They pretend to ask us, we pretend to vote… March 10, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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…is the thought that comes to mind reading this.
Public Lecture: “The “Singing Flame” Rekindled: The Destruction of the Public Records Office 30 June 1922″ – Galway, 10th March March 9, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
“The “Singing Flame” Rekindled: The Destruction of the Public Records Office 30 June 1922″
In the opening engagement of the Irish civil war on the 30th June 1922, the irreplaceable archive held in the Public Records Office inside Dublin’s Four Courts was destroyed by fire and explosion.
Immediately the opposing Free State forces and anti-treaty IRA blamed each other for the Public Records Office’s destruction. In recent years some leading historians have claimed that the anti-treaty IRA deliberately destroyed the archive as act of vandalism before surrendering to the Free State Army. The evidence for this interpretation, as Dr John M. Regan explains in his lecture, is far from conclusive.
Regan revisits an iconic event of modern Irish history to open a discussion about the different ways history is written. Interpretations of the destruction of the Public Records Office, Regan argues, demonstrate how some historians reinterpreted the past in response to the recent ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland.
The reinterpretation Regan describes rewrites the past not as it happened, or the way we were taught it happened, but instead recasts history in a more desirable form better suited to our needs in the present. This approach to the past has sometimes been inaccurately called ‘Revisionist History’, but like other professional historians Regan’s call the approached ‘Invented History’, where its aim is to amend, redefine, and ‘improve’ the publics’ memory. Invented history, Regan says, has been a preoccupation of some Irish historians over recent decades, but he questions whether or not society is best served by it.
Dr John M. Regan is lecturer in Irish, British, and Public History at the University of Dundee, Scotland. His latest book Myth and the Irish State was published by Irish Academic Press in December.
SV from the CPOI – March edition March 9, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in European Politics, Irish Politics, The Left, Uncategorized.
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Table of contents:
Vulture capitalists eye Irish homes [NL]
James Reilly’s plenary indulgence [TMK]
The Victorious General
Give us bread and roses too
Social media: Whose interests do they serve? [EON]
Lions led by donkeys [NOM]
Is Monsanto poisoning us? [TMS]
They haven’t gone away, you know! [FK]
United States and European Union launch their destabilisation strategy [EMC]
Did Mandela really change South Africa? [TOM]
Venezuela: A difficult year without Hugo Chávez [SE]
Creating a shared future: Winning the Shankill? [TR]
Letter: Creating a shared future
From the lead article:
Vulture capitalists eye Irish homes
A number of mortgage books have already been sold to unregulated private equity companies or hedge funds, mostly American; but in the proposed sales of the IBRC residential book (13,000 former INBS mortgages) we are looking at the largest sale ever of mortgages to unregulated vulture capitalists . . . What does this mean for mortgage-holders?
International Women’s Day 2014 March 8, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Feminism, Uncategorized.
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity.
WD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
This Week At Irish Election Literature March 7, 2014Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
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Then A petition being distributed to supporters of the Prolife Campaign with the title of “Ask Your Local Hospital To Take A Stand Against The New Abortion Law”.
A leaflet from Tommy Doherty who is running for The RNU in Lower Falls
A leaflet from éirígí Councillor Louise Minihan
lots more local election leaflets posted this week, the list of Local Election leaflets posted so far , as ever would love more.
Solidarity Books March 6, 2014Posted by doctorfive in Uncategorized.
To all friends of Solidarity Books,
Unfortunately we have some bad news: Solidarity Books is closing on March 31st. Since opening in 2009 we’ve sold tons of radical literature, dozens of campaign groups have utilised our meeting and storage space, and we’ve hosted hundreds of talks, film showings, Veg Outs, and several book launches. It’s a volunteer-run, non-hierarchically organised effort, and we hope it has made a decent contribution to the battle of ideas in this era of neoliberal hegemony. However after four and a half years, the project is no longer viable for us. Our income has been struggling to keep up with expenses for quite a while, and our core organising group is unfortunately lacking the numbers and energy to turn that around.
Although we can’t keep Solidarity Books open, we hope that it won’t be long before other radicals open a space for radical books and resistance in Cork. Such projects can count on our support, unsold books, and whatever else we can do to help. Indeed a few of us would love to work with new people on a new radical space project for Cork, and anyone who’d like to start talking about such a project can forward their email to email@example.com or our facebook page, so we can put people in touch with each other.
As should be expected of a closing book shop, we’ll be having a closing down sale. And as should be expected of a closing anarchist book shop, we’ll be having a brilliant farewell party. Watch this space for more info on them; we’re thinking about 50% off for the former, and lots of ska music for the latter.
Solidarity Books could not have survived for so long were it not for the countless people who supported the bookshop in multiple ways. Many went out of their way to buy books and coffee from us, over a hundred people at some stage did the voluntary work of covering a shop shift, and lots of generous people donated us books, couches, and even mugs for tea. To all of them, we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you.
In this world of structured commodified social relations, solidarity is forcefully restricted to the family and “the nation” (i.e. showing solidarity with the nation’s elite). We hope in our books and in providing space for Occupy Cork, the Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes, Cork Women’s Right to Choose, Anti-Deportation Ireland and many other groups resisting the insane logic of capitalism, that we have played a part in expanding the scope for human freedom, in building a world based on a solidarity among equals. It may have only been a few drops in an ocean, but, as Adam Ewing reminds us, an ocean is just a multitude of drops.
The Solidarity Books collective, March 2014.
What you want to say – 5th March 2014 March 5, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.
Voting At 16 March 5, 2014Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
It appears that next year we’ll be having a Referendum on lowering The voting age to 16. I’m undecided at the minute. Its an odd one in that I had an interest in politics and indeed was in a political party at 16 yet few if any of my peers at the time would have had the same level of interest in the political process.
Is there less interest now in politics among 16 years olds than there was in the 1980′s?
Is the CPSE curriculum good enough to educate schoolchildren about the political / electoral system?
Interestingly when the voting age was reduced in 1973 Jack Lynch held the 1973 General Election on the old register in the belief that new voters would be more likely to vote against FF. Then in 1977 they went all out for the Youth Vote with a pop song !!
Labour Youth have been Campaigning on this issue for a few years, but I wonder will the parties take a stance on this one.
Have there been any opinion polls done on the lowering of the voting age?
Someone reads Adrian Kavanagh? March 3, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
… for Lucinda Creighton is quoted in the Irish Times as saying that:
…[Fine Gael] would lose as many as 20 of the 76 Dáil seats it won in 2011 if a general election were held immediately.
The dissident Fine Gael TD, now the leading figure in the Reform Alliance faction, was speaking at The Irish Times debate final at the Law Society in Dublin.
But that’s no great trick, Adrian Kavanagh has been tirelessly offering seat projections based on the figures available from polls and 15 or 20 or so losses is more or less what he’s been projecting now for months. Of course that’s far from the last word and no doubt there will be significant variation in the final result.
Of course this wasn’t to rain on FG’s parade at the weekend, no, not at all.
But still, it’s just a bit odd to see LC’s thoughts offered as news.