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national / history and heritage / other press Dé Céadaoin Márta 27, 2013 13:52 byTuring Test
Revisionists given a hammering by John Borgonovo . They are searching for an ouija board to contact Peter Hart for advice. Full text at link.

UCC historian John Borgonovo casts doubt on some claims made in the TV3 series ‘In The Name Of The Republic’
TV3’s TWO-PART documentary series, In the Name of the Republic has created a stir among historians, though perhaps not in the way the filmmakers intended. The programme illustrates the danger of accepting local folklore as historical fact, especially during this much-heralded “decade of centenaries”.

In the first episode, viewers met an aged Co Laois man who related his boyhood encounter with a neighbouring farmer, who claimed he had dug up a body while ploughing his field, one of three corpses supposedly buried there by the IRA. Series host Prof Eunan O’Halpin (of Trinity College Dublin) told the audience hisresearch had uncovered two civilians abducted by the Tipperary IRA and “never seen again”. The rest of the episode attempted to prove his theory that they were interred in this Laois field. The episode concluded with O’Halpin opening the sealed files, only to learn that both had survived the conflict. They were never killed by the IRA, much less secretly buried in Laois. The obvious lesson here is: Finish your research before you rent the JCB.

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international / consumer issues / other press Dé Máirt Márta 26, 2013 18:52 byfred   image 2 images   1 attached file
The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / other press Déardaoin Márta 21, 2013 17:24 byfred   text 11 comments (last - dé máirt aibreán 16, 2013 21:55)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
The top US commander in Europe told a Senate hearing Tuesday that the US military and NATO are drawing up plans for direct military intervention in Syria.

Adm. James Stavridis, head of the Pentagon’s European Command, speaking at a hearing by the Senate Armed Service Committee, said that the US military is “looking at a variety of options” and is “prepared if called upon to be engaged.” read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Déardaoin Márta 21, 2013 14:49 byJohn Cornford   image 1 image
Weekly Worker issue 954 - March 21 2013

Far from being a new broom or ‘reformer’, writes Eddie Ford, the new pope is a reactionary to his marrow

Unless you possess a very strong stomach, mainstream media coverage of the new pope (aka Jorge Mario Bergoglio) has been truly revolting. A tidal wave of idiotic, euphoric banality. Then again, what else do you expect from the likes of the BBC, which always genuflects before anything that appears strong, powerful and ancient?

Letters
Safe space; Rape sanity; Aunty Tom; Dinosaur; Ad feminem; Alpha-males; Full frontal; Unsanctioned; Playing politics; read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Dé Céadaoin Márta 20, 2013 11:58 byAudio   text 3 comments (last - dé máirt márta 26, 2013 09:35)
10 years after the start of one of the most contested wars in modern history, dissident island radio (London) assembled a panel of seasoned anti-war activists who have been active in opposing the Iraq war.
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international / anti-war / other press Dé Céadaoin Márta 20, 2013 00:14 byT   text 4 comments (last - déardaoin márta 21, 2013 07:28)   image 2 images
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. Ten years ago, the world watched the “shock and awe” bombing campaign light up the nighttime sky of Baghdad with billowing clouds of flame and smoke.

This campaign and the bloody ten years of occupation that followed had a devastating impact on what was once among the most advanced societies in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed and millions were made homeless.

The American military’s conduct of the war produced crimes of staggering dimensions. This included the turning of Fallujah, a city of 350,000 people, into a free-fire zone, the bombarding of its occupants with white phosphorus shells, banned by international law, and the summary execution of wounded prisoners. Ten years later, the rates of child cancer and birth defects in Fallujah are similar to those in Hiroshima following the US atomic bombing. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Dé Domhnaigh Márta 17, 2013 22:01 byElric   text 1 comment (last - dé céadaoin márta 27, 2013 23:59)   image 1 image
An appreciation of the work and legacy of Commandante Chavez by James Petras . Full text at link.

President Hugo Chavez was unique in multiple areas of political, social and economic life. He made significant contributions to the advancement of humanity. The depth, scope and popularity of his accomplishments mark President Chavez as the ‘Renaissance President of the 21st Century’.

Many writers have noted one or another of his historic contributions highlighting his anti-poverty legislation, his success in winning popular elections with resounding majorities and his promotion of universal free public education and health coverage for all Venezuelans.

In this essay we will highlight the unique world-historic contributions that President Chavez made in the spheres of political economy, ethics and international law and in redefining relations between political leaders and citizens. We shall start with his enduring contribution to the development of civic culture in Venezuela and beyond.


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international / anti-capitalism / other press Dé hAoine Márta 15, 2013 11:48 byElric   image 1 image
Weekly Worker issue 953 - March 14 2013

The latest edition of the Weekly Worker is now available on the CPGB
website at http://www.cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/953

In this week's issue:

SWP SPECIAL CONFERENCE: APPARATUS USES FAIR MEANS AND FOUL
Peter Manson asks what can still be saved from the SWP

LETTERS
Into the void; Nonsense; Not worth it; Alpha-rule; Off the cuff;
Special offer; Unreloaded; Mixed bag; Praise indeed; Reinstate Lee read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Déardaoin Márta 14, 2013 11:46 byRed Banner
Issue 51 of
Red Banner: a magazine of socialist ideas
is out now
Available from bookshops or the address above for €1.50 / £2 read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Dé Céadaoin Márta 13, 2013 15:39 byFree Bradley Manning   text 2 comments (last - dé céadaoin márta 13, 2013 17:47)
Manning Statement Audio Leaked in Opposition to 'Extreme Secrecy in Our Courts'
First time the public has heard Manning's voice since his initial arrest in early 2010
- Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
LEAKED AUDIO - http://tinyurl.com/cobahuv read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Dé Máirt Márta 12, 2013 16:37 by!   text 2 comments (last - dé luain aibreán 08, 2013 09:33)   image 1 image
On 7th February 2013 The Oxford Union held the debate “This House Would Not Fight for Queen and Country”. it was the 80th anniversary of the original debate in 1933 in which The Oxford Union voted in favor of the motion.
Speaking for the motion were Ben Sullivan (Christ Church College), Ben Griffin (Former SAS soldier) and Gareth Porter ( US Historian).
Speaking against were Rory Stewart (Conservative MP), Nikolai Tolstoy (International Monarchist League) and Malcolm Rifkind (Former Foreign Secretary).
On the night the motion was defeated as it has been on every occasion that it has been held since 1937.
Below a transcript of the speech given by Ben Griffin of Veterans for Peace.
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Dé hAoine Márta 08, 2013 23:50 byJohn Cornford   image 1 image
Weekly Worker issue 952 - March 07 2013

The latest edition of the Weekly Worker is now available on the CPGBwebsite at http://cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/952

In this week's issue:

ALEX CALLINICOS: HAUNTED BY THE REAL LENIN
Ben Lewis observed few signs of ‘revolt’ at last weekend’s SWSS day school

LETTERS
Alpha-male; Anti-politics; Bacon; Inspiration; Dear respected read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Déardaoin Márta 07, 2013 02:53 byElric
Another analysis of the dangers posed by an FSA armed with chemical weapons and a timely reminder of the monster that is the Saudi Regime. Full text at link.

While Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was questioning the former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, during his Secretary of Defense nomination hearing, she mentioned chemical weapons and Syria. I think that the good Senator should be aware that the so-called Free Syrian Army is a real threat with their chemical weapons too. They have been backed by disreputable American allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar that are Wahhabi states that repress women, have terrible civil liberties, and no democratic rights whatsoever for their people. They are antediluvian states that are ripe for Arab Springs, and having genuine democracy sprout up in them. Saudi Arabia has invaded neighboring Bahrain, and continually worked to repress a grassroots democratic movement/revolution there as well. [1] read full story / add a comment
Brits wage war on rats
international / environment / other press Dé Sathairn Márta 02, 2013 15:52 byElric   text 1 comment (last - dé domhnaigh márta 03, 2013 21:17)   image 1 image
The rats have been on South Georgia longer than the British settlers have been on the Malvinas. Why no support from The Daily Mail for them? Full story at link.

An "alien invader" eradication scheme of unprecedented scope will resume on Friday on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Three former air ambulance helicopters will begin dropping 100 million poisonous pellets in a bid to eradicate brown rats from the island. The rats first arrived in the 18th Century as stowaways on sealing ships. read full story / add a comment
Beppo Grillo - leader of M5S movement in Italy
international / elections / other press Dé Céadaoin Feabhra 27, 2013 22:08 byT   text 9 comments (last - déardaoin lúnasa 22, 2013 21:41)   image 2 images
In the recent elections in Italy the new movement M5S led by the former Italian comedian Beppo Grillo has gained 108 seats in the lower Chamber of Deputies and 54 in the Senate. It is hard to get an accurate picture of who he is and what he wants from the mainstream media since they see him as a challenge to the system and will gladly misrepresent him. In this article it reports on the account given at The Automatic Earth blog where Nicole Foss met Beppo Grillo in Italy and gives her view on him, his movement and what they are trying to achieve.

"The internet is central to Grillo's ideas. Not only as a tool to reach out to people, but even more as a way to conduct direct democracy. Because that is what he seeks to create: a system where people can participate directly. Grillo wants to bring (back) democracy, the real thing, and he's long since understood that the internet is a brilliant tool with which to achieve that goal." read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Dé Céadaoin Feabhra 27, 2013 21:01 bySystemic Disorder   text 1 comment (last - dé haoine eanáir 31, 2014 10:25)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-country trade negotiation intended to go well beyond existing trade regimes, appears to the be model for proposed United States–European Union trade agreement.
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national / miscellaneous / other press Dé Domhnaigh Feabhra 24, 2013 01:17 byJohnAB   4 attached files
High Court Judge makes order for transcript of case he presided over. Plaintiff forwards a substantial sum of money to Stenographer Company for court transcript. Plaintiff sues Stenographer Company for return of money. Stenographer Company settles case and returns all monies. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Déardaoin Feabhra 21, 2013 14:20 byJohn Cornford   image 1 image
Weekly Worker issue 950 - February 21 2013

Left organisation: Not another sinister sect
The way the left organises is a nonsense, argues Nick Wrack. This is an edited version of his speech at the February 9 ‘Socialist Organisation and Democracy’ event in Manchester

The nature of this onslaught against ordinary working class people, in this country and beyond, is forcing families, individuals, groups of friends - whether it is in the pub, the kitchen or around the TV when the news is on - to consider what they can do about the avalanche of attacks that is eroding everything they had come to expect in their life. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / other press Dé Céadaoin Feabhra 20, 2013 12:50 byOccupy Media   text 2 comments (last - dé haoine feabhra 22, 2013 12:02)
VID (14 mins) In below zero temperature, Catholic Workers & Veterans for Peace organise solidarity for Julian Assange outside the Supreme Court/ London hearing Feb. 2012
Vid by Occupy Media, released 2013.
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Dé Céadaoin Feabhra 13, 2013 01:54 byElric   text 4 comments (last - déardaoin feabhra 14, 2013 02:05)   image 1 image
Black Bloc Batter & Burn Brotherhood. Islamists Offices in Flames. More hot news at link.

A new Egyptian opposition group has risen to the forefront, as the country marks the second anniversary of the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak. The ‘Black Bloc’ is threatening Islamist authorities and sparking fears of a street war.

“This mysterious group appeared around the second anniversary of the January 25 revolution when they released a statement saying they would fight the Muslim brotherhood and strive for the goals of the revolution,” Cairo-based journalist Bel Trew told RT.

It’s around that time that the group developed a Facebook page, giving advice on street fighting. The Black Bloc has also taken responsibility for a number of acts of civil disobedience, such as stopping public transport and setting fire to some Muslim Brotherhood buildings.

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