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offsite link Of Tankies, Trots and Social Democrats Thu May 12, 2016 23:41 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Avatars of the Advanced-Capitalist Psyche – Capitain America: Civil War Mon May 09, 2016 00:07 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien

offsite link The Bern Manifesto: Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders Wed Jan 27, 2016 23:59 | Jerome Nikolai Warren

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Broadcaster George Hook accuses politicians of tax evasion

offsite link The toxic link between police and politics Anthony

offsite link The cesspool that is Irish politics Anthony

offsite link Finian McGrath cashes in his principles Anthony

offsite link Vincent Browne: Blind to what’s coming down the road Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Kiev Junta?s victims sue Ukraine for hundreds of millions in ECHR, by Scott Tue May 24, 2016 23:50 | Scott
Ukraine SITREP May 25, 2016   Since the beginning of the week the biggest news has been information released by Vladimir Markin, Head of Media Department of the Investigative Committee

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria & Iraq, May 24, 2016 (+ funny article!) Tue May 24, 2016 18:00 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/international-... Addendum: check out this funny article too: https://southfront.org/southfront-is-... Note by the Saker: as a longtime wannabe “Putin agent” I am jealous of SouthFront!  Considering the superb performance of the

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/05/24 ? Open Thread Tue May 24, 2016 15:00 | Herb Swanson
2016/05/24 14:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war Tue May 24, 2016 14:52 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar for RT So foreign ministers from the 28 NATO member-nations met in Brussels for a two-day summit, while mighty military power Montenegro was inducted as a new

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria, May 23, 2016 Tue May 24, 2016 04:23 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/international-...

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Minority Government, Human Rights, and the Opportunity for Constitutional Dialogue Fri May 06, 2016 11:36 | Ntina Tzouvala

offsite link Intensifying the glare of the United Nations? spotlight Wed May 04, 2016 06:46 | GuestPost

offsite link PhD studentships at DCU Fri Apr 29, 2016 17:15 | Eoin Daly

offsite link The Role of Sport in the Recognition of Transgender and Intersex Rights Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:54 | Eoin Daly

offsite link Call for Papers: ?International and Comparative Law in the 21st Century: Lessons learned?? Wed Mar 23, 2016 17:58 | GuestPost

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international / rights, freedoms and repression 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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national / anti-capitalism Tuesday May 29, 2012 22:31 by wageslave
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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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international / rights, freedoms and repression Tuesday May 22, 2012 20:57 by Sean Clinton
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Nuclear armed and funded by diamonds

As the leaders of the global diamond industry gathered in Vicenza, Italy for the annual meeting of the World Diamond Council, Palestinians remained trapped in a surreal nightmarish existence under the cosh of a diamond-funded, nuclear-armed belligerent regime: "The Israeli forces used [taser guns] and I have bruises on my arms and legs. I saw them open a protester's mouth by force and spit in it, and they spit in my face as well. While being under custody, a police officer of Ramle district addressed both me and another female activist while being cuffed with verbal sexual harassment, threatening to rape us. I have to admit I burst in tears ."

international / rights, freedoms and repression Wednesday April 25, 2012 16:37 by Cormac Mac Gall
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Basque trade union barricade during general strike in March

A political struggle in a European nation of less than three million, largely ignored by other socialists in Europe, has nevertheless come to the fore in the capitalist media repeatedly since the late 1960s. This has been largely as a result of the the Basque people’s struggle for socialism and independence from the Spanish and French states, a struggle led for decades by Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, the marxist armed organisation better known by its acronym, ETA. The organisation reawakened Basque national consciousness, has worked with others for the restoration of Euskara, the Basque language, organised Basque workers and faced the repression of the General Franco dictatorship in the Spanish state. Famously, in 1973 it assassinated the Prime Minister of the state, Admiral Carrero Blanco, Franco’s right-hand man, which hastened the fragmentation of the dictatorship and its passage to partial democracy.

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all_income_gone_on_rent_spark.jpg imageDublin Tenants Association are launching a campaign for rent controls and security of tenure 22:26 Mon 16 May by SPARK 0 comments

Dublin Tenants Association are launching a campaign for rent controls and security of tenure, to coincide with their submission to the Oireachtas housing committee.

They are asking people to submit photos (anonymous) of themselves with a short sign telling people about their stories from the private rental sector. See attached example.

imagevideoFracking arrives on the island of Ireland 15:00 Mon 16 May by Anti-fracker 2 comments

Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus in County Antrim has become the site of the first operational fracking rig on the island of Ireland. On Monday 16 May InfraStrata PLC began to drill, seeking to confirm a viable oil find which will pave the way for large scale extraction. Community campaigners continue to resist and all support is welcome on the site to stop the drilling while one local mounts a legal challenge.

Margaretta D'Arcy with Connolly Show citizen actors imageConnolly’s history has not passed. 19:24 Sat 14 May by Jake Arden 0 comments

100 years ago, if a Dublin Castle tout had entered the Connolly Books building on Essex Street, Temple Bar, he would have been quids in. Sitting hugger mugger around a huge table in the centre of the room are more than 20 of the most subversive characters in Ireland, spouting socialist verse and preaching revolution and rebellion. They include communists, trotskyists, anarchists, republicans, trade unionists, anti-austerity activists, pacifists, militant feminists, internationalists, environmentalists, ex political prisoners, independent TDs, writers, poets, singers, artists, and actors. They have banded together in one bold adventure: to read, over a series of lunchtimes, the entire, epic, 24-hour Non Stop Connolly Show.

imagevideoTDs & Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin demand end to water meter installation & political policing as two... 22:28 Wed 11 May by cd 2 comments

A cross party group of TDs have expressed concern at the jailing of two political activists, Sean Doyle and Eamonn McGrath. Both men have been remanded in custody until the 21st of May and 24th of June respectively for taking part in a peaceful protest in Kilcoole. Sean was arrested after being assaulted by an individual in front of Gardai while his attacker went unpunished. The same attacker then viciously pushed a woman to the ground. The Gardaí present saw fit to arrest the protesters for trespass while they gently escorted the assailant away. No charges have been brought against this man. The continuation of the political policing of the Irish Water protests exposes the Garda, yet again, as a force used to protect the status quo at the expense of ordinary people.

nscs_flyer_facebook.png imagevideoThe Non Stop Connolly Show 11:38 Sun 08 May by Jake Arden 0 comments

In Dublin’s Temple Bar, within gunshot of the General Post Office, a diverse band of Irish citizen actors are planning to strike a blow against war and imperialism and for Irish freedom. This is not a costumed re-enactment of the 1916 Easter Rising but an act of contemporary revolutionary theatre, where the audience for the epic 1970s play the Non Stop Connolly Show, by Margaretta D’Arcy and John Arden, become the cast. Each lunchtime between 27 April and 12 May, volunteers muster at Connolly Books to take reading parts in the play which covers the life, struggles and death of James Connolly. Not only has the fourth wall been broken down, but the spirit of text has spurred solidarity action by the players in support of Maura Harrington, jailed in Mountjoy on Friday for her opposition to Shell’s rape of the the West of Ireland countryside.

dutertegunsvigilantehumanrights.jpg imagePhilippines: The Duterte Phenomenon and our attitude towards it 08:31 Sat 07 May by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM) 0 comments

Like it or not, Rodrigo Duterte has been leading the presidential polls in successive surveys.

anti_eviction_task_force.jpg imageAnti Eviction Task Force stage protest at Limerick Court where 170 home evictions were planned. 21:09 Fri 06 May by aetf 0 comments

Today in Limerick Court, the Irish state on behalf of capitalism and property in favour of its own citizens
and the original ideals of the 1916 proclamation, was planning to use the resource of the state to
carry out 170 home evications throwing potentially hundreds more citizens onto the streets.

textSocial Democracy and the genocide of catholics 19:17 Tue 03 May by Mack MacThomais 0 comments

Recenly the emergence of a "new party" in Ireland made headlines, however social democracy is not new whatsoever. The legacy of this idealogy has left millions dead across the world however this article will focus on its impact in Mexico and how the Irish government were the only government in the world at the time to break off diplomatic relations with Mexico and its social democracy policies.

textNetherlands systematically violating rights of children 00:07 Mon 02 May by Dhjana 0 comments

Weekly police raids, harsh living conditions, constant threaths of violence, arrest and detention by authorities, these are just some of the things that more than a thousand children in the Netherlands have to deal with. As part of refugee families whose asylum application has been turned down by the Dutch state, these children live in family camps spread over the country. Even though in the last years different organizations have campaigned against these human right violations and studies have pointed out the intense emotional harm these children face, the Dutch state has done nothing but building a new prison for refugee families who are about to be deported. At this point several families have formed a collective with political activists. Next to local demonstrations at the family camps, they call out for international support to pressure the Dutch state to end the violations of the children’s rights and those of their families.

2rodrigodutertekaparagocppnpa.jpg imagePhilippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s One-Man Revolution and the CPP 07:29 Sun 24 Apr by Chanco CJ 0 comments

Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian vision is no way forward for the Philippines.

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textIreland: Left victories: What now? May 16 by Sean O'Torain 0 comments

In the recent elections north and south there have been a number of candidates elected who have stood on an anti capitalist platform. This article here tries to put forward a strategy how these forces could work together to engage more with the mass of the working class north and south and build a mass anti capitalist movement in ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

textThe Anti-Water Charges May 09 by Paddy Hackett 0 comments

All taxation is bourgeois!

textFree Trade Agreements, Tariffs and Tax Reductions: Apr 12 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 0 comments

Big capital has constantly decreased its contribution to the state – creating a gap in the state’s coffers which is then filled by more and varied taxes on ordinary people – ultimately shrinking the very market big capital needs to sell its increased production of goods.

text10 Reasons Irish People in the North of Ireland, & Britain, Should Vote "Leave" Apr 12 by Anthony Coughlan 0 comments

On 22 January the Financial Times reported that Goldman Sachs, Wall Street, was donating £500,000 towards the anti-Brexit campaign in Britain. This is the same Goldman Sachs as is behind the threatened Tyrrelstown evictions in Dublin.

textOberlin College Comes Under Hostile Attack from Israeli-Firster Websites Apr 11 by Will Be Gnome 0 comments

Recently David Gerstman of the Tower Blog (actually called “The Israel Project’s The Tower blog”) attacked the entire liberal arts Oberlin campus in Ohio as being lax on anti-Semitism because he doesn’t like what “one” of the college’s assistant professors wrote on her own personal face book page. Ironically Joy Karega, the alleged anti-Semite, was not really criticizing Jews in general, per se, but mostly what can be defined as some dirty politics of the State of Israel that is terrorist in nature. But conflating criticism of Zionists as supposed to mean anti-Semitism in general is what many propagandists are deliberately trying to d0—confuse various forms of debate in order to create a freeze on any negative criticism of the Zionist project in Israel as State for Jews or their Zionist influence here in America.

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textNational Parks And Wildlife Service Powerless To Stop Wildlife Destruction In Protected Areas May 18 Friends of the Irish Environment 1 comments

The National Parks and Wildlife Service [NPWS] does not have the power to stop the Forest Service permitting forestry felling during the breeding season, even in an area designated for protection under European law.

This has emerged in controversy over the felling of trees at Castleforbes Estate, County Longford, where the local NPWS staff’s request for permission to stop the felling was denied by the Regional Manager of NPWS, who stated that ‘NPWS cannot stop such works and that is in the remit of the Forest Service.’

textPeople Before Profit hit out at ‘cloak and dagger’ drilling that could lead to fracking May 15 People Before Profit 0 comments

MLA and TD hit out at ‘cloak and dagger’ tactic by authorities in allowing this drill to take place; implications for South

People Before Profit to move Bill to ban fracking in the Dáil once it resumes


People Before Profit MLA, Gerry Carroll and TD, Richard Boyd Barrett condemn moves to initiate fracking in Co Antrim and warned if test drills go ahead it could open the door for fracking North and South. The statement comes after NI Water’s decision to allow Infrastrata to begin drilling for oil just 380 metres away from Woodburn reservoir in Co Antrim. This could lead to UK company, Tramboran, attempting to drill in Fermanagh, which in turn, could lead to fracking in Leitrim and Cavan.

textDeath Of Brids Decried After Tree Felling . Dept of Agriculture accused of Double Standards May 14 Friends of the Irish Environment 0 comments

The environmental group friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have published on their website photographs of young birds killed in their nests by tree felling during this bird’s breeding season at a County Longford estate.

An investigation into felling at Castleforbes Estate County Longford by the Forest Service after a complaint from FIE in early April confirmed reports of the great spotted woodpecker drumming in the woods scheduled for felling but officials refused to halt the work because no nests were found. Other bird recorded in the Castleforbes Estate include the owl and the kestrel, harrier, and the cuckoo[TL1] . The badger, fox, pine martin, hedgehog, stoat and red squirrel are also present, the latter returning and flourishing only in the last 10 years.

imageShell to Sea Spokesperson Jailed for E300 fine as Millions roll in for Corrib Gas May 07 Shell to Sea 3 comments

Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington was arrested in Belmullet on Friday afternoon and jailed for 10 days in Mountjoy prison for the non-payment of a court fine of E300.
It is thought that the jailing relates to a 2012 protest attempting to block construction of the disputed development.

imageNakba Week: BADIL speaking tour on Palestinian refugees (9 – 14 May) May 06 Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign 0 comments

To mark Nakba Day 2016 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to present a speaking tour with Lubna Shomali and Nidal Al-Azzah from BADIL, Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights.

They will tour Ireland from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th May.

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