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In this issue: 7/30/12

1. RUC/PSNI members injured as Orange parade forced through Ardoyne
2. Republican Sinn Féin rejects sectarianism
3. Death of Republican Mary O’Neill
4. Vol Pat Cannon remembered in Dublin
5. British Secretary of State over-rules court in Martin Corey case
6. Danger of misuse of drugs
7. No child beauty pageant in Ireland
8. Tourists shoot at targets of Palestinians in Occupied West Bank
9. Hillary and Holder now free to stop Boston College subpoenas
10. Press Statement on Boston College subpoenas
11. Nigeria: deadly flooding in Jos in Plateau state


1. RUC/PSNI members injured as Orange parade forced through Ardoyne

SERIOUS rioting in the nationalist Ardoyne district of north Belfast continued for several hours on July 12 between loyalists and nationalists and it was reported that 20 members of the RUC/PSNI were injured.

Stones, bricks, bottles, petrol bombs and various other missiles were thrown at the RUC who forced the Orange march through the Ardoyne. The RUC claimed that 10 shots were fired at their members.

The RUC used their batons and water cannon. One man was partially stripped by the RUC as they took him away under arrest. In south and east Belfast there were five arrests for a variety of offences including disorderly behaviour.

The British police responded by using water cannons to contain the crowds. Six non-lethal baton rounds were fired by British forces. Three cars were hijacked and two of them pushed at the police. At least one was set alight.

The RUC claimed it faced “significant disorder” in nationalist parts of Ardoyne with around 10 gunshots fired at their lines in Brompton Park. A short distance away, the RUC were attacked on two sides with bricks and bottles hurled by loyalists.

There was also trouble in the Bogside in Derry where petrol bombs were thrown at the RUC and a car set alight.

It followed a day of parades by the Orange Order across the Six Occupied Counties. The Twelfth of July represents the culmination of the sectarian Orange Order's marching season.

There has been trouble annually at Ardoyne following Orange parades through the area.

This year around 15 Orangemen with banners paraded in silence through the residential area of red brick terraced housing in a token demonstration. There was a separate parade by Republicans as well as protests by nationalist residents and loyalists in the area.

Six men, arrested in the Broadway area of Belfast city aged 34, 28, 21, 19, 19 and 18, appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with various public disorder offences.
Another man, aged 23, will appear at the court on August 8 charged with assaulting and obstructing police.

On July 23 Pearce Toman, 25, Drumnamoe Avenue, Lurgan, was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, riotous assembly, possession of petrol bombs and throwing one of the devices during the Ardoyne riots on July 12.

In Derry petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at RUC members as they responded to several calls of burning barricades erected in the middle of roads in Moss Park on the weekend of July 20-22.

In one instance, a taxi narrowly avoided being struck by a petrol bomb on the Aileach Road at 11.30pm on July 22. One hour earlier members of the RUCPSNI responded to a report of a blazing barricade at Slievemore Roundabout, where a large crowd of youths were causing “disturbance and disorder”.

On July 24 Séamus Bradley, from Moss Park, was charged with riotous behaviour following disturbances in the Galliagh area of Derry. He was also charged with attempting to ‘criminally damage a police land rover and assaulting, resisting and obstructing police officers’. An 18-year-old was also charged.

Séamus Bradley was remanded in custody after the judge said he believed there was a high likelihood of him re-offending.

In Derry petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at RUC members as they responded to several calls of burning barricades erected in the middle of roads in Moss Park on the weekend of July 20-22.

In one instance, a taxi narrowly avoided being struck by a petrol bomb on the Aileach Road at 11.30pm on July 22. One hour earlier members of the RUC/PSNI responded to a report of a blazing barricade at Slievemore Roundabout, where a large crowd of youths were causing “disturbance and disorder”.


2. Republican Sinn Féin rejects sectarianism

“REPUBLICAN Sinn Féin rejects all forms of sectarianism both domestically and internationally,” according to the Seán Costello/Martin Hurson Cumann, Athlone, Co Westmeath on July 11, 2012.

“Should the Orange Order try and march in Dublin yet again then we shall stand against it in peaceful protest as we did in 2006. The Orange Order is an organisation steeped in sectarianism and bigotry, clouded in secrecy and wedded to the Crown. The Orange Order will not be welcome in the City of '16 any more than it is in non-loyalist/unionist villages, towns and cities in the Occupied Six Counties.

“It is worth noting that not all Protestants are Orangemen but all Orangemen are and have to be Protestants; they are a bigoted and sectarian organisation and have no respect for other faiths, those of a different ethnic background or those who hold a different world view.

“Republican Sinn Féin has Protestant members and members of different faiths and indeed those of no faith and we respect and defend the civil and religious rights of all the citizens of Ireland.

“Our opposition to triumphalist marches is in defence of communities who have no connection to and want no connection with the Orange Order; yet annually they come under siege from the Loyalist bigots and their cohorts in the RUC/PSNI who drive the marches through their communities no matter what the cost.

“Recently the Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Drew Nelson called on the 26-County Administration to allow the Orange Order to march in Dublin despite the disastrous failure of the first attempt in 2006 by the discredited loyalist Willie Frazier of the so-called Love Ulster group. This development has to be viewed in the wider context. It is all part and part and parcel of the process of normalising British rule in
Ireland. The pro-imperialist 26-County State will not have a problem facilitating this spectacle no doubt. However, it would be a great mistake to proceed; they should not underestimate the proud anti-imperialist history that lies in the hearts of the people of Dublin city as it is a place of deep historical significance for Irish Republican Revolutionaries and was the centre of the Easter Rebellion against the British occupation in 1916.

“Furthermore we call on all Republicans who oppose the ongoing British occupation to be vigilant of all attempts (no matter how trivial they may seem) to re-connect the 26-Counties to the British Commonwealth of Nations.

“Drew Nelson also suggested that the 26-County state should rejoin the Commonwealth saying, ‘We believe strongly that the interest of our members in Northern Ireland (sic) is best served by remaining part of the United Kingdom, and we would welcome the Republic of Ireland (sic) joining the Commonwealth.’

“Republican Sinn Féin wants full and unfettered Irish sovereignty within a four-province federal and decentralised system of governance as set out in our primary policy document ÉIRE NUA. Within such a system we will have a New Ireland that will be free from the shackles of British imperialism and we call on all who believe in the freedom of Ireland to act in its favour and reject the normalisation of British rule throughout all of Ireland.

“Make it plain to your local politicians, we do not want to be under the British Crown yet again within the British Commonwealth.

“Republican Sinn Féin for its part is dedicated to ending the Stormont regime once and for all and we remain committed to seeing the back of British rule and dominance in Ireland forever.”


3. Death of Republican Mary O’Neill

THE death took place in Bundoran, Co Donegal of Republican Mary O’Neill on July 18. Mary was wife of Joe O’Neill, Life Vice-President of Republican Sinn Féin.
Hundreds of people turned up to pay their respects over the few days and the church was overflowing at the funeral Mass on Saturday, July 21.

The coffin was draped with the Tricolour, though not allowed into the church, and was removed at the graveside and presented to Mary’s sister. A piper piped the funeral from her home in Bundoran and also from the church to the graveside.

One of Mary’s favourite songs Will you go lassie go was sung at the graveside and the oration was delivered by Mary Ward, Burtonport, widow of Pat Ward who died at an early age as a result of his many hunger strikes.

Mary Ward spoke the contribution Mary O’Neill made to the social and political life of Bundoran and her commitment to the Republican Movement:

“A Athair ró-naofa , a chlainn Mháire agus a mhuintir dílis ar fad. Is honor mór domsa labhairt anseo inniu. It is a great honour to have been asked by Mary’s family to speak here today. It was my privilege to call Mary my friend and I am honoured that Mary called me her friend.

“Mary was a most Christian woman and lived life through her faith. I have no doubt that she has gone straight to Heaven so rather than being sorrowful I think we should celebrate her life.

“Each and everyone of us here today are enriched for having known Mary. We should remember her beautiful smile, her soft lilting voice, her ladylike quite dignity and her legendary hospitality, her gifts were much appreciated; a fact that was evident from the huge numbers of people who attended her wake and funeral from all over Ireland and especially from her beloved Tyrone.

“Mary was born in 1938 to Michael and Kitty Breslin in Carnoughter, a townland in west Tyrone; an idyllic countryside that belied the political undercurrents of the northern state. Mary’s father was interned on the prison ship, the Argenta. Also interned with him was Mick O’Neill, an uncle of Joe. This experience left an indelible mark on him and his family and all those who suffered the same experience, It was an event that shaped Mary’s ideology; that and widespread discrimination against Catholics which Mary experienced first-hand when she applied to do her nursing training which was her life ambition.

“Mary commenced her nursing in England in 1956; sadly her mother died prematurely and Mary interrupted her training to return to Ireland to take care of the younger family members and help run the farm. She remained there until after her father died, when she resumed her nursing career in Manchester in 1965. When qualified she returned to Tyrone and took up a post in Omagh.

“Mary married Joe O’Neill in 1977 and moved to Bundoran. She enjoyed the social aspect to running a bar and meeting people from far and wide. She continued to care for others while in Bundoran and was involved in with meals-on-wheels and the local branch of the SVP. The O’Neill home was open to all and none left without a meal or a bed for the night – all done by Mary with grace and dignity and a smile.

“Mary also immersed herself in the Republican Movement. Her dedication was an inspiration to all, her particular interest was prisoners’ welfare.

“Mary was devastated by the decision at the 1986 Ard-Fheis to recognise Leinster House and embrace constitutional politics which led to a split in the Republican Movement.

“However she worked wholeheartedly for Republican Sinn Féin maintaining a strong adherence to a 32-County Socialist Republic and ÉIRE NUA.

“The family have requested me to publicly acknowledge and thank most sincerely the staff of the Sheil Hospital, Ballyshannon and not just for the wonderful care and attention they gave to Mary these last years but their kindness to both the O’Neill and Breslin families for all the sandwiches, biscuits and tea – a million thank to the doctors and nurses, care attendants and household staff, your devotion to Mary and the families will never be forgotten, again thank you.

“I would also like to thank Pat Barry for his care and devotion to both Joe and Mary particularly over the last few years.

“On behalf of Republican Sinn Féin and the greater Republican Movement, our sincere sympathy to Joe, Anne, Owen Roe, and Cáit; to Mary’s brothers-n-law, sisters-in-law, to her nephews and nieces and the extended family and friends. We would also like to remember her beloved brother Hugh and brother-in-law Peter Pasteur.

“Mary was wholeheartedly devoted to Joe and Joe to Mary. They led a happy fulfilled life together; they complemented one another so well. It was always a pleasure to visit them, that’s how all of us here today will remember Mary.

“Máire, a chara mo croí, slán agus beannacht. Ar dheis Dé go raimh a anam.

The piper played Amhrán na bhFiann at the conclusion of the funeral.

Amongst the attendance at the funeral and at the wake were Republican Sinn Féin President Des Dalton, Vice-Presidents Geraldine Taylor and Fergal Moore, General Secretaries Josephine Hayden and Líta Ní Chathmhaoil, National Treasurers John O’Connor and Diarmuid Mac Dubhghlais, National PRO Geraldine McNamara, and many members of An Árd Chomhairle including Patron Ruairí Ó Brádaigh. Members of Republican Sinn Féin travelled from all over Ireland to pay their respects to a lady who will be sorely missed


4. Vol Pat Cannon remembered in Dublin..

ON July 17 members of Republican Sinn Féin in Dublin assembled at Balgriffin Cemetery and marched to the grave of Vol Patrick Cannon, IRA, killed in action on the Donegal border on July 17, 1976.

Two IRA Volunteers on active service --Patrick Cannon from Dublin and Peter McElchar from Donegal -- set out in a car in which they were transporting an explosive device. They crossed the border from Donegal into Tyrone and were approaching the town of Castlederg when the device exploded prematurely. Peter McElcar was killed instantly. Patrick Cannon was gravely injured and was taken to Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh. He was being transferred to hospital in Belfast when he died.

Pat was born in Dublin on November 28, 1955, one of a family of seven (three girls and four boys). He and his family lived in Edenmore, on the northside of the city. He was a fitter/welder by trade, and was only 20 years of age when he died.


5. British Secretary of State over-rules court in Martin Corey case

REPUBLICAN Sinn Féin POW Department in a statement on July 9 claimed that the judiciary in the Occupied Six Counties is run by the [British controlled] Northern Ireland Office after it over-ruled a decision of the courts in relation to Martin Corey.

"The decision of Owen Paterson, British Secretary of State for the Six Counties, to over-rule the Six-County appeals court's release of Republican veteran Martin Corey (Lurgan) exposes the lengths the British state is prepared to go in order imprison Irish Republicans.

"The rulings of their own courts are to be ignored thereby denying even a semblance of due process to a veteran Republican who has been interned without trial since April 2010.

"Martin's release was ordered by Justice Treacy on July 9 but by late afternoon, it was obvious to Martin, and everyone else, that he was not being released. At the court the NI Office made no request for an appeal.

"When it comes to dealing with Ireland and the Irish people the British state always reverts to the methods of the coloniser dealing with the colonised. The norms of judicial process and the rule of law are set aside in order to suppress anyone who is prepared to speak out in opposition to British occupation in Ireland.

"The actions of Owen Paterson in denying Martin Corey his freedom gives the lie to any pretence that the Six-County state is a normal democratic state.

"His action represents an attack on the human rights not just of Martin Corey but every person within the Six Counties who would dare to speak out against the status quo".

On July 11, 2012, the Chairperson of the Release Martin Corey Committee Cáit Trainor released the following statement in light of the injustice done to Martin Corey by the British Secretary of State Owen Paterson:

“Martin Corey has been interned now for over two years - without charge or trial. On July 9, a British judge sitting in the High Court in Belfast, Justice Treacy ruled that Martin Corey's human rights had been breached and he should be released immediately on unconditional bail.

“This was overruled by British Secretary of State in the Occupied Six Counties, Owen Patterson. While Martin Corey sat in the reception of the prison with his belongings waiting for his family, the British government underhandedly intervened and blocked his release.

“On July 10, the matter was referred back to the court. Martins; release or not was to be reviewed by Justice McCloskey who further stayed Martin release until an appeal court could hear it the next day, [July 11].

“Contrary to media reports, at no time did the British Government appeal any decision, they arbitrarily overturned the decision of Justice Treacy; it was Martin Corey and his legal team took legal proceedings to appeal the refusal of the British Secretary of State to implement the decision of the Court.

An appeal was heard on July 11, with Justice McCloskey and Justice Morgan. That court rubber stamped the British Secretary of States' overruling, and referred it to be heard again on September 28, 2012.

"In view of the blatant disregard for the human rights of Martin Corey, the Release Martin Corey Committee will be once more lobbying all those concerned with human rights and justice to take action to secure Martin Corey's release, We would ask all those who have worked so far to continue and urge people to take a stand against tyranny and oppression.

"The Committee will lobby nationally and internationally. We have to expose the double standards of the British Government to human rights; while they complain and state they oppose human rights abuses in various countries, they in fact themselves are guilty of human rights abuses against people who dissent from British rule in Ireland.

"In the year the British are hosting the Olympics, they show a face to the world of righteousness and morality, the world must now see the truth: British rule in Ireland can only result in the oppression of the Irish people and those with independent thought. It must be remembered that Martin Corey is interned with no charge, no trial but on secret allegations by unknown people that the British Government refuse to present."

Martin Corey was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1973. He was released on licence in 1992. For 18 years Martin and a family member ran their own business. His licence was revoked in 2010 under the British secretary of State Shaun Woodward over unspecified allegations and on the basis of “closed material”.

This material has never been disclosed, not even to Justice Treacy who heard Martin Corey’s judicial review, not to mind Martin’s legal team. In referring to the information contained in the Northern Ireland (sic) files in court, the barrister referred to numbered files but those files just contained a note from the NI office stating that ‘this information exists’, the files before the judge are numbered but empty of information, the NI office say ‘this is so’, and ‘so it is.’

Mr Justice Treacy ruled [on July 9] there had been a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that anyone deprived of their liberty can have the lawfulness of detention decided speedily by a court. He said that the open evidence ‘did not advance the Northern Ireland Secretary’s case against Corey,meaning that the decision was solely based on closed material. He further ruled that the Parole Commissioners misdirected themselves in law and failed to provide a sufficient safeguard against the lack of full disclosure.

Martin Corey has a hearing before the parole commissioners in August and will appear in the High Court on September 28. Meanwhile he is still interned in Maghaberry jail for reasons unknown to him and his legal team.

In a statement, the Pat Finucane Centre said on July 10:

“Yesterday a judge ordered the release of a man against whom there is no evidence of wrongdoing that would lead to charges in a court of law. Before he can be released the Secretary of State intervenes and overrules the court on the sole basis of 'secret evidence' that neither the defence nor the general public has access to.

“This evidence has been provided by an organ of the state, the security service MI5, organisation that has been involved in gun running, the murder of officers of the court (Pat Finucane) and the torture of prisoners in other jurisdictions.

“So what message has Owen Paterson sent? There is no rule of law. We will overrule the courts, set aside fundamental standards in terms of evidence and deny Martin Corey the right to a fair trial. Surely the real threat to the peace process is posed by the individual sitting at his desk in Hillsborough Castle not the gravedigger from Lurgan sitting in Maghaberry prison. Is Paterson deliberately raising the temperature?”
On July 25 a press conference was held in the Belfast offices of Republican Sinn Féin.

President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton said:

“The recent overturning of a court decision ordering the release of Martin Corey highlights the reality that the Six-County state is both abnormal and undemocratic”, said Republican Sinn Féin on July 25 at a press conference in Belfast.

“The actions of British Secretary of State Owen Paterson in subverting a British Court in order to imprison an Irish Republican sends out the message that nothing has changed when it comes to the enforcement of British rule in Ireland.

“In his judgement Séamus Treacy ruled that the use of closed or secret evidence as the basis for interning Martin Corey was a breach of his human rights under Article 5 (4) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Despite this the British Secretary of State ordered that the case be heard by a second judge effectively subverting the original judgment.

“And so 41 years after the introduction of internment in the Six Counties it appears it is once more being employed as a means of silencing Irish Republicans. What has happened to Martin Corey constitutes not only an attack on Martin’s human and civil rights but are an attack on the human and civil rights of all people within the Six Counties. The continued imprisonment of Marian Price on trumped up charges coupled with the vindictive imprisonment of Gerry McGeough tell us much about the true nature of British involvement in Ireland.

“So much for the much-heralded human rights agenda of the Stormont regime; what we have got instead is more of the same. We are calling on people to join the campaign for the release of Martin Corey and help expose the true nature of British occupation in Ireland.”


6. Danger of misuse of drugs

IN A statement on July on July 21, the McKelvey/Steel Cumann, Republican Sinn Féin, Belfast warned of the dangers of misuse of drugs.

“Members of the McKelvey Steele Cumann Belfast seized and destroyed a number of anabolic steroid pills after a concerned member of the community approached them about drug-dealing in the New Lodge area of North Belfast.

“The body-building drug which has been responsible for a number of local men’s mental deterioration because of a potent and dangerous mixture of chemicals resulting in unprovoked acts of violence and aggression, as well as leading to a few needing psychiatric assistance after prolonged use.

“Republican Sinn Féin’s position on drugs and drug-dealing is clear the dealers and the poison they push on our communities are not wanted and should be challenged at every opportunity that arises”.


7. No child beauty pageant in Ireland

ON July 20, the Publicity Officer Michael Rooney for Sinn Féin Phoblacht, Maigh Eo, condemned the plans of an American company to hold a controversial child beauty pageant in Ireland planned to be held in November.

Michael Rooney stated: “The Texas-based Universal Royal Beauty Pageant is hoping to stage an event in Ireland in November. This pageant must be stopped at any cost. The majority of Irish people do not want their children exploited in such a manner. Such pageants give added problems to the children. One of the problems being the use made by the sex trade of such publicity. Another is the psychological damage caused to the long-term child’s well being.

“Parent force their children into pageants, force their children to act as models with all the make-up, fake tans and tight clothes that are meant for adult women. Children anywhere should not be forced into the circumstances that takes away their childhood innocence.

“The organisers claim that 300 Irish parents have clambered for them to come over to Ireland. I remind the company that 300 people are a very small percentage of the Irish electorate.

“I call on all Irish people to come together to stop our children been exploited and from been thrown into the unsavoury world of the child pageants."


8. Tourists shoot at targets of Palestinians in Occupied West Bank

NATIONAL PRO, Republican Sinn Féin Geraldine McNamara said on July 23 that the setting up by Israelis of a shooting range in the occupied West Bank settlement of Efrat and having it as a tourist attraction for tourists to shoot at targets of Palestinian men shows just how sectarian and racist the Israeli state really is.
This anti-terrorist shooting range called Caliber 3 has Israeli soldiers supervising while mainly Jewish-American tourists learn the new version of Israeli patriotism’.

“If this shooting range was set up anywhere else in the world there would be international condemnation of it.
 Children are being taught how to shoot weapons containing live rounds at the images of the Palestinian terrorist’.
What hope is there for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East if this is how the Israelis indoctrinate their children and tourists to see this as nothing more than a fun day out.
This is considered by them as a tourist attraction along with the birthplace of Jesus Christ and the Al-Aqsa mosque.

“The UN considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under International Law. Regular clashes occur in the disputed region and reports of violence between Israeli settlers and Palestinians have been escalating over the last few months.

“This week the Israel’s Defence Ministry ordered eight Palestinian villages in the West Bank to be razed, claiming the land is needed for military training. Hundreds of Palestinians are to be displaced despite evidence that the villages have existed since 1830. 1,500 people will be put off of their land along with their livestock so that the Israelis can extend their shooting range.

“The Palestinian people have absolutely no rights in their own country while foreign settlers can continue to illegally occupy this territory”.
Geraldine concluded: Everyone who has a conscience should be highlighting the disgraceful and illegal acts conducted in this region against the Palestinian people and quoted Desmond Tutu ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor’.”


9. Hillary and Holder now free to stop Boston College subpoenas

“IN the wake of what was otherwise a disappointing and intellectually unimpressive judgement from the First Circuit Appeal Court on the [RUC/]PSNI subpoenas for the Boston College oral history archive, it is now clear that any obstacles in the way of Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder stopping this foolish and counterproductive move by the [RUC/]PSNI have been removed.

“First of all, the First Circuit has delivered its verdict. No matter that it was not the verdict we wanted to read, nonetheless the Obama White House can no longer say that their hands are tied because the matter is still being considered by the courts.

“The second reason comes at the end of this distinctly unimpressive and unconvincing verdict. The last four pages are taken up by what might be called a semi-dissent from the first Hispanic to sit on the First Circuit bench, Judge Juan Torruella whose view was that while he disagreed with the other two judges reasoning, he reluctantly went along with the judgement, if only because of Supreme Court precedent.

“In the midst of his commentary one or two diamonds sparkle and catch the eye. And one lustrous gem makes it very clear that a) the alleged offences that are the subject of the subpoenas are undeniably political in nature and b) while we as the individual appellants are unable to make that objection in court because the legislation that enabled these subpoenas, the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the US and UK, renders that impossible the US government could and if they did, the subpoenas would be dead in the water. In other words Eric Holder, either by himself or because of pressure from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could stop these subpoenas in their tracks.

“There are two things to say about this. The first is that this determination by such a senior American judge that the conflict in Northern Ireland was essentially political in nature is of enormous significance and a real slap in the face to all those, from Roy Mason to Margaret Thatcher and beyond who insisted it was never anything but a criminal conflict.Judge Torruella is, in essence, saying that Bobby Sands was justified to demand political status, as were all those other IRA prisoners who either died on hunger strikes or endured years of prison protest because the British had declared them criminals.

“The second point is that the judge has now given perfect cover to Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder to dump these subpoenas. If they want to and, presumably, if enough pressure is applied to them from Irish-America.

“Here is what Judge Torruella had to say. It comes as footnote number 28 on page 45:

“ ‘Appellants also claim that the Attorney General’s actions are not in compliance with the US-UK-MLAT, among other reasons, because “the crimes under investigation by the United Kingdom were of a political nature. Pursuant to Article 3, ¶ 1(c)(i) of the treaty the United States may refuse assistance to the United Kingdom’s request if it relates to an offense of a political nature.” Ignoring the underlying and pervasive political nature of the Troubles,as the Irish-British controversy has come to be known in Northern Ireland, is simply ignoring one hundred years of a well-documented history of political turmoil. These came into focus when Ireland was partitioned, and six of its Ulster counties were constituted into Northern Ireland as an integral part of the United Kingdom by virtue of the Government of Ireland Act of 1920. See generally Northern Ireland Politics (Arthur Aughley & Duncan Morrow eds.) (1996). That the academic investigations carried out by Appellants in this case, and the evidence sought by the United Kingdom involve “offenses of a political nature irrespective of how heinous we may consider them, is borne out by the terms of the Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement) entered into by the Government of the United Kingdom and the Irish Republican Army, whereby almost all prisoners were released by the British government, including many who had been convicted of murder. See Karl S. Bottigheirmer & Arthur H. Aughley, Northern Ireland, Encyclopaedia Britannica (2007). Unfortunately for Appellants, they are foreclosed from pursuing their claim by virtue of Article 1, ¶ 3 of the treaty, which prohibits private parties from enforcing any rights there under.’”

Ed Moloney, The Broken Elbow blog, July 8, 2012


10. Press Statement on Boston College subpoenas

ON July 8 Ed Moloney & Anthony McIntyre said in a statement on the blog The Broken Elbow’:

“After consulting with our attorneys, Éamonn Dornan and JJ Cotter we have agreed to consider a motion for a re-hearing of the case en banc because there are issues of exceptional importance raised in the judgement of the First Circuit Federal Appeals Court which the court did not properly address.

Not least of these are our constitutional right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment including the protection of academic research; our rights, not least to life, under the Fifth Amendment and the fact that this is the first time in US legal history that a Federal Appeals court has dealt with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) under this particular section 18 USC 3512.

We continue to keep our legal options in the Belfast courts open.
*An en banc hearing would mean that the case would be re-heard in front of the entire bench of the First Circuit appeals court.


11. Nigeria: deadly flooding in Jos in Plateau state

At least 35 people were killed in flooding in central Nigeria's Plateau state after heavy rainfall caused a dam to overflow near the city of Jos on July 23.

A Red Cross spokesman said that about 200 homes, many of them made from mud, had been submerged or destroyed.

Officials say that at least 25 people are missing and that the number of dead is expected to rise. One woman lost six of her eight children in the floods.

One resident said heavy rain began to fall on the evening of July 22 and that many of his livestock had been washed away.

The head of the Red Cross in Plateau state, Manasie Phampe, said rescue efforts were continuing.

"Rainwater and water from the Lamingo dam which overflowed swept across several neighbourhoods in the city," he said.

"We are still searching for more bodies as many people have been declared missing."
Nigeria's National Emergency Agency has launched a relief operation.


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