6 May 2004 Edition

Torture accusations nothing new for British Army

6 May 2004

Last June, Kelly Tilford, an assistant in Max Spielman's photo-processing shop in Tamworth, Staffordshire, developed a film containing a number of photographs which she said made her "sick". The film had been handed in by 18-year-old British Army soldier Gary Bartlam, a private in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and contained images of Iraqi prisoners being tortured, possibly at the Umm Qasr Detention Centre in Basra, by members of his regiment. Free article


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Star on Sunday lies refuted

6 May 2004

Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Nicky Kehoe has slammed as "disgraceful gutter journalism" a story in last weekend's Star on Sunday tabloid linking a Dublin Sinn Féin activist with one of the city's most notorious heroin and cocaine dealers. Free article

The privatisation of war

6 May 2004

The US and British Governments have turned to private military corporations to provide security and carry some of the dirty work in Iraq. These are what the media are calling the civil contractors, the new lingo for mercenaries. After some of the activities of some of these individuals came to light with the investigation of tortures in the prison of Abu Ghraib, it is now clear why they have become targets for the Iraqi resistance. Free article

SF councillors' homes targeted

6 May 2004

The homes of two Sinn Féin women councillors, in West Belfast and Dunmurry, respectively, are the latest to be targeted in ball bearing attacks in the last week. Free article

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Ireland cannot continue to collude in Iraq scandal

6 May 2004

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD on Wednesday raised in the Dáil the issue of the torture of Iraqi prisoners by their US and British captors and the continued use of landing privileges in this country for US military, despite overwhelming opposition. Free article

Residents forced out

6 May 2004

Six nationalist residents say they will be moving out of their homes in Glandore Avenue, North Belfast, after a campaign of intimidation. Free article

New Lodge attack was sectarian

6 May 2004

Sinn Féin says a ball bearing attack on a house in Stratheden Street in the New Lodge area of North Belfast was carried out by loyalists. Free article

Barron to issue further reports

6 May 2004

Justice Henry Barron is to issue further reports on bombings and shootings in which collusion by British crown forces is suspected. This was announced by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in answer to a Dáil question from Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. Free article

Anger as major Belfast festivals are refused funding

6 May 2004

The NI Events Committee, which angered community groups throughout nationalist Belfast over its refusal to fund a St Patrick's Day Carnival event outside Belfast City Hall, has now upped the ante. In a shock decision, the committee has now decided to refuse to fund the Ardoyne Fleadh Ceoil, the Greater New Lodge Community Festival and the Féile An Phobail festival in West Belfast. All three successful summer festivals were granted funding last year. Free article

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