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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Time for living on a prayer: Choose Divine Healing over Assisted Suicide

John Coulter challenges the concept of "assisted suicide" in one of his regular Irish Daily Star columns.

Any so-called Christians who support the devilish practice of Assisted Suicide are guilty of Biblical heresy.

It is a very sad day for Christianity when clerics from the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion give their blessing to Assisted Dying.

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Ayelet & Heinrich: Ideological Soul Mates

A time honoured tactic of the Zionist lobby has been to smear as anti-Semitic those with genuine concerns about the brutal Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. What it seems to find particularly excruciating are comparisons drawn between the Zionists and the Nazis, dismissing the flagging up of such similarities as the work of Jew haters. The response to Roger Waters of Pink Floyd for highlighting these parallels prompted raucous outrage. What Waters said seemed reasonable enough and exceedingly mild by comparison with the hate discourse emanating from some Israeli politicians:
the right wing rabbinate … believe that everybody that is not a Jew is only on earth to serve them and they believe that the Indigenous people of the region that they kicked off the land in 1948 and have continued to kick off the land ever since are sub-human. The parallels with what went on in the 30’s in Germany are so crushingly obvious …

The Zionist lobby is cognizant of the latitude Israel has accumulated over the decades as having its roots in widespread international revulsion at how the Jews of Europe were made the target of exterminationist policies during the reign of the Nazis. For strategic purposes, the manipulation of the cultural memory of the Holocaust ensures that the horrendous event might function as a present blessing rather than a past blight. For Israel it is the hard currency that purchases international acquiescence in its expansionist ambitions: the goose that both lays the golden eggs of legitimation and licenses aggression.

Israel, often erroneously and unconsciously seen as indivisible from Jewishness, would see the go-easy reservoir substantially drained if those who have helped fill it - out of human empathy rather than strategic considerations - were to conclude that there is no difference worth contemplating between the eliminationist cultures of Zionism and Nazism. A public diminution in the moral power of Jewish victimhood would enhance the real “strategic threat” to Israel identified in 2012 by former IDF Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin: ‘the threat to our legitimacy in the world and the attempt to turn us into a pariah state.'

So for Israel it becomes a matter of necessity to keep the discursive distance between itself and Nazi Germany as wide as possible. The Zionist lobby must scream ‘Achtung! Criticism is verboten’. Critical discourse must be silenced, its authors ritually smeared as anti-Semites. 

Yet the strategic smearing is being upended with hard hitting commentary that draws on the discourse of Israeli political figures to underscore the point that accusations of Israel being Nazi-like in its supremacism are not anti- Semitic rants but are in fact substantiated by the strident voices of Israel. 

A most recent example is to be found in the criticism made by the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who claimed ‘Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.' He had likened Israeli MP Ayelet Shaked to Adolf Hitler after she had approvingly posted a hate crime quote on her Facebook wall.
Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.

Shaked added

They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists … They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists.

For taking issue with this Nazi-like sentiment the Turkish Prime Minister was dismissed by Netanyahu as being the author of ‘anti-Semitic statements, they have an anti-Semitic tone.'

If Shaked bears no resemblance to Nazism then neither does Bitch of Buchenwald, Ilse Koch. There may well be other regimes in history that we can compare such sentiment to, but to claim that Nazi Germany is not amongst their number is a fallacy as great as Himmler the Humanitarian.
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We're coming into your area whether you like it or not.

John McDonagh (JM) interviews Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) spokesperson Dee Fennell (DF) via telephone from Belfast about the contentious Twelfth of July Orange Order parade in Ardoyne. Thanks as ever to TPQ's transcriber, always at hand to perform a laborious task.
Radio Free Éireann

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12 July 2014

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JM: Unfortunately, here in New York we don't get the pleasure of having these Orange marches coming through our neighbourhoods. Even if you wanted to avoid it, in The Six Counties there's certain areas where it's not good enough that they march in their own areas - they have to bring their proud tradition into the Catholic areas. Most people in Belfast, if they have any money, can get away to the “Republican Riviera”, which is known as Bundoran in Co. Donegal. But one person who didn't get away, and he ran in the last election, Dee Fennell, saw one of his posters up on one of these great, traditional bonfires, which sort of sends a signal that the Loyalists are watching him. And he was part of that proud tradition last night when his poster was burned. But we go to Ardoyne in Belfast and we speak with Dee Fennell. Dee, are you there with us?  
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Implausible Deniability

Pauline Mellon with a piece nailing the media for its portrayal of state abuses including the slaughter of the Palestinians. It ran on her blog The Diary Of A Derry Mother on 27 July 2014. Pauline Mellon is a Community Rights activist and Social Justice campaigner in Derry.

In 1986 the Knesset, the legislative branch of the Israeli Government passed a law making Holocaust denial a criminal offence. Any objective person would tell you the amount of evidence that exists in different forms makes anyone who would dare deny the attempted extermination of the Jewish people seem as crazy as those who perpetrated the Holocaust.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Cultural Differences: A response to the comments of Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn

Carrie Twomey with the first of two pieces taking Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn to task over his comments in a recent WGBH radio interview

Jack Dunn unwittingly hit the nail on the head in his snide reference to my husband’s 18 years in Long Kesh as an IRA prisoner. He called the difference in approach to protecting the oral history archives of the IRA held at Boston College a clash of cultures. He couldn’t be more right.

Interrupted on his Cape Cod vacation to deal with responding to the fears of participants of the project, who now feel they are living under threat of death as documented by Kevin Cullen in the Boston Globe, he left his beach bonfire of marshmallows while in Belfast the bonfires of hate ignited effigies of Gerry Adams, images of Stormont, and Irish flags defaced with slogans like “Kill All Taigs [Catholics]”.

In Belfast, the government turns a blind eye to these displays, and ignores – in some cases even facilitates – the intimidation of the gunmen. It is left to the isolated few to raise their voices, resist, and call attention to the wrongs that need righted.

In Boston, or at least in Boston College as explained by Mr Dunn, questioning the action of the governments is not needed nor even countenanced. Ironic that, in the birthplace of the American Revolution. But this is not just evidence of a clash of cultures between Boston and Belfast, resistance and compliance; the clash over the handling of the history of the Troubles is also very much a clash of the decisions of a powerful elite and the powerless people who have to live with the consequences of their arrogant and entitled ignorance.

Jack Dunn’s Ivory Tower is very far removed from the reality that led to the creation of the archives and the reality that needs those archives to both exist and be protected. It explains why he and those in the Boston College administration don’t seem to have a clue at the disaster they have wrought. And sadly, what we are experiencing in this case is not that different from what many on the powerless side of the widening gap between the realities of the Jack Dunns of this world and the rest of us go through every day.

The Belfast Project documented the lives of resisters – both Republican and Loyalist. No matter Boston College’s illustrious past of involvement in Ireland and its peace process – Jack Dunn has exposed how out of touch the College is with reality. Naively entrusting the voice of the powerless and a history of resistance into the hands of the powerful blasé was one of the biggest mistakes of all in this ongoing nightmare.

Boston College is quite content to adorn itself in Ireland’s Troubles as long as it brings prestige and lucrative funding. It makes a fortune off of the US State Department doing so, and used to refer to the Belfast Project as the ‘crown jewels’ of the Burns Library. But when it is time to pay the piper for the Wearing of the Green, Jack Dunn shows exactly what BC’s true colors are made out of: the blood red of Ireland’s past and the yellow streak of Benedict Arnold.
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Friends on the Footbridge - Enemy at the Gates

Yesterday afternoon alongside my wife I sauntered into town and crossed the footbridge at the River Boyne outside Scotch Hall Mall. Once we had secured a spot at the bridge’s northern end where no one coming in our direction could avoid us – they had to reach us before they could either turn left or right prior to exiting the bridge – we set up our vigil on behalf of the residents of Gaza who are being subjected to merciless slaughter by the Israeli murder machine.
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Killing Palestinians: The "Combat-Age" Excuse

Alfie Gallagher rubbishes the false Israeli narrative constructed around its terror strategy in Gaza and which seeks to justify the murder of non combatants. Alfie Gallagher is a independent Leftist blogger. This piece featured on his blog Left From the West today, 27 July 2014. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Keeping Things Under Control Dr Reid

The late Brian Mór, illustrating through his artwork the role of one of many British agents in the senior echelons of the Provisional IRA.

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Palestine: Aiding Occupation and Oppression - Exposing Israel’s Western Sponsors

Steven Katsineris with a letter he wrote in March 2010 and which he has asked TPQ to reproduce. It advocated an intensification of the exposure of the allies of the Israeli terror state.  Steven Katsineris is an Australian free-lance writer of articles on Palestine, Cyprus and the rest of the Middle East region, political prisoners and human rights, environmental and social issues. He has been actively involved in the Palestine solidarity movement for over forty years. Steven lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.

Like many people the world over I am deeply distressed with the continual, tragic conflict and carnage in Palestine. It is therefore disheartening to read about more Israeli settlement building, the suppression of protests, arrests, beatings, detentions, killings and curfews and total lack of progress towards a just resolution. Despite this bad news, a notable and welcome development is that even staunch allies like Australia and the USA are finally expressing mild criticism of the rogue state of Israel, in regards to the settlements, forging of passports and other matters. The recent actions by Israel and resulting bad publicity have exposed the true nature of Israeli state to many more people around the world. 
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Hot, Hot, Hot!

Pauline Mellon with a piece from her blog The Diary of a Derry Mother. It featured on 25 July 2014. Pauline Mellon is a Community Rights activist and Social Justice campaigner in Derry.

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Keeping Wolves from the Door

Sandy Boyer laying out what is on air with Radio Free Eireann this weekend.

Radio Free Eireann will be on the air for 2 hours, from 1-3 pm New York time, on Saturday June 26th, to raise the funds needed to keep WBAI and the show on the air.

We will thank anyone who can contribute $75 with a CD Great Irish Speeches including Emmett's speech from the dock and Pearse's oration at the grave of O'Donovan Rossa.

You can pledge by calling 212 209 2950.

Radio Free Eireann is heard on WBAI 99.5 FM and wbai.org on the web where it can he heard for 10 days. We broadcast live from Rocky Sullivan's of Red Hook, 34 Van Dyke Street in Brooklyn.