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Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien

offsite link Interview with Cathal Goulding Mon Dec 26, 2016 17:11 | Cathal Goulding

offsite link Trump, Russia and the CIA Sat Dec 10, 2016 18:23 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Why is my rent so high? Mon Oct 31, 2016 18:51 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Review of Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises by Anwar Shaikh Sun Oct 30, 2016 16:21 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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NAMA Wine Lake

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offsite link Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake

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international / rights, freedoms and repression Friday June 22, 2012 02:41 by Emma Purdy
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Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor’s sentencing to 50 years’ imprisonment on 11 counts of war crimes is undeniably momentous. However, with Sierra Leoneans still suffering abject poverty and remaining in dire need of aid, it must be questioned for whose benefit the costly War Crimes Court really is, writes EMMA PURDY

The Special Court for Sierra Leone will conclude this year on a triumphant note, with former Liberian president Charles Taylor now the first ex-head of state convicted by international justice since the 1946 Nuremburg trials.

The 64-year-old was found guilty this April of arming and supporting Revolutionary United Front rebels in exchange for illegally mined blood diamonds and thus “aiding and abetting” the country’s brutal civil war. He was sentenced on 30 May to 50 years’ imprisonment, having been held “criminally responsible” by judges after a protracted four-and-a-half-year trial.

From the outset in January 2008, after Taylor boycotted the initial 2007 proceedings, the trial was lauded as the first ever of a former African head of state in an international court. Taylor was the Court’s 11th defendant from a total of 21 indictments since its establishment in January 2002, its remit being to try “those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law” during the 11-year conflict.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression Tuesday May 22, 2012 20:57 by Sean Clinton
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Nuclear armed and funded by diamonds

As the leaders of the global diamond industry gathered in Vicenza, Italy for the annual meeting of the World Diamond Council, Palestinians remained trapped in a surreal nightmarish existence under the cosh of a diamond-funded, nuclear-armed belligerent regime: "The Israeli forces used [taser guns] and I have bruises on my arms and legs. I saw them open a protester's mouth by force and spit in it, and they spit in my face as well. While being under custody, a police officer of Ramle district addressed both me and another female activist while being cuffed with verbal sexual harassment, threatening to rape us. I have to admit I burst in tears ."

international / rights, freedoms and repression Wednesday April 25, 2012 16:37 by Cormac Mac Gall
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Basque trade union barricade during general strike in March

A political struggle in a European nation of less than three million, largely ignored by other socialists in Europe, has nevertheless come to the fore in the capitalist media repeatedly since the late 1960s. This has been largely as a result of the the Basque people’s struggle for socialism and independence from the Spanish and French states, a struggle led for decades by Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, the marxist armed organisation better known by its acronym, ETA. The organisation reawakened Basque national consciousness, has worked with others for the restoration of Euskara, the Basque language, organised Basque workers and faced the repression of the General Franco dictatorship in the Spanish state. Famously, in 1973 it assassinated the Prime Minister of the state, Admiral Carrero Blanco, Franco’s right-hand man, which hastened the fragmentation of the dictatorship and its passage to partial democracy.

international / anti-war / imperialism 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

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textAbdullah Öcalan Nominated For Sydney Peace Prize 12:08 Thu 18 May by séamas carraher 0 comments

Abdullah Öcalan, imprisoned head of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been nominated for the Sydney Peace Prize.

textSaudi Arabia: Elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. 11:25 Mon 15 May by séamas carraher 0 comments

"Dozens of Saudi women have told Human Rights Watch that the male guardianship system is the most significant impediment to realizing women’s rights in the country, effectively leaving adult women legal minors who cannot make key decisions for themselves." (Human Rights Watch)

textIrish Animals Shipped To Cruelty 17:49 Fri 05 May by séamas carraher 1 comments

"Horrific cruelty endured by Irish cattle in Turkey", Gabriel Paun, Animals International, Australia.

textWorld Press Freedom Day May 3rd 10:09 Wed 03 May by séamas carraher 0 comments

"3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession." (UNESCO)

textTurkey Bans Wikipedia 11:04 Sun 30 Apr by séamas carraher 0 comments

Saturday, 29th April, early morning, Wikipedia "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" is blocked in Turkey. The block affects all language editions of the site. Try to access it from downtown Istanbul and all you will get is a "timeout" error message.

textKurdish Political Prisoner's Hunger Strike Ends 16:09 Fri 28 Apr by seamas carraher 0 comments

The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), has requested prisoners to come off hunger strike as the conditions within the prisons have been brought to international attention and they are able to continue this struggle through other means.

textPluto Press launch new book of Abdullah Öcalan's writings 18:28 Tue 25 Apr by séamas carraher 0 comments

April 15 saw the launch of Abdullah Öcalan's new book: The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan - Kurdistan, Women's Revolution And Democratic Confederalism’ published by the British-based progressive publisher, Pluto Press.

text“Now Lawless” – Turkey Indicted Again 12:01 Thu 20 Apr by séamas carraher 0 comments

Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF)'s report “Turkey’s descent into arbitrariness: The end of rule of law”, released on 14 April last, slammed the Turkish state for its abuse of human rights, its own citizens and in particular, its assault on an independent judiciary, vital for a country to maintain the rule of law with any notion of justice – instead arbitrariness in the application of the law in Turkey has now become the norm, SCF says.

latin_america_week_2017.jpg imageLatin America Week 2017: Building generations of environmental defenders 21:45 Mon 10 Apr by lasc 0 comments

What is Latin America Week?

Latin America Week is a range of conferences, meetings, workshops and cultural events around Ireland, focusing on different issues each year in April. An annual programme of educational, cultural and campaigning events on issues relating to human, social and economic rights in Latin America. LAW began as Central America Week in 1986 in order to increase the impact of many separate campaigns and events being organised by a variety of groups. It became Latin America Week after its tenth anniversary in 1996. The overall aim of LAW is to concentrate the attention of the public on Latin America for one week, so as to highlight the justice issues at stake in the region and thus to facilitate campaigning and solidarity actions between Ireland and Latin America.

textKurdish Hunger Strikes Intensify Despite Hopes Of Dialogue 13:25 Sun 09 Apr by séamas carraher 0 comments

Kurdish Political Prisoners Hunger Strike enters 54th Day

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textThe Moorish rule in Spain/How the Moors brought civilization to Europe May 14 by Astrid Essed 2 comments

This article is written as a counterweight against 21th Islamophobia,
since few people realize, how much the European civilization owes
the Moorish rule in Medieval Spain. Without this rule, there probably
should have been no Renaissance, also sciences as Algebra, chemistry,
astronomy etc derived from the Arab [Greek] civilization. You know
a Medieval English King nearly converted to Islam? Read further

textHypocrisy and Deceit Regarding Fake News and Free Speech from the ACLU is Beyond Chilling and Can No... Apr 20 by James Justice 0 comments

One would think there would be enough intelligent and discerning people within the lawyerly world of the ACLU to have paid some real attention to the actual many and damning Wikileaks (both before the election and after), as well from real progressives like the Sane Progressive Debbie Lusignan, H.A. Goodman, and equally top quality libertarian writers like Justin Raimondo (and dozens of others who have actually been trying to tell truth against the avalanche of lies coming from both the traditional left and traditional right and mainstream media).

imageTrainers convicted of “blooding” greyhounds on live rabbits still have full access to greyhounds and... Apr 13 by Campaign to end cruelty to greyhounds and hares in Ireland 2 comments

With the Greyhound Industry Bill due before the Oireachtas in the coming weeks, legislators need to be lobbied to ensure that any greyhound owner or trainer convicted of “blooding” greyhounds be banned FOR LIFE from access to, or ownership of, animals of any kind.

textThe Irish Dy. An alternative view. Mar 17 by John Throne 1 comments

The Irish American elite wish to claw their way up into the higher echelons of the US capitalist class. To do so they crush all talk of Irelands revolutionary socialists and its revolutionary traditons and instead were green and even in Chicago dye the river green.

textBrazil wants democracy back! Mar 02 by Emilio Jose Lemos de Lima 0 comments

The coup of 2016 double hit democracy in Brazil: it overthrew an honest president from power, without being able to point out against her rigorously no wrong attitude, thus trampling the constitution, which does not admit this alternative, and passing, in practice, the presidentialist regime to The parliamentarian, without consulting the population, a hypothesis that is also forbidden by the Magna Carta.

It is fundamental that democratic sectors outside Brazil, support the struggle of Brazilians for the return of democracy and presidentialism!

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textPuerto Rico Bankruptcy Process Begins May 16 Jubilee USA Network 0 comments

Puerto Rico bankruptcy proceedings to restructure an over $70 billion debt begin on Wednesday in San Juan.

imageActivists block gasoline terminal in Western harbour Amsterdam Apr 15 Climate Justice Amsterdam 0 comments

On Saturday morning, a group of 25 people entered the terrain of gasoline trader Vitol in the Amsterdam harbour, forcing a suspension of all activities on the terrain. Their message: Stop the export of toxic gasoline to West-Africa – and end the era of fossil fuels.
Report on Toxic Gasoline

imagePDF DocumentPEOPLE’S NEWS -Issue No. 165 - 8th April 2017 - How Banks are Avoiding Tax Apr 13 0 comments

Yet another issue of the bi-monthly People's News has been published just last week and it carries an important story reproduced here on how the banks are avoiding paying tax, some at low rates comparable to the Apple deal at 2%.

There are other important articles carried too including a look inside NATO and how it's creeping influence over the EU is growing.

Yet another bank rip-off—facilitated by the Irish government
and
A look at NATO’s web site

imagePhilippines: Unity Statement by February 25 Coalition Feb 26 0 comments

WE FOUGHT TO BE FREE. WE SAY NEVER AGAIN TO DICTATORSHIP!

textTrump Voids Dodd-Frank 1504 Transparency Rule Feb 15 0 comments

President Trump signed into law Congressional action to void requirements that the oil, gas and mining industries report financial activity in countries where they operate.

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