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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday September 29, 2008 14:44 by TD   text 25 comments (last - sunday october 05, 2008 01:04)   image 7 images
Besides highlighting EU hypocrisy in turning the blind eye to Israel's egregious violations of the Agreement, the Euro-Med Agreement, which economically privileges rogue state Israel with access to the EU market ( "Relations between the Parties, as well as all the provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement.") the other concern of the Free Palestine Campaign at last Saturday's info stall in Shop Street was Zionism's collusion with Nazism and the betrayal of the Jewish people leading up to and during the Holocaust . read full story / add a comment
Knute Skinner reading at last years festival
galway / arts and media / press release Saturday September 27, 2008 20:34 by Fred Johnston   image 1 image
The second outing of the literary festival, 'The Forge At Gort,' will take place in Gort, Co. Galway, on March 27th and 28th, 2009, organised by The Western Writers' Centre, Ionad Scribhneoiri Chaitlin Maud, Galway. Last year saw the inauguration of the festival, which is based in the concept of the W.B.Yeats' poem which mentions the still extant forge in Gort's main street. The festival included workshops, readings, and a lecture on a Brazilian poet. read full story / add a comment
Mairead Maguire after being gassed and shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet by Israeli Occupation Forces in Bil'in, April 20th, 2007.
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Tuesday September 23, 2008 14:45 by TD   text 4 comments (last - friday october 10, 2008 00:33)   image 2 images
(LARNACA, 22 September 2008) - The Free Gaza Movement announced today that an international delegation of doctors, parliamentarians, and human rights workers will sail to Gaza aboard the SS Hope on Wednesday, September 24th. A press conference will be held on Wednesday at Larnaca Port prior to the ship's departure.

The passengers on board include:
- 5 physicians from 4 countrieS
- human rights lawyers and monitors
- Jamal Zahalka, a member of the Israeli Knesset
- Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council
- Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in Belfast

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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday September 18, 2008 17:32 by TD   text 2 comments (last - friday october 03, 2008 17:15)   image 5 images
Now that today's expressions of solidarity for Maura in Galway have been serendiptously overtaken by Shell's announcement that "the Solitaire will leave Killybegs today for a UK Port where deep water berthing facilities are available," at the risk of wrongly second guessing her, a sweet and honourable ending to her hunger strike is, surely, in the offing.? read full story / add a comment
Marc MacSharr
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday September 15, 2008 19:40 by TD   text 6 comments (last - tuesday september 16, 2008 21:43)   image 7 images
At today's gathering of the FF faithful in Galway, Cowen warned that Ireland is facing "much tougher" economic times, unfortunately, at the chic 4-Star Clayton hotel, venue of the "think-in" the hard times were very much in abeyance with designer nosh dished up at lunch time by that establishment's "world class chef." Meanwhile, outside the gates of Shell's Glengad compound, Maura Harrington was on Day 7 of her hunger strike with a supine, anesthetized mainstream media barely reporting on her plight. read full story / add a comment
Fred Johnston (LitPix - 2008)
galway / arts and media / press release Wednesday September 10, 2008 14:27 by Western Writers' Centre, Galway   image 1 image
Author and critic Fred Johnston kicks off his popular Adult and Continued Education Creative Wrtiting Course at NUI Galway on Thursday, October 9th. read full story / add a comment
Cartoon by the Brazilian artist;  Carlos Latuff
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday August 24, 2008 16:34 by TD   text 64 comments (last - sunday october 26, 2008 09:10)   image 20 images   video 2 video files
Despite all odds, with scrambled radio and jammed phones courtesy of dirty tricks, a seasick passenger, in rough waves with a storm brewing, the small boats, the SS Free Gaza and the SS Liberty, successfully landed in Gaza early yesterday evening, breaking the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.They left Cyprus on Thursday morning, sailing over 350 kilometers through choppy seas. They made the journey despite threats that the Israeli government would use force to stop them. They continued sailing although they lost almost all communications and navigation systems due to outside jamming by some unknown party. They arrived in Gaza to the cheers and joyful tears of hundreds of Palestinians who came out to the beaches to welcome them. read full story / add a comment
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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday August 18, 2008 17:39 by TD   text 16 comments (last - monday august 25, 2008 10:36)   image 12 images   video 1 video file
More the decks of a Noah's ark than a cobblestoned trading emporium, Free Palestine Campaign activists took to rain deluged Shop Street last Saturday in solidarity with the brave women and men who presently will be sailing from Cyprus in two boats to break the medieval siege of Gaza and on what Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire, calls a "pilgrimage of justice and peace."

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galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday August 05, 2008 19:03 by TD   text 39 comments (last - wednesday august 27, 2008 14:38)   image 6 images
Stephen Lendman in a Znet article http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/18348 succinctly puts the moral imperatives behind the Free Gaza Movement's brave sailings to the Israeli besieged Gaza Strip: "After Hamas' January 25, 2006 electoral victory, Israel targeted Gaza oppressively. All outside aid was cut off. Sanctions and an economic embargo were imposed, and the democratically elected government was falsely called a terrorist organization and isolated. Stepped up repression followed along with repeated IDF incursions, attacks, killings, targeted assassinations, arrests, destruction of property and more in a pattern all too familiar to Palestinians for over six decades. Gazans are imprisoned in their own land and have been traumatized for months. In June 2007, things got worse after Israel placed the Territory under siege - described by some as medieval because of its extreme harshness". read full story / add a comment
Food for Thought: Sen Boyle & GAAW members meet before Green Fundraising Dinner
galway / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday June 28, 2008 12:55 by Galway Alliance Against War Spokesperson   text 9 comments (last - wednesday july 02, 2008 06:10)   image 16 images
The Green Party leadership appeared to be speaking with “forked tongues”, a spokesperson for the Galway Alliance Against War claimed last night, after both Minister Gormley and Senator Dan Boyle gave conflicting answers as to whether suspect CIA planes had been searched by the Irish authorities at Shannon. read full story / add a comment
It doesn't cost nothin'..
galway / miscellaneous / press release Tuesday June 24, 2008 09:05 by Volunteer (Youth)   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 24, 2008 11:07)   image 1 image
On Friday (June 20th) broadcaster Ray D’Arcy and over 80 staff from Google’s European headquarters in Dublin joined forces with the Galway based charity, the SpunOut.ie National Youth Website, in what is thought to be Ireland’s biggest ever ‘free hugs’ event.

The ‘Hugs for Health’ event was designed to raise awareness of SpunOut.ie and its role in supporting and empowering young people via the internet. The event saw popular broadcaster Ray D’Arcy join teams of huggers roaming around Grafton St. and St. Stephen’s Green with ‘Free Hugs’ banners, offering hugs to those who might feel like a Friday morning cuddle. The event was featured live on the Ray D’Arcy show on Today FM.
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Activist Mary Kelly with Maia, her son Martyn's little girl
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 23, 2008 18:46 by TD   text 7 comments (last - wednesday june 25, 2008 14:53)   image 9 images
Commendably, Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power on 19th June announced a funding package of €241,000 for the NGO, Medical Aid for Palestinians, the funds to be used for a maternal and child health outreach programme in the Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon with Mr Power promising to further support the Palestinian refugee population.

Commendably, to encourage "democratic" reforms in beleaguered Cuba, on the same date, the EU agreed to scrap sanctions with EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner opining to reporters that: "Of course there is clear language on human rights, on the detention of prisoners." Reprehensibly ...
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Fred Johnston bearing gifts . . . .
galway / arts and media / press release Monday June 23, 2008 15:43 by Western Writers' Centre   image 1 image
Amid a festive atmosphere of face-painting, musicians, loadsa tourists and even some warm sunshine, free poems . . . . read full story / add a comment
galway / arts and media / press release Monday June 23, 2008 15:29 by Admin   text 1 comment (last - monday june 23, 2008 15:48)
Last weekend’s downpours failed to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who gathered for the inaugural Galway summer solstice festival ‘Saoire na Sraide’. The festival, organised by Galway Community Arts, was designed to celebrate the longest day of the year and featured a street carnival, live music and street theatre and a range of children’s activities. read full story / add a comment
Poems from Guantánamo - The Detainees Speak
galway / anti-war / imperialism / press release Sunday June 22, 2008 13:30 by Over The Edge   image 1 image
Over The Edge in association with Amnesty International
presents the Galway launch of
'Poems from Guantánamo–The Detainees Speak' read full story / add a comment
Megan Buckley
galway / arts and media / press release Tuesday June 17, 2008 16:00 by Fred Johnston   image 1 image
Lunchtime reading by three poets to support The Spirit Centre read full story / add a comment
Poems from Guantánamo - The Detainees Speak
galway / anti-war / imperialism / press release Friday June 13, 2008 12:35 by Over The Edge   image 1 image
Over The Edge in association with Amnesty International
presents the Galway launch of
'Poems from Guantánamo–The Detainees Speak' read full story / add a comment
Sean; Tuam Road Roundabout
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 09, 2008 14:46 by TD   text 9 comments (last - wednesday june 11, 2008 10:43)   image 12 images
Following the theft and damage of Lisbon Campaign for Middle East Justice and Peace signs in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, Galway on Friday night had a visitation of similiar malovolence when two large signs were torn from their anchorages, sliced into pieces and, bizarrely, after the top sections containing the text; "Israel Killed 52 Palestinian Children" were razored off, whatever, and stolen, the remaining pieces were neatly arranged on the grass - the signs highlighted the fact that Israel killed 52 Palestinian children in the first 18 weeks of 2008 and yet the EU, true to its hypocritical colours, refuses to impose sanctions. read full story / add a comment
galway / eu / opinion/analysis Monday June 09, 2008 00:01 by Frustrated Galwegian   text 3 comments (last - monday june 09, 2008 21:59)
Written after reading comments by Michael D. in the Local Press urging people to vote Yes. read full story / add a comment
Jeff Halper
galway / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday June 05, 2008 17:55 by TD   text 2 comments (last - friday june 06, 2008 16:14)   image 6 images
2006 Nobel Prize nominee and conscience of Israel; the sweet and affable Jeff Halper delivered a damning indictment on Israel to a packed Nun's Island Theatre in Galway yesterday evening and, to boot, graced the Free Palestine Campaign information stall in Shop Street this morning for an hour before heading down to Clonakilty, Co.Cork, where in O'Donovans Hotel at 8.00PM, hopefully, he'll be delivering a similar broadside?. read full story / add a comment
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