Like a crazed gambler who bet the house – and lost – Theresa May’s Conservative (Tory) government is now doubling down to risk peace in Ireland so that she might cling on to power. Having lost her party’s overall majority in the House of Parliament in last week’s humiliating British general election, May is having to rely on a rabidly sectarian party from Northern Ireland to cobble together a working government.
The northern statelet’s recent unrolling of a new ‘improved’ version of the so-called ‘Supergrass’ legislation, officially termed the ‘Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005‘ after over 25 years gathering dust on the statute books, should be a cause of concern for Republicans, Socialists and activists of all hues possessed of a world view not shaped by neo-liberalism and the likes of the Murdoch media.
The Irish have a long history of being tyrannized, exploited, and oppressed—from the forced conversion to Christianity in the Dark Ages, to slave trading of the natives in the 15th and 16th centuries, to the mid-nineteenth century “potato famine” that was really a holocaust. The British got Ireland’s food exports, while at least one million Irish died from starvation and related diseases, and another million or more emigrated.
To many people around the world, the violence in Northern Ireland this weekend may seem incomprehensible. After all, it is nearly 15 years since the political conflict in the British province of Ireland was officially declared over, with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
That agreement was meant to signal the peaceful end of a nearly 30-year conflict that cost the lives of more than 3,000 people, which proportionate to the population of Northern Ireland represented a huge number of deaths.
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As the leaders of the world’s eight most powerful economies – or G8 – prepare to meet in northern Ireland next week, anti-capitalist and anti-war campaigners made their voices heard.
Even though the rain teemed down intermittently, spirits weren’t dampened.
The awful weather hasn’t stopped thousands of people marching through the center of Belfast today. There are several different groups here from anti-capitalists to anti-war campaigners.
But basically the message is the same, they want the G8 leaders to govern on behalf of the people rather than just the rich and powerful.
Hours after the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the history books are being re-written and the beatification of the Iron Lady is well underway.
Current British premier David Cameron praised Lady Thatcher for having “saved Britain” and for making the has-been colonial power “great again”.
Tributes poured forth from French and German leaders, Francoise Hollande and Angela Merkel, while US President Barack Obama said America had lost a “special friend”.
No Fracking Ireland presents Greg Palast in Dublin, Today 3. July
Connolly Books, Temple Bar – 1pm
The Ireland Institute – 7.30pm
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On the 20th of April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oilrig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven men instantly, then destroying 600 miles of coastline. On 9 September 2010, a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, burning eight to death, one of several recent pipeline explosions in the USA. In 1992, in Chicago, a gas pipe leaked and 18 houses exploded, incinerating three people.
There is no Fourth Estate in Ireland 2012.
There never was a Fourth Estate in Ireland.
There are many commentaries and column semantics, even hacks in fear and in hock to the establishment have spectacular media exposure. The Irish media and the establishment are of one voice.
Evidence points to liquidation of British counterinsurgency team to trick Irish republicans into a defeating political process
For 17 years the British authorities have lied about the fatal RAF helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in which 25 senior counterinsurgency personnel were killed. Now Global Research reveals new evidence showing that the loss of life was an intentional act of sabotage.
After 17 years, two Royal Air Force pilots were finally cleared this week of any wrongdoing in the fatal Chinook helicopter crash that wiped out Britain’s top counterinsurgency personnel in Northern Ireland in the summer of 1994.
By Michael Hudson
May 30, 2011
Is Iceland’s rejection of financial bullying a model for Greece and Ireland?
Last month Iceland voted against submitting to British and Dutch demands that it compensate their national bank insurance agencies for bailing out their own domestic Icesave depositors. This was the second vote against settlement (by a ratio of 3:2), and Icelandic support for membership in the Eurozone has fallen to just 30 percent. The feeling is that European politics are being run for the benefit of bankers, not the social democracy that Iceland imagined was the guiding philosophy – as indeed it was when the European Economic Community (Common Market) was formed in 1957.