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By Sean Mitchell

The determine of James Connolly looms huge within the pantheon of Irish old figures. Streets, constructions, and teach stations are named after him in Dublin, statues are in-built his honour.

It is much less renowned, although, that Connolly used to be a innovative Marxist dedicated to the destruction of capitalism. This truth on my own is a resource of embarrassment to an Irish elite cause on claiming him as their own.

The one hundredth anniversary of the Easter emerging and Connolly's loss of life supplies socialists internationally the opportunity to narrate to a brand new viewers enticing with Connolly for the 1st time and to rediscover his specified contributions to the overseas socialist circulation.

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His name was Jabra Nicola, a really brilliant man. W hile editor of El Nur, Jabra earned his living as a journalist on a bourgeois Arabic daily. He worked during the night. Every day at the end of his shift I would meet him and discuss with him for three or four hours. After nearly a month I convinced him. Perhaps he was also motivated by 23 A WORLD TO WIN the prospect of not being pestered any longer! This was a really great achievement. To grasp the harsh conditions under which Jabra lived, I shall relate one incident.

There was a funny aspect to the prison. In its library one could find a book called Capital in the geography section. But when one of the prisoners received by post the novel by Stendhal called Red and Black, he was not allowed to have it because political books were banned. Facing the paucity of literature I did two things: first I decided to learn French, so I took Jules Verne’s A round the World in Eighty Days in French, together with its translation into English, and read them sentence by sentence.

For example, in one part of the Bible all Israelites were entitled to participate in eating from the altar after the sacrifice. In another only the priests (Cohenim) were entitled to do so. Elsewhere there was differentiation among the priests, between Cohenim and Levis. So one could decide which part of the Bible was written earlier and which later according to the religious customs described. And this gave an opening to look at other aspects of the time. T he standard prac­ tice among Bible experts was to look at the style of language as the key to decide the order in which the different parts of the Bible were written.

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