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national / racism & migration related issues / other press Dé Sathairn Eanáir 04, 2014 21:16 byWayne Flanagan Tobin   text 2 comments (last - dé domhnaigh eanáir 05, 2014 12:47)
international / eu / other press Dé Luain Nollaig 23, 2013 19:12 byO. O'C.
…. the welfare of the people as a whole?”; Brussels Summit takes another step towards forming a Euro Army; Merkel supports EU treaty change; EADS Chief calls for EU Drone budget; Troika consultancies: another fiddle?; Partnership for Profits. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Dé Sathairn Nollaig 21, 2013 10:39 byanon   text 3 comments (last - dé céadaoin eanáir 01, 2014 11:55)   image 1 image
Luke Ming Flanagan had done his research. He knew that the word ‘piss’ was not a banned word within the rarified and sensitive environs of Dail Eireann. He had checked out the Consumer Act in order to bolster his political point.

He then planned and carried out a very clever and effective political stunt to guarantee maximum publicity.

Flanagan wanted to highlight the fact that the Government was planning to charge people for the ‘privilege’ of drinking contaminated water. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / other press Dé Domhnaigh Nollaig 15, 2013 22:52 byO. O'C.   text 1 comment (last - déardaoin nollaig 26, 2013 22:57)
• Number of people employed: Down by 13 per cent since January 2008.

• Number of people unemployed: Up from 107,000 in January 2008 to 296,300 today.

• Annualised domestic growth rate: –1.2 per cent.

• Net emigration: The number of people leaving the country is higher than the number coming in by 35,000. Gross emigration was more than 80,000 last year alone. In six years it went from the highest net immigration level in Europe to the highest emigration, overtaking the Baltic states and Kosovo. Meanwhile a group of students and other young people in Dublin has launched a campaign called “We’re not leaving” after the Government sent out letters encouraging young people to seek jobs abroad.

• Government deficit as a proportion of GDP: 7.3 per cent.

• Public debt: 121 per cent of GDP in 2013, up from 91 per cent in 2010 and 105 per cent in 2011.

• Household debt: 200 per cent of GDP. There are people living on €50 per week or less after paying their bills. We have had eight austerity budgets since 2008; in the community sector there have been cuts of 35 to 40 per cent.

• Value of assets underpinning household debt: –56 per cent since the crisis began.

•Mortgages in arrears for more than six months: 17 per cent of all mortgages. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Dé Domhnaigh Nollaig 15, 2013 14:44 byRed Banner
Issue 54 of Red Banner is out now,
available from bookshops or from the address above
€2 / £1.50 read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Déardaoin Nollaig 05, 2013 08:10 bylefty
Serbia’s Srdja Popovic is known by many as a leading architect of regime changes in Eastern Europe and elsewhere since the late-1990s, and as one of the co-founders of Otpor!, the U.S.-funded Serbian activist group which overthrew Slobodan Milošević in 2000.

Lesser known, an exclusive Occupy.com investigation reveals that Popovic and the Otpor! offshoot CANVAS (Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies) have also maintained close ties with a Goldman Sachs executive and the private intelligence firmStratfor (Strategic Forecasting, Inc.), as well as the U.S. government. Popovic’s wife also worked at Stratfor for a year.

These revelations come in the aftermath of thousands of new emails released by Wikileaks’ “Global Intelligence Files.” The emails reveal Popovic worked closely with Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based private firm that gathers intelligence on geopolitical events and activists forclients ranging from the American Petroleum Institute and Archer Daniels Midland to Dow Chemical, Duke Energy, Northrop Grumman, Intel and Coca-Cola. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / other press Dé Domhnaigh Nollaig 01, 2013 00:08 byT
This report comes from the Galway Advertiser and is posted on Ireland Against Salmon Website. It concerns the case of the proposal to build a massive salmon farm of 1,126 acres in Galway Bay and it seems the commercial pressures to build it had undue interest. The so called scientific basis for granting permission was based on two 'scientific' papers which were completely flawed in their conclusions and one can only come to the conclusion that it was to suit what they were designed to do, to give a fig leaf of respectability to the proposal. Once again it shows how the intersection of money and anything corrupts. And in this case both the environment and the reputation of science in this particular area, loses out. For those not in the known, the giant infestations of sea-lice that these fish farms cause with 10s of thousands of fish in close proximity to each other, cause devastation to the stocks of wild salmon threatening to wipe them out.

A public enquiry could result from allegations of flawed and suppressed information regarding controversial proposal to construct a massive salmon farm in Galway Bay. The allegations have already led the EU Commission to re-open an investigation on the farm and demand explanations from Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik re-opened Pilot Investigation 764/09/ENV1 following claims of “fundamental errors” in the analysis of key papers by the Marine Institute in Oranmore regarding the sea lice threat to wild salmon posed by intensive salmon farming; allegations that information from Inland Fisheries Ireland on the scale of damage caused to wild fish from lice was withheld by the Department of Agriculture; and perceived refusals by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to answer questions in the Dáil on the fish farm. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / other press Dé Céadaoin Samhain 27, 2013 22:40 byT
Tom Gilmartin, the Sligo born developer who made his fortune in England and returned to Ireland in the 1980s to do something here ran into the wall of corruption and greed and refused to bow to the FF and FG gobeens, died this week and was buried on Tuesday Nov 26th.

Gilmartin ended up being one of the key witness in the planning tribunals which looked into planning corruption in the Dublin councils. They did not look at the corruption in the other councils all around the country and we can be 100% sure, it was just as rampant there as well. He was one of the few people with any sense of integrity from that class and despite being vilified and no doubt many legal threats made, he stood his ground. Without his persistence, it may never have reached the public record the depth of cronyism and corruption that was present throughout the ranks of Fianna Fail -the party that led this country to ruin, and also to a slightly lesser extent the same with FG. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Dé Luain Samhain 25, 2013 23:55 byT   text 1 comment (last - déardaoin samhain 28, 2013 13:47)
The headlines have recently reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland owners of Ulster Bank in Ireland carried out widespread fraud and engaged in forcing customers who were repaying their debt and otherwise healthy, into going out of business and this allowed the bank to pick up their assets namely their properties at a fraction of the true costs. They carried out this financial terrorism mostly against small firms who were too small to defend themselves.

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national / miscellaneous / other press Dé Luain Samhain 25, 2013 18:43 byDublin Cumann 32CSM
The Dublin Cumann are collecting for the P.O.W's throughout the Christmas period. A little goes a long way to help out our P.O.Ws and there families at this difficult time of year.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh,

Beir Bua. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Déardaoin Samhain 14, 2013 18:22 byrebel
Here is one article about true public enemies, not state enemies than enemies of society. Companies and people and their products that are created to build totalitarianism in the time of global capitalism. read full story / add a comment
Oscar Lopez -striking worker who shot four times by multiple gunmen in a local bar
international / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Déardaoin Samhain 14, 2013 14:46 bylibcom.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 Dé Máirt Samhain 12, 2013 05:37 byVfP supporter   text 1 comment (last - dé máirt samhain 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 Déardaoin Samhain 07, 2013 22:23 byT   text 3 comments (last - dé haoine samhain 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 Dé hAoine Samhain 01, 2013 22:06 byT   text 3 comments (last - dé haoine márta 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 Dé hAoine Samhain 01, 2013 16:32 byMairead Maguire   text 2 comments (last - déardaoin samhain 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 Dé Domhnaigh Deireadh Fómhair 27, 2013 23:59 bySeana 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 Dé Domhnaigh Deireadh Fómhair 27, 2013 14:38 byJohn
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 Dé Céadaoin Deireadh Fómhair 23, 2013 13:47 byanon
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 Dé Máirt Deireadh Fómhair 22, 2013 13:41 byTuring   text 1 comment (last - déardaoin aibreán 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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