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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
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international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Sunday September 07, 2008 20:11 by James Redmond   image 1 image
Raked over in newspapers since the fifth and final series made its way on to TnaG, it's hard to write anything new about the Wire. It's a portrait of America through Baltimore and the cop show vehicle; of failing school systems and crumbling communities, where drugs gangs and cops act in similar flurries of selfish brutality. 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
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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 / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday July 28, 2006 15:30 by James Reilly   image 3 images
Irish News July 25, 2006 Tuesday

Racist attacks increasing despite quiet march season

Racist attacks have risen by 35 per cent in a year, averaging five attacks every day.

Despite successful efforts to minimise tensions around flashpoint Klu Klux Klan parades, this summer has nevertheless seen a marked rise in racist attacks when compared with last year. Latest police figures show that since April there have been an average of 38 racist attacks across the north every week. read full story / add a comment
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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
Michael's mother Gina McIlveen outside her home in Ballymena (McKay IT 13 May 06)
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Saturday May 13, 2006 23:09 by James Reilly   text 33 comments (last - tuesday july 25, 2006 17:09)   image 14 images
Susan McKay’s article in the Weekend Review section of the Irish Times (May 13 2006 - see link below) explains the background to the unionist sectarian killing of Michael McIlveen in Ballymena. In this DUP heartland over 90% of the sectarian attacks are unionist.

The PSNI calls this sectarianism that is almost universally unionist a “two way thing”. Ian Paisley wants “all sides” to “pull back”. Instead of examining whether unionist ideology is in any way at fault, Paisley warns nationalists in an insulting and bullying manner not to turn the issue into a “political football”. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday March 06, 2006 15:18 by James Reilly   text 2 comments (last - wednesday november 08, 2006 15:52)
It is astonisihing that only Susan McKay has raised the question of the bona fides of FAIR in a substantive manner. It is not as though the information is hard to come by.

For instance:

FAIR demonstrated outside Stormont about the early release of Republican prisoners. When asked by David Dunseath of the BBC about the early release of loyalist prisoners Frazer replied “They should never have been locked up in the first place” read full story / add a comment
Daily Ireland story - that started the alternative ball rolling
dublin / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 28, 2006 16:43 by James Reilly   text 7 comments (last - tuesday february 28, 2006 23:41)   image 3 images
Radical Jesuit priest Father Peter McVerry puts some of the incoherent anger seen on Saturday to role of police in inner city areas - in particular death ("murder" say Wheelock family) of Terence Wheelock in Garda custody. He says a combination of circumstances was fortuitous for the expression of this anger.

Stories reproduced here – Herald 'ripped off' the story because they did not name Daily Ireland as the source. They referred instead to Father McVerry speaking to a “a republican newspaper”.

Lively discussion on RTE’s Liveline – McVerry very able to handle the “they are all scumbags” detractors and various assorted blueshirts voicing their disappointment at this unlikely turn of events.

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From The Independent 11 July 1997. Caption: “Triumphalism: Ormeau Road 1992, an Orangeman holds up five fingers as a parade passes a spot where five Catholics were shot dead by loyalist terrorists.”
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday February 27, 2006 12:08 by James Reilly   text 7 comments (last - tuesday february 28, 2006 12:02)   image 1 image
Information on the sectarian motives and background of the Orange Order and of supporters of Willie Frazer's FAIR needs to be put into the public domain. The character of last Saturday's violent protest against the Orange march makes that task more difficult. However, the criticism must be pursued in the interests of real tolerance and pluralism. It shoud be done openly and peacefully, and therefore effectively.

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The five nationalists were massacred in Grahams bookies shop on the Ormeau Road – it is one reason why the community rose up and determined that the Orange Order would not march down the Ormeau Road again, without the Orange order first meeting the residents of that road. The Orange order have refused consistently to meet them, as they have also consistently refused to meet the spokespersons of the Garvaghy Road residents in Portadown.] read full story / add a comment
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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
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national / arts and media / feature Monday January 02, 2006 21:00 by James R/kevin/redjade/c.   text 6 comments (last - wednesday january 03, 2007 19:52)   image 13 images
A run down of what filled the newswire over the past 12 months. 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
mayo / environment / news report Thursday June 23, 2005 14:20 by Terry C via a Wireless Microphone To James R   text 1 comment (last - thursday june 23, 2005 14:56)
Its déjà vu all round in Rossport as local residents once again find themselves pitted in opposition to Shell operations in and around the compound, blockading vehicles engaged in work for Shell. Holed up in the back of a van you have an inter-generational mix of people from 13-65, cups of tea are being swilled back with great gasps of”ahhh”, and the ham sandwiches are doing the rounds. The song of the moment, “Going Out The Way You Came In” an oldie from the Irish Country Star Big Tom, is being played on Midwest Radio due to locals requests. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / feature Thursday June 09, 2005 01:42 by James R/Eoin O'Broin   text 8 comments (last - tuesday june 14, 2005 14:08)   image 2 images

Not so long ago on Indymedia Maura Harrington, a local campaigner implored people to come down to the solidarity gathering in Rossport against the construction of pipe line through the area. She said that “once you see the area you will agree with us that it is not the place for a gas refinery and an unprecedented high pressure up stream pipeline.” How right she was. Last weekend over two hundred people traveled to the back arse of Mayo to take part in a Reclaim The Beach celebration of resistance to Shell in the area and to attend workshops on Shell’s brutality in Nigeria, engage in walking tours of the area led by local campaigners and enter into a dialogue on how best to advance the campaign. read full story / add a comment

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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
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