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  • Republic of Ireland: US prosecutors seek access to IRA tapes

    05/13/2011 9:59:31 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/13/2011 | Toby Harnden
    Secret tapes of former IRA members that could implicate Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president, in dozens of murders in the 1970s have been demanded by American prosecutors acting on behalf of the British authorities. A subpoena has been received by Boston College for the tapes of interviews with Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price, both one-time senior IRA figures, carried out by researchers for an oral history project. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Hughes, a convicted IRA man who was once arrested with Mr Adams, died in 2008. A book “Voices from the Grave” by Ed Moloney, based on the...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson compares Martin McGuinness to Nelson Mandela in Free Derry speech [barf]

    06/16/2017 10:14:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Irish Central ^ | June 16, 2017 02:00 PM
    Civil right leader Rev. Jesse Jackson paid enormous tribute to the late Martin McGuinness this week in a rousing speech to open the Museum of Free Derry. Comparing the Derryman, who died earlier this year after a short illness, to the likes of Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela, the activist laid a wreath at the Sinn Féin leader’s grave, meeting with other members of the political party to pay tribute. “It was a great honor to welcome the Rev. Jesse Jackson to Derry today, as he laid a wreath at the grave of Martin McGuinness, accompanied by Martin’s...
  • Theresa May's Coalition Partner: What Is the Democratic Unionist Party? Here's What You Need to Know

    06/13/2017 9:33:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/12/2017 | Anugrah Kumar
    The website of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which was founded by a Pro testant preacher-politician four-and-a-half decades ago, crashed as people worldwide began to surf the internet to find out about the party which is now set to hold the balance of power in the British government. So what is the DUP? (Photo: Reuters/Liam McBurney)Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Arlene Foster addresses journalists in Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 9, 2017.Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street with her husband Philip after traveling to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen's permission to form a minority government,...
  • What should Catholics think of the DUP?

    06/09/2017 8:04:59 AM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    UK Catholic Herald ^ | 9 Jun 2017 | Father Alexander Lucie-Smith
    DUP leader Arlene Foster represents a new type of politician in Northern Ireland, and a new type of Unionism And so it came to pass that the Strong and Stable One turned out not to have such great judgement after all, and that the more the British electorate saw of her, the less they liked what they saw. If Theresa May has one achievement, it is this: she made the hitherto unelectable Jeremy Corbyn look electable; she gave him credibility; in this she rather resembles that other failure, Hillary Clinton, who made Trump electable. Remember her?While Mrs Clinton soon retired...
  • Pouting Spooks Leak to ABC News

    12/05/2005 7:24:38 PM PST · by Venator · 30 replies · 633+ views
    Never Yet Melted ^ | December 5, 2005 | JDZ
    ABC News is reporting that Current and former CIA officers speaking to ABC News on the condition of confidentiality say the United States scrambled to get all the suspects off European soil before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived there today. The officers say 11 top al Qaeda suspects have now been moved to a new CIA facility in the North African desert. The disgrunted intelligence officers even disclosed an actual list of 12 high-value targets allegedly held by the CIA, and ABC is reporting it : Abu Zubaydah: Held first in Thailand then Poland Ibn Al-Shaykh al-Libi: Held in...
  • EU summit to assess Ireland's future in wake of Brexit

    04/28/2017 7:53:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 8:37 AM EDT | Lorne Cook
    European Union leaders meeting Saturday to approve the guidelines that will drive divorce negotiations with Britain will also assess wording which would allow a united Ireland — including Northern Ireland — to become part of the bloc at a potential future date. Two European officials said that the issue was likely to be added to the minutes of the summit, which will be held without British Prime Minister Theresa May. The officials asked not to be identified because the summit of 27 EU leaders still was being prepared. …
  • Sinn Fein surge creates new Northern Ireland landscape

    03/04/2017 1:41:51 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 04, 2017 | Shawn Pogatchnik
    DUBLIN — Northern Ireland’s snap election has left the rival extremes of politics virtually neck and neck for the first time — and facing a bruising battle to put their Catholic-Protestant government back together again in an increasingly polarized landscape. The big winner from Saturday’s final results to fill the Northern Ireland Assembly is the Irish nationalist party that triggered the vote, Sinn Fein.
  • 'Gay cake' row: born-again Christian bakers lose court appeal [Northern Ireland]

    10/24/2016 7:45:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Monday 24 October 2016 06.55 EDT | Henry McDonald
    A bakery in Northern Ireland owned by evangelical Christians has lost an appeal to overturn a conviction that found it guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a pro-gay-marriage themed cake. The court of appeal in Belfast on Monday upheld a previous judgment last year that Ashers Bakery had discriminated against a customer on the grounds of sexual orientation. The family-owned firm in the original case was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to the local gay rights activist Gareth Lee, whose legal action was backed by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Lee had tried to buy a cake...
  • The transgender woman wanting to rejoin the Orange Order

    08/03/2016 7:00:15 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 August 2016 | Peter Coulter
    The city of Belfast in Northern Ireland is gearing up for its annual gay pride parade this weekend. But what are the challenges that face LGBT people living in Northern Ireland where sexual identity and politics always seem to clash. Peter Coulter has been to meet a transgender woman living in Belfast, who would like to rejoin the Orange Order.
  • Decorated Para facing prosecution 44 years after shooting dead an IRA killer [tr]

    07/30/2016 8:14:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/30/16 | Hardy
    A bloody outrage: The decorated Para facing prosecution 44 years after shooting dead an IRA killer - while the blood-soaked men of terror know they'll never face justice (thanks to Blair's squalid 'peace' deal) Soldier C faces prosecution for shooting the IRA commander Joe McCann The 65-year-old had been cleared of any wrong-doing over killing in 1972 Thought case is politically motivated and designed to appease IRA families Meanwhile, suspected IRA terrorists avoid prosecution due to Blair's deal Soldier C is a man who rarely shows emotion. Having served his country for 23 years in both the Parachute Regiment and...
  • Blumenthal Emailed Hillary About ‘Setting Up Secret Channels Between Insurgents And Governments’

    10/31/2015 5:58:53 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 30 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Emails released by the State Department on Friday show that Hillary Clintons longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal reached out to her on behalf of a former United Kingdom diplomat who was interested in setting up secret channels between insurgents and governments. Clinton was receptive to the idea which came via Blumenthal from Jonathan Powell, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blairs chief of staff. (Quote) Hillary, Jonathan Powell has launched a new NGO that has already initiated some very interesting work below the radar, (Unquote) Blumenthal wrote in the March 18, 2012 email. (Quote)Sid We are trying to replicate what we did...
  • Berlin: Brexit could trigger new Northern Irish conflict

    05/13/2016 9:48:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 May 2016 09:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    A vote by Britain to quit the European Union might reignite conflict in Northern Ireland because it would re-erect a border through the country, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday. […] The minister said that an Irish representative had once told him that the conflict in Northern Ireland was currently quiet “because there are no borders in Ireland.” But if the United Kingdom were to quit the EU, “there will be a border again between Ireland and Northern Ireland. And that could at least have the potential of rekindling a conflict that has seemingly calmed down,” he said....
  • IRA suspect charged with Belfast bomb attack on prison guard

    03/12/2016 8:28:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 12, 2016 7:26 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    A suspected member of an Irish Republican Army splinter group was charged Saturday with trying to kill a Northern Ireland prison officer by placing a booby-trap bomb under his vehicle as police warned of rising security risks as Easter approaches. Dozens of armed riot police were deployed inside Belfast Magistrates Court to control a rowdy crowd supporting 45-year-old Christopher Robinson, who offered no plea to two charges of attempted murder and possession of a homemade bomb. Robinson was arrested following the March 4 attack on an off-duty prison officer, who was seriously wounded when a bomb exploded beneath his van...
  • 'Islam is Satanic': Pastor Found Not Guilty of ‘Grossly Offensive' Remarks About Islam

    01/06/2016 7:13:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 6, 2016 | 3:27 PM EST | Mark Judge
    James McConnell, a 78-year-old Belfast pastor, has been found not guilty of broadcasting "grossly offensive" speech about Islam. McConnell, who made his remarks at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast in 2014, was charged with improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network. Both are prohibited under the British 2003 Communications Act. The verdict follows a trial after one of McConnell's sermons was broadcast online. In it McConnell said: "Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell." McConnell...
  • Evangelical pastor on trial for branding Islam 'satanic'

    12/14/2015 8:18:28 AM PST · by amorphous · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 14 Dec 2015 | Bob Unruh
    A pastor is facing a court trial this week on a government charge that his message, delivered through a public electronic communications because it was online, was grossly offensive to the point of being criminal. The decision that results from the case, which is based on the pastor's description of Islam as a "doctrine spawned in hell," could determine whether Christian pastors will be allowed to preach biblical doctrine in the United Kingdom going forward. U.TV in the United Kingdom reports that Pastor James McConnell, 78, of Shore Road, Newtownabbey, is facing a three-day trial for charges stemming from alleged...
  • Same sex marriage wins historic vote in Northern Ireland (vetoed by DUP)

    11/05/2015 7:14:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 04, 2015 11:00 AM | Dara Kelly
    Making history on Monday a majority of Northern Ireland's Assembly members voted in favor of same-sex marriage for the first time. But the motion was immediately blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who submitted a "petition of concern" requiring that the proposal achieve a cross-community majority to pass, effectively vetoing it. Forty one nationalists backed the proposal, but it was approved by only four unionists, ensuring it fell. It was the fifth time same-sex marriage was voted on by the assembly, with the four previous votes falling on a simple majority basis. ...
  • Experts to assess IRA in bid to bolster Belfast government (N. Ireland)

    09/22/2015 8:02:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 10:50 AM EDT
    Britain says a new expert panel will report on the activities of the Irish Republican Army and other outlawed paramilitary groups as part of efforts to heal the rift in Northern Ireland’s unity government. […] The IRA in 2005 declared it had renounced violence and disarmed in support of power-sharing. Protestant leaders are threatening to end cooperation with the IRA-linked Sinn Féin party because of police assessments that IRA members killed a former Belfast comrade last month. …
  • Ulster scientists in breakthrough which could end curse of hereditary blindness (N. Ireland)

    09/12/2015 2:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 09/11/2015 | Laura Abernethy
    Ulster University scientists have made a remarkable breakthrough which it is hoped could cure hereditary blindness. They have discovered a treatment that can target the gene that leads to corneal dystrophy—a condition that causes cloudy deposits on the cornea. […] Currently, those with corneal dystrophy face a lifetime of treatment and the only option for those who go blind is a corneal transplant from a donor eye, but this has risks and varying success rates. […] But the new treatment, developed by scientists at the University’s School of Biomedical Science, currently involves just one injection into the eye, which destroys...
  • Northern Ireland first minister steps down amid impasse

    09/10/2015 5:27:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 10, 2015 7:43 PM EDT | Gregory Katz
    The future of the Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government in Northern Ireland is hanging by a slender thread with First Minister Peter Robinson’s decision Thursday to step down, along with all but one of his ministers, because of a series of disputes. Democratic Unionist leader Robinson left one party figure, Arlene Foster, in place as temporary first minister and finance minister, but the coalition government has been seriously weakened by developments and may ultimately be suspended, leading to a restoration of direct British rule from Westminster. The crisis stems in large part from a police finding that that Irish Republic Army dissidents...
  • [Northern] Irish pastor to be prosecuted for calling Islam a satanic belief

    08/15/2015 12:04:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Irish Central ^ | August 14, 2015 01:14 AM | Frances Mulraney
    A Belfast preacher will be prosecuted for referring to Islam as “satanic” and claiming that its doctrine was “spawned in hell.” During a sermon at his Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in May 2014, 78-year-old born-again Christian pastor James McConnell denounced Islam as a “heathen” religion, saying it was barbarian and Godless. Although the pastor initially defended his remarks, a huge public backlash and accusations of Islamophobia forced him to publicly apologize for any offense his sermon caused the Muslim community. Despite his apology, Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service informed McConnell last week that he was to receive an “informed warning” regarding...