[Marxism] ANSWER Coalition alternative birthright trip

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 15:11:21 MDT 2015

So this landed in my inbox.

W. T. F.

- Amith

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From: Brian Becker, ANSWER Coalition <info at answercoalition.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 11:06 PM
Subject: A unique opportunity to travel to North Korea
To: Amith Gupta <amithrgupta at gmail.com>

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Dear Amith,

I am writing to tell you about an exciting opportunity for people in the
United States to travel legally to the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, to see, experience and learn for
themselves about its people, politics, culture, geography and history.

The best way to learn about any country is to experience it firsthand. This
is especially true for the DPRK, Cuba, Vietnam and China. Relying on the
demonized images presented by the corporate-owned mainstream media and
government mouthpieces is only a recipe for ignorance and hostility.

We have seen in one week's time: a historic agreement with Iran and the
opening of U.S. and Cuban Embassies. It's also time time for a change in
U.S. policy toward North Korea.

If you want to see the DPRK firsthand you can join us in participating in
what will be an amazing eight day / seven night tour that will arrive on
October 6 in Pyongyang, the capital city of the DPRK. Travel to the DPRK
from the United States is legal. An ever-larger number of tourists from
around the world have been visiting the country, with more than 100,000
making the trip last year.

An exciting *October 6-13 trip is being organized by Korea Peace Tours*
in partnership with Glocal Encounters tourism company. Korea Peace Tours
has been established by U.S. peace activists to facilitate more people from
the United States and elsewhere visiting the DPRK and experiencing the
country, the culture and its people directly.

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We in the ANSWER Coalition are encouraging people to participate in the *Korea
Peace Tours' October 6-13 trip*
since nothing takes the place of a firsthand experience in learning about
another country and another people.

Please let us know quickly if you are interested since space is limited to
approximately 50 people. If you are interested in joining the October 6-13
trip or simply requesting more information about the trip, just *fill out
this form*
at the bottom of the linked page).

*How it Works*

The *itinerary*
for this trip is dazzling in its scope. We will visit different cities,
both large and small, centers of learning and historic cultural sites;
travel to the Panmujon and the DMZ, which still separates the Korean
Peninsula into north and south; participate in and witness Pyongyang's
celebrated mass performances as the country officially marks the 70th
anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea; visit the
historic city of Kaesong, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that was the
capital of the Koryo Dynasty and is today known both for its stunning
mountains and landscape, and as a commercial and political point of contact
between north and south Korea; and experience the gorgeous scenery of Mt.
Myohyang, an important cultural and historic site due to it being the
birthplace of King Tangun, who founded the first Korean kingdom of Gojoseon
in 2333 B.C.

The cost for the tour is $2,480, which includes a round-trip Air Koryo
ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang; seven nights of hotel accommodations in
the DPRK, six of them at various 4-star hotels (double occupancy) and one
at the 5-star Hyangsan Hotel (double occupancy); three meals per day;
transportation throughout DPRK; DPRK Tourist Visas and Handling Fees; DPRK
Guides; and the waiver of admission fees for Special Events and Concerts.

Participants in the tour are responsible for their own air ticket to
Beijing and will need to pay the cost for one night hotel accommodations in
Beijing since we will leave from Beijing for Pyongyang on the morning of
October 6.

To get more information about the trip and the logistics *fill out the form
*(located at the bottom of the linked page) and the Korea Peace Tours staff
will get back to you.

We think people-to-people visits are important for many reasons. People
defied travel restrictions to visit Cuba and that process unquestionably
impacted political policy over the long term, creating a people-to-people
bridge toward peace. Travel to the DPRK is legal. Instead of pursuing a
policy of endless hostility, including spending billions of dollars on war
exercises each year that simulate the military destruction of the DPRK, the
United States should change its policy and sign a Peace Treaty with the
DPRK, finally ending the Korean War, and normalize relations between the
two countries.

The Korea Peace Tours initiative is an exciting way for people in the
United States to learn more about the DPRK. For more information, visit*


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Brian Becker
National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition

ANSWER Coalition · United States
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