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  • Why Jeremy Corbyn Scares British Jews So Much

    09/17/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | Liam Hoare
    His politics are that of principled rebellion. Between 2005 and 2010, when Labour was in government, Corbyn voted against party lines 25% of the time. Known for his anti-war politics, he has publicly supported both the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Irish republicans. In 1996 the Guardian editorialized that his ill-timed meeting with Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein made him “a fool whom the Labour Party would probably be better off without.” Now, with the party in disarray, Corbyn has come out of obscurity to become Labour’s next leader — and British Jewry is worried. In a recent Survation poll, 67%...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King dismisses Ted Cruz as 'carnival barker'

    03/23/2015 9:48:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2015 | Deirdre Walsh, Senior Congressional Producer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who is considering his own bid for the White House, mocked Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's announcement that he was running in 2016 and said the Texas Republican isn't qualified to serve as president. "Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world," King said in a written statement on Monday. King's statement references a Cruz speech on the Senate floor that last more than 20 hours, railing against Obamacare in 2013. The New York Republican...
  • Peter King on Rand Paul, Ted Cruz: They Aren’t ‘Responsible Adults’

    03/10/2015 4:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 10, 2015 | Andrew Desiderio
    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has made no secret of his disdain for Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Speaking to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) at their presidential forum, King lambasted the senators and implied they aren’t “responsible adults.” “[Rand Paul] is concerned about drones, he’s afraid the CIA might use drones to attack Americans drinking coffee in Starbucks,” King said, drawing a few laughs from the crowd. He suggested ISIS might be further emboldened to attack America if the commander-in-chief thinks the “real threat” is the CIA killing Americans with drones. “Then we have Ted Cruz,...
  • Sinn Féin chief Adams accused of IRA rape cover-up

    10/16/2014 4:33:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2014 4:54 PM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast’s top IRA families, appeared alongside a former foreign minister outside Ireland’s parliament to accuse Adams of conspiring to suppress her reports of being raped by an IRA commander from Adams’ home district in 1997, when she was 16. …
  • Rep. Peter King plans presidential trips to Iowa, South Carolina (Attacks Cruz and Paul)

    05/11/2014 2:23:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)New York Rep. Peter King is stepping up his attacks on 2016 GOP hopefuls Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul as he builds on his burgeoning presidential campaign with planned trips to Iowa and South Carolina. “I don’t want the Republican Party taken over isolationists such as Rand Paul, or people like Ted Cruz who want to shut the government down,” he said while visiting Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. “I want there to be an alternative voice which I feel is in the tradition of Eisenhower, of Reagan, and you know, traditional Republicans who believe in strong national defense...
  • Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams to be freed, charges unlikely, police say

    05/04/2014 11:47:28 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever
    Fox ^ | 5/4/14
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams is expected to be released from police custody without charge Sunday, and authorities will send a file of potential evidence against him to British prosecutors, a senior policeman said.
  • Gerry Adams freed without charge after questioning over McConville case

    05/04/2014 11:45:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies ^ | 4 May 2014 | Henry McDonald
    Gerry Adams has been released without charge from a Northern Ireland police station but a file on him will be sent to the public prosecution service, it has emerged. The Sinn Féin president was freed at 5.45pm on Sunday from the serious crimes suite at Antrim police station. He was being questioned about the murder in 1972 of widow Jean McConville as well as IRA membership.
  • Another terrorist crew biting the dust

    02/20/2005 11:22:54 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 12 replies · 228+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb. 20, 2005 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Bill Clinton spent eight long years sucking up to Irish Republican Army terrorists, repeatedly bringing Gerry Adams to the White House lending him respectablility and continuously touting the democratic viability of this murderous crime-fueled organization. But avowed terrorists don't change that easily. They remain terrorists because their only successful means of amassing power is through violence. This was as true of Arafat holed up in Ramallah pretending to lead a democratic Palestine (while carrying on in his old ways) as it is now of the IRA. In an unusually clear news analysis, AFP reports on the disarray now engulfing the...
  • At last we know the human cost of Gerry Adams

    10/01/2002 6:42:58 PM PDT · by aculeus · 7 replies · 145+ views
    Electronic Telegraph ^ | 02/10/2002 | Paul Bew
    Today, Gerry Adams presents himself as a folksy, slightly pompous avuncular figure in Irish politics: a moralist who chides the politicians in Dublin for their embarrassingly corrupt ways. The second most popular political leader in Ireland, the "brand image" Adams was crucial to Sinn Fein's success in the Irish general elections this year. Peter Mandelson has suggested that becoming President of Ireland may be just beyond the reach of the Sinn Fein leader. The fact remains that becoming Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland seems to many to be a real and present possibility. But Mr Adams emerges from a...
  • Republic of Ireland: US prosecutors seek access to IRA tapes

    05/13/2011 9:59:31 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/13/2011 | Toby Harnden
    Secret tapes of former IRA members that could implicate Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president, in dozens of murders in the 1970s have been demanded by American prosecutors acting on behalf of the British authorities. A subpoena has been received by Boston College for the tapes of interviews with Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price, both one-time senior IRA figures, carried out by researchers for an oral history project. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Hughes, a convicted IRA man who was once arrested with Mr Adams, died in 2008. A book “Voices from the Grave” by Ed Moloney, based on the...
  • Adams linked to IRA killings (WAR ON TERROR. THIS FELLOW. NEXT.)

    09/29/2002 10:46:54 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 37 replies · 264+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 30, 2002 | Sandra Laville
    Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president, formed a special unit within the IRA which was responsible for the execution of a mother of 10 in 1972 and it was "inconceivable" that he was unaware of the order to kill her, a book claims. Mr Adams has always distanced himself from the "disappearances" of 10 people by the Republican terrorists in the 1970s, victims who were snatched from their homes or off the streets of Belfast, killed and buried in locations kept secret from their families for more 20 years. According to the revelations in A Secret History of the IRA,...
  • Gerry Adams arrest: NI police granted extension

    05/02/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 May 2014 | anon
    Police in Northern Ireland have been given more time to question Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. ... An initial 48-hour deadline to either charge or release him was due to expire at 20:00 BST on Friday, but the police successfully applied for more time to question him. ...
  • Arrest of Adams is 'an act against democracy'

    05/02/2014 5:50:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    EU Observer ^ | May 2, 2014 | unattributed
    The European Left's candidate for the European Commission presidency, Alexis Tsipras, Friday called for the immediate release of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams who is been held for questioning in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. Tsipras called the arrest a "politically inflammatory act against democracy".
  • Gerry Adams arrest: Martin McGuinness blames ‘the dark side’ (Northern Ireland)

    05/02/2014 12:59:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 01 May 2014
    Martin McGuinness blamed the “dark side” of policing for Gerry Adams’ detention during the election campaign and insisted his leader could have been questioned without being arrested. He said the questioning centered on books Mr. Adams had written and what others said about him—those “maliciously and vehemently” hostile to the peace process. …
  • Gerry Adams arrested over McConville murder

    04/30/2014 1:03:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies ^ | 30 April 2014 | bbc
    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams arrested
  • Liam Adams jailed for raping and abusing daughter

    11/27/2013 10:12:45 AM PST · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27th November 2013 | BBC News
    'Liam Adams, a brother of Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams, has been jailed for 16 years for raping and abusing his daughter. Adams' sentence is subject to an automatic 50% remission. Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive, Belfast, was convicted of 10 offences in October, including rape and gross indecency, against his daughter, Áine, who waived her right to anonymity. She welcomed the sentence but said it was "still much too little, too late".'
  • Liam Adams - Brother of Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams - Found Guilty of Raping His Daughter

    10/02/2013 11:29:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 01 OCTOBER 2013
    Liam Adams - the younger brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams - has been found guilty of a string of child sex abuse charges. Liam Dominic Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive in west Belfast, was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, Aine, over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983 when she was aged between four and nine. Bespectacled Adams, who was wearing a grey suit, cream shirt and blue tie, showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were returned. Remanding him in custody Judge Corinne Philpott said: "Take him down." The jury of nine men and...
  • British government awaiting release of US held IRA tapes

    01/09/2012 1:54:32 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1-9-12 | Tom Leonard
    The British government is waiting to hear whether a U.S. appeals court will allow the release of interviews with former IRA members purportedly accusing Gerry Adams of running a secret death squad. A court in Boston heard evidence from lawyers on both sides of a protracted battle over tapes from a Boston College oral history project which obtained testimonies from two convicted IRA members between 2001 and 2006. Adams, the president of Sinn Fein, has always denied being an IRA member, let alone heading a security unit which was responsible for kidnapping, torturing and killing suspected informants. It follows a...
  • An Open Letter To Gerry Adams MP

    01/21/2002 6:10:09 AM PST · by Benson_Carter · 13 replies · 4+ views web site ^ | January 8, 2002 | Harry Barnes MP
    Dear Gerry Today is the first day on which you can claim office space and parliamentary allowances. You’ll see from last month’s debate in the Commons that I did much to support the proposition that you and your colleagues are given offices in the Commons. Together with the allowances, this should net about half a million pounds for Sinn Fein. This tidy little sum will go some way to making up the shortfall in funding from gullible Americans who were outraged by the IRA activities in Colombia organised by your friend, let’s just call him bungling Brian. You know yourself ...
  • Accused Cuba spy 'sought to be US envoy to Northern Ireland'

    06/14/2009 9:23:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 478+ views ^ | June 10, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Kendall Myers, 72, who appeared in federal court in Washington on Wednesday charged with spying for Havana for nearly 30 years, had a fascination with Northern Ireland. The Daily Telegraph has established that as well as seeking the envoy's post, which carried the rank of ambassador, Mr Myers travelled to the British Isles and met British and Irish officials, senior Northern Ireland politicians and intelligence officers. .... "Anything this guy could have found from his European responsibilities he might have funnelled to the Cubans for them to sell off," said John Bolton, a former top State Department official in the...
  • Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba...

    06/05/2009 4:00:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba for Nearly 30 Years Couple Allegedly Conspired to Provide Classified Information to Cuban Government A former State Department official and his wife have been arrested on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government. The arrests were announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Channing D. Phillips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Joseph Persichini, Jr.,...
  • Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams: Gaza is an open-air prison

    04/10/2009 7:27:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 719+ views
    Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies ^ | Friday, April 10, 2009 | Amira Hass
    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Thursday denounced the Israel-led blockade on Gaza as having turned the coastal strip into an "open-air prison," news agencies reported. "This is a total denial of the rights of the people of Palestine. This is an open-air prison," The Guardian quoted the Sinn Fein president as saying during a visit to the Hamas-ruled territory. "People can't travel out of here, they can't travel in." Adams met with the head of the internationally-shunned Hamas government during a two-day visit to Gaza, and said he plans to brief President Obama's special Mideast envoy about his contacts. "Mr....
  • Green Without Blue and Long Memories (Cops/Mumia)

    03/19/2007 8:51:09 PM PDT · by thefactor · 12 replies · 551+ views ^ | 3/17/2007 | Editorial
    The echo from the shots which rang out some twenty-six years ago near the intersection of Locust Street and 12th Street in Philadelphia can still be heard today. In fact, on Sunday, March 18th they will be especially loud. Exactly 85.9 miles from the spot where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner fell, masses will be gathering and preparing to march in the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade. However, for the first time in many years a deeply entrenched tradition will be broken: there will be no police officers among the participants. To serve as this year's parade honoree, organizers chose...
  • Gerry Adams wins Northern Ireland vote

    03/08/2007 2:16:22 PM PST · by presidio9 · 156 replies · 2,041+ views
    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was re-elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly as Sinn Fein appeared on course to remain the major Catholic-backed party in the British territory, according to results Thursday. Adams, 58, topped the voting in his longtime power base of Catholic west Belfast. He was among the first declared winners for the 108-member assembly following Wednesday's election to find out which Protestant and Catholic parties will control the assembly and hold the key to revived power-sharing in the territory. Sinn Fein activists cheered wildly in the major ballot-counting center, the King's Hall conference center in south Belfast,...

    01/29/2007 6:17:22 AM PST · by presidio9 · 27 replies · 487+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 29, 2007 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    HAS peace finally broken out in Northern Ireland? Yesterday a conference of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Provisional IRA, voted to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and to join its governing authority by a lopsided majority of 9-1. It sounds an odd sort of achievement. But it was in fact the final step needed before Sinn Fein could be admitted to the "power-sharing" government of Northern Ireland under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Elections will be held on March 7th for the Northern Ireland Assembly. If all goes as expected, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness will...
  • Outrage over British collusion in N. Ireland killings

    01/23/2007 10:29:46 AM PST · by presidio9 · 26 replies · 565+ views
    AFP ^ | 01/22/07
    British police colluded with paramilitaries behind at least 10 murders in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, a damning report said, triggering outrage in Dublin and Belfast and remorse in London. The report about Protestant militants threatens to cloud current efforts to restore self-rule in the long-troubled British-run province, in which Catholic lack of confidence in policing is a key stumbling block. "Today's ombudsman's report is deeply disturbing," said Irish premier Bertie Ahern. "Its findings are of the utmost gravity. It paints a picture of despicable past behaviour." "This was a war of terror that was inflicted on Republican and nationalist...
  • Adams assassination plot 'aborted'

    12/11/2006 3:33:34 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 8 replies · 423+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11th December 2006
    Dissident republican terrorists have been plotting to assassinate Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, it has been claimed. The new attempt to murder the West Belfast MP was aborted because of his own security arrangements, according to a report. Police went to his home in the last few days to alert him that a possible shooting was being planned. Mr Adams claimed the threat was because of internal party discussions over whether to take the historic step of publicly endorsing Northern Ireland's police service for the first time. It followed earlier warnings to other senior Sinn Fein representatives Gerry Kelly and...
  • Bomb threat empties N. Ireland Assembly

    11/25/2006 3:41:28 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 9 replies · 509+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | November 24, 2006 | By SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Belfast's most infamous militant stormed into the Northern Ireland Assembly headquarters Friday with a bagful of pipe bombs, forcing an evacuation that overshadowed the politicians' failure to meet a deadline for forming a new Catholic-Protestant administration. Two security guards trapped Michael Stone — an icon of Protestant extremism because of his grenade-and-gun attack on an Irish Republican Army funeral in 1988 — halfway inside the brass revolving door of Stormont Parliamentary Building. Stone, a long-feared figure who boasts of his desire to kill Sinn Fein leaders, repeatedly screamed "No surrender!" as one guard twisted Stone's arm...
  • Sinn Fein Leader to Meet Hamas Officials In Visit To Israel, PA

    09/04/2006 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 12 replies · 393+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 9/3/2006 | Haaretez
    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams announced plans Sunday for his first trip to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including a visit with leaders of Hamas. Adams, whose Irish Republican Army-linked party has grown in recent years to become the major representative of Northern Ireland's Catholic minority, said he hoped his visit Tuesday through Thursday would encourage compromise between Israel and Hamas. "It is imperative that genuine negotiation and dialogue between the representatives of the Palestinian and Israeli people commences as quickly as possible," Adams said. "While no two conflicts are identical, there are key conflict resolution principles which can be...
  • (Sinn Fein's) Adams angered at museum snub

    05/27/2006 3:56:58 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 30 replies · 646+ views, Cork, Ireland ^ | 27/05/2006 - 5:11:31 PM | Irish Examiner Newspaper
    Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams tonight claimed he had been snubbed by a prestigious British museum. The 57-year-old, who has been welcomed in the White House, No 10 Downing Street and the home of Nelson Mandela, said the Victoria and Albert Museum in London had refused to invite him to its Che Guevara exhibition. He hit out at the museum for claiming that his presence would be neither relevant or appropriate on the launch night. “I think its stance is especially absurd given that this particular exhibition is about an iconic revolutionary figure, with family connections to Ireland, who fought...
  • Adams off terrorist watch list (Dem. Congressmen panders to IRA sympathizers)

    03/29/2006 9:47:32 PM PST · by presidio9 · 20 replies · 408+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | 3/29/06 | DOUGLAS L. TURNER
    Irish leader Gerry Adams, who was prevented from boarding a plane for Buffalo for a St. Patrick's Day observance, has been removed from a terrorist watch list, Rep. Brian Higgins said Tuesday. The Buffalo Democratic congressman, who was Adams' prospective host, met in his office with officials of the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration and the Ad-Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs to learn what happened on March 17. The administration had maintained that Adams was not on a watch list. The bipartisan Ad Hoc committee was put together by Higgins and Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, after Bush...
  • Sinn Fein says U.S. must take Adams off watch list

    03/20/2006 10:43:15 PM PST · by Panerai · 19 replies · 613+ views ^ | 03/21/2006 | Shawn Pogatchnik
    DUBLIN, Ireland --Sinn Fein accused the Bush administration Monday of needlessly harassing officials of the IRA-linked party at airports in the United States, where party leader Gerry Adams was detained last week because he is on the U.S. "watch list." Adams and his longtime aide, Richard McAuley, were delayed Friday from traveling to Buffalo, N.Y., for a meeting just hours after both Sinn Fein officials were guests of President Bush in the White House for St. Patrick's Day. They missed the flight -- and still were missing two suitcases when they returned Monday to Ireland. "This is a nonsensical position...
  • Caption Picture of Hillary embracing Sinn Fein

    03/19/2006 7:14:41 AM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 93 replies · 2,174+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16,2006
    U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (L) hugs Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams as he arrives for their meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington March 16, 2006. REUTERS/Jim Young
  • Higgins Outraged When Sinn Fein Leader Stopped By Terrorist Watch List (Adams is a terrorist!!)

    03/18/2006 10:14:19 AM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 44 replies · 857+ views
    WKBW ^ | Mar 18th 2006 | Not stated
    Higgins Outraged When Sinn Fein Leader Stopped By Terrorist Watch List Mar 18, 2006 - A St. Patricks day crowd in South Buffalo didn’t get to hear the star attraction…he was detained in Washington after turning up on a terrorist watch list. Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein was detained at Reagan National Airport. Sinn Fein is the political arm of the Irish Republican Army. Congressman Brian Higgins broke the news to hundreds of people celebrating the holiday at the Irish Center in South Buffalo. “We got a call tonight that Gerry Adams is being detained in Washington for in...
  • Adams and other leaders invited to White House

    03/16/2006 6:31:15 AM PST · by elc · 67 replies · 888+ views
    UTV ^ | 3/10/06
    Invites to the White House for St. Patrick's Day celebrations have been issued to the leaders of all Northern Ireland's main political parties. The Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, will be among the leaders despite last year`s public snub by the US administration over accusations of republican involvement in the murder of Belfast man, Robert McCartney and the £25 million Northern Bank heist. Other leaders attending the celebrations will be DUP leader Ian Paisley, SDLP leader Mark Durkan and Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey. Alliance leader David Ford and the Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine have also been...
  • IRA Pledges Peaceful Pursuit of a United Ireland

    02/19/2006 9:30:40 PM PST · by quantim · 16 replies · 436+ views ^ | 2006-02-20
    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says that Irish Republicans plan to avoid a return to violence in their pursuit of a united Ireland. At his party's annual conference on Saturday, Adams told delegates in Dublin that the IRA's decision to end their armed campaign last July brings new responsibilities for the movement. He acknowledged some party members believe the IRA made a mistake in renouncing violence. But he seems firm with the decision. "I have made it clear from the Republican perspective that the war is over. No one should harbour the notion that the Republican struggle can be advanced...
  • Colombia trio should stay - Adams

    08/08/2005 11:16:39 AM PDT · by Panerai · 8 replies · 388+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 8 August 2005
    Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams has said the three republicans who returned to Ireland after being given jail terms in Colombia should not be extradited. Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan were sentenced to 17 years in jail but vanished in December 2004 while on bail awaiting an appeal. They returned to the Irish Republic last week. Mr Adams said their return had not damaged the political process and the men should be allowed to stay. "What's causing the crisis in the peace process, for example, is the ongoing loyalist feud," he said. However, the SDLP's Alban Maginness said the...
  • WSJ: What a Waste-"[T]he armed struggle was entirely legitimate." -IRA is bloody-minded to the end.

    08/01/2005 5:18:59 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 1, 2005 | LIONEL SHRIVER
    ...Didn't we go through a rabid celebration after 1998's Good Friday Agreement that the Northern Irish "troubles" were over? In the seven years since, haven't we heard more times than we can count that the IRA is making another "historic" commitment to disarmament? Britain's prime minister hailed Thursday's statement as "a step of unparalleled magnitude."... Blair must be running out of new synonyms for amazed admiration of the IRA, much as his predecessors exhausted the language of condemnation after IRA atrocities.... Protestant unionists have demanded a statement that "the war is over" since the IRA's first cease-fire in 1994. Until...
  • WSJ: The IRA's Calculations-It will take months to verify if the IRA ceased terrorism and crime.

    08/01/2005 5:08:13 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 443+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 1, 2005 | Editorial
    The Irish Republican Army announced last week an end to its 35-year terrorist campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland. If the group can be believed, a conflict that took 3,600 lives, over half of them killed by the IRA, is over.... Why the IRA's apparent change of heart? According to a communique issued last week, the IRA believes "there is now an alternative way" to achieve its goal of a united Ireland, which is "to assist the development of purely political and democratic programs through exclusively peaceful means." This rings hollow. The IRA is already politically well-represented through Sinn...
  • U.S. Legislator Predicts N.Irish IRA Will Disband

    04/10/2005 1:54:32 PM PDT · by Valin · 10 replies · 394+ views
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - A leading Irish American politician onSunday predicted the Irish Republican Army would disbandfollowing a call from Gerry Adams, leader of its political allySinn Fein, for the group to renounce violence. Adams' comments that there was now an alternative to theIRA's "armed struggle" against British rule in Northern Irelandcould indicate the start of moves to wind up the group,although opponents have dismissed his words as a pre-electionstunt. "In terms of Irish history this is certainly an enormousstatement, the fact that he's asking the IRA to stand down,"said Congressman Peter King, a New York Republican who has beenone of...
  • And lo, when Adams was ostracised, the Irish Americans followed suit

    03/17/2005 3:31:24 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 19 replies · 900+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 03/18/05 | Gerard Baker
    IT WAS GOOD not to see Gerry Adams at the White House yesterday. Not to have to watch as the leader of the free world exchanged pleasantries and shamrock with the Hibernian branch of the International Brotherhood of bin Ladens and Zarqawis. Not to have to listen as that charmless brogue touchingly recommitted itself to the promotion of peace and justice for all. Not to have to turn away in disgust at the whole grisly exercise in hypocrisy and cant and shamelessness. For years the raucous St Patrick’s Day parades in America’s big cities have been upstaged by the much...
  • Poor Gerry Adams. All That Work for Peace and Now Snubbed by America

    03/15/2005 2:16:37 PM PST · by quidnunc · 114 replies · 1,749+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | March 16, 2005 | Simon Jenkins
    It is now convenient for everyone to regard the IRA as 'criminals' not terrorists Just imagine. The British Prime Minister celebrates Ramadan by inviting Osama bin Laden to Downing Street for a cosy chat about the Middle East peace process. When America protests, Tony Blair points out that al-Qaeda has never attacked Britain and besides he has a large Muslim electorate to keep happy. Then suddenly Mr Blair discovers that al-Qaeda has raided a bank and killed someone in cold blood. The welcome to Osama is promptly withdrawn and five Muslim sisters are invited instead. No, the parallel with the...
  • Gandhi With a Guinness (Mark Steyn whacks the IRA for the second time)

    03/15/2005 12:43:13 AM PST · by NZerFromHK · 21 replies · 1,517+ views (The Irish Times) ^ | Monday March 14, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    Print this Page GANDHI WITH A GUINNESS I took a second whack at the IRA in this column for The Irish Times on Monday March 14th. If it's hard to see quite what the British Government had to gain by accommodating Sinn Fein, it should have been obvious that the Irish Government had even more to lose by it: When Mr Bush declared his “war on terror” after September 11th, most of us assumed it was a euphemism. As the eminent British historian Corelli Barnett endeavoured to explain, “It is misleading to talk of a ‘war on terrorism’… You cannot...
  • Irish-American Politicians Drop Sinn Féin, Finally

    03/14/2005 4:11:51 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 108 replies · 8,984+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 14 Mar 05 | Captain's Quarters
    Irish-American Politicians Drop Sinn Féin, Finally Americans of Irish descent have always had a soft spot for the old IRA and Ireland's struggle for freedom. Not only do they see the Irish as a parallel to the American revolutionaries, but most of their ancestors fled Ireland as a result of British colonalialism, maladministration, and outright oppression. This has led us to keep blinders on to the nature of the modern conflict in Northern Ireland. American politicians of Irish descent have proven to have a soft spot in their head for supporting the modern IRA's political wing, Sinn Féin, despite the...
  • Kennedy cancels Gerry Adams talks

    03/13/2005 6:38:40 PM PST · by nypokerface · 31 replies · 942+ views
    BBC ^ | 03/13/05
    Leading Irish-American politician Ted Kennedy says he will not meet Gerry Adams during the Sinn Fein leader's St Patrick's Day trip to the US. It comes as Sinn Fein faces increasing pressure over IRA involvement in the killing of Robert McCartney in Belfast. A spokeswoman for Senator Kennedy said he had cancelled a meeting planned for Thursday in light of the "ongoing criminal activity" of the IRA. Mr Adams has also been denied a meeting with President Bush at the White House. Instead, Mr Bush will play host to Mr McCartney's sisters. Mr Adams will face tough questions in the...
  • I'll never deal with Adams again, says Bush

    03/12/2005 4:17:33 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 111 replies · 3,661+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 03/13/05 | Philip Sherwell
    President Bush personally ordered that Gerry Adams be frozen out of official engagements during his visit to America, furious that the Sinn Fein leader had betrayed his efforts to help to re-start the Northern Ireland peace process. Mr Bush now views Mr Adams in the same unfavourable light as he did Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian leader, a senior presidential adviser said last night. "At the White House, Adams is now regarded with the same sort of disdain as Arafat," the adviser told The Telegraph. "The President no longer considers Mr Adams a reliable partner for peace. He doesn't want...
  • These Irish eyes are smiling at White House snub of IRA

    03/13/2005 3:19:42 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 69 replies · 1,779+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 13, 2005 | MARK STEYN
    BY MARK STEYN SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST Happy St. Patrick's Day to my fellow hyphenated Irishmen. And the good news about this St. Paddy's Day is that for the first time in a decade the official observances will not be disfigured by the presence at the White House of Gerry Adams. Adams is usually billed as the "President of Sinn Fein," which in turn is usually billed as the "political wing" of the IRA. This artful form of words is supposed to suggest some kind of distinction between "President" Adams and the murkier fellows who do all the bombing and killing and...
  • Sinn Fein Holds Annual Conference

    03/05/2005 7:40:14 AM PST · by r5boston · 1 replies · 171+ views
    AP ^ | Fri Mar 4, 2005 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    DUBLIN, Ireland - The start of the IRA-allied Sinn Fein's annual conference Friday was overshadowed by the party's efforts to contain a political firestorm surrounding the killing of a Catholic man by members of the outlawed militant group The five sisters of Robert McCartney, who was stabbed to death by an IRA gang in Belfast, have spent five weeks demanding the Irish Republican Army lift an apparent death threat against dozens of witnesses to the Jan. 30 attack. Sinn Fein, which initially criticized police efforts to find the killers, has suspended seven party members allegedly involved in the killing and...
  • Visa for Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams Is Up in the Air

    03/04/2005 4:37:16 PM PST · by aculeus · 23 replies · 438+ views
    Tampa Bay On Line (AP) ^ | March 4, 2005 | By Barry Schweid, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern is expected to be at the White House to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with President Bush, but Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is awaiting word on whether he can visit the United States. If Adams obtains a visa it will have restrictions, but their nature remains to be worked out, a U.S. official said Friday on condition of anonymity. Ahern is to present a traditional bowl of shamrocks to Bush at the March 17 ceremony. While Adams has not been invited to the White House, he wants to come to Washington to...
  • Ireland Poll Shows Adams' Popularity Drops

    02/26/2005 1:26:27 PM PST · by r5boston · 1 replies · 232+ views
    AP ^ | 02/25/2005 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Public approval for Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has plummeted in the Republic of Ireland, according to an opinion poll published Friday that found attitudes hardening against the outlawed Irish Republican Army. The poll of 1,098 people this week across the Irish Republic said the public approval rating for Adams, leader of the IRA-linked party, has fallen to 31 percent, down 20 percentage points from November — the biggest, quickest fall for a party leader ever recorded in an opinion poll here.