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offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

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Public Inquiry
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The Saker
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offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/09/30 ? Open Thread Fri Sep 30, 2016 08:30 | Herb Swanson
2016/09/30 07:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link The war against Syria: both sides go to ?plan B? Fri Sep 30, 2016 05:30 | The Saker
This article was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/the-war-aga... In view of the total failure the US policy to regime-change Syria and overthrow Assad, the time has now come for

offsite link The Debate ? Winning by Losing Thu Sep 29, 2016 15:43 | Saker-Admin
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offsite link Syrian War Report ? September 29, 2016: US Deploys Troops near Aleppo City Thu Sep 29, 2016 14:17 | The Saker
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offsite link A beautiful situation in Syria or how to build a mousetrap, by Cat Motya Thu Sep 29, 2016 04:11 | Scott
A beautiful situation in Syria or how to build a mousetrap,  by Cat Motya The US, Russia and SYRIA SitRep by Cat Motya, September 27, 2016 Russia, US and Syria

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national / crime and justice / press release Thursday September 22, 2016 - 23:54 by pbp   image 1 image
There is more than a whiff of corruption arising from NAMA. The most obvious case has already been highlighted with Project Eagle in Northern Ireland.

Here a giant US company Cerberus paid a €7 million fixer fee to secure assets originally worth €6.5 billion for just €1.34 billion. Even though Michael Noonan was informed that another company had withdrawn from the bidding after it was asked for a ‘fixer fee’, he still allowed the sale to go ahead.

The main fixer was Frank Cushnihan, a well connected insider among the Northern political elite. It is alleged that Peter Robinson and his son Garret stood to benefit from this fee. Astoundingly, Cushnihan was also acting as an advisor for 58% of NAMA’s Northern debtors. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / press release Monday September 12, 2016 - 22:00 by pbp   text 3 comments (last - wednesday september 14, 2016 - 21:59)   image 1 image
The political establishment have been left reeling by the size of the award made against Apple. They have launched an all-out propaganda war to try to recover ground.

Here are some of the lies and half truths:

‘The EU is attacking Ireland’s sovereignity’ . The same politicians who meekly accepted orders from the European Central Bank to pay out €64 billion in bank bail-outs have suddenly discovered nationalism.

When it comes to water charges or the privatisation of Aer Lingus they tell us to obey the Brussels bureaucracy. But it is a different story when there is a threat to the ‘tax planning’ industry that is staffed full of accountants and lawyers. Then all of a sudden it is time for the green jersey.

The global elite are under pressure and this is leading to splits and divisions. When this happens they spill the beans on how their system really works. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Monday September 12, 2016 - 21:09 by wsm   image 1 image
September 17th sees the next major national march against the 'we can't believe they are not dead already' water charges. We respect that many anarchists will be marching with their local groups but for those who are not we thought it would be good to have an anarchist bloc and march together, everyone can then meet up at the end. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / press release Sunday September 04, 2016 - 22:55 by DDCI   image 1 image   1 attached file
DDCI Calls for Oireachtas Debate; Full Review of Tax Ruling Practices by the Revenue Commissioners Following Today’s EC Apple State Aid Ruling

Following today’s decision by the European Commission that Apple was granted illegal state aid, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) is calling for a full Oireachtas debate to take place before any decision is made to contest the ruling in the European Courts.

The details of the revenue seemingly voluntarily foregone by the Irish state are truly astonishing, with Apple paying an effective tax rate of 0.005% in 2014 and reports of 13 billion EUR foregone in the period 2003-2014. This is particularly remarkable given the austerity policies ordinary Irish citizens were facing during much of this period. ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday September 04, 2016 - 22:40 by wsm   video 1 video file
The 5th annual march for Choice takes place September 24 and once more we are bringing together an anarchist bloc for the march, which is organised by the Abortion RIghts Campaign.

It's going to be an important march as the governement are desperately trying to delay calling a referendum to Repeal the 8th Referendum and a huge turnout will help to force them to abandon their delaying tactics. And with Repeal even being raised by Rose of Traless contestants (to RTE's horror) there is a real mood of urgency for change that must be expressed on the streets. We can't wait when 12 people a day are forced to travel to access abortion and more use pills at home under the theoretical threat of a 14 year jail term. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Sunday September 04, 2016 - 21:35 by pbp   image 1 image
Dalradian Gold, the Canadian based mining firm, are planning to set up a gold mine and processing plant in the beautiful Sperrin Mountains, County Tyrone. Described as a potential “gold rush”, Dalradian claim their survey shows there are up to four million ounces of gold in the Sperrins. Officials claim it could produce 120,000 ounces per year for decades and tens of millions in profits. Michael Arthur reports.

However, to remove the gold, Cyanide will be pumped into the mountains. This process is extremely dangerous for the public health of people living in the area and the local ecosystem, the nearby Owenkillew River is the home of the protected Freshwater Pearl Mussel. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / press release Thursday September 01, 2016 - 23:45 by wp   image 1 image
WP says tax windfall must be used for ‘public compensation fund’ to build public housing

Apple revenue could build 72,000 houses in Ireland

The Workers’ Party has today (30th August) issued a call for the government not to appeal the European Commission’s Apple tax decision, but to establish a ‘Public Compensation Fund’ with money recouped from Apple’s unpaid tax bill. ... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / news report Monday August 29, 2016 - 23:02 by 1 of Indymedia   video 1 video file

Even though NamaLeaks.com launch was two week ago, we are reposting this report from Mick Wallace about it to help raise awareness of its goals.

Namaleaks.com, the secure and anonymous whistle blowing platform has launched today, Friday August 12th 2016. Namaleaks.com will allow for anyone who has been unfairly treated or who has witnessed poor practice by NAMA, or by any Investment Funds currently operating within Ireland, to securely and anonymously deliver information relating to same, to namaleaks.com. This project is supported by Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Frank McDonald, Julien Mercille, and Cormac Butler.

Watch the video - https://youtu.be/RYsoYnyZcb0 ... read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Thursday August 18, 2016 - 22:49 by anon   video 1 video file
The Irish Cancer Society are organising two talks to promote the unsafe HPV vaccine and thereby are implicated in promoting this dangerous vaccine. The talks are titled: 'The HPV Vaccine – Warts And All' and will take place in Galway on August 23 and Cork on August 24.

The Gardasil / HPV vaccine which has been pushed on first year secondary school girls around this country (and elsewhere) for the past number of years has destroyed the lives so far of over 300 girls leaving them with debilitating conditions. A parents support group called R.E.G.R.E.T. (Reaction and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma) has formed to provide support and document the damage. However this vaccine has been pushed by the Dept of Health on unsuspecting parents who foolishly put their trust in these authorities who told them and continue to claim the vaccine is safe. And all of this for a condition that is not even contagious.

... read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / press release Tuesday July 26, 2016 - 22:27 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
A new report from the independent progressive think tank TASC shows that consistent child poverty almost doubled during the recent economic recession. This data is contained in Cherishing All Equally 2016, the first annual update of TASC’s groundbreaking 2015 report on economic inequality in Ireland.

Cherishing All Equally 2016 – which was prepared by Dr Rory Hearne and Cian McMahon – updates 18 key economic inequality indicators including the distribution of income and wealth, as well as the provision of public services, taxation, family composition, people’s capacities and the cost of goods and services. In addition, the report includes two in-depth themed sections: ‘Children and economic inequality in Ireland’ and ‘Gender and economic inequality in Ireland’ – the latter section was prepared by UCD’s Dr Ursula Barry and Dr Maggie Feeley. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday July 22, 2016 - 16:31 by Shannonwatch
Both men were arrested at Shannon Airport on May 25th, after entering the airfield, painting anti war markings & slogans on the runway, and then making their way over to a USAF C21 jet, (a 2nd military aircraft, an unmarked special forces C32B had already taken off before the presence of the men was detected by the Army sentries). The men were inside the perimeter walking around with a very large tricolour flag for 40 minutes before they were spotted by the Irish Army, approaching the US Airforce Jet.
They were held for over 24 hours, then brought to Gort where the Judge granted a state application for their bail conditions to ban them from entering County Clare other than for court related matters.
Yesterday they were in Ennis District Court, where they applied for disclosure (copies of statements and other evidence) and a variation on their bail conditions. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Friday June 17, 2016 - 17:13 by pbp
AAA-PBP Motion calls for Ministerial order to cap charges and reinstate waivers for low income families

Dail debate and vote to take place next week on AAA-PBP motion calling for immediate government action to prevent planned increase in waste charges

Next week, the Dail will debate and vote upon a AAA-PBP Private Members Motion calling for an immediate Ministerial order to prevent private waste companies from implementing the planned dramatic increases in household waste charges.

The motion submitted today by AAA-PBP will be debated in the Dail next Tuesday

Bin charges are set to rise by between 100 and 200%. These charges will inflict an unsustainable burden for hard pressed households if the proposed increases by private waste companies are implemented and will undoubtedly lead to a dramatic increase in illegal dumping. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / news report Sunday June 12, 2016 - 22:00 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
The FG TD Tony McLoughlin has tabled a private members bill to ban fracking. There have been two previous motions to ban fracking, the first by People Before Profit and the second by Sinn Fein. However, this third attempt has come from an unexpected quarter -from within the ranks of FG itself. Deputy McLoughlin is indeed correct to want to ban fracking as basically all it does is pollutes the water table indefinitely over a huge area for paltry amounts of gas causing far more harm than good. ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Thursday June 02, 2016 - 00:08 by pbp
Scrap FEMPI now; payback time for workers. People Before Profit will today propose a motion to the Dail to abolish the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation (FEMPI). FEMPI is the most anti-worker legislation in the history of the state. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / news report Saturday May 28, 2016 - 22:56 by 1 of Indymedia   image 2 images   1 attached file
The regular news digest of the People’s Movement, No. 147 is out now. It can be freely downloaded from the People's movement website and this issue has articles covering TTIP and a trade union view on Brexit. Recently Greenpeace published details of secret negotiations between the EU-US which were leaked and they indicated that EU officials had completely sold out to the US on all their corporate agenda demands. The TTIP agreement is by far and away the most undemocratic agreement ever devised and will shred protections of all kinds and oblierate the sovereignty every state that has this imposed on them. However the mainstream rightwing corporate media is not covering what is in TTIP and simply make false statements that it will bring jobs and growth, where the core issues are central to what it means to how society right across both the EU and US is run. Naturally our own mainstream political parties of FG and FF are completely for this corporate power grab of an agreement. ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Monday May 16, 2016 - 15:00 by Anti-fracker   text 2 comments (last - monday may 16, 2016 - 21:57)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus in County Antrim has become the site of the first operational fracking rig on the island of Ireland. On Monday 16 May InfraStrata PLC began to drill, seeking to confirm a viable oil find which will pave the way for large scale extraction. Community campaigners continue to resist and all support is welcome on the site to stop the drilling while one local mounts a legal challenge. ... read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday May 16, 2016 - 14:57 by Sean O'Torain
In the recent elections north and south there have been a number of candidates elected who have stood on an anti capitalist platform. This article here tries to put forward a strategy how these forces could work together to engage more with the mass of the working class north and south and build a mass anti capitalist movement in ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Wednesday May 11, 2016 - 22:28 by cd   text 3 comments (last - thursday june 02, 2016 - 22:47)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
A cross party group of TDs have expressed concern at the jailing of two political activists, Sean Doyle and Eamonn McGrath. Both men have been remanded in custody until the 21st of May and 24th of June respectively for taking part in a peaceful protest in Kilcoole. Sean was arrested after being assaulted by an individual in front of Gardai while his attacker went unpunished. The same attacker then viciously pushed a woman to the ground. The Gardaí present saw fit to arrest the protesters for trespass while they gently escorted the assailant away. No charges have been brought against this man. The continuation of the political policing of the Irish Water protests exposes the Garda, yet again, as a force used to protect the status quo at the expense of ordinary people. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / event notice Tuesday May 03, 2016 - 23:09 by DDCI   image 1 image
Vulture Funds have been a key player in the Global South for years, but more recently their focus on the Irish property market has been a subject of concern closer to home.

Join DDCI on Wednesday May 4th at 18:30 in the Teacher's club for the launch of our research paper, 'From Puerto Rico to the Dublin Docklands: Vulture Funds and debt in Ireland and the Global South.' ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Tuesday May 03, 2016 - 23:00 by DDCI   image 1 image   1 attached file
DDCI calls on incoming Government to prioritise strict regulation of controversial funds

A new report released today (Tuesday May 3rd) by Debt Development Coalition Ireland highlights the manner in which vulture funds have aggressively bought up large volumes of debt in recent years, and how this form of financial speculation has had hugely negative social impacts both in Ireland and the Global South.

Entitled "From Puerto Rico to the Dublin Docklands: Vulture Funds and debt in Ireland and the Global South" the report shows how the Irish government has actively facilitated vulture funds through both the IBRC and NAMA. ... read full story / add a comment

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