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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link We Make Our Own History: Discussion and Book Launch Mon Nov 16, 2015 13:59 | Laurence Cox

offsite link Reflections on Water Movement and Right2Change Development Tue Nov 10, 2015 14:31 | Jimmy Dignam

offsite link November Socialist Voice is Now Available Online Mon Nov 09, 2015 21:49 | Communist Party of Ireland

offsite link Championing the Self-Employed Thu Nov 05, 2015 22:51 | Michael Taft

offsite link Begruding the Recovery Tue Nov 03, 2015 15:36 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

offsite link How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus

offsite link Syriza and Israel: Syriza’s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh

offsite link What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed

offsite link SYRIZA: Was capitulation inevitable? Fri Jul 17, 2015 14:14 | Sami El-Sayed

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Tom Lyons: A journalist unlikely to ask the tough questions

offsite link Breaking news: Sinn Fein responsible for IBRC farce Anthony

offsite link Atheist Ireland banned while Iona Institute enjoys full access to schools Anthony

offsite link Political lies cause suffering and death. Enda Kenny is a political liar Anthony

offsite link Why the State is targetting Sinn Fein Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Putin, Hollande speak after Moscow talks LIVE Thu Nov 26, 2015 19:43 | Scott
Putin and Hollande give a joint press conference following their meeting – English Audio Video starts at 0:33 seconds    

offsite link Military Review ? Syria, Nov. 26, 2015 Thu Nov 26, 2015 18:18 | Scott
Help produce more actual and interesting content, join our struggle by donating via PayPal: or via: On November 25  Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed Turkish convoy arrived in border

offsite link The air navigator of the SU-24: ?I have a debt to repay for the Commander? Thu Nov 26, 2015 16:26 | Scott
INTERVIEW: The air navigator of the SU-24: ?I have a debt to repay for the Commander? Today at the Latakia air base Konstantin Murakhtin, an air navigator of the Russian

offsite link Life in Crimea 20 months after reunification with Russia ? by Auslander Thu Nov 26, 2015 14:28 | Saker-Admin
Auslander provided with the very well received USA SITREP .  He was subsequently asked if he could provide a reciprocal glimpse into life in Sevastopol. He kindly agreed and

offsite link The Saker Community Announcement on the Essential Saker Book and the Call for Networking Help Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:40 | Scott
Dear friends, I just want to give you a brief update on the Saker?s book sales. As you know, it had launched on November 17th and to our pleasant surprise

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NATO Supports Turkey Who Support ISIS.
NATO: We Fully Support Turkey's Decision to Shoot Down Russian Jet

After “extraordinary meeting,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declares that “we stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO Ally, Turkey” Src:

Turkey is mad at Russia for destroying over 500 Tankers used by ISIS to smuggle oil through Turkey and sold through BMZ Ltd, the maritime company of Bilal ErdoÄźan, the son of President ErdoÄźan of Turkey. QED.
See also: Russian Senator&Pilot: “This Was Erdogan’s Revenge for Loss of ISIL Cash Cow” and The Paris Attacks -What's Going On ?

national / environment Monday September 08, 2014 14:06 by Alan Hall
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Proposed Poolbeg incinerator.

Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly €100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the €96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra €36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost €600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear.

international / environment Wednesday March 19, 2014 21:53 by T

It was three years on March 11th since the triple nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima plant in Japan in 2011. This article attempts to try and give an picture of the situation today and to show that the accident is still an active event that will take many decades to cleanup and it is anything but over.

Remembering What Happened

It is three years since the accident on March 11th 2011 at the Fukushima power station complex. There has been surprisingly little coverage of it in the mainstream media compared to the Chernobyl accident in 1986 at the time. As most people know, the accident was a result of an earthquake which caused the tsunami which flooded the Fukushima site and knocked out the backup diesel generators used for cooling the plants and that is how the story goes. The first report many people heard was that they were using sea-water to cool the reactors. This in itself was frightening because sea-water and cooling of nuclear reactors should not be in the same sentence, ever and it can only mean one thing -the situation is desperate, everything has failed and since sea-water would destroy the reactor vessel and fuel rods it means its the very last resort at trying to stop a meltdown.
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national / environment Thursday November 14, 2013 22:47 by Fracking watch
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Licensed fracking areas in Leitrim, Cavan & Fermanagh

The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring an invite only fracking workshop in London this Friday 15th Nov 2013 as part of its long term plan to introduce fracking in Ireland. It has already commissioned research to help 'determine best practice guidelines to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland' (all their own words). There is no hint here fracking will NOT be allowed whatever the findings. This same body though is immune from prosecution under Irish law (See Box 1 below) making a mockery of it's regulatory role.

mayo / environment Friday May 10, 2013 17:26 by Rossport Solidarity Camp
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Make this the week you come to visit Rossport

Call Out:
Come to the Rossport Solidarity Camp, Pullathomas, Co. Mayo for a week of action in June against Shell’s Corrib Gas Project. This week has been called to coincide with one of Shell’s busiest work times. Come to act in solidarity with the 13 year old campaign in Mayo against Shell’s Corrib Gas Project. The week will be jam packed with a wide variety of actions! There will be something useful for everyone to do, regardless of your experience and skills. The Rossport Solidarity Camp is being erected specifically for this week, and will be taken back down when the week is completed. So if you are planning on traveling to Mayo this summer – make it this week!

international / environment Sunday March 10, 2013 22:31 by T
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Fig 1: Methane emissions from Arctic Sea Floor and Arctic Albedo

All the worry about Global Warming has tended to focus on carbon dioxide emissions but the real threat may be methane emissions.... In the past 5 years there have been major changes happening up in the Arctic. The annual summer melt of the sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean has greatly increased, exposing a much larger area to heating during the summer months which in turn has warmed the ocean enough that the frozen methane hydrates on and below the seabed are beginning to melt, causing methane gas to bubble to the surface. The trouble is methane is up to 100 times (over initial 20 year period of release) more effective than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and the estimated quantity of methane hydrates suggests the amount of carbon contained in them exceeds all the coal, oil and gas burned so far. And should the tundra melt in Siberia then the huge area of peatland will resume decomposing thereby emitting a very large quantity of carbon dioxide. This scenario would take us past extinction danger point which is reckoned for a rise of 6oCelsius or more would be close to certainty.

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Independent Irish TD’s Mick Wallace & Clare Daly with Maura Harrington imageCommemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Extra Judicial Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & all the Ogoni 9 00:13 Fri 13 Nov by DD 0 comments

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.)

videoFracking Free Ireland Network Public Meeting 08:26 Tue 20 Oct by Danny Dullea 0 comments

This is a recording of a public meeting of Fracking Free Network Ireland and Northern Ireland held at the Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne on Saturday October 17 2015. There are two parts. Part 1 is the panel presentations. Part 2 the discussion and Q&A will follow. For comments or further information please contact me at

textTicknock developer at it again 10:29 Wed 14 Oct by dublin rambler 1 comments

Repeatedly-rejected proposal to isolate old people in the middle of nowhere turns up *again* on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown agenda

textShell protester given suspended sentence after Pullathomas protest 15:33 Wed 04 Feb by james 1 comments

Shell protester given suspended sentence after Pullathomas protest

2014climatejusticenowphilippines.jpg imagePhilippine activists start 1,000-km march for climate justice 14:03 Tue 07 Oct by Greenpeace - Philippines 0 comments

MANILA, Philippines-- Climate change advocates from various sectors urged world governments to “walk their climate talk” as they launched the Climate Walk, dubbed as “A People’s Walk for Climate Justice.”

textTeagasc still advising farmers to use chemical linked to breast cancer 22:23 Wed 30 Jul by Mick MacThomais 4 comments

Disturbing discoveries relating to glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup—keep emerging. No less than two shocking discoveries recently went public on the same day...

Earlier this month, groundbreaking research was published detailing a newfound mechanism of harm of the chemical.

Now, testing shows that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies1, while yet another study reveals that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drive breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range2. As reported by

“Does this help explain the massive mammary tumors that the only long term animal feeding study on Roundup and GM corn ever performed recently found?”

Meanwhile, a new EU-US free trade agreement3,4 known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has again cracked the door open for genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods into Europe.

This may effectively negate the hard work Europeans have done to limit the proliferation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food supply, and with genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” crops and the food made from it come increased glyphosate exposure...

art_weekend_1.jpg imageReport on Rossport Art Weekend 00:09 Mon 21 Jul by C 3 comments

On Friday the 11th July, people started gathering for the art weekend in which murals and new campaign banner and signs were prepared. Straight away work on the house with the mural “The struggle goes on” was started along with the sign on the roof which reads “Strength in Community”.

Saturday wasn’t suitable for outside work so after a fair while designing what the signs should say, work commenced at a shed which we were kindly given the use of for the weekend.

Paulo Ito’s mural in Săo Paulo imagevideoFor a greener and socially fair World Cup – #CheerForPeace working with ALL of Brazil 17:30 Thu 12 Jun by Dunk 0 comments

(An article on the protest in Brazil against the World Cup, aswell as a small campaign in the southern most host city, Curitiba, about the #CheerForPeace project which is working with communities in the cities most central favela Vila Torres)

The eyes of the world focus on Brazil

Today the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, who knows how it will go. Will it be a success, or not? Will they have the stadiums finished in time, or not? Will it be interrupted by violent protests, or not? Will it be a positive thing for the country, or not?

We already have, what has quick become, an iconic image of where much of the feelings in Brazil rest at present. Brazilian artist Paulo Ito posted this mural on the doors of a schoolhouse in Săo Paulo’s Pompeia a few weeks ago.

textGarda aggression in Erris as Shell remove Tunnel Boring Machine 12:23 Wed 11 Jun by Andrew 2 comments

Almost two years after Shell smuggled their Tunnel Boring Machine out of Dublin port in the middle of the night, and then spent 3 days meeting resistance across the country before getting stuck in the bog, they removed it from Erris Monday night.

textThe New Water Barons 11:43 Mon 26 May by Ratatoskr 8 comments

A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.

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textWater Charges in Ireland Sep 14 by Shane J. Cassidy 2 comments

The ongoing Irish water crisis has seen the emergence of a sustained mass movement of people, protesting the imposition of these punitive charges.

imageHares have disappeared from the North Bull Island, one of Ireland’s most important and best known na... Apr 08 by Protect the Irish Hare 0 comments

The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (CACS) has issued this statement, dated April 8th, 2015:

We are alarmed at the news that hares are now EXTINCT on Dublin Bay’s North Bull Island, one of Ireland’s most important nature reserves and coincidentally one that for generations had been almost synonymous with the iconic Irish Hare.

imageClare Daly drafting Bill to outlaw hare coursing Jan 31 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland 3 comments

On the day that an alliance of animal welfare and conservation groups protested outside the office of main sponsor of the National Hare Coursing event, independent socialist TD for Dublin North, Clare Daly, confirmed that she was drafting a Bill to abolish the cruel so-called “sport” of hare coursing.

imageWhat's happening in Belcoo? Aug 09 by None 3 comments

Belcoo was awoken at 5 in the morning on the July 21st to the invasion of Tamboran.
It wasn't until later that morning that the frackers had the 'courtesy' to send local residence notice of their occupation of a nearby quarry. Immediately a demonstration outside the quarry gates was organized for that evening.


If the industrial salmon cages are permitted to be located in Galway , the sea trout and wild salmon are impaired.
Evidence adduced by gargan et al show unequivocal evidence of louse infestation on returning fish ( to spawn) to be attributable to the proximity of returning wild fish . The closer the salmon cages are located to the swim paths of the fish , the more the infestation of lice on the wild fish

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textOkay for Industrial Peat Extraction But not Okay for Individuals to do so Nov 24 Friends of the Irish Environment 0 comments

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.

textBord Na Mona Challenged over Peat Extraction Aug 17 0 comments

Bord na Mona’s right to extract peat for horticultural use is being challenged by an environmental group.

Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have written to Offaly County Council stating that ‘unauthorised development has been, is being and may continue to be carried out near Derrinboy, Co. Offaly, comprising the drainage of peatland and extraction of peat without planning permission or environmental impact assessment.’

The site, located north of Birr, is more than 200 hectares in size. It was previously an Area of Scientific Interest and a proposed Natural Heritage Area.

textRelease ordered of Bantry Bay salmon farm accident report Jul 29 Friends of the Irish Environment 0 comments

The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an 'internal communication' and that the public ‘interest would not be served by the disclosure’.

In its appeal to the Information Commissioner, FIE claimed the release is ‘a matter of extreme public importance not only in the light of the circumstances of the Gerahies incident, but also because of the failure of the Department to carry out its regulatory functions properly in ensuring compliance with aquaculture licensing conditions aimed at preventing the escape of fish.’

textAn Taisce calls on TDs to propose amendments to the weak Climate Action Bill Jun 04 An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland 0 comments

In the face of figures from the EPA that show we are unlikely to meet our Climate Change Targets and Ban Ki-moon’s call for ‘Ireland to do more to curb Climate Change’ An Taisce is calling upon TDs to put forward amendments to strengthen the Climate Action Bill.

The Climate Action Bill currently going through the Oireachtas is weakly drafted, fails to ensure existing targets are met and further delays meaningful action. The Bill is now scheduled for Committee stage on Tuesday 9th June. An Taisce and other NGOs involved in ‘Stop Climate Chaos (SCC)’ are calling on all TDs to put forward a series of amendments to ensure the Bill contains legally enforceable targets.

textPress Release - Shock Report Damns Salmon Farms Jun 01 Friends of Irish Environment 0 comments

There has been a ‘Complete breakdown’ of the state’s authority, according to a damning Report from the environmental group FIE.


A study of the annual inspection records of Irish salmon farms by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries between 2012 and 2014 has shown a ‘complete breakdown’ of the salmon farm licensing system.

Author of the Report, FIE Director Tony Lowes, said ‘We found there were no provisions for ensuring inspections of the critical mooring components that have led to previous disasters in spite of repeated recommendations by the Minister’s officials in accident reports.

‘When license infringements were identified there was a persistent failure by operators to do anything about them

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