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international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday July 16, 2009 14:30 by MLK House   text 15 comments (last - monday july 27, 2009 11:07)   audio 1 audio file
Seven anti-war activists entered the Shoalwater Bay military training area in central Queensland during joint US-Australian Talisman Sabre exercises. The seven remain in the area and are presently moving towards the ‘live fire’ areas with the intention of shutting down the exercises. They remain undetected by Australian Defence Force Security and the Qld Police guarding the area. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday July 13, 2009 22:52 by Ed   text 16 comments (last - thursday july 23, 2009 12:52)   audio 1 audio file
Recent events in Rossport fit into a long pattern of surveillance and harassment of campaigning groups by the "secret state" - as the record of Britain's MI5 shows. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Monday July 06, 2009 15:25 by Text- Fin Dwyer, Steph Images - Niall Harnett Audio - Andrew   text 12 comments (last - saturday july 11, 2009 11:05)   audio 1 audio file
Today Shell to sea protestors broke through a weak spot in the armada deployed to defend the Solitaire - the supply port in Killybegs. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday July 01, 2009 21:58 by Justin Morahan   text 7 comments (last - wednesday july 08, 2009 01:24)   audio 1 audio file
At a Press Conference today Free Gaza say that passengers on the boat kidnapped by Israel are held in a detention centre and are not allowed to see an Attorney.

The plight of Palestinians who are also incarcerated in Israel is mentioned and a request is made for world-wide help and action for them also

(E-mail addresses have been removed).
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday July 01, 2009 21:17 by Derek Leinster   text 18 comments (last - monday may 24, 2010 17:48)   audio 2 audio files
Protestant abuse victims must also be heard
Irish Times, Wednesday, July 1, 2009

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/0701/1....html

OPINION: Victims of Protestant prejudice and State neglect are at a disadvantage, writes DEREK LEINSTER

YOU DON’T have to be a Catholic to be listened to as a victim of institutional abuse, but it seems to help. That is my experience as a Protestant victim of institutional neglect. Like all sufferers, I am a victim of prejudice.

It was prejudice that forced my mother into the Bethany Home in Orwell Road, Rathgar in 1941 for the “social sin” (as one cleric put it) of being pregnant out of wedlock. To add to her burden, her gestating baby had a Catholic father. Marriage in those circumstances was out, and so was I, fostered out to a dysfunctional family in Wicklow where I was beaten black and blue and (I mention it since it seems to be what Irish people are most interested in) sexually molested. read full story / add a comment
mayo / anti-capitalism / news report Monday June 29, 2009 06:14 by FSB!   text 45 comments (last - monday july 13, 2009 13:54)   audio 1 audio file
Sunday June 28th saw the most intense burst of direct action against Shell in Erris so far in this phase of the campaign to thwart the Great Gas Robbery and the destruction of Erris along with its community. A tripod on a road bridge near McGrath's Bar held up vital repair gear for the pipeline winching operation for over four hours. This was followed up by a five-person lock-on on the same road a bit nearer the Shell compound. Together, they delayed winching operations for twelve hours, and there were nine arrests in all. Meanwhile, three Solidarity Campers managed to sneak into the Shell compound at Glengad and get out without being arrested. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Sunday June 28, 2009 17:44 by Belfast Branch   text 1 comment (last - sunday june 28, 2009 18:06)   audio 2 audio files
Working people continue to bear the brunt of the economic recession in terms on job cuts, poverty wages and house repossessions, while the rich and powerful in our society are bailed out again. This is state capitalism and comes under various forms from thatcherism to neo-liberalism.

The Belfast Anarchist Communist Discussion Group, set up by the Belfast branch of the Workers Solidarity Movement recently invited Michael Reinsborough to give a talk on the topic of neo-liberalism.

The public meeting took place on Wednesday 17th June in the Belfast Unemployment Centre.
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday June 25, 2009 11:09 by FSB! et al   text 46 comments (last - tuesday june 30, 2009 00:45)   audio 1 audio file
In a reprise of last year's repeated arrests on the waters of Broadhaven Bay, Shell's Gardai have arrested Pat 'the Chief' O'Donnell and his son Jonathan while they were fishing in Broadhaven Bay this morning. Their two boats were commandeered by Gardai and brought to Ballyglass pier under tow and naval escort. Gardai claim that the two boats were 'loitering', the new term for criminalising fishermen exercising their rights to fish in their native waters. Pat's brother Martin is currently still on the water in the bay fishing in his boat. Meanwhile the Solitaire is less than an hour away from arriving off Glengad. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / feature Saturday June 20, 2009 15:23 by Azadi   text 23 comments (last - monday june 29, 2009 18:10)   audio 1 audio file
The Iranian government’s campaign to mold ‘model’ Islamic citizens has not only fashioned a profound crisis of loyalty to the religious ‘ideals of the revolution’, it has nurtured action that many have silently prayed for - as the public sphere, the last bastion of the religious elites grip on power, was shot open by their own guns Sunday. read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / feature Tuesday June 02, 2009 12:12 by Shell Ireland   text 81 comments (last - monday january 18, 2010 14:55)   audio 1 audio file
Hi folks!
In the most hysterical hatchet-job to date on the campaign against Shell's discredited and disastrous inland refinery experiment in north Mayo, Sunday World crime-fighter Paul Williams turns shock jock as he presents a "documentary" about the Corrib Gas project on TV3 at 9pm on Tuesday, 2nd June. To accompany what is set to be an entertaining farce, we bring you a one-off Telly Bingo game so you can track whether any facts, relevant information or editorial balance creeps into the show. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday May 28, 2009 13:39 by redjade   audio 1 audio file
Balazs Nagy: Can you tell a few words about yourself and how you got to the situation that you are in?

Victor Agosto: Ok, I am Victor Agosto, I joined the Army of the United States in August of 2005. I was sent to Iraq in October of 2006. And I stayed there until November of 2007. And while I was in Iraq I turned against both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now my unit is sending me to Afghanistan - or wants to send me to Afghanistan - but I have already told them that I am not going to go and that I am not going to obey any orders supporting my unit's deployment to Afghanistan. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday May 26, 2009 17:15 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity   audio 1 audio file
In April, twenty six traffic attendants were sacked for resorting to a half-day un-official strike, after management ignored their grievances over working conditions. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Monday May 25, 2009 22:21 by Grainne Quinn   text 1 comment (last - wednesday may 27, 2009 14:10)   audio 1 audio file
Upcoming launch for Pathways To Palestine, affiliated with MAP [Medical Aid Palestine ] this Wednesday. The 4000 mile cycle aims to raise money for humanitarian aid and awareness of the plight of ordinary civilians in Gaza.

4 Students.
4000 miles.
14 countries.
40 days. read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / feature Tuesday May 19, 2009 19:24 by Andrew   text 37 comments (last - sunday may 24, 2009 01:28)   audio 1 audio file
The long running struggle in Erris (Rossport) against Shell's attempt to impose an experimental gas pipeline on the local community has erupted in recent days with repeated local direct actions against the compound Shell are trying to construct. Meanwhile the state, at the behest of Shell, continues to press vindictive prosecutions against local activists. Back in March retired school teacher Maura Harrington for jailed for 30 days, today the state returned for another pound of flesh and she was sentenced to another 7-10 days in Mountjoy prison. At very short notice over 20 activists from Dublin Shell to Sea gathered at the prison gates and showed their outrage by blocking the entrance of the prison van containing Maura in to Mountjoy for about twenty minutes. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Saturday May 16, 2009 13:18 by Workers Solidarity Movement   text 1 comment (last - saturday may 16, 2009 13:35)   audio 2 audio files
On Saturday 9th May, the Belfast branch of the WSM held a public meeting at An Culturlann in West Belfast on ‘Can Direct Action achieve success’.

Contributions from former Visteon workers, Dessie McEnroe and Mark O’Hara on their participation in the occupation, building links with fellow workers and lessons learnt.

Here is a short report and audio recording from the discussions.
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday May 10, 2009 21:49 by Kev   text 9 comments (last - friday may 15, 2009 18:04)   audio 1 audio file
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) were present at this year's Mayday march in Dublin City. The IPSC formed one of the biggest contingents in a very poorly attended demonstration. I can't say for definitely, but it was suggested, several times by different people in attendance, that this was the smallest Dublin mayday march ever - why this was the case is not for me to say. read full story / add a comment
antrim / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday May 10, 2009 19:43 by Belfast WSM   audio 1 audio file
As part of this year’s Mayday celebrations the Anarchist Communist Discussion Group formed by the WSM, hosting a talk on ‘The roots of Mayday and its relevance today.” The talk took place on Tuesday 5th May in Belfast city centre. read full story / add a comment
cork / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Friday May 01, 2009 08:06 by John B   text 7 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2009 15:34)   audio 1 audio file
Tesco are just putting the finishing touches to a shiny new store complete with multi storey carpark that puts another nail in the coffin of any character that the centre of Douglas had left. (Two shopping centres, A Topaz garage, lots of carparking space , a McDonald’s…. you get the picture. There is a nice Farmer’s market in the park on Saturday though). Anyway, that aside, Tesco is trying to lay off all its workers and then rehire them under tighter contracts. The first lay offs are meant to begin tomorrow (30th April). The workers, supported by Mandate, their union, are out on strike until this is sorted out.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 28, 2009 17:08 by Hilary, Mary, Andrew, Sinead   text 2 comments (last - thursday april 30, 2009 01:25)   audio 2 audio files
Three speakers talk about the pro-choice struggles in Ireland they were involved in over the last three decades. These include the 1983 anti-referendum campaign, the Womens' Information Network, the SPUC v students case, Dublin Abortion Information Campaign, X-Case, Repeal 8th Amendment, 1992 Referendum, Dublin Abortion Rights Group, Alliance for a No Vote, 1998 referendum, Choice Ireland and the D-Case. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Monday April 27, 2009 16:49 by Sean Matthews   audio 1 audio file
Interview conducted today at the plant. Workers remain determined to achieve their demands despite attempts by the administrators to evict them.

Solidarity is Strength! read full story / add a comment
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