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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Where Did the Russian Portfolio of American Bonds Disappear To? Mon Jun 18, 2018 21:05 | The Saker
By Ivan Danilov Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/where-did-... source: https://ria.ru/analytics/2018... Practice shows that there are three topics connected to Moscow that attract genuine attention, and

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/06/18 ? Open Thread Mon Jun 18, 2018 14:30 | Herb Swanson
2018/06/18 13:30:01Welcome 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 East Med Sitrep May ? June 2018 Sun Jun 17, 2018 22:09 | The Saker
by Kakaouskia for The Saker Blog Greetings to the Saker community and readers. Cyprus: Reports in the press show that the Cypriot government has signed an agreement with France for

offsite link Russians are much admired and Putin is loved by the Chinese, for good reasons Sun Jun 17, 2018 21:30 | The Saker
by Jeff J. Brown for The Saker Blog Crosslinked with: http://chinarising.puntopress.com/201... https://youtu.be/txVSSlfUD6o https://soundcloud.com/44-days/russia... Looking back at the rocky, mutually suspecting and disrespecting relations between Russia?s and China?s leaders, 1917-2000, this

offsite link Rostislav Ishchenko ? Seven Against Eight or 2+2=3 Sun Jun 17, 2018 01:24 | The Saker
by Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-... source: http://alternatio.org/articles/articl... On June 9th-10th, the G7 summit was held in Quebec and the Shanghai Cooperation

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Reading the referendum result? 12:18 Mon Jun 18, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

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international / environment / other press Tuesday May 29, 2018 - 12:29 by anon
The European Commission has today outlined new plans to cut down on single-use plastics and reduce marine plastic pollution.

The new EU-wide rules proposed by the Commission target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

This will include an outright ban on the likes of plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and sticks for balloons where alternatives are readily available and affordable.

... read full story / add a comment
Source: IMF Direction of Trade Statistics and authors? calculations.
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Sunday May 27, 2018 - 21:44 by 1 of indy   image 5 images
This is story is being reposted as it is considered to be of noteworthy interest to the issue of Brexit since it will probably have a significant impact on Ireland

Remainers claim that Brexit will be an economic apocalypse. But it provides the opportunity for a radical break with neoliberalism.

Nothing better reflects the muddled thinking of the mainstream European left than its stance on Brexit. Each week seems to produce a new chapter for the Brexit scare story: withdrawing from the EU will be an economic disaster for the UK; tens of thousands of jobs will be lost; human rights will be eviscerated; the principles of fair trials, free speech, and decent labour standards will all be compromised. In short, Brexit will transform Britain into a dystopia, a failed state ? or worse, an international pariah ? cut off from the civilized world. Against this backdrop it?s easy to see why Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is often criticized for his unwillingness to adopt a pro-Remain agenda. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Friday May 25, 2018 - 16:58 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
On May 25th we in Ireland finally get to vote to Repeal the hated 8th amendment. Here we present the 8 reasons WSM members are voting Yes to Repeal along with many of the articles we have published on the issue in recent months. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday May 15, 2018 - 18:06 by ipsc   image 1 image
n response to Israel’s horrific massacre of some 60 unarmed Palestinians, and wounding of thousands, yesterday in Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has organised a series of protests around Ireland to take place today. Protests are expected to continue in Gaza, and casualties are expected to mount. ... read full story / add a comment
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cork / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Friday April 27, 2018 - 21:45 by Joe Terry   image 2 images
IREXIT / anti PESCO RALLY at City Hall Cork at 7pm on 9th May 2018 ... read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday April 19, 2018 - 22:27 by ipsc   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Posted belatedly
Today (17th April), on the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoners, more than 150 European trade unions, political parties, human rights organizations and faith groups from over 16 European countries issued a call urging the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and exclude Israeli military companies from EU Framework Programs.

This call – accompanied by an explainer video – comes at a time when at least 35 unarmed Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli snipers during three weeks of protests at Gaza’s border with Israel. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Thursday April 19, 2018 - 21:59 by ipsc   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May 2018 – Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian #Nakba, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Trade Union Friends of Palestine and BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights are honoured to host an inspiring and action-focused weekend of talks from important voices in the Palestinian struggle for Freedom, Justice and Equality. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday April 19, 2018 - 21:12 by sw
The Peace and Neutrality Alliance along with World Beyond War condemns unreservedly the overnight attacks carried out by Western powers on the Syrian Arab Republic.

The pretext for this offensive is that a chemical weapons attack has allegedly been carried out by the Syrian Government and that international law banning prohibiting chemical weapons must be upheld. Given that the bombing of a sovereign state is itself a violation of international law, we are being asked to believe that international law must be broken in order that it be upheld -- a manifest absurdity. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday April 17, 2018 - 14:24 by Justin Morahan   text 4 comments (last - wednesday april 18, 2018 - 11:41)
(On 28 March the new Ecuadorian government and its President cut off all use of the internet from Julian and forbade him all future visitors. His friends have rallied and are asking all who care to protest and work on his behalf. The letter below explains itself) ... read full story / add a comment
Although it has the fourth largest army in the world, the United Kindom is unable to defy Russia without the support of allies. It therefore has to invent a casus belli to make its partners react and lead them to stand beside it.
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Saturday April 14, 2018 - 18:23 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - friday june 08, 2018 - 10:48)   image 6 images
Lets be clear the chemical attack last week was not done by Syria. It would make absolutely no sense. They have already more or less beaten the US/Uk/France (via Saudi proxies) backed ISIS terrorist group with the great help of Russia. Besides Syria destroyed all their chemical weapons a few years back under the watchful eyes of international agencies. So why on Earth would they bring the wrath of the world upon themselves. They are not that stupid. No this chemical attack like the other ones, is done via the terrorist cells (-trained, financed and armed by Western powers through local proxies) - against the "moderate terrorists" and ultimately arranged by their sponsors which is as US, UK & France, the very same states crying crocodile tears about human rights when they regularly bomb countries and people for "human rights". Even now as they screech in unison about this staged attack by them blaming it on the Syrians they have absolutely zero interests in the lives of the people in question. Even the most unobservable person can see it is used merely as a pretext to their agenda. That agenda however is not just to take action and drop bombs as always but something bigger and it is brilliantly outlined in the article written back before this latest fiasco where intelligence had already revealed that the US/UK were planning this latest attack. In short the agenda is to link the clumsy chemical poisoning of Skripal with the Syria chemical attack. The plan was simple. Russia is a monster for using chemical poisoning (except they didn't) and so is Syria too (except they didn't) and they are friends. Therefore Russia should be expelled from the 5 member UN security council and if that could be pulled off then the US/UK & France could safely ignore China and the "Western Free World" would have a free hand to bomb and intimidate who they like. You see the problem is the USA is in debt and technically should be insolvent but because the dollar is the global reserve currency backed by threat of US military, special forces and colour revolutions no-one dares challenge it except of course the Russia-China axis. Nevertheless USA had it's day in the sun and their power is declining. The UK think they can re-establish their colonial relationship and presumably they would be the dominant partner and need to hang on the coat tails of the USA to achieve their aims. Even though the USA is clearly the bigger of the two, the UK are much better at this game than the US could ever hope to be, hence the confidence they can successfully use them. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Saturday April 14, 2018 - 01:16 by pm   image 1 image   1 attached file
Please join us at Dail Eireann, Kildare St on Thurs April 19th at 1pm to highlight the rapid development of an EU army without any public debate.

Placards will be provided
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday April 08, 2018 - 07:11 by Jason 0'Phelan
Yaser Murtaja, a Palestinian journalist has died after succumbing to wounds he sustained during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Saturday April 07, 2018 - 00:02 by 1 of indy
The Western Corporate and State media has been saturated for the past month or so over the Skripal poisoning case of an ex Russia intelligence officer and his daughter. The level of hysterical reaction is enough to make you sit up and realize there is a lot more going on here and there is some kind of agenda being sent and it is clearly part of the relentless ongoing Russia phobia and hating campaign that we have all had to bear with over the last few years and particularly so since the US sponsored Neo Nazi coup in the Ukraine in Feb 2014 and then the nerve of the Russia army to be invited into Syria by the Syria government and their near total elimination of the US-UK-France backed ISIS terrorists injected into Syria (via Saudi Arabia and Turkey before the latter's turn away from US) to push their own agenda to destroy regimes not compliant to the West.

In this analysis below from "The Saker" he uses simple logic to completely show the absurdity of the claims of the UK government regarding the Skripal case although in a more wider context. It is quite clear to anyone with a few brain cells that this is part of a deep state operation. ... read full story / add a comment

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national / housing / event notice Friday March 09, 2018 - 14:46 by nh   text 2 comments (last - thursday april 19, 2018 - 21:18)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
As the government is set to spend BILLIONS on signing us up to PESCO the Irish Ant-War Movement has decided to support the Housing Is A Human Right Day of Action on Sat 7th April 2018. If we can spend money on weapons we can provide affordable housing. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Saturday February 03, 2018 - 22:18 by 1 of indy
This is a repost from the World Socialists Website now regularly censored by google and the headline catches the essence of how things are panning out today.

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a notice outlining extraordinary plans by the social media company to monitor all the postings and messages of its users, censor independent journalism, and use artificial intelligence (AI) to report users to the police and intelligence agencies. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday January 15, 2018 - 23:11 by 1 of indy   text 2 comments (last - thursday may 03, 2018 - 17:50)   image 3 images
This interesting piece from Thierry Meyssan outlines the real plan behind the recent positive news about Rojava. It seems the empire has been selling the story of a wonderful democratic paradise about to be setup in Rojava when in fact the whole thing is a cover for the empire and once again shows how the Left have been used and subverted to promote their plans.

The discussion in France on where the French jihadists captured in Syria would be judged, is a clear example of a false debate. It is animated by a television presenter and journalist that hide their links to their listeners. The issue of where jihadists of French nationality will be tried is in fact intended to lay the groundwork for getting rid of those that can testify to France’s military role against Syria. Hoping that its allies accept it, France is preparing to recognize a pseudo State, under the name “Rojava”, following the model used in “Kosovo”. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday December 13, 2017 - 23:01 by 1 of indy   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2018 - 15:16)   image 1 image   1 attached file
We are publishing this piece by PANA explaining what PESCO is about and how it means the loss of our neutrality. Unfortunately since then on Dec 7th the Dail voted by 75 to 42 to join PESCO.
Some key points are:
1) PESCO is a binding agreement because it says so. The government claims it is not. It is.
2) PESCO commits us to spending 2% of GDP on military spending by 2022. This is a figure of € 5.5 billion. We currently spend 1/10th of that on defense. This makes a mockery of "fiscal space"
3) PESCO in the event of crisis places under NATO's command. Therefore we are no longer neutral.
4) PESCO is the side door to Ireland joining a EU Army / NATO and would have us involved in "humanitarian" bombing and "peace making" -in other words imposing the demands of the corporate interests that rule above all else.
The Irish Government is considering joining PESCO. This will be one of the most important decisions this FG/Independeny Alliance will ever make. There needs at the very least a serious debate on the issue, and in any genuine debate form all sides in the corporate media. On the evidence so far this is highly improbable, as is their total lack of coverage of the use of Shannon Airport by US troops ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday December 13, 2017 - 22:11 by Irish Anti War Movement   image 1 image
The Dail recently voted to join PESCO. This is the first stage of Ireland joining an EU Army. With PESCO we will be under the command of NATO. This would be the end of our neutrality.

It also commits Ireland to spending € 2+ billion on military spending. Currently we spend around a €500 million or about a quarter of that figure.

... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday December 10, 2017 - 22:24 by dcc   image 1 image
The Luas Cross City is a boon for Dublin city but what does it mean for people who cycle along or across this route? Cycling and on-street tram tracks is a safety issue all over the world. In general cyclists learn fast, and realise that they must take greater care around the tracks, and ideally cross them at a large angle, while at the same time be aware of other surrounding traffic. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday December 09, 2017 - 22:13 by ipsc
We carry below an official statement from the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the leadership of the global BDS movement. The IPSC has called an emergency lunchtime protest against the move this Friday 8th December between 1pm and 2pm: ... read full story / add a comment

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