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  • In Europe They Are Anxious to Get Rid of Israel

    12/13/2014 7:01:29 AM PST · by kindred · 49 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 12-12-14 | Giulio Meotti
    In Ireland, taking the name of Israel means becoming a war criminal. A popular Dublin restaurant, The Exchequer, no longer stocks Israeli goods. In the Irish town of Kinvara, retailers, restaurants and pharmacies operate a boycott of Israeli goods. The leading Irish supermarket chain SuperValu removed the Israeli carrots from its shelves. And I have mentioned just a few examples of the new Irish anti-Semitism. It is the same everywhere in Europe: Israel is disappearing from European shelves. Practically and symbolically. The material cancellation of Israeli goods from Europe's shelves anticipates Israel's physical suppression. The French city of Lille suspended...
  • Holocaust Denial in Ireland?

    12/12/2014 7:46:41 PM PST · by Chuckmorse · 9 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | Dec. 12, 2014 | Chuck Morse
    "Ireland has succumbed to an ugly form of Jew Hatred" says radio host and author Chuck Morse. The leftist establishment in Ireland, of all places, operating in this case out of an outfit called "The Holocaust Educational Trust Ireland (HETI) has banned any mention of Israel from their upcoming commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day which is to take place on January 27, 2015. For HETI not mention the Jewish State at an event commemorating the Holocaust against the six million Jews of Europe is a bizarre and twisted piece of orwellian agitprop and is truly despicable." “THE TRUSTEES OF HOLOCAUST...
  • Ireland to Accept Motion Recognizing ‘Palestine’

    12/09/2014 3:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 12/10/2014, 12:16 AM | Ben Ariel
    The Irish government is expected to accept a motion to be proposed by the opposition calling on parliament to recognize “Palestine” as a state, Reuters reports. The decision follows the passing of a motion in Ireland’s upper house in October calling on the government to formally recognize a Palestinian state. Members of parliament in the lower house are due to discuss the motion proposed by the opposition Sinn Féin party later on Tuesday and on Wednesday, according to Reuters. A government spokesman said it will not oppose the bill, meaning MPs will not be required to vote. The motion calls...
  • Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor joining Sinn Féin

    12/09/2014 10:03:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 10:26 AM EST
    Sinéad O’Connor, long a critic of church and state in Ireland, says she’s joining the Irish nationalist Sinn Féin party—and wants its leaders to step aside for younger voices free of IRA connections. The 48-year-old singer, who recently released her 10th album “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss,” says Sinn Féin is the only left-wing party able to steer Ireland toward social equality. …
  • A WORD OF LOVE AND DIRECTION

    12/09/2014 7:03:33 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My children of light you have arrived for you abide in My presence in Zion yet many remain earthbound in distractions. Therefore throw off these hindrances "yeah" fast the earth for though I am coming I have already arrived in "you" My Zion on earth. You see as you strip your wellspring of earthly desires Heaven arises in you in all the fullness of The Godhead and it is then My will "is" done. Let there be freedom for My Spirit to "speak" to you of new things and allow Me to bless you through your obedience to My Voice...
  • Pro-choice group put banner advertising abortion pills on Galway Cathedral

    12/08/2014 5:08:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    The Journal ^ | 12.7.2014 | Paul Hosford
    A GROUP OF pro-choice campaigners placed a banner advertising abortion pills on Galway Cathedral yesterday morning. The recently-formed Díobháil group placed the banner, which advises women on where they can procure pills which induce miscarriages, on the cathedral yesterday at 7am. It remained there until after 11am. PICTURES ON LINK A spokesperson for the group today told TheJournal.ie that they are aiming to spread the word on the pills. “The main aim was to spread the message of Women on Web. They are a really good women’s organisation that help women in countries with oppressive abortion laws. “Otherwise, women are...
  • EU exit would be self-destruction - Blair

    11/28/2014 12:37:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    timesofmalta.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | timesofmalta
    "extraordinary act of self-destruction"
  • In Northern Ireland, Immigrants Are Increasingly Met With Fists

    11/28/2014 7:01:33 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 28, 2014 | Douglas Dalby
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland — More than 16 years after the Good Friday peace deal brought real hope that Protestants and Roman Catholics could live together in relative harmony, Northern Ireland is being racked by another wave of violence. The expanding problem appears to be partly racial and partly directed at immigrants of all backgrounds at a time when open borders in the European Union have led more legal migrants to Britain and Ireland in search of work. At the same time, war and economic deprivation have driven waves of legal and illegal migrants toward Europe from Asia, the Middle East...
  • BBC TV's Ballykissangel: Did this stir up any controversy?

    11/19/2014 2:33:15 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 7 replies
    IMDB ^ | 11/19/2014 | Vanity
    I've been binge watching an ITV series on Amazon Prime. It ran from 1996-2001. Storyline Peter Clifford, a young Catholic priest from Manchester, is transferred to the village of Ballykissangel, Ireland, and is taken by the dry-humored publican Assumpta Fitzgerald who has almost the exact opposite of his good nature and dislikes the organized church. He has to deal with occasional battles against his hateful superior, Father MacAnally, and the day-to-day problems of the people:
  • Northern Ireland anti-abortion activist convicted

    11/19/2014 10:06:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 10:53 AM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Northern Ireland’s most prominent anti-abortion activist was convicted Wednesday of harassing the director of Belfast’s only abortion clinic in the latest chapter of a bitter two-year confrontation. Bernadette Smyth, leader of the Precious Life group, was convicted on two counts of threatening Dawn Purvis, who runs British family planning service Marie Stopes’ Belfast branch. It is the only such clinic on the island of Ireland, where abortion is legal only in extreme cases where a woman’s life is deemed at risk from her pregnancy. …
  • Mogherini makes light of leaked EU paper on Israel sanctions

    11/18/2014 8:32:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    EUObserver ^ | Today @ 09:28 | http://euobserver.com/foreign/126558
    BRUSSELS - Europe’s new foreign relations chief has denied the EU is in talks on Israel sanctions, despite a leaked paper on the issue. Federica Mogherini, who chaired her first foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday (17 November), told press the leaked paper is a “technical working hypothesis” which “member states requested” when her predecessor was in office. She added: “It is not at the heart of today’s discussions on how to start a positive process with the Israelis and Palestinians. There’s currently no question of sanctioning anybody. The question is rather how to motivate people to … restart...
  • Door Falls Off Bono's Learjet During Flight to Germany

    11/15/2014 11:18:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | November 13, 2014
    A private plane carrying U2 lead singer Bono experienced an in-air incident Wednesday, with a rear door falling off the Learjet 60, an official with the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation said. “The Learjet lost a door where the luggage was put in,” the official, Germout Freitag, told ABC News. Freitag said authorities don't understand why the door flew off.
  • Letter shows ECB threat ahead of Ireland bailout (European Central Bank)

    11/09/2014 10:32:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/06/14 @ 16:26 | Honor Mahony
    The European Central Bank on Thursday (6 November) formally made public a letter showing that the eurozone bank threatened to pull emergency bank funding if Ireland did not enter a bailout and undertake austerity measures in 2010. The letter, signed by the then-ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet, speaks of “great concern” about the solvency of Irish lenders—which had loaned heavily to the overheated construction sector—and the extent to which the whole eurosystem was exposed. It then says that the ECB would cut off emergency funding to Irish banks unless Ireland meets four conditions, including getting a bailout and undertaking “fiscal consolidation,...
  • Northern Ireland man faces Syria terror charges

    11/08/2014 9:26:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2014 11:34 AM EST
    A Northern Ireland man who says he fought against the Islamic State group in Syria appeared in court Saturday charged with terrorism offenses. Eamon Bradley of Londonderry is charged with possessing a grenade and receiving training in arms and explosives. A police officer told the court that the 25-year-old convert to Islam traveled to Syria earlier this year and joined the Army of Islam, a group fighting both the Syrian government and IS. He says he took part in two battles against the regime and one against the Islamic State group. …
  • CNBC host appears to be unaware that the UK and Ireland are different countries

    11/05/2014 7:12:14 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 57 replies
    Vox.com ^ | Dylan Matthews
    Ireland, like most members of the European Union, uses the euro. The United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland and Scotland, kept the pound as its currency instead. This is not particularly complicated, but it is apparently quite confusing to Joe Kernen, co-host of CNBC's "Squawk Box." The show hosted Martin Shanahan, the head of IDA Ireland, an Irish government agency responsible for promoting foreign investment in the country. When Kernen's co-host Rebecca Quick asked Shanahan how the weaker euro affected tourism to Ireland, Kernen erupted in utter bafflement, as you can see in the above video. Specifically, Kernen appears unable to...
  • ‘Irish alcoholism nature’ reason for job rejection for Irish teacher in South Korea

    11/07/2014 9:02:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    BBC News Northern Ireland ^ | 6 November 2014 | Last updated at 05:31 ET | Ciarán McCauley
    A teacher from the Republic of Ireland has been turned down for a job in South Korea due to the “alcoholism nature” of Irish people. Katie Mulrennan, from County Kerry, had applied for a teaching job in Seoul. She was told by an agency that their client did not hire Irish people due to their perceived drinking habits. The 26-year-old told the BBC that she could not believe the email was real at first. […] Last week, she received a reply that said: “I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the...
  • Puny Airstrikes Fail To Degrade And Destroy Islamic State

    11/03/2014 10:29:14 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business ^ | November 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    U.S. officials report that more than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month as a United Nations report says that the terrorist influx has reached an "unprecedented scale." According to the new U.N. report, a lot more terrorist boots are on the ground these days as an "unbelievably small" — to use Secretary of State John Kerry's phrase — air campaign, which has taken months to do what should have been done in a day, has failed to achieve the administration's proclaimed goal: to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State. More than 15,000 foreign fighters from as many...
  • Rewriting history: 400-year-old battle in County Fermanagh

    11/02/2014 7:16:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 October 2014 | Julian Fowler
    In 1594, soldiers loyal to Queen Elizabeth I, sent to relieve a garrison besieged by Irish chieftain Hugh Maguire in Enniskillen Castle, were ambushed as they crossed the Arney River... and their supplies were thrown into the river. It became known as the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits. According to the history books it took place near Drumane Bridge, close to the modern main road between Enniskillen and Dublin... Local people, like farmer Maurice Owens, thought they knew otherwise from the stories passed down through the generations. "We were always told that the battle took place down here...
  • Europe Is Rising against Islamisation

    10/31/2014 4:23:06 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 14 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 31 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You can watch a video related to this article by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above Maybe the tide really is turning. I remember when, in the late '60s and the '70s, hardline socialist and communist groups were still struggling to get their message accepted in Europe and the West generally. They were a tiny minority then, and their agenda seemed very far-fetched and out-of-synch with ordinary people and mainstream views. It also looked liked it was going to remain that way. When, later on, I heard them screaming "Free Nelson Mandela", I didn't think it was going...
  • Irish senators build EU momentum on Palestine recognition

    10/23/2014 2:57:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 23.08.14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    Irish senators have adopted a non-binding motion on Palestine recognition, as the EU prepares to set out new red lines on Israel relations. The motion, tabled by Averil Power from the opposition Fianna Fáil party, passed without a vote on Wednesday (22 October) after winning cross-party support. It urges the Irish government “to formally recognize the state of Palestine and do everything it can to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. Power told the Senate that in the past 20 years “while pretending to talk peace … [Israel’s] illegal settlements in the West Bank have trebled...
  • Alaska Volcano Blanketed Europe with Ash 1,200 Years Ago

    10/17/2014 10:53:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    LiveScience ^ | October 06, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    Alaska's Mount Churchill volcano erupted some 1,200 years ago, spreading ash from Canada to Germany... Mount Churchill is also an impressive volcano, the tallest on land in the United States and one of the towering, snowy peaks of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. But Churchill's blast in A.D. 843 ejected just 12 cubic miles (50 cubic km) of ash, a layer now called the White River Ash, according to the new study, published in the September 2014 issue of the journal Geology... If moderate volcanic eruptions can spread ash for thousands of miles, then these blowouts may be more hazardous than...
  • 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. …
  • [North Carolina] Gov. to French, Irish: Don’t mess with our tobacco

    10/15/2014 2:56:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2014 4:31 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    In a Trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina’s governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as “beer?” Or would champagne sell as well in a bottle lacking its distinctive curves? Gov. Pat McCrory has written letters to French and Irish officials decrying plans in those countries to force manufacturers to package their cigarettes in plain containers. McCrory argues farmers and manufacturers in the top U.S. tobacco-producing state would be hurt by the proposals to remove brand logos and colors from cigarette boxes. “Plain packaging laws are a direct assault...
  • European Commission accuses Apple of prospering from illegal Irish tax deals

    09/28/2014 6:54:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Sunday, September 28, 2014 · 7:20 pm
    “Apple will be accused of prospering from illegal tax deals with the Irish government for more than two decades when Brussels this week unveils details of a probe that could leave the iPhone maker with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros,” Tim Bradshaw, Alex Barker and Vanessa Houlder report for The Financial Times. “Preliminary findings from the European Commission’s investigation into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland, where it has had a rate of less than 2 per cent, claim the Silicon Valley company benefited from illicit state aid after striking backroom deals with Ireland’s authorities,...
  • The Air Comes Out of the Climate Change Talks

    09/24/2014 7:25:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 9-24-14 | Rupert Darwell
    Tuesday's climate summit at the U.N. may well mark a turning point in the long-running talks as the reality sinks in that they are heading nowhere. For sure, the rhetoric is unchanged. Recently appointed U.N. peace messenger Leonardo DiCaprio is the show’s newest star, telling the meeting that it was "humankind’s greatest challenge." But the older acts sounded stale. Former Vice President Al Gore demonstrated his green credentials when he said that political will was "a renewable resource," recycling a line he’d first used at the 2007 Bali climate conference. For small countries, the U.N. climate change talks provide an...
  • Arab and Muslim states question Israel’s right to defend itself at UNHRC

    09/22/2014 7:03:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/22/2014 22:47 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Two major groups of Arab sates questioned Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas in Gaza, in addresses to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva. Describing Israel’s actions in Gaza as self-defense is both “legally incorrect” and “morally abhorrent,” said Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. […] Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland were among the few Western countries to address to address the UNHRC under Agenda Item 7. Ireland condemned both Israel and Hamas as unacceptable for attacking innocent civilians during the Gaza war. With respect to Israeli attacks in Gaza, Ireland said,...
  • Ireland economy grows 7.7 percent, leads eurozone

    09/18/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 9:28 AM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Ireland’s economy is growing at a rapid pace last experienced at the tail-end of the Celtic Tiger boom, government statisticians reported Thursday as economists declared an end to the country’s financial doldrums. The report from the Central Statistics Office said gross domestic product grew 7.7 percent from July 2013 to June 2014, the biggest annual rate of growth since early 2007. It said quarterly GDP rose 1.5 percent versus the January-March quarter. Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the figures suggested that Ireland would record around 4.5 percent GDP growth this year, accelerating the country’s escape from debt woes that forced...
  • Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88

    09/12/2014 9:43:35 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 12, 2014
    September 12, 2014 Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88 DUBLIN -- The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. Paisley was Northern Ireland's most polarizing politician throughout its three decades of civil strife, during which the evangelist's blistering oratory was often blamed for fueling the bloodshed that claimed 3,700 lives. Yet at the zenith of his peace-wrecking powers, Paisley in 2007 stunned the world by delivering...
  • IDF credited with saving Irish troops from jihadists on Golan

    09/09/2014 10:04:28 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 7, 2014, 4:45 pm | Stuart Winer
    IDF forces played a crucial role in helping Irish soldiers rescue UN troops from the clutches of Syrian jihadists in a fierce clash on the border with Israel last week. Senior military sources said that Irish soldiers would have been killed or taken captive if it weren’t for action taken by the IDF on August 30 during a mission to evacuate dozens of Filipino soldiers who were surrounded by a larger force of militants, the Irish Independent reported on Sunday.
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • Sir Paul McCartney Joins Celebrity Calls Against Scottish Independence

    08/30/2014 8:47:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 30 August 2014
    Sir Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay as part of the UK before the country's vote on independence next month. The ex-Beatle made the declaration as the Let's Stay Together campaign sought support in Liverpool on Saturday.
  • 75 UN troops flee into Israel to escape Syrian rebels

    08/30/2014 4:22:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Seventy-five UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights fled Syrian territory for the Israeli-controlled Golan on Saturday after their positions were attacked by rebel forces. An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that a number of UN peacekeepers entered Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Channel 2 said 75 UN troops had crossed the borders, after two UN positions on the Syrian side of the border were targeted by al-Nusra rebel forces. Earlier in the day, the Philippine defense chief said that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were attacked by Syrian rebels, who are also holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage....
  • Syrian rebels strengthen hold over Israel border region

    08/30/2014 4:21:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    haaretz ^ | | Aug. 31, 2014 | 1:22 AM | Amos Harel and Jack Khoury
    Syrian rebel groups strengthened their hold over the Syrian side of the Quneitra Crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights – over the weekend and managed to repel attacks by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. The rebels kidnapped dozens of Fiji soldiers, members of the UN observer force stationed in the Golan Heights and are maintaining a siege on a second UN stronghold manned by Philippine soldiers. ... Nusra Front forces took over a stronghold manned by a Fiji UN force and kidnapped the soldiers stationed there at gunpoint,...
  • Ebola virus suspected after death of man in Donegal who returned from Sierra Leone

    08/22/2014 8:40:13 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 21 August 2014 | Eilish O’Regan
    A full-scale health probe is underway in Co Donegal into the death of a man who may have contracted the deadly Ebola virus, Irish health authorities have confirmed. The body of the deceased man has been placed in isolation in Letterkenny hospital after showing possible symptoms of the killer virus. Dessie Quinn (44) returned home from Sierra Leone two weeks ago. Before his death, he was being treated for malaria. A source said the man's body was found this morning and no suspicion of Ebola arose until his death occurred. Laboratory tests, which will confirm if he died from the...
  • Tests under way for Ebola following Donegal death (Ireland)

    08/21/2014 12:01:09 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 8-21-2014 | Elaine Edwards, Martin Wall
    Tests are being carried out for the Ebola virus and isolation procedures have been put in place after the death of a man in Co Donegal. It is understood the deceased had been working in Sierra Leone and that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus there. He was found dead late last night and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, it is understood. While the cause of death is unknown the HSE is carrying out tests to see whether it was due to exposure to Ebola. In a statement, the HSE said it was currently assessing a suspected case...
  • Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds dies, aged 81

    08/21/2014 5:16:11 AM PDT · by Michael Collins · 11 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 21/8/2014 | Steven Carroll
    Former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Albert Reynolds has died. He was 81. He became the eighth taoiseach of the country in 1992, serving for just under three years. His family said last year that he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Belfast Removes Plaque Honoring Israeli Pres. Over Anti-Semitism

    08/13/2014 9:14:50 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-13-14 | Tova Dvorin
    A plaque marking the 1918 birthplace of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog in Belfast was removed earlier this week, out of fears of further anti-Semitic violence in the Northern Ireland city. The blue plaque honoring Herzog, who was President of Israel from 1983 to 1993, was first erected on a property at Cliftonpark Avenue in 1998. The 16-year landmark was torn down, however, due to concern for Jews living in the area. Democratic Unionist Party Councillor Brian Kingston explained the decision to the Belfast Telegraph. "Attacks have included the scrawling of anti-Israeli graffiti on the building and items being thrown...
  • Lancet: a Home for Evil's Useful Idiots

    08/05/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Two weeks ago, the British medical journal, Lancet, considered to be one of the world's leading medical publications, published "An open letter for the people in Gaza." Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and three from the United Kingdom), the letter had virtually nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it was a grotesque attack on Israel. Some excerpts: "We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression." "Israel's behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. We challenge the perversity...
  • State of Emergency in Ohio: They can’t even boil their Water

    08/06/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 63 replies
    Surviving Argentina ^ | 8/4/14 | Ferfal
    The situation is very bad. It seems that water in the area is contaminated due to algae in the area, mostly in Lake Erie, which releases a toxin called microcystin when it decays. The algae grows best in warm, shallow waters like those of Lake Erie. It can’t be boiled, boiling only concentrates the toxin. What about filters? Even filters such as Berkey filters have their limitations. They are capable of filtering pathogens and microorganisms, but getting rid of a cyanotoxins is a different story. The way I would deal with the situation would be this: I’d drink the water...
  • Ebola to Set African States Back by a Decade, Says Irish Ambassador

    08/03/2014 11:29:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Monday, August 4th | Caroline O’Doherty
    The ebola outbreak could set the formerly war-torn countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia back a decade, Ireland’s first ambassador to the region has warned. Sinead Walsh was appointed ambassador to Sierra Leone in May but previously headed the Irish Aid office responsible for assistance programmes there and in neighbouring Liberia. “There is enormous panic here in Sierra Leone”, she said of the outbreak, which is known to have killed more than 700 people and infected 1,300 more in a matter of weeks. “These outbreaks are coming on top of hugely overstretched health systems and very poor education systems. “We...
  • Ironic Moment as Rocket Interrupts French Reporter

    08/03/2014 11:23:41 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 41 replies
    Tisha Be' Av Walk (around the Old City Walls) ^ | 8/3/2014, 8:38 PM | By Gil Ronen
    A reporter for France 24, Gallagher Fenwick, was reporting from Gaza Friday and explaining how its residents' “food security” has been affected by the fighting there, when something unexpected happened. "This was a rocket,”, a rattled Fenwick told his audience, “this was a rocket, rockets were just shot right next to where we are standing, so I'm not going to stand here very long because usually there's a strike just moments after this occurs.” The occurrence proves Israel's contention that Hamas fires rockets from among civilians, using them as human shields and manipulating any civilian casualties that are thus incurred,...
  • Bridge connecting Ireland and Britain that could change lives mooted [2013]

    08/02/2014 11:17:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | August 15,2013 | Staff Writers
    The longest sea bridge in the world at 20.2 miles long is the Donghai bridge that links Shanghai to Yangshan in China. A bridge from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland would have to be even longer than that. In 2007, a 21-mile rail bridge was proposed between Galloway, Scotland, to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The idea would have trains running from Dublin, through Belfast, over the sea to Scotland, and then down railways into London... "Four main routes have been proposed. Two run from Scotland to Northern Ireland - Campbeltown to County Antrim, or Stranraer to Belfast. Two...
  • Viking warriors and treasures are buried beneath Dublin

    08/02/2014 9:51:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | July 27,2014 | Staff Writers
    A massive research project, 15 years in the making, has revealed that beneath Dublin’s modern streets lies a trove of buried Viking warriors and artifacts. Archaeologists say the number of Viking warrior burials in Dublin is astounding. A project cataloguing these burials was began in 1999. Now nearing its conclusion, the project will result in the publication of an 800-page tome titled ‘Viking Graves and Grave Goods in Ireland.’ ...the National Museum of Ireland... houses a Viking exhibition, which includes a ninth century Viking skeleton with sword and spearhead, found in the War Memorial Park, Islandbridge in 1934. Between the...
  • NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

    08/01/2014 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2014 7:27 PM EDT | Larry Neumeister
    U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. […] The Redmond, Washington-based software company has said rulings forcing it to turn over emails threaten to rewrite the Constitution’s protections against illegal search and seizure and could damage U.S. foreign relations. Its arguments were joined by large technology companies, including Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. …
  • Flanagan: No plans to expel Israeli ambassador

    07/31/2014 2:48:21 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 10 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | July 31 2014 | Staff Report
    The Foreign Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan has said he has no plans to expel Israel's ambassadorto Ireland. Minister Flanagan said Ireland's foreign policy had always been based on dialogue, which could not happen if ambassadors were not present. He was facing calls in the Seanad for Ireland to expel Israeli ambassador Boaz Modai over Israel's actions against Palestinians in Gaza. Minister Flanagan said expelling the ambassador would only mean more difficulties for Ireland. "The corollary of course would be the recall or expulsion of our own ambassador in Israel and the crippling of our own embassy in Tel Aviv," he...
  • Ancient graffiti proves Spain's Irish links

    07/26/2014 1:35:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | July 22, 2014 | Alex Dunham
    An ancient inscription discovered on a 14th century church in Spain's Galicia region has been identified as Gaelic; the first written evidence of the northern region’s Irish and Scottish heritage. For centuries it has gone unnoticed, weathered by Galicia’s incessant drizzle but still visible to those with an eagle-eye. On one of the granite walls of Santiago church in the small town of Betanzos, a small previously unintelligible inscription five metres above ground kept historians and epigraphists, or people who study ancient inscriptions, baffled for decades. Researchers working for a private association called the Gaelaico Project now believe they've finally...
  • ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling is backfiring, says Data watchdog (European Union ruling)

    07/24/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 01:00 | Laura Slattery
    Google’s interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” ruling is prejudicing the intention of the court, the State’s data protection watchdog said yesterday, as regulators and search engine giants met in Brussels to discuss the matter. Billy Hawkes, who will shortly retire as Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, described the ruling as “a very difficult decision by the European Court of Justice”. The ruling, made in May, has effectively exposed Google to criticism both for removing links and for refusing requests for links to be removed. …
  • Born-again Christian awarded €70,000 in discrimination case

    07/24/2014 12:37:37 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 12 replies
    Irish Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dan Griffin
    A born-again Christian who was fired from South Tipperary County Council has been awarded €70,000 compensation after the Equality Tribunal found he was discriminated against over his religion. According to the council, John McAteer was dismissed after repeatedly failing to comply with senior staff members who told him to stop speaking about his faith to workers and members of the public during office hours. Mr McAteer said the tenets of his religion require him to speak to people about Jesus and share the Gospel with them. The complainant had been working as a civil engineer in the Clonmel Borough Council...
  • Loud Americans: Villagers answer cafe ban on visitors

    07/24/2014 4:01:33 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 July 2014 | Staff reporter
    The business community in an Irish village has hit back at a cafe owner who has refused to serve "loud Americans". Peter Fitzgerald of Waterville, County Kerry, annoyed villagers when he posted a notice in his cafe banning coach parties and loud Americans. The story went viral on social media and was picked up by dozens of newspapers around the world. The village, however, has assured all, loud or not, of a warm welcome. Business people and residents took to the streets on Tuesday to send out a strong message to visitors. Albert Walsh, chairman of Waterville Business Association, said:...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...