Syria, Military Situation in Abu Al-Duhur, 25/1/2018 (Map)

the real Syrian Free Press

(click on map to enlarge)~ This map provides a general look at the military situation in the area of Abu al-Duhur. The Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been working to secure their recent gains in eastern Idlib, including the town of Abu al-Duhur and the Abu al-Duhur airbase. As soon as this is done, government forces will be able to clear the remaining militant-held pocket in northeastern Hama.

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Afghan Pedophiles Get Free Pass From U.S. Military, Report Says — Later On | CHILDREN IN SHADOW ::: CHILDREN IN WAR



We were saddened to hear about the death of Mark E.Smith grumpy front man of the influential Manchester post-punk band The Fall. So seems an apt time to remember the time, back in February 1989, that the British music paper the NME sent two of its journalists, James Brown and Sean O’Hagan, to the boozer with three of music’s wisest (and wildest) men- Shane MacGowan, Mark E.Smith and Nick Cave… and gave them all £10 each to have a drink!

It’s not often that we mere mortals find out what the personalities of our heroes are but in this interview we can almost see them lapping it up in the lounge bar down the Montague. Nick Cave keeps his cool and his answers short and sweet, maybe down to him being the only sober one there perhaps (he had just spent seven weeks in rehab), while Shane (“… done some Ecstasy and…

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#OTD in 2017 – John Moore, from Clontarf, Co Dublin, was arrested after criminal damage, with a hammer, was caused to the grave of former president and Taoiseach Éamon de Valera.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

John Moore, 57, of Clontarf, is charged with causing criminal damage to Éamon de Valera’s headstone at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin. He told the court he does not have a solicitor and when asked by Judge Anthony Halpin if he would like to get one, Mr Moore replied: ‘No, I just beg for forgiveness, it was a moment of madness, I painfully regret doing it.’

Moore was ordered to stay away from Glasnevin Cemetery, as well as, having no contact with the de Valera family, and not possessing any assets belonging to the family.

He said the ban from Glasnevin Cemetery “has been torture” as he has a child buried there.


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We Feature in a film.

Palestinian History Tapestry

If you are in the vicinity, St Anthony College Oxford 5pm Friday 9th February will be hosting a  talk  by Avi Shlaim and a film by Karl Sabbagh featuring  one or two of the tapestry panels.  See you there!!

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My all-time favourite artist!

Scéalta Ealaíne

watercolour by Emil Nolde

Holy Saints – my all-time favourite artist is having a show in the National Gallery of Ireland this year.  Perhaps I was young and impressionable but, when I was in art college, I came across this guy and – Bam! – I was captured.

Emil Nolde – he was a German Expressionist painter. His art was labelled ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis (along with most German avant-garde painters of the time). This meant that he was forbidden to exhibit his work – or even to paint at all.

But he decided to continue in secret (using watercolours – because they were odourless and easier to conceal) and it is these watercolours that I just love.

painting of two women in a garden b Emil Nolde

Now, you mightn’t have heard of Emil Nolde and, if you only knew the one painting that’s on show in the National Gallery (the one above), I wouldn’t blame you for not getting too excited but  – what…

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