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A Forgotten Irish
Civil Rights Trailblazer

By Tom Deignan In 1957, Martin Luther King. Jr. paid a visit to a Tennessee community organizing camp where he heard Pete Seeger perform a revised version of an old gospel tune for the first time. Within a decade, “We Shall Overcome” would become an anthem for civil rights marchers from Birmingham to Belfast. MartinRead more..

News from Ireland: Ireland to Fingerprint Asylum Seekers

In an attempt to reduce the number of illegal immigrants entering the country, Ireland will introduce mandatory fingerprinting for all asylum seekers. This step has been roundly criticized by human rights organizations and the Irish Refugee Council. Under the new program, all asylum seekers over the age of 14 will be fingerprinted and the informationRead more..

Paul O’Dwyer

Civil Rights Champion

Since his childhood in Mayo during the worst of the Black and Tan atrocities, Paul O’Dwyer has been a fearless champion of human rights. During the Red Scare and the civil rights movement he stood up for the oppressed regardless of personal cost. He was an early ally of the State of Israel and helpedRead more..

Unspeakable Acts,
Ordinary People

A book about a subject most of us want to ignore. When the British government imposed internment without trial in 1971, army personnel at the Castlereagh Interrogation Centre carried out an experiment known as “the five techniques” on 14 men. They covered their heads with hoods, bombarded them with “white noise,” deprived them of foodRead more..