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Putin?s Address to participants and guests of the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security Wed Aug 17, 2022 02:40 | The Saker
source: http://en.kremlin.ru/events... President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Ladies and gentlemen, Esteemed foreign guests, Let me welcome you to the anniversary 10th Moscow Conference on International Security. Over the past decade, your representative forum has become a significant
Moveable Feast Cafe 2022/08/16 ? Open Thread Wed Aug 17, 2022 00:00 | herb
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Will the Ukraine be partitioned next and, if so, how? Tue Aug 16, 2022 20:55 | The Saker
Interesting info today. First, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service has, through the statement of a Colonel General, made the following statement (translated by my friend Andrei Martyanov on his blog):
False System vs False System in the Netherlands Tue Aug 16, 2022 17:46 | The Saker
By Walt Garlington for The Saker blog Dixie has always had a heavily agricultural economy, so many here are able to sympathize with the farmers in the Netherlands, whose lands
Goodbye, Trafalgar Square: Celebrating Freedom in Europe Tue Aug 16, 2022 17:35 | The Saker
A Look Forward to 2035 by Batiushka for The Saker blog England Following the 2034 collapse of Britain and the popular overthrow of its millennial Establishment after nearly two decades
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RAF ?Pauses Job Offers For White Men? to Meet ?Impossible? Diversity Targets Wed Aug 17, 2022 09:00 | Toby Young
According to an RAF insider, the Air Chief Marshall is willing to compromise national security at a time of growing threats from Russia and China to pursue his ?equity, diversity and inclusion? agenda.
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The U.S. Are Not the Good Guys Wed Aug 17, 2022 08:00 | Noah Carl
The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001, occupied it for twenty years, and in the process got about 200,000 people killed. What's less well known is that, after leaving, the U.S. stole $7 billion of Afghanistan?s money.
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Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics ? and Computer Models Wed Aug 17, 2022 07:00 | Chris Morrison
Chris Morrison, the Daily Sceptic?s Environment Editor, looks at ?tipping points? ? supposedly, points of no return after which the earth is doomed and we're all buggered. He isn't impressed.
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News Round-Up Wed Aug 17, 2022 00:26 | Jonathan Barr
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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Civil Disobedience is Coming Tue Aug 16, 2022 15:51 | Toby Young
Thomas Fazi has written a pessimistic essay for UnHerd in which he predicts widespread civil unrest in the UK this winter, thanks to spiralling household energy bills and other self-imposed political disasters.
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150 TCD students protest against Batt O’Keeffe, SU President welcomes him!
Saturday November 22, 2008 01:16 by Paul - FEE stopfees at gmail dot com
In the first Free Education for Everyone protest in Trinity, around 150 students turned up to send a clear message of opposition to fees to Batt O’Keeffe, the Minister for Education. However, in the second SU leader betrayal of the week, the Students’ Union President, Cathal Reilly welcomed O’Keeffe to the college with a handshake and a smile.
When FEE members in Trinity had discovered that O’Keeffe was to come to launch a PhD programme on Thursday, they quickly convened a meeting and agreed to organise a protest. Leaflets and posters declaring “If he blocks our access to college, we’ll block his!” were produced advertising the protest.
The Students’ Union also agreed to organise a protest, but wouldn’t agree to a blockade, instead calling for a silent protest. Their posters advertising the silent protest declared, “If he won’t talk to us, we won’t talk to him!”
With O’Keeffe due to arrive at 4.15pm, people began to assemble from 3.45pm. A few students and Students’ Union leaders had their mouths taped, ready for the silent protest. As FEE members talked to students coming to the protest and signed people up to the FEE campaign, it was clear that the majority of people agreed that O’Keeffe shouldn’t be allowed silently in. At the very least they felt he should be met with angry chanting, or preferably should be blockaded from entering college just as his fees would deny access to third level education to many young people. Students joined in with chanting – “No cutbacks, no fees, no Fianna Fail TDs!” was particularly popular. Some of those who had taped their mouths untaped themselves to join the chanting.
The Garda presence was relatively high, with seven or eight Gardai manning police barriers together with Trinity security. A number of FEE members from UCD were directed off campus under the Public Order Act for daring to stray outside of “the designated protest area”!
Behind the Garda barriers, awaiting O’Keeffe’s arrival were the Provost, Dr. John Hegarty, who has spoken out in favour of fees, and surprisingly to those students present, the Students’ Union President, Cathal Reilly.
The chanting continued as students awaited the arrival of O’Keeffe, who was running over half an hour late. Then at 4.48pm, the ministerial Merc arrived. Garda marshalling and the crowd being taken by surprise meant that the blockade that had been discussed didn’t come to pass. Nevertheless, O’Keeffe was met with a loud and angry response. The 150 students chanted “Batt O’Keeffe hear us clear, get your fees out of here!”.
When O’Keeffe emerged from his car, the loud chanting continued, accompanied by boos and cries of “shame”. But the most shameful act of the evening was still to come. After the Provost greeted the Minister, the SU President was next in line! He shook his hands and had a quiet word. According to the Irish Times he introduced himself politely and requested a meeting at some stage.
Seeing the SU President meet and greet O’Keeffe rightly enraged many of the protestors. Not only did Reilly not blockade the Minister, or even shout at him – he even broke his own slogan of “If he won’t talk to us, we won’t talk to him”. You’d be forgiven for wondering if he was taking lessons from his counterparts in UL who allowed another Minister, Martin Cullen onto UL campus on Monday!
Unfortunately, another SU leader acted disgracefully and betrayed those students (the members he is meant to represent) who turned up to fight fees. He should be held accountable by Trinity students.
Students’ Unions should be building mass militant campaigns across the country against fees. Instead, some of their so-called leaders seem to have more in common with government ministers than their own members.
Free Education for Everyone is committed to working with Students’ Unions where possible to build the most effective campaign. But where their leaders fail to meet their responsibilities, FEE is willing and able to organise independent campaigning activities while working to transform the unions.
FEE now has groups of activists in colleges across the country. Building these groups and extending to more colleges is necessary to lay the basis for a campaign that can defeat fees. Contact FEE to get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org.