Gerry Carroll MLA says: BDS-We have to keep up pressure

Gerry Carroll MLA says: BDS-We have to keep up pressure

UEFA’s recent attempt to ban Celtic fans from flying Palestine flags at their home leg of the club’s Champions League tie with Hapoel Tel-Aviv and the recent meeting of Sinn Féin with representatives of the Likud party have once again brought the question of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel to the fore. At […]

Eamonn McCann MLA says: Saudi From Saville To Chilcot- Protecting Those On Top

From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top.

Eamonn McCann MLA says: Saudi From Saville To Chilcot- Protecting Those On Top

From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top. The Chilcot Report into the Iraq war and the Saville Report into Bloody Sunday have a lot in common. Chilcot was published to on July 6th. Many were taken aback by the sharp tone of […]

Goretti Horgan Says: Change is coming!

Goretti Horgan Says: Change is coming!

The conviction of a woman in Belfast for inducing an abortion using pills bought on the internet made abortion an election issue in the North for the first time. While she got a suspended sentence, she now has a criminal conviction which will affect her ability to travel to America, or Australia and exclude her […]

Eamonn McCann says: Hilary Clinton and Gordon Gekko

Eamonn McCann says: Hilary Clinton and Gordon Gekko

In her concession speech following defeat to Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire Democratic primary last month, Hillary Clinton pledged to keep fighting to ensure that “Wall Street can never be allowed to once again threaten Main Street.” Sanders seemed rattled by the remark and no wonder. It was Sanders, not Clinton, who had been […]

Eamonn McCann says: Saudi Executions and Western Hypocrisy

The beheading of the senior Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia on January 2nd prompted an outpouring of anger across the world. But the protests of governments, particularly in the West, are phony, self-serving and won’t lead to meaningful action.

Eamonn McCann says: Saudi Executions and Western Hypocrisy

The beheading of the senior Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia on January 2nd prompted an outpouring of anger across the world. But the protests of governments, particularly in the West, are phony, self-serving and won’t lead to meaningful action. Not even the most vicious barbarity would persuade the US or European Union governments […]

French Government is no friend of freedom

French Government is no friend of freedom

In the aftermath of the terrible and tragic attacks in Paris the French Government moved to revoke civil liberties and beat the war drums. James O’Toole looks at the bloody history of the French Empire and shows that the French state is a greater threat to the people of France and the world than any […]

Eamonn McCann says: The elephant in the room – the British State

The news from the North over the past month has been dominated by the claims of Loyalist paramilitaries to be moving away from crime – and by the PSNI/MI5 report which suggested that the Provisional IRA retains effective control over Sinn Fein. The group which emerges worst from these stories is the British State. It […]

Eamonn McCann says: How the US fans the flames

The United States has signed an agreement with new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to retain nine major military bases and 10,000 troops in the country.

Eamonn McCann says: How the US fans the flames

The United States has signed an agreement with new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to retain nine major military bases and 10,000 troops in the country. There are still 1,600 US troops in Iraq. Obama has asked Congress for funding to deploy 1,500 more, to expand its Joint Operations Centre in Baghdad and a base in […]

Eamonn McCann says: Making sense of the Middle East

"What are you fighting for? It's not my security. It's just an old war. Not even a cold war."

Eamonn McCann says: Making sense of the Middle East

“What are you fighting for? It’s not my security. It’s just an old war. Not even a cold war.” Thus Marianne Faithful in her classic 1979 song, Broken English. She might have been singing about the Middle East today. In Syria in September 2013 the residents of a Christian village, Maaloula, about 20 miles from […]

Eamonn McCann says: Having your Cuts and Eating Them

There are posters and placards all over the North shouting “Fight the Tory cuts!” Many have been erected by socialists or trades union groups. But the majority carry the logo of Sinn Fein.

Eamonn McCann says: Having your Cuts and Eating Them

  There are posters and placards all over the North shouting “Fight the Tory cuts!” Many have been erected by socialists or trades union groups. But the majority carry the logo of Sinn Fein. Meanwhile at Stormont, the axe continues to rise and fall, rise and fall, cutting, cutting, cutting. Education Minister John O’Dowd is […]