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offsite link Central Asia?s Neoliberal Tragedy: A Review Fri Oct 15, 2021 21:42 | amarynth
By Michael Hudson and posted with special permission : How the World Bank and neoliberalism has hurt central Asia . In the mid-1980s, Soviet officials saw a need to open

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/10/14 ? Open Thread Thu Oct 14, 2021 20:00 | herb
2021/10/14 19:00:01Welcome 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 Russians are in total awe at the suicidal stupidity of the West Thu Oct 14, 2021 16:36 | The Saker
The Russians are openly expressing their absolute amazement at the utter stupidity of the West.  Three examples: A recent article by Medvedev: Dmitry Medvedev: Why contacts with the current Ukrainian

offsite link Pepe Escobar?s new ebook: Forever Wars, recaptured in real time Thu Oct 14, 2021 15:43 | amarynth
About 20 days ago, Pepe Escobar let us know that part 2 of his Forever Wars series is now available for purchase and download as an e-book.  I sat down

offsite link Dmitry Medvedev: Why contacts with the current Ukrainian leadership are meaningless Wed Oct 13, 2021 18:21 | amarynth
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev addressed Kommersant with his new article, titled: Five short polemical theses Kindly note that this is a machine

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offsite link ?Notable, Significant and Abnormal? Purchases of PCR Lab Equipment in Wuhan, Summer 2019 Tue Oct 05, 2021 13:44 | Michael Curzon
Researchers believe that "abnormal" purchases of PCR lab equipment in Wuhan in the summer of 2019 suggest Covid was spreading "virulently" in the city far earlier than was previously thought.
The post ?Notable, Significant and Abnormal? Purchases of PCR Lab Equipment in Wuhan, Summer 2019 appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link 12,000 Women Living with Undiagnosed Breast Cancer after a Year of Lockdowns Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:07 | Michael Curzon
Almost 12,000 women in the U.K. were living with undiagnosed breast cancer in May this year, according to new analysis ? and screening for the disease is still below pre-lockdown levels.
The post 12,000 Women Living with Undiagnosed Breast Cancer after a Year of Lockdowns appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link No Good Reason to Introduce Vaccine Passports Right Now, Says Sajid Javid Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:52 | Michael Curzon
Sajid Javid says there are currently no good reasons to introduce vaccine passports, but concedes that his comments do not mean "there can?t ever be a role for such an intervention".
The post No Good Reason to Introduce Vaccine Passports Right Now, Says Sajid Javid appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Why Are People?s Risk Perceptions So Skewed? Tue Oct 05, 2021 08:08 | Noah Carl
For months, we?ve been treated to morbid ?daily death numbers? ? but for only one cause of death. Perhaps if these figures had been reported for all causes of death, people?s risk perceptions would be less skewed.
The post Why Are People?s Risk Perceptions So Skewed? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link And Finally? Tue Oct 05, 2021 00:10 | Toby Young
In this week?s London Calling, the talking points are the recent easing of travel restrictions (unless you?re unvaccinated), unsuccessful stalking adventures, the new Sharpe novel and Irwin Shaw?s Young Lions.
The post And Finally… appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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Voltaire Network
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offsite link Iran's allies lose Iraqi legislative elections Wed Oct 13, 2021 19:38 | en

offsite link The political power of Facebook, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Oct 12, 2021 09:28 | en

offsite link Lebanon's bankruptcy deliberately caused by IMF under Christine Lagarde's watch Fri Oct 08, 2021 16:17 | en

offsite link China-US high-level talks in Switzerland Fri Oct 08, 2021 14:54 | en

offsite link Covid-19: noose is tightening around Doctor Anthony Fauci Thu Oct 07, 2021 20:09 | en

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roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday September 29, 2021 23:50 by Anti Lockdown Ireland   image 1 image
Freedom Rally

Goff Street, Roscommon Town

Sat Oct 2nd @ 2pm
Free Speech Platform

Stand Up For Your Country
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roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday September 26, 2021 23:52 by Craig Backman

Letter from a serving member of the state of Victoria Police in Australia

Hi Tommy.

I am a current serving member of Victoria Police in Australia. I am embarrassed by my organizations approach to policing this so called pandemic. Just thought Id reach out to you and let you know that there are many among us that dont agree with this approach and are willing to put our careers on the line to speak out against it.

I am one of those and I hope that by me speaking out it may encourage others to do the same.

Following is the body of an email I sent to Victoria Police Management, yesterday, prior to todays protest in Melbourne.

It may cost me my Career but its a small price to pay in the pursuit of liberty and an end to this current dictatorship we are living under.

Keep up the good work.

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roscommon / arts and media / event notice Sunday July 13, 2014 19:22 by M.M.
Douglas Hyde Conference Friday 18th July 2014
Roscommon County Council is once again delighted to bring together many leading thinkers,
academics, poets, writers, musicians and speakers to discuss, debate and provide an opportunity for an interesting and challenging day‚s reflection for this year‚s Douglas Hyde Conference. read full story / add a comment
Patrick Chapman reading at Dublin launch
roscommon / arts and media / press release Thursday December 05, 2013 00:19 by Michael O'Dea   image 3 images
The Roscommon Anthology is more than a celebration of Roscommon's literary heritage; it is a book of national importance. The anthology with accompanying literary map reminds us that even the greatest literature is local. read full story / add a comment
roscommon / arts and media / event notice Friday September 13, 2013 23:22 by Michael O'Dea
The Roscommon Anthology is almost here. A Culture Night Reading in Roscommon town will whet the appetite for the new anthology. read full story / add a comment
roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:54 by Paul Laverty   text 3 comments (last - tuesday august 27, 2013 22:47)
Are we really supposed to cut off our critical faculties and forget what the CIA has done?

On the 16th of August Ken Loach and Paul Laverty spoke at a meeting in Effernagh, Co Leitrim, to commemmorate the 80th anniversary of the deportation of Jimmy Gralton, while across the river Shannon, the same evening, Mr John Brennan, head of the CIA attended a homecoming "Gathering" event in Kilteenan, Roscommon.
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roscommon / environment / event notice Thursday July 05, 2012 13:38 by Permaculture Gathering 2012   image 1 image
This year’s island-wide Permaculture Gathering will take place on an evolving Permaculture farm in the heart of Ireland this August 3rd – 6th. Building on the momentum from last years gathering in Wicklow, our goal again this year is to organize a weekend camp in a private location to support the growing number of permaculturalists in Ireland by providing an opportunity to network, celebrate & learn from one another.

Opportunities for learning how to work in non-hierarchal ways and share the surplus of knowledge will be key. This will not be a passive event laid on by some others, but rather an active participatory gathering where we create it together. Every participant has a role in making the event happen. Anybody can get involved and help out.
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roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday August 22, 2010 22:53 by Trade Union TV   video 1 video file
Over 8,000 people united and held hands around Roscommon Hospital to show that people would defend their public service Saturday 14th August 2010. read full story / add a comment
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roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Friday August 13, 2010 17:06 by éirígí Sligeach   text 1 comment (last - friday august 13, 2010 17:52)   image 2 images
Protest & March against proposed cutbacks at Roscommon County Hospital tomorrow (Saturday Aug 14). Organised by Roscommon Health Action Committee (HAC) read full story / add a comment
Free Political Prisoners !
roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday June 04, 2010 16:53 by Bobajob   text 3 comments (last - saturday june 05, 2010 09:59)   image 5 images
Cyclists from Merthyr in Wales en-route to Rossport Gathering stopped at Castlrea Prison to meet up with Shell to Sea supporters and stage a day of music and song on behalf of Niall Harnett and Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell who are locked up for obstructing the cops in performance of their duty to protect the rights of Shell employees to continue work on the illegal Corrib gas project. read full story / add a comment
roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday April 04, 2010 12:14 by Paula Geraghty   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 07, 2010 09:21)   video 1 video file
Following on from the magnificent Clonmel protest against any attacks on acute services, the west of Ireland showed the depth of anger was not limited to the Tipperary region. More than 8,000 turned out on the streets of Ballinasloe after Palm Sunday Mass to demonstrate that enough was enough and they weren't going to let go of local health services. read full story / add a comment
roscommon / environment / news report Tuesday March 30, 2010 08:33 by Dave Donnellan   text 2 comments (last - wednesday march 31, 2010 12:44)   video 1 video file
As Pat O'Donnell continues his prison sentence in Castlerea prison for his opposition to the Shell Corrib gas project a group of supporters held a solidarity protest outside the prison on Saturday. read full story / add a comment
US marines asleep at their base in Falluja, Iraq. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty images
roscommon / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 12, 2007 13:13 by Padraig Murphy   text 7 comments (last - saturday august 18, 2007 02:58)   image 1 image
In today's issue of the Observer, Peter Beaumont in Baghdad reports that the US occupation army is enervated, all petered and in crisis: "Exhaustion and combat stress are besieging US troops in Iraq as they battle with a new type of warfare. Some even rely on Red Bull to get through the day. As desertions and absences increase, the military is struggling to cope with the crisis". read full story / add a comment
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roscommon / arts and media / event notice Monday July 09, 2007 16:01 by Revolt Video   text 1 comment (last - friday july 13, 2007 10:40)   image 1 image
Revolt Video will be part of this years Mantua festival cimema presentation.
For more details about the festival and other groups taking part check out

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roscommon / anti-capitalism / other press Monday February 12, 2007 14:34 by Paddy Murphy   text 19 comments (last - saturday december 06, 2008 00:17)   image 9 images   video 1 video file
The Irish Times is reporting that RAF/Baader-Meinhof gang member, Brigitte Mohnhaupt, after 24 years in jail would be released on five years probation on March 27. Brigitte, 57, was arrested in 1982 and sentenced to five life sentences for her role in the killings of leading German figures including industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer, Dresdner Bank head Juergen Ponto and federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback.

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roscommon / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday September 23, 2006 02:27 by Elaine Murphy   text 3 comments (last - saturday september 23, 2006 17:47)   image 1 image
Chavez : "As Chomsky says here clearly and in depth, the American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its hegemonic system of domination, and we cannot allow them to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated. The world tyrant’s statement -- cynical, hypocritical, full of this imperial hypocrisy, from the need they have to control everything -- they say they want to impose a democratic model, but that's their democratic model. It's the false democracy of elites, and I would say a very original democracy that's imposed by weapons and bombs and firing weapons. What a strange democracy. Aristotle might not recognize it, or others who are at the root of democracy. What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?" read full story / add a comment
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roscommon / environment / feature Wednesday December 14, 2005 01:07 by Terry   text 23 comments (last - monday november 24, 2008 01:42)   image 15 images
An interview with a campaigner against a pylon project in Roscommon and Sligo, plus a timeline of the campaign and lots of photos. read full story / add a comment
roscommon / arts and media / other press Wednesday November 09, 2005 01:13 by Upstart Radio America   text 1 comment (last - wednesday november 09, 2005 14:12)
Howdy, my name is Shawn Patrick Lennon. My Grandpa was from Athlone, he came over here to the US on the Celt out of Dublin. I'm a second generation Irie now living in California. I know you've been trying to get a radio station up and running. Good luck, hope you're streaming soon and you're welcome to my work if you care to use it.. read full story / add a comment
roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday September 29, 2005 21:22 by LabourWatcher   text 3 comments (last - friday september 30, 2005 02:13)
Following on from Labour Cllrs. McGarry and Cawley across the border in Sligo, Labour in Roscommon didn't what to be left out of the new populist policy towards minorities. Boyle Town Cllr. Willie Tiernan had interesting comments to say about a German couple, who have lived in the area for over 10 years, who lodged an Appeal to An Bord Pleanala about the building of a hotel, golf course and 297 holiday homes on Coillte land in Lough Key Forest Park. read full story / add a comment
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