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Oscar Lopez -striking worker who shot four times by multiple gunmen in a local bar
international / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Thursday November 14, 2013 14:46 by libcom.org   image 1 image
Another trade unionist murdered in Colombia.
Striking Nestle worker and trade union organiser, Oscar lopez, was shot four times by multiple gunmen in a local bar. ‘Sinaltrainal’, his trade union had been locked in a bitter dispute with Nestle over union recognition and report receiving several death threats via text message from a right-wing paramilitary group, ‘Urabenos’- the day before Lopez was murdered. The messages read, “We are going to chop you up” and “Death to all Communists” read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday November 12, 2013 05:37 by VfP supporter   text 1 comment (last - tuesday november 12, 2013 05:46)
On Remembrance Sunday 2013, Veterans For Peace UK walked to The Cenotaph under the banner ‘Never Again’. The message on the back of our tops read “War is Organised Murder” which is a quote from Harry Patch, the last survivor of The Western Front who he died in 2009. Among the 18 veterans who attended were men who had served in World War 2, SE Asia, Northern Ireland, Dhofar, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq. We were followed by around 80 supporters. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / other press Thursday November 07, 2013 22:23 by T   text 3 comments (last - friday november 08, 2013 20:03)   image 1 image   1 attached file
The plan for a huge number of wind turbines is not just running into trouble. It seems it could turn out to be a bit of a white elephant. The drive is coming from the UK because the population density is so high they are running into continual problems with objections and as a result they are unable to meet their own promised obligations for the percentage of renewable energy. But they have done a deal with the Irish government to use the 'empty' midlands of Ireland to build thousands of wind turbines and transfer the power by cable to the UK.

To many these seems like corporate colonialism and the though of all the billions in investment with the chance to then quickly sell complete wind farms on has all the worst kinds of people involved and the Irish government and their friends have been so eager to get hands on this that the Irish government has incredibly not even carried out a Cost Benefit Analysis of the whole thing.

With wind farms if the site is not windy enough and too many turbines are put on the site, it can result in a situation where they do not meet the targets for power output and hence revenue and it can result in the venture not covering its costs properly -i.e. making a loss. This has happened quite a bit in the interior locations of various countries as the strongest and most consistent wind generally occurs on coastal sites. And Colm McCarthy, the ‘Bord Snip’ economist, has already described the drive to build wind farms all over Ireland as another potential ‘Nama’. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / other press Friday November 01, 2013 22:06 by T   text 3 comments (last - friday march 21, 2014 16:14)   image 1 image
There is a new squat in Dublin up in Grangegorman where all the DITs will be moving in the next few years. It has been setup by a group of political squatters. They now face eviction from the row of empty, unused, rotting houses in Lower Grangegorman and they are asking people to come and help resist.

- 300,000 empty houses in Ireland, 5,000 people homeless --

The WSM caught up with them for an interview last week to find out more.... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday November 01, 2013 16:32 by Mairead Maguire   text 2 comments (last - thursday november 07, 2013 19:34)
"I write to you to ask your help for the people of Syria. All the people of Syria deserve your attention. Like you, they want the opportunity to live, love and labour in support of their children’s dreams" read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday October 27, 2013 23:59 by Seana Sperling
Some in the U.S. are fearful of speaking out against the wars and social injustice because of the surveillance state.

Since the beginning of the new millennium some people have been guarding their words as if they were in a Communist country. When George W. Bush came into power in 2001 and after the tragedy of September 11th, we became engaged in another war. Mainstream media was almost completely silent on the negatives of a War on Terror.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Sunday October 27, 2013 14:38 by John
Asking the Commission, to encourage cooperation between the Member States (according to Art 156 TFEU) aiming to explore the Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) as a tool to improve their respective social security systems. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday October 23, 2013 13:47 by anon
A glossy Shell PR roadshow was disrupted and shut down in Oxford, UK recently in solidarity with the struggles in Rossport and elsewhere. read full story / add a comment
People gather at the site of a drone strike on the road between Yafe and Radfan districts of the southern Yemeni province of Lahj August 11, 2013. (Reuters)
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday October 22, 2013 13:41 by Turing   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 09, 2015 13:08)   image 1 image
A new report by Human Rights Watch once again confirms that Hellfire rockets lack selectivity and exterminate women and children more often than they hit Al-Qaeda associates. Last month the UN urged the US to reveal data on civilian drone casualties.

The prominent human rights organization has released a detailed 102-page report on the US drone attacks and airstrikes in Yemen against militants of the Al-Qaeda wing in the country simultaneously with another human rights organization Amnesty International issuing a report on US drone strikes in Pakistan.

Basically, the HRW report has maintained an already widely-known fact that civilians die too often in reported ‘surgical’ strikes which is unacceptable even by the ‘law of war. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / other press Monday October 21, 2013 19:58 by T   text 5 comments (last - wednesday october 30, 2013 16:18)   image 1 image
The latest news from Dublin City Council is that they plan to cut down 300 mature trees in order to improve Merrion Square park. Apparently it is all in the name of giving it a facelift!

The council don't seem to realize that one of the most attractive features of the park is the 300 or so mature trees. Do they not realize it is a tourist attraction as it is? Who knows what their logic is but some lucky Tree Surgeon company is going to get a big windfall here which begs the question. Were the advisers behind this outlandish decision people who were going to gain by it in some way ?

The story has been reported widely in the last week or so in the press. read full story / add a comment
Pakistani protesters belonging to United Citizen Action march behind a burning US flag during a protest in Multan on September 30, 2013, against the US drone attacks in Pakistani tribal areas (AFP Photo / S.S Mirza)
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday October 19, 2013 14:06 by Turing   text 7 comments (last - friday february 21, 2014 16:58)   image 1 image
Yes, the level of the slaughter is being covered up. Full story at link.

A UN report accuses the United States of downplaying the number of civilians killed in anti-terrorist drone operations, while failing to assist in the investigation by releasing its own figures.

With the increased use of remotely piloted aircraft in military operations in a number of countries, the nagging question of civilian “collateral damage” as a consequence of these deadly technologies is a growing concern for the United Nations and human right groups.

In Afghanistan, for example, the number of aerial drone strikes surged from 294 in 2011 to 447 during the first 11 months of 2012, according to data released by the US Air Force in November 2012, UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson noted in his interim report.

Pakistan officials confirmed that out of 2,200 deaths “at least 400 civilians had been killed as a result of remotely piloted aircraft strikes and a further 200 individuals were regarded as probable non-combatants.” read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday October 19, 2013 13:59 by Turing   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 30, 2014 14:02)
Free at last. Full story at link.

Nine Shiite Lebanese pilgrims in Syria have finally been freed after being held hostage for nearly a year and a half. The release was reportedly part of a negotiated deal which is likely to lead to the release of two Turkish pilots being held in Lebanon.

A group of Syrian rebels were holding the Lebanese civilians hostage since May 2012. The kidnappers kept issuing new demands, claiming they had captured “subversives from the Lebanese Hezbollah party.”

The pilgrims were on a bus returning to Lebanon from Iran. In Aleppo province, their bus was stopped by a group of Syrian rebels who then abducted the passengers. Two of the hostages were later released, but the other nine remained in custody.

The kidnapping exacerbated regional tensions, leading to the kidnapping of two Turkish Airlines pilots in Beirut, Lebanon. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Tuesday October 15, 2013 22:42 by Eugene   1 attached file
Delegations will find in annex the Operational Action Plan regarding the EU crime priority C: "Weaken the capacity of organised crime groups to facilitate illegal immigration to the EU, particularly via southern, south-eastern and eastern Europe and notably at the Greek-Turkish border and in crisis areas of the Mediterranean close to North Africa", developed under the overall responsibility of IT as the driver for this OAP and agreed by COSI on 8 December 2011. read full story / add a comment
international / racism & migration related issues / other press Saturday October 12, 2013 19:05 by Acker   1 attached file
Operational Action Plan 2012:
Priority Crime Area C: Illegal Immigration
End of year status 2012 read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday October 11, 2013 13:05 by Turing   text 1 comment (last - friday october 11, 2013 23:57)
Full story, images & vid at link.

At least 190 people were killed and more than 200 taken hostage by Syrian rebels financed by private Gulf donors in an August 4 military offensive in the Latakia governorate, according to a Human Rights Watch report. At least 67 of the victims executed had lived in government-aligned Alawite villages, HRW said in its report, “You Can Still See Their Blood,” released Friday, which saw the events as the first evidence of planned crimes against humanity perpetrated by opposition forces.

The killings took place when President Bashar Assad’s forces were overwhelmed by the militants, who then proceeded to enter the 10 Alawite villages nearby, sometimes rounding up and executing entire families, while taking others hostage. Torture and decapitations were also testament to the aggravated nature of the military offensive, proof of which was gathered by HRW through reports, witness statements, hospital records and materials recorded by the rebels themselves. read full story / add a comment
kilkenny / anti-capitalism / other press Wednesday October 09, 2013 18:32 by Paul Ryan   video 1 video file
Video showing the support for the Doctors Strike in Co. Kilkenny

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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday October 05, 2013 00:46 by Turing   text 2 comments (last - saturday october 05, 2013 07:28)
More on Saudi involvement in false flag attack. Full text at link.

The August chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital’s suburbs was done by a Saudi Arabian black operations team, Russian diplomatic sources have told a Russian news agency.“Based on data from a number of sources a picture can be pieced together. The criminal provocation in Eastern Ghouta was done by a black op team that the Saudi’s sent through Jordan and which acted with support of the Liwa Al-Islam group,” a source in the diplomatic circles told Interfax. The attack and its consequences had a huge impact on the Syrian situation, another source said. read full story / add a comment
Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday September 28, 2013 14:13 by Turing   text 3 comments (last - sunday september 29, 2013 19:19)   image 1 image
Mother Agnes continues her investigations into the fake viseos. Full text at link.

A new version of a study produced by Mother Agnes, a catholic nun, pointing to a number of fabricated videos used as evidence of complicity by the Assad government in a recent chemical attack is in the works, she told RT. The report by the Christian nun, Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria, has alleged that many videos featuring supposed victims of the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian village of Guta in August were in fact staged and scripted. The question for the nun now revolves around the “humanitarian” question of what happened to the children featured in the video. “Those children are the children of whom? From where did you get them? Why are you using them and manipulating them?” read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday September 21, 2013 16:45 by Red Banner
Issue 53 of
Red Banner: a magazine of socialist ideas
is available now from bookshops or from the address above for €2 / £1.50 read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday September 21, 2013 13:48 by John Cornford   text 1 comment (last - sunday september 22, 2013 13:20)
As well as covering the latest Syrian developments, Yassamine Mather writes on the effects of sanctions in Iran.

The events we are now witnessing in the Middle East, the “United States’ accidental diplomacy” regarding Syria1 and renewed talk of the resolution of Iran’s nuclear programme were unexpected a few weeks ago. Having declared that the use of chemical weapons was the “red line” the Syrian leadership should not cross, the US has now accepted Russian proposals for a ‘diplomatic solution’ read full story / add a comment
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