TheSpectator‘s Alex Massie penned an article last Tuesday entitled: “Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to rewrite the history of his support for the IRA”. Corbyn’s association with Sinn Féin – the political wing of the now-decommissioned (Provisional) Irish Republican Army – is a common line of attack used against him by his opponents. Whilst it is true that Corbyn has been happy to meet with representatives of Sinn Féin throughout his political career, what does this actually mean in context?
Last Friday afternoon, I attempted to submit a comment underneath Massie’s article on the Spectator‘s website in order to respond to some of the assertions he had made therein, but comments to the site must first undergo a filtering process before being published and it appears their censors were not happy to publish mine.
My comment remained pending for a number of hours before being deleted completely from the Disqus commenting system employed by the…
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“Take Egypt out and the whole structure of the Israelites’ tale would instantly fall.”
Dr. Ashraf Ezzat
Obviously, Egypt must have played a vital role in the history of the Hebrews otherwise it wouldn’t have been such a recurring theme in the Jewish holy book.
Egypt was, and still is, the magnificent overture to the Israelites’ story. Take Egypt out and the whole structure of the Israelites’ tale would instantly fall.
The land of the Nile has been the theater for the Israelites’ epic stories of alleged enslavement, divine retaliation, wandering in the wilderness and finally a breath-taking and logic-defying exit.
But on the other hand, do you know how many times Israel or the Israelites were mentioned in the ancient Egyptian records? … Well, and according to history and the ancient Egyptian meticulous…
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Sabba – Thank you to Ryan Hodgson for the link.
YNET – As the suspension of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and corruption allegations loom in the background, a new appointment was announced: Ilan Goldfein, who was chief economist to Brazil’s largest private bank, will become president of the country’s largest bank.
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On Sunday 22nd May there will be a memorial event in London to the Irish Famine which many refer to as a genocide! It will take place outside the main entrance of Congress House in Great Russell Street. Speakers invited will be on behalf of the Parvees (Irish Travellers) who owe their roots to this atrocity as many were evicted from their homes in Ireland and the London 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Committee since the Famine fuelled nationalism in Ireland which led to the Rising in 1916, itself. This event is to remember the many Irish people who died in An Gorta Mor and the many who fled to London. It will be over 170 years since An Gorta Mor began to inflict many deaths in Ireland and we have chosen this spot as it is part of the Parish of St. Giles known as ‘Little Ireland’ throughout the 19th century. This area…
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Can we get an overview of the occupations of the persons associated with the Panama Papers? Well … that might be difficult, but we can get a biased plot by using the listing in Wikidata, where persons associated with the Panama Papers seems to be tagged and where their occupation(s) is listed. It produces the plot below.
It is fairly straightforward to construct such a bubble chart given the new plotting capabilities in the Wikidata Query Service. Dutch Wikipedian Gerard Meijssen seems to have been the one who has entered the information in Wikidata linking Panama Papers to persons via the ‘significant event‘ property. How complete he yet has managed to do this I do not know. Our Danish Wikipedian Ole Palnatoke Andersen set up a page on the Danish Wikipedia at Diskussion:Panama-papirerne/Wikidata tabulating with the nice Listeria tool of Magnus Manske. Modifying Ole’s…
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Remember the story a couple of months ago about a homeless man – Mark Collins – who helped a desperate young woman when she was stranded in Euston overnight after missing the last train home:
It was a such a touching story, thousands of people donated money – £13,000 to be exact – to help Mark get back on his feet.
But amazingly, Mark still hasn’t seen any of the money yet.
Mainly because a homeless charity working in the area – Safer Streets – recommended the money should be withheld from Mark and given to a homeless charity like themselves instead. On the basis that:
“Giving large amounts of money directly to someone with support needs could have been harmful”.
Safer Streets is a project run by a charity called Change, Grow, Live. Which until recently was called Crime Reduction…
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Full analysis of Repossession Figures further Down
Irish Times Report and Full Dail Record of Noonan Reply to Seamus Healy TD’s Call to STOP REPOSSESSIONS Further Down
REPOSSESSIONS: NOONAN’S MASTER CLASS–Paddy Healy
SPINNING TO MISLEAD ON REPOSSESSIONS IN THE DÁIL!
It is No Joke but Tommy Cooper Strikes Again!
State Owned Banks, AIB, EBS,PERMANENT TSB, are seeking repossession of homes by court order throughout the country.
Seamus Healy TD recently asked Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in the Dáil to instruct these banks to desist from this.
Mr Noonan refused and stated that “In a very extreme situation, the issue is being handled reasonably well by the banks.”
In the course of his reply Minister Noonan quoted figures from a Central Bank report which stated that in Quarter 3(July, August, September) 207 properties were repossessed on foot of a court order. “The idea that tens of thousands of houses…
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On Thursday, Ken Livingstone made some remarks during a BBC radio London interview, which, unless you’ve been trekking in the Antarctic, you will have read or heard by now.
The perspectives on his comments are as many and varied as the people who hold them, from those who are deeply offended, to those who are adamant he said nothing wrong.
Many in the latter category, are honing in on the fact that some of what he said turned out to be factually correct. Others agree, but make the case that his impromptu – and some would argue uncalled for – history lesson was sparse on detail and lacking in context.
But whilst many hang their heads in despair as yet another bad news story for Labour dominates the headlines, there are those with an anti-Labour agenda who can barely conceal their glee. The fact that many in this camp are…
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