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offsite link Quick update from Andrei on this and that Tue May 24, 2022 20:51 | The Saker
Dear friends, It has been almost a month since you heard from me, so I decided to post a short update. As I indicated in my initial post, I had

offsite link Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov?s remarks and answers to questions during a meeting with the New Hori... Tue May 24, 2022 16:11 | amarynth
Moscow, May 17, 2022 Friends, I?m delighted to attend the marathon again, as I was delighted to speak before you in the spring and autumn of 2021. I believe recreating

offsite link Sitrep Operation Z: ?The Grind? is mainly done for now ? Donbas Arc lights up like a solar storm Tue May 24, 2022 14:42 | amarynth
For the Saker Blog by Saker Staff This is an open thread on the entire Donbas Arc where the ‘grind’ is now paying off and the Russians are running and

offsite link The Secret American Plan to Make Russia Great Again Tue May 24, 2022 13:42 | amarynth
By Dmitry Orlov for the Saker Blog It is generally a good idea to avoid ascribing nefarious intent to actions explained by mere stupidity. But this is a case where

offsite link History is Being Written Before our Eyes Tue May 24, 2022 13:29 | amarynth
By Batiushka for The Saker Blog The Moving Finger writes and, having writ, Moves on: And neither Devotion, nor Wit Shall make it cancel a Half-Line of it, Nor Tears

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Fergus Finlay and the maternity hospital ‘gotcha’ trap

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Human Rights in Ireland
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Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link Nick Hudson Coming to London ? Get Tickets Now Tue May 17, 2022 18:00 | Will Jones
Nick Hudson of PANDA is coming to London on Thursday May 26th to deliver ?The Quest for Open Science?, after which he will be interviewed by Jeffrey Peel from the New Era and take questions from the audience.
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offsite link Don?t Panic Mr Monkeypox! Social Distancing Returns Due to New Viral Panic Tue May 17, 2022 16:53 | Toby Young
At least one medical practice in West London has reintroduced social distancing to reduce the risk of patients contracting Monkeypox. This, in spite of the fact that there are only nine cases so far in the U.K.
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offsite link Are All Britain?s Current Woes Traceable to a Group of Entitled ?Tory Toffs? at Oxford in the 1980s? Tue May 17, 2022 13:00 | Toby Young
Simon Kuper's book about how a small group of 'Tory Toffs' who were at Oxford in the 1980s masterminded the Brexit project to reclaim their aristocratic birthright is highly entertaining, but not convincing.
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offsite link Forget Science ? Climate Now Has a Central Role in The Culture Wars Tue May 17, 2022 11:26 | Chris Morrison
You might think that if you debunk patently silly extreme weather claims, the entire fear agenda will go away. Think again. Climate change is now firmly embedded in the culture wars surrounding race, identity and gender.
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offsite link Would the U.S. Side With Ukraine?s Far-Right Against Zelensky? Tue May 17, 2022 10:10 | Noah Carl
Why didn't the US back Zelensky? The New York Times wrote earlier this year that his government could be overthrown by far-right groups if he ?agrees to a peace deal that in their minds gives too much to Moscow?.
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EU office in Dawson Street: Challenges to inadequate social policies

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | opinion/analysis author Tuesday October 06, 2009 17:49author by Michelle Clarke - Media Pulse and Diversity Report this post to the editors

Protection of vulnerable sectors in the Community

In the past, I have written about a treasure trove of information much under utilised for parents, for individuals, for children, for the elderly concerned about the future, and for students. It is the EU office in Dawson Street. This is adjacent to the Royal Irish Academy, and St. Anne's Church which is also a haven for people with time on their hands and a curious mind. They have a coffee centre and for over 50's they assist people in learning how to use the computer

The Lisbon Treaty Re-Run has proved one point and that is the splintered groups of socialism that were unable to form the phlanx of NO. We need to ask ourselves now, as a Nation that has said yes to the Treaty, what do we expect from the Government?

At the moment in Ireland domestically, we have serious problems. We have the abuse of taxpayers money by who? Let's go: FAS, TD's expenses, Ministers expenses, county councillor expenses, and now as the whole country knows we have John O'Donoghue, Ceann Comhairle of the Oireachtas (above politics) but as Eamonn Gilmore placed a No Confidence Vote in the Dail today for the resignation or dismissal of Mr. O'Donoghue, it raises serious questions.

Doom and gloom abounds for 1 year now. The collapse started with one of the biggest banks in the US - Lehman Brothers and since then economics worldwide are in free flow.

Ireland is in particular disgrace. Led from the front by politicians, bankers and professionals, Ireland is awash with people who have lived lavishly off others and now, without shame, we the ordinary people ask will they be held accountable?

The people have expressed an opinion. The re-run of the Lisbon II Treaty indicated a change in consensus about Europe and support for Lisbon Treaty. This time, we were not influenced by the No campaigners, there was a change of perspective, a change of view, and the fact that the European Central Bank has intervened to support us, all these factors contributed to the Irish people saying yes to Europe.

In the past, I have written about a treasure trove of information much under utilised for parents, for individuals, for children, for the elderly concerned about the future, and for students. It is the EU office in Dawson Street.. This adjacent to the Royal Irish Academy, and St. Anne;s Church. St. Anne's Church is also a haven for people with time on their hands and a curious mind. They have a coffee centre and for over 50's they assist people in learning how to use the computer.

Now all we need is for Government to embrace the Knowledge Economy, my acknowledging the importance for high speed Broadband and putting into effect.

There is plenty of publications available and for free at the EU office. The one that caught my attention is titled

Media4Diversity - Taking the Pulseof Diversity in the Media

A study on Media and Diversity in EU Member States and 3 EEA countries. The manuscript was completed in March 2009.

Immediately, I thought of Indymedia. Blogs are popular but Indymedia is more about people press; it is more about the diversity part of the 'unity' and an exchange of views. This can be witnessed by using the search topic and say typing in a key word e.g. Peace, Corruption, and Indymedia will take you back a number of years and you will witness for yourselves about a different kind of interaction. Articles written about Tara, and writers like Chris Murray, Sean Crudden introduced us to a broad range of subject including Prisons, mental health, suicide, the Peace Process, the Gardai, Child Sexual Abuse, housing, public private partnerships and O'Devaney Gardens.

The ENFO office in Suffolk Street has been closed - an immediate response to An Bord Snip snipes. Let's now starting looking to the libraries, to Indymedia, to the EU offices, to form that Knowledge platform that the Europeans expect Ireland to have arrived at.

Ireland stands challenged now but where is the Shame? Where is the public Outrage? Do we really want to have a two tier society, the really rich and very poor 'underclass'. The indicators exist but alas the facts stand that people are already suffering. There are more young people begging on the streets. There are small businesses humbled for small loans to the banks that have been bailed out by NAMA. Old people are worrying what lies ahead of them, will they be able to live on social security, middle aged people are wondering how long will they have to continue to work beyond retirement age and what jobs will they be expected to do? What about third level education? Will people with disabilities, or from poorer backgrounds be able to access third level education? Will young people be able to take responsibility and work and study to pay for education? Do we expect too much of them? What about our prison system? What about life long learning? Why do so many young people quit school before leaving certificate? What about Suicide? I have heard that 5 taxi drivers have committed suicide in the last number of weeks? Who cares about these people?

Regrouping is needed and Indymedia has a broad spectrum coverage but biases hinder the diversity that Indymedia is supposed to be about.

For people who are serious about going forward, I would suggest a visit to the EU office and I would highly recommend the book (free of charge) on Media4Diversity - Taking the Pulse of Diversity in the Media to form an underbelly of how to extract from 'the fatted' calf of the Celtic Tiger and help us move forward into that Knowledge Economy of the Celtic Tiger.

A positive for us to take account of is: There is now a Whistleblower Charter. People will be free to make revelations!! and not be penalised by their employers.

Michelle
Shell on Trial by Ken Saro Wiwa (1941-95) Nigerian Writer and Activist: Leader of the Ogoni people who were protesting against Shell's exploration on their land, environmental destruction and human rights abuses. Saro Wiwa was executed with eight others by the Nigerian Government

'I and my colleagues here are not the only ones on trial. Shell is here on trial...the company has indeed ducked this particular trial, but its day will surely come'. The power of print and people
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   Diversity and equality     Patch    Mon Oct 12, 2009 18:13 
   1st woman to win the Nobel Prize for Ecoonmics     Percy    Tue Oct 13, 2009 16:52 
   Globalisation.     Pete.    Mon Oct 19, 2009 17:20 
   Pette. Yes globalisation has real history! Excellent map link     Michelle Clarke    Wed Oct 21, 2009 17:05 
   EU office in Dawson Street     Jonathan    Tue Oct 27, 2009 17:43 
   How does Ireland differ in the way it treats its rogues!     Green Mile    Sat Nov 14, 2009 18:03 
   Culture of Greed and Osmosis to Iceland to Ireland? What next?     Salmon    Sun Nov 15, 2009 17:47 
   emigrant of the 1980's takes a stroll up the quays before dinner     Liffey    Mon Jun 28, 2010 17:44 
   Twitter states Taoiseach Enda Kenny in support of EU day will be present at EU Parl. Day     Estonia    Mon May 09, 2011 16:11 
 10   Pension levy...the vulnerable...the impact     Bothered and Bewildered    Wed May 11, 2011 19:46 
 11   Floodgates have opened @ DPP     Bothered & Bewildered    Wed Aug 01, 2012 14:27 
 12   Paralympics and how what is hidden can shine. Talent, hardwork and discipline     Observer    Sun Sep 09, 2012 14:35 
 13   Gold Silver Bronze participants and those who made it all possible     Chestnut    Fri Sep 14, 2012 13:48 
 14   FAS/Solus: Be creative     Opportunity    Tue Sep 18, 2012 14:19 


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