municipalities of Chongqing and Shanghai.

One of the targets of the industrial action is Manbang, a truck hire logistics platform, which strikers claim has reduced their income.

Manbang is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., the owner of Google





China: Long live the national truck drivers’ strike!

This is a declaration by the “Struggle Association”, an underground Marxist-Leninist-Maoist organization in China.

The truck drivers’ strike took place on June 8, two days prior to the planned date. 

As of now, this spontaneous strike wave has rapidly spread to Jiangxi, Shandong, Sichuan, Chongqing, Shanghai, Anhui, Hubei, Zhejiang, and other provinces, elevating the strike to a national level. 

Truck drivers from all over the country have blocked major road with protest banners attached to their vehicles, demanding higher transport prices, lower fuel prices, improvement in living and working conditions, and abolish the panorama of collusive monopoly, arbitrary fines, and constantly changing policies.

 According to the drivers on strike, the strike would last for at least ten days, and they will not give up until the regime concedes to their demands.

The transport prices of truck drivers have barely increased since 2000. However, fuel prices have been constantly increasing, not mentioning the incessant tolling and arbitrary fines by the police… 

The harsh reality forced truck drivers to desperately seek for their livelihood: processing as many orders as they can, driving for 12 hours per day or more, and taking less than two days of break every month. 

Truck drivers are only able to use National Highways as the incessant tolling of freeways makes their runs no longer profitable.

Nonetheless, the National Highway network covers many dangerous roads: combined with fatigue caused by longer driving hours, staying concentrated has become a harder task for truck drivers. 

As a result, fatal accidents are now a common occurrence. 

Other drivers are also beset with numerous occupational illnesses and injuries.  Truck driving has gradually become a high-risk occupation. 

Furthermore, the already insufficient wages the drivers risked their lives for are running out after subtracting fees incurred from all kinds of tolls and gas from their earnings, making them no longer able to sustain the lives of themselves and their family.

Other than this, what made the situation completely intolerable for the Chinese truck drivers was the monopoly of Manbang Corporation – the result of a merger between “Yun Man Man” and “Huo Che Bang”, two biggest companies in the transportation sector – over the market through its control of mobile applications, which again lowered the meager transportation prices. 

Mr. Li, a striking truck driver, stated, “All of us drivers (using the database app of “Manbang Corp”) must pay about 1,000 to 3,000 yuan per year to continue using their service. 10 messages cost 688 yuan. Another thing that pains us is the referral fee. 

We are truck drivers; cargo owners look for trucks through the platform: say they agree to pay 2,000 yuan when communicating with the platform, but Yun Man Man would only give us 1,500 to 1,800 yuan when we contact them, taking off the surplus. 

Now the prices are getting lower and lower to the extent that we literally can’t run anymore.”

The genuine revolutionary Marxist-Leninist-Maoists firmly support this strike by our trucker brothers and sisters!

Strike is an indeprivable right and a weapon of struggle exercised and took up by every worker exploited by the bourgeoisie. This ongoing great truck drivers’ strike is one of the first nationwide large-scale strikes in decades. 

Its importance is not limited to the truck drivers alone, but also to the working masses of every arduous trade in all of China. It made clear the fact that Chinese workers dare to break through the prevailing white terror of the bourgeoisie and challenge corrupt bureaucrats and capitalists on the streets, carrying forward a collective resistance. 

The recovering rebelling spirit of the Chinese proletariat is finally reflected in the tremendous class hatred through concrete actions of the nationwide struggle against monopoly capitalism.

However, it must be held true both painfully and certainly, that this strike would ultimately end in a tragic defeat. But the brave trucker brothers and sisters are not the ones to blame.

This strike is a spontaneous struggle of dissatisfied truck drivers.

However, due to the fact that there exists no real nationwide labor unions entrusted by the workers to jointly organize the strike effort, to coordinate strikes in each province, to notify the masses of the immediate situation of the strike and inspire more social strata to join the struggle, to provide accurate directions and notifications, and to send teams of agitators among the the truck driver masses to educate and agitate, this strike is doomed to be isolated, disorganized, and therefore easily broken up and struck down one by one; this dissatisfaction would deplete and the resolve would waver in but a few days. 

On the other hand, the bourgeoisie who has control over the state machinery has the tightest organization.

The reactionaries are well aware of this. 

Starting from yesterday, three days after the start of the strike, the police has pressured striking truck drivers in all directions and tried to create division among the strikers: many truck drivers who planned to go on strike were forced to capitulate under heavy pressure and went back to driving, cargo transport businesses in many locations have resumed operations, severely weakening the strength of the strikers, making it no longer possible to cause national price fluctuations and force the authorities to concede through the stoppage of cargo transportation.

Facing the prospect of failure, the most urgent thing in front of revolutionary Marxist-Leninist-Maoists is not to fill oneself with indignation of the authorities (anyone could easily do that), but self-criticisms in a serious manner.

The fundamental cause for the strike to fail at any moment is the lack of a labor union or a revolutionary organization belongs to the workers capable of coordinate and inspire strikes. 

A strike without the leadership of such a strong revolutionary organization, even though participated broadly and valiantly by workers, is unable to conquer victory, as its scattered and indefinite strength is unable to stay either protracted or concentrated. 

There are no weapons of theory capable of reshaping the world sharper than Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, but most domestic “Marxist-Leninist-Maoists”, although branding it as their “beliefs”, are completely unable to apply it through practice, not mentioning have never tried in a serious manner to build a nationwide revolutionary organization united with the workers. 

This long period of inactivity not only excluded and alienated Marxist-Leninist-Maoists from political struggle, but also disabled the masses of the ability to mount any resistance when they developed class consciousness themselves, making most basic economic strikes like this not only unable to succeed, but also confronted by the danger of repression. 

If the revolutionaries aren’t organized tightly, the masses can’t be organized, and if the masses aren’t organized, thoughts for any victory, including economic gains in strikes, are delusive under the fascist dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.

The bleak current situation is: if the liberation of the Chinese proletariat, a giant, depends on its two legs: the left leg is the seasoned proletarian revolutionary organization, and the right leg is the rebellious consciousness of the proletarian masses. 

Neither leg is strong enough, nonetheless, the left leg, comparing to its counterpart, is severely dysplastic, and this symptom in turn restrained the growth of the right leg, as it constituted a “Li Tieguai-style” giant: due to its disability, every step of this giant – who was supposed to conquer everything – towards victory became this difficult, every resistance against the oppressors became this hopeless, tripping on almost every step, and finally, ended up all black and blue. 

The reality has shown, that the dilemma faced by the masses risen up in revolt and strike is precisely caused by this group of pseudo-revolutionaries in their armchairs for years doing nothing. Currently, the degree of organization of revolutionary Marxist-Leninist-Maoists in our country is still close to zero, making an unequal match with the working masses’ – spontaneously striking and resisting – dissatisfaction with the current system.

Regarding economic strikes, it should be realized that even their victories wouldn’t solve the fundamental problem of exploitation: this would at most reduce fuel prices temporarily, increase transportation costs temporarily, limit embezzlement temporarily, and improve the living condition of workers temporarily, but the bourgeoisie, who appears to have taken a step back, would soon once more seize all fruits of victories from these economic strikes using the state that it clutches tightly in its hands when the workers scatter after their supposed “victories”. 

When class consciousness of the people has yet to develop and revolutionary organizations have yet to mature, economic strikes can be a viable choice to train the masses to struggle against the bourgeoisie; but if the workers are to smash the bourgeoisie’s shackles once and for all, the only way forward is to launch large-scale political strikes, expand the political rights of the workers, and set the aim on the conquest of power, the reshaping of the society, in other words, to establish a dictatorship of the proletariat and abolish the fascist dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, as well as the relation of production that exploits the workers and market economy under private ownership that it defends, and replace them with a planned economy under common ownership that utilizes all wealth to serve the livelihood of the people. 

In China, to commence political strikes without taking up arms is absolutely hopeless, just like to commence economic strikes without organization is hopeless as well.

After the truckers started the strike, a group of suit-wearing “democrats” who have been propagating for the American-style “democracy” raised their voices in support in their villas, as if they represent the interest of the worker masses – we cannot be fooled by them! 

We cannot forget what kind of trash those neoliberal “democrats” worshiping capitalist “democracy” are. 

We can expose the disguise of those so-called “democrats” just like poking through a house of paper by looking at what’s really going on in the noble example of their “democracy”, the United States. 

If it were to be said that “distinctions” exist between China and the US, then, the only distinction is their distinct forms of “democracy”: one is where the bourgeoisie appointing “people’s representatives” from top to bottom in plain sight, forbidding anyone from resisting and striking; and the other is where the bourgeoisie, through a self-directed farce of democracy, let the masses “elect” senators representing the interest of the bourgeoisie. 

In the “democratic” US under its dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, the workers are also being exploited, also lacking a discourse, also facing the repression of the police, also living in slums, and since the ascension of Trump, even the robe of “democracy” and the handful of “democratic rights” are being torn apart by the capitalists themselves. 

It can be observed, that what those holier-than-thou “democrats” wish to have is but another form of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie with another layer of “democracy”: this system would only continue to worsen the conditions of the workers, even placing China under the control of the US bourgeoisie again.

In the eyes of many, a third choice doesn’t exist besides the Western capitalist “democracy” and the capitalist fascism which is ruling China right now.

This way, the masses are either used by the capitalist “democracy” or the capitalist fascism. 

But a third choice exists, and it is only not recognized by the broad masses of people because the revolutionaries haven’t put in enough work. 

Any type of capitalist states is the oppressor of the broad masses of people. The only road that can liberate the working people is the elevation of the proletariat to the position of ruling class and the proletarian revolution towards global communism. 

This requires the proletariat to struggle without being subjected or used by any force not a part of proletariat itself.

We can’t expect too much whether this nationwide truck drivers’ strike would solve anything, but it is a great beginning of a new era of the awakening of the Chinese proletariat. 

Regardless of how much the bourgeoisie tries to block information regarding this strike, they cannot erase the deep impression it left on the masses. 

It brought a whirlwind of struggle to a China almost suffocating from the capitalist fascist dictatorship; the spontaneous nationwide action of truck drivers stirred the sleeping backwater of the Chinese workers movement; but the dilemma that came immediately after it rang a bell for us Marxist-Leninist-Maoists

This bell warned us that we have fallen behind the masses on the way to revolution, and the masses are facing defeat because of this.

It is warning us to immediately engage in concrete struggles, to take up the role of organizing workers all over the country; it is warning us to dare to hold ourselves responsible for every failure, to organize ourselves into a national revolutionary organization, and with this leverage, organize the proletariat into a giant that will win the complete victory in liberating itself.

Long live the national truck drivers’ strike!

SOURCE: http://www.redspark.nu/en/imperialist-states/china-long-live-the-national-truck-drivers-strike/

THE TEN DECLARATIONS OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA


https://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.com/2010/08/ten-declarations-of-maoist-communist.html

Presidential Campaign in Mexico Gets Dirty

Colombia Choice Fascism or Protest Vote without Programme

Deflection of the Donald - Manafort for the Slammer - whose Next ?



Deflection and Diversion the Donald Way

Friday, June 15, 2018

Yemen: Hudaydah will be a swamp for invaders

The Mob Ties unravelling - Michael Cohen Mob Fixer for Trump to Turn Flipper for Mueller ?



Democracy and Class Struggle said three years ago it would be the mob ties that would unravel and ultimately get Trump - Michael Cohen the Trump Mob fixer will be the Canary of Canaries.

How the Mob links to Russian State is still an open question and not necessarily the most important one for Trump.

Michael Cohen will need protection very soon as Trump goes beserk.



Michael Cohen will be joining Paul Manafort in the slammer soon for his own good whether he flips or not.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Interview with Syria's President Bashar Assad with Press TV



Bashar Assad says Syria's relationship with Iran is not for sale in the bazaar and is strategic.

United States and Israel are sabotaging the peace process in Syria.

Terrorists in Syria coordinating with Israel to attack Syrian air Defences for Israeli Planes to attack Syria.

Bashar Assad says Russia's relationship with Syria is also strategic.

The Tripartite Alliance is also strategic and is not for sale in the bazaar says Bashar Assad.

Bashar Assad praises Palestinian Resistance.

Bashar Assad praises Iraqi's who have come to fight to defend Syria.

Hezbollah makes for a Syrian Quadruple Resistance.

Democracy and Class Struggle welcome the opening of dialogue between the Syrian Government and Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces - there are many that do not want dialogue with Syrian Government - we are not among them.


Paul Jay on Trump's Iran War Agenda and Liberals' Korea Peace Panic



Rachel Maddow has Liberal Peace Panic because Trump says that the US War Games against North Korea delivering nuclear bombs to the North Korean border will stop.

What can we say about Rachel Maddow other that she is the female face of Liberal Bloodlust - the military solution to the Korean Crisis.

The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit by Ajamu Baraka



Democracy and Class Struggle says we are seeing the art of triangulation politics being applied by the Democrats to out right Republicans on the Question of Peace and War on the Korean Peninsula and the Trump Kim Summit - Ajamu Baraka points out this shameful behaviour.



If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

The Democrats asserted that the planned summit could only be judged successful if the North Koreans agreed to dismantle and remove all their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, end all production and enrichment of uranium, dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure, and suspend ballistic missile tests.

Those demands would constitute an unconditional surrender on the part of the North Korean leadership and will not happen, and the Democrats know it.

But as problematic as those demands are, here is the real problem that again demonstrates the bi-partisan commitment to war that has been at the center of U.S. imperial policies: If these are the outcomes that must be achieved for the meeting to be judged a success, not only does it raise the bar beyond the level any serious person believes possible, it gives the Trump administration the ideological cover to move toward war.

 The inevitable failure to force the North Koreans to surrender essentially forecloses all other options other than military conflict.

This is a reckless and cynical game that provides more proof that neither party has the maturity and foresight to lead.

Both capitalist parties support the use and deployment of militarism, repression and war, but somehow – even though the historic record reveals the opposite – the Democratic party has managed to be perceived as less likely to support the war agenda than Republicans. 

That perception must be challenged directly.

The Democrats have had a long and sordid history connected to North Korea, and every other imperialist war that the U.S. has waged since the end of the Second World War. 

It was the policies of Democrat president Truman that divided the Korean peninsula and led to the brutal colonial war waged by U.S. forces. Conflict with Korea was valuable for Truman and his party advisors who were committed to re-militarizing the U.S. economy, and they needed the justification that the Korean war gave them.

Truman tripled the military budget and established the framework for the network of U.S foreign bases that would eventually cover the world over the next few decades.

The bipartisan commitment to full spectrum dominance continues with no real opposition from the Democratic party-connected “resistance.” 

Even the Poor Peoples’ Campaign (PPC) that was launched in May and purports to be an independent moral movement still dances around the issue of naming the parties and interests responsible for the “moral failures” of the U.S.

On the other hand, the Revolutionary Action Committee, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the student- and youth-led anti-war movement and eventually Dr. King clearly identified the bi-partisan commitment to the Vietnam war. What Dr. King and the activists in the 1960s understood was that in order to be politically and morally consistent, it was necessary to name the culprits and identify the concrete geopolitical and economic interests driving the issue of war and militarism.

Appeals to morality as an element for popular mobilization against war can be useful. But such appeals have little more impact than an online petition if they substitute vague platitudes for substance and specificity.

So it was with the PPC’s week of actions against war. Just a few days before the week began, a vote took place in the House of Representatives to support yet another increase to the military budget. In a vote of 351 to 66, the House of Representatives authorized a significant hike to an incredible $717 billion a year.

And then just a few days after the PPC’s week of action on militarism and war, the Democrats delivered their reckless and opportunistic ultimatum to the Trump administration on North Korea that could very conceivably lead to another illegal and immoral U.S. war.

Not calling the Democrats out on their warmongering is itself immoral.

It is also quite clear that vague moral appeals are not enough to delineate the interests of the capitalist elites and their commitment to war as oppositional to those of working people and the poor, who in the U.S. serve the moneyed interests as enlisted cannon fodder.

The positions staked out by the leadership of the Democratic party just confirmed what was already commonly understood as the hegemonic positions among the majority in the foreign policy establishment.

Objectively, there was never much ideological space between the right-wing policies of Dick Cheney or John Bolton and the neoliberal right-wing policies of Democratic party policy-makers.

The differences were always merely tactical and not strategic in the sense that they all want the North Koreans to be supplicants.

Unfortunately, the general public is the only sector confused about the intentions and interests of elitist policy-makers, especially those elements of the public conditioned to believe that the Democratic party is less belligerent and less committed to militarism than the Republicans.

The fact is that the Democratic party establishment is also firmly entrenched on the right. Defeating the bi-partisan right must be the task for ourselves and for the world.

That is why the peace, anti-war and anti-imperialist forces must do the work to clear up that confusion. The movement must declare without equivocation the position of the Black Alliance for Peace:

Not one drop of blood from the working class and poor to defend the capitalist oligarchy.

Ajamu Baraka is a board member with Cooperation Jackson, the national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace and was the 2016 candidate for vice president on the Green Party ticket. He is an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report and contributing columnist for Counterpunch. He can be reached at www.AjamuBaraka.com Read other articles by Ajamu, or visit Ajamu's website.

SOURCE: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/12/the-democrats-out-right-the-right-on-north-korean-summit/

Hudaydah in Yemen under attack - the World should be outraged but it is silent ! Hudayah port essential for humanitarian aid !

World Leaders React to Meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un



Democracy and Class Struggle the progress towards peace on the Korean Peninsula is under attack from liberal and conservative forces even though the progress towards peace is in its early stages.

We doubt the sincerity of Shinzo Abe towards the agreement in Singapore - but his duplicity will be his undoing. We do not doubt the sincerity of Moon Jae in towards the agreement.




North Korean Media on Trump Kim Summit



Democracy and Class Struggle says the tradition of keeping Kim Jong Un's movements under wraps until after events was done to prevent assassination attempts by the previous South Korean Government and United States on the life of Kim Jong Un - some people might like to forget that now - we do not..

HARSH THAKOR SAYS CONDEMN THE ARREST OF ADV. SURENDRA GADLING, PROF. SHOMA SEN, SUDHIR DHAWALE, RONA WILSON AND MAHESH RAUT BY THE PUNE POLICE! CONDEMN THE ATTACK ON PEOPLE’S STRUGGLES !




CONDEMN THE FASCIST ARRESTS FROM THE CORE OF OUR HEART AND SALUTE THE BOLDNESS OF LAWYERS AND JUDGES IN JOURNALISTS OFFICE IN MUMBAI YESTERDAY IN PRESS CONFERENCE.ONLY SUCH VOICES CAN SAVE THE NATION FROM BEING SMOULDERED COMPLETELY BY FASCISM.

HAIL 5 OF THE BEST SONS OR DAUGHTERS OF OUR LAND WHO IN EVERY BREADTH OF THEIR LIVES UPHOLD THE SACRED CAUSE OF LIBERATION OF THE OPPRESSED MASSES FROM THE CLUTCHES OF FASCIST TYRANNY.

WHAT A SHAME SUCH A 'DEMOCRACY' TO SAVE ITS SKIN OR SURVIVAL LABELS THEM AS CRIMINALS JUST LIKE HITLER BRANDED THE COMMUNISTS FOR CONSPIRING TO BURN THE REICHSTAG.THEIR ARRESTS ARE SYMBOLIC OF THE FASCIST ATTACK ON THE INDIAN PEOPLE AS A WHOLE BY THE HINDU SAFFRON BRIGADE RESSURRECTING TERROR OF NAZI DAYS.

The Press Club Mumbai : On 6th June 2018 morning, the Pune police conducted multiple arrests from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi. Sudhir Dhawale, a leading organizer of the Elgar Parishad held at Shaniwar Wada, Pune on 31st December 2017, was arrested from his residence in Govandi. Advocate Surendra Gadling, a leading criminal lawyer and General Secretary, Indian Association of People’s Lawyers), was picked up from his residence in Indora, Nagpur.

On the same day and time, the police landed at the residences of Dr. Shoma Sen, HoD, English Literature, Nagpur University (Executive Committee member of Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Maharashtra), and Mahesh Raut, anti-displacement activist and they were arrested from their houses in Nagpur. At the same time a team from Pune arrested Rona Wilson, Public Relations Secretary, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, from his residence in Delhi.

All five were produced before the Pune Additional Sessions Judge, Special Court, Shri Baisare on 7th June and were remanded to police custody till Thursday14th June. Adv. Surendra Gadling was produced at 5 a.m. before the same Court, thus ensuring that there would be no lawyers to represent him.

The police however called one of their own lawyers to ‘represent’ him as a ‘legal aid’ lawyer! Adv Gadling’s health required him to be admitted to Pune’s Sassoon Hospital on the 7th itself and when his health deteriorated he was moved to the ICU there. In order to avoid being answerable for his health condition, the Pune Police promptly applied for his judicial custody remand. It is shocking that once again he was not allowed a lawyer of his choice when there are dozens of lawyers from Nagpur and Pune who wish to represent him.

While in ICU, Adv Gadling was kept handcuffed to the bed in gross violation of Supreme Court directions in this regard. Meanwhile Adv Gadling has been moved from Sassoon Hospital to Pune’s Yerawada Prison at 3-00 pm on 11th June, 2018, despite his wife’s requests to wait for his reports before transfer. She fears a major health problem as the reports which came later indicate a need for diabetes treatment that has not been prescribed. There are many shocking aspects too these arrests. First of all, the arrests have been carried out in Crime No. 4 of 2018.

This crime was registered by Vishrambaug police station Pune under sections 153-A, 505 (1)(b), 117 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The offence was registered on 8th January 2018, eight days after the Elgar Parishad on 31st December, blaming the Parishad organizers for the violence committed the next day against the predominantly Dalit congregation at Bhima Koregaon, over 40 kms from the Elgar Parishad programme site.

 The arrests were carried out six months later. Secondly, the police have expanded the charge by saying that not only was Elgar Parishad responsible for the violence but that those behind the Parishad were Maoists and the arrests of these five persons are to show their alleged association with Maoists.

A closer scrutiny of the allegations reveals a larger attempt by Centre and State Governments through the Pune police to attack people’s struggles that are criticising or challenging the present regime. 

By doing so, the attempt is clearly to shield those responsible for the attack on dalits on 1st January 2018, led by Manohar Bhide and Milind Ekbote.

This has been the consistent demand of the Bhima-Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyan spokespersons, including its Convenor, Justice (Retd.) P.B. Sawant (Supreme Court) and Justice (Retd.) B G Kolse-Patil, the umbrella organization of 260 organisations which held the Elgar Parishad on 31st December 2018. Sudhir Dhawle, a leading member of the Abhiyaan has been arrested while Ekbote and Bhide are roaming free.

Thirdly, from 7th June 2018 onwards, the Pune police have been systematically leaking fabricated letters alleged to have been seized from the accused which is in violation of the orders of the Bombay High Court .

The Pune police are also attempting to target Opposition parties such as the Congress and the Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharip. Even vocal critics of the Government such as Jignesh Mewani, Umar Khalid and Varavara Rao have been targeted and are now receiving death threats. In fact these fabricated letters mention every possible opposition leader from all over the country and also makes a sensational claim about a “Rajiv Gandhi-like incident” (with obvious reference to PM Modi) so as to create a frenzy of pseudo-nationalism keeping in mind the 2019 elections. This despite directions of the Bombay High Court in a 2014 judgement and a subsequent circular issued by the Maharashtra government disallowing police personnel and public prosecutors from such disclosures till filing of the chargesheet.

Such leaks have the effect of denying a fair trial to the persons falsely implicated in serious offences.

The undersigned therefore condemn these arrests and defamatory and illegal leaks to the Press by the Pune police, and demand the unconditional release of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson & Mahesh Raut.

Justice (Retd.) B G Kolse-Patil (Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Diwas Prerna Abhiyan), Indira Jaising, former Addl. Solicitor General, Supreme Court of India, Mihir Desai, Senior Advocate, (PUCL, Maharashtra), Adv. Maharukh Adenwalla (CPDR), Bilal Khan (NAPM), Abhirr Palat (Amnesty India), Feroze Mithiborwala (Bharat Bachao Andolan), Sadiq Qureshi (B K S D Prerna Abhiyan)

Dated: 12th June 2018 Press Club Mumbai

United States Media Hostility to Trump suspension of War Games Against North Korea


The War Rats are still in the Media as embedded as ever

The battle for Peace on the Korean Peninsula is not over it has just began in Singapore by Nickglais




Democracy and Class Struggle says Democratic Liberal opposition to the Trump Kim summit and its results shows the true character of the venomous war mongering liberals in USA - it even finds a reflection in the United Kingdom in the venomous Guardian newspaper editorial on the Singapore Summit.

The "Neo" Liberals in the United States will do all in their power to undermine Korean Peace prospects on the Korean Peninsula now joined by old school opportunist Liberals in venom against North Korea..

Liberalism was the blood lust ideology of Empire different from the Tory view of Empire in that it wanted democratic facades rather than just pure Tory authoritarianism and superiority - but it was was just as wicked and bloody.

The prospect that millions of people on the Korean Peninsula will not die in a nuclear inferno and that both North Korean and United States leaders have created a basis for a peace agreement should be universally welcomed - but it is not from the mechanical trotskyists who see workers state betrayal to the liberals who cannot realise their blood lust fantasies of a first strike on North Korea.

The conservative opposition to Peace on the Korean Peninsula will also  be fired up by the last stinking remnants of the Park Geun hye camp in South Korea and Japanese recidivists stirring hatred.

The battle for Peace on the Korean Peninsula is not over it has just began in Singapore


Deniro Says “F**k Trump” - Misses Bigger Picture



Democracy and Class Struggle says a correction from Jimmy Dore ensuring our hatred of Trump does not blind us to Democrats War Crimes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

After Threatening War on North Korea, Can Trump Make Peace?

The Guardian Newspaper denounces suspension of War Games Against North Korea : The Guardian the Liberal Murderous Warmongers Paper of Choice



The Guardian Newspaper the Voice of Murderous Warmongering Liberals - denouncing Trumps suspension of War games against North Korea in an Editorial.

"In return Mr Trump axed the drills with, it seems, no warning to Seoul (or even US forces). Worse, he described them as “provocative” and “inappropriate”, not just giving the North what it wanted, but suggesting it was right to demand it. He added that he hoped to withdraw US troops from South Korea at some point – further undermining the long alliance."

Christine Ahn on the Singapore Sentosa Summit

Trump Vows to End “Provocative” War Games on Korean Peninsula After Historic Summit with Kim Jong-un

Prof. Bruce Cumings: U.S. Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII



Democracy and Class Struggle says Bruce Cumings brings the missing context to understanding Korea - hope some on the Left make an effort to understand the historic limitations imposed on North Korea by the West while they poured money into South Korea their running dog.

Context is important as well as international comparisons and those that make the effort will appreciate North Korea's Anti Imperialism.



The Singapore Sentosa Summit - What was agreed and what the critics say


Trump announced the end of the US South Korean War games of simulating attacks on North Korea acknowledging they were provocative.

DPRK-US statement
1.The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2.The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3.Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4.The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Several political analysts said the summit had yielded symbolic, rather than tangible, results - as if halting the United States South Korean War Games was not an advance ? 

The comments below say more about the people saying them than the reality of what happened in Singapore.

‘It is unclear if further negotiations will lead to the end goal of denuclearisation,’ said Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow of Washington’s Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank. 

‘This looks like a restatement of where we left negotiations more than 10 years ago and not a major step forward.’

Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the Nobel Peace-prize winning anti-nuclear campaign group ICAN, said: ‘We support diplomacy and peaceful solutions. But there is no agreement on nuclear disarmament and this all looked more like a big welcome party to the nuclear-armed club.’

Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, said: ‘Our negotiators achieved nothing new – not one new concession in exchange for legitimisation of North Korean dictator.’

FROM ZOOM IN KOREA
Following the DPRK-U.S. Summit in Singapore on June 12, the leaders of the two countries released the following joint statement:

“President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.  

President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  

Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowledged that the U.S.–DPRK summit—the first in history—was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously.  

The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.–DPRK summit.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.–DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
KIM JONG UN
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018
Sentosa Island
Singapore”

A few hours after the completion of the summit meeting, Donald Trump held a press conference at which he mentioned the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises. Although Trump said the withdrawal or reduction of U.S. troops in South Korea is not “part of the equation right now,” he also told reporters, “We will be stopping the war games.”

Trump cited two reasons for stopping the joint military exercises with South Korea:

1. “War games are tremendously expensive.”
2. “I think it is very provocative.”

Trump also talked about the denuclearization process as being complicated, particularly mentioning that it will “take a long time to pull off complete denuclearization… scientifically.”

According to the U.S. president, more meetings are to be expected in the near future — possibly in Washington and Pyongyang.