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offsite link ?The Eye of Moscow?: Russia?s new RDR equipment tracks NATO?s ?stealth? vehicles Thu Jan 23, 2020 18:57 | Scott
by Ruslan Ostashko Translated by Nikolai Captioned by Scott     You know these secret USA satellites, those that still haven?t presented the west with a single image of the

offsite link Offensive Operations In Southern Idlib Resumed Wed Jan 22, 2020 23:56 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? January 15-17, 2020: Offensive Operations In Southern Idlib Resumed Late on January 15, pro-government forces, led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, resumed their offensive

offsite link The new Russian government: a much needed evolution but not a revolution Wed Jan 22, 2020 20:22 | The Saker
[this column was written for the Unz Review] The suspense is over and we now know the names of all the members of the new Russian government.  You can, for

offsite link Western media focus on a ?clown?, but US murders still the real story in Iran Tue Jan 21, 2020 17:30 | amarynth
By Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper

offsite link Thousands Turkish Proxy Fighters Flood Into Libya Amid Berlin Peace Talks Mon Jan 20, 2020 20:29 | Scott
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Jan 27th Deadline for Submissions on Govt Bill to Prevent Citizens Objections to Bad Planning & Developments

The government is bringing in legislation that will more or less remove your right to object to various types of planning applications and will give free reign to developers and private companies to do as they please. The new rules would require objections only from established interest groups that are in existence at least 3 years and have more than 100 members for that time. Fees will also be far higher. This means if someone wants to put a motorway outside your door and dig a quarry in the field beside you, or build a windfarm outside your front window, a sewage works over the wall, then you have to have known about it somehow three years in advance, have formed an interest group and have 100 members, not 99 or 50 or 20 but 100 !

Friends of the Irish Environment are calling on citizens and citizens group to make their voices heard during the submission period to make our opposition clear to the State. The rights of citizens to access our courts goes back to the Magna Carta.

Submission can be made until January 27, 2020.
Submission site: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/public-consultation-general-scheme-housing-and-planning-and-development-bill-2019

For more info, see New Planning Bill ‘undermines EU environmental enforcement policy’ ‘Call to Arms’ over Planning Bill 2019

international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday November 25, 2018 16:35 by Winter Oak (repost)
In this issue:
Rebelling against the industrial capitalist system
“At the heart of this problem lies our sense of separation from nature”
Abolishing dissent
Does work set us free?
Save Whitehawk Hill!
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday November 23, 2018 11:35 by séamas carraher
In The case of Selahattin Demirtaş v. Turkey (no. 2) – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered Turkey to release the opposition deputy from prison….and, in its complex ruling this week, concluded there has been “several violations of the Convention”. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / news report Thursday November 22, 2018 21:18 by Blooming Barricade
Current efforts by social media companies and Atlanticist think tanks to remove various alternative media pages are part of a coordinated corporate attempt to disrupt and destroy a "global intifada" of social movements, according to documents and data examined by this writer read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday November 16, 2018 11:20 by séamas carraher
Orsola Casagrande, long-time journalist with the left-wing Italian Il manifesto, now freelance and currently living in Havana, Cuba, recently visited Rojava in Northern Syria read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday November 14, 2018 22:34 by 1 of indy
This article from the World Socialist Website draws attention to the fact that not alot has changed with the character of those in power and the same underlying forces of imperialism is still very much present .

Over the past weekend, the leaders of the world’s great powers met in France to commemorate the official end of World War I. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump pulled long faces, hugged each other and gave speeches lamenting the “horror” and “tragedy” of a war that claimed more than 16 million lives.

But their talk of “tragedy” and “suicide” could not hide the fact that they are all engaged in active preparations for a new and deadly world military conflict.

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international / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Sunday November 11, 2018 22:56 by IPSC   image 1 image
Join us on Thursday 15th November for a unique opportunity to hear from and discuss with Aida Touma-Sliman MK, a Palestinian member of the Israel parliament. Ms. Touma-Sliman will discuss the passage of Israel’s new apartheid ‘Nation State’ law in the context of the growth of rightwing extremism in Israel’s domestic and foreign policy, and the efforts to resist this trend.

The public meeting will take place on Thursday 15th November, at 7.30pm in Wynn’s Hotel, 35-39 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1. Entry is free and all are welcome. 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
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday October 30, 2018 19:37 by ipsc   image 1 image
In a letter published today in the Irish Times ( https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/israel-and-arms-trade-...78396 ) newspaper, Minister of State Finian McGrath and fifty other Irish TDs and Senators have called for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel, and for “an end to the bi-lateral arms trade between Ireland and the apartheid state”.

In addition to independent Minister McGrath, the signatories include members of Sinn Féin, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Labour, the Green Party, Independents 4 Change and other independent members of the Oireachtas, who condemn “the shooting dead of some 205 [Palestinian] protestors, including 40 children, and wounding of more than 5,000 people by live fire [on the Great March of Return] in Gaza since April”. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Saturday October 20, 2018 17:42 by João Mac Unaima
The two shameful actions have been decisive for securing him the first place in the polls and are also enough to pay him the cassation of his candidacy and his replacement by Ciro Gomes, third place in the first Brazilian round. read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Friday October 19, 2018 22:22 by LASC
LASC, as an organisation with a mission to expose injustice in Ireland and Latin America and to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America who are resisting oppression and are struggling to create a fair and inclusive society, shares the concerns of many of our members in relation to the current situation in Nicaragua. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday October 15, 2018 21:01 by Farmers Against Foxhunting and Trespass   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 16, 2018 10:08)   image 1 image
The present Irish farmer has proven over the last number of years that he is one of the finest producers of quality food in the world. By his dedication to his work in adapting to modern revolutionary methods and long hours in caring for his animals’ health and dietary needs he is first class. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Sunday October 07, 2018 22:43 by Climate Case Ireland   text 1 comment (last - sunday october 14, 2018 21:21)
New IPCC report on 1.5°C shows the urgency of transformational policy change if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. But Ireland is still lagging behind.

The IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5°C is the most important climate science report of the decade. It offers the most exhaustive and authoritative assessment of the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and the action needed to stay below this threshold. The report will hugely influence international, EU and domestic climate policy making over the next few years. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 12, 2018 23:35 by Dublin Catholic Worker   text 2 comments (last - saturday september 15, 2018 09:05)
Only the second Papal visit in 2,000 years by the first non European Pope. Pope Francisco is from Argentina where the United States client state ruled with terror, kidnappings and politically motivated assassination. His papacy appears to have many proactive enemies from wiithin reactionary Catholicism globally and (neo) liberal elites in Irish media & NGO sector. The recent visit was in visual and audio contrast to the only other visit of the papacy to Ireland. Pope John Paul 2nd in 1979 (the year of the Mountbatten assassination, Warrenpoint, punk). What does this tell us about Papa Francisco and contemporary Irish society? read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 26, 2018 23:07 by 1 of indy   text 2 comments (last - wednesday march 06, 2019 21:31)
There have been numerous attempts to frame the Assad regime with launching and carrying out chemical attacks in Syria. All of them so far have either been fake or carried out by the so called 'Rebels' and terrorists largely backed by Washington, London and Paris through their proxies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey before it turned away from the US after it organised an attempted coup against Erdogan.

In all cases the chemical attacks and talk of them has been used by the US and it's allies as an excuse to bomb Syria. There is absolute no reason and motive for Assad to use chemical weapons either now or in the past. At this stage he has won the war in Syria and expelled most of the terrorists or done deals with them and arranged for them to be bused out. From a logical and motive point of view it would be insane for him to do this. He would gain zero. On the other hand it makes perfect sense not so much for the terrorists who are just pawns in a bigger game, but perfect sense for the US because Syria has been on their target since at least 2001 and they have wanted regime change from the start. They have also been humiliated that their terrorists have been defeated and their regional plans thwarted. This turn-around happened largely happened after Syria invited Russia into Syria to help in the war effort and it represents the fist time since the breakup of the Soviet Union that Russia has been able to get up of it's knee and challenge the destructive insanity of the US. And so this gives some background to the report below that appeared on RT.

“Foreign specialists” have arrived in Syria and may stage a chemical attack using chlorine in “the next two days,” the Russian Defense Ministry said. This will be filmed for international media to frame Damascus forces.

Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said the operation is planned to unfold in the village of Kafr Zita in Syria’s northwestern Hama Province in “the next two days.”

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday August 03, 2018 01:19 by Justin Morahan
Justin and Anne Morahan have started a petition to Pope Francis asking him to intervene in the case of Julian Assange. There have been recent reports of Julian's health deteriorating due to lack of light, fresh air, isolation (no visitors allowed). There are also rumours afloat that he may be removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and extradited to Mr Trump's United States where capital punishment is still in vogue. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / opinion/analysis Monday July 30, 2018 23:04 by pbp   image 1 image
The wildfires that struck Rafina, north east of Athens, have now claimed at least 80 lives with the number set to rise as many are still missing. This terrible catastrophe shows the interaction of climate change and austerity, both the result of a society that puts people before profit.

The fires in Greece take place in the context of an intense heat wave that is global in scale and has produced fires not only in Greece but in Northern Sweden above the Arctic Circle. Brid Smith TD visiting her sister in Sweden reports temperatures of 32C in the shade and 40C in the sun. In hotter parts of the world such as Algeria and Iran they are soaring well over 40C and approaching the limits of human habitability.

Fires, floods , droughts and intense storms – extreme weather in all its different forms – is what climate change means, not just rising sea levels in the future, and they are happening now. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday July 27, 2018 19:28 by Lydia Andrews
This week the US Department of Education proposed new student "borrower defense" rules. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday July 25, 2018 18:56 by Lydia Andrews
New Senate legislation offers additional options for Puerto Rico to cut its debt. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the US Territorial Relief Act. If Congress passes the act, US Territories that experience natural disasters could qualify for debt relief. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday July 20, 2018 19:29 by Lydia Andrews
The US Treasury is calling for greater scrutiny into the use of "anonymous" shell companies. Last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress to quickly pass legislation to make the identity of shell company owners available to law enforcement. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday July 19, 2018 19:04 by Anthony Ravlich
The UN's globalization and neoliberalism seek to eliminate global freedom and western culture. It creates multi-culturalism and diversity which in the extreme undermines western culture but if a country is to survive it must defend its culture. The fake liberals, really a social class, drive both neoliberalism and globalization which gains the support of the swamp. Other political parties need to be chosen to overcome the swamp. For example, Donald Trump in America is having some success against the swamp. read full story / add a comment
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