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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link UK Saker Community members: Sheikh Imran Hosein will be lecturing in the UK in Aug/Sept! Sat Aug 18, 2018 00:06 | The Saker
Dear friends, My dear friend Sheikh Imran Hosein will be lecturing in various cities across the UK (including Scotland!) in August and September.  If at all possible, I highly recommend

offsite link Solari Report quarterly interview with The Saker Fri Aug 17, 2018 19:57 | The Saker
Dear friends, Here is the latest installment of my quarterly conversations with Catherine Austin Fitts. This one was recorded on July the 28th. You can listen to the interview on

offsite link Filling the Vacuum Fri Aug 17, 2018 16:20 | The Saker
By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-... source: http://actualcomment.ru/zapolnenie-va... When the Western Roman Empire collapsed, in Europe the so-called dark centuries came there

offsite link ?The Death of Yazdgerd?: The greatest political movie ever explains Iran?s revolution Fri Aug 17, 2018 16:15 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog I?d say it?s a pretty low bar to be the greatest political movie off all-time?. Perhaps movies are just too sensationalistic by nature

offsite link Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions ? the Final Demise of the Dollar Hegemony? Fri Aug 17, 2018 16:08 | The Saker
by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Sanctions left and sanctions right. Financial mostly, taxes, tariffs, visas, travel bans ? confiscation of foreign assets, import and export prohibitions and limitations;

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Human Rights in Ireland
News on Human Rights

offsite link Traveller Community in Galway Fri Aug 03, 2018 18:03 | Human Rights

offsite link Maldives Remain UK Priority Thu Jul 19, 2018 13:09 | Human Rights

offsite link US Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Thu Jul 19, 2018 13:06 | Human Rights

offsite link Returning Refugees Greece Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:56 | Human Rights

offsite link Australia Immigrants English Speaking Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:54 | Human Rights

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Attitudes in the North to Brexit 12:17 Fri Aug 17, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link United Wolfe Tone Commemoration ? 19th August 10:50 Fri Aug 17, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Hahahah? 09:51 Fri Aug 17, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Anybody but Kelly 09:38 Fri Aug 17, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Neutrality? 11:40 Thu Aug 16, 2018 | 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

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

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offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

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national / housing / news report Friday September 08, 2017 12:45 by Mac MacThomais   text 6 comments (last - friday november 03, 2017 08:05)
In the face of the worst housing crisis since rackrenting of the 19 th century why is Irish society so hung up on cement houses that resemble bunkers.There are numerous alternatives to cement and concrete and most western countries and developing world universities are exploring and investing in education for engineering and architectural studies called biotecture and geotecture knowledge transfer degrees read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / press release Saturday September 02, 2017 23:45 by sp   text 2 comments (last - sunday september 03, 2017 16:58)
The failure of the economic recovery in Ireland to deliver for the needs of working-class people is becoming increasingly clear, if anything living standards are worsening. The past number of weeks and months has seen the publication of reports with ample proof of this.

There are now a record 687,000 people waiting for treatment in public hospitals, the vast bulk of whom are waiting to see a consultant as outpatients for the first time. On the census night in 2016, 7,000 people were classed as homeless, rising by 81% since the census of 2011. Today it is estimated that there are 8,000 living in homeless accommodation, including nearly 3,000 children. Many are now being threatened with eviction from their homes by vulture funds with an alarming rise in the number of summary judgements. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday August 30, 2017 21:41 by 1 of indy   text 7 comments (last - monday october 30, 2017 17:16)
The Girl Against Fluoride has campaigned against Water Fluoridation for a number of years and published here and is now announcing the end of the campaign with this letter sent out to supporters a week or so ago.

I would like to thank you for your support of The Girl Against Fluoride campaign. I would also like to take this opportunity to fill you in on what’s happened in the interim since we started the campaign in 2012 and to share our plans moving forward. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday August 27, 2017 02:07 by anon   image 1 image
The recent furore over Public Service Card (PSC) has highlighted the sly and underhand way the government has tried to introduce identity cards through the backdoor. In a typical fashion for the political system in Ireland, they have without any public discussion, legislation or clear thought tried to push this through to the unsuspecting public or at least most of them. Even the police state next door, the UK, rejected identity cards when the UK House of Lords rejected identity cards in early 2006. read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Sunday July 30, 2017 22:44 by shell2sea   image 1 image
This press release is from July 12th but since it may not have been widely circulated, Indymedia are reposting it here.

It was announced yesterday that Shell is planning to sell its 45% stake of the Corrib Gas project to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

Shell to Sea today claimed that Shell caused considerable damage to all State institutions involved in the Corrib Gas project since their involvement began in 2002.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Sunday July 30, 2017 22:30 by Ruth Coppinger
The Citizens’ Assembly on abortion rights was set up under pressure from the Repeal movement. It surprised the conservative Dáil when it recommended that women and pregnant people be trusted – that abortion should be legalised upon request up to 12 weeks; for socio-economic reasons up to 22 weeks; for health; and for fatal foetal abnormality.

But how will these ever get implemented given that the Dáil parties have an extremely limited position on abortion that is way behind the public? Only Solidarity-People Before Profit and a few independents are pro-choice in line with the Citizens’ Assembly. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Sunday July 30, 2017 22:21 by r2w
The Right2Water campaign is currently developing a submission in relation to the River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) which will be submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government as part of their consultation process.

In order to ensure all Right2Water Ireland's supporters' voices are heard and are involved in this process, we are asking you to fill in this short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PKN3YXN

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How Eoghan Harris and Gerry Gregg got it wrong - shot by shot - click for bigger image
national / history and heritage / news report Saturday July 29, 2017 10:02 by Tom Cooper   text 1 comment (last - monday august 07, 2017 10:54)   image 2 images
A NEW FLAW has been discovered in the Eoghan Harris / Gerry Gregg TV documentary An Tost Fada (The Long Silence)

A 1939 gravestone (& inscription) of a woman was presented as that of man killed in 1921 (who An Tost Fada said was killed in April 1922). See link to original story below.

Original Story of successful complaint:
RTE upholds complaint against Eoghan Harris programme on War of independence
http://indymedia.ie/article/102026
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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Friday July 21, 2017 18:24 by ShannonWatch
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has recently started to publish a Monthly Report on Munitions of War Exemptions issued under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, 1973 on its website. It can be be accessed via the following link http://www.dttas.ie/aviation/publications/english/stati...s-war. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Wednesday July 05, 2017 00:22 by sg   text 1 comment (last - saturday april 21, 2018 09:17)   video 1 video file
Ireland has become the fourth European country to ban hydraulic fracturing (after France, Bulgaria and Germany). On June 28, the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill passed the final legislative stages in the Seanad.

The session included the committee, report, and final stages that took place in the Seanad chamber, where the gallery was full of supporters of the ban. It now requires only the signature of President Michael D. Higgins to become law. This is expected in the coming days. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Sunday June 25, 2017 23:02 by ShannonWatch   1 attached file
In reply to a parliamentary question from Clare Daly TD, the Minister for Transport Shane Ross TD provided details of permits granted to take munitions fo war through Irish airports and airspace over the period 1 Jan 2017 to 31 May 2017. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Friday June 23, 2017 17:07 by zw   image 1 image
We are delighted to see the Green Party launch their Waste Reduction Bill 2017. The Bill calls for much needed practical steps to combat plastic pollution. A deposit refund scheme is outlined for glass and plastic bottles and a complete ban sought on single use non-recyclable plastics, such as disposable cups.

We are aware more than most in Zero Waste Ireland that the issue of plastic pollution is a massive global challenge and a blight on our own country. According to the Green Party, every year, over 110 million tonnes of plastic is produced. Of this, up to 43% ends up in landfill. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 21, 2017 13:36 by Paula
We all know that fruit is good for us. Recent studies suggest we should be eating up to ten portions of fruit and veg each day. But how much is too much? read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday June 14, 2017 15:44 by Court Reporters   text 1 comment (last - wednesday june 14, 2017 20:25)
On 24 May 2017, two peace activists Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy were sent for jury trial because the District Court judge finally refused to accept jurisdiction. The judge said the alleged criminal damage newly set at €3,500 was so large as to make it a serious charge. read full story / add a comment
Plastic along our coast...
national / environment / news report Tuesday June 13, 2017 23:49 by 1 of indy   image 5 images
Originally appeared on June 8th
Today marks World Ocean Day 2017, a global day of celebration honouring the world’s oceans and an opportunity to appreciate, conserve and protect our marine life and habitats.

This year’s conservation focus is on preventing plastic pollution and marine litter, encouraging solutions for healthier seas.

And rightly so. A widely cited study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for the World Economic Forum warns that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

A separate report in the journal Science estimates that 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year – the equivalent of one truckload per minute. One researcher for the study likens this amount to lining up 5 grocery bags of rubbish on every foot of coastline around the globe. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Tuesday June 13, 2017 21:54 by fie   image 1 image
Minister Dennis Naughton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has been urged to support a United Nations Convention’s ruling requiring suspension of work on the new Hinkley Point UK nuclear reactor until a transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] is completed.

The first new nuclear station to be constructed in the UK since 1995, Hinkley C is a 3.2GW nuclear power plant composed of two reactors. The power plant will generate 7% of UK's electricity if constructed. The UK position is that “the likely impacts determined through a thorough EIA do not extend beyond the county of Somerset and the Severn Estuary”.

The Espoo Convention, signed by Ireland in 1991, requires that the opportunity for comment provided to the public of potentially affected Parties is ‘equivalent to that provided to the public of the Party of origin’. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Friday June 09, 2017 17:45 by CHASE   image 1 image
An accident has occurred at the Covanta operated Poolbeg incinerator last night (Wed 7 June) which resulted in the hospitalisation of 11 construction workers.

Reports indicate the cause of the incident was an uncontrolled cloud of lime released inside the flue gas treatment area, which breached a door seal and engulfed the workers, resulting in reports of breathing difficulties, feelings of nausea and blurred vision.

Lime, a highly alkaline, caustic and irritating material with potential to cause blindness and serious respiratory issues, is used in incinerators to ‘clean’ harmful compounds such as dioxins and furans from flue gasses. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / press release Thursday June 08, 2017 22:22 by people   image 1 image
PEOPLE’S NEWS -News Digest of the People’s Movement. No. 168 23 May 2017

Contents of this issue are:
“The EU is in a unique position to provide global security”
Feeding the Casino Economy
“An EU army is a project that would give additional weight to the EU foreign and security policy”
Wake up to TiSA!
Who is Paul Kehoe?
The European Patent Office—a bad employer
The militarist legacy of Enda Kenny
EU trade deals must be ratified by all members
More on Kenny, EU militarisation, and even Brexit
No honeymoon for Macron
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday June 04, 2017 17:46 by séamas carraher
As minister-for-poverty in one of the richest countries in the World (or at least one of the most indebted) Minister Varadkar achieved fame in the run up to the Leadership context with his April 2017 Campaign against welfare recipients and the unemployed: ‘Welfare cheats cheat us all“. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Friday June 02, 2017 18:34 by 1 of indy
reland must assert its sovereignty and invest the proceeds of the AIB shares in public infrastructure, according to leading economist, Paul Sweeney of TASC.

The main reason for investing this capital in Ireland, Mr Sweeney said, is that it generates bigger returns than the savings on the interest on the national debt. Furthermore, the extraordinarily low level of public investment is manifested in the housing crisis and hospital overcrowding. read full story / add a comment
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