Trump’s America (cont’d)

By Matthew Hickey

July 17, 2018

During an interview at Trump Turnberry, a golf resort that has not turned a profit since Donald Trump assumed ownership, the US president stated that the European Union was a “foe” and Russia a “foe in certain respects,” and that he “hadn’t thought” about asking Russian president Vladimir Putin about extraditing to the United States 12 Russian military officers, one of whom operated under the username Guccifer 2.0, for their role in the hacking and distribution of Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential campaign, which occurred “on or about” the date that then-presidential nominee Trump publicly suggested that hackers should try to find “the 30,000 missing emails” from his opponent’s private email server. At a joint summit in Helsinki the day after the interview, Putin suggested that US and Russian investigators work together to improve US cyber security, and Trump said that he holds “both countries responsible. I think the United States has been foolish. I think we’ve all been foolish.” At press events during a NATO conference in Belgium, Trump exaggerated the portion of NATO funding that is provided by the United States by almost 500 percent, took credit for NATO military spending increases that member countries agreed to in 2014, and described a speech by French president Emmanuel Macron as “beautiful” but admitted that he had no idea what Macron was saying. Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, who also attended the talks, was “displeased” by an early meeting “because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.” The US Embassy advised Americans in London to “keep a low profile” during Trump’s state visit to the UK.

A 75-year-old man currently serving life in prison for two murders announced his run for US Senate in Minnesota, a state that only forbids inmates from contesting state-level offices; and a Republican congressional candidate in California, who stated on a radio show that his campaign is dedicated to exposing the Holocaust as a fiction, distanced himself from robocalls about the “Jewish takeover of America” made on his behalf. A white woman in Memphis, Tennessee, was fired for calling the police on a black man who was wearing socks while swimming in a pool; police in Ohio pulled over an 11-year-old black boy who was delivering newspapers on his route; a police officer was filmed passively observing the abuse of a woman who was labeled “not an American” for wearing a shirt bearing the flag of Puerto Rico, which has been a territory of the United States since March 2, 1917; and protesters in Chicago clashed with police after a white officer shot and killed a black man. Video was released that showed police officers in Georgia using a smartphone coin-flip app to decide whether or not to arrest a woman who was pulled over for speeding; and a congressman in Arizona told police he was allowed to break the speed limit because of his “immunity as a government official.” A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed black man fatally shot by an Ohio police officer because the victim’s civil rights had not been violated, and a federal court ruled that Transportation Security Administration agents cannot be sued by passengers for abusing them during searches because they are more akin to meat inspections than law enforcement. The US government missed its deadline to reunify all 98 immigrant children under five years old with parents from whom they were separated at the border, and a “spiritual adviser” to President Trump said that Jesus “would not have been our Messiah” if he had broken immigration laws.

A women and her mechanic died from carbon monoxide poisoning while having intercourse inside a car that was running in her garage, and a woman was found alive in her car seven days after it plunged 200 feet off a cliff in Big Sur, California. Scientists isolated a “ghost particle,” a subatomic particle that can travel through solid matter, inside a cubic kilometer of ice in Antarctica. Thirty-three people have been evacuated from a seaside village in Greenland because of an 11-million-ton iceberg got close to shore. Studies revealed that rats were depriving coral reefs of bird droppings; and, as they were being transported to a new wildlife reserve in Kenya, eight endangered black rhinos died. A jaguar escaped its enclosure at a New Orleans zoo and killed four alpacas, an emu, and a fox; a mob in Indonesia slaughtered nearly three hundred crocodiles at an animal sanctuary after a man was killed near the reptiles’ breeding pond; and a family of woodchucks ate the wiring in US House Speaker Paul Ryan’s car, rendering it useless. A new study found that penis size does not matter to mice.

‘I, Dolours’ At The Galway Film Fleadh

Some Twitter feed from Friday night’s premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh of ‘I, Dolours’:

Fireworks Or Bombs? So What Did Explode Outside Gerry’s And Big Bobby’s Homes?

I guess we will just have to wait for the PSNI/British Army ATO report to find out.

Interestingly both Adams and Storey are beginning to withdraw from active involvement in republican activity – Adams as the leader of Sinn Fein and Storey, who was diagnosed with cancer recently, as the IRA’s intelligence chief.

The IRA needs to keep an intelligence department active to monitor a variety of matters, not least the threat from dissidents, but who Big Bobby’s replacement will be promises to be an intriguing and important decision. Watch this space.

Website For ‘I, Dolours’…..

This is the holding website for the drama-documentary film, ‘I, Dolours’. A final version will be published in August when the film goes on cinematic release:


Another Review of ‘I, Dolours’……

Joe Crowley’s Defeat Is A Big Blow To Sinn Fein

The chummy photograph above, taken from Gerry Adams’ Twitter feed in March 2014, shows the then leader of Sinn Fein enjoying the company of the cream of the Democratic Party’s congressional leadership as they prepare for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Washington.

The third figure from the left, wearing glasses and towering above Rita O’Hare, is a character called Joe Crowley. Until yesterday the Irish-American congressman for a district of New York that combines part of the Bronx and Queens had never been seriously challenged in his 20-year career in Washington.

Considered one of the most powerful Democratic Party bosses Crowley was being touted as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives if, in the November elections, the Democrats took control of the House and the current party leader, Nancy Pelosi was to retire, as some expect her to do.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – her primary win was a blow to Democratic Party bosses and Sinn Fein

Had all that panned out as it was supposed to then Sinn Fein would have had one of the most powerful politicians in the United States as a faithful friend and ally, someone who stood by Gerry Adams when he was arrested over the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville and unequivocally backed the party’s approach to the Good Friday Agreement through thick and thin.

That was until yesterday when a 28-year old, left-wing political neophyte called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thrashed Crowley in a primary election, upsetting the Democrat’s political apple cart and winning support for a radical program that included socialised medicine and opposition to Trump’s immigration policies.

With the fall of Joe Crowley, Sinn Fein have lost a powerful friend in the corridors of American political power. It was a bad day for the Democratic party’s cautious, centrist leadership; but it was also a bad day for the Shinners.


Guth Gafa (Captive Voice) Film Festival Review Of ‘I, Dolours’

At last, someone who understands ‘I, Dolours’:



Maurice Sweeney,  Ireland and Northern  Ireland, 2017, 82’

In the big picture of Irish republicanism the lines are generally clear; the history of colonial oppression is punctuated by huge events: 1921; Bloody Sunday; The Good Friday Agreement, and many others besides. But one tends to forget the continuous nature of struggle, a phenomenon that links generations and elongates time, particularly for those incarcerated; particularly the lifers. Director Maurice Sweeney͛s portrait of IRA volunteer Dolours Price tells of both the collective and the individual and the tension between them in a film that is courageously candid, delicate, and beautifully shot. Using archive, interviews and re-creation Sweeney captures perfectly the ethos of her republican household in which – “We wouldn’t hear Little Red Riding Hood as a bedtime story but rather ‘Theyhanged my mate Jimmy’”. Sweeney confronts head-on the issue of the disappeared–traitors to the cause who were eliminated; spectres in Dolour͛s life that would follow her to the grave. Seamlessly the narrative changes form and in skilfully wrought re-creations the horror of solitary and force feeding is brought home. Sad, beautiful, delicate and finely crafted, this is a major film.

Please see note on parental guidance below.

Maurice Sweeney has been regarded as one of Ireland’s leading documentary filmmakers. In more recent years he has also begun to focus on fiction. As a director, Maurice has won four IFTAs. In 2010, he filmed and directed the widely acclaimed The Forgotten Irish, dealing with the emigration to Britain in the 1950s. Maurice’s first major drama deature, Saving The Titantic, has been sold throughout the world and has been watched by an estimated 10 million people, and winning several prestigious awards.

Director: Maurice Sweeney

Producer: Nuala Cunningham, Ed Moloney 

Camera: Kate McCullough

Editor: Mick Mahon

Sound: Stephen McDowell, Mick Cassidy

Music: Giles Packam


Saturday 21st, 8.00pm, The RoadHouse Cinema (Q&A)


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