Feabh 02 CEARDLANN NA CROISE BRÍDE
The French Plan to recognize “Rojava” 23:11 Ean 15 0 comments
Runaway Train Towards Full Digitization of Money and Labor 14:18 Ean 01 2 comments
How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic 22:39 Noll 24 0 comments
The Spectre Haunting Europe 23:21 Noll 04 0 commentstuileadh >>
Government campaign to sabotage Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann bus services through privatisation has begun
Just three weeks ago the National Transport Authority (NTA) officially started the tendering for 2016 of initially 10% of Dublin Bus routes and a further 10% of all Bus Eireann routes with most of the routes in Waterford City, and a number of Dublin commuter routes are to be privatised. In the original plan a number of Cork City routes were to go but these will probably happen later. This process has been the culmination of a relentless effort by Fine Gael (FG) in the present government and their predecessors and fellow Neo-Liberal ideologists, Fianna Fáil (FF) in the last government where they have consistently pushed for the break up of both Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann so that it can be handed over to their friends in the private sector to run on a profit basis. The NTA is used as a sort of cloak of respectability to give the impression that they will actually be a regulator with teeth of which we know very few regulators have any teeth, with the banking regulator during the Celtic Tiger coming to mind, plus many other examples and the function of NTA is really for propaganda value to convince the middle class. However this whole scheme is about ideology and is NOT about competition but about privatisation.
This article examines the Transatlantic Free Trade agreement and it's potential repercussions. In 2010 the US mining and gas company, Renco, managed to successfully avoid having to pay compensation to Peruvian locals who were harmed due to pollution by their companies by successfully using a provision of the Peru-US Trade Agreement. Not satisfied with avoiding having to pay compensation, the company has since demanded $800 million from the Peruvian government as they argue that one of the companies they own, Doe Run, was forced into bankruptcy due to an expensive pollution clean-up which the Peruvian government required Doe Run to conduct .
Over 100 separate local demonstrations took place today (Sat Nov 1st) against the Water Charges and for the Right 2 Water. Organisers estimate conservatively that over 150,000 were out on the streets today to send a message to this government that they won't accept paying for water twice and having it privatised later.
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.
SUMMARY: I arrived in Ennis without pen or notebook to support the action of Margaretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell who protested on the runway of Shannon against the US military use of the airport. The following is a colour story of happenings on the day relying on memory only. I hope that someone else may provide a fuller report and my apologies for any errors in this report which are entirely my responsibility.
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2017: Another BEATING for Press Freedom in Turkey 11:33 Aoine 19 Ean 0 comments
For the second year running CPJ, (the Committee to Protect Journalists) finds Turkey tops the list in its diligence in oppressing journalists and writers, only matched by China and Egypt...
The Assassination of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez 16:27 Déar 18 Ean 0 comments
On a day this week, January 9th, 2013, Sakine Cansiz (Sara), Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Paris Representative Fidan Doğan (Rojbin), and Leyla Şaylemez were shot dead in their Paris office
Turkey: Kurdish left-wing Deputies Jailed 11:18 Aoine 12 Ean 0 comments
In the first days of 2018, the Peoples’ Democratic Party released the list of HDP deputies jailed in Turkey in the last number of days
TURKEY: NEW YEAR? NEW STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS 20:57 Céad 10 Ean 0 comments
Following Turkish President (and Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s threats last summer to impose prison uniforms on Turkish political prisoners (following the appearance in court of a post-coup soldier wearing a tee-shirt with the word “HERO” on it) the year has ended with the passing of Emergency Decree 696...
Cizre: Two Years On Still Waiting 20:10 Déar 04 Ean 0 comments
“For 79 days, the people of Cizre witnessed an exceptional massacre in history. For the sake of a humane and free life, they lost their daughters and sons during the resistance. Yet they have not surrendered, and have not asked for mercy.” (The Cizre Report, April 17, 2016, Peoples’ Democratic Party [HDP])
A Visit with an H Block Prisoner 00:26 Céad 13 Noll 0 comments
Last August (1990) I was among a delegation from Irish Northern Aid (Noraid), which visited current prisoners in Long Kesh.
Statement on the Trump Visit to the Philippines 06:27 Domh 19 Samh 0 comments
Filipino left coalition condemns Trump's visit, demands end of support for Duterte's human rights abuses
Measles Alert 18:51 Céad 15 Samh 5 comments
Responding to a recent measles outbreak in which 17 adults and children have been infected with the highly infectious disease , Dr Deirdre Mulholland, Director of Public Health for HSE East, has urged people to get themselves and their dependants vaccinated , saying, “the best protection is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine."
Religious Groups Call for Aid and Debt Relief for Puerto Rico and Dominica 23:49 Domh 22 DFómh 0 comments
More than 130 faith communities across the United States are praying and acting for hurricane victims during religious services this weekend.
Good Cop/Bad Cop : Spanish Guardia Civil attack Catalan president's electoral vote centre. 10:17 Domh 01 DFómh 3 comments
A little over a week ago the Spanish state attempted to take control of the Mossos d'Esquadra the Catalan national police force whose men and women have sworn an oath of fealty to Catalonia and answer to the Catalan government "la Generalitat". The Mossos sidestepped all such attempts.
Brazil wants true justice for Lula! Ean 13 0 comments
Lula's trial must be annulled, Sergio Moro must be removed from the magistracy, dangerous element he is, and Wilson Center’s staff must recycle their behavior patterns! Humanity is tired of this mud! We all know that much more and much better is possible!
Sex, Drugs and Rollickin' Roles: Noll 14 0 comments
Christmas is an ancient feast that has many positive associations for people around the world. While the bible places the birth of Christ in Bethlehem it does not say when, but by the 4th century the Churches in the East were celebrating it on January 6 and the Churches of the West on December 25.
The Not-So-Subtle Art of Protesting: Noll 04 0 comments
In 1762 Jean Jacques Rousseau published his book, The Social Contract, in which he wrote,
Strikes and Solidarity: Interview with a worker at Irish Rail Noll 02 0 comments
Irish Rail workers were out on strike recently. What’s going on?
The October 1917 Revolution and Lenin Samh 27 0 comments
Contribution to the Discussion on the Centinnial of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution
Government Shutdown Solutions Could Leave Out Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico Ean 19 Jubilee USA Network 0 comments
As the Senate and White House struggle to avert a government shutdown, US disaster victims from Puerto Rico to Texas worry a deal on relief and recovery aid will continue to be delayed.
A repost from Green News by Niall Sargent highlight the presence of plastic microbeads in every day products and why they should be banned immediately.
Shannon Vigil Ean 12 LLA 0 comments
Anti-war meeting at the Shannon Airport.
To the people of Ireland: Save Parvani Hall Ean 10 0 comments
Parvani Hall stands beautifully and gracefully upon the ancestral lands of Shivam O'Brien, the maker and visionary of this magnificent building. Galway County Council want to knock this building down on the grounds that it is 'not sustainable' yet it is the absolute epitome of sustainable architecture, exemplary in fact. They refused meetings with Shivam, cost him and his family many years of aggravation and 22,000 euros in cost. Support him in his own right, on his own land, to be and build and live peacefully, in beauty and in harmony with the land.
Build For A Major Housing Protest On April 7th Noll 20 0 comments
The housing crisis is a running sore in Irish society. It cries out for a campaign of ‘people power’ to force through a programme of council house building, rent controls and to end landlord evictions.