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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

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

offsite link Beyond Grexit & Brexit, Advocating an Irish and a British role in solving Europe... Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:18 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Hardship never lasts forever? Wed May 04, 2016 15:50 | Raymond Deane

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Electoralism vs Abstentionism (Or: Why You Should Run For Office) Fri Aug 26, 2016 17:07 | Slyvia Smith

offsite link Centrism extremism: how horseshoe-politics silences brutality Sat Jul 02, 2016 18:25 | yeksmesh

offsite link Of Tankies, Trots and Social Democrats Thu May 12, 2016 23:41 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Avatars of the Advanced-Capitalist Psyche – Capitain America: Civil War Mon May 09, 2016 00:07 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link RTE News downgrades Olympic ticket corruption scandal

offsite link Gardai and unicorns on the M50 Anthony

offsite link Principle of ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ does not apply universal... Anthony

offsite link Irish journalists: Puzzled by nasty treatment of elites Anthony

offsite link Journalist Michael Clifford: In praise of Pat Hickey Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/08/30 ? Open Thread Tue Aug 30, 2016 01:00 | Herb Swanson
2016/08/30 00:00:01Welcome 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 Hillary vs Trump: follow the money Mon Aug 29, 2016 17:58 | The Saker
This is not new, but still very telling.  From Sputnik International: http://sptnkne.ws/bRKm

offsite link Ayatollah Khamenei warns foes against attacking Iran (+ Steve Lendman commentary) Mon Aug 29, 2016 17:53 | The Saker

offsite link Syrian War Report ? August 29, 2016: Militant Strongholds Fall near Damascus Mon Aug 29, 2016 17:51 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep...

offsite link Request for help: moderators needed!! Mon Aug 29, 2016 17:22 | The Saker
Dear friends, I would like to appeal to all the members of our community to ask for volunteer moderators, especially for the following time: between the hours of 16:00 GMT

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galway / gender and sexuality / press release Thursday August 11, 2016 12:35 by Díobháil
In the early hours of Thursday morning, feminist pro-choice activists Díobháil (Bíonn Díobháil a dhéanamh againn: We make mischief) struck again and dropped a banner from Galway Cathedral stating “Repeal the 8th - Free, Safe, Legal” demanding access to abortion. For too long the Church and the State have controlled our bodies and our choices. It is time to finally end the unholy alliance of Church and State. While Díobháil respects peoples’ personal religious beliefs, these should not be imposed on others, and vast majority of people in Ireland agree. Let us not forget, St. Brigid was our first abortionist, and this is why we demand “Take your rosaries off our ovaries!”
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Thursday August 04, 2016 22:02 by right2water   image 1 image
The next Right2Water national demonstration takes place on Saturday 17th of September from 2pm onwards.

Right2Water will be hosting another national demonstration in Dublin to tell our government to respect our democracy and abolish water charges read full story / add a comment
national / racism & migration related issues / press release Thursday August 04, 2016 21:43 by pbp
In a statement, People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has said that Minister Frances Fitzgerald’s claim that there is no alternative to the system of Direct Provision marks her ‘abysmal failure to deal with the issue following years of inaction by her party Fine Gael in this area’.

Deputy Smith also pointed out that the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have labelled the system of Direct Provision in Ireland ‘a severe violation of Human Rights’. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday August 02, 2016 21:36 by ipsc   image 1 image
As part of the annual Felie An Phobail, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) present two days of events in solidarity with the Palestinian people. All events are FREE and there will be stalls and exhibitions throughout the day.

Palestine Day #1: Israel’s War on Palestinian Children
Thursday 4th August 2016
St. Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast.

Palestine Day #2: Boycott Israeli Goods
Friday 5th August 2016
St. Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast. read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday August 02, 2016 12:43 by Ploughshares

VID - Pitstop Ploughshares disarm U.S. War Plane Shannon Airport 2003
jailed-bailed-3 X tried-acquitted 2006...... ten years on the resistance continues
http://tinyurl.com/j3wya99
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dublin / housing / other press Thursday July 28, 2016 23:43 by 1 of Indymedia   image 2 images
The 2016 Census has again revealed there is no housing crisis. In fact about 1 in 8 houses were empty, a massive 259,562 dwellings in all.

So why are their hundreds of homeless on the streets and thousands in emergency accommodation. Why are rents soaring, particularly in Dublin, to level that mean most people can no longer afford to rent there? Why have house prices continued to increase far, far beyond the reach of the average worker? read full story / add a comment
Courtesy MayoNews -LIKE THE SUN A still image taken from a recording shows the glow from the flaring at the Corrib Gas terminal on New Year’s Eve.
mayo / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Thursday July 28, 2016 23:32 by shelltosea   image 1 image
As reported by MayoNews and ShellToSea two week ago...

SHELL E&P Ireland will appear before Dublin Metropolitan District Court on September 5 next over an intense flaring incident at the controversial Corrib refinery on December 31 last, The Mayo News can confirm. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has confirmed it issued a summons to Shell last week after a six-month investigation into what locals described as a ‘frightening’ event. They said it lasted 30 to 40 minutes, lit up the sky and was seen from as far away as Achill and Foxford. The fire from the giant chimney stack was accompanied by a ‘low, loud rumble like a supersonic boom’, according to local witnesses read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday July 27, 2016 23:32 by Justin Morahan   text 5 comments (last - saturday august 06, 2016 11:23)
Kevin and Karen Tracey won an important appeal in the Supreme Court on Tuesday read full story / add a comment
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dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Wednesday July 27, 2016 22:11 by Fusion Sundays   image 1 image
International Stalls,Street Food, pop-up performances, live music and much more at this Free Day out for the whole family! read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / press release Tuesday July 26, 2016 22:27 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
A new report from the independent progressive think tank TASC shows that consistent child poverty almost doubled during the recent economic recession. This data is contained in Cherishing All Equally 2016, the first annual update of TASC’s groundbreaking 2015 report on economic inequality in Ireland.

Cherishing All Equally 2016 – which was prepared by Dr Rory Hearne and Cian McMahon – updates 18 key economic inequality indicators including the distribution of income and wealth, as well as the provision of public services, taxation, family composition, people’s capacities and the cost of goods and services. In addition, the report includes two in-depth themed sections: ‘Children and economic inequality in Ireland’ and ‘Gender and economic inequality in Ireland’ – the latter section was prepared by UCD’s Dr Ursula Barry and Dr Maggie Feeley. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / news report Tuesday July 26, 2016 22:10 by People's Movement   image 1 image
The latest issue of the bi-monthly Peoples News Issue 151 is out now.

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international / anti-capitalism / news report Tuesday July 26, 2016 13:08 by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party)   image 1 image
Nothing should inspire the public’s outrage more than the chasm that exists between the haves and have nots in Philippine society. And what better indicator can there be of inequality than when poor people suspected of involvement in drugs start dropping dead on the streets while the rich and powerful escape plunder charges through the courts? read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Monday July 25, 2016 02:30 by Noor Aza Othman
Thankfully, before it's too late, I realized the truth; that is, anything which is organized by the Malaysia's Opposition ([especially by racist and fascist anti-Indigenous/anti-Muslim party of DAP (Democratic Action Party – ('democratic', my foot) - suspected to receive much hidden donation from ISrael, to the total of US 300 million and training from Mossad, through Singapore-based account] including under the guise of the so-called Human Rights March . read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday July 22, 2016 21:50 by Greg Williams
Member countries of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) renewed a mandate for the UN agency on economic issues. The agreement will guide UNCTAD's work for the next four years. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday July 22, 2016 16:31 by Shannonwatch
Both men were arrested at Shannon Airport on May 25th, after entering the airfield, painting anti war markings & slogans on the runway, and then making their way over to a USAF C21 jet, (a 2nd military aircraft, an unmarked special forces C32B had already taken off before the presence of the men was detected by the Army sentries). The men were inside the perimeter walking around with a very large tricolour flag for 40 minutes before they were spotted by the Irish Army, approaching the US Airforce Jet.
They were held for over 24 hours, then brought to Gort where the Judge granted a state application for their bail conditions to ban them from entering County Clare other than for court related matters.
Yesterday they were in Ennis District Court, where they applied for disclosure (copies of statements and other evidence) and a variation on their bail conditions. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday July 20, 2016 18:55 by Greg Williams
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, called on a United Nations development summit to address debt, tax, trade and environmental policies that impact poverty.
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international / elections / politics / news report Wednesday July 20, 2016 18:09 by Greg Williams
A United Nations global development summit begins its fourth day of difficult negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya. read full story / add a comment
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international / gender and sexuality / news report Wednesday July 20, 2016 12:16 by RADICAL GAY ANARCHIST   image 10 images
The Pegida far right organisation who were recently run out of Ireland, and the neo-fascist EDL are holding a fake LGBT march in Northern England, as documented by this Pink News article: -

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/07/19/far-right-extremis...arns/

The EDL regularly chant anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-IRA chants. Amongst those attending include members of the National Front, SEA, United Patriots. EDL and Pegida, with named violent neo-nazis on the Facebook attendees list, including Dave Coppin and Liam Walsall: -

Afterwards, the far right thugs have booked an afterparty at the British military-themed Don Bar by manageress Julie, who booked the venue for them via their Facebook page, presumably unaware of their politics. read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:04 by Ciaron O'Reilly   text 2 comments (last - thursday july 21, 2016 09:58)
with Pitstop Ploughshares
Deirdre Clancy, Damien Moran & Ciaron O'Reilly
https://tinyurl.com/zpcp7l7

VENUE Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square W, Dublin 1
https://www.yelp.ie/biz/the-teachers-club-dublin

ENTRY: Free or Donation to defray costs of staging the event.

Facebook page
https://tinyurl.com/zfunoen
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international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday July 19, 2016 12:08 by VOID NETWORK / athens / greece   text 1 comment (last - saturday august 13, 2016 09:53)
“The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities; how shall the great majorities outside parliament not want to decide? When you play the fiddle at the top of the state, what else is to be expected but that those down below dance”?
- Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, IV (1852) read full story / add a comment
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