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offsite link Iran vs Saudi Arabia: it?s game-over Thu Sep 19, 2019 18:49 | The Saker
by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Is the attack on ARAMCO the first of a long war or is it game-over already? It seems like the latter and in

offsite link Karbala, The Path of Most Resistance Thu Sep 19, 2019 16:32 | The Saker
by Mansoureh Tajik for The Saker Blog By way of introduction, I would like to borrow words from The Saker that explain, rather concisely, the ?why? of the essay you

offsite link How the Houthis overturned the chessboard Wed Sep 18, 2019 21:53 | amarynth
by Pepe Escobar – posted with permission The Yemeni Shiite group?s spectacular attack on Abqaiq raises the distinct possibility of a push to drive the House of Saud from power

offsite link If Iran behind attack, ?US military worthless? ? Tehran prof Wed Sep 18, 2019 20:55 | The Saker

offsite link Crises ? the Middle-East and a few hopefully useful pointers Wed Sep 18, 2019 19:12 | The Saker
[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] The Middle-East is literally exploding: the Houthis have delivered an extremely effective blow against Saudi oil production which (so they claim) has

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Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

offsite link Fijian women still face Human Rights violations Mon Aug 26, 2019 18:49 | Human Rights

offsite link Saudi Human Rights Violation Fri Aug 09, 2019 20:41 | Human Rights

offsite link China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights

offsite link Declaration of Human Rights at Sea Mon Apr 08, 2019 07:31 | Human Rights

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link The age of austerity continues? 10:57 Fri Sep 20, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Micheál Martin and ?megaphone diplomacy?? 08:55 Fri Sep 20, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Ripping the bonds of the UK apart? 12:44 Thu Sep 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Centenary: Irish Farm Labour Strike ? Recalling Labour?s Role in the Struggle for Independence ? Oct... 12:23 Thu Sep 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series 12:07 Thu Sep 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017


offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

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WorldbyStorm - 10:57 Fri Sep 20, 2019
An unexpected source for a pretty sound observation this last weekend in the IT. Where it is noted: This incessant [school] fundraising is necessary because the funding per pupil, known as the capitation grant, has never been restored to the pre-recession levels of ?200 per child.   Second-level schools complain, with complete justification, that their capitation […]A
WorldbyStorm - 08:55 Fri Sep 20, 2019
Having mentioned this yesterday it?s funny reading this linked to in comments on Slugger and reflecting upon Micheál Martin?s complaints about Irish government megaphone diplomacy in recent years. Consider the following: Stormont?s First Minister has aimed a stinging broadside at the Government?s all-Ireland Brexit forum, insisting she had better things to do than listen to […]A
WorldbyStorm - 12:44 Thu Sep 19, 2019
Anyone see the following: The Ulster Unionist leader, Robin Swann, said that the meeting between Mr Johnson and Mr Juncker ?did not give cause for optimism?. ?There should be more genuine, intensive engagement underway about a replacement for the backstop as the clock counts down towards the 31st October,? he said, ?otherwise the inevitable outcome […]A
WorldbyStorm - 12:23 Thu Sep 19, 2019
Thanks to Conor Kostick for forwarding the following: Athy Event Programme Oct 5 labour in the Struggle for IndependenceA
WorldbyStorm - 12:07 Thu Sep 19, 2019
Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently: I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we?re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it ?hope dies last?. Any […]A
WorldbyStorm - 10:41 Thu Sep 19, 2019
Depressing to see Micheál Martin indulging in rather specious attacks on the government?s handling of Brexit. He claims that: Micheál Martin has criticised the Government?s early handling of Brexit negotiations, saying he would have resisted the temptation to ?lord it over the British? and adopted a ?less triumphalist? approach. He argues that: ?I think myself […]A
WorldbyStorm - 07:44 Thu Sep 19, 2019
Anyone had the feeling that the DUP seem a bit rattled this last few days. They certainly seem to be back-pedalling on their previous rhetoric in regard to Dublin. Not least in the following: Ms Foster is in Dublin as the guest speaker at a Dublin Chamber function. She said those who question the stance […]A
WorldbyStorm - 11:28 Wed Sep 18, 2019
This from the Guardian a while back, which I missed, is good. Kevin O?Rourke, professor of economic history at Oxford notes that: …there seems to be a common assumption that the absence of checks on goods crossing frontiers is the default state of the world and that the existence of border controls is a weird […]A
WorldbyStorm - 10:06 Wed Sep 18, 2019
Some will find this, from the Morning Star, and Kevin McCorry of the People’s Movement (and NICRA) which fairly explicitly seems to argue that the Republic should leave the European Union raises a range of questions. This is a particularly intriguing statement: But if there are new Irish border problems arising at this time, they […]A
WorldbyStorm - 08:53 Wed Sep 18, 2019
At least not according to the IT. Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has discussed informally ideas about a replacement for the backstop with British ministers, he said on Tuesday, but no ideas which could come close to replacing the backstop have been suggested by the British, The Irish Times has learned. And the Guardian […]A

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