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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday April 01, 2011 - 18:36 by Moshé Machover 1 image
Moshé Machover is an Israeli Socialist and Anti Zionist. He addressed addressed last weekend's CPGB aggregate on the defeat of the Libyan revolution, Al-Jazeera, and the goal of Arab unity. Full text at the link.
Why did they go for Libya and not other places? For me there are three main reasons. Firstly, there is the question of oil. Do not underestimate this factor. Of course, the quantity of oil Libya offers is next to nothing in comparison to Saudi Arabia, but it is its quality which makes them interested in it. It is just about the best oil you can find, particularly for aircraft fuel...
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The Near Media Co-op is seeking 8 participants (4 Irish and 4 non-EU nationals) to take part in a new project, “Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media.” ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday March 04, 2011 - 05:42 by Ciarn 1 comment (last - saturday march 05, 2011 - 06:35)
12-min TV program on Bradley Manning EXCELLENT! ... and usable
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national / miscellaneous / other press Friday February 25, 2011 - 12:31 by Andrew 13 comments (last - sunday february 27, 2011 - 20:43) 4 images 1 video file 1 attached file
Today, in an even more meaningless exercise then normal, a minority of the population of Ireland will choose between two almost identical options as to who will implement the ECB / IMF austerity plans for southern Ireland. Outside of this plan the wealthiest 1% will continue to set economic policy tomorrow as they did yesterday and have throughout the last decades. The electoral circus we are now going through provides the rest of us with the illusion of control even though deep down almost everyone acknowledges the ritual as having no real impact on what policies are actually implemented. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / other press Saturday February 05, 2011 - 23:05 by Saoirse 19 comments (last - monday june 06, 2011 - 20:03) 1 image
The National offices of the Irish Freedom Committee, and the Charlie Kerins Cumann in Chicago, regrets to inform our friends and supporters of the death of veteran Irish republican Frank O'Neill last night in Chicago. Frank was 88 years old. ... read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / other press Friday February 04, 2011 - 09:47 by Fin Dwyer 1 image 1 audio file
Episode 6 is the start of a fascinating story, full of twists and turns. Over the next three shows we will see the O Neill kingdom who have dominated the first five shows see their power challenged by the Dal Cais (the family of Brian Boru). This will see many challengers rise and fall as these two families battle it out for supremacy in medieval Irelan ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday January 26, 2011 - 16:57 by pat c 6 comments (last - monday january 31, 2011 - 19:32)
Tariq Ali believes that the documents are genuine and that they expose the abject treachery of sections of the PLO leadership. Full text at link.
The ‘Palestine Papers’ being published this week by al-Jazeera confirm in every detail what many Palestinians have suspected for a long time: their leaders have been collaborating in the most shameful fashion with Israel and the United States. Their grovelling is described in grim detail. The process, though few accepted it at the time, began with the much-trumpeted Oslo Accords, described by Edward Said in the LRB at the time as a ‘Palestinian Versailles’. Even he would have been taken aback by the sheer scale of what the PLO leadership agreed to surrender: virtually everything except their own salaries. Their weaknesses, inadequacies and cravenness are now in the public domain. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 11:42 by Teaandtoast
Shocking reading: Wikileaks document on Shannon:
Government wanted to be seen to be hard on the US to win votes in 2007 General election.
US government considered handing the Irish Government the bill for the plane damaged by the 'Shannon Five'.
Repost this to expose the shame of the Irish Government's complicity in the transport of war munitions and prisoners en route to US detention facilities.
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national / miscellaneous / other press Tuesday November 09, 2010 - 13:30 by T 8 comments (last - sunday november 14, 2010 - 09:34) 4 images 1 attached file
In the latest piece in Monday's Irish Times from Prof. Morgan Kelly who at the height of the boom in 2007 said Anglo had lent over €100 billion and would eventually go bust, now says the country is facing a wave of mortgage defaults and that the country is effectively gone bust already. ... read full story / add a comment
Michael Mann writes about the ongoing campaign by the climate Change deniers to not just deny Global Warming. Some, funded by Oil companies like Shell, have a broader agenda of repealing environmental measures such as fuel efficiency for vehicles. Full article at url.
I'd like to say I was surprised when news broke a year ago that emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, UK, had been hacked into and leaked, and that scientists' personal emails were being quoted out of context to disingenuously imply impropriety on their part. But I wasn't.
Books such as Merchants of Doubt by science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway have detailed how front groups for the fossil-fuel industry have been waging an orchestrated, well-funded campaign against climate science and climate scientists for more than two decades. Hacking into the CRU's email was simply the latest skirmish in this war against science, timed to forestall any progress towards lowering carbon emissions at the Copenhagen climate conference being held about a month later. ... read full story / add a comment
The U.S. System of Punishment: an expanding balloon of wealth, racism and greed
by Jenny Truax on October 28, 2010
(Jenny Truax has been a member of the Karen House Catholic Worker community in St. Louis for thirteen years)
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday October 26, 2010 - 18:32 by pat c 8 comments (last - friday december 17, 2010 - 12:06)
While we hear of Wikileaks and Julian Assange, lets not forget about Private First Class Bradley E. Manning who made it all possible. He is the one who is suffering the consequences. Here is his story as told by Denver Nicks. Full text at link.
Midnight, May 22nd, 2010. Army intelligence analyst Private First Class Bradley E. Manning is sitting at a computer at Contingency Operating Station Hammer, east of Baghdad. He is online, chatting with Adrian Lamo, an ex-hacker and sometimes-journalist based in San Francisco. “Hypothetical question,” he asks Lamo. “If you had free reign over classified networks for long periods of time… say, 8-9 months… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?” ... read full story / add a comment
As taxpayers are clenching up in anticipation of having wages cut and their basic services eviscerated and those on social welfare are expected to develop a taste for cheap baked beans on white bread, Here is a taste of how the corporate bloodsuckers are using our tax loopholes and playing countries off against each other to pay paltry amounts of tax. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 19:21 by pat c 1 comment (last - friday october 22, 2010 - 13:56)
Here we have the truth about the freedom and democracy that the US brought to Iraq. From the very start they set out to crush independent trade unions. Full text at link.
It is only in comic books and Hollywood movies that America's superheroes exist to defend the underdog. In practice, the armies of America have fanned out around the globe to show they are the willing servants of the corporate overdog. As Noam Chomsky writes in his book “Imperial Ambitions”(Metropolitan), “You can almost predict (U.S.) policy by that simple principle: Does it help rich people or does it help the general population? And from that you can virtually deduce what's going to happen.” There is no more disgraceful example than Iraq. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday October 09, 2010 - 20:44 by T 5 comments (last - tuesday october 12, 2010 - 17:02)
This report outlines how the currency wars now taking place represent another phase in the breakdown of the capitalist system.
Since the huge jolt to the capitalist system back in late 2008, nothing has been fixed and the internal contradictions and conflicts still exist and now the system stumbles forward into new crisis. As Leon Trotsky in the founding program of the Fourth International written in 1938: “The bourgeoisie itself,” he wrote, “sees no way out … it now toboggans with closed eyes toward an economic and military catastrophe.” ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / crime and justice / other press Thursday October 07, 2010 - 10:15 by anarchaeologist 1 comment (last - thursday october 07, 2010 - 23:26) 1 image
According to this week's Mayo News, former Garda Superintendent Pat Doyle has joined IRMS, the Kildare security firm with central European paramilitary links. ... read full story / add a comment
More sickening crimes exposed on the part of US forces in Afghanistan. Full story at link.
Twelve US soldiers have been charged with crimes in Afghanistan ranging from murdering civilians to keeping body parts as war trophies.
The soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade, based in Washington State, were deployed to Kandahar province a year ago, and the murders occurred between January and March, according to charges by army prosecutors made public this week.
"Allegations like this are . . . very serious," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell told a news briefing."Clearly, even if these allegations are proved to be untrue, it is unhelpful. It does not help the perceptions of our forces around the world." (Morrell is a master of understatement) ... read full story / add a comment
Issue 41 of
Red Banner: A magazine of socialist ideas
is now available from bookshops or the above address
€2 / Ł1.50 ... read full story / add a comment
At 9:30 this morning, people gathered on O'Connell Street In Dublin to protest against the presence of war criminal and ex British prime-minister Tony Blair. Blair arrived at Easons at around 10am for the book-signing of his recent autobiography, escorted and protected by a sizable gardai presence. Despite the heavy rain, hundreds of protestors took part. At least one protester managed to get past the heavy security to try to make a citizens arrest of Blair for his war crimes. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday August 21, 2010 - 14:21 by pat c 1 comment (last - saturday august 21, 2010 - 15:44)
This convoy will leave from New Delhi mid-September and will travel across Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and ultimately through the Rafah Crossing into Gaza-Palestine. The Asian convoy will be joined by delegations and vehicles in each of the nine countries through which it passes. ... read full story / add a comment