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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Free Education: A Really Modest Proposal Fri Jun 26, 2015 13:04 | Michael Taft

offsite link The June Issue of Socialist Voice is Out Now! Thu Jun 25, 2015 14:01 | Communist Party of Ireland

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offsite link Syriza?s Moment of Truth Tue Jun 23, 2015 14:17 | Brian O Boyle

offsite link Progressive Film Club: Autumn Sun and Ciutat Morta Tue Jun 23, 2015 14:00 | Irish Left Review

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Department store story 17:08 Tue Jun 30, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Some thoughts on the Independent Alliance Candidates announced Yesterday 07:30 Tue Jun 30, 2015 | irishelectionliterature

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

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

offsite link FIANNA FÁIL AND THE BANK INQUIRY : SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS 21:04 Mon Jan 12, 2015

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offsite link For Some Vicious Mole of Nature: Making Sense of The Irish Bank Crisis 21:07 Fri Dec 26, 2014

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NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

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TTIP: A wolf in sheeps clothing


international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday March 12, 2013 16:37 by !   text 2 comments (last - monday april 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.
I Will Not Fight for Queen and Country read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Friday March 08, 2013 23:50 by John 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 / imperialism / other press Thursday March 07, 2013 02:53 by Elric
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 Saturday March 02, 2013 15:52 by Elric   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 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 / politics / other press Wednesday February 27, 2013 22:08 by T   text 9 comments (last - thursday august 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 Wednesday February 27, 2013 21:01 by Systemic Disorder   text 1 comment (last - friday january 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 Sunday February 24, 2013 01:17 by JohnAB   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 Thursday February 21, 2013 14:20 by John 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 / imperialism / other press Wednesday February 20, 2013 12:50 by Occupy Media   text 2 comments (last - friday february 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 Wednesday February 13, 2013 01:54 by Elric   text 4 comments (last - thursday february 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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national / miscellaneous / other press Monday February 11, 2013 05:56 by Pro Choice Fem   text 1 comment (last - monday february 11, 2013 13:16)   image 1 image
This morning while having breakfast and just browsing youtube looking at videos I was surprised to see an advertisement on a video I was viewing. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Thursday February 07, 2013 13:22 by Elric   image 1 image
Confusion reigns in Iran. The Iranian people have suffered from Imperialist sanctions but corruption and incompetence is rife amongst the ruling elite. The governor of Iran’s Central Bank, Mahmoud Bahman has been sacked for making improper withdrawals from client accounts. Yassamine Mather analyses the situation. Full text at link.

In Iran, presidential elections are looming, the economy is in freefall, the public hanging of small-time criminals is creating an atmosphere of terror, repression is worsening and workers are protesting throughout the country. There are unconfirmed reports of an explosion at the Fordo uranium enrichment plant and the infighting between factions of the regime is shown live on state-owned TV. Meanwhile, Israel has bombed a military facility in Syria, claiming it is used by Iranian Islamic guards, and civil war is breaking out in Iraq, Iran’s main Shia ally. Finally, the country’s aerospace agency has sent a monkey into space! All in all, as far as Iranians are concerned, it has been an eventful start to 2013. read full story / add a comment
Chokri Belaid
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday February 06, 2013 11:49 by Elric   text 4 comments (last - thursday february 07, 2013 02:25)   image 1 image
The Arab Spring has morphed into Islamic Winter in Tunisia. Full text at link.

A leading member of Tunisia’s opposition was shot dead on Wednesday morning as he was leaving his house in the capital Tunis. Chokri Belaid, who was secretary general of the leftist Democratic Patriotic Party, was shot in the head and neck and died as he was taken to hospital. A leading voice of secular opposition in Tunisia, he was also a harsh critic of the Islamists who have come to dominate Tunisian politics since the country’s revolution in early 2011. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / other press Tuesday February 05, 2013 11:33 by Latin America Solidarity Centre
This is an opportunity for LASC members, volunteers, friends and community groups to exhibit photos of Ireland and Latin America during Latin America Week 2013. The title of the exhibition is:

“Digging at the Heart of Mother Earth”
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday January 31, 2013 13:43 by Elric   text 1 comment (last - tuesday february 05, 2013 20:23)
Russia has also issued warnings about the Israeli attack on Syria. Full texts at links.

Iran has threatened Israel, warning there would be “serious consequences” for a reported attack on a research center in Damascus.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Tel Aviv would face repercussions for the Israeli airstrike against a scientific research center in Jamraya, rural Damascus, the semi-official Fars news quotes him as saying.

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali says Damascus has "the option and the surprise to retaliate." He gave no details on when the retaliation would be, only saying that the relevant authorities would be tasked with preparing for it. ...
http://rt.com/news/iran-israel-syria-consequences-171/ read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Thursday January 31, 2013 12:57 by John Cornford   image 1 image
Weekly Worker issue 947 - January 31 2013

SWP crisis: Professor Callinicos and the dark side
Finally a member of the SWP central committee attempts to defend its conduct. Paul Demarty wishes he hadn’t bothered

By the time you read this, it will be the 11th hour - the eve of the bureaucratically imposed deadline for conference recall motions in the Socialist Workers Party, a diktat which has no basis even in the SWP’s abortion of a constitution.

Letters
Unite scandal; No to cuts; Priorities; Not worthwhile?; Nothing learnt; Camouflaged; Deformities; Productivity; Regression; read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday January 28, 2013 12:28 by Elric   text 1 comment (last - monday january 28, 2013 12:40)   video 1 video file
Franklin Lamb writes on the destruction and looting of Syrias Built Heritage by Western backed mercenaries and religious fundamentalists, Full text at link.

According to archeological experts here, Syria, with its six UNESCO world heritage sites testifying to its deserved reputation as being one of the most archeologically well-preserved cradles of civilization, may soon to be the most wantonly destroyed in modern times (Iraq being the other). This frequently-predicted catastrophe is a result, not only of war in the usual sense, but war in its more subtle form of US-led sanctions aimed at political regime change. Of particular concern to UNESCO, whose UN mandate includes registering and protecting World historical sites, is the preservation of the Ancient Cities of Damascus, Bosra, Palmyra, Aleppo, Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’ at Salah El-Din, as well as the ancient villages of Northern Syria. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Monday January 28, 2013 12:17 by Ceres
The Independent, the UK daily, in an exclusive report by Steve Connor said a section of the super-rich linked to fossil fuel industry back climate crisis deniers. The report headlined “Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science” said: A secretive funding organization in the US that guarantees anonymity for its billionaire donors has emerged as a major operator in the climate "counter movement" to undermine the science of global warming. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / other press Friday January 25, 2013 18:34 by John Cornford   image 1 image
The latest edition of the Weekly Worker is now available online at http://cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/946

ANTHROPOLOGY: RECLAIMING THE DRAGON
What was primitive communism? Socialist Workers Party member Lionel Sims explores the meaning of the Eden myth and its significance for
women’s oppression

LETTERS
Fight now; Residual; Dogma dies hard; Feminist space; Detritus; Real men; Genuine vanguard; Ticket to hide;

ISRAEL: OLD WINE IN NEW ZIONIST BOTTLES
Tony Greenstein comments on the 2013 Israeli general election read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday January 21, 2013 21:26 by Elric
Read about the late Aaron Swartzs association with WikiLeaks. Full text at link.

In a series of tweets, WikiLeaks disclosed that deceased Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz may have contributed to the organization and had even been in contact with Julian Assange. WikiLeaks said it was divulging this information “due to the investigation into the Secret Service involvement with #AaronSwartz.”

Swartz, who committed a suicide on Jan. 11, was arrested two years ago for breaking and entering into an MIT storage closet and accessing an Acer laptop that he programmed to download millions of scholarly articles from the JSTOR database. The Secret Service took charge of the Swartz investigation two days before his arrest and provided the prosecution with information that led to its harsh pursuit of the 26-year-old.
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