August, 2020

Are there different levels of guilt?

On  8 November 1987, a bomb went off in Enniskillen, killing ten civilians and one policeman attending a Remembrance Sunday event. The IRA said it was their bomb but the intended target had been British soldiers parading to the memorial. On 23 October 1993,  a bomb went off in a fish shop in Belfast’s Shankill […]

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DIALOGUE vs DIATRIBE by Donal Kennedy

John Hume, a man of courage and conviction recognised both qualities in Republicans and chose dialogue with Sinn Fein. Hume was already a big man, but he exposed most “respectable” nationalist and “respectable” Cathoilc spokesmen/women, North and South in Ireland, as pygmies, and some merely as pigs. I remember Bishop Cahal Daly saying he wanted […]

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John Hume: landmark figure in Irish peace accord – by John Patton

Pioneer of the Irish Credit Union Movement, Member of Parliament at Stormont, Westminster and the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Nobel Laureate, winner of the International Gandhi and Martin Luther King Peace prizes, Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory The Great (KCSG) Born: January 18th, 1937 Died: August 3rd, 2020 _____________________________________________________ Poverty shaped much […]

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John Hume and response to his death

They’re at it already. John Hume won’t be buried until tomorrow, but the opportunists are seizing his death to take a swing at their opponents. Gregory Campbell led the field. “He could be very prickly”, Gregory allowed when asked about Hume, “but then I’m sure he’d say the same about me.”  (See what he did […]

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Pat and Jude Zoom-chat about…John Hume

ily It’s an odd thing about writing and talking: if you feel engaged with the topic, have strong feelings about it, the writing and talking comes very easy; whereas if it’s something you really have little interest in, it’s like stabbing a vein to draw ink for your pen. So my Zoom-chat with Pat today was an easy number: John Hume bestrode Irish  politics like a Colossus for many years. For many, he epitomised what was best in  Irish politics.  As editor of the Derry Journal in the 1980s, Pat knew John Hume well, and I met him a couple of times myself. But watch the  Zoom-chat, watch the Zoom-chat…

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John Hume: a man for all seasons

I’ve just heard Chris Buckler talking with Gerry Adams about John Hume and his opposition to violence. As is to be expected from Raidio Uladh/Radio Ulster, Buckler did all he could to contrast John Hume as peacemaker with Gerry Adams as man of violence. Adams pointed out that at that time, Sinn Féin were ostracized […]

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Human Rights and Justice by Michael J Cummings

AMERICAN BREXIT COMMITTEE 1919 CHESTNUT ST, SUITE 1724 PHILIDELPHIA, PA 19103 John M. Corcoran Esq.  Chairman Michael J. Cummings, Secretary Here’s a fun fact for  political junkies.    Massachusetts Members of Congress have  a rich legacy of standing up against bullies in the fight for  human rights, justice and democracy around the world.  Of course,  O’Neill, […]

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