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A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link World SITREP May 5th, 2016 by Baaz Thu May 05, 2016 16:17 | Scott
Russia President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev attend Orthodox Easter Liturgy Mass in Moscow Chechen special forces in Arctic military drills (GoPro & drone footage) Chechen special forces on an

offsite link Foreign Policy Diary ? Donbass: Further Escalation of Violence Thu May 05, 2016 14:47 | The Saker
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offsite link Peter Lavelle and Alexander Mercouris create a new media resource Thu May 05, 2016 14:27 | The Saker
Dear friends, As some of you might have already heard from the social media, Peter Lavelle and Alexander Mercouris have decided to create a new media ressource: The Duran which

offsite link NATO on trade, in Europe and Asia, is doomed Thu May 05, 2016 14:07 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar for RT The President of the United States (POTUS) is desperate. Exhibit A: His Op-Ed defending the Asian face – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – of a

offsite link Dying to Dive. Underwater Search for Serenity with World?s Top Freedivers Wed May 04, 2016 18:20 | The Saker
A very good video about my favorite sport – freediving – which I practiced for now over 40 years, going from snorkeling off a sand beach at age 10 to

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Intensifying the glare of the United Nations? spotlight Wed May 04, 2016 06:46 | GuestPost

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offsite link The Role of Sport in the Recognition of Transgender and Intersex Rights Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:54 | Eoin Daly

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

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

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

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 THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015

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

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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
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday September 17, 2013 19:06 by Turing   text 4 comments (last - thursday september 19, 2013 12:47)
Tariq Ali looks at the various "revolutions" in the Middle East and writes: The idea that the Saudis, Qatar, and Turkey backed by NATO are going to create a revolutionary democracy or even a democratic set-up is challenged by what is happening elsewhere in the Arab world. Full text at link.

Ever since the beginning of the Arab Spring there has been much talk of revolutions. Not from me. I’ve argued against the position that mass uprisings on their own constitute a revolution, i.e., a transfer of power from one social class (or even a layer) to another that leads to fundamental change. The actual size of the crowd is not a determinant—members of a crowd become a revolution only when they have, in their majority, a clear set of social and political aims. If they do not, they will always be outflanked by those who do, or by the state that will recapture lost ground very rapidly. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday September 11, 2013 23:51 by T
On this anniversary of Sept 11th 1973 when a US backup coup took place that overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile and replaced by the dictator Pinochet who proceeded to murder thousands of innocent people with full US backing and knowledge, Mint Press carry this report to reflect on the 40 years that have past and the search for justice.

Perhaps some people will remember the television pictures from the day after the coup, Sept 12th when things changed dramatically where thousands of people including teachers and students were taken to the Chile Stadium-over night pressed into service as a detention center - and many were subsequently attacked and killed.

"The Chile Stadium was no joke. We saw them kill people right in front of us, we saw how people went crazy from that terrible, tense situation. Torture is not only when the torturers are in front of you, abusing you directly, destroying you, but that atmosphere was also torture."
("Chile. La Memoria Prohibida" read full story / add a comment
national / disability issues / other press Monday September 02, 2013 06:29 by oldhack   text 1 comment (last - monday september 02, 2013 11:47)
I have spent over 30 years working in journalism as a chief reporter and as news editor.

In May 2012 I suffered permanent damage to my eyesight following an assault. One year later, in May 2013, the Department of Social Protection awarded me a disability allowance on the basis of the hospital surgeon's medical report regarding my condition, backdated to the date of my injury in 2012. read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / other press Wednesday August 28, 2013 16:26 by nmn   image 4 images
This morning I received the attached letter from AIB requesting that I provide 'proof' of my identity. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / other press Sunday August 25, 2013 00:01 by xxx   image 1 image
Few industrial accidents can match the severity of the Seveso disaster of 1976. Despite the resulting long-term health problems and environmental risks, however, the accidental release of gases including TCDD -- a form of cancer-causing dioxin -- into a residential area of Italy had some positive legacies, including the creation of tighter environmental regulations and health protections throughout Europe. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:54 by Turing   text 2 comments (last - wednesday september 04, 2013 21:28)
Several hundred Iranian political and human rights activists, academics, and students inside and outside Iran wrote a letter this week to US President Barack Obama asking him to engage with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to “work towards the elimination of sanctions and the lowering of tensions between Iran and the United States.” The letter also expresses support for the 55 Iranian political prisoners who wrote a separate letter to President Obama about the impact of sanctions on Iranians.

“Economic sanctions, particularly those imposed unilaterally by the United States, have taken a terrible toll on the Iranian people’s standard of living,” the group writes. They add, “We are concerned that the constant pressure applied by Congress to encourage a policy of confrontation will have negative repercussions on the nuclear negotiations.”

These letters join many others that have support from civil society both within and outside Iran, including from journalists, activists, and intellectuals well known for criticizing the Iranian government, urging the removal of crippling sanctions.

The full text of the letter is below. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Monday August 19, 2013 23:04 by Turing   text 6 comments (last - friday august 23, 2013 10:25)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
This article by the Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt is directed to their supporters, explaining in detail the principled stance they have taken. No to the Military Junta and No to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Full text at link.

Terrible massacres and violent repression, a huge escalation in attacks on Egyptian Christians and churches, the consolidation of the repressive military state continues apace. These are the momentous political developments we have experienced during the last few weeks.

They pose enormous challenges to the revolution, but they also contain opportunities toprepare for the coming waves of the revolution, which the Revolutionary Socialists can use effectively to build the movement, provided that we develop tactics capable of dealing with changing circumstances. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 18, 2013 01:38 by Turing   text 2 comments (last - monday august 26, 2013 12:19)
Franklin Lamb gives an eyewitness report on the immediate aftermath of the bombing. Full text at link.

I stood for more than an hour just inside a women’s shoe store sometimes moving along the sidewalk, which front had been blown off and wanting to stay out of the way, just watching and grimacing as emergency vehicles began to arrive and thousands, not hundreds, of Hezbollah security and supporters, many armed, arrived and directed the fire trucks and ambulance, helped wounded neighbors among much shouting and emotion. Grown men crying, women praying, and before long a group of young men beating their chests in defiance, chanting “Haidar, Haidar, Haidar’ and Shia ritual meant to identify with the events of Karba in 680 when Hussein bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) sacrificed himself in defense of Islam. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday August 16, 2013 02:26 by Turing
The despotic House of Saud scatters its money around, causing mayhem throughout the Arab World. Money that is stolen from ordinary Saudis by the parasitic royal family. Finian Cunningham explains what is really going on. Full text at link.

If Saudi rulers had more brains, they might be formidably dangerous. Even with lackluster intelligence assets, they are already causing enough havoc and bloodshed across the Middle East and North Africa regions, pouring millions-of-dollars-worth of weaponry into Al Qaeda and other Takfiri networks that are destroying once proud civilizations in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Libya through nihilistic sectarianism.

And if the Saudi paymasters of terrorism could have it all their way, they would salivate at the chance of extending this destruction to Iran - the Shia power that they fear as their nemesis.

Fortunately, the Saudi rulers’ agenda of covert terrorism - an agenda that serves its Western masters - is not well concealed. This is because “Saudi state intelligence” is something of an oxymoron and leaves a trail of self-incriminating clues wherever it goes read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday August 15, 2013 13:18 by Turing
This won't please the US, they will now have to find some other ruse to didrupt the UN process. Full text at link.

The Syrian government has accepted the ‘essential modalities’ under which the UN was ready to investigate whether chemical weapons had been used in the country, the body has announced, signalling that experts will shortly be travelling to Syria.

"The departure of the team is now imminent," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. “As agreed with the Government of Syria, the team will remain in the country to conduct its activities, including on-site visits, for a period of up to 14 days, extendable upon mutual consent.”

The Secretary-General has expressed his appreciation to the Syrian government for accepting “the modalities essential for cooperation to ensure the proper, safe and efficient conduct of the Mission.”

The statement also reminded that the use of chemical weapons “by any side under any circumstances” would constitute an “outrageous crime.


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international / anti-capitalism / other press Monday August 12, 2013 13:45 by Turing   image 1 image
Critique started in May 1973. It was announced at the first national conference at Imperial College, a conference addressed among others by Ernest Mandel, Ralph Miliband and Hillel Ticktin. Some 500 people attended. The first issue had a print run of 2500 which quickly sold out. The issues of the 70s used to sell around 4-5000 copies very largely in bookshops in the UK, the Continent of Europe and the USA. As the USSR began to mutate the focus of the journal changed to a critique of capitalism. Throughout its focus remained on political economy and the need to reinvigorate Marxism given its Stalinist degradation.

As the first Virtual Special Issue of Critique, we have selected articles which have either formed the basis of the work of the journal or which complement it. In the first instance Critique sought to develop a more credible modern Marxist theory of the USSR and of the Cold War. With that it needed to update the theory of a socialist/Communist society. In turn, the journal turned to a critique of existing Marxist theory of capitalism and so to the question of decline and to finance capitalism. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / other press Monday August 05, 2013 18:06 by Mattie Lennon
The story of an attempted frame-up. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday August 05, 2013 13:42 by BoS
Sanctions grow more severe, even publication in academic journals isout for Iranians. Yassamine Mather discusses the limitations of Hassan Rowhani.

Iran’s new president, Hassan Rowhani, will take office on August 3. He faces major internal as well as international problems. It will be interesting to see how a man who describes himself as a ‘centrist’ will try to reconcile the warring factions of the Islamic Republic, but also the increasing divide between ordinary Iranians - victims of sanctions, poor economic management, as well political repression - with an increasingly paranoid religious dictatorship. read full story / add a comment
Raif Badawi, whose liberal-minded social website angered Islamic authorities, was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday July 31, 2013 14:00 by Turing   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 31, 2013 18:13)   image 1 image
What is Obama going to do about this?

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday.

Raif Badawi, who started the "Free Saudi Liberals" website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in the conservative kingdom and top U.S. ally.

Al-Watan newspaper said the judge had also ordered the closure of the website.

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international / anti-capitalism / other press Monday July 22, 2013 21:35 by T
This interesting article from the WSM was sparked by the recent protest against the G8 in June in Fermanagh but makes a broad analysis of the anti-globalisation / anti-captialism movement of the past 15 years from Seattle where Indymedia was born up to the present day and an analysis of the Arab Spring and the protest in places like Spain, Greece and Turkey. read full story / add a comment
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