Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- The south Korean puppet forces made another armed provocation in the area along the Military Demarcation Line. A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army gave the following answer to question raised by KCNA Thursday in this regard:
The MDL area is the most acute hotspot where huge troops of both sides constantly level their guns at each other.
At around 16:00 on May 23, watching a flock of birds flying in the sky above the forefront areas in Cholwon, Kangwon Province, the south Korean puppet forces opened warning broadcasting and fired more than 450 machine gun bullets into the DPRK side, claiming they spotted "unidentified flying objects crossing the MDL".
They, caught by mental derangement, blame "north's mine" for the suspicious explosion in the MDL area, question the "north's torpedo" for the sinking of their own warship and claim a flock of birds flying into the south as "drone from the north" and even a privy door as "wreckage of the north's drone" and thermos flask shell as "shell of multiple rocket launch system of the north".
The recent military provocation is a stopgap measure to check the war-weariness sweeping the puppet army in the face of the rapidly developing nuclear and ballistic rocket technology of the DPRK.
No mater how loudly the south Korean puppet warmongers get vociferous about the sophistical story about "southward flying of UFO", no one will believe it.
Instead, it will bring them bitter derision together with dirty disgrace as a criminal with habitual concoction of lies and misinformation.
The KPA is closely following the new confrontation hysteria of the provokers getting all the more reckless.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
WP of Korea, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Blasts U.S. and Vassal Forces for Faulting Service of DPRK Tourist Liner
Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on May 23 over the fact that the U.S. and its vassal forces are faulting the service of Rajin-Vladivostok international tourist liner "Mangyongbong":
The Rajin-Vladivostok international tourist liner "Mangyongbong" has recently begun its service.
Its regular operation under an agreement between the DPRK and Russia will be able to contribute to developing the bilateral cooperation in the economic field such as sea transport and tourism.
This is a normal bilateral cooperation work aimed to expand the bilateral economic relations and deepen the friendship through humanitarian exchanges and visits.
However, the U.S. running amuck to ratchet up sanctions on the DPRK faulted even the service of the liner, a normal economic cooperation undertaking between the two sovereign states, with mobilization of its vassal forces, in a bid to prevent the DPRK-Russia economic cooperation and suffocate the DPRK through tightened economic blockade.
Such action is arousing a strong backlash and rejection from Russia as it is an arbitrary practice seriously encroaching on the legal interests of not only the DPRK but also Russia.
No matter what others may say, the DPRK-Russia economic cooperation including the service of the liner will steadily develop in keeping with the desire and common interests of the two peoples.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
18 May 2017
No to ‘one man, one party dictatorship’
Let’s unite our forces and raise the struggle for a democratic constitution and a Parliament!...
Following the referendum of 16 April 2017, in which the result was controversially declared as a victory for ‘Yes’ by the YSK (Higher Election Commission), the construction of a regime of ‘one man, one party’ reached a new stage.
At least half of the population in the country rejected the attempts to “build a new regime” by President Erdoğan, the AKP government and the forces of capital that back them; with their No votes, they countered these attempts. At this point, the palace, government and their supporters are trying to ride over the issue of legitimacy through the State of Emergency (OHAL).
This is the reason for attempts to normalise the continuation of OHAL and governing the country through emergency decrees of law (KHK). OHAL is the main instrument in their attempts to fulfil political and social attacks on workers and the public; terrorising public opposition and trying to prevent and shut it down by oppression.
Media companies are still subjected to fines and closures; opposition politicians and journalists are still subjected to custody and detentions. Oppression of labour and removal of rights such as redundancy pay and the right to job security are intensified. The pit the country is dragged into by internal and external war policies is deepening.
In this political momentum, where the political future of the country will be shaped by international developments and the power struggle between the classes, the urgent duty of public opposition is to raise the struggle for winning democratic rights and political freedoms.
To put the position to be taken in the Presidential elections of 2019 as a duty in front of the ‘No front’, in an environment where the legitimacy of 16 April referendum is discussed, will only create a climate that enable the palace, government and their supporters to bring in any ‘adjustment law’ they need on the way to the ‘one man, one party dictatorship’.
Taking these into consideration, our party calls on:
All labour, democratic and progressive forces, including political parties, labour and workers’ organisations, women’s, youth, environmental and religious groups, to unite their forces for a Constitution and a Parliament that will form the basis of a political system that secures full sovereignty of the people; Primarily, to ensure the removal of OHAL and the cancellation of the KHK’s, to prevent further political and social attacks.
The democratic solution of the Kurdish issue; freedom of faith and establishing real secularism; protection of immunity of property and individuals; freedom of speech, media and right to organise; the workers’ and public’s right to work, shelter, job security and a secure future.
Monday, May 22, 2017
President called upon to remain firm on the positions of principle of the solution and far from any experimentations
Statement by Aristos Damianou, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C. of AKEL
AKEL C.C. Press Office, 20th May 2017, Nicosia
If the negotiations were to collapse due to unacceptable Turkish positions it would be an undesirable scenario. If the negotiations were to collapse and the Greek Cypriot community viewed as being responsible owing to procedural experimentations on our part, it would be tragic.
The history of the Cyprus problem teaches that the policy of “protaxis” (Note: the policy of setting “preconditions” that predetermine the results of negotiations), whenever it has been pursued, has led to fait accompli, given that it was used as a pretext for unacceptable Turkish actions with the simultaneous exertion of pressures by the international community on the Greek Cypriot community.
In the 1980’s we had the declaration of the illegal regime in the occupied areas.
In the 1990’s the official Turkish position for confederation was put forth.
In the 2000’s, the financial taps of the European Union were opened to the benefit of the Turkish Cypriot community with direct threats for direct trade with the occupied ones.
We must exhaust every possibility for negotiation on the chapters of the internal aspect of the Cyprus problem and on the Cyprus Conference to assert freedom from the anachronistic system of guarantees and the withdrawal of the Turkish troops. Only in this way will such an international conference have prospects of being successful.
The critical moments we are going through do not permit any regressions, nor experimentations. President Anastasiades is called upon to remain firm on the positions of principle of the solution and far from experimentations on procedural matters that have been tried in the past and failed. This is the only way the Greek Cypriot side is protected, so that responsibilities can’t easily be attributed to it.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
The only source for population statistics I could find in a three-week search was in a book called "The Economic Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1913-1945."
With any detailed analysis of a nation and the population, especially with how they increase or decrease and the causes behind it, population statistics are the first most important source of information to obtain. So, let’s detail the early years of the USSR when Stalin was head of state (1924 - 1940).
The yearly death toll during this period was between 3 to 5 million. Most of these deaths were caused by disease and famine. This was because of the USSR's lack of agricultural development and poor farming methods left over from the Czarist period. The same situation existed in other agrarian nations in Africa, South America, and Asia. From 1924 to 1940 the birth rate in the USSR was between 4 to 6 million. Following these official vital statistics shows that the population of the Soviet Union grew yearly by 1 to 3 million, due to the death rate. A study done in 1929, which is mentioned in the book Red Medicine (Chap. 16) found that 3,941,021 people had life threatening diseases, the worst of which was malaria. A little under 3 million people were infected with malaria. This doesn’t even count deaths caused by assaults and other crimes, which was ruthless in agrarian societies at the time. Death by accidents, death by terrorism, etc. are also not considered here. Due to the lack of economic development in the USSR, there was a shortage of proper medicines to treat epidemics, which produced higher mortality rates. Evidence shows that these numbers downward during the years between 1924 and 1940. Mostly in late 1930's to early 1940's.
It wasn't until the 1930's when the USSR carried out its five-year plans to industrialize the country, that the death rate steadily decreased from 20.3 in 1926 to 17.5 in 1938 and to 9.7 in 1950. The birth rate also decreased in the USSR from 44.0 in 1926 to 37.5 in 1938 and to 26.7 in 1950. The decrease of birth rate was due to the industralization and development in the USSR.
As I reported previously, the USSR's population increased by 1 to 3 million yearly, keep in mind the USSR's population was under 200 million people. There were only two points in Soviet history did the population decrease. The first time was during the 1933 famine, which claimed, at most, up to 5 million lives. There were a few causes for this famine.
The second time the population of the Soviet Union deceased was after 1941, when Nazi Germany invaded the USSR. After WWII a total of 27 million Soviet troops were killed in the war, and 13 million Soviet civilians died under Nazi occupation. Keeping in mind the fact that the population increased by 1 to 3 million yearly, and that rampant disease claimed as many as 3 or 4 million lives during the early years of the USSR, keeping in mind the fact of the famine of 1933 and the fight with the anarchists also claimed many lives, leading up to WWII, which claimed 27 million lives, there is no way Stalin could have mass murdered 60, 50 or even 30 million people, without the population showing a clear and unavoidable decrease. Even if this was the case, given all of the USSR's history, if the myths about Stalin’s role in mass terror were true, the Soviets would never be able to fight off Nazi Germany because of a lack of available soldiers and morale.
Under the scenario of professional anti-communists like Robert Conquest and Timothy Snyder of Yale University, there is no possible way that the USSR would have enough workers to become a superpower in such short time to rival the U.S. in production output. There is no scientific way to apply the claims of these professional liars! One would have to ignore all of Soviet history to make the claim that Stalin’s leadership killed millions of innocent people. Even during the USSR's involvement in WWII, from 1941 to 1945; the fact that 27 millions soldiers and 13 million civilians died, shows a clear unavoidable decrease in the USSR's population.