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Mumia Abu-Jamal: On the Nation of Islam & Kim Il-Sung

The Black Panther, featuring Kim Il-Sung and one time African revolutionary Eldridge Cleaver

The following is an extract from Mumia’s book We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party. It was first put up by the comrades over at Sons of Malcom.

Competition on the Corner

The 3rd Avenue El in the Bronx was a major thoroughfare in the borough, and as such was a prime site for one trying to sell The Black Panther.

I had recently been assigned to the Bronx office and in an attempt to sell my 50 copies, I chose a stop on the line where the foot traffic would be quite heavy, as people descended from the elevated train ride. At roughly the same time, another young Black man elected to stop at the busy corner with the intention of selling his wares.

His wares were essentially the same as mine—newspapers. There, however, the similarity ended, for it was clear from his product that competition was inevitable.

The young man wore a dark-green iridescent suit and a brightly colored bow tie. Read the rest of this entry

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On the Juche Idea: Anti-Imperialist Self-Reliance, Independence & Socialism

Kim Jong-Il’s father Kim Il-Sung meeting with Chairman Mao Zedong, leader of Revolutionary China

Last night King Jong-Il passed away. He was leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In this capacity Kim was the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army.

The nominally left forces within the oppressor nations of the world hates Kim Jong-Il, as well as his father Kim Il-Sung, just like they hate the martyred leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi. In this they stand in objective unity with their own imperialisms. When these so-called ‘left’ forces attack the faults of the DPRK, or comrad Gaddafi, which are many, they don’t do so in an objective materialist fashion. Rather they employ idealist and subjective methodologies, attacking the DPRK for its perceived mistakes and miscues as outlined so often by the imperialist whitestream media. Sometimes they even go so far as to openly employ Orientalist and white supremacist, and increasingly in the case of Kim’s son Kim Jong-Un, albleist views.  

Further, no matter the faults of the Kims, the Workers Party of Korea or the DPRK, it can never be taken away from the Korean people that they have defended themselves valiantly from imperialism while having been besieged without pause for decades. Read the rest of this entry