Question: what is Britain still doing in Irish territory? Northern Ireland does not belong to you Britain, never did, never will.
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Standing on the front steps of Dublin’s general post office a century ago, the poet Padraig Pearse announced the Poblacht na hEireann — the “Irish republic.”
He was reading from a proclamation, the ink barely dry, of a provisional Irish government declaring its independence from British rule. It was just after noon on March 24, 1916, the opening scene in a drama that would mix tragedy and triumph, the twin heralds of Irish history.
It’s a hundred years since some 750 men and women threw up barricades and seized key locations in downtown Dublin. They would be joined by maybe 1,000 more. In six days it would be over, the post office in flames, the streets blackened by shell fire, and the rebellion’s leaders on their way to face firing squads against the walls of Kilmainham Jail.
And yet the failure of the Easter Rebellion would eventually become one of the most important events in Irish history — a “failure” that would reverberate worldwide and be mirrored by colonial uprisings almost half a century later.
Anniversaries — particularly centennials — are equal parts myth and memory, and drawing lessons from them is always a tricky business. Yet while 1916 is not 2016, there are parallels, pieces of the story that overlap and dovetail in the Europe of then with the Europe of today.
Europe in 1916 was a world at war. The lamps, as the expression goes, had gone out in August 1914, and the continent was wrapped in barbed wire and steeped in almost inconceivable death and destruction. Shortly after the last Irish rebel was shot, the British launched the battle of the Somme. More than 20,000 would die in the first hour of that battle. By the end, there would be more than a million casualties on both sides.
Europe is still at war, in some ways retracing the footsteps of a colonial world supposedly long gone. Britain is fighting its fourth war in Afghanistan. Italian special forces are stalking Islamists in their former colony Libya. French warplanes are bombing their old stomping grounds in Syria and chasing down Tuaregs in Mali.
And Europe is also at war with itself. Barbed wire is once again being unrolled, not to make killing zones out of the no man’s land between trenches, but to block the floods of refugees generated by European — and American — armies and proxies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Syria.
In many ways, the colonial chickens are coming home to roost.
The British and French between them secretly sliced up the Middle East in 1916, using religion and ethnicity to divide and conquer the region. Instability was built in.
Indeed, that was the whole idea: There would never be enough Frenchmen or Englishmen to rule the Levant, but with Shiites, Sunnis, and Christians busily trying to tear out one another’s throats, they wouldn’t notice the well dressed bankers on the sidelines — “tut tutting” the lack of civilized behavior and counting their money.
The Irish of 1916 understood that gambit — after all, they were its first victims.
Ireland was a colony long before the great powers divided up the rest of the world in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the strategies that kept the island poor, backward, and profitable were transplanted elsewhere. Religious divisions kept India largely docile. Tribal and religious divisions made it possible to rule Nigeria. Ethnic conflict short-circuited resistance in Kenya and South Africa. Division by sect worked well in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
Ireland was the great laboratory of colonialism where the English experimented with ways to keep a grip over the population. Culture, religion, language, and kinship were all grist for the mill. And when all else failed, Ireland was a short sail across the Irish Sea: Kill all the lab rats and start anew.
The fact that the English had been in Ireland for 747 years by 1916 was relevant.
The Irish call the occupation “the long sorrow,” and it had made them a bit bonkers. Picking a fight in the middle of a war with one of the most powerful empires in human history doesn’t seem like a terribly rational thing to do — and in truth, there were many Irish who agreed it was a doomed endeavor.
The European left denounced the Easter rising, mostly because they couldn’t make much sense of it. What was a disciplined Marxist intellectual and trade union leader like James Connolly doing taking up arms with mystic nationalists like Padraig Pearse and Joseph Mary Plunkett? One of the few radicals to get it was V.I. Lenin, who called criticism of the rebellion “monstrously pedantic.”
What both Connolly and Lenin understood was that the uprising reflected a society profoundly distorted by colonialism. Unlike many other parts of Europe, in Ireland different classes and viewpoints could find common ground precisely because they had one similar experience: No matter what their education, no matter what their resources, in the end they were Irish, and treated in every way as inferior by their overlords.
Most of the European left was suspicious of nationalism in general because it blurred the lines between oppressed and oppressors and undermined their analysis that class was the great fault line. But as the world would discover half a century later, nationalism could also be an ideology that united the many against the few.
In the end, it would create its own problems and raise up its own monsters. But for the vast majority of the colonial world, nationalism was an essential ingredient of national liberation.
The Free Civilizations
The Easter rebellion wasn’t the first anti-colonial uprising. The American threw off the English in 1783; the Greeks drove out the Turks in 1832. India’s great Sepoy rebellion almost succeeded in driving the British out of the sub-continent in 1857. There were others as well.
But there was a special drama to the idea of a revolution in the heart of an empire, and it was that drama more than the act itself that drew the world’s attention. The Times of London blamed the Easter rising for the 1919 unrest in India, where the British army massacred 380 Sikh civilians at Amritsar. How the Irish were responsible for this, the Times never bothered to explain.
But the Irish saw the connection, if somewhat differently. Roger Casement, a leader of the 1916 rebellion who was executed for treason in August of that year, said that the cause of Ireland was also the cause of India, because the Easter rebels were fighting “to join again the free civilizations of the earth.”
As a rising it was a failure, in part because the entire affair was carried out in secret. Probably no more than a dozen or so people knew that it was going to happen. When the Irish Volunteer Force and the Irish Citizens Army marched up to the post office, most of the passersby — including the English ones — thought it was just the “boys” out having a little fun by provoking the authorities again.
But secrets don’t make for successful revolutions. The plotters imagined that their example would fire the whole of Ireland, but by the time most of the Irish had found out about it, it was over.
Compared to other uprisings, it wasn’t even an overly bloody affair. There were about 3,000 casualties and 485 deaths, many of them civilians. Of the combatants, the British lost 151 and the rebels 83 — including the 16 executed in the coming weeks. It devastated a square mile of downtown Dublin, and when British troops marched the rebels through the streets after their surrender, crowds spit on the rebels.
But as the firing squads did their work day after day, the sentiment began to shift.
Connolly was so badly wounded he could not stand, so they tied him to a chair and shot him. The authorities also refused to release the executed leaders to their families, burying them in quicklime instead. Some 3,439 men and 79 women were arrested and imprisoned. Almost 2,000 were sent to internment camps, and 98 were given death sentences. Another 100 received long prison sentences.
None of this went done well with the public, and the authorities were forced to call off more executions. Plus, the idea of an “Irish republic” wasn’t going to go away, no matter how many people were shot, hanged or imprisoned.
A Blood Sacrifice
The Easter rising was certainly an awkward affair. Pearse called it a “blood sacrifice,” which sounded uncomfortably close to the Catholic proverb that “The blood of the martyrs is the seat of the church.”
And yet, that is the nature of things like the Easter rising. The year 1916 churned up all of the ideologies, divisions, and prejudices that colonialism had crafted over hundreds of years, making for some very odd bedfellows. Those who dreamed of re-constituting the ancient kingdom of Meath manned barricades with students of Karl Marx. Illiterate tenant farmers took up arms with Countess Markievicz, who counseled women to “leave your jewels in the bank and buy a revolver.”
Many of those divisions remain.
There will be at least two celebrations of the Easter rising. The establishment parties — Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, and the Labor Party — have organized events leading up to the main commemoration March 27. Sinn Fein, representing the bulk of the Irish left, will have its own celebration. Several small splinter groups will present their own particular story of the Easter rising.
And if you want to be part of it, you can go on the Internet and buy a “genuine” Easter Rebellion T-shirt from “Eire Apparent.” Everything is for sale, even revolution.
In some ways, 1916 was about Ireland and its long, strange history. But 1916 is also about the willingness of human beings to resist, sometimes against almost hopeless odds. There is nothing special or uniquely Irish about that.
In the short run, the Easter rebellion led to the executions of people who might have prevented the 1922-1923 civil war between republicans and nationalists that followed the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1921. The Free State was independent and self-governing, but still part of the empire, while the British had lopped off Northern Ireland to keep as their own. Ireland didn’t become truly independent until 1937.
In the long run, however, the Easter rising made continued British rule in Ireland impossible. In that sense, Pearse was right: The blood sacrifice had worked.
The New Colonialism
Does the centennial mean anything for today’s Europe? It may.
Like the Europe of 1916, the Europe of 2016 is dominated by a few at the expense of the many. The colonialism of empires has been replaced by the colonialism of banks and finance.
The British occupation impoverished the Irish, but they weren’t so very different from today’s Greeks, Spanish, and Portuguese — and yes, Irish — who’ve seen their living standards degraded and their young exported, all to “repay” banks from which they never borrowed anything. Do most Europeans really control their lives today any more than the Irish did in 1916?
How different is today’s “troika” — the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund — from Whitehall in 1916? The latter came uninvited into Ireland; the former dominates the economic and political life of the European Union.
In his poem, “Easter Week 1916,” the poet William Butler Yeats called the rising the birth of “a terrible beauty.” And so it was.
But Pearse’s oration at the graveside of the old Fenian warrior Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa may be more relevant: “I say to the masters of my people, beware. Beware of the thing that is coming. Beware of the risen people who shall take what yea would not give.”
March 23, 2016
because Donald Trump funds his own campaign. Those promoting Trump, especially in the more aware Alternative Media, have hastened to reassure us that Trump will save us from the New World Order (NWO) – despite Trump’s own NWO connections. They have told us that Trump can’t be bought because he’s funding his own campaign – despite the fact he requests donations and has taken in around $9.4 million to date. They have told us that Trump wouldn’t be another Zionist stooge like Obama, Bush and the many presidents before them who have followed the will of Israel (and thus Rothschild) even if it were to the detriment of US interests. Yet, it was Trump who choose to attend the recent AIPAC gathering (alongside ardent Zionists Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz, as well as John Kasich). He didn’t choose to not attend (i.e. boycott) the event, like Bernie Sanders, whose decision speaks volumes about his character. So what did the (supposedly non-) Zionist Trump have to say at AIPAC during his 23-minute speech?
Trump’s big problem is that he’s based much of his campaign on Islamophobia. He’s backed himself into a corner where he’s denounced many (and at times all) Muslims as the enemy. Wittingly or unwittingly, this is having the effect of demonizing the Muslim world, making the possibility of US war against Islamic countries more likely and publicly acceptable, and playing into the greater Zionist agenda of dividing and ruling the Middle East. It’s having the effect of carrying out the Zionist agenda of diverting attention away from their own crimes. Just in case you didn’t realize, since its inception in 1948, Israel has turned into one of the most aggressive, sneaky, racist, genocidal and dangerous nations in the world. Here is a brief list of crimes Israel has carried out since that time:
– illegally expanding its territory by taking land by force, then flagrantly building settler homes upon that stolen land;
– committing genocide against a sovereign people (the Palestinians);
– infiltrating the governments of almost all the major countries of the world, e.g. USA, Britain, France, Germany, Australia and Canada (as well as the United Nations) to the point where Israel dictates their foreign (and sometimes even domestic) policy;
– attacking the USS Liberty in 1967 (even though the US and Israel were supposed allies at the time) with unmarked aircraft;
– orchestrating the 9/11 false flag operation;
– creating and funding radical Islam, Islamic terrorism, Islamophobia and the demonization of Islam; and
– creating and funding the latest bogeyman group ISIS, including making and releasing fake footage of supposed beheadings via its front group SITE.
Trump began his speech with the usual pandering that he’s a “lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel”. He quickly moved into predictable territory, talking about how he knows all about deals, and how he’s studied the Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA) and knows it “better than anybody else”. (Trump knows this deal better that ANYONE? His absolutely shameless narcissism continues to amaze me). Trump continued that the Iran deal is a “bad” one, and stated that Iran had already violated it. This is in direct contradiction to the US Government’s official position that Iran’s compliance with the deal was “strong”. It is also in opposition to numerous voices inside of Israel itself, including current and former military leaders from the IDF and Mossad, who claim Iran’s nuclear intentions are peaceful, as well as the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) who inspected Iran, found no evidence for bomb-making and certified that no uranium had been diverted to a weapons program. It is additionally in opposition to the conclusion a few years ago of all 16 US intelligence agencies that Iran was not pursuing a nuclear weapon agenda.
Zionist Trump further stated that any deal needs 2 willing participants in order to succeed, and that Israel has been a willing participant. This is another bald-faced lie, given the ongoing violence they are perpetrating against the Palestinians, as well as the constant land-grabbing they are doing by expanding their settlements into disputed territory. Countless groups and nations in the world have condemned this behavior at one time or another, including the UN, US and UK. British PM David Cameron called it “utterly deplorable“. Zionist Trump didn’t mention this. He did however ratchet up the fear that Israel and the US would be hit by an Iranian nuclear missile. He even made reference to the false quote that “Israel would be wiped off the map” (which I covered in this article). The truth is that Trump is either badly misinformed or overtly lying about Iran. Either way it’s another reason not to trust or respect him.
After Iran, Zionist Trump moved on to the next target of his Islamophobia: Palestine. He made several shockingly one-sided and false statements about Palestine:
“In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you’ve got a culture of hatred, that has been fermenting there for years, and if we want to achieve peace, they’ve got to go out and they’ve got to start this educational process. They have to end education of hatred. They have to end it – and now.”
“There is no moral equivalency. Israel does not name its public squares after terrorists. Israel does not pay its children to stab random Palestinians…”
“Already, half of the population of Palestine has been taken over by the Palestinian ISIS in Hamas, and the other half refuses to confront the first half, so it’s a very difficult situation…”
We all know that Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar, but I don’t know how much better Trump is. Of course there is hatred in Palestine; they are being systematically cheated, robbed, invaded and murdered. It’s a David and Goliath battle, only this time Israel is the Goliath, with US$3 billion flowing into their coffers annually to buy the best military arms in the world, while the Palestinians use sticks and stones as weapons. Listen to the accounts of those brave people who have personally traveled to Palestine to see what is happening firsthand – people like Eva Bartlett, Max Igan and Alison Weir. They tell shocking stories of how badly the Palestinians are being oppressed, corralled into the Gaza open air prison, with electricity cut off and food supplies rationed.
Zionist Trump was right about one thing, but for the wrong reasons. There is no moral equivalency. Many of Israel’s honored political leaders (Begin, Sharon, Peres, Barak) have been military men presiding over war and mass murder. One man’s hero is another man’s terrorist …
There is a very important point to understand in all of this. Islamic terrorism itself is a US-Israeli creation. Remember the motto of Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad – “By way of deception, thou shalt do war”? The CIA and Mossad have been actively creating Islamic terror cells and groups for decades. They do this by covertly funding them, and by overt aggression against Muslim nations, some of whose population start to fight back. In this video, Zbigniew Brzezinski tells the Agfhan Mujadiheen to fight the Soviets and that “God is on your side”. Israel, surrounded by Muslim Arabs on all sides, has mastered the art of divide and rule, and knows it has a better chance of survival and expansion if it can break down neighboring nations into smaller segments. The sectarian partitioning of Syria is exactly what is being proposed by Israel right now …
It’s pretty hard to deny that Trump is a Zionist after watching his AIPAC speech. He concluded his speech by endorsing the outdated notion of the Jewish state. We live in the 21st century – how many other places on Earth want their entire country to be of a single race and religion? How many other nations could even make this intention without being branded as racist?
Trump declared that “the Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the US and Israel is unbreakable” and further proclaimed that “we will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem” despite the fact that the international community rejected the Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem as illegal, and considers East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory occupied by Israel.
Zionist Trump – another panderer to Israel.
Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative news / independent media site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com (FaceBook here), writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the worldwide conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.
Damn the cowardly evil pricks behind this. They think they are so clever. I have better synonyms for these mistakes of evolution.
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By the way, I don’t hate Europe. I was born there. I am from there.
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by Jon Rappoport
March 22, 2016
In the wake of the attacks, the Globalist party line is shaping up: Downsize? Absolutely not. NATO must respond. Led by the US, it must, wait for it, invade Syria, an ISIS stronghold. With ground troops.
Don’t even bother trying to figure out the logic behind that idea. It goes something like this: get rid of President Assad (who is in a war against ISIS) because somehow the Brussels attack is all his fault.
I can just hear a US general trying to decipher his marching orders: “Let’s see, we have to go into Syria and get rid of President Assad, and he’s the one fighting against ISIS. Hmm. And we also have to decimate ISIS. In other words, we should more or less level the whole country, wipe out everybody, and turn the place into a wasteland worse than the wasteland it already is. Right? And while we’re doing that, we have to ignore the fact that our government shipped weapons to ISIS from Libya (see here). How about this instead? Locate the key people who are urging this insane military campaign and put them in prison where they can’t do more harm. Or let’s launch an operation against the moon. That would be good, too.”
French President Hollande is also right up there on the insanity index. His latest statement, after the Brussels attacks, assures one and all that this is a war against Europe, not merely Belgium. But he is the one who has been asserting that Europe has no right to question the flood of immigrants streaming across the continent. Border controls? No, no. What possible relationship could any of these immigrants have to terror attacks? They were trained outside Europe on how to mount bombing operations against civilian populations, after which they came into Europe with that intention? Sure, but so what?
Housed within Brussels, of course, is the headquarters of the European Union, which is Globalism Inc. for Europe. Its covert aim is to drown all nations of the continent in immigrants, so that within a few decades there will be no more recognizable countries—at which point a simple declaration that all of Europe is one indivisible entity will carry the day. This intention must never be spoken of. It must be hidden. Instead, the population of Europe must enlist in a universal, what shall we call it, Tolerance Corps, grinning from ear to ear wherever they go, urging acceptance of the new status quo, now and then grieving as new terror attacks blow people up. Who could doubt the efficacy and wisdom of this plan?
Do not offend the people who are blowing you up. Do not realize who is covertly backing the people who are blowing you up. Instead, rely on these backers to stop the people who are blowing you up.
Keep smiling. Don’t worry, be happy. All is well. Your tolerance and compassion and good cheer will earn you a gold star on the heavenly blackboard. Keep opening your door to all who enter. Extend them a helping hand, just as your government does. Your visitors will make your land a better place. Let us all sing a hymn of joy.
The realities of the situation don’t matter. The only thing that matters is your basic desire for kindness. You must give lip service to that. You must sing the hymn, because it marks you as a good person. Stop thinking. Mark yourself as a good person.
The US/Globalist wars of decimation in the Middle East and Northern Africa? The blowback from the wars? Not important. Not relevant. Well, they are relevant in one respect. You personally are guilty for those wars. Therefore, you must now surrender to whatever happens. You must give up everything as a sign of your humility and guilt. You have no right to defend yourselves. Nor do you have the right to insist that your governments defend you. Of course not.
Everything is all right. Everybody is all right. We are everybody.
One great cheese glob of the coming utopia.
Somewhere in the bowels of the EU headquarters, a high-ranking official is standing in front of a mirror, applying tan base to his parched pale face, combing his sparse hair, rehearsing his upcoming statement to the press:
“Let’s see. Reality versus appearance. The reality is, this is perfect for us. An attack within a mile of our building. We couldn’t have anything to do with it. We’re victims. We’ve been making sure the governments of Europe keep their borders open, to let in terrorists, and so on. Now, when I appear before reporters…the appearance. I need to affect an expression of outrage mixed with sadness. Dignified. Do dignified. ‘The terrible events of today, the assault on Europe, on the stability of society. We will not rest until we bring the criminals to justice. At the same time, we must not fall into the trap of believing that all people coming to our lands are’…no, scratch that last part. Too early for that. The bodies are still lying on the ground. Stay with the outrage and the sadness. And assurances that we will work harder to gain control over the situation. We all stand united. Together. Our thoughts are with the grieving families…”
He walks out into a large hall, exits the building, and stands before a throng of reporters. He nods, steps to a podium. He looks out into the distance, as if summoning up a greater understanding.
But he already understands. He understands very well.
Only a complete fool wouldn’t.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.
Of course, we all know by now that white people suffer from terrorism, and any colored people are mere collateral damage in the ongoing farce called the war on terror.
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The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous organizations of Honduras (COPINH) is calling for “national and international solidarity to fight back” after two of its leaders, general coordinator Berta Cáceres and member Nelson Garcia, were assassinated this month.
Nearly 1,000 Latin America scholars are heeding that request, with an open letter demanding that the U.S. government withdraw its support for the Honduran military and police, “institutions that have been responsible for human rights violations since the coup d’état of 2009.”
Addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, the missive notes that the country “has one of the highest rates of homicides, feminicides, and LGBTI murders in the world.”
“In spite of this egregious situation, the U.S. government continues to fund a government that has unapologetically disregarded the right to life of its citizens,” continues the statement, whose international signatories include leading academic experts such as Dario A. Euraque, Barry Carr and Aviva Chomsky.
The letter comes amid mounting global outrage at the escalation of violent repression in Honduras, including the recent detention of Jose Angel Flores, president of the Unified Peasant Movement of the Aguan. Many are demanding that the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton account for their roles in backing the coup, discussed in Clinton’s memoir and released emails.
“I really think Clinton should answer for her role in the Honduras coup because it was so egregious and it was not presidential,” Suyapa Portillo, an assistant professor at Pitzer College who played a key role in organizing the joint letter, told AlterNet. “It came from someone with a great conceit towards Latin America.”
“It is shocking that the U.S. state department would enforce Cold War tactics in Central America in the 21st century,” Portillo continued, asking, “If Clinton becomes president, will we see a resurgence of Cold War tactics in Latin America?”
According to the scholars, Berta Cáceres is the “101st environmental justice organizer to be killed in Honduras since 2010.” Cáceres was a prominent opponent of the coup and organizer against the Agua Zarca Hydroelectricity Generating Project in the Gualcarque River basin, whose construction is fraught with human rights abuses and the expropriation of indigenous Lenca territory.
Cáceres’ assassination “shocked” the academic community, said Portillo, explaining that the scholars who led the initiative all hail from Central American countries. “Berta’s murder was so significant to Central America, to anyone who works on gender, to anyone who studies indigenous people.”
Speaking recently at a thousands-strong mobilization in Tegucigalpa to demand an end to repression and impunity, Berta Cáceres’ daughter Olivia told Democracy Now, “We’ve launched a struggle, a battle at the international level, to exert pressure in order to demand that the aid agencies that fund these multinational corporations that come to plunder, to exterminate our people, to spill our blood in our territories, to create territorial conflicts, that they stop being financed and that they leave our country, because we don’t want international companies that come to finance death, blood and extermination in our communities.”
Meanwhile, the scholars warn, many others are in danger, including the “the sole witness of Berta’s murder, Gustavo Castro Soto, a Mexican citizen and human rights worker.”
The open letter issues numerous demands, including the call for Congress and the state department to “cease aid to Honduras via the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle until the Honduran government addresses its poor human rights records, demonstrates capacity to prosecute perpetrators, and guarantees the rights of all people, especially indigenous, Afrodescendant and LGBTI people, women and children.”