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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in Sufism - Islamic Mysticism   
    The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar is an excellent piece of Sufi literature, and is available for free to view or download in PDF format here
     
    http://sufibooks.info/Sufism/The_Conference_of_the_Birds_Fardiuddin_Attar.pdf
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to lenin86 in PFLP condemns US threats and Western aggression against Syria   
    PFLP condemns US threats and Western aggression against Syria 
     
    The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemned US and Western threats and aggression against Syria, denouncing these countries’ threats to wage an illegal war and exacerbate the explosive situation in the region. The US is threatening severe harm to the Syrian people and the Arab people, through a lengthy conflict that threatens its future, the sovereignty and unity and its territory, that will benefit no one but warmongers and predators of neocolonialism, domination and occupation in perpetuating the enslavement of the region, its peoples and its wealth.
    The Front rejected the Zionist and imperialist aggression and external intervention in all forms and warned against the crocodile tears of the forces of war and aggression against the Syrian and Arab people, who are doing all they can to prevent a political solution that can save the people and the nation and stop the bloodshed in Syria, The same forces provide their utmost support to the occupation of Palestine and the torture of its people for over a century. The Front warned of the role of the Arab League or some Arab or Muslim states being used by the advocates of war and aggression in an attempt to provide cover for this dirty war.
    The people of the region and their children will be the ones who pay for it, again and again.
    http://pflp.ps/english/2013/08/pflp-condemns-us-threats-and-western-aggression-against-syria/
     
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in Al Nusara Terrorists Caught with 2kg of Sarin Gas   
    Turkey arrests extremists with sarin gas for Syria – media

    Turkish special anti-terror forces have detained 12 people suspected of having links with Al Nusra Front, the al Qaida-allied Syrian rebel group that has been set to topple President Assad’s regime.

    The group was seized in southern Turkey. Local media say they carried a 2kg cylinder with nerve agent sarin.

    Turkish authorities haven’t commented on this report.

    Turkey dismisses reports that terror suspects had sarin
    0Governor of the Adana province in southern Turkey Huseyin Avni Cos has dismissed reports that 12 detained suspects had nerve gas sarin, Turkish media said.

    0The local press reported that Turkish anti-terror forces had detained 12 people suspected of having links with Al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda-allied Syrian rebel group in the Adana Province.

    0"We cannot reveal any organisation names right now, but their links will be evident after the questioning," governor Huseyin Avni Cos was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

    0Radikal daily reported the police have also confiscated two kilogrammes of sarin gas, a powerful neurotoxin, from safe houses in Adana, some 150 kilometres from the border with Syria.

    0However, Cos said "there is no gas or anything of that sort captured as claimed," adding that they had found "some chemicals" that were still being studied by experts.

    0Six of the suspects have been released after questioning and the other six are still being held following the raids in the cities of Istanbul, Adana and Mersin, according to the governor.

    0The raids follow twin car bombings in the border town of Reyhanli on May 11, which killed 52 people and raised fears of the growing impact of the Syrian conflict in Turkey.

    From: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_05_30/Turkey-arrests-extremists-with-sarin-gas-for-Syria-media-0554/
     
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in Al Nusara Terrorists Caught with 2kg of Sarin Gas   
    Back in May. Bringing it from Libya on board civilian airliners.

    Turkish police seizes 2 kg of sarin gas from Al-Nusra militants

    n the course of its investigation into the Reyhanlı bombings (11 May 2013), the Turkish police conducted on Monday, 27 May 2013, a series of raids on the homes of Al-Nusra Front militants in Adana and Mersin. 12 suspects were arrested.

    2 kg of sarin gas were found.

    The Al-Nusra Front is the Levantine branch of Al-Qaida. The militants were preparing to use the sarin gas inside both Turkey and Syria. Sarin gas is a chemical weapon banned by the United Nations in 1991.

    This discovery comes as the French daily Le Monde, in its edition dated May 28, published a five-part report by Jean-Philippe Rémy and Laurent Van Der Stockton "certifying" the use of gas by the Army Syrian Arab against the "rebellion" in Jobar (district of Damascus).

    The report is a carbon copy of the one carried out in Homs, more than one year ago by the same newspaper, which was translated into the main European languages ​​and published by all major outlets in NATO member states. The report contains several absurdities: journalists describe a chemical warfare at the heart of the capital supposed to affect only "opponents"; the people show diverse symptoms, but no convulsions; and photos illustrating the first installment point to an eye treatment which is incongruous with for poison gas (which penetrates the skin and is not a tear gas). This piece of propaganda was disseminated and widely relayed on the eve of the lifting of the EU embargo on sending weapons to armed groups in Syria. - http://www.voltairenet.org/article178710.html

     
     
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to lenin86 in Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Nerve Gas, Not Assad’S Regime: U.n. Official   
    Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday. Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.   But she said her panel had not yet seen any evidence of Syrian government forces using chemical weapons, according to the BBC, but she added that more investigation was needed. Damascus has recently facing growing Western accusations that its forces used such weapons, which President Obama has described as crossing a red line. But Ms. del Ponte’s remarks may serve to shift the focus of international concern. Ms. del Ponte, who in 1999 was appointed to head the U.N. war crimes tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, has sometimes been a controversial figure. She was removed from her Rwanda post by the U.N. Security Council in 2003, but she continued as the chief prosecutor for the Yugoslav tribunal until 2008. Ms. del Ponte, a former Swiss prosecutor and attorney general, told Swiss TV: “Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals. According to their report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated.” She gave no further details, the BBC said. The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria was established in August 2011 to examine alleged violations of human rights in the Syrian conflict which started in March that year.   It is due to issue its next report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June. Rebel Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Almokdad denied that rebels had use chemical weapons. “In any case, we don’t have the mechanism to launch these kinds of weapons, which would need missiles that can carry chemical warheads, and we in the FSA do not possess these kind of capabilities,” Mr. Almokdad told CNN. “More importantly, we do not aspire to have (chemical weapons) because we view our battle with the regime as a battle for the establishment of a free democratic state. … We want to build a free democratic state that recognizes and abides by all international accords and agreements — and chemical and biological warfare is something forbidden legally and internationally.”  
     
    http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas-not-assads-regi/
     
     
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from nico in Global 'NO WAR WITH SYRIA' Rallies   
    http://intellihub.com/2013/08/27/war-syria-rallies-happening-saturday-august-31-worldwide/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
     
    Information about the global organisation of the event
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from nico in Global 'NO WAR WITH SYRIA' Rallies   
    This is the rather lame attempt of the Irish so-called "anti-war" movement.  A meaningless protest after the attacks have started.  No attempt to tie in with the international movement to put pressure on beforehand.  This kind of "whatever we think of the crimes of Assad" rhetoric which if followed will not pressure against an attack but condemn Syria to one.
     
     
    Military Intervention in Syria: Protest if US attacks Sy
    Submitted by webmaster on Wed, 28/08/2013 - 01:06.
    Syria Start: 28/08/2013 - 18:00 End: 01/09/2013 - 18:00  
     
    Date: TBC | Location: The Spire, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
    It seems very likely that the US, backed by UK,France etc, is going to attack Syria very soon.
    Regardless of what we think of the Assad regime and its crimes we should oppose this intervention which will only make matters worse and is only designed to further imperialist interests.
    As we don’t know exactly when this will occur the Irish Anti-War Movement is calling a protest at the Spire for 6pm ON THE DAY OF THE ATTACK or THE NEXT DAY IF THE ATTACK IS AT NIGHT.

    We will update this even with the definite day once we know more....
    Please support this protest and spread the word. Invite your friends
    John Molyneux, Memet Uludağ, Lola Hynes
    Steering Committee
    Irish Anti-War Movement
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from nico in Global 'NO WAR WITH SYRIA' Rallies   
    Absolutely.  We really should be more on the ball on knowing about these kind of events coming up.  It is a crucial time in relation to Syria.  Working class people are now aware of the issues.  I was in the shop the other day and heard a woman talking to the girl behind the counter about how terrible it was that all those children had been killed (she had not apparently known of the tens of thousands of children already killed).  She couldn't even remember the name of the country it was happening in, but a fair assumption was that it was Syria given the front page pictures in all the papers.  I gave her some information on it, and let her know that it was surely not the Syrian government behind the attacks, but the US sponsored rats.  Others in work are beginning to form opinions and many of them are instinctively challenging the media-US line. 
     
    The media will only succeed in assigning blame to Assad for this in the minds of Irish people if an alternative view is not presented loud and clear in a forum that they actually use.  Russia is doing a lot to get an alternative view into the mainstream western dialogue but we must play our part too to ensure Irish people have a forum to learn about what is happening and to express themselves against war.  And on an organised international day of action like this, we really should be tying in other groups across the world.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Global 'NO WAR WITH SYRIA' Rallies   
    We should do something to coincide with this, or do something soon enough!
     

     
    This was a small protest we held last year in solidarity with Syria, and in opposition to a talk been held by Amnesty international. As we all know, the situation has escalated considerably since then. 

    We need to take to the streets again, and this time in greater numbers, and send a clear message to the imperialists and their lackeys here in Ireland, that we stand in solidarity with Syria, and will not sit idly by while another country is torn asunder for imperialist interests. 
    HANDS OFF SYRIA! END IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION NOW!
     
    http://youtu.be/n0TOuR-k-1M
    Also in the video is another protest in solidarity with Libyan & Irish Political prisoners.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Sufism - Islamic Mysticism   
    “And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
    "You owe me."
    Look what happens with love like that.
    It lights up the sky.”
     
     
    “Forget safety.
    Live where you fear to live.
    Destroy your reputation.
    Be notorious.”
    ― Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
     
     
    What is Sufism?
     
     
     
    Sufism has come to mean a wide range of beliefs that center on the quest for personal enlightenment in the union with God. Sufis are sometimes described as the mystics of Islam, but Sufism fits awkwardly in the categories of religions. Technically Sufism is a denomination of Islam, however there are many Sufis that are not Muslims and there are many Muslims that are reluctant to consider Sufism part of Islam. One of the few concepts that Sufis seem to agree on is that all religions offer a path to salvation or enlightenment and that true God realization, no matter how it is achieved, transcends the limitations and classification of any religion. Basically, a saint in any religion is equal to a saint in any other religion because they are inspired by the same Divine source. Initially the term Sufi referred only to those who had achieved God realization, but it has since come to be applied to anyone who follows that particular spiritual path. The name Sufi comes from “suf,” the Arabic word for wool or “saf,” the Persian word for pure. The dervishes or advanced students of Sufism wore inexpensive wool clothes as part of their life of renunciation.
        
    Sufism and Islam

        Sufism began as religious teachers in the Middle East came to learn the Truth of Islam directly from Mohammad. Masters who were “ordained” directly by Mohammad founded three major Sufi schools or orders. The most essential mystical knowledge was then passed down from each master to a disciple selected to follow as the leader of the school. Other disciples were sent out as masters to establish new schools. A Sufi school (ashram or convent) is often a community center that may include a residence for the students and master, a school, hospital, orphanage or any number of community services. Some of these services may be very modest and others may be very extensive, but they are often a vital part of the local community. Schools are sometimes set up near the tomb of a Sufi saint in order to maintain the shrine and provide services to pilgrims, including places to retreat and meditate. While mainstream Islam promotes community service, mosques rarely umbrella such services beyond theological schools since mainstream Islam distinguishes the needs of the spirit from the needs of the body.
        
         There is no firm historical source for Sufism. Many of the early orders were considered an integrated part of Islam, but as teachings were codified and the elements of Shi’i and Sunni Islam became more distinct, Sufism emerged with an identity. One of the basic ideas of Sufism is to minimize the self or individual identity. Belonging to a particular group with a unique name is contradictory to this effort. It is said, “a Sufi is one who is not,” and with a philosophy that seeks the destruction of self-identity it is thought that Sufi’s received their name from outsiders. Initially the term Sufi referred only to those who had achieved God realization, but it has since come to be applied to anyone who follows that particular spiritual path.
        
         While Sufism did not exist prior to Islam, Sufi doctrine contains many elements that go beyond the teaching of Mohammad. Islam is an external structure in which the individual exists while the internal quest for enlightenment belongs to a realm of Sufi knowledge. This knowledge integrates Islam and ancient doctrine that resembles elements of Greek Philosophy, Zoroastrianism and Hinduism that are part of the Sufi path to God-realization. The most sacred knowledge of the Sufi masters is not written and is passed to each generation orally, which makes it somewhat difficult to historically trace the evolution of Sufi doctrine. Nonetheless, it seems reasonable that the Sufi doctrine that differs the most from the rest of Islam had its beginnings much earlier (although this is a very non-Muslim view of Sufism). For many years these extra qualities created a great deal of friction between mainstream Islam and the Muslim mystics. After centuries of falling in and out of favor, Sufis became integrated and an important central part of Islamic culture and society.
        
         A cornerstone of mysticism is that true knowledge of God is achieved directly and not through an intermediary like a prophet, saint or priest. Over the centuries this has led to a great deal of political conflict between mystics and non-mystics. If a cleric or Priest behaves or commands something that seems in conflict with dogma, the individual is not in a position to disagree as long as there is no direct relationship between God and the individual.
        
         Many Sufi orders encourage honoring Saints and Prophets by visiting them if the are alive or their tombs if they have passed on. Pilgrims often will go to ask for favors in the form of miracles or prosperity. In many communities the pilgrims are people from other religions who come to the tombs in hopes of finding favor or receiving miracles.
        
         The high status afforded saints in communities influenced by Sufism implies an alternative means to communicate with God other than through the Imam, the Islamic clerics. In a fundamentalist Islamic community the highest-ranking Imam is the supreme authority, both politically and religiously, and Sufism presents a potential conflict to this authority that has over the centuries led to persecution of Sufis in several Arab countries. Saudi Arabia and Iran are two countries where the tombs of Sufi saints have been destroyed. In some areas teachings of the Sufi masters are held in high regard practicing Sufism is discouraged or even criminalized.

    Sufism Outside of Islam

        The difference between Sufis and Islam is sometimes as extreme as the difference between Mormons and Catholics, depending on the particular order. Some Western Sufi orders have even completely divorced themselves from Islam altogether. Yet, Sufism is integrated in Islam. The mystical aspects of Sufism may have ancient influences, but these traditions center on what goes on within a individual. Islam stresses service, virtue, honesty and charity, the essence of Sufism and a foundation that is necessary for the inner spirituallity of Sufism. It may seem that either Sufism influenced Islam or the other way around, but there is little surviving recorded history that sheds light on this. Even when an order does not incorperate Islam for the laws and practice of daily life, there are disciplines and doctrine to the place of Islam.
        
        Islam recognizes Abraham, Moses and Jesus, but they credit Mohammad for reintroducing the true religion without contamination. Sufis extend this, believing that all prophets and saints of all religions are inspired by the same source and the rejection of any one is a rejection of the essential Truth behind them all - the one God. That one God is absolute, extending beyond time or space, and all that is within the universe is of God, including good and evil.

    Tenants of Sufism
        
        The basic Sufi tenants are slightly different from order to order with some variations, additions and/or subtractions, but generally they include the following.
    • There is only one God, and that God possesses everything. In some orders God is everything and nothing; all that we can perceive and all that we cannot.

    • Since God is in your Heart, God is always very close even when humanity is very far from God. Some Sufis believe that since God is in all of us. To truly love God we must love every human and every component of creation, which are considered to be aspects of God.

    • There are four Holy Scriptures including the Torah, the Psalms of David, the Gospels of Jesus and the Qu'ran (this is aligned with Islam so it may differ in some orders). There are also hundreds of other works revealed by prophets including books by Sufi saints.

    • Nothing happens without God’s will, and Human will is very critical, but it exists within the context of Divine will.

    • Because of God’s will, all things, good and bad, are from God.

    • Life as we know it is an illusion, and the true life revealed when we reach in the hereafter. Some orders go as far as to describe this process of reality beyond illusion as reincarnation, which is a distinct departure from mainstream Islam.

    The Sufi Way

        The Sufi Way consists of four stages. The first stage involves learning the morality and ethics of all religion, which is accomplished by studying Islam. Non-Islamic Sufis rely on other religions or the writings of Sufi saints to establish the foundation of morals and ethics. The second stage is the path of Sufism, which is a focus on internal practices in the same way that Islam offers the external practices of law and worship. The first two stages are accomplished through practice and imitation, basically surrendering blindly to rituals. The third stage is where the aspirant begins to understand the meaning behind the teaching and practices, experiencing God within and the mystical states of Sufism. The fourth stage is ma'rifah or gnosis. This is where the knowledge of God is realized and is only achieved by prophets, great masters and saints. The goal of following the Sufi way (or to be devoted to any other religion) is not to become a saint, but rather to align your life with the will of God and to do all that you can to accept and live by God’s Grace. Indeed, if your goal is to become a saint, it is all but assured that because of your own desires you will never become one.
        
    Sufism in the West

        Sufism is much more complex than this description, but each order or school has its own unique departure from the most general concept of Sufism outlined here. There are dozens of Sufi orders in the West. Many represent orders in the East and adhere to Islam. Other Western orders allow non-Muslims to study the path, although the Master is usually a teacher in the direct line that goes back to those who were ordained by Mohammad. There are also a growing number of orders with teachers that are not in that direct line and have broken with Islam altogether.
        
        Meher Baba's teachings are non-denominational and most of his followers are not Sufi. Sufism Reioriented is a group that has embraced Meher Baba's teachings and has published some of his most important books. The organization has roots with Hazrat Inayat Khan, a Master that came to this country soon after the turn of the century. It should be said that Sufism Reoriented is not considered to be within the mainstream Islamic Sufism movement in the West. Meher Baba's teachings are intended to free Sufism so that those from other religions may embrace it. Meher Baba described all religions like rivers flowing to the ocean. Only the rivers are all dry now as the water is misdirected from the main stream, and the ocean must flood the rivers. In his meditative work Meher Baba may have re-oriented all religions towards the ocean of one God, although Sufism is the one in which he offered the most direct guidance through his writing.
        
        No matter how it is explained, Sufism and any related movement is a spiritual force that is spreading. Jesus stated that loving God with all of your heart, soul and mind is the greatest commandment and that the second is love your neighbor as yourself. In no religion is this held to be more absolute and uncompromising than in Sufism. Every minuscule detail of Sufi doctrine, in virtually all denominations, holds these commandments to be all-important. If in your own heart, through your own beliefs, you can also embrace and live by these commandments of Christ, then your salvation and your union with God are in progress. For those that do not find the alignment and continuity in your own religion to follow these commandments, Sufism may be a place to learn more.
        
    Sufism in your Life

        Remember, to be a Sufi is to be no more than a student of a school. The Sufi way is one that is accepting (not just tolerant) of all other religions, and some orders welcome non-Muslims while encouraging continued participation in one’s own faith. For others, the extraordinary discipline and focus of Islamic life may be an essential component of a new spiritual path. Yet, to be a student is to choose your own commitment to study. Your encounter with Sufism may be no more than reading the works of Sufi Saints and the study of Sufi Philosophy to serve as simple spiritual inspiration. Whatever your circumstances, I encourage you to embrace your faith to find strength and direction in your own life. I introduce you to Sufism as a potential source of sustenance and direction along the way.

        For anyone interested in mysticism, the study of Sufism is an area of riches. Mysticism in many ways provides a bridge between individual religions by exploring the experiences of personal spirituality. A good first encounter with Sufism would be through reading the works of the ancient Sufi poet Rumi, who is currently the best selling poet in this country. Certainly anyone with spiritual interests of any religion will find rewards in an exploration and further understanding of Sufism.

     
     
     
     

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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Sanctions as a weapon of Imperialism   
    The sanctions against the DPRK are the most genocidal in their scope.  They are a very direct attack on the ability of Koreans to feed themselves and enjoy adequate medical care.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in British court convicts Marian Price of public order offences in her absence   
    Guilty of protesting?  A badge of honour.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in British court convicts Marian Price of public order offences in her absence   
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23755561
     
    Republican Marian McGlinchey guilty of protest charges
        Marian McGlinchey was convicted of two charges   Veteran republican Marian McGlinchey has been convicted of two charges arising from a republican protest in Belfast over three years ago.
     
    McGlinchey, 59, also known as Marian Price, was accused of resisting and obstructing police after a white-line protest in the New Lodge area of Belfast on 10 July 2010.
     
    McGlinchey did not attend Belfast Magistrate's Court due to ill health.
    The case was adjourned until 2 September.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Sanctions as a weapon of Imperialism   
    This article is about the sanctions against Zimbabwe, but it has me thinking that we all too often ignore sanctions.  It is an area that we should study more closely, and perhaps there is a way to organise against the sanctions.  I know that during the Iraqi sanctions people travelled to Iraq with medical equipment, and maybe perhaps there are other ways to provide concrete ways round some of the sanctions, building links with Irish producers and consumers in ways that get round the sanctions and other ways of showing economic solidarity in this important front of imperialism.
     
    http://gowans.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/us-senator-comes-clean-on-zimbabwe-sanctions/
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Stand Up for Judas!   
    Great lyrics, the Jesusite traitors will not be happy
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Photography   
    One I took earlier on today; The Gardens & French Mullen Block


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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in List of Vital Websites and Blogs   
    Some very good anti-imperialist writing here:
     
    http://gowans.wordpress.com/?s=horace+campbell
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Possible Charlemont Street Historical Society?   
    Isn't there a North Inner City Folklore Project too?  Would be good to have something similar running in various locations and coming together to share information/perspective and cross reference things that affected lots of different areas.
     
    Would be a good way to get people active in local areas too, perhaps those who are sick of traditional politics, but who are interested in maintaining a sense of community.  It could eventually lead to people in local areas developing new contacts and building grassroots politics suited to the needs of the community.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Der Spiegel: Euro Crisis has saved Germany 40 Billion Euro   
    While countries on the economic fringe, like Ireland, Spain etc. have had similar amounts, if not more, wiped off their economies and austerity imposed on them.  This is simply a transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich, from the colonies to the imperial power.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Possible Charlemont Street Historical Society?   
    Isn't there a North Inner City Folklore Project too?  Would be good to have something similar running in various locations and coming together to share information/perspective and cross reference things that affected lots of different areas.
     
    Would be a good way to get people active in local areas too, perhaps those who are sick of traditional politics, but who are interested in maintaining a sense of community.  It could eventually lead to people in local areas developing new contacts and building grassroots politics suited to the needs of the community.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Muslim Brotherhood Regime in Libya now completely isolated   
    The Guardian reports that "fears are growing in Libya of an Egypt-style standoff between the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and opposition forces, with rebels blockading key oil ports and the capital, Tripoli, braced for armed confrontation."

    Oil exports are at their lowest level since the NATO attack on Libya, and various militias are in control of ports and oil terminals There is constant talk of the partition of Libya, with militias in oil rich Cyrenaica openly wondering why they should share "their oil" with the rest of Libya.

    Tripoli still suffers nightly gun battles between the various militia gangs, as they continue to fight turf wars. Ordinary people do not leave their home after dark, because of the constant violence.

    The Guardian continues:

    "The president of congress, Nuri Abu Sahmain, has summoned militias allied to the Brotherhood to the capital, deploying troops across the city to forestall what his commanders say is the threat of a coup.

    This emergency measure has prompted the main opposition party, the centre-right National Forces Alliance, to desert congress, followed by several smaller ethnic parties, leaving the Brotherhood's Justice and Construction party heading a government with crumbling authority. "Congress has basically collapsed," said one diplomat in Tripoli."

    I feel very sorry for Libyans. Under Al Gaddafi they had safety and prosperity. Now they have hunger, disease and death. This is the democracy that the USA has brought to Libya and to Iraq. Ruined countries, ruled by hundreds of local gang leaders.

    On the 1st of September, it will be the 44th anniversary of the Al Fata Revolution, when Al Gaddafi lead a bloodless coup, to depose the US \ British puppet monarch. Many Libyans will cry on that day, thinking of their fall from greatness under Al Gaddafi to squalor under NATO's gangs.
     
     
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/20/libya-rebels-muslim-brotherhood-blockade
     
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to lenin86 in Reports from the Indian Maoist Insurgency   
    Maoist Halt $2 billion Coal Power Project
     
    New Delhi: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, which is building two electricity plants in eastern India at a cost of $2 billion, halted all work following death threats from Maoist guerillas against developing an adjoining coal mine.   “Our people are mortally scared to go into the area,” managing director Ravi Uppal said in an interview in New Delhi, where the company controlled by billionaire lawmaker Naveen Jindal is based. “We’ve asked the government for security. We’ll not move ahead unless our safety is guaranteed.”   Halting the projects in Jharkhand jeopardizes Jindal Steel’s plan to increase generation capacity more than 10-fold in seven years and underscores the risk the Maoists pose to industry. The rebels are adding to challenges Prime Minister Manmohan Singh faces as he tackles the slowest pace of economic growth in a decade, the rupee’s plunge to a record and an unprecedented current-account deficit.   The rebels, who have waged a war against the government from dense forests, draw support from villagers who believe they have a natural right to the mineral resources lying beneath their habitat. Singh has called Maoists the greatest threat to India. In May, about 300 armed rebels killed 27 people including senior leaders of Singh’s ruling Congress.  
     
     
    http://www.systemiccapital.com/maoist-halt-2-billion-coal-power-project/
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in Top Israeli official “sick” of commemorating Hiroshima, Nagasaki A-bomb   
    JERUSALEM – A senior Israeli government official has posted online comments on Facebook saying he is “sick” of commemorations for the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, a local newspaper reported.

    “I am sick of the Japanese, ‘Human rights’ and ‘Peace’ groups” over holding their “annual self-righteous commemorations for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims,” the Haaretz daily quoted Daniel Seaman, a deputy director general at the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, as writing in his Facebook post.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/08/16/national/top-israeli-official-sick-of-commemorating-hiroshima-nagasaki-a-bomb-victims/
     
     
    Absolutely disgusting comments, made all the worse by the fact that israelis will whinge and moan about the 'holocaust' at any given opportunity.
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