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offsite link Open thread for today, dedicated to the complete liberation of the Lugansk People?s Republic Sun Jul 03, 2022 12:25 | amarynth
?? Statement by Russian Defence Ministry ?? Today, on July 3, 2022, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergey Shoigu reported to the Supreme

offsite link Things Are Not Looking Good For Japan?s Sovereignty Sun Jul 03, 2022 10:32 | amarynth
By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog China, India, Russia and other free nations face difficulties of mutual respect and trust when engaging with the rulers of Japan, because

offsite link The Lisichansk locals about their liberation by Russian forces Sun Jul 03, 2022 05:28 | The Saker
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offsite link Teachers Were Fanatical About Lockdowns Sun Jul 03, 2022 09:00 | Eric Blair
Almost all teachers believed that closing schools was right and remote teaching was possible. Pupils have been cowed into compliance when what they really need is to learn to think for themselves.
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offsite link Is Ben Shapiro the New Walt Disney? Sun Jul 03, 2022 07:00 | Nick Dixon
Ben Shapiro is hoping to challenge the Hollywood studios with his new multi-platform media company offering traditional, mainstream fare in place of anti-American woke gobbledegook. Will he succeed?
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offsite link News Round-Up Sun Jul 03, 2022 01:38 | Will Jones
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link ?This is Sedition?: Retired U.S. Military Officers Demand Answers on Training Academy Takeover by Wo... Sat Jul 02, 2022 22:40 | Will Jones
Three retired U.S. military officers have signed a letter protesting against mandatory vaccinations, Critical Race Theory classes, progressive political activism and other ?woke actions? in West Point military academy.
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offsite link The Ideological Capture of Nature and Why it Matters Sat Jul 02, 2022 15:30 | Dr John Staddon
Duke Biology Professor John Staddon deplores the capture of Britain's pre-eminent scientific journal by social justice activists and says it is bad news for science.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday November 16, 2014 22:43 by WISE Up Wales   text 6 comments (last - monday december 08, 2014 13:19)   video 2 video files
Policing for the G20 summit in Brisbane this past weekend was of overkill proportions. There was very little in the way of serious resistance, the Guardian reported that cops (6,000) outnumbered protesters and only 14 arrests were made. One of these was Irish-Australian Manning and Assange solidarity and anti-war activist Ciaron O'Reilly, who has been held in custody all weekend and will be brought before Brisbane Magistrates on Monday morning. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Wednesday November 12, 2014 22:05 by no to Irish Water   text 26 comments (last - wednesday december 17, 2014 06:51)   video 2 video files
The next major Right2Water event is a National Assembly outside the Dail on International Human Rights Day.
This will take place on Wednesday, 10th December 2014 at 1pm.

We will reaffirm our demand that water is recognised as a human right and that the Irish government abolish domestic water charges. Please spread the word..

EVENT: National Assembly
LOCATION: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
UPDATE: Merrion Street blocked off by Garda. Go around to Kildare St.
TIME: 1pm

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday November 05, 2014 13:14 by Peter Simple   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 06, 2014 22:54)   video 1 video file
A response to Miriam Lord in the Irish Times 23 October 2014:
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/this...73438

The big man protecting the little woman. That explains the sexist picture dominating the Irish Times front page on 23 October, of Taoiseach Enda Kenny looking out for Mairia Cahill.

In our patriarchal society men hold the material and physical upper hand. Women often fight back with emotional and psychological weapons. These are being exploited in this fight, but not by men on the one side and women on the other, but by men and women on both sides.

The spouse of First Minister Peter Robinson, Iris, was in an exploitative relationship with a younger man. He is forgotten (I forget his face and name), while Mrs Robinson was publicly rehabilitated by President Mary McAleese and the Queen of England at a live televised public event in Dublin. She received therapy and expiated her sins, while he was left to his own devices. Who cares, f**k him. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / feature Sunday November 02, 2014 00:07 by T   text 5 comments (last - monday november 10, 2014 23:40)   video 1 video file
Over 100 separate local demonstrations took place today (Sat Nov 1st) against the Water Charges and for the Right 2 Water. Organisers estimate conservatively that over 150,000 were out on the streets today to send a message to this government that they won't accept paying for water twice and having it privatised later.

People realize that all the false promises and allowances will eventually be dropped and the long term result will be that a privatised water company will prey on the people with massive hikes in charges and big fat bonuses for themselves.

There were protests from Cork & Kerry to Wexford to Dublin to Limerick to Galway to Sligo to Donegal to Cavan to Dundalk and all over the Midlands. There has never been anything like it perhaps since the foundation of the state. The people are truly fed up and are determined and will not be abused by the political technocrats of big Capital that is robbing every social gain our forebears fought hard to get over the past century. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Saturday November 01, 2014 01:49 by T   text 5 comments (last - sunday november 16, 2014 01:28)   video 1 video file
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will drive renewal in Europe by supporting renewed growth rates of 1.5% with a boost in economic activity worth €800M! That’s one narrative, the other is that TTIP will undermine our democracy while driving environmental and food safety standards downwards and undermine progress for climate justice. Is it possible that it will do both?

This process has the potential to be a major game-changer for the coming decades, who will benefit, will there be losers and how will all this impact on us in both the Global North and Global South?

Come and join the discussion at the Comhlámh at the #firstweddebates read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 22:34 by fred   text 3 comments (last - friday october 17, 2014 00:18)   video 1 video file
A pre election sleight of hand giving out a few pennies to the poor with one hand while taking them back with the other via water charges? Here is some information on some of the changes read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday October 09, 2014 22:53 by Genny   video 1 video file
Last month, the Manning solidarity crew in Wales and Ireland were back in action, organising a visit to Dublin for Chelsea Manning's Welsh-Irish mother during which Afri (Action from Ireland) hosted a memorial evening for the late Gerry Conlon who died this summer and who met members of Manning's family during a previous trip to Dublin last year. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday September 07, 2014 13:53 by fred   text 2 comments (last - saturday september 13, 2014 00:13)   video 1 video file
Why is the current situation in Ukraine happening? Why are the US funding and driving this insane provocative campaign on Russia's doorstep at this time? Why are European leaders shooting themselves in the foot by supporting this instead of building closer economic tioes with Russia? Why are the media in lockstep demonising Putin and Russia. Who benefitted from the downing of MH17 and how? This is an analysis of some of the events in Ukraine and their possible motivations from the lens of US hegemony over Europe,maintaining their position as world reserve currency, and controlling the world's major oil and gas reserves read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday September 01, 2014 04:42 by fred   video 3 video files
Skilled Orator and frequent thorn in the side of the establishment, MP George Galloway has been attacked while campaigning against Israel's treatment of Gaza. George had just stated that Bradford had been "declared an Israel-free zone" and urged people to reject all Israeli goods, services academics and tourists" when he was attacked by a man shouting about the holocaust read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 24, 2014 06:54 by fred   text 5 comments (last - thursday october 30, 2014 07:51)   video 1 video file
Too often in these complex times we get just one side of geopolitical events. And a hugely oversimplified colouring book US version depicting who we are supposed to hate and who we are supposed to align with along with emotive reasons for doing so such as "humanitarian aid" or "bringing democracy" or "preventing a massacre by an evil regime" or "weapons of mass destruction" etc etc. A captive media carries this simplistic and cynical message into every home until we are repeating it to each other in the pubs, during coffee breaks at work and on internet chat fora, twitter and facebook. Rarely do we get to hear the alternative to this manufactured consent and cynical propaganda from the other side. So here it is, the truth behind what is going on in Ukraine from Russian adviser to Putin, Sergei Glaziev read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday August 10, 2014 18:49 by john throne   text 1 comment (last - sunday august 10, 2014 23:24)   video 1 video file
While unconditionally opposing the policies of Zionism and their slaughter in Gaza it is important to look at the tactics of Hamas. Does their political, ideological and military tactics, such as firing rockets in Israel weaken or strengthen the Palestinian struggles. There is a difference between an offensive tactic like firing rockets into Israel and a defensive military strategy such as organizing a new intifada around mass collective workers organizations and from this base defend the Palestinian people with armed struggle. John Throne. read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday August 10, 2014 14:47 by An Spréach   video 1 video file
Today as part of the tactic to highlight the housing crisis in Ireland, members of An Spréach and D8HC carried out a banner drop on Charlemont Street Flats, and Richmond Street. read full story / add a comment
wicklow / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday August 07, 2014 00:23 by pbp   text 3 comments (last - monday august 18, 2014 14:31)   video 1 video file
Greystones Harbour was opened to the public almost two years ago, in November 2012. The marina opened for summer 2013.

However, despite written agreements and promises from the developer, the commercial fishers of Greystones have been refused access to the harbour and promised berths or moorings have not been offered to us.

We are today entering the harbour and landing freshly caught fish, against regulations, as a protest against this continued exclusion from the harbour, which only two weeks ago included the removal of mooring cleats from the harbour’s north pier in order to prevent boats tying up. read full story / add a comment
fermanagh / environment / press release Wednesday July 30, 2014 22:32 by geaireland   video 1 video file
Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) views the latest developments where preparations for shale gas exploratory drilling has begun in Belcoo as a National, not local issue.

Dr Aedin McLoughlin, Director GEAI, expressed extreme dismay. “Make no mistake about it – any exploratory drilling, with or without hydraulic fracturing, is part of the overall fracking process,” she said. “An exploratory well without hydraulic fracturing leads to more wells with “test fracks”, leading to full fracking as shale gas is extracted. In Belcoo, the first stage is starting, with the industry bleating their mantra, “This is only drilling, it’s not fracking!” When is fracking not fracking? When the industry wants to hide what is obvious – that a good result from this first exploratory well could lead on to more wells and more wells and a full-scale fracking operation with all its environmental and social issues.” read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday July 26, 2014 21:32 by KM   text 4 comments (last - sunday august 10, 2014 20:50)   video 1 video file
We were soldiers in a wide variety of units and positions in the Israeli military—a fact we now regret, because, in our service, we found that troops who operate in the occupied territories aren’t the only ones enforcing the mechanisms of control over Palestinian lives. In truth, the entire military is implicated. For that reason, we now refuse to participate in our reserve duties, and we support all those who resist being called to service.

The Israeli Army, a fundamental part of Israelis’ lives, is also the power that rules over the Palestinians living in the territories occupied in 1967. As long as it exists in its current structure, its language and mindset control us: We divide the world into good and evil according to the military’s categories; the military serves as the leading authority in deciding who is valued more and who less in society – who is more responsible for the occupation, who is allowed to vocalize their resistance to it and who isn’t, and how they are allowed to do it. The military plays a central role in every action plan and proposal discussed in the national conversation, which explains the absence of any real discussion of non-military solutions to the conflicts Israel has been locked in with its neighbors. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday July 20, 2014 23:11 by T   text 5 comments (last - saturday august 02, 2014 10:14)   video 1 video file
Following a massive ground assault on Shuja’iyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City that cost over 60 people their lives before dawn Sunday, Israeli forces continued airstrikes throughout the afternoon and evening in every part of the Gaza Strip read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday July 18, 2014 14:03 by T   text 22 comments (last - friday december 04, 2020 14:40)   video 1 video file
Yesterday afternoon tragically 295 people lost their lives. What we do know is that if the Kiev fascist regime had any sort of tenuous proof that the separatists had shot it down the Western media would be screaming bloody murder. Instead they are quite coy and initially qualified it with the word accident. And accident of sorts it may well have been because it looks like this may have been more than yet another provocation by US/NATO via their neo-Nazi puppets in Kiev to widen the conflict but in fact may have been a direct attempt to assassinate president Putin because it has been reported his presidential plane flew over the same region approximately 30 minutes earlier. More on this later. But first some details on the lead up to this. read full story / add a comment
longford / housing / press release Friday June 27, 2014 21:34 by Tom Carty   video 1 video file
After a May Day Bank Holiday fire, an IndiGoGo crowdfund is running for the eco restoration of Robin Gill cottage

Last May bank holiday, a fire at the cottage in Ballinamuck burned everything back to the walls. To get it back on track, an IndiGoGo campaign is being started.

The cottage was an eco restoration which was being sold as the previous owner ran out of funds read full story / add a comment
dublin / animal rights / event notice Thursday June 26, 2014 17:53 by Vegan Ireland, The Vegan Society of Ireland   video 1 video file
Join director Liz Marshall and Vegan Ireland for the Irish Premiere of her award winning and highly acclaimed movie The Ghosts in Our Machine. Liz Marshall will talk and hold a Q&A session. Samples of an array of vegan foods will be available on the day.
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international / racism & migration related issues / news report Monday June 23, 2014 23:35 by Stop dublin III   video 3 video files
Three videos testify to the tortures inflicted by the border Italian police upon refugees, on their entrance in Schengen space in order to take their fingerprints. This is the Dublin III system, and evidence of the torture and violation of refugee rights it imposes on those fleeing for their safety and their future. Italy is only one of several border countries using such methods to comply with EU Dublin III.

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