Stop the war on Iran!

first_imgBy Raymond TylerIsrael set off a bomb on July 3 on the Iranian Natanz nuclear site, severely damaging a building integral to Iran’s nuclear power facility. The plan to attack the Iranian nuclear center had long been planned by the U.S. and Israel. (New York Times, July 10) The unprovoked attack is one in a series of U.S.-backed bipartisan attacks targeting the Iranian people. Despite soft criticism from the Democrats about the Trump administration’s war crimes, the two major political parties in the U.S. have supported the use of force against Iran. The Democrats’ main criticism of the Republican Party’s war crimes is that they lack a strategy and that Congress was not consulted. This criticism came after a U.S. airstrike killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a Iranian military official, in January. (, Jan. 3)  A few Democratic members of Congress objected to that missile attack,  including Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.  Despite a brief New York Times article on July 5, the Pentagon’s attack on Iran has been secondary news compared to the constant coverage about the coming presidential election. Corporate-backed candidates clearly take precedence over the lives of poor and working people in the U.S. Israel’s recent attack is directly in line with U.S. foreign policy toward Iran and a continuation of Washington’s hostile actions against the sovereign country. The U.S. imposes horrific sanctions against Iran which are disastrous for its people.  Bombs fall on the Middle Eastern country with no consequences to Pentagon officials who order the air strikes or to those who carry them out.Any defensive action that Iran takes when in the crosshairs of the imperialists is considered an act of “terrorism.” Yet the U.S. and its imperialist allies can bomb countries and wage wars as they are self-proclaimed “free and democratic” states. While working people in the U.S. lose their jobs, health care and homes, and even die due to the COVID-19 pandemic, imperialist aggression abroad has not ceased.  It has actually increased, leading the U.S. in a familiar direction — to another war disguised as a “defensive action.” As always, when capitalists wage war, it is workers and oppressed people who suffer. The state of Israel acts as an imperialist stronghold against forces in the Middle East whom the U.S. deems enemies. The justification for Israeli and U.S.  aggression is based on outright hypocrisy, to say the least. Washington and its allies can aim missiles and bombs at any country they choose to target. But if the countries defend themselves and fire back, that’s all the “justification” the U.S. needs to wage an invasion and all-out war.The U.S. and their allies continually send a clear, simple threatening message to Iran:  “Stop existing and we’ll stop attacking.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick lecturers are Teaching Heroes

first_imgNewsEducationLimerick lecturers are Teaching HeroesBy John Keogh – October 10, 2014 1825 Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Post Show | Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Facebook Previous articlePaddy is Limerick’s top young entrepreneurNext articleNoonan raised Mount Trenchard concerns in 2005 John Keogh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air center_img Dr Mary Moloney, Dept of Early Childhood Care and Education, with Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Dept of Mathematics & Computer Science, Mary Immaculate College (centre) received their awards in the presence of USI President Laura Harmon, Minister for Education & Skills Jan O’Sullivan, the Patron of the National Forum Prof Mary McAleese and Chair of the Forum Prof Sarah MoorePicture by Shane O’Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.Dr Mary Moloney, Dept of Early Childhood Care and Education, with Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Dept of Mathematics & Computer Science, Mary Immaculate College (centre) received their awards in the presence of USI President Laura Harmon, Minister for Education & Skills Jan O’Sullivan, the Patron of the National Forum Prof Mary McAleese and Chair of the Forum Prof Sarah MoorePicture by Shane O’Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.THREE lecturers at two Limerick institutions have been recognised at the National Teaching Hero Awards held in Dublin Castle this week.LIT engineering lecturer Dr ALan Kavanagh was one of the 53 teachers from 27 higher education institutions across Ireland who received Teaching Hero Awards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meanwhile, Dr Mary Maloney, Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies and Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Head of Mathematics and Computer Studies at Mary Immaculate College were nominated for the awards by their students.The aim of the awards is to identify inspirational lecturers who might not have previously received public recognition.Dr Kavanagh has engaged engineering students for many years in LIT’s Active Learning philosophy through the use of innovative teaching techniques in practical laboratories and workshops. He has also promoted engineering among first and second level students by visiting schools with an innovative and interactive presentation.“Although my work title is a lecturer, I considered myself a teacher – they are very different roles. LIT gives me the opportunity to teach in small group numbers, which is so important for the teaching and learning of today’s students I believe,” he said.The patron of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which established the awards in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is former President, Professor Mary McAleese.Speaking of the winners, she said: “Excellence in teaching is about much more than simply getting students through their exams. It is about inspiration, passion, generosity of spirit, and a genuine desire to make a positive difference to students’ lives.”Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said she looked forward to the awards becoming an integral part of the teaching and education calendar.“Any celebration of excellence is worthwhile and to be welcomed but these innovative awards are doubly so in that they not only recognise marvellous teachers but give their students a voice in that process at the same time. All of us involved in the education system want to see the best outcomes for students; not just in the form of results or career paths but in terms of their overall experience and its impact on them as people,” concluded Minister O’Sullivan. Advertisement Print New Report from MIC Reveals the Reality of Human Trafficking in Ireland TAGSeducationMary Immaculate CollegeTeaching Hero Awards Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste Linkedinlast_img read more

Giant rainbow flag unfurled in front of Taiwan autocrat’s memorial hall

first_imgAn international crowd of more than 200 people waving rainbow flags and masks, some singing and dancing, marched up to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, where a small group briefly displayed the flag in front of the building, which houses a giant statue of Taiwan’s late leader.After scattered shouts of “Fuck you, Chiang Kai-shek”, the crowd marched back down the steps, accompanied by a handful of police, blowing whistles to stop people lingering.Chiang, who died in 1975, was lauded in life as an anti-communist hero, especially in the United States, but many Taiwanese revile him as a despot who imprisoned and killed opponents during a reign of terror.Darien Chen, who represented Taiwan at Mr. Gay World 2013 and organized Sunday’s event, said they were holding high the banner for the rest of the world, with hundreds of events cancelled in the traditional Pride month.”With the rest of the world under the peak of the epidemic, only Taiwan can do this,” Chen told Reuters. “Of course we won’t give in, and we must continue with this flame of hope and stand up for the world, to hold the only parade in the world in this Pride month.”Taipei holds its main Pride parade in late October when the weather is cooler.  Topics : Hundreds of people thronged a central square in Taiwan’s capital Taipei for a Pride event on Sunday, unfurling a giant rainbow flag in front of the main memorial hall for late autocratic leader Chiang Kai-shek before being ushered away by police.Proudly democratic Taiwan is a bastion of liberal values in a part of the world where in many countries homosexuality remains illegal or taboo. Taiwan legalized same sex marriage last year, the first in Asia.The “Taiwan Pride Parade for the World” billed itself as a show of solidarity with countries unable to hold LGBTQ celebrations due to restrictions on public events to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. The pandemic is under control in Taiwan.last_img read more