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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link We Make Our Own History: Discussion and Book Launch Mon Nov 16, 2015 13:59 | Laurence Cox

offsite link Reflections on Water Movement and Right2Change Development Tue Nov 10, 2015 14:31 | Jimmy Dignam

offsite link November Socialist Voice is Now Available Online Mon Nov 09, 2015 21:49 | Communist Party of Ireland

offsite link Championing the Self-Employed Thu Nov 05, 2015 22:51 | Michael Taft

offsite link Begruding the Recovery Tue Nov 03, 2015 15:36 | Michael Taft

Irish Left Review >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

offsite link How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus

offsite link Syriza and Israel: Syriza’s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh

offsite link What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed

offsite link SYRIZA: Was capitulation inevitable? Fri Jul 17, 2015 14:14 | Sami El-Sayed

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Diamaid Ferriter: Mean-spirited in giving credit to Atheist Ireland

offsite link Fintan O’Toole: Falling for the myth that the people are to blame Anthony

offsite link Tom Lyons: A journalist unlikely to ask the tough questions Anthony

offsite link Breaking news: Sinn Fein responsible for IBRC farce Anthony

offsite link Atheist Ireland banned while Iona Institute enjoys full access to schools Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link A HYBRID WAR TO BREAK THE BALKANS? ?. by Andrew Korybko Sun Nov 29, 2015 14:02 | Saker-Admin
A HYBRID WAR TO BREAK THE BALKANS? By Andrew KORYBKO In the spirit of the New Cold War and following on its success in snuffing out South Stream, the US

offsite link Silk Roads, Night Trains and the Third Industrial Revolution in China ? by Pepe Escobar Sun Nov 29, 2015 13:57 | Saker-Admin
Silk Roads, Night Trains and the Third Industrial Revolution in China by Pepe Escobar The US is transfixed by its multibillion-dollar electoral circus. The European Union is paralyzed by austerity,

offsite link Russia reacts to Turkey?s attack SITREP November 29, 2015 by Scott Sun Nov 29, 2015 04:41 | Scott
Historically, Russia?s big wheels turn slowly, almost invisible to the naked eye, but they do turn and grind anything getting between them into fine dust. On November 24th something extraordinary

offsite link Ukraine Syria Turkey Crisis News November 28, 2015 Sat Nov 28, 2015 18:49 | Scott
Help produce more actual and interesting content, join our struggle by donating via PayPal: or via: The growing number of violations of the ceasefire regime in Donbass is

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria, Nov. 27, 2015 Sat Nov 28, 2015 04:16 | Scott
Help produce more actual and interesting content, join our struggle by donating via PayPal: or via: Over the past 3 days, Russian warplanes have conducted 134 sorties, hitting

The Saker >>

national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday November 22, 2015 - 19:34 by john throne   text 7 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2015 - 22:51)
This article deals with how much left sectarianism has damaged the workers struggle in Ireland. ... read full story / add a comment
6th July 2012, War criminal Abou Saleh (Brigade Farouk) was special guest of President François Hollande (young man facing the camera). He had directed the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr and ordered more than 150 people to have their throats cut in public
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday November 22, 2015 - 02:25 by T   text 4 comments (last - thursday november 26, 2015 - 23:46)   image 1 image
It is over a week since the Paris Attack and the slaughter of innocent people. Europe is now suffering the spillover of the terrorism and wars launched by Western powers including France on the Middle East and Arab world for over a decade now and it seems the war is being brought home.

Looking at the actual efforts on not just French society but Europe, it just so happens to serve the creeping totalitarian state and the 0.1% and corporate power. This article tries to put together some context and background to see if it is possible to figure out whether this appalling carnage was simply blowback of French foreign policy and or even some kind of black operation. Don't expect clear cut answers to any thing. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 18, 2015 - 23:10 by 1 of Indymedia   text 8 comments (last - sunday november 29, 2015 - 13:59)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
In light of the butchery that took place in Paris on Fri 13th by Terrorists largely financed, supported, trained and armed by Western powers and corporate entities directly and through Gulf state and Turkish state intermediaries and the totally inadequate analysis from the mainstream media, we reproduce here in full this article from Voltaire Net.

The French Republic taken hostage by Thierry Meyssan

The war which has now spread to Paris is incomprehensible for those French citizens who are ignorant of practically all the secret activities of their government in the Arab world, of its unnatural alliances with the Gulf dictators, and its active participation in international terrorism. These policies have never been discussed in Parliament, and the major media have rarely dared to take an interest in them. ... read full story / add a comment
national / racism & migration related issues / opinion/analysis Thursday October 15, 2015 - 22:07 by pbp   text 18 comments (last - sunday october 25, 2015 - 07:32)
Accommodation is one of the most critical issues for the Traveller community and is identified in the 2013-2020 Healthy Ireland Report as the most significant determinant on health.

The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 enshrines in law the requirement of local authorities to provide culturally appropriate accommodation in all its forms, including halting sites, group housing schemes, standard houses and transient accommodation to Travellers.

Local authorities, following a consultation process with locally based Traveller organisations and the Traveller community are required to prepare and adopt a 5 year Traveller Accommodation Programme (TAP) to meet the existing and projected accommodation needs of Travellers in their areas.
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national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday September 14, 2015 - 18:34 by Shane J. Cassidy   text 2 comments (last - sunday september 20, 2015 - 10:04)
The ongoing Irish water crisis has seen the emergence of a sustained mass movement of people, protesting the imposition of these punitive charges. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 08, 2015 - 14:11 by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM) - Philippines   image 3 images
The following statement is issued by various progressive individuals and organizations from many parts of the world, but mostly in Asia-Pacific. A copy of the statement has already been sent to Syriza's international department.

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national / economics and finance / opinion/analysis Tuesday June 23, 2015 - 23:17 by postman
The drip feed of questionable deals carried out by NAMA is well under way. Regularly now, we see information reaching the public domain whereby NAMA have sold stressed assets at less than their real value and the purchasers are turning them over within 2 years, at profit ranging from 30% to 40%/ The purchasers are mostly foreign investment funds vulture funds who have picked on the carcass of the stressed Irish property market. Many of them have retained the assets, and become serious players in the residential rental market in Ireland, especially Dublin, and have developed a controlling influence, managing to drive up rents astronomically in our capital city. This all doesnt make them evil people they just do what they do, its called unfettered Capitalism - our problem as Irish citizens is that our Government have allowed a situation to develop whereby the vulture funds win and the Irish tax payer loses. And our present Neo Liberal Government think that this is all fine. I believe otherwise. Heres my Leaders Questions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week, who knows that all is not well. - ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Monday May 25, 2015 - 17:47 by Ruared
Nathan Stuart with a short piece on the transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Nathan is an RNU student activist from Armagh, currently living and studying in Belfast. He has been heavily involved in numerous campaigns on student, socialist and republican issues. ... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday May 21, 2015 - 23:36 by pbp   text 1 comment (last - friday june 05, 2015 - 22:59)   image 1 image
Guess where a property speculator can get their best return on investment in the whole world? Dublin. It is unbelievable but true. After chaos wracked on Irish society by the Celtic Tiger property boom, the speculators are back.

A global survey by the research company, MSCI, has found that highest profits can be made in Dublin from buying and selling property.

Capitalists generally expect to get a 10 percent rate of return on their investment in industry. If they want more, they shift to riskier areas such as property speculation.

If they chose their city right, they can get a 19 percent rate of return. But last year, Dublin provided the jackpot with a 44 percent rate of return. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Monday March 30, 2015 - 00:23 by indymedia
We are republishing this very interesting interview between 'The Saker' and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan and thereby someone with a key insider view and understanding and who writes compelling and hard hitting articles at his own site. The Saker is a blog that has grown in huge popularity because it has been providing very informative and insightful analysis of the situation in Ukraine and wider picture around it relating to the US empire and has accurately predicted the trajectory of this crisis and has helped counter the widespread propaganda that tries to hide the fact that the Kiev regime is a neo Nazi puppet regime used as a tool of Washington to try and destablize Russia and has explained and given context to how each of the European states and the EU are just vassel states of the US and how this crisis and the sanctions are hurting Europe and are essentially suicidal for its own well-being. The interview covers a number of wide ranging issues but what makes it great is the way it strips away all the pretensions that there is anything democractic at all in how the big game of geo politics is working and gets to the core issues and forces driving it
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday February 26, 2015 - 13:01 by fred
Michael Hudson, interviewed on real news network discusses the class war starting in greece and the panic among the Euro rich and powerful that the rich might actually be taxed for a change rather than crippling the labour force and the poor with endless austerity, and how the finance ministers of currently right wing governments of spain, finland, Portugal, Ireland and germany are determined to make an example of greece to avoid contagion of these dangerous ideas which would likely lead to such governments losing upcoming elections to left wing parties ... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday February 19, 2015 - 14:40 by An Sprach   image 2 images
No one deserves to live like this
A poster I came across on a billboard recently, juxtaposed by the wasteland where one of our block of flats used to sit, where working class families used to live happily, side by side, before they were all socially cleansed from the area, and for what? Already a year has passed since they were pulled down to the ground, and all we have to show for it now is a lousy carparkdesperate!

Currently, there are over 80 unused empty units in Tom Kelly Flats, some of which have been empty for over five years or more, 3 and 4 bedroom flats too. ... read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 28, 2015 - 00:45 by T   text 7 comments (last - tuesday february 03, 2015 - 11:30)
After the election victory of Syriza in Greece on Sunday 25th Jan, what are the chances they will implement their new anti-austerity programme and does this mean we can all follow their path. Is this a return of democracy -i.e. the will of the people. And can the rest of us follow them?

The short answer is seems to be no. ... read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday January 11, 2015 - 01:36 by anon   text 4 comments (last - tuesday january 20, 2015 - 11:05)   image 2 images   audio 1 audio file
Spun as an anti-Semitic affair in light of Fridays events at the kosher supermarket, the majority of the mayhems victims in fact fell on Wednesday in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, framing events rather in the light of NATOs past Gladio false flag anti-Communist operations in Western Europe and exposing both the spin and events as the most corrupt of manipulations. ... read full story / add a comment
Courtsey of WSM
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Monday November 17, 2014 - 11:37 by anon   text 8 comments (last - wednesday november 19, 2014 - 23:12)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
It is clear that the governments is seeking to split the anti-water charges campaign by modifying the water charges and publicly attacking any violence surrounding the protests. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 - 22:34 by fred   text 3 comments (last - friday october 17, 2014 - 00:18)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
A pre election sleight of hand giving out a few pennies to the poor with one hand while taking them back with the other via water charges? Here is some information on some of the changes ... read full story / add a comment
protest against coursing cruelty
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 - 16:54 by Against animal cruelty   text 3 comments (last - thursday october 16, 2014 - 08:05)   image 3 images
I have to ask: does the Catholic Church have a death wish?

Hare coursing is a horribly cruel sport that is a crime in many jurisdictions. Its bad enough that the Irish government allows itbut this week pictures circulating on social media (twitter and facebook) clearly show a Catholic Priest officially BLESSING a hare coursing venue. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 - 14:30 by Luke Eastwood   text 3 comments (last - monday october 13, 2014 - 22:14)   image 1 image
The Irish government is charging for public water as part of its TISA signup. This is just the start, we will all pay for all water if they have their way, even if we don't get any services from Irish Water. The eventual plan will be to privatize all resources so that absolutely nothing will be free in this country. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday September 07, 2014 - 13:53 by fred   text 2 comments (last - saturday september 13, 2014 - 00:13)   image 6 images   video 1 video file
Why is the current situation in Ukraine happening? Why are the US funding and driving this insane provocative campaign on Russia's doorstep at this time? Why are European leaders shooting themselves in the foot by supporting this instead of building closer economic tioes with Russia? Why are the media in lockstep demonising Putin and Russia. Who benefitted from the downing of MH17 and how? This is an analysis of some of the events in Ukraine and their possible motivations from the lens of US hegemony over Europe,maintaining their position as world reserve currency, and controlling the world's major oil and gas reserves ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday August 27, 2014 - 21:36 by ordinary citizen
when we finally get a left leaning government and we start really taxing the rich why not use the money wisely and invest it into a renewable energy model that involves Irish people buying shares in the projects and the money raised by the taxes can be used to subsidise the projects. then when we have reached 100% energy production and are exporting our energy we can use the money raised to reverse the austerity measures implemented and improve Irish society as a whole. ... read full story / add a comment

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