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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:20 AM
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Ireland says may accept some Guantanamo inmates
Source: Reuters

DUBLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The Irish government signalled on Wednesday it would be open to taking in detainees from the U.S. prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said the priority U.S. President Barack Obama has given to closing Guantanamo created a "new context" to discuss the resettlement of detainees.

A spokesman for the minister said Ireland would be open to accepting inmates if there was an agreement at EU level with Washington on such a programme.

The Bush administration tried in vain to persuade allies, and EU nations in particular, to take in 55-60 inmates, of around 245 remaining detainees, who cannot go back to their home country and who the United States does not want either.

Read more: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LL68636.htm
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:23 AM
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1. Thank you Ireland for an important gesture.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:25 AM
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2. If there is any way...
for the Bush Administration to be held accountable for their actions, it is through these 'detainees'. After they are released and hopefully safely and securely settled in another environment.
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:28 AM
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3. Just curious why America can't take any
inmates who can't go back to their own countries?
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:28 AM
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4. They could place them in Irish Republican Army (IRA) safe houses
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:33 AM
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5. Nice thought
but I doubt the EU would agree. Mention of Switerland elsewhere here on DU is a different matter : Switeralnd is not an EU country.
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Peregrine Took Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:33 AM
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6. You can always depend on the Irish to do the right thing. n/t
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:38 AM
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7. wow
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 11:40 AM by 90-percent
Damn good and generous people these Irish! They must have listened to some recent Obama speeches or sumtin'?


-90% Jimmy

I hope they take care of that poor kid that has spent age 14 through 22 at Gitmo. Good God, what a horrible thing for my country to have done to such a young man!
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:09 PM
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8. To make up for allowing extraordinary rendition flights to land?
CIA rendition flights went in and out of Shannon Airport...

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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:23 PM
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9. I wonder if some muslim influenced Irish Gaelic music will come out of this?
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:00 PM
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11. That would be Loreena McKennit!
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 01:04 PM by Marrah_G
3. Does Loreena perform solo or with a band?
Since Loreenas music involves a range of musical styles including Celtic, middle-eastern, as well as musical feels, it often becomes necessary to travel with a number of musicians. During the 2007 tour Loreena was accompanied by nine musicians who played instruments ranging from violin, viola, cello and bass to percussion, kit drums, hurdy-gurdy, guitars, oud and lyra or kemenche.

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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:01 PM
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12. Link?
:shrug:
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:05 PM
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13. here
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 01:06 PM by Marrah_G
www.Quinlanroad.com

3. Does Loreena perform solo or with a band?
Since Loreenas music involves a range of musical styles including Celtic, middle-eastern, as well as musical feels, it often becomes necessary to travel with a number of musicians. During the 2007 tour Loreena was accompanied by nine musicians who played instruments ranging from violin, viola, cello and bass to percussion, kit drums, hurdy-gurdy, guitars, oud and lyra or kemenche.



She is my favorite artist.

Middle Eastern, not necessarily Muslim.
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Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:51 PM
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10. I'd love to have heard an Irish choir at the Inauguration ceremony singing,
"If you're Irish, come into the parlour..."!
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:10 PM
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14. I was listening to BBC radio
and some comments came up about this, one comment was to put detainees on Crawford Pig Farm good idea but bush is no longer there, and another comment was why isn't the US taking responsibility for their own actions and why are other nations bailing out the US.
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