Connolly16 got a reaction from Fodla32 in Alex Jones Speaks to thousands at Bilderberg 2013
And what about their conspiracies like the occult cabals that the Rothschilds and global elite apparently propagate? Personally, I'd argue that the global elite need no secret luciferian society to control society, their obscene wealth, their media, their socio-political system (class division) and their capitalism is more than enough! Jones and Icke might be guilty of a bit of overkill in that regard no?
Connolly16 got a reaction from Dumbledore in Focail Chur in Aithne \ Introduce Yourself
My name's Conor. I'm a 16 year old Communist republican, non aligned at the moment but considering joining a socialist republican group this year. I'm currently in Secondary school. I enjoy sport, particularly Football, Hurling and Soccer, I play football myself. Asides from sport I have a big interest in music, history and politics. Most of my friends would be non political and wouldn't even know that I am, so I suppose you could say I live abit of a double life!
Connolly16 reacted to Fodla32 in Communist Party of the Irish Republic?
I think you are making some inaccurate statements there. The USSR had practically broken off relations with China by the time the famine happened. They would not sell China technology, or help it in any way, so Mao certainly wasn't buying technology from the USSR during the famine. What he did do was continue to pay interest on loans already received. Now, you could certainly say he could have stopped those payments - but thats a very different thing from saying he was buying new stuff.
It's simply wrong to say that Mao was responsible for the deaths of millions of people. That would be like saying Obama is responsible for the deaths of everyone who died in Hurricane Sandy. You have to remember that China was subject to major famines at regular intervals, because of natural disasters. In the mid 19th century, an estimated 60 million people died in one famine. In 1959, half of China's crops were wiped out by natural disaster. In 1959, China was only 14 years after the devastation of the Japanese occupation, and then WW2. The countryside was actually less able to withstand natural disaster than in the 19th century.
I don't think it can be said that Mao's management of the famine was a disaster. Unlike in Ireland, where there was no shortage of food and a very small population, relative to the financial power of the British empire, there was a massive shortage of food in China, between 1959 - 1962, and a population that was massive compared to China's financial power. Yet, despite continued crop failures, the famine was ended within three years, in all parts of China. Of course, in such a huge country, I'm sure many mistakes were made, but, I don't know what Mao could have done differently, except, as we said above, freezing loan repayments - but, as we are constantly told today in Ireland, that action is not without consequences.
It was an entirely freak occurrence that the famine happened at the same time as the Great Leap Forward. Capitalist propagandists try to link the two and imply that the famine was caused by the GLF. It may be true to say that the transfer of labour and resources to industry, during this period, left China less able to contend with a massive food shortage, caused by natural disaster. But, that is true of any country that undertakes industrialization. To criticize China for the GLF is to actually say to China that it should not have industrialized. That it should have remained weak and dependent on Western industry, and thus, subject to the dictates of Western interests. And, this is precisely what the capitalist propagandists believe. As far as they are concerned, Mao's crime was not the famine, but making China independent of Western interests. We know that today, 25,000 children are dying from drinking dirty water every single day, in countries that have private land ownership. Do authors like Frank Dikötter cry about these children? No, of course they don't. They consider that Holocaust to be "just normal," "just the way things are." No effort is made to stop it. It will continue for as long as capitalism continues. And yet, according to these authors, Mao is the greatest criminal of all time - because he took three years to end all that horror in his country.
I think it is also nonsense to suggest that he took a "the end justifies the means" attitude to a new level. The British empire caused famine everywhere it went. It considered famine a normal way to rule native peoples, and keep them in check. Ireland had a famine once every twenty years, on average, under British rule - as did India and many African countries. Mao did not consider famine to be normal. Once this famine was over, famine was never allowed to happen again in China. Mao did not consider the extermination of native peoples to be normal. Yes, he was very cruel in Tibet, and that should never have happened. At the same time, he did not have a policy of totally exterminating them, as the British and the Americans did to the native peoples of North America and Australia.
Connolly16 reacted in Jews DO control the media
What shocked me was not the claim made in the article, but the racism in it.
"We Jews have something planted in each one of us that makes us completely different from every group in the world."
"Jews are so afraid to admit that there’s something inherently powerful and good about them."
Imagine if you replaced the word Jew with 'white person' , how would that sound?
Connolly16 reacted to Fodla32 in Jews DO control the media
Interesting article. I think what really marks the Jews out as being different is that their culture has basically become the culture of the world, via Christianity. Needless to say, this has greatly added to the "chosen people" complex they already had. The Jews, maybe for this reason (along with historical persecution in Europe) tend to stick together to a degree that other groups don't. Compare the Jewish lobby in the US with the Irish-American lobby (is there even still an Irish-American lobby at all.)
Needless to say, when a particular ethnic or religious group start to take de facto power in a host country - such as Germany - they will generate a huge amount of resentment. I think this has already happened in the USA, but the Christian Fendamentalists give the Jewish lobby a huge amount of cover, because of their superstitions about Jerusalem and the supposed "Second Coming of Christ."
Connolly16 reacted to Frithbheart32 in Catholic Gaelgeoir Traitor refused compensation by his Masters
Maybe he can make the para olympics or even special olympics
Connolly16 got a reaction from Fodla32 in Catholic Gaelgeoir Traitor refused compensation by his Masters
Wont be playing for the RUC footballers anymore anyway!
Connolly16 got a reaction from Fodla32 in Lying Rat Obama to spend $40 mil on Guantanamo upgrade
Would love to see Cuba cut the cable when it goes in! Unlikely though!
This upgrade is probably in preparation for the "terrorists" in Iran when they invade and level the country!
Connolly16 reacted to Fodla32 in Liquidation of the Cairo Gang 1920
An interesting take on one of the most famous events of the Tan War.
The photo is invariably used for the Cairo gang, one print is in Bureau of Military History and its provenance is IRA papers.
A discussion on it here. This photo is certainly of named men from F Coy ADRIC. The men are nothing to do with the men who were executed on Bloody Sunday.
Those actually executed on Bloody Sunday:
The Illustrated London News 4th December 1920
In January 1920, the British Army Intelligence Centre in Ireland recruited a special plainclothes unit of 18-20 demobilized ex-army officers and some active-duty officers to conduct clandestine operations against the IRA. The officers received training at a school of instruction in London, most likely under the supervision of Special Branch, which had been part of the Directorate of Home Intelligence since February 1919. They may also have received some training from MI5 officers and ex-officers working for Special Branch. Army Centre, Dublin, hoped these officers could eventually be divided up and deployed to the provinces to support its 5th and 6th Division intelligence staffs, but it decided to keep it in Dublin under the command of the Dublin District Division, General Gerald Boyd, commanding. It was known officially as the Dublin District Special Branch (DDSB) and also as "D Branch".
One by one, they arrived in Ireland, travelling under aliases and using commercial cover, several taking jobs as shop assistants or garage bands to avoid suspicion. Professor Bowden believes that the Cairo Group was directed by two men, Peter Ames and George Bennett. These individuals maintained liaison with three veterans of the campaign, Lt. Angliss, alias McMahon, who had returned from Russia to organize intelligence in South Dublin, an Irishman by the name of Peel, and D. L. MacLean, the chief of intelligence at Dublin Castle. There is doubt about Bowden's work, see Townsend's view. I would add that Ames and Bennett were relatively junior in British Intelligence in Dublin, Ames being only a Class II agent, and Bennett a Class HH and area commanders like Carew were Class GG. And the senior Intelligence men in Dublin Castle were Class FF. Besides being more experienced intelligence operatives than those earlier working in Ireland, these men increased the threat to the Irish because they immediately reorganized the British intelligence effort, which until their arrival had been decentralized and uncoordinated. They moved quickly to correct weaknesses. Their accomplishments led ultimately to the events of "Bloody Sunday."
Sir Basil Thomson was Director of Intelligence at the Home Office in London.The Intelligence group in Dublin worked under Ormonde Winter. Deputy Police Adviser and Head of Intelligence. They included Capt H B C Pollard and Major Cecil Street. The entire Intelligence team lived in quarters at the Royal Marine Hotel at Kingstown but by September 1921 all had for safety moved inside the thick walls of Dublin Castle itself, address being Number 4 Upper Castle Yard.
Although the IIS was aware that changes were taking place on the British side, it was some time before it ascertained the identities of the group. Their first break came following the execution of John Lynch, by the British. After this episode, Lt. Angliss had been one of the killers, and having had a drink too many had divulged his participation in the execution to a girl in his lodgings, who inadvertently passed this information to an IIS informant. Other members of the group were identified by landladies revealing that the men went out late at night, at the time when Dublin was under a very strict curfew, and only authorized personnel were allowed on the streets. But mainly, names and addresses came from lists typed up in Dublin Castle, and passed on to Collins by an informants within Dublin Castle - like Mernin, Mannix, Neligan.
In May 1920, Lieutenant Colonel Walter Wilson arrived in Dublin to take command of D Branch. Following the events of Bloody Sunday, November 21, 1920, when several D Branch officers were assassinated by IRA hit teams, D Branch was transferred to the command of Brigadier-General Sir Ormonde Winterin January 1921. Winter had been placed in charge of a new police intelligence unit, the Combined Intelligence Service, in May 1920, and his charter was to set up a central intelligence clearing house to more effectively collate and coordinate army and police intelligence. The several members of D Branch who survived Bloody Sunday were very unhappy to be transferred from army command to CIS command, and, for the next six months, until the Truce of July 1921, D Branch continued to maintain regular contact with Army Intelligence Centre while undertaking missions for Winter's CIS.
The British undercover men lived in boarding houses and hotels across Dublin, unobtrusively going out to keep tabs on the IRA. While at the same time the IRA Intelligence Department (IRAID) was receiving information from well-placed sources, including Lily Mernin, who was the confidential clerk for British Army Intelligence Centre in Parkgate Street, and Sergeant Jerry Mannix, stationed in Donnybrook. Another IRA source was Constable David Neligan, of G-Division (special branch) of the Dublin Metropolitan Police. Strangely both sides appeared to rink together at the Cafe Cairo, Rabiatti's Saloon and Kidds Back Pub. In addition the IRA, once they knew where undercover men were living could get the Irish servants to report on the mens' movements.
The British started to close in on the centre of IRA operations. Three IIS senior officers, Liam Tobin, the senior officer in charge of IRA Intelligence, Frank ThorntonTobin's deputy in IRA intelligence, and Tom Cullen, his assistant, were arrested. Tobin and Cullen were detained only a few hours. Thornton underwent a grueling interrogation for ten days. Shortly after Thornton's release, Collins received information that the British planning more arrests. and as a result met with his staff and formulated the plans for "Bloody Sunday."
Lieutenant "G" who was Michael Collins' agent in the British Military had informed him that he should clear the "Cairo Gang" out by the 21st of this month and a list of 35 suspected members of the "Cairo Gang" had been drawn up together with their photographs. It was given to Cathal Brugha to peruse and he removed 15 men from the list and Michael Collins then informed Richard MacKee of the addresses of all those of the British "Cairo Gang" still listed and that it must be carried out on the 21st. Richard MacKee then informed Peadar Clancy and the "12 Apostles" who had already carried out surveillance on were they were all living. Again this is from Professor Bowden, and derided by Professor Townsend.
Surveillance of British suspects was stepped up, and intelligence was gathered from rooming houses. The IRA Dublin Brigade and the IRAID then pooled their resources and intelligence to draw up their own hit list of suspected gang members and set the date for the assassinations to be carried out: 21 November 1920 at 9:00 am sharp.
The operation was planned by several senior IRA members, including Michael Collins, Dick McKee, Liam Tobin, Peadar Clancy, Tom Cullen, Frank Thornton and Oscar Traynor. The killings were planned to coincide with the Gaelic football match between Dublin and Tipperary, because the large crowds around Dublin would provide easier movement and less chance of detection for the members of Collins' Squad carrying out the assassinations. Clancy and McKee were picked up by the British on the evening of Saturday, 20 November. They were interrogated, tortured and shot dead, along with a Gaelic language student, Conor Clune, the nephew of Archbishop Clune. In spite of being tortured, they did not talk, and the British learned nothing of the assassination plot.
On 17 November Collins had written to Dick McKee, Commander of the Dublin Brigade:
Dick . . . have established addresses of the particular ones. Arrangements should now be made about the matter. Lt. G. is aware of things. He suggested the 21st. A most suitable date and day I think. "M" Early Sunday morning, November 21, 1920, the IRA hit squads went into action. They executed 15 people. The British reaction to "Bloody Sunday" was quick. Carloads of Auxiliaries were almost immediately dispatched to Croke Park, Dublin where a large crowd had assembled to watch a football game. Accounts of what followed are conflicting, but one of the most widely reported stated that the Auxiliaries fired into the crowd, killing fourteen and wounding many others.
Mrs Woodcock, wife of Lt Col Woodcock , who herself witnessed the shootings, writes
It was not until I went back to the military hospital on the afternoon of 21st November that I realised that our house had not been the only one visited by the murderers. The matron there told me that the dead bodies of fourteen British officers lay in the hospital mortuary. Nine of these were in pyjamas. That little sentence shows in what circumstances the majority of them lost their lives. Two officers who had dined at our house on the Saturday night were among the killed. These officers were Roman Catholics, and, I was told, had taken up special service work from a sense of duty. Tale after tale of horror was unfolded to me until my brain reeled,and I felt I could bear no more.
One officer had been butchered in front of his wife. They took some time to kill him.(This refers to Newberry ) Shortly afterwards she had a little baby. It was born dead, and a few days after she also died. .....
The American Consul had dined at our house the night before the murders. His two hosts were among the murdered . They had played bridge till it was very late, and he had been pressed to stay the night. If he had, there would probably have been an American citizen the less,as there is no doubt the men and boys who visited our house were mostly quite incapable, from fright, of distinguishing friend from foe. One of the wounded officers told me he was placed against a wall in the hall, and eight men took, or tried to take, careful aim at him. One man's hand shook so much that a comrade took his revolver away from him, and another supported his trembling right hand on his left arm. This officer also was a regimental officer, and had nothing to do with police or secret service. Like my husband , he too had a most marvelous escape, and none of the shots he received were vital.
I had absolutely no idea until after the murders of 21st November of the awful risks run by our men, when one of the few survivors of the original Intelligence Service opened my eyes to the dangers and difficulties of their lives. He would probably never have spoken then had not the horrors of that day shaken him to the depths. He told me of whole nights spent in lonely railway cuttings when the slightest sound would have resulted in discovery and immediate death. Of long crawls over marshy fields, ending, perhaps,in a sudden dash and a volley of revolver shots. I had seen those men leaving the house, night after night, but I never knew or guessed what their work was, or still less, of the months of training they had had in this special work before coming to Ireland.
Within the context of British Army deaths in Ireland, 261 British Army dead between Jan 1919 and July 1920, the casualties of 21 Nov were not that great (9 of the 15 deaths were actual British Army serving officers). The hit that British Intelligence operations took was probably not that great, only 6 of the men shot that day were Intelligence officers, out of around 60 believed to have been in the field at that time. The British were never going to say exactly the damage caused to their intelligence operations (it was in their interests to put out that they were just "ordinary" officers killed that day anyway). The IRA were never going to talk about their failures, either wrong men shot or empty houses raided.
It is comparatively easy to put together British officers lives and career records from, BMD entries, censuses, London Gazette entries. No effort has been made to cover men's tracks by the authorities. Where men changed names it was genuine rather than contrived, eg with Peel to avoid using a German name in wartime British Army or with Wilde to change from Leonard William Wilde to Leonard Aidan Wilde was to appear to himself more Irish.
It is more difficult to find the records of those who survived that morning, as all that we have is a Surname usually, rather than Christian names or initials. It needs effort to keep digging away to find who they really were, eg with Hardy and King
The IRA men are difficult, some have given their stories to Irish Bureau of Military History. But there is still a lot of work to be done to give colour to the IRA men.
Scenes as the bodies went through Dublin to be put on a destroyer bound for England
Connolly16 reacted to Fodla32 in Former Republican McGuinness to meet his Royal Employer
At a private meeting of the British ruling régime in Ireland, to be held in Stormont Castle, former Republican, Martin McGuinness is to be granted an audience with Her Majesty, the Queen of England, and he will be allowed to touch her hand.
It will be a great day for the man who, together with Gerry Adams, has done more than anyone else to defeat Republican resistance to British occupation in Ireland. You might say, it's the culmination of decades of loyal work on the behalf of the English Crown.
The Irish Times quotes Gerry Adams as saying that the meeting between monarch and her footman is "in the context of conflict resolution and national reconciliation." British national reconciliation certainly. It's always easy to resolve a conflict, if you get one side to lie down.
Connolly16 reacted to Fodla32 in Nepal Maoists Split - New Revolutionary Party is formed 18 June 2012
I think this is a wise and necessary move. It's clear that Prachanda is a Gerry Adams style revisionist reformer, who is more than happy with the bourgeois régime - as long as he's sitting on top of it. Unfortunately, it may have come too late. The time to do this was before Prachanda surrendered the weapons and armed units. Though, as the old saying goes, it's never too late to do the right thing.
Connolly16 reacted to Fodla32 in Nepal Maoists Split - New Revolutionary Party is formed 18 June 2012
Nepal’s Maoists Split; Kiran Faction Walks Away
Posted by Enaemaehkiw Túpac Keshena
From the bourgeois news source The Hindu. Please keep this in mind.
Circumstances favourable for revolution, says Kiran
After a protracted internal party struggle, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) finally split on Monday evening with senior vice-chairman Mohan Vaidya ‘Kiran’ walking away with several other senior leaders to form another party, the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist). The decision was taken at taken at the end of a three-day national gathering of cadres associated with the ‘Kiran’ faction.
The new party has termed the two key decisions of the Prachanda-led Maoist party — accepting the “democratic republic” line in 2005 (which enabled collaboration with democratic parties); and signing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2006 — as major mistakes. In a document presented at the gathering, Mr Kiran said, “The objective circumstances are favourable for a revolution. We should now create the subjective circumstances for revolution.”
Senior leaders who have sided with Mr Kiran to set up a new party include many stalwarts of the Maoist movement — Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’, C P Gajurel, Dev Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplab’. The new party will have a 44-member central committee; its new leadership structure is yet to be decided.
There had been serious divisions within the party ever since the Maoists decided to enter the peace process (and subsequently open politics); and fight for a ‘democratic republic’ in 2005-06. Mr Kiran and Mr Gajurel were in Indian prisons when the decision was taken, and had reservations about it. They claimed that while ‘democratic republic’ was a tactical goal, the ultimate aim must remain a ‘people’s federal republic’ or ‘people’s democracy’. This was seen by opponents as a Maoist plank of establishing a one-party state.
This tension marked the initial years of the peace process, when the radical faction insisted on the declaration of a republic and a fully proportional representation-based electoral system for the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls. This led to the Maoist withdrawal from the interim government in 2007, and delayed CA polls. During Mr Prachanda’s stint as Prime Minister, he remained under pressure from his dogmatic colleagues to push ‘radical’ changes — seen as the trigger for his attempt to dismiss the then army chief in 2009, which ultimately led to the fall of the Maoist-led government.
While the Maoists were out of government between 2009 and 2011, Mr Kiran and his colleagues demanded that the party adopt the line of ‘revolt’ instead of ‘peace and constitution’, which was being advocated by Dr Baburam Bhattarai. Chairman Prachanda sided with Dr Bhattarai at a key central committee meeting in April 2011.
Though Mr. Kiran supported Dr. Bhattarai’s nomination as the PM candidate in August 2011, differences deepened between the ‘establishment’ and ‘dissident’ factions soon after. The hardliners opposed the four-point agreement signed between the Maoists and the Madhesi parties leading to government formation. The Maoists then took several steps with regard to the peace process against the wishes of the Kiran faction. This included handing over keys of arms containers, and regrouping fighters into those who wished to opt for integration and those opting for retirement. On April 10 this year, following tensions among combatants, the government decided to hand over the cantonments to the Nepal Army. Mr Kiran termed the entire process as “surrender and disarmament”.
Another key difference has been the position regarding the role of India. While Mr Prachanda and Dr. Bhattarai termed the Indian role in the peace process as ‘constructive’ and engaged with New Delhi at different levels, Mr Kiran raised the issue of “protecting national independence”; accused the Maoist-led government of “surrendering”; demanded its resignation.
When asked about the split’s implications, Sudheer Sharma, editor-in-chief of Nepal’s largest daily Kantipur, told The Hindu, “The Maoist were the largest party, and this split will definitely weaken them. If the new party chooses to adopt a violent path, it will lead to instability. Even if it does not take to violence, it will adopt a radical line in the name of nationalism or ‘anti-Indianism.’”
Connolly16 got a reaction from Lugh Ildánach in Tribute to Bashar al-Assad / تحية لبشار الأسد
Fair enough he is better than the western NATO rats but what is admirable about Assad? He is not Socialist in the slightest, he was highly privileged as a child and a hereditary leader? I'd support him over the "rebels" unquestionably but come on? He is no Gadaffi, Gadaffi was a socialist, implemented socialist policies and organised a directly democratic people run state
Connolly16 reacted to Fodla32 in In a Socialist Republic, how would my life be different?
In my view, we must re-organize society into Soviets of small size, so that everybody's opinion will actually matter. The Zapatistas give a good example of this method, and Col. Gaddafi did his best to introduce such a system to Libya. Cuba and Venezuela are also going down this route.
But, any form of Communist society would change the life you have now. For a start, your education really would be free. You would not have to waste your time cooking burgers. Indeed, I don't think fast food of any sort would feature in any sort of Communist system, as people would have the "luxury" of eating real food.
Nor would you have to worry about paying rent to some gombeen landlord. Ireland is the least populated country in Europe. There is plenty of land to go around and to give everyone a proper home of their own.
Under the capitalist régime, you have no say in the production of society. At most, you have the choice of buying, or not buying, the products that the capitalists have put before you - and, even that is a forced choice. "Democracy" under capitalism means nothing more than choosing what ring tone to put on your phone.
For example, in a properly democratic society, we would have a choice whether to spend billions on finding a cure for AIDS and on making sure 25,000 children don't die every day from drinking dirty water, instead of spending it on weapons of mass destruction. Now, we don't have that choice. We are forced to pay for the weapons of mass destruction.
It seems to me, that it is no wonder that young people have no interest in politics. Why would you? You have no say in anything. We need to change that.