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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Celtic Green Brigade





Is Celtic finally talking the language of global football?

by McAllister of Ongar in Exile

Football is one of the few universal languages in our world: it has the power to unite people in a passionate and unparalleled way. It can supplant life in some sections of our society and it can reward us emotionally in greater ways than we care to admit.
Looking back over the decades of my life following Celtic I can honestly say there have more good times than the bad.
Now this will definitely age me, I can recall the first time I saw Celtic. It was at Cathkin Park [1960-61 season] against Third Lanark though I can’t remember the score [I think we lost...they finished third that year] just the noise and the stench of cigarette smoke and urine. My Dad took me…he reasoned with my Mum that it would be a ‘safe game’ to go to and as my Dad didn’t have a car, we could walk from Govanhill. On the way back I was cautioned not to mention the toilet habits of our fellow supporters or my Mum would ban me from ever going again.
My excitement that day still lives with me and even now I get that same sense of anticipation and glow when I journey to any of the games.
Another seminal moment in my football supporting life was the 1963 Real Madrid - Eintracht Frankfurt European Cup Final. I was in awe of the football that night. That was my first really big football night. What a stadium Hampden was with its steep terraces and giant floodlight pylons. A magical place and it was owned by Queens Park! How could they afford it I used to wonder?
In my lifetime I have seen Celtic grow from being not even the second best team in Scotland to become the best and then the best in Britain and Europe. Yes my Dad took me to Lisbon too. I have watched them achieve international fame and infamy and back again as our beautiful club slipped back down the global rankings. But we never lost the faith.
Today it’s all about money and brands if we are to survive on 'Planet Football' and the number of football brands seems to be consolidating as the TV contracts become bigger. The big boys get richer and the wee guys get marginalised in this world of sport. According to Brandirectory, a US based sports marketing agency, Man U are the biggest global sports brand, bigger than any of their NFL, NBA or NHL franchises. Football is truly a global game.
Sitting in New York, where I travel to frequently on business, I am spell bound by Fox Soccer and its spin on ‘football’. The format is basically the same the obligatory anchorman and the couple of football pundits. Today it was Warren Barton. They talk about “three to two’ victories in “game 17” but by and large the language is pretty much the same. Their ‘uber’ enthusiasm is certainly addictive. They even managed to make the Man City - Reading post match analysis exciting.
Imagine my pride this week as I watched a re-run of Celtic versus Barca right there on Fox Soccer and following that up announcing: “Soccer’s Next Young Star” a new series launching in January filmed at Celtic AND you can watch the Celtic games by signing up to Fox Soccer Plus. North America the home of the brave, the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLS featuring our wee club, this ‘pub team’ as the English media like to call us.
It blows my mind. We might just be on the way back to the top table after all. Why? Well because the great global game is coming to terms with its need to grow its own talent if we wish to compete with the big boys. We need to be spotting “soccer’s next young star” and be like Barcelona and grow our own.
At Celtic we have always had that culture the only problem was we lost our way chasing the Ibrox dragon as it burned its way through cash and Scotland’s football heritage.
We know that our leaders made some shocking errors of judgement and didnt have courage to stick to the principles of the club and respect its heritage. However we have the best home fan base in Scotland, recognised and respected around the world. Welcomed by all for our colour, our joy, our enthusiasm and good sportsmanship and a passionate belief in our destiny. Yes frequently we’ve been kicked in the head by lady luck and fate has scorned us but we are still here, still fighting and still singing.
Along the way our club administrators might have lost the faith at times BUT WE NEVER DID!
Happy Holidays and Hail Hail
The Green Brigade is an ultras group consisting of supporters of the Scottish football club Celtic.

The group were formed in 2006 and describe themselves as a "a broad front of anti-fascist, anti-racist and anti-sectarian Celtic supporters".[1] They are normally situated in section 111 of Celtic Park; Celtic football club were closely involved in creating the Green Brigade section within the stadium. The Green Brigade have organised various displays at Celtic matches involving banners, flags and demonstrations which have been credited with improving the atmosphere at Celtic Park.
Green Brigade display on 13 August 2011
The group participate in, and often start, pro-Irish Republican Army, anti-British and Irish Republican chants.
At a match against Dundee United in November 2010, there was serious disorder in the section occupied by the Green Brigade when a supporter was being ejected by stewards.[5]Supporters charged at the security guards and one was left with a bloody lip after a coin was reportedly thrown.
In April 2011 at the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen police officers attempted to remove a supporter who had set off a flare inside the stadium. Police were unable to remove the supporter because other fans held onto him. Four supporters were later held by police in connection with the incident.More than 100 Green Brigade members walked out of the stadium in protest of the arrests.
In April 2011 some members of the Green Brigade were not sent season ticket renewal forms after the club threatened to disperse the group around other sections of the stadium.
After the last match of the 2011-12 season Celtic manager Neil Lennon presented the SPL trophy to the Green Brigade by placing it in front of the section where they sit. He later said, "I just wanted to say thank you to them because they have, week in, week out, created a great atmosphere. They sing non-stop. They add colour. Sometimes they are a little bit controversial but in the main they have behaved themselves impeccably and they have changed the culture of the stadium. It’s a fun place to come for the supporters and the atmosphere in the big games has been fantastic. They are the catalyst for all of that."[8]
In November 2012, the Green Brigade organised a pre-match card display against Barcelona to celebrate Celtic's 125th anniversary.The display featured a Celtic cross, green and white hoops and 125 Celtic in written form, with supporters earning the praise of club chairman Peter Lawwell


British Secret State Terrorism is an Abomination



British Secret State Terrorism is an Abomination

category international | rights and freedoms | opinion/analysis author Sunday December 23, 2012 05:06author by BrianClarke - AllVoices Report this post to the editors
War Crimes of Occupation in ireland
The Ministry of Defence in London has just paid out £14 million in compensation to hundreds of Iraqis who were illegally detained and tortured by British forces during the five-year occupation of the south-east of the country, demonstrating the British have broken their promises and undertakings to the international community once again.

On the 18th January 1978, the Government of the Republic of Ireland brought an application against Britain, before the Commission of International Human Rights in Strasbourg (ii) that various interrogation practices--in particular the so-called 'five techniques', which included wall- standing, hooding and deprivation of sleep and food--and other practices to which suspects were subjected amounted to torture and inhuman or degrading treatment contrary to Article 3...The Commission unanimously found that the five techniques did constitute a practice of torture and that other practices amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment
British Secret  State Terrorism
British Secret State Terrorism
British Secret State Terrorism is an Abomination

Lawyers and international human rights groups say there is systemic abuse in British Occupied Ireland. Indeed we learned last week the British murder lawyers and human rights activists there, Now their ability to hold Irish citizens or what they term British commoners without trial ,is so fundamentally wrong, it goes against everything a civilized society stands for.

When you're accused of a crime in a civilized society, you get a trial, you get a trial by a jury of your peers, no matter how heinous your crime is, no matter how awful you are, you are given a transparent trial. The miscarriages of justice in the instances of the Guilford Four and Birmingham Six demonstrate the injustices of the British system in open court, what then, are your chance being Irish in secret courts?

The Ministry of Defence in London has just paid out £14 million in compensation to hundreds of Iraqis who were illegally detained and tortured by British forces during the five-year occupation of the south-east of the country, demonstrating the British have broken their promises and undertakings to the international community once again.

On the 18th January 1978, the Government of the Republic of Ireland brought an application against Britain, before the Commission of International Human Rights in Strasbourg (ii) that various interrogation practices--in particular the so-called 'five techniques', which included wall- standing, hooding and deprivation of sleep and food--and other practices to which suspects were subjected amounted to torture and inhuman or degrading treatment contrary to Article 3...The Commission unanimously found that the five techniques did constitute a practice of torture and that other practices amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment

On the same day the Parker report was published on 2 March 1972, the United Kingdom Prime Minister stated in Parliament, that its torture techniques in British Occupied Ireland would not be used ever again in future. The Prime Minister's statement, directives expressly prohibiting the use of the techniques, whether singly or in combination, which were then issued to their forces by the Government.

At a hearing before British Courts on 8 February 1977, the British Attorney-General declared that the 'five techniques' would not in any circumstances be reintroduced either collectively or individually. Yetstill the torture goes on with the Marian Price and others secretly interned without trial in British Occupied Ireland, while hundreds more claims are in the pipeline as Iraqis become aware that they are able to bring proceedings against the UK in the London courts.

Human rights groups and lawyers representing former prisoners say, that the abuse was systemic, with military interrogators and guards responsible for the mistreatment, acting in accordance with both their training in the UK. Campaigners are calling for a public inquiry into the UK's detention and interrogation practices.

Those compensated were male civilians who said they had been beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened before being interrogated by the British, who detained them on suspicion of involvement in the violent insurgency against the Occupation. Others were forced into stress positions for prolonged periods.

Most of the complaints come from the actions of shadowy military intelligence units. Officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross complained incessantly. Despite this, the interrogators shot hundreds of videos of themselves threatening and abusing men, bruised, disoriented, starved and sleep deprived in many cases, too exhausted to stand.

A soldier who served as a guard, said that he was ordered to grab blindfolded prisoners by their thumbs, then drag them around assault courses.He said that the prisoners were often beaten during these runs and that they would then be returned for interrogation in camera.These interrogation centres are regarded as "Britain's Abu Ghraib". These are the same people who run secret trials, with secret witnesses, secret evidence based on secret torture, to secretly intern indefinitely, prisoners of political conscience who object to British Occupation in Ireland.

The number of claimants both from torture in Ireland and Iraq, clearly demonstrates a systemic problem and combined with other ongoing British war crimes in Occupied Ireland such as the state murder of human rights lawyers and journalists, it is high time this be made fully accounted for with victims but also the British taxpayers, with an obvious interest to know the truth but also of the millions subsequently spent in compensation in both Iraq and Ireland to British torture victims.

Human rights groups and lawyers say the UK government is obliged to hold an inquiry to meet its obligations under the European convention on human rights, particularly under article three of the convention, which protects individuals from torture like Marian price received while in solitary confinement for over a year, who is spending her second Xmas interned without trial. After a hearing, in the British high court highlighting matters supporting the allegations of systemic abuse. These include:

• The same techniques being used at the same places for the same purpose: to assist interrogation.

• The facilities being under the command of an officer.

• Military doctors examining each prisoner at various stages in their detention.

• Investigations by the Royal Military police that were concluded without anyone being held to account.

The MoD claims no public inquiry is necessary, as it has instituted an investigation body of its own. After Ihat investigators examined the videos shot at Jfit, three interrogators were referred to the Service Prosecuting Authority, with a recommendation that war crimes charges be considered. However lawyers for the prisoners believe Ihat is insufficiently independent, with one investigator already quitting Ihat, alleging that the organisation's inquiry is not genuine but a typical British face-saving exercise of more secrecy.
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