Resources for revolutionaries on Juche Korea

Kim Jong Un speaks to military parade at Kim Il Square on Feb 8, 2018. Photo is courtesy of Rodong Sinmun.

This page aims to collect resources on DPR Korea or DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), often called “North Korea” by Orientalist media in the West, which comrades can use and share. Like in my recent article, the DPRK I wrote recently, it is called Juche Korea here rather than “DPRK” (its official name), DPR Korea, or “People’s Korea” since Juche, which is based off and springs from Marxism-Leninism, is the guiding ideology of the state and to distinguish from “south” Korea or the Republic of Korea (ROK) which has been primarily an imperial puppet state throughout its history.

Some of the links on this page are mirrored from the wide-ranging “DPRK Reading guide” assembled by one comrade, but not all because man of them are articles in bourgeois and international media. I also mirrored the links on the /r/communism debunk page. For more resources, see official PDFS here, and an e-library here. Additions are welcome.

Articles to learn more about from loyal comrades, including this writer

  1. The myth of the “Kim dynasty”: the reality of democracy in Juche Korea
  2. Kim Jong-Un, “Juche-oriented socialism,” and the DPRK in 2018
  3. Is Dennis Rodman a comrade?: A study of “basketball diplomacy” and DPRK solidarity
  4. “Something which most other developing countries would envy”: The DPRK’s healthcare system
  5. “The most heinous act against humanity”: new imperial sanctions on the DPRK
  6. Elections in the “socialist motherland”: democracy in the DPRK 
  7. National Liberation and the DPRK
  8. The origins of the DPRK: From Division to Reunification
  9. Understanding North Korea
  10. Towards a concrete analysis of the DPRK
  11. North Korea: “Sanity” at the Brink (Michael Parenti)
  12. Juche in the United States: The Black Panther Party’s Relations with North Korea, 1969-1971 
  13. Crimes against humanity? Unpacking the North Korean Human Rights Debate
  14. How and Why the Western News Media Get North Korea’s Economy Wrong 
  15. Religion in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?
  16. Living with Absences: A Foreigner’s Sojourn in Pyongyang
  17. Nutrition and Health in North Korea: What’s New, What’s Changed and Why It Matters
  18. The Social and Economic Achievements of North Korea
  19. Socialism and Democracy in the DPRK
  20. The Democratic Structure of the DPRK 
  21. The real story on North Korea and its healthcare
  22. How To Think About Socialism in Korea
  23. Interview: Understanding and Defending North Korea
  24. The secret genocide in South Korea you’ve probably never heard of 
  25. Democracy: US vs DPRK – Towards the Annihilation of a Narrative 
  26. North Korea Punished for Helping to Liberate Africa
  27. The DPRK, African Liberation, and US Human Rights Violations
  28. Socialist Korea: Military Parade Marks 70th Founding Anniversary of Korean People’s Army 
  29. The Amazing Architecture of the DPRK

Books to learn more about Juche Korea

Documents about Juche Korea from the country’s Foreign Languages Publishing House

Use the images and pdfs as you wish! All are mirrored from the Foreign Languages Publishing House of the country, including from here. They were mirrored here because the website does not always work and is occasionally down, making accessing these pages not always possible. Not mirroring page of Kim Jong Un’s activities as it is updated daily, the many books, leaflets, and periodicals of DPR Korea, the page on trade, traditional Korean paintings, page on science and education, page on art and literature, page on sports, page on public health, page on nature and the environment, page on life, page on organization and funds, page on cuisine, page on figures, page on industrial establishments, page on products, page on economic progress, page on investment projects, and a page on history.

Biographies and anecdotes of Juche Korea leaders

Some of these anecdotes have also been posted here and here for Kim Il Sung.

Kim Il Sung’s Reminiscences

PDFS mirrored from the Foreign Languages Publishing House of the DPR Korea. It has also been posted, in full, on the Marxists Internet Archive.

President Kim Il Sung’s Works

PDFS mirrored from the Foreign Languages Publishing House of the DPR Korea.

Chairman Kim Jong Il’s Works

PDFs mirrored from the Foreign Languages Publishing House of DPR Korea.

Marshal Kim Jong Un’s Works

PDFs mirrored from the Foreign Languages Publishing House of DPR Korea.


MEDIA

For posters of Juche Korea from 2008 to 2018 Foreign Languages Publishing House of DPR Korea, please email leftistcritic@linuxmail.org.

Gifts Presented to Chairman Kim Jong Il

These images are from the Foreign Languages Publishing House of DPR Korea.

“Samovar”, plastic craftwork “Kremlin Tower” and badge of the Air Force of the Soviet Union presented by the Soviet government delegation
Agalmatolite sculpture “Buffalo” presented by the delegation of the Study of Juche Idea of Zimbabwe
Bag and guide map to Benin by Mathieu Kerekou, President of the Republic of Benin
Bag presented by Moussa Traore, President of Republic of Mali
Bag, book, notebook, pencil sharpener and pencil by Deng Ying-chao, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China
Bark craft “Fish” presented by the delegation of the Communist Party of Australia
Ceramic vessel presented by the friendship delegation of Beijing City
Craftwork “Tinua” presented by the delegation of Fiji National Assembly
Crystal tray presented by President of the Shanghai Pharmacy of Macao
Flying dress presented by the Ministry of Defence of the Soviet Union
Gold watch presented by Josip Broz Tito, President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Gold watch presented by Shanghai City Committee of the Communist Party of China
Golden cup presented by the organization of trade unions of the factory “Rudichaya Bets” of former Yugoslavia
Leather tapestry “Juche” by the Afro-Asian Solidarity and Peace Committee of Burkina Faso
Metal craftwork “Deer” presented by Kazi Zafar Ahmed, Chairman of the United People_s Party of Bangladesh
Metal craftwork “Tower” presented by the Chairman of Kuwait Journalists’ Association
Miniature tree presented by Marshal Samora Moises Machel, President of the People’s Republic of Mozambique and Chairman of Mozambican Liberation Front Party
Ornament made with various kinds of butterfly quills, wood sculpture “Hand”, sculptures of maize, various fruits and vegetables” and wood tray presented by General Andre Kolingba
Pottery “A Pair of White Horses” presented by the president of the company of Benz parts of Germany
Pottery “Dove of Peace” presented by US evangelist Billy Graham
Pottery “Kettle” presented by the director of the cultural department of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cyprus
Seven-treasure-flower vase presented by the delegation of the Chinese Communist Youth League
Tapestry presented by the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to the DPRK
Tray presented by Peng Zhen, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China
Treasure box presented by a delegate of the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Woodcraft “Chrysanthemum” presented by the delegation of the study of the Juche Idea of Costa Rica
Woodcraft “Drummer” presented by the delegation of Regon University of Ghana
Woodcraft “Grapewine Cask” presented by the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Socialist People’s Republic of Albania to the DPRK
Woodcraft “National Emblem” presented by Manuel Pinto Da Costa, President of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
Woodcraft “Sailing Boat” presented by the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Bangladeshi Newspaper Dainik Jonatha
Woodcraft presented by the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Obiang Nguema Mubasogo
Wooden sculpture “Warrior” presented by Julius K. Nyerere, President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Gifts Presented to President Kim Il Sung

These images are from the Foreign Languages Publishing House of DPR Korea.

Ancient Greek relics “A Ceramic Oil Vase” and “A Ceramic Lamp” presented by chairman of the Cyprus Socialist Party and chairman of the Cyprus Afro-Asia Solidarity Committee
Miniature of the first ship to circumnavigate the world, presented by the employees of the Unop Publishers of Portugal
Craftwork “Elephant” presented by Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee
Metal Craftwork “Sound of Juche Bell Resounding over Mt. Himalaya”, presented by Nepalese Association of Friendship with the DPRK
“Biography of Kim Il Sung” volumes 1 and 2 presented by the Tri-Continental People’s Solidarity Organization
National Emblem of Gabon presented by El Hadj Omar Bongo, President of the Republic of Gabon and Secretary-General of the Gabon Democratic Party
Stuffed turtle presented by Manuel Pinto Da Costa, President of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
Congratulatory Message in ancient Arabic presented by a professor of Cairo University, Arab Republic of Egypt
Craftwork “Native Home at Mangyongdae” presented by Jia Yi Xiang Firm in Hong Kong
Craftwork “God Ueueteotul” presented by Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, President of the United States of Mexico
Craftwork presented by Hussein I, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Animal-shaped jar decorated with bead strings presented by Secretary-General of Cameroonian Journalists’ Union
Gold-miniature date tree presented by Ahmad Hassan Al-Bakr, President of the Republic of Iraq
Metal sculpture “A Pair of Horses” presented by the Juche Idea Study Group Delegation of India
“Gold Sword” presented by Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi, leader of the Great September 1 Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah
Gold-gilded sword presented by Colonel Ali Abdallah Salih, President of Yemen Arab Republic
Gold knife presented by Leopold Sedar Senghor, President of Republic of Senegal and Secretary of the Socialist Party
“Gold key of Bucharest” presented by Bucharest citizens in Romania
Gold-silver gilted sculpture “Fairy on the Dragon” presented by Guang Xing Electricity Corporation of Macao
Gold-silver sculpture “Libyan Rider” presented by Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi, leader of the Great September 1 Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah
Valuables, wristlet, spoons and chopsticks stand presented by the government of Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Casket presented by Julius K. Nyerere, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Pistol presented by Sandinista National Liberation Front of Nicaragua
Pistol and cartridge presented by the government of the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania
Woodcraft “Pavilion in Water” presented by Zhou En-lai, Premier of the State Council of People’s Republic of China
Woodcraft “Mangyongdae—Beacon of Revolution” presented by the teaching staff and students of Youth club in Madagascar
A set of ash trays presented by director of “Matura” company of Germany
Bronze crafts “King’s Cart” presented by the delegation of educators of Kingdom of Thailand
Bronze tray and bronze kettle presented by Muhammad Hosni Said Mubarak, President of Arab Republic of Egypt
Copper plate painting “Native Home at Mangyongdae” presented by stockholders of International Foreign Currency Exchange Company of Kuwait
President’s baton presented by cousin of President of Republic of Bolivia
Large folding screen “Green Bamboo Grove” with embroideries on both sides, presented by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Notes

[1] The sub-sections are as follows: “Art of Revolutionary Leadership”; “Revolutionary Leadership System”; “Principles of Revolutionary Leadership”; “Essence of Revolutionary Leadership”; “Fighting Strategy for Global Independence”; “Global Independence”; “Strategic Line for Building a Powerful Socialist Country”; “Hallmarks of a Socialist Power”; “Features of Powerful Socialist Country”; “Songun Politics”; “Benevolent politics”; “General Line of Socialist Construction” (“It is an important function of the people’s government to enforce the people’s democratic dictatorship” which sounds like dictatorship of the proletariat); “Strategic Objective of Socialist Construction”; “Essential Advantages of Socialism and Inevitability of Its Triumph”; “Socialist Revolution”; “Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Feudal Democratic Revolution” (says “as a genuine people’s government which staunchly defends the interests of the broad sections of the masses and substantially provides the people with democratic freedom and rights in all spheres of social life and a new-type government that is based on the worker-peasant alliance led by the working class and relies on the united front embracing the people from all walks of life, it performs the function of the people’s democratic dictatorship in the stage of the anti-imperialist, anti-feudal democratic revolution”); “Principles of Songun Revolution”; “Principle of Sustaining the Juche Character and National Character”; “Principles of Defending and Embodying the Masses’ Demand for Independence and Interests” (says “the socialist government vigorously promotes the revolution and construction, and firmly defends and realizes their demand for independence and interests through its function of unified leadership over society and the people’s democratic dictatorship“); “Inheritance of Leader’s Revolutionary Cause”; “Attitude and Standpoint towards the Leader”; “Position and Role of the Leader”; “Fundamental Factors for Victory in the Revolution”; “Reasons for Revolution”; “Principles of Songun Revolution”; “Fundamental Principles of the Revolution”; “Essence of Revolution”; “Giving Precedence to Political Work”; “Giving Priority to Ideological Remoulding”; “Methods Suitable to Actual Situation”; “Method of Depending on Popular Masses”; “Self-Reliance in Defence”; “Self-Sufficiency in the Economy”; “Independence in Politics” (“No one should encroach upon the sovereignty of others and no one should tolerate encroachment on one’s sovereignty. Only when it is founded on independence, will internationalist solidarity be based on free choice and equality and become genuine and durable. Such flunkeyist inclinations as depending on other countries or reading others’ face in external relations must be overcome and Juche must be firmly established.”); “Juche in Ideology” (“What is most harmful and dangerous is flunkeyism. Those who do not trust themselves and their people’s power will at last believe in flunkeyism. The road guided by flunkeyism is the road of betrayal of and treachery to one’s country. If a person falls into flunkeyism, he or she would become a fool; if a nation is servile to big power, the country would go to ruin; and if a party is subservient to big powers, it would make a mess of the revolution and construction”); “New Viewpoint and Attitude towards Socio-historical Movement”; “Law-governed Process of Development of Socio-historical Movement”; “Socio-historical Movement—Conscious Movement of People”; “Socio-historical Movement—Creative Movement of People”; “Socio-historical Movement–Independent Movement of the Masses of the People”; “Subject of Social History”; “Essence of Society” (says “the Juche-oriented view of the essence of society is fundamentally different from the Marxist one. The Marxist materialistic concept of history divided society into social beings and social consciousness and attached definitive importance to the latter in their mutual relationship. It also broke down the social structure into productive forces and production relations, foundation and superstructure, and attached decisive significance to material production and economic relations. In other words, it placed material and economic relations, not man, in the centre of its consideration into society. However, the Juche idea newly clarified the essence of society placing man in the position of a master. Herein lies the unique nature of the Juche-oriented viewpoint towards the essence of society.”); “Philosophical Principle of Juche Idea”; “Creation of the Juche Idea” (says “in the mid-1920s when he embarked on the road of struggle to liberate his country from the military occupation…of the Japanese imperialists, Kim Il Sung analyzed the lessons drawn from the mass-based anti-Japanese struggle…communists and nationalists who were allegedly engaged in the national liberation movement in Korea gave no thought to the need to go among the masses to unite them and arouse them into waging a revolutionary struggle…they were only engrossed in the factional strife for hegemony and empty talks without a correct guiding ideology. With a deep insight into these defects and limitations of the anti-Japanese national liberation movement in Korea, Kim Il Sung keenly felt that a revolution should be carried out not by anyone’s approval or request but by one’s own responsibility and that all problems should be solved in an independent and creative way”); “Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, a Revolutionary Ideology with an Integrated System of Idea, Theory and Method.”

[2] 46 of the 47 subsections on Naenara say “Banner of Independence, Beacon of Humanity” and a number, with the exception being the last one in the document titled “Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, a Revolutionary Ideology with an Integrated System of Idea, Theory and Method.” Repeats were not included either. Some said “Guiding Principles of the Juche Idea” before the title, and those were also eliminated.

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