Palestine is in political turmoil. Emboldened by Donald Trump’s recent decision to change long standing policy and “recognise” Jerusalem as the Israeli capital one of the most right wing Israeli governments in history has gone on the offensive.
Pic: Ahed Tamimi resisting arrest of her brother Dave O’Farrell The move has been met by widespread protest, both within Palestine and internationally. In fact despite the Zionist state’s apparent ability to act with impunity it is coming under ever more pressure. In Palestine the focus has shifted from peace talks to struggle with calls for, […]
The last few months have seen a spike in racism in Irish society. This has come in various different forms that range from “look after our own” sentiments related to the housing crisis, to the hard core racism directed at Muslims in the wake of the homecoming of Ibrahim Halawa and the murder of a Japanese man by an Egyptian.
Pic: Galway Against Racism Network march against Direct Provision Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin Although the worst of the hatred has been confined to social media, we are also beginning to see a small number of racists operating out in the open. Last month, Councillor Donal Grady led a protest against a proposed new Direct Provision centre […]
Hundreds of people from across the country, including the North, marched in Dublin on Saturday 18 November to protest against the Direct Provision system.
By Memet Uludag, Convenor United Against Racism The national demonstration was organised by United Against Racism and supported by more than 30 campaign groups, trade unions, NGOs and political parties, including People Before Profit, Solidarity, the Green Party, Irish Refugee Council, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, European Network Against Racism, Galway Anti-Racism Network, Unite, […]
At the centre of the recent fascist demonstration in Charlottesville was the attempt to defend a monument to pro-slavery Confederate General Robert E. Lee .
The Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville. James Grannell writes: Some liberals, probably with good intentions, have said they deplore racism and slavery but defend this and other Confederate statues on the grounds of maintaining an objective historical record. In reality neither the erection nor the demolition of public monuments has ever been politically neutral or […]
Donal McKendry looks at the parallels. The Jobstown case has once again shone light on the corruption in the Irish state and among powerful elements within the Gardaí. We are told that there was no conspiracy in this case. Instead, the prosecutor’s independence was robust enough to withstand any potential pressure that may […]
The economic mentality of the government behind the Direct Provision System in Ireland is no different to its response to housing or health crisis in this country:
Memet Uludag While ordinary people are left to suffer from lack of public provisions and duty of care, private companies enjoy millions of profits from this suffering. Direct Provision as a business has turned the state’s duty of care to victims fleeing war and oppression into profits for private companies. The Direct Provision System was […]
Memet Uludag, Convenor of United Against Racism writes: As part of its struggle to combat racism in Ireland United Against Racism will be holding a Rally and March in Dublin on Saturday 11 March.
It will assemble at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance and march to the Central Bank Plaza. It is also part of an international week of action against racism in many different countries. Similar events will be held elsewhere in Cork and Galway. This rally and demonstration will have three themes: Dump Trump. Trump is […]
82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.
Memet Uludag As the news was announced by the Department of Justice there was some mixed reaction in the town of 2000, but despite the unease and anger towards the government for its handling of the issue and its failure to consult, people were mostly sympathetic and wanted to welcome the refugees to their […]
Stacey Wrenn, a student at Trinity and member of United Against Racism, recently visited the Direct Provision centre at Mosney. This is her report. I went to Mosney to visit ‘Naomi’. I cannot give her real name, the Direct Provision (DP) centre in Mosney has a habit of starving people who dare to question […]
The surprise election victory of Donald Trump has shocked tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of people round the world and rightly so. That a politician who ran such a disgusting campaign full of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny and bigotry and insults of every kind should find himself in the White House […]