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Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

offsite link Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Orwell’s 1984 arrives in 2018 Ireland

offsite link Elaine Byrne: Not speaking full truth to power Anthony

offsite link Israel/Ireland: Corruption comparison Anthony

offsite link Irish cowboy town and fake regulatory agencies Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link May 25, 2018: Israeli, US Strikes On Government Forces. What Is Going On? Fri May 25, 2018 21:41 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... Late on May 24, Israeli warplanes carried out several strikes on the al-Dabaa airbase in the southwestern Homs countryside, according to pro-government sources. The Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF)

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
2018/05/25 05:00:01Welcome 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 of

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

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international / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Tuesday August 05, 2014 22:20 by William Wraithwrite
Benjamin Netanyahu ‘s own words: “Terrorism is the deliberate assault on civilians to inspire fear for political ends. Though one might quibble with this definition, for example by broadening ‘political ends’ to include ideological or religious motives, it nonetheless captures the essence of terrorism—the purposeful attack on the innocent, those who are hors de combat, outside the field of legitimate conflict. In fact, the more removed the target of the attack from any connection to the grievance enunciated by the terrorists, the greater the terror.” From “Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat the International Terrorist Network, 2001 Edition Chapter 1, page 8.” read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Monday August 04, 2014 13:39 by fred   image 1 image
the NCT was brought in to inject life into the flagging motor sales industry in celtic tiger days, and to create lucrative business opportunites for some lucky people who happened to well connected and in the loop. It's all a bit of a money making scam, which targets the poor disproportionally, gives gardai draconian powers of seizure. Chronic delays in the test system, not to mention reports of corrupt practices make the thing a nightmare for the less well off trying to keep a vehicle on the road in order to increase their chances of finding work. Just another obstacle put in the way of the poorer classes which serves to limit their possibilities and their movements. read full story / add a comment
"sport"?
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 30, 2014 19:12 by Ban Irish hare coursing horror!   image 5 images
Irish animal protection groups are renewing their call for a total ban on live hare coursing following the latest series of shocking reports on coursing events compiled by State appointed wildlife rangers. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday July 18, 2014 14:03 by T   text 21 comments (last - sunday october 19, 2014 23:54)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Yesterday afternoon tragically 295 people lost their lives. What we do know is that if the Kiev fascist regime had any sort of tenuous proof that the separatists had shot it down the Western media would be screaming bloody murder. Instead they are quite coy and initially qualified it with the word accident. And accident of sorts it may well have been because it looks like this may have been more than yet another provocation by US/NATO via their neo-Nazi puppets in Kiev to widen the conflict but in fact may have been a direct attempt to assassinate president Putin because it has been reported his presidential plane flew over the same region approximately 30 minutes earlier. More on this later. But first some details on the lead up to this. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday July 13, 2014 13:00 by Luke Eastwood   text 2 comments (last - tuesday july 15, 2014 22:20)
An analysis of what the IMF is really about... read full story / add a comment
cork / sci-tech / opinion/analysis Sunday July 13, 2014 12:43 by Corkonian   text 1 comment (last - friday july 18, 2014 12:34)
Visit by Dáil Committee toTyndall National Institute, UCC, Monday 14 July. Questions need to be addressed in regard to departures of iconic researchers following SFI funded research work. In particular the iconic work on the junctionless transistor. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday June 29, 2014 16:17 by Anthony Ravlich
Responses of members of human rights organizations to post which considers religious political parties would have more influence if adopted a secular, ethical human rights base. Also my responses to sustainable development. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday June 26, 2014 12:36 by Sonny Melencio   image 1 image
Talk given by Sonny Melencio, Chairperson of Partido Lakas ng Masa-Philippines (PLM), during the Socialist Alliance Conference in Sydney, Australia on June 7, 2014 read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday June 26, 2014 07:53 by Philippe Agret
May 20, 2014 3:43 PM

Iqrit (Israel) (AFP) - On a lonely hill in northern Israel, a stone's throw from the Lebanese border, stands Iqrit church, one of the last vestiges of a village razed by Israeli troops in 1951. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Saturday June 21, 2014 00:39 by V Marplot
Fine Gael relentlessly circles the wagons, to put a pretty new face on an ugly scandal, and baffle us with bull. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 18, 2014 18:36 by Anthony Ravlich
Secular ethical human rights, which are universal, can be adopted by any political party as its ethical base. This includes religious parties as secular ethical human rights virtually equate with the Golden Rule espoused by the major religions. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday June 13, 2014 10:35 by Walden Bello   text 3 comments (last - saturday june 14, 2014 23:48)   image 2 images
Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, anti-democratic agenda
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national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday June 09, 2014 10:41 by Pat Waine   text 2 comments (last - monday june 09, 2014 23:49)
Huge gains for the Anti Austerity Left - Where now and what will Sinn Fein do with this power. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Thursday June 05, 2014 15:58 by john throne
The catholic church the main church of capitalism, undemocratic, anti women, has been exposed as throwing 800 young children into a septic tank in Tuam, Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 04, 2014 15:18 by Luke Eastwood   text 3 comments (last - friday november 07, 2014 11:12)
Water is becoming a corporate resource - the sell off of Irish Water is almost certain Call me a cynic, but I am absolutely convinced that the current Irish government has created Uisce Éireann (Irish Water) with the sole purpose of selling Ireland’s water rights to the private sector within the next decade. Already Uisce Éireann has wasted over €80 million euro in consultancy fees paid to the private sector and it will continue to use private sector contractors to carry out its work, at as yet unknown cost. It is only the fact that it would be political suicide for the government right now that prevents a share issue in the near future. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday June 04, 2014 07:25 by Anthony Ravlich   text 2 comments (last - monday june 09, 2014 15:43)
Human rights group members ignore posts in which Pope urges UN to resist a 'Culture of Death' and where UN Watch reports the rise of repressive States to prominent UN positions. read full story / add a comment
Sample of local election candidates from Independents, People Before Profit and Workers Party
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 20, 2014 17:08 by 1 of Indymedia   text 10 comments (last - thursday june 19, 2014 23:57)   image 5 images   2 attached files
The Local Council Elections are taking place this week and it is worth taking a look at what they are about and what main groups other than FF and FG are running whilst relecting on recent history aka the Mahon Planning Tribunal to remind ourselves of how bad things were. Also an attempt is made to devise a list of questions for the candidates when they come canvassing to your door and to get people thinking about what councils do and why you should spend even a few minutes a year to find out more and get them to work for you instead of vested interests. read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Sunday May 18, 2014 18:09 by Paddy Hackett
State expenditure, as a whole, constitutes an enormous deduction from total surplus value. This largely unproductive spending involves an enormous contraction in the accumulation of capital. It is a deduction that has been growing significantly in the aftermath of the 2nd World War. In the present period of growing problems, regarding the accumulation of capital, there have been continuing feeble attempts to shrink the state or at least reduce the annual rate of state spending. read full story / add a comment
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international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Saturday May 17, 2014 14:12 by Ban bloodsports in Ireland   image 5 images
Anti-blood sport campaigners joined various animal protection groups outside Dublin Castle to protest at the exempting of blood sports from prohibition under the Animal Health and Welfare Act. Other groups were there to promote animal friendly lifestyles and to highlight cruel animal transport practises. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Thursday May 15, 2014 10:10 by Pat Waine   text 3 comments (last - friday may 23, 2014 18:12)
The article deals with the challenge to the Left parties and individuals to get their act together and Put a strong opposition to the neo liberal agenda. That calls for them to put aside party sectarianism in the general interest of working people and put realistic goals before people and move things on that ill benefit all the left . read full story / add a comment
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