Maureen O’Connell RIP

I am very sorry to report the death or a good friend Maureen O’Connell who passed away yesterday after a brave struggle with cancer at her home in Charleston, South Carolina. Maureen was a great researcher, dogged and professional and she she helped me with a number of articles for this blog, notably researching the background of Patrick Keefe, who wrote the controversial account of the death of Jean McConville, ‘Say Nothing’. Maureen will be greatly missed by the wider Irish-American community and I was proud to call her a friend.

Britain’s Secret Empire….

This is an astonishing and disturbing story, all the more so since it has been hidden away for so long, known only to those who have reaped the riches. You can watch it here…..

New York Times Screens Gaza Video And Breaks A Barrier…..

I can’t recall something like this ever happening before, the New York Times‘ website screening a film about Palestinian life in Gaza under Israeli bombardment. It is a measure of how sentiment about the Israel-Palestine conflict has shifted amongst the American liberal elite in the wake of recent heavy-handed violence against the residents of Gaza. Those in power in Tel-Aviv need to pay attention. You can watch the video here.

The Truth About Euro 2020…..

All of Europe will be celebrating Italy’s victory in the European Nations championship last night not just because Italy won and by far played the best soccer, but because England lost. In that loss will be distilled civilised Europe’s distaste for the ugly racism which fueled the Brexit campaign, propelled the nastiest Tory government and most unworthy prime minister in English history into office and now mars the national game, features of modern English society which were on view and audible to the whole world during this tournament.

The shocking racism which was exhibited in the boohing of the Danish national anthem, the chorale of one of Europe’s smallest and most inoffensive countries, was disgraceful but it was typical of the xenophobic nastiness which was released from the poisonous Brexit bottle and which now has a prominent, even defining place in the moral core of English society.

So deep and rancid is the racism in English society today that it even found its ugly expression in bigotry against the non-White members of the English team in the aftermath of Italy’s deserved victory, as the FA itself was obliged to admit, as The Guardian reported last night:

‘In more deeply depressing news, several England players including Bukayo Saka have been subjected to racial abuse on social media after the match. The FA has released a statement condemning the abuse and calling for “accountability and action”.

The English Football Association was forced to issue this statement:

“The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media. We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team. We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.

“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences. Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”

Fine words butter no parsnips, as we say Ireland. The time for talk has ended. England should be banned from European competitions until it confronts the racism that now courses through the national veins and which blights the national game.

Remember The Alamo? How Walt Disney Distorted The Truth…..

A fascinating story in today’s Washington Post……

A Billboard In Ohio….

You couldn’t make it up. America will destroy the world. Thanks to CM for the tip.

NYTimes Video Probe Of Capitol Riot Poses More Questions Than Answers…

It is a great piece of investigative journalism but after watching it – which you can here – I am left wondering that if the crowd had been Black or left-wing, rather than White Trumpite rednecks, how many policemen would have reached for their guns long before the crowd had taken even a few steps towards the Capitol building?

The Mainstream Media And Julian Assange – Beyond Words…..

Read this……. and weep, or better still, reach for a zinc bucket.

Mondoweiss On The Silwan Eviction Crisis….

You can read it here…..

Israel Orders Palestinians To Demolish Their Own Homes……

You can read about Silwan, the mostly Palestinian suburb of Jerusalem here, nineteen of whose homes have been ordered by an Israeli court to be demolished by their Arab occupants. Naturally the householders are refusing, setting the stage for an atrocity which, if it was happening anywhere else the world, would be universally condemned. So far nothing but silence from the West……