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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Time for an Honest Conversation Fri Feb 12, 2016 15:13 | Michael Taft

offsite link The Investment Deficit Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:42 | Michael Taft

offsite link In Praise of Ungovernability Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:23 | Laurence Cox

offsite link Book Launch: Margaretta D?Arcy?s Memoir, Ireland?s Guantanamo Granny Thu Feb 11, 2016 13:09 | Irish Left Review

offsite link A Costly Health Service? Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:51 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

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

offsite link How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus

offsite link Syriza and Israel: Syriza’s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Editing letters to the Irish Times

offsite link Stephen Collins: An enemy of my country Anthony

offsite link Elaine Byrne: Suffering from chronic naivety Anthony

offsite link Free speech under state attack in Ireland Anthony

offsite link Denis O’Brien: Are the sharks moving in for the kill? Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Turkey and Saudi Arabia: to fight or to flight? Sun Feb 14, 2016 01:40 | The Saker
by Ghassan Kadi No one knows how the ?War On Syria? is going to end, let alone what turns it will take in a year from now, a month, and

offsite link Turkish military repeatedly shell Assad forces; Kurds confirm to RT being hit by massive attack Sun Feb 14, 2016 01:29 | The Saker

offsite link Week Eighteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a dramatic escalation appears imminent Sat Feb 13, 2016 21:46 | The Saker
This column was written for the Unz Review. The situation in Syria has reached a watershed moment and a dramatic escalation of the war appears imminent. Let’s look again at

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria, Feb.12, 2016 Sat Feb 13, 2016 19:01 | The Saker
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offsite link Russian Humor February 13th, 2016 by Scott Sat Feb 13, 2016 18:59 | Scott
1. The best way to discover the origin of rumors is to start them yourself. 2. The money god is failing. No atheists in the trenches. 3. ? Dad, what’s

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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.

national / eu Tuesday April 24, 2012 06:00 by Sonya Oldham
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Here we go again. Do what you are told by government.

Presently we are being given a referendum on the 'Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union', ( the Fiscal Compact Treaty), this treaty lays out the 'conditions' of receiving a bailout from the European Stabilty Mechanism, which so far we are not being given a referendum on. These 3 aspects are inextricably intertwined, with the ESM being the mechanism, the article 136 TEFU amendment the instrument being used to enable the ESM to have a legal basis, while the fiscal compact treaty sets out the conditions for accessing finance through the ESM.

There are in fact 3 different aspects, only the last of which we are allowed a say on:
1. The article 136 TFEU amendment to the treaties.

2. The ESM treaty
3. The Fiscal Compact Treaty.

national / anti-capitalism Wednesday April 18, 2012 01:06 by Occupy Galway
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Some of the thousands that protested the Labour conference
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Occupy Galway took part in a protest march over the weekend along with many other groups at the Labour Party conference held in NUIG Galway. Here is some photos from the event

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textCo. Clare TTIP Free Zone! 22:52 Thu 11 Feb by No to TTIP 0 comments

Victory Clare County Council voted to reject the TTIP( Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) on Mon 8 feb.
It’s official – Clare is now Ireland’s first TTIP Free Zone!

Monday night was a milestone moment in our fight to stop the toxic deal TTIP. Following a campaign led by Uplift members, Clare County Council passed a motion to declare the county a TTIP Free Zone.

irish_panda_wheelie_bin_wikicommons_derivative_image.jpg imageFG & Labour announce Householders to Pay for Recycling 22:44 Mon 01 Feb 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 Thu 21 Jan 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 Tue 12 Jan 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 Sun 10 Jan 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 Tue 05 Jan 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 Sun 20 Dec 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 Thu 10 Dec 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 Wed 09 Dec 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

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textDid Steve Keen Get It Right? Feb 10 by Paddy Hackett 0 comments

Steve Keen is the author of Debunking Economics. He is critical of Neo-Classical Economics

textThe West Is Being Reduced To Looting Itself Feb 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 Feb 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 Jan 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 Jan 22 by Paddy Hackett 5 comments

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

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textUS Judge Explores Lifting Argentina Sanctions After Country Offers $6.5 Billion to Hold-Out Investor... Feb 12 0 comments

US District Judge Thomas Griesa ordered "hold-out" investors on Thursday to explain why various sanctions on Argentina should not be lifted.

text“Stop The Study” Campaign Has Stopped The Study! Feb 08 0 comments

Good news – it’s official!

The EPA Research Study on Fracking is now stopped. This study was targeted by the campaign against fracking as research showed the study was compromised – it was being led by companies with huge vested interests in the oil and gas industry. A statement from the Department (DCENR) yesterday (2nd) confirmed that the study has been stopped after its first phase, which included an overall look at regulations and legislation governing fracking. Phase 2, on-the-ground studies in Leitrim and Fermanagh which would have included some drilling, will not proceed and a report of Phase 1 will be published in Q3 of this year.

textElection Candidates Asked to Pledge Themselves to Peace Feb 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 Feb 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! Feb 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

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