Initiate a World Peace Conference To: Mikhail S. Gorbachev 13:42 Aib 13 0 comments
Republican Sinn Féin Poblachtach - Cork - Easter Commemoration Report - 18:32 Aib 09 1 comments
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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Governments Negotiate UN Agreement on Global Development 18:07 Céad 13 Beal 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.
Philippine President Aquino no longer deserves any support from workers and trade unions 12:53 Luan 11 Beal 0 comments
THE workers and the trade unions throughout the world mark today the International Labor Day – 125th anniversary globally and 112th celebration here in the Philippines. This historic and revered day has been an enduring and stirring symbol for the working class despite serious setbacks caused by multipronged and systematic neoliberal attacks against the workers, the masses and their organizations, which have seriously threatened to dilute if not totally wipe out the hard-fought sociopolitical gains achieved by the labor movement in the past hundred years or so.
Sentenced to six years 7 of the 28 Basque youth tried in December 16:25 Céad 06 Beal 0 comments
The National Court has sentenced to six years in prison to seven of the 28 young court in December on charges of "membership of an armed band", according to legal sources NAIZ.INFO has known.
Aftershocks Pummel Highly Indebted Nepal 16:46 Luan 27 Aib 0 comments
As Nepal experiences aftershocks from Saturday's earthquake, it may find relief in the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, a fund that cancels the debt of poor countries in crisis.
Many Reasons McDonald's Is Closing 700 Stores Worldwide 21:54 Aoine 24 Aib 0 comments
Hundreds of millions have moved away from animal flesh. McDonald's is one of many chains feeling the change. Animal Agony, Unionbusting, Deforestation, Human Disease, Crime, Corruption, Environmental Desecration, Energy Waste, in the world's biggest fast food chain, McDonald's Has Closed 350 Stores Since Jan 1, 2015 Will Close 350 More This Year
World Bank Announces Package of Aid and Loans to Ebola-Affected Countries 15:22 Aoine 17 Aib 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.
IMF Reports Debt and Human Crises Drive Uneven Growth; Global Stability and Economic Outlook Reports... 15:30 Céad 15 Aib 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.
Greece Proposes Plans to Tackle Tax Evasion and Corruption 15:20 Déar 02 Aib 0 comments
Greece submitted a list of economic reforms to the European Union (EU) in an effort to secure emergency financing.
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.more >>
Israel’s day of reckoning. Beal 07 1 comments
How the last days of Israel may play out.
Suicide is often thought tragedy or failure—but a person can lead an exceedingly relevant and meaningful life and still have it end with suicide. Suicide, although thought taboo and negative consequence, should not be thought especially conclusive to render some final judgment on that dead person’s attitudes about the entirety of his or her life, or personal series of assumed values while living. Esteemed and valuable lives do happen to end with this form of partial self-control over one’s finality. It can at times be practical to circumstances. The vaunted platitude the “value of human life” (as cultural supposition) has had little real open discussion or debate. Irrespective then of all peoples’ personal opinions (even if personal opinions are not often particularly individualist) one should be able to argue that thee ultimate human right of being-hood (and all related rights of existence) is the right to decide for the self whether one even wants to live a human life (especially as related to circumstances one finds the self). This is really the most basic litmus test to freedom as essential criteria as to whether one is truly free or not.
The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (CACS) has issued this statement, dated April 8th, 2015:
Dwell Time...A Conversation With Eric Foner Aib 04 0 comments
A brief, breezy look at the illustrious history Eric Foner
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
The Internationalist No. 39 is out! Beal 13 League for the Fourth International 0 comments
To get your copy, send US$0.50 to Mundial Publications, Box 3321 Church Street
Irish animal protection groups are shocked to learn from FOI reports that the National Parks & Wildlife Service, following "discussions" with Arts & Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys, decided not to sanction two coursing clubs for clear breaches of license conditions that supposedly apply to the holding of all coursing events, and that she gave them the green light to continue coursing hares during the 2014/15 season, despite what the NPWS officials referred to as the “seriousness of the incidents at these meetings”.
Fox hunters making life misery for Irish farmers Aib 22 8 comments
Fox hunters are making life a complete misery for farmers in Ireland. They trespass on their lands, rip up fields of crops, destroy fencing, spread disease, and scatter flocks and herds in all directions as they stampede across farm boundaries, heedless of the damage they cause. Farmers Against Foxhunting and Trespass (FAFT) is campaigning for a ban on fox hunting in Ireland and upholds the right of all landowners to refuse permission to hunts that want to bully their way onto their lands. Last week, FAFT mounted a demo outside IFA HQ in Dublin to highlight the conflict of interest in the IFA's use of a helpline solicitor who happens to have a long high profile association with foxhunting. Also, the demo drew attention to the plight of two County Kilkenny farmers who have been subjected to a horrific ordeal of harassment and intimidation by fox hunters.
Veteran Brisbane peace activist Ciaron O'Reilly will stage an anti-war vigil today outside Gallipoli Barracks as 330 troops
Grenada Reaches Debt Deal as Caribbean Mired in Debt Problems Aib 10 0 comments
Grenada Could Influence Global Debt Negotiationsmore >>