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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

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offsite link Syria & Iraq War Report ? October 25, 2016: Militants Suffer Major Losses in Western Ghouta Tue Oct 25, 2016 17:57 | The Saker

offsite link «America Has Lost» in the Philippines Tue Oct 25, 2016 14:07 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar for Strategic Culture «Your honors, in this venue I announce my separation from the United States? both in military and economics also». Thus Philippines President Rodrigo «The

offsite link Making sense of the Russian naval task force off the coast of Syria Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:52 | The Saker
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offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/10/24 ? Open Thread Mon Oct 24, 2016 17:00 | Herb Swanson
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Human Rights in Ireland

offsite link Benefit Sanctions and Coercion Within the Irish Welfare System Thu Sep 22, 2016 13:38 | Cliodhna Murphy

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Monday February 02, 2015 - 20:00 by Comhlámh   image 1 image
Join us for a film screening and panel discussion where we’ll draw on the experience of one community’s struggle against water privatisation in the Global South (El Alto, Bolivia) and relate it to the Irish movement against water charges

From El Alto to Edenmore .... Twisted Pepper -Weds 4th Feb @ 7pm. ... read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Wednesday January 28, 2015 - 23:30 by ii   video 1 video file   1 attached file
Today we are publishing a copy of an open letter sent to the Judges of Ireland by Integrity Ireland relating to corruption in the legal system.

Dear JAAB / Courts Service Staff;

Please ensure that the attached email letter (also by recorded post) is
brought to the personal attention of each of the persons listed on page
3, and that the contents are made known to any and all Courts Service
Staff members, solicitors, barristers and Registrars, who may in any way
be implicated in facilitating the criminal activities as referenced
herein. ... read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 28, 2015 - 00:45 by T   text 7 comments (last - tuesday february 03, 2015 - 11:30)
After the election victory of Syriza in Greece on Sunday 25th Jan, what are the chances they will implement their new anti-austerity programme and does this mean we can all follow their path. Is this a return of democracy -i.e. the will of the people. And can the rest of us follow them?

The short answer is seems to be no. ... read full story / add a comment
Well three tribes...
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Friday January 23, 2015 - 23:16 by AnotherSadFather   image 1 image
Community Groups around Ireland will protest in towns, cities and villages across Ireland about the water charges on Saturday 31 January. Seek them out and join them! The Dublin local groups are planning to all meet up in the City Centre, Please join the protests and keep the pressure up. The temporary lower charges introduced by the government will be withdrawn after the next election and all waivers and allowances will be abolished if they privatise Irish Water which IS their plan. They later plan to charge for waste water! This is on the cards. We must stop abolish these charges and stop this disgraceful act. ... read full story / add a comment
cork / environment / event notice Monday January 19, 2015 - 13:20 by Órla O'Donovan
In a context where offshore oil, gas, fish and even seaweed are increasingly being privatised and managed by global corporations, this seminar will address the efforts of small coastal communities to raise fundamental questions about the common good and ownership and care of our coastal ‘commons’. Drawing on their experiences of the Corrib Gas controversy, but also other community struggles in Ireland a further afield, it will be given by film-maker Risteard Ó Domhnaill (maker of The Pipe and currently working on Atlantic) and Rossport farmer Monica Muller. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Friday January 16, 2015 - 19:03 by June Kelly
Picolas Pitsos is an Executive member of Le Mouvement de la Paix, France's major peace movement with over 150 local groups, and one of the largest peace movements in Europe.

He has been invited to Dublin by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and Irish CND to speak at a public meeting on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 7.30pm in Connolly Books, 43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2. ... read full story / add a comment
cork / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday January 14, 2015 - 14:29 by Cork WSM   image 1 image
Our comrades from the Spanish State are calling for international day of support for anarchist prisoners! #ContraPandora #StopCriminalization

December 16th 2014 we saw 11 anarchists in Barcelona area detained in what has been known as "Operation Pandora".

... read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / news report Tuesday January 13, 2015 - 22:07 by Integrity Ireland   text 3 comments (last - thursday january 15, 2015 - 08:58)   video 1 video file
Integrity Ireland which was setup to expose and fight corruption in our legal
and justice system has written an Open Letter to President Higgins because of
the unprecedented obstalces and obstructions that they have encountered.

The open letter reproduced below is seeking the protection of the Presidential Office in the
event we have to arrest two of our most senior judges for criminal conspiracy on Friday January
30th next.. ... read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday January 11, 2015 - 01:36 by anon   text 4 comments (last - tuesday january 20, 2015 - 11:05)   image 2 images   audio 1 audio file
Spun as an anti-Semitic affair in light of Friday’s events at the kosher supermarket, the majority of the mayhem’s victims in fact fell on Wednesday in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, framing events rather in the light of NATO’s past Gladio false flag anti-Communist operations in Western Europe and exposing both the spin and events as the most corrupt of manipulations. ... read full story / add a comment
international / education / other press Wednesday December 31, 2014 - 19:54 by T   text 2 comments (last - friday january 02, 2015 - 12:23)   image 1 image
This is an extremely important story and should be the final wakeup call to the public at large over the real dangers of weedkillers and GM crops. Even though the study applies to the USA, and generally we have GM food labeling, our animal feeds very likely contain significant amounts of GM crops. Also Roundup itself even on ordinary crops is used widespread both in agriculture and in gardens. It is highly likely we are all regularly exposed to residues of this weedkiller, although in all likelihood at the moment this is probably more prevalent in the USA where the situation is a lot worse. However, there are continual efforts all the time to introduce GM crops into Ireland and both FF and FG have given their support to the corporate lobbyists promoting its use. Hopefully news like this just might stop it in its tracks but it won't do anything for the tens of thousands of families already affected by autism ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Sunday December 14, 2014 - 19:39 by wsm   text 1 comment (last - friday december 19, 2014 - 12:59)   image 1 image
On Thursday night RTE Primetime presented what many have described as a 'regime broadcast', an utterly transparent hatchet job of the anti-Water Charges campaign. This featured, supposedly, an anonymous water meter installer describing being accosted by knife, hatchet, baseball bat, and golf club wielding maniacal protesters – the sinister fringe. The core message transmitted in the program was 'you can protest, but don't protest effectively'. If you watched it (link below), what did you think? ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday December 11, 2014 - 14:22 by shannonwatch
Shannonwatch are appalled at the shocking revelations about CIA torture of detainees in the US Senate intelligence committee report released on Tuesday Dec 9th. Details of the methods used, the extent of the torture and the scale of lies and deceit from a government agency are even worse than was already known. Ireland's complicity has already been documented by other reports, but given this new information it is now well past time for a full investigation of the role played by Shannon in the brutal and illegal interrogation undertaken by the CIA. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Friday December 05, 2014 - 19:33 by irate   image 1 image
I'm reproducing this post here because I think it needs wider circulation. I hope the original poster will forgive my boldness but It is an important message that should get out to the widest possible audience.

Basically, under instruction from the EU, we will be giving private investors the interest on 28 billion of bank debt instead of paying it back to the Irish central bank as is currently the case, all with barely a murmur from the Irish media. Meanwhile the distraction storm rages on over a piddling 280 million which MIGHT be repaid to junior bond holders some of which MAY actually be local credit unions etc who are very beneficial to our economy.

Furthermore If interest rates rise in the future we WILL be crucified by huge wasted interest repayments to greedy vulture capitalists. Meanwhile the media have us pissing and moaning over a hypothetical 280 million which MIGHT be repaid mainly to the likes of our own credit unions which will be peanuts compared to these other interest payments most likely going to foreign vulture capitalists ... read full story / add a comment
cork / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Friday December 05, 2014 - 19:16 by Eric   image 1 image
You are invited to join us at a meeting / film showing, titled: “If water were a person, it would be an anarchist: An anarchist view on the water charges”, next Tuesday 9th December, 8pm, in the Cork Community Printshop, Oliver Plunkett Street Lower ( behind the Bus Station ) ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Tuesday December 02, 2014 - 23:28 by wsm   image 1 image
This article was written by the WSM and appears on their website and is the text for a 4 page PDF leaflet which you are encouraged to print and distribute.

In the face of massive opposition to the water charges, the government have made several clumsy attempts to placate us, while their partners in the media seek to frighten us off the streets. The latest attempt, delivered by Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government in the Dáil on the 19th of November, is the plan to charge us €160 per year for our water and to give ‘eligible households’ a water conservation grant of €100. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Monday December 01, 2014 - 23:54 by shannonwatch
Shannonwatch have expressed their disappointment that the State has decided to summons TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace to appear before Ennis District Court on Wednesday December 3rd for peace actions, while at the same time failing to investigate complaints made about US military and other aircraft that may be in breach of international law. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / feature Saturday November 29, 2014 - 17:45 by Shane Cassidy   text 13 comments (last - wednesday june 10, 2015 - 10:35)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   1 attached file
This article examines the Transatlantic Free Trade agreement and it's potential repercussions. In 2010 the US mining and gas company, Renco, managed to successfully avoid having to pay compensation to Peruvian locals who were harmed due to pollution by their companies by successfully using a provision of the Peru-US Trade Agreement[1]. Not satisfied with avoiding having to pay compensation, the company has since demanded $800 million from the Peruvian government as they argue that one of the companies they own, Doe Run, was forced into bankruptcy due to an expensive pollution clean-up which the Peruvian government required Doe Run to conduct [2]. ... read full story / add a comment
cork / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Monday November 17, 2014 - 19:47 by KM   text 2 comments (last - thursday january 29, 2015 - 07:51)   image 1 image
"Odessa & Donbass. Tragedy of Ukraine" Photo Exhibition

Opening reception 20.11.14 6pm.
Witness conferencing by Julia S 22nd of November 2014 at 1pm.

Camden Palace Hotel Camden Quay Cork ... read full story / add a comment
Courtsey of WSM
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Monday November 17, 2014 - 11:37 by anon   text 8 comments (last - wednesday november 19, 2014 - 23:12)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
It is clear that the governments is seeking to split the anti-water charges campaign by modifying the water charges and publicly attacking any violence surrounding the protests. ... read full story / add a comment
international / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Sunday November 16, 2014 - 01:15 by T   image 1 image
This is a repost of an important article on the Irish Left Review website and goes into detail on the connection between the Water Charges and the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is currently being concluded in secret by the EU and US.

*** The water charges can and must be defeated by resistance and non-payment but water, as a human right, must also be secured as a publicly owned and controlled resource universally available. Remember, we had to fight water charges in the 1980’s and again in the 1990’s so let’s make this win a permanent one. ... read full story / add a comment

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