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Public Inquiry
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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/09/26 ? Open Thread Mon Sep 26, 2016 21:00 | Herb Swanson
2016/09/26 20:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Superficiality as a Path to God: on conflating contemporary violent groups with historical Sunnism Mon Sep 26, 2016 14:05 | The Saker
Note by the Saker: I was recently contacted by a reader of this blog who, while praising the overall contents of the blog, also expressed regret at what he perceived

offsite link The U.S. Removed the Truce in Syria Sun Sep 25, 2016 22:55 | The Saker
by Anna Jaunger On Monday, Sep 19, there was an attack on a joint convoy of the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) near the area of Urum

offsite link A Muslim police officer dies a hero?s death and receives Russia?s highest honorary title ?Hero of Ru... Sun Sep 25, 2016 21:00 | The Saker
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Monday May 25, 2015 17:47 by Ruared
Nathan Stuart with a short piece on the transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Nathan is an RNU student activist from Armagh, currently living and studying in Belfast. He has been heavily involved in numerous campaigns on student, socialist and republican issues. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Saturday May 23, 2015 20:40 by Paddy Hackett   text 4 comments (last - thursday august 20, 2015 17:23)
Marriage in the West is a bourgeois institution. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / news report Wednesday May 13, 2015 18:07 by Sophia Har
The United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and finance ministries are meeting in New York to finalize an agreement for the Financing for Development Conference (FfD) to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 13, 2015 12:21 by Laurence D.   text 3 comments (last - saturday may 23, 2015 09:22)
In this article I explain why I believe it is possible and necessary to advocate for marriage equality while remaining critical of aspects of the institution of marriage itself. read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / event notice Tuesday May 12, 2015 21:21 by petra
Film screening at The Barricade Inn, Squatted Anarchist Social Centre read full story / add a comment
galway / arts and media / event notice Tuesday May 12, 2015 17:37 by Joanna Kasinska
Visit us for an amazing weekend of cinema!

VisionFish would like to invite you to 2015 Galway African Film Festival. It's the 8th year that we're having the festival and we're aiming to highlight different perspectives of African film and culture.
It runs from Friday May 22-24th. There are films and shorts to suit everyone. This wonderful FREE weekend of cinema, will be hosted in the heart of the city by the Huston Film School. We kick off the show on Friday 22nd May and would very much welcome you to join us for the opening film & a glass of wine at 5.30 pm.

Sneak Peak GAFF2015 video https://youtu.be/yN1KDIjWpQ4

VisionFish is a voluntary non profit educational organisation based in Galway City

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national / environment / press release Sunday May 10, 2015 21:31 by T
Latest issue of the Shale Gas Bulletin Ireland is now available online. The contents for this month are:

1. Irish EPA study on fracking impacts led by company involved in fracking
2. Oklahoma recognises link between earthquakes and fracking wastewater injection wells
3. Scientists warn 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground read full story / add a comment
dublin / crime and justice / event notice Sunday May 10, 2015 21:01 by IPRT
Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is delighted to announce that the launch of our Turnaround Youth Project and Report will take place on Tuesday 12th May 2015 in the Irish Film Institute, Dublin 2.

This report presents the case for the differential treatment of young adults aged 18-24 who come in contact with the criminal justice system, and is grounded in emerging evidence, best practice, and informed by input from young people with experience of the issues. read full story / add a comment
galway / environment / event notice Sunday May 10, 2015 16:08 by Cleo de Vito
This is the only conference in Ireland, this year, to celebrate the International Year of Soils.

Soil is our most treasured, valuable & precious resource - essential to all our lives. We grow our food in it & on it, build our homes from it & on it, drive our vehicles on it & with it, & yet, it is disappearing at an alarming rate, worldwide. Shine a light on just what we know, by hearing what just some of the Soil scientists are finding out, & what some of the specialists are learning from their own work. read full story / add a comment

international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Thursday May 07, 2015 12:53 by Robert Long   text 2 comments (last - sunday may 24, 2015 11:30)
How the last days of Israel may play out. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday May 06, 2015 16:25 by BelfastBasque
The National Court has sentenced to six years in prison to seven of the 28 young court in December on charges of "membership of an armed band", according to legal sources NAIZ.INFO has known. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Saturday May 02, 2015 19:40 by Pat Waine
The piece deals with how an initiative by R2W should be addressed. It argues for a left alternative to be clearly presented in any initative that is democratic broad and open. read full story / add a comment
cork / anti-capitalism / event notice Friday May 01, 2015 14:26 by Orla O'Donovan
During the first part of this day-long Thinkery, which will be led by Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, you will be invited to listen, think and converse with others about anti-capitalist commoning. Based in New York, they are part of an international movement that asserts ‘commons’ can be the seeds of a society beyond state and market. A long-time feminist and anti-globalization activist, teacher and writer, Silvia Federici’s books include Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle (2012) and Caliban and the Witch. Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004). Founding member of the Midnight Notes Collective, George Caffentzis’ latest book is In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines and the Crisis of Capitalism (2013). An overview of their perspective on the commons can be found in this article http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/content/49/suppl_1/i92.fu...+html

Learning together about the commons will continue in the afternoon, but here the focus will be on actual and emergent commoning in Ireland. Discussing her work on the radical concept of ‘enough’ and her practical experience of Community Supported Farming, this will include a contribution from Anne B. Ryan. She is the author of Enough is Plenty: Public and Private Policies for the 21st century (2009).
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wicklow / environment / event notice Thursday April 30, 2015 23:39 by mm
Our next work day in Wicklow will be SATURDAY 02nd MAY 2015 in Glendalough which should be our last day on this project. If you are a regular volunteer we are looking forward to seeing you out again. If you have recently joined our mailing list why not come along and give it a try? We will be repairing the track at the Miners Village in Glendalough. If you can’t make the next work day, the dates for 2015 work days for Wicklow are listed below. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 28, 2015 15:01 by Robert Long
The commemoration to come, should be indicative, to those with discernment, of the true nature of the government of this country, those who WOULD take from us, everything that our fore-bearers tried to create.
As we approach the centenary of the 1916, Easter Rising, we look to our government to remind us of the origins of our nationhood, of the goals, so cherished by former generations and their tremendous suffering and triumphs, so that we may, through self-determination forge for ourselves, a destiny that we may be proud of and a bright future for our children. However, if one engages in some reflection on our first century of modern nationhood, and in particular, the last several years, it becomes apparent that the ideals upon which our country is allegedly founded, are all but forgotten, purposefully forsaken, by those whom we entrusted to guard and implement them read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Monday April 27, 2015 16:46 by Sophia Har
As Nepal experiences aftershocks from Saturday's earthquake, it may find relief in the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, a fund that cancels the debt of poor countries in crisis. read full story / add a comment
cork / arts and media / event notice Saturday April 25, 2015 16:17 by Yvonne Coughlan
This is a free entry event. All talents are valid. Just arrive in the day and remember to have fun. Venue: Lifetime Lab, Lee Road, Cork. 10am-5pm. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / news report Friday April 24, 2015 21:54 by Mother Earth
Hundreds of millions have moved away from animal flesh. McDonald's is one of many chains feeling the change. Animal Agony, Unionbusting, Deforestation, Human Disease, Crime, Corruption, Environmental Desecration, Energy Waste, in the world's biggest fast food chain, McDonald's Has Closed 350 Stores Since Jan 1, 2015 Will Close 350 More This Year read full story / add a comment
international / disability issues / opinion/analysis Friday April 24, 2015 03:21 by Polly Peptide   text 6 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2015 16:32)
Suicide is often thought tragedy or failure—but a person can lead an exceedingly relevant and meaningful life and still have it end with suicide. Suicide, although thought taboo and negative consequence, should not be thought especially conclusive to render some final judgment on that dead person’s attitudes about the entirety of his or her life, or personal series of assumed values while living. Esteemed and valuable lives do happen to end with this form of partial self-control over one’s finality. It can at times be practical to circumstances. The vaunted platitude the “value of human life” (as cultural supposition) has had little real open discussion or debate. Irrespective then of all peoples’ personal opinions (even if personal opinions are not often particularly individualist) one should be able to argue that thee ultimate human right of being-hood (and all related rights of existence) is the right to decide for the self whether one even wants to live a human life (especially as related to circumstances one finds the self). This is really the most basic litmus test to freedom as essential criteria as to whether one is truly free or not. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Wednesday April 22, 2015 21:40 by shannonwatch
Shannonwatch are appalled at today’s decision by a court in Ennis to convict TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly for their attempts to search a US military plane at Shannon. The two TDs were given maximum €1000 fines, despite the overwhelming evidence to support their case that they had no alternative but to do what they did.

“The court accepted without qualification the knowledge and expertise of the witnesses who outlined serious breaches of neutrality and other laws at Shannon.” said Clare Daly. “And let’s remember the details of this evidence as presented to the court. There was evidence of guns on military planes, of soldiers going to war through a country that claims to be neutral, of CIA rendition planes, and of ongoing refusals to inspect these planes. The judge accepted that Mick and I have been obstructed, sidetracked and ignored in our efforts to discover the truth about Shannon. Yet in sentencing us he took an extremely narrow of the law. He effectively admitted that his hands were tied, and he refused to deal with all the evidence presented to him.” read full story / add a comment
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