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international / environment / news report Thursday June 12, 2014 17:30 by dunk 3 images 4 video files
(An article on the protest in Brazil against the World Cup, aswell as a small campaign in the southern most host city, Curitiba, about the #CheerForPeace project which is working with communities in the cities most central favela Vila Torres)
The eyes of the world focus on Brazil
Today the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, who knows how it will go. Will it be a success, or not? Will they have the stadiums finished in time, or not? Will it be interrupted by violent protests, or not? Will it be a positive thing for the country, or not?
We already have, what has quick become, an iconic image of where much of the feelings in Brazil rest at present. Brazilian artist Paulo Ito posted this mural on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo’s Pompeia a few weeks ago.
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international / anti-capitalism / news report Monday May 23, 2011 23:03 by dunk 9 comments (last - tuesday october 04, 2011 13:47) 17 images 6 video files 1 audio file
All are agreed, something amazing is happening right here and right now on this beautiful little planet. And, by Christ do we need it!!! A week ago, even in Spain, there wasn’t too much awareness of what was going on with the M-15 movement, but now, only days later and it appears that a bomb has gone off. Last look on the digital map of places participating in the #SPANISHREVOLUTION gave a count of 650 (yes that’s right SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY) places around the planet expressing solidarity with what’s going on here in Spain, or being inspired to bring the revolution to their part of the world. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / news report Thursday February 24, 2011 19:46 by dunk 10 comments (last - sunday march 13, 2011 19:42) 5 images 5 video files
Dylan Haskins is running as an Independent in Dublin South East. He's young, idealistic and already done many interesting things in his 23 years, from being a DIY punk setting up an all ages punk music gig venue to film making to helping set up Exchange in Dublin. Now he's running for election in tomorrows Irish elections.
Young and naive, perhaps. But a positive breath of fresh air, absolutely. Ireland is fucked at present, maybe Dylan and his bold (anarcho)punk inspired ideas might be exactly whats needed to get things on track? read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Tuesday October 12, 2010 11:02 by dunk 4 comments (last - sunday october 17, 2010 19:52) 11 images 6 video files 1 audio file
Minga Global: In every corner of the planet, those of us who want to save the life are raising our voices against capitalist aggression expressed in the looting and the commodification of life. Because we know that other worlds are not only urgent: they are, above all, possible. And we are building them.
CJA (Climate Justice Action): System Change not Climate Change! Taking direct action for climate justice
(FULL REPORT, LINKS, VIDS ETC AT http://climatecaravan.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/global-m...inga/ ) read full story / add a comment
30th of January 1972, 14 civil rights activists were shot dead. 38 years later Justice came to Derry
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday June 16, 2010 17:52 by dunk 23 comments (last - monday june 27, 2011 18:39) 18 images 9 video files 1 audio file
'The conclusions of this report (The Saville Report) are absolutely clear. There is no doubt, there is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong. On behalf of our country I am deeply sorry"
British prime minister David Cameron, Tuesday 15th June 2010 (38 years after the events of Bloody Sunday)
On the 30th of January 1972 in Derry, Ireland 26 civil rights demonstrators and bystanders were shot by the British Army Parachute Regiment without warning or provocation. 13 died on the spot and another was mortally wounded. All were unarmed and most were teenagers. No one has ever been brought to justice.
Kevin McElhinney, Gerald Donaghy, John Duddy, Bernard McGuigan, Michael McDaid, William Nash, James Wray, Michael Kelly, John Johnston, John Young, William McKinney, Gerard McKinney, Hugh Gilmore, Patrick Doherty read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Friday January 29, 2010 23:50 by dunk 1 comment (last - wednesday february 03, 2010 11:33) 4 images 5 video files 3 audio files
Just over a month ago in Copenhagen’s free town of Cristiania there were firey words spoken, followed by baracades of fire, conflict with riot police and mass arrests of cliamte justice activists. The talk, with Noami Klein and others, led to the later arrest of Tadzio Muller for “instigating a riot” under the new Danish “anti terrorist laws“. The talk was our “party night”, December 14th 2009, 2 days before the RECLAIM POWER demo… PUSHING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE
Below is the video compilation of that important talk, what happened after and what that has led to. Reclaim Power was not an end in itself, it was only that hugely difficult and important first step… read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Monday November 30, 2009 12:24 by dunk 17 comments (last - wednesday january 13, 2010 15:36) 23 images 9 video files 8 audio files
“The day the political landscape changed forever“, was how Fritjof Capra referred to events of N30, Tuesday 30th of November 1999, in his book The Hidden Connections. He was referring to the day when 1000´s of global justice activists came together and succeeded in shutting down the first WTO (World Trade Organisation) talks in the US using (mostly) non violent direct actions (NVDA) in the north western US city of Seattle. This was the event which brought the “globalisation” debate to the mainstream. It has been misleadingly described as anti-globalisation, what it should be accurately described as is anti corporate globalisation.
10 years on and again there is rubber bullets, tear gas and flames in the streets. This time in Geneva, as people from all over the world converge in the lead up to COP15, the climate change talks in Copenhagen... amongst others, the Social and Climate justice caravan. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / news report Monday November 23, 2009 20:41 by dunk 4 comments (last - monday december 21, 2009 19:05) 5 images 2 audio files
Brian Anson - Architect, Story Teller, Poet, Revolutionary
Brian Anson passed away over the weekend after being inflicted with a sudden illness.
Audio documentary; Stories of architecture and social struggle with Brian Anson
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international / environment / news report Friday November 06, 2009 18:34 by dunk 6 comments (last - sunday november 08, 2009 13:53) 6 images 5 video files
At about 5pm this evening as the closing plenary of what can only be seen as a very disapointing climate talks in Barcelona, 2 people got up with a banner and walked toward the front stage shouting "Markets are the problem, not the solution". The banner appears to have read "Obama is finishing what Bush started".
They were quickly jumped upon by security guards at the conference and wrestled to the ground. A third person stood up and came to their aid, it appears she was taken away from the plenary by the security guards.
All three were evicted from the conference, no arrests were made. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Tuesday November 03, 2009 17:54 by dunk 12 comments (last - friday november 06, 2009 22:52) 14 images 7 video files
This week (monday 2 - friday 6) the Barcelona International Climate Change Talks are happening, five days of formal negotiations, in the lead up to COP 15. Since Saturday there have been a series of actions in the cities streets as well as at the conference centre to raise awereness, to unite eco movements and to try to force change during this window of opportunity in the conference centre at the far side of Montjuic. But will it be enough to get us out of our AGE OF STUPID? Perhaps not, news has just come through today that African countries have abandoned the talks.
Saturday - Manifestation in Barcelona streets - The climate is not for sale
Sunday - Outdoor film screening in city streets - 11th hour - Age of Stupid - Eco hopes
Monday - TckTckTck wake up call for climate talks - Anarchist night greeting
Tuesday - Africa boycott U.N. climate talks, demands CO2 cuts read full story / add a comment
international / environment / feature Monday June 08, 2009 20:28 by dunk 46 comments (last - tuesday april 12, 2011 10:57) 38 images 6 video files
Oil and Gas multi-nationals always get what they want. That is, the resources for next to nothing. And nothing will stand in their way. This week 25 Peruvian Indians were massacred by the military. The same thing has happened elsewhere in South America in other countries and in Africa a-la Nigeria. In our own country, to avoid bloodshed, our politicians just handed over the resources for free. In Bolivia where Evo Morales nationalised their Natural Gas, death squads were sent out to kill him, with one of their own being Irishman Michael Dwyer who worked for a large oil company in Mayo. Anyone notice a trend here? So read on to find out what happened in Peru this past week...
Awajun, Wampis, mestizos y blancos unidos en defensa del territorio, luchando para derogatoria de los DS
Awajun, Wampis (native tribes), mestizos (mix of native and Spanish blood) and whites united in defence of the land, Struggling to repeal the Court Orders
An ongoing, many month old peaceful protest in the Bagua region of the north western area of Peru was brutally attacked this week by state forces, resulting in the deaths of, at least, 25 native Indigenous Amazonian Peruvians. A motorway in the "curve of the devil" region had been blocked by local communities of the area who feel their land, health, livelihood and community is threatened by the government's giveaway of the area, and its precious resources, to multinational oil and gas exploration. They are perhaps right to feel sad, threatened and terrified, knowing how things have faired in neighbouring areas with a similar story, Sion, Equador and beyond... Perhaps even as far a field as Rossport. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / feature Monday March 09, 2009 22:58 by dunk 20 comments (last - tuesday november 03, 2009 13:59) 11 images 4 video files 3 audio files
Springtime in Europe and the Earth's life cycle is in bloom again. The 3 parts of the radio documentary capture magical moments in the recent history of one of the most exciting projects in Barcelona at present, our community garden in Gracia. This article was written after a lovely Valentine's weekend of much open, shared and participative activity, the highlight of which was our collective mural day in the garden. It is hoped that some of the life, current ideas, projects, tools, spaces, bargains, oddities, dreams, passions and goings on of the city and her peoples are communicated here-in.
Friday… Thinking about winning
Saturday… Painting pictures and feeling like we are winning
Sunday… Sharing passions, playing and doing, remembering the South read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Friday February 27, 2009 17:02 by dunk 13 comments (last - thursday march 05, 2009 18:29) 8 images 10 video files 6 audio files
Al Gore: "I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants."
Next Monday The largest act of civil disobedience will happen against global warming in the US. A large protest has been called at a coal-fired plant in Washington, D.C, 11,000 people are expected. In the days leading up to the protest, youth climate activists are organizing a conference called Power Shift ’09. Thousands of student activists plan to lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill, urging them to rebuild the economy through bold climate and clean energy policy.
Looks like the "climate camp movement" is continuing to grow globally and momentum is building in the lead up to COP15... Ireland too are organising thing for this summer. Also Greenpeace´s "lawful excuse" court battle win might open the flood gates for more direct action... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Wednesday January 28, 2009 16:30 by dunk 9 comments (last - monday march 02, 2009 15:16) 6 images 5 video files 1 audio file
In Brazil, more than one hundred thousand people are gathering for the ninth World Social Forum. A crowd of some fifty thousand kicked off the event Tuesday with a march through the Amazon city of Belem. The World Social Forum gathers social movements from around the world under the theme of ‘another world is possible.’ It’s timed to coincide with the gathering of corporate leaders in the Swiss town of Davos.
Listen to the live broadcast, when available from AMARC: http://126.96.36.199:8330/listen.pls
WSF 2009 @ Belém - Pará - Brasil (27 feb - 1 feb, 2009) : http://www.fsm2009amazonia.org.br/
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national / environment / opinion/analysis Thursday January 22, 2009 13:40 by dunk 4 comments (last - monday january 26, 2009 19:26) 3 images 2 video files 1 audio file
Dear Pat, (Wednesday 21 January, 2009)
Strange times indeed!
Yesterday Martin Luther King’s dream was realised with Barack Obama becoming the first black president of the united States. Today sees Ireland celebrating, after much movement building based on Hope and Bold-ness of vision, the 90th anniversary since the first meeting of Dail Éireann.
But strangest of all is that we are living in times of such climate catastrophe, which threatens our collective existence regardless of nation and race, and in Ireland this fact is neither sufficiently recognised, nor is sufficient assistance given to those with visions for sustainable change. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday January 11, 2009 15:42 by dunk 7 comments (last - wednesday january 14, 2009 15:07) 12 images 7 video files
100 - 175,000 march in Barcelona against Gaza massacre and call for Israeli boycott.
Due to the ongoing massacres being carried out in the Gaza strip at present, 700+ Palestinians killed, mostly women and children, the protest in the streets of Barcelona was attended between 100 and 175 thousand people, thats about 2 full Croke Parks. Activists, at some stage, mounted a construction scaffolding and attached a banner in Catalan which was a slight modification to the famous poem "First they came…" about the Nazis coming for, removing and disappearing all those they then opposed: the communists, the jews, the trade unionists, the Catholics, the intellectuals, the last of which was the poems author, Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), was part of. Yesterdays banner included "Now they are coming for the Palestinians" read full story / add a comment
international / environment / opinion/analysis Tuesday September 23, 2008 17:14 by dunk 3 images 3 video files 3 audio files
While many view these days with dread; the outset of climate crisis, political corruption and corporate manipulation blocking healthy change, lack of hope that things can change.
Others are starting to see something profound emerging; a re-awakening, an eruption of activity, new and intelligent ways of human interaction. Ecologist Paul Hawken sees this phenoman as "the immune system of humanity finally kicking in" and calls it Blessed Unrest.
As another bubble in all this, yesterday saw the first of 25 days of the first "Global Eco Forum"... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / feature Monday August 11, 2008 23:07 by Ter (with contributions by dunk and 1 of indymedia.ie) 11 comments (last - tuesday october 13, 2009 15:39) 4 images 4 video files
This is a series of daily video reports from the Climate Camp 2008 in Kingsnorth, Kent, UK read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 02, 2008 16:51 by dunk 18 comments (last - sunday february 05, 2012 11:47) 7 images
A worrying amount of reports are coming in about the possibility of a new front in the ongoing “war on terror”. The chances of an attack on Iran, who have never attacked anyone outside of its borders for 280 years now, is being increasingly talked about. But who might lead this attack and in what way might such an act further destabilise the world, both externally in the Middle East but also here at home in Europe and the “civilized world”? Bush, Obama or maybe Israel? And who might follow? Sarkozy, Burlesconi, Brown, maybe even Poland, maybe even all of Europe? read full story / add a comment
international / environment / opinion/analysis Friday May 30, 2008 19:01 by dunk 9 comments (last - monday january 26, 2009 18:14) 14 images 2 video files 1 audio file 1 attached file
As a species we are finally waking up to the Climatic crisis that we have stupidly gotten ourselves into. After many years of not listening, people now realise the problem we face: ADAPT OR DIE. Some see the human species as a cancer that should die off, a natural end for a silly species. But others have a vision of a sustainable world, a vision that drives them to think differently, act differently, design differently, live differently. For many its simple little lifestyle changes, for others its nothing short of the next chapter in this unfolding strange story of civilization: the ecological revolution. read full story / add a comment