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IRISH POLITICIANS BETRAY GAZA
Irish political representatives shamefully abstain in crucial UN vote on Gaza

Ireland and 16 other EU countries abstained from the UN Human Rights Council resolution to set up a commission of inquiry into Gaza. Apparently over "concerns that the draft text was unbalanced, inaccurate and prejudges the outcome of the investigation." The resolution was approved with 29 votes in favour, one against (the United States) and 17 abstentions. More details see here
Ireland's ambassador to the UN Patricia O'Brien today said Ireland had
"a very valid reason not to support the resolution."
Yeah right Patricia, and the reason was our masters in the US embassy told us not to vote in favour and our spineless politicians meekly obeyed.

Update 03/08/2014:Just hours after an attack on a United Nations-operated school took the lives of 20 civilians last week, the US announced it would resupply Israeli military with new ammunition to further their campaign on the war-ravaged city. Only several days later, the US Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure to grant Israel $225 million in additional funding to boost the country’s missile defense capabilities. "

UPDATE 12th August: So far Israel has killed over 1949 Palestinians including
449 children. 9891 injured, including over 3000 children.
This count is increasing by the hour.

For a list of all names, see http://www.imemc.org/article/68429
- the website of the International Middle East Media Center.

PEOPLES NEWS
national / eu / news report Thursday May 22, 2014 09:33 by Gary Boyne   text 1 comment (last - thursday may 22, 2014 10:26)   image 1 image
The Peoples News contains comment on developments in the EU from an Irish and democratic perspective

Back issues of the newsletter are available from the website http://www.people.ie/english5.html

The Peoples Movement Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/peoplesmovementireland?ref=hl read full story / add a comment
international / eu / press release Wednesday March 19, 2014 01:46 by Dublin 32CSM
Media censorship of an attempt made by the 32CSM to hand the UN document on the violation of Ireland's national sovereignty to the EPP. read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / news report Friday March 07, 2014 21:09 by 32 County Sovereignty Movement   text 1 comment (last - friday march 07, 2014 22:19)   image 5 images
An attempt today was made by the 32CSM to hand in the UN submission on the violation of Ireland's national sovereignty to the EPP which was blocked by the Free state police. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Friday February 28, 2014 17:52 by Albert Collins   text 2 comments (last - friday february 28, 2014 20:43)
"Sir,

In recent times we have witnessed the ousting of two democratically elected presidents. The Egyptian president Morsi was deposed in an army coup, which, strangely, was not regarded elsewhere as a coup. Pro-Morsi demonstrators suffered about 800 casualties at the hands of the police and army. Little outside sympathy was shown towards the massacred and their families. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Saturday February 01, 2014 18:51 by Don MacThomais   text 1 comment (last - tuesday february 11, 2014 10:17)
The European Commission is changing the European Union’s plant legislation , apparently to enhance food safety across the continent. This move has sparked a heavy opposition from many, saying that the measure will threaten seed diversity and favour large agrochemical businesses. This new law creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe.This would see cancer giving foods propping up the cancer medication business in Ireland

The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It contains restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, as well as all other plants of any species. It will be illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been been tested and approved by the government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.” [...] The new law basically puts the government in charge of all plants and seeds in Europe, and prevents home gardeners from growing their own plants from non-regulated seeds. If they did, they would now be considered criminals.
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international / eu / press release Wednesday January 29, 2014 16:21 by Don MacThomais   text 1 comment (last - thursday january 30, 2014 01:34)
A recent Channel 4 documentary showed that a drone shot down in Sudan after taking part in several government operations against civilians and rebels contained a carburettor apparently made in Tillotson's Tralee plant.

The EU exports billions of euros' worth of weaponry and other military hardware every year. Below are details of these exports broken down by source and destination country, year, and type of goods.

Click on individual values to filter results. Link : http://www.caat.org.uk/resources/export-licences-eu/lic....html

Licensed goods: Arms export licence figures are provided for all EU countries. These cover items on the Military List (equipment that is definitely for military use) but do not include Dual-Use items (equipment that could be for military or civil use).

Exported goods: Most countries have also provided figures for the value of exported goods. Germany and the UK are notable exceptions.

Figures indicate known values and are inevitably incomplete due to the differences in reporting between countries. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday December 21, 2013 16:39 by O. O'C.
The competitiveness dogma will not solve the present euro-zone crisis, as it is downward pressure on wages (and therefore consumer demand) and on government spending that has locked European economies into spirals of decline.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday December 18, 2013 20:33 by O. O'C.   video 2 video files
“Ireland holds the undesirable position of being the only country currently undergoing a banking crisis that features among the top-ten of costliest banking crises along all three dimensions [..fiscal cost, increase in debt and output loss..], making it the costliest banking crisis in advanced economies since at least the Great Depression. And the crisis in Ireland is still ongoing”
(Laeven and Valencia, 2012: 19-20)

“That in what pertains to the control of credit the constant and predominant aim shall be the welfare of the people as a whole”
Bunreacht na hÉireann, Article 45, Directive Principles of Social Policy read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / opinion/analysis Thursday December 12, 2013 16:35 by O. O'C.   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 12, 2013 22:08)   image 2 images
At a time when the Government is advancing the ridiculous proposition that the Irish State is "regaining its economic sovereignty" by leaving the Eurozone bailout, sensible people will be more concerned at the possibility of a Cypriot-style "bail-in" for the Irish banks, entailing confiscation of customer deposits over €100,000, as the euro-currency crisis continues and the planned EU "banking union" makes provision for such steps.
The continuing Eurozone crisis was discussed at the EPAM conference in Athens, Greece, last weekend week.
At this event representatives of organisations from different EU countries agreed on the vital need for the Eurozone States to re-establish their national currencies and work towards the dissolution of the Eurozone, which is destroying the democracy of the peoples and States that use the euro and wreaking economic destruction and social misery on country after country.
Below for your information is a copy of the joint press statement that was issued after this conference on behalf of the participant organisations.
It was signed by Anthony Coughlan on behalf of the above organisation. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / news report Monday September 16, 2013 15:03 by Con Carroll   text 1 comment (last - monday september 16, 2013 15:06)
in these interesting or boring times, it depends what side of the coin you are tossing. people have taken to street protests twice since I have been here. e in Ireland have to ask seriousquestions. are we to sectarian elitist. have we denied Marxist class analysis. opting for the liberal agenda. the male versus female read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday February 10, 2013 23:12 by Ordinay Citizen   text 2 comments (last - tuesday february 12, 2013 19:35)
How we are being made to like a bad Anglo deal and only long term solution is for us to have a government without FF or FG and what they could do if/ when they get into power. read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / feature Wednesday January 16, 2013 20:28 by OO'C   text 4 comments (last - tuesday january 22, 2013 21:39)   image 1 image
Where we are on the 40th anniversary of joining the EEC.

This is part one of a two part series and the second article can be found here read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / feature Wednesday January 16, 2013 20:25 by OO'C   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 06, 2013 16:45)   image 1 image
Irish Referendum Practice from McKenna (1995) to McCrystal (2012).

This is part two of a two part series. To read the first article in the series you can find it here read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Friday October 26, 2012 06:27 by Astrid Essed

With the approval of the European Parliament of the ACCA trade agreement with Israel,
the EU sets further steps in supporting Israel, despite its occupation, illegal
settlements policy and warcrimes
This and the EU international role of political, economical and military domination and exploitation of the Thirld World, the inhuman asylumpolicy, the wars in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Trojka starvation of the Greeks, makes the Nobelprize for Peace to the EU a mockery of Justice read full story / add a comment
EU Criminal Elites and lackeys
international / eu / opinion/analysis Monday October 15, 2012 18:14 by The International Network of Inclusive Democracy   text 4 comments (last - thursday october 18, 2012 23:34)   image 1 image
A statement and poster about the real role of the European Union in the criminal Wars of the Transnational Elite, as well as in the Economic Wars launched against the European Peoples today. read full story / add a comment
L-r. Oliver Corr, Siobhan O’Dwyer, Sile McLean, Laura Duffy & Francine Blache-Breen
monaghan / eu / press release Wednesday October 03, 2012 15:24 by Expac   image 1 image
Conflict resolution project to use Information Technology to help disseminate its message read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday June 06, 2012 12:07 by O.O'C.   text 2 comments (last - wednesday june 06, 2012 13:51)
The Government will seek Dail approval of:
The Article 136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties which authorises the setting up of the permanent Eurozone loan fund, the European Stability Mechanism
+ A motion to approve the ESM Treaty which is authorized by this amendment
+ A motion to approve future Government spending on the ESM,

TODAY - WEDNESDAY, AND TOMORROW - THURSDAY.
A guillotined debate on the second reading of the latter Bill will take place TOMORROW. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday June 02, 2012 22:48 by O.O'C.
The proposal to ratify the European Stability Mechanism Treaty as it stands and to approve the Article 136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties as authorizing the Stability Mechanism envisaged in the ESM Treaty, are unlawful under the EU Treaties and are therefore unconstitutional in Ireland and the other EU Member States. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Friday June 01, 2012 20:00 by D Martyn   text 35 comments (last - friday august 10, 2012 08:59)
Like lambs to the slaughter the Irish people ratified the Fiscal Stability treaty by a yes vote of 60.3%. Even members of the parties advocating the yes vote admitted fear and confusion were among the reasons why Irish people gave into the demands of the government. As they threw around buzz words such as stability, growth, investment and threatened a harsher budget if the treaty wasn’t ratified, it’s no surprise their school yard bully tactics won out. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / news report Monday May 28, 2012 21:19 by éirígí PRO   text 7 comments (last - friday june 01, 2012 14:24)   image 1 image   1 attached file
Over the course of the last number of weeks every household in the Twenty-Six Counties has received an 'information' booklet from the Referendum Commission. This booklet was supposed to provide an impartial and independent critique of the 'Stability Treaty', but in reality it could have been printed by Fine Gael or IBEC. read full story / add a comment
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