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TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly are back in court in Ennis at 2pm on Tuesday March 10th as a result of their attempt to inspect a US military aircraft at Shannon Airport.
This is the second day of a case that has already heard evidence from a number of witnesses who outlined the problematic nature of the US military presence at Shannon. These witnesses included Irish Times Security Analyst Dr Tom Clonan, former UN Deputy Secretary Denis Halliday, international lawyer and neutrality expert Roberto Zamora, and Dr Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch.
4 war planes in Shannon on Saturday, very good reason why Clare Daly and Mick Wallace attempted to try and have these planes searched……. Court case in Ennis continues tomorrow.
by Jamison Maeda
Gunshots ring out loudly from every direction as a car speeds down the road. A sign on the windshield says “Press” in French. Inside the car are a journalist and two others. The journalist, clearly panicked, watches people running in the street from the rebel army who havem taken over the town. “I don’t know if we’re doing the right thing” she says fearfully. Suddenly the car stops in the middle of the road to rescue a woman and a young man. The two jump in. Deafening gunfire continues as the car stops again and they all run down a narrow alley. They huddle together beside a wall. The journalist has her phone to her ear. She is afraid.
This scene could be from this summer’s next blockbuster action movie, but unfortunately it is real. It’s a documentary called Virunga about a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The journalist is Melanie Gouby.
by Jamison Maeda
In 2010, an explosion on the BP Deep Horizon oil rig off the coast of New Orleans killed 11 workers and released millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This was not only the the largest U.S. offshore oil spill, but the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.
As the clean-up began, scientists noticed that much of the oil was mysteriously unaccounted for. Recently however, studies published by the University of California at Santa Barbara and Florida State University stated that 10 million gallons of Deepwater Horizon oil have created a toxic carpet on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico 3,200 square kilometers in area, or about the size of County Clare.