Bobby Sands’ legacy unfolding still in US Prison struggle

Bobby birthday- pic from US

Many Gaels and progressive activists throughout the world will be drawing inspiration and courage this week from the powerful memory of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands as we commemorate 33 years since he gave his life for Irish freedom and a better world.

Campaigning a necessity to challenge state strategy of ‘divide and conquer’

photo 3 (2) misneach morshiúil BAC

A combination of confusion, anger and despondency has taken root in the Irish language community over the past month as people digest the repercussions of the disastrous decisions taken by Foras na Gaeilge.

Real issues concealed by Talks industry in the north

Richard Haass and Meghan O

The year of 2014 commences with the political class in the north exposed as a laughing stock to any idle international journalist still showing an interest in this place. Terms like ‘dejá-vú’ and ‘groundhog day’ came to mind as we tried to make sense of the surreal society we reside in.

Housing Executive endangered by neo-liberal ‘therapy’ and ‘shared future’

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The decision of Minister Nelson McCausland’s to move against the Housing Executive is rooted in neo-liberalism and institutionalised sectarianism. Deriving from the extremist economic theories of Milton Friedman, ‘disaster capitalism’ developed from the New-Right revolution launched by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

The ‘Myth’ of partial ‘disadvantage’ in Loyalist communities

With Belfast under siege from Loyalist intimidation, riots and violence for this past month, it’s interesting that the media has facilitated the revival of the unionist grievance narrative that emphasises the exclusive marginalisation being ‘suffered’ by the unionist community since the onset of the peace process.

The Poppy – The symbol of Imperialism

‘The great and the good bowed their heads at the cenotaph, Generals, politicians, newsreaders, football managers and stock market traders wore their poppies. No one mentioned Iraq. No one uttered the slightest remorse for the fallen of that country.’ John Pilger

Depoliticisation

De-politicisation’- New Northern Ireland ‘hijacks’ the Irish language
 ‘You will never make colonialism blush for shame by spreading little-known cultural treasures under its eyes.’ Frantz Fanon

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