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India will be added to the Government's "red list" for international travel as a "precautionary measure" after 103 people in the U.K. were found carrying the country's Covid variant.
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offsite link The War on Pubs is Being Waged by Puritans Against Joy Mon Apr 19, 2021 17:07 | Toby Young
For the Lockdown panjandrums on SAGE, this Hogarthian image is what they think the average beer garden looks like on a Saturday afternoon. The war on pubs is a war being waged by puritans against joy, says Sean Walsh.
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offsite link ?We Have to Compare Sweden to Its Neighbours? Isn?t a Convincing Argument Mon Apr 19, 2021 16:16 | Noah Carl
Sweden's low excess mortality in 2020 undermines the pro-lockdown case. Defenders often counter that Sweden fared badly compared to its neighbours. There are several reasons why this is a bad argument, says Dr Noah Carl.
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offsite link Pub Landlord Who Banned Keir Starmer is Sceptic of the Week Mon Apr 19, 2021 15:49 | Toby Young
We have a new 'Sceptic of the Week' ? Rod Humphris, landlord of The Raven in Both, who threw Keir Starmer out of his pub at lunchtime today because the Labour leader has done so little to oppose the lockdown policy.
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offsite link ?First Do No Harm? Means Not Giving the Covid Vaccination to Young People Mon Apr 19, 2021 15:36 | Toby Young
Today we're publishing an original piece by Dr Alan Mordue, a retired public health consultant, about the risk to young people of being vaccinated against COVID-19. He thinks healthy people under 50 shouldn't have the jab.
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antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Monday June 15, 2009 15:21 by Davy Carlin   text 15 comments (last - wednesday october 21, 2009 13:06)
Racist attacks on Lisburn Rd Belfast

Questions need to be answered by police

Accusations of ‘police inaction’ and ‘feeding misinformation’ to media

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antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Sunday June 14, 2009 22:56 by Gary Mulcahy   text 5 comments (last - tuesday june 16, 2009 13:14)
8pm Monday 15th June outside Mace shop Lisburn Rd read full story / add a comment
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday June 11, 2009 23:13 by Emma Clancy
The campaign against the extradition to Spain of Belfast-based Basque pro-independence activists Iñaki de Juana and Arturo ‘Beñat’ Villanueva was launched on Wednesday 10 June at a press conference in An Chultúrlann in west Belfast. Civil rights activist Fearghas Ó hÍr outlined the campaign on behalf of the committee and launched an online petition against the extraditions, which can be signed at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/dont-extradite-the-....html. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / anti-capitalism / event notice Wednesday June 10, 2009 17:03 by John   image 1 image
Working people continue to bear the brunt of the economic recession in terms on job cuts, poverty wages and house repossessions, while the rich and powerful in our society are bailed out again. This is state capitalism and comes under various forms from thatcherism to neo-liberalism.

The speaker will present a brief overview of neo-liberalism and how it affects working people and the environment. Is neo-liberalism just naked capitalism under a different name? Does increased state involvement in the economy signal the end of neo-liberalism, or is it just a temporary measure?
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antrim / miscellaneous / news report Friday June 05, 2009 17:05 by Sean   text 6 comments (last - thursday june 25, 2009 22:23)   1 attached file
When the Warzone Centre/Giros closed in 2003 a lot of people in Belfast didn’t realise what they’d had until it was gone. Since then different individuals and groups have talked about maybe getting something going again. The will was certainly there but some sort of catalyst was needed and then towards the end of 2007 a few of us discussed resurrecting the Warzone label to bring some of the old bands into the digital age; to document those times but also,more poignantly, we hoped that it would maybe inspire people to get motivated. read full story / add a comment
antrim / anti-capitalism / event notice Wednesday June 03, 2009 10:16 by Irish Socialist Network   text 3 comments (last - friday june 05, 2009 19:31)
Public meeting in Belfast to launch new ISN pamphlet "After The Troubles" at the Linenhall Library. read full story / add a comment
antrim / anti-war / imperialism / press release Monday June 01, 2009 15:01 by CYM Belfast
Connolly Youth Movement
Ireland’s Young Communists
Michael O’Riordan branch, Belfast district

Press release: “Armed Forces Day”
Date: 27/5/09 read full story / add a comment
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antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday May 26, 2009 17:15 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
In April, twenty six traffic attendants were sacked for resorting to a half-day un-official strike, after management ignored their grievances over working conditions. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Tuesday May 19, 2009 14:00 by Gary Mulcahy   1 attached file
On May 6 the management of Linamar (formerly Visteon) in Swansea sacked the plant convenor, Rob Williams.
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antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Saturday May 16, 2009 13:18 by Workers Solidarity Movement   text 1 comment (last - saturday may 16, 2009 13:35)   image 1 image   audio 2 audio files
On Saturday 9th May, the Belfast branch of the WSM held a public meeting at An Culturlann in West Belfast on ‘Can Direct Action achieve success’.

Contributions from former Visteon workers, Dessie McEnroe and Mark O’Hara on their participation in the occupation, building links with fellow workers and lessons learnt.

Here is a short report and audio recording from the discussions.
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antrim / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday May 10, 2009 19:43 by Belfast WSM   audio 1 audio file
As part of this year’s Mayday celebrations the Anarchist Communist Discussion Group formed by the WSM, hosting a talk on ‘The roots of Mayday and its relevance today.” The talk took place on Tuesday 5th May in Belfast city centre. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / arts and media / event notice Tuesday April 28, 2009 15:10 by Ruth Graham   image 1 image
What do Little Red Riding Hood, a Polish miner and an earthquake have in common? They’re all part of an unusual new exhibition of Polish art coming to leading Belfast gallery, the Golden Thread. Expect to see colourful and challenging exhibits exploring the politics of the absurd …

Don’t miss our Polish Cultural evening on Friday 22nd May (6-8pm), featuring artwork, music, good food and drink! read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday April 28, 2009 10:28 by Sean Matthews
The Visteon occupations show that we are far from apathetic when it comes to defending our jobs, wages and standard of living. Workers began occupying the Finaghy plant on March 31st, after administrators announced the loss of around 600 jobs at Visteon/Ford plants at Belfast, Basildon and Enfield in England. Davy McMurray, from the Unite trade union, said the way the job cuts were announced was "brutal." Workers were given six minutes notice of their sackings, being treated like mere commodities to be bought and sold, then discarded by our bosses when necessary. read full story / add a comment
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Friday April 24, 2009 15:51 by Dublin Basque
 
The Belfast Basque Solidarity Committee has stated that the arrest of Arturo Villanueva, a member of the Basque community from Nafarroa province , living in Belfast, is yet more evidence of the Spanish authorities' attack on Basque civil society and expressed their solidarity with him. Martin Schein, UN Rapporteur on Human Rights. criticises Spanish state use of anti-terrorist legislation to convict people whose actions "have noting to do with terrorism".
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antrim / miscellaneous / news report Thursday April 23, 2009 10:23 by Belfast WSM   text 3 comments (last - friday april 24, 2009 19:40)   image 1 image   1 attached file
Mayday is a time of reflecting and renewing the proud tradition of working-class resistance and commitment to social revolution. The spirit of class struggle continues to burn in our class from the Visteon workplace occupations to the school occupations in Glasgow and beyond. As we continue to bear the brunt of job cuts, house evictions and police brutality, the powerful message of direct action and solidarity against the bosses and the state is as relevant and necessary as ever before. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday April 22, 2009 21:56 by Irish Basque Solidarity Committees   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 23, 2009 21:01)   image 2 images
Charges against Belfast Basque highlight further ongoing repression in Basque Country. read full story / add a comment
Politics of 1916
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday April 21, 2009 21:45 by éirígí PRO   image 1 image
Public meeting marking the 93rd anniversary of the Easter Rising. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Monday April 20, 2009 21:47 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity   image 4 images
Belfast City Centre was brought to a standstill last Friday lunchtime in a rally organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) against the latest job losses in the manufacturing and textile industry.

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antrim / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday April 19, 2009 15:57 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity
If truth be told, should we be surprised by revelations in recent weeks concerning the expenses of ‘our’ politicians? read full story / add a comment
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