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By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

I was sorry to read that a journalist from north Belfast has been found murdered at his home in South Africa. Peter Cassidy (68), formerly from the Cavehill/Ballysillan Road area of Belfast, was discovered lying on the floor of his bedroom at his home in Polokwane in the Limpopo district in the north of the country. It is understood that he had suffered a head wound and had a rope around his neck. What a way to die, and what a stain on the increasingly lawless “Rainbow Nation” of South Africa! I note that in 2002, South Africa had 114.8 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, the world’s highest murder-rate and around five times higher than that of the second-highest country, Brazil. Whilst the MSM eulogise South Africa, this rampant lawlessness is not so frequently discussed. Why is is that murder is such an everyday occurrence in this country? Who is doing all this killing and what, if anything, is the South African Government’s response?


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

hillary2.gifI wonder if you saw that Hillary Clinton is very concerned about a new Islamic terror attack on the US between now and the next election? Why is this, you may wonder? Is she worried about the tragic loss of life this would inevitably bring about? Is she concerned about the damage to the US economy at such a critical time? Speaking to the New York Post she declared that she is worried that a terrorist attack…MIGHT HELP THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!

Talk about narrow self-obsessed politicians! Newsbuster makes two great points here..

Firstly, how low has political campaigning sunk that any candidate for the Presidency would even consider saying something like this as part of a campaign? Whether a terror attack would or would not help a single political party should be irrelevant- all Americans should be working together to prevent a terror attack and to defeat our enemies. We should be working together regardless of who occupies the White House.

Secondly, how can any media outlet, especially one from a city that has first-hand experience of being attacked by Islamic terror, treat this statement as being a normal, straightforward campaign sound bite?


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

This gave me a laugh. Apparently sexist monkeys are making life a misery for women in the Kenyan village of  Nachu. 

According to local MP Paul Muite the monkeys have taken to harassing and mocking women in the village and even when the women have tried wearing their husbands’ clothes in an attempt to trick the monkeys into thinking they are men – this has failed.

"When we come to chase the monkeys away, we are dressed in trousers and hats, so that we look like men," resident Lucy Njeri told the BBC News website  "But the monkeys can tell the difference and they don’t run away from us and point at our breasts. They just ignore us and continue to steal the crops."

In addition to stealing their crops, the monkeys also make sexually explicit gestures at the women, they claim! Personally, I would suggest that uberfeminazi Germaine Greer be despatched straightaway to Nachu to deal with these sexist monkeys.


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 2:03 pm

I see that there was a disgraceful attack at the home of a former deputy mayor of Derry, whose son serves in the police. Liam Bradley’s home on the Lonemoor Road in the city was targeted in a gun attack. Mr Bradley, a former Irish Independence Party councillor, was in the house with his family at the time but they escaped injury. An attempt was also made to burn the family car. Sinn Fein Policing Board member and convicted IRA bomber Martina Anderson has condemned the attack saying that "Liam Bradley is well known and respected throughout Derry and I extend best wishes and solidarity to him, his wife Marie and family. I call on those responsible to refrain from such actions in the future."

Given that the IRA murdered hundreds and maimed thousands of police officers, I think she can take her weasel words and shove them where the sun don’t shine. IF Martina is really so keen to enforce law and order, she could make a start by informing police on ALL such information that she may have on those IRA terrorists with which she so proudly served. Surely her memory is not so bad that she can no longer recall them? If it is, should be serving on any Public body? 


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Ok, I missed posting this last week due to travelling over to London, so there will be two selections today, starting with this classic tune. Its bubblegum pop at its best and all the better for the lack of pretensions! And didn’t Debbie look good back in those days when the world was young and so was I?


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

As regular readers will know, we have been running a poll on the topic of the Death Penalty. I asked the question “Do you support the Death Penalty for certain crimes such as mass murder” and I’m closing the poll today. Those who support the motion are shown as red dots on the map, whilst those who oppose it are shown as green dots! The answer to the question on ATW is a resounding “YES”, with around 70% supporting the use of the death penalty in these special circumstances.

What intrigued me most was the way this issue is viewed either side of the Atlantic. Looking at the maps which show who voted where, I see a sea of red Stateside, with around 90% supporting the death penalty. Perhaps this is not a big surprise since the US does still  use this penalty and it appears to meet with the approval of the vast majority of Americans who visit ATW, at the very least. But when I look at mainland Europe, I see a tide of green, indicating opposition to the use of the Death Penalty. It’s clear Europeans are not interested in this sanction, which is perhaps not that surprising either given the history of secular post WW2 Euroland. Looking at the UK, I note that opinion seems split about 50:50 whereas in Ireland, it reflects continental European values in opposing this sanction.

I know that polls must all be treated with suspicion but the difference in outlook on this important issue is marked between the US and Europe, and with several hundred votes now in, I thought you might be interested in the detail!


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 10:14 am

yobcontract2308_228x388.jpgI touched on this issue yesterday but wanted to expand on it a little today, I refer to the peculiar concept of "An Acceptable Behavior Contract" as a means to tackle feral youth behaviour. In essence, Police are urged to let more vandals, joyriders and teenage drunks escape punishment if they agree to sign a good behaviour "contract". The Acceptable Behaviour Contracts are handed out instead of spot fines or criminal penalties. Thugs and other offenders have to abide by promises which could include "I will not set fire to things", or "I will not damage property". Breaking the ABCs, which normally last for six months and carry no criminal record, will not automatically mean a punishment either, as they are a voluntary agreement. ABCs were first introduced four years ago for low-level anti-social behaviour. Almost 25,000 have been issued, and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith now wants a huge expansion in their use.

Under the ABC system offenders can help decide the wording of the contract and what its conditions should be. They will generally have to agree to five different rules. Those who do not bother to turn up to a first meeting to decide the contract will routinely be given a second opportunity – despite having wasted police time by not attending.

Amazing, 25,000 of these useless pieces of paper have been handed out and the Home Secretary thinks that the real issue is that this is just not enough. Talk about not being unable to see the real problem! We’ll never tackle crime with Labour in power – they are institutionally unable to recognise what causes crime and so they will not deal with it. It’s as easy as ABC to see that.


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 9:57 am

pigs.jpgGuess what? The Office of First and Deputy First Minister (Paisley and McGuinness) employs around twice as many people as 10 Downing Street. They employs 415 staff, costing some £14.1 million a year. This compares to a Downing Street staff in the region of 200 people. Can we look forward to job cuts in this bloated monstrosity? I think not. This is the pigs in the trough time – and despite hollow but repeated DUP boasts about how "efficient" they are, this demonstrates the unbelievable greed and waste that characterises the Stormont Assembly!


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 9:48 am

No, in a word! They are not. In fact I think they are very sensible to ban Sikh officers from wearing a turban on duty whilst insisting that the force was not racist but trying to be impartial while providing a state service. Controversy erupted earlier this week, as we covered on ATW, after a Sikh man, an IT professional in his 20s, began training to join the Garda Reserve. Initially he was told wearing a turban would not be a problem but later a senior officer warned if he wanted to go on duty in a station, he would have to remove it, sparking criticism about the gardaí’s alleged outdated rules.

I fully support the decision of the Irish police, as they are refusing to be bullied by the multiculti liberal left who label anything and everyone "racist" in order to get their way. I would be interested to know how the Police Service of Northern Ireland would react to a similar challenge – I bet they would roll over and accept the turban! I hope the Irish Police maintain their stance.


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 9:21 am

Here’s a review of a play called "The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty" which has just opened in Belfast at the Grand Opera House. This review is by ATW reader Typhoo, and I think it is well worth a read.

Martin Lynch’s play the interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty opened in the Belfast Opera house on Tuesday night. It is a controversial play of the arrest of a political activist Ambrose Fogarty from McDonnell St. in the lower Falls. He is held for threedays at a west Belfast police station where CID try to break him and make him confess to the armed robbery of a bank in Andersonstown. He is arrested during disturbances and is held in the cells where another man Willie Lagan has also been arrested. Lagan is a likeable fool, a real funny guy, who plays at the local Dwyers club with his guitar, and who lives with his ma.

He’s been to the shop to get his ma a soda farl when he is arrested on the word of a British soldier for throwing stones. The two know each other but are deliberately kept apart. CID don’t want anyone knowing Fogarty is there, they intend to break Fogarty one way or another. Fogarty doesn’t know why he’s been arrested, and when he is taken from the cell for the first interview CID play good cop bad cop. Where was Fogarty two weeks ago Thursday, he doesn’t know. Fogarty doesn’t want to talk, he knows his best chance lies with saying nothing. But they leave him with one cop who soon gets him talking.

Turns out its a pretty small world as these two have played football together when they were teenagers. A regular first interview, then Fogarty is returned to his cell until the next day. Fogarty however is up to date, nice cop or not,he won’t let them have his picture or prints without a signed statement from a senior officer. When they get their documentation the next interview is a lot different. The two CID men tear Fogarty’s clothes off, and they beat him. Fogarty is standing there in his bare ass, tell us Fogarty sure you can’t satisfy your wife. Lets see the size of it, it’s smaller than my wee finger. Did you ever satisfy any woman Fogarty. Sign the F**kin’ statement about the robbery. Do it or we’ll beat the shit out of ya. Smack! They kick him and punch him and pull the hair from his head. You’ll not leave here, we’ll get a seven day detention order.

Meanwhile there’s Willie lagan whom the CID try to use to frame Fogarty. Where Fogarty wants to keep quiet Lagan wants to talk and sing. Lagan is a true authentic Belfast man. he answers their questions so stupidly and works them in his own way that the whole audience is rocking in their seats. His humour is natural and witty  – but they still beat him to frame Fogarty. The punch in the play comes when the three CID men are together talking and are justifying what they are doing. They take our money when they claim their benefits and then bomb our cities and threaten our democracy. The top CID man is friends with the big man and keeps him abreast of what is happening. There is a juxtaposition of this conversation with one Fogarty is having in the cell, he’s telling them its not my democracy, its not my state. In the end he’s
let go he doesn’t get broken but willie is released to appear in court on Monday under three charges.

In the end this play could only have been produced by Lynch, a former member of the Official IRA who lived in North and West Belfast. He is writing about what he knows from experience. The feel of the 70’s is there, from the clothes they are wearing, tank tops and flared jeans to Fogarty’s long hair and moustache.
Its a play about the police. Sgt Nixon who joined the force before the troubles began, in it because he loves the job contrasted to the CID officers who joined the police rather than the UDA. Theres a different feel to the play in 2007 to when it first aired back in 1982 shortly after the hunger strikes when according to the Belfast Telegraph  many people  walked out of it at the Lyric theatre. Each of us who went came away with
something different depending upon our own experiences and prejudices. The big question for me was, where was Fogartys democracy now? The political insurgents had become part of the establishment, they lost the fight not because they lost the argument, but because they bowed to a much more severe ppressor than the state they were fighting and had their argument taken from them. 

On a last note, this wasn’t a play I particularly wanted to see,although now I’m gald I did, but it certainly was not a play for children, yet I saw children there who had to be as young as 12.  This wasn’t for young eyes or ears, it was for adults who remembered the times and could look back possibly in regret and hoped that we’d moved on but some parents didn’t seem to know that, nor did they take their children out once it got violent. Their perogorative I suppose.