Imperialism in our midst

Originally posted on Belfast Marxist:

Imperialism in our midst

Imperialism is a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization, use of military force, or other means. The primary purpose of which is economic control in one way or another. It is a feature of a developed capitalist state as it advances toward monopoly capitalism.

Decades ago, colonialism was the means by which the ‘great powers’ exerted their control – full scale occupation of a country and the imposition of a rule of law and an economic system, suited to the occupier. The sun, it was said, never set on the British Empire, as its imperialist ambitions stretched into every corner of the globe. Ireland knows only too well the suffering and pain as a result of ‘Empire’, for it saw the effects of cultural imperialism as well as economic.

Where have the empires gone?

Throughout the 1900’s native populations gradually rose up…

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Israel intercepts Gaza-bound flotilla

Originally posted on Kia Ora Gaza:

Freedom Flotilla III's Marianne av Göteborg on its way to Gaza. Freedom Flotilla III’s Marianne av Göteborg on its way to Gaza.

By Jack Khoury and Gili Cohen, Haaretz (Israeli daily newspaper), 29 June 2015

Israeli forces intercepted the Gaza-bound boat Marianne late Sunday night, in what the Israeli Defense Forces said was a short operation free of any casualties. The boat is currently en route to Ashdod port.

Fighters from the Shayetet 13 unit searched the boat after the successful takeover. According to military sources, the ship is expected to dock in Ashdod within the next 12-24 hours, depending on weather and sea conditions.

After arriving in Ashdod, they will be interrogated before being escorted to Ben-Gurion Airport and flown out of Israel.

The Swedish boat, which on Sunday afternoon was 150 nautical miles from the Gaza Coast, is carrying 20 activists, among them MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List) and former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki.

According to the army’s…

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Sandra Gives The Game Away: Jobcentres Given Sheriff’s Stars For Hitting Benefit Sanction Targets

Originally posted on the void:

sanction-sheriffSandra Lambert, manager of 149 Jobcentres and self-styled lifestyle guru, has spent much of the last few days frantically blocking people on twitter who have been taking the piss out of the cringemaking motivational advice she inflicts on the poor bastards who work for her.

She wasn’t fast enough however to hide the tweet in which she awarded a Texas style sherriff’s badge to Jobcentres in the midlands for upholding their DMA decision rate – as spotted by @refuted.  A DMA means a referral to a Jobcentre ‘decision maker’ to process a benefit sanction.  It is the second time this month a DWP manager has been exposed praising their staff for hitting benefit sanction targets – targets that Iain Duncan Smith’s department have repeatedly claimed do not exist.

It is not just that the DWP are lying which is so contempible, all government departments lie after all.  It…

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Britain’s Army Of Serial Killers In Ireland 

Originally posted on An Sionnach Fionn:

Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers, British Occupied North of Ireland, 1970s

In the late 1980s and early ‘90s British terrorist groups in the north-east of Ireland began to justify their attacks on the Irish nationalist population in the contested region – and elsewhere – by briefing the domestic and international news media with intelligence information supplied to them by the UK’s “security forces”. Literally thousands of documents from British military and police sources were produced by the UDA-UFF , UVF and other terror factions naming individuals and locations targeted by so-called “Loyalist” gunmen and bombers. In essence these organisations were stating in public what was long accepted in private: that they were functioning as an integral part of Britain’s counter-insurgency war against the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army and the communities which supported it.

Under pressure at home and from overseas, notably from the governments in Dublin…

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Collusion Or The Secret History Of The British “Jihad” In Ireland

Originally posted on An Sionnach Fionn:

British-state militias in Ireland the UDR or RIR and the RUC The alphabet soup of British-state militias in Ireland in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s – the UDR (now the RIR) and the RUC (now the PSNI)

One might well regard it as forty years and several hundred deaths too late but RTÉ, Ireland’s public service broadcaster, seems to have finally recognised the need to investigate and report on the details of Britain’s historic “dirty war” in the north-east of the country. Perhaps it is the passing of an older generation of British-sympathisers within the corporation, men and women who formerly maintained a censorious grip on the network’s news and current affairs department, which has allowed ordinary journalistic ethics to come to the fore, free of ideological concerns? Or perhaps it is simply the times we live in, a post-invasions’ world, where the cynicism and disbelief created by the fatuously-named “War on Terror” has inspired others elsewhere to look again at the received narratives they were fed by those in positions…

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‘An Phobcrapt’ – A Further Thought On Who Wrote It

Originally posted on The Broken Elbow:

A further thought or two on the MI5/UDA spoof paper An Phobracpt, these derived from a more forensic examination of the writing style that can be found in the British black propaganda exercise, compared to what was usually on offer from the UDA’s editorial offices.

The first excerpt (see below) is taken from what is believed to be the inaugural edition of An Phobcrapt which appeared around December 1988. The second comes from an editorial that appeared in the UDA magazine, Ulster about a year earlier. Both publications were ostensibly edited by Sammy Duddy, a well known UDA activist and the organisation’s former intelligence officer. He was also believed by some UDA colleagues to be working secretly for the British, presumably MI5.

The second excerpt, from Ulster magazine, contains spelling mistakes and, while not wishing to disparage or belittle the late Sammy Duddy’s writing skills, is not the most elegant…

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Paddy McGrath: an Easter Rising veteran executed by De Valera

Originally posted on The Treason Felony Blog:

It is well known that those who saw service during the Easter Rising in 1916 and were executed, were summarily tried by a military tribunal, shot, then buried in unmarked graves. What is less well known is the last such execution of an Easter Rising participant was that of Paddy McGrath, ordered by De Valera’s Fianna Fáil cabinet in 1940.

Despite being founded long after both events, according to the party’s plans to commemorate 1916:

It would be logical that an organisation that was so connected to the Rising and the War of Independence would commemorate its own history.

If that is the case, it might want to revisit its treatment of at least one participant, Paddy McGrath. On 16th August 1940, Special Branch officers, led by Denny O’Brien, stormed 98a Rathgar Road, guns blazing, hoping to get reward money from a slush fund used to encourage similar raids against known IRA…

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‘Gaza is on the horizon’

Originally posted on Kia Ora Gaza:

The last video message from the first Flotilla ship, the Marianne in Messina, Sicily, before they set sail to join the other Freedom Flotilla III boats heading for Gaza by the end of June. [Video in Swedish and English language sections]

On board are two New Zealand media reps; senior journalist with MaoriTV, Ruwani Perera, and award-winning cameraman, Jake Bryant (both of whom can be briefly spotted in this video clip during the wharf-side briefing). Their participation has been facilitated by Kia Ora Gaza. Watch out for their reports.

The Marianne, which has sailed from Sweden, stopped in at the Messina port to receive the solidarity and support of Italian people. From there, Gaza is on the horizon.

Kia Ora Gaza will post updates & news on the Flotilla on our FaceBook pages and website:

The flotilla organisers will be tweeting about the mission using the following…

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Israel preparing to ‘stop flotilla from reaching Gaza’

Originally posted on Kia Ora Gaza:

flotilla2The Israeli military is preparing to stop the pro-Palestinian flotilla from reaching Gaza, according to reports from Israeli sources. On the flotilla boats are parliamentarians and diplomats from all over the world, including an Israeli Arab MK law-maker. [Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News]

By Omri Ariel, JerusalemOnLine (a pro-Israeli newsletter), 21 June 2015

The IDF [Israeli Defense Force] has officially been instructed to stop the pro-Palestinian flotilla, which according to reports has sailed out and is now between Italy and Greece, headed towards the Gaza shores. It consists of two small vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists from various countries, and which do not seem to have a large enough capacity for much humanitarian or medical equipment.

Earlier on Sunday, MK Basel Ghattas of the Joint Arab List announced his participation in the flotilla and called it “a civilian boat of peace,” adding that “trying to reach Gaza through international…

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Conversant with Chairman Mao? The speech that split the IRA, July 1969.

Originally posted on The Treason Felony Blog:

Almost all those involved in the IRA in 1969cite a speech given by Jimmy Steele in Ballyglass cemetery in Julythat yearas apivotal moment en route to the splits that occurred, firstlybetween Belfast and Dublinthat September and, then, across the IRA as a whole. The content of thespeech, delivered at the re-burial of two IRA volunteers executed in England in 1940,was reported in Peter Taylor’s bookProvos in 1998. But the published text doesn’t match the surviving audio of the speech, now held by the Irish Republican Museum in Conway Mill. Thedifferences are significant and give fresh insight into those at the centre of the IRA split.

Taylor’s quote from the speech is below:

Our two martyred comrades who we honour today … went forth to carry the fight to the enemy, into enemy territory, using the only methods that will ever succeed, not the method of the politicians, nor…

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