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national / arts and media / news report Thursday May 07, 2009 13:55 by James R
Dublin Community Television's May 2009 schedule has a range of new content this month. We’ve developed a new system of scheduling that'll ensure priority goes to the freshest content from both from our volunteers and our new studio itself. So, this month you’ll be greeted with our new current affairs show, The Sound (See: http://vimeo.com/4428794 ), it features reports on the banking crisis and the g20 demo in London. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / other press Friday August 08, 2008 19:02 by James R
An article on Argentina's assembly movement several years on from the perspective of someone there as a tourist of the pickets, published in Totally Dublin this month and available online at http://soundtracksforthem.com/blog/?cat=204 read full story / add a comment
G.I. dissenters in David Zeiger's documentary "Sir! No Sir!"
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Friday March 21, 2008 11:27 by James R   text 8 comments (last - thursday march 27, 2008 18:59)   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
Some weeks ago, with last weekend's Winter Soldier event on the horizon, I talked to David Zeiger, through the freebie magic of Skype. He's the directer of the documentary Sir, No Sir. It's a Displaced Films and BBC production that came out about two years ago, and focused on the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam.

It consists in part, of interviews with veterans explaining why they resisted the war, and in some cases went as far as to defect. Hundreds went to prison and thousands into exile, by 1971 it was a movement that in the words of one colonel had “infested the entire armed services” - yet few people today are aware of this soldiers movement against the war in Vietnam. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday March 21, 2008 07:49 by James R
Army Sergeant Ronn Cantu is serving his second tour in Iraq. He's also a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Last year, he rose to prominence as a rare outspoken troop against the war and occupation when he spoke live from his base in Iraq, to America's radical online radio network Democracy Now. Then he described how he was scared out of his mind during the interview for expressing opinions the military machine simply did not want the public to hear. This time round, in an interview for another radical media outlet, we chatted over Myspace, about how he is utilizing the internet to organise against the occupation from its front line, just as the Winter Soldier events were getting closer. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / feature Monday December 10, 2007 10:10 by James R   text 6 comments (last - saturday december 15, 2007 16:05)   image 2 images
Over the weekend of November 24-25, protesters clashed with police in Sucre, Bolivia - they were demanding that the capital of the country be moved to Sucre. Three people died and over some 100 were wounded in the clashes. Yesterday Morales announced plans for a nationwide referendum to resolve a deepening political crisis in the country. A few months ago, two recent works on Bolivia were given a look over for the WSM's Red and Black Revolution 14. The review now appears on line for the first time.
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national / arts and media / opinion/analysis Sunday July 02, 2006 17:33 by James R   text 15 comments (last - friday june 26, 2009 18:19)   image 1 image
Just after returning from watching Ken Loach's Palm D'or reaping drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley and like most feel slightly compelled to add one or two words to the flurry of type and hype that has accompanied the movies release on these shores. The Wind That Shakes The Barley is a typical Loach movie betraying many of the core techniques of his previous outtings. Again he relies on plunging a shallowly crafted personal relationship, this time between two brothers, into a set of tragic circumstances. These circumstances provide an emotional cover for his overly didactic political approach to popularising alternative historical mythologies that challenge the authors of a victors' history. This time the contested historicity is the rabid nationalism of the Irish text book, that sweeps aside socialist and labour based movements in the process of consolidation of the free state. read full story / add a comment
Maryland's Residents Hold Blockdade At Marrowbone Lane Entrance
dublin / housing / news report Wednesday June 21, 2006 21:03 by James R   text 5 comments (last - wednesday october 04, 2006 02:19)   image 14 images
Residents in the vicinity of the construction being undertaken on the site of the recently demolished Fatima Mansions today protested at the entrance of their estate over the inadequacy of a long time promised traffic management system which had been promised to them prior to construction work beginning. Two simultaneous blockades were mounted at either end of Lorreta Road, residents joined and left with a fluctuating prescence of anywhere between ten and fifteen maintaining the line on either side of the estate. Marylands is an estate located close to the canal, just off Marrowbone Lane beside Cork Street. Traffic on any given day on Marrowbone Lane is hectic, with cars using it as a route to cut through the Liberties to reach Cork St, leaving a very narrow artery dangerously clogged with passage for cyclists generally untenable at peak hours without using the paths. read full story / add a comment
The Soulseek Browser.
national / arts and media / opinion/analysis Friday January 27, 2006 20:54 by James R   text 10 comments (last - wednesday july 26, 2006 15:19)   image 1 image
Irish internet providers were yesterday ordered to hand over the details of 49 people engaged in file sharing, what Judge Peter Kelly called a "modern form of thieving." What follows is a consideration of and an interview on music piracy. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Tuesday July 05, 2005 12:55 by James R   text 11 comments (last - monday july 11, 2005 16:22)   image 18 images
A solidarity action calling for the release of the Rossport Five took place today outside the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh. In an action planned from the Irish Barrio and spread through the spokes council system, a bus load of Dissent participants left the camp at 7.30am and picketed the consualte. read full story / add a comment
A dangerous arsenal of picnic goodies.
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 27, 2005 16:46 by James R   text 10 comments (last - monday november 07, 2005 17:17)   image 9 images
It’s telling, like some mammoth statement of the power of capital it opened up on a random Thursday in March. It lay hidden in hoarding for years, and then just appeared to occupy the landscape, dislocate and redefine the geography of Dundrum. It announced itself everywhere in the media, crowds of shoppers pushed their faces against the glass, and finally its doors swung open while they trampled each other in a rush to stores they’d marked out days in advance. 75, 000 people in the first day - taking some time off work, with or without the boss’s permission. The place looks like the future used to look in films from the 1960’s, conveyor belts drag you back and forth from floor to floor, as regular as an assembly line, while capsules of consumers shoot up and down. Dundrum Town Centre does not bode well for how our lives are being ordered for us. read full story / add a comment
Promo Image For The Film
national / arts and media / opinion/analysis Saturday May 07, 2005 18:43 by James R   text 6 comments (last - saturday may 14, 2005 14:40)   image 1 image
The Edukators comes bundled with enough hype and hope to prompt you into the IFI of an evening instead of lazily borrowing from your mates pirated DVD collection. Billed in reviews left, right and centre as an exposition of the political angst of a generation, the film provides a brief glance into the lives of Jan, (Daniel Bruhl), Peter, (Stipe Erceg) and Jule, (Julia Jentsch). Together they are three radicalised young Berliners, coping with the alienation of daily life in the city. read full story / add a comment
One of the posters to build for the block
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday April 20, 2005 16:14 by James R   text 5 comments (last - saturday april 23, 2005 13:22)   image 1 image
From fast food outlets, to assembly lines, from corner shops to hyper markets there is one common relationship. That is the relationship between boss and worker. Those of us that have to sell our time as workers enabling us to pay rent, buy food and engage in leisure activities have nothing in common with those who buy our time. Those of us that sell our time are the employee class. Those that buy our labour are the employing class. These two classes have nothing in common. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Friday February 18, 2005 22:24 by James R   text 19 comments (last - sunday february 27, 2005 11:37)   image 2 images
Precarity in the workplace, casualisation, temping, aka McJobs, the thoughts of its victims, and some considerations on the role of students in this. read full story / add a comment
Sergio Leone: ''As Romans, we have a strong sense of the fragility of empires. It is enough to look around us.'
national / arts and media / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 16, 2005 18:10 by James R   text 4 comments (last - saturday february 19, 2005 00:04)   image 1 image
It took years for movies dramatising the agony of the Vietnam conflict to hit the big screen, yet oddly enough a jaundiced contemporary view of the states seeped into a mass audience through Leone's spaghetti westerns. Remaining conspicuous through absence from the canons of motion picture greats, the stylistic flourishes of Sergio Leone westerns provide the popular mind with an immediate shorthand for the genre cinematically. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 25, 2005 15:56 by James R   text 14 comments (last - sunday june 26, 2005 02:45)   image 1 image
Mike Leigh’s ‘Vera Drake,’ is set in Islington, 1950. Surprise, surprise, this ain't no nostalgia trip. It’s a world not far removed from Orwell’s 1930’s ‘Down and Out In Paris and London’ with his amazement at an English working class ability to subsist on regular doses of bread and tea. The dry taste of soda bread, the smell of dampness and the comfort of a 'cuppatay' is as palpable as the scars of war staring blankly from the eyes of shell shocked characters like Reg (Eddie Marsan) who having lost his mother to the blitz lives a bachelors life on ‘bread and drippings’. Rationing is still a reality, nylons are traded for smokes and parasitical black marketers and creditors make a fortune door to door, in neighbourhoods perpetually clouded in grey. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Thursday January 20, 2005 15:08 by James R   text 18 comments (last - wednesday april 12, 2006 04:11)
The latest McDonalds’ ad is telling. A man rushes to the counter and proceeds to push a microphone into the face of some bewildered kid bedecked in a green smock. “So what’s in your burgers?” he asks, in pursuit of the sort of anti-corporate expose that has fuelled Fast Food Nation and Super Size Me. Pressed, the kid blurts “100% Irish Beef.” read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday December 13, 2004 13:26 by James R   text 3 comments (last - tuesday december 14, 2004 20:40)
Something is seriously amiss in education. Inequality of access is rampant and it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report and bouts of rhetoric from the government are going to do little to solve it. Beaten back two years ago, the government is once again trying to introduce fees, this time dumping the idea onto the OECD. Meanwhile, back home it uses its own shoddy track record in tackling educational inequality as a justification. read full story / add a comment
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