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galway / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Friday March 12, 2010 11:45 by donkylemore   text 43 comments (last - monday may 17, 2010 00:10)   image 4 images   video 7 video files
The UN mandate 424 demands that Israel return to it's pre '67 borders.
She has refused to do so in 40 years.
Israel 's hegemony in the region is manifest in her military and social expansionist policies .
She ignores the rest of the world , perpetrates whatever atrocities she chooses with impunity. When criticized by the Goldstein report she attacked Goldstein , then attacken the UN for having the timerity to criticize her invasion of Lebanon and killing of over 1400 civilians.
There is one bizarre and paradoxical for a recalibrating the balance of power in the Middle East.... read full story / add a comment
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday March 11, 2010 11:26 by don mac namara   text 12 comments (last - thursday march 25, 2010 18:59)
A request to Green Party re travel arrangements for members has met with obfuscation and obscurantinism. Is this the party who espoused transparency , eschewed cronyism etc read full story / add a comment
Yuki Nishioka, who will play at The Forge at Gort festival, March 26 & 27
galway / arts and media / press release Friday March 05, 2010 14:41 by Fred Johnston   text 2 comments (last - saturday march 13, 2010 11:23)   image 1 image
Sponsors and venue operators get limelight in literary festival video for Gort's literary festival, March 26th and 27th read full story / add a comment
galway / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Tuesday March 02, 2010 18:39 by Galway Alliance Against War
The Galway Alliance Against War will mark International Women’s Day on Friday evening with a fundraiser for women organisations in Afghanistan, whose members risk life and limb on a daily basis to offer young girls an education. It has to be done in secret, as the ruling warlords, like the Taliban, oppose schools for girls. So, GAAW will hold a fundraiser for these women groups in Woodquay’s Rowing Club on Friday 5th March starting at 9pm. Admission to this ceili/disco is only €5.

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Father of Thaer Hamad; Kayed
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday February 23, 2010 05:33 by TD   text 5 comments (last - friday february 26, 2010 08:26)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
On 3rd March 2002, 22-year-old Palestinian blocklayer and tiler Thaer Hamad from the Ramallah-area village of Silwad, armed with an old WW2 M1 rifle shot 24 Israeli Occupation Forces and their reinforcements at a checkpoint sited in an old British police post on the road between Nablus and Ramallah killing 11 of them in the space of 24 minutes before his weapon blew up on the 25th shot. read full story / add a comment
Westside Library Meeting Poster
galway / housing / event notice Monday February 22, 2010 13:25 by Geegee   image 1 image
The development of the first ecological community in the west of Ireland will be discussed at a public meeting hosted by the Galway Sustainable Community Project in the Westside Library this Tuesday 23rd February; refreshments will be served from 6:00pm, and the meeting will begin at 6:30pm. This will be the first in a series of public meetings which will be designed to encourage interactive discussion and invite new people to get involved in the project. read full story / add a comment
Colette Wittorski (left) with writer and activist Margaretta D'Arcy  (c) LitPix 2010
galway / arts and media / press release Friday February 19, 2010 12:41 by Fred Johnston   image 1 image
Charlie Byrne's Bookshp, Middle Street, Galway, played host to French poet, Colette Wittorski. read full story / add a comment
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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday February 18, 2010 16:47 by TD   text 4 comments (last - thursday february 18, 2010 22:32)   image 2 images   video 6 video files
Sorry to report that the PA through its Israeli, US and Jordanian trained Quisling thugs has now reduced armed struggle to an occasional tokenistic spasm in the West Bank and even nonviolent resistance, in the case of Bil'in, a mockery: PA placemen on the Popular Committee now only permit eunuchized, grand old Duke of York type Friday traipses to the nearby Apartheid-Annexation Wall with anything stronger planned such as a protest against Mubarak's Wall of Shame between Gaza and Egypt nipped in the bud, as it were. read full story / add a comment
galway / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday February 14, 2010 20:53 by donkylemore   text 16 comments (last - wednesday february 24, 2010 17:13)
Lets face it . The GP is now little more than the bordello of Irish politics. You pay - the harlot performs. She does so at the whim of the punter.And repeats it just so long as he pays.
The manner of their Machiavellian march into Dail Eireann under Gormley rather than Sergeant amply demonstrated their lust for the whiff of power- principals were for losers. read full story / add a comment
galway / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday February 13, 2010 11:45 by donkylemore   text 6 comments (last - thursday february 18, 2010 19:13)
If Ms de Burca's allegations are to be believed as written her unbridled personal column in today's Irish Times, it would seem that not only have the Greens lost their moral compass ; they have buried it under a host of erstwhile worthy principles.
In these circumstances t'would be well were the Green's to bury this current arrangement of their party system and try to reform themselves rigorously before they attempt to resurrect themselves , with any credibility. read full story / add a comment
galway / arts and media / event notice Tuesday February 09, 2010 19:25 by Fred Johnston
Friday May 26th at 10pm sees a late-night performance by Marty Mulligan read full story / add a comment
Colette Wittorski - 'Northern Lights' published by Lapwing Poetry
galway / arts and media / event notice Sunday February 07, 2010 16:03 by Western Writers   text 1 comment (last - sunday february 07, 2010 16:16)   image 1 image
French poet Colette Wittorski reads from here work in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway on Thursday, February 18th, at 6pm. Admission free. She will read from 'Northern Lights,'a dual-language collection of her work with translations read by Fred Johnston, published by Lapwing Poetry.

Le poète français Colette Wittorski récitera de son oeuvre dans la Librairie de Charlie Byrne, la Middle Street, Galway, jeudi, le 18 février, à 18.00. Entrée gratuite. Elle récitera de 'Northern Lights/ l'Aurore boréale,' une collection de langue duelle avec des traductions lues par Fred Johnston. read full story / add a comment
Pádraig Ó Morain (pic The Irish Times)
galway / arts and media / event notice Thursday February 04, 2010 15:01 by Fred Johnston   image 1 image
Journalist, poet and counsellor for Gort festival. read full story / add a comment
Yuki Nishioka - Music and Poetry
galway / arts and media / event notice Wednesday February 03, 2010 14:28 by Fred Johnston   image 1 image
Violinist Yuki Nishioka will accompany the Clare Three-Leggéd Stool writers' group in a reading as part of the third The Forge at Gort festival, organised by The Western Writers' Centre - Ionad Scríbhneoirí Chaitlín Maude - Galway in O'Grady's Restaurant and Bar, Gort, Co. Galway at 4.30pm, Saturday, March 27th. Admission is free. read full story / add a comment
Eva Nováková (holding placard) doing her stuff in the Bil'in demonstration
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday February 01, 2010 18:10 by TD   text 4 comments (last - monday february 08, 2010 20:09)   image 2 images   video 7 video files
Israel's Haaretz newspaper is reporting that: Israel's new immigration police has joined security forces in cracking down on foreign activists residing in the Palestinian West Bank ... The Oz Unit participated last week in the attempted arrest of a number of activists in the West Bank town of Bil'in, and also in the raid that nabbed leading Palestinian militants Mohammed Hatib that same night. Two weeks ago, the unit took part in the arrest of a Czech activist in Ramallah.

A fact I can attest to as I was one of the "foreigners" and videoographer of the night's brutal proceedings in Bil'in before I had to exit the West Bank at the weekend.
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galway / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Monday February 01, 2010 15:14 by donkylemore   text 1 comment (last - monday february 01, 2010 21:23)
As Tony Blair's evidence to the Iraq invasion inquiry , Old Labour ' statesman said yesterday he didnt believe a word of his rambling fiction. Did he really get away with this with his lying by increments, his obscenely flawed rhetoric. His false claims re Saadam and WMD.. the notion of a rogue state ..- the real rogue stat in the region.
And do the Brits reall give a dam anyway, as integrity has only an inconvenience and only had £ shop currency.
The whole inchoate gibberish. - from the man who felt the hand of history on his shoulder.
Yo ! Blair- as GW Bush would have said.
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galway / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Monday February 01, 2010 09:25 by LASC   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 03, 2010 08:59)
Public Talk at the One World Centre, Bridge Mills, Mills Street, Galway @ 19:00, Wed February 3rd.
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John Arden (c) LitPix 2009
galway / arts and media / event notice Thursday January 28, 2010 17:17 by Fred Johnston   image 1 image
Acclaimed novelist John Arden will read at Gort read full story / add a comment
galway / arts and media / event notice Tuesday January 26, 2010 17:02 by Fred Johnston
Kate Thompson is an award-winning writer for children and adults. Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, she has lived in Ireland, where many of her books are set, since 1981. She is the youngest child of the social historians and peace activists E. P. Thompson and Dorothy Towers. read full story / add a comment
galway / arts and media / event notice Monday January 25, 2010 18:57 by Fred Johnston
Poet, performer and actor Pete Mullineaux will give a workshop on poetry at The Forge at Gort festival, Gort, Co. Galway, on March 27th starting at 11am. The festival is run by The Western Writers' Centre (Ionad Scribhneoirí Chaitlín Maude) Galway. read full story / add a comment
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