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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

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offsite link Bullhorns: On Offense (CrossTalk) Mon Oct 24, 2016 16:52 | The Saker

offsite link Syrian War Report ? October 24, 2016: Only Options Are Assad in Damascus or Al-Nusra in Damascus Mon Oct 24, 2016 16:50 | The Saker

offsite link Why Gun Control Won?t Fix Inner City Violence Mon Oct 24, 2016 16:39 | The Saker

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Human Rights in Ireland

offsite link Benefit Sanctions and Coercion Within the Irish Welfare System Thu Sep 22, 2016 13:38 | Cliodhna Murphy

offsite link The rights of the unborn: a troubling decision from the High Court? Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:42 | Máiréad Enright

offsite link Progress Report on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project. Mon Jul 11, 2016 13:40 | admin

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

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offsite link Another day, another tale of national institutions. The Seanad and the National Museum. 08:22 Tue Oct 25, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Federalists 21:24 Mon Oct 24, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday October 21, 2016 21:44 by John Hedges - An Phoblacht   image 2 images
GARDA CHIEFS and Scotland Yard commanders allowed British undercover policeman Mark Kennedy to spy on environmental groups in Ireland, including the Shell to Sea campaign in Mayo. Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan wants Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to get some long-overdue and straight answers from her British counterpart when she meets Home Secretary Amber Rudd this month. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Friday October 21, 2016 21:29 by foie
The confirmation by the courts that the Edenderry Power plant permission should have considered the indirect impacts of the extraction of 1.2 million tons of peat a year vindicated environmentalists’ legal challenges to the continued operation of the plant. read full story / add a comment
Our pic shows the CABHAIR Swim, 1979 - the 40th consecutive swim will be held at the 3rd Lock, Inchicore, Dublin, on the 25th December 2016.
national / history and heritage / event notice Thursday October 20, 2016 16:23 by Sharon.   image 1 image
This coming December 25th (2016) will mark the 40th consecutive CABHAIR Christmas Day Swim in the Grand Canal , Dublin !
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dublin / environment / event notice Thursday October 20, 2016 00:08 by An Taisce   image 1 image
Please help at our clean up of Booterstown Nature Reserve and beach on Sunday, October 25th at 2pm. Meet at Booterstown DART carpark. All bags, litter pickers and gloves will be provided. Tea, cake and chat will be enjoyed afterwards. All welcome. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday October 18, 2016 10:49 by Anti-fracker   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 25, 2016 11:15)
On Thursday, 27th October the Dáil will discuss the Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016. This article highlights the issues surrounding the bill and traces the history of community action against fracking in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday October 15, 2016 21:53 by 1 of Indymedia   text 2 comments (last - thursday october 20, 2016 02:39)
This press release was reported on the 3rd but it has only come to our attention recently and it is likely did not receive much coverage. Therefore we are posting it here.

In a frankly shocking move, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) had its bank accounts closed last week by Bank of Ireland without any proper explanation other than we no longer met their “risk appetite”.

It is a move which appears to be part of a campaign orchestrated by the Israeli government to silence organisations which support the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign which aims to pressure Israel until it ends its occupation of Palestine and adheres fully to international law ensuring freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 11, 2016 19:15 by Sean Throne
US capitalism has had a century of relative political stability through the domination of its politics by its two capitalist parties. This is now coming to an end. A new era in US and world politics is opening up.Sean Throne read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday October 11, 2016 09:09 by Sonny Melencio   image 1 image
This article has been presented and discussed by the leadership and organizers of the Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Laboring Masses - PLM) to mark the coming 100-day anniversary of the Duterte administration. It is a contribution to the discussion among the Left and progressive forces on how to view this administration and the tasks ahead.

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limerick / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday October 05, 2016 23:23 by Shannonwatch   text 1 comment (last - wednesday october 05, 2016 23:27)
Fifteen years after Shannon Airport was made available to the US military for their illegal invasions of Afghanistan and then Iraq, both countries are in violent turmoil. Here's a small snapshot of what happened in the last couple of days alone:

On Sept 30th a US drone strike in Nangarhar, Afghanistan killed 15 civilians.
On Sept 28t in Iraq IS set fire to 3 more oil wells; Iraqi forces launched an offensive near Ramadi after capturing additional nearby territory last week; US helicopters transported IS captives from remote areas in Anbar to undisclosed destinations, possibly to be tortured; and IS bombings in Shiite areas of Baghdad killed at least 17 people.
The US agreed to send more troops in addition to the 4,400 who are already officially deployed there. These probably went through - or will go through - Shannon.
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dublin / arts and media / event notice Monday October 03, 2016 20:17 by Dublin Film Qlub
Launch of the new season of the Dublin Film Qlub, and first screening of the season


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dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Saturday October 01, 2016 12:11 by Fusion Sundays   image 1 image
Funky stalls from around the globe, yummy street-food, pop-up workshops, live music and great vibes! read full story / add a comment
galway / consumer issues / news report Saturday October 01, 2016 09:48 by Hibernian Scribe   text 3 comments (last - tuesday october 04, 2016 09:48)
ESB does not patrol power lines or check transformers and only change them when the horrendous gales force the ESB to do so read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday September 30, 2016 23:52 by 1 of Indymedia
LASC have written an good article by Liam Bradshaw covering the massacre of teachers and students by the police in Mexico back in 2014 and the join up the dots on this terrible event. It is republished here because to bring some attention to it.

On September 26, 2014, two years ago this week, student teachers form the Escuela Rural Normal Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa were attacked in Iguala, Guerrero by local police. Six people were killed, dozens injured, and 43 remain missing two years later. One of the murdered students had been tortured and his face cut off. Elements of the municipal, state and federal police as well as the army participated in the crime, making it a state crime. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday September 26, 2016 23:31 by wsm   image 2 images
On Saturday, 24 September, LASC and the Mexico-Ireland Solidarity Collective organised a vigil at the Mexican embassy to remember and to call for justice for the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa and the thousands more like them who have been disappeared in Mexico.
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national / environment / opinion/analysis Sunday September 25, 2016 18:44 by Joey Newell
Some observations on infrastructure in Ireland in relation to western European standards. Also, a case for a national path system. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Saturday September 24, 2016 00:23 by Shannonwatch
Shannonwatch is hosting a series of events at Shannon Airport on October 8th and 9th to mark the 15th anniversary of the illegal US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Please email us on if you are interested in attending some or all of what is planned. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Thursday September 22, 2016 23:54 by pbp   image 1 image
There is more than a whiff of corruption arising from NAMA. The most obvious case has already been highlighted with Project Eagle in Northern Ireland.

Here a giant US company Cerberus paid a €7 million fixer fee to secure assets originally worth €6.5 billion for just €1.34 billion. Even though Michael Noonan was informed that another company had withdrawn from the bidding after it was asked for a ‘fixer fee’, he still allowed the sale to go ahead.

The main fixer was Frank Cushnihan, a well connected insider among the Northern political elite. It is alleged that Peter Robinson and his son Garret stood to benefit from this fee. Astoundingly, Cushnihan was also acting as an advisor for 58% of NAMA’s Northern debtors. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Thursday September 22, 2016 23:45 by wsm   image 1 image
The Irish government's attempt to introduce domestic water charges in Ireland is not going well. In fact, for them it's been a disaster because it's sparked off a huge upsurge in working class self organisation and direct action. Last Saturday 17th Sept, saw thousands of anti-water charges campaigners flooding the streets of Dublin o to again voice their opposition to Irish Water & water charges and as a show of strength for the movement. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Wednesday September 14, 2016 23:10 by 1 of Indymedia   video 1 video file
In the months leading up to the Olympics there was a clear political campaign to kick Russia out of the Olympics and this was all part of the broader strategy to make Russia the number one enemy of the West and to restart a new Cold War which the USA has managed to more or less achieve.

However it was surely obvious to anyone who follows sport that there are plenty of others taking drugs and nobody is squeaky clean. Therefore it comes as no surprise to discover the US athletes were taking drugs but what does come as a surprise is the influence of the global US machine on the likes of bodies such as World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) who seem to have one set of rules for some countries and allows them to take drugs with "doctor's note" and other rules for other countries where no such exemptions or rather turning of a blind eye are allowed.

All of this has come to light as a result of recent hacking of WADA. Naturally it is blamed on the Russians. Whether it is or isn't is in material. What matters is what was found and blaming the hackers whoever they are, is simply away to distract from the issue. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday September 14, 2016 22:18 by shelltosea   image 1 image
On Monday 5th Sept at Dublin District Court, Shell were fined EUR1,000 after pleading guilty to causing light and noise pollution from gas flaring at Bellanaboy refinery last New Years Eve. The prosecution was brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following complaints from people living around the Bellanaboy refinery.[1] read full story / add a comment
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