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Reading Irish Revolutionary James Connolly

Kevin Crane Counterfire
Considered Ireland's key revolutionary, James Connolly was active in workers' movements in the United States, Scotland and Ireland. This collection reflects his struggles for an Ireland and a world free from militarism, injustice, and deprivation.

Mary Lou McDonald Acceptance Speech as Sinn Féin Leader

Mary Lou McDonald Sein Féin
I believe in reaching out. I believe in standing my ground too. We must strive to see things from the perspective of others. We must also be true to our beliefs, our promises. I believe that we should look after one another and be the helping hand when someone falls. I believe in the unity of our nation in all its colours and the unity of all our people. I believe in our freedom.

What Ireland Can Teach Europe

Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus
Europeans who think the current crisis is unique forget that between 1845 and 1848, 1.5 to 2 million Irish fled their famine-blackened land (while another million or more starved to death) in large part due to the same kind of economics Europe is currently trying to force on countries like Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, and Cyprus. Today, the migrants are from Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, but the policies are the same.

Northern Ireland, The DUP and Colonialism

Rosa Gilbert New Socialist
The Democratic Unionists Party’s support for British Conservatives denies us the Tory collapse and second election which could see a socialist leader swept to power. Whilst Britain continues its faux-neutral role in Ireland, true recourse to justice is stunted; women are still denied bodily autonomy; and right-wing extremists continue to prop up a government whose official policy powers in Northern Ireland denies all of us self-determination.

Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester 2017 and 1996

Juan Cole Common Dreams
The attack in Manchester was likely by Sunni radicals (ISIL has claimed it), and came two days after President Trump blamed all terrorism on Shiite Iran at a speech in Saudi Arabia, the proponent of a form of extreme Sunni supremacism. In 1996, Manchester had also been victimized by a bomb at a civillian center; in that instance left by the Provisional IRA. The question is: can anything be learned from looking at 1996 and 2017 in the same historical frame?

The Actor and the Anarchist

Pauline Murphy Morning Star
When Irish left-wing labor leader James Larkin arrived in the United States he joined the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) and the Socialist Party. A supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution, Larkin was arrested during the 1919 Red Scare and sentenced to hard labor at Sing Sing. There he was visited by Charlie Chaplin who described the prison as "grimly medieval," and wondered "what fiendish brain could conceive of building such horrors."

A Brief History of the `Nakba' in Israel; Thousands of Irish Lie on Streets in Solidarity with Palestinians

Eitan Bronstein Aparicio; Instituto Manquehue Mondoweiss
This text describes the discourse on the Nakba - mostly the concept but also the historical event - in Israel. When did it appear? When did it decline and was repressed? What caused these changes? The attempt here is to describe historical moments, a periodization, from the founding of the state until today, in order to describe the relation to the term in each period and the changes it went through. Nakba Day - Solidarity actions across Ireland.

Tidbits - March 31, 2016 - Reader Comments: Bernie, Hillary and AIPAC; Small Jails; Newspaper Guild; Ireland; Yemen; Cuba flights; announcements; and more...

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Reader Comments: Bernie, Hillary and AIPAC; GOP Tax Plans; What Americans Don't Get About Nordic Countries; Rekia Boyd - Still Waiting for Justice; The Rise of 1,000 Small Jails; Chinese Daily News Workers and The Newspaper Guild; Ireland's 1916 Easter Rebellion; TPP; Yemen; Drones; This Is Not Dixie: Racist Violence in Kansas; Flights to Cuba Are Getting Cheaper; Announcements: New York; Raleigh (NC); Oakland (CA); Bethlehem (PA); SUNY Stony Brook; and more...
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