RTÉ cameraman Gay O’Brien’s 60-seconds clip of the launch of the police riot in Duke Street in Derry on October 5, 1968 went around the world. It led the news not only in Ireland and Britain but in the US, Australia and many points in between.The march was a moment of global significance, an integral element of something huge that was happening all over world.Everywhere you looked, there was tumult and war. Villages huddled in the hills and jungles of south east Asia were aflame, drenched in Napalm from US ‘planes. Martin Luther King was murdered in Atlanta in April. Fighting flared as young African Americans erupted from the ghettoes. Students in France occupied the Sorbonne the following month and tore up cobble-stones to fight the paramilitary police. The people of Prague rose up in August against invasion by the Soviet Union. In September, Chicago mayor Richard Daley had called in 25,000 city, State and federal officers to batter anti-war … [Read more...] about Eamonn McCann: Look at how far we have come
Civil rights how far have we come
Cast your mind back 10 years. Survey the political scene. What can you see? The Labour Party has been in power for 11 years. And it seems to be winning the big argument. The new leaders of the Conservative Party, David Cameron and George Osborne, have stopped calling for tax cuts and are instead pledging to match Labour’s public service spending plans. “Sharing the proceeds of growth” is the mantra. Survey the economic scene. What’s going on there? Well, there’s much talk on the business pages of newspapers of a somewhat mysterious “credit crunch”. Northern Rock went under the year before. House prices are down. The stock market is looking a bit sickly. The economy seems to be slowing. Yet a recession warning by the chancellor, Alistair Darling, is viciously stamped on by aides of the prime minister, Gordon Brown. After all, the Treasury is projecting GDP growth only to dip slightly before rapidly bouncing back. The … [Read more...] about Financial crisis 10 years on: Have we seen any true reform?
Belfast-born TV journalist Denis Tuohy recalls how he was banned by BBC from reporting civil rights movement in Northern Ireland BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, Belfast-born TV journalist Denis Tuohy recalls how the broadcaster's attempts to silence him backfired spectacularly. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/belfastborn-tv-journalist-denis-tuohy-recalls-how-he-was-banned-by-bbc-from-reporting-civil-rights-movement-in-northern-ireland-37283328.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/article37283324.ece/c95d0/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-09-05_opi_43833238_I1.JPG Email Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, Belfast-born TV journalist Denis Tuohy recalls how the broadcaster's attempts to silence him backfired spectacularly. Television viewers in Britain were astounded by what they saw happening in part of the United Kingdom on … [Read more...] about Belfast-born TV journalist Denis Tuohy recalls how he was banned by BBC from reporting civil rights movement in Northern Ireland
John Bacon USA TODAY Published 7:46 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 The mayor and police chief of Washington, D.C., on Thursday promised tight security for Sunday's "Unite the Right" rally and counter-protests marking the first anniversary of a white nationalist rally that erupted in deadly violence a year ago. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city was activating its emergency operations center and would be on high alert for violence. "We have people coming to our city for the sole purpose of spewing hate," Bowser said. "We denounce hate, we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric we expect to hear this Sunday." Bowser, Chief Peter Newsham and other officials spoke at a news conference held at a synagogue in the city of 700,000 people, about half of whom are black. Newsham said guns will be banned from the rallies, even for gun owners with legal permits. He said the white nationalists and the counter-protesters would be separated, even though both have permits … [Read more...] about ‘We denounce hate’: Washington, D.C., braces for ‘Unite the Right’ rally
The son of one of Derry’s most prominent Civil Rights figures has raised questions as to why much of Derry remains in deprivation, following decades of nationalist/republican representation. Fifty years on from the birth of the Civil Rights Movement, Vincent Coyle, whose father Vinny was among those at the helm of the organisation during the late 1960s and 70s, said something has gone badly wrong.Mr Coyle, himself a rights activist, was reacting to new research which showed the number of deprived areas has grown significantly.The new paper compiled for the NI Assembly’s Research and Information Service found that last year that the Strand, Diamond, Brandywell, Creggan, Ballymagroarty and most of the Galliagh area, were among the 20 most deprived districts in the North. This is compared to eight years ago, when central Creggan was the only place in Derry to feature in the top 20 neighbourhoods.Derry, as a whole, remains in the top three most deprived areas, alongside other … [Read more...] about 50 years on from birth of Civil Rights, we, as a people, deserve better than this’