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The Trump-Putin Peace, Trade, And Friendship Talks 12:11 Jul 03 2 comments
EU Commission proposes new strict EU-wide rules on single-use plastics 12:29 May 29 0 comments
Red faces in governments around the world after Cambridge Analytica dirty laundry comes to light 22:49 Mar 23 0 comments
Protecting WIldlife in Ireland from Hedge Cutting and Gorse Burning 23:37 Feb 23 0 comments
From Facebook to Policebook 22:18 Feb 03 0 commentsmore >>
What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith
The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith
Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh
Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Are the mainstream U.S. ?news?media evil? Wed Aug 15, 2018 23:36 | The Saker
Turkey?s Economic Crisis: Limited Options Wed Aug 15, 2018 23:28 | The Saker
The Russian ?soft power? is total crap (Anna Sochina) Wed Aug 15, 2018 15:56 | The Saker
All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration Tue Aug 14, 2018 23:59 | The Saker
What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador Tue Aug 14, 2018 02:52 | The Saker
Activist Education at the Albert Einstein Institution: A Critical Examination of Elite Co-option of Civil Disobedience
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.
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.
"Is there a safe way to frack? Probably: but not profitably; and
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.
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.
Embedded Video Description: Agricultural investment or land-grab in Sierra Leone?
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!
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Summerhill housing occupations 3rd day sees Leos early risers gather outside 23:04 Sat 11 Aug 0 comments
Yesterday the housing activist occupation at 35 Summerhill Parade entered its third day. Approximately 100 people attended the 'Leo’s Early Risers'* event yesterday evening to show solidarity and support to the local community and all those involved in the occupation.
Petition to Pope Francis for Julian Assange 01:19 Fri 03 Aug 0 comments
Justin and Anne Morahan have started a petition to Pope Francis asking him to intervene in the case of Julian Assange. There have been recent reports of Julian's health deteriorating due to lack of light, fresh air, isolation (no visitors allowed). There are also rumours afloat that he may be removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and extradited to Mr Trump's United States where capital punishment is still in vogue.
Vegans in Temple Bar Square: the End of an Era 20:59 Mon 23 Jul 0 comments
The Vegan Information Project are saying a sad farewell to Temple Bar Square in the heart of Dublin after featuring its "Vegan Information Day" events there since 2013.
World Premiere of BAOITE from 12th -22nd July in An Taibhdhearc, Galway 23:33 Tue 17 Jul 1 comments
BAOITE, is a new play by Darach Mac Con Iomaire, premiering this week at the Galway International Arts Festival.
19 June - Dublin Protest for Julian Assange 12:52 Wed 20 Jun 1 comments
As part of a worldwide protest, solidarity was shown in Dublin to Julian Assange. Mairead Maguire called on the Irish Government to mediate between Britain and Ecuador to secure his release. Mick Wallace and Clare Daly also spoke.
MORE BAD NEWS FROM AFRIN? 18:03 Wed 16 May 0 comments
Ongoing abduction and rape of women and young girls by Turkish ‘Security’ Forces in Afrin, Rojava
Israel has massacred over 60 Palestinians: 18:06 Tue 15 May 0 comments
n response to Israel’s horrific massacre of some 60 unarmed Palestinians, and wounding of thousands, yesterday in Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has organised a series of protests around Ireland to take place today. Protests are expected to continue in Gaza, and casualties are expected to mount.
A reign of terror: Extra-judicial killings in Duterte’s Philippines 10:03 Fri 04 May 0 comments
Since Rodrigo Duterte began his term as the 16th president of the Philippines in 30 June 2016, Filipinos and the international community have watched in horror at accounts of dead bodies found nightly in the country’s streets, linked to extra-judicial killings (EJKs).
Gaza tomorrow 14:02 Thu 26 Apr 0 comments
After dozens were killed and hundreds injured in the Friday demonstrations in Gaza, it appears inevitable that there will be further such killings and mutilations tomorrow as the protests continue. The following letter to the Israeli Ambassador in Ireland expresses fears that Israel will continue their unjust use of violence.
France In Revolt – Workers And Students Unite 20:48 Sun 22 Apr 0 comments
While the Irish media focus only Macron bombing Syria and making speeches in praise of the EU French workers and students are in full scale revolt against the French President’s neo-liberal policies.
Would you Believe? Aug 03 1 comments
Imposing a President
The Greek Wildfire Catastrophe – Climate Change And Austerity Combine Jul 30 0 comments
The wildfires that struck Rafina, north east of Athens, have now claimed at least 80 lives with the number set to rise as many are still missing. This terrible catastrophe shows the interaction of climate change and austerity, both the result of a society that puts people before profit.
Globalization: hope on the horizon despite the Fake Liberals Jul 19 0 comments
The UN's globalization and neoliberalism seek to eliminate global freedom and western culture. It creates multi-culturalism and diversity which in the extreme undermines western culture but if a country is to survive it must defend its culture. The fake liberals, really a social class, drive both neoliberalism and globalization which gains the support of the swamp. Other political parties need to be chosen to overcome the swamp. For example, Donald Trump in America is having some success against the swamp.
Ireland's, Embassies Galore Jun 03 1 comments
In an advanced technological communications era, what a waste and nonsense to even contemplate opening yet another embassy to add to the seventy-four existing Irish missions across the world?
EU/Irish Government Deception? Jun 03 0 comments
Inaugural Irish Defence Forces Values Champion Awards?more >>
More than 1 million consumers affected by chemical exceedences Aug 03 Friends of Irish Environment 0 comments
European Commission issues Court proceedings against Ireland over water quality
Animal Exploitation in Ireland Jul 28 Vegan Information Project 1 comments
This recently updated video shows animal exploitation in Ireland in a variety of settings, including slaughterhouses, farms, laboratories, hare coursing fields, and dairy parlours.
New Student Loan Rule Sides with For-Profit Colleges Jul 27 Jubilee USA Network 0 comments
This week the US Department of Education proposed new student "borrower defense" rules.
Senate Bill Offers Debt Relief for Puerto Rico Jul 25 Jubilee USA Network 0 comments
New Senate legislation offers additional options for Puerto Rico to cut its debt. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the US Territorial Relief Act. If Congress passes the act, US Territories that experience natural disasters could qualify for debt relief.
Lack of enforcement of environmental laws ‘a national scandal’ Jul 23 Friends of Irish Environment 0 comments
Council planner ‘unable to do any enforcement files’