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Letters – Israel the bulwark

Dear Sir, Your correspondent, Jim Wilson of Dunmanaway (Letters 14 September) really knows his stuff when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians. Or does he? As a senior fellow in Middle East studies, I can assure your readers that he is as clueless as they come. Scarcely a word in his little rant comes close to being true. Where to begin? ‘ These Zionists have no right under INTERNATIONAL

Letters – a horrendous accusation

Jim Wilson, what a horrendous accusation “They have just murdered over 2000 Palestinians” Why do say murdered? Most were killed because were militants, killed in combat, many just not wearing combat cloths, how convenient, they will be considered cililians.

Letters – Israel’s struggle for survival

Sir, I have read Mr Wilsons letter and it too is sad, he obviously only checks a certain source of information and chooses to remain deliberately ignorant of many of the facts. The zionists had a dream of a state just as the Palestinians dream of a state. The Palestinians have had many chances of realizing this dream even as far back as 1948, but they rejected the U.N partision

Letters – Greyhound, spearhead of the employers

The implications of the dispute at Greyhound Recycling  and its handling go far beyond the confines of Dublin and the waste management industry.  If this employer succeeds in cutting the wages of these workers by anywhere in the vicinity of a third, the stage will be set for a full-scale offensive against working people. There have already, during this austerity recession been examples of people having their wages slashed in

Letters – Israel and Gaza

Dear Editor, Both Margaret O’Dee’s and Michael Cronin’s letters fill me with sadness. First of all they are confusing Israelis with Zionists. These Zionists have no right under INTERNATIONAL law to take Palestinian land and they are still doing this as we speak.They have just murdered over 2000 Palestinians,a people that they imprison in Gaza with hardly any hope of freedom and they keep them under siege. Margaret O’Dee lives

The Cloud of Unknowing – Birth of the Greek Gods

“Come thou, let us begin with the Muses who gladden the great spirit of their father Zeus in Olympus with their songs, telling of things that are and that shall be and that were aforetime with consenting voice” -From Hesiod, ‘The Theogony’   One of the things I enjoyed this summer was seeing ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ performed in the sunshine outside the Islanders Rest Hotel on Sherkin Island. It

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Lazy Beds and Strawberry Runners

Schools are back, September’s started and leaves are crisping. Which can only mean that summer is over. It seems unfair that summer time, even with all that extra daylight, runs at the speed of a shooting star while winter time trundles and sputters along like a vintage tractor with a wheel missing. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, that autumn is lovely with leaves ablaze with the colours of

Letters – teacher loss a serious blow to Allihies

This is an historic time for education in the parish of Allihies. For the first time in history have all the children in the parish been taught in just two classrooms. The population of the parish has been in decline for years however the recession of recent years has accelerated the problem alarmingly. Three schools in the parish, at Lehanmore, Allihies and Cahermore, amalgamated in 1979, to form Cahermore Central

Letters – concern meets angry response

Dear Editor, Last Saturday I went to Cape Clear and had a lovely long walk there. Back to Schull by ferry, I was already longing for the next time I would go there, as I do every year. Walking back from the Quay to my friends place, I passed the horrific scene of an accident in which one person died and several others were in shock or injured.