I’ve found some in this picture. Now let’s go to work.


An IRA member exchanges fire with British troops, Co. Antrim, 1972


Avengers assemble!

Three of the most inspiring, courageous and principled people alive in the world today.

Chavez shows signs of slow recovery from his operation in Cuba. Meanwhile, the rightwing opposition in Venezuela is dealt a humilating defeat in the state governor elections.

chavez castro Meanwhile,

Solidarity with Hugo Chavez
Following his operation in Cuba on Wednesday, the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign sends its best wishes to Hugo Chavez in his latest battle to defeat cancer
Hugo Chavez is an inspiration to millions of people worldwide because of his uncompromising stance against injustice and oppression and the tremendous progress he has overseen In Venezuela.
It is incredibly positive that his latest operation has been deemed an initial success.
However as President Chavez and Vice President Nicolas Maduro have explained there remains a long and difficult path ahead.
Our thoughts are with President Chavez, his family and all those Venezuelans who have made their country a beacon of hope and inspiration. At this difficult time, we commit ourselves to stepping up our solidarity with Venezuela’s attempt to build a better world and against those who seek to overturn this social progress.

Who is the terrorist?



With a clear green light from the US today, Israel will not be backing down from its military assault on Gaza. With a dozen dead including two children, and many more injured, the attacks have attracted international condemnation, all except for those in the West who have taken to stressing the need for Israel to defend itself from crude home-made and almost completely symbolic rockets. So escalation on yesterday’s blitz should be expected.

In a clear indication that Obama’s re-election means more of the same war-mongering that characterised his first term, Russia Today has reported:

US Ambassador Susan Rice got behind Israel during the UN session, saying that there is no justification “for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel.”

The breathtaking hypocrisy of this statement, as bombs fall on Gaza and shatter the bodies of Palestinians, will not go unnoticed by the rest of the world. The Russia Today report adds:

Netanyahu’s office said that he “deeply appreciated” the president’s support.

I bet he has. It’s nice being able to call on the leader of the most powerful military force in the world just after you’ve committed indiscriminate murder.

In London, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign have called for a demonstration tonight outside the Israeli embassy. Details here.