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by Mick Healy
“The magistrate in his summing up said that he had no doubt whatsoever that I was politically involved. This should stand to my benefit at a later stage and should really nail the lie that I’m a gangster, a criminal”. – Frank Keane, Brixton jail, 14th August, 1970.
Frank Keane, who is now over eighty years of age, was born on May 8, 1936 in Peter Street, Westport, Co. Mayo. He was once regarded as a dangerous political opponent by the Irish establishment.
Frank was the eldest of three brothers and a sister and was educated at the local Christian Brothers School. In 1952 he moved with his family to North Road, Finglas in Dublin. The following year he joined the Jackie Griffith Sinn Fein Cumann. (The cumann was name after a republican activist shot dead by the Free State special branch in Dublin on 4 July 1943.)
Frank volunteered for active service during Operation Harvest, the IRA 1950s border campaign. With training/recruitment officers interned or on the run, he enlisted in the Read the rest of this entry
Tony Norfield will be giving a lecture next week at King’s College, London, on Wednesday 8 February.
The session is from 6pm to 8pm, and is part of a series of seminars at King’s on Contemporary Marxist Theory.
The seminars are open to the public, but arrive in time to get signed in if you want to attend.
342N Norfolk Building (entrance on Surrey St)
King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
This paper discusses how the financial system both expresses and reinforces the power of major countries. Developing Marx’s theory by examining bank credit creation, bond and equity markets, the paper shows how what Marx called the ‘law of value’ is modified by the evolution of finance. To understand imperialism today, one has to recognise how financial markets help the centralisation of ownership and control of the world economy. They are also an important way in which the US and the UK siphon off the world’s resources. The question of Brexit and the City of London is also discussed.
To read about it, go here.
I’ve written about this over on Redline. See: Labour receives massive drubbing in southern Irish general election
Folks may be interested in this – Connolly is relevant all over the world!
It’s with great sadness we learned of the death of Peggy O’Hara. Peggy was a principled republican to the end. She saw no reason to bend to the wind – let alone hot air – of Provisional nonsense which pretended they hadn’t been beaten and co-opted. She saw no reason to sell out her principles for some crumbs from the table of British imperialism.
We’ll write a proper obit to her in due course.