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The Plough
-E-mail newsletter of the Irish Republican Socialist Party
Number- 4 Date 5th September 2003
1. Loyalists attacks escalate in North Belfast
2. Message of solidarity with Chilean Hunger strikers
3. North East Irish Social Forum
4. The ideas of Frantz Fanon
5. What¹s on


Once more North Belfast hits the headlines as the UDA opts the stakes and
orchestrated a series of attacks on Catholic families living on the
Deerpark Road. This is a mixed area, where most homes are owned by
families, who choose to live in a mixed area. The residents in this area
want no part of sectarianism. However the UDA have decided otherwise and
launched a series of attacks on homes. One home had its windows broken 18
times since June. The new UDA commander is marking out his territory and
having taken over from small time criminal, Andre Soukri, now snorting
heroin in Maghaberry Gaol, the convicted extortionist is determined to make
a name for himself. That name is ŒBonzo¹ John Borland.

Two bomb scares at the Holy Cross Girls Primary School one of which
involved a blast bomb on the school gates occurred on Monday 1st September.
When the parents of the children of the school were walking up the road
Mousey Blaney shot last year by Republican defenders when attacking
Catholic houses, shouted sectarian abuse calling the parents 'Fenian bastards'.

The next day a gang under the leadership of Mousey Blaney intimidated
Catholics in Deerpark on Tuesday night 2nd September. Blaney then returned
on Wednesday attacking Catholics and forcing at least one family out. As he
was doing this both UDA and UVF leaders turned up in the area with
re-enforcements from Tigers Bay area.

At least four families have already been forced out, some of who have lived
in the once-quiet residential street for a number of years. The few
remaining Catholics fear they will be forced to leave soon.
Locals have accused the police of standing back and doing nothing.

They are afraid of starting major trouble so they do nothing while these
thugs are allowed to do what they want.

Unfortunately those working in the protestant communities such as Eddie Mc
Clean, a local community worker deny UDA involvement putting it down to
drunken youths coming from outside the area. When similar incidents have
occurred in the past that to has been the refrain of Œprotestant community
workers¹. They deny the evidence before their own eyes because they refuse
to stand up to the bullyboys.

There is a long list of areas where loyalists to intimidate Catholics have
used the same tactics. Only recently in Maghera an attempt was made to
target a Catholic family and drive them from their home. Catholics can¹t
walk the main streets in Larne without fear of attack.

More than five years after the Good Friday Agreement it is clear that the
fundamental sectarianism at the root of the Northern Ireland state has not
been exorcised. The failure of the state forces to tackle sectarianism
within their own ranks is glaringly obvious. The PSNI/RUC recently told the
head of a Public Service Trade Union that the Union Jack was the national
flag and could fly anywhere. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive without
attempting to negotiate with the Republican Socialist Movement (RSM) took
out a court order and used the police to smash a memorial to two dead INLA
volunteers despite the fact the RSM had not only gone to every house in the
estate to sound out the residents views where the monument was to be
erected but also moved the memorial from the front to the back of the
estate at the residents request.

So much for equality of esteem, freedom from free of sectarian attack and
the Good Friday Agreement.
As Monty Python pointed out "This is a dead parrot. The parrot is dead." So
also some one needs to point out that the GFA is dead. The Agreement is
dead and we still in the North live in a sectarian society.

Message from IRSP to the families of the Disappeared in Chile in support of
justice for the families.

On behalf of the Irish Republican Socialist Party may I send greetings
support and solidarity to the hunger strikers in Chile in the protest
against the cover up of the bloody crimes of the Pinochet Dictatorship.
In 1981 three of our own comrades, Patsy O'Hara, Kevin Lynch and Mickey
Devine, all Irish National Liberation Army Volunteers along with seven
comrades from the Irish Republican Army, died on hunger strike in the struggle
for the recognition of the political nature of the struggle against British

We know the courage required to embark on the hunger strike, we know the
fortitude required to see it through to the end and we share the burning
sense of injustice that sparks a hunger strike.

We know that you have struggled long years for justice. We salute your
valour, courage, determination and thirst for justice.

John Martin-Political Secretary
Irish Republican Socialist Party




Invites You To The 3rd All Ireland Social Forum Gathering
Cooperation not Competition
Human Rights Not Privatisation
Sunday, September 21st
10:30-5:30, followed by evening social events
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd.

The NEISF is organising a one-day event under the title 'Cooperation not
Competition, Human Rights not Privatisation'. The event will examine issues
of privatisation, neo-liberalism, human rights, peace and democracy. The
gathering will also discuss the future development of the Irish Social
Forum and its European and World counterparts. This event is open to all
those involved in the evolving Irish Social Forum networks, all those who
are opposed to neo liberalism, privatisation and global capitalism and all
those who believe that 'another world is possible.'


Morning Plenary Discussion: 10.30 - 12.00
Neo-Liberalism - From the local to the global
Communities Against Water Tax (Manus Maguire), Fire brigades Union (Jim
Barbour), ICTU (Alisa Keane), Refugee Rights (Refugee Action Group). Chair
(Emily Kawano)

Morning Workshops: 12.15 - 1.45
Workshops on
- Trade justice
- Anti war
- Another world is possible
- Poverty
- Ireland in the global economy
- Consensus facilitation skills
- Ghandi¹s
- Open
- Open
- Open

Lunch: 1.45 - 2.45
Food Not Bombs
Lunch will take the form of a public food Not Bombs event at the Venue.

Afternoon Discussion: 3.00 - 5.30
The Future of the ISF
The agenda of this session will not be set until one week before the event.
Participants should feel free to e-mail their suggestions or issues they
would like to discuss by September 15th. Possible elements to the session
could be:

- Reports from regional social forums
- Workshops on specific themes such as ISF national structure, priorities etc.
- Open plenary to discuss workshop report backs and decision making on way

Social Event: 7.00
Theatre followed by,
World Music Disco, with resident DJ Steve Mc in Crescent Arts Centre

Additional Details
For more information or to suggest topics for workshops or the afternoon ISF
Session contact:
Eoin O'Broin at eoinobroin@hotmail.com
John Barry at j.barry@qub.ac.uk
Emily Kawano at neisf@ntlworld.com

If you would like to register for childcare provided on-site, please rsvp
to Emily Kawano, neisf@ntlworld.com or phone 9060 5091. Please provide name
and age of each child, special needs and your contact details. There may be
a small fee charged per child (approx. £3-£5). Spaces are limited, so
please reply ASAP.
The Ideas of Frantz Fanon by Liam O Ruairc

Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a Martinican psychiatrist and revolutionary
who became involved in the Algerian national liberation struggle during the
1950s. He wrote a number of books (1), one of which became extremely
influential: The Wretched of the Earth (1961). The writings of Frantz Fanon
influenced the thinking of Irish Republicans from the 1970s onwards (2).
That is why it is interesting to examine his ideas.

Fanon's first book, "Black Skin, White Masks" (1952) was a devastating
critique of the psychopathological effects of colonialism. Colonialism has
imposed "an existential deviation"(PN, 16) on the colonised as colonialism
creates an inferiority complex in Blacks and other colonised races.

The analysis that I am undertaking is psychological In spite of this, it is
apparent to me that the effective disalienation of the black man entails an
immediate recognition of social and economic realities. If there is an
inferiority complex, it is the outcome of a double process: primarily
economic, secondarily, the internalisation--or better, the
epidermalisation--of this inferiority. (PN, p.28)

He showed how the oppressed tended to interiorise the racist and colonial
stereotypes. This is the "black skin, white mask" syndrome. This
inferiority complex in blacks results in a desire to "whiten the race" or
"lactification" (PN, 47). If being black or colonised has connotations of
inferiority, blacks and other colonised people will denigrate their own
race and will want to become "more white than white". One can witness a
similar process amongst many middle class Catholics in the North or with
"West Brits" in the south, as they try to be "more British than the
British" and denigrate their own Irishness. That is the "existential
deviation" imposed by the legacy of British rule. Fanon would probably have
called Dublin 4 historical revisionism "historical lactification". In 1953,
Fanon started to work in the Blida-Joinville Hospital in Algeria. He saw
the limits of colonial psychiatry. In 1954, for an Algerian population of
ten million, there were only eight psychiatrist and 2500 beds! Fanon's
hospital was designed for 971 patients, but there were over 2000. But more
than that, it was the colonial context itself, which made therapy
problematical. In his letter of resignation he wrote:

If psychiatry is the medical technique that aims to enable man no longer to
be a stranger to his environment, I owe it to myself to affirm that the
colonised, permanently an alien in his own country, lives in a state of
absolute depersonalisation.

To heal from colonial neurosis, decolonisation is necessary. Frantz Fanon
is one of the precursors of ethno-psychiatry, and his analysis of
psychiatry and therapy under colonialism is highly original. However, some
of his conclusions are quite dubious - like denying the importance of the
Oedipus complex for Blacks and colonised people.

In "The Wretched of the Earth"(1961), Fanon's most important work, he
continued to develop important insights into the psychology of oppression
of colonial people, as well as a theory of liberation through violence, and
how the revolutionary third world could create a new human being. Fanon
analysed the central place of violence within colonial society--economic,
political, military, cultural and psychic. Colonial reality is
"Manichean"(DT, 33). Its central division is that between coloniser and
colonised, and it is based on force.

"The colonial world is a world cut in two. The dividing line, the frontiers
are shown by barracks and police stations."(DT, 31) Any observer can attest
the truth of this sentence from Belfast to Bogotá. If colonialism is of a
violent nature, Fanon concludes that only a counter violence can eradicate
it: "For the colonised, life can arise only from the decomposing cadaver of
the coloniser."(DT, 69)

Fanon is the apostle of violent decolonisation. Violence is the "absolute
praxis" (DT, 63). "The colonised man finds his freedom in and through
violence. This rule of conduct enlightens the agent because it indicates to
him the means and the end."(DT, 64) But Fanon's specific contribution, his
originality, lay in emphasising the essentially pathological nature of the
colonial situation, on how neurosis and mental pathologies developed as a
result of the colonial situation. Therefore, he stressed that violence had
not simply a political or strategic function; it has an individual and
existential therapeutic value, as it liberates colonised and oppressed
people from colonial neurosis and inferiority complexes. At the level of
individuals, violence is a disintoxifying force. It frees the colonised
from his inferiority complex and from his desperate and contemplative
attitude. It makes him fearless and restores his self respect."(DT, 70)

Fanon may appear "blood thirsty" to many, but there is probably a lot of
rhetoric in his writing. And from reading the chapter on "Colonial War and
Mental Disorders", Fanon was clearly aware of the pathological effects of
violence. He provided there ample cases illustrating such syndromes as
homicidal impulses in a survivor of mass murder, the onset of impotence in
a liberation fighter whose wife was raped by soldiers, the continual terror
of a former police inspector involved in torture, the suicidal obsessions
of an FLN member who becomes guilt-ridden for placing a bomb in a public
place killing ten civilians. Perhaps, Jean-Paul Sartre's foreword to
Fanon's book is far more extreme:

The native cures himself of colonial neurosis by thrusting out the settler
through the force of arms (&) the rebels weapon is the proof of his
humanity. For in the first days of the revolt you must kill: to shoot down
a European is to kill two birds with one stone, to destroy an oppressor and
an oppressed at the same time: there remains a dead man and a free man; the
survivor, for the first time, feels a national soil under his foot."(DT, 20)

By curing the oppressed from colonial neurosis, violence and the liberation
struggle were supposed, "to set afoot a new man"(DT, 242). What led Fanon
to believe this were a number of phenomenon¹s he had observed during the
Algerian struggle. Fanon had seen how armed struggle had changed the place
and role of women and youth in Algerian society through their involvement
in struggle, or how for example, petty criminals transformed themselves
into freedom fighters. The film "The Battle of Algiers"(3) represented very
well this process in cinematographic terms. The liberation struggle indeed
tended to temporarily and conjecturally change the role of women, young
people etc in society, but the social nature of the FLN struggle resulted
in those changes not lasting. For example, women's place within independent
Algeria has not been the most progressive. The ongoing political violence
in Algeria can testify to the ultimate failure of the FLN project. Fanon's
mystique of violence overestimated its progressive impact.

Postcolonial Algeria has in fact a lot in common with the image given by
Fanon of parasitic native ruling classes and neo colonialism in his chapter
on the pitfalls of national consciousness. This chapter has proved far more
accurate than his optimistic voluntarism about the possibility of the third
world creating a new humanism given the degeneration of African and other
postcolonial states into the corrupt neo-colonial instruments of the IMF
and the World Bank. "The Wretched of the Earth" is a document of its times,
of the hopes decolonisation had raised. Its value is perhaps more moral
than political. Its analysis of the social forces and strategies involved
in the liberation struggle - the poor peasantry in particular - is now
recognised as being basically flawed (though Fanon was right to be highly
critical of the national bourgeoisie). But Fanon's book is certain to
remain a classic of revolutionary and anti-imperialist literature.
Unfortunately the majority of recent interest in his work comes from
so-called "postcolonial studies", which are trying to bury what was
revolutionary in Fanon's thought into the academic quagmire. It is time for
the oppressed to re-appropriate Fanon.

(1) Books referred to: Les Damnes de la Terre (Paris: Francois Maspero,
1961) = DT, Peau Noire, Masques Blancs (Paris: Le Seuil, 1952) = PN
(2) For example: Freeman Read Memmi, Read Fanon (An Phoblacht 13 February
1976, p.6), R.G. McAuley Fanon on Algeria: Lessons for Irish Republicans
Today (An Phoblacht-Republican News 13 September 1980, p.10), John Squire
Frantz Fanon (An Phoblacht-Republican News 27 October 1988, pp.8-9). Fanon
was widely studied in jail by Republicans. Bobby Sands was acquainted with
his writings. Two recent books have noted the importance of Fanon for Irish
Republicans. Brian Feeney Sinn Fein (Dublin: O Brien Press, 2002)
pp.363-367 quotes Tom Hartley and Danny Morrison on the matter. See also
Richard English Armed Struggle (London: McMillan, 2003) pp.234-235 for a
similar view.
(3) "The Battle of Algiers" (1965), film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. For
an alternative view, see the future theorist of post-modernism
Jean-Francois Lyotard La Guerre des Algeriens (Paris: Galilee, 1989) one of
the most lucid and penetrating contemporary commentators of the Algerian war.



"Crisis In Maghaberry" Meeting in Teachers Club 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Friday 5th September at 7.30

The Four demands of the Prisoners are
1/ Segregation from loyalist and criminal prisoners
2/ Recognition as a group
3/ The right to have their own spokesmen
4/ A wing of their own

NEI social Forum meeting:

Monday, Sept. 8
One World Centre

Everyone welcome

Belfast Anti-War Movement

Public Meeting
Tuesday 7.30pm - September 9th
Queens University Students Union
Conference Room

The Belfast Anti-War Movement is holding a Public meeting to discuss the
question of the US/UK occupation of Iraq.

Ann Fitzpatrick from the Belfast Anti-War Movement said "the occupation,
far from bringing peace and stability, has turned into a nightmare for
ordinary Iraqi¹s.² Every day between 15 and 25 Iraqi civilians are killed.
No one is safe. A TV cameraman was shot because US troops were unable to
distinguish between a camera and a rocket launcher from 50 metres away. A
family was gunned down because they misunderstood a command at a
checkpoint," she continued.

She said, "Demonstrations occur daily because the infrastructure has not
been rebuilt and hundreds of thousands of children are without water or

"George Bush and Tony Blair lied about the war on Iraq. The Hutton enquiry
is exposing Tony Blair's lies daily. Neither Bush nor Blair has been able
to show a shred of evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction," she said.
She suggested, "the effect of the occupation can be felt at home. The
occupation is costing billions of pounds to maintain, while services and
jobs are being cut and water charges are being introduced."

"The millions around the world who marched against the war on February
fifteenth have been proven right. That the war was unjust, unjustified and
illegal," she said.

The Public Meeting will feature John Rees from the Stop the War Coalition
in London, organisers of the 2 million strong march on February 15th. Jamal
Iweida from the Belfast Islamic Centre will also speak as will Monica Mc
Williams from the women's coalition.

The meeting is part of the build-up to the international day of action
against the occupation around the world between September 25th and 28th.
The Belfast march and rally will be on Saturday 27th September.

Please contact Anne Fitzpatrick - 0774 0683767

Belfast Anti Racist Meeting

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Over the past while we have seen the rise of racist incidents and attacks
on ethnic minorities around Northern Ireland. We have also seen the overt
rise of racist material, graffiti and groups springing up in various areas.
This would be of concern to all those progressive forces that look to seek
a socially just and inclusive society. Following a recent meeting held in
the Multi Cultural Resource Centre in Belfast attended by human rights
organisations, ethnic minority support groups, Asylum seeker lawyers,
practitioners, development organisations, and other interested parties, it
was decided a second meting should be held. This meeting is to discuss any
practical and visible strategies that can be developed to raise awareness
and to tackle this increasing problem. Various groups and organisations are
and have been actively trying to tackle this problem but it was suggested a
broader meeting to discuss all the various strategies and maybe finding
some practical activity together, could be yet another way of helping to
bring this issue to the fore.

The meeting is to be held in the Multi Cultural Resource centre, Sept 17th
at 7pm. Address 9 Lower Crescent Bt7. {The street across from the Empire,
and is beside the One World Centre in S/Belfast}. Those groups,
organisations and individuals who would be interested in attending the
meeting are welcome. It will be informal and open to all to have an input.
For further information contact Nathalie at the Multi Cultural Resource
Centre at Nathalie@mcrc-ni.org or alternatively you can contact myself at
carlindavid@hotmail.com, PH 07974632485.

Davy Carlin, Agreed Convener

Robert Emmet

With plans by RTÉ to screen a 'Mint Production' documentary on Robert Emmet
on the anniversary of his execution (i.e. September 20th) people may be
interested to know that a commemoration to mark the 200th Anniversary of
the execution of Robert Emmet will be held in Dublin on Saturday, September
20th next; the procession will assemble at the Garden of Remembrance in
Parnell Square at 1.30 pm and march to St Catherine's Church in Thomas
Street, where those present will be addressed by author Seán Ó Brádaigh.
(From R.S.F.)

International Day of Action

Saturday 27th September


George Monbiot, a regular feature writer in The Guardian, is the author of
Captive State and The Age of Consent.
The One World Centre, The New Ireland Group and The de Borda Institute have
organised the following events:

1 GEORGE MONBIOT The 2nd One World Centre annual lecture, 12 noon to 2
p.m., Thursday 9th October, Room G07, Peter Frogatt Building, Queen¹s
University. Everyone welcome.

Further information available from The One World Centre, 4 Lower Crescent,
Belfast BT7 1NR, Tel 90241879, e-mail stephen@owcni.org.uk

2 GEORGE MONBIOT "Unionism, Nationalism or Globalisation?" 7.30 for
7.45 p.m. on Thursday 9th October, in The Elmwood Hall, Belfast Tickets £5
(concessions £2.50), includes a free glass of organic wine from the Belfast
Food Co-op.

Tickets and further information available from either The New Ireland
Group, 7 Slievedarragh Park, Belfast BT14 8J
sec.newirelandgroup@ntlworld.com or The de Borda Institute, 36 Ballysillan
Road, Belfast BT14 7QQ pemerson@deborda.org

European Social Forum

Paris, St Denis
12-15 November


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other sources.

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author by No 6publication date Mon Sep 08, 2003 23:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Message from IRSP to the families of the Disappeared in Chile in support of
justice for the families.

>On behalf of the Irish Republican Socialist >Party may I send greetings
>support and solidarity to the hunger strikers in >Chile in the protest
>against the cover up of the bloody crimes of the >Pinochet Dictatorship.

This message brings bile to my throat what about the people driven from their communities or beaten or murdered by republicans without fair trial, by republican "courts" throughout the last thirty years.

This sickens me, and it would sicken the relatives of those who don't know where their families are buried in Chile and North Ireland.

author by >>>>>Seáinínpublication date Tue Sep 09, 2003 01:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Absolutely right, the hypocrisy is disgusting.

Why does the IRSP get to publish it's newsletter here? I don' want to have to even be aware that these thugs still exist.

Shouldn't it be subscription only? That's what the "letter" in newsletter means.

author by captain nairac's earpublication date Tue Sep 09, 2003 14:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Gosh it's such a shame that murdering Special branch PSNI/Brit army/FRU/MI5 thugs still exist, surely its time they were disbanded, and sent back to britain, to practise covert black ops on their own british citizens.

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