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Museum of Free Derry events to mark 'Battle of the Bogside'

The Museum of Free Derry have organised an extensive programme of events to commemorate 50 years since the Battle of the Bogside. PFC are contributing two events to this programme.

Families of children killed by plastic bullets dissatisfied following meeting with Karen Bradley

Yesterday (17.07.19) the families of Paul Whitters and Julie Livingstone met with Secretary of State Karen Bradley to discuss the closure of files relating to their loved ones. In 1981 15 year-old Paul Whitters and 14 year-old Julie Livingstone were killed by the RUC and British army using plastic b...

Our glorious past is what we remember. The brutality behind it we’ve forgotten

"I mmediately after the second world war, German people were required to watch documentaries about the horrors of the concentration camps before they could get their ration cards. But the fact that they went, Tony Judt points out in his book Postwar , didn’t mean they actually watched. “In the half-...

When the Camera Was a Weapon of Imperialism. (And When It Still Is.)

"I first saw the photograph some years ago, online. Later, I tracked it down to its original source: “In Afric’s Forest and Jungle: Or Six Years Among the Yorubans,” a memoir published in 1899 by the Rev. R.H. Stone. It shows a crowd in what is now Nigeria, but what was then Yorubaland under British...

HOLA - ANOTHER BRITISH SCANDAL?

"On this day, sixty years ago, ten men were proclaimed dead in a British colonial detention camp at Hola in the Coast Province of Kenya. Three days later an eleventh man was declared dead. The British government claimed their deaths were the result of drinking contaminated water. What soon became ap...

My father was killed on Bloody Sunday. Britain must confront its colonial legacy

"The decision to only charge one soldier is astonishing. Little England must face up to the absolute horrors of its past The decision by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland to bring murder and attempted murder charges only against Soldier F for his alleged actions on Bloody Sunday as...

Churchill's policies contributed to 1943 Bengal famine – study

"Study is first time weather data has been used to argue wartime policies exacerbated famine The Bengal famine of 1943 was the only one in modern Indian history not to occur as a result of serious drought, according to a study that provides scientific backing for arguments that Churchill-era British...

Bloody Sunday and how the British empire came home

"The events of 30 January 1972 in Northern Ireland weren’t an aberration. Britain has been in the business of killing dissenters across its former empire for decades....."

India’s Amritsar massacre bore the ‘made in Ireland’ mark

"After a long and tempestuous life in the service of British imperialism, Sir Michael O’Dwyer had got used to a quiet life. He endured years of recriminations over the Amritsar massacre which took place on April 13th, 1919. The episode in which British Indian troops opened fire on peaceful demonstra...

Row over bid to extend centenary events to cover Ireland and India

"Government board chair blocks effort to mark events in which Britain committed atrocities Members of the government’s advisory board on the first world war centenary are at loggerheads over extending the commemorations to mark politically challenging events such as the Irish war of independence and...