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offsite link How the Austerity Con Works Tue Feb 24, 2015 21:26 | Michael Burke

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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 9 Days

Free the Protestors - Jail the Bankers


The Government acting on behalf of corporate and financial power who have set their eyes on our Water have disgracefully jailed 5 citizens of this country because they said No to Austerity. We demand their freedom immediately. The five are: Derek Byrne, Bernie Hughes, Michael Batty who are imprisoned for 27 days and Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill who are imprisoned for 56 days.

There is clearly one law for the rich and one law for the rest of us. Where are the bankers and developers who bankrupted this country and led to widespread hardship and a huge increase in suicides in this country, deaths which have devastated families. And what of the people who have died for lack of resources in our health system and of those evicted from their homes. It is time we stood up to this undemocractic sham and demand our country back from the claws of the elite.


Keep an eye out on social media and any websites related to the campaign against water charges for info on upcoming protests against the jailed 5.

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat March 21st
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 16, 2014 22:04 by Jenna Maus
Supreme Court Refuses Argentina Debt Case and Validates Hedge Fund Predatory Behavior. The US Supreme Court denied Argentina's appeal for a hearing today, leaving intact a lower court ruling that validates predatory behavior targeted towards countries in financial distress. The high court also denied a related appeal on behalf of the more than 92% of bond holders who had accepted Argentina's restructuring deal. In a final blow, the court also decided that hedge funds can access information on where Argentina holds financial assets around the world. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), legitimate Wall Street investors and the US government had sided with Argentina because of the case's impact on debt restructuring, poor country access to credit and global financial stability. read full story / add a comment
international / education / press release Monday June 16, 2014 18:39 by Laurence Cox
To celebrate the fifth year of this course, a €2k scholarship will be awarded for practitioner excellence in community education, action for equality and / or social movements. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 16, 2014 13:50 by Brendy c   image 1 image
Last week on June 8th volunteer Seamus McLaughlin died in his adopted city of Dublin. Seamus was born in Ardoyne on February 22nd 1938. ", At an early age Seamus joined the ranks of the IRA and soon became OC of his local unit. England's difficulty, Ireland’s opportunity had always been the rallying cry of Irish Republicans and this young soldier of the l.R.A took Ireland's fight for freedom to the 'belly of the beast' in England, where he and his family endured many hardships including the loss of close comrades. Forced to live for decades on the run and his love for his family, community and country never wavered.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday June 13, 2014 10:35 by Walden Bello   text 3 comments (last - saturday june 14, 2014 23:48)   image 2 images
Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, anti-democratic agenda
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Paulo Ito’s mural in São Paulo
international / environment / news report Thursday June 12, 2014 17:30 by Dunk   image 3 images   video 4 video files
(An article on the protest in Brazil against the World Cup, aswell as a small campaign in the southern most host city, Curitiba, about the #CheerForPeace project which is working with communities in the cities most central favela Vila Torres)

The eyes of the world focus on Brazil

Today the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, who knows how it will go. Will it be a success, or not? Will they have the stadiums finished in time, or not? Will it be interrupted by violent protests, or not? Will it be a positive thing for the country, or not?

We already have, what has quick become, an iconic image of where much of the feelings in Brazil rest at present. Brazilian artist Paulo Ito posted this mural on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo’s Pompeia a few weeks ago.
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mayo / environment / news report Wednesday June 11, 2014 12:23 by Andrew   text 2 comments (last - monday june 16, 2014 01:39)
Almost two years after Shell smuggled their Tunnel Boring Machine out of Dublin port in the middle of the night, and then spent 3 days meeting resistance across the country before getting stuck in the bog, they removed it from Erris Monday night. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Tuesday June 10, 2014 23:37 by iccl   text 1 comment (last - thursday june 12, 2014 18:13)
Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has described the 65-page Cooke report into the possible bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), released by the Government late this evening (10 June 2014), as “an exercise in smoke and mirrors”. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / press release Tuesday June 10, 2014 12:40 by Sheila Ó Murchú
The Cork Cumann na mBan 100 years Anniversary Commemoration took place in St. Joseph's Cemetery on Sunday 8th June.

Cumann na mBan, lead the Colour party carrying the Tri-Colour, and flying the Cumann na mBan Cork and Cumann na Cailíni Cork flags. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday June 09, 2014 10:41 by Pat Waine   text 2 comments (last - monday june 09, 2014 23:49)
Huge gains for the Anti Austerity Left - Where now and what will Sinn Fein do with this power. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / news report Saturday June 07, 2014 14:41 by Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)   image 4 images
All Glitz, Nothing New to Solve Poverty and Inequality read full story / add a comment
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dublin / miscellaneous / feature Saturday June 07, 2014 01:59 by dublin rambler   text 3 comments (last - wednesday october 22, 2014 10:06)   image 1 image
In 2012 public opposition forced the ditching of a plan for a "retirement village" on the side of the Dublin mountains, isolated from services and public transport and cut off by the M50, in an area normally zoned for agriculture and public amenity and widely used by the public. A previous plan for a private school on the site had been rejected for similar reasons in 2005. After the local elections the plan is back in a lightly tweaked form, with the developer's sister among a number of newly elected councillors supporting the project. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Thursday June 05, 2014 15:58 by john throne
The catholic church the main church of capitalism, undemocratic, anti women, has been exposed as throwing 800 young children into a septic tank in Tuam, Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / press release Thursday June 05, 2014 11:53 by Earth First! Éire   text 2 comments (last - friday june 06, 2014 16:47)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Yesterday, Wednesday the 4th of June, activists from No Fracking Dublin, Earth First Éire, Shell to Sea, Young Friends of the Earth and other concerned citizens gathered outside the Conrad Hotel on Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 to protest Ireland's reliance on fossil fuels and the giveaway of natural resources by the state. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 04, 2014 15:18 by Luke Eastwood   text 3 comments (last - friday november 07, 2014 11:12)
Water is becoming a corporate resource - the sell off of Irish Water is almost certain Call me a cynic, but I am absolutely convinced that the current Irish government has created Uisce Éireann (Irish Water) with the sole purpose of selling Ireland’s water rights to the private sector within the next decade. Already Uisce Éireann has wasted over €80 million euro in consultancy fees paid to the private sector and it will continue to use private sector contractors to carry out its work, at as yet unknown cost. It is only the fact that it would be political suicide for the government right now that prevents a share issue in the near future. read full story / add a comment
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international / education / press release Wednesday June 04, 2014 14:49 by Laurence Cox   text 1 comment (last - wednesday june 04, 2014 15:39)   image 1 image
Volume six, issue one of Interface, a peer-reviewed online journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out. Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to "learn from each other's struggles": to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 04, 2014 07:25 by Anthony Ravlich   text 2 comments (last - monday june 09, 2014 15:43)
Human rights group members ignore posts in which Pope urges UN to resist a 'Culture of Death' and where UN Watch reports the rise of repressive States to prominent UN positions. read full story / add a comment
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national / racism & migration related issues / news report Friday May 30, 2014 15:28 by Andrew   text 14 comments (last - saturday june 07, 2014 15:41)   image 1 image
Are the Direct Provision Asylum Seeker centres our generations equivalent of the child detention centres of the 1930's? Some 4,360 people were stuck in this misery at the start of the year. Over 1,600 of these people have been trapped in the system for 5 or more years. Meanwhile those running the centres who are frequently connected to the ruling parties pocketed €62 million in 2012 alone. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday May 30, 2014 00:32 by KM   video 1 video file
The Kiev Juntas mercenaries are adept at killing unarmed civilians and wounded soldiers but now they are suffering setbacks. 80 members of the fascist militia "National Guard" were captured by self-defense forces in Lugansk and a junta helicopter was shot down near the city of Slavyansk, killing Fourteen servicemen, including a major-general, Vladimir Kulchitsky. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Friday May 30, 2014 00:27 by Saoirse
The inaugural Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Summer School will take place at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on June 6,7, and 8. The event will involve discussion and debate covering a range of topics and issues which were central to the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh such as the history and development of Irish Republicanism, the Irish language, the international dimension of the Irish struggle in the context of global anti-imperialism and the Éire Nua programme for a New Ireland of which Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was an architect and champion. The summer school will also include a reflection on the life of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh by people who were comrades and friends over many decades. Among the speakers are Professor Robert W. White, biographer of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Desmond Fennell, Dr Kevin Bean, Dr Marisa McGlinchey, Maura Harrington and the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Friday May 30, 2014 00:06 by MW   text 2 comments (last - monday june 02, 2014 12:47)   video 1 video file
Mick Wallace finished his speech to the Dáil on his submission to the Garda Amendment Bill 2014 saying "The citizen has a right to protest peacefully, but that is not what happened at Rossport, where democracy was suspended to facilitate the interests of Shell. Civil liberties were eroded, and repression, criminality and a lack of accountability became the order of the day. The people of Corrib deserve justice. The people of Ireland also deserve justice. read full story / add a comment
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