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A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Operation Euphrates Shield Undermines Kurdish Hopes for Autonomy in Syria Thu Aug 25, 2016 23:32 | The Saker
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offsite link Statements of the Russian Ministry of Defense on a major readiness exercise Thu Aug 25, 2016 14:43 | The Saker
Statements of the Russian Ministry of Defense: Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has declared the start of an unannounced combat readiness inspection of the Central, Southern

offsite link High alert: Russia tests army?s readiness in massive snap exercise in west & south Thu Aug 25, 2016 13:40 | Scott
High alert: Russia tests army?s readiness in massive snap exercise in west & south Russian Army units as well as the Air Force, Airborne Troops and the Navy?s Northern Fleet

offsite link Assessing the Russian military as an instrument of power Thu Aug 25, 2016 05:09 | The Saker
This article was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/assessing-t... It has been a quarter of a century now since the fall of the Soviet Union and yet the memory of

offsite link The Empire Files: ?This Ship is Sinking? Says Former Bush Official Thu Aug 25, 2016 04:28 | The Saker
U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret.) is the perfect example of what I call the “Old Anglo Guard”, i.e. the product of the pre-Neocon US Anglo imperialist culture.  He completely

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link The rights of the unborn: a troubling decision from the High Court? Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:42 | Máiréad Enright

offsite link Progress Report on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project. Mon Jul 11, 2016 13:40 | admin

offsite link The UN and the Eighth Amendment Thu Jun 23, 2016 09:46 | admin

offsite link Call for Papers: State Accountability for Vulnerability Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:29 | admin

offsite link UK at the CESCR: A Focus on Benefit Sanctions Thu Jun 16, 2016 08:17 | admin

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Video -Seán Edwards long time Communist Activist 23:48 Thu Aug 25, 2016 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link FF?s shift to the left? And the left pressurising larger party TDs? 12:54 Thu Aug 25, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Sports New: redux 11:00 Thu Aug 25, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Starting from scratch after Brexit 07:56 Thu Aug 25, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series ? 25th of August 03:40 Thu Aug 25, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

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

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

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

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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

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 ."

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videoInside the squatted prison in Dublin - a video tour 22:21 Sun 21 Aug by wsm 1 comments

Last night we shot some video inside the squatted Debtors prison in Dublin - the courts have ordered those living here to get out by midnight on Sunday, 11.59 to be exact. The abandoned prison in Dublins inner city has been occupied to be used as shelter and an arts space. The prison lies just behind Capel st, the entrance is on Halston st. Many of those occupying were recently evicted from Grangegorman squat The occupation was announced via Grangegorman Resists Eviction page last week.

2016idefendkarapatanparasalahat.jpg imagePHILIPPINES: Don’t make the war on drugs a war on human rights 12:39 Fri 19 Aug by iDefend 0 comments

Newly formed human rights coalition, In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDefend|) calls on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte not to make his government’s war on drugs a war on human rights.

videoIrish Cancer Society supports Big Pharma in coverup of appalling effects of Gardasil / HPV Vaccine 22:49 Thu 18 Aug by anon 0 comments

The Irish Cancer Society are organising two talks to promote the unsafe HPV vaccine and thereby are implicated in promoting this dangerous vaccine. The talks are titled: 'The HPV Vaccine – Warts And All' and will take place in Galway on August 23 and Cork on August 24.

The Gardasil / HPV vaccine which has been pushed on first year secondary school girls around this country (and elsewhere) for the past number of years has destroyed the lives so far of over 300 girls leaving them with debilitating conditions. A parents support group called R.E.G.R.E.T. (Reaction and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma) has formed to provide support and document the damage. However this vaccine has been pushed by the Dept of Health on unsuspecting parents who foolishly put their trust in these authorities who told them and continue to claim the vaccine is safe. And all of this for a condition that is not even contagious.

textThe project 14:54 Mon 15 Aug by Fírinne 0 comments

Patrick Poole describes the discussion of a document entitled “The Project”, which so far has been limited to the top-secret world of Western intelligence communities.

It was only through the work of an intrepid Swiss journalist, Sylvain Besson, that information regarding The Project was finally been made public. It was found in a raid of a villa in Campione, Switzerland on November 7, 2001.

Included in the documents seized was a fourteen-page plan dated December 1, 1982, outlined a twelve-point strategy for a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the “cultural invasion” of the West.

textIreland & UK Champion in World Championship of Public Speaking 17:18 Fri 12 Aug by Karen O'Donnell 0 comments


Dublin man, Simon Scriver will go for gold in the World Championship of Public Speaking in Washington DC, on August, 18th to 20th. Simon is the current Ireland and UK champion which he won recently in Limerick with his speech “Nuggets of Gold”. This is the final round of a contest with entrants from 15,400 Clubs in 135 countries!

textVID - Pitstop Ploughshares 10 year Acquittal Anniversary... the resistance continues! 12:43 Tue 02 Aug by Ploughshares 0 comments


VID - Pitstop Ploughshares disarm U.S. War Plane Shannon Airport 2003
jailed-bailed-3 X tried-acquitted 2006...... ten years on the resistance continues
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textLay Litigants Win Appeal in Supreme Court 23:32 Wed 27 Jul by Justin Morahan 5 comments

Kevin and Karen Tracey won an important appeal in the Supreme Court on Tuesday

pn151.jpg imageThe LATEST Peoples News Ìssue 151 22:10 Tue 26 Jul by People's Movement 0 comments

The latest issue of the bi-monthly Peoples News Issue 151 is out now.

2016akbayan.jpg imageThe Filipinos Fight Against Inequality Must Intensify 13:08 Tue 26 Jul by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) 0 comments

Nothing should inspire the public’s outrage more than the chasm that exists between the haves and have nots in Philippine society. And what better indicator can there be of inequality than when poor people suspected of involvement in drugs start dropping dead on the streets while the rich and powerful escape plunder charges through the courts?

textUN Summit Reaches Debt, Tax and Trade Agreements 21:50 Fri 22 Jul by Greg Williams 0 comments

Member countries of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) renewed a mandate for the UN agency on economic issues. The agreement will guide UNCTAD's work for the next four years.

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textI was TRICKED by the Soros/US-supported Malaysia's Opposition Jul 25 by Noor Aza Othman 0 comments

Thankfully, before it's too late, I realized the truth; that is, anything which is organized by the Malaysia's Opposition ([especially by racist and fascist anti-Indigenous/anti-Muslim party of DAP (Democratic Action Party – ('democratic', my foot) - suspected to receive much hidden donation from ISrael, to the total of US 300 million and training from Mossad, through Singapore-based account] including under the guise of the so-called Human Rights March .

textVOID NETWORK "On the tragic and the farcical of the British referendum" Jul 19 by VOID NETWORK / athens / greece 1 comments

“The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities; how shall the great majorities outside parliament not want to decide? When you play the fiddle at the top of the state, what else is to be expected but that those down below dance”?
- Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, IV (1852)

textIs Ireland supporting NATO exercises in Eastern Europe? Jun 17 by Shannonwatch 0 comments

Shannonwatch have recorded an unusual number of US military aircraft at and overflying Shannon Airport since June 4th. This time period coincides with the preparations for NATO Anaconda-2016 military exercises in Poland which are being conducted from June 7th to 17th. (See list below)

The 10-day military exercise [1], involves 31,000 troops and thousands of vehicles from 24 countries. The Guardian [2] described it as follows "The largest war game in eastern Europe since the end of the cold war has started in Poland, as Nato and partner countries seek to mount a display of strength as a response to concerns about Russia's assertiveness and actions". The UK Independent [3] said it was one of the biggest exercises on NATO's eastern flank since the end of the Cold War, and was a move likely to put further strain on the already-tense relations between the Kremlin and the West

textCuts to Special Needs School Jun 03 by Wayne Flanagan Tobin 1 comments

On Thursday evening 2nd June 2016 I attended a meeting in St. Augustine’s school in Blackrock where parents expressed outrage at the withdrawal of the Saint John of God Community Services Supports on a phased basis commencing in September 2016. The school was described as a “centre of excellence” for its vocational programme which has had a very positive impact on the lives of many children with special needs in South Dublin, Wicklow and surrounding areas.

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.

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textPress Release: Pension Poverty Time Tomb Aug 21 People Before Profit 0 comments

n August, a paper entitled “Inter-Governmental Group on Fuller Working Lives” appeared. It was an irrelevant document that did nothing to tackle the growing threat of poverty for older people.

The numbers aged 65 and over is estimated to increase from 570,000 in 2013 to 855,000 in 2026. But the government has already raided the National Pension Reserve Fund that was designated to pay for these growing numbers.

Workers contributed to this fund but it was literally stolen. There was €22 billion in it when the Celtic Tiger crashed but about €17 billion was used to bail out the banks. The rest was used to set up an Irish Strategic Investment Fund which has become a means of funnelling cheap credit to business people.

textPro-choice group demands 'Repeal the 8th - Free, Safe, Legal' on Galway Cathedral" Aug 11 Díobháil, 0 comments

In the early hours of Thursday morning, feminist pro-choice activists Díobháil (Bíonn Díobháil a dhéanamh againn: We make mischief) struck again and dropped a banner from Galway Cathedral stating “Repeal the 8th - Free, Safe, Legal” demanding access to abortion. For too long the Church and the State have controlled our bodies and our choices. It is time to finally end the unholy alliance of Church and State. While Díobháil respects peoples’ personal religious beliefs, these should not be imposed on others, and vast majority of people in Ireland agree. Let us not forget, St. Brigid was our first abortionist, and this is why we demand “Take your rosaries off our ovaries!”

textFitzgerald’s statements on Direct Provision- the ‘continuation of an inhumane policy’ Aug 04 People Before Profit 0 comments

In a statement, People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has said that Minister Frances Fitzgerald’s claim that there is no alternative to the system of Direct Provision marks her ‘abysmal failure to deal with the issue following years of inaction by her party Fine Gael in this area’.

Deputy Smith also pointed out that the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have labelled the system of Direct Provision in Ireland ‘a severe violation of Human Rights’.

imageNew TASC report shows that consistent child poverty almost doubled during recession Jul 26 0 comments

A new report from the independent progressive think tank TASC shows that consistent child poverty almost doubled during the recent economic recession. This data is contained in Cherishing All Equally 2016, the first annual update of TASC’s groundbreaking 2015 report on economic inequality in Ireland.

Cherishing All Equally 2016 – which was prepared by Dr Rory Hearne and Cian McMahon – updates 18 key economic inequality indicators including the distribution of income and wealth, as well as the provision of public services, taxation, family composition, people’s capacities and the cost of goods and services. In addition, the report includes two in-depth themed sections: ‘Children and economic inequality in Ireland’ and ‘Gender and economic inequality in Ireland’ – the latter section was prepared by UCD’s Dr Ursula Barry and Dr Maggie Feeley.

textMotion calls for Ministerial order to cap bin charges; waivers for low income families Jun 17 0 comments

AAA-PBP Motion calls for Ministerial order to cap charges and reinstate waivers for low income families

Dail debate and vote to take place next week on AAA-PBP motion calling for immediate government action to prevent planned increase in waste charges

Next week, the Dail will debate and vote upon a AAA-PBP Private Members Motion calling for an immediate Ministerial order to prevent private waste companies from implementing the planned dramatic increases in household waste charges.

The motion submitted today by AAA-PBP will be debated in the Dail next Tuesday

Bin charges are set to rise by between 100 and 200%. These charges will inflict an unsustainable burden for hard pressed households if the proposed increases by private waste companies are implemented and will undoubtedly lead to a dramatic increase in illegal dumping.

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