The Bogside Artists Newletter Issue 1.

Written by The Bogside Artists

Continued from page 1

Prior to joining forces with his brother William, and his pal Kevin, Tom worked for ten years in cross-community art projects inrepparttar city as a means for gettingrepparttar 126039 two communities to understand one another. He was a pioneer inrepparttar 126040 field. Tom says: "Our society has done incalculable harm to our natural pride and sense of self-worth. Christianity addresses this." Tom has completed many murals inrepparttar 126041 city that depicted life, as it existed a long time ago. He called these `heritage murals'. They were made for schools, hospitals and community centers.

Tom is a fine singer and musician and has produced Wellspring's one and only CD, a compilation of well-known Irish gigs and a few original numbers from Wellspring's composers.

WILLIAM Tom's older brother William Kelly also worked in England. First he went to Queens University after a formal education at St.Columbs College. St.Columbs incidentally boasts no less than TWO Nobel Prize winners - Seamus Heaney and John Hume. Renowned playwright Brian Friel was also educated there.

William decided to leave uni and went to Carlisle, England, to work as a Post Office counter clerk, which lasted a year. His intention was to `grow up'. "Happily, I failed," he says.

Teaming up with his brother Tom and Kevin to form The Bogside Artists was a natural progression. William likes to read and paint and has little time left for anything else. He is married and spends his time between Australia and Ireland. _________________________________________________________ _


Sad days for some in Derry. The old stalwarts who were in regular receipt of funding fromrepparttar 126042 Derry City council have been axed this year. The purse strings are tightening. We, of course, have never received a penny and it seems that this time around, our "chances are very slim" according to one official. We are shocked, of course. __________________________________________________________


Recently we have organized our group along more professional lines with a management committee and everything. That means, when we apply for funding, we might conceivably be taken seriously. Inrepparttar 126043 meantime, we concern ourselves with our next murals. The first of these will begin atrepparttar 126044 end of May. There will be three more in toto, and you can follow our progress with all three. You can be sure that this section of our newsletter will gradually take pre-eminence over all others. _________________________________________________________

So now you know all about us! Our intention is to completerepparttar 126045 remaining three murals forrepparttar 126046 Bogside. It will be an open-air gallery, unique of its kind. Our Newsletters, of which this isrepparttar 126047 first, will keep you informed of our progress; and inrepparttar 126048 "Diary" section especially, you will read aboutrepparttar 126049 bizarre and wonderful events that unfold, as we go about making our murals......because what actually happens to The Bogside Artists, on a day to day basis, is a helluva lot funnier than anything we could make up. Also, we will be able to post photos taken in situ on our Newsletter so that you can get a real intimation of what it is like to work as a muralist in Derry! On that promising note, I bid you adieu and wish you, on behalf of Tom, Kevin and myself, a very happy day. _________________________________________________________

5. USEFUL WEBSITES, Spartan in contact info., Derry's soccer site, all you ever

wanted to know about Derry's football squad but were afraid to ask. Up torepparttar 126050 minute., useful links to all things Northern Irish., has that little village life content. BIG things happen in Donegal, mostly to fish., for those seeking their biological origins all over Ireland. Derry's genealogy center is based inrepparttar 126051 Heritage Building where The Bogside Artists have exhibited., simple and torepparttar 126052 point givingrepparttar 126053 visitor what he needs to know and well presented with good flicks. Flights to Dublin, London, Glasgow, Manchester, Majorca etc., good plug forrepparttar 126054 town. I should say "city"; but Derry will never be a "city" as such, we hope! To Derry "wans", it'll always be a town. _________________________________________________________

The Bogside Artists are three men from Derry,N.Ire, known the world over for their series of murals in The Bogside. Visit their website;

The Illusion of Democracy

Written by Loloa Ibrahim

Continued from page 1

Elsewhere in Our Troubled World

In Pakistan UN envoys are sent to monitor elections. But atrepparttar verge of losing, President Musharraf orders to haverepparttar 126037 investigations stopped and, not long after, declares himselfrepparttar 126038 winner.

In Bangladesh,repparttar 126039 government decides to send out an army to stamp outrepparttar 126040 increasing crime inrepparttar 126041 country. Their targets: not criminals, but opposition leaders. The country’s crackdown on crime is accused of being nothing more than a form of state terrorism directed at political parties.

As for our friends,repparttar 126042 Germans, their Prime minister, Gerhard Schroeder wins an election after one of his ministers artlessly compares George W. Bush to Adolph Hitler. Is itrepparttar 126043 tactless comparison that is more shocking here, orrepparttar 126044 extremity ofrepparttar 126045 measures taken by politicians to appeal to their otherwise disenchanted populations?

All aroundrepparttar 126046 world, voter turnouts are decreasing, as is trust in government—except of course in Iraq, where Saddam and his lovable thugs are able to tactically coerce people to vote by stamping their blood on ballots. But Iraq’s kingdom-come aside, recent trends bring about great speculation aboutrepparttar 126047 ‘Third Wave’ and how prepared countries are for democracy.

In that respect it seems as ifrepparttar 126048 West is willing to sacrifice quality for quantity. The more countries convert to democracy,repparttar 126049 more its proponents can boast of its promise, andrepparttar 126050 easier it is to access and do business with these countries. Few will admit thatrepparttar 126051 majority of these ‘Third-Wavers’; these newly democratized nations are anything but democratic.

Closer to Home

It seems as ifrepparttar 126052 world of politics is completely devoid of trust if evenrepparttar 126053 world’s most successful democracy,repparttar 126054 good old United States, is having its share of troubles.

Inrepparttar 126055 shadow ofrepparttar 126056 United State's chaotic presidential elections of 2000, Russia's Communist party made a sarcastic offer to send election monitors to Palm Beach to help with Florida’s troubled mid-term elections. The same joke was voiced byrepparttar 126057 Albanians and by none other than Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. However, what was once a joke has now become a reality. America has acceptedrepparttar 126058 offer.

The first delegation of poll monitors ever assigned to analyze an American election arrives inrepparttar 126059 United States and among its staff are Russian and Albanian representatives.

Their goal is to evaluate whether or not Florida’s mid-term elections meet international democratic standards.

This same team of ‘democracy-police’ have previously monitoredrepparttar 126060 French elections, and nowrepparttar 126061 United States, after which they will pay Turkey a little disciplinary visit.

Some would say this event is justice for all countries that have been lectured by Washington inrepparttar 126062 past about their electoral processes.

Others would say maybe we could all learn a thing or two from Mugabe and Saddam’s perfectly silenced masses.

The Reality

No corner ofrepparttar 126063 earth is without a democracy in distress.

Those of us who are lead to believe thatrepparttar 126064 world is rapidly reverting to democracy have been deceived. Most of these new democracies are haunted with previous histories of communism or civil war and marred by poverty and social inequality. Under these conditions,repparttar 126065 transition to democracy is quite impossible. Inasmuch as there are institutions promoting democracy all overrepparttar 126066 world, there are few that promoterepparttar 126067 economic and social stability that makes democracy possible.

Why are they telling us thatrepparttar 126068 stage has been set for democracy when all aroundrepparttar 126069 world less people are inclined to vote and more people are distrustful of their leaders? This year certainly speaks for itself. Acrossrepparttar 126070 globe, elections have proven to be nothing more than theatrical—Saddam’s one hundred percent vote; Serbia’s no-shows; Mugabe’s self-imposed landslide victory.

As forrepparttar 126071 third wave—maybe, just maybe somewhere beneathrepparttar 126072 ocean of falsities,repparttar 126073 real wave is brewing.

Loloa Ibrahim : BA in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. Member of the American Political Science Association and The International Women’s Writers Guild. Recognized for several academic honors. Currently works for the Department of Human Services in VA. Teaches English and adult literacy at the Center for Multicultural Human Services.

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