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national / politics / elections / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 26, 2011 - 21:07 by former Green voter 15 comments (last - tuesday february 01, 2011 - 11:15)
Gerry Adams made a big contribution to politics with his statement on the EU and IMF and has shown the way out of the mess that the political establishment and their EU and IMF overlords have saddled the Irish People with for the next 20 to 50 years. As well as defaulting we need to free ourselves from the IMF shackles and to leave the EU as soon as we can. ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 14:42 by Paddy Healy
Only IFUT and TUI proposed doing anything about Public Sector Pension Cuts. INTO and INMO mentioned the cuts in statements. There was no mention of the cuts on Websites of the following bodies: ICTU, SIPTU, ASTI, CPSU, PSEU, IMPACT. Union responses are pasted below.
While INTO, ASTI, TUI are running a campaign against the pension rip-off of new public servants announced in the Budget, there is no mention of this issue by the silent unions above. It is believed that ICTU has refused to oppose the new “pension Scheme” which is in effect a tax because the individual gets less out than was contributed (Trident Report to Teaching Unions). There is no proposal by any union to do anything about the pay cut for new entrants. This decision breaches a whole range of existing industrial relations agreements and agreed circular letters. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday December 05, 2010 - 20:14 by john throne 16 comments (last - sunday december 12, 2010 - 02:03) 4 video files
Capitalism is in never ending conflict with the working class and with its capitalist rivals. This is the objective reality and why it has to have secret diplomacy. It cannot be honest or its system would spin out of control. The wikileaks have dealt an important blow to capitalism's needs in this area. As a result capitalism is going after wikileaks in a very serious way. This assault has to be opposed. Let us build a Hands Off Wikileaks campaign. See more proposals below. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday November 28, 2010 - 02:11 by children_of_lir 1 comment (last - saturday november 27, 2010 - 04:48)
Iceland looks to set to name and shame their top 3 maladministrators for economic negligence. "A special investigation committee, known popularly as the Truth Commission, recommended that Geir Haarde, the former prime minister, stand trial, along with Björgvin Sigurdsson, the former minister of commerce, and Árni Mathiesen, the former minister of finance." ... read full story / add a comment
national / politics / elections / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 24, 2010 - 17:20 by Jolly Red Giant 1 comment (last - wednesday november 24, 2010 - 23:26)
Sunday 21 November, the day the Irish government formally applied for a bailout to the EU and IMF, should be marked as the day that the Irish capitalist class were exposed as a rotten, despicable failure, bankrupt in every sense and incapable of offering any way forward. The significance of these developments cannot be overstated; they are a turning point in Irish history and will impact on other countries in Europe and the EU itself. ... read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 24, 2010 - 17:12 by john throne 1 comment (last - sunday december 12, 2010 - 12:29)
The Celtic Tiger has imploded. The capitalists and their politicians in Ireland and internationally say there is no alternative but to make the working class pay. TINA, that is There Is No Alternative, TINA, is back again. This was a powerful propaganda weapon that Thatcher and her international allies used in the past. Convincing the working class that there was no alternative. TINA.
The opinion and analysis explained here exposes this for the lie that it is. It explains a concrete alternative. TIAA. There Is An Alternative. TIAA. IThis alternative is to make the rich and the corporations which caused this catastrophe pay. TIAA.
This piece also explains the need for any alternative to address the consciousness of the working class and how this consciousness is not yet convinced that it itself, that is the working class, can actually run things themselves. It explains the need for a practical achievable alternative for which the working class can fight. ... read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 17, 2010 - 18:43 by Diarmuid Breatnach
The West have bled the Haitian until she collapsed and now cannot even give her clean water.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday November 09, 2010 - 21:52 by Pepe 7 comments (last - thursday november 11, 2010 - 23:01)
I just happen to work very near the Department of Finance and so I was a first hand witness to how events unfolded on November 3rd during the Students’ Protest. I came out to support the students -“hijack their protest” according to the lazy, subservient and incredibly pro-rich Irish mainstream media journalists, who are unable to understand a simple concept called “Solidarity”. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday November 07, 2010 - 02:30 by V for vendetta 4 comments (last - thursday november 06, 2014 - 03:04) 2 images
As Usual, Not much publicity at all on the MSM about this date..Obviously a date and a sentiment the establishment would like us to forget, but in light of the recent austerity measures both here and in Britain and the rise of the conservatives again as a force to be reckoned with in British politics, Here at indy, we think this event needs to be remembered. We kinda like the idea of somebody wiping out the whole rotten establishment in one fell swoop ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Saturday October 23, 2010 - 16:18 by SQ
It may come as a surprise to union members but the government and the trade union general secretaries have now revealed that further pay cuts are in fact provided for under the provisions of the Croke Park agreement.
The Irish Independent of 23rd October reported that the department of finance "is strongly considering reducing wage levels for all new recruits to the public sector by a flat 10pc in the Budget". See this link:
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/budget-plan-to-....html ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 17:18 by Gregor Kerr 1 comment (last - friday october 22, 2010 - 15:17) 1 image
Zombie developers….. Vampire bankers….. Ghost estate creators….. Black holes that swallow tens of billions of Euros…..
They sound like characters from a particularly eerie Hallowe’en tale of horrors. However while they might be spooky, there’s nothing fictional about this array of characters
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday October 18, 2010 - 16:03 by Robert Long 52 comments (last - monday november 01, 2010 - 00:05) 1 image 1 video file
Artficialy Flouridating water a peoples supply was first propsed in the Soviet gulags as way to induce a docile state and eventually kill of the prisoners it was then usedin Nazi concentration camps.
Its effects are extremly damaging and it is considered a medince under EU law.
Therefore the Irish government is practicing medicine without a license and without the consent of the Irish people at their expenense !
This is also a breach of our constitutional as well as human rights ! ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Sunday October 17, 2010 - 18:36 by Anne Mc Shane 24 comments (last - tuesday november 02, 2010 - 15:36)
Working class people throughout Ireland are suffering deep anxiety. With poverty, homelessness and unemployment escalating, the feeling is that we are on the edge of a phenomenal disaster.
That sense of dread has been exploited by a government bent on even more savage attacks on public spending. We had been told previously that we were facing €3 billion in cuts this December. Now it is certain to be much more. A new four year economic plan is to be imposed aimed at reducing the economic deficit to 3% by 2014. So there could be up to €7 billion in cuts this December, with more to follow. This will mean increases in taxes, in particular the introduction of taxes on the low-paid. It will also mean unprecedented attacks on health-care, social welfare, child benefit, pensions, education and just about every area of social provision. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday October 16, 2010 - 21:22 by Luke Eastwood 2 comments (last - monday october 25, 2010 - 15:21)
Typical short-sightedness on the part of the government is leading to Ireland falling behind rather than making positive developments for our future... ... read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Saturday October 16, 2010 - 15:48 by john throne
In 1973 the democratically elected Allende government which was trying to improve conditions for the Chilean workers and peasants was overthrown by a US backed dictatorship. The thug Pinochet was put in power. It slaughtered tens of thousands of workers and peasants. Pinera the President of Chile we see with his phony grin and his brother were backers of the dictatorship. We need to reach out to the miners to help them use their worldwide fame and strength to organize an international tour to organize the organized and to build solidarity with all workers. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday October 08, 2010 - 19:50 by Paddy Healy 1 comment (last - saturday october 09, 2010 - 16:32)
Among the taxation proposals being mooted by government for the next and subsequent budgets is an extension of tax to the lower paid. This is to be accompanied by continued draconian reductions in the provision of health, education and other services required by the population generally and particularly by the poor. Government cuts and impositions on the poor and those on middle incomes who spend most of their income in Ireland will flatten the economy and increase the disastrous levels of unemployment and emigration. ... read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Friday September 24, 2010 - 22:45 by Clodagh 15 comments (last - thursday october 07, 2010 - 18:11) 1 image
In the decade of widespread access to information technology and all the sucess, it has brought few, there are still an abundance of laws that need to be amended. While the business elites were re packaging the internet which later became known as the user friendly World Wide Web. There are a lot of unresolved problems that have yet to be dealt with such as criminality on the internet, the buying and selling of stolen goods, weapons, human trafficing, snuff video's and of course,peadophilia. In some countries for instance it is not illegal to view naked images of young girls and boys. If European citizens are law abiding and have nothing to hide, they should have no problem with declaration 29.
A proposal to retain all Internet search traffic, known as "Written Declaration 29," was adopted by the European Parliament last week. Framed as a measure to crack down on paedophiles, the controversial Declaration calls on the EU to require that search engines store all search traffic for up to two year ... read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Saturday July 31, 2010 - 13:08 by éirígí Sligeach 3 comments (last - thursday august 05, 2010 - 14:33) 2 images
The massacre of three members of the Miami Showband Occurred 35 Years ago today. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / opinion/analysis Monday June 21, 2010 - 16:13 by various edited by Andrew 1 comment (last - tuesday june 22, 2010 - 11:16) 1 image 2 audio files
On Monday 14th June the Revolutionary Anarcha Feminist Group hosted a discussion in Seomra Spraoi on the many uses and dangers of 'new media', the possibilities for positive change and 'radical democracy' via the internet, the dilemma of 'internet neurosis' where feelings of vulnerability and fears of exploitation need to be negotiated in order to utilize the internet as activists, artists and self-publishers and the potential of the internet as a force for oppression and control. ... read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Friday June 11, 2010 - 13:59 by Speaker: Conor Kostick 1 comment (last - saturday june 12, 2010 - 15:11) 1 audio file
Connor Kostick author of Revolution in Ireland: Popular militancy 1917 to 1923 spoke at the 2010 Dublin anarchist bookfair about the wave of workplace occupations and 'soviets' as well as the general strikes that are forgotten by conventional nationalist histories of this period. ... read full story / add a comment