Oil and Gas find offshore Syria motive for US Israeli mercenary uprising and bloodshed in Syria


Why are US Israeli mercenaries in Syria?  Same reason why the US illegally attacked Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya and Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian civilian population   – oil and gas.  The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the Levant Basin, which covers Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Palestine, contains around 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and at least 1.7 billion barrels of oil.

The Israeli government plans to build a floating liquefied natural gas terminal with a sea-based defense radar system off its Mediterranean coast while forming a naval force to protect what it claims is its rich offshore gas fields. However, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Palestine all have Levant Basin oil and gas rights.

Israel sent its Mossad and their foreign mercenaries into Syria to help the US and its mercenaries start a bloody uprising to take from Syria its oil and gas rights in the…

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THE body of a Donegal teenager killed in the US more than 180 years ago is to be finally laid to rest today in his native parish. John Ruddy (18) was one of 57 workers killed or possibly murdered while working on a railway in Philadelphia in 1832.

Last year's burial service for the Duffy's Cut victims in Pennsylvania

Last year’s burial service for the Duffy’s Cut victims in Pennsylvania

In a poignant homecoming, the teenager’s remains – which have been positively identified through DNA testing – will be buried in his native Ardara today. With workers from Donegal, Derry and Tyrone, Ruddy sailed from Derry for a new life in the US in May 1832. Just three months later, he was dead and had been laid in an unmarked grave at Duffy’s Cut, just outside the city of Philadelphia. In the 1990’s, two brothers, Professor William Watson and Lutheran clergyman, Rev Dr Frank Watson started to research the deaths of the 57 workers. Seven remains were eventually exhumed, all of which showed signs of a violent death. It is believed the workers either died in a cholera outbreak or were murdered to prevent them leaving Duffy’s Cut. Of the seven remains exhumed, the body of Mr Ruddy was the only one positively identified. The six other bodies, including a women, were re-interred following a funeral service in the US. The teenager will be buried in a grave at the Church of the Holy Family in Ardara. The grave was purchased by Donegal native Vincent Gallagher. Mr Gallagher, who lives in the US, said the teenager and his co-workers were treated like ” garbage “. The re-interment funeral service will take place at 2pm. Prof Watson and Rev Watson are expected to travel from the US for the service.




Sean Gerard Hughes and Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy

Mr Hughes (left) is also charged with speaking at a meeting and encouraging support for an illegal organisation

A SENIOR republican charged with offences connected to the murder of Robert McCartney must not contact any witnesses in the case, a court ordered yesterday. The prohibition was placed on Sean Hughes as part of conditions under which he was granted bail.

Hughes (51) –  nicknamed ‘The Surgeon‘, of Aghadavoyle Road, Jonesborough in South Armagh, is charged with IRA membership and addressing a meeting to encourage support for the illegal organisation. The offences, said to have been committed eight years ago, are linked to an alleged IRA internal investigation following the killing of Mr McCartney.

Mr McCartney was stabbed outside Magennis's bar in Belfast

Mr McCartney was stabbed outside Magennis’s bar in Belfast

The 33-year-old father-of-two, from Belfast’s Short Strand was stabbed to death outside a city centre bar, pictured, in 2005. His sisters and partner waged a high-profile campaign claiming the republican movement was involved in a cover up. Hughes is the second leading republican to be arrested in connection with the case. Padraic Wilson (53), from Andersontown in West Belfast, faces similar charges. During a previous court appearance a magistrate was told that the McCartney family had made fresh statements in regards to a meeting held with two men who identified themselves as members of the IRA ‘ army council ‘.

When Mr Wilson, a former leader of the IRA prisoners in the Maze, was charged last November and remanded in custody members of Sinn Fein reacted angrily.When is Political Policing Not Political Policing ?A protest was held at police headquarters in east Belfast demanding his release. The veteran republican was later released on bail. Neither man is accused of having anything to do with the murder and both deny the charges. At Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday, a Sinn Fein delegation including Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy was present as Hughes made his first appearance. Prosecutors revealed that bail had been agreed in the case. District Judge Mervyn Bates agreed to release the accused on certain conditions. Hughes is to stay at his bail address, report to police weekly and must not attempt to contact prosecution witnesses or complainants. A £1,000 surety is also to be lodged as part of the arrangements. Hughes is due to appeal again alongside his co-accused on March 15. Outside the court Mr Murphy hit out at the decision to charge Hughes. ” This isn’t about justice for the family of Robert McCartney or attempting to prosecute those who killed him,” he said. ” This is simply political policing. It’s a nonsense.”


The Broken Elbow

By Ed Moloney & Bob Mitchell

It was one of the most compelling and gripping episodes to feature in the series of interviews that Brendan Hughes gave to Boston College about his life in the IRA. The story of the frenzied attempt to kill him in his native lower Falls area by plainclothes British soldiers in the early 1970’s illustrated several defining aspects of Hughes’ life as an IRA activist and later as one of its leaders.

One was the danger he faced constantly, the possibility that each day might end with his violent death; the other was the closeness and depth of his friendship with Gerry Adams who arranged for the treatment of his injuries suffered that day. The intensity and ardor of their relationship helps explain his subsequent anger when, as the peace process unfolded, Adams disowned his involvement – and their shared life – in the IRA.

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An article in the Irish Times by Seán Tadgh Ó Gairbhí examining the reaction of people in Ireland to the texting in the Irish language by the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is well worth reading. As are the many Comments underneath. Some are positive. Some are simply depressing.

“On Monday night, Chris Hadfield became the nation’s favourite Canadian astronaut when he tweeted a picture of Ireland from space accompanied by a message in Irish – “Tá Éire fíorálainn!”

In charming us with a few judiciously chosen words of our native tongue, the commander was following the recent example of two more illustrious foreigners.

In May 2011, the Queen of England left our then president Mary McAleese open-mouthed in disbelief with a majestically delivered “Go raibh maith agat” and, just a few days later, Barack Obama had a crowded College Green in raptures with that riff on his can-do battle cry…

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DEPUTY First Minister Martin McGuinness has attended a hearing by Parole Commissioners on behalf of Marian Price who was sent back to jail after her licence was revoked for IRA offences in England 40 years ago.

Justice Shredded is Justice Denied

Then Secretary of State Owen Patterson revoked her life sentence licence after Price was charged over a dissident republican rally in Derry’s City Cemetery in Easter 2011. She is also facing separate charges of providing a mobile phone for a terrorist purpose in March 2009 shortly before two soldiers were shot dead at Massereene barracks in Antrim. The 58-year-old is now under armed guard at Belfast City Hospital where she is being treated for depression, arthritis and lung problems. Last month she was granted three hours ‘ compassionate bail to attend the wake of her sister Dolours, who along with Marian Price – whose married name is McGlinchey – and MLA Gerry Kelly – was part of an IRA unit which bombed London in 1973.

Yesterday, at a closed court in the Laganside complex in Belfast, Parole Commissioners listened to submissions from Marian Price’s lawyers who argued that she should be released. A spokesman for the commissioners said they could not make any comment on the hearing. As he left the court, Mr McGuinness also said he could not say anything about what happened behind closed doors. It is understood he visited Price in hospital yesterday morning. It is not known when the commissioners will make their ruling on Price’s case.


The Five Demands

Confermata stasera da Mandy Duffy, del gruppo di supporto Family and Friends of Republican Prisoners Maghaberry, che Brian Shivers ha ottenuto la libertà su cauzione

Brian Shivers, affetto da fibrosi cistica e in gravi condizioni di salute, era in carcere nell’attesa di un nuovo processo dopo che la Corte d’Appello ha lasciato cadere l’accusa di omicidio che gravava sulle sue spalle. Insieme a Colin Duffy – poi dichiarato innocente – era stato infatti chiamato a rispondere di un presunto ruolo nell’attentato della RIRA alla base militare di Massereene, che nel marzo 2009 uccise due soldati britannici.

Stamattina, dopo una lunga battaglia legale, un giudice ha infine acconsentito a concedergli la libertà su cauzione, con la clausola che indossasse un dispositivo di tracciamento.

In quanto prigioniero politico, Shivers ha rifiutato di sottostare a tale condizione “criminalizzante”, ed è stato rinviato in custodia.

In un successivo sviluppo, questa sera, la condizione è…

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