drive-by planet: Bostonians once supported NorAid and civil rights in N. Ireland: Americans should oppose disastrous US foreign policy

The Irish-Americans of Boston were once a source of support and inspiration for nationalists in the north of Ireland during the dark days of The Troubles. During the hunger strikes by republican prisoners, the people of Boston protested the vile policies of Margaret Thatcher and raised funds. Cash was collected in pubs, clubs, churches, rallies… ...

drive-by planet: Union flag riots in N. Ireland: ‘no surrender’ politics of loyalist hardliners

Over the past few weeks communities in N. Ireland have been hit by rioting instigated by a minority of hardline loyalists who have been protesting restrictions on the flying of the union flag at Belfast City Hall. Recently the rioting took on a more sectarian aspect. Loyalist rioters targeted the Short Strand neighborhood in Belfast. ...

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