Archive | July, 2015

Why is Ireland being signed up as a testing ground for weapons technology?

29 Jul

Eamon Delaney

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This week, the LE Eithne was given a hero’s welcome as it arrived back in Ireland, after completing its humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean. The naval vessel was responsible for saving the lives of 3,400 migrants, including almost 170 children, and families cheered as the ship berthed in Cork with parents, wives, children, friends and navy comrades all gathered at the dockside. Among those there meet them at the quayside was our Minister for Defence, and local Cork TD, Simon Coveney.

Meanwhile, Ireland is to accept 600 extra Syrian and Eritrean migrants as part of efforts to ease the terrible migration crisis in the Mediterranean. This is in addition to the 520 migrants that the State is already accepting as part of an EU separate resettlement initiative.

Ireland has a long standing policy of assisting people abroad and helping those in need, from our participation in UN peace-keeping missions, to…

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The Connolly Column

18 Jul

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Rebel City Writers

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The following piece was gratefully submitted by one of our readers and is a brief overview of the legendary Connolly Column of the International Brigades that fought to defend the Spanish Republic during Franco’s counter-revolution

I recently finished reading the book “Connolly Column” by Michael O’Riordain (a Corkman from Pope’s Quay and former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland). The book tells the story of the brave Irishmen who went to Spain to fight against Franco’s fascists. The men faced dreadful conditions, were equipped with poor quality weapons and were faced with a vastly more technically superior Nationalist opponent. Up to 35 of their number died. What they did have however was an unshakeable comraderie and belief in their cause.

spainn Irish unit in Spain. Michael O’Riordan is in front row, third from the right

In the 1930s, the Catholic Church was at the height of its power and influence in…

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Are we the fascists now?

6 Jul

OffGuardian

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by John Pilger

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.

To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, Auschwitz and the Holocaust would not have happened. Had the United States and its satellites not initiated their war of aggression in Iraq in 2003, almost…

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The Bryson Incident: A Misbelief Corrected, An Insight Into Early IRA Cells

5 Jul

The Broken Elbow

Way back in January 2013, myself and James Kinchin-White researched and wrote a lengthy article, based on British Army publications and a website, about the death of James Bryson, a famous IRA activist from Ballymurphy who was shot dead in a disputed incident in August 1973 along with Patrick Mulvenna, brother-in-law of Gerry Adams.

Local legend had it that the pair were killed by the Official IRA but this account makes it clear that the killers were undercover soldiers from the Royal Green Jackets regiment hidden in the roof space of a house overlooking the Bullring in Ballymurphy.

Bryson and Mulvenna were, before their deaths, slated to be key members in a new IRA cell in Ballymurphy set up by then Belfast commander, Ivor Bell, to replace the heavily compromised and infiltrated company structure. Bell had succeeded Gerry Adams as Belfast Brigade leader after Adams’ arrest along with Brendan Hughes…

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