Tag: United States

Ron Paul: Liberty or Tyranny

(Originally Published in the UCC Express in February 2012)

It’s somewhat difficult to believe that Barrack Obama won the U.S presidential election in November of 2008. This difficulty arises because it seems as if it was just yesterday that it happened. Time has a nasty habit of doing that; passing by at a rate so fast that the next thing you know, there’s another election looming. Obama personified hope during the 2008 election campaign and he marketed it as such, as that’s what the U.S presidential elections boil down to: marketing. Everyone believed in this concept called “change” that he promised he would bring to the U.S political landscape. His followers were fanatical in their devotion with “Yes We Can” becoming their mantra, which if they repeated often enough, would ensure that the opponents of their idol were crushed. Well now, just over three years later, there appears to be another man who has captured the collective imagination of the voters across the Atlantic. The man in question is of course, Ron Paul.

Palestinians Are Living Under Discriminatory Laws

(Originally Published on Indymedia.ie in December 2010)

A new report from Human Rights Watch once again clearly, and succinctly, lays forth the discriminatory and downright apartheid laws which the Palestinian people daily have to live under. The 166 page report, entitled Separate and Unequal, describes in detail the “two-tier system of laws, rules and services that Israel operates for the two populations in areas of the West Bank (and East Jerusalem) under its exclusive control, which provide preferential services, development and benefits for Jewish settlers while imposing harsh conditions on Palestinians.”

We Don’t Need No Education (Part 2)

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)

Part 2

In my previous article, here, I discussed the approach to religious education in Ireland and the various problems, failings of the system that is currently in place and how it is currently changing. In this week’s follow on article, I will be discussing the same things but this time my attention is focused on America.

The American Dream?

In the United States, there is no religious instruction whatsoever within the public education system. Whilst this has been the norm for many years, there are certain religious organisations who have been challenging this in recent years, however, I digress.

The End of Rome Rule

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in February 2010)

Over the last few weeks I have been asking myself if I am really living in Ireland. The norm over the last decade was to ignore “minor indiscretions” that may have taken place. That, thankfully, seems to be changing. It seems that in the midst of an economic downturn, sins committed long ago are now coming to light on a regular basis. This applies to no other person or group more aptly than the Catholic Church.