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Solidarity with the Pat O'Donnell
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday February 15, 2010 12:07 by Shelver   text 16 comments (last - sunday march 07, 2010 01:01)   image 4 images
Yesterday in Castlebar circuit court, appeals involving Shell to Sea campaigners were concluded or deferred, with no further prison sentences being handed out. This follows the jailing on Wednesday of local fisherman Pat O’Donnell, who was sentenced to 7 months in jail for convictions of “breach of the peace” and of "obstructing a Garda".

In total 21 people appeared before Mayo courts this week in relation to protests against the Corrib Gas Project. On Wednesday all fourteen campaigners who appeared before Belmullet district court had their cases adjourned until the special Shell to Sea sitting scheduled for March. From Tuesday to Thursday seven campaigners were involved in appeal cases before Judge Raymond Groarke in Castlebar Circuit Court. read full story / add a comment
Community Power!
mayo / education / feature Monday February 08, 2010 18:03 by Shelver   text 8 comments (last - thursday february 11, 2010 11:23)   image 17 images
From Wednesday the 27th to Sunday the 31st of January, the Rossport Solidarity Camp hosted a wind power workshop. Local people and campers united to learn metal work, wood work and electronics to produce a fully functional 2.4 meter diameter wind turbine, now supplying power to the off-grid Rossport Solidarity House. The use of farmer's shed for the week was kindly by donated which was the perfect base for the workshop. The course was led by V3 Power, a workers co-operative based in Nottingham specialising in teaching courses in how to build DIY wind turbines.

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"the pathetic excuse of humanitarian aid"
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Friday February 05, 2010 19:09 by José A. Gutiérrez   image 1 image
On January 28th, we had the chance to have a telephone talk with Camilla Chalmers, from the Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (Haitian Platform in Defence of an Alternative Development, PAPDA), in Port-au-Prince. Here we transcribe the questions and answers we could exchange in spite of the natural difficulties of communication in these circumstances. We believe his opinions represent a contribution to understand what’s really going on in Haiti, they contradict the official version of the media and give us a very precise notion of the type of solidarity that the Haitian people need –and that we should not fail to give.

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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday February 04, 2010 23:08 by Dave Donnellan   text 1 comment (last - sunday february 07, 2010 18:14)   video 1 video file
In January 2009 Independent Newspapers, in the face of mounting criticism of its commercial exploitation of children, withdrew its 'Building for the future campaign. read full story / add a comment
L-R: Dr David Landy (IPSC Chairperson), Dr. Hajo Meyer (IJAN), Sara Kershnar (IJAN) and Dr. Haidar Eid (via video from Gaza)
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday February 02, 2010 09:33 by Kev   text 5 comments (last - thursday february 04, 2010 00:23)   image 5 images
On Saturday 30th January Auschwitz survivor Dr. Hajo Meyer, Dr. Haidar Eid of the Islamic University in Gaza and Sara Kershnar of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) addressed a standing room only crowd of over 140 people in the Central Hotel in Dublin. The public meeting, entitled “The Misuse of the Holocaust for Political Purposes”, was organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as part of a high profile speaking tour hosted by IJAN and the Scottish PSC. read full story / add a comment
Not Building for the Irish Indpendent's Future, anymore!
national / education / feature Wednesday January 27, 2010 11:41 by Mark C   text 4 comments (last - monday february 01, 2010 16:49)   image 1 image
Irish primary schools celebrated a victory this week as Independent Newspapers abandoned their “Building for the Future” scheme just weeks after its high-profile launch.

It is the first time a major in-school marketing promotion has been scrapped and is an embarrassing climb down for Independent and their co-sponsors Bank of Ireland.

The launch of “Building for the Future”, which demanded a quota of 20 tokens per pupil from schools wishing to enter, was met with condemnation from across the teaching community. read full story / add a comment
Haiti - Troops were sent, instead of medicine and food
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Monday January 25, 2010 23:39 by José Antonio Gutiérrez   text 10 comments (last - monday march 01, 2010 01:00)   image 1 image
Anyone judging from the huge numbers of troops mobilised to Haiti could reasonably believe that this is a country in the middle of a brutal civil war instead of a nation hit by a deadly earthquake. While the Media has been feeding constantly news of murder, mayhem, and gangsters supposedly in control of Haitian streets, together with calls for a “strong arm” and “security” to make possible the delivery of relief, the reality seems to be quite another. Medical and Food assistance has been largely delayed by a cobweb of inefficiency, bureaucracy and negligence and not for “security” issues. In the meantime, hungry and thirsty Haitians have been largely looking for their beloved ones under the rubble with their bare hands. Very few doctors and relief agencies have dared to go to the streets of Port-au-Prince, where precious assistance –currently stockpiling in the airport- is much needed.
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US Marines in Port-au-Prince in 2004
international / history and heritage / feature Wednesday January 20, 2010 18:00 by Andrew Flood   text 14 comments (last - saturday january 30, 2010 15:57)   image 5 images   audio 1 audio file
As predictions for the death toll from the Haitian earthquakes rise over 200,000, ABC News have reported that planes carrying medical equipment and relief supplies are having to compete with soldiers for the valuable slots at Port-au-Prince airport which was taken over by the US military after the quake. Since the start of the great anti-slavery republican insurrection nearly 220 years ago, Haiti has been presented as a dangerous place incapable of running its own affairs and requiring foreign intervention. Yet the reality is its people were the first enslaved population to deliver themselves from slavery and also carried out what was only the third successful republican insurrection on the planet. The threat of this good example was rewarded with centuries of invasion, blackmail, the robbery of Haiti's natural resources and the impoverishment of its people. This articles summarizes that history of intervention and the resistance to it in order to put into context what is happening in Haiti after the quake read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday January 07, 2010 04:21 by Fintan Lane   text 18 comments (last - thursday january 21, 2010 09:22)
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has received word from the Irish participants on the Viva Palestina aid convoy that they crossed the border at Rafah and arrived in Gaza shortly after 7pm (Irish time). This is exactly one month after the convoy set off on its journey and despite concerted efforts by Egypt to obstruct its progress.
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Cork convoy participants with George Galloway MP in Jordan
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Saturday December 26, 2009 22:55 by Fintan Lane   text 14 comments (last - saturday january 23, 2010 14:32)   image 5 images
Following several months of fundraising, four teams from across Ireland departed on Saturday, 5 December, to travel 4,000 miles across land to Gaza in Palestine to deliver ambulances and humanitarian aid to the besieged people of that tiny region. Concerned Irish citizens from Cork, Derry, Dublin, Galway and Tyrone are bringing two ambulances, a mini-bus, and a truck filled with over 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid. read full story / add a comment
Typical State response to a peaceful vigil at Shannon
clare / anti-war / imperialism / feature Tuesday December 22, 2009 13:33 by Shannonwatch   text 8 comments (last - thursday january 21, 2010 19:49)   image 1 image
Every day the war machines roll through Shannon, as the innocent populations of Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere suffer the brutal consequences of neo-liberal occupation. The Gardai react by mounting public displays of strength against half a dozen innocent protestors, while claiming to have no opinions or authority over the cargos and personnel passing through the airport. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday December 11, 2009 16:26 by PACUB   text 5 comments (last - friday january 08, 2010 00:11)
Children face a 'Black Christmas' as Minister Lenihan slashes child benefit by 10% in the 2010 Budget. Family incomes are being attacked from every side in this Budget, but the Government has chosen to target children for the biggest cut of all. Parents' group PACUB is horrified by the Budget, and predicts that more and more families will fall into poverty as the new decade begins. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / feature Wednesday December 09, 2009 15:05 by Gerard Horgan   text 32 comments (last - friday january 08, 2010 09:26)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
A critique of the Obama Presidency from taking office in January of this year to now. read full story / add a comment
A corporation with 'callous, greedy motives'
national / environment / feature Sunday December 06, 2009 01:57 by Kevin Doyle   text 4 comments (last - monday december 21, 2009 16:36)   image 1 image
The Raybestos Manhattan Corporation moved to Ireland in the mid-70s. A campaign opposing their operations here began almost immediatly. It was a long and protracted struggle but eventually ended in victory. This article examines the campaign against the mulitnational and the lessons that can be learned from it today. read full story / add a comment
This is a table of what public sector workers in Ireland really earn based on the data given in the reply to a Dail question in Feb 09.
national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Thursday December 03, 2009 17:40 by Andrew   text 44 comments (last - saturday december 12, 2009 21:50)   image 2 images
The cancellation of today's strike is a blow to the developing movement against the cuts on the scale of the cancellation of the March 30th strike at the start of the year. The so called compromise ICTU have been negotiating for is a further blow, it seems designed to drive a wedge between workers and fails to answer the main problem public sector workers have, the inability to take further cuts. But the strike that did happen on 24th November has brought 250,000 workers into their first experience of the power we collectively hold and points towards an alternative read full story / add a comment
Bush First, Obama Second
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday December 02, 2009 23:02 by Gerard Horgan   text 5 comments (last - wednesday december 16, 2009 05:21)   image 2 images
After more than three months' deliberation, President Barack Obama has finally decided to commit more than 30,000 US troops to the Afghan war. The ‘Afghan surge’ is to be fast tracked over the next six months with a large bulk of the troops arriving before Christmas. The deployment will cost approximately $1 million dollars per soldier, per year, some $30 billion overall. This price tag is on top of the considerable costs (running into the hundreds of billions of dollars) of keeping over 100,000 US soldiers ‘in-country’, while maintaining other US global military operations as well as the on-going fiasco in Iraq. The combined deployment of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is close to 250,000 service personnel, which is augmented by the greatest number of private military contractors/mercenaries ever seen (some 100,000 in Iraq alone). read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Sunday November 29, 2009 23:48 by Kev S & Freda H   text 6 comments (last - wednesday december 02, 2009 20:48)   image 4 images   video 4 video files
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign took part in this year’s International Week of Solidarity called by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (http://www.stopthewall.org).

An international call to activists was put out to launch a week of global mobilisation against the walls of apartheid in Palestine from November 9th to 16th 2009. The IPSC used this opportunity to highlight the necessity of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, with specific reference to the ongoing role of Irish construction company CRH (formerly Cement Roadstone Holdings) in the building of the Apartheid Wall and illegal colonial settlements in the West Bank. read full story / add a comment
OPIM men at the meeting in their headquarters, Jane Jones from Tlachinollan in the foreground and two Peace Brigades accompaniers who are delegated to OPIM on the far right
international / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Sunday November 29, 2009 20:31 by Sarah C   text 1 comment (last - wednesday december 02, 2009 03:49)   image 1 image
David Salgado was a seasonal agricultural worker who died in the course of his work as a 'jornalero', that is a seasonal migrant worker on an industrial farming operation. His death occurred in Sinaloa state in northern Mexico in January 2007. Deaths in farming are all too frequent worldwide but this case was different, David , who hailed from Guerrerro one of Mexico's poorest states, was eight years old. read full story / add a comment
Cover of Part 1 of the Report
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Saturday November 28, 2009 01:06 by Mark C   text 31 comments (last - thursday december 01, 2016 08:47)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
This is part one of a two part report, based on the Report by The Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Part One deals with the generalities of the report – a damning indictment of the church in general for its handling of the reporting of clerical child sexual abuse, its cover up, and the comlicity (or otherwise) of the Gardaí. Part Two will look at the abuse, abuse, and more abuse handed out by individuals. Prepare yourself for some pretty sickening reading. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / feature Tuesday November 24, 2009 17:25 by N.G.A.   text 59 comments (last - monday november 20, 2017 06:55)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
The view of the National Graves Association on the wearing of the poppy. read full story / add a comment
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