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offsite link Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Fri May 07, 2021 21:57 | amarynth
Remarks at the meeting of the UN Security Council, ?Maintenance of international peace and security: Upholding multilateralism and the United Nations-centred international system,? held via videoconference, Moscow, May 7, 2021

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/05/07 ? Open Thread Fri May 07, 2021 19:00 | Herb Swanson
2021/05/07 18:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link On Red Lines and Core Interests Fri May 07, 2021 17:11 | amarynth
Note: I regularly post columns by guest authors with whom I do not agree.  This is also the case today.  First, I believe that Paul Schmutz Shaller has mistakenly attributed

offsite link An empire in love with its Afghan cemetery Thu May 06, 2021 17:41 | amarynth
The New Great Game 3.0 is just beginning with a hat tip to Tacitus and dancing to the Hindu Kush groove By Pepe Escobar with permission from the author and

offsite link Russian Navy in the Eastern Mediterranean ? snapshot of activity Thu May 06, 2021 13:06 | amarynth
A snapshot of the Russian Navy escorting Iranian shipping from the Suez Canal to Syria. By Nat South for the Saker Blog Back in April there was uncorroborated information circulated

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offsite link Mainstream media: Failing to speak truth to power Anthony

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

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Lockdown Skeptics

Lockdown Sceptics

Stay Sceptical. Control the Hysteria. Save Lives.

offsite link The Maddening Mystery of Imperial?s Invulnerable Reputation Despite its Dire Record of Failed Model ... Fri May 07, 2021 23:38 | Will Jones
Imperial College's modelling has been consistently poor at predicting the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet for some reason Neil Ferguson and the ICL team remain respected authorities on epidemic modelling.
The post The Maddening Mystery of Imperial’s Invulnerable Reputation Despite its Dire Record of Failed Model Predictions appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link Vaccine Booking System Hasn?t Allowed Pregnant Women to Book the Specific Vaccines Recommended to Th... Fri May 07, 2021 22:20 | Michael Curzon
The NHS?s vaccine booking site hasn't just failed to keep people?s vaccine status private but has also failed to allow pregnant women to book the vaccines they have been advised ? by the NHS ? to receive.
The post Vaccine Booking System Hasn’t Allowed Pregnant Women to Book the Specific Vaccines Recommended to Them by the JCVI and the NHS appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link Vaccine Booking Site is National Disgrace Fri May 07, 2021 19:45 | Toby Young
We've published a guest post on Lockdown Sceptics by our technology correspondent. He's unimpressed by the NHS's vaccine booking site, where you can find out anyone's vaccine status if you know a few details about them.
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offsite link ?Cautious? Resumption of International Travel as Only 12 Countries Are Added to ?Green List? Fri May 07, 2021 17:59 | Michael Curzon
The Government has announced a "cautious" resumption of international travel for people in England from May 17th, with only 12 countries added to the quarantine-free "green list". The list will be reviewed every 3 weeks.
The post “Cautious” Resumption of International Travel as Only 12 Countries Are Added to “Green List” appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link Bolsonaro Refuses to Lockdown; Cases in Brazil Decline Anyway Fri May 07, 2021 16:21 | Toby Young
We're publishing a third postcard from our Brazilian correspondent today in which he explains that infections are declining across Brazil in spite of President Bolsonaro's stubborn refusal to lockdown.
The post Bolsonaro Refuses to Lockdown; Cases in Brazil Decline Anyway appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday April 27, 2021 22:05 by 1 of indy   image 7 images   video 4 video files
The time has come. Last year it was a conspiracy theory. Now a vaccine passport society is upon us. New Zealand has already crossed the line to enforcing it and has entered the land of tyranny.

The call is loud and clear. They want you to be vaccinated in order to travel and very soon it will be for attending outdoor events. It is no longer hidden. Next step will be for shops, pubs and restaurants. And all for a flu like disease for which there is a 99.99% survival rate. This is the blueprint for total control of your life. And it is time to put a stop to it. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday March 17, 2021 22:36 by 1 of indy   text 5 comments (last - tuesday march 23, 2021 00:24)   image 12 images   video 1 video file
WE WILL ALL BE THERE!

Demo on March 20 2021 – we will stand side by side on a worldwide demonstration with people from all over the world for our freedom!

One day – all together!

We will make it clear that the government’s attempts to divide us have been unsuccessful. Together we will ALL be on this demo to demonstrate against the current Corona measures! read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday February 10, 2021 23:45 by unite the tribes   text 1 comment (last - sunday february 21, 2021 11:00)   image 2 images
RiseUp Éireann, It’s time now to take action, peacefully for this social gathering.

RiseUp Éireann invites Everyone to come to this social gathering ...Uniting together, to create solutions to end Lockdown, & to come together peacefully, to celebrate life, claim our Freedom, with artistic expression through Culture & CommUnity.

Please share this event far & wide, invite everyone, help spread the message of Truth...

RiseUp Éireann was created as a response to create Solutions, to navigate the current draconian restrictions, that are being experienced on a worldwide scale.

The Irish Government has brought legislation in that goes against a democratic society, against Irelands constitution and more importantly, for RiseUp Eireann against inalienable human rights. Of which no Government has the right to remove. It’s crimes against humanity, & Tyranny.

We intend to use peaceful methods to express our voices for the type of society we wish to live in.

We do not promote violence and are non political & non religious. Spirituality & connection to God is welcome.

All welcome to Unite with RiseUp Éireann, & our extensive network.

Everyone welcome to be themselves, & to stand in their own beliefs, based on Truth, Integrity, Authenticity & Love.
RiseUp Éireann acknowledges that the world Governments are using psychological and germ warfare, with fear being their main weapon of choice.
We choose Love.

Due to the reluctance and active censorship of alternative narratives to the one they are expounding within their own literature and that of RTE the Governments media propaganda machine, we will utilise whatever means are available to get our message out. RiseUp will peacefully demonstrate through the arts. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday November 25, 2020 11:33 by free free   image 1 image
The Irish Freedom Party is hosting a rally at Custom House Quay in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 28th November 2020 starting 2pm - Professor Dolores Cahill will be among the speakers. It will not be a march , just a rally. read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Saturday October 10, 2020 00:48 by jk
There is to be a protest titled "Let ireland Live - Destroyed Livelihoods, destroyed Communities, Destroyed Lives - End the lockdown " LEINSTER HOUSE, KILDARE ST, DUBLIN, OCTOBER 10TH, 1PM read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Saturday September 12, 2020 19:10 by YV   image 4 images
Today's protest against the Covid-19 restrictions was organised by Yellow Vests Ireland.They marched earlier today from the Custom's House to Government buildings where a large crowd gathered. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday September 02, 2020 22:31 by 1 of indy   text 6 comments (last - wednesday november 11, 2020 22:40)   image 15 images   video 3 video files
Join us on Sat 3rd Oct at the rally at the Customs House, Dublin to protest against Oppressive Government Restrictions and Mandates and reject the new abnormal. Governments everywhere have made a grab for total power and are imposing Orwellian conditions over us since this Covid thing started last March. Governments are not in the habit of giving up power and must be challenged. Most people are just going along with the rules thinking that somehow it is all going to be lifted. It is not. It will only be lifted if the public show they don't accept them. It is time to stop sitting on the fence and getting up to make a difference. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / health / disability issues / event notice Thursday August 20, 2020 16:40 by hfi   text 1 comment (last - monday august 24, 2020 23:26)   image 3 images
We need to step out in large numbers to make our voices heard. Let’s aspire to what we saw in Berlin yesterday and stand united on August 22nd. We’ll assemble at the Custom House, Dublin at 2pm. Stay tuned for further details. A protest will be held by Health Freedom Ireland (HFI) and Yellow Vest Ireland protesting against government mandates, demanding transparency, proportionality of decisions and accountability by government officials and advisors on August 22nd 2020 at 2pm in front of the Custom House, Dublin 1. This will be a peaceful protest with speeches and a march. Purple T-shirts will be worn by supporters of Health Freedom Ireland. HFI has no political affiliations. read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / press release Thursday May 28, 2020 22:15 by foie
Bord na Mona warned over unauthorised peat extraction on Timahoe Bog, Co. Laois

Bord na Mona has received a second solicitor’s letter warning that ongoing continuing industrial peat extraction on its bogs is unauthorised. The new warning relates to land leased by Bord na Mona to a private operator on the semi-state body’s Timahoe Bog in County Laois. read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / press release Wednesday April 29, 2020 14:54 by Dundrum activist
On April 26th, the Dundrum Climate Vigil group celebrated one year of climate action since its first vigil took place on Main Street Dundrum on that date in 2019. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / photo-essay Sunday April 19, 2020 21:32 by Winston Smith,   text 3 comments (last - thursday may 07, 2020 19:10)   image 16 images
How times have changed. In the space of a few weeks ordinary things like going to the beach or swimming have become illegal activities, criminal acts. We have sleep walked into a police state and we are clapping our way through it.

We are told that the lockdown will have to continue indefinitely. We are told there will be more rounds of Covid-19 each worse the next. This is completely counter to most diseases which get milder over time. We are told when the lock down lifts, groups no larger than 10 will be allowed. What does that mean for flying, going to the theatre, cinema, concerts, football matches. Going to the beach, staying in a hotel.

Actually it’s pure crap and if we don’t wake up and reject this bullshit, we are totally fucked.

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dublin / housing / news report Sunday March 01, 2020 20:20 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 01, 2020 20:32)
I’ve come here this morning to show solidarity with students who are protesting against huge rent hikes that are taking place here in UCD. So I have with me here Joanna, who is the President of the Students Union and Úna who is the Welfare Officer. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday February 27, 2020 23:55 by lasc   image 1 image
In Nicaragua, since April 2018, government and para-military forces have terrorised the population leading to at least 325 deaths, over 2,000 serious injuries and hundreds of people imprisoned and illegally detained. More than 90,299 have fled into exile, mostly to Costa Rica, although some have arrived here in Ireland and are seeking asylum.

Where: Teachers's Club, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
When: Tues 10th March @ 7:30pm read full story / add a comment
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dublin / economics and finance / event notice Sunday February 23, 2020 23:23 by LASC   image 1 image
Financial Justice Ireland and the Latin America Solidarity Centre are pleased to host Luiz Vieira of the Bretton Woods Project for a public talk on the role of the IMF in Latin America.

Monday 24th Feb @ 7pm
Wynn's Hotel, Dublin 1 read full story / add a comment
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dublin / politics / elections / event notice Monday February 03, 2020 22:32 by Peoples Movement   image 1 image
Bill Mitchell, co - author of 'Reclaiming the State – a Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World', will be speaking in Wynne’s Hotel Dublin at a meeting co - sponsored by the People's Movement on February Sat 15th next at 2:00 pm. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday December 05, 2019 15:16 by Cliona O   image 1 image
Please join us on Human Rights Day 2019 to protest against the continued imprisonment of Julian Assange and the unlawful US Extradition Case against him. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday November 21, 2019 22:51 by pbp   image 1 image
When time spent working is factored into the equation, agriculture is now the most unequal sector of the Southern economy, with the richest 10% of farmers claiming 30% of all income and the bottom half left with less than 20% between them. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Thursday November 21, 2019 22:41 by sp   image 1 image
60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.

1. Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day.
2. Because the government is not on our side.
3. Because we need real opposition.
4. Because we could end homelessness now.
5. Because this could kick the housing movement onto a new level. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / event notice Tuesday November 12, 2019 22:41 by pfc   image 1 image
Film about the last two surviving members of the Piripkura people, a nomadic tribe in the Mato Grasso region of Brazil, struggle to maintain their indigenous way of life amidst the region's massive deforestation. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / press release Thursday November 07, 2019 00:31 by pbp   image 1 image
Councilors from Fianna Fail, Green Party, Labour and Social Democrats have agreed to give land at O Devaney Gardens to Bartra Capital.

O Devaney Gardens was a working class flat complex on the edge of the Phoenix Park. For decades, it was run down by Dublin City Council and requests by tenants for proper maintenance were ignored.

Dublin City Council officials typically neglect inner city housing complexes in the hope that they can eventually move out the residents and turn them into posh private apartments.

The Fianna Fail-Green-Labour–Social Democrat coalition that run Dublin City Council complied with this disgraceful strategy. read full story / add a comment
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