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The annual Irish Republican Socialist Movement’s 1916 Rising Commemoration will be held on 8th April, Easter Sunday in Belfast.  Members and supporters are asked to assemble outside Dunville Park, Falls Road at 11am.

Departing from Dunville Park to Milltown Cemetery at 11.30am sharp!  For further details or requests  for inclusion of wreaths,  please contact the Irish Republican Socialist Party’s national headquarters at Costello House, 392b Falls Road, Belfast or your local IRSP representative.

Honour Ireland’s dead, wear an Easter Lilly!

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Oh boy, you know this is going to backfire on the US government… 

From the air, the terrain of the Department of Energy’s Nevada National Security Site, with its arid high plains and remote mountain peaks, has the look of northwest Iran. The site, some sixty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas, was once used for nuclear testing, and now includes a counterintelligence training facility and a private airport capable of handling Boeing 737 aircraft. It’s a restricted area, and inhospitable—in certain sections, the curious are warned that the site’s security personnel are authorized to use deadly force, if necessary, against intruders.

It was here that the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) conducted training, beginning in 2005, for members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, a dissident Iranian opposition group known in the West as the M.E.K.  […]

Despite the growing ties, and a much-intensified lobbying effort organized by its advocates, M.E.K. has remained on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations—which meant that secrecy was essential in the Nevada training. […] “The JSOC trainers were not front-line guys who had been in the field, but second- and third-tier guys—trainers and the like—and they started going off the reservation. ‘If we’re going to teach you tactics, let me show you some really sexy stuff…’ 

It was the ad-hoc training that provoked the worried telephone calls to him, the former general said. “I told one of the guys who called me that they were all in over their heads, and all of them could end up trouble unless they got something in writing. The Iranians are very, very good at counterintelligence, and stuff like this is just too hard to contain.” The site in Nevada was being utilized at the same time, he said, for advanced training of élite Iraqi combat units. (The retired general said he only knew of the one M.E.K.-affiliated group that went though the training course; the former senior intelligence official said that he was aware of training that went on through 2007.) […]

Five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated since 2007. M.E.K. spokesmen have denied any involvement in the killings, but early last month NBC News quoted two senior Obama Administration officials as confirming that the attacks were carried out by M.E.K. units that were financed and trained by Mossad, the Israeli secret service. 

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By Tamar Fleishman – The West Bank

The IDF calls it ‘the escalation of means’. That is: the use of all the Alfa (riot control measures) in the arsenal.

They also call it ‘non-lethal weapons’.

The first are the stun grenades; one of these non-lethal grenades landed less than half a meter away from me. It wasn’t a “direct shot”.

Afterwards, it was time for the rubber bullets, which are also a “non-lethal weapon” that had killed not once and not twice before, and that on that day had injured tens of those participating in the demonstration.

Then the gas grenades came.

And as finale, for pudding, they brought in the worst of them all, ‘Skunk’.

But those many injured don’t trouble themselves with these euphemisms. They are trying to recover.

However, euphemisms are applied not only to weapons and armory, they originate from leaders and ooze down towards the military people at their command, from there they reach the media and the habitual use embeds them in the day to day vocabulary, till finally events such as the one that took place on that day, are known as: “riots” or “disruption of order”.
That is the definition given to the protest of the Palestinians against their loss and erasure, while the military and its armed men merely “react” or “restores the order”.

But the hero of the day was not the various types of weapons, nor was it the minister for public security (Aharonovich) who held a press conference at the site and said: “It’s like cat and mouse game… “And then he put to his eyes the binoculars that were handed to him by grovelers and said: “Why don’t they go home already….”, and once he had disappeared along with his security guards, I heard a PR man report on the phone: “The minister is very pleased…”.

The heroes of the day weren’t the teenagers who courageously stacked tires in front of the pillbox, which had become the symbol of the occupation, and lit a fire at the center of them. The black smoke rose up and scattered, it even covered the face of Yasser Arafat, who constantly looks down from the wall on to that which is taking place.

It even wasn’t Dr. Mustafa Baraguti who had arrived early and spoke in favor of the non-violent protest; He predicted that the army would as always use force and expressed concern regarding the casualties that might occur.

And Baraguti didn’t know how right he was. And he didn’t know that he himself would also be one of the casualties, not long afterwards.

The hero that day was an anonymous woman, whose head and most of her face was covered with a kaffiyah, who came from among the protesters standing in the distance that the rubber bullets set for them, holding in her right hand the flag of Palestine which was waving above, and walked toward the soldiers.

She took a step and then another one, decisively and alert, while all those watching her froze and hushed. It was a silence that screamed with anxiety. And the woman proceeded and walked closer, one step and another and another, until she crossed the several tens of meters that divided between the two camps, and on arriving in front of the most feared vehicle, the one that spits sewage water from its intestine, she lifted her hand and stuck the flag in the metal web at the front of the vehicle.

Then she turned and began to march back. And again: one step and another, a decisive and wise body. And the silence was still upon it all, and the people were still frozen. Just alertness and anxiety. And once the woman was far enough so that they could turn the sewage machine on and aim at her, a splash of reeking water came out of the top hose and flooded and surrounded her body. But she didn’t pick up the pace or run away, instead she kept walking. It was as though her brain was paralyzed and her senses were dull. And it was only when she reached her friends that one could detect a sway of instability in her walk, two young men hurried towards her, they held her arms in theirs and supported her for the rest of the way.

And I too had a personal reason to be content: when the explosions of the grenades were heard all around, I moved in closer to take pictures of the shooters, a young stranger took my hand and pulled me back towards the cement block behind which he and his friends took cover and said: “Come here so you won’t get hurt. You are important to us”- “Why am I important?” I asked. “Because you come here and stand with us”, he replied.

I was excited and happy that someone understood.

(Translated by Ruth Fleishman)

– As a member of Machsomwatch, once a week Tamar Fleishman heads out to document the checkpoints between Jerusalem and Ramallah. This documentation (reports, photos and videos) can be found on the organization’s site: www.machsomwatch.org. She is also a member of the Coalition of Women for Peace and volunteer in Breaking the Silence. She contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.

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Russia’s Communist party (KPRF) is planning to stage a series of protest rallies across the country against possible NATO presence on Russian territory.

The KPRF expects that up to 2 million people throughout the country may take part in the event on April 7.

The center of protests will be in Ulyanovsk, a city on the Volga River, where a transit hub for NATO’s Afghan-bound cargo may soon be created. Rallies will also be held in all regional centers and large cities.

“We won’t let [NATO] in. We have no right to let them come here – there is absolutely no need for them,” KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov said, as cited by RIA Novosti. He also warned the Russian leadership that such cooperation with the alliance “will turn out badly.”

Earlier, Zyuganov accused President-elect Vladimir Putin of purchasing the recognition of March 4 vote from the US by “presenting” them the “NATO base in Ulyanovsk.” Formerly known as Simbirsk, the city is the birthplace of the Revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin (originally named Ulyanov).

The Communists believe that the presence of foreign military “base” at the very heart of Russia could pose a threat to the country’s national security. In addition, the KPRF fears that the new transit hub could open a new channel for drug-trafficking from Afghanistan to Russia.

Earlier, it was reported that Moscow and Brussels were finalizing negotiations over the deal that would allow NATO to use Ulyanovsk air base for deliveries of non-military cargo to and from Afghanistan.

The news stirred up a wave of criticism in Russia. However, both Russian and NATO officials assured that there will be no “bases” on the Russian soil and that the deal is only about allowing “non-lethal cargo” transit.

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Caracas, April 5th 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The National Secretary of Venezuela’s Communist Party, Pedro Eusse, has warned that the opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), is laying the foundations to dispute the results of this year’s presidential elections in October, as well as to possibly incite violence.

In a press conference yesterday, Eusse stated that the MUD’s plan was to secure a “Syrian style” international intervention following the elections by inciting criminal and armed groups to act against the government. He also added that the coalition was currently using political opinion polls predicting the popularity of each candidate to create a “fictitious” reflection of Venezuela’s political reality in the run up to elections in order to be able to “cry fraud” in October.

“All this is accompanied by the activation of a violent plan, with the presence of criminal elements from abroad in Venezuela – paramilitaries, assassins, mercenaries – that will all become active when they cry “fraud,” stated Eusse.

The PCV official went on to compare this plan with the current political problems in Syria, where he said that “a violent and destabilising situation has been created through the displacement of armed assassin groups and mercenaries with political objectives”.

He went on to cite a recent spree of violent events in Venezuela, including the murders of two members of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the ex-governor of Apure state and a deputy in the National Assembly, as proof of the “activation of criminal acts in order to create a sense of danger” within the population, as well as stating that criminal groups seemed to be “more and more present” in the country.

“We are also observing that these groups could remain underground, inactive, until a specific moment – the 7th of October – when they will become active,” explained Eusse.

The Venezuelan Communist Party called on citizens to defend the revolutionary process from any opposition attacks and urged communal councils, social movements and Venezuelan workers to organise in order to assure the election of Hugo Chavez in October.

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