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offsite link Midnight on Planet Lockdown: Dylan strikes again Sun Mar 29, 2020 01:31 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar – Posted with permission Like a shot ricocheting at Heaven?s Door, Bob Dylan has released a masterpiece dissecting JFK’s assassination What spectacular timing. Like a shot ricocheting

offsite link COVID: an Infectious Disease and a Phantom Pandemic Sat Mar 28, 2020 19:19 | The Saker
by Mansoureh Tajik for The Saker Blog In an essay published on the Saker blog at the beginning of March, I wrote with a restrained skepticism about the novel coronavirus,

offsite link Saker Announcement: we are creating a special COVID19 Café Sat Mar 28, 2020 19:03 | The Saker
Dear friends, I have to be fully candid with you – the COVID19 situation creates A LOT of problems for our community.  Not only has the COVID19 pandemic distracted many

offsite link Debunking clickbaits ? expert: ?not just a flu? and ?not a bioweapon? Fri Mar 27, 2020 18:37 | The Saker
Joe Rogan has interviewed Michael Osterholm.  This is the Wikipedia entry under his name, and this is how Rogan introduced him on YouTube: “Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert

offsite link Extraordinary G20 Leaders? Summit: Statement on COVID-19 Fri Mar 27, 2020 02:41 | Scott
By videoconference from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 26, 2020 PDF In English In Russian The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness and vulnerabilities. The virus respects

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Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

offsite link Fijian women still face Human Rights violations Mon Aug 26, 2019 18:49 | Human Rights

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Cedar Lounge
"A flaky website that purports to be ?leftist,? The Cedar Lounge Revolution, occasionally makes a relevant point or two."

offsite link Resources for children during the crisis 12:32 Sun Mar 29, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Shortages of products in shops and supermarkets? 10:57 Sun Mar 29, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Statements in the media? good, bad and indifferent? 10:34 Sun Mar 29, 2020 | guestposter

offsite link 2km from home? 13:43 Sat Mar 28, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Horslips rescheduled 11:47 Sat Mar 28, 2020 | 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

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

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

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday March 28, 2019 - 22:29 by LASC   image 1 image
This year, LASC’s annual Latin America Week (LAW) will be focused on Gender and Extractive Industries. Between April 6th and 13th we will host a series of talks in Dublin, Cork and Galway to explore how extractive industries impact on women in Latin America.

Our Latin America Week keynote speaker is Jakeline Romero Epiayu, from La Guajira, Colombia. Jakeline is a member of local organisation Fuerza de Mujeres Wayúu (Wayúu Women’s Force) which works to visibilise the violations of human and ethnic rights in La Guajira, and to strengthen the rights of women and indigenous communities in the region. The organisation also works on denouncement of the negative consequences of mining and energy mega projects in the region, such as the Cerrejón coal mine. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday March 27, 2019 - 23:10 by Justin Morahan
Bring posters and banners outside if possible Background: Ken and Tarak attempted to inspect and investigate a US military contracted plane at Shannon Airport and took a banner highlighting the situation into the airport. They were arrested for trespass and refused bail. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Sunday March 24, 2019 - 23:40 by anon
Yesterday, the governor of the Paris military district told France Info that soldiers of the Operation Sentinel counter-terror mission had been authorized to fire today on the “yellow vests.” Asked about whether soldiers were capable of carrying out law enforcement duties, General Bruno Le Ray replied: “Our orders are sufficiently clear that we do not need to be worried at all. The soldiers’ rules of engagement will be fixed very rigorously.” ... read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday March 11, 2019 - 21:41 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
The death last month of a former senior British police officer, John Stalker, will no doubt have rekindled many disturbing and distressful memories for the families of six men shot dead by the RUC during the dark ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / event notice Friday March 08, 2019 - 23:27 by nh   image 1 image
Join the protest this Saturday at 2pm in Dublin. We can end the housing crisis - let's get feet on the street.

Join us tomorrow #March9th at 3 locations for the Dublin Housing & Homeless Demonstrations.

Meeting Points[[/bold]]: The Housing Agency, 53 Mount Street Upper, D2
The GPO/Spire, Dublin 1
City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 ... read full story / add a comment
antrim / miscellaneous / event notice Wednesday March 06, 2019 - 09:11 by Laurence Cox
Book talk, QUB Old Staff Common Room

Part of the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics ... read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / news report Tuesday March 05, 2019 - 17:49 by Justin Morahan   text 5 comments (last - sunday march 24, 2019 - 12:14)
Lay Litigant Kevin Tracey had a significant win in the Supreme Court when he succeeded in having a contempt of court order quashed after 12 years and 9 months. In the judgement delivered by O;Donnell J and supported by 3 colleagues including the Chief Justice it was found that he had not received fair procedures in the District Court. In his long struggle for justice there were many obstacles in his way. One of these was the Courts Service within whose walls someone backdated a Court order by nine months. This prevented him from appealing a High Court judgement within the permitted time limit. The long struggle for justice reminds me of the remark of a passing countryman to a mason called Mike who with my student brother was taking longer than expected to build build a hen shed: “Do you know, Mike, if every hen was as hard housed, a lot of them would shleep out”. It’s not funny to recall in these days of homelessness, that many other lay litigants may be left literally sleeping out after the justice system in Ireland prolongs their agony in their efforts to obtain simple justice from that same justice system. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday March 04, 2019 - 21:52 by foie
FOREST BIOMASS CHALLENGE TO CO-FIRED PEAT PLANTS

The inclusion of forest biomass as a renewable fuel fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive [RED II], according to Plaintiffs from six different countries in an action filed today in the European General Court in Luxembourg. Each has suffered, in diverse and particular ways, from the consequences of the Directive’s biomass energy policy. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday February 28, 2019 - 23:04 by Julia Reda MP   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 26, 2019 - 21:55)   video 2 video files
THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO OVERTURN THE EU COPYRIGHT REFORM

In September 2018, MEPs voted for a version of the copyright Directive which will indirectly lead to implementing upload filters on most of the services you use online. The European Parliament’s (EP) Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee Rapporteur, MEP Axel Voss, then started the ‘trilogue negotiations’ – closed-door ‘informal’ negations with the representatives of the EU Member States (Council) and the European Commission (EC). These negotiations resulted in a trilogue agreement in Mid-February 2019. Despite massive criticism, the text has been made even worse than the EP’s proposal. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Thursday February 28, 2019 - 22:36 by Focus   image 1 image
Focus Ireland has said that new figures reporting a total of 9,987 people homeless in January show the Government is still failing to do enough to ease the crisis.

The figures show a rise of 2.3% (234 people) in one month alone from 9,753 in Dec to 9,987 in Jan 2019.

The figures from the Department of the Environment also show that 3,624 of the number homeless are children (in 1,614 families) ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 27, 2019 - 23:55 by sw   text 1 comment (last - friday april 05, 2019 - 13:54)
The context to this letter by Edward Hogan is to highlight the complicity of the Irish government in assisting the US who are directly involved in the murder and terrorizing of the Yemeni population through the provision of bombs, missiles, drones, training. The media have managed to more or less turn a blind eye to this year since it started in 2015. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / housing / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 26, 2019 - 12:53 by séamas carraher
“…the best way to solve homelessness in Dublin would be to provide no beds.” Owen Keegan, Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Friday February 22, 2019 - 21:11 by pana   image 1 image
The Venezuela Ireland Network is holding a demonstration outside the US Embassy on Saturday 23 February at 1.00pm and PANA is giving it their full support and asking you to attend. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday February 22, 2019 - 20:44 by IPSC   image 1 image
IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It now takes place in over 200 cities across the world, where events such as lectures, film screenings, direct action, cultural performances, postering, among many more help in grassroots organizing for effective solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / event notice Wednesday February 20, 2019 - 22:20 by FridaysForFuture   image 1 image
In 2015, our governments committed in Paris to protecting our future by providing a safe pathway well below 2C with Social and Climate Justice..

Three years have passed, and our future looks bleaker than ever!
The greedy guess that 3C warming is ok. Climate scientists have evidence that even 2C will cause massive starvation, drought, fire tornados, floods, wars and death. ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday February 20, 2019 - 00:36 by wsm   video 1 video file
In the aftermath of the huge march (Sat 9th Feb 2019) in support of the nurses on Saturday the government suddenly found a pay deal it could put on the table, leading to the INMO suspending the strike until that deal is discussed and voted on. ... read full story / add a comment
national / sci-tech / news report Tuesday February 19, 2019 - 23:07 by RB
Ireland is going to be one of the first countries to have 5g rolled out. This an extremly important issue that every person needs to know about. Authorities are making health decisions for mass populations without telling us. My aim of this campaign is to raise money in order to get the word out about the issues that come with a 5g rollout. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday February 19, 2019 - 22:14 by sf-lng
The challenge by Irish environmentalists has proven that the 'New Fortress Energy' Shannon LNG consent process will take years and may now never come to fruition.

'Safety Before LNG' stated that today's decision was to be expected and does not come as any surprise and thanks the 'Friends of the Irish Environment' for fighting to prevent climate chaos from the environmental madness that is the US fracked gas industry. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Thursday February 14, 2019 - 20:57 by W   text 6 comments (last - friday may 03, 2019 - 20:57)   image 1 image   video 3 video files
The Workers’ Party have accused Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney of prioritising Donald Trump’s foreign policy ahead of Irish neutrality. Cllr. Éilis Ryan, the Workers’ Party candidate in May’s European Parliament elections, said:

“Simon Coveney has, for the first time in our history, given formal backing to United States overseas aggression. Successive governments under Fianna Fáil, Labour and the Green Party have facilitated US overseas aggression by allowing the use of Shannon Airport, but this move marks a new departure, leaving behind even the facade of neutrality.

“It flies in the face of the values of anti-colonialism and sovereignty which Irish people are so rightly proud of.” ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 12, 2019 - 22:10 by Gemma rays   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 13, 2019 - 04:30)
Investigative Journalist and ex presidential candidate Gemma O'Doherty has become the subject of a campaign of google censorship like many others recently who dissent from the status quo. Gemma, however did not take this lying down. She took it straight to google HQ

Support Gemma in her fight against google censorship.
And support independent non corporate media platforms where this control cannot so easily be exercised over free speech! ... read full story / add a comment

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