Red Banner issue 59 out now 17:46 Márta 28 0 comments
Thatcher's " blind eye" to paedophilia 15:27 Márta 12 0 comments
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At Least 9 Internationals Killed As Israel Attacks And Hijacks Gaza Flotilla In International Waters
At least 9 international human rights activists may have been killed and dozens more injured after Israeli commandos attacked the unarmed Gaza Freedom Flotilla early this morning in international waters, according to reports from the flotilla organisers, while Israeli military sources confirmed at least 9 dead. This attack is a clear breach of international law.
Not really sure where to post this—just got thinking about repression and state power etc. and thought I would share some observations on the subject with whoever’s interested. Yes, it ended up being more of an essay than a post but what the hell—feels good to get it off my chest.
On January 28th, we had the chance to have a telephone talk with Camilla Chalmers, from the Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (Haitian Platform in Defence of an Alternative Development, PAPDA), in Port-au-Prince. Here we transcribe the questions and answers we could exchange in spite of the natural difficulties of communication in these circumstances. We believe his opinions represent a contribution to understand what’s really going on in Haiti, they contradict the official version of the media and give us a very precise notion of the type of solidarity that the Haitian people need –and that we should not fail to give.
Anyone judging from the huge numbers of troops mobilised to Haiti could reasonably believe that this is a country in the middle of a brutal civil war instead of a nation hit by a deadly earthquake. While the Media has been feeding constantly news of murder, mayhem, and gangsters supposedly in control of Haitian streets, together with calls for a “strong arm” and “security” to make possible the delivery of relief, the reality seems to be quite another. Medical and Food assistance has been largely delayed by a cobweb of inefficiency, bureaucracy and negligence and not for “security” issues. In the meantime, hungry and thirsty Haitians have been largely looking for their beloved ones under the rubble with their bare hands. Very few doctors and relief agencies have dared to go to the streets of Port-au-Prince, where precious assistance –currently stockpiling in the airport- is much needed.
As predictions for the death toll from the Haitian earthquakes rise over 200,000, ABC News have reported that planes carrying medical equipment and relief supplies are having to compete with soldiers for the valuable slots at Port-au-Prince airport which was taken over by the US military after the quake. Since the start of the great anti-slavery republican insurrection nearly 220 years ago, Haiti has been presented as a dangerous place incapable of running its own affairs and requiring foreign intervention. Yet the reality is its people were the first enslaved population to deliver themselves from slavery and also carried out what was only the third successful republican insurrection on the planet. The threat of this good example was rewarded with centuries of invasion, blackmail, the robbery of Haiti's natural resources and the impoverishment of its people. This articles summarizes that history of intervention and the resistance to it in order to put into context what is happening in Haiti after the quake
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Animal Agony, Union Busting, Deforestation, Human Disease At McDonald's 19:08 Aoine 20 Márta 0 comments
It has been 10 years since the European Court of Human Rights fined British courts 57,000 pounds for denying free speech to Steel and Morris in London Greenpeace V McDonald's,
Global Iron Curtain: Repressive States control human rights at UN. 18:33 Aoine 20 Márta 0 comments
American Professor describes the World's State Criminals deciding human rights issue at the international level. In my view, a Global Iron Curtain exists with the UN hiding much of enormous and profound importance from the rest of humanity.
PHILIPPINES: Statement on International Women’s Day 12:43 Déar 12 Márta 0 comments
The Philippines Should Stop Being US’s Pawn and Warfront
(Video) Front line view of the first anti-state riot in Athens under the new government 23:13 Domh 01 Márta 0 comments
Front line view of the first anti-state riot in Athens under the new government of SYRIZA & ANEL.
Support from Colombia with the Water Activists persecuted in Ireland 20:10 Máirt 24 Feabh 0 comments
For years, a number of Irish movements have stood in solidarity with the struggle for justice, dignity, equality and freedom of the popular movements in Colombia. Now, hearing of the case of political persecution against the Water Rights movement, Colombian organisation have expressed their solidarity with the struggle of the Irish people. Peasant organisations of Cauca Valley and a broad coalition of over 50 organisations of indigenous, Afros, peasants, women and workers from the Southern jungle of Putumayo, together with refugees in Europe, have issued two statement expressing their unconditional support with those who struggle and reminding the government of Ireland of their obligation to respect the rights of the people in Ireland.
2nd Manning Truthfest: From Ireland to Wales with Love 23:39 Máirt 10 Feabh 0 comments
On the weekend of 23-25 January, Irish actors, musicians and activists descended on Wales for a weekend of solidarity with WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) and her family.
Galway meeting highlights the insidious agenda of TTIP 21:38 Sath 24 Ean 0 comments
TTIP is an undermining of hard won labour rights, citizen consumer and environmental protections and an erosion of the notion of democracy. We need to resist this blatant corporate power and resource grab Now. Meeting in Galway this week discussed and highlighted the insidious and secretive corporate and government collusion against EU citizenry that is TTIP. A report of the meeting follows..
34 countries, 17 states represented "100,000 Tweets for Oscar" Campaign Reaches over 500,000 people 15:36 Luan 12 Ean 1 comments
Over 500,000 people were reached on January 6, 2015, Oscar's 72nd birthday, as the National Boricua Human Rights Network and La Respuesta coordinated the "Social Media Campaign for Oscar López." Using various hashtags (e.g. #freeoscarlopez, #gift4oscar, #regalopaoscar) on Twitter primarily, but also Facebook and Instagram, the campaign publicly brought together a broad spectrum of supporters, from Calle 13's René Pérez to actor Luis Guzmán; from NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito to Congress members Nydia Velázquez and Luis Gutiérrez, from blogs like Latino Rebels to newspapers like El Nuevo Día.
Social Media Campaign on Oscar López Rivera’s Birthday. 14:50 Aoine 02 Ean 0 comments
On January 6, 2015 La Respuesta magazine and National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) call on you to act on behalf of the Puerto Rican people’s longest-held political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera.
Strategic Stalemate attained by the Communist Party of the Philippines 11:10 Domh 21 Noll 0 comments
During the 41st anniversary statement, the Communist Party of the Philippines has boldly declared that in five years time its strength and influence will be already at par with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).more >>
The Saker interviews Paul Craig Roberts Márta 30 0 comments
We are republishing this very interesting interview between 'The Saker' and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan and thereby someone with a key insider view and understanding and who writes compelling and hard hitting articles at his own site. The Saker is a blog that has grown in huge popularity because it has been providing very informative and insightful analysis of the situation in Ukraine and wider picture around it relating to the US empire and has accurately predicted the trajectory of this crisis and has helped counter the widespread propaganda that tries to hide the fact that the Kiev regime is a neo Nazi puppet regime used as a tool of Washington to try and destablize Russia and has explained and given context to how each of the European states and the EU are just vassel states of the US and how this crisis and the sanctions are hurting Europe and are essentially suicidal for its own well-being. The interview covers a number of wide ranging issues but what makes it great is the way it strips away all the pretensions that there is anything democractic at all in how the big game of geo politics is working and gets to the core issues and forces driving it
Seeing behind the Global Iron Curtain. Márta 25 0 comments
Some of what I saw behind the Global Iron Curtain which, in my view, exists between the UN and the rest of humanity. I describe what I consider to be very much of enormous and profound importance hidden from people.
Michael Hudson, interviewed on real news network discusses the class war starting in greece and the panic among the Euro rich and powerful that the rich might actually be taxed for a change rather than crippling the labour force and the poor with endless austerity, and how the finance ministers of currently right wing governments of spain, finland, Portugal, Ireland and germany are determined to make an example of greece to avoid contagion of these dangerous ideas which would likely lead to such governments losing upcoming elections to left wing parties
The Circus is Coming to Town Feabh 24 2 comments
It was bad enough in 1966. I'm glad I'll be at a safe distance when The Circus comes to town next year.
Gifted, very bright victims may seek accountability. Feabh 18 0 comments
Some of the gifted and highly intelligent victims of the UN's and State's cultural cleansing of individual self-determination may seek accountability.more >>
Cold War Undersea Menace Returns to Haunt Fishermen Márta 24 The Celtic League 1 comments
A scenario that was thought to have ended with the Cold War seems set to return with vulnerable fishing communities in the front line.
Anti-Corruption – It starts with YOUth! Márta 20 Anti-Corruption International 0 comments
Have you ever witnessed a revolutionary idea that develops into an action and spreads globally, gathering more than 150 young people from all around the world with passion and dedication to make the world a better place? If you haven't, now is the right time to pay attention because a positive change is about to happen and it is called Anti-Corruption International.
MA in activism at Maynooth Márta 03 MA Community Education, Equality and Social Activism 0 comments
Call-out for students for this autumn's MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at Maynooth - please circulate!
'Red Emma' Kicked out of the University Ean 08 0 comments
The Emma Goldman Papers Archive at Berkeley, facing closure!
8000 strong petition handed to Dunnes Stores calling for a boycott of illegal Israeli settlement goo... Noll 25 Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign 0 comments
On Wednesday 17th December members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign handed in a petition signed by over 8,000 people calling on Irish supermarket chain Dunnes Stores to make a public commitment that their outlets will not stock goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.more >>