This video from Northern Ireland says about itself:
East Belfast Loyalists attack Polish homes with bricks
16 January 2014
A Polish woman living in east Belfast has told UTV how she believes her family were targeted in two attacks because of their nationality.
Anna Bloch and her family have lived in Inverary Drive for several years, but after midnight on Thursday a brick was thrown through their window.
The young woman, her mother and step-father were in the house at the time, but were not hurt.
Her brother’s home was also attacked with a brick. He lives with his wife and 11-year-old son in the nearby Sandbrook Park area.
Police have also appealed for information on a third property which was attacked in Victoria Court.
The attacks, which police are treating as hate crimes, are the latest in a series of similar incidents in recent months.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Thousands of Polish workers to take part in the first ever migrant workers strike in Britain
Plans to protest come after a Government crackdown against illegal immigrants
Saturday 08 August 2015
Thousands of Polish people working in Britain are expected to take part in the first ever migrant workers strike in this country later this month. The protest, planned for Thursday 20th August, is the result of discussions on Polish internet forums by people angry at immigrants being blamed for Britain’s economic problems.
And the unofficial strike, which does not involve any trade unions, is being backed by the Polish Express newspaper which has created a Facebook group to promote the event. A red t-shirt produced for the protest states: “Enough! Stop blaming us.”
The suggestion of a strike came from one of their readers, claimed Tomasz Kowalski, editor, Polish Express. “It’s just a way to show people in the UK that immigrants are an important part of Britain. We want to make the point that we are here and that we want to feel appreciated,” he said.
At more than 680,000 people, the Polish community is one of the biggest in Britain. Around half a million Polish workers are relied upon in areas such as construction, healthcare and catering.
Threats to strike come amid a Government crackdown against illegal immigrants, prompted by repeated attempts by migrants seeking to cross the English Channel from Calais in recent weeks. …
Yesterday saw the launch of a protest of a more positive kind. Using the Twitter hashtag #Polishblood, organisers want Polish migrants to donate blood on the 20th August, rather than not turning up for work. Hundreds of people have already pledged to donate blood since the campaign was launched on Facebook and Twitter yesterday.
Lawyer George Byczynski, coordinator of the British Poles Initiative, a campaigning group behind the move, told The Independent: “Everybody will find something for themselves in this protest, if somebody feels they are discriminated against they will be able to show the most positive thing that somebody can do, a very noble thing of just giving blood. It’s a purely positive thing to foster the British/Polish relations.”
Far from being a drain on the nation, migrants actually make Britain a more prosperous place, according to a major report by researchers at University College London last year. It found that immigrants from the European Union who came to Britain between 2000 and 2011 paid out £20 billion more in taxes than they received in benefits.
See also here.
This video is called Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata) (with northern lapwings in the background).
From Bird Study:
Population estimates and changes in abundance of breeding waders in Northern Ireland up to 2013
3 July 2015
Aims: To estimate the size of the breeding populations of selected breeding wader species in Northern Ireland in 2013 and population changes since previous surveys in 1987 and 1999.
Methods: Complete surveys of all potentially suitable breeding habitats were undertaken in randomly selected 2 km squares in each of 146 land-dominated 10 km squares across Northern Ireland. Square selection and a two-visit field method replicated previous surveys conducted in 1987 and 1999.
Results: Northern Ireland breeding populations of Eurasian Curlew, Northern Lapwing and Common Snipe were estimated to be 526 (±95% CI: 252–783), 860 (277–1545) and 1123 pairs (527–1782), respectively. These estimates represent significant declines in abundance of 82%, 89% and 78% respectively since 1987.
Conclusion: Breeding populations of Eurasian Curlew, Northern Lapwing and Common Snipe have declined dramatically since 1987 and the distributions of all species are becoming increasingly fragmented and restricted towards the western counties of Tyrone and Fermanagh. Urgent conservation action is needed to prevent the disappearance of these species from the wider countryside.
This video from Mauritius says about itself:
Demonstration against UK occupation over Chagos
Event: Peaceful march
Date: Wednesday, 7 April, 2010
March co-ordinator: LALIT
To put on the agenda once again the original demands for full decolonization, the re-unification of Mauritius, for base closure and environmental clean-up, and for the right to return and reparations for all Chagossians. What this means is that the march is perhaps the beginning of a new long-term campaign that needs to be built up on these issues.
After the British Harold Wilson government deported all people forcibly from Diego Garcia island in the Chagos archipelago to give place to a United States military (and torture) base … after Wilson’s Conservative successors in the 1970s seriously discussed the possibility of ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Northern Ireland by driving all people opposed to the Great Britain-Northern Ireland union violently south across the six counties-twenty-six counties border (recalling the seventeenth century, when the English military said to the Irish people of Ulster: ‘To Connacht, or to hell!’), now this about the later Thatcher administration …
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Thatcher files: Ministers considered Hong Kong relocation
Friday 3rd July 2013
This hare-brained scheme was suggested during the height of the Troubles by Reading University lecturer Christie Davies, who asserted that when Britain handed back Hong Kong to China in 1997 there would be no future for its 5.5 million inhabitants.
The alternative, he suggested, was to resettle them in a new “city state” to be established between Coleraine and Derry, revitalising the stagnant Northern Ireland economy.
Recently released National Archives files show that the idea sparked a flurry of correspondence in Whitehall.
When details appeared in October 1983, George Fergusson, an official in the Northern Ireland Office, sent a memorandum to a colleague in the Republic of Ireland department of the Foreign Office, declaring: “At this stage, we see real advantages in taking the proposal seriously.”
Among the benefits, he suggested, was that it would help convince the unionist population that the British government was committed to retaining Northern Ireland.
If this moronic scheme would have gone ahead, then it would have run into trouble from bigotry among the most fanatical of unionists in Northern Ireland. These are not just bigoted against pro-republican Northern Irish people. Or against Romanian people. Or against Jews. There is also nasty racism against people of Chinese ancestry there.
This music video from Ireland says about itself:
Bronagh Gallagher – Love Will Find You
19 February 2013
Bronagh Gallagher (aka Derry‘s daughter) with her amazing band absolutely stormed the Glassworks with a blistering set.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Gallagher: Spread joy of same-sex marriage
Friday 12th June 2015
SINGER and actress Bronagh Gallagher has called for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Northern Ireland ahead of her performance at a Belfast marriage equality rally on Saturday.
Ms Gallagher will be supported on stage by Quire, a 30-strong choir of LGBT singers.
“For me, this is dead simple. I think everyone is equal and the law should treat them as equal. No more and no less than that.”
Northern Ireland left behind on gay marriage issue, say Belfast marchers. Thousands join demonstration calling for an end to province’s status as ‘last bastion of discrimination against gay people in these islands’: here.
ABOUT 20,000 gay rights supporters marched through Belfast city centre on Saturday to demand that the legal recognition of same-sex marriage be extended to Northern Ireland: here.
This video from Ireland says about itself:
14 April 2015
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking at the launch of the party’s Referendum campaign, has urged voters to “give a resounding Yes to both referendum issues”.
Teachta Adams said:
“In just five weeks’ time two referendums will be held. One is to reduce the eligibility age for a candidate for the Presidential elections. The second is on marriage equality.
“Sinn Féin is calling for a Yes vote in both referendums.
“In respect of the Marriage Equality Referendum, many of us will have a member of our family or extended family who is gay. All of us, whatever age we are or wherever we live or work, know someone who is gay.
“They want what we want – the right to live their lives as full and contributing citizens and to share in the love of a family of their own.
“I would also appeal for everyone to join the campaign for a Yes Vote.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Northern Ireland under pressure after Irish gay marriage referendum win
LGBT campaigners to step up push for equal marriage rights after Northern Ireland becomes only western European country where it is still banned
Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
Sunday 24 May 2015 15.37 BST
Politicians in Northern Ireland will face intense pressure from LGBT rights campaigners to “catch up” with the rest of western Europe after the Irish Republic overwhelmingly backed same-sex marriage in a referendum.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions will join Amnesty International and gay rights group the Rainbow Project to hold a mass rally in support of equal marriage rights on 13 June, while a legal test case has also been lodged with Belfast’s courts.
After Friday’s historic referendum, in which the Republic’s voters endorsed same-sex marriage by 2-1, Northern Ireland remains the last country in western Europe where LGBT couples are barred from getting married.
Attempts to legislate to allow gay marriage have been vetoed by the Democratic Unionist party and a majority of Ulster Unionists in the devolved Northern Ireland assembly at Stormont.
An ICTU spokesman said the region needed to catch up with the rest of democratic Europe – and in particular every other part of the UK. “In 1998 Northern Ireland became one of the most advanced places on earth for human rights. Section 75 of the Good Friday agreement dealt with human rights and enshrined the rights of every citizen to be treated equally in Northern Ireland,” he said.
“Since then Northern Ireland has slipped back in terms of the human rights agenda and is now isolated in the UK as the only place where a gay couple cannot get married. The rally will be held in solidarity with the gay community.”
Section 75 of the Good Friday agreement guarantees the right of every citizen to avail themselves of state services in the region. LGBT rights campaigners believe that these services include marriages in civil spaces such as council chambers.
Amnesty’s campaign director in Northern Ireland, Patrick Corrigan, has called for a mass turnout at the rally, which will start from Belfast’s Writers Square at 2.30pm. Corrigan said people in Northern Ireland should show they are “sick of living in a discriminatory backwater for gay people”.
Last month, a Sinn Féin motion on marriage equality fell after 47 Stormont assembly members voted in support while 49 unionists voted against. Even if there had been a small majority in favour, the DUP would have exercised a special veto drawn up under devolution.
The so-called Petition of Concern allows any party to veto legislation if they can argue the law would not have sufficient cross-community/Protestant-Catholic support.
Praising the Republic’s electorate, John O’Doherty, director of the Rainbow Project, said: “We are all simply elated at this stunning, landslide victory for our sisters and brothers in the Republic. They have brought Ireland on a journey of acceptance and they have done so with grace, compassion and good humour.”
The Rainbow Project has confirmed that an English couple are challenging the gay marriage ban in Northern Ireland. That case is expected to reach the courts in Belfast by November.
DUP objections to a bill of rights that would cover Northern Ireland and the Republic are based more on religious than political grounds, the Guardian has learned. It is understood one of the main reasons the DUP continues to block the bill of rights – promised in the wake of the Good Friday agreement – is because it might lead to gay couples having the right to marry.
A source told the Guardian on Sunday: “The DUP now appears more obsessed with gay people and their demands than any traditional, sectarian objections to the bill of rights. It reflects the continued strong influence of the evangelical Christian lobby within the party.”
Meanwhile, the Catholic church in Ireland is trying to come to terms with the size of the vote in favour of gay marriage. A majority of 62% backed the constitutional change in the first referendum of its kind on Friday.
Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, said the church “needed a reality check” after the outcome. “I ask myself, most of these young people who voted yes are products of our Catholic school system for 12 years. I’m saying there’s a big challenge there to see how we get across the message of the church,” Martin said after Saturday’s result.
The senior Catholic cleric and former Vatican diplomat warned that the church should “not move into denial of the realities”. Only one of the Republic’s parliamentary constituencies, Roscommon South Leitrim, voted no. Out of total of just over 3 million voters, 1,149,390 backed same-sex marriage while 684,616 voted no.
Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s first minister, admitted to hospital. DUP says 66-year-old leader is undergoing tests, understood to be for a suspected heart condition, after feeling unwell on Monday morning: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Walmart Employee Refuses To Make “Gay” Cake
6 May 2015
“Two Nevada teens — one gay and one straight — have become Internet sensations in the wake of their viral promposal, but a new wrinkle in what had been a heartwarming story has emerged.
Jennifer Sandoval, the aunt of one of the teens, told local Fox affiliate KVVU-TV that employees at a Las Vegas Walmart refused to include the word “gay” on a surprise cake she bought for the duo. Sandoval’s nephew is Anthony Martinez, who attended the Desert Oasis High School junior prom with his straight best friend, Jacob Lescenski, on May 2.
In a Teen Vogue video profile of Lescenski and Martinez, … Sandoval revealed the original inscription she’d hoped to have written on the icing: “You’re gay, he’s straight, you’re going to prom, you couldn’t have had a better date.”
After the Walmart associates refused to print the word “gay,” she opted for, “You matter, prom kings.”
“One word — ‘gay’ — which is the meaning of happy, isn’t going to harm putting that on a cake,” Sandoval said in the KVVU-TV interview. “I don’t understand. It’s one word. It’s ‘gay.'”
Read more here.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Northern Ireland bakers guilty of discrimination over gay marriage cake
Ashers Baking Company found guilty of discrimination for refusing to make cake featuring gay pressure-group slogan
Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
Tuesday 19 May 2015 10.37 BST
A Northern Ireland bakery has been found guilty in a landmark ruling of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage theme.
Ashers Baking Company received worldwide support from evangelical and born-again Christians over its refusal to make the cake for a local gay rights activist in the region.
But a judge in Belfast high court on Tuesday ruled that the family-owned firm was guilty of discriminating against Gareth Lee on the grounds of sexual orientation.
District judge Isobel Brownlie acknowledged that the McArthur family, which owns Ashers, do “hold genuine deeply-held religious beliefs”.
However, she pointed out that government regulations were there “to protect people from having their sexual orientation used for having their business turned down”.
The judge added: “I believe the defendants did have the knowledge that the plaintiff was gay.”
Outlining her reasons why this was a case of discrimination, Brownlie said: “The defendants are not a religious organisation. They conduct a business for profit. As much as I acknowledge their religious beliefs, this is a business to provide service to all. The law says they must do that.”
The firm was accused of discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation against Lee, a volunteer with gay rights campaign group QueerSpace.
Lee asked Ashers in Belfast’s Royal Avenue to bake the cake last year to mark the election of the first openly gay mayor in Northern Ireland, Andrew Muir.
Lee reported the bakery to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland after it reversed an earlier agreement to bake the cake with the pro-gay marriage message.
During the three-day court hearing in March, Lee said the decision by Ashers decision to hand back the £36.50 he had originally paid for the cake “made me feel I’m not worthy, a lesser person and to me that was wrong”.
However, Lee, through the Belfast-based gay rights lobby group, the Rainbow Project, said he would not be making any statement in relation to the judgment.