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Public Inquiry
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offsite link The Black Sea Development Navy Brief 2/18 February 2018 Sat Feb 17, 2018 22:57 | Scott
by LeDahu for the Saker Blog   Unprecedented show of power projection by the US Navy with 2 Arleigh Burke class DDGs now deployed in the Black Sea.  The USS

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offsite link Syrian War Report ? February 16, 2018: Turkish Forces Capture Large Area In Afrin Fri Feb 16, 2018 20:14 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... On February 15, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) achieved a major breakthrough in their battle against Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces in the area of

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/02/16 ? Open Thread Fri Feb 16, 2018 19:00 | Herb Swanson
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offsite link Escalation in Syria ? how far can the Russians be pushed? Fri Feb 16, 2018 15:12 | The Saker
[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] Events in Syria have recently clearly taken a turn for the worse and there is an increasing amount of evidence that the

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Repeal and Replace? Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:58 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Shifting Sands Under the Abortion Debate Mon Jan 15, 2018 09:30 | GuestPost

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 05, 2014 22:26 by William Wraithwrite
It may very well be coincidence that just when Israel was starting to take some heat for its atrocious war crimes and policy in Gaza at the end of this summer of 2014 along comes a newly name-minted entity engaging in sensational beheadings for news-grabbing attention. Whether red herring cover just happens to be luck for Israel and the United States in regards to committing and tolerating war crimes or whether there was some conspiracy is not that relevant but what is relevant is that the people of the world cannot let other more recent events erase from memory what the world witnessed in Gaza. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 05, 2014 13:34 by Paddy Hackett
It does follow that truth is unattainable. However it is not easily acquired. Its acquisition is a struggle. To strip off illusion and much of ambiguity contemporary society needs replacement by a communal form that precludes social oppression read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Friday October 31, 2014 20:10 by Paddy Hackett   text 1 comment (last - friday october 31, 2014 21:17)
The anti-water charges campaign is a populist campaign driven by the opportunist politics of the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party and other organisations including the UNITE trade union. The Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party merely view the campaign as a means to enhance their popularity within the working class while opportunistically impeding the development of communist consciousness among the working class. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Thursday October 30, 2014 11:26 by john throne   text 5 comments (last - saturday november 01, 2014 16:01)
By John Throne. The so-called workers party which has recently had its conference played a major role in derailing the movement of the 1968/1970 period.
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IGB are responsible for so much suffering.
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Thursday October 30, 2014 09:37 by bernie wright   text 5 comments (last - friday october 31, 2014 20:15)   image 1 image
Smothered Greyhounds found dead.- U bet-They die.

The Alliance for Animal Rights (AFAR) wholeheartedly condemns the suffering inflicted on the eleven greyhounds found smothered on Monday on exiting the Irish ferries vessel in France.
As this news comes in the midst of a greyhound Racing crisis in Ireland we hope firstly that no more Greyhounds will suffer at the hands of the Greyhound Industry.
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international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 21, 2014 22:43 by john throne   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 28, 2014 22:54)
The degrees of violence against women and children and the slave labor inflicted on Irish women in the laundries are not caused by some flaw in the Irish character but by the nature of Irish capitalism and its relationship to the anti women dictatorial Catholic church. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Sunday October 19, 2014 01:47 by john throne   text 4 comments (last - monday october 20, 2014 17:14)
Sinn Fein I believe are rightly under attack for the issues around the Cahill case and the way they are said to have handled this. Abuse of women (and Men) exists in the revolutionary left also. When this comes up the leadership of these organizations usually try to cover this up by citing the supposed interests of the organization concerned and the revolution. This puts enormous pressure of the victims of assault and has to be condemned. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 22:34 by fred   text 3 comments (last - friday october 17, 2014 00:18)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
A pre election sleight of hand giving out a few pennies to the poor with one hand while taking them back with the other via water charges? Here is some information on some of the changes read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 11:40 by Paddy Hackett   text 8 comments (last - wednesday october 15, 2014 23:58)
Single issue demands such as the movement against water rates hold back the class struggle by suggesting that capitalism can continue in the absence of these charges or taxes. This is because such demands are not embedded in a programme of an interlinked series of demands that challenges the capitalist system. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Saturday October 11, 2014 21:28 by john throne   text 1 comment (last - monday october 13, 2014 18:59)
How can this mass movement against the water charges be developed into a lasting mass movement against austerity and capitalism. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday October 10, 2014 23:46 by john throne
Benny was a Comrade and example. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday October 10, 2014 16:05 by Anthony Ravlich
Describes the UN's gross deceit e.g. human rights omissions creating the IMF which discriminates on ground of intellectual property. Also, activists' lack of understanding of political globalization which has led to the dominance of the bureaucracy. In addition, the decimation of animal populations. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 17:50 by Paddy Hackett   text 7 comments (last - sunday october 12, 2014 10:29)
The rhetoric by the Sinn Fein, the Anti Austerity Alliance and the People Before Profit Alliance featuring on RTE's Prime Time programme amounts to nothing but illusion. Their election candidates showed no understanding of the need for revolution. Their rhetoric suggested that capitalism can be managed or reformed to the benefit of the working class by effectively taxing the rich and not the working class. Indeed the entire show confined itself to suggestions as to how to reform capitalism in one way or another. In that way the participants sought to effectively defend the capitalist system. Essentially all contributors were essentially advocating bourgeois politics. If the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party were genuinely revolutionary they would have challenged RTE and its other contributors by advocating the need for revolution. read full story / add a comment
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international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 16:54 by Against animal cruelty   text 3 comments (last - thursday october 16, 2014 08:05)   image 3 images
I have to ask: does the Catholic Church have a death wish?

Hare coursing is a horribly cruel “sport” that is a crime in many jurisdictions. It’s bad enough that the Irish government allows it…but this week pictures circulating on social media (twitter and facebook) clearly show a Catholic Priest officially BLESSING a hare coursing venue. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 08, 2014 14:30 by Luke Eastwood   text 3 comments (last - monday october 13, 2014 22:14)   image 1 image
The Irish government is charging for public water as part of its TISA signup. This is just the start, we will all pay for all water if they have their way, even if we don't get any services from Irish Water. The eventual plan will be to privatize all resources so that absolutely nothing will be free in this country. read full story / add a comment
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international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Friday October 03, 2014 20:55 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   text 1 comment (last - saturday october 04, 2014 13:38)   image 8 images
We, in common with all animal welfare/rights/rescue organisations and conservationist groups in Ireland are appalled that another hare coursing season has just been allowed to commence, with public hare-baiting sessions already having being staged at Liscannor in County Clare and Kilflynn in County Kerry.

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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday October 02, 2014 23:32 by Paddy Hackett
Parties such as the SP, SWP and Sinn Fein are essentially no different from each other nor from Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Fianna Fail. They are all bourgeois nationalist parties competing for power within the capitalist system. Reformism is still alive and well and embedded within the Irish working class movement. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 01, 2014 19:56 by john throne
We are all familiar with the monstrous crimes that have been carried out by the Catholic hierarchy in Ireland, the slave labor in the Magadlene prison laundries, the physical and sexual abuse in the children's prisons.The victims have to be given compensation. Not by the taxpayers but from the vast wealth of the Catholic church. More generally responsibility has to be allotted for this. Responsibility lies with different forces, the Catholic hierarchy, the Irish capitalist class, but also the members of the Catholic church. John Throne. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 17, 2014 01:56 by john throne   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 30, 2014 00:02)   image 2 images
Claiming to stand for the Protestant working class Paisley was in fact their enemy read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday September 14, 2014 12:06 by political hostage
As the case of Michael McKevitt continues to alert media attention it must be borne out that there has been a significant degree of prejudice surrounding everything about the case over many years. read full story / add a comment
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