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Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015

offsite link ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015

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offsite link For Some Vicious Mole of Nature: Making Sense of The Irish Bank Crisis 21:07 Fri Dec 26, 2014

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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Syriza?s Victory: Turning Hope into Reality Thu Jan 29, 2015 04:11 | Michael Burke

offsite link From Alpha to Omega Podcast #059: Test Those Theories Thu Jan 29, 2015 03:57 | Tom O'Brien

offsite link The Very Real Cost of Rising Inequality Thu Jan 29, 2015 03:43 | Michael Taft

offsite link Cead Mile Failte Thu Jan 29, 2015 03:35 | Michael Corrigan

offsite link Always the Artists: Week Three of the Bank Inquiry Fri Jan 23, 2015 03:31 | Conor McCabe

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National Water Charge Protests - Saturday 31st Jan 2015
Community Groups will protest across Ireland



Community Groups around Ireland will protest in towns, cities and villages across Ireland about the water charges on Saturday 31 January. Seek them out and join them!

The government are still planning to privatize Irish Water. If and when this happens, then extra charges will be brought in for your waste water as well. This will be estimated to be equal what goes into your house. After the next election, the government will allow the charges to go up to the target amount of at least €400 to €600 per year per household. This means every time you shower, flush a toilet, clean your hands, wash your clothes, wash your dishes, it will cost you. In poorer areas this will lead to people flushing their toilets less and washing less and cleaning their clothes less and will become a public health issue over the longer run. We must stop this madness now and affirm that water is recognised as a human right and that the Irish government abolish domestic water charges. Please spread the word.


If you care about the future of water for yourself and your children then get out there and make your voice heard on Saturday 31st Jan

LINKS:

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat Jan 31st - Indymedia event notice:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/105223

international / environment Sunday March 10, 2013 22:31 by T
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Fig 1: Methane emissions from Arctic Sea Floor and Arctic Albedo

All the worry about Global Warming has tended to focus on carbon dioxide emissions but the real threat may be methane emissions.... In the past 5 years there have been major changes happening up in the Arctic. The annual summer melt of the sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean has greatly increased, exposing a much larger area to heating during the summer months which in turn has warmed the ocean enough that the frozen methane hydrates on and below the seabed are beginning to melt, causing methane gas to bubble to the surface. The trouble is methane is up to 100 times (over initial 20 year period of release) more effective than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and the estimated quantity of methane hydrates suggests the amount of carbon contained in them exceeds all the coal, oil and gas burned so far. And should the tundra melt in Siberia then the huge area of peatland will resume decomposing thereby emitting a very large quantity of carbon dioxide. This scenario would take us past extinction danger point which is reckoned for a rise of 6oCelsius or more would be close to certainty.

international / anti-capitalism Wednesday March 06, 2013 17:40 by Elric
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Hugo Chávez. RIP.

The Commandante is dead but the Revolution continues. If there is an afterlife then Chavez is in Valhalla.

He wrote, he read, and mostly he spoke. Hugo Chávez, whose death has been announced, was devoted to the word. He spoke publicly an average of 40 hours per week. As president, he didn't hold regular cabinet meetings; he'd bring the many to a weekly meeting, broadcast live on radio and television. Aló, Presidente, the programme in which policies were outlined and discussed, had no time limits, no script and no teleprompter. One session included an open discussion of healthcare in the slums of Caracas, rap, a self-critical examination of Venezuelans being accustomed to the politics of oil money and expecting the president to be a magician, a friendly exchange with a delegation from Nicaragua and a less friendly one with a foreign journalist.

national / rights and freedoms Monday February 18, 2013 11:06 by Diarmuid Breatnach
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Foreign media coverage of the reaction here

The anti-abortion movement was not cowed by the outcry over Savita's tragic death nor by the huge popular response marching in November. The Government plans legislation only to allow abortion when the woman's life is danger and the criteria for establishing that are not yet known. All opinion polls on the subject show a huge majority in favour of liberalisation of the laws -- a majority which is also rising over the years. The abortion rights movement has been publicly quiet for some time now while the opposition is loud and in public view. Can the movement for abortion rights summon the necessary militancy to achieve its objectives?


national / bin tax/household tax/water tax Tuesday February 12, 2013 00:59 by twitter fan
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The long arm of the bond-holders

Press statement - Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes (CAHWT) 11 Feb 2013
Eyewitness reports of Garda violence at South Dublin County Council

19 year old protester hospitalised: plainclothes Garda ‘smashed my head on wall’

Campaigners against the property tax – who staged one of a number of peaceful protests at Councils today – have questioned why Gardai at South Dublin County Council used brutal and unnecessary force against them, including some plain clothes Gardai. Cannisters of pepper spray were also waved at locals who were manhandled and handcuffed. One is currently being kept in Tallaght Hospital for observation of his injuries.

Aaron Nolan (aged 19, now in hospital):
“I was standing in front of Shane Donnelly when one of the uniformed police pulled me to the ground. I stood up and tried to get in front of Shane again. A stocky man, with a light blue hoody, who I thought was one of the protesters, grabbed me and pushed me against the wall. He then grabbed my head with his two hands and smashed my head against the wall. I fell on the ground and when I was on the ground, he choked me with his two hands. I was dazed and unable to stand as he handcuffed me.”

Embedded Video Description: Arrests in South Dublin County Council of peaceful protesters


mayo / environment Sunday January 20, 2013 00:05 by Niall Harnett
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Art - a Composite of Van Gogh's 'Exercise Yard'
& Munch's 'Scream' by Prisoner Mick Connors.
An insight into prison life in Ireland, namely Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon.

On 21st April 2010 I was convicted of assaulting a number of Gardaí in relation to Shell to Sea protests and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. Remission for good behaviour means that prisoners will have their sentences reduced by a quarter, once you keep your nose clean. I was given credit for 2 weeks time served previously in 2009, before I was bailed out pending my appeal.

So I spent 4 months in jail from April to August in the summer of 2010.

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galway_ttip_1.jpg imageGalway meeting highlights the insidious agenda of TTIP 21:38 Sat 24 Jan by IndyElf 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..

videoIrish Judges facing citizens' arrest..? Open Letter to President Higgins seeking Protection. 22:07 Tue 13 Jan by Integrity Ireland 3 comments

Integrity Ireland which was setup to expose and fight corruption in our legal
and justice system has written an Open Letter to President Higgins because of
the unprecedented obstalces and obstructions that they have encountered.

The open letter reproduced below is seeking the protection of the Presidential Office in the
event we have to arrest two of our most senior judges for criminal conspiracy on Friday January
30th next..

img_9955indymediaweb_5.png image34 countries, 17 states represented "100,000 Tweets for Oscar" Campaign Reaches over 500,000 people 15:36 Mon 12 Jan by Alejandro Luis Molina 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.

finalengolr100ktweet.png imageSocial Media Campaign on Oscar López Rivera’s Birthday. 14:50 Fri 02 Jan by Alejandro Luis Molina 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.

Ericson Acosta imageStrategic Stalemate attained by the Communist Party of the Philippines 11:10 Sun 21 Dec by Roxana Malaya 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).

textREBELLIONS IN NORTH AMERICA 19:47 Fri 19 Dec by Universal Revolution 0 comments

All around the world, the struggle against the State, against capitalism is a struggle against police, too. The killing of activist Rémy Fraisse in France, the kidnapping of the 43 students in Iguala (Mexico), the policial murder on Mike Brown and Eric Garner in USA, the arrest and torture against Nikos Romanos and another greek anarchists, the preventive attacks against the solidarity protest in London (Westfield shopping centre), and recent the prosecution/arrest of anarchists in Spain shows it. Since the beginning of November, there are social protests and riots in at least 21 countries, following the rebellion in North America.

Obs: we thanks a possible translation to Celtic/Irish/Gaeilge idiom for better diffusion for our brothers in Ireland/North Ireland.

textNo Justice – No Surprise! 17:39 Tue 09 Dec by Political Hostage 1 comments

Decision more jaundiced than judicial!

In the High Court today Justice Peter Kelly rejected Michael McKevitt's application to overturn the Minister of Justice’s refusal to grant him enhanced one-third remission.

textRNU force Stormont to ban water meters: A victory for the working class! 14:13 Fri 28 Nov by Rua 0 comments

RNU have forced Stormonts regional development minister to amend the law to ban water meters being installed.

ciaron_assange_g20.jpg imagevideoBrisbane G20 - Ciaron O'Reilly prohibited then arrested speaking out for Assange, Manning, Snowden 22:43 Sun 16 Nov by WISE Up Wales 6 comments

Policing for the G20 summit in Brisbane this past weekend was of overkill proportions. There was very little in the way of serious resistance, the Guardian reported that cops (6,000) outnumbered protesters and only 14 arrests were made. One of these was Irish-Australian Manning and Assange solidarity and anti-war activist Ciaron O'Reilly, who has been held in custody all weekend and will be brought before Brisbane Magistrates on Monday morning.

textG4S' shares fall down after an anti racist action 17:56 Wed 12 Nov by aa 2 comments

Today G4S has been victim of a fake press release spread in the name of the company, which made circulate the false rumour of a serious accountancy scandal concerning G4S. This false release induced G4S' shares to temporary fall down.

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imageClare Daly drafting Bill to outlaw hare coursing Jan 31 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland 3 comments

On the day that an alliance of animal welfare and conservation groups protested outside the office of main sponsor of the National Hare Coursing event, independent socialist TD for Dublin North, Clare Daly, confirmed that she was drafting a Bill to abolish the cruel so-called “sport” of hare coursing.

textThéorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaël Bakounine Jan 30 by Patrice Faubert 0 comments

Tout a été dit, maintenant il faut le faire...

textWill Syriza in Greece Be a Sell Out ? The Signs Are Not Looking Good. Jan 28 by T 6 comments

After the election victory of Syriza in Greece on Sunday 25th Jan, what are the chances they will implement their new anti-austerity programme and does this mean we can all follow their path. Is this a return of democracy -i.e. the will of the people. And can the rest of us follow them?

The short answer is seems to be no.

textIrish Political links to clandestine arms trade Jan 21 by Mick MacOmbe 0 comments

The Taoiseach ,The arms dealers ,his money and the Gulf war.The arrival of an obscure millionaire to Massbrook Pontoon Co Mayo in the later part of the last century was cloaked in secrecy. Across the lake of Lough Conn the home town of Charles Haughey and Enda Kenny ,Castlebar was to be the recruiting ground for one of the largest arms controversies in modern times and the key issue that led to the Gulf War.

Here is that story.

textBritish Conservatives' gaffe on Irish voting rights in UK Jan 20 by Nuala 0 comments

Conservative party clutching at straws in their desperation to avoid a hung parliament in May

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videoPDF DocumentLetter to Judicial Appointments Advisory Board and memebrs of the Irish Judiaciary Jan 28 Integrity Ireland 0 comments

Today we are publishing a copy of an open letter sent to the Judges of Ireland by Integrity Ireland relating to corruption in the legal system.

Dear JAAB / Courts Service Staff;

Please ensure that the attached email letter (also by recorded post) is
brought to the personal attention of each of the persons listed on page
3, and that the contents are made known to any and all Courts Service
Staff members, solicitors, barristers and Registrars, who may in any way
be implicated in facilitating the criminal activities as referenced
herein.

textThe Irish - British Military Training Agreement Jan 22 Celtic League 0 comments

Comparative review of the role of the Irish Army in peace-keeping overthe past 50 years and the British Army's counter-insurgency role in the same period often waged ruthlessly and with brutal consequences.

imageCampaign on the move: call for volunteers Jan 19 Dublin Suicide Prevention Campaign 2 comments

We are calling on volunteers to join the organisation's steering committee and campaign. All welcome.

textAction, Not Lip Service Needed on Hospital Crisis Jan 18 Workers Party 0 comments

Workers’ Party councillor Ted Tynan has said that it is time to replace two decades of lip-service on hospital overcrowding with immediate action to end the scandal of sick patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors and wards.

Cllr. Tynan said that the hospital trolley crisis, like the Winter Vomiting bug, had become an annual fixture and the stock answer from both the government and the HSE that it was a temporary crisis was an insult to the patients involved and their families.

textPeople Before Profit Condemn Malign Influence Of RPS On Waste Management Policy Jan 17 People Before Profit 0 comments

Brid Smith, a People Before Profit councillor, has condemned the role that RPS has been granted in the formulation of the Eastern–Midlands Draft Regional Waste Management Plan 2015-2021.

‘A draft waste plan was presented to Dublin City Councillors this morning which allows for greater centralisation in the management of waste.

‘The plan was based on research drawn up by the company RPS. This company has already had an undue influence in Irish policy making. Two of the directors of Irish Water have already come from this company.

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