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national / miscellaneous / other press Wednesday October 03, 2012 - 17:15 by volunteer 13 3 comments (last - friday october 05, 2012 - 08:45) 2 images
October 3, 2012 By Dara Gantly
The first large-scale study to explore surgical outcomes across Europe has found that Irish patients have the highest risk of dying in Western Europe and the fourth-worst mortality rate among 28 European countries. Ireland is placed behind Poland, Latvia and Romania in the overall mortality table, published in a recent issue of the Lancet (2012;380:1059-65), but is worse off than Slovakia or Croatia. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday October 02, 2012 - 23:37 by pat c 4 comments (last - sunday october 07, 2012 - 22:01)
Russias Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has fired a warning shot across NATOs bows regarding provocations as a pretext for an open military attack on Syria. Full text at link.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on NATO and Middle East countries not to devise pretexts for military intervention in Syria. Russia has expressed concern that some provocation could occur at the Turkish-Syrian border that may give NATO the green light to intervene in Syria.
"In our contacts with our partners both in NATO and in the region, including on international forums, we have called on them not to look for pretexts in order to carry out a [military] operation," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters on Tuesday in Moscow. In such a scenario, NATO would be obliged to intervene in the conflict to defend Turkey, a NATO member. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / other press Thursday September 27, 2012 - 09:12 by youth worker 20 comments (last - monday october 28, 2013 - 16:44) 5 images 1 video file
From The Irish Times , September 24 2012
Twelve months ago I gave a presentation on the subject of youth drug and alcohol abuse to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children. I highlighted the huge pressures facing Ireland’s youth, including peer pressure, bullying, unemployment and emigration, all within a national atmosphere of despair over our collective future. I focused on the widespread culture of binge drinking in Ireland, which appears to be often ignored, accepted or normalised by many parents, publicans, politicians and law enforcers.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday September 26, 2012 - 13:26 by pat c 2 comments (last - wednesday september 26, 2012 - 23:58) 1 image
Where are the condemnations? Where is the outrage at the murder of a journalist? Silence from Washington. Full text at link.
Iran’s Press TV claimed its Damascus correspondent was killed Wednesday by a rebel sniper while reporting on bombings in the Syrian capital. Two car bombs struck the Syrian Army’s command headquarters, setting one of the buildings on fire. Maya Nasser, a 33 -year-old Syrian national, was killed while reporting from the scene, Press TV said. Hussein Murtada – Press TV’s Damascus bureau chief and head of the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV network – was also reportedly injured in the attack. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Saturday September 15, 2012 - 14:57 by Red Banner 1 comment (last - sunday september 16, 2012 - 12:47) 1 image
Issue 49 of Red Banner is out now, available for €2 / £1.50 from the address above or from bookshops ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Tuesday September 11, 2012 - 13:37 by Gerry Downing 1 image
Page 2: Editorial: “Basic national loyalty and patriotism” and the US proxy war.
Page 4: Rank and file conference ConwayHall 11th August, By Laurence Humphries.
Page 4: London bus drivers Olympics’ bonus: Well done the drivers! - London GRL,On Diversions and ‘Total Victory’ By a London bus driver.
Page 6: Questions from the IRPSG ... read full story / add a comment
cork / history and heritage / other press Monday August 27, 2012 - 14:03 by Justine McCarthy 5 comments (last - monday september 10, 2012 - 20:40) 2 images
A SON of a war of independence veteran has accused a historian of publishing "untrue and unchecked claims" relating to a disputed IRA ambush in which his father participated 92 years ago.
Edward "Ned" Young was the last known survivor of the Kilmichael ambush, when the IRA killed 17 police auxiliaries on November 28, 1920. His son John Young has described as "palpably untrue" assertions made by Dr Eve Morrison about a phone conversation he had with her last month. Morrison's claims appear to contradict an affidavit Young signed five years ago, in which he denied that his father co-operated with a controversial book about the ambush. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 26, 2012 - 16:56 by lefty 1 video file
BBC are up to their tricks again, censoring video which shows syrian rebels in a bad light, i.e. guilty of war crimes against geneva convention. This is not the first time they have monkeyed with reality of course. Back in May the BBC used a years-old photo of dead Iraqi children to depict victims of an alleged government assault in the town of Houla. Also in Libya remember the fake photos of a crowd of "Anti Gadaffi protesters", many of whom carried Indian flags. (photo was just an unrelated gathering in india). You can't trust the MSM or al jazeera to give you the truth about Syria period. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday August 25, 2012 - 16:24 by pat c 27 comments (last - sunday september 16, 2012 - 12:59) 1 image
The US have turned down a Syrian offer of negotiations. Meanwhile France has joined with the US in threats to impose a No Fly Zone within Syria. Full text at link.
Fighting is intensifying in Syria and throughout the Near East, as US and NATO officials escalate threats against Syria after US President Barack Obama’s statement Monday night that Washington is planning for a US invasion of Syria. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland dismissed Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil’s subsequent offer of talks, even though Jamil offered to discuss Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation.
Jamil said that Assad’s resignation could be discussed during a “national dialogue,” as an external attempt to force a president’s ouster on the Syrian people would set a “very dangerous precedent.” It is hardly clear that the outcome of a “national dialogue” would be favorable to Washington, however, even assuming it could somehow be held in a country torn apart by a US proxy war. A January poll found 55 percent of Syrians support keeping Assad in office. ...
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday August 03, 2012 - 12:54 by pat c 5 comments (last - friday october 05, 2012 - 23:41) 7 images
Where are the United Nations? Where are the EU sanctions? Why is repression ok in Bahrain? Full text at link.
Bahraini riot police have fired tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of demonstrators attempting to block a highway. Frequent antigovernment protests have wracked the country since February 2011. Protesters and police clashed in several Shiite villages late Thursday and early Friday, witnesses told AFP. The recent protests are a move by Bahrain’s opposition to spark further street demonstrations in the country.
The ongoing uprising by the country’s Shiite majority, which claims systematic discrimination on the part of Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, has weakened after multiple mass arrests. At least 50 people have been killed and many more detained since protests began 18 months ago. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday July 31, 2012 - 12:04 by pat c 7 comments (last - saturday august 04, 2012 - 01:26)
Even US media groups like CNN are admitting that foreign jihadists, particularly Libyans, are flocking to Syria. Writing in the New York Times, Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, warns that if Assad should fall from power, over 100 different opposition groups inside Syria would continue to fight for power with each other and with members of the Alawite, Shiite, Christian, and Druze religious minorities, threatening to turn Syria into “a larger version of Lebanon in the 1970s … There would be ethnic cleansing, refugee floods, humanitarian disasters and opportunities for Al Qaeda.” Full text at link.
The Gulf sheikhdoms, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have supplied millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the Syrian opposition and pledged to pay salaries to “rebel” fighters. While Washington has claimed that it is providing “non-lethal” supplies to the opposition, such as night vision glasses and communications equipment, teams of CIA operatives are acknowledged to be working inside Turkey to coordinate the distribution of money and arms to the various militant groups. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Tuesday July 24, 2012 - 13:17 by pat c 25 comments (last - monday july 30, 2012 - 16:32) 2 images 1 video file
A new coalition of thw willing is being prepared by the US to wage war on Syria. That includes the EU as a whole, the EU have imposed sanctions on Syria and sanctions are war by another means. Full text at link.
Following its failure to ram through a resolution against syria at the united nations security council last week, the administration of barack obama has intensified its preparations to gather a “coalition of the willing” to oust the government of syria and install a us client regime.
The resolution would have imposed new sanctions against damascus under chapter 7 of the un charter, which authorizes the use of military force. The last such resolution by the council was used by the us and nato to justify their war for regime-change in libya. ... read full story / add a comment
A comment on the latest indigenous revolt in Colombia, where the indigenous have expelled troops from their areas. ... read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Monday July 23, 2012 - 00:04 by T 1 comment (last - thursday december 26, 2013 - 23:13)
As reported by the financial blog The Automatic Earth written by Nicole Foss, she has reported that the German magazine Der Spiegel dropped a bombshell this morning in an article that the IMF plans to dump Greece in September. So far the Der Spiegel article is in German. Normally they will eventually publish articles in English.
"Griechenland könnte schon im September pleitegehen. Der Internationale Währungsfonds hat nach Informationen des SPIEGEL der Brüsseler EU-Spitze signalisiert, dass er sich nicht an weiteren Hilfen für das Land beteiligen werde."
Greece could go bankrupt as early as September. Spiegel has obtained information that the IMF told the Brussels leadership it would not make more money available for help to Greece.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday July 14, 2012 - 19:01 by pat c 2 comments (last - monday july 16, 2012 - 13:25)
Out of the fog of misinformation the truth begins to emerge. Full text at link.
Reports of scores of deaths in the Syrian village of Tremseh Thursday, in the course of violent clashes between government forces and opposition militia, have been seized upon by the United States and its allies to ramp up their campaign to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
In a press statement issued Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted that the Syrian regime had carried out “yet another massacre,” claiming there was “indisputable evidence that the regime deliberately murdered innocent civilians.” ... read full story / add a comment
Prisoners inGuantanamo who had been diagnosed with serious mental health problems and who were on psychoactive medications were continuously interrogated. Other prisoners were given drugs against their will. Full story at link.
Prisoners inside the U.S. military’s detention center at Guantanamo Bay were forcibly given “mind altering drugs,” including being injected with a powerful anti-psychotic sedative used in psychiatric hospitals. Prisoners were often not told what medications they received, and were tricked into believing routine flu shots were truth serums. It’s a serious violation of medical ethics, made worse by the fact that the military continued to interrogate prisoners while they were doped on psychoactive chemicals. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday July 09, 2012 - 20:59 by pat c 3 comments (last - tuesday august 07, 2012 - 19:19) 1 image
Where is the UN? Where is Clinton? Where is NATO? Where are the Sanctions? Where are the international conferences in support of the Saudi Shia people? Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, a dictatorship, but it doesn't bother those who are out destabilise Syria. Actually Saudi Arabia is arming and bankrolling the Syrian fundamentalists.
Two men have been killed in Saudi Arabia during a protest against the arrest of a prominent Shia cleric.
Activists said Akbar al-Shakuri and Mohammed al-Filfil were shot by police while attending a demonstration in Qatif, a city in Eastern Province.
The interior ministry said there had been no clashes with police, and that the incident was being investigated. ... read full story / add a comment
As Hugo Chavez faces another election the capitalist media has gone into overdrive. Its message is that dissent is crushed in Venezuela. Yet from below comes another meme: the story of alternative media. Full text at link.
Today we celebrate the national day of journalists in Venezuela. Because of this day, it’s worth remembering a phrase that was written in the streets of Argentina during the December 2001 crisis: “They piss on us and the press says it’s raining”. This aphorism captions the situation of the social media today. Readers are reading, listening, or watching the information they receive more and more carefully.
However, the people of Venezuela have gone beyond that. Thanks to legal, technological, technical, and formative support from the government of the president, Hugo Chavez, and because of the determination of citizens after 2000, a national system of community and alternative media started to be born. It’s a system which, even though it has a long way to go, it is a symbol of collective organisation and the satisfying of everybody’s right to communicate. ... read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Thursday July 05, 2012 - 13:17 by Tony Greenstein 2 comments (last - monday december 10, 2012 - 19:09)
3 years ago I carried the report that Farrouk Khaddoumi, the ex-PLO Foreign Secretary and deputy to Arafat, had alleged that Abu Mazan (Abbas) had co-operated in an Israeli plot to murder Arafat
. http://azvsas.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/arafat-murdered-by....html ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday June 26, 2012 - 12:49 by pat c 1 comment (last - wednesday june 27, 2012 - 00:23) 1 image
Yes, brought to you courtesy of Obama. Paraguays democratically elected President was deposed in a parliamentary coup. Shamus Cooke explains how the Obama Administration are responsible. Full text at link.
It's obvious that the President's real crimes are that he chose to ally himself more closely with Paraguay's left, which in reality means the working and poor masses of the country, who, like other Latin American countries, choose socialism as their form of political expression. ... read full story / add a comment