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Cedar Lounge
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Dublin Opinion
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offsite link THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015

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international / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday January 11, 2015 01:36 by anon   text 4 comments (last - tuesday january 20, 2015 11:05)   audio 1 audio file
Spun as an anti-Semitic affair in light of Friday’s events at the kosher supermarket, the majority of the mayhem’s victims in fact fell on Wednesday in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, framing events rather in the light of NATO’s past Gladio false flag anti-Communist operations in Western Europe and exposing both the spin and events as the most corrupt of manipulations. read full story / add a comment
national / education / event notice Sunday December 07, 2014 13:43 by Roger   text 4 comments (last - sunday december 07, 2014 15:22)   audio 1 audio file
Focusing on the socialization of the human use of other animals in contemporary Western society, Matthew Cole & Kate Stewart explore the cultural reproduction of human-nonhuman animal relations in childhood. 10th December at The Outhouse, 7pm, Free entry. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday November 05, 2014 13:14 by Peter Simple   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 06, 2014 22:54)   audio 2 audio files
A response to Miriam Lord in the Irish Times 23 October 2014:
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/this...73438

The big man protecting the little woman. That explains the sexist picture dominating the Irish Times front page on 23 October, of Taoiseach Enda Kenny looking out for Mairia Cahill.

In our patriarchal society men hold the material and physical upper hand. Women often fight back with emotional and psychological weapons. These are being exploited in this fight, but not by men on the one side and women on the other, but by men and women on both sides.

The spouse of First Minister Peter Robinson, Iris, was in an exploitative relationship with a younger man. He is forgotten (I forget his face and name), while Mrs Robinson was publicly rehabilitated by President Mary McAleese and the Queen of England at a live televised public event in Dublin. She received therapy and expiated her sins, while he was left to his own devices. Who cares, f**k him. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday October 09, 2014 22:53 by Genny   audio 1 audio file
Last month, the Manning solidarity crew in Wales and Ireland were back in action, organising a visit to Dublin for Chelsea Manning's Welsh-Irish mother during which Afri (Action from Ireland) hosted a memorial evening for the late Gerry Conlon who died this summer and who met members of Manning's family during a previous trip to Dublin last year. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday June 14, 2014 16:18 by fred   text 17 comments (last - wednesday october 22, 2014 00:08)   audio 1 audio file
Partially fuelled, no doubt, by US and Saudi money and weapons supplied for the fight in Syria, ISIS, a branch of Al Qaeda has routed the Iraqi military in a series of offences across the country, taking control of significant parts of the country. These are the exact same people fighting for freedom and democracy with US and Saudi backing just across the border in Syria. The staggering cynicism of US policy in the middle east and the blatant doublespeak of their media is laid bare by these recent events in Iraq in the last few days. In an article posted to WSWS, Bill van Auken picks through the wreckage read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / feature Thursday March 06, 2014 23:08 by fred   text 37 comments (last - friday april 25, 2014 03:06)   audio 1 audio file
Another leaked phone call. This time between the Estonian FM and Catherine Ashton. It would seem to indicate that the same shooters on the rootops in Ukraine were shooting people on BOTH sides.

People have seen this kind of thing before in previous coups by the West such as the attempted coup against Chavez. It was used at the start of the Syria crisis before foreign mercenaries invaded and escalated matters much higher. It is standard operating procedure, dirty tricks 101.
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national / crime and justice / feature Saturday February 15, 2014 02:20 by fred   text 11 comments (last - tuesday february 25, 2014 22:53)   audio 1 audio file
It was suspected that offices of the GSOC (garda siochana ombudsman commission) were being bugged. Shrouded in secrecy, they brought in specialists from the UK under advice from their equivalent body in the UK, the IPCC. These specialists did a high tech sweep of their offices under cover of darkness and a report was created which suggests that it was extremely likely that highly sophisticated bugging of the office had occurred. Government and high ranking gardai have closed ranks and are trying to spin this as a problem with GSOC instead of addressing the strong possibility that GSOC was bugged and who would want to do that and have access to do so except the gardai themselves. If true this is a grave issue. It is believed in some circles that this bugging may be related to investigations by GSOC into the case of large scale heroin importer Boylan who it is alleged has been working with gardai and has "magically" evaded conviction in the face of overwhelming evidence of trafficking huge amounts of drugs. This affair may go right to the top and has the potential to sink this government read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday November 15, 2013 13:09 by Rossport Solidarity Reporter   audio 1 audio file
Judge Denis McLoughlin presided over yesterdays monthly sitting of Belmullet district court. Amongst the defendants were 5 people up on charges because of their opposition to the Shell Corrib gas project. Of the Shell related cases only one was heard, resulting in John Monaghan being convicted and fined E350 and disqualified from driving for one year. Of particular note in this case was that some of the evidence that was used to convict Mr Monaghan, came from Sgt Dermot Butler, who was one of the named Gardaí that a former Shell subcontractor claimed helped to transfer the alcohol that he delivered to Belmullet Garda station on behalf of Shell. Also of particular note was that one IRMS security guard also confirmed that IRMS had a practice of profiling certain members of the local community and other campaigners.

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national / environment / feature Thursday November 14, 2013 22:47 by Fracking watch   text 4 comments (last - tuesday january 28, 2014 17:41)   audio 1 audio file
The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring an invite only fracking workshop in London this Friday 15th Nov 2013 as part of its long term plan to introduce fracking in Ireland. It has already commissioned research to help 'determine best practice guidelines to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland' (all their own words). There is no hint here fracking will NOT be allowed whatever the findings. This same body though is immune from prosecution under Irish law (See Box 1 below) making a mockery of it's regulatory role. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday November 14, 2013 00:13 by Tom C   audio 1 audio file
In a case even a rightwinger would support, Milnes Foods strikers are continuing their work stoppages .While progress has been made in areas, the right to collective bargaining, union representation, pro-rata pay for the cleaners and mechanics are some of the outstanding issues in this bitter dispute between some seventeen or so brave SIPTU strikers and the company of Milne Foods, of Birr in Co. Offaly. A Labour Court hearing is lated for December 12th. They are on one day work stoppages each Friday from now to Christmas, support from all would be appreciated.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Tuesday August 27, 2013 08:58 by skeptical   text 53 comments (last - tuesday december 10, 2013 14:51)   audio 1 audio file
Today the mainstream media are claiming that there has been a chemical attack by the Syrian government near Damascus even whilst an UN inspection team arrives. The reports have been conflicting with the initial reports claiming 280 victims and then later up-ing it to over 1,300 killed.

However, the claims are predominantly coming from the so called Free Syrian Army who are backed and funded by some of the despotic Gulf States, as well as Saudi Arabia and by the Western powers principally France, USA and UK. This same group is made up mercenaries of all kinds including members of Al Qaeda who want to turn the country backwards and bring in Sharia Law and just back in May 2013 the UN accused the Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons.

What is most telling though is that it makes absolutely no sense for the Syrian government to do this. In recent months they have retaken areas held by rebels and seem to have repelled several attack campaigns in the past two year. And France in particular as well as the other powers have been consistently in the last year being trying to throw the mud of chemical weapons and then chemical weapon attacks in a clear effort to force public opinion to back no-fly zones and from there total demolition of the country and invasion followed later by a pliant regime. The end game is to clear the way for an attack on Iran which the crazies have been pushing hard for many years. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Monday August 19, 2013 23:04 by Turing   text 6 comments (last - friday august 23, 2013 10:25)   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
cork / arts and media / press release Saturday June 29, 2013 17:45 by Yvonne Coughlan   text 2 comments (last - sunday june 30, 2013 13:14)   audio 1 audio file
The Gathering-RSVP is an experimental collaboration of artists, located internationally, responding to the question of what it means to be Irish today, in a 2 hr promenade theatre presentation, integrating film, music, dance and poetry with community arts participation.
This project is produced by RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions,) Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. It is inspired by The Gathering Ireland.
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cork / arts and media / event notice Saturday June 29, 2013 16:11 by Yvonne Coughlan   audio 1 audio file
RSVP's song creation installation 'Harmony' at The Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Cork. Friday July 12th 7.30-10.30pm. Once again, all our installations offer a FREE ENTRY opportunity to get involved! Discuss what it means to be Irish today. Voice your concerns within the positive creation of art. Be an advocate of positive action. Come have some fun for FREE! read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 16, 2013 02:46 by fred   text 16 comments (last - friday may 31, 2013 22:26)   audio 1 audio file
Today, for a brief moment, America knows how awful it feels to live in one of the states they have invaded or that they have helped reduce to sectarian nightmares with imported jihadist mercenaries, CIA advisors, funds and weaponry, such as Iraq, Syria or Libya, where explosions like this occur every other day read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Wednesday March 20, 2013 21:15 by T   text 5 comments (last - tuesday april 02, 2013 17:33)   audio 1 audio file
The government is planning to sell off our national forests which are currently owned by Coillte. The plan would be to sell harvesting rights on 500,000 acres out of 1.2 million that they manage. They claim it is worth €700 million although in the Peter Bacon report on Forestry, he puts the true value at €360 million or the equivalent of 3 days of government expenditure. Bacon said: "economic rationale for the proposed sale of harvesting rights no longer stands up and cannot be justified." and that he further concluded it would actually cost the state €1,300 million to sell the harvesting rights of Coillte due to various liabilities. The report says that the forests should be developed further as a public resource. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 22, 2013 21:47 by Spade Speaks   text 12 comments (last - saturday february 02, 2013 11:16)   audio 1 audio file
Few things are more dangerous to a nation’s citizenry than when its leaders decide to turn on their own or selected groupings of their own people (and Jewish people should especially understand this). Tyrannical governments should be feared far more than various types of weapons—especially when tyrants have no or few restrictions on their own selection of weapons. The progressive idea of the 2nd Amendment was the notion that common people can have the right to defend themselves against tyrannical governments (including and especially when their own choose to turn on them—which has happened all throughout history). THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND ITS CURRENT DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL DOES NOT WARRANT TRUST ENOUGH FOR THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY TO HANDOVER GUNS TO THIS CORRUPTED STATUS QUO.
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international / arts and media / other press Friday October 05, 2012 17:57 by Revolt Video   text 1 comment (last - friday october 05, 2012 19:41)   audio 1 audio file
This is our pilot show for the Revolt Radio Series, they will be released in a as is and on the fly manner as we can.

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international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday October 05, 2012 13:27 by Tina Becker   text 9 comments (last - saturday october 13, 2012 23:02)   audio 1 audio file
Norman Paech, a prominent member of the German left party, Die Linke, has joined others in withdrawing his support for the Iran Tribunal after approaches from supporters of Hands Off the People of Iran, reports Tina Becker. This is an edited version of an article recently published on the website of the German magazine Hintergrund1

The Iran Tribunal continues to divide the Iranian left. Yassamine Mather’s articles in the Weekly Worker have been hotly debated in Iran, across Europe and the United States. Since she started to expose the links of the organisers to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a number of organisations and individuals have withdrawn their support. Other groups and parties have split over the issue.

It is therefore timely to take a closer look at the tribunal, its gestation, its corruption - and the fallout from Hopi’s scathing criticism.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:03 by Vetarans for Peace UK   text 4 comments (last - tuesday april 24, 2012 08:33)   audio 1 audio file
Veterans for Peace UK held its inaugural meeting on Easter Sunday. 11 veterans attended the meeting. The meeting was started with the reading of The Statement of Purpose. We then had an extended check in where there was a good exchange of experiences.
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