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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Systems Failure: The Fennelly Commission and Responsible Government in Ireland Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:23 | Darren O'Donovan

offsite link UCC CCJHR: Helena Kennedy, ?Securing Justice in an Unjust World? 10 Sept 2015 Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:34 | admin

offsite link Europe?s Shared Burden: Collective Responsibility for Migrants at Sea, UCD 9th-10th Oct 2015 Wed Aug 19, 2015 14:20 | admin

offsite link Just Published: The ECHR Act 2003 and EUCFR in Irish Courts 2003-2014 Tue Aug 04, 2015 16:29 | Liam Thornton

offsite link Abortion Law in Northern Ireland ? Change at Last? Wed Jul 29, 2015 08:05 | GuestPost

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Leftlistastic: 10 ?Best? Irish left politicians! Past or present? 18:33 Wed Sep 02, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link That post-conflict resolution? 12:17 Wed Sep 02, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Unintended consequence 10:10 Wed Sep 02, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Right2Change 08:52 Wed Sep 02, 2015 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link What you want to say ? 2nd September 2015 03:06 Wed Sep 02, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

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

offsite link FIANNA FÁIL AND THE BANK INQUIRY : SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS 21:04 Mon Jan 12, 2015

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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 / imperialism 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, freedoms and repression Friday June 22, 2012 02:41 by Emma Purdy
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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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textNumber of Adverse Reaction Reports for the HPV Vaccine Gardasil double those of the second most repo... 01:31 Wed 12 Aug by Martin o' Héalaigh 9 comments

An analysis of the reports revealed that the number of Adverse Reaction Reports for the HPV Vaccine Gardasil (839 reports) are almost double those of the second most reported injection (the '4-in-1' shot with 428 reports) over a 5 year period.

textTeenage girls suffering health effects of HPV vaccine ending up in psychiatric wards 01:24 Wed 12 Aug by Mairtin o H'ealaigh 3 comments

Regret.ie has published personal testimony from one 15 year old girl from Dublin.
She is not the only one..

textCyprus IndyMedia computers seized illegally by Police; members interrogated and harassed 13:03 Thu 06 Aug by Editorial Collective 0 comments

State repression of IndyMedia by the Government of Cyprus

Terence Conway speaking at the launch imageKillarney Library exhibition on experiences of challenging the Corrib Gas Project 09:10 Fri 03 Jul by Eoin 2 comments

On Tuesday 23rd June, the exhibition "If I could say one thing to other communities" was launched in the Killarney Public Library which focuses on peoples with experiences of challenging the Corrib Gas Project. The exhibition will run until Saturday 4th July.

Click on image to see full resolution imagePro Fracking Lobbying In Germany -People Map showing how they influence politicians, media and shape... 12:10 Tue 30 Jun by Anti-fracking 0 comments

This report from FrackingFreeIreland comes from a campaigner from Germany who decided to build a people map of the pro fracking lobby in Germany. The links he uncovered and the techniques have a lot to say about all other issues and how many of the most undemocratic practices are pushed forward. The principle used applies not just in Germany but is widespread including here in Ireland.

Campaigner from Germany
I have done a new graphic on all these lobby and pr firms trying to
manage public perception in Germany.

textMexican navy in uniform invade Dublin 21:10 Wed 17 Jun by author 4 comments

About 6 uniformed naval officers in complete uniform walked Grafton street around 21.00 hours on the 17th of June 2015.
They went into Mc D. Grafton street.

textThree Cases of Very Rare Blood Disorder Reported after Gardasil Vaccination..In One Week! 22:01 Mon 15 Jun by Martin Healy 11 comments

The REGRET Group recently received a list of all the adverse reactions
reported to the Irish Health Regulatory Authority (HPRA) following
vaccination with the HPV vaccine Gardasil.

image"Fast Track" Hurdles and Development Concerns Remain‎ After House Trade Votes 21:41 Fri 12 Jun by Sophia Har 1 comments

A package of trade bills stalled today when the US House of Representatives defeated one portion of the package while voting in favor of another. Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program to assist US workers who lose their jobs because of trade agreements, failed by a vote of 302-126. This worker assistance is part of the Trade Act of 2015 which would give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to move international trade agreements through Congress without amendment. Congress must pass trade assistance within two remaining legislative days in order for TPA or "fast track" to be sent to President Obama's desk.

2015warinmindanao.jpg imageVarious Groups in the Philippines Conduct a Peace March 14:42 Fri 05 Jun by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) 0 comments

Various groups unite and conducted a peace march from Sandiganbayan to the House of Representatives in support of the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and for lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao.

poland_vs_ttip.jpg imagevideoCommission defends inclusion of Health in EU-US TTIP trade talks 23:29 Mon 01 Jun by No to TTIP 1 comments

The EU's negotiating team for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) met with civil society organisations inside the Commission on Wednesday (27 May) to defend the inclusion of the health sector in the trade deal.

In Europe, universal healthcare is a source of national pride, as well as a constant subject of debate. So, the inclusion of a healthcare chapter in TTIP has triggered heated reactions from health NGOs and trade unions, who are wary of an American-style liberalisation of a heavily regulated sector.

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textRemembering Everyone Killed by Military Aircraft Aug 26 by shannonwatch 5 comments

The vintage Hawker Hunter fighter plane that crashed on to a busy roadway during an air show in Shoreham, Sussex on 22 August also performed at recent air shows in Ireland at Shannon, Bray and Foynes. Between them these were attended by up to 150,000 people.

imageIreland: Obesity, the “Western Diet” and the Global Food Challenge Aug 23 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 0 comments

Recent reports have suggested that Ireland is set to become the most obese country in Europe.

imageLost in Limbo: Aug 18 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 comments

On 5th of August 2015 the Irish Navy ship LÉ Niamh was sent to help an overcrowded vessel about 25 miles off the Libyan coast. As two rigid inflatable boats (Ribs) from the LÉ Niamh approached they signaled to the people to stay where they were so that life jackets could be given out.

However, according to Capt Dave Barry: “Whatever happened, a number rushed to one side, and it capsized and sank in a couple of minutes”.

A total of 367 survivors and 25 bodies were taken to the Sicilian port of Palermo.

Up to 700 people were believed to have been on board.

textTel Aviv sur Seine/Promotion of bloody Israeli occupation of Palestine Aug 15 by Astrid Essed 0 comments

Recently, due to a joint cooperation of the Tel Aviv and Paris municipal government, a section of river bank in Paris was
turned into “Tel Aviv sur Seine” , complete with falafel stands
and “Israeli nightlife. Of course in order to promote Israel. No promotion of a 48 years occupation power with as ´´falafel´´
the Gaza Blockade and as ´´nightlife´´bombings of Gaza and shooting of Palestinian children. On the Gaza beach.

imageDon't let the leaving cert results get you down Aug 11 by By Wayne Flanagan Tobin (personal capacity nb) 0 comments

DSPP provides some useful tips for young people who may feel stressed after tomorrow's results for young people. This article is solely associated with Dublin Suicide Prevention Project and our policy towards young people and not any other associations (Professional, family or other) that that founders Mary Cullinane or Wayne F. Tobin may have. It is merely advice to young people from a personal perspective in line with DSSP guidelines. Thank-you

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textBord Na Mona Challenged over Peat Extraction Aug 17 0 comments

Bord na Mona’s right to extract peat for horticultural use is being challenged by an environmental group.

Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have written to Offaly County Council stating that ‘unauthorised development has been, is being and may continue to be carried out near Derrinboy, Co. Offaly, comprising the drainage of peatland and extraction of peat without planning permission or environmental impact assessment.’

The site, located north of Birr, is more than 200 hectares in size. It was previously an Area of Scientific Interest and a proposed Natural Heritage Area.

textRelease ordered of Bantry Bay salmon farm accident report Jul 29 Friends of the Irish Environment 0 comments

The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an 'internal communication' and that the public ‘interest would not be served by the disclosure’.

In its appeal to the Information Commissioner, FIE claimed the release is ‘a matter of extreme public importance not only in the light of the circumstances of the Gerahies incident, but also because of the failure of the Department to carry out its regulatory functions properly in ensuring compliance with aquaculture licensing conditions aimed at preventing the escape of fish.’

textShannon Air Show Ignores Airport’s Involvement in War Jul 15 0 comments

As Shannon Airport prepares to stage an air show on July 18th to celebrate its achievements in the world of aviation, peace groups in Ireland issue a reminder that its recent history is not one to be proud of. Since 2001 the airport has been used by the US military as a gateway to wars in the Middle East. These wars have resulted in the death of innocent men, women and children, left millions of people homeless, and destroyed communities and entire countries.

imageTribute to Comrade Leoncio Pitao (Commander Parago) Jul 12 0 comments

I join the Filipino people, the people’s revolutionary government, the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the revolutionary mass organizations and other revolutionary forces in mourning the death of Comrade Leoncio Pitao (Commander Parago) and in celebrating his achievements from the time he joined the NPA in 1978 until his martyrdom yesterday on June 28, 2015.

imageAhead of the European Parliament's vote on resolution: European Stop TTIP alliance sends open letter Jul 05 0 comments

The European Parliament is about to make another attempt to pass a resolution on the EU-US trade deal TTIP this Wednesday. Ahead of this critical vote, an alliance of over 480 organisations from across Europe is calling on MEPs to take the strong resistance from citizens seriously. 2.3 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative that calls for an end of the TTIP negotiations. All MEPs today received the following letter in their native language, signed by the Stop TTIP organisations in their respective country:

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