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The Saker
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offsite link Syrian War Report ? February 23, 2018: Syrian Army Enters YPG-held Part Of Aleppo, Turkey Strikes Co... Sat Feb 24, 2018 03:19 | Scott
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2018/02/23 18:00:01 Welcome 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

offsite link Globally Top-Respected Experts on Middle East Warn Syrian War May Produce WW III Fri Feb 23, 2018 17:08 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker blog Abdel Bari Atwan, the retired editor-in-chief (1989-2013) of the pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi and author of widely respected books on the

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Today, 23 February, is the anniversary of the City of Sevastopol cementing it?s course of leaving Ukraine. I personally think that soon this will be a holiday in this City

offsite link Syrian War Report ? February 22, 2018: Russia Moves Its Advanced Su-57 Stealth Fighters Into Syria Fri Feb 23, 2018 05:20 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... On February 21, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Qara Baba, Kirbet Siluki and Vergan from the Kurdish People?s Protection

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Cedar Lounge
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international / anti-war / imperialism Saturday September 08, 2007 20:56 by Damien Moran - Personal Capacity
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The following is not intended to be an attempt at a comprehensive analysis of the current situation in the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Instead, it is a reflection on the past few weeks I have spent with the International Solidarity Movement in the city of Hebron and its environs and what brought me here in the first place. It is completely subjective and deliberately intended to be so. It is merely a personal reflection, and therefore should not be taken as representative of the views of the ISM.

I am a firm believer that the shortest distance between a person and the truth is a story. Many stories I have heard and read about regarding resistance to occupation, capitalism, imperialism have formed my sense of what is right and wrong - and on which side of the fence I am on. So if you manage to read through this lengthy piece of writing, I hope the stories of resistance I have encountered over the past few weeks will inspire you also to keep on fighting the powers that be, wherever and whenever you encounter them.

Related Links: Grafton Group plc - stacks of apartheid produce | Zionism : The rotten beam in the blind eye of a pitiless world? | IPSC pickett : Boycott Israeli Potatoes : TESCO Drumcondra | The Galway Races and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign : Never the Twain Shall Meet? | Grafton Group plc - no corporate social responsibility | Palestine Solidarity

international / anti-war / imperialism Sunday August 05, 2007 11:23 by Damien Moran
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Raytheon 9 in Southern Lebanon
Derry Anti-War Coalition visit to Lebanon
Over the past week I accompanied 12 members of the Derry Anti-War Coalition (DAWC), including the Raytheon 9, to visit communities in southern Lebanon which were devastated by the Israeli war last summer. We visited Bint Jbail and A'ita al-Chaab near the Israeli border, both of which received heavy bombardment from Israeli airstrikes and incursions from armoured bulldozers, tanks and troops, reducing civilian infrastructure to dust and pebble, their hearts to shock and fear, their eyes to tears for their lost loved ones. In addition to this, the DAWC protested outside the obliterated Palestinian refugee camp Nahr-al-Bared near Tripoli in Northern Lebanon.

international / anti-war / imperialism Thursday July 19, 2007 15:19 by Torab Saleth
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The current Iranian regime, in power in the so-called "Islamic Republic of Iran" since the 1979 revolution against the Shah, continues to confuse many observers as to its true nature. The intrinsic confusion lies precisely in the fact that it is considered as a post-revolutionary regime.

You constantly hear the argument that whatever it is, and however bad and vicious it may be, it nevertheless is a regime which came out of a revolution against the Shah's dictatorship. Somehow, this mechanistic logic is then used to bestow a certain air of progressiveness upon a regime which for any observer with a little political sense is nothing but a semi-fascistic theocracy defending capitalism.

Torab Saleth is a member of Workers Left Unity Iran and is also a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the journal Critique. Here, Torab provides an analysis of the class nature of the Iranian Regime.

Related Links: Iranian President’s Website | Outline of Iranian State Structure | Iran Should Cancel Televised ‘Confessions | Leading Iranian Trade Unionist Kidnapped | Jihad in the UK | Peaceful Protest for Human Rights | Successful launch of Hands Off the People of Iran in Ireland | Iran Leads the World in Executing Children | Iran continues mass expulsions of Afghan refugees | Iran continues mass expulsions of Afghan refugees | Irish Times Continues to Misrepresent Iranian 'Threat' |

national / anti-war / imperialism Thursday June 07, 2007 18:17 by éirígí - For a Socialist Republic
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Solidarity demonstration by Belfast Anti-war

The case of two éirígí members who face charges related to the recent visit of British war-criminal Tony Blair to Ireland was adjourned in a Belfast court yesterday .

Cormac Ryan and Scott Masterson were arrested along with éirígí member Dominic McGlinchey during the RUC/PSNI attack on peaceful protesters at Stormont Castle on the May 8th, 2007.

Demonstrators had gathered at the Belfast venue to ensure that Blair was not lauded as a peace-maker in Ireland while his troops continue to kill with impunity in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The three activists face a string of public order and assault charges, despite the fact that no evidence has been produced to back up the RUC/PSNI claims.

The next court date for the three has been set for June 29th.

Members of the Belfast Anti-War Movement, joined by activists from other parts of the country, gathered outside the court in a show of support that was warmly received by members of the public. éirígí spokesperson Daithí Mac An Mháisitír thanked those who turned out to show support for the accused activists.

The solidarity that the lads have received since their totally unjustified arrests has been great to see. It’s a credit to people for seeing through the RUC/PSNI spin. Cases like this one are important to win. Not least because we need to ensure the right to peaceful protest, free from the fear of assault and arrest. June 29 has been set as the next court date and we hope people will turn out in sufficient numbers to make it clear that the casual brutalisation and judicial fit-up of political activists is not acceptable.”

national / anti-war / imperialism Saturday June 02, 2007 04:45 by David L
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Staff at EU commission offices resist Occupation

"Today, a dozen activists conducted a direct action to highlight the European Union’s support for 40 years of Israeli occupation of Palestine. We tried to peacefully occupy the EU Commission’s office for 40 minutes, one minute for every year of occupation. "

In a report filed to the Neswire today, DavidL from the IPSC stated:

"The EU supports the occupier and punishes the occupied Specifically, we were protesting against EU policy of enforcing sanctions on the Palestinian people in the Occupied Territories, while offering major trade privileges to Israel, the occupying power. The Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement offers trade and other privileges to Israel, which helps it sustain its economy and maintain its occupation of Palestine. This is despite the fact that Israel is in clear breach of the human rights clause of this agreement."

Related Links: June 9th Demo at Central Bank |

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2017protestvsduterte.jpg imageStatement on the Trump Visit to the Philippines 06:27 Sun 19 Nov by Laban ng Masa (LnM) 0 comments

Filipino left coalition condemns Trump's visit, demands end of support for Duterte's human rights abuses

textColm and Dave face Jury Trial 15:44 Wed 14 Jun by Court Reporters 1 comments

On 24 May 2017, two peace activists Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy were sent for jury trial because the District Court judge finally refused to accept jurisdiction. The judge said the alleged criminal damage newly set at €3,500 was so large as to make it a serious charge.

webiawfront150x150.jpg imageIsraeli Apartheid Week 2017 – Event Guide (4 – 11 March) 00:14 Sun 05 Mar by ipsc 1 comments

Celebrating 13 years! Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, performances, films, multimedia displays and protest actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe.

Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people. IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Please join us in making the the 13th Israeli Apartheid Week one of the biggest yet.

textVID - Pitstop Ploughshares 10 year Acquittal Anniversary... the resistance continues! 12:43 Tue 02 Aug by Ploughshares 0 comments


VID - Pitstop Ploughshares disarm U.S. War Plane Shannon Airport 2003
jailed-bailed-3 X tried-acquitted 2006...... ten years on the resistance continues
http://tinyurl.com/j3wya99

text2nd Court appearance for peace activists who attempted to inspect US military jet 16:31 Fri 22 Jul by Shannonwatch 0 comments

Both men were arrested at Shannon Airport on May 25th, after entering the airfield, painting anti war markings & slogans on the runway, and then making their way over to a USAF C21 jet, (a 2nd military aircraft, an unmarked special forces C32B had already taken off before the presence of the men was detected by the Army sentries). The men were inside the perimeter walking around with a very large tricolour flag for 40 minutes before they were spotted by the Irish Army, approaching the US Airforce Jet.
They were held for over 24 hours, then brought to Gort where the Judge granted a state application for their bail conditions to ban them from entering County Clare other than for court related matters.
Yesterday they were in Ennis District Court, where they applied for disclosure (copies of statements and other evidence) and a variation on their bail conditions.

textVID (2 mins)-Julian Assange 2000 days arbitrarily detained in England: statement by former anti-war ... 11:06 Mon 30 May by Solidarity 0 comments

VID (2 mins)-Julian Assange 2000 days arbitrarily detained in England:
statement by former anti-war prisoner of U.S Ciaron O'Reilly
https://youtu.be/HDB0jKI6st0

textColm Roddy and Dave Donnellan arrested at Shannon 10:36 Wed 25 May by Justin Morahan 7 comments

Peace activists were arrested after they had sprayed a red cross on runway and arrived at a US jet to examine it for arms.

Margaretta D'Arcy with Connolly Show citizen actors imageConnolly’s history has not passed. 19:24 Sat 14 May by Jake Arden 0 comments

100 years ago, if a Dublin Castle tout had entered the Connolly Books building on Essex Street, Temple Bar, he would have been quids in. Sitting hugger mugger around a huge table in the centre of the room are more than 20 of the most subversive characters in Ireland, spouting socialist verse and preaching revolution and rebellion. They include communists, trotskyists, anarchists, republicans, trade unionists, anti-austerity activists, pacifists, militant feminists, internationalists, environmentalists, ex political prisoners, independent TDs, writers, poets, singers, artists, and actors. They have banded together in one bold adventure: to read, over a series of lunchtimes, the entire, epic, 24-hour Non Stop Connolly Show.

nscs_flyer_facebook.png imagevideoThe Non Stop Connolly Show 11:38 Sun 08 May by Jake Arden 0 comments

In Dublin’s Temple Bar, within gunshot of the General Post Office, a diverse band of Irish citizen actors are planning to strike a blow against war and imperialism and for Irish freedom. This is not a costumed re-enactment of the 1916 Easter Rising but an act of contemporary revolutionary theatre, where the audience for the epic 1970s play the Non Stop Connolly Show, by Margaretta D’Arcy and John Arden, become the cast. Each lunchtime between 27 April and 12 May, volunteers muster at Connolly Books to take reading parts in the play which covers the life, struggles and death of James Connolly. Not only has the fourth wall been broken down, but the spirit of text has spurred solidarity action by the players in support of Maura Harrington, jailed in Mountjoy on Friday for her opposition to Shell’s rape of the the West of Ireland countryside.

videoVID (5 mins) - Speaking out against U.S./U.K. NATO warships docked in Dublin 11:23 Thu 07 Apr by Plowshares 0 comments

100 years after reducing downtown Dublin to rubble the British Navy returned during last week's
Easter 1916 commemorations. Accompanied by U.S. warships, they docked in Dublin as part of the NATO
fleet presently waging wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

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textNATO’s Anarchist Brigades Sep 25 by 1 of indy 0 comments

This is a repost from Thierry Meyssan site and it discusses how the US military-intelligence industrial complex has co-opted the far Left, largely unrealized to themselves in the fight for US imperialism. The story of Kobane and Rojava got a surprising amount of coverage in the mainstream and that in itself is often a red flag because they don't give publicity for nothing unless there is a propaganda reason for it. While maybe a surprise to some, the US via it's pawns like Saudi Arabia and up to recently Turkey, were and are the main backers of ISIS in all it's forms, from support, logistics, weapons, oil-purchase, it is all part of a greater goal to destroy Syria, and use the Kurds to carve out their own state and in the process to give the US a bridgehead to attack Iran, break up Iraq, and permanently cripple Syria. The US will also ensure that if the Kurds manage to form their own state, they will setup it up to Balkanize it and leave it in a permanent state of war so they can play the old divide and conquer game. Over the previous decades the US has previously backed and then dropped the support for the Kurds many time and betrayed them. So while the Kurds may well deserve their own state, these things do not occur in a vaccum.

When the Russians were invited by Syria to support it in crushing ISIS in 2014 and so far they have gone along way and block the US's plan A for Syria, they came up with plan B to use the Kurds to achieve the goal. There is no doubt that there was and is a pre-existing left leaning movement within the Kurds and even with Anarchist tendencies or elements to it but it just seemed all too good to be true and the immense resources and budgets of US imperalism and it's NATO allies, has the means to control the show as outlined in Meyssan's article

textI was TRICKED by the Soros/US-supported Malaysia's Opposition Jul 25 by Noor Aza Othman 0 comments

Thankfully, before it's too late, I realized the truth; that is, anything which is organized by the Malaysia's Opposition ([especially by racist and fascist anti-Indigenous/anti-Muslim party of DAP (Democratic Action Party – ('democratic', my foot) - suspected to receive much hidden donation from ISrael, to the total of US 300 million and training from Mossad, through Singapore-based account] including under the guise of the so-called Human Rights March .

textIs Ireland supporting NATO exercises in Eastern Europe? Jun 17 by Shannonwatch 0 comments

Shannonwatch have recorded an unusual number of US military aircraft at and overflying Shannon Airport since June 4th. This time period coincides with the preparations for NATO Anaconda-2016 military exercises in Poland which are being conducted from June 7th to 17th. (See list below)

The 10-day military exercise [1], involves 31,000 troops and thousands of vehicles from 24 countries. The Guardian [2] described it as follows "The largest war game in eastern Europe since the end of the cold war has started in Poland, as Nato and partner countries seek to mount a display of strength as a response to concerns about Russia's assertiveness and actions". The UK Independent [3] said it was one of the biggest exercises on NATO's eastern flank since the end of the Cold War, and was a move likely to put further strain on the already-tense relations between the Kremlin and the West

textWas 1916 premature Mar 31 by john throne 1 comments

1916 was premature. read of the July days in Russia.

textMethod to their Madness. Feb 23 by Robert J. Long 0 comments

The hidden agenda behind the migrant crisis.

- Destroy "National hegemony"

-European super-state

-Cultural Marxism / Kalergi-Coudenhove

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textShannon Airport Should Not Be Used To Cheer Troops On To War Jan 24 ShannonWatch 0 comments

Shannonwatch strongly condemns the facilitation of a meeting between US Vice President Mike Pence and US troops at Shannon Airport on Saturday last. The use of the airport by foreign troops on their way to a war zone is in breach of Irish neutrality, and the decision to hold a public display of support for a foreign leader promoting war on Irish soil is dangerous and unwelcome

textShannon Vigil Jan 12 LLA 0 comments

Anti-war meeting at the Shannon Airport.

imageGovernment Ramming Through PESCO To Drag Us Into EU Army Dec 09 People Before Profit 0 comments

Richard Boyd Barrett TD, has condemned the government with the support of Fianna Fail for tabling a Dail motion this Thursday for Ireland to join the EU PESCO agreement on advanced military and defence cooperation.

textDebate Needed on Ireland Joining EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESC... Dec 05 ShannonWatch 0 comments

The Fine Gael / Independents government is to propose to the Dail this coming week that Ireland join the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO). This will mean a new EU Defence budget starting at over €1.5 billion a year (up from €590 million). Each participating EU state, including Ireland, will be required to reach an average of 2% of its GDP to ensure that the EU becomes a global military power.

imageThe Dangers of Using a Civilian Airport like Shannon to Transport US Military Cargo Oct 14 ShannonWatch 0 comments

Recent discussions about the safety or otherwise of having the US military flying in and out of Shannon Airport gave us reason to recall an incident in March 2008 in which a Murray Air aircraft was involved in an emergency landing at Shannon. This was after it was seen flying over Askeaton, which is across the River Shannon estuary from the airport, with flames coming from one of its engines. Residents of the County Limerick town described their windows rattling and houses shaking as the cargo plane flew low over a housing estate in the town.

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