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  • Irish M.P. Sean Power Explains Cyprus Realities In Irish Parliament

    09/12/2002 5:18:21 PM PDT · by Mortimer Snavely · 5 replies · 189+ views e-mail list | Sean Power
    "As I have little time at my disposal, I will use that time to deal with enlargement, in particular the application of Cyprus. I had the honour of visiting northern Cyprus during the summer with two of my colleagues from the House. To my surprise the ambassador chose to object in the strongest manner on my return. It was not my first visit and it was obvious to me that on the island there exists two democracies and two sovereign states representing their distinct peoples. Turkey has never expressed a wish to make Cyprus a Turkish island or an annex...
  • The Untold Mystery of Stonehenge

    12/03/2004 5:56:17 PM PST · by Starhubbler · 48 replies · 1,008+ views
    Over the millenia, most people have wondered about the strange builders of Stonehenge and other megalithic remains in Europe. Irish tradition has it that Stonehenge was built by Blacks from Africa. This may seem unbelievable at first. However, Irish tradition mentions the Formorians, Black giants who came from Africa. Anyone can easily check on the Formorians. Scottish historian David MacRitchie, and English Egyptologist Gerald Massey have all claimed in their works that Blacks were the original inhabitants of the British Isles and that the Tuatha De Danaan and Firbolgs all belonged to the Black race. In the book "Retake Your...
  • Man finds his doppelganger sitting in his seat on a flight

    10/30/2015 12:02:06 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 65 replies
    BBC ^ | October 30, 2015 | Sum Gai
    He said: "There was a dude already on my seat. When the guy looked up, I thought: 'He looks like me'." But the pair were later to encounter a further coincidence when they checked into the same hotel in Galway. Mr Douglas added: "Later that night, I went to the pub and again, there was my twin. Total weirdness. We had a laugh and a pint."
  • "No Irish Need Apply": A Myth of Victimization

    03/24/2005 7:20:06 AM PST · by twas · 100 replies · 7,955+ views
    Journal of Social History ^ | 12-22-2004 | Richard Jensen
    Abstract Irish Catholics in America have a vibrant memory of humiliating job discrimination, which featured omnipresent signs proclaiming "Help Wanted--No Irish Need Apply!" No one has ever seen one of these NINA signs because they were extremely rare or nonexistent. The market for female household workers occasionally specified religion or nationality. Newspaper ads for women sometimes did include NINA, but Irish women nevertheless dominated the market for domestics because they provided a reliable supply of an essential service. Newspaper ads for men with NINA were exceedingly rare. The slogan was commonplace in upper class London by 1820; in 1862 in...
  • Maureen O'Hara dies at age 95

    10/24/2015 11:38:32 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 118 replies
    Fox News TV ^ | 24 Oct 2015 | Unknown
    Maureen O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Ireland today. She was 95 years old
  • Maureen O'Hara has Passed at 95

    10/24/2015 10:27:26 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 93 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/24/15 | Lucy Clark-Billings
    The actor Maureen O’Hara, famed for her flaming red hair and her role in The Quiet Man, has died aged 95. Her family confirmed in a statement that the Irish-American film actress and singer passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday. “It is with a sad heart that we share the news that Maureen O’Hara passed away today in her sleep of natural causes,” a statement from the Fitzsimons family read.
  • Liam Neeson Records Ad for Amnesty International Calling for Ireland to Legalize Abortion

    10/20/2015 1:23:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies ^ | October 20, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Actor Liam Neeson, known for his roles in popular action flicks, has recorded a new ad for Amnesty International which calls on Ireland to legalize abortion. The European nation is staunchly pro-life and prohibits killing babies in abortions in virtually every circumstance. Amnesty International is helping lead a pro-abortion push to repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland, which has provided legal protection for unborn babies for years. Amnesty International Ireland recruited Neeson, an Irish actor, to do a voice-over for its commercial, which appears below. In the ad, Neeson essentially says laws protecting babies from abortions are antiquated and should...
  • Two dead, including one garda, in Louth shooting (Ireland)

    10/12/2015 6:15:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Sunday 11 October 2015 23.40
    A male garda and a second man were shot dead this evening after gardaí responded to what is thought to have been a domestic dispute in County Louth. Gardaí are treating the incident as murder suicide. The shootings took place shortly after 6 pm at a house on the Cooley Peninsula near Carlingford. Members from Omeath Garda Station responded to a call from a woman and arrived at the scene, shots were fired and a garda was fatally injured. […] The shooting happened only a few miles from the scene in which Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was fatally shot on...
  • Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes: study

    10/06/2015 9:18:54 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 6, 2015 6:37pm EDT
    The 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid U.S. taxes and would collectively owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes if they repatriated the funds, according to a study released on Tuesday. The study, by two left-leaning non-profit groups, found that nearly three-quarters of the firms on the Fortune 500 list of biggest American companies by gross revenue operate tax haven subsidiaries in countries like Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund used the companies' own financial filings with...
  • Patrick Kennedy reveals family’s struggles with alcohol in new book

    10/03/2015 5:32:49 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 51 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/3/15 | Christopher Rowland and Matt Viser
    Kennedy, in a book scheduled to be released Monday, provides an intimate picture of a dysfunctional family and some of its well-publicized struggles with alcoholism and mental health issues — and what he describes as a blanket of secrecy that papered over their problems...The book, which Kennedy will discuss on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night, is bound to rile other members of the famous family. “I know how some of them are going to react,” Kennedy says in a brief excerpt from the show released by CBS. “They’re angry.” He describes a drunken sailing trip in 2000 that turned out...
  • Equal marriage amendment enacted too fast, court implies

    09/19/2015 3:58:36 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 9/17/2015 | Harry McGee, Fiona Gartland
    The Electoral Acts may need to be amended after the Supreme Court said difficulties were caused by the same-sex marriage referendum being signed into the Constitution before it could consider a challenge to the result.
  • Medieval skeleton bursts out of the ground after centuries-old tree is ripped up by storm

    09/14/2015 4:51:36 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 45 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 9-13-15 | Sam Webb
    Archaeologists were stunned when the thousand-year-old skeleton of a young man was found among the roots of a tree ripped from the ground. Storms blew over a 215-year old beech tree outside Collooney, Sligo, Ireland, unearthing a human skeleton. The National Monuments Service commissioned Sligo-Leitrim archaeological consultancy Archaeological Services (SLAS) to excavate and retrieve the badly disturbed remains. The burial was that of a young man (17-20 years old) and it id believed he suffered a violent death during the early medieval period. Radiocarbon dating puts the man's death at 1030-1200 AD. Several injuries were visible to the ribs and...
  • Northern Ireland first minister steps down amid impasse

    09/10/2015 5:27:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 10, 2015 7:43 PM EDT | Gregory Katz
    The future of the Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government in Northern Ireland is hanging by a slender thread with First Minister Peter Robinson’s decision Thursday to step down, along with all but one of his ministers, because of a series of disputes. Democratic Unionist leader Robinson left one party figure, Arlene Foster, in place as temporary first minister and finance minister, but the coalition government has been seriously weakened by developments and may ultimately be suspended, leading to a restoration of direct British rule from Westminster. The crisis stems in large part from a police finding that that Irish Republic Army dissidents...
  • Spanish documents suggest Irish arrived in America before Columbus

    05/14/2014 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Irish Central ^ | May 13, 2014 04:12 AM | Kerry O’Shea
    While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having discovered America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey. […] In 1520, Peter Martyr d’Anghiera, a historian and professor, was appointed by Carlos V to be chronicler for the new Council of the Indies. Though Martyr died in 1526, his report, founded on several weeks of interviews, was published posthumously in a book named De Orbe Novo (About the New World). […] While interviewing Spanish colonists, Martyr took note of their vicious treatment of Chicora...
  • State to formally recognize people’s preferred gender (Ireland)

    09/06/2015 9:37:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    RTE News ^ | Friday 04 September 2015 07.17
    Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has announced that she has signed the Commencement Order for the Gender Recognition Act 2015. It will enable transgender people to be formally recognized in their preferred gender for all purposes by the State for the first time. The Tánaiste said that from next Tuesday, it will be open to any transgender person to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate and subsequently to obtain a new birth certificate that reflects their preferred gender. …
  • 3D printing revives bronze-age music

    09/03/2015 11:35:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Australian National University ^ | September 1, 2015 | unattributed
    An archaeologist has 3D-printed a replica of an iron-age artefact to revive a rich musical culture in ancient Ireland. Billy Ó Foghlú, from ANU College of Asia-Pacific, has found evidence that the artefact may have been a mouthpiece from an iron-age horn and not a spearbutt as previously thought. When Mr Ó Foghlú used the replica artefact as a mouthpiece, the ancient Irish horn had a richer, more velvety tone. "Suddenly the instrument came to life," said PhD student Mr Ó Foghlú. "These horns were not just hunting horns or noisemakers. They were very carefully constructed and repaired, they were...
  • 'Irish' Man Labelled Hero After Istanbul Fight

    08/30/2015 7:13:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Sky News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Sky News
    A man reported to be an Irish citizen has been heralded as a hero after fighting off a mob of Turkish shopkeepers who beat him with sticks. Described by Turkish media as an Irish tourist and a professional boxer, he had been at a market in Istanbul's Aksaray neighbourhood looking for a bottle of water. After he opened the fridge door, accidentally sending all the bottles tumbling to the floor, the owner of the shop held a stick to him. A large group of other shopkeepers then came to defend the shop owner, some carrying sticks or stools. Despite the...
  • Naming the Demons of Ireland and Great Britain

    08/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 8/25/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    A friend recently went through statements published by the Irish Bishops’ Conference between 2012 and 2015 to examine the language the bishops used about morality, especially in response to the initiatives of the Enda Kenny government. During this period the Irish government legalised both the killing of unborn babies through abortion and the treatment of homosexuality as equivalent with heterosexuality through so called same-sex "marriage". The statements from the Bishops’ Conference show the Irish bishops failing to name the evil of abortion and homosexual sex even though the Second Vatican Council named abortion an “unspeakable crime” (Gaudium et Spes, 50)...
  • World's 7 most dangerous and remote islands

    01/30/2013 5:41:50 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2013 -- Updated 1755 GMT (0155 HKT) | Mike Sowden
    CNN) -- Idiotic TV shows and all the latest apps bumming you out on the 21st century? Ready for some "me time" on the world's remotest islands? Forget golden sands and swaying palms -- the reality of solitude is different as these terrifyingly distant landfalls demonstrate. ... Bear Island 400 miles off Europe's north coast Bjornoya, better known as Bear Island, is the southernmost island in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, 400 miles north of mainland Europe -- but only on paper, given that it's almost 150 miles south of the Norwegian island chain with which it's lumped. It's been...
  • Cinema of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales --- (Blood in her Eyes) idiom

    08/10/2015 10:27:46 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 29 replies ^ | not know | ukfilm
    Picadilly (UK, 1929) Direced by E.A. Dupont. Cast: Anna Mae Wong, Jameson Thomas, Gilda Gray, Charles Laughton, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones. "Just before making his talkie directorial debut with Atlantic, director E.A. DuPont dashed off the silent "backstage" drama Piccadilly. By the time the film was released in 1929, talking pictures had taken a firm hold of the British film industry, obliging DuPont to reshoot much of the picture with dialogue... Feeling threatened by Shosho, Mabel heads to her rival's apartment with blood in her eye. A shot rings out, Shosho falls dead, and Mabel is accused of murder...
  • Ancient Irish were first to record an eclipse -- 5,355 years ago

    08/03/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | Friday, July 31,2015 | Cathy Hayes
    Our ancient Irish ancestors carved images of an ancient eclipse into giant stones over 5,000 years ago, on November 30, 3340 BC to be exact. This is the oldest known recorded solar eclipse in history. The illustrations are found on the Stone Age "Cairn L," on Carbane West, at Loughcrew, outside Kells, in County Meath. The landscape of rolling hills is littered with Neolithic monuments. Some say that originally there were at least 40 to 50 monuments, but others say the figure was more like 100... Martin Brennan and Jack Roberts discovered that the sun illuminates this chamber on the...
  • ‘O’Dynamite’ Rossa: Was Fenian leader the first terrorist? (Ireland)

    07/31/2015 9:24:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Sat, Aug 1, 2015, 01:00 | Patrick Freyne
    “Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa creates terrorism as we understand it in the 20th century,” the historian Dr. Shane Kenna, author of a book called Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: Unrepentant Fenian, says. “He sees himself as the progenitor of terrorism. He’s the man who develops the strategy, and he said that future terrorist groups should pay him a royalty for it.” Calling O’Donovan Rossa a terrorist shouldn’t be particularly controversial—although Kenna winces when he does so. O’Donovan Rossa embraced the word. He ran a “dynamite school” in the United States and boasted of bombing campaigns in his self-published newspaper. […] In death, O’Donovan...
  • Londonderry to be renamed Derry as Unionists cry foul (Northern Ireland)

    07/25/2015 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 24, 2015 09:04 AM | Cathy Hayes
    The Derry City and Strabane District Council have voted in favor of moving to officially changing the name of Londonderry to Derry. Unionists are describing the decision, voted upon on Thursday evening, as “sectarian” and “disgusting.” The vote passed with the full support of Sinn Féin, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and the Independent councillors, despite opposition from the minority unionist block. The council will now write to Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan of the SDLP, on how to go about the change. Durkan is himself a native of Derry. According to, 28 councillors voted to seek...
  • Historic photograph of Obama’s Irish ancestor is discovered (Photos at link)

    07/16/2015 11:29:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Irish Central ^ | March 11, 2015 | By Sheila Langan
    An historic photo of Fulmoth Kearney, President Obama’s Irish ancestor from Moneygall, Co, Offaly, has at last been found. Merlyn White, Obama's third cousin once removed, recently learned of her connection to the president while visiting a distant relation in Scotland. The news led her to reconsider an old family photo album she had inherited from her 107-year-old great aunt. In the album's pages she found portraits of Fulmoth and his wife Charlotte, which she shared with genealogist Megan Smolenyak, who first identified Fulmoth as Obama's Irish ancestor. This revelation of the photo comes on the heels of the discovery...
  • Families of the Undocumented Irish in America battle for immigration reform

    07/14/2015 4:37:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 14, 2015 01:04 AM | Jane Walsh
    A new group has been established in Ireland to campaign on behalf of the undocumented Irish in America. The group, called The Families of the Undocumented Irish in America, will be chaired by Bundoran man Michael McMahon. Speaking after the launch, Mr. McMahon said: “For far too long, successive Irish governments have sat on their hands and failed to support their citizens living in America. The current American administration has exhausted all avenues to introduce comprehensive immigration reform at this stage, but I am hopeful that the issue will resurface during and after the coming Presidential election campaign. However, there...
  • 1014 AD impact event causes Atlantic tsunami and end of Aztec’s Fourth Sun?

    01/11/2012 12:29:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    2012Quest ^ | January 12th, 2011 | Gary C. Daniels
    The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states that in England 1014 AD, on the eve of St. Michael’s day (September 28, 1014) “came the great sea-flood, which spread wide over this land, and ran so far up as it never did before, overwhelming many towns, and an innumerable multitude of people.” This is clearly a reference to a tsunami similar to the one that struck Indonesia in December 2004 which killed over 250,000 people. What could have caused this tsunami? Could a meteor or comet impact in the Atlantic Ocean have been the cause? Researcher Dallas Abbott of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory...
  • Irish Bishops Reject Plan to Ask 'Conservative' Students to Leave National Seminary

    07/05/2015 5:55:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Under pressure from bishops, the Irish national seminary at Maynooth will welcome back several seminarians who had been asked to leave because they were viewed “too conservative,” the Irish Catholic reports. The newspaper reports that six seminarians—in a class of ten-- were told that they should take time off to reconsider their vocations. But three will be returning to St. Patrick’s seminary, after their bishops disagreed with the evaluations by seminary faculty. Msgr. Hugh Connolly, the rector of the Maynooth seminary, told the Irish Catholic that there was “nothing out of the ordinary” in the decision. He said that the...
  • The king of Stonehenge: Were artefacts at ancient chief's burial site Britain's first Crown Jewels?

    05/12/2009 8:57:45 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 69 replies · 3,768+ views
    dailymail ^ | 12th May 2009 | Paul Harris
    He was a giant of a man, a chieftain who ruled with a royal sceptre and a warrior's axe. When they laid him to rest they dressed him in his finest regalia and placed his weapons at his side. Then they turned his face towards the setting sun and sealed him in a burial mound that would keep him safe for the next 4,000 years. In his grave were some of the most exquisitely fashioned artefacts of the Bronze Age, intricately crafted to honour the status of a figure who bore them in life in death. For this may have...
  • Britain's 'most important archeological' discovery found in desk drawer

    10/28/2008 8:13:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 763+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Urmee Khan
    The pinhead-sized studs form an intricate pattern on the handle of a dagger, but archeologists failed to realise their significance when they excavated the burial mound in Wiltshire - known as Bush Barrow - in 1808. Now they are to be re-united with other priceless artefacts unearthed at the site and put on show at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes after Niall Sharples, a senior lecturer at Cardiff University turned out his predecessors' desk and discovered them in a film canister labelled Bush Barrow. In the 1960s, the gold was taken away for examination by Professor Richard Atkinson, a...
  • Myths Of British Ancestry

    09/28/2007 7:42:35 AM PDT · by blam · 87 replies · 140+ views
    Prospect ^ | 10-2006 | Stephen Oppenheimer
    Myths of British ancestry October 2006Stephen Oppenheimer Everything you know about British and Irish ancestry is wrong. Our ancestors were Basques, not Celts. The Celts were not wiped out by the Anglo-Saxons, in fact neither had much impact on the genetic stock of these islands The fact that the British and the Irish both live on islands gives them a misleading sense of security about their unique historical identities. But do we really know who we are, where we come from and what defines the nature of our genetic and cultural heritage? Who are and were the Scots, the Welsh,...
  • Three Irish slain by ISIS as couple from Westmeath confirmed dead (Tunisia attack)

    06/28/2015 11:24:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Irish Central ^ | June 28, 2015 04:08 AM | James O’Shea
    An Irish couple are now confirmed dead in the ISIS slaughter of 39 innocent tourists in Tunisia. That brings to three the number of Irish among the 39 fatalities. The couple have been named locally in Athlone, County Westmeath as Laurence (Larry) and Martina Hayes. He is a well known local bus driver. The couple are believed to be in their fifties. Their daughter was in contact with Irish authorities during the day before police finally confirmed the couple were among the dead. Lorna Carty, a mother of two from County Meath, was already identified as being murdered by the...
  • Marie Stopes doctor and nurses 'bungled woman's abortion then sent her home despite....

    06/28/2015 9:49:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies ^ | 19 June 2015 | Euan McLelland For MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Marie Stopes doctor and nurses 'bungled woman's abortion then sent her home despite symptoms of internal bleeding that killed her just hours later' A doctor and two nurses appeared in court today charged with the manslaughter of a pregnant woman who died from massive blood loss following a bungled abortion. Aisha Chithira, 32, had travelled from Dublin to a west London branch of the Marie Stopes clinic for the procedure on January 21, 2012 and collapsed hours later in a taxi in Slough, Berkshire. The cause of her death was given as 'extensive internal bleeding' following the abortion,...
  • Seabed Gives Up Spanish Armada Wreck Cannons

    06/18/2015 3:26:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Jun 2015
    Storms off the west coast of Ireland have disturbed the seabed to reveal two 16th century cannons wrecked from the Spanish Armada. The cannons were brought to the surface this week by underwater archaeologists and are said to be in "extraordinarily good condition". They are thought to come from the wreck of the merchant vessel La Juliana, which sank in storms off Stredagh, Co Sligo on Ireland’s west coast in September 1588 along with two others,La Lavia and Santa Maria de Vision. The artifacts were recovered by the Underwater Archaeology Unit of Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht. One...
  • 1974 Dublin/Monaghan Bombings an Effort to Start a Civil War?

    06/18/2015 10:07:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Irish Central ^ | June 16,2015 | Jane Walsh
    The bombings of 17 May 1974 were a series of coordinated car bombings in Dublin and Monaghan. A new Irish TV documentary has claimed that the purpose of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings in 1974 was to start a civil war. The bombings were carried out by Loyalists acting under orders from British Army agents the documentary revealed. The bombings of 17 May 1974 were a series of coordinated car bombings in Dublin and Monaghan. Three exploded in Dublin during rush hour and a fourth exploded in Monaghan almost 90 minutes later. They killed 33 civilians and a full-term unborn child, and...
  • Spanish Armada artefacts retrieved from the ocean [Co. Sligo, Ireland]

    06/17/2015 9:53:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    UTV Ireland ^ | June 17, 2015 | Marese O’Sullivan
    credit: Heather Humphries (Twitter feed)
  • Irish Viking Trade Centre Unearthed

    05/07/2008 6:48:40 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 168+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-7-2008
    Irish Viking trade centre unearthed Almost 6,000 artefacts and a Viking chieftain's grave have been discovered One of the Vikings' most important trading centres has been discovered in Ireland. The settlement at Woodstown in County Waterford is estimated to be about 1,200 years old. It was discovered during archaeological excavations for a road by-pass for Waterford city, which was founded by the Vikings. The Irish government said the settlement was one of the most important early Viking age trading centres discovered in the country. Its working group, which includes archaeologists from Ireland's museum and monuments service, said it was of...
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkey’s 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...
  • South Iceland Cave Made before Settlement

    04/20/2015 1:42:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | April 17, 2015 | Eyglo Svala Arnarsdottir
    Archaeologist Kristján Ahronson has concluded that Kverkarhellir, a manmade cave between waterfall Seljalandsfoss and farm Seljaland in South Iceland, was partly created around 800 AD, before the settlement of Iceland, which, according to sources, began in 874... “Kverkahellir, along with Seljalandshellir, is remarkable as it is part of a number of cave sites in southern Iceland, manngerðir hellar [‘manmade caves’], that are marked by cross sculpture.” ... Ahronson would not state that theories that the crosses may have been made by papar, monks from the British Isles who were said to have lived in Iceland before the Norse settlers, may...
  • Legal bids to challenge same-sex marriage result due (Ireland)

    06/06/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 16:24 | Mary Carolan
    Two separate applications for leave to bring petitions challenging the result of the referendum clearing the way for same-sex marriage here will come before the High Court on Friday. Both matters are due to come before the president of the High Court, Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns, and both applicants, should they get leave to bring their petitions, are seeking injunctions preventing the issuing of a certificate verifying the referendum result pending the outcome of their proceedings. One challenge has been initiated by Gerry Walshe, an electrician from Lisdeen Road, County Clare; while the second is brought by Maurice J. Lyons,...
  • Evans: Police, FBI killed armed man in Roslindale (terrorist surveillance)

    06/02/2015 6:38:23 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/2/15 | Owen Boss
    An armed man in his 20s being surveilled by the FBI counterterrorism unit was shot and killed by an FBI agent and a Boston police officer in Roslindale this morning, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. Evans said the suspect was wielding a large military-style black knife. FBI Special Agent in Charge Vincent B. Lisi is at the scene, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is expected as well, FBI spokeswoman Kristin Setera told the Herald. Dozens of police officers have swarmed the small shopping plaza and officers are seeking surveillance video from a nearby Dunkin' Donuts, employees said....
  • Boston police: Man killed by FBI agent, cop in terror probe

    06/02/2015 9:26:59 AM PDT · by islander-11 · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/2/15 | Owen Boss
    An armed man in his 20s being surveilled by the FBI counterterrorism unit was shot and killed by an FBI agent and a Boston police officer in Roslindale this morning, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "He was on foot, under surveillance," Evans said. "The officers have been surveilling him and again they wanted to speak to him ... and he turned and our officers gave several commands for him to drop the weapon and unfortunately he came at the officers and they did what they were trained to do and that's never an easy decision for any officer...
  • Brother of Usaama Rahim, Terror Suspect Shot to Death in Boston, Lives in Oakland, Asks For Prayers

    06/02/2015 8:12:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/2 | Michelle Roberts
    A man with ties to the Bay Area was shot and killed by police in Boston on Tuesday. Officials say the suspect was being followed by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and was wielding a military-style knife at officers. Officials told NBC News the officer and agent had been investigating whether the man, identified as Usaama Rahim, had become radicalized by ISIS-inspired social media messages. The man’s brother, who is from Oakland, is asking for prayers. Back on the East Coast, the case remains under investigation.
  • CBS News: 2 Men In Boston Terror Probe Were Communicating About Attacks In U.S. (Wright 6'11, 511#)

    06/03/2015 5:43:52 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 25 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 6/3/15 | CBS Boston
    A man arrested in connection with a terror investigation in Boston will be in federal court Wednesday. David Wright was taken into custody at his home in Everett Tuesday afternoon, hours after a Boston police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators in Roslindale. According to CBS News, Wright and the man killed, 26-year-old Usaama Rahim, were communicating about attacks in the U.S. and that’s why he was arrested. Investigators are continuing to look for other people both men were communicating with. Wright will face federal charges in U.S....
  • Two men plotted to behead a police officer, official says

    06/03/2015 6:27:24 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 18 replies
    Bos Globe ^ | 6/3/15 | By Maria Cramer, Evan Allen, Laura Crimaldi and Lisa Wangsness
    The man fatally shot by anti-terrorism officers in Boston on Tuesday and the suspect arrested Tuesday night in Everett had conspired to kill a police officer, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the case. “We believe the intent was to behead a police officer,” one official said Wednesday morning. “We knew the plot had to be stopped. They were planning to take action Tuesday.” (snip)They had a brief exchange near a bus stop, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation, before Rahim lunged with the knife. The weapon was more than a foot long with a...
  • Papal Silence: The Most Decisive Factor in Ireland's Same-Sex "Marriage" Victory

    06/02/2015 11:07:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 146 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/27/15 | Robert Mauro
    The most decisive factor in Ireland's support for "gay marriage'" was the failure of Pope Francis to publicly oppose " gay marriage " prior to the vote. The Pope speaks almost every day on trivial subjects such as his not watching television but when the date the of Irish referendum was first set, and up to the actual days before the election he should have publicly opposed "gay marriage" in Ireland. The recent post-election comments of Vatican Secretary of State that the Pope was " saddened" by the Irish vote mean nothing. The Pope could have prevented the passage of...
  • Black Knives Matter! (terror police shoot man dead in B)

    06/02/2015 12:11:59 PM PDT · by Robert357 · 16 replies
    "....At a rainy press conference near the crime scene, Commissioner Evans described the man as in "mid 20s", travelling on foot, and carrying a black "military-style knife". Some US media have reported the weapon as a machete. The suspect was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The two officers are in hospital to be examined for stress, but did not suffer physical injuries, police said...."
  • Riddle of Lusitania sinking may finally be solved

    07/23/2008 1:00:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 212 replies · 1,867+ views
    American entrepreneur Gregg Bemis finally gets courts go-ahead to explore the wreck off IrelandIt is the best known shipwreck lying on the Irish seabed, but it is only today that the owner of the Lusitania will finally begin the first extensive visual documentation of the luxury liner that sank 93 years ago. Gregg Bemis, who bought the remains of the vessel for £1,000 from former partners in a diving business in 1968, has been granted an imaging licence by the Department of the Environment. This allows him to photograph and film the entire structure, and should allow him to produce...
  • Ireland vote builds gay marriage momentum (in Germany)

    05/26/2015 11:06:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 26 May 2015 08:44 GMT+02:00
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is feeling the pressure from opposition MPs, its own gay supporters and its Social Democratic Party (SPD) allies to look again at allowing gay marriage after Ireland’s popular “yes” vote on Friday. Linke (Left) party leader Gregor Gysi told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that the Irish decision came at a time of “cultural revolution” that would have been “unimaginable” just a short time ago. “There can’t be any more delays,” Gysi said. “It’s up to us to catch up.” He was joined in his call by Green party leader Simone Peter, who said...
  • Ten Thoughts on the Irish Debacle

    05/26/2015 6:58:43 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies ^ | May 25, 2015 | Donald P. McClarey
    Now that Ireland has voted to approve gay marriage, a few thoughts: 1. Catholic Ireland is now Anti-Catholic Ireland-The Irish have always found scapegoats useful as an explanation for Irish failings. Britain long played this role and the Church is now filling this role. This vote, for many of the voters, was a joyous opportunity to give a one finger salute to the faith of their ancestors. 2. Spineless Shepherds-With one or two exceptions, the Irish episcopate was worse than useless. Cowardice was their most notable attribute. Expecting these timeservers to stand up for Catholicism in a hostile environment is...
  • Follow the Money: American Entity Funded Irish Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Campaign

    05/24/2015 1:38:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 44 replies ^ | May 23, 2015 | VICTOR GAETAN
    Ireland’s rush to permanently redefine marriage is a startling development for a country that legalized divorce only 20 years ago. How could the nation that "saved civilization" precipitously decide to make its constitution “gender neutral,” especially in a section devoted to … the family? Key organizations opposing the radical change believe one answer can be found in the multimillion-dollar external financing program that has quietly poured money into Ireland to fund several homosexual-rights organizations since 2004, especially from U.S.-based Atlantic Philanthropies. Although not as well known as the Gates Foundation, Atlantic has a similar pedigree: Billionaire businessman Chuck Feeney is...