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A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Interesting video of a quadruple ?volley? launch of SLBMs from the latest Russian SSBN Fri May 25, 2018 16:04 | The Saker
A rare and interesting event: a “volley” launch of four submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBM – in this case the newest model “Bulava”) from a nuclear powered ballistic submarine (SSBN

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/05/25 ? Open Thread Fri May 25, 2018 06:00 | Herb Swanson
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offsite link It all depends on your values Fri May 25, 2018 05:05 | The Saker
[This article has been written for the Unz Review] This has been an interesting week for Russia.  First, and contrary to my own expectations, Iulia Skripal has been allowed to

offsite link Conflict In Eastern Ukraine Can Soon Turn Into Open War Fri May 25, 2018 04:01 | Scott
https://southfront.org/conflict-in-ea... This week the military situation in eastern Ukraine has once again escalated as forces loyal to the Kiev government have advanced on positions controlled by defense forces of the

offsite link Interesting video of Russian Special Operations solider defending his position alone (Syria) Fri May 25, 2018 03:15 | The Saker
I just came across an interesting, if old (2016) video.  According to this (Russian language) article, it shows a Syrian Army position attacked by a ISIS suicide bomber.  Amongst the

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Repeal, Abortion and the Common Good: Beyond Foetal Rights? Tue Apr 24, 2018 15:06 | Máiréad Enright

offsite link #abortiontravel Cordelia Freeman on ?The Chile-Peru Abortion Trail and the Irish Experience? Thu Apr 19, 2018 14:13 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Sydney Calkin on ?The Changing Geographies of Abortion Access? Wed Apr 18, 2018 14:08 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Kath Browne & Catherine Nash on ?Love both?: Naming Heteroactivism? Tue Apr 17, 2018 13:01 | GuestPost

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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / feature Tuesday February 12, 2013 00:59 by twitter fan   text 8 comments (last - tuesday february 12, 2013 18:48)   image 4 images   video 3 video files
Press statement - Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes (CAHWT) 11 Feb 2013
Eyewitness reports of Garda violence at South Dublin County Council

19 year old protester hospitalised: plainclothes Garda ‘smashed my head on wall’

Campaigners against the property tax – who staged one of a number of peaceful protests at Councils today – have questioned why Gardai at South Dublin County Council used brutal and unnecessary force against them, including some plain clothes Gardai. Cannisters of pepper spray were also waved at locals who were manhandled and handcuffed. One is currently being kept in Tallaght Hospital for observation of his injuries. read full story / add a comment
Art - a Composite of Van Gogh's 'Exercise Yard' & Munch's 'Scream' by Prisoner Mick Connors.
mayo / environment / feature Sunday January 20, 2013 00:05 by Niall Harnett   text 32 comments (last - thursday april 04, 2013 22:01)   image 6 images
An insight into prison life in Ireland, namely Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon. On 21st April 2010 I was convicted of assaulting a number of Gardaí in relation to Shell to Sea protests and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. Remission for good behaviour means that prisoners will have their sentences reduced by a quarter, once you keep your nose clean. I was given credit for 2 weeks time served previously in 2009, before I was bailed out pending my appeal. So I spent 4 months in jail from April to August in the summer of 2010. read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / feature Wednesday January 16, 2013 20:28 by OO'C   text 5 comments (last - friday april 08, 2016 12:50)   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
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national / miscellaneous / feature Monday December 31, 2012 18:28 by various   text 10 comments (last - wednesday january 09, 2013 06:40)   image 1 image
As the year draws to a close, we highlight some of the news stories that made it to the pages of Indymedia during the year. We are certainly living in "interesting times" as old the Chinese curse goes! Events in north Africa and the middle east related to the "fake arab spring" remained in the headlines and also as we head into 2013 the Irish economy is still saddled with enormous burden of debt by a criminal layer of developers, bankers, politicians and an international financial elite dictating to government and the promise of many more austerity budgets to come which will have the effect of stripping away all the social safety nets. read full story / add a comment
Location of so-called retirement village
dublin / environment / feature Tuesday December 04, 2012 10:05 by dublin rambler   text 6 comments (last - wednesday december 12, 2012 11:15)   image 2 images
Our political parties are at it again. They can't seem to stop. They are rezoning land in areas where the County Manager has already strongly opposed it and as usual FF councillors are at the forefront with FG very close behind. You would think that something might change after FF has led this country to economic ruin and has saddled everyone with debt that has nothing to do with them, restarted emigration and condemned the young, old and sick to cutbacks and poverty for an indefinite period with no end in sight. It all just goes to show the huge democratic deficit in this country and the fact that these self-serving political parties and their developer friends don't give a damn about anyone, the environment or our common future. And so we feel it is important to featurize this local but important story below.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors are to vote on a murky rezoning project near Tibradden in the Dublin Mountains on December 10th, which breaches the county development plan and national policy, as well as policy on siting of facilities for older people. Most crucially it breaches the current limits of the no-building areas in the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains, which are a vital amenity for the whole community.

To date a majority of local councillors have been in favour, against the advice of the planners and even the County Manager - but have not explained their reasons for voting yes to this development. It will create a "retirement village" cut off from library, churches and other community contacts: perhaps isolation facility would be a better term. Despite all the scandals, it seems to be "business at usual" over at DL-Rathdown... read full story / add a comment
Poster for the 40th Anniversary with pictures of the three busmen who were killed. Please feel free to distribute.
national / crime and justice / feature Tuesday November 27, 2012 12:02 by Joe Murphy   text 11 comments (last - tuesday december 04, 2012 01:50)   image 26 images
A wreath-laying ceremony to honour and remember the three busmen who were killed will take place in Sackville Place at the site of the pavement memorial: ‘A Fallen Bouquet’.

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Savita Halappanavar
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Wednesday November 14, 2012 13:04 by indyjourno   text 44 comments (last - saturday december 08, 2012 07:05)   image 8 images   video 1 video file
Two demonstrations have been called in light of this tragic death
Pro-Choice Ireland have called a demonstration for 6 o'clock this evening Wednesday 14th November outside Leinster House.
Action on X in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice has called a candle lit vigil for this Saturday the 17th of November beginning at the Garden of Remembrance at 4 o'clock .
UPDATE: "NEVER AGAIN" are holding a protest at the Dail, Kildare Street, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:00pm see HERE 31 year old Savita Halappanavar died last week after being denied a termination after presenting with a miscarriage. Having originally presented at the hospital with a back pain on October 21st, it was discovered that Savita was miscarrying. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Wednesday October 31, 2012 13:45 by Cllr Pat Kavanagh   text 16 comments (last - monday november 12, 2012 01:20)   image 1 image   1 attached file
The Children's Referendum is being held on Saturday, 10th November 2012.. There are lots of YES posters up but it seems few people really know anything about this referendum. What is it about? Indymedia have put this feature together to help people see and access some of the arguments.

The main article here is campaigning for the NO vote but there are also links to other articles which have taken a critical look at the new wording and what the potential ramifications are and these are linked here. We encourage readers to become familiar with them so that they can make a better choice on Voting Day. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / feature Tuesday October 23, 2012 14:53 by An Draighnean Donn   text 10 comments (last - wednesday november 21, 2012 05:22)   image 2 images
Paper given at the First Annual Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi Day School, at the Dublin Offices of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, 33 Gardiner Place, Dublin, on the 20th of October, 2012.

The "Arab Spring" and The Seduction of the Western Left

I wish to claim, in this paper, that the invasion of Libya set a new precedent in the co-option of Western Left into imperialist adventurism. Following the work of Jean Baudrillard, I will claim that the method used was the age old method of seduction.

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Map of oil and gas exploration in Irish territory
national / crime and justice / feature Wednesday September 19, 2012 23:33 by WSM   text 3 comments (last - thursday october 11, 2012 22:51)   image 2 images   video 1 video file   1 attached file
€1,600 billion. That is the figure for Irish Oil & Gas reserves already licensed revealed this morning in a detailed report from Shell to Sea using the energy corporations own reports and estimates. People in Ireland will see almost no benefits from this incredible wealth because the Irish state gives these reserves to the corporations at the cheapest terms in the world. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday September 13, 2012 01:12 by T   text 4 comments (last - thursday february 21, 2013 06:33)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Things on the global Police State front get more frightening and ominous by the day. This latest announcement serves to underline that. The FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars. It is known as the Next Generation Identification (NGI) program. This report comes from Russia Today (rt.com) and quotes an article in New Scientist magazine. The project itself was announced back in 2005 and was part of a project to upgrade the existing Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday September 13, 2012 00:59 by T   text 6 comments (last - monday december 24, 2012 16:21)   image 6 images   video 1 video file
A series of reports from Russia Today (rt.com) and other sites have explained how activists reading through last year's hack by Anonymous of the Strategic Forecasting Intelligence agency (Stratfor) have revealed a little known system already in place and run by the Abraxas corporation although hints of the system were known years earlier. The email have since been released on WikiLeaks. Global Intelligence Files read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / feature Sunday August 05, 2012 23:51 by wageslave   image 1 image
Shell has been trying to get a tunnel boring machine into place in Rossport. This feature will serve as a jump off point for information on the progress of the operation and the efforts of the shell to sea protesters. It will be updated with links to new posts on the subject as they come in. read full story / add a comment
Gene Sharp, "harmless peace loving old man" or cynical calculating CIA asset?
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Saturday July 21, 2012 21:51 by lefty   text 16 comments (last - wednesday november 06, 2013 22:05)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
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. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / feature Wednesday July 11, 2012 13:24 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.   text 1 comment (last - monday july 16, 2012 17:54)   image 1 image
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. read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / feature Tuesday July 03, 2012 12:45 by One of NFI   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 04, 2012 23:16)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
"Is there a safe way to frack? Probably: but not profitably; and
certainly not within the geology of a little emerald isle. " - Greg Palast, investigative Journalist read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday June 22, 2012 02:41 by Emma Purdy   image 1 image   video 1 video file
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 read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / feature Tuesday May 29, 2012 22:31 by wageslave   image 2 images
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!

Come up to Mayo this June bank holiday! read full story / add a comment
Israeli diamonds are not conflict free
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday May 22, 2012 20:57 by Sean Clinton   text 2 comments (last - saturday june 09, 2012 15:10)   image 8 images
As the leaders of the global diamond industry gathered in Vicenza, Italy for the annual meeting of the World Diamond Council, Palestinians remained trapped in a surreal nightmarish existence under the cosh of a diamond-funded, nuclear-armed belligerent regime: "The Israeli forces used [taser guns] and I have bruises on my arms and legs. I saw them open a protester's mouth by force and spit in it, and they spit in my face as well. While being under custody, a police officer of Ramle district addressed both me and another female activist while being cuffed with verbal sexual harassment, threatening to rape us. I have to admit I burst in tears ." read full story / add a comment
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