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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Saker Community Announcement on the Essential Saker Book and the Call for Networking Help Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:40 | Scott
Dear friends, I just want to give you a brief update on the Saker?s book sales. As you know, it had launched on November 17th and to our pleasant surprise

offsite link Report from Crimea by Auslander Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:28 | Saker-Admin
Auslander posted this sitrep in our comment section. I have reposted it here for all to read. (Webmaster) The situation in Krimea and Sevastopol is serious. The power coming to

offsite link The NATO destruction of the RuAF SU-24 Fencer and Turkish murder of the Russian servicemen Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:44 | Scott
Russia?s Interdiction of ISIS-Turkey Oil Trade and Attacks on Turkmen jihadi militants Poses Risk of Enlargement of Syrian Conflict UPDATED By: JiminNH The increasing velocity of events in Syria indicates

offsite link Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 25, 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:04 | Scott

offsite link Foreign Policy Diary ? Ukraine Launches Energy War Against Crimea Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:00 | Scott

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Human Rights in Ireland

offsite link The Labour Party #repealthe8th Proposals: An Analysis Wed Nov 25, 2015 20:11 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Book Launch: International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland, 8 December 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:21 | Liam Thornton

offsite link FLAC: 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:04 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Green Party?s Reproductive Rights Policy: An Appraisal Tue Nov 17, 2015 07:55 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Carroll on Marrying youth and politics: more than a click away Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:58 | GuestPost

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link December issue of An Phoblacht out now 19:16 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The voice of the orthodoxy outlines the real problems about the next election? 12:50 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link ?Friendly contact?: Garda intelligence and the 1930?s IRA ? guest piece by Brian Hanley 10:19 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | guestposter

offsite link Another Fine Gael TD walks? 09:19 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link What you want to say ? 25th November 2015 02:46 Wed Nov 25, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

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


offsite link ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015


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NATO Supports Turkey Who Support ISIS.
NATO: We Fully Support Turkey's Decision to Shoot Down Russian Jet

After “extraordinary meeting,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declares that “we stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO Ally, Turkey” Src:

Turkey is mad as Russia for destroying over 500 Tankers used by ISIS to smuggle oil through Turkey and sold through BMZ Ltd, the maritime company of Bilal Erdoğan, the son of President Erdoğan of Turkey. QED.
See also: Russian Senator&Pilot: “This Was Erdogan’s Revenge for Loss of ISIL Cash Cow” and The Paris Attacks -What's Going On ?

6th July 2012, War criminal Abou Saleh (Brigade Farouk) was special guest of President François Hollande (young man facing the camera). He had directed the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr and ordered more than 150 people to have their throats cut in public
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday November 22, 2015 02:25 by T   text 2 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2015 13:29)   image 1 image
It is over a week since the Paris Attack and the slaughter of innocent people. Europe is now suffering the spillover of the terrorism and wars launched by Western powers including France on the Middle East and Arab world for over a decade now and it seems the war is being brought home.

Looking at the actual efforts on not just French society but Europe, it just so happens to serve the creeping totalitarian state and the 0.1% and corporate power. This article tries to put together some context and background to see if it is possible to figure out whether this appalling carnage was simply blowback of French foreign policy and or even some kind of black operation. Don't expect clear cut answers to any thing. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 18, 2015 23:10 by 1 of Indymedia   text 6 comments (last - tuesday november 24, 2015 22:29)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
In light of the butchery that took place in Paris on Fri 13th by Terrorists largely financed, supported, trained and armed by Western powers and corporate entities directly and through Gulf state and Turkish state intermediaries and the totally inadequate analysis from the mainstream media, we reproduce here in full this article from Voltaire Net.

The French Republic taken hostage by Thierry Meyssan

The war which has now spread to Paris is incomprehensible for those French citizens who are ignorant of practically all the secret activities of their government in the Arab world, of its unnatural alliances with the Gulf dictators, and its active participation in international terrorism. These policies have never been discussed in Parliament, and the major media have rarely dared to take an interest in them. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Thursday November 12, 2015 23:40 by DDCI   image 1 image
One year after the LuxLeaks scandal, a new report Fifty Shades of Tax Dodging finds that most EU countries continue to uphold secretive tax systems that are riddled with loopholes. The 2015 Stop Tax Dodging report, released in Ireland on 4th November by Debt & Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) scrutinises the role of the EU in the global tax crisis. The Irish chapter of the report details how Ireland announced a gradual phase-out of rules that allowed the controversial Double Irish tax avoidance scheme, but continues to allow corporate structures operate systems for tax rulings, transfer pricing and intellectual property that allow multinational corporations to avoid taxes on an enormous scale. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday November 08, 2015 02:25 by Sentro   image 1 image
ORGANIZED workers sneered at the so-called labor agenda in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila next month by describing it as deceptive and vague, which merely reaffirms APECs ideology based on the primacy of corporate power and profits over labor and trade union rights. read full story / add a comment
Terrorized for "sport"...
international / animal rights / press release Thursday November 05, 2015 19:56 by Ban hare coursing in Ireland   image 5 images

In the latest blow to Ireland's cruel hare coursing, an Australian company has pulled an advertisement from the Irish Coursing Club website. The move came after the Irish Council Against Blood Sports highlighted the animal cruelty involved in coursing.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday November 02, 2015 23:19 by Citizen Sane   text 1 comment (last - wednesday november 11, 2015 22:09)
Herein we will focus on what seems to be a somewhat elaborate, albeit loosely organized, conspiracy (one hesitates to use the word as arguments are quickly dismissed as conspiracy theories) in the making in which a relatively large number of pro-Israeli factions (both students attending American campuses as well as outside organizations as well as outside monies)are attempting to manipulate and intimidate people so Americans relinquish their right to free speech on American campusesthat is the right to say critical things about peoples and organizations including Jews, Zionists and Israelis. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Sunday November 01, 2015 01:27 by T   text 2 comments (last - friday november 20, 2015 16:49)   image 4 images
In the last two months, the dramatic and sad photographs of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi, and his brother lying dead on the shores on a beach in Turkey have finally opened the curtain very slightly on the horrors and terror of war in Syria. It is hard to conceive the trauma of this family first seeing one of their other brothers beheaded by ISIS jihadists, then to flee and then for this man's wife and two remaining young children to drown in the sea whilst attempting to escape. If you were to listen to politicans from the UK all the way up to the present prime minister, you would think they were doing this so they could scab off the social welfare but as anyone knows, this was the act of a family desperate to flee the terror in their home country and get to safety at all costs. However Aylan Kurdi and his brother and mother aren't the only ones to drown or being killed in war, there are tens of thousands dead. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / event notice Saturday October 31, 2015 16:09 by Jack Lane
"What Is A Nation?" by Ernest Renan and Joseph Stalin
Introduction: Brendan Clifford read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Thursday October 29, 2015 22:49 by Deaglan O'Riain
Is it possible that Europe will sleepwalk into another Yugoslavia.
The prognosis for Europe in general is not good at all! read full story / add a comment
Wash area
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday October 28, 2015 19:34 by Concerned   image 1 image
Prisoners call on the Department of Justice to make public a recent prison doctors report that highlights the dangers prisoners are exposed too, legionnaires disease for example and other serious respiratory health risks due to the extremely poor conditions. read full story / add a comment
Map from CommonDreams article (April 2015) The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine: Yemen War as an Opportunity?
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday October 24, 2015 11:49 by shannonwatch   text 3 comments (last - monday october 26, 2015 17:20)   image 1 image
Over the years there have been regular movements of US military refuelling planes through Shannon. The government won't tell us why they land there however. Are they refuelling US military planes just outside Irish airspace? Are they collecting cheap fuel? Are they on their way to warzones to re-fuel fighter jets? read full story / add a comment
Photo: MSF. A destroyed area of the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan is visible at first light on 03 October 2015, the morning after the facility was hit by sustained bombing
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday October 19, 2015 22:06 by Stephen Lendman   text 1 comment (last - friday november 06, 2015 14:34)   image 3 images
Changing US explanations following the October 3 Kunduz hospital attack were all lies willful deception, covering up a deliberate attack on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility.

Pentagon officials knew it was a hospital, yet attacked it anyway multiple times for over an hour, killing 24 doctors, other medical staff and patients, injuring 37 others.

Make no mistake! This was a deliberately planned war crime. An AP report said US analysts knew (the) Afghan site was (a) hospital. read full story / add a comment
Calling for  ban on hare coursing in Ireland...
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Sunday October 18, 2015 15:31 by Ban hare coursing in Ireland   image 1 image
This weekend's two day live hare coursing event at Edenderry, Co. Offaly was the target of a lively and very loud (though non-violent) protest by campaigners against the cruel so-called "sport".

On October 17th, members and supporters of several animal protection groups gathered outside the hare coursing venue, which is located close to the Tesco and Lidl supermarkets in the town.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday October 15, 2015 21:57 by sp reporter   image 1 image
The horrendous double bombing attack that struck a protest rally for peace organized by several trade unions in Ankara, Turkeys capital city, on Saturday 10 October, led, at the last count, to at least 128 deaths, and hundreds injured. It is the largest terrorist attack in the countrys history. Many victims are still in intensive care units in various hospitals, while a number of bodies, unrecognizable, have not yet been identified. This attack, by its human and political magnitude, has shaken the country to its foundations. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday September 16, 2015 13:46 by Justin Morahan
This is an unjust barbaric execution read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday September 16, 2015 13:34 by Justin Morahan
Put a stay on an unjust barbaric execution read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Monday September 14, 2015 20:07 by posted by Tibor Szamuely
Some reflections on what's happening now -- and what needs to happen instead... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Monday September 07, 2015 10:40 by shannonwatch   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 08, 2015 18:15)
As people flee from countries ravaged by war and poverty and European governments shut their doors in their faces, we have responsibilities as human beings to act. We must demand that our governments do everything they can to end the cruel deaths we see happening in the backs of lorries, in the sea, in other parts of the long tortuous journeys that the people of Syria, Eritrea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere undertake in order to stay alive.

People like 3 year old Aylan Kurdi and his 5 year old brother Galib should not have to die while European leaders argue over the number of refugees to allow into their country. If the European Union has any meaning or relevance it must be to protect the basic human rights of people who desperately need protection, who have reached a point where they are prepared to risk everything, even their lives, to survive. And while it is good to see a widespread public reaction internationally to the death of Aylan Kurdi, the tragedy is that thousands of other children have died by drowning or from thirst and starvation as they crossed deserts. Countless others have been trafficked for exploitation, and their suffering has been largely ignored. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday September 03, 2015 13:59 by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party)   image 1 image
Akbayan took exception to Senator Bongbong Marcoss statement that there was no downside to being a Marcos should he decide to run for higher office in 2016.

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international / summit mobilisations / event notice Thursday September 03, 2015 12:58 by NOTTIP
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