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offsite link Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov?s interview to the National Interest Magazine March 29, 2017 Wed Mar 29, 2017 18:16 | Scott
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Pentagon has finally discovered a “link between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar” Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday March 24 that

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national / economics and finance Thursday November 24, 2016 03:56 by 1 of Indymedia
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We are republishing this article by Stephen Donnelly TD who has been doing great work in exposing how Fine Gael have gone out of their away to facilitate vulture funds who are now preying on ordinary people by charging exorbitant rents and fueling the current property and are replacing the English absentee landlord of centuries past, with ruthless vulture funds capitalists of this era and essentially introducing a form of neo-fuedalism as increasing huge swaths of the population are either priced out of buying homes, or are signing up for debt that last close to a lifetime.

national / economics and finance Tuesday February 02, 2016 23:11 by T
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Trajectory of Irish Banks

Forget the official Banking Inquiry report because Joe Higgins has written a much more better one and it asks the rights questions and gets to the heart of the matter by putting the whole saga in its proper context -something which the official report couldn't thing as it would mean asking fundamental questions. Indeed the inquriy itself and official report have been steeped in controversary with allegations of coverup because of numerous reports of key officials and whistleblowers in the regulator office and central bank were ignored and their evidence never making into the inquiry. The whistleblower made a formal complaint under the Protected Disclosures Act and (Village Magazine) "outlining a range of detailed concerns about how the Central Bank and some of its legal representatives were omitting huge swathes of vital documents, redacting many of the most crucial pieces of evidence, and delaying release of vital material until it was too late to use them in briefings for public hearings – in at least one case handing them over 24 hours before a scheduled interview about them."

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textPuerto Rico Oversight Board Warns Island Can't Pay Vital Services 20:53 Wed 08 Mar by Greg Williams 0 comments

The Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico warns "the Commonwealth soon will be unable to pay essential services, including pensions, education, healthcare and public safety,"‎ as soon as June.

textTreasury Extends Anti-Money Laundering Luxury Real Estate Regulations 19:05 Thu 23 Feb by Greg Williams 0 comments

Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) renewed requirements for title insurance companies to identify the real owners behind shell companies in six major metropolitan areas.

textPuerto Rico House Approves Public Utility Reform Bill 20:03 Tue 16 Feb by Greg 0 comments

Puerto Rico's House of Representatives approved legislation to reform its highly indebted public utility company "PREPA."

textCo. Clare TTIP Free Zone! 22:52 Thu 11 Feb by No to TTIP 0 comments

Victory Clare County Council voted to reject the TTIP( Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) on Mon 8 feb.
It’s official – Clare is now Ireland’s first TTIP Free Zone!

Monday night was a milestone moment in our fight to stop the toxic deal TTIP. Following a campaign led by Uplift members, Clare County Council passed a motion to declare the county a TTIP Free Zone.

poland_vs_ttip.jpg imagevideoCommission defends inclusion of Health in EU-US TTIP trade talks 23:29 Mon 01 Jun by No to TTIP 1 comments

The EU's negotiating team for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) met with civil society organisations inside the Commission on Wednesday (27 May) to defend the inclusion of the health sector in the trade deal.

In Europe, universal healthcare is a source of national pride, as well as a constant subject of debate. So, the inclusion of a healthcare chapter in TTIP has triggered heated reactions from health NGOs and trade unions, who are wary of an American-style liberalisation of a heavily regulated sector.

textGovernments Negotiate UN Agreement on Global Development 18:07 Wed 13 May by Sophia Har 0 comments

The United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and finance ministries are meeting in New York to finalize an agreement for the Financing for Development Conference (FfD) to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July.

textWorld Bank Announces Package of Aid and Loans to Ebola-Affected Countries 15:22 Fri 17 Apr by Sophia Har 0 comments

The World Bank announces $650 million in new concessional loans and grants for Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia at the start of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings.

textIMF Reports Debt and Human Crises Drive Uneven Growth; Global Stability and Economic Outlook Reports... 15:30 Wed 15 Apr by Sophia Har, Jubilee USA Network 0 comments

The IMF issued a report today showing that debt and human crisis are driving inequality and financial instability. Jubilee USA Network calls for the establishment of structures to stabilize the global financial system and to protect low-income communities. The Ebola epidemic clearly demonstrates the need for these structures.

textDid Steve Keen Get It Right? Feb 10 by Paddy Hackett 0 comments

Steve Keen is the author of Debunking Economics. He is critical of Neo-Classical Economics

text#NAMA – Vulture Funds Win, Taxpayer Loses… Jun 23 by postman 0 comments

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 doesn’t make them evil people – they just do what they do, it’s 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. Here’s my Leader’s Questions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week, who knows that all is not well. -

imagePDF DocumentAAA Budget Statement – From Corporate Tax Haven to Socialist,Green Economy Oct 31 0 comments

The Anti-Austerity Alliance have produced their own budget statement titled ‘From Corporate Tax Haven to Socialist Green Economy.’

This document stands alongside and compliments the joint statement issued by AAA-PBP. It outlines a detailed vision for the steps which need to be taken economically to transform the economy and society into one which puts the needs of people and the environment before the profits of big business and the capitalist system.

imageGovernment Telling Lies To Protect Apple Sep 12 People Before Profit 3 comments

The political establishment have been left reeling by the size of the award made against Apple. They have launched an all-out propaganda war to try to recover ground.

Here are some of the lies and half truths:

‘The EU is attacking Ireland’s sovereignity’ . The same politicians who meekly accepted orders from the European Central Bank to pay out €64 billion in bank bail-outs have suddenly discovered nationalism.

When it comes to water charges or the privatisation of Aer Lingus they tell us to obey the Brussels bureaucracy. But it is a different story when there is a threat to the ‘tax planning’ industry that is staffed full of accountants and lawyers. Then all of a sudden it is time for the green jersey.

The global elite are under pressure and this is leading to splits and divisions. When this happens they spill the beans on how their system really works.

imagePDF DocumentDDCI Calls for Oireachtas Debate; Full Review of Tax Ruling Practices by the Revenue Commissioners Sep 04 Debt And Development Coalition Ireland 0 comments

DDCI Calls for Oireachtas Debate; Full Review of Tax Ruling Practices by the Revenue Commissioners Following Today’s EC Apple State Aid Ruling

Following today’s decision by the European Commission that Apple was granted illegal state aid, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) is calling for a full Oireachtas debate to take place before any decision is made to contest the ruling in the European Courts.

The details of the revenue seemingly voluntarily foregone by the Irish state are truly astonishing, with Apple paying an effective tax rate of 0.005% in 2014 and reports of 13 billion EUR foregone in the period 2003-2014. This is particularly remarkable given the austerity policies ordinary Irish citizens were facing during much of this period.

imageGovernment must not appeal decision in Apple tax case Sep 01 Worker's Party 0 comments

WP says tax windfall must be used for ‘public compensation fund’ to build public housing

Apple revenue could build 72,000 houses in Ireland

The Workers’ Party has today (30th August) issued a call for the government not to appeal the European Commission’s Apple tax decision, but to establish a ‘Public Compensation Fund’ with money recouped from Apple’s unpaid tax bill.

textPress Release: Pension Poverty Time Tomb Aug 21 People Before Profit 0 comments

n August, a paper entitled “Inter-Governmental Group on Fuller Working Lives” appeared. It was an irrelevant document that did nothing to tackle the growing threat of poverty for older people.

The numbers aged 65 and over is estimated to increase from 570,000 in 2013 to 855,000 in 2026. But the government has already raided the National Pension Reserve Fund that was designated to pay for these growing numbers.

Workers contributed to this fund but it was literally stolen. There was €22 billion in it when the Celtic Tiger crashed but about €17 billion was used to bail out the banks. The rest was used to set up an Irish Strategic Investment Fund which has become a means of funnelling cheap credit to business people.

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