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offsite link Stop the Empire?s War on the World: From Bob Dylan to Robert Frost Sat Dec 03, 2022 06:30 | The Saker
By Batiushka for the Saker blog There always have been and always will be clashes and tensions between different civilisations. In the words of an old Bob Dylan song: The

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2022/12/02 19:30:01Welcome 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 ABC Of Power: Asians, Be Confident! China Orders Civilization To Man-Up Fri Dec 02, 2022 17:17 | The Saker
Xi?s China To Be The First Civilization In The Galaxy To Dispense Confidence By Decree By Thorsten J. Pattberg Why The Renewed Urgency? Before we explain Mr. Xi Jinping?s much

offsite link The Goldilocks War Fri Dec 02, 2022 16:07 | The Saker
by Dmitry Orlov for the Saker blog Are you happy with the way the war in the former Ukraine is going? Most people aren’t?for one reason or another. Some people

offsite link Russia withdraws from the Western project Fri Dec 02, 2022 15:57 | The Saker
translated by the Saker community translators source The world elite is not ready to compromise with Moscow by Alexander Khramchikhin The training of Australian submariners on the British nuclear submarine

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offsite link The New York Attorney General Wants to Fine the Daily Sceptic $1,000 a Day if it Fails to Remove ?Ha... Sat Dec 03, 2022 09:00 | Ian Rons
A new law in New York state makes websites liable for $1,000-a-day fines if they fail to remove ?hateful? content, i.e., defining a woman as an ?adult human female?. Luckily, it?s being challenged in the courts.
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offsite link News Round-Up Sat Dec 03, 2022 00:35 | Jonathan Barr
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the virus and the vaccines, the ?climate emergency? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
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offsite link Exclusive: One in Five Jobs in the MHRA Department that Authorises Vaccines For Public Use are Vacan... Fri Dec 02, 2022 17:42 | Nick Denim
One in five jobs in the department of the MHRA that authorises vaccines for public use are currently vacant. Should we be worried? Yes, says a safety expert. If vacancies climb above 15%, safety is compromised.
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offsite link Why Are Airlines Still Insisting on Negative PCR Tests as a Condition of Travel to Countries That Ha... Fri Dec 02, 2022 16:32 | Anonymous
Many airlines are still insisting on negative PCR tests as a condition of travel, even though the countries they?re flying to have dropped this requirement. Why?
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offsite link Why Are Some Hospitals and Clinics Mask Free, While Others are Aggressively Insisting on Face Nappie... Fri Dec 02, 2022 13:00 | Paul Stevens
Smile Free, which campaigns against mask mandates, predicted that whether you had to wear masks in hospitals and clinics would become a ?postcode lottery?, unconnected with science or evidence. And so it has come to pass.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday August 17, 2011 - 15:33 by T

This report from the WSWS site accurately sums up the situation in Britain today and the outcome of the riots. It confirms most people suspicions that the state has used this to launch a vicious assault on the working class (read ordinary folk) of Britain. It has used the very same press that was embroiled just weeks ago in a huge phone hacking scandal. The state repression and right-wing hysteria unleashed reveal the preparations of the ruling class for police-state forms of rule


It is amazing that despite all the arrests and sentencing that: The riots were triggered by the police execution of Mark Duggan, a black 29-year-old father of four, in Tottenham, north London on August 4, followed by an unprovoked police assault on a peaceful protest over his killing two days later. Almost a fortnight later, no officer has been identified, let alone charged, for these crimes.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday August 17, 2011 - 15:25 by Peter Manson
Peter Manson writes about the London Riots. What was positive about and what was negative. But rioting itself is no answer to the problems facing the Working Class. Full text of the article is at the link below.

A positive and progressive rebellion against deprivation or unashamed and backward criminality? The reaction of the left to the riots in towns and cities across Britain has been polarised between these two extremes.

As readers will know, what started as a peaceful protest outside Tottenham Hale police station on Saturday August 6 was violently transformed after several hours and eventually sparked full-scale rioting and looting, first in London and then in major conurbations the length and breadth of the country. The original demonstration was against the brutal killing by police of Mark Duggan and their subsequent lying excuses and justifications.

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Thursday July 07, 2011 - 15:20 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - friday july 08, 2011 - 13:45)
The High Court has ruled in favour of millionaire employers. Setting a legal minimum wage for the Catering Trade is unconstitutional. Baling out the banks is constitutional, banning strikes is constitutional. Letting multinationals rob our national resources is constitutional.

But catering workers cannot be paid e9.65 an hour. Thats unconstitutional. But the millionaire employers are going to get compensation from the State! No money for hospitals, plenty of money for bankers and exploiters.

Its time to say Enough! http://enoughcampaign.org/
Join in the Enough Campaign, join in other protests. ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Wednesday July 06, 2011 - 17:50 by The Mekon
Interesting information regarding the lull in global warming from 1998 to 2008. Full story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14002264

The lull in global warming from 1998 to 2008 was mainly caused by a sharp rise in China's coal use, a study suggests. The absence of a temperature rise over that decade is often used by "climate sceptics" as grounds for denying the existence of man-made global warming. But the new study, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concludes that smog from the extra coal acted to mask greenhouse warming. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / other press Friday June 10, 2011 - 11:56 by Anon   image 1 image
This report from the WSM highlights the deepending crisis in the Irish prison system. Over the years the number of people per capita going to prison has been steadily rising and there are huge dangers with disease and infection from the practice of slopping out. And now an outbreak of TB is reported in three of the prisons. As elsewhere an dangerous drug resistant and largely incurable form of TB is on the rise.

This might not seem of relevance to most people but it is not well known that in 2010 there were 520 people were imprisoned for non payment of fines like TV licences, parking fines etc. ... read full story / add a comment
international / public consultation / irish social forum / other press Wednesday June 08, 2011 - 21:21 by Speranza   text 26 comments (last - monday june 13, 2011 - 14:57)   image 1 image
Climate scientists lives are at risk. Why? Because they have produced evidence which shows the erxtent of Global Warming and the damage done to the environment. The deniers don't like this and neither do the big mining and oil companies. They go crazy at the idea of paying a carbon tax. These companies have deep pockets and it wouldn't be surprising if they slipped a few dollars to the nuttier deniers to threaten scientists and perhaps go further.

Most deniers are harmless folk, they rarely leave their computers and wouldn't have the nerve to counter protest at an environmental demo. But there is always the mad few, looks as if they may be at work in Autralia.

A number of Australia's leading climate scientists have been moved into safer accommodation after receiving death threats, in a further escalation of the country's increasingly febrile carbon price debate. The revelation of the death threats follows a week of bitter exchanges between the government and the opposition in the wake of a pro-carbon price TV advert featuring actor Cate Blanchet. Being a denier of GLOBAL warming and supporting the destruction of the Environment is easy. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday June 06, 2011 - 18:28 by By HARRY BROWNE   text 4 comments (last - wednesday september 05, 2012 - 08:47)
Ireland’s foreign-affairs minister assured the US ambassador in Dublin in 2006 that the Irish government was prepared to change the law that had allowed the acquittal of five anti-war activists for damaging a US Navy plane.

The revelation that a senior Irish official discussed possible amendments to domestic criminal law with the US ambassador is contained in a Wikileaks cable (see below) that has not been published or reported upon elsewhere, but which has been seen by Counterpunch.

At the time of the acquittal of the so-called Shannon Five, or Pitstop Ploughshares, in July 2006, the US embassy made a public statement expressing its disquiet about the verdict. The then foreign minister, Dermot Ahern, responded with what was seen as a firm public statement of his own, underlining the independence of the judicial system and stating that its verdicts were not a matter for discussion by government officials or between governments.
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Sunday June 05, 2011 - 18:49 by John Cornford   video 1 video file
On May 28, Hands Off the People of Iran organised a roundtable discussion to debate the question of the uprisings in the Middle East, the connection to the capitalist crisis and the impacts on Turkey and, crucially, Iran. ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Friday May 27, 2011 - 07:15 by Benny
SF Minister John O'Dowd sacks more public servants as evidence emerges of how the previous SF Minister had presided over lavish junkets organised by department members............. two articles from the Belfast Telegraph ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Saturday May 21, 2011 - 18:00 by Mother Earth
Once again the climate skeptics have been uncovered as cheats. Why research information when you can just make it up or copy bits from here and there? Full article at link below.

Evidence of plagiarism and complaints about the peer-review process have led a statistics journal to retract a federally funded study that condemned scientific support for global warming. The study, which appeared in 2008 in the journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, was headed by statistician Edward Wegman of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Its analysis was an outgrowth of a controversial congressional report that Wegman headed in 2006. The "Wegman Report" suggested climate scientists colluded in their studies and questioned whether global warming was real. The report has since become a touchstone among climate change naysayers. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 21:59 by T   text 15 comments (last - friday july 01, 2011 - 14:59)
Two recent articles make the strong case that IMF chief Strauss-Kahn has been caught up in a palace coup as it were from the extremist side of the IMF.

While it is easy to hate the IMF and row in with the corporate media and pronounce him guilty we have got to remember to step back from this story and examine the context. What is also interesting is the way that this is the same media that so eagerly brought us the Afghan War, Iraq war, bailout of the rich and austerity and impoverishment for the rest of us, here they are now attacking one of the key figures in this global institute. It is all rather strange ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday May 15, 2011 - 22:44 by Near FM   text 1 comment (last - monday may 16, 2011 - 08:07)
LINK-"Opposing the British Queen's Visit to Ireland"- Radio Interview with John, Mark and Memet from the Irish Anti-War Movement Activists and Catholic Worker/ Plowshares activist Ciaron

http://www.archive.org/details/CiaronOReilly2011.05.15

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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday May 07, 2011 - 08:11 by Prison Solidarity   text 1 comment (last - sunday may 08, 2011 - 08:49)
Bradley Manning's jail conditions improve dramatically after protest campaign

Switch of WikiLeaks whistleblower suspect from maximum security jail means more rights and liberties in runup to trial

Bradley Manning's new jail conditions were hailed by the Ohio Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich as a victory for Manning's supporters, who claimed his original treatment amounted to torture. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday May 06, 2011 - 08:42 by Solidarity with Hancock 37   text 2 comments (last - friday march 02, 2012 - 14:19)
Fiction as Reality: Two Perspectives, Two Drones, One Demonstration,
and 37 Bodies

VID (18 mins) http://indytv.blip.tv/file/5089236/
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international / history and heritage / other press Monday May 02, 2011 - 13:52 by Mark Fischer   text 6 comments (last - monday may 02, 2011 - 23:13)
Mark Fischer interviews Clive Bloom on his new book 'Restless revolutionaries'. A book which examines the legacy of Republicanism in British history. Full text at url.

You talk about the history of republicanism’s “crushing failures” in the book. One way that these struggles are crushed, of course, is that the victor writes the histories ...

Exactly. You have to unearth these histories, the documentation. You have to search for the graves where these people are buried - there are no monuments to guide you. More than that, you have to reconstruct the politics of the time to understand these rebellions in their context.

In the case of William Courtney and the 1838 rebellion in Dover, for example, there is a plaque on the church wall commemorating the dead. But why, when this guy turned up preaching as he did, were people prepared to believe it and to die for it? When we understand that, then history comes alive for us and speaks directly to how we live now, the struggles that surround us in today’s world. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / other press Monday April 25, 2011 - 13:26 by Tom Stokes
If citizens thought that they might play a meaningful part in commemorating the 1916 revolution on its 95th anniversary at the epicentre of the revolution they were wrong. The State had its plan, and ordinary people would play no part in it other than as curious and distant observers. ... read full story / add a comment
North Kildare's Liffey Champion spreads the warning
national / sci-tech / other press Sunday April 17, 2011 - 01:00 by getouttamyhead   text 9 comments (last - wednesday april 20, 2011 - 13:54)   image 3 images
With the government leasing frequencies to companies world-wide to test their electromagnetic equipment in a live environment, word is finally spreading of the dangers associated with new technology. The DOnegal Democrat and the Liffey Champion have both noted community resistance to placement of towers near homes, schools and businesses. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday April 13, 2011 - 11:25 by Celia S   text 14 comments (last - sunday april 24, 2011 - 15:01)
In the article below Michael Parenti deconstructs the body myths surrounding the question of the Dalai Lama/Tibet. Very relevant given the love-in going on today. What say you Andy Storey/Afri? ... read full story / add a comment
 San Rafael Glacier in Patagonia, one of the 270 glaciers included in this study, has retreated about 8km since the peak of the 'Little Ice Age'
international / environment / other press Monday April 04, 2011 - 13:51 by Namor   text 2 comments (last - tuesday april 05, 2011 - 19:34)   image 2 images
More evidence of a rapid increase in ice melt: Studies showed glaciers have lost volume on average "10 to 100 times faster" in the last 30 years. Full text at url below.

Melting mountain glaciers are making sea levels rise faster now than at any time in the last 350 years, according to new research. Universities at Aberystwyth, Exeter and Stockholm looked at longer timescales than usual for their study. They mapped changes in 270 of the largest glaciers between Chile and Argentina since the "Little Ice Age". Studies showed glaciers have lost volume on average "10 to 100 times faster" in the last 30 years.

The rapid melt rate is linked to their contribution to global sea level. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday April 03, 2011 - 08:28 by Ciaron   text 2 comments (last - friday june 10, 2011 - 08:27)
As was the case with Gulf War 1, more serious resistance to the present wars on Afghanistan and Iraq has come from within the military in the United States & Britain than from the anti-war movements in civil society. A culture of solidarity is not evident in either countries anti-war movements. Military resisters often end up isolated and demoralised by anti-war movements that incite them to resist and then abandons them! Support those who are offerig solidarity to military resisters "Courage to Resist" www.couragetoresist.org "Bradley Manning Support Group" www.bradleymanning.org ... read full story / add a comment

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