So Much for Counter-Battery Fire: Ukrain... Thu Dec 01, 2022 07:37 | Anti-Empire
EU Blocks Fertilizer to 3rd World, Lamba... Tue Nov 29, 2022 00:25 | Anti-Empire
Vladimir Putin Jumps the Shark, Compares... Sun Nov 27, 2022 01:38 | Anti-Empire
How the US Could Have Prevented the Russ... Sat Nov 26, 2022 04:06 | Anti-Empire
Putin Talks Free Fertilizer for Hungry A... Fri Nov 25, 2022 14:04 | Anti-Empire
A Blog About Human Rights
UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights
5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights
Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights
Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights
Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights
Human Rights in Ireland >>
Government Poised to Water Down Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill Fri Dec 02, 2022 09:00 | Toby Young
The Government is poised to water down the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill in response to lobbying by the universities sector in the House of Lords.
The post Government Poised to Water Down Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Double Jabbed, Fully Boosted Bill Clinton Announces He Has Covid Fri Dec 02, 2022 07:00 | Toby Young
Bill Clinton has announced he?s caught Covid, adding how grateful he is to be fully vaccinated and boosted because it would obviously be so much worse if he hadn?t. This has produced a torrent of hilarious memes.
The post Double Jabbed, Fully Boosted Bill Clinton Announces He Has Covid appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
News Round-Up Fri Dec 02, 2022 00:50 | Jonathan Barr
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the virus and the vaccines, the ?climate emergency? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance Warn Britain faces ?Prolonged Period? of Excess Deaths ? Not Due t... Thu Dec 01, 2022 21:55 | Toby Young
Witless and Unbalanced have warned that Britain could face a ?prolonged period? of excess deaths due to the collateral damage caused by the lockdowns. No, really? Who could have possibly predicted that?!?
The post Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance Warn Britain faces ?Prolonged Period? of Excess Deaths ? Not Due to Covid, But Due to the Lockdowns appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Russian Popular Support for War in Ukraine Begins to Waver Thu Dec 01, 2022 17:30 | Ian Rons
According to a leaked Russian government opinion poll, popular support for the war in Ukraine is beginning to weaken. Twenty-five per cent of respondents want the war to continue vs 55% who want a negotiated settlement.
The post Russian Popular Support for War in Ukraine Begins to Waver appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Lockdown Skeptics >>
Voltaire, international edition
Death of David Ray Griffin Fri Dec 02, 2022 06:31 | en
David Brock, Clintons agitprop man, zeroes in to rescue the Bidens Fri Dec 02, 2022 05:16 | en
Poisons in the World Cup, by Manlio Dinucci Thu Dec 01, 2022 04:55 | en
Voltaire, International Newsletter N°16 Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:48 | en
Only the plurality of information can prevent war, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Nov 29, 2022 07:00 | en
Voltaire Network >>
Solidarity with Those on Trial in Belfast & Brighton for Resisting Israel's Weapon Manufacturers!
anti-war / imperialism |
Thursday June 03, 2010 11:21 by Ciaron O'Reilly - Catholic Worker/ Ploughshares
Derry Women on Trial in Belfast & EDO Decommissioners on Trial in Brighton
I have just spent the last two days in a Belfast court attending the trial of 9 women and 2 men from Derry. Charges on 3 other men were dropped the Tuesday morning we drove up from Dublin.
The nine women moved from protest to resistance during the Israeli attack on Gaza in the January of '09. It was a powerful experience to listen to their testimony to why they have risked their liberty to bring down the mainframe computer of the Derry Raytheon plant during the Israeli '09 war on Gaza.
Raytheon is one of the largest arms manufacturers in the world and was invited to Derry as part of the North's "peace dividend", opened by Nobel Peace Prize winners Hume and Trimble, go figure! Raytheon weapons have been used extensively by the state of Israel in killing civilians in Lebanon and Palestine. The 9 women had attempted to enter the Raytheon plant in Derry with the intention of pouring water into the mainframe computer and having a direct effect on Israel's ability to butcher men, women and children in Gaza. during the attacks of Jan '09.
The 9 women knew from the previous trial of the "Raytheon 9" that the August '06 action undertaken during Israel's attacks on Lebanon - that by disabling the Raytheon mainframe computer in Derry it had knock on effects on other Raytheon computers through the UK.
The women also knew from prosecution witnesses at that trial that Raytheon has an ongoing commitment to maintaining the equipment they have sold to Israel and which has been used repetitively to murder from the air in Gaza.
While the 3rd. week of this trial unfolded in Belfast, the events in the Mediterranean Sea were also unfolding. Events where nine solidarity activists were murdered and dozens wounded by Israeli commandos in international waters. From my christian paradigm those killed, wounded and imprisoned activists were practising the acts of mercy..."bringing building supplies to the homeless, medical equipment to the sick and food to the hungry" Matthew 25:31-46. Israel (like the U.S. with their sanctions on Iraq in the '90's) have criminalised practising the acts of mercy. Indeed, the state of Israel has made practising the works of mercy toward the people of Gaza a capitol offence.
The Derry defendants have been making the long daily commute from their homes to the Belfast court for the last 3 weeks. It was a privilege to travel back with them to their hometown and experience their community of resistance.
I have attended dozens of anti-war trials over the last 3 decades and have always found them to be sacred times and spaces...the fragility and strength of the defendants, the demonic slickness of the arms corporations & military, the weird rituals and costumes of the courts and the prosecution's desperate attempts to strip such compassionate actions of any context. As the late Phil Berrigan once said to me "Brothers and sisters in jail, or on trial, for peace and justice sake speak to our conscience, which is how God speaks to us!"
In the Irish anti-war scene there is a marked lack of solidarity from the more moderate "mass rally" protest leadership & movement for those who take nonviolent resistance. Unlike the Rossport campaign that has been built on nvda and prison solidarity, the anti-war scene seems to be one of groundhog day rallies, posturing & political manouverings between small left groups. Hopefully the Palestinian solidarity movement can move beyond this dynamic, but there seemed to be no mention at the rally in Dublin last Monday of the trial in nearby Belfast of those who resisted Israel's weapons manufacturers. What gives? If we are serious about resisting war in the imperial heartland we have to move from protest to nonviolent resistance. There isn't much resistance, because in our atomised society & protest movements there isn't much solidarity
I know from my own resistance experiences, trials and a couple of years in prison - that the more solidarity the resister experiences, the easier the resistance is to undertake and sustain!
Next week (June 7th.) 6 activists go to trial in Brighton/England for their nonviolent disarmament actions at EDO - another weapons supplier to the Israeli military. 3 local activists have also been charged and are also on trial. One of the defendants Elijah John Smith has been kept in jail by the British state since the action in January 09.
Sometimes it is the case that folks who would like to offer solidarity don't now how to....it's up to the movement to make it as easy as possible for folks to express their solidarity.
A simple act of solidarity you could do would be to send a letter or postcard of solidarity to
HMP Lewes ,
1 Brighton Rd,
also check the following website for more backgorund information and updates
If you know anyone in Belfast encourage them to get along to the closing stages of the Raytheon trial of the Derry women in Laganside Court 13.
There will be folks returning from the Gaza convoy after time in Israeli jails, bashed and injured. It's important to reach out to hese folks with whatever solidarity we can muster...it's only limited by our imaginations. There are folks still in jeopardy on the "Rachel Corrie" heading towards Gaza that we need to stand with. And of course there are the folks in Gaza that need to know that the killing and wounding of our friends will not kill our movement of nonviolent solidarity with them.