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The Italian High Court confirmed on Friday 13th July the sentences for the 10 activists on trial for crimes of “devastation and looting” during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001. While some of the sentences have been slightly reduced, all 10 activists have been declared guilty of devastation and looting crimes against private property (for a little historical insight on this charge have a look at my previous article). read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / feature Wednesday July 11, 2012 13:24 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 1 comment (last - monday july 16, 2012 17:54) 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
On the 30th of June 2012, the Citizens Defence Committee held an extremely successful fundraising event in the Dublin Supporters Bar on Parnell Street.
We got off to a great night with a fantastic performance from Irish ballad/folk music band, the Celtic Rebels, who gave it their all and graced us with a brilliant set of traditional Irish music, followed by an excellent rendition of popular Irish rebel songs. Both lads played beautifully and are to be highly recommended by the CDC!
As the night went on and we reached the interval, the long anticipated draw took place.
Among the top prizes was a pair of boxing gloves donated and signed by Anthony (The Pride) Fitzgerald, a rugby ball signed by members of the Irish rugby squad and a beautiful handcrafted bodhrán made by republican prisoners in Portlaoise Gaol. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all of our comrades for donating the wonderful prizes! read full story / add a comment
After a 9-hour debate, the Italian Supreme Court has issued its final sentence against the 25 defendants – policemen and heads of security forces – responsible for the violence against the activists sleeping in the Diaz school during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001. Result: most of the charges have been declared time-barred, leading to impunity for all the people involved. In the meantime, 10 activists are facing a total of 100 years of jail between themselves for crimes of “devastation and looting”. read full story / add a comment
After being left derelict and neglected for 6 years, during which the only intervention by the local authorities has been the building of a wall around the old changing rooms which turned them into a dangerous sewer, Pisa’s sports centre Polisportiva della Fontina has come back to life, and being put to use by hundreds of people of all ages who want a space to hang out and practice sports freely. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Thursday June 28, 2012 15:19 by Latin American Solidarity Centre
The Latin America Solidarity Centre condemns the coup d’etat against President Lugo in Paraguay as an affront to democratic practice. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 27, 2012 09:33 by YBIG 41 comments (last - monday july 02, 2012 21:33) 1 video file
"Rent a drunken Paddy"
"They are only there for a sing song"
"Singing away while we are humiliated"
"They are an embarrassment"
These are some of the abuse leveled at the Irish fans who travelled to the Euro's by a small, yet loud, number of fans who stayed at home. To those of us who travelled we have a different story to tell. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday June 26, 2012 20:58 by italy calling 1 comment (last - friday june 29, 2012 21:08)
I’m not usually one for signing petitions, but a recent initiative has started up which I feel very strongly about. While the top table directly involved in organising and carrying out the butchery of the G8 in Genoa 11 years ago have happily got away with it, 10 activists are risking a total of about 100 years in jail for crimes of “devastation and looting”.
As the official site of the campaign “10 x 100″ likes to point out, the crime of “devastation and looting” was first introduced in 1930, that is, while Italy was still under a Fascist regime. Funny how it’s still there. It was first applied to modern Italy as a repressive measure against football fans, but, interestingly, it has been more recently used against migrants revolting in detention centres and activist protests. Here’s the official call out: read full story / add a comment
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Monday June 11, 2012 19:00 by shelver 4 comments (last - thursday june 28, 2012 14:49) 11 images
The 7th Rossport solidarity camp June bank holiday weekend was great! :) read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 30, 2012 23:36 by Tom Stokes 8 comments (last - monday june 04, 2012 17:20)
There are fools who decry history as if it was irrelevant to the present or the future. Here is an extract from a piece my late father wrote in 1969 on the subject of the drive towards membership of the EEC, now the EU. Relevant? I certainly think it is, in the context of the vote we are going to cast, or not cast, or cast unwisely, on May 31st. read full story / add a comment
Last Saturday morning a bomb exploded outside the vocational college for young women “Morvillo-Falcone” in the Southern city of Brindisi, killing a teenage girl, Melissa Bassi, and severely wounding several other classmates. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday May 20, 2012 09:20 by Costas A. 6 comments (last - wednesday may 23, 2012 18:25) 2 images
Standing with one foot in Ireland and the other foot in Greece and having an interest and a natural curiosity for all "things", I listen, watch and follow events that take place in both countries regarding all aspects of human life, social-political-economical and not only. read full story / add a comment
Volume 4/1 of Interface: a journal for and about social movements is now out, with the topic "the season of revolution: the Arab Spring and European mobilizations". read full story / add a comment
An Taisce call for birthplace site of Abbey Theatre and Fianna to compulsory purchased following fire
dublin / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday May 09, 2012 14:52 by Mystery Monk 1 comment (last - wednesday may 09, 2012 16:05)
The site of the birthplace of the Abbey Theatre and separately the Fianna in Dublin's Camden Street needs to be bought by CPO following fire, An Taisce say. read full story / add a comment
A large crowd attended to hear two knowledgeable speakers on the Spanish Civil War last weekend on the day after the anniversary of the bombing of the Basque historic town on Gernika.
After the speeches Dublin Basque Solidarity Committee supporters sold "pintxos" (Basque snacks) and solidarity merchandise was available from their stall and from that of Anti-Fascist Action, while Antifa DJ provided music. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday May 01, 2012 23:38 by Participants in No Fracking Ireland 5 comments (last - friday june 08, 2012 15:12) 1 image
No Fracking Ireland regret to learn that Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum have decided to take €20,000 from Tamboran Resources, the Australian/Canadian fracking company who wish to drill thousands of wells to extract shale gas in the north west region.
We understand this money is being used by the business forum to fund plans for a hotel in Manorhamilton town. Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum claim to be working at promoting tourism, fracking runs counter to this worthy objective. Only weeks prior to this announcement by the Manorhamilton business group, visiting German geoscientist and politician Helmut Fehr appealed to locals not to sell out to this highly controversial and damaging industry stating, “Don’t take the company’s money it is like selling your soul.”
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Association Of Combined Residents Associations (ACRA) predicts mass opposition to any attempts to impose a Tax on Water
international / miscellaneous / press release Thursday April 19, 2012 15:38 by Malachy Steenson 2 comments (last - tuesday may 01, 2012 11:30) 1 image
The Association of Combined Residents Associations (ACRA) predicts mass opposition to any attempts to impose a tax on water. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Tuesday April 17, 2012 23:37 by Laurence Cox 1 comment (last - wednesday april 18, 2012 14:59)
Final call for applications for 2012-13 read full story / add a comment
DCU invites Irish technology decision makers, entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups to the Helix, DCU for Get Digital: The National Conference on Cloud Computing and Commerce. This free event will take place on 25th April between 1pm and 6pm. 15 business leaders and experts will speak on cloud computing and the commercial opportunities for Irish businesses and the Irish economy. Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing segments and a significant part of the overall market for information technology and services and can reduce both the upfront and maintenance costs for ICT in most businesses. read full story / add a comment
Food Sovereignty Ireland Press Release on Irish Landgrabbing and Actions in Ireland marking International Day of Peasant Struggle 17th April
national / miscellaneous / press release Monday April 16, 2012 23:28 by Sian 1 comment (last - thursday april 19, 2012 12:57)
April 17 is the International Day of Peasant Struggle, commemorating the massacre of 19 peasants struggling for land and justice in Brazil in 1996. Every year on that day actions take place around the world in defense of peasants and small-scale farmers struggling for their rights.
European civil society organizations and movements are asked to come together to recognize International Day of Peasant Struggle and to amplify their demand for European and global Food Sovereignty in a week of action and vibrant demonstrations.
Below is the is the list of actions and press release from some members of the growing movement for Food Sovereignty in Ireland to mark this important day. read full story / add a comment
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