Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Battle of Llwchwr 1136 by Gethin Ap Gruffydd



The Battle of Llwchwr, new years day 1136: The Normans of Southern Gwyr had been informed of an on coming Welsh Attack, and realised they could not let the Welsh pass beyound a certain point. They had to ride out and confront the Welsh in a battle, taking aboard fact that a showing of a large strong opposition coming out to meet them. may cause the Welsh to abandon, what the Normans thought was just going to be a bit of the usual Welsh ''Pillage and Plunder'' rampaging raid.

This was to be a miscalculation but unavoidable, as if the Welsh were to pass a certain point they could so easy scatter into small raiding parties to ravage the small and isolated villages and farm homesteads of Southern Gwyr. The Welsh however, had come south with a major force out of Brycheiniog to be joined by the Welsh of 'Northern Gwyr' aka the ''Welshry'' who despised the Normans who had robbed them of the fertile lands of Southern Gwyr.

 The two forces met on the common of Carn Goch, in an head on colision on a bitterly cold winters day, the battle must have been fierce, furious and bloody. A great Welsh Victory, for the chronicles write that following the battle, the battlefield was strewn with corpses, so much so, that it attracted from over a great area ravagenous wolves and feathered carrion, all of which, beast and birds fed well on the dead.

The victorious Welsh followed up this slaughter by doing to Southern Gwyr what the Norman Knights and soldiers had hoped to stop. However. more important this victory was to be the signal and message for the Welsh of the West to rise up, led by the warrior husband and wife, the two noble ''Outlaws of Cantref Caio; The Prince to be, Gruffydd ap Rhys of Dehuebarth and young princess Gwenllian of Gwynedd, daughter of the great ''King'' Gruffydd ap Cynan of Gwyned.

It is with the aid of his two sons with a great army out of Gwynedd, that the men of the West join with the men of the North united to give an huge Anglo - Norman - Flelmsh Army a crushing defeat on 10 October 1136. A day that does change Welsh History.
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There is a fine memorial to the Battle of Llwchwr, raised by Cofiwn members, supporters and others. This memorial is placed on Garn Goch common near to road on way to Garn Goch Hospital via the A 484. Well worth a visit on a warm sunny summers day with a picnic in mind but note check out where best to park locally.
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Military history and battlefields may not be quite the ''Politically Correct'' thing to be concerned with but we Welsh are at peril of severe ignorance, understanding and appreciation of the fact regards much of a 1000 years of 'Welsh Military History'. Roughly between King Arthur's victory at Mount Badon over the Saxons to Henry Tudors victory over Richard III at Battle of Bosworth in 1485, military history and battles have shaped Welsh history. Not least the Battles of Llwchwr, Cedeweli and Crug Mawr, all three fought during the War of 1136. These battles, more than just shaped Welsh History, in such a way that the consequence are with us to day, but what many people do not know, and that should include English people too, is that out of this came the beginnings of an ''English Identiy'' (How, I will inform of, at another time else where)
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Most people and that includes the majority of Welsh people understand the significance of the 'Battle of Hastings', as Americans would the 'Battle of Gettysburg', whilst Native Americans full understand the significance of the 'Battle of the Little Big Horn' and the consequences of the 'Massacre of Wounded Knee' (see our 'Massacre of Irfon Bridge). Our own first minister who recently went out of his way to visit Rourkes drift and Isandlwana Battlefields probably knows more about these battles than he does about any Welsh Battlefield - indeed I wonder if he's visited any? It would be very interesting and illuminating to do a survey of this with our political representatives. “Name just one Welsh Battlefield?” would be enough.
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So what of Welsh Battlefields? As Mynydd Carn 1081 and Bryn Glas 1402 - how many Welsh people have even heard of them - let alone know of their significance and consequences? Lets take this Battle of Llwchwr 1136 fought on 1st January 1136 between the Welsh of Brycheiniog led by Hywel ap Maredudd and the Norman's of Gwyr.

At this time remember Norman power was expanding into Sicily and Greece and into Ireland and Scotland - the Norman's were on an ''unstoppable roll''. The ''Welsh War of Defence'' to further Norman Conquest started here on a new year’s day and despite a bitter set back at Battle of Maes Gwenllian, finally won at Battle of Crug Mawr near Ceredigion in October 1136. Stopped the Norman's ''in their tracks'', and ''pura Wallie'' was saved for another 140 years - time enough for the ''age of the princes of Dehuebarth and Gwynedd'' to consolidate and strengthen Welsh Laws, culture and customs - from which the Native language was to flourish. So If these Battles had not been fought and not been won - we might not be here today or the Wales we might live in possibly be very diffrent.
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It is sad that most Welsh people know and understand little of all this, whilst the English know of their history, not least due to being taught so in schools and TV progs etc. Further,The Times ''thundered'' and with an 'English Battlefield Trust' convinced 'English Heritage' of need for an 'English Battlefields Register' to designate and thus help to protect and preserve their battlefields, same exists in Scotland, Ireland and else where. Cadw has promised to consider a Welsh Battlefield Register and indeed a ''provisional listing'' to inform local Authorities of Battle sites in their localities. However, do not leave it at that, we must continue the campaign. If nothing else you can show active support by writing articles and letters on the subject for your local paper as well as to local councillors. AM’s, MP’s and MEP’s.

PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE OK!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter Protest at Mynydd y Gwair by Partisans Cymru - Defend Welsh Common Land







No To Beaufort and Absentee Landlordism in Wales


Red Salute to Partisans Cymru from Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr and their Easter Acivity on the Mynydd y Gwair - to defend Welsh Common Land.

Time that Wales Woke up to the Land Question and that so called Nationalists and Socialists stopped being extentions of the British State in Wales and became patriots like Partisans Cymru and Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr and The Welsh Socialist Republican Congress




Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr says with the Summer Coming join our Summer Protest on the Mynydd y Gwair as part of our Rolling Thunder Welsh Land Campaign

Ireland: Seamus Costello Memorial Committee honour memory of Seamus Costello and dedicate themselves to cause of Socialist Republicanism



Socialist Republicans from across Ireland gathered in Bray today to redeadicate themselves to the cause of an all- Ireland socialist republic.

The parade was led by Chief Steward George Mcanaspie , carrying the starry plough that adorned the coffin of Séamus Costelo, followed by a national colour party made up of socialist republicans from Wicklow, Dublin, Belfast and Scotland followed by flag bearers representing the four provinces of Ireland.

This was followed by a few a Palestinian solidarity bloc that demanded freedom for all Palestinian and Irish political prisoners.




Events at at graveside were chaired by Dick O'Carroll, who called on Fiona Nichols to read the 1867 Fenian Proclamation of an Irish republic.

This was followed by Pádraic Mac Coitir an ex blanket man from Belfast, who read a solidarity statement from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to all those who fight for an Irish socialist republic.

Pádraic was followed by the main speaker of the day, John Dwyer from Wexford, who gave an inspiring oration charting the future course for Irish Socialist Republicanism.

Those in attendance left today's event confident in the knowledge that the struggle for national liberation and socialism would be pursued with passion by a new generation of socialist republicans!

Béirígí Bua!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Swansea gets the Message about the Mynydd y Gwair - Setbacks we may have but never Defeats says Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr





THE RED PITCHFORK OF RURAL RESISTANCE


INFORMING THE PEOPLE OF SWANSEA OF THE TREASON BY THE WELSH ASSEMBLY THAT EXTENSION OF THE BRITISH STATE IN WALES CONCERNING THE MYNYDD Y GWAIR COMMON LAND






                                   SYMBOLIC RESISTANCE AT MYNYDD Y GWAIR


YR AFLONYDDWCH MAWR SAYS SETBACKS WE MAY HAVE BUT NOT DEFEATS - AFTER 25 YEARS OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE RESISTING CORPORATE TAKE OVER OF COMMON LAND ON THE MYNYDD Y GWAIR IT WAS THE WELSH ASSEMBLY THAT BETRAYED THEM - OUR SO CALLED "FRIENDS" .

LEARN THE LESSON WELL AS IT CLARIFIES OUR FUTURE LAND STRUGGLES IN WALES - ANSWERING THE QUESTION WHO IS OUR ENEMY AND WHO IS OUR FRIEND.

THE COMMON LAND WILL RETURN TO THE PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE WHEN THE INDUSTRIAL JUNK OF RWE INNOGY CEASES TO WORK.

THEN  WE CAN HONOUR AGAIN OUR WELSH BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO DIED ON THIS MOUNTAIN FIGHTING THE ANGLO NORMAN INVADERS OF WALES AND HOLD UP OUR HEADS AS WELSHMEN AND WOMEN AND BE WORTHY OF THE NAME.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Cerdded 'Mlaen - Tecwyn Ifan - Still walking on and loving our Land




Songs have always been a source of inspiration for all peoples and not least the Welsh.

Welsh Land when studied in depth reveals the real history of Wales - the grounded bottom up history not the top down history so loved by the Crachach and the Anglo Welsh Cambrian historians.

The Historical Materialist interpretation of Welsh History where the Land speaks for the people has no truck with fake Welsh Tudor Taffdom and its breed of lickspittles which have influenced Welsh political life down to the present.

The "invisible" struggle for Welsh Land will become visible once again in the 21st century when the next generation of Welsh men and women begin to see again and political Land blindness ends.

Geiriau:

Roedd my yddoedd y Preselau fel tadau mwyn i mi;
rhain ydoedd fy hoffus ffrindiau i.

Bryd hynny rown i'n ifanc, a ffydd ydoedd fy nghân
a minnau megis newydd gynnau'r tân.

Ond rwy'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen,
dal i gerdded 'mlaen.
Mae 'na rhai yn dal i 'ngharu,
rwy'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen.

Dechreuais yna gerdded, cerdded ar fy nhaith,
dros y bryniau teg,ar hyd heolydd llaith.
Profais oriau tywyll, brwydrau gwaedlyd fu,
trosodd aeth 'na rhai trwy'r angau du.

Ond rwy'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen,
dal i gerdded 'mlaen.
Am fod rhai yn dal i 'ngharu,
rwy'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen.

A nawr ar fy hen lwybrau fe dyf y glaswellt hir
ac mi allaf bellach grwydro'r tir.
Paid a chynnig cymorth i hen wraig ar ffo,
ond dy fywyd cyfan wnaiff y tro.

Ac rwy'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen,
dal i gerdded 'mlaen.
Am fod rhai yn dal i 'ngharu,
rwy'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen.

Mae bywyd yn y canu, ond marw yw y gân -
dyna ofid yr hên wreigan fân.
Ond pan drodd y Cymry ati fe ganfu hi ei hedd,
a throdd hithau ieunac hardd eu gwedd.

Ond mae'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen,
dal i gerdded 'mlaen.
Am fod rhai yn dal i'w charu,
mae'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen.

Ydi, mae'n dal i gerdded ymlaen,
cerdded ymlaen,
am fod rhai yn dal i'w charu,
mae'n dal i gerdded 'mlaen.

English Translation:

The Preselau mountains were like loving fathers to me;
these were my fond friends.
Back then I was young, and faith was my song
and I had only just lit the fire.

But I'm still walking on,
still walking on.
There are some who still love me,
I'm still walking on.

I then began to walk, walk on my journey,
over fair hills, and on damp roads.
I endured dark hours, bloody battles gone,
and over did some go to the darkness of death.

But I'm still walking on,
still walking on.
Because there are some who still love me,
I'm still walking on.

And now on my old paths the long grass grows
and I can now wander the land.
Do not offer aid to an old woman on the run,
only your whole life will be enough.

And I'm still walking on,
still walking on.
Because there are some who still love me,
I'm still walking on.

There's life in the singing, but the song is dying --
that is the sorrow of the little old woman.
But when the Welsh turned to her she found her peace
and she in turn became young and beautiful.

But she's still walking on,
still walking on.
Because there are some who still love her,
she's still walking on.

Yes, she's still walking on,
still walking on.
Because there are some who still love her,
she's still walking on

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Article 50 and the National and Social Liberation of the British Isles by Nickglais

                                                Atlantic Europe in 2050


Notice under article 50 will been given by the British State from withdrawal from the European Union on 29th March 2017.

Therefore this issue will dominate " British" Politics and the politics of "National Liberation" for coming years in these islands.

Therefore clarity is required on this issue from the so called nationalist parties in Scotland Ireland and Wales and also from Republican Socialists in these nations.

A clarity that will achieve the strategic objective of independence in the sovereign use of that term.

The Nationalist Parties in Scotland Ireland and Wales are united in wanting to "remain" or rejoin the European Union.

Despite the economic mercantilist ( beggar my nieghbour) policies  pursued by Germany the economic engine of the European Union - despite the national humiliation of Greece and Ireland - which should deeply offend any nationalist-  the so called nationalist parties are committed to a post Brexit European Union.

The supra national cosmopolitan Europe of the elites utilizes the European Central Bank  for quantative easing for corporations not the people's of Europe, The European Court of Justice through a series of decisions in the early 21st century have prioritised the rights of the market over the rights of labour  - this is where our so called nationalists want to take us post British State Brexit - why ?

What manner of nationalists are these people - history gives us a firm answer and it comes from James Connolly, John Maclean and Lenin they are  bourgeois nationalists those nationalists that serve the  capitalist elite in Edinburgh, Dublin or Cardiff while pretending to serve the people as a whole - their self deception is rampant that they think they are the people.

It has been apparent for over a 100 years that bourgeois nationalists are not the true patriots in the era of Imperialism - that lies with the working class - yes the proletariat.


Raising the working class  to the leading class in the nation is the Republican Socialist task in Scotland Wales and Ireland and the completion of the national democratic revolutions aborted by the British State in the early 20th century can now finally be realised.

National and social liberation will be that lethal combination that will see's off that 18th century construct and invented tradition of Brittannia.

However before the fall of the British State - Brittannia has one last hope it is the self deception of the bourgeois nationalists of Scotland Ireland and Wales.

Because the strategic notion of sovereign independence is at odds with the supra nationalism of the European Union which did not go unnoticed by many millions throughout the British Isles in the EU Referendum in Wales,Scotland and Ireland.

The Bourgeois Nationalists by employing the tactic of Pro EU membership eats away at their very strategic aim of sovereign Independence and the British State will utilize that contradiction to maximum effect in the years ahead.

This leads us as Republican Socialists to ask the question do they really want  genuine independence or has their closet British Unionism ( Love of Queen, Members in the House of Lords even some bourgeois republican elements )  been transformed into European Unionism the wet dream of Sir Oswald Moseley post 1945.

While as Republican Socialists we stand for and deeply believe in internationalism and international organisations that give mutual respect to all nations and peoples we abhor supra (above) nationalism where an undemocratic capitalist bureaucratic elite can control our finances and law.

We look forward to forming  new international organisations of peoples of Wales and Ireland and Scotland in the coming years based on mutual respect and understanding of the real tasks of national and social liberation ahead.

We reject the great deception of the bourgeois nationalists in Scotland, Wales Ireland on the basis of a class analysis of their politics not just in theory but political practice.

We also reject those that fail to understand the class nature of politics and would force a non class patriots verses globalism agenda on the national movements which would open the door to the most ferocious national fascism.

We live in the era of the twilight of the British State formation and the French State formation and the Spanish State formation and the disintegration of the European Union and liberation of  previously nationally oppressed nations - that process will take  universal as well as highly specific forms which will better understand over time.

The fierce defense of the artificial construct the  French State against the rights of other nations in France is exemplified by Marine Le Pen in her non class rhetoric of patriots verses globalism that echo the declassed Trumpen proletariat.

The process began by the British State on 29th March 2017 will reshape not just not the nations of the British Isles in Northern Europe - but hasten the re configuration of Europe over the next hundred years.

It is a call for Republican Socialist action to avoid the great national deceptions arising on the Left from social democratic parties like Sinn Fein, SNP and Plaid Cymru but also from the Fascist right particularly in France.

The need for Socialist Republicanism has never been greater in the last 100 years to shine the path to independence and socialism in the 21st Century