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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link And speaking of Australia, what of New Zealand? 12:50 Sun Apr 20, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of Easter Week 12:26 Sun Apr 20, 2014 | Garibaldy

offsite link Two polls?two sets of results? 21:58 Sat Apr 19, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Ah, no John, don?t do it? 12:09 Sat Apr 19, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link This weekend I?ll mostly be listening to? the Creatures (Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie) 03:17 Sat Apr 19, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link GOTTA LOVE THIS COUNTRY 18:11 Wed Apr 16, 2014

offsite link ?In light of our Christian Faith and the strong Christian values contained within our Cons... 11:08 Wed Apr 16, 2014

offsite link PLAYING OUT THE STRING WITH THE ANGLO TRIAL 18:16 Sun Apr 13, 2014

offsite link Care and Social Reproduction - Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 12 April 2014 09:58 Sat Apr 12, 2014

offsite link TUGGING THE FORELOCK 22:59 Tue Apr 08, 2014

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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Opening the Low-Low Corporate Tax Rate Door Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:55 | Michael Taft

offsite link April Edition of The Socialist Voice is Out Now Mon Apr 07, 2014 09:38 | Communist Party of Ireland

offsite link Sheehy Skeffington School, Saturday April 12th in Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse S... Mon Apr 07, 2014 09:15 | Irish Left Review

offsite link New LookLeft out now! Fri Apr 04, 2014 18:23 | Irish Left Review

offsite link National Competitiveness Council Twists the Evidence to Suit a Political Argumen... Fri Apr 04, 2014 16:50 | Michael Taft

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MediaBite
A shot at bias in the media

offsite link Separating the News from the Noise Thu Apr 04, 2013 21:14

offsite link Blessed with nothing but good intentions Fri Feb 22, 2013 18:04

offsite link The Household Charge - How They Failed to Shape Our Perspectives Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:48

offsite link The web's political rainbow Wed Dec 07, 2011 09:47

offsite link The Forgotten Constituency: The Majority and The Irish Economic Crisis Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49

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international / anti-war Tuesday March 13, 2012 23:40 by Taking the blue pill
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For the past six months and longer once Libya had fallen to the NATO sponsored 'rebels', we have faced a continuous media onslaught about Syria with reports of protests, shootings, killings, attacks, bombing and so forth. The backdrop to the narrative is that this is part of the Arab Spring which started last year and it is a good thing overall. So many people are probably wondering what really has been happening, given that this is the same media that was cheer leading the Iraq war almost 10 years ago even though at least a million+ are now dead as a result. And yet somehow they want to imply that they are doing the right thing now. We should also recall that this is the same media that is promoting austerity and encouraging us to accept the blame for the mad years of the bubble and as a consequence we should pay up the €90 billion bailout and in the process see all the state services stripped to the bone. They are presenting the uncomplicated truth surely

audio Guns and Butter interview of Tarpley. NATO's assault on Syria 10.27 Mb

international / rights and freedoms Friday February 03, 2012 11:00 by Indyjourno with Geri Timmons
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Leonard Peltier: Political Prisoner

Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist was born in 1944 in North Dakota on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. He is the 11th child of 13 children and from his early years suffered racism and brutal poverty at the hands of US government and its officials.

During his childhood, the Eisenhower administration passed a resolution by congress to “terminate” all Indian reservations and “relocate” Native Americans off their land pushing them into cities. This policy was later ruled illegal by US courts. To force Native Americans to leave the reservations, the US government cut off the supply of food and commodities that were promised to the reservations through treaties to recompense them for all the stolen land. Native Americans were now offered a small amount of money to move to inner city slums.

international / anti-capitalism Monday October 03, 2011 01:34 by T
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#OccupyWallStreet #OccupyDameStreet

NEW YORK TIMES: Updated, 3:35 a.m. Sunday | In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon. (After a 2 week corporate media blackout, #occupywallstreet direct action is now front page news)

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international / anti-war Sunday September 11, 2011 21:08 by T

On this 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks there are many things to reflect on and in this article we are going to focus on the relationship between 9/11 and the political 'Left'. Today 10 years later, the public particularly in the US seems quite dividved as numerous polls show that a majority of US citizens don't accept the official story and a significant portion believe the government was involved in one form or another. The mainstream media though is still very much on page with the official version of events. The details of the topic itself are divisive and two clear camps have arisen with opposing views and very little common ground between. At this stage many people are simply tired of discussing it and wish to move on. This article does not intend to dwell on the mechanics of the event itself but examine the wider political effects.

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Icons from the War of Terror
At this remove, there are several clear groupings around the interpretation of 9/11. We have of course the US government which used 9/11 to usher in the War on Terror, a war in which Cheney and Rumsfeld said may last indefinitely. Behind them are the corporate and state media as well as most governments especially those of Western Europe who whatever doubts they may have had, quickly fell into line when George Bush declared. 'You are either with us or against us'. As you move to places like Russia, parts of Asia and Africa, they are not so forth right, but they all in common eagerly instigated their own Wars on Terror and imposed draconian measures on civil liberties and greatly increased represssion.

international / anti-war Wednesday August 24, 2011 08:00 by T

Within days of the UN resolution for the Libyan no-fly zone a few months back, it has been known that this was purely a very thin cover for European and US ambitions of regime change to place a better puppet in power and to grab the billions in oil revenues that Libyan had in the bank. These revenues have already been seized.

The claim that NATO were bombing Libyan to save civilians was always a bit like 'fucking for virginity' and was extremely suspect coming from an organisation that was busy killing and maiming people in Afghanistan alongside the US.

In the past few weeks the mainstream pro-repressive pro-murder press has been giving a massive propanganda boost to the so called rebels. These ragbag assertment of cut-throats and extremists and even Al Qaeda jihad forces who had very little support were supported by thousands of continuous bombing raids by NATO and now last night NATO were instrumental in bombing Tripoli and straffing (heavy calibar gunships) civilians from helicopters. Crimes against humanity have been and are being committed by NATO and the terrorists that they have aided and abetted over the past few months as they terrorize the people of Libya, maim and murder them.

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textSupreme Court Hears Argentina Predatory Hedge Fund Discovery Case High Court Decision to Hear Broade... 18:00 Fri 18 Apr by Arielle Retrosi 0 comments

On Monday, the Supreme Court hears arguments between Argentina and holdouts who refused two debt restructuring deals after Argentina defaulted on its debts in 2001. The Supreme Court Justices will determine if predatory hedge fund, NML Capital can obtain information from US Banks that reveal Argentina's holdings in order to target those assets for debt payments. The Obama Administration is siding with Argentina in the case. In the summer, the Supreme Court will also decide if it will hear a much broader case between Argentina and the hedge funds that impacts extreme poverty, official US debt policy and country debt restructuring.

2014akbayanrhlaw.jpg imagePhilippines: Clerical Extremists, Timid Liberals, and the RH Debate 11:03 Mon 14 Apr by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) 0 comments

On the Supreme Court decision declaring the Reproductive Health Law constitutional

textIMF Annual Meetings Focus on High Debt Burdens and Global Inequality 20:54 Fri 11 Apr by Arielle Retrosi 0 comments

The annual International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings are focusing on the role of high debt burdens in both global economic recovery and increasing inequality. At the onset of the meetings, the G24 released an IMF statement noting that the IMF's failure to implement quota reform and the outcome of the US Supreme Court Argentina/NML Capital case impacts global inequality.

heartbleed.png imageThe latest HEARTBLEED OpenSSL bug 09:43 Fri 11 Apr by wageslave 0 comments

The false sense of security of the internet has been completely overturned by the latest security bug to be discovered. A bug in the popular OpenSSL library used by many of the most important and frequently used server sites on the net allows arbitrary chunks of memory to be read remotely from user machines and servers, possibly containing very sensitive data, user tokens, bank details, emails and passwords. What does all this mean and how did it happen and what can we do to protect ourselves?

tony_benn.jpg imageTony Benn RIP 10:54 Fri 14 Mar by v for vendetta 2 comments

Sadly, Tony Benn has died aged 88 "After the war people said, 'If you can plan for war, why can't you plan for peace?' When I was 17, I had a letter from the government saying, 'Dear Mr. Benn, will you turn up when you're 17 1/2? We'll give you free food, free clothes, free training, free accommodation, and two shillings, ten pence a day to just kill Germans.' People said, well, if you can have full employment to kill people, why in God's name couldn't you have full employment and good schools, good hospitals, good houses?" -Tony Benn (1925-2014):

text*Come to Calais: Newly squatted houses need support!* 15:01 Tue 11 Mar by CalaisMigrantSolidarity 0 comments

In the week of the 3rd to the 7th of March four houses were squatted in Calais. One of these has already been evicted once and reoccupied. The remaining three are legally secure (in France exists a law which stipulates that houses which have been squatted for more than 48 hours cannot be evicted without a legal procedure) but despite this remain as before under threat. In the past in Calais there have been countless illegal evictions by police, predominately those of living quarters of refugees.

Many of the initial squatters have now traveled further on and so there is the need for support from activists who can secure these future safe spaces, document police violence as well as any eviction attempts and help make the houses livable.

The current situation is a key moment in the story of squats in Calais. It is the first time that there is the possibility to keep many houses at the same time --- a chance which we shouldn't pass up! It will pay off in the future to fight for these houses and the struggle begins now! We have lots of room for creativity and the energy of people who want to support us in this struggle!

jacket_logo.jpg imageAttempt to hand over UN submission to the EPP. 21:09 Fri 07 Mar by 32 County Sovereignty Movement 1 comments

An attempt today was made by the 32CSM to hand in the UN submission on the violation of Ireland's national sovereignty to the EPP which was blocked by the Free state police.

textThree Irish and American peace activists deported from Egypt 01:45 Thu 06 Mar by Justin Morahan 8 comments

Three peace activists, Mairead Maguire Ann Patterson and Medea Benjamin were detained in Cairo and deported

999kilusangmayounokmugabrielawomenanakpawispistonpartylist.jpg imageInterview with Jose Maria Sison 07:09 Tue 04 Mar by New Culture Magazine 0 comments

Interview with Jose Maria Sison, Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines
by New Culture Magazine, Communist Reconstruction Union of Brazil

textChevron plans to stop the protest in Zurawlow by force on 24th of February. - people, journalists an... 22:53 Sun 23 Feb by Fracking watch 0 comments

Attention Globalfrackdown family Here is the last news from Zurawlow, Poland, please forward it, also to all the journalists you know directly: Call for the direct support of in Zurawlow, Poland: Chevron plans to stop the protest by force on Monday February 24. The farmers have stood their ground for nearly 300 days! PROTEST SUPPORTERS AND VIDEO MAKERS ARE NEEDED! After almost 300 days, the longest in the history of post-war Polish protest of residents and inhabitants of ?urawlow and other villages of the municipalitiy of Grabowiec need our support. On Monday February 24, against the law and without official permits, the company Chevron plans to step in with heavy equipment onto the concession's Grabowiec leased plot. As usually practiced in such cases, a security company should give a support.

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textDissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. Apr 19 by Anthony Ravlich 0 comments

Repost (correction). Dissent within human rights groups grows after article Profound Arrogance at UN, the latter virtually seeing themselves as God when reinventing the UDHR to emphasize elite interests rather than individual rights.

textThe Audience: What Difference? Apr 16 by Sean Crudden 0 comments

Saturday night's concert was part of the International Concert Series presented in The National Concert Hall for 2013/2014. I was looking forward to the concert because the soloist and conductor, Michael Collins, is a totally congenial and engaging musician whom I last saw a number of years ago at the celebrity farewell concert for John Ruddock the famous Dublin/Limerick impresario. The atmosphere in The National Concert Hall that night was unforgettable, the best I ever remember. And Michael Collins had a lot to do with it. Everything was set fair for Saturday night. A very appealing program. A treat in store.

imageHare coursing shamed again as SIX GREYHOUNDS have tested positive for banned substances at the Natio... Apr 08 by Abolish Hare Coursing in Ireland 2 comments

The news that six greyhounds that participated in this year’s National Hare Coursing Festival have tested positive for banned substances can be offered as yet further evidence of the true nature of live hare coursing.

text'Profound' Arrogance at UN creates elitist human rights. Mar 28 by Anthony Ravlich 0 comments

Describes the 'Profound' Arrogance of bureaucratic elites at the UN in disregarding history, as if they 'know', to reinvent human rights to emphasize elites rather than individuals. Discussion with Islamic academic on global ethical human rights.

imageThe need for United Front in the Filipino People’s Democratic Revolution Mar 26 by Jose Maria Sison 0 comments

The Filipino people’s democratic revolution constantly needs the revolutionary united front because this is the effective way to arouse, organize and mobilize the broad masses of the Filipino people in their millions in order to advance and win total victory. The need for the united front is more urgent than ever as the socio-economic and political crisis is rapidly worsening and inflicting intolerable suffering on the Filipino people and they must intensify their struggle against those who exploit and oppress them.

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textIMF World Economic Outlook: Economy Improves for Some as Inequality Persists Apr 10 0 comments

Debt Restructuring Process Discussed by IMF and G20

imagePDF DocumentECJ says: EU-mandated mass surveillance "entails an interference with the fundamental rights of prac... Apr 09 Digital Rights Ireland 2 comments

8th April 2014: Press Release - Europe’s highest court has given a judgement in the challenge taken by Irish human rights advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) to the EU’s regime of Data Retention and mass surveillance.

imageThe Philippines-Bangsamoro Agreement Apr 02 0 comments

The Bangsamoro Agreement: A Step towards Re-imagining and Rebuilding the Philippine Nation

textMedia censorship Mar 19 Thirty Two County Sovereignty Movement 0 comments

Media censorship of an attempt made by the 32CSM to hand the UN document on the violation of Ireland's national sovereignty to the EPP.

imageFilipino Farmers to Aquino: Make Land Reform a Development Priority Mar 17 0 comments

Philippines, March 2014 -- With less than four months remaining before the upcoming “death” of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)’s land distribution component on June 30 2014, 300 farmers from the Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA) today trooped to Malacanang Presidential Palace, calling for a drastic acceleration and overhaul of the implementation of the land reform effort.

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