The Bogside Artists Newletter Issue 1.

Written by The Bogside Artists


Date 26/2/03

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Hi, No. We are not going to tell you how to make a million by farming bagpipes in Donegal. Nor do we wish to add torepparttar deluge of unwanted horseshit already in your email box. Instead, we will amuse, inform, edify and even hang around later for your questions. If you got something that is useful, true or funny, drop us a line. Mailto:

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Derry or "Londonderry", to give it its formal title, boasts some ofrepparttar 126039 most beautiful women to be found anywhere onrepparttar 126040 planet, with Belfast running a close second. That probably explains why Derry men are crazier than most and Belfast men crazier than anybody. Derry however, has a colorful history every bit as interesting as its indigenous beauties. Each issue of our Newsletter will offer a little snippet or two of information onrepparttar 126041 subject (history, that is) about which, especially sincerepparttar 126042 onset ofrepparttar 126043 "troubles", numerous learned tomes have been written. _________________________________________________________ _ Derry gets its name fromrepparttar 126044 ancient Irish word "daire" meaning an oak grove. The oak tree was venerated byrepparttar 126045 Celts and is likely that Druids usedrepparttar 126046 grove for their rituals. The "daire" was situated on a crannog or small island inrepparttar 126047 river Foyle. Asrepparttar 126048 waters receded,repparttar 126049 surrounding area turned into bogland, whence derivesrepparttar 126050 name Bogside. The hill itself once boasted a fortress not unlike that overlooking Lough Swilly calledrepparttar 126051 Grianan of Aileach.

Inrepparttar 126052 sixth century Saint Colmcille (Columba 521-597) established a monastery onrepparttar 126053 hill. There is no proof of this, but it is more than likely, as founding monasteries was what Columba liked to do best. This, of course, attracted people to live nearby and sorepparttar 126054 settlement grew.

The monastery indeed was intact well intorepparttar 126055 17th century whenrepparttar 126056 colonists arrived from Scotland and England. Derrys boomtime however, was inrepparttar 126057 12th and 13th centuries whenrepparttar 126058 MacLochlainn dynasty moved in. They used their wealth to buildrepparttar 126059 settlement up and when they died out, Derry fell into decline. It was not untilrepparttar 126060 arrival ofrepparttar 126061 De Burgos that relative prosperity returned torepparttar 126062 growing town. The skeleton on Derry's coat of arms derives fromrepparttar 126063 De Burgos. _________________________________________________________ _


The Bogside Artists are a mysterious trio to many. Ergo, let me introduce us. As this will take up more space than I feel entitled to use, I'll be brief. In our NEXT Newsletter, you will find a fuller and more comprehensive edition at our website. We will even have our own photos! Consider this a mere introduction.

KEVIN Kevin Hasson's formal education began with The Christian Brothers school inrepparttar 126064 Brandywell area ofrepparttar 126065 city. It later moved torepparttar 126066 Creggan and renamed itself St. Peters. That was inrepparttar 126067 early `70's. "Art even then, wasrepparttar 126068 thing I was most interested in", he says. "My dad was a very talented man who used his skills and imagination to entertain us. Creativity therefore, as a bulwark against poverty, constitutedrepparttar 126069 environment I grew up in."

For his first ever trip abroad Kevin found himself on a relief mission torepparttar 126070 starving of Calcutta. It was an experience that transformed him. In Frankfurt, he met his American wife to be. Once married, he settled down in America. Finally, he returned home with his family.

He wasn't home a fortnight when he linked up once more with Tom, whom he had first met at St. Peters. Art wasrepparttar 126071 thing they had most in common. Kevin and Tom both play guitar. Kevin likes old movies.

TOM Apart from several brief stays in England, Tom Kelly has spent all of his life inrepparttar 126072 Bogside, where he still lives. He is, in fact, leader of a small non- denominational Christian church called "Wellspring" inrepparttar 126073 heart of The Bogside. Part of Wellspring's agenda is to explore all aspects of Irish culture, particularly where it addressesrepparttar 126074 pure Christian message. Wellspring is self-sufficient and uses The Bogside Artists' studio for its meetings.

The Illusion of Democracy

Written by Loloa Ibrahim

The Illusion of Democracy


Inrepparttar bitter cold of Serbia’s October, tens of thousands of defiant, men and women take torepparttar 126037 streets in protest. In unison they roar “He is finished.” They capturerepparttar 126038 parliament building in a show of defiance. Outnumbered, police relinquish power torepparttar 126039 mob, standing idly by as young men and women stormrepparttar 126040 building. Before long, millions of uncounted ballots fromrepparttar 126041 rigged elections are thrown down torepparttar 126042 people. They showerrepparttar 126043 jubilant crowd like bursts of confetti. It isrepparttar 126044 end of Slobodan Milosovec’s self-imposed tyrannical reign as president. It isrepparttar 126045 dawn of democracy.

October, 2002— It is that exhilarating time of year—election time. Two years have passed sincerepparttar 126046 Serbian people’s non-violent resistance andrepparttar 126047 country’s induction intorepparttar 126048 free world. For a country that had fearlessly united with fire and fervor inrepparttar 126049 face of a tyrant and demanded dignity, and had become a testament torepparttar 126050 oppressed ofrepparttar 126051 world—this was a time millions stilled to watch. What they would see this year would shock their very belief inrepparttar 126052 promise of democracy. Voter turnout in Serbia is so low thatrepparttar 126053 elections are declared invalid.


In a related but completely dissimilar story in another part ofrepparttar 126054 world, one country holds a fairy-tale election with astoundingly perfect results. The citizens of this “utopia” would never miss an opportunity to vote for their beloved ruler. With adoration, and for some literally with their blood, millions of voters cast their ballots forrepparttar 126055 man who evidently provides them with comforts worthy of such a show of appreciation. The man: Saddam Hussein.

Unquestionably, this most beloved of rulers isrepparttar 126056 first ever to win one hundred percent of a country’s vote, making him ruler for another seven years. There are over eleven million eligible voters and every one of them voted for Saddam that day. The sick,repparttar 126057 limping,repparttar 126058 old,repparttar 126059 frail—all came. Saddam’s people insistrepparttar 126060 vote was fair and accurate. Saddam Hussein wasrepparttar 126061 only candidate.

Without resorting to speculation, could it be that perhaps his beingrepparttar 126062 only contender played a role in his receiving one hundred percent ofrepparttar 126063 vote? It’s a far cry, but it just might be true. The Third Wave?

This is a bad time for democracy. It has shown us some ofrepparttar 126064 most absurd and unjust elections. So what has happened torepparttar 126065 “Third Wave?” The one political scientists and analysts have boasted about sincerepparttar 126066 fall of communism. The Third Wave of democratization that sweeps throughrepparttar 126067 world replacing oppression and tyranny with truth and justice. If anything,repparttar 126068 results of these absurd elections point to a new phenomenon—a wave of “half-done” democracy that is hurriedly being implemented withoutrepparttar 126069 necessary foundations in place.

Increasingly, it seems thatrepparttar 126070 countries that so avidly promote democracy somehow expect it to exist in a vacuum. What results is a highly skeptical and distrustful population, driven torepparttar 126071 voting booths out of despondency or, as inrepparttar 126072 case of Iraq, out of fear. But this is not true democracy; this is not true participation—the Third Wave so far is nothing more than an illusion.


Picture Robert Mugabe in his presidential palace talking defiantly torepparttar 126073 American ambassador onrepparttar 126074 telephone: “No, we do not need American election monitors. Zimbabwe’s elections are free and fair. We don’t need advice from a country that can’t run its own elections.” He refers torepparttar 126075 Bush and Gore mess of 2000.

After episodes of political violence and intimidation, and afterrepparttar 126076 press and media has been stifled and silenced, Zimbabwe’s elections take place. Concern is expressed overrepparttar 126077 mass arbitrary detentions, disappearances, and cruel and inhuman treatment by Mugabe’s men. The lack of transparency and accountability, coupled withrepparttar 126078 prevention of thousands of opposition supporters from voting, wins Mugabe a comfortable victory. The international community is as always—outraged.

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