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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Saker Community Announcement on the Essential Saker Book and the Call for Networking Help Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:40 | Scott
Dear friends, I just want to give you a brief update on the Saker?s book sales. As you know, it had launched on November 17th and to our pleasant surprise

offsite link Report from Crimea by Auslander Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:28 | Saker-Admin
Auslander posted this sitrep in our comment section. I have reposted it here for all to read. (Webmaster) The situation in Krimea and Sevastopol is serious. The power coming to

offsite link The NATO destruction of the RuAF SU-24 Fencer and Turkish murder of the Russian servicemen Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:44 | Scott
Russia?s Interdiction of ISIS-Turkey Oil Trade and Attacks on Turkmen jihadi militants Poses Risk of Enlargement of Syrian Conflict UPDATED By: JiminNH The increasing velocity of events in Syria indicates

offsite link Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 25, 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:04 | Scott

offsite link Foreign Policy Diary ? Ukraine Launches Energy War Against Crimea Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:00 | Scott

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Human Rights in Ireland

offsite link The Labour Party #repealthe8th Proposals: An Analysis Wed Nov 25, 2015 20:11 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Book Launch: International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland, 8 December 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:21 | Liam Thornton

offsite link FLAC: 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:04 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Green Party?s Reproductive Rights Policy: An Appraisal Tue Nov 17, 2015 07:55 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Carroll on Marrying youth and politics: more than a click away Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:58 | GuestPost

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link December issue of An Phoblacht out now 19:16 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The voice of the orthodoxy outlines the real problems about the next election? 12:50 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link ?Friendly contact?: Garda intelligence and the 1930?s IRA ? guest piece by Brian Hanley 10:19 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | guestposter

offsite link Another Fine Gael TD walks? 09:19 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link What you want to say ? 25th November 2015 02:46 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

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

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015


offsite link ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015


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NATO Supports Turkey Who Support ISIS.
NATO: We Fully Support Turkey's Decision to Shoot Down Russian Jet

After “extraordinary meeting,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declares that “we stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO Ally, Turkey” Src:

Turkey is mad as Russia for destroying over 500 Tankers used by ISIS to smuggle oil through Turkey and sold through BMZ Ltd, the maritime company of Bilal Erdoğan, the son of President Erdoğan of Turkey. QED.
See also: Russian Senator&Pilot: “This Was Erdogan’s Revenge for Loss of ISIL Cash Cow” and The Paris Attacks -What's Going On ?

national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Wednesday July 15, 2015 - 16:58 by shannonwatch
As Shannon Airport prepares to stage an air show on July 18th to celebrate its achievements in the world of aviation, peace groups in Ireland issue a reminder that its recent history is not one to be proud of. Since 2001 the airport has been used by the US military as a gateway to wars in the Middle East. These wars have resulted in the death of innocent men, women and children, left millions of people homeless, and destroyed communities and entire countries. ... read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / event notice Wednesday July 08, 2015 - 15:22 by People's Movement   image 1 image
The negotiations on the proposed Transatlantic and Investment Partnership were begun in July 2013, and nine rounds of negotiations have taken place since. The tenth round is due to take place in Brussels on 13 -17 July. The Peoples Movement will be holding a demonstration against TTIP at 1 p.m. on Wednesday 15 July outside the EU Parliament offices in Dublin to mark the tenth round of negotiations. All are welcome. Please put it in your diary. ... 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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cork / eu / event notice Tuesday July 07, 2015 - 21:15 by Enzo   image 1 image
The Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) Why were being kept in the dark

A public discussion forum on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Programme (TTIP) will be held in the Maldron Hotel, Cork next Saturday, 11th July at 2.00pm. ... read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Monday July 06, 2015 - 15:33 by Mary Muldowney
On Saturday 18th July the East Wall History Group will host the inaugural Sarah Lundberg Summer School. Held in conjunction with the Alternative Visions Oral History Group, the event is in honour of our friend and colleague Sarah Lundberg, an archivist, historian and publisher who tragically passed away last year.

The topic of Kathleen Lynn was chosen because this remarkable woman was the subject of a major publishing project that Sarah had begun at the time of her death. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Kathleen Lynn in September of 1955. ... read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Sunday July 05, 2015 - 12:50 by Stop TTIP   image 1 image
The European Parliament is about to make another attempt to pass a resolution on the EU-US trade deal TTIP this Wednesday. Ahead of this critical vote, an alliance of over 480 organisations from across Europe is calling on MEPs to take the strong resistance from citizens seriously. 2.3 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative that calls for an end of the TTIP negotiations. All MEPs today received the following letter in their native language, signed by the Stop TTIP organisations in their respective country: ... read full story / add a comment
Senator John McCain and former US presidential candidate leaving a meeting ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday July 02, 2015 - 23:04 by Brandon Turbeville   image 1 image
We are reproducing this very important article by Brandon Turbeville from Activist Post in light of the constant stream of propaganda about terrorism and the recent attacks in which unfortunately three Irish people were killed including others who are just as important, in order to show that there is a direct link to US government foreign policy. In turn this foreign policy serves the corporate state which are the same forces pushing things like TTIP and neo liberal policies, austerity, social deprivation, worse working conditions, destruction of the environment and of course the creeping totalitarian state.

When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terroristsdirectly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

... read full story / add a comment
dublin / economics and finance / event notice Monday June 29, 2015 - 16:41 by Cat   text 6 comments (last - wednesday july 15, 2015 - 06:25)   image 1 image
This Saturday, 4th of July, we are gathering to express our Solidarity with the Greek people. The march will start at 12pm at the Central Bank.

Please join in the march!
Event on facebook:

We are also tweeting with the hashtags:
#IrelandStandsWithGreece ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Tuesday June 23, 2015 - 23:39 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
The Solidarity Times facebook page is reported today that Water charges protestor Stephen Bennett is being sent to prison. Here is their report.

The Water charges protester Stephen Bennett will be in jail for one month tomorrow. He was not convicted of anything, instead the courts attempted to impose 'protest ban' bail conditions which he has continued to refuse to accept. All sections of the water charges movements should be demanding Stephens immediate and unconditional release.

"To my Friends, Comrades and to the Irish Water movement. I send this message of solidarity from my cell in Cloverhill prison, where I have been since May 20th. ... read full story / add a comment
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
dublin / anti-capitalism / event notice Thursday June 18, 2015 - 09:16 by Progressive film club   image 1 image
Autumn Sun is a film about the occupy movement in the US set in Oaklands California. Ciutat Morta is a film about police brutality in Spain ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / news report Monday June 15, 2015 - 22:01 by Martin Healy   text 11 comments (last - monday june 29, 2015 - 18:02)
The REGRET Group recently received a list of all the adverse reactions
reported to the Irish Health Regulatory Authority (HPRA) following
vaccination with the HPV vaccine Gardasil. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday June 11, 2015 - 22:25 by
Press Release 21st May Act now save the future of our food! The coalition of No Patents on Seeds! has published an international call to European governments to stop patents on plants and animals. They are warning that international corporations such as Monsanto are taking more and more control of resources needed for food production. As recent research shows, the European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and lettuce. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday June 10, 2015 - 23:27 by SF
Liadh N Riada MEP has strongly criticised the call of Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly to have a potential international court for TTIPs Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) located in Ireland.

She said that Kelly has completely betrayed his responsibility to defend the interests of the Irish people.

The mechanism of the International State Dispute Settlement court is part of the highly controversial TTIP agreement which has been met with widespread public opposition across the European Union ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday June 10, 2015 - 14:23 by No to TTIP   text 2 comments (last - saturday june 13, 2015 - 15:04)
The European Citizens Initiative "Stop TTIP" has reached a new record number of signatures a few days ahead of a critical vote on TTIP in the European Parliament. With 2 million signatories, this is the largest European Citizens Initiative (ECI) since the introduction of the instrument in 2012. In order for an ECI to be successful, half this number would suffice. Moreover, Stop TTIP has collected the required minimum number of signatures in 14 EU Member States, double the amount needed to receive an official response from the European Commission and a hearing in the European Parliament. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Tuesday June 09, 2015 - 23:22 by pbp   image 1 image
As the country reflects on a new beginning, SPARK are asking you to extend equality to children. Ireland has failed to protect children from the recession and child poverty rates have seen a shocking increase over the last few years. However, the picture is even bleaker for children in one parent families. 23% of our children live in consistent poverty and that is before the draconian cuts to incomes of working lone parents are introduced in July.

Join NWCI at the SPARK protest at the Dail Gates, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 at 3:30pm on Weds 10th June ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Friday June 05, 2015 - 23:16 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
The well respected Mahon Says No anti-water charges group have issued a statement warning that "Right2Water and the Socialist Party both need to take a step back and consider the potential damage their mutual mudslinging will cause, and all in the name of getting their representatives elected ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Thursday June 04, 2015 - 23:36 by Dunnes Stores Workers   text 13 comments (last - monday june 22, 2015 - 09:20)   image 7 images
Dunnes Stores workers need your support. They are seeking:


Dunnes' owners refuse to listen to their workers and have broken an existing agreement they freely signed up to with the workers' union. They have also ignored the Labour Court who told them to immediately engage. With no other option, the workers were forced to go on a one day strike on April 2nd. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday June 04, 2015 - 10:09 by An Taisce
In the face of figures from the EPA that show we are unlikely to meet our Climate Change Targets and Ban Ki-moons call for Ireland to do more to curb Climate Change An Taisce is calling upon TDs to put forward amendments to strengthen the Climate Action Bill.

The Climate Action Bill currently going through the Oireachtas is weakly drafted, fails to ensure existing targets are met and further delays meaningful action. The Bill is now scheduled for Committee stage on Tuesday 9th June. An Taisce and other NGOs involved in Stop Climate Chaos (SCC) are calling on all TDs to put forward a series of amendments to ensure the Bill contains legally enforceable targets. ... read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Wednesday June 03, 2015 - 23:24 by ER
Apple must be forced to repay taxes lost through dodgy deals with government, say tax campaigners

Tax justice campaigns group Debt & Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) today welcomed the fact-finding mission to Ireland of the European Parliament Special Tax Committee on Thursday 28th May. ... read full story / add a comment

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