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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Just on those weekend polls? 07:39 Thu Apr 24, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The European Election line-up in Dublin? 07:29 Thu Apr 24, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Water meter protests? 19:54 Wed Apr 23, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link A certain sort of cynicism 13:28 Wed Apr 23, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Too rich for his blood? and other election tales? 08:01 Wed Apr 23, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Refugee Studies Centre Short Course: Statelessness and International Law Mon Apr 21, 2014 14:15 | GuestPost

offsite link Open for Applications: LLM in International Human Rights in UCD Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:08 | Liam Thornton

offsite link UCD Seminar: The March to Marriage Equality in the U.S.: What a difference a Decade Makes! Thu Apr 17, 2014 09:29 | Liam Thornton

offsite link A Franco-Irish discussion on marriage equality at NUI Galway Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:34 | Eoin Daly

offsite link Is Corporation Tax A Human Rights Issue? Tue Apr 15, 2014 16:48 | Charles O'Mahony

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NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake

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

offsite link Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake

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MediaBite
A shot at bias in the media

offsite link Separating the News from the Noise Thu Apr 04, 2013 21:14

offsite link Blessed with nothing but good intentions Fri Feb 22, 2013 18:04

offsite link The Household Charge - How They Failed to Shape Our Perspectives Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:48

offsite link The web's political rainbow Wed Dec 07, 2011 09:47

offsite link The Forgotten Constituency: The Majority and The Irish Economic Crisis Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49

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national / anti-capitalism Sunday August 05, 2012 23:51 by wageslave
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The TBM comes a cropper at the crossroads

Shell has been trying to get a tunnel boring machine into place in Rossport. This feature will serve as a jump off point for information on the progress of the operation and the efforts of Shell to sea protesters. It will be updated with links to new posts on the subject as they come in. Please make your way down to rossport if you can.
UPDATED 14 DECEMBER!

international / anti-war Saturday July 21, 2012 21:51 by lefty
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Gene Sharp, harmless old man or cynical CIA asset?

Abstract: For most progressive activists, it is a given that the military-industrial complex is a clear and highly visible barrier to progressive social change. So it is particularly interesting to note that a number of groups involved in progressive activist education – which are held in high regard by activists – maintain strong links to military and political elites. One of the best known of these organisations is the US-based Albert Einstein Institution. This paper will provide a systematic analysis of the history of this Institution, and the key people associated with it, and demonstrate how their work is intimately linked to the international democracy-manipulating community – whose work is exemplified by the US-based National Endowment for Democracy, a group which is well-known for its support of the failed 2002 coup in Venezuela. This analysis will expose the crucial role such activist educators play in catalysing revolutions in countries deemed appropriative for regime change by transnational elites. In the light of the dubious nature of these educational activities, this paper will conclude by offering a number of suggestions for how concerned citizens and educators may counter the cynical (ab)use of activist education by political elites as a new and powerful tool of imperialism.

international / miscellaneous Wednesday July 11, 2012 13:24 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.
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Ex President Lugo

On 29th July we interviewed Fionuala Cregan on the Paraguayan crisis, its background and the Latin American context in which it takes place. She is based in Argentina and works with the Latin America Regional Office of Church World Service. She has also written for the Irish Times on Paraguay and has extensive research on the impact of agribusiness on Paraguayan peasants' lives. She has been a long term supporter of LASC. The views expressed here are her own. We hope that this interview will give a better insight into the developments in that country.

national / crime and justice Tuesday July 03, 2012 12:45 by One of NFI
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Greg tells it like it is to a captivated audience

"Is there a safe way to frack? Probably: but not profitably; and
certainly not within the geology of a little emerald isle. "

- Greg Palast, investigative Journalist



On the 20th of April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oilrig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven men instantly, then destroying 600 miles of coastline.On 9 September 2010, a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, burning eight to death, one of several recent pipeline explosions in the USA. In 1992, in Chicago, a gas pipe leaked and 18 houses exploded, incinerating three people. What do these deaths have to do with plans for “fracking” for natural gas in Ireland? Everything. It was my job to investigate these three explosions, the Deepwater Horizon and California explosions as a reporter for the UK news show Dispatches, the earliest as a US government investigator. In all three cases, the deaths were preceded by the same reassurances about the safety of drilling and piping that I read now in the debate about fracking in Ireland. First, the Deepwater Horizon. Eleven men died when the 'mud' – drilling cement meant to cap the wellhead – failed and methane gas blew out the top of the pipes and exploded. The Shannon Basin is not the Gulf of Mexico, but your safety will be just as dependent on Halliburton’s mud.

international / rights and freedoms 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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imageIndependents in Ireland Dare not Speak their Name 17:33 Wed 23 Apr by Justin Morahan 1 comments

There can be no Independents listed on Irish ballot papers although they are coming in at over 20% in the polls

textSupreme Court Hears Argentina Predatory Hedge Fund Discovery Case High Court Decision to Hear Broade... 18:00 Fri 18 Apr by Arielle Retrosi 0 comments

On Monday, the Supreme Court hears arguments between Argentina and holdouts who refused two debt restructuring deals after Argentina defaulted on its debts in 2001. The Supreme Court Justices will determine if predatory hedge fund, NML Capital can obtain information from US Banks that reveal Argentina's holdings in order to target those assets for debt payments. The Obama Administration is siding with Argentina in the case. In the summer, the Supreme Court will also decide if it will hear a much broader case between Argentina and the hedge funds that impacts extreme poverty, official US debt policy and country debt restructuring.

textHave Your Say in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan for 2016 -2022 12:32 Tue 15 Apr by 1 of Indymedia 0 comments

Buried in the DLC CC website is a notice inviting members of the public to have their say in the 2016 - 2022 development plan. These are types of plans throughout the country that have been shaped, influenced and manipulated by corrupt developers in the past and probably will continue to do so in the future.

The consultation period has already been in operation for over a month since March 19th and continues until May 14th.

This is the public chance to have their say. However DLR have been very coy about this and have given very little publicity about it. It appears you have to know about it in order to find out about it.

2014akbayanrhlaw.jpg imagePhilippines: Clerical Extremists, Timid Liberals, and the RH Debate 11:03 Mon 14 Apr by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) 0 comments

On the Supreme Court decision declaring the Reproductive Health Law constitutional

textIMF Annual Meetings Focus on High Debt Burdens and Global Inequality 20:54 Fri 11 Apr by Arielle Retrosi 0 comments

The annual International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings are focusing on the role of high debt burdens in both global economic recovery and increasing inequality. At the onset of the meetings, the G24 released an IMF statement noting that the IMF's failure to implement quota reform and the outcome of the US Supreme Court Argentina/NML Capital case impacts global inequality.

heartbleed.png imageThe latest HEARTBLEED OpenSSL bug 09:43 Fri 11 Apr by wageslave 0 comments

The false sense of security of the internet has been completely overturned by the latest security bug to be discovered. A bug in the popular OpenSSL library used by many of the most important and frequently used server sites on the net allows arbitrary chunks of memory to be read remotely from user machines and servers, possibly containing very sensitive data, user tokens, bank details, emails and passwords. What does all this mean and how did it happen and what can we do to protect ourselves?

beir_bua_screen.jpg imageBeir Bua 03:03 Mon 07 Apr by Dublin 32CSM 0 comments

April/May edition of the Beir Bus (Dublin)

guitar.jpg imageUnlawful Eviction In Shantalla 20:06 Sat 05 Apr by SHAC - Social Housing Action Co-op 2 comments

A Galway squat has recently been evicted. The property had been recently taken over by Bank of Scotland who are appointed KPMG as caretakers of the property.

charlo_2_small.jpg imageThe Gentrification Of Charlemont Street P.I 01:34 Mon 24 Mar by Nico 6 comments

The term ‘gentrification’ was coined in 1964 by sociologist – Ruth Glass. She defined it as a change in the social structure and housing market in working class areas. She explained – "One by one, many of the working class quarters have been invaded by the middle class - upper and lower ... Once this process of 'gentrification' starts in a district it goes on rapidly until all or most of the working class occupiers are displaced and the whole social character of the district is changed" (Glass, 1964, p.xvii).

tony_benn.jpg imageTony Benn RIP 10:54 Fri 14 Mar by v for vendetta 2 comments

Sadly, Tony Benn has died aged 88 "After the war people said, 'If you can plan for war, why can't you plan for peace?' When I was 17, I had a letter from the government saying, 'Dear Mr. Benn, will you turn up when you're 17 1/2? We'll give you free food, free clothes, free training, free accommodation, and two shillings, ten pence a day to just kill Germans.' People said, well, if you can have full employment to kill people, why in God's name couldn't you have full employment and good schools, good hospitals, good houses?" -Tony Benn (1925-2014):

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textUkraine and German imperialism. Apr 22 by john throne 0 comments

German imperialism was left in an extremely weakened state militarily after world war 2. It depended on US imperialism and its stooges to help it stand against Stalinism. With the collapse of Stalinism it sought peace and friendly relations with the new Russian power. Within this umbrella its economic power flourished. This is now threatened. So also is the entire stability of Europe. the stupidity of US imperialism as its thrashes about in its death those is no help.

See the article below.

imageProtest at Dublin Castle to highlight shameful exemptions for bloodsports in Animal Welfare Act! Apr 20 by End Bloodsports in Ireland 2 comments

When: Friday, 16th May 2014 from 12 midday to 2pm
Where: Outside the Dame Street entrance to Dublin Castle

textSAVE OUR SEA TROUT : STOP INDUSTRIAL SALMON CAGES IN GALWAY BAY Apr 20 by george unthank 0 comments

If the industrial salmon cages are permitted to be located in Galway , the sea trout and wild salmon are impaired.
Evidence adduced by gargan et al show unequivocal evidence of louse infestation on returning fish ( to spawn) to be attributable to the proximity of returning wild fish . The closer the salmon cages are located to the swim paths of the fish , the more the infestation of lice on the wild fish

textSpotlight on Gardai in controversial trial. Apr 19 by Mark White 0 comments

Please allow me an opportunity through your site to comment on the interesting I.Green article (31st March 2014) on Garda corruption. While the article deals with a number of cases I will focus on one case in particular, which is less likely to get mentioned during all the present hype into the endless Garda tapes debacle. In my view the case of Michael Mc Kevitt is equally, if not more significant, regarding corrupt activity by some members of the Gardai. Evidently misdemeanours by certain individuals throughout the Mc Kevitt case were endemic. Fearful of the reverberations it is very unlikely that the state would permit the case to be reopened.

textDissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. Apr 19 by Anthony Ravlich 0 comments

Repost (correction). Dissent within human rights groups grows after article Profound Arrogance at UN, the latter virtually seeing themselves as God when reinventing the UDHR to emphasize elite interests rather than individual rights.

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textNew Peatlands Strategy conflicts with climate change agreements Apr 23 0 comments

In a submission to the National Peatlands Strategy, Friends of the Irish Environment have pointed out that total emissions from our bogs are of the same scale as total emissions from the transport sector.

However, the authors write that ‘the importance of our peatlands for the climate is not correctly acknowledged by the draft Strategy. As a result the draft Strategy fails to integrate with climate change policy and indeed is in conflict with Ireland's obligations under the UNFCCC.’

text98th Easter 1916 Commemoration - Cork Apr 22 Republican SINN FÉIN Poblachtach - Cork 0 comments

The 98th Easter 1916 Commemoration took place in St. Finbarrs Cemetery on Sunday 20th April.

As 2014 is the hundred anniversary of the foundational of Cumann na mBan, they were given the honour of carrying the Tri-Colour, with another proudly flying the Cumann na mBan flag in the Colour party.

textEaster Statement from the Republican Movement Cork Apr 19 Sinn Féin Poblachtach - Cork 1 comments

ON this the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic the Republican Movement Cork sends greetings to members, supporters and friends assembled at the graves and monuments of our patriot dead.

videoCllr. Kieran McCarthy's Community Talent Competition Apr 17 RSVP 0 comments

Children’s talent competition sponsored by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy. A panel of professionals in the arts make this an enriching and rewarding experience for the children involved. RSVP produce this non-profit event; ‘We believe that growth and transformation in society is affected positively by respecting our young people’s creative skills in this way, our vision for the event is one of encouraging our young people to be the best that they can be.’ €6 entry fee.

textIMF World Economic Outlook: Economy Improves for Some as Inequality Persists Apr 10 0 comments

Debt Restructuring Process Discussed by IMF and G20

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