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Chris Hedges – Socialist, Presbyterian Minister, Anti-Imperialist & Pro Palestine Activist

Posted in Socialism, Solidaity, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

 

Vigil For INLA Hunger Strike Martyr Mickey Devine Noon-1pm Saturday 20 August Outside Costello House

Posted in Belfast, Hunger Strikes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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There will be a vigil from 12-1pm on Saturday 20th August 2016 outside Costello House on the Falls Road in remembrance of INLA Hunger Strike Martyr’s 35th anniversary organised by Belfast IRSP.

All available members are to attend.

All freedom loving Republican Socialists are also welcome – Posters and flags will be supplied by the Irish Republican Socialist Party in Belfast.

Irish Republican Socialists will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of Mickey Devine or his 9 other comrades in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh Concentration Camp in 1981!

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Saoirse Go Deo!

 

Alex McGuigan

National Hunger Strike 35th Anniversary Commemoration – Derry Sunday 21 August 2016

Posted in Alex McGuigan, Commemoration, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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The National Hunger Strike 35th Anniversary Commemoration leaves Rosemount in Derry at 2pm where it will make it’s way with the Red Flag of International Socialism leading the Colour Party to the Irish Republican Socialist Movement memorial in the City Cemetery.  Transport arrangements can be arranged via the IRSP HQ at Costello House, Belfast; the Derry offices of the IRSP or via your local IRSP representative

“Must we live in the shadow of the tyrant in the chains of slavery?  And must we die to shake the shackles from our limbs and taste the fruits of liberty?

Surely it is not to much to ask for freedom and lasting peace in our native land?  And surely it is not too much to be treated as we truly are – soldiers of Ireland and of the Irish People”

(INLA Volunteer Mickey Devine who laid down his life for political status on 20 August 1981)

 

 

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Saoirse go deo!

 

 

Alex McGuigan, Belfast

Dandelion Salad – A Blog Well Worth Reading!

Posted in Dandelion Salad, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

 

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Quite by chance I came across the excellent blog ‘Dandelion Salad’ and was happily amazed at the variety of Left-wing and anti-imperialist topics it covers.  It’s coverage of issues from a variety of authors are professionally written with wordsmithing that I could only hope to achieve! A list of issues that enjoy comprehensive coverage include the:

Dandelion Salad is now a blog that I check daily and it can honestly be treated as an independent news source that is a breath of fresh air in a world of media monopolisation and manipulation.  Dandelion Salad’s self description reads:

“News from around the world and videos, editorials, creative writing, photography and more. All volunteer staff and writers contribute to this blog. No one makes any money, no ads*, nor solicitations for money, all work done out of dedication to bringing news and politics from around the world not covered well in corporate run media.

* This free blog is hosted at WordPress.com and they always post ads but do your best to ignore them or drop by more frequently and they won’t show up. If you log into a WordPress account, the ads do not show up. Any ads which do occur we do not support nor gain in any manner. Use Ad Block on Firefox or Chrome to not see ads on any website”.

 

Definitely check Dandelion Salad out, there are underlined links to the blog throughout this article!    

Alex McGuigan, Sallybrook.

 

The Praxis of James Connolly’s Irish Republican Socialism

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

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James Connolly’s last public statement:

To the Field General Court Martial, held at Dublin Castle, on May 9th, 1916

I do not wish to make any defence except against charges of wanton cruelty to prisoners. These trifling allegations that have been made, if they record facts that really happened deal only with the almost unavoidable incidents of a hurried uprising against long established authority, and nowhere show evidence of set purpose to wantonly injure unarmed persons.

We went out to break the connection between this country and the British Empire, and to establish an Irish Republic. We believed that the call we then issued to the people of Ireland, was a nobler call, in a holier cause, than any call issued to them during this war, having any connection with the war. We succeeded in proving that Irishmen are ready to die endeavouring to win for Ireland those national rights which the British Government has been asking them to die to win for Belgium. As long as that remains the case, the cause of Irish freedom is safe.

Believing that the British Government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland, the presence, in any one generation of Irishmen, of even a respectable minority, ready to die to affirm that truth, makes that Government for ever a usurpation and a crime against human progress.

I personally thank God that I have lived to see the day when thousands of Irish men and boys, and hundreds of Irish women and girls, were ready to affirm that truth, and to attest it with their lives if need be.

 James Connolly, Marxist Revolutionary
James Connolly is the ideological Father of Irish Republican Socialism. His words are as valid today as they were a Century ago. Even the most casual study of his writings confirm the Irish Republican Socialist vision that the working class can have no real freedom without economic freedom, ie, an Irish Workers’ Republic with the Proletariat in control of the means of production, commodities and exchange. Connolly correctly believed that the cause of national liberation and the class struggle are symbiotic.

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Connolly who was originally from the Cowgate in Edinburgh, Scotland was only 5 foot in height but he wielded power that made him a giant amongst those one-dimensional Nationalists, many of whom went on to accept The Treaty,eventually turning borrowed British weaponry against former comrades and out-brutalising the British in their treatment of Irish Republicans. Back then the reformists labelled Republicans as ‘Irregulars’ and ‘Die hards’ today they’d be called ‘dissidents’ by the pro-establishment parties and media

Ireland’s best known Marxist revolutionary whose example of revolutionary Praxis (the combination of theory and action) was courageously tested to the bitter end.

The quote from Karl Marx’s The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, is apt::
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, secondly as farce.”

The Irish historical dialectic, it’s cyclic nature was identified by Connolly and vindicated tragically. Perhaps James Connolly’s best known quotation acknowledges this this yet only Irish Republican Socialists have learned from it, in fact it should never be forgotten, especially in today’s times where many are being led by the nose by neo-Liberals posing as revolutionaries:

“If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs.”

irsp imperialists out

Alex McGuigan

The Flag of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine flies in Belfast!

Posted in PFLP with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

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In solidarity with our Marxist revolutionary comrades in Palestine facing murderous Zionist aggression, the flag of the PFLP flies high in Belfast.  It is but a small gesture of solidarity with our ideologically linked comrades in the PFLP whose struggle for a secular unitary, Workers Republic free from imperialism and fascist supremacy mirrors our own struggle and ideals!

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Saoirse go deo!

Alex McGuigan

Irish National Liberation Army Memorial Video

Posted in Irish National Liberation Army with tags , , , , on March 18, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

 

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In Proud Memory of the Fallen Volunteers of the Irish National Liberation Army who gave their lives for a 32 County Irish Workers Republic.  Saoirse go deo!

 

Graphics and slideshow by Iskra Productions, Belfast.  Telephone: (0)28 90247416 / 07511281449
Email: Iskraproductions@yahoo.ie
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