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Last Pope, didn't do merchandising, or blood sacrifice. He just did Bolshevism
international / anti-capitalism / news report Wednesday April 26, 2006 03:30 by iosaf   text 18 comments (last - wednesday january 03, 2007 20:45)   image 5 images
The Pope does product placing. At least that was the message from the Wall Street Journal today, and reported globally in translation. It was perhap a sly puritan reference to the rumoured movement on permissive Vatican condom rule relaxation between married really sick people. Or perhaps it was just more bollox, like the pope's election, or all of Dan Brown, or 1916, or the Moon Landings, or 911, or blood sacrifices in general, and more particularly - "everything you watch on TV".

But that much said..,

The Pope, Benedict XVI; (the man (((i))) reminded everyone wore a NAZI uniform as a politically indoctrinated minor); the German Shepherd; Papa Ratzi; the Black Pope; yer man :- has worn these multi-national-corporate logos and products... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday April 20, 2006 20:29 by iosaf   text 4 comments (last - saturday may 20, 2006 21:37)
Amnesty International's annual report on the use of the Death Penalty has been published today, and serves a reminder that China, Iran and the USA continue to execute the most of their prisoners.

In 2005 over 2,148 people were executed in 22 countries, of whom 1770 were in China, 94 in Iran and 60 in the USA. 94% of those killed were in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA. An additional 5,186 people were sentenced to death

so far in 2006, 8 children have been executed in Iran, they join the statistics of underage offenders executed since 2000, the complete figure being 26, the majority of whom were executed in the USA.
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday April 19, 2006 23:21 by iosaf   text 1 comment (last - monday may 01, 2006 22:34)
the Bg, is one of Zurich's treasures, and at the height of that city's Spring festival "Sechseluten" or 6 bells, the 3.5 meter statue of a snowman whose head is stuffed with explosives is set alight.

A group termed by Swiss press as extremist , calling itself the "1. Mai Strasse Frei" (loosely translated as "Reclaiming the Streets on May Day"), is reported as sending a letter to the Swiss media claiming responsibility for the theft, saying the 3.5-metre tall snowman "had had enough of putting its head on the line for capitalists".
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hippy stuff.
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday April 19, 2006 15:32 by iosaf   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 20, 2006 12:50)   image 1 image
a little human interest thing I've found today on Italian commercial media, its a video put together by US satirists ( & I suppose pacifists ) of cut & pastes of G.W. Bush speeches so as to simulate the great wookie singing the John Lennon song "Imagine".

Its worth going to the link and watching, It would even be worth copying and playing in your little nightclubs, crossroad dances, social centres, homes, and wherever ye congregate. read full story / add a comment
The .:. Republic & Republicanism - Today as 75 years ago - ideology  worth fighting for.
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday April 14, 2006 16:24 by iosaf mac diarmada .:. ipsiphi   text 1 comment (last - friday april 14, 2006 19:27)   image 3 images
Today Good Friday 2006, marks the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the 2nd Spanish Republic.

In its short life it brought hope, inspiration, creative solutions, the values of fraternity, liberty, equality to countless people who had lived in near feudal conditions through dictatorship.
It's "firsts" were many-
free education, free health care, over 50% of the arable land organised in autonomous collectives, the first parliamentary representation by anarchists, the first political radio broadcasts, the first Catalan & Basque republics were declared as an associate component within it's state architecture.

All too quickly it fell, as the first victim of European fascism.
we may never forget this Republic & it ought inspire every Republican today read full story / add a comment
Cearbhall  Dlaigh, 5th president of Ireland who said "thundering bollocks and fucking disgrace'
international / history and heritage / news report Sunday April 09, 2006 17:21 by iosaf mac diarmada   text 18 comments (last - sunday april 16, 2006 15:14)   image 12 images
It has been long observed that people for some reason on their non-banking days readily absorb shite about Dangerous Places, Famous People, Sensible Saving Options, Holidays, Interesting facts, Sport results, Media, gardening and health as well looking ahead at democratic evolution and looking back at "how history was made".

This week's edition is very short. In fact I almost didn't write one, and like the "house arrest" edition that never transpired, the Judas edition almost escaped the open publishing network.

But you're not getting off that easily.
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hmmmm 6 legs good, 2 antennae very cool, able to spit acid !? wow, very strong little fellows too, gosh, how do they decide their queen?
international / politics / elections / other press Sunday April 09, 2006 16:10 by iosaf   text 11 comments (last - sunday june 04, 2006 19:12)   image 3 images
3 states today see the citizen called to do the voting / not voting thing.

& they are all quite important, and so not surprisingly lots of money and news-space will be dedicated to the results.

Italy. You know who.
Peru. 3 way race.
Hungary - will the "socialists" hold?
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Rev. Dr. Ian Paisley of the popular doomsday cult given short notice on his pension.
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday April 06, 2006 21:38 by iosaf   text 5 comments (last - thursday april 05, 2007 20:36)   image 2 images
Oh well we should have seen it coming. It seems that if the there isn't a "return to institutions" in the north by the 24th of November 2006, ( those institutions agreed under the "peace process" of 1998 blaa blaa) [and not to be confused with the institutions which met in the same building {Stormont} from 1921 - 1972 ]
the people who don't do anything there, other than steal each other's shredded office waste, will GO WITHOUT THEIR PAY!
not a penny of a pound nor centimo of a Euro, nor a shilling more will be paid them.
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Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Monday March 27, 2006 00:23 by iosaf mac D .:. "the ipsiphi"   text 9 comments (last - monday april 03, 2006 23:01)   image 3 images
It has been long observed that people for some reason on their non-banking days readily absorb shite about Dangerous Places, Famous People, Sensible Saving Options, Holidays, Interesting facts, Sport results, Media, gardening and health as well looking ahead at democratic evolution and looking back at "how history was made".

Music will carry us through all tyranny. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Saturday March 25, 2006 14:43 by ipsi   text 26 comments (last - friday march 31, 2006 14:59)   image 2 images
there is a Belarus imc. Most of their articles as of today focus on the elections (which they have misspelt (?) in their english version as "erections") and "state terror". 34 articles each.

If anyone can read russian or bylerus might be an idea to do the translating thing.

meanwhile here's a link to a video of indymedia heads in Minsk, which begins nicely enough and ought remind us all, that even if you live out there beyond the borders of our understanding and interest, you still bop your head to techno. read full story / add a comment
get thee hence now!
international / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Sunday March 19, 2006 15:31 by iosaf mac diarmada .:. the ipsiphi   text 4 comments (last - wednesday april 12, 2006 23:53)   image 4 images
It has been long observed that people for some reason on their non-banking days readily absorb shite about Dangerous Places, Famous People, Sensible Saving Options, Holidays, Interesting facts, Sport results, Media, gardening and health as well looking ahead at democratic evolution and looking back at "how history was made".

in this edition, the first since the "Mozart Edition" of Jan. 8, I will touch briefly on the three years since the Iraq war, Whats happening in France on the class politics front and in Peru and Italy on the lead-up to their general elections next month, and a even shorter mention of the Zapatista's other campaign in Mexico. & a bit of religiosity too. read full story / add a comment
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international / history and heritage / news report Thursday March 16, 2006 12:22 by iosaf   image 1 image
"The Selective & Collective memory : Memory as fetishised community : Communality as fetishised memorial"

I'm always going on about it.
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international / politics / elections / news report Friday February 17, 2006 13:50 by iosaf   text 4 comments (last - friday april 21, 2006 17:48)
A very short reminder that Italy celebrates a general election later this year.
& for all intensive purposes its a very simple contest.
In the right wing reconstructed popularist fascist corner :- Berlusconi.
in the left wing reforming newly democratically legitimate centre pitching corner :- Prodi.

Berlusconi is more than a politician. He is a billionaire who has exploited weaknesses in the post war Italian constitution to extend unwarrented power in all directions. Put very simply he is a "product".
Regardless of what socio-economic class an italian comes from the "product" is still deftly targetted.
Regardless of whether or not the targetted consumer likes or dislikes Berlusconi, the brand name has been completely absorbed. On the shelves of Italian newsagents one can buy a book of anti-Berlusconi insults, compiled by his office published by his press. His emergence has been one of the most serious challenges against XXI century democracy in Europe yet. & fighting him thus meant the development of new and interesting tactics.

For the first time an opinion poll has placed Berlusconi slightly ahead of Prodi the same day that Berlusconi announces a fresh electoral pact with Alessandra Mussolini the direct descendent of the dictator. It is a sign of how he plays the "fascist" tradition in Italian culture. So I'd like to inform the readers whats going on & maybe encourage "italian interest" contributors to indymedia ireland to expand and clarify the themes touched -
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you'll have a cup of tea and a buttered scone.
international / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 08, 2006 11:57 by iosaf   text 10 comments (last - monday june 22, 2009 00:42)   image 4 images
Thanks to our good manners, lack of religious hatred, and famed inter-cultural tolerance, the Irish people have in the last week become one of the few predominantly blue eyed pasty skinned nations of northern europe with a bit of viking past not to be threatened with armageddon. Our cartoonists and children book authors are safe. Our museum of Islamic literature with its oft overlooked iconoclastic illustrations un-molested, Our embassies proud and inviolate. & our butter sales have gone up. Time my friends to remind ourselves of our commercial relations with the state of Iran.
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the materialist consumerist culture lives on
international / gender and sexuality / news report Monday February 06, 2006 15:03 by obit (iosaf)   text 11 comments (last - tuesday february 07, 2006 20:31)   image 2 images
In 1957 an american housewife, 15 years after graduation and into a young marriage with young children sent all her female fellow graduates a list of questions.
The "american housewife" had been born Bettye Naomi Goldstein, and at marriage became Betty Freidan. She was born on February 4th 1921 and died exactly 85 years later on February 4th 2006.
"some worry we'll lose our feminity if we become equality...since femininity is being a woman and feeling good about it, clearly the better you feel about yourself as a person, the better you feel about being a woman. And it seems to me the better you are able to love a man"

RIP = rest in peace
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doesn't look like that.
international / arts and media / other press Thursday February 02, 2006 10:46 by iosaf   text 63 comments (last - wednesday february 15, 2006 14:28)   image 6 images
This story began (for some) on the 30th of Sept. 2005 when a Danish newspaper published a series of cartoons depicting Muhummad PBUH the prophet of Islam.

For others this story began on the 14th of February 1989 when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini then supreme leader of Iran issued a "fatwa" calling for the execution of Salman Rushdie on Tehran radio.

& for yet others more, this story began with the Quran and that no visual images or depictions of God exist because such artistic depictions may lead to idolatry and are thus disdained. A similar position in Christian theology is termed iconoclasm. Moreover, most Muslims believe that God is incorporeal, making any two- or three- dimensional depictions impossible. This prohibition is extended to the prophets of God. (peace be upon them).
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international / politics / elections / news report Monday January 30, 2006 16:14 by iosaf   text 5 comments (last - tuesday january 31, 2006 14:42)
Finland like Ireland is a neutral state with a small population whose economic and social transformation is felt by its citizens to be thanks to its membership of the European Union.

It has re-elected Tarja Halonen as President for the next 6 years.

Her re-election ought be of interest to Irish readers, as her candidacy was completely supported by the Finnish Left Alliance party "Vasemmistoliitto" which founded in 1990 campaigns on a political platform of the "new global left" ; a party that promotes the ideals of the French Revolution - liberty, equality, and fraternity - in addition to peace and environmental values and is a member of the "Nordic Green Alliance" in the European parliament.
Finland will thus suceed Austria (another neutral) as president of the European Union in July 2006 as a socialist state to take part in the G8 Russia conference on "energy security".

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international / eu / news report Friday January 27, 2006 22:09 by iosaf   text 3 comments (last - thursday april 06, 2006 00:46)   image 1 image
a Brief report on the issues raised at "the Civil Society and Drugs conference" organised by the directorate-general Justice, Freedom and Security of the European Commission which has just closed in Brussels, Belgium.
ENCOD (European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies), is a platform of 120 Civil Society Organisations from 24 European countries.
ENCODs coordinator, Joep Oomen, says: "By keeping the citizens away from the decision-making forums, they thought they could hide the truth about the war on drugs: that is a costly, failing and counter-productive affair." read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Friday January 27, 2006 10:50 by iosaf   text 1 comment (last - friday march 24, 2006 16:52)
The members of the association of mothers of the disappeared "plaza Mayo" of Argentina held their last march of resistance yesterday.

In a statement to press their president Hebe de Bonafini, affirmed :-

"We no longer have an enemy in the houses of government"...."with the changes in South America [the elections of / governments of] Fidel, Chvez, Lula, Tabar, Bachelet. If we do not see that we are blind, we must defend them"
She expressed the opinion that Kirchner's government has offered them the fullest redress possible for the crimes comitted during the Argentine dictatorship(1976-1983) and the near "cover up" in the folowing regime (1983-1989).
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international / arts and media / other press Wednesday January 25, 2006 14:54 by iosaf   text 26 comments (last - sunday december 02, 2007 11:34)   image 5 images
Yippee! Its his first encyclical. the black pope,
mister authoritarian numero uno, papa ratzi,
the german shepherd has published is his
first pamphlet. And its title is "Deus Caritas
Est" = God is Love.

Benedict XVI, obviously aware, that his
career will only be taken seriously if he
regularly offers us something meaty and
intellectual has taken on the concepts of
Love. in all its variations .-

+ Friendly matey chummy love.
* Sexy hot and sweaty Lurve.
# the sort of affection you feel for God for either creating you or not having struck you down yet with a bolt of lightening. read full story / add a comment
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