Archive for June 2010
In November 2009, Japan pledges five billion USD to Afghanistan over five years.
On June 2, 2010, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigns (Fourth PM in four years).
In June 13th article via the New York Times, the United States identifies a trillion dollars worth of minerals in Afghanistan.
While visiting Japan this past week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai promises that Japan gets priority for mining and mineral resources in Afghanistan.
Apologies Loyal Readers for the lack of posts. That all changes. The HD is back and blogging harder than ever. I can’t talk about where I’ve been or what I’ve been doing. However, RIGHT NOW, the HD is willing to dispel all rumors (rumours) that he was in Pakistan with a pistol, a sword, and night vision goggles. (Hat tip to an unnamed source).
Remember that great NYTimes article that gamed an Israeli strike on Iran?
“Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.”
Anyway, the HD is only posting on this as the former President mentioned that the state of Texas was the “Promised Land”. In fact, the Promised Land is located off a highway in Taiwan as evidenced a photo taken in the HD’s delegation in November 2008. Your move, W.
Ignoring the debate surrounding the flotilla raid (the HD thinks both sides showed stupidity), comes some very interesting information from Fiachra Ó Luain’s press release. Apparently the Israelis took his passport from him… “This theft of Irish state documents by Israeli government agents is a grave matter of personal and national security, considering that it was only discovered in February that Irish passports were used by an Israeli hit squad to murder a Palestinian official in Dubai.”
MINISTER MUST SECURE THE RETURN OF STOLEN IRISH PASSPORTS AND SANCTION ISRAEL
Shannonwatch Press Release
8th June 2010
An Irish Peace activist had his passport stolen by the Israeli
authorities as he was forcefully ejected from Israel last week. This
theft of Irish state documents by Israeli government agents is a grave
matter of personal and national security, considering that it was only
discovered in January that Irish passports were used by an Israeli
hit squad to murder a Palestinian official in Dubai.
One of the activists on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, Mr. Fiachra Ó
Luain, has written to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheal Martin to
demand that action be taken. Ó Luain was forced on to a flight to
Turkey despite his legal arraignment to take a case in the Israeli
Courts to contest his deportation order. His case was based on the
fact that he was abducted and brought illegally to Israel against his
will by Navy Commando assassins and could not therefore be legally
deported. “We were political hostages, used as pawns by the Israeli
government in a Public Relations war and we had all of our basic
rights denied.” claims Ó Luain.
Mr. O’Luain’s passport disappeared while in the hands of Israeli
officials in Ben Gurion airport after they beat him on the ground. As
a result he was left to make his way through a foreign country,
injured and with no identity documents. This was a potentially
dangerous situation for him. Travelling on a flight to Turkey without
a passport is a crime that is punishable by Turkish law. Luckily Ó
Luain managed to discuss this with Mr. Nabi Avu, Senior Advisor to the
Turkish Prime Minister, who was on the same flight. Mr. Avu guaranteed
that Turkey would not prosecute Ó Luain given the circumstances.
Shannonwatch, an Irish peace and human rights group with whom Ó Luain
has been actively involved, have expressed serious concern at this
precedent. “Fiachra’s basic right to travel and his right to an
identity as an Irish citizen were put in jeopardy by the action of the
Israeli forces. It’s a very dangerous precedent that Israel must not
be allowed to get away with. As Minister Martin himself said in the
Dáil, these people never chose to go to Israel. They were hijacked in
international waters and brought there against their will. For Israeli
agents to take his passport in those circumstances is an outrage”
stated Dr. Edward Horgan
Ó Luain said he is very angry at the treatment he received at the
hands of the Israeli security forces. “I am contacting the Minister to
demand that he take action on this, as it is my right as an Irish
citizen to hold my own passport and not have it removed by a
belligerent foreign government. I was kidnapped by Israel in
international waters, where I was travelling legally as part of a
peaceful and humanitarian mission to Gaza when we were attacked and
members of our party assassinated. Israel has yet to show any remorse
and in fact added insult to injury by allowing its armed agents to
violently attack me and others in Ben Gurion airport before stealing
Irish passports are the property of the Department of Foreign Affairs
and it is a serious offence to misuse them. For this reason Minister
Martin is already considering the action to be taken against an
Israeli embassy official suspected of being involved in forging Irish
passports. “The confiscation of important passport documents by a
foreign government is a serious act which should be addressed at the
highest levels of Irish and European government.” said Fiachra Ó
To contact Shannonwatch email email@example.com or phone John
Lannon on +353878225087.
Phone Fiachra Ó Luain on +353863193567, +353894185445 or email
“Passengers aboard it had heard about the attacks but decided not to turn back, he said.
‘After having a discussion among themselves about what to do, they decided to keep going,’ Daly said.”
“The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.” -Chinese proverb
Now, more than ever, Palestine needs a Mahatma Gandhi/Martin Luther King, Jr. figure. The HD isn’t saying violence is never the answer (he should have initiated some this past weekend when he got mugged!), but that in the face of overwhelming military might, it is not worth fighting via violence. A nonviolent resistance movement in Palestine would have overwhelming international support and finally end the “inhumane, illegal and insane” siege in Gaza. But Hamas would probably kill whatever leader arose. Sigh.
The HD is going to leave the Flotilla story alone for awhile. It looks like Fiachra shall be returning home soon. It will be very interesting to get his side of the story. The HD will aim for an exclusive!
via the Irish Times: “But I will make this point. If any harm comes to any of our citizens, it will have the most serious consequences.”
“Five Irish campaigners – including leading activists Dr Fintan Lane and Fiachra Ó Luain – are being held in the Be’er Sheva detention camp, from where they face deportation. Dr Lane and Mr Ó Luain were on board Free Gaza boat Challenger 1 which was boarded by Israeli forces.”