22 April 2004 Edition

Anger as Israel assassinates Hamas leader

22 April 2004

Israel's assassination of the Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi on Saturday 17 April by means of a missile attack against his car in Gaza City shows the impunity enjoyed by the regime leaded by Ariel Sharon when it comes to its actions against Palestinian civilians and activists. Free article

Delivering a better economy for all - Adams addresses Dublin Chamber of Commerce

22 April 2004

A packed Burlington Hotel conference room greeted Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams yesterday morning as he spoke at a Dublin Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The Chamber had originally planned using another hotel, but was such the demand they booked a bigger venue. Free article


22 April 2004

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Israel's nuclear whistle-blower to be freed

22 April 2004

For 18 years Mordachai Vanunu has been imprisoned by the state of Israel. His crime: telling the world the truth about his government's secret nuclear weapons programme. The date set for his release, 21 April, is only five months short of his full sentence. Over the years, the case of Mordechai Vanunu has come to symbolise the intractable problem of state secrecy that continues to stymie all efforts towards world nuclear disarmament. This is why Vanunu has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 1987. Free article

British political control is the problem with policing

22 April 2004

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly was in New York on Wednesday to address the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) on the issue of policing in the North of Ireland. His address comes on the heels of the public debate on policing in the US sparked by the Sinn Féin advertisement placed in the New York Times during the St Patrick's Day celebrations, and soon after an address to the same Committee by PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde. Free article

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Zapatero to pull Spanish troops from Iraq

22 April 2004

On Sunday 18 April, the newly inaugurated Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, announced his decision to pull Spain's 1,400-plus troops from Iraq. Spain's Iraq contingent is based near Najaf, where an uprising led by muslim cleric al-Sadr began two weeks ago. It is part of a Polish-led multinational brigade based in southern Iraq. Free article

One year ago...

22 April 2004

By Mark Guilfoyle - It was a wonderfully sunny spring day in Covington, Kentucky on 15 March 2003, when Gerry Kelly spoke at the Northern Kentucky Police Memorial. A black marble slab, it is inscribed with the names of dozens of police officers who have fallen in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Northern Kentucky over the years. There are thousands of similar police memorials in communities all across the United States. In America, police officers are universally regarded as heroes and public servants. Free article

Hopeful developments in Basque Country

22 April 2004

While most Sinn Féin speakers had to battle against the unpredictable April weather to give their Easter speeches last week, Alex Maskey's Easter Sunday had a distinctly warmer, international flavour to it. Maskey was in the Basque Country, attending a day-long conference on conflict resolution and the need for multi-party talks. Free article

Discriminatory electoral law must be repealed

22 April 2004

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP this week presented the Westminster 'Northern Ireland' Affairs Committee with a comprehensive document in which the systematic disenfranchisement of as many as 18% of eligible voters in the Six Counties, the majority of them from nationalist areas, is exposed. Free article

Wexford Hospital Petition delivered to Dáil

22 April 2004

A petition to upgrade Wexford General Hospital and to protect the hospital from Government intentions to centralise acute hospital services under the Hanly Report was delivered to Leinster House on Wednesday by Wexford Sinn Féin elected representatives and local election candidates. Free article

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