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  1. Republican Sinn Féin redesigned their national website www.rsf.ie. Together with the monthly paper SAOIRSE, the internet is the most important tool to spread the republican message in the 21st century. The redesign of the national website is in line with significant developments of Republican Sinn Féin on the internet and social media. The new national website will be an important tool to make Republicanism and the Republican Movement more relevant to the people of Ireland in the run-up to the 1916-Centenary. In the 1990s Republican Sinn Féin was among the first political organisations in Ireland to have a permanent and professional online presence by launching the national website www.rsf.ie and an online archive of the republican paper Saoirse on www.saoirse.info. Since then the internet became an essential part in the life of most people. To fulfil the requirements of the 21st century Republican Sin Féin decided to develop a new and modern online presence. In early 2012 Republican Sinn Féin set up a Committee to develop the online presence of the organisation and establish a modern and vibrant online presence of Republican Sinn Féin. Since 2012 Republican Sinn Féin set up a new official Facebook page, a national Twitter account as well as an international Twitter account and a YouTube account. Further steps to develop the profile of Irish republicanism on the internet were made by setting up a new international website which is accessible on www.rsf-international.org and temporary website of the Republican campaign against the EU Austerity Treaty in May 2012 and a website for the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013. In autumn 2012 Republican Sinn Féin launched four provincial websites to make the republican voice be heard on a local level in Ireland. Republican Sinn Féin in the four provinces of Ireland is available on www.leinster.rsf.ie, www.ulster.rsf.ie, www.munster.rsf.ie and www.connacht.rsf.ie. There is no change in the domain-name of the redesigned national websites. It stays www.rsf.ie The international website is www.rsf-international.org Republican Sinn Féin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Republican-Sinn-F%C3%A9in/312436515470517 Republican Sinn Féin on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/republicansf National Twitter-Account: https://twitter.com/RepublicanSF/ International Twitter-Account: https://twitter.com/RSFInt All these websites and social media sites are officially maintained by Republican Sinn Féin. They provide news, history and events relevant to Irish Republicanism, Republican Sinn Féin and the Republican Movement. The online presence, in particular the new redesigned national website, is a work-in-progress. Thus all websites will be constantly updated and redeveloped to fulfil the needs of a relevant political movement in the 21st century. For any technical enquiries and all questions regarding the online presence of Republican Sinn Féin please contact: admin@rsf.ie Críoch/Ends.
  2. In July 2013, republican activists from Europe, North America and Australia launched the “International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War” as a permanent and independent body to coordinate international support with Irish Republican Prisoners of War. In the context of a blackout of mainstream media and reformist politics, we rely on our strengths and build solidarity from below. Hence the committee works towards promoting solidarity with all genuine Irish Republican POWs. It operates as an independent network to coordinate support with the Irish Republican POWs world-wide. It has been agreed by the members of the committee to hold the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. All international organisations and Irish republican activists and their supporters are invited to join preparations to make the 3rd annual POW-Day a success. The 1st International POW-Day in 2011 was organised by the Republican Sinn Féin International Bureau and Liberation Irlande from France. The 2nd International Day 2012 was organised by an ad-hoc committee chaired by Dieter Blumenfeld. Since the situation in Maghaberry has not been solved and internment continues, various republican activists joined forces to set up the permanent “International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War”. Chairperson of the committee for the coming period is Dieter Blumenfeld. He welcomed the launch of the International POW-Committee as “an important step to promote the cause of Irish Republicanism and the case of the Irish Republican Prisoners in English, Irish and Lithuanian jails on an international level all over the world”. The main focus of the committee in the coming period is the organisation of the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. On the weekend of October 25/26/27, Irish republicans and their supporters will hold various protest and events on at least three continents, Australia, Europe and North America. October 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the escape of three republican POWs by helicopter from Mountjoy jail. October 25 is also the anniversary of the death of Sinn Féin’s Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence Mac Swiney and republican Joseph Murphy in Cork prison. Both died on hunger strike in July 1920. On October 27, 1980 the first H-Block hunger strike began. The members of the committee urge all Irish Republicans abroad, international human-rights activists and progressive political activists to support the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. The republican POWs scream, but their voices die away in silence. We on the outside must become the voice of the prisoners! The members of the committee for the coming period are: from Europe: George Faisan of Liberation Irlande, France, and Dieter Blumenfeld of Republican Sinn Féin, Austria; from North America: Padraig MacLiam of the Release Martin Corey Campaign, USA, and Dominick Bruno of the National Irish Freedom Committee, USA; and Martin Longwill of the Sydney Branch of the James Connolly Association. The website of the International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War is: http://supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net/. The contact details to the Chairperson of the Committee are: supporthepows@irish-solidarity.net and 0043 664 556 18 68. Further contact details to each area are available from the website.
  3. 2016 will see the centenary of the anti-imperialist rising of Irish republicans, revolutionaries, socialists and militant trade union activists against 800 years of Anglo-Norman, English and British occupation in Ireland. The reading of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic marks the initial point of the current phase of the national and social liberation struggle of the Republican Movement in Ireland. Yet 1916 remains unfinished business! The Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee has been set up to make preparations to commemorate the events of 1916 in a decent and dignified way. Though the best way to commemorate the struggle of 1916 and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is to join the struggle of Republican Sinn Féin and build the All-Ireland Republic proclaimed on Easter Week 1916! All events organised by the Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee leading up to the centenary in 2016 will be announced on the new campaign-website http://1916centenary.rsf.ie/. Users will also find a wide range of historical information on the events of Easter Week 1916 and the revolutionary and pre-revolutionary period from 1913 to 1923. In the coming years Republican Sinn Féin will constantly updating the website. We ask everyone to visit the website regularly and share the information. 1916 remains unfinished business! Commemorate Easter Week 1916 by building the Republic! Join Republican Sinn Féin! The website of the Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee: http://1916centenary.rsf.ie/ Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee, saoirse@iol.ie
  4. On July 1, Lithuania has taken the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the 26 Counties Administration in Dublin for the coming twelve months. On this day, the programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency has been published in Brussels. Referring to the illegal treatment of republican prisoner Michael Campbell and the inhumane treatment in prison, Republican Sinn Féin International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld called the programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency as “pure hypocrisy”. The programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency vows to safeguard “that the EU institutions remain active in their protection of fundamental human rights both within the EU and abroad“. The programme continues: “Regarding the Southern neighbourhood, Lithuania will support the EU focus on more effective implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy aiming at promoting democracy and inclusive and sustainable growth, based on promotion of human rights, especially the equal rights and freedoms of women, as well as closer cooperation with civil society.“ Furthermore the documents claims: “The EU is ready to take on leadership in protecting human rights.“ The chapter D “Justice and Home Affairs” starts with: “The Council dedicates particular attention to the protection of interests and the needs of citizens and other EU residents, in order to ensure respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms.” In a statement, Dieter Blumenfeld, International Spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin, said: “The whole document is pure hypocrisy. While the EU and the current EU-Presidency of Lithuania try to play the role of heralds of human rights and democracy, they hold an innocent Irish citizen under inhumane conditions in Lithuania. Not just that his basic human rights are continuously denied by the very government that produced this document. Michael Campbell should have never been sentenced in the first place. The whole process of coercion, incitement and setting traps is unlawful as such. “While we demand the repatriation of Irish republican Michael Campbell, we are very aware of the fact that Michael Campbell should have never been sentenced in the first place. The whole court case was a farce, disreputable for a so-called democratic state in the 21st century. Thus, we call on all Irish republicans and their supporters in Europe and elsewhere to put pressure on the Lithuanian government. The unlawful refusal of Michael Campbell’s basic human rights must end immediately! We ask all our supporters to write letters to the Lithuanian embassy and consulate in your countries and demand justice for Irish republican prisoner Michael Campbell. We ask you to raise the case of Michael Campbell among your family, friends and in your workplace. Contact local, regional and national media outlets. “Only a campaign of international pressure on the Lithuanian government can and ultimately will achieve justice and the repatriation of Michael Campbell”, Republican Sinn Féin International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld said. Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Dieter Blumenfeld,International PRO Republican Sinn Féin, 0043 664 556 18 68, international@rsf.ie http://www.rsf-international.org/
  5. Statement by the Republican Sinn Féin International Relations Department The blacklisting of Hezbollah as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the EU has been condemned by Republican Sinn Féin. In a statement RSF International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld said by putting Hezbollah on the EU-terrorlist, the EU-members once again follow the US-Israel-agenda in the Middle East and blocking the way for a democratic and federal solution of the conflicts in Lebanon, Syria and the Middle East. In a statement issued to media outlets in Europe on July 27, Dieter Blumenfeld, International Spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin said: “Hezbollah is no terrorist organisation but a legitimate peoples movement. They play both an important social role in Lebanon and a very progressive role in defending the Arabic people and the minorities against Imperialist and Zionist aggression. The huge support the get from the people in Lebanon, Syria and all over the Arabic world proves their analyses and politics as correctly. “By putting Hezbollah on the EU-terrorlist, the EU members follow the Imperialist and Zionist agenda of blacklisting and demonising all progressive movement in the Middle East and world-wide. We as Irish Republicans know this situation all too well. The Irish Republican Movement stands for the same democratic rights once the progressive revolutions of America, France and Russia held up high, though for decades Irish republican organisations are on these terrorlists of the EU, the UN and the US State Department. “By proscribing Republican Sinn Féin as a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation’ and refusing our former President and Patron Ruairí Ó Brádaigh entering the United States, it has been proven that all these organisations and states show no real interest in a democratic and lasting solution of the Irish conflict. “The same happens with Hezbollah these days. Hezbollah is no terrorist organisations but a progressive people’s movement that is forced to take up arms to defend their people against Imperialist and Zionist aggressions. The whole episode once again shows that we as Irish Republicans cannot wait to see the EU or UN standing up for Irish Unity. All these events are in vain. What history told us is that only the international people’s struggle will lead to a lasting and just solution of the national, democratic and social question in the Middle East and Ireland.” Dieter Blumenfeld, international spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin said. Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Dieter Blumenfeld, International PRO Republican Sinn Féin, 0043 664 556 18 68, international@rsf.ie http://www.rsf-international.org
  6. 'Saoirse. The Voice of the Republican Movement' uimh 315 Iúil/July 2013, Special Edition in honour of Republican Sinn Féin Patron Ruairí Ó Bradaigh. To purchase a copy for € 2,- (plus p&h) contact: saoirse@iol.ie (Ireland), international@rsf.ie (Europe, Australia, Latin America & Asia) and nifcmem@optonline.net (North America) or your local Republican Sinn Féin Cumann in Ireland, Scotland and England.
  7. A new Republican Sinn Féin Cumann has been established in County Wicklow. It is a historic moment as the Republican movement hasn't had an active Cumann in the Garden county since the pre-1986 era. The Cumann has been named in honour of local man Maolmhuire Ó Raghallaigh and the recently deceased Ruairí Ó Brádaigh. Both men gave a lifetime of service to the Republican cause and stayed true to their principles to the end. Ó Raghallaigh saw active service during the Counter-revolution of 1922-23 as a member of Neil 'Plunkett' O'Boyle's Flying Column, and remained a dedicated Republican throughout all the defections over the years until passing away in 1992. Ó Brádaigh joined the movement in 1950 and went on to become a legendary figure, serving as IRA Chief Of Staff during Operation Harvest and also serving two lengthy terms as president of Sinn Féin. The Ruairí Ó Brádaigh/Maolmhuire Ó Raghallaigh Cumann pledge to offer the people of County Wicklow a Republican alternative to the failed policies of the Leinster House parties through the Éire Nua programme. Republican Sinn Féin stand for a complete British withdrawal from Ireland and the deliverance of social justice through the full implementation of the 1916 Proclamation. As well as promoting the policies of the Republican movement, we endeavour to highlight local issues affecting local people and the ongoing use of selective internment in the occupied six counties. The Cumann has members from all over County Wicklow and is looking for fresh recruits. For further information you can contact the Republican Sinn Féin head office at 018729747 or visit either of these websites: www.facebook.com/rsf.wicklow RSFWicklow@hotmail.com
  8. Le combat du peuple philippin contre la domination impérialiste et la répression Discours prononcé à Conway Mill, à Belfast, le vendredi 14 juin 2013 dans le cadre du forum anti-impérialiste qui s’y est tenu pendant trois jours. Par Luis G. Jalandoni, responsable international du Front Démocratique National des Philippines. Le Front Démocratique National des Philippines remercie Republican Sinn Féin de l’avoir invité à participer à son Forum Anti-Impérialiste irlandais de 2013 et à participer à des activités conjointes pour contrer le sommet du G8 qui se tient dans le Fermanagh, comté d’Irlande occupé par la Grande-Bretagne. Nous vous sommes reconnaissants de pouvoir faire connaître ici la situation aux Philippines, et en particulier de vous parler de la destruction sociale et environnementale que l’impérialisme nous inflige, et de la lutte révolutionnaire menée par le peuple philippin pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. Nous voudrions aussi profiter de ce moment pour transmettre nos condoléances à la famille, aux camarades et aux amis de Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, ancien chef d’état major de l’IRA et ancien président de Republican Sinn Féin, qui a disparu le 5 juin. Il avait consacré sa vie au Mouvement Républicain irlandais, à la fois en tant que soldat et dirigeant politique, lui qui a été sa vie durant un parangon d’engagement, d’honneur et de loyauté à la cause de la liberté irlandaise. Les révolutionnaires philippins saluent l’héritage qu’il a passé aux générations suivantes de républicains qui continuent le combat pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. L’impérialisme US aux Philippines Il est tout à fait approprié de mener des activités publiques en même temps que le somment du G8 ici en Irlande. Cela donne aux peuples du monde l’occasion de cibler notre indignation collective sur la destruction et la pénurie engendrée par les Etats impérialistes les plus puissants du monde. La population des pays membres du G8 représente 14% de la population mondiale, alors que leur produit national brut représente 60% du PNB mondial. Les monopoles basés dans ces pays opèrent à l’échelle du monde, extorquent des sur-profits en pillant les ressources naturelles et en exploitant le travail salarié, et projettent leurs forces armées de répression contre les peuples qui se révoltent. Les Etats du G8 sont ceux qui font les plus grandes dépenses militaires et qui contrôlent presque toutes les armes nucléaires qui existent dans le monde. Ces Etats n’hésitent absolument pas à employer la force des armes contre d’autres pays qui défendent leur indépendance nationale, ou pour défendre leurs régimes fantoches en Asie, Afrique, Amérique Latine et au Moyen-Orient. Les Philippines ont subi la domination impérialiste US depuis le tournant du 20è siècle. Ayant pris le dessus sur le colonialisme espagnol, les Etats-Unis ont lancé une guerre interventionniste en 1899 contre le peuple souverain des Philippines. La brutalité des agresseurs étrangers a coûté la vie a 20.000 combattants philippins et à un million et demi de civils. Depuis lors, les Etats-Unis maintiennent leur emprise sur les Philippines, les dominant depuis 1946, tout d’abord comme un maître colonial suprême, puis par l’entremise de gouvernement autochtones fantoches. Le pays est maintenu dans une arriération agricole, l’économie n’est pas industrielle, mais elle utilisée comme source de matières minérales et naturelles, de plantations, de marchandises semi-finies et de travailleurs bon marché. Les Philippines sont utilisées, aujourd’hui comme hier, comme rampe de lancement pour les agressions armées en Asie Pacifique, dans l’Océan Indien et eu Moyen-Orient. Les Philippines sont un archipel en Asie du Sud-Est composé de plus de 7000 îles. Sa superficie est de 300.000 kilomètres carrés, à peu près comme la Nouvelle-Zélande et l’Italie, et sa population est d’environ 100 millions d’habitants. Le pays possède en abondance des ressources minérales, forestières, agricoles et marines. Malgré ces richesses luxuriantes, la majorité de la population vit dans la pauvreté. L’impérialisme US et les classes dominantes locales, les propriétaires terriens et la grande bourgeoisie compradore maintiennent le pays dans une condition principalement féodale. La majorité de la population est composée de paysans, dont 70% sont des métayers, non propriétaires. Ils paient une rente féodale aux propriétaires terriens, qui revient souvent à 70% de la récolte. Il n’y a presque pas de machines dans l’agriculture, la plupart des paysans travaillent avec des buffles et des instruments traditionnels pour la culture et la moisson. Les paysans et les travailleurs agricoles subissent un asservissement de type féodal, ils sont victimes de l’usure, de très bas salaires et de prix de revient très bas pour leurs produits agricoles. Moins de 15% de la population travaille dans le secteur industriel en tant que salariés. Il s’agit pour l’essentiel d’industries liées à l’agriculture, à l’extraction des ressources naturelles, et à l’assemblage de produits électroniques, textiles, d’équipements de transport et de produits alimentaires. Pendant la dernière décennie, des compagnies étrangères ont installé des centres d’appel dans le pays, employant paraît-il 700.000 travailleurs, c’est-à-dire environ 2% de la force de travail actuelle. Les travailleurs salariés des Philippines gagnent en moyenne 1,30 € de l’heure et 10,5 € par jour. Les besoins moyens par famille sont de €18,20 par jour pour survivre. Ceci signifie que le travailleur salarié gagne en moyenne la moitié de ce dont il a besoin pour survivre. Et de fait, 60% de la population vit dans la pauvreté, ne pouvant se procurer le nécessaire. Les entreprises monopolistes continuent de pillier les ressources naturelles du pays. Ils engrangent des sur-profits de ces opérations d’extraction et ne payent pour ainsi dire rien au gouvernement en retour. D’un autre côté, ces développements engendrent des dommages irréparables à l’environnement naturel et l’épuisement des ressources qui seraient nécessaires à l’industrialisation du pays. Les classes dominantes locales, propriétaires terriens et grande bourgeoisie compradore, sont rapaces et répressives à l’extrême. Elles monopolisent les ressources économiques du pays, exploitent les travailleurs, se servent de leur positions dans l’Etat pour en extraire un profit économique et politique, et emploient la puissance toute entière de l’Etat contre les masses populaires qui exigent le changement social. D’autre part, ces classes dominantes sont serviles à l’extrême envers les compagnies monopolistes étrangères et l’impérialisme US. Ils livrent le patrimoine du pays et sa souveraineté à des profiteurs étrangers et légitiment la domination impérialiste US. La révolution contre l’impérialisme, le féodalisme et le capitalisme bureaucratique La majorité écrasante du peuple philippin subit le problème chronique de l’impérialisme, du féodalisme et du capitalisme bureaucratique. Dans ces conditions, le peuple n’a d’autre choix que de livrer une lutte révolutionnaire pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. Ceci implique le renversement par la force de l’Etat réactionnaire contrôlé par les Etats-Unis, la distribution gratuite des terres agricoles aux paysans pauvres et ouvriers agricoles, le développement socialiste de l’agriculture, l’industrialisation de la nation, et l’établissement d’une république démocratique et populaire dirigée par la classe ouvrière. A l’heure actuelle, la révolution démocratique nationale est dirigée par la Parti Communiste des Philippines. Depuis sa reconstitution en 1968, le Parti a formé et commande la New People’s Army (NPA), qui est son arme principale, destinée à démanteler la force armée de l’Etat réactionnaire. Employant la stratégie de la guerre populaire prolongée, les forces révolutionnaires se construisent dans les vastes zones rurales, battant les forces armées réactionnaires unité par unité, dans le but de s’emparer du pouvoir politique à l’échelle du pays. En outre, la NPA est l’instrument principal qu’utilise le parti pour soulever, organiser et mobiliser la population rurale dans la révolution. Sont établies des organismes sectoriels à destination de la paysannerie, des femmes, des jeunes, et de la petite bourgeoisie rurale. Des projets et des campagnes pour la révolution agraire sont lancés, pour la baisse de la rente foncière par exemple, la fin de l’usure, l’amélioration de la production agricole, l’augmentation des salaires agricoles, des prix des produits à la vente, et l’amélioration des activités coopératives. Des organes locaux de pouvoir politique sont mis sur pied, en commençant au niveau du village, puis aux niveaux municipaux et provinciaux. Ces organes de pouvoir imposent la réforme agraire, organisent la production économique, l’éducation, l’auto-défense, l’arbitrage des conflits et des activités culturelles. Les activités révolutionnaires dans les villes sont également importantes. Sont formées des organisations d’ouvriers, d’indigents, de femmes, de jeunes, d’étudiants et de personnes des classes moyennes [«urban professionals»]. Elles entreprennent des actions légales et non armées pour propager les exigences des masses pour la libération nationale et la libération sociale. Elles font en outre connaître les nouvelles du front de la lutte armée menée principalement dans les campagnes, mais qui inspire la population urbaine, qui peut la soutenir ou rejoindre ses rangs. En ce moment, les forces révolutionnaires dirigées par le Parti Communiste des Philippines sont actives dans 70 provinces sur les 81 que compte le pays. La NPA opère sur plus de 110 fronts de guérilla, chaque front engageant une escouade ou une compagnie de combattants rouges. Le nombre des combattants rouges à temps plein munis de fusils d’assaut se rapproche de 10.000 unités. A ceux-ci s’ajoutent les milliers de volontaires des milices populaires, et les centaines de milliers de personnes qui participent aux unités d’auto-défense des organisations de masses dans les campagnes. La base de masses de la révolution, ce sont des millions de personnes. Cela a pu se faire en construisant au niveau des villages eux-mêmes des organisations de masse, des organes de pouvoir politique, et des comités du Parti. Celui-ci compte plus de 100.000 membres et a comme but d’en organiser 250.000, dans les campagnes comme dans les villes. Pour sa part, la NPA vise à accroître ses effectifs et atteindre le nombre de 25.000 combattants et à passer à 180 fronts de guérilla. Les organes de pouvoir politique et les organisations de masses se renforcent et cherchent à étendre leur influence sur des millions de gens, par l’organisation directe et le travail de front. Sous la direction du Parti, la NPA et les autres organisations alliées du Front Démocratique National des Philippines sont décidées à préparer l’avancée de la lutte révolutionnaire vers la victoire finale contre l’impérialisme US et ses alliés réactionnaires locaux. La victoire du peuple philippin saura contribuer à l’affaiblissement de la domination impérialiste US et aiguiser la contradiction qui prévaut au sein même des Etats impérialistes. Nous adressons notre solidarité révolutionnaire au peuple d’Irlande dans sa lutte ininterrompue contre l’impérialisme britannique et pour la révolution socialiste. Nous attendons une plus grand unité entre nos peuples et un soutien mutuel dans notre lutte commune pour la libération nationale, la justice sociale, la démocratie véritable et le développement socialiste. Victoire à la révolution nationale démocratique aux Philippines! Victoire au mouvement républicain irlandais! Vive Republican Sinn Féin! Vive la solidarité internationale anti-impérialiste! Traduction: Liberation Irlande, France
  9. Belfast, Ireland 13-15 June 2013 The National Democratic Front of the Philippines wishes to thank the Republican Sinn Fein for this invitation to participate in the Irish Anti-Imperialist Forum of 2013, and to join activities countering the G-8 Summit now being held in Fermanagh, in British-Occupied Ireland. We are grateful for this opportunity to share with you the situation in the Philippines, specifically the social and environmental destruction being wrought by imperialism, and the revolutionary struggle of the Filipino people for genuine national independence and democracy. We would also like to take this opportunity to express our condolences to the family, comrades and friends of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, former Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and President of the Republican Sinn Fein, who passed away on 5 June. He dedicated his life to the Irish Republican Movement, both as a soldier and political leader, setting the highest standards of commitment, duty, honor and loyalty to the cause of Irish freedom.Filipino revolutionaries salute the legacy that he has passed on to the next generations of Republicans who continue the fight for Irish national independence and genuine democracy. US imperialism in the Philippines It is highly appropriate to hold public activities simultaneous with the G-8 Summit here in Ireland. It gives peoples around the world an excellent opportunity to focus our collective indignation at the destruction and penury caused by the most powerful imperialist states in the world. Member-countries of the G-8 comprise about 14% of the world’s population, but they represent up to 60% of the global gross domestic product. Monopoly corporations based in these countries operate around the world, plundering the natural environment, exploiting wage labor for their super profits and dispatching armed repression against protesting peoples. G-8 governments are the biggest military spenders, and they control almost all the nuclear weapons in the world. These governments have no qualms about using their military might against other countries asserting national independence, nor in supporting repressive puppet regimes in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Philippines has been suffering from US imperialist domination since the turn of the 20th century. Taking over from Spanish colonialism, the US launched an interventionist war in 1899 against the sovereign Filipino people. The brutality of the foreign aggressors resulted in the death of 20,000 Filipino combatants and an additional 1.5 million civilians. The US has since kept its grip on the Philippines, governing first as a colonial overlord until 1946, and thereafter through a series of local puppet governments. The country is kept as a backward agricultural and non-industrial economy – as a source of mineral and natural resources, plantation products, semi-manufactured commodities, and cheap labor force. The Philippines also serves, then as now, as a launching pad for military aggression in Asia-Pacific, Indian Ocean and the Middle East. The Philippines is an archipelago in southeast Asia composed of more than 7,000 islands. It has a land area of 300,000 square kilometers, roughly the same size as Italy and New Zealand, and currently has a population of about 100 million. The country has rich mineral, forest, agricultural, water and marine resources. Despite these bountiful natural riches however, the vast majority of the population live in poverty. US imperialism and the local ruling classes of landlords and compradors big bourgeoisie have kept the country in a predominantly feudal state. Majority of the population are peasant-farmers, and more than 70% of them are landless share-croppers. They pay feudal rent to the landlords, sometimes amounting up to 70% of the harvest. There is virtually no amount of mechanization in agriculture, most peasants still use water buffaloes and hand tools for cultivating and harvesting their crops. Peasants and agricultural workers also suffer from feudal slavery, usury, low farm wages, and low prices for their agricultural products. Less than 15% of the population work in the industrial sector as wage laborers. Among others, they are engaged in extraction of natural resources, agriculture, assembly and semi-manufacture of electronics, garments, transport equipment, and food products. In the last decade, call center operations of foreign companies have expanded into the country, reportedly employing 700,000 workers, or about 2% of the country’s current labor force. Wage laborers in the Philippines earn an average of US$1.70 (€1,30) per hour or about US$13.60 (€10,50) per day. The average family needs US$23.60 (€18,20) per day in order to survive. This means that, on the average, a wage laborer earns only half of what they need to survive! In fact, more than 60% of the population live in poverty, not earning enough for the basic necessities. Foreign monopoly corporations continually plunder the country’s natural resources. They reap super profits from these extractive operations while paying virtually nothing to the government. On the other hand, these result in irreparable destruction to the environment and the depletion of resources for the country’s own industrial needs. The local ruling classes of landlords and compradors big bourgeoisie are extremely rapacious and repressive. They monopolize the country’s economic resources, exploit the working people, extract political and economic power from government resources, and utilize the entire might of the reactionary state against the masses who are demanding social change. They are also extremely subservient to foreign monopoly corporations and US imperialism. They hand over the country’s patrimony and sovereignty to foreign profit, and legitimize US imperialist domination. Revolution against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism The overwhelming majority of the Filipino people suffer from the chronic problems of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism. Under these conditions, the people have no other choice than to engage in a revolutionary struggle for national independence and genuine democracy. This involves the forcible overthrow of the US-controlled reactionary state, free distribution of agricultural lands to poor peasants and farmworkers, socialist development of agriculture, national industrialization, and establishment of the people’s democratic republic to be led by the working class. The national democratic revolution is currently being led by the Communist Party of the Philippines. Since its re-establishment in 1968, the Party has formed and commands the New People’s Army as its main weapon in dismantling the armed strength of the reactionary state. Utilizing the strategy of protracted people’s war, the revolutionary forces build up strength in the vast countryside, defeat the reactionary armed forces piece by piece, and aim to seize national political power. The NPA is also the Party’s main machinery for arousing, organizing and mobilizing the rural population for the revolution. Sectoral organizations of the peasantry, women, youth, children and the rural petty bourgeoisie are established. Programs and campaigns for agrarian revolution are launched, including those for lowering the land rent, wiping out usury, improving agricultural production, increasing farm wages, increasing prices for agricultural products, and improving cooperative activities. Local organs of political power are set up starting from the village level and later up to the municipal and provincial levels. These implement programs for agrarian reform, economic production, health, education, self-defense, local arbitration, and cultural activities. The revolutionary struggles in the towns and cities are also important. Organizations of the industrial workers, urban poor, women, youth and students, and urban professionals are formed. They launch legal and unarmed mass actions to propagate the demands of the masses for national and social liberation. They also spread the news about the armed struggle being waged primarily in the countryside, inspiring the urban population to support and actively join it. At the moment, the revolutionary forces led by the CPP are active in 70 out of the total 81 provinces in the Philippines. The NPA is operating in more than 110 guerilla fronts, each front equivalent to a platoon up to a company of Red fighters. The number of full-time Red fighters with high-powered rifles is moving towards the level of 10,000. They are also augmented by tens of thousands of volunteers in the people’s militia and in the hundreds of thousands of self-defense units of the mass organizations in the countryside. The mass base of the revolution runs into millions of people. It has been realized by building the village-based mass organizations, the organs of political power, and the local Party branches. The CPP membership is now beyond 100,000 and is expanding towards the goal of 250,000 in both urban and rural areas. The NPA seeks to increase its Red fighters to 25,000 and its guerilla fronts to 180. The organs of political power and the mass organizations are strengthening themselves and seek to cover more people by the millions through direct organizing and by united front work. Under the leadership of the CPP, the NPA and other allied organizations of the NDFP are determined and prepared to advance the revolutionary struggle towards total victory against US imperialism and its local reactionary allies. The victory of the Filipino people shall contribute in weakening US imperialist domination and heighten the contradiction among the imperialist states. We extend our revolutionary solidarity with the people of Ireland in their continuing struggle against UK imperialism and for socialist revolution. We look forward to greater unity between our peoples and mutual support in our common struggle for national liberation, social justice, genuine democracy and socialist development. Victory to the national democratic revolution in the Philippines! Victory to the Irish Republican Movement! Long live the Republican Sinn Fein! Long live international anti-imperialist solidarity! June 14, 2013 Luis Jalandoni Chief International Representative NDFP National Executive Committee
  10. Statement by Des Dalton, President of Republican Sinn Féin Republican Sinn Féin called for a fully independent, comprehensive and public inquiry into the banking system on June 27. Such an inquiry should also look at the role played by the then 26-County administration as well, along with their neo-liberal economic cheerleaders on the opposition benches of the Leinster House Assembly. The contempt displayed by senior executives of the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank – as revealed in the so-called “Anglo tapes” - merely serves to illustrate the contempt in which the political and financial elite hold the mass of the Irish people. The subsequent decision of the 26-County State to bail out the banking system heralded the beginning of a vicious war of economic attrition waged against ordinary people throughout the 26 Counties. The very fact that the Leinster House political class think even now they should have a role in investigating what occurred within the banking system underlines their disconnect from the public mood. The same political elite who are proposing to hold an in-house inquiry into the banking, championed the very concept of so-called “light-touch” regulation. This was of course just code for the free-for-all that was not only tolerated but encouraged by the political establishment that took place within the financial sector. When this pyramid scheme economic system collapsed it was the Irish people who were expected to foot the bill. All of this reinforces our argument for a banking system which first and foremost serves a social function, serving as an economic driver for the essentials of a just and civilised society capable of providing truly national health programme accessible to all at the point of need, equal access to education at all levels and a system of real social protection for our old, young and those on the margins of society. As we point out in our social and economic programme Saol Nua (A New Way of Life), social control of capital is essential to ensure capital serves people rather than people being the slaves of capital. By doing so you ensure balanced development and equitable distribution of wealth. Money must be regarded, not as a commodity, but as an accounting system in which all participate. http://www.rsf-kildare.ie/
  11. IAF2013: International delegate held at Belfast Airport Republican Sinn Féin condemn the actions of MI5 against one of the international delegates to the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013 in Belfast on her way to the Forum. One of the delegates, Sukriye Akar, was stopped at 1:40 pm on Friday, June 14, at the Belfast International Airport. Following the passport control she was approached by two plain cloths men who identified themselves as police officers and took her with them. No reason was given. She was questioned for up to four hours about her intended trip to Belfast, her stay and the reasons for attending the IAF2013. Her laptop, USB-Sticks and mobile phone were taken off her. She also had some copies of the movie “F-Type Film” with her. RSF had intended a screening of the film on political prisoners in Turkey as part of the programme of the IAF2013 on Saturday evening. These DVDs were taken as well. Before leaving the room one of the men said to her: “Let’s hope you get your laptop back and we let you out of the country.” Sukriye Akar, a German and Turkish citizen, travelled to Belfast to attend the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013 as a representative of the Turkish political organisation Halk Cephesi. Republican Sinn Féin immediately established contact to a solicitor. While comrade Akar was allowed to collect her belongings on her way back, Republican Sinn Féin condemn these attempted intimidation of a political activist on her way to a political conference in Belfast. The stopping and questioning of Sukriye Akar at the Belfast International Airport was just the last attempt by the English and Irish government to disrupt the preparations of the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum. The Forum was intended as a platform of various Irish and international speakers to discuss political alternatives to corrupt imperialist system of the G8 and its puppets in Stormont and Leinster House. Some delegates, who had planned to address the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum and the annual Bodenstown commemoration in Sallins, Co. Kildare, were barred from entering Ireland. Among these were Badrul Alam and Abdul Naser of the Bangladesh Krishok Federation and Leonid Savin, a political activist from Russia. No visas to Ireland were granted for these three political activists. Furthermore, while activists gathered on the Falls Road to hold a White Line Picket for Republican Prisoners, four RUC/PSNI men entered the Conway Mill through a back door and searched the premises where the IAF2013 was hold. Republican Sinn Féin condemn all the harassment and intimidation against republicans and Anti-G8-protesters during so-called Operation Sponsor by the British RUC/PSNI, Gardaí, MI5 and other sections of the English and Freestate intelligence service. All these actions could not stop republicans and protesters to hold a successful IAF2013 in Belfast and successful protests all over Belfast, the 6 Counties and Dublin. Críoch/Ends.
  12. On Friday, June 14, Republican Sinn Féin held a very successful White Line Picket in support of political hostage Martin Corey on the Falls Road in Belfast. The picket started at 12noon when activists lined up on the Falls Road in West-Belfast near Dunville Park. Despite rainy weather conditions and the change of the assemble time for the picket due to a last minute change of the venue for the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum, dozens of activists demanded the release of political hostage Martin Corey and showed their support for the Republican Prisoners in Maghaberry jail. Among those taking part in the picket were activists of the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective, RSF President Des Dalton and former Republican POW and RSF General Secretary Josephine Hayden. The picket lasted until 1pm. In these 60 minutes hundreds of leaflets informing about the case of Martin Corey were distributed to passers-by. The online magazine TheDetail.tv quoted a RUC/PSNI report saying “the largest protest that day was organized by Republican Sinn Fein (RSF), with 30 people taking part in a picket on the Falls Road.” The RUC/PSNI posting stated that the protest included “10/15 foreign nationals as well as local figures”. While the number of 30 taking part in the picket is definitely underestimated, the attendance can be described as more than 50 protesters, the number of “10/15 foreign nationals” means, RUC/PSNI describes those republican activists travelling from the 26 Counties as “foreign nationals”. Indeed, there were no more than 5 international delegates to the IAF2013 presented at the White Line Picket on Friday, June 14. The White Line Picket on the Falls Road was the start of a successful IAF2013. Members and activists of Republican Sinn Féin took part in a number of protests against the G8 over the weekend. A group of RSF activists attended the Trade Union march in Belfast City Centre on Saturday afternoon. RSF International PRO Dieter Blumenfeld addressed the Dublin Alternative G8 on Monday and on Tuesday, June 18, a contingent of RSF joined a march against the G8 to the US-American Chamber of Commerce in Dublin. Críoch/Ends. Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.518231291557704.1073741833.312436515470517&type=1
  13. Contribution to the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013 Belfast, Ireland 13-15 June 2013 By LUIS G. JALANDONI NDFP Chief International Representative http://www.ndfp.net/joom15/index.php/readings-mainmenu-73/1740-the-filipino-peoples-struggle-against-imperialist-domination-and-repression.html
  14. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) joins the Irish people in commemorating the 250th birth anniversary of Theolbald Wolfe Tone, the great Irish patriot who launched the Irish people's struggle for independence. At the young age of 28, he founded the Society of the United Irishmen, which within a few years was able to organize about 280,000 volunteers, estimated at that time to comprise 5 % of the entire Irish population. His firm patriotic spirit would be carried on by other Irish patriots and martyrs such as Pearse and Connolly. In the Filipino people's struggle against colonialism and imperialism, we have also had similar patriots and martyrs, such as the proletarian revolutionary, Andres Bonifacio who founded the revolutionary organization, Kataastaasang Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, the Most High and Honorable Association of the Sons and Daughters of the Nation, and launched the armed struggle for independence against Spain in 1892. In our continuing revolutionary struggle for independence and national sovereignty, social justice and genuine democracy against US imperialism and the local exploiting classes of compradors and landlords, we have been privileged to receive the firm support of Irish comrades. One such Irish friend of the Filipino people, lived and worked in the Philippines for some 25 years, integrated with the exploited and struggling peasants and workers, learned their local language and performed various revolutionary tasks at great risk to himself. In joining the Commemoration of the great Irish patriot and martyr, Wolfe Tone, we express our firm solidarity with the Irish people and our desire to further develop the solidarity between the Irish people and the Filipino people. (Sgd) LUIS G. JALANDONI Chief International Representative National Democratic Front of the Philippines http://www.ndfp.net/joom15/index.php/media-releases-mainmenu-53/messages-mainmenu-72/1747-ndfp-joins-the-irish-people-in-honoring-irish-patriot-wolfe-tone.html
  15. statement published in Saoirse-The Voice of the Republican Movement: POW FOLLOWING an internal discussion by CABHAIR-aligned prisoners a decision was taken to share facilities with Roe 4 prisoners, ie meals, gym facilities, exercise yard etc. Disagreements arose with some prisoners in Roe House over the issues of parole and bail conditions. Some prisoners have recently accepted bail and conditions imposed by the prison authorities, i.e. drug tests have been taken, electronic tags accepted as parole conditions. As Republicans we believe this is not acceptable as it is an attempt to criminalise our struggle. As some prisoners have accepted this, the prison is now using it as an excuse not to grant parole to other prisoners who are not accepting these conditions. We believe this is an attempt by the prison to foster disagreement and disunity among prisoners, to divide and conquer. Within the prison the CIRA prisoners’ position has not changed. We are operating under our own command structure and we are fully aligned to the leadership of the Republican Movement, Republican Sinn Féin and CABHAIR. Republican Sinn Féin and CABHAIR remain the only people authorised to speak and fundraise on our behalf. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has been supportive of us in the past and ask that this support continues for us and CABHAIR. Recently a CIRA prisoner, Damien McKenna of Lurgan, was refused parole to attend his son’s Communion, the reasons given was that he is a Category A prisoner, if released he would be a danger to the police and the public, also there was danger he would abscond. They also claimed he would not be eligible for parole until November. These are used as excuses to deny parole, but they will use the issue of drug testing etc to block parole. This is the second time Damien has been refused parole. He was refused parole for his father’s funeral which shows the vindictiveness of the system. At present the system of cooperation with Roe 4 prisoners is working efficiently, now we await the August 2010 agreement is to be fully implemented. We call on all Republican prisoners to work for the full implementation of the agreement.
  16. The new website of Na Fianna Éireann, The Irish Republican Youth Movement: http://www.nafiannaeireann.net/ Na Fianna Éireann is affiliated to the wider Irish Republican Movement however and it must be stressed we operate on an independent basis from all other organisations. We are currently undergoing a process of re-organisation so anyone who wants to help out in anyway please do not hesitate to contact us. As part of our endeavor to revitalize the movement we have set up this website to bring the Fianna ideal to a wider audience. We need all the support we can summon at this present time to carry the Fianna ideal fourth into Ireland's future. Now more than ever we need to revive the national spirit and challenge head on those who seek to destroy our history, culture and separate unique identity as a people. We look forward to the challenge for it is a noble one, a challenge that has the potential to relight the flame of freedom in the hearts and souls of a downtrodden people. In particular we call on the youth of Ireland to commit and reject outright the crime of partition and all the base and degrading effects this has on our nation. Na Fianna Abú.
  17. "Eire Nua: A New Beginning" Book Launch The National Irish Freedom Committee (NIFC) is proud to announce the launch of a new book titled "Eire Nua: A New Beginning" that offers a new perspective that represents the NIFC's input to the original Eire Nua document authored by Ruari O'Bradaigh and Daithi O'Connell in the 1960s. For those not familiar with Eire Nua the following abstract may be helpful in understanding its intent. The concept on which Eire Nua is based is that of a unitary federation of the four historic provinces of Ireland that would include all of Ireland's 32 counties under the coordination of a national parliament. This construct would foster a true democracy and eliminate the causes for conflict, such as Ireland has experienced for the past eight hundred years. The Eire Nua constitution with its Charter of Rights would guarantee all of Ireland's people true freedom, a home for its children, and a new beginning. The aforementioned authors acknowledged and understood that the construct of the final Eire Nua document would include input from various stakeholders including the people of all traditions and geographical identities in Ireland. In their wisdom they did not exclude input from the Irish Diaspora who have over the centuries remained engaged in Ireland’s struggle for liberty and justice and for the survival and preservation of its unique cultural identity. In the context of that understanding the NIFC retained the services of Dominick Bruno to produce and publish a book that would include a detailed description of how Eire Nua would be construed and implemented from an Irish-American perspective. In addition to the above requirement the book includes an historic account of the origins of Eire Nua, essays describing the merits of Eire Nua's founding principles, relevant historic Irish documents, an Eire Nua position paper, a bibliography, and a detailed account of the Eire Nua Campaign here in America since the 1960's. The NIFC acknowledges the contributions of Tomas agus Miceal Ó Coisdealba whose Eire Nua letters published in the 1990’s constituted the basis for the book. The NIFC also acknowledged the contribution of Dominick Bruno who produced and edited the book and Mathew Costello who co-edited the book. chick here for ordering information Available now! Éire Nua - A New Beginning A Study of the Irish Federal Solution for Peace, Dignity, & Prosperity in a Free and United Ireland Edited by Dominick Bruno & Matthew Costello 112 pages, paperback € 15,- plus p+p Order now from Republican Sinn Féin International Bureau: international@rsf.ie
  18. The untimely passing of Dolours Price is a moment in Republican history. Born into a staunch Republican household in Belfast she came under the influence of her father, Albert Price, who was active in the 1940s and was imprisoned, and her aunt Bridie Dolan who was severely injured when a grenade she was handling exploded prematurely. With the birth of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, Dolours was to the fore in all activities. When the struggle escalated and internment without trial was brought in, she and her sister Marion joined the Republican Movement. There followed activity in London and prolonged imprisonment and hunger strike. This last development was met by force-feeding for more then 200 days until demands for relocation to the Six Counties were met, but were not implemented for more than two years. It is certain that the brutality of the protracted force-feeding had grievous effects on Dolours both mentally and physically. It surely brought about an early release for both sisters. Dolours rejected what she saw as a surrender process from the outset. When the Stormont Agreement was signed in 1998, she visited the Ard-Oifig of Republican Sinn Féin in Dublin and made her position clear. By attending the subsequent Ard-Fheis of Republican Sinn Féin she nailed her colours to the mast. When attending the 25th anniversary in Ballina of the death on hunger strike of Frank Stagg in 2001, she spoke at the grave of an old friend and comrade, Jackie Clarke. Here she made her stand once more. In more recent times she publicly attacked what she saw as deceit, hypocrisy and public lying in high places. She exposed it relentlessly. She saw all that as a contradiction to the mountain of sacrifice that had been made over the decades. She herself had contributed more than her share and she was outraged at the developments. Never did she participate in deceit, hypocrisy or public lying. She will be remembered cuimhneofar ort, a Dholours. You have triumphed in the end. Sincere sympathy is expressed to her sisters Marian and Clare and to her two sons, Danny and Oscar. -- Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Eanáir 27, 2013. For confirmation phone Roscommon 90 26139 or Republican Sinn Féin Head Office: 00-353-1-872 9747
  19. Irish Republican Information Service (no. 309) Teach Dáithí Ó Conaill, 223 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland Phone: +353-1-872 9747; FAX: +353-1-872 9757; e-mail: saoirse@iol.ie Date: 18 Eanáir / January 2013 Internet resources maintained by SAOIRSE-Irish Freedom http://saoirse.info In this issue: 1. Pseudo gangs, the media and the dark legacy of Frank Kitson 2. Loyalists attack the Short Strand 3. Loyalist protests continue across the Six Counties 4. Fearghal Ó hAnluain remembered 5. Kerry swim for CABHAIR 6. Wexford Volunteers commemorated 7. Brian Shivers’s conviction quashed 8. Parachute Regiment flags in Derry 9. Previously secret hunger-strike documents shine a light on South Tyrone 10. Eileen Doherty shot dead by a man who hijacked her taxi 1. Pseudo gangs, the media and the dark legacy of Frank Kitson ON Sunday, January 6 Republicans from throughout Munster and other parts of Ireland gathered in Limerick for the annual Seán Sabhat commemoration organised by Republican Sinn Fein. Little did we think that the scene was being set for the playing out of a Kitsonian melodrama, but more of that later. To begin with a very fitting ceremony was held at the Republican Plot in Mount St Lawrence including a fine oration delivered by Geraldine McNamara of Co Tipperary, the National Publicity Officer of Republican Sinn Féin. All in all it was a dignified tribute to the memory of a noble Irish patriot. Sadly the day was marred by the activities of a small gang who have, since May of 2010, been actively attempting to steal both our identity and good name. I am conscious of the accusation that to talk or write about them is to give them an attention that they do not deserve and indeed some would say an attention they crave after. It is a point I would largely agree with but there are times when certain facts need to be placed on the public record. This we have not flinched from doing in the past and indeed will do so again in the future if we deem it necessary to vindicate the good name of Republicanism and in protecting it from the calumny of such groupings. However, it is the actions of the media that I wish to discuss here and their collaboration with this gang in an act of identity theft. I will begin by giving a brief account of the events as they unfolded in the days following the commemoration. The Irish Independent on Monday January 7 in its print and online editions gave prominent position to the event staged by the Limerick gang, smearing the good name of Republican Sinn Féin in the process. A phone call to the newsroom of the Irish Independent was followed by an email. However instead of simply returning our call, in what appears to have been a rather convoluted process, our email was passed on to the Limerick Leader, who did at least have the courtesy to contact us. That evening RTÉ television’s main news programme Six One News carried what was essentially the earlier report of the Irish Independent. The RTÉ newsroom was immediately contacted and informed that the event reported in their news bulletin was not organised by Republican Sinn Féin. A statement was also sent to RTÉ as well as all other national print, broadcast and online media. Despite a demand that the later nine o’clock news bulletin carry our statement, the only concession to truth made by RTÉ was to drop the name of Republican Sinn Féin from the later bulletin. It took them a further two hours to amend the report on their website, and this involved merely including a couple of lines referring to a comments made by a “spokesman” from Republican Sinn Féin. The rest of the report persisted with the lie that Republican Sinn Féin had organised the event. The online news service, The Journal.ie, carried the statement in full. Despite this wide dissemination of our statement, the Irish Independent, the Irish Times and the Evening Herald all continued to spread the big lie in their editions on Tuesday, January 8. Once more the Irish Independent was contacted and a statement and letter released. It was only at lunchtime on the Tuesday that the Irish Independent even deigned to contact us. Over the course of two days the Irish media displayed an almost total disregard for truth or accuracy in their reportage. Based on previous experience if the media really believed this event had been organised by us they would have been more than forthcoming in seeking comments, interviews etc. The fact that the only contact made by the media was in response to contact we made with them, and that largely of the token variety, is itself very telling. The most disturbing aspect of this entire charade is that the media were willing to propagate this lie for days while paying little or no regard to the principles of accuracy, truth and balance. Gangs such as the one at the centre of this story fit the criteria of the infamous ‘pseudo gang’ concept, first devised by General Frank Kitson of the British Army. They made their first appearance in British occupied Kenya in the 1950s. Since then their effectiveness has been honed and perfected by the British in various theatres of operation, from the Six Counties to Iraq. The South African apartheid regime used such gangs to discredit the ANC. These state sponsored gangs work to an agenda designed to both discredit the true revolutionary movement in the eyes of the people and at the same time sow seeds of doubt and division in the ranks of the legitimate movement. Frank Kitson has indeed bequeathed a dark legacy to the world and in Ireland it seems there are those who are all too willing to implement his strategy. Vigilance and care are called for as seldom before. 2. Loyalists attack the Short Strand On January 16 Republican Sinn Féin said in a statement that the latest loyalist sectarian attack on the people of the Short Strand illustrated the unchanging reality of life for large sections nationalist community in Belfast and throughout Occupied Six Counties. “Once again it is the nationalist people who must bear the brunt of loyalist mobs who have unleashed in order to further the political agenda of the unionist political establishment. “The present loyalist riots - ostensibly on the issue of the flying of the Union Jack flag over Belfast City Hall – have been encouraged and directed by an unholy alliance of the DUP and armed loyalist death squads such as the UVF and UDA. None of this is new; traditionally the Unionist establishment have used armed loyalism as a weapon in its arsenal, to be used either to exert pressure on the British Government or to terrorise the nationalist community. In this instance it is being cynically used to further the political ambitions of the DUP, as it seeks to regain the parliamentary seat it lost to the Alliance Party at the last British General Election. “The events in Belfast and other areas of the Six Counties over the past number of weeks simply underline the abnormality of the Six-County state. As Republican Sinn Féin warned in 1998, the Stormont Agreement has simply reinforced and institutionalised sectarianism in the Six Counties. Over the past 15 years it has served only to deepen the sectarian divide, thus condemning the people of the Six Counties to an ongoing cycle of sectarian conflict. “This cycle of sectarianism can only be broken by the dismantling of the two partitionists states and the creation of a New Ireland. We believe that ÉIRE NUA would allow all sections of the Irish people to come together in mutual trust and respect, making a reality of the aspiration of Theobald Wolfe Tone to unite Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter.” 3. Loyalist protests continue across the Six Counties ON January 13 twenty-nine members of the RUC/PSNI were injured and water cannon and plastic bullets were fired in Belfast as protesters clashed in escalating violence over the flying of Union flag. Bricks, bottles and other missiles were hurled in the east of the city as demonstrators were returning from a protest outside Belfast City Hall. More than 1,000 loyalists, bombarded the British colonial police and nationalists with petrol bombs, fireworks and rocks following a demonstration against the decision to limit the number of days the Union flag is flown from City Hall. Masked loyalists, many draped in Union flags, also set cars alight and used makeshift battering-rams to attack RUC riot vehicles. On January 14 St Matthew’s Church was bombarded with petrol bombs, bricks and bottles in another night of loyalist rioting in east Belfast. Children with special needs had to flee St Matthew’s parish hall during the attack on the Lower Newtownards Road. A local resident of the Short Strand, who spoke with SAOIRSE but does not wish to be named for obvious reasons, said the homes of the residents beside the Church were also attacked with petrol bombs, bricks and bottles. These attacks on the Church and houses beside it have been attacked on several occasions over the last number of weeks. “When the rioting began on December 3, the Short Strand was the first place the rioters made for after City Hall, and we have felt their presence ever since,” he said. “This is not the first time the local residents have had to defend the Church from attack. “The children with special needs were terrified on Monday night [January 14] and it was sheer luck that they were all safely evacuated from the parochial hall. I have grown up in this area and year after year we have been subjected to hoards of loyalists chanting sectarian abuse, including death threats, whenever suits them, and nothing is ever done about it. Threats to kill all ‘Taigs and Fenians’ is up on social media sites for weeks now, but again, nothing is done about that either. “Much has been said about nationalists throwing stones and bricks at loyalist homes, but nationalists were only defending their homes from the barrage of missiles and petrol bombs. We have to protect our families and homes. We cannot sit inside our homes and do nothing while missiles come through our windows and our local Church is burned down.” There were also two attempts to hijack buses in nearby Templemore Avenue. Water cannon was used and plastic bullets were fired by the RUC as they too came under attack from bricks and fireworks at an interface on the Albertbridge Road near Short Strand. Countless roads have been blocked during the loyalist campaign. In one case north of Belfast a pensioner trying to visit his dying wife in hospital was turned back. He said: “If your wife was dying what would you be doing? Have a bit of sense. Protestants, you don't know the meaning of the word, take yourselves home, show a bit of respect for people.” They responded by jeering 'cheerio' in a recording made by the BBC microphones on the Rathcoole housing estate in Newtownabbey. In west Belfast a GP was twice prevented from attending a home visit with a patient terminally ill with cancer. The turmoil over the past five weeks has been some of the most sustained in the Occupied Six Counties since 1998. The RUC, in full riot gear, faced hundreds of masked men almost every night since the beginning of December. It was reported on January 17 that loyalist protests were to take place during the commuter rush hour in Belfast on January 18. ‘Operation Standstill’ is also set to take place at Taughmonagh in south Belfast from 6pm, at the old town hall in Donaghadee, Co Down, from 6pm and at the council buildings in Limavady, Co Derry at 7pm. The Woodstock Link in east Belfast was closed to motorists as protests continued to take place on January 17. Protests also took place in Rasharkin and at Bushmills in north Antrim, among other places. The next major protest is due to take place at Belfast City Hall on January 19 at 1pm. Loyalists are planning to hold a ‘Unionist Civil Rights Rally’ at Ebrington, Co Derry on January 27, the same day as the annual Bloody Sunday march beginning at Creggan Shops and going to Guildhall. UKIP spokesperson for Foyle, Kyle Thompson, said the party has been organising in Derry city and has been in attendance at protests. 4. Fearghal Ó hAnluain remembered THE annual commemoration to Fearghal Ó hAnluain took place on Sunday, January 13 at Lathlorcan Cemetery, Monaghan. The parade, led by a colour party and the piper from North Antrim marched from the Cathedral to the graveside where proceedings were chaired by Fearghal Moore, Ard Chomhairle. A decade of the Rosary was recited by Dara Sloane and Seán Moore laid a wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement. The oration was delivered by Róisín Hayden, Ard Chomhairle, who said: “We are here today to remember the life of Volunteer Fearghal Ó hAnluain who alongside his friend and comrade Volunteer Sean Sabhat paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for Irish freedom and independence on New Years’ Day 1957. “Fearghal was born in Ballybay, Co Monaghan into a staunchly Republican family. He was a draughtsman employed by Monaghan Co Council, a GAA footballer who played senior football for Monaghan and like Seán Sabhat had a love of all things Irish. He was an Irish speaker and like many other young men at the time wanted to see an end to the occupation of his country. The British presence in Ireland has always been a blight on the country and has claimed millions of lives, not all while fighting a war against the British -- hunger caused the population of Ireland to half in the mid-1800 hundreds during An Gorta Mór. “At the age of just 20 Fearghal was killed alongside Sean Sabhat from Limerick while part of a 14-man IRA unit, taking part in an attack on the RUC barracks in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh during Operation Harvest, otherwise known as the Border Campaign, in which several other Volunteers were injured -- including Dáithí Ó Conaill from Cork who was second in Command of the Pearse Column. Dáithí led the rest of the column across the Border to Co Cavan. Other members of the column came from Dublin, Wexford and Galway. “Unfortunately Fearghal never lived to fulfil his full potential, like many a lad who loved his country. He realised the risks he was taking and the ultimate price he could pay, but was willing to pay that price for the freedom of his country from foreign occupation. He was a brave soldier of the Irish Republican Army and we remember him here today with pride. “There are other things happening around us today that we are not proud of. This year the people of Derry will have to put up with the shameful title of ‘UK City of Culture’. Derry is not a British City – it is as Irish as Cork and Dublin, Sligo, Wexford or Galway. Republican Sinn Féin will vigorously oppose any attempts to promote and celebrate such an insulting and disgusting title. We will be among the hundreds to attend the Bloody Sunday march in Derry at the end of the month and ask people here to join us there to remember the fourteen men murdered by the British Army as they took part in a protest demanding their civil rights as Irish citizens. “Over the last number of weeks we have seen sectarian loyalists wreck havoc in Belfast and other town across the Occupied Six Counties, over the removal of the Union Jack from Belfast City Hall except on 17 designated days. That self-seeking Willie Frazer announced last week that he was bringing loyalists to Dublin to demand the removal of the Tricolour from Leinster House. Now, we have no love for the current inhabitants of Leinster House – our allegiance is to the subverted Second Dáil Éireann – or indeed those who have inhabited it for many the long year. However Frazer’s decision is another testing of the waters, to see how far can those loyal to Britain go to make British rule acceptable in Ireland. “We have seen British gun-boats in Dublin and Cork ports; a commemoration to the murderous Black-and-Tans in Glasnevin; the unveiling of a plaque to Carson in Dublin; a visit from the Queen of England, her daughter, her sons and her sister. All these visits/events low key in themselves, with the exception of the visit by Elizabeth Windsor, making them an almost everyday occurrence, as if these were the most normal things in the world. Well, they are not normal, and the British presence is not normal or indeed acceptable. The Union Jack should be permanently removed from flying in any part of our country, north, south, east and west. “While there has always been co-operation between the British Colonial Police and the Gardaí, we now see unprecedented levels of co-operation between them. They are working as one for the British government and the 26 County Administration. These are dangerous times for Republicans, and we need to be careful of who we trust, especially those who purport to be Republicans. “The latest report on the murder of Pat Finucane, (and it is only a report, a far cry from the independent inquiry his family are looking for), proved conclusively the collusion between the loyalist death-squads, the British so-called security forces and the British Government, and indeed the informers used by both. “2013 will mark the third year that Martin Corey has been held hostage in Maghaberry Prison. Martin spent 19 years in prison for his political beliefs and despite being released, the former British Minister in the Six Counties, revoked Martin’s licence for no reason whatsoever. He was taken back into custody on April 16, 2010, on the basis of ‘closed material’. On July 9, 2012, Justice Treacy ruled that Martin Corey's human rights had been breached and he should be released immediately on unconditional bail. This was overruled by Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward. Several court appearances later Martin is still in jail, no charge against him, no interrogation, and no reason given. The latest on Martin, and indeed the situation in the jail, can be read in this month’s SAOIRSE. “Republican Sinn Fein calls for Martin’s immediate release and also the release of Marion Price who is seriously ill in hospital. We remember also all the POWs incarcerated in jails in Ireland and across the world held in appalling conditions under unjust and foreign rule. “The Dublin Lock-out which began in August 1913 is but one when William Martin Murphy was among those who locked out thousands of union members in an attempt to break the ITGWU. James Connolly and Jim Larkin were to the fore in trying to protect the workers. By mid-September more than 25,000 workers were locked out. “The families of these men, numbering up to 100,000, faced starvation. In Mountjoy Jail, Connolly went on hunger strike, the first Irish political prisoner to use the hunger strike as a weapon of protest. After a week he was released and later said that “the great “lock out” in 1913–14 was an apprentice ship in brutality, a hardening of the heart of the Irish employing class”. This led directly to the founding of the Irish Citizen Army, who took up arms against the British, with the Irish Volunteers in 1916. “The Lock-out lasted for eight months. At the end of this time the workers were forced back to work; but despite this setback, the union went from strength to strength. The unions of today would do well to remember and follow men like Connolly, Larkin and the men who battled against the capitalist bosses. “We need to prepare for the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in the coming months before it’s hijacked by people trying to steal our name and many others purporting to be Republicans. Get active in your area to commemorate some event to mark one of the most important Centenaries in the history of Irish Republicanism. “Promote SAOL NUA and ÉIRE NUA which are the way forward to bring about a just and lasting peace in Ireland. We call here today on the British Government to give a declaration of intent to withdraw from the Occupied Six Counties, because until they do there will never be peace in Ireland.” As usual there was a heavy presence of 26-County Special Branch and a young man from the occupied area was arrested and held in Monaghan Garda barracks for several hours. 5. Kerry swim for CABHAIR ON New Year's Day members and supporters of Sinn Féin Poblachtach, Ciarraí gathered at Banna Strand near Tralee, where Mark Neligan and Christy McCannon took part in a sponsored swim in aid of CABHAIR (Irish Republican Prisoners and Dependents Fund). The two men took to the water at 2pm and stayed in the freezing cold water for several minutes before emerging and standing for photos with friends and supporters. Sinn Fein Poblachtach, Ciarraí would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who sponsored Mark and Christy in this worthy and important event in aid of the POWs and their families and we pledge our continued support to Republican Prisoners and also send them our salutations and best wishes. 6. Wexford Volunteers commemorated ON January 10 Cumann Pádraig Ó Pearaill, Sinn Fein Poblachtach, Loch Garman held a commemoration to mark the 90th anniversary of the deaths of IRA Volunteers Bernie Radford and Con McCarthy. Wreaths were laid on the grave of each Volunteer by Jappa Murphy and Brian Quinn. Jimmy Kavanagh gave the oration, during the course of which he said: “On January 10, 1923 Bernie Radford and Con McCarthy were killed in action against Free State forces at Spenserstown, not far from were we stand today. Together with five comrades they were surrounded while billeted in the stables of a local farm. Despite being surrounded and outnumbered they engage the Free State forces in a fierce gun battle which lasted well over a half an hour. “Running short on ammunition they were eventually force to attempt a breakout and it was while carrying out a rearguard action that allowed the rest of the group to escape the two men were mortally wounded. In the words of one of the Free State soldiers present ‘they made a determined stand right to the end’. “Both were young men. Bernie was 23 and Con was 24. Both were local men, popular and respected throughout the area. Primarily both were committed Republicans. Volunteers in the Irish Republican Army, they were totally opposed to the sell-out Treaty of 1922 and dedicated to the establishment of a 32-County All-Ireland Socialist Republic, as envisioned in the Proclamation of 1916 and laid out in the manifesto of the First Dáil. “In June of that year Mick Radford, while unarmed and under a ceasefire, was shot dead by Free State forces in an act that typifies the vindictiveness and cruelty of the new regime. He is also buried here with his brother Bernie. “We come here today to mark the 90th anniversaries of the deaths of these brave Republican soldiers at the hands of other Irishmen who lacked their dedication, commitment and courage. Last month we stood at the graveside of Liam Mellows in Castletown to mark the Anniversary of his execution and in March we will be in the Republican Garden of Remembrance to commemorate the executions of Parle, Creane and Hogan. “It is to these atrocities and countless others around the country that the current Free State traces its foundations. If Mick and Bernie Radford and Con McCarthy were here with us today they would oppose the ersatz administrations that exist in both parts of our divided nation with the same vehemence as they did in 1922. As Republicans we can do nothing other follow their example.” 7. Brian Shivers’s conviction quashed ON January 15 the conviction of Brian Shivers (47) for the killing of two British soldiers at a British army base in Massareene, Co Derry was quashed. However, he is to remain in prison as the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) decided to retry him on the same charges. Shivers's conviction was deemed unsafe in the court of appeal in Belfast because no finding was made on when he allegedly became aware of the ‘murder plot’. Brian, from Magherafelt, County Derry, had used the court to challenge his conviction for the murders of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar. In February 2012, Shivers was ordered to serve a minimum 25 years in prison for his part in the killings. He was also found guilty of six counts of attempted murder and one of possession of two firearms with intent to endanger life. His co-accused, Colin Duffy from Lurgan, Co Armagh, was acquitted of all charges, including the two murders. Shivers, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and has only a few years to live, was originally found guilty as a secondary party who aided and abetted by setting fire to the getaway car. DNA analysis had established a link to matches found in the partially burnt-out Vauxhall Cavalier used by the gunmen. Shivers's lawyers argued that it was legally impossible for him to be convicted of murder because there was no actus reus, or criminal act, prior to the murder. Delivering the verdict, chief justice Declan Morgan said the trial judge had not dealt with the concept of a joint enterprise. “The issue for the court was whether it should be inferred that there was a common enterprise to which the appellant agreed prior to the attack to carry out a shooting attack with intent to kill,” Morgan said. “The learned trial judge made no finding on this issue.” Morgan, sitting with Lord Justices Higgins and Girvan, held that the test applied by the trial judge required no knowledge of the attack until a rendezvous with the gunmen. On that basis he stated: "We do not accept that a person who provides assistance after a murder with full knowledge of what has happened thereby becomes guilty of murder. "There is no authority to support such a proposition. The learned trial judge made no findings as to when the appellant had the relevant knowledge." He added: "We conclude, therefore, that the appeal must be allowed." Shivers, who always maintained his innocence, appeared by videolink from Maghaberry t prison to hear the outcome of his appeal. His lawyer said he was relieved by the verdict but expressed concerns about his health. Niall Murphy, of Kevin R Winters and Co, said: “This is an example of the justice system working; however we are gravely concerned at our client's ongoing acute medical condition. “He has been admitted to hospital for 56 days across three separate admissions since the hearing of his appeal in May and he is routinely refused access to his medication. “Mr Shivers has been through a terrible ordeal whereby he has been repeatedly assaulted/abused whilst in prison and in hospital where he is continuously under armed guard.” 8. Parachute Regiment flags in Derry ON January 17 it was reported that flags of the Parachute regiment of the British army had been erected close to the Bogside in Derry. The flags, some of which are overlooking the Bogside estate, were put up in the previous 24 hours. Fourteen people died when British paratroopers shot civil rights marchers in Derry in 1972. The Saville Report, published in 2010, declared all the victims to be innocent and the British Prime Minister David Cameron apologised in the House of Commons. Events are due to be held at the end of January to mark the 41st anniversary of the atrocity. 9. Previously secret hunger-strike documents shine a light on South Tyrone ON January 7 secret government documents newly published on the internet have shone a spotlight on South Tyrone and one of the key events in the history of the Troubles, according to the Tyrone Times newspaper. The Public Record Office documents, published as part of the CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) archive, reveal how the 1981 Fermanagh South Tyrone by-election threw the British government into a panic, with several legal strategies proposed to prevent Bobby Sands from taking his seat as MP. Confidential letters released under the 30-year rule also show that the hunger-striker’s victory took the British authorities by surprise. Humphrey Atkins, Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State, in a letter dated April 8 to Francis Pym, the leader of the House of Commons, discussed the possibility of Sands winning the election, but said: “I would not at the moment judge this to be a likely outcome.” Atkins also claimed that the House of Commons “would and should not countenance having a convicted terrorist as a member” and confidently predicted “widespread revulsion” in Northern Ireland (sic) should Sands win. The possibility of rushing through a change in the law was discussed by senior politicians and civil servants to prevent prisoners from standing as MPs. The authorities misread public opinion in South Tyrone and were surprised by the large turn-out for Sands, with many in the government expecting “a larger proportion of Catholic voters to abstain or spoil their votes, rather than vote for a convicted terrorist”. A confidential report concluded: “Many nationalist voters may have been influenced by the implication in Sands’ campaign that he would come off his hunger-strike and resign his seat if he won.” Among the prison documents released is a medical report on Galbally IRA volunteer Martin Hurson describing his vital statistics on the day he declared himself on hunger-strike. Referred to as prisoner C/278/79 from H Block 5, his condition was described as satisfactory, with a blood pressure reading of 140/90 and a pulse of 80. Government intervention to force individual hunger strikers to capitulate was also proposed. The possibility of feeding the hunger strikers intravenously was suggested. Senior Northern Ireland Office official R A Harrington said the government faced a “lull in the campaign” after the death of Sands. In his view, “capitulation (ie a decision to take food) by one of the hunger strikers would be of enormous value to us, not just in itself but because of the great disarray into which the PIRA propaganda effort would be thrown”. Mr Harrington asked if there was any possibility of using all the resources available to the government “to identify the best candidate for capitulation and then go to some lengths to organise pressure on him … before his condition becomes critical”. He suggested that they might select a hospital officer or assistant governor to befriend the prisoner concerned and cultivate a relationship with him with a view to persuading him to end his protest. It might be possible, he argued, to engage the Catholic Church, “possibly with the help of Bishop Philbin”, to bring further pressure to bear on the prisoner and his family. The issue of government intervention was raised a month later, on 29 June, 1981 by the Lord Privy Seal, Sir Ian Gilmour, in a letter to NI Secretary of State, Humphrey Atkins. Mr Gilmour suggested the possibility of feeding the hunger strikers intravenously. In his view, “any more deaths would do great damage both in Ireland and abroad, with consequences that cannot be fully foreseen”. The minister’s suggestion, however, did not play well with senior officials who concluded that this would require drugging hunger-strikers which would be “unthinkable”. The Public Record Office in Belfast has released 959 previously confidential government files under the 30-year rule. Most of these are from 1982, with a number relating to the 1981 hunger strike. Of these, a total of 72 are recommended for full closure with 129 subject to partial closure or ‘blanking out’. This is due to the existence of personal information or inclusion of ‘sensitive data’. In some cases, notably in the case of files relating to the 1981 hunger strike, partial closure has been applied with papers removed or redacted. 10. Eileen Doherty shot dead by a man who hijacked her taxi A CONVICTED loyalist killer went on trial on January 13 accused of a near 40-year-old sectarian murder. Robert James Shaw Rodgers, 59, of Tierney Gardens, Belfast, denies the murder of Eileen Doherty, 19, who was shot and killed on 1 October, 1973. The Diplock court heard that Rodgers was convicted and jailed for a killing less than a year later. The teenager was shot three times by a gunman who had hijacked a taxi that was taking her back to west Belfast. Miss Doherty had been visiting her then fiancée Alex McManus in the Ormeau Road area when she went to the depot of Atlas Taxis at about 22.45pm on September 30. There were two other men in the depot also waiting for a taxi so the firm's owner, John Sherry, said he would take all three at once but as he drove along Annadale Embankment, one of the men "pointed a gun at his head" and hijacked the taxi, the court was told. The prosecuting lawyer said Mr Sherry shouted a warning to Miss Doherty and the pair ran but that the killers caught up with the teenager. A witness who was cycling in the area saw a man get out of the passenger seat, grab her by the arm and heard "three or four shots" before the man ran back to the car which then sped off. The car was found the next morning and when it was examined, an RUC fingerprint officer found two palm prints matching Rodgers' right and left hands on the inside of the rear passenger window and on the steering wheel. He was arrested when the case file was reviewed by the Historical Enquiries Team but during police interviews he made a brief statement denying involvement and then refused to answer any questions put to him. The prosecution said it was not the first time Rodgers had been in court charged with murder as, in 1975, he was convicted of committing a sectarian murder the year before. The lawyer told the court that in 1974, an 18-year-old boy was killed in north Belfast by two men on a motorbike who shot him a number of times, “that was within a year of the shooting of Miss Doherty”. “Mr Rodgers has offered no explanation for the presence of his palm prints in that car,” he said, adding that if there was any question as to them getting there by any “unfortunate coincidence... that is resolved by the revelation that in 1974 he carried out a further sectarian murder”. "We say that the court can convict him on the evidence as a secondary party to the murder of Eileen Doherty." The trial judges have reserved their judgement. ENDS
  20. i got following information: 'Gerry was given 12 yrs chara, but under the terms of the GFA he only had to serve 2 yrs inside comrade...However, he'll remain on licence for the other ten yrs..'
  21. another statement was carried by the online journal 'turus.net' from germany: http://www.turus.net/gesellschaft/7093-nordirlandkonflikt-brodelnde-eskalation-statt-ein-funken-hoffnung.html
  22. Austrian paper carries RSF statement Today, January 8, the Austrian paper Kleine Zeitung, carried a statement by Republican Sinn Féin International spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld. The Kleine Zeitung is one of the biggest papers in Austria; its main circulation is in the Southern area of the districts, Styria and Carinthia. The paper quoted RSF spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld saying: “Northern Ireland is a failed entity. Both Irish workers and the poor social stratums of the unionist community lost due to the so-called Peace Process. High rates of unemployment, low level of education and a collapsing economy leave the working class districts of many areas such as Belfast in a state of deprivation. The conflict in Ireland is not solved, it was merely covered due to the 1998-Agreement. Because of the sectarian system implemented through this process, the other community is usually blamed for rising poverty.” Full article available here: http://www.kleinezei...tremisten.story
  23. More statements by RSF International spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld carried by the Austrian paper Tiroler Tageszeitung, main distribution in the Western district Tyrol: http://www.tt.com/%C3%9Cberblick/Politik/5952020-6/britische-fahne-weht-in-belfast-f%C3%BCr-prinzessin-kate--doch-die-gewalt-geht-weiter.csp
  24. Challenge the powerful and rouse the downtrodden New Year Statement from the leadership of Republican Sinn Féin Republican Sinn Féin extends fraternal New Year greetings to friends, comrades and supporters in Ireland and internationally. Millions of working-class people in Ireland and across Europe will greet the coming year with a sense of fear and foreboding. The recent budget announced by the 26-County Administration shows that the unrelenting policy of austerity - dictated by their political masters in Brussels - is not only to be continued but increased, squeezing all sections of our people beyond breaking-point. In the eyes of the political class and their media cheerleaders the working poor and unemployed, the elderly and the young are all expendable. The very concept of a society which can educate its young and care for its sick and elderly is being sacrificed on the altar of the EU’s political and economic ideology of centralised authoritarianism and finance capitalism. The decision by the British Government to host the G8 Summit in Co Fermanagh on June 17 and 18 is highly symbolic and presents an opportunity for progressive forces to make the important connection between the old imperialism in the shape of British occupation of the Six Counties and the new imperialism represented by the economic colonisation of the 26 Counties by the EU/ECB/IMF troika. Republican Sinn Féin will be holding an alternative Anti-Imperialist Forum on the weekend before the G8 summit to present national as well as international alternatives to these twin imperialisms. For Irish Republicans our struggle is both political and economic, anything less would be to ignore the reality of imperialism and consequently to dilute our revolutionary programme. As with James Connolly we believe that it is not enough to merely remove the physical presence of imperialism in the form of British military occupation without creating a New Ireland based on real political and economic democracy; an All-Ireland Federal Democratic Socialist Republic. Ninety years after the death of Liam Mellows his teaching has never been more relevant: “If the Irish people do not control Irish industries, transport, money and soil of the country, then foreign or domestic capitalists will. And whoever control the wealth of a country and processes by which wealth is attained control also its government.” In the Six Counties the process of normalising British Rule continues with the designation of Derry as a “UK City of Culture”. Republican Sinn Féin will be actively opposing this hijacking of the historic Doire Colmcille throughout 2013. The recent revelations arising from the discredited de Silva report into the murder of Belfast human rights lawyer Pat Finucane by a British backed loyalist death-squad, exposes the true face of British rule in Ireland. Today nothing has changed; last year saw an increase in the repression of Republicans and 2013 promises more of the same. We will be once more campaigning for the unconditional release of political internee Martin Corey as well as veteran Republican Marian Price. We take this opportunity to extend New Year’s greetings to the Republican POWs in Maghaberry Prison and pledge them our unstinting support in the latest phase of their fight for political status. By suspending their protest the POWs have placed a serious onus on the Six-County Justice Minister David Ford and the Six-County Prison Service to speedily implement in full the August 2010 Agreement. As the centenary of the historic 1916 Rising approaches, other important centenaries must also be marked. Next year will see three significant centenaries all of which carry a pressing relevance for the Ireland of today. Next August will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the heroic 1913 Lockout when Irish workers struck a telling blow in the universal fight for human dignity and freedom. The coming year will also mark the centenaries of the founding of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, both of which would combine in 1916 to form the Irish Republican Army. All will be fittingly marked. For those who doubt the potency and power of history one has only to consider the words of the filmmaker George Morrison in reference to his masterful Mise Éire film covering the revolutionary period in Ireland from the 1890s to 1918: “ I regard Mise Éire as being a great anti-imperialist document.” History, if utilised correctly, can awaken and inspire the brightest and best of a generation to the possibilities of radical change in the present and the future. We must resist all attempts to sanitise and package our history in a way that will rob it of its meaning and message for the Ireland of today. Rather than merely commemorating the past we must set out a programme for the future that will challenge the powerful and rouse the down trodden. As Connolly warned a national movement must prove itself capable of: “Formulating a distinct and definite answer to the problems of the present and a political and economic creed capable of adjustment to the wants of the future.” We appeal to the Irish people to awaken to the realisation that they possess the power to bring about true political and economic change, not the chattering classes in Leinster House. Electing politicians to the corrupt Lenister House institution will not deliver the revolutionary change that is demanded by the present political and economic conditions. As the only political organisation which rejects the two partition states in their entirety, Republican Sinn Féin is best positioned to lead the struggle for a New Ireland worthy of the ideals set out in the 1916 Proclamation. An Ireland which would harness our natural resources for the betterment of this and future generations, an Ireland which would truly “cherish all the children of the national equally”. In the lead up to 2016 we will be unveiling a series of seven specific polices covering areas such as natural resources, banking, economic development etc, all based on our political, social and economic polices ÉIRE NUA and SAOL NUA. We can only truly honour the men and women of 1916 by making the All-Ireland Republic of Easter Week a reality for all sections of our people. In 2013 let the slogan of the 1913 Lockout ring in our ears: “The great appear great because we are on our knees: Let us rise.” An Phoblacht Abú!
  25. SAOIRSE -- Irish Freedom Issue number 308 | December 2012 http://saoirse.info/attachments/File/dec12.pdf