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offsite link Making sense of the Paris summit: a quick analysis Tue Dec 10, 2019 03:37 | The Saker
The first thing we need to do is the remember what each participant wanted from this summit.  Here is a summary of what I think (not how they officially stated

offsite link Exceeded expectations: the Turks tested the S-400 Tue Dec 10, 2019 03:10 | Scott
Russian S-400s tested in Turkey Translated by Scott Hunor Source: Gazeta.ru https://www.gazeta.ru/army/... The Turks counted on the high combat qualities of the Russian s-400 anti-aircraft missile system and the complexes

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/12/09 ? Open Thread Mon Dec 09, 2019 20:00 | Herb Swanson
2019/12/09 20:00:01Welcome 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 What really happened in Iran? Mon Dec 09, 2019 18:36 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar – posted with permission A fuel tax hike set the country ablaze and triggered a social backlash On November 15, a wave of protests engulfed over 100

offsite link Operation Condor 2.0 ? Expanded Mon Dec 09, 2019 18:01 | The Saker
by Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog According to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the US will help ?legitimate governments? in Latin America, in order to prevent protests from

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For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Immigration as an election issue: Off the agenda, for now? 10:42 Tue Dec 10, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link At any other time an election game changer? but now? 07:51 Tue Dec 10, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link That British election, Brexit and myths about the EU. 06:15 Tue Dec 10, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link 1989 Revisited: December 1989 removal of leading role of Bulgarian Communist Party 13:43 Mon Dec 09, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

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

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

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international / economics and finance / news report Wednesday March 13, 2019 17:40 by Kate Zeller
The House of Representatives is holding hearings on legislative initiatives to deter corruption and secrecy in the global financial system. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday March 08, 2019 19:19 by séamas carraher
On March 8 each year, there is certainly no shortage of outrages that have been perpetrated against women over the course of another year of violence, human rights abuses and oppression read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / press release Wednesday March 06, 2019 12:22 by Hugh O'Donoghue
Ireland's Largest Association for the counselling and psychotherapy professions welcomes the announcement of the registration board for the regulation of their practices. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / press release Wednesday March 06, 2019 11:48 by Hugh O'Donoghue   text 1 comment (last - wednesday march 06, 2019 14:23)
Ireland's Largest Members' Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists condemns the practice of universally discredited therapy in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / news report Tuesday March 05, 2019 17:49 by Justin Morahan   text 5 comments (last - sunday march 24, 2019 12:14)
Lay Litigant Kevin Tracey had a significant win in the Supreme Court when he succeeded in having a contempt of court order quashed after 12 years and 9 months. In the judgement delivered by O;Donnell J and supported by 3 colleagues including the Chief Justice it was found that he had not received fair procedures in the District Court. In his long struggle for justice there were many obstacles in his way. One of these was the Courts Service within whose walls someone backdated a Court order by nine months. This prevented him from appealing a High Court judgement within the permitted time limit. The long struggle for justice reminds me of the remark of a passing countryman to a mason called Mike who with my student brother was taking longer than expected to build build a hen shed: “Do you know, Mike, if every hen was as hard housed, a lot of them would shleep out”. It’s not funny to recall in these days of homelessness, that many other lay litigants may be left literally sleeping out after the justice system in Ireland prolongs their agony in their efforts to obtain simple justice from that same justice system. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Monday March 04, 2019 22:02 by pbp
The Fine Gael Minister responsible for housing, Eoghan Murphy, is playing with figures again. He wants to protect his PR image rather than get on with the job of building houses.

He pretends that the numbers who are homeless is ‘just under’ 10,000. But this does not include those registered as rough sleepers or women who are in refuges because of domestic abuse. Nor does it include many of the hidden homeless who are sleeping on sofas in overcrowded conditions. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday March 04, 2019 21:52 by foie
FOREST BIOMASS CHALLENGE TO CO-FIRED PEAT PLANTS

The inclusion of forest biomass as a renewable fuel fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive [RED II], according to Plaintiffs from six different countries in an action filed today in the European General Court in Luxembourg. Each has suffered, in diverse and particular ways, from the consequences of the Directive’s biomass energy policy. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday March 03, 2019 12:38 by Joe Terry
“There are at least 40,000 problem gamblers in Ireland”

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday February 28, 2019 23:04 by Julia Reda MP   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 26, 2019 21:55)   video 2 video files
THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO OVERTURN THE EU COPYRIGHT REFORM

In September 2018, MEPs voted for a version of the copyright Directive which will indirectly lead to implementing upload filters on most of the services you use online. The European Parliament’s (EP) Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee Rapporteur, MEP Axel Voss, then started the ‘trilogue negotiations’ – closed-door ‘informal’ negations with the representatives of the EU Member States (Council) and the European Commission (EC). These negotiations resulted in a trilogue agreement in Mid-February 2019. Despite massive criticism, the text has been made even worse than the EP’s proposal. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Thursday February 28, 2019 22:36 by Focus   image 1 image
Focus Ireland has said that new figures reporting a total of 9,987 people homeless in January show the Government is still failing to do enough to ease the crisis.

The figures show a rise of 2.3% (234 people) in one month alone from 9,753 in Dec to 9,987 in Jan 2019.

The figures from the Department of the Environment also show that 3,624 of the number homeless are children (in 1,614 families) read full story / add a comment
national / health / disability issues / news report Thursday February 28, 2019 22:18 by Vaxxer   text 1 comment (last - thursday february 28, 2019 22:23)
Dublin Workers Party councillor, Eilis Ryan, has called for mandatory measles, mumps and rubella injection for school children .
“There has been a clear spike in mumps amongst teenagers born in the period when bogus research linking MMR to autism was published , Cllr Ryan said.

Cllr Ryan's call came after nearly 400 cases were reported this year – including 64 last week.
“Figures released by the HSE today showed that the number to date in 2019 is six times higher than during the same period last year
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national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 27, 2019 23:55 by sw   text 1 comment (last - friday april 05, 2019 13:54)
The context to this letter by Edward Hogan is to highlight the complicity of the Irish government in assisting the US who are directly involved in the murder and terrorizing of the Yemeni population through the provision of bombs, missiles, drones, training. The media have managed to more or less turn a blind eye to this year since it started in 2015. read full story / add a comment
dublin / housing / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:53 by séamas carraher
“…the best way to solve homelessness in Dublin would be to provide no beds.” Owen Keegan, Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday February 22, 2019 20:44 by IPSC   image 1 image
IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It now takes place in over 200 cities across the world, where events such as lectures, film screenings, direct action, cultural performances, postering, among many more help in grassroots organizing for effective solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday February 22, 2019 10:36 by séamas carraher
You think war was bad for you, well, think again… It’s worse for children; whether they are babies, small children or old enough to carry a gun or a knife and engage in the savagery of modern war… read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday February 21, 2019 21:57 by Joe Terry

“The country will be back to normal in 2053” reveals the thoughts of Jack Kennedy in a future Ireland scenario. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday February 20, 2019 00:36 by wsm   video 1 video file
In the aftermath of the huge march (Sat 9th Feb 2019) in support of the nurses on Saturday the government suddenly found a pay deal it could put on the table, leading to the INMO suspending the strike until that deal is discussed and voted on. read full story / add a comment
national / sci-tech / news report Tuesday February 19, 2019 23:07 by RB
Ireland is going to be one of the first countries to have 5g rolled out. This an extremly important issue that every person needs to know about. Authorities are making health decisions for mass populations without telling us. My aim of this campaign is to raise money in order to get the word out about the issues that come with a 5g rollout. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday February 19, 2019 22:14 by sf-lng
The challenge by Irish environmentalists has proven that the 'New Fortress Energy' Shannon LNG consent process will take years and may now never come to fruition.

'Safety Before LNG' stated that today's decision was to be expected and does not come as any surprise and thanks the 'Friends of the Irish Environment' for fighting to prevent climate chaos from the environmental madness that is the US fracked gas industry. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Thursday February 14, 2019 20:57 by W   text 6 comments (last - friday may 03, 2019 20:57)   image 1 image   video 3 video files
The Workers’ Party have accused Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney of prioritising Donald Trump’s foreign policy ahead of Irish neutrality. Cllr. Éilis Ryan, the Workers’ Party candidate in May’s European Parliament elections, said:

“Simon Coveney has, for the first time in our history, given formal backing to United States overseas aggression. Successive governments under Fianna Fáil, Labour and the Green Party have facilitated US overseas aggression by allowing the use of Shannon Airport, but this move marks a new departure, leaving behind even the facade of neutrality.

“It flies in the face of the values of anti-colonialism and sovereignty which Irish people are so rightly proud of.” read full story / add a comment
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