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Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Christy Walsh & Diplock

Tommy McKearney is scathing of the British legal system that has so perniciously targeted Christy Walsh.  Tommy McKearney is a former republican prisoner who understands the workings of a Diplock court.

The Northern Irish judiciary has a long, long distance to travel before it can make any claim to have a serious purchase on the concept of justice. For the past 42 years the 6-County state has maintained a court system that carries out its tasks with; one judge, no jury and inverted rules of evidence. This profoundly undemocratic practice was established in 1973 on the recommendation of former senior member of British Intelligence, Kenneth Diplock. 
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Malcolm Fraser- A Palestinian Tribute

Sonja Karkar of Australians for Palestine with a glowing tribute to the late Malcolm Frazer. It was submitted to TPQ by Steven Katsineris.

Malcolm Fraser’s often quoted phrase “Life was never meant to be easy” has uncanny parallels with T S Eliot’s poem The Hollow Men and their realisation that in a world of desolation between two states of being or between heaven and hell, “Life is very long”.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Outside the Box: Take 9

Prompted by concerns over the Christy Walsh hunger strike by, Sean Mallory ridicules the claims of the Stormont Justice Ministry to be delivering justice. Sean Mallory from Tyrone is a wry and sometimes caustic observer of politics both nationally and internationally.

Prosecution not Persecution
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Derry 1916 Societies To Hold Independent Commemoration To Mark Easter Rising This Saturday At 2.30pm

Derry 1916 Societies announce their Easter Commemoration.


  • 99th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising
Organised by Derry 1916 Societies
Where: Republican Plot at Derry City Cemetery

When: Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015 @ 2.30pm
The 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising will be marked by Republicans on Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015. The independent commemoration, organised by Derry 1916 Societies, will take place at the Republican Plot in Derry City Cemetery. We ask people to assemble at 2.30pm at the gates of the Cemetery.
The Commemoration will be led by family members of our local patriot dead.
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Speaking on behalf of the Derry 1916 Societies Joe Meenan, who’s brother Michael died on active service in 1974, said: 
we are gathering to remember with dignity and pride those who gave their lives for Irish freedom, including all those local volunteers who gave their lives for the noble cause of an Irish Republic founded on the principles of the 1916 Proclamation.

Derry 1916 Societies are committed to honouring Ireland’s patriot dead and upholding the Republican Socialist principles of the Proclamation. We have held various recent commemorations over the past year in conjunction with the families of our local patriot dead and will continue to do so. We wish to invite all republicans to join with us this Easter to mark the 99th Anniversary of this revolutionary event in our country’s history.

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Christy Walsh Hunger Strike: Day 17

Christy Walsh on Day 17 of his hunger strike with a copy of an email he sent this morning to Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson and his deputy, Martin McGuinness.

Dear Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness

Today is my 17th day on Hunger-strike.

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I'm a Writer, Not a Fighter

Alex Cavendish sketches an outline of creative culture in prison and some of the bureaucratic obstacles placed in its way. Alex Cavendish is an author and academic: a social anthropologist, former prisoner and an active participant in the debate surrounding crime, prisons and probation. He blogs at Prison UK: An Insider's View.
There is a surprising amount of creative talent inside our prison system. I’ve met many poets and painters, as well as graphic artists, dramatists and would-be novelists.
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Confined & Maligned

Christy Walsh explains the background to his arrest and subsequent case. Christy Walsh is the victim of a miscarriage of justice perpetuated by the inappropriately titled Minister for Justice, David Ford.  Christy Walsh has battled for over two decades to clear his name. He blogs at The Fundamental Flaws in the Arrest, Trial & Appeals of Christy Walsh.

On 5 June 1991 a member of the Parachute Regiment stopped me in close proximity to where a bomb had been found.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Political Imprisonment in Ireland: The Recent Literature

Internment and political imprisonment of Irish activists have drawn significant academic and public attention for decades. Dieter Reinisch looks at some of the recent academic publications in this wide field. He is Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
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The Two Separate Cases of Christy Walsh and the On the Runs Shows Perfidious Albion at its Worse

Mick Hall draws attention to the case of Christy Walsh, now on hunger strike 16 days in a bid to clear his name. Mick Hall is a veteran Marxist activist and trade unionist who blogs at Organized Rage.

The An Sionnach Fionn blog highlights a couple of disturbing cases which shows Perfidious Albion at its worse. Sadly the UK coalition government seemed determined to sabotage the gains made in the six counties of the north of Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement was signed.
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Christy Walsh Hunger Strike: Day 16

Christy Walsh on Day 16 of his hunger strike with a copy of an email he sent this morning to Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson and his deputy, Martin McGuinness.


Dear Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness

Today marks my 16th day on Hunger-strike
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Blocking A Jerusalem Eviction

Nora Sub Laban appeals not to be evicted from her Jerusalem home. It was submitted to TPQ by Steven Katsineris.  

Dear Avaaz members,

My name is Nora Sub Laban. I am a Palestinian grandmother living in Jerusalem. On March 16th, 2015, Israeli settlers and security forces tried to forcefully evict my children, grandchildren and I from our home in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.