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University of Tehran Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi explains the JCPOA, western sanctions against Iran and Iranians as well as Iran’s response to US military threats on BBC HardTalk. Ed Note: 

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Three ain’t a crowd: The Iran-Russia summit this week, concurrent with RIC military drills in the Sea of Oman, in advance of a Xi-Putin meeting in two weeks, suggests a

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by Nash Landesnan for the Saker Blog The following is an exclusive interview with Russian Duma deputy, Yevgeny Fyodorov, a high-ranking conservative, nationalistic lawmaker in President Vladimir Putin?s United Russia

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offsite link Coronavirus is Nowhere Near Endemic, Says WHO Tue Jan 11, 2022 15:46 | Will Jones
The coronavirus is "nowhere near" endemic, the World Health Organisation has said, while Pfizer's CEO says an Omicron vaccine is on its way and admits two doses no longer work. Some people don't want this to end.
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offsite link One in 12 Teachers Absent in First Week of Term as Class Sizes Reach 120 Tue Jan 11, 2022 13:24 | Will Jones
One in 12 teachers was absent from schools in England during the first week of term, according to the latest data, as some class sizes hit 120. Time to end mass testing?
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offsite link Supreme Leader Nic Sturge-on Tells Scots They May Have to Wear Masks For Years Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:05 | Toby Young
People in Scotland may have to wear masks in public places for years to come, Nicola Sturgeon has warned. This is in spite of masked-up Scotland having a higher number of Covid cases per 100,000 than England.
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offsite link Some Healthcare Workers Have Pre-existing Immunity to Covid, Study Finds Tue Jan 11, 2022 08:58 | Noah Carl
Researchers identified a group of healthcare workers who did not become infected during the first wave. They found evidence of pre-existing T-cell immunity, suggesting that not everyone is equally susceptible to Covid.
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offsite link How?s He Going to Get Out of This One? Fresh Allegations Emerge That Boris Attended Drinks in the No... Tue Jan 11, 2022 07:00 | Will Jones
Fresh allegations have emerged that Boris Johnson attended a social gathering during the first lockdown, described in an email from his PPS as "socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden... bring your own booze!?
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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday December 05, 2021 13:22 by Brian Nugent   image 4 images
A major film was released about the Tuam Children’s Home recently, a joint production by RTE, the Irish State Television station obviously, and ITV in the UK. It was extraordinarily harsh in describing this institution, others like it and indeed Ireland in general for those years of the 1920s-50s. In this writer’s opinion, it left a lot to be desired in its accuracy in reference to this Home and this article is an attempt to set the record straight. The first and most important issue of course is the question of whether or not the bodies of children were laid to rest in a disused septic tank, for which see the accompanying diagram and description here, followed by the other great issue, that of the mortality rate in these Homes. read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday December 05, 2021 01:50 by Brian Nugent   image 4 images
A major film was released about the Tuam Children’s Home recently, a joint production by RTE, the Irish State Television station obviously, and ITV in the UK. It was extraordinarily harsh in describing this institution, others like it and indeed Ireland in general for those years of the 1920s-50s. In this writer’s opinion, it left a lot to be desired in its accuracy in reference to this Home and this article is an attempt to set the record straight. The first and most important issue of course is the question of whether or not the bodies of children were laid to rest in a disused septic tank, for which see the accompanying diagram and description here, followed by the other great issue, that of the mortality rate in these Homes. read full story / add a comment
Did we ever think this could happen in Ireland ?
national / history and heritage / feature Thursday April 15, 2021 22:58 by T   text 8 comments (last - monday december 27, 2021 01:10)   image 21 images   video 6 video files   audio 2 audio files

There is no doubt about it that religion and spirituality are under attack and the pressure has been massively increased on the back of the Covid Scamdemic.

The level of suppression and repression now in force against the church has not been seen here for centuries. The irony is that the church hierarchy are largely going along with it. The attack on spirituality is a bit harder to discern but it is there and part of the wider trend. Overall what appears to be going on is the corporate takeover of society and that is the new religion and it is intolerant of any other belief systems. This is a characteristic of all totalitarian systems. They want you to transfer any beliefs you have to them. During the worst periods of the USSR we saw churches burned or closed down and all religious practice suppressed. Similar things happened during the Chinese cultural revolution. What it represents is a demand to turn towards the reigning power and an insistence that this is the only belief system. What the socialist revolution was promising was salvation through socialist organisation of society and by directing the productive forces to the benefit of all peoples, in effect creating heaven on Earth. It didn't quite turn out that way for various reasons. Now the corporate regime is trying the same without the promises.

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The 25th December 2020 Swim will be the 44th such successive event  ; 1976 - 2020!
national / history and heritage / event notice Saturday December 05, 2020 22:16 by Sharon.   text 3 comments (last - monday december 28, 2020 14:44)   image 4 images
Sponsored swim, and has been since 1976! read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday June 18, 2020 17:19 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   image 5 images
"Symbols are what unite and divide people. Symbols give us our identity, our self-image,our way of explaining ourselves to others. Symbols in turn determine the kinds of stories we tell; and the stories we tell determine the kind of history we make and remake."
Mary Robinson, Inauguration speech as President of Ireland, December 3, 1990

Introduction

On the night of the 8 March 1966 a massive explosion was heard in the centre of Dublin and Nelson's Pillar came crashing to the ground in hundreds of tons of rubble. No one was hurt and a stump was all that could be seen of the 157 year old monument. It was not the first time that monuments had been attacked in Ireland and certainly not the last, at least figuratively, with a series of later monuments accruing many derogatory nicknames from the Dublin people.

The recent spate of attacks on monuments in the US and the Uk has opened up the debate on the cultural issues they provoke, ranging from those who can't believe the attacks hadn't happened sooner to those who see their destruction as mob vandalism.
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international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday May 11, 2020 22:33 by Kollektiv.26 - Autonomous Group Ulm
May 8th is the day of liberation for many of those suffering Nazi persecution. What is still missing today is denazification, coming to terms with the crimes, a culture of remembrance. read full story / add a comment
A pic taken in 2010, at the Cabhair Swim. Not expecting that weather this year. Hopefully..!
international / history and heritage / event notice Tuesday November 26, 2019 20:38 by Sharon.   text 10 comments (last - wednesday march 04, 2020 16:53)   image 3 images
On Christmas Day next (Wednesday 25th December 2019) at 12 noon , the CABHAIR organisation will , for the 43rd successive year, hold a sponsored swim at the 3rd Lock of the Grand Canal , at Inchicore , Dublin (opposite Kelly's 'Blackhorse Inn' pub). read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Sunday May 12, 2019 21:03 by Josephine Hayden
Sunday, June 23, 21019. Assemble 2.30pm at Sallins Village. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / history and heritage / event notice Friday April 05, 2019 23:51 by cpi   image 1 image
The Legacy of Peadar O’Donnell
Speaker: Dónal Donnelly. Also the launch of a new edition of There Will Be Another Day: The Inside Story of the 1920s Land Struggle (1963) by Peadar O’Donnell read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Sunday January 27, 2019 18:49 by Sean Ó Murchú
Organised by Republican Movement Cork and Clonmult Martyrs relatives and friends Commemoration Committee. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / press release Tuesday January 15, 2019 18:37 by John Throne
The Donegal Woman based on the life of my grandmother. On publication and without an agent and self published was number two on best sellers list in the North. "We'll Take A Cup Of Kindness Yet" Memoir and Manifest of my self John Throne. From Donegal small farmer Orange Order family to international revolutionary socialist via the Bogside Uprising and other struggles. read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / news report Thursday December 13, 2018 23:24 by wp   text 1 comment (last - monday december 17, 2018 23:12)   image 2 images
“It is with deep sadness and regret that the Workers Party announces the death of Sean Garland, a life-long comrade, a member of the Party’s Central Executive Committee and one of the people who most influenced and shaped the Workers Party over many decades.

Party President Michael Donnelly has paid tribute to Mr Garland saying that he was “a unique and charismatic individual whose contribution to Irish political life cannot be overestimated”. read full story / add a comment
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international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday December 03, 2018 22:57 by sp   text 1 comment (last - monday january 14, 2019 23:00)   image 1 image
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring when the rule of Stalinism in Czechoslovakia and in the entire “Eastern Bloc” was threatened. Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Mick Barry looks at the lessons of these explosive events. read full story / add a comment
Cabhair Christmas Swim - 42 years old this year (2018)!
international / history and heritage / event notice Monday November 05, 2018 15:35 by Sharon.   text 19 comments (last - sunday january 06, 2019 18:02)   image 3 images
national / history and heritage / press release Wednesday July 18, 2018 21:54 by AnT
The Heritage Bill completed its passage through the Oireachtas last night, despite widespread opposition from environmental groups, opposition parties, and concerned citizens and farmers working together with biodiversity.

The Heritage Bill will allow for a relaxation of the dates of the closed period for the burning of vegetation and ‘the cutting, grubbing, removal and otherwise destroying of hedgerows’ contained in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act (1976 and amended 2000)[Note 1] The legislation will allow burning of our upland and lowland hills in March, extending the open period for burning by one month, and for the cutting of roadside hedgerows in August [Note2]. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Saturday March 31, 2018 16:08 by Sean Ó Murchú
Cork Unity 1916 Rising Commemoration will take place in St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Sunday 1st April 2018. read full story / add a comment
RSF main Dublin commemoration will be held on Easter Monday , 2nd April 2018, at 2pm, in O'Connell Street.
dublin / history and heritage / event notice Wednesday March 21, 2018 15:31 by Sharon.   text 1 comment (last - friday march 23, 2018 12:13)   image 2 images
national / history and heritage / event notice Friday January 26, 2018 19:01 by Sean Ó Murchú
Clonmult Martyrs Commemoration Committee, Cork Republican Movement, relatives and friends met recently in Midleton to organise the 97th Annual Clonmult Martyrs Commemoration for Sunday 18th February 2018 at Midleton. County Cork. read full story / add a comment
CABHAIR swimmers from the early days...!
national / history and heritage / event notice Monday December 04, 2017 20:36 by Sharon.   text 8 comments (last - wednesday december 27, 2017 23:45)   image 3 images
First CABHAIR Christmas day swim held in 1976 !
The annual sponsored swim to raise funds for the family and dependants of Irish republican prisoners will , as usual , be held on Christmas day next (Monday 25th December 2017). read full story / add a comment
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