Monthly Archives: January 2014
2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Derry. Join the families in their continuing campaign for truth and justice at the annual Bloody Sunday march. Sunday 2nd February 2014. Assemble at Creggan Shops, Central Drive, Derry, at 2.30pm.
After what amounts to nearly four years of internment Martin Corey was finally released from Maghaberry on January 15. He had been incarcerated on secret evidence gathered by secret police and held without a charge or a trial since April 2010.
The British Government, secretary of state and all those involved in the internment of Martin Corey showed contempt for democratic and human rights and were essentially involved in a despotic policy of ruling by decree.
The Release Martin Corey Campaign has thanked everyone who was involved in supporting Martin, such as the countless activists who stood on picket lines and those who went to jail themselves to highlight Martin’s case.
Martin is a republican activist from Lurgan, Co. Armagh. At age 19, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 1973 and spent the next 19 years of his life in jail until he was finally released, without signing anything in June 1992. Then, without warning, on April 16, 2010, he was taken back into custody. No reason for his re-arrest and incarceration has ever been given to him, his lawyers or the public.
It can only be assumed that his incarceration is because he is an uncorrupted republican activist, a person who continues to believe in the right of the Irish people as a whole to self-determination, including the ownership of Ireland, and is a partisan of Republican Sinn Fein (RSF). Martin’s incarceration, like the imprisonment of Marian Price (of the 32-County Sovereignty Movement) and Stephen Murney (of éirígí) is Read the rest of this entry
Another blog piece has just reached 1,000 hits, namely Nationalisms and anti-nationalisms in Irish historiography. This makes six pieces that now have 1,000 or more hits (as well as, obviously, Home Page and About). Meanwhile, Politics and the rise of historical revisionism has become the third piece to reach 2,000 hits.
The top three, each with over 2,000 hits, are:
And those in the 1,000-1,800 hits range are:
My favourite 1960s female singer is Julie Driscoll and I have most of the stuff she did from Streetnoise on, apart from the more obscure free jazz stuff, which I tend to find unlistenable although I realise that her hubby, Keith Tippett, is a very talented guy and I admire his commitment to his craft rather than opting for a more profitable career.
Recently, more Jools, Brian and the Trinity stuff, however, has appeared on youtube, although there was already quite a bit there. So I’ve been watching a 30-minute stint of them from a Dutch TV show in 1968. They do ‘Wheels on Fire’, ‘Road to Cairo’, ‘When I was a Young Girl’ and ‘Season of the Witch’. ‘Young Girl’ is probably Driscoll’s most impressive vocal performance from that era and it’s interesting to see how powerfully she could produce those vocals live, not just on Streetnoise.
So I’ve been back listening to a lot of Jools. Her stuff with Brian Auger & Trinity, her first two solo albums (1969 is one of my all-time favourite albums), her one-off reunion with ‘Auge’ (Encore), and the album her and Keith made with Nostalgia 77 in 2009 (Nostalgia 77 Sessions feat. Keith and Julie Tippett).
Anyway, check out the group’s excellent 1968 performance on Swing-In, especially ‘When I was a Young Girl’ which starts at about 11 minutes into the Read the rest of this entry
Tonight is the 95th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s murder by the social democrats. I usually avoid putting non-Irish stuff up here, because there are plenty of other sites dealing with all kinds of revolutionary history in other countries. So people interested in some Rosa material might find these interesting:
Rosa Luxemburg’s political legacy: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/rosa-luxemburgs-political-legacy/
Rosa’s last article (written day before her murder): http://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/rosa-luxemburgs-last-article/
Rosa Luxemburg in the 21st century: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/rosa-luxemburg-in-the-21st-century/
Below are the ten most hit-upon pieces on the blog. The top 2 now both have over 2,000 hits, while the one on historical revisionism is quite close behind.
The following interview with Frank Keane was carried out by Mick Healy. The questions were written by Michael and myself. Frank was in Sinn Fein in the 1950s and 1960s; a member of the IRA in the early 1960s, including being O/C of the Dublin brigade; subsequently a member of the Irish Workers Group in London (1965-67) and then a founder-member and national organiser of the Marxist-republican organisation Saor Eire. The interview appears on the Irish Republican Marxist History Project, along with video interviews Mick is currently building up.