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Below you find older articles from 2013 in chronological order.

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Saying goodbye to Comrade Madiba

19.12.2013 | Gerry Adams

The green rolling grasslands of Qunu were coming alive in the early morning dawn light as we climbed down off the bus last Sunday morning. It had been a three-and-a half-hour journey from the airport at East London, in the Eastern Cape, along dark and twisting roads. Qunu is Madiba’s home and it is where he chose to be buried.

As the sun slowly lifted itself above the hills, its light revealed a landscape similar to others I have seen in the west of Ireland. A big blue sky and distant homes scattered across hills. It was here that Madiba was born and had grown up. And it was to Qunu he returned. He was home with his clann after nine days of national mourning in South Africa. read more >>

Interview with Danny Morrison

8. November 2013

Interview of the Munich based radio station Radio Lora with the Irish Republican writer Danny Morrison about the conflict in the North of Ireland and his new book "Rudi - in the shadow of Knulp", which is already available in English language and shortly in German as well. the interview is in english language with German translation. There is a short introduction in German language only.

Lethal Allies - British Collusion in Ireland

30. October 2013

British state collusion with UVF death squads 'went all the way to the top', says author Anne Cadwallader, a well known journalist who joined the Pat Finucane Centre some time ago. The book is based on years of research into collusion by the PFC.

Interview with Anne Cadwallader at the launch of her book by SF TV: watch >>

Political trials against Basque political activists

17. October 2013 | basquepeaceprocess.info

Two trials against 76 Basque political activists have begun this week in Madrid.

In the 26/11 summary which begins October 14th, 40 Basque youths will be tried for their political activity in the youth organization SEGI. 34 of these young people were arrested in a large raid in 2009. Many of those arrested in that raid denounced having suffered torture during the 5 days that they were held in isolation. A great part of the accusations against them are based on testimony received then.

In the 35/02 summary, which begins October 17th, 36 well-known Abertzale activists are going to be tried who, in the majority of the cases, have held at certain times elected offices in different institutions. Others have carried out public political activities in legal political parties. Together with them 110 cultural associations (Herriko Tabernas) throughout the Basque Country are accused of civil responsibility so that those responsible also have to declare in this trial. read more >>

Twelfth parade past Ardoyne rerouted - Ardoyne residents groups call off protests

11.7.2013 | Irish Republican News from July 10th and additional news

The Parades Commission ruled yesterday that the Orange Order cannot hold a return parade past Ardoyne shops. Ardoyne residents groups has called off their planned protests against the parade. The Crumlin and Ardoyne Residents' Association (CARA) and the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective (GARC) announced the move at a meeting on Wednesday night. Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said it was "a sign of good faith".

A decision by the Parades Commission that a return parade by the Orange Order should not pass the Ardoyne shop fronts in north Belfast on the Twelfth of July has been widely welcomed. read more >>

"They are G8 - we are 7 Billion"


Anti G8 Festival in Belfast

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Belfast for a protest organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) on Saturday. Thousands more are expected to travel west for another rally against the G8 summit in Enniskillen on Monday. The trade unions accuse the Government of scaremongering in an attempt to put people off joining protests.

Program of the ICTU-Festival: Fairer World Festival >>

“I will not stop working on behalf of my community.”

30.5.2013 | An Phoblacht

WITH HUNDREDS of residents and community workers taking to the streets of Twinbrook in west Belfast to show solidarity with him against a reported ‘dissident’ death threat, Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Magennis told the "faceless thugs" who threatened him: "I will not stop working on behalf of my community."

The PSNI had visited the elected representative at his home to warn him of "an imminent threat" to his life after he had criticised a gun attack on a PSNI patrol on Thursday of last week that had also placed the lives of children playing nearby at risk. Speaking at the community-organised rally on Tuesday night in the Foxes Glen area of Twinbrook against the ‘dissident’ threat, Magennis declared defiantly: "I have a mandate from the people. The people who attacked this community and threatened me have no mandate and no support." ( An Phoblacht, May 30, 2013 >> )

Peoples' Referendum on Irish Unity

7.5.2013 | Sinn Féin Political Update No. 17, 7th May 2013

The electoral areas of Crossmaglen in South Armagh and Creggan Upper in North Louth will go to the polls in the first People's Referendum on Irish Unity on the 25th May.

'United Ireland - You Decide' A People's Referendum is a local community initiative, which sets out to begin the debate about Irish unity at a grassroots level and specifically to raise awareness of the provision for a Border Poll in the Good Friday Agreement. It is an initiative to let the people have their say. read more >>

Death of Margaret Thatcher

8. April 2013 | Uschi Grandel

"Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and 81."

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams commenting on the death today of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said:

“Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British Prime Minister.

Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies. Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge.

Here in Ireland her espousal of old draconian militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering. read more >>

Pól Mac Adaim on the road in Germany

April 3, 2013 | Uschi Grandel

"One man revolution” and "My name is Troy Davis" Tour 2013 from end of April until mid of May: Essen, Wuppertal, Hamburg, Münster, Darmstadt, Stuttgart, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Heidenheim/Aalen, Berlin, Cottbus.

Pól Mac Adaim writes about himself on his website:

"I was born in Belfast, in the heart of the war often referred to as 'The Troubles' I began playing Irish traditional music at the age of 9 and through the years I learned to play in a wide range of genres, including Folk, Appalachian, Cajun, Rock, Soul and Contemporary. I play a variety of instruments ranging from tin whistles, Traditional Irish flute, read more >>

On the path to peace respect prisoners´ rights

25.March 2013 | International Declaration on the Basque Country

Twelf international known human rights experts from different countries demand from Spain and France "new steps to go on towards a political solution to the conflict". Piedad Esneda Cordoba Ruiz from Colombia, Bill Bowring from Great Britain, Nelly Maes from Flanders, Nora Morales de Cortiñas from Argentina, Essa Mossa from South Afrika, George Mavrikos from Greece, Michael Tubiana from Algeria, Alexander Moumbaris from Egypt, Padre Alberto Franco from Colombia, Javier Giraldo Moreno from Colombia, Peter Madden from Ireland read more >>

40th Anniversary of the New Lodge Six Killings by British Army

February 3, 2013 | Uschi Grandel

Todays vigil at 6pm in Duncairn Parade, in New Lodge in Belfast remembers Jim Sloan, Jim McCann, Tony Campbell, Brendan Maguire, John Loughran and Ambrose Hardy.

The six men were murdered within 90 minutes in the night of February 3, 1973 by the British Army.

Streets of Bilbao too small

17.1.2013 | basquepeaceprocess.info

More than one hundred thousand people filled the streets of Bilbao this past Saturday to demand “Human Rights, Solution, Peace. Basque prisoners to the Basque Country”.

Thousands and thousands of anonymous people coming from all parts of the Basque Country, but also from different parts of the state and different parts of the world demanded in Bilbao the end of the penitentiary policy that the Spanish and French states apply to Basque political prisoners. read more >>

Third night of loyalist riots

6.1.2013 | Irish Republican News

A loyalist gunman opened fire tonight in east Belfast as three nights of rioting by the paramilitary UVF escalated. Tonight again saw attacks against both the PSNI police and residents of the nationalist Short Strand enclave.

The PSNI said they had come under fire and arrested a loyalist on suspicion of attempted murder. While examples of British state forces in the North coming under fire from unionist paramilitaries are extremely rare, the incident marks a potentially significant development in the UVF's campaign of terror.

There have been paramilitary-orchestrated protests in Belfast since early December when Alliance members on Belfast City Council voted with Sinn Fein and the SDLP to restrict the number of days on which the British union flag flies over City Hall to 15 from 365.

The violence, which stopped over Christmas, began again on Thursday.

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