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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Persia and Pervia

As much as many might find Gerry Adams the most sinister of characters, with something of the night about him, they can hardly deny that he has reservoirs of resilience. Even some of his most critical fellow volunteers from the days when he was a senior IRA leader grant him that much.
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The Long Kesh Fire: 40 Years On

Beano Niblock with his memories of the Long Kesh fire which occurred 40 years ago this month. Beano Niblock is a former UVF prisoner who is currently a writer. The piece appeared on the Long Kesh Inside Out website.

Fire aftermath

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It’s Not Too Late to Save Syria’s Cultural Heritage

Franklin Lamb writing from inside the restored Omayyad Mosque, Old City of Damascus. The piece featured in Foreign Policy Journal on 13 October 2014

It’s Not Too Late to Save Syria’s Cultural Heritage ... if we can muster the will

As Marcus Aurelius instructs us: “Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.”

By definition, our shared global heritage, which has been in the custody of the Syrian people for ten millennia, belongs to all of us and for this reason each of us must work to preserve it for our progeny.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Back in Time with '71

A piece by Anthony McIntyre prompted by the film '71. It that appeared in The Observer under the title 'How a generation recalls the reality of Belfast’s streets in 1971' on 19 October 2014.

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Jack O’Connell, centre, stars as a young British squaddie lost in the mayhem of 1970s Belfast at the height of the Troubles in Yann Demange’s thriller ’71. Photograph: Capital Pictures
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What's Past is Prologue.

Pauline Mellon with a piece that featured in The Diary Of A Derry Mother on 19 October 2014. Pauline Mellon is a rights activists in Derry who frequently writes about repression and injustice across society.

It's the Past's fault

Over the past few years I would contend that we, the great unwashed have been spectators to a railroading process as opposed to a peace process. As the past slowly but surely creeps up with Cruel Britannia and it's cohorts there appears to be an endless drive in the pushing of agendas from different quarters and a game of brinkmanship with the aspirations of the ordinary person relegated to the equivalent of a poker chip. In the midst of all this what concerns me most is the continuous attempts to sever the chains that hold the scales of justice.

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Mary Lou McDonald & Máiría Cahill

Sinn Fein Vice President Mary Lou McDonald has difficulty believing Máiría Cahill's account of her meeting with Gerry Adams ­where she raised the matter of her rape at the hands of an IRA member. Mary Lou, it would seem, is ready to buy into the suggestion that Gerry only met with Máiría so that he could introduce her to his toys. Despite the very demanding schedule imposed on him by the imperatives of the peace process, meeting world leaders and such like, he found time to bring Máiría, Tom, Ted and Rubber Ducky together for a run around the mulberry bush.
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Silence From The Hierarchy

Guest writer David McSweeney with a piece lauding the humanitarian gestures of some sportspeople in the face of hypocrisy from the hierarchies that employ them.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black power raised fist salute during the 1968 Olympic Games 200m medal ceremony; both men paid a huge personal cost for bringing the world’s attention to the plight of their fellow citizens. Theirs was a peaceful and dignified act. The revenge of those who opposed the two athletes was to make their ability to earn a decent living post the Olympic Games all but impossible.
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Protecting the Water of Life from the Pollution of Profit

TPQ carries a Press Statement from  Right2Water Protest March.

On Sat 1st Nov a Right2Water protest march will take place in Drogheda, Co.Louth. The planned event which is one of many around the country is in conjunction with the very successful march that was held in Dublin on 11th Oct last. Spokesman and one of the Organisers, Anthony Connor, said that after the success of the Dublin protest march the decision was taken to hold similar marches in every county in Ireland. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Pearse Doherty & Máiría Cahill

Pearse Doherty is invariably a capable performer, whether on his feet in the Dail or in the hot seat during media interviews, visual and audio. He launches salvoes at the government, the avaricious rich and austerity in a language that people understand and which the government and its allies also understand and dislike. Often they look like dullards when confronted by him, black holes out of which no light can escape. An articulate advocate of his politics, any party would be happy to have him in its front bench team.

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The Rise of The Far Right: An Interview with Mark Hayes

Mark Hayes (MH) talks to Red Quill Books (RQB) about the European rise of the extreme right.

As the far right seems to be enjoying a resurgence across Europe, we ask Mark Hayes, author of The Ideology of Fascism and the Far Right in Britain (Red Quill Books, 2014) to place this recent electoral success in context and to find out what his research and experience in anti-fascist mobilization has taught him about this resurgence.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Spotlight and Máiría Cahill

The lava from Tuesday evening’s volcanic BBC Spotlight continues to spew over Sinn Fein, calcifying the party in its tracks while the woman at the heart of the documentary is making all the running with agility and no shortage of dexterity.