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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/04/30 ? Open Thread Sat Apr 30, 2016 06:30 | Herb Swanson
2016/04/30 05:30:01Welcome 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 Ukronazis in Lvov celebrate the 73rd anniversary of Ukrainian SS division Sat Apr 30, 2016 01:58 | The Saker

offsite link ISIS Struggles to Overcome the Budget Deficit Fri Apr 29, 2016 19:36 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/isis-struggles...

offsite link Officers of Russia?s Investigative Committee read Konstantin Simonov?s poem Motherland Fri Apr 29, 2016 14:32 | Scott
Poem Motherland by Konstantin Simonov A translation of “??????”. The three great oceans touching She lies, the towns and cities are spread out, Covered with the net of meridians, Invincible,

offsite link The Light Will Conquer The Darkness Fri Apr 29, 2016 01:22 | mod editor
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offsite link PhD studentships at DCU Fri Apr 29, 2016 17:15 | Eoin Daly

offsite link The Role of Sport in the Recognition of Transgender and Intersex Rights Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:54 | Eoin Daly

offsite link Call for Papers: ?International and Comparative Law in the 21st Century: Lessons learned?? Wed Mar 23, 2016 17:58 | GuestPost

offsite link Call for Contributions & Engagement #directprovision16: Direct Provision 16 years on, and on, and on... Tue Mar 15, 2016 13:08 | Liam Thornton

offsite link GSOC, the legislative process, and the privacy rights of citizens: what is the law?   Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:14 | admin

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link The Book of Alien 11:42 Sat Apr 30, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link A deeply unfair analysis of the anti-bin tax campaign 09:20 Sat Apr 30, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link This weekend I?ll mostly be listening to? some songs. 09:06 Sat Apr 30, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Not a marriage, not quite cohabiting, and we?ve three years of this? 19:38 Fri Apr 29, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Street names and other matters in West Cork 15:25 Fri Apr 29, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday December 09, 2015 - 01:00 by 1 of Indymedia   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 10, 2015 - 23:11)
In the recent elections in Venezuela the right wing opposition long backed by Washington has secured a majority by winning 107 out of 167 seats. This is the first time since the early days of deceased former president Chavez rose to power that the right has had control of the parliament.

This allows them to to remove ministers from the presidential cabinet. Had they won 111 seats, they would have been enough power in the legislative body to dismiss Supreme Court Judges, reform the Constitution and convoke a recall referendum of the national executive without having collected the minimum quota of signatures required by the Bolivarian Constitution. It is likely they will try this anyhow.

In the second victory for the empire, the neo-liberal right wing got back into power in Argentina just two weeks ago in late November with the election of right-wing candidate Mauricio Macri from one of the country's richest families
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international / environment / other press Thursday December 03, 2015 - 22:47 by 1 of Indymedia   text 3 comments (last - monday december 21, 2015 - 10:02)
Corporate Europe Observatory has investigated the influence of corporate lobbying on EU climate policy and lift the lid on something the corporate media generally refuses to discuss in any real depth.

Articles produced by CEO are important because the mainstream media no longer informs the public, it in fact misleads them, yet an informed public is essential for making informed decisions and for the safe and proper functioning of society.
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national / anti-capitalism / news report Thursday December 03, 2015 - 07:37 by Frackture   video 2 video files
Irish government wastes over 1 million euro on biased fracking study
in spite of world oil prices rendering fracking itself as nothing
but a major loss making and pointless exercise. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday November 24, 2015 - 21:35 by foie
Last year we had alot of coverage in the Irish mainstream news about farmers and individuals being stopped from extracting peat -the reason is because most of our bogs which are wonderful habitats are almost completely destroyed. However we never heard or was it mentioned that there was no attempt to stop the industrial extraction of peat by large private companies yet this does infinitely more damage. It seems there is one law for the people and no law for business interests. If we are going to save our bogs we should at least make the laws applicable to ALL parties. Peat extraction to be exempted from planning permission Press Release - 23 November, 2015 Friends of the Irish Environment The industrial extraction of peat is to be removed from planning controls, according to statements by horticultural peat extraction companies Bulrush and Westland in the High Court on Friday. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday November 22, 2015 - 19:34 by john throne   text 7 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2015 - 22:51)
This article deals with how much left sectarianism has damaged the workers struggle in Ireland. ... read full story / add a comment
6th July 2012, War criminal Abou Saleh (Brigade Farouk) was special guest of President François Hollande (young man facing the camera). He had directed the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr and ordered more than 150 people to have their throats cut in public
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday November 22, 2015 - 02:25 by T   text 5 comments (last - tuesday december 08, 2015 - 23:07)   image 1 image
It is over a week since the Paris Attack and the slaughter of innocent people. Europe is now suffering the spillover of the terrorism and wars launched by Western powers including France on the Middle East and Arab world for over a decade now and it seems the war is being brought home.

Looking at the actual efforts on not just French society but Europe, it just so happens to serve the creeping totalitarian state and the 0.1% and corporate power. This article tries to put together some context and background to see if it is possible to figure out whether this appalling carnage was simply blowback of French foreign policy and or even some kind of black operation. Don't expect clear cut answers to any thing. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 18, 2015 - 23:10 by 1 of Indymedia   text 15 comments (last - thursday january 28, 2016 - 10:35)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
In light of the butchery that took place in Paris on Fri 13th by Terrorists largely financed, supported, trained and armed by Western powers and corporate entities directly and through Gulf state and Turkish state intermediaries and the totally inadequate analysis from the mainstream media, we reproduce here in full this article from Voltaire Net.

The French Republic taken hostage by Thierry Meyssan

The war which has now spread to Paris is incomprehensible for those French citizens who are ignorant of practically all the secret activities of their government in the Arab world, of its unnatural alliances with the Gulf dictators, and its active participation in international terrorism. These policies have never been discussed in Parliament, and the major media have rarely dared to take an interest in them. ... read full story / add a comment
Independent Irish TD’s Mick Wallace & Clare Daly with Maura Harrington
national / environment / news report Friday November 13, 2015 - 00:13 by DD   image 2 images
Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. Many sources believe that these executions were done at the behest of Shell. Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni people, had been actively leading successful civil society actions and demonstrations thwarting Shell’s development of oil on the land of these indigenous farmers and fishermen. Even though it hasn’t been explicitly proven that Shell ordered the killing… they did benefit from the outcome and later paid reparations to the families. (In 2009 Shell settled out of court to the tune of 15.5 million dollars to the families of the victims to avoid going to court in the USA.) ... read full story / add a comment
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international / economics and finance / press release Thursday November 12, 2015 - 23:40 by DDCI   image 1 image
One year after the LuxLeaks scandal, a new report Fifty Shades of Tax Dodging finds that most EU countries continue to uphold secretive tax systems that are riddled with loopholes. The 2015 Stop Tax Dodging report, released in Ireland on 4th November by Debt & Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) scrutinises the role of the EU in the global tax crisis. The Irish chapter of the report details how Ireland announced a gradual phase-out of rules that allowed the controversial ‘Double Irish’ tax avoidance scheme, but continues to allow corporate structures operate systems for tax rulings, transfer pricing and intellectual property that allow multinational corporations to avoid taxes on an enormous scale. ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Wednesday November 11, 2015 - 10:05 by Laurence Cox   text 1 comment (last - wednesday november 25, 2015 - 11:28)   1 attached file
How are social movements doing in Ireland? What kind of real change might be on the cards, here and in Europe or further afield? What are the key issues that we should be thinking about if we want to see it happen? The Dublin launch for "We Make Our Own History" will take the form of a discussion with Irish activists about these and related issues. ... read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Wednesday November 04, 2015 - 23:27 by pbp
The lobbying activity of major corporations like Kennedy Wilson on rent controls should not be tolerated, according to Annette Mooney, the People Before Profit representative in Dublin Bay South.

‘There is a large rental sector in this constituency and we have already come across countless cases where people are being effectively evicted because they cannot pay exorbitant demands for rent rises.

‘Rent controls are clearly needed but we now discover that the global real estate company Kennedy Wilson is using economic leverage to influence Irish state policy.

Kennedy Wilson is a huge US company that has become one of the biggest property owners in Ireland since the crash. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday November 03, 2015 - 10:18 by regret   text 3 comments (last - tuesday december 01, 2015 - 23:49)   image 2 images   video 3 video files
On the 6th October, parents representing the Irish Support Group REGRET met with a group of 15 TDs and Senators at the Irish Parliament ('The Dáil') . Maureen O'Sullivan T.D. organized the cross-party meeting to bring attention to the serious adverse reactions suffered by Irish schoolgirls after taking the HPV vaccine 'Gardasil'. R.E.G.R.E.T stands for "Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma" ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Monday November 02, 2015 - 22:58 by aaa
The political trial of 18 people who delayed Joan Burton in her car began today. It is an escalation in the attempt to demonise and vilify an entire community for rejecting the Labour Party.

Four AAA members were present in court, as part of the targeting of our own organisation by the Gardai and the establishment. On top of these charges, we have had permission to collect money door to door refused in two Garda districts, including Tallaght and there has been the revelations around Operation Mizen which has seen Gardai carry out surveillance on water charge activists including Paul Murphy TD. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Sunday November 01, 2015 - 01:27 by T   text 6 comments (last - wednesday december 09, 2015 - 14:06)   image 7 images
In the last two months, the dramatic and sad photographs of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi, and his brother lying dead on the shores on a beach in Turkey have finally opened the curtain very slightly on the horrors and terror of war in Syria. It is hard to conceive the trauma of this family first seeing one of their other brothers beheaded by ISIS jihadists, then to flee and then for this man's wife and two remaining young children to drown in the sea whilst attempting to escape. If you were to listen to politicans from the UK all the way up to the present prime minister, you would think they were doing this so they could scab off the social welfare but as anyone knows, this was the act of a family desperate to flee the terror in their home country and get to safety at all costs. However Aylan Kurdi and his brother and mother aren't the only ones to drown or being killed in war, there are tens of thousands dead. ... read full story / add a comment
national / racism & migration related issues / opinion/analysis Thursday October 15, 2015 - 22:07 by pbp   text 18 comments (last - sunday october 25, 2015 - 07:32)
Accommodation is one of the most critical issues for the Traveller community and is identified in the 2013-2020 Healthy Ireland Report as the most significant determinant on health.

The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 enshrines in law the requirement of local authorities to provide culturally appropriate accommodation in all its forms, including halting sites, group housing schemes, standard houses and transient accommodation to Travellers.

Local authorities, following a consultation process with locally based Traveller organisations and the Traveller community are required to prepare and adopt a 5 year Traveller Accommodation Programme (TAP) to meet the existing and projected accommodation needs of Travellers in their areas.
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national / indymedia ireland / news report Tuesday October 13, 2015 - 16:01 by 1 of Indymedia   text 8 comments (last - monday october 19, 2015 - 16:22)   image 1 image
The Indymedia website returns to service today after an almost two week outage from Sept 29th until today Oct 13th.

This was an unplanned outage and unfortunately it took much longer than expected to restore and may have led people to think we had shutdown permanently. We hope our contributors and readers will return and continue to make use of Indymedia for it's intended purpose of posting news, reports and events by the public and activist communities. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday September 23, 2015 - 23:52 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
Shell have recently applied for permission to operate their raw gas pipeline linking the Corrib gas field to the Bellanaboy refinery and are asking the Dept of Energy and Minister Alex White for “prompt processing” of its application. We have until the 25th of September to put in objections.

Don’t reward Shell abuses in Ireland! We, the undersigned demand that you reject Shell's request to operate their dangerous raw gas pipeline that will be used to plunder Ireland’s resources.

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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday September 23, 2015 - 23:31 by pbp
The European Commission has been investigating how Apple got away with paying a tax rate of just 2 percent on massive profits. It has concluded that the company benefited from an illegal deal with the Irish government. This judgement will be announced shortly. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday September 14, 2015 - 18:34 by Shane J. Cassidy   text 2 comments (last - sunday september 20, 2015 - 10:04)
The ongoing Irish water crisis has seen the emergence of a sustained mass movement of people, protesting the imposition of these punitive charges. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Wednesday August 26, 2015 - 23:59 by People's Movement   text 1 comment (last - monday september 07, 2015 - 21:18)
CHANGE OF VENUE TO: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 The demo will be at the Millennium Wing entrance, Clare St.

David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States and cheerleader for TTIP will be speaking on: 'Transatlantic Relations and TTIP'

Join us for an hour to show him and his cronies that we reject ... ... read full story / add a comment

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