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Internationalism must not be reduced to a radical buzzword or an ideological bookmark – Anderson

13 March, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has today joined with intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky, Ignacio Ramonet, Gianni Vattimo to participate in the International Forum for Empowerment and Equality in Argentina.

The aim of the forum is to put in the centre of the debate the dignity of people, highlighting politics, as a tool of democratic emancipation.

Social and political leaders, intellectuals and leaders of America and Europe will gather to say no to neoliberal restoration threats, seeking to strengthen the horizons of emancipation.

In a speech delivered at the event, Martina, who sits on the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee in Brussels and is chair of the Palestinian Delegation, said –

“The links and bonds between Ireland and Argentina are long-standing and historic.  Argentina has the largest population of Irish in the non-English speaking world. And for many centuries our two nations and our peoples have long fought the common colonialism of others.”

 “I leave here tomorrow to travel to the Occupied Palestine Territories in my capacity as the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation on Palestine.”

 “Our friends in Palestine are suffering tremendously from Israel’s modern neo-colonial oppression, a Zionist programme of intentional and outrageous attack which compares with the worst examples of apartheid and genocide throughout the 20th Century.”

“I stand with you - and I stand with Palestine - as a proud Irish republican, who believes in the sovereignty and self-determination of all citizens; and as a dedicated internationalist, who believes that our collective solidarity is the responsibility of all humanity.”

“For me, internationalism must not be reduced to a radical buzzword or an ideological bookmark. For me, progressive internationalism is, in fact, the practical remedy to regressive neo-liberal globalisation.Progressive internationalism is truly the bright and brilliant fire of tomorrow’s hopeful future - for every person on this planet.”

“It’s a fire that thrives in the connections of communities who strive and struggle for justice worldwide, everyday in everyway.”

 “It’s a flame that lives in the collections of comrades – of all ages and genders - who fearlessly give up their lives and liberty for the global cause of change.”


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