no events posted in last week
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
An empire in love with its Afghan cemetery Thu May 06, 2021 17:41 | amarynth
The New Great Game 3.0 is just beginning with a hat tip to Tacitus and dancing to the Hindu Kush groove By Pepe Escobar with permission from the author and
Russian Navy in the Eastern Mediterranean ? snapshot of activity Thu May 06, 2021 13:06 | amarynth
A snapshot of the Russian Navy escorting Iranian shipping from the Suez Canal to Syria. By Nat South for the Saker Blog Back in April there was uncorroborated information circulated
The forthcoming inevitable battle for Middle-East Peace Wed May 05, 2021 20:04 | amarynth
by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker Blog The alleged stray ground-to-air Syrian missile that landed near the nuclear reactor in Dimona Israel carried many messages; both overt and covert. And,
The Feminization of Western Men Wed May 05, 2021 09:48 | amarynth
By Paul Craig Roberts and posted with permission In a remarkable interview published on Russia Insider in March 2019, RT?s Anissa Naouai interviewed Danish journalist Iben Thranholm about the disappearance
Financialization and its Discontents Tue May 04, 2021 19:21 | amarynth
By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog THE NONAGE The term financialization is generally used as a reference to that part of the economy indicated by the acronym FIRE (Finance,
The Saker >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Declining standards in Irish journalism
Mainstream media: Failing to speak truth to power Anthony
David Quinn’s selective tolerance Anthony
A Woulfe in judges clothing Anthony
Sarah McInerney and political impartiality Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A Blog About 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
Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights
US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights
Human Rights in Ireland >>
Stay Sceptical. Control the Hysteria. Save Lives.
Why has the NHS COVID-19 app not been withdrawn? Wed Apr 28, 2021 16:46 | Toby Young
If the NHS app is going to be used as the vaccine passport app, is the NHS Test and Trace app going to be withdrawn, as Matt Hancock promised Harriet Harman?
The post Why has the NHS COVID-19 app not been withdrawn? appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.
The EU?s Vaccine Passport Scheme Could Destroy Peace in Northern Ireland Wed Apr 28, 2021 16:36 | Toby Young
The European Parliament is about to waive through the EU-wide roll-out of vaccine passports. Ciarán McCollum, a Northern Irish barrister, is concerned that this scheme will destroy the fragile peace in Northern Ireland.
The post The EU?s Vaccine Passport Scheme Could Destroy Peace in Northern Ireland appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.
Number of Covid Hospital Patients in England Falls to Seven-Month Low Wed Apr 28, 2021 15:59 | Michael Curzon
The number of people in English hospitals with Covid has fallen to the lowest level since last September, according to the latest NHS figures. The total is down by 96% from the peak in January.
The post Number of Covid Hospital Patients in England Falls to Seven-Month Low appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.
Almost 70% Of English Adults Have Covid Antibodies Wed Apr 28, 2021 13:29 | Michael Curzon
New data from the ONS shows that across the U.K, more than half of adults are likely to have Covid antibodies. The figure is highest in England, where 68.3% were likely to have tested positive for antibodies.
The post Almost 70% Of English Adults Have Covid Antibodies appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.
The Growing Plague of Mandatory Testing in UK Workplaces Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:59 | Will Jones
A Lockdown Sceptics reader writes to tell us about the depressing new "normal" in his workplace. Colleagues were sent home halfway through the day if they hadn't had a test, even if they'd recently recovered from Covid.
The post The Growing Plague of Mandatory Testing in UK Workplaces appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.
Lockdown Skeptics >>
GAAW Bulletin JuLY 2013
anti-war / imperialism |
Tuesday July 02, 2013 13:20 by Galway Alliance Against War
Follow us on Facebook:
Or join our group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/312442090965/
FOR YOUR DIARY
SOLIDARITY RALLY AT ENNIS DISTRICT COURT
10th JULY 2013 at 10.30am
JOIN US THERE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR MARGARETTA D’ARCY
GAAW SUPPORTED PEACE EVENT
Shannon Peace Vigil
Sunday, 14th July, 2013
14:00 until 15:00
Meet at small roundabout just before Shannon Airport
1. MARGARETTA’S COURT CASE
2. GAAW PRO TAKEN IN FOR QUESTIONING BY GARDAÍ
3. MEANWHILE AT SHANNON THE WAR GOES ON…..
4. FROM SOLDIER TO RESISTER – JOE GLENTON IN GALWAY
5. THE GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THEMSELVES
MARGARETTA’S COURT CASE
In our June GAAW Bulletin we had been erroneously led to believe that the court case against two GAAW members, Margaretta D’Arcy and Niall Farrell, had been adjourned until at least September because the latter will not be in attendance. However, that is not the situation: Margaretta is due to attend Ennis District Court on July 10th 2013 at 10.30am, to face the totally absurd charge that she “DID INTERFERE WITH THE PROPER USE OF THAT AIRPORT BY GOING ON THE RUNWAY WITHOUT PERMISSION.”
In fact, Margaretta and Niall went on the runway to prevent the IMPROPER use of that civilian airport. And on July 10th Margaretta will represent her views on this matter – without the need of a lawyer – by showing that Shannon’s civilian airport has been IMPROPERLY transformed into a US military base in contravention of Bunreacht na hÉireann and numerous international human rights conventions, including the Convention against Torture. To back up her argument she will arrive at the court with two wheelbarrow loads of hard evidence and a selection of dictionaries to help determine the meaning of the “PROPER”.
However, Margaretta will not be presenting a “defence”, rather she intends to use the court to hold a “conversation” in a public place as proposed by President Michael D. Higgins.
We would urge peace supporters from all over the country to come and show solidarity with Margaretta and opposition to the on-going militarisation of Shannon airport at Ennis Court on July 10th at 10.30am.
GAAW PRO TAKEN IN FOR QUESTIONING BY GARDAÍ
Last Friday, 28th June 2013, two super sleuths from Shannon’s Gardaí arranged to interview GAAW’s PRO, Niall Farrell, in Oranmore Garda Station in relation to a peaceful act of sabotage of a US troop transport plane at Shannon back in December 2011. Some 13 months ago the Gardaí raided Farrell’s home on the grounds that he had innocently posted an anonymous account of this sabotage after it arrived through his letterbox. During the raid 3 pcs were seized, one of which has never been returned.
An intrepid cameraman just back from Occupied Palestine was on hand in Oranmore to capture Farrell’s visit to Oramore’s Garda station last Friday:
In relation to Niall’s “interview” Shannonwatch rightly commented on its excellent website that the Gardaí were “Trying to Prosecute Peace Activists while the Real Criminals go Unchallenged”. (www.shannonwatch.org )
MEANWHILE AT SHANNON THE WAR GOES ON…..
The peace monitors at Shannon have been reporting since last Friday considerable US military activity at this once civilian airport. Here is what Edward Horgan reported yesterday July 1st 2013:
“I called out to Shannon airport this morning to check on John Lannon's report of US warplanes at Shannon last night. The three warplanes were still there, one was a US air force Gulfstream III, executive jet, the kind used to transport US generals, the other 2 were Hercules C130p, reg. number 64852 from Moody Air force Base in Georgia, arrived in Shannon yesterday evening accompanied by Hercules C130p, reg. number 650986 also from Moody Air force Base in Georgia. These warplanes were being guarded by both the Irish Army and Gardaí. My information is that no attempt was made to investigate or search these aircraft even though they may part of US special forces teams from J.S.O.C. involved in extra-judicial assassinations or may be part of a US military logistic effort to deliver weapons to one of the belligerents in the Syrian civil war. I took the attached photos and then went to Shannon Garda station where I made the attached statement requesting that these aircraft be searched and investigated. The two herculesC130p aircraft left Shannon while I was in the Garda Station. I was kept waiting for at least 15 minutes before being interviewed by Garda Sergeant M O'Connell, probably because they knew that the aircraft were getting ready to take off. From my knowledge of military logistics and the movement of military aircraft carrying soldiers, it is inconceivable that each of these aircraft was not carrying weapons and munitions, at least one and probably two weapons for each soldier on board as well as the associated ammunition for these weapons, which would normally be one automatic pistol and one automatic rifle for each soldier.
Questions should be asked in the Dail about the purpose and destination and cargoes of these aircraft. The US intelligence services are now known to have been spying on European Union offices and diplomatic services, probably including the Irish embassy in Washington, yet the Irish security services are refusing to investigate US military warplanes at Shannon that are in clear breach of Irish and international laws and conventions.
Statement by Edward Horgan to Garda Sergeant Michael OConnell, at Shannon Garda Station on 1st July 2013
I Edward Horgan request that Gardaí at Shannon search and investigate 3 US warplanes (2 Hercules and one US military executive jet) at Shannon airport. This is necessary as it is likely that the personnel on some of these aircraft may be carrying arms to one of the belligerents in the Syrian civil war and may also be part of US special forces known as J.S.O.C., involved in extra-judicial assassinations. I am making this request so that Gardaí at Shannon should carry out their duties of care, duties of crime prevention, and duties to comply with Irish and international laws and conventions. I witnessed US soldiers on the ground near these aircraft some of whom appeared to be carrying weapons. Signed Edward Horgan”
FROM SOLDIER TO RESISTER
Joe Glenton a former British soldier spoke in both Galway and Dublin last month where he launched his political memoir Soldier Box. Joe is no ordinary British squaddie. Having joined the army in the belief that he was going to serve his nation with valour and honour in the War on Terror, his tour of duty in Afghanistan turned him into a passionate campaigner against war.
Thanks to Tommy Donnellan you can view Joe’s talk in Galway here:
THE GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THEMSELVES
The Gardaí are above the law. GAAW received another example of this fact last week when Niall Farrell’s family was informed that the Gardaí had committed no offence by failing to show a search warrant in June 2012 when they raided their home. The investigation into the family’s complaint was conducted by Garda Superintendent Roche of Ballinasloe. Despite having the evidence of Farrell’s Belfast-based solicitor who spoke with the Garda leading the raid on the phone and heard him refuse to show the search warrant the learned Superintendent found in his colleague’s favour. This is nothing new and does not surprise us. Supporters will recall how one of our members was viciously assaulted by a Superintendent Garda from Galway during a peaceful GAAW picket and despite numerous independent witnesses the so-called ombudsman found in favour of the Garda.
Indeed, we only have to look at the pictures coming from Erris in Co. Mayo showing the violent behaviour of the Gardaí against peaceful protesters to see that the Gardaí know they are above the law.
However, as with the delinquent Catholic priests of old, these delinquent police will have their comeuppance.