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international / anti-war / imperialism Dé Sathairn Iúil 21, 2012 21:51 bylefty
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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 Dé Céadaoin Iúil 11, 2012 13:24 byJosé 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 Dé Máirt Iúil 03, 2012 12:45 byOne 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 Dé hAoine Meitheamh 22, 2012 02:41 byEmma 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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national / anti-capitalism Dé Máirt Bealtaine 29, 2012 22:31 bywageslave
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Come up to Rossport this June weekend

The seventh annual Rossport Solidarity Camp gathering is taking place in Erris, Co. Mayo from the 1st-4th June. You are invited to take part in workshops/discussions, skillshares, music and fun!

Come up to Mayo this June bank holiday!

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irish_panda_wheelie_bin_wikicommons_derivative_image.jpg imageFG & Labour announce Householders to Pay for Recycling 22:44 Luan 01 Feabh by T 1 comments

If there was ever a way to discourage recycling it is to charge for it. But there is more to this story. Way back during the Bin Tax campaign it was said that the original plan was to charge for recycling and all along the plan was to send most of the recycling material like paper, cardboard and plastic to feed the huge incinerator then planned for Dublin.

This €600 million incinerator is now being built after it was forced on the people of Dublin by the former chairman of Dublin City Council John Tierney in the most undemocratic and secretive way and completely against all the councillors. This incinerator needs to be fed huge amounts of burnable material to keep it 'profitable'. It was sized for 600,000 tonnes which is more than all waste from Dublin. Tierney of course signed a lucrative deal with the incinerator operators Covanta whereby the council will make up the gap financially if they don't get enough material to feed into the monster. Now the dots have joined up and we can be sure that this announcement to start charging for recycling in July 2016 is very much connected with this since the incinerator will start operating early in 2017.

textOpen Letter to US Ambassador in Dublin 18:21 Déar 21 Ean by Justin Morahan 9 comments

Mary-Anne Grady Flores a grandmother from upper State New York was jailed for six months and started her sentence on Tuesday last for taking pictures of an anti-drone protest. The letter below has been sent to the US Ambassador along with the Democracy Now account of the jailing

textBrazil: Censorship on internet 22:55 Máirt 12 Ean by Emilio José Lemos de Lima 0 comments

Brazilian blogger accuses senator of commanding the invasion of his computing systems and of harassment.
Brazil: Censorship on the Internet

0lumadschoolcppnpakarapatan_.jpg imageMindanao, Philippines: Stop ‘Lumad’ killings, harassment - UN 06:26 Domh 10 Ean by Nancy Carvajal 0 comments

Killings and harassment of the Lumad, or the indigenous people (IP), should stop and those accountable should be brought to justice, according to Ola Almgren, the UN country representative and humanitarian coordinator.

videoLISTEN Irish school girl stuns music world with brilliant charity song Freedom Day 18:32 Máirt 05 Ean by Redshoedancer 0 comments

A 16-year-old girl has stunned the music industry in Ireland with a brilliant song called Freedom Day, which highlights the suffering of thousands of children facing poverty and oppression across the world.

Róisin Seoighe won a contest organised by the charity PREDA with a song called Freedom Day. Irish singer Damien Dempsey admitted to being overcome with emotion “because this young song writer truly connected with the plight of the children”.

textPortrait of an Irish Republican 00:51 Domh 20 Noll by Michael Steinberg 0 comments

The author's account of his visit to the North of Ireland in 1985, on the occasion of its 3oth anniversary;

2015climatejusticephilippines.jpg imagePhilippines: Climate Focus - Time to act is now on energy transformation 04:59 Déar 10 Noll by Gerry Arances (PMCJ) 0 comments

What could possibly be so urgent and life-threatening to drive leaders of people from a small and barely reachable island off the coast of Mindoro to leave their homes and travel 285 kilometers by land and sea over the period of five days just to reach Metro Manila? On November 27, a day before the biggest climate justice march in the country, they have reach the Presidential Palace.

textThe Empire scores two victories in South America - Venezuela and Argentina 01:00 Céad 09 Noll by 1 of Indymedia 1 comments

In the recent elections in Venezuela the right wing opposition long backed by Washington has secured a majority by winning 107 out of 167 seats. This is the first time since the early days of deceased former president Chavez rose to power that the right has had control of the parliament.

This allows them to to remove ministers from the presidential cabinet. Had they won 111 seats, they would have been enough power in the legislative body to dismiss Supreme Court Judges, reform the Constitution and convoke a recall referendum of the national executive without having collected the minimum quota of signatures required by the Bolivarian Constitution. It is likely they will try this anyhow.

In the second victory for the empire, the neo-liberal right wing got back into power in Argentina just two weeks ago in late November with the election of right-wing candidate Mauricio Macri from one of the country's richest families

textIndymedia UK Servers Down 16:29 Domh 06 Noll by Indymedia Uk User 0 comments

ADMINS: - Indymedia UK has been offline since yesterday.

Please let them know, so they can get it fixed.

videoIrish government wastes over 1 million euro on pointless and biased study of fracking 07:37 Déar 03 Noll by Frackture 0 comments

Irish government wastes over 1 million euro on biased fracking study
in spite of world oil prices rendering fracking itself as nothing
but a major loss making and pointless exercise.

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textThe West Is Being Reduced To Looting Itself Feabh 01 by PCRfan 0 comments

Paul Craig Roberts clearly outlines the systematic way western financial institutions and the IMF have traditionally looted the third world and now, having exhausted that process, have turned to looting other western countries such as Ireland, Greece, Portugal, and more recently, Spain and Italy.

imageProtest against National Hare Coursing "Festival" in Ireland Feabh 01 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland 2 comments

As the three-day so-called “National Hare Coursing Festival” opens today at Powerstown Park, Clonmel, County Tipperary, CACS and other animal protection campaign groups protested outside the venue where captured hares were forced to run from hyped-up greyhounds.

textElections 2016 Ean 29 by Con Carroll 0 comments

For many the knock on the door, hello sorry to disturb you, I'm canvassing for the bimbo party hoping you will consider to give us your no, 1 vote. the children have to be fed, the dog is barking. jumping over and open gates to put the leaflet through. jaysus we are great

textUtilitarianism and Irish Left Ean 22 by Paddy Hackett 5 comments

Utilitarianism is the hidden basis for the moral and philosophical basis of much of the Irish Left

textBe warned – 'The Revolution Papers' is an all-male baby! Ean 18 by Billy Fitzpatrick 0 comments

The level of involvement by women in the 1916 Rising is historically unprecedented. This is recognised and welcomed in the Proclamation. The Rising, and the Proclamation which attempted to explain it, is of international significance.

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textElection Candidates Asked to Pledge Themselves to Peace Feabh 02 Shannonwatch 1 comments

Press Release - 2nd Feb 2016 - Election Candidates Asked to Pledge Themselves to Peace

Five organisations have come together to call on general election candidates to commit to ending the US military use of Shannon Airport. In a joint initiative, Shannonwatch, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM), Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) and Veterans for Peace (VfP) Ireland are all calling for candidates and parties to bar military traffic from any country involved in war from landing on Irish soil or from using Irish airspace.

textCongressional Hearing Examines Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Feabh 02 Jubilee USA 0 comments

The US House of Representatives held its second hearing on Puerto Rico's debt crisis this year. The hearing focused on potential legislative solutions including bankruptcy protection and an economic oversight board.

imageThe 7th Edition of First Cut Youth Film Festival - Call for Entries! Feabh 01 First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2016 0 comments

While currently young filmmakers are being sought for a festival and short films are pouring in, the festival organisers are busily planning an exciting programme of screenings, Q&A's, discussions and workshops for this year's festival.

There are 7 categories; Animation, Fictional Shorts, Music Video, Short Shorts ‘one minute wonders’, Documentary, Schools and Third Level

First Cut! would also like to announce YMVA, Young Music Video Award, Competition 2016!

The First Cut! Youth Film Festival is thrilled to announce it has teamed up with Brendan Canty – Feel Good Lost to give young up-and-coming filmmakers under the age of 24 the chance to make a music video with mentorship from the film director. The Feel Good Lost Hozier ‘Take me to Church’ video, shot on a shoestring budget, garnered millions of Internet 'hits' and rave reviews from critics all over the world. The 'Feel Good Lost' production company is now considered one of the world's most exciting up-and-coming film firms.

So if you’ve ever wanted to gain a fantastic insight into the world of Music Video Filmmaking and have a chance to work with the best then watch this space!

Deadline for Submissions: Feb 12th 2016

imageProminent foxhunt supporter pleads guilty to assaulting two Kilkenny farmers… Ean 25 1 comments

High Profile foxhunter caught redhanded assaulting two farmers...dramatic video footage exposes bullying and thuggery!

imageattachmentUrging a high turnout at Saturday’s Right2Water protests, Campaign says household Water Charges are ... Ean 20 Right2Water 0 comments

The Right2Water campaign said today (Wednesday January 20th) that water charges are being used to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest in our society. Pointing out that households only use 10 percent of water but are now expected to pay up to 78 percent of all costs while corporations and agriculture use 90 percent of all water but will only pay 22 percent of the costs, Right2Water said that water charges amount to a ‘transfer of wealth’.

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