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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Time for an Honest Conversation Fri Feb 12, 2016 15:13 | Michael Taft

offsite link The Investment Deficit Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:42 | Michael Taft

offsite link In Praise of Ungovernability Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:23 | Laurence Cox

offsite link Book Launch: Margaretta D?Arcy?s Memoir, Ireland?s Guantanamo Granny Thu Feb 11, 2016 13:09 | Irish Left Review

offsite link A Costly Health Service? Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:51 | Michael Taft

Irish Left Review >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien

offsite link The Bern Manifesto: Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders Wed Jan 27, 2016 23:59 | Jerome Nikolai Warren

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

offsite link How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus

offsite link Syriza and Israel: Syriza’s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Editing letters to the Irish Times

offsite link Stephen Collins: An enemy of my country Anthony

offsite link Elaine Byrne: Suffering from chronic naivety Anthony

offsite link Free speech under state attack in Ireland Anthony

offsite link Denis O’Brien: Are the sharks moving in for the kill? Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Damascus confirms its army targeted by Turkish shelling, complains to UN Sun Feb 14, 2016 17:33 | The Saker

offsite link Turkey and Saudi Arabia: to fight or to flight? Sun Feb 14, 2016 01:40 | The Saker
by Ghassan Kadi No one knows how the ?War On Syria? is going to end, let alone what turns it will take in a year from now, a month, and

offsite link Turkish military repeatedly shell Assad forces; Kurds confirm to RT being hit by massive attack Sun Feb 14, 2016 01:29 | The Saker

offsite link Week Eighteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a dramatic escalation appears imminent Sat Feb 13, 2016 21:46 | The Saker
This column was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-eighte... The situation in Syria has reached a watershed moment and a dramatic escalation of the war appears imminent. Let’s look again

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria, Feb.12, 2016 Sat Feb 13, 2016 19:01 | The Saker
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The Saker >>

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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday April 05, 2013 04:14 by fred   text 7 comments (last - tuesday april 16, 2013 08:34)   image 1 image
A lot of hype in the MSM lately about North Korea. These two clips from the RT show "breaking the set" with commentators from answercoalition.org give some much needed context and background from which to interpret the current media spin. Instead of a seemingly irrational belligerent nihilism, the North Korean statements in context, become more like a rational defensive response to a systematic aggressor bent on harming and undermining their country and it's tendency to socialism. You may find some of the facts that emerge about North Korea rather surprising. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday March 31, 2013 04:00 by NineCoronas   text 8 comments (last - tuesday may 14, 2013 15:50)   image 2 images
RT have been running stories following developments regarding the discovery of a new SARS like coronavirus which has a mortality rate of 50% and is transmissable between humans. Is this the one that kills off most of the great unwashed and lets the elites roam free to spend their ill gotten loot in a fascist marshal law paradise? read full story / add a comment
Acting President Nicolas Maduro.
international / anti-capitalism / other press Thursday March 28, 2013 01:13 by Turing Test   image 1 image
The US and the far right of thee opposition are trying to undermine and discredit the Venezuelan electoral system. Jimmy Carter described that system as the best in the World. Full Text at link.

The presidential candidate of the Bolivarian Revolution, Nicolas Maduro, yesterday counter-attacked the opposition’s campaign to discredit Venezuela’s electoral system ahead of the 14 April presidential election.

In recent days the Venezuelan opposition and allied media have been criticising the 14 April presidential election as not being held in “fair and transparent” conditions, in an apparent effort to discredit the Venezuelan electoral system ahead of the vote. This campaign appears to have intensified following comments made on Friday 15 March by the US’s Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who said that it would be “a little difficult” for “open, fair, and transparent elections” to be held on 14 April. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / other press Wednesday March 27, 2013 13:52 by Turing 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 Tuesday March 26, 2013 18:52 by fred   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 / imperialism / other press Thursday March 21, 2013 17:24 by fred   text 11 comments (last - tuesday april 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 Thursday March 21, 2013 14:49 by John 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 / imperialism / other press Wednesday March 20, 2013 11:58 by Audio   text 3 comments (last - tuesday march 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 / imperialism / other press Wednesday March 20, 2013 00:14 by T   text 4 comments (last - thursday march 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 Sunday March 17, 2013 22:01 by Elric   text 1 comment (last - wednesday march 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 Friday March 15, 2013 11:48 by Elric   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 Thursday March 14, 2013 11:46 by Red 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 / imperialism / other press Wednesday March 13, 2013 15:39 by Free Bradley Manning   text 2 comments (last - wednesday march 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 / 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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