Aleida Guevara and Peter Capaldi are the latest personalities to add their support to Voices for the Five Voices for the Five, the recently launched website for people around the world to raise their voices against the unjust imprisonment of five Cuban citizens in the US, is growing dramatically in scale and breadth. Nothing shows … Continue reading
December is prisoners month for Irish republicans and 107 Cowgate will be highlighting the plight of political prisoners throughout December. We would also encourage people to support the JCS Welfare Departments Christmas appeal. To begin prisoners month here is a letter from Leonard Peltier. Greetings my relatives friends and supporters It is yet another year. … Continue reading
This article first appeared in the latest edition of The Irish Voice and can be downloaded here. By Jim Slaven Last month the James Connolly Society hosted one of the most significant political events for Scotland’s Irish community in decades. People from throughout Scotland attended the Connolly Conference 2013 to listen to speakers from Scotland, … Continue reading
“If Mr. Kennedy does not like socialism, well we do not like imperialism! We do not like capitalism! We have as much right to protest over the existence of an imperialist-capitalist regime 90 miles from our coast as he feels he has to protest over the existence of a socialist regime 90 miles from his coast….Rights … Continue reading
This is a great initiative by the James Connolly Society Scotland. December will again be designated Prisoners Month here at 107 Cowgate this year and we will be covering the plight of political prisoners throughout the world. Specially printed JCS A5 greeting cards for political prisoners. The James Connolly Society Welfare Department will again be … Continue reading
Many people have been asking for this video so here it is. This short film was played at the beginning of Connolly Conference 2013 in Edinburgh. It was put together with the assistance of the JCS’ social history prpject, Let Us Rise!
By Mark Hayes A short time ago I was asked by TAL’s editor if I would consider writing a short piece about Brendan Hughes. As readers of TAL will doubtless be aware Brendan Hughes figures prominently in the narrative of modern Irish Republicanism, and much has already been said and written about him. What else, … Continue reading
This article first appeared in November’s edition of The Irish Voice and can be viewed at their website here. By Jim Slaven ‘This struggle would be the Irish Armageddon between Capital and Labour’. -Sean O’Casey 100 years ago Dublin was in the middle of the Ireland’s greatest ever industrial dispute. In fact it could be … Continue reading
This documentary examines the actions and attitudes of the IRA between 1956 and 1962. Combining a strong narrative and exclusive interviews with eye-witnesses and those who participated at first hand, it offers a fascinating account of subterfuge and counter-intelligence which marked the IRA’s campaign. We also look at gun-running and lightning raids, the bloody events … Continue reading
Reblogged from 107cowgate:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AYUMEXVFWM&w=750&h=452] This week’s decision by the British Government to renege on their commitment to hold an inquiry into the state murder of Human Rights lawyer Pat Finucane has once again reminded the world of Britain’s policy of collusion in Ireland. Collusion with pro-British death squads, including the UVF and the UDA, in the murder of its own … Continue reading
By Jim Slaven I won’t be wearing a poppy this year. Of course this revelation is some considerable way short of a shock. However as we are entering that time of year it is worth being clear about why we do not wear a poppy. Republicans do not support the British military and despite all … Continue reading
Fra Hughes, October 17th 2013 Judgement Reserved to be Handed Down as Soon as Practicable Present at the final days evidence and submissions which were presented in the Craigavon Two Appeal trial at Belfast High Court were Constable Stephen Carrolls widow Kate Carroll the police officers involved in the original investigation and subsequent trial along … Continue reading
IRA Volunteers Dessie Grew and Martin McCaughey were killed by in a shoot to kill operation by UK state forces on 9th October 1990. 107 Cowgate has previously covered their anniversary and this is a fascinating documentary about the two Volunteers including interviews with their families and accounts of the IRA ambush of the SAS … Continue reading
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27th September marks the annual Gudari Eguna (Basque Combatant’s Day). Events to honour and remember all the Basque freedom fighters fallen in struggle in the last 50 years have been organised in towns across the country today and through the weekend. This year’s slogan is “Egia bide, askatasuna amets” (something like “Seeking the truth, freedom … Continue reading
LIBRE: Political Trials and Peace Process in the Basque Country Two years after the definitive cessation of ETA’s armed activities the Spanish National Court will take 76 Basque Activists to trial for their political activities. 40 Members of the Youth Movement and 36 Members of political organisations. Each of them faces between 8 and 12 … Continue reading
Today is the 30th anniversary of the IRA escape from the H-Blocks of Longkesh. In total 38 POWs escaped.
By Larry Pinkney “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. “To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal…” –Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz] Whether or not the legitimate rage and strong opposition on the part of just … Continue reading
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Pinochet coup in Chille here is a great documentary about Salvador Allende.
In a major political initiative the 1916 Societies have today written to every member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP’s) asking them to support the campaign for an all Ireland referendum. Next years referendum is about Scottish independence and it is also about the future of the UK state. The same state which continues to occupy … Continue reading
By Larry Pinkney “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or says it.” –Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz] When it comes to … Continue reading
For people based in the Dublin area who have enjoyed the Jim Lane interviews (see here and here) this public meeting might be of interest.
Second part of the interview with Jim Lane. Part One can be viewed here.
By Larry Pinkney “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”—Albert Camus “O my body, make of me always a man who questions!”—Frantz Fanon Welcome to the U.S. corporate/military police and surveillance state. Welcome to 21st century fascism in the U.S.A.—Obama style. Having been among the very tiny portion of writers who, … Continue reading
By James Connolly Perhaps before this issue of The Irish Worker is in the hands of its readers the issues now at stake in Dublin will be brought to a final determination. All the capitalist newspapers of Friday last join in urging, or giving favourable publicity to the views of others urging the employers of Dublin to … Continue reading
This is the story of Socialist Jim Lane who joined the Army (IRA) Sinn Fein and the Cork Volunteers Pipe Band in 1954, he subsequently participated in Operation Harvest in 1956. Lane was also involved with the Unemployed Protest Movement in the late 1950s and was instrumental in establishing the Cork Vietnamese Freedom Association in … Continue reading
George Jackson was shot dead by prison guards on this day in 1971. This is the song Bob Dylan wrote on hearing the news. George Jackson I woke up this mornin’ There were tears in my bed They killed a man I really loved Shot him through the head Lord, Lord They cut George Jackson … Continue reading
Steve Biko was arrested on this day 1977. He was beaten and tortured and died on September 12 1977. This is documentary by artist Jeff Ogola exploring Biko’s life and legacy.
By Tom Hayden Word from within is that California’s prison hunger strikers have been studying the Irish hunger strike of 1981 led by Bobby Sands, in which ten Irish republicans died because of the stubborn refusal of Margaret Thatcher to recognize them as anything but human. California Governor Jerry Brown and California prison officials could … Continue reading
Reblogged from 107cowgate:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjbLa50UxUw&w=750&h=452] Today is Fidel Castro’s 86th birthday. Here, in 1994, is an hour of Comandante Fidel in his prime addressing an international audience in Havana. Read more… 2 more words This from the 107 Cowgate archive. “Warfare is a means and not an end. Warfare is a tool of revolutionaries. The important thing … Continue reading
By Wladyslaw Mejka Have you ever wondered who amongst the long list of illustrious dead from Scotland’s past should be awarded the Honorary Doctorates passed out each year to the great and good by Scotland’s universities? Just a few weeks ago, Edinburgh university granted this award to a mixed bag of people, still alive, including Eddi Reader … Continue reading
Today is Simón Trinidad’s birthday, he was born on July 30, 1950. As a young man from a wealthy family and attending the naval academy, he could not accept the violence, exploitation, and oppression he saw in his own country. He started to organize reform movements of peasants, workers, and progressive Colombian professionals demanding change. In … Continue reading
By Larry Pinkney “…the two parties have combined against us to nullify our power by a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ of non-recognition, no matter how we vote…May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either the Republican or the Democratic parties.” –W.E.B. Du Bois “Perhaps people will stop … Continue reading
Statement on Controlled Movement from Roe 4 Republican POWs Recently Republican prisoners in Maghaberry have been subjected to an intensely restrictive regime which has resulted in intense controlled movement whereby only one prisoner accompanied by three screws is allowed out on the landing at any time. This has virtually ground the regime to a halt … Continue reading
By Wladyslaw Mejka For some centuries now, being a Catholic in Scotland has not been a passport to an easy life and it has certainly not been an identity which automatically opens the armoured glass doors to employment and career development. Just over the water, in Northern Ireland, the reality of sectarianism and discrimination has … Continue reading
By James Connolly As this Saturday is the 12th of July, and as I am supposed to be writing about the North of Ireland in particular, it becomes imperative that I say something about this great and glorious festival. The Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne is celebrated in Belfast by what is locally … Continue reading
By Larry Pinkney “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” –Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz] “I think people are dazzled by Obama’s rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president … Continue reading
The 27th annual James Connolly Commemoration was organised by the James Connolly Society Scotland and the 1916 Societies.
Call for the immediate release of Stephen Murney Today, Justice Watch Ireland has written to both the British secretary of state Theresa Villers and Justice Minister, David Ford, calling for the immediate release of Stephen Murney. JWI has thoroughly assessed Mr Murneys’ case and consulted some of the leading Law experts available to which we … Continue reading
Sadly last week Father Matt Wallace took his own life. His death has shocked many and here on 107 Cowgate an ex POW pays tribute to the man known to many as the ‘people’s priest’. By Pádraic Mac Coitir Many words have been said and many articles have been written about a man a lot … Continue reading
By Larry Pinkney “Today everybody is talking about the fact that we live in one world; because of globalization, we are all part of the same planet. They talk that way, but do they mean it? We should remind them that the words of the Declaration [of Independence] apply not only to people in this … Continue reading
This article was originally published on Emancipation and Liberation. By Jim Slaven (@JimSlaven) As another football season draws to a close it is fair to say this one will not be remembered for much of the action on the pitch. While off the field the increasingly shambolic nature of the administration of the national game … Continue reading
By Larry Pinkney “History is important. If you don’t know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.”—Howard Zinn The infamous U.S. government’s Counter Intelligence Program … Continue reading
A great new song by The Ocrastra about James Connolly is launched today on the anniversary of his execution. From Ocrastra This song is released on the 97th anniversary of James Connolly’s death on 12 May 1916. All the artists involved in recording this hope that you pass the song on to as many people … Continue reading
By Larry Pinkney “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” –Martin Luther King Jr. “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” –Malcolm … Continue reading