Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan
13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips
Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony
Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young
Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft
Irish Left Review >>
What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith
The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith
Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh
Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien
Spirit of Contradiction >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Citizenship status has been removed from the Irish people
Tuam babies: Minister Zappone to opt for cover-up? Anthony
Michael Clifford and the dark evils of Social Media Anthony
RTE presenter accidentally tells the truth Anthony
Orwell’s 1984 arrives in 2018 Ireland Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Are the mainstream U.S. ?news?media evil? Wed Aug 15, 2018 23:36 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog William Binney, the U.S. National Security Agency?s former technical director for global analysis, has, for the past year, been globe-trotting to investigate the
Turkey?s Economic Crisis: Limited Options Wed Aug 15, 2018 23:28 | The Saker
by Gary Littlejohn for The Saker Blog It is said that when Groucho Marx was asked how he went bankrupt, he replied ?Slowly at first, and then much more quickly?.
The Russian ?soft power? is total crap (Anna Sochina) Wed Aug 15, 2018 15:56 | The Saker
(please click on ‘cc’ to see the English language subtitles) A big THANK YOU to Eugenia for translating and subtitling this excellent video!
All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration Tue Aug 14, 2018 23:59 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The five states surrounding the sea ? Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan ? have reached
What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador Tue Aug 14, 2018 02:52 | The Saker
by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Stories about corruption and internally government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at
The Saker >>
Genoa isn't over: new support campaign for G8 2001 in Genoa, Italy
Tuesday June 26, 2012 20:58 by italy calling - http://italycalling.wordpress.com
I’m not usually one for signing petitions, but a recent initiative has started up which I feel very strongly about. While the top table directly involved in organising and carrying out the butchery of the G8 in Genoa 11 years ago have happily got away with it, 10 activists are risking a total of about 100 years in jail for crimes of “devastation and looting”.
As the official site of the campaign “10 x 100″ likes to point out, the crime of “devastation and looting” was first introduced in 1930, that is, while Italy was still under a Fascist regime. Funny how it’s still there. It was first applied to modern Italy as a repressive measure against football fans, but, interestingly, it has been more recently used against migrants revolting in detention centres and activist protests. Here’s the official call out:
GENOVA IS NOT OVER
TEN, NO ONE AND THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND
A CALL TO CIVIL SOCIETY – SIGN THE PETITION
The way public order was managed during the G8 days of July 2001 in Genoa remains an open wound in the latest history of the Italian Republic.
Ten years after the assassination of Carlo Giuliani, the butchery of the Diaz school, the tortures in the Bolzaneto barracks, the violence and beatings in the streets of Genoa, those responsible were never identified. Moreover, officers in charge of operations at the time have all lead distinguished careers – as in the case of Gianni De Gennaro [chief of the Italian police in 2001], recently appointed Undersecretary of the Italian Prime Minister’s Office.
While the State acquits itself from what Amnesty International defined “the most serious suspension of democratic rights in a western country after the second world war”, on the 13th of July 2012 the Italian Higher Court (Court of Cassation) will decide whether to confirm or set aside the conviction of ten protesters. Ten scapegoats risking being definitely sentenced to a total of one hundred years of imprisonment, in the name of an alleged crime, that of “Destruction and Looting”, which represents one of the many leftovers in Italian criminal law of the old fascist penal code (“the Rocco Code”).
An offence introduced at the time with the clear political intent of persecuting opponents of the fascist regime and now used to suggest the “psychic co-participation” of the defendants, without having to prove any explicit association between them. This leaves it entirely up to prosecutors and judges to evaluate, in political terms, whether the offence is applicable.
It is unacceptable for such a legal monstrosity to have survived 80 years in the Italian penal code and be now used to convict those who participated to political events as important as the Genoa 2001 protests against the G8 – events that saw the participation of hundreds of thousands of people.
More than ten years on, we will not let it end this way. We call on intellectuals, artists, scholars, single individuals, and on the civil society as a whole, to speak out and sign this petition, demanding the invalidation of the ten protesters’ convictions for destruction and looting.
This battle is about the freedom of us all.