Successful Newbridge meeting on Irish citizens of Basque origin

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by Mick Healy

A very interesting talk on Ireland’s Basque refugees during the Spanish Civil War was given by political activist Stewart Reddin at Ubh café in Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Saturday, June 16 as part of June Fest.  The cafe was packed out for the talk, with part of the audience having to stand on the stairs.

Stewart told the extraordinary story of Ireland’s Basque refugees and one man in particular, Iker Gallastegi.  Iker survived two dictatorships, was taken to Mexico as a child refugee just months after being born.  He returned home at five years of age only to be forced to flee again as a ten-year-old following the fascist bombing of Gernika.

Living in Ireland as a refugee from 1937 to the 1950s, Iker attended school in the Meath Gaeltacht and became a Gaelic speaker. He studied in UCD and turned down an offer to play for…

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Israeli woman who recruited for ISIS arrested in Wisconsin

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According to the criminal complaint, beginning in at least January, Dais attempted to provide services, personnel, expert advice and assistance to ISIS, by promoting ISIS’s agenda, facilitating recruitment and maintaining a virtual library of instructions on how to make bombs, biological weapons, poisons and suicide vests to assist self-proclaimed ISIS members and supporters in their attack planning.  Dais used multiple social media accounts that she hacked and took over from unwitting victims and private social media platforms to provide and facilitate her support. CONTINUE READING

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Cartoons about Trump’s policies by Rob Rogers that PittsburghPG refused to publish. Then he was fired.

Images by Rob Rogers


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Cartoonist Fired as Paper Shifts Right

By Kim Lyons

Rob Rogers joined The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a staff editorial cartoonist in 1993 and for years his cartoons have appeared in the newspaper roughly five days a week. But in late May, around Memorial Day, he said, they began disappearing.

In just over a week, Mr. Rogers said, six of them were killed, one after it had been placed on a page. The first of the killed cartoons, which Mr. Rogers posted to social media and on his website, depicted President Trump placing a wreath on a tombstone that read “Truth, Honor, Rule of Law.”

Over the past three months, Mr. Rogers said, 19 cartoons or proposals for cartoons were rejected by either the editorial page editor…

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Diarmuid Breatnach

             Very recently, the pro-Catalan independence on-line periodical VilaWeb interviewed Marta Vilalta, the spokesperson for the ERC (Republican Left of Catalonia) party, an important component of the pro-independence majority in the Catalan Parlament. Her replies and statements presumably reflect the thinking in the leadership of the ERC party or, if it should not be unanimous, at least the thinking of the dominant section of the party’s leadership.

Marta Vilalta photographed during interview (Photo by online Catalan newspaper VilaWeb)

ERC has 32 Deputies in the Catalan Parlament (and two Members of the European Parliament). The other components of the Catalan independist majority at the time of writing (June 2018) are JuntsxCat (Together for Catalonia – 34 seats) and CUP (Candidatura d’Unitat Popular — 4 seats). The latter is taking the ‘confidence and supply position’ (i.e they will not vote with the Opposition and…

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Reading the referendum result…

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Am I wrong to be deeply sceptical of the following, from Damian Loscher in the IT. He writes about the referendum and the disparity between polls in the run up to it and the final outcome. And he suggests that support started off strong, close enough to the actual vote, months before, then faltered during the campaign and then strengthened again.

And he suggests that:

Which raises the question: what were voters talking about on social media and elsewhere because something happened in the final week to turn the tide is favour of a Yes vote?

Media debates were the difference. TV debates were mentioned by 25 per cent of voters as having the greatest impact, with radio debates cited by a further 9 per cent.
Almost everyone will remember the “who do you think won” conversations had in offices, homes or on Twitter the morning following a debate. Debates…

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Yemen: Our Complicity Lies Bare

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The Guardian’s Editorial

18-06-2018 | 12:50

Even if the UK warned against attacking the vital port of al-Hudaydah, we bear responsibility for the horrors of this war.

The fig leaves covered little to start with, and withered long ago. Now the excuses for our role in Yemen’s misery have fallen away entirely. The assault on al-Hudaydah by the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition can only deepen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis; 70% of the country’s imports pass through the port. Britain and France urged Saudi Arabia not to launch the attack, but the UK has now “said its piece”. The US rejected a UAE request for a minesweeper for the operation, but as an Emirati official observed: “Not giving us military assistance is not the same as telling us not to do it.”

So they are doing it. They are conducting this war with British-, American- and French-made arms. They…

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Lord Ashcroft Poll: 44% Favour A Reunited Ireland, 49% Oppose, 7% Unsure


The headline stats from a new poll of Irish and British voters by the former Conservative Party peer-turned-psephologist, Lord Ashcroft, makes for interesting reading, with 44% of all correspondent in the Six Counties favoring a reunited Ireland, 49% opposing and 7% unsure. Unfortunately a different question was asked in the rest of the country, so we don’t have a like-by-like comparison between the regional and national data. On the face of it, what information we do have indicates that only 9% of voters nationally oppose reunification regardless of the circumstances, though other views are muddied by the awkwardly phrased options.

The survey, as you might expect, is a very Britocentric affair but well worth studying, albeit with some caution. It certainly gives added weight to Leo Varadkar’s apparent claim that the “tectonic plates of Irish politics are shifting” on the question of the United Kingdom’s continued colonial presence in the north-east…

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