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IMC Solidarity Mission to Pyongyang, North Korea May 9-19!! (english)
08 Apr 2003
Modified: 09 Apr 2003
I am in charge of organizing the first annual IMC Solidarity trip to North Korea. We will be leaving from New York Kennedy on a flight to Beijing (through LA and then Sydney) on May 9th. Next we will be flying to Pyongyang from Beijing and spenging 7 days/6 nights there as special "solidarity guests" of the North Korean government. During these difficult times, when the unelected criminals in charge of the USA are lobbying to destroy the peace-loving North Koreans, it is important to show internaitonal solidarity for our besieged brothers in struggle.
I have already received 12 application, there are 4 spots remaining. Total cost of the trip, with airfare and accomodations comes to $1479. A limited number of scholarships are available through the Bell Foundation and the International Friends of the Juche Idea Association of Melbourne Australia.

For those of you unfamiliar with the region, North Korea is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Asia. As it has been untouched by Western Corporate influence or capitalist Poison since it's inception in 1945, the country remains an untouched physical and social gem,...the last authentic landmark to the advancement of progressive ideals.

On the trip we will have the good fortune of meeting with numerous Government representatives that will discuss with us the "Juche Idea" and how it has been succesfully implemented in North Korea. We will also engage in discussion with leading academics and political theorists currently teaching at Kim Il Jung University in Pyongyang. Later, we will travel to the North and visit an authentic Buddhist Monastery, where numerous Buddhist masters freely practice their glorious religion while also devoting several hours a day to assisting the state in building the world's first "all people's" energy combine. Additionally, we will be introduced to the unique cuisine of North Korea, and will take in North Korean theatre, dance and movies.

I feel that all people interested in the TRUTH (and not the spoonfead lies blarred by the so called "democratic" western media) about North Korea, their government, their people, and their values, will benefit from this unique trip. Additionally, people that sign up for the trip will receive a free 5 year memebership to the "International Friends of the Juche Idea: Korea Friendship Society" as well as a subscription to the monthly newsletter and additional information on the Juche Idea and North Korean ethics. Past trips have also formed on line Juche Study groups to help further understand the Juche Idea upon returning to the West, and to help them use the lessons of the Great Leader Kim Il to empower themselves in both their personal and political lives. A limited number of spaces are available, so please contact me ASAP to reserve your spot. All applicaitons must be in by APRIL 19th for visa requirements

Please contact:
Arthur Rosenstein
International Friends of The Juche Idea
(212) 853-9897
or via email at Freedomthrujuche (at)

I will provide additional information to any interested party and will also answer any quesitons regarding travel preperations, immunization or visa concerns.

I look foward to hearing from you and am looking foward to a succeful and educational trip to North Korea.

Arthur Rubenstien
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hmm, sounds fishy (english)
09 Apr 2003

i dont know of any imc which supports authoritarian, stalinist ideals, and refuses to criticize the obvious shortcomings of the north korean model, while also condemning the aggressive and vitriolic policies of the usa towards north korea. which imc is organizing this? and what is juche study all about?

i am curious about north korea, and do not doubt that it is a beautiful place, nor that its people are friendly and sincere in the desire for freedom. i would like to travel there to see this forbidden (by the us govt) place someday. however, it is posts like this one, with ominous tone and mysterious details, which set my alarm bells ringing about what i am likely to find.
Nothing Fishy Here (english)
09 Apr 2003
There is nothing "Fishy about the trip". It is not being organized by IMC, per se, but rather is a special opportunity geared towards IMC readers and contributers. This is the 5th trip that I'lve organized to North Korea and is the second to be subsidized by the North Korean Government and the International Juche Idea Movement. As I noted above, this is a unique opportunity to explore North Korea and learn more about North Korean society, history, culture and cuisine. Obviously, the "JUCH IDEA" (self-reliance and people centered socialism) is an integral key to understanding modern North Korean society and modern North Korean social and intellectual thought. Therefore, Juche will be a main focus of our tour. THis is not to say that the trip is promoting Juche socialism any more than any other socialist doctrine, merely that participants come to North Korea with an open mind and learn more about the North Korean system before writing off the country because of bias corporate western media reports. I have received 15 more contacts since my posting yesterday and have 1 more participant signed up. We currently have three more openings available (and still have some scholarships available!) so please contact me ASAP if you are interested.

Thanks again, and I hope this answered some of your questions or concerns.
Arthur Rubenstein
This is a joke, right? (english)
09 Apr 2003
Lord, I hope so...
ugh (english)
09 Apr 2003
As someone associated with the Boston IMC, I would really prefer not to see our name associated with your expedition. Fine if you want to create opportunities for dialogue, but I for one have no interest in engaging in dialogue with a brutally repressive regime just because it calls itself socialist. The IMC has no official ideology, but I think it's fair to say that most of the people involved are either anarchists or people whose sympathies lie in that general direction. We're coming from a fundamentally different place then the North Korean government in what are conception of a good society looks like--to say nothing of the actual practices of the North Korean government. If you honestly think otherwise, I fear you are deluding yourself.

None of this should be understood to support the current demonization of the North Korean government. They are one repressive regime among many and certainly the greatest threat to freedom in the world. The award for that goes to the US government.