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2018/02/23 18:00:01 Welcome 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

offsite link Globally Top-Respected Experts on Middle East Warn Syrian War May Produce WW III Fri Feb 23, 2018 17:08 | The Saker
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2007 Garda surveillance & intelligence gathering of anti-war protests at Shannon
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday October 30, 2009 16:40 by iosaf mac diarmada   text 14 comments (last - monday march 07, 2011 20:25)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Thanks to the publication of a British police intelligence "spotter card" issued to rank & file coppers for a climate change protest in 2007 this week by a British newspaper, many people regardless of whether they are activists in the UK or Ireland or indeed elsewhere in the EU are wondering about their constitutional and statutory rights in the face of the European wide creation of intelligence databases by police forces. Whereas those whose images appeared without prior consent in this week's British media may have recourse to legal action and a bit of chatter, Irish political activists, protesters & ordinary citizens thus far enjoy no public recognition of the existence of such databases in Ireland nor it would appear have any mechanism to ensure that their details if not guilty of any criminal offence are removed from the intelligence files of the Garda Siochana. read full story / add a comment
different generation - same hatred.
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday October 23, 2009 10:46 by ipsiphi   text 19 comments (last - friday october 30, 2009 13:03)   image 5 images
As this article is published the leader of the BNP, England's neo-fascist racist political party & one of the principle articulators of European neo-nazism in the English language has entered the BBC studios in London to take part in a BBC "question time" broadcast. The presence of Griffin has not gone without protest or reaction in Britain as much as in Ireland. This article collates much of the recent coverage of that reaction & puts this week's publishing on the internet on "Wikileaks" of the current BNP membership list in context.

But the point of this article is to examine from a leftist and Irish perspective the possible consequences of the BBC invitation to Griffin and the reaction in the liberal English chattering classes and at parliamentary level. Rather than moving to a revamping of the Race Relations Act the British it seems are considering a return to the censorship which was applied to the factions of the north of Ireland in general and Sinn Fein in particular. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / feature Tuesday October 20, 2009 18:14 by tampon   text 19 comments (last - thursday december 17, 2009 18:45)
Today's (October 16th) edition of the English newspaper "The Daily Mail" carried an opinion piece by the English journalist Jan Moir. The homophobia and inherent hatred voiced in the article led to an extraordinary amount of comments on that newspaper's website which together with reaction from other newspapers saw the title of the article changed by mid afternoon. By late afternoon an internet campaign had begun to pressure advertisers who use the Daily Mail to cut their support.

The loss of revenue to the English newspaper might be the most serious blow to its editorial policy of articulating and pandering to middle English prejudice ever. As such the article which prompted this reaction merits archiving. read full story / add a comment
INN
national / arts and media / feature Tuesday October 20, 2009 18:13 by Paula Geraghty   text 3 comments (last - wednesday october 21, 2009 01:13)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
More than 50 NUJ members and supporters came down to protest at the proposed loss of jobs at INN. read full story / add a comment
Blocking the gate
mayo / crime and justice / feature Thursday October 15, 2009 11:54 by Jen Debender   text 25 comments (last - saturday october 24, 2009 15:57)   image 20 images   video 2 video files
This morning the 14 October, a local resident blocked the entrance gate to a Shell construction site for which there is no planning permission, refusing to move until some proof that Shell's actions are legal were provided. read full story / add a comment
offaly / environment / feature Friday October 09, 2009 13:20 by Dave Donnellan   text 11 comments (last - monday november 30, 2009 10:31)   image 1 image   video 7 video files
The Climate Camp held recently in Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly highlighted the urgent need to address the issue of peat bogs in Ireland and the dangerous effect their exploitation by Bord na Mona and the ESB has on Climate Change. read full story / add a comment
Staff, volunteer and child from Jobstown CDP on the march Sept 30th
national / miscellaneous / feature Friday October 02, 2009 16:25 by Allen Meagher   text 13 comments (last - saturday october 17, 2009 16:08)   image 37 images
12,000-15,000 people marched through Dublin yesterday (September 30th) to protest at big cuts this year to community resources and the threat of massive further cuts.
The marchers are people living and working on the ground and they see the harm done, with worse to come.
"People live in communities, not economies," read one of the thousands of placards.
If there was a general theme running through the march, it was that people saw the Government as helping out ‘fatcats’ and developer friends at the expense of poor communities.
The next big COMMUNITY march - bringing in people from all over Munster – is due to be held in Limerick on November 5th (fifth).

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The Lost Revolution
international / miscellaneous / feature Monday September 28, 2009 11:33 by Red Wedge   text 18 comments (last - tuesday november 17, 2009 22:51)   image 2 images   1 attached file
In the first week of its release, “The Lost Revolution” shot straight into the top 5 non-fiction titles in Ireland. This in itself showed the enduring interest in the Official Republicans/The Workers’ Party. This interest was brought home to me again at the launch of the book, held in the Teachers club on September 12, which attracted an audience of around 300, including current and past members of the Official movement, as well as dozens of interested individuals from across the broad range of Republican and left groups in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
Bail Out the People
international / anti-capitalism / feature Saturday September 26, 2009 11:16 by Fionuala Cregan   text 10 comments (last - saturday october 10, 2009 20:17)   image 3 images   video 3 video files
While a self selected group of world leaders congregate behind a sea of security and police controls in downtown Pittsburgh, up in the Hill District a different kind of movement is beginning to be built. read full story / add a comment
Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin
national / eu / feature Tuesday September 22, 2009 15:51 by Joe Higgins MEP   text 24 comments (last - sunday october 25, 2009 10:10)   image 4 images
Many issues have come up so far in the Lisbon debate, some very relevant, some less so. The key issues the Socialist Party have been raising so far are workers rights, public services and miltarisation. Elsewhere Jow Higgins has looked at the issue of workers' rights (http://www.joehiggins.eu/510) and public services (http://www.joehiggins.eu/489). Here, he goes into precisely how Lisbon boosts the armaments industry and is another step towards a militarised EU. read full story / add a comment
The "offensive and abusive" sign
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday September 21, 2009 20:46 by Kev   text 24 comments (last - tuesday october 06, 2009 18:54)   image 3 images
Earlier today, Friday 18th September, Sean Clinton, a member of the anti-Lisbon campaign group Irish Friends of Palestine Against Lisbon (IFPAL) was arrested outside the Israeli Embassy in Dublin. His "crime" was erecting an IFPAL sign calling for a 'No' vote in the Lisbon Referendum. read full story / add a comment
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national / summit mobilisations / feature Friday September 04, 2009 23:39 by Chekov Feeney   text 38 comments (last - thursday october 15, 2009 10:06)   image 9 images   video 2 video files
One of the great problems that people encounter in making up their minds about the Lisbon treaty is that, depending on who you talk to, the treaty can appear to be an altogether different thing. According to those who are campaigning for a Yes vote, it merely serves to tidy up the existing European treaties, with a few changes to allow the EU to function more efficiently. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / feature Friday September 04, 2009 11:55 by Harry Browne   text 17 comments (last - wednesday september 30, 2009 12:34)   image 1 image
There are plenty of good reasons to vote No, again, on Lisbon – far more than there are reasons to vote Yes. We shouldn’t be ashamed of saying that the best of them are only partly to do with the specificities of the treaty itself.

On the other hand, we should be careful about some of the debating points we adopt.

Anti-imperialists, peace campaigners and workers’ rights advocates on the No side have the best set of arguments, to be sure. The writings of Kieran Allen and Andy Storey, among others, are the gold standard and I wouldn’t presume to add to them. But a few folks on ‘our side’ – and with that phrase I don’t include the right-wingers who happen to support the same vote but are otherwise alien politically – are wandering down some political dark alleys. read full story / add a comment
Big business out to spend millions on Yes campaign
national / eu / feature Saturday August 29, 2009 13:14 by Joe Higgins MEP   text 18 comments (last - sunday october 04, 2009 01:35)   image 18 images   video 1 video file
The pro-Lisbon political parties do not need to raise funds for the 'Yes' to Lisbon campaign. Big business is directly funding their side of the debate. The announcement that Intel and Ryanair will spend hundreds of thousands of euro to try to achieve a Yes vote in the upcoming Lisbon Treaty represents an unconcealed attempt by big business to shape politics in its favour.

Ryanair alone says it plans on spending over half a million Euro advertising for a pro-Lisbon vote, together with Intel that means up to a million Euro for a 'Yes' by only two private corporations.
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national / anti-capitalism / feature Tuesday August 25, 2009 11:48 by James   text 126 comments (last - friday october 30, 2009 23:10)   image 2 images
The SWP hasn't really engaged in Public debate on the subject of Left Unity but have decided to state our position in relation to recent statements by the Socialist Party.
There are a lot of new people entering into struggle, and radical politics, for the first time and we feel it's appropriate now to make our views known. read full story / add a comment
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offaly / environment / feature Sunday August 23, 2009 23:31 by Paula Geraghty   text 29 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2009 10:53)   image 27 images   video 3 video files
Hundreds participated in Climate Camp at Shannonbridge, which was held under the shadow of the peat burning powerstation.
The Climate Camp organised three events to create better awareness around the industrial use of peat in powerstations. read full story / add a comment
We don't need to be tolled twice (2007)
national / miscellaneous / feature Tuesday August 18, 2009 21:25 by Muireann Ni Bhrolchain   text 22 comments (last - wednesday september 16, 2009 18:42)   image 10 images
The Irish Government will pay compensation for tolls of the M3 if the traffic falls below the established minimum.
A report from Ferrovial dated 2008, on their website, states:

“The concession agreement establishes guaranteed minimum traffic levels and the Irish government has to pay the Concession Company compensation if traffic falls below the established minimums”.
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Aung San Suu Kyi
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday August 18, 2009 13:25 by Niamh Rooney   text 9 comments (last - sunday august 23, 2009 01:08)   image 1 image
Burma Action Ireland welcomes the opening of a Book of Solidarity for imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi by the Lord Mayor Emer Costello. The Book of Solidarity calling for the immediate release of the Nobel Laureate and Freeman of Dublin was opened today in City Hall. BAI urges the public to sign the book in solidarity with Daw Suu Kyi and asks that we "use our freedom to promote hers". read full story / add a comment
Niall with friends and family at Cloverhill Courthouse.
mayo / environment / feature Monday August 17, 2009 20:20 by Carol Weafer   text 26 comments (last - saturday august 29, 2009 18:22)   image 1 image
Niall Harnett has been released from custody following confusing circumstances involving a temporary release of sorts last Friday 14th and a withdrawn 'mute' application at the High Court in Cloverhill today Monday 17th August. read full story / add a comment
dublin / animal rights / feature Friday August 14, 2009 10:03 by Colin Ashey   text 11 comments (last - tuesday september 29, 2009 21:45)   image 1 image
At a hearing in Dublin District Court today, Judge McMahon dismissed the case against two animal rights activists arrested outside Barnardo’s fur shop on Lower Grafton Street in Dublin on 22 May this year. read full story / add a comment
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