Gerry Adams: Sinn Féin will pursue full recognition for Irish emigrants in US

Speaking today following last night’s announcement by President Obama of changes in how the US Government deals with undocumented immigrants, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:

“Over the past number of years Sinn Féin has raised the issue of the estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States. Their absence is felt in communities and families across Ireland.

“I welcome the announcement by President Obama as it will bring relief to some,

“However I am concerned that the majority of undocumented Irish will not benefit from these limited changes.

“Many of these people have been forced into economic emigration since 2007, due to the economic mismanagement of successive Fíanna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour governments

“Undocumented Irish workers contribute to the US economy and community. This should be recognised and their futures secured. Today is another step in the right direction but there is further to travel.

 

“We will continue to work with the parties in the US Congress, and the recently appointed US ambassador, to ensure full recognition is given to those Irish living and working in the US.”

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Sign the Petition: The U.S. Must Join the BRICS

In today’s nuclear age, the consequence of a geopolitical policy of confrontation with Russia and China can only be the thermonuclear extinction of the human race. Therefore, every effort must be made to cooperate to solve the multiple crises facing humanity.

The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have united to pursue a policy of economic development not just for their individual countries, but for the benefit of the people of all nations. To that end, they have created a New Development Bank to invest billions in necessary development projects.

China recently initiated the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), joined by over 20 Asian nations as founding members, and has set up a Silk Road Development Fund.

At the APEC conference in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping invited President Obama to join the efforts of China and other Asian nations, including Russia, in the development of the New Silk Road.

These initiatives are not geopolitical in nature. Contrary to the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) advocated by Obama, which excludes Russia and China, the BRICS-related initiatives including the Chinese proposed Free Trade Area of the Asian Pacific FTAAP), are inclusive. They are based on the concept expressed by the late Pope Paul VI that the “new name of peace is development.” Thus, in Australia at the recent G-20 meeting, both Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Modi spoke of the twin goals of achieving global peace and ending poverty through economic development.

There is no problem in the world that cannot be solved by such an approach, and conversely, no problem that will be solved without it.

Such cooperation between the U.S., Russia, China and India, among other nations, is necessary to defeat the Ebola pandemic in Africa.

The terrorist threat represented by ISIS and Al-Qaeda is aimed equally at Russia, China, and India, as well as the U.S. and Europe. It can only be defeated through a new security architecture based on cooperation.

The policy of conducting “color revolutions” under the pretext of democracy, represents a policy of war, even if that term is not used, because its aim is to topple governments with the aid of foreign money. It has to stop. The campaign to impose sanctions on Russia for its opposition to such “color revolutions” and to a Nazi coup in Ukraine, is only exacerbating the global crisis. An approach based on mutual cooperation to achieve the common ends of mankind throughout Eurasia and beyond, would instead create the basis for global peace.

While the U.S. has abandoned the Kennedy space program, the Chinese are committed to a lunar program focused on the exploitation of helium-3 for the purpose of generating unlimited fusion energy. With collaboration between the U.S., Europe, Russia, China and India, among other nations, man could finally realize Johannes Kepler’s vision of mastery of the laws of the solar system for the benefit of man.

Only such an approach would restore the United States and Europe to their original purpose as expressed in the European Renaissance and the American Revolution, a purpose which the U.S. and Europe have increasingly abandoned, and the rest of the world has now adopted and is now urging them to readopt.

We therefore call upon the U.S. and Europe to abandon the suicidal geopolitical policies of the past which led to the two previous World Wars and are leading to a third, and to build a future for all humanity by readopting the principle of the Treaty of Westphalia, by basing foreign policy on the principle of the “benefit of the other,” which ended the Thirty Years War in Europe, and on John Quincy Adams’ concept of a “community of principle among sovereign nation states.”

That is the only course coherent with the true nature of man as the only creative species. Any other course is based on a concept of man as an animal, and leads to human extinction. As patriots of our own nations, and as citizens of the world, we call on our fellow citizens and the leaders of our nations to have the courage to break the current cycle of escalating bestiality, by accepting the generous offer to collaborate with the BRICS.

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Interview With Senator Bob Graham: Expose The Saudi Role in 9/11

An interview conducted by Matthew Ogden with former Senator Bob Graham in Naples, Florida on November 11, 2014. Senator Graham served as co-chair of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11. The subject of the interview is the urgency of declassifying the redacted 28 pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry’s report to expose the role of Saudi Arabia in financing not only the Al Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001, but also continuing to finance ISIS and related terrorist organizations today.

Investigative reporter Dan Christensen of the Broward Bulldog, as well as Miami-based first amendment attorney Tom Julin also participated in the interview. Christensen and Julin have been instrumental in combating persistent stonewalling by the Federal Bureau of Investigations in pursuing crucial leads pertaining to connections between a prominent Saudi family and a cell of 9/11 hijackers in Sarasota, Florida prior to the 9/11 attacks.

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Sinn Féin Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Government should apologise to the electorate for walking out during key debate

<Sinn Féin Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister’s Alan Kelly’s decision to leave the Dáil after announcing their new plan for water charges is a disgrace.

He said the government should apologise for treating the electorate with contempt.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“After delivering his announcement to the Dáil this afternoon Minister Kelly joined the Taoiseach and Tánaiste and simply walked out of the Dáil as the opposition was preparing to give its reactions.

“No doubt they were heading off to sell their plan to the media.

“This is not a new thing. Joan Burton did exactly the same thing when she introduced the Social Welfare Bill to the Dáil. She was gone out of the chamber before I got to my feet.

“And last week the Tánaiste couldn’t answer a simple question from my colleague Mary Lou McDonald on this issue yet the government was able to leak its plan to the media all weekend.

“This is a disgraceful way to treat the Dáil and the people who elect us to represent them.

“The government should issue an apology for treating the electorate with utter contempt.”

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New Paradigm Show 19 November 2014

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Gerry Adams seeks support for bill to stop water privatisation

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said there is widespread concern that the introduction of domestic water metering and water charges, and the establishment of Irish Water will eventually lead to the privatisation of water services.

Mr Adams was speaking during Dáil Private Members’ Time in which Sinn Féin proposed a Bill (the 34th Amendment to the Constitution Bill 2014) to allow for a referendum to retain control of water services in public ownership.

Speaking this evening Gerry Adams said:

“Taoiseach, citizens are sick to the teeth of your government’s agenda of relentless austerity and your endless list of taxes and charges aimed at those on low and middle incomes. For many, your water tax is the final straw.

“Despite the thousands upon thousands who have taken to the streets on this issue, you and your government have dismissed their concerns.

“Part of the instinctive anger and rejection of your proposals around a water tax come from the instinctive understanding among Irish people that water is the most basic of resources.

“Water is a basic requirement for the maintenance of human life and health. Water is what we use to cook, to wash, to drink.

“Successive Irish governments have abjectly failed to properly manage or exploit Irish natural resources for the benefit of Irish citizens. Instead, our natural resources have either been under utilised or sold off to private and foreign interests. The most notorious recent example of this was the disgraceful squandering of our natural gas rights.

“There is a deep and widespread concern that the metering of domestic water and the imposition of water charges, and the establishment of Irish Water, is all about setting up the State’s water services for privatisation. The belief is that the ultimate aim of establishing Irish Water is to commodify water and to eventually privatise water supply.

“We have already seen this process unfold previously with Eircom, and more recently when the establishment of Bord Gáis, which was simply the precursor to selling off that important public asset.

“In Sinn Féin’s view, it makes no sense to throw away decades of state investment through these type of sell-offs. But crucially, when it comes to something as basic as water, we will oppose tooth and nail the attempt to turn a natural and vital resource into a commodity. Any move to privatise water would ensure even higher water charges for consumers than those already suggested.

“In the North, Sinn Féin has prevented the introduction of water charges and the privatisation of the water services and will continue to do so.

“This Constitutional Amendment Bill allows for a referendum to retain control of water services in public ownership. The bill seeks to enshrine access to clean water in the Constitution and to protect this access for future generations.

“The European Commission has already received the European Citizens Initiative on the Right to Water. This contained two million signatures urging the EU to implement the human right to water and sanitation.

“Over 90% of citizens in both Italy and Greece voted in referendums to ensure that water privatisation systems were not implemented. The Netherlands passed a law in 2004 banning private sector provision of water supply.

“There has been no satisfactory explanation of the government’s reluctance to hold a referendum on water ownership. Labour Senators voted in favour of this. Labour TDs are on record as supporting the idea.

“If, as the government tells us, there are no plans for the privatisation of Irish Water, then they should fully support this bill.

“Taoiseach, today in response to a question from me as to whether you would support the bill, you listed among your objections that it had implications for private property rights.

“I am sure you are aware of the words of Pádraic Mac Piarais in the Sovereign Nation when he wrote that:

‘No private right to property is good as against the public right of the nation’.

“Surely, there is no more appropriate application of that sentiment than to the right of citizens to guaranteed access to something as basic as water? This Sinn Féin Bill is about making the import of Pearse’s words a reality. I urge all TDs to support it.”

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Modi Addresses More Than 20,000 in Australia

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s address to an overflow crowd in excess of 20,000 (out of perhaps 450,000 Persons of Indian Origin in Australia) has caused a sensation in the country. The {Hindustan Times} reports that “the Sydney event is attracting even the Australian mainstream media’s attention because of the sheer size of the audience. No overseas politician has ever received such a rockstar-like reception in Australia in living memory.”

In a rough English translation from his Hindi, Modi said,
“This packed house in Sydney is right now revolutionizing the whole of India. What Swami Vivekananda said carried so much foresight. He said this 50 years before the Independence of India. For the next 50 years, they should forget their gods and goddesses. It was surprising coming from a {sanyasi} [a religious ascetic]. A spiritual person was saying this. He said, if you want to pray, then pray only for Mother India.

“Right after 50 years, India became independent. The magic of his words. There are many people here who were born in independent India. I am fortunate to be the first prime minister of India to be born in independent India. I feel my responsibility is much more because of this.

“We were not fortunate enough to fight in the freedom struggle. We did not get the chance to spend our lives in jails. There should be some pain within us. We did not die for the country; we could at least live for the nation. Not everyone is fortunate enough to die for the country, but many are surely fortunate enough to live for the country.

“God had several hands, but Mother India has 250 crore (2.5 billion) hands. And someone who has so many hands, the majority of which are under 35 in age, has immense capacity. The young are capable of drawing a line on a stone. Swami Vivekananda’s words have come true, I see it here. His second dream was for India to become Vishwa Guru [the universal teacher]. I am seeing it here, Mother India has actually become Vishwa Guru. She is represented all over the world through all of you, and you carry immense capacity. This foresight of Swami Vivekananda has come true.

“Six months of being in the government are nothing, but my experience says, that the country is actually blessed by Mother India. This nation will rise up, it will help the world with its 250 crore hands capability. If you agree with this, then the common voice becomes a divine voice. There’s no reason I think that our country will stay behind. 250 crore hands will work together towards global peace and negate suffering around the world.

“The world needs a great workforce. Technology alone cannot do without the proper workforce. We are fortunate, to have people in great numbers to cater to the needs of the world. But skill development is also necessary. The need of workforce across the world has to be mapped and then responded to. There’s a huge demand for nurses, and math and science teachers around the world. Gems and jewelry, potatoes and tomatoes, are not the only things we can export. We need to focus through our human resources development to prepare for the needs of the world. This will lead to applause for India.

“In this age, territorial conflicts will not decide who wins or loses, but workforce will. The capability of a nation of citizens who are willing to work will decide it. Your dream is my dream. Your wishes and aspirations are mine. I want to see India the same way you want to see India. A nation is because of its citizens.”

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