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1534- 1759 - 1968 -1995 - 2006 Allons a la liberté!
international / politics / elections / news report Tuesday January 24, 2006 13:29 by iosaf   text 6 comments (last - monday september 21, 2009 21:46)   image 3 images   video 1 video file
Thanks to the cuddly, cute and soft nature of the seal cub (Pinnipedia Otariidae) many people on the left in Ireland acitvely oppose and further _boycott_ all things Canadian.

But Quebecois elections are always interesting. And as the Canadians (& Quebecois) have just elected a new government as a consequence of their 39th general elections : I thought to include them in the list of elections archived on the newswire.
64.5% of Canadians and Quebocois registered to vote did so. This means a "non vote" (for whatever reasons) of 35.5%.
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international / crime and justice / other press Monday January 23, 2006 22:57 by iosaf   text 2 comments (last - saturday january 28, 2006 12:04)
:["The wife and five children of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet were arrested on Monday on tax evasion and fraud charges as part of an investigation into secret, multimillion dollar bank accounts.
Officials of the court who asked not to be identified said Judge Carlos Cerda ordered the arrest of Pinochet's wife, Lucia Hiriart, and their children on charges of filing "maliciously incomplete" and false tax declarations involving millions of dollars. Cerda also ordered the arrests of Monica Ananias and Oscar Aitken, a personal secretary of Pinochet and the former executor of Pinochet's will."]: read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / news report Friday January 20, 2006 17:15 by iosaf   text 2 comments (last - monday january 23, 2006 13:40)
"F4J leader Matt O'Connor announced last night (January 17) that he was suspending the operations of the group pending enquiries into allegations contained on the cover of this mornings Sun Newspaper that 'extremist sympathisers' associated with the group had planned to kidnap the Prime Minister's Son, Leo Blair.

F4J say they condemn any such action unreservedly and that the group is increasingly having it's name 'hijacked' by a growing number of militant extremists and that it would seriously consider the long term viability of the campaign.

The group say that ex members have reportedly been in contact with the Anti-Terrorist Unit SO13 from Scotland Yard who said that activists would be shot on sight if engaged in any protests in Westminster."
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international / politics / elections / news report Sunday January 15, 2006 22:53 by iosaf   text 4 comments (last - monday january 16, 2006 13:24)
:-) its a Sunday, and that means "mass" things. & in Chile the mass did the voting thing, and because it is a *legal obligation* of Chilean citizenship when in residence and of suffrage age to vote...

Thus there really isn't a "not vote" count. But over 200,000 people have presented their documents in Chilean police stations today to prove they were more than 200km from their polling point. Considering Chile is a country which stretches for over 6,340 kilometres in length, its quite easy to dodge the polls. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Tuesday January 10, 2006 12:43 by iosaf   text 3 comments (last - tuesday january 10, 2006 19:16)
General Sir Michael Rose (1940–) is a British soldier born in what was then British India. Rose was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and the Sorbonne. He joined the Coldstream Guards later serving with the Parachute Regiment. He was Commander of 22 SAS in 1980 and took control of the operation to free the hostages during the Iranian Embassy Siege. After returning to the regular army, his best-known appointment was as Commander UNPROFOR Bosnia 1994-95 during the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars.

On January 9, 2006, Rose called for Tony Blair to be impeached over the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, saying on BBC Radio 4's Today programme "To go to war on what turns out to be false grounds is something that no one should be allowed to walk away from."

He then followed up the BBC radio 4 interview with an opinion piece in The Guardian:-
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international / politics / elections / other press Monday January 09, 2006 13:36 by iosaf   text 3 comments (last - sunday february 12, 2006 18:18)   image 2 images
A group of file sharers, rippers and burners, copier and pasters in Sweden have formed a new political party to stand in Swedish elections and fight intellectual property law.

I hope they will be copied. :-)©

We know the arguments, becuase we share them. No pun intended. You may not say an idea is your property. & to treat it as such, in a time of starvation and disease is evil. read full story / add a comment
"hipatia" or "hypatia" martyred for Reason .:. & Enlightenment by the Cult of X.
international / eu / opinion/analysis Sunday January 08, 2006 18:27 by iosaf mac D .:. "the ipsiphi"   text 15 comments (last - friday may 12, 2006 04:05)   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" and reminding all of the old enemy "Authoritarianism". I am finally about to explain to all of you "believer or not" why the election of Ratzinger as "black pope" was so terribly important to us.
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 04, 2006 13:11 by iosaf   text 8 comments (last - wednesday february 08, 2012 19:06)   image 3 images   video 1 video file
a 43 year old mathematician and intellectual and ex-armed rebel is about to be sworn in as vice president of Bolivia.

For a variety of reasons, a lot of attention is going his way, perhaps because outside of Latin American circles, no-one really knows much about him.

A very short profile of vice president elect Álvaro García Linera of Bolivia with links. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / other press Thursday December 29, 2005 16:21 by iosaf
A few factiods have popped up this Chrismukkah in the european press which I thought might belong to the "human interest" thing. Most of the info is based on US researchers "Pew internet & American Life" who interviewed 6000 american users of the net.
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west & left (ireland, portugal, spain) to east & right (estonia, latvia, cyprus) the Barcode of the EU.
international / eu / news report Monday December 26, 2005 13:48 by iosaf   text 12 comments (last - tuesday february 07, 2006 14:13)   image 4 images
In a few days mostly un-noticed by most, EU presidential power will go from the UK to another member of the 25 states, the lucky recipient is Austria.

Austria has quite a history, it used have an empire. & in the last years almost all of its ex-posessions have joined the Europe of 25.

It is also a neutral state, its neutrality being a condition of its post war occupation and partition when rather than being held responsible for WW2 it was declared the first victim of Nazism. Despite the fact that Hitler was an austrian and the majority of Concentration camp directors were austrian too. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / news report Friday December 23, 2005 14:50 by iosaf   text 1 comment (last - thursday january 05, 2006 17:25)
This morning an Italian judge in Milan issued 22 warrents for individuals thought to be CIA agents for their crimes under Italian law in the case of kidnap, unlawful imprisonment and "extra-ordinary rendition" of a former Milanes Iman Abu Omar.

It is only the second time since the beginning of the "war on terror" that a European judge has issued warrents of arraingment on US forces. read full story / add a comment
the right to participate secretly in an emergent democracy regardless of ethnicity, gender,social class or creed.
international / politics / elections / opinion/analysis Thursday December 22, 2005 14:59 by iosaf the ipsiphi   text 4 comments (last - monday july 03, 2006 16:15)   image 2 images
There were lots of elections in 2005, only a few of which got covered on indymedia ireland. But because the idea of democracy really took off so much, I wasn't able to write a "how did they vote or "not vote"" article as had in previous years been attempted.

Just a quick recap - listed here.
{My personal favourite was the Andorran general election.}
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international / politics / elections / other press Friday December 16, 2005 11:50 by iosaf   text 6 comments (last - saturday january 07, 2006 17:21)
There comes a stage in the progress of a people through their misery when not even our words may offer proper description or testimony to their suffering or optimism.
I can not underestimate my respect and admiration for the writer known as "Salam Pax". I first read his posts on which was the name used by 7 Iraqi students for their collective which proposed in 2003 one week after the US invasion to start "baghdad indymedia".

This was the mission statement :-

"For decades almost all governments in the world, including our own, abused and terribly ignored the basic humanity of the Iraqi people. Al-Muajaha aims to provide an open forum for all Iraqis to freely debate current issues, and in so doing educate themselves and the world." read full story / add a comment
The right and left wing faces of Bolivarian leadership where kids still sniff glue.
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday December 15, 2005 13:17 by iosaf   text 7 comments (last - saturday january 12, 2008 08:31)   image 1 image
a few seperate developments have caught my eye in the global and local area of children and rights this morning.

& I hope the readership see how they come together.

Chavez, Uribe, UNICEF, birth certs and Barnardos. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday December 11, 2005 16:04 by iosaf   text 2 comments (last - sunday march 19, 2006 15:39)
This weekend, as the French state celebrated 100 years since the law that seperates state :+: church in education and beyond. French youth have enjoyed secular secondary education and been taught the values of the republic "liberty equality fraternity" fo 100 years. As insidiously the triad of republican values has seen added the quaternion (*) "Equity" added. France has changed: 500 French youth were attacked by police last night for attempting a rave in Rennes, shouting as near 40 were arrested "Liberté!".

On Sundays I occasionally publish an opinion piece:-

I want you to ponder how Mrs Larkin told Jim he looked great just because she was on her knees, and then she arose, and that beautiful human detail is what seperates you from and joins you to the birth of the Irish Labour movement. Jim thought it was such a funny line, and would be a secret testament to

"what its all about"
= Arise now. read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Friday December 09, 2005 14:16 by iosaf   text 1 comment (last - monday december 12, 2005 13:43)
Lest anyone think that strike action is old-fashioned the main Italian unions for workers in print and broadcast media have called a 48 hour series of stoppages starting today.

This is the third strike in Italy by media workers this year not including the general strike of November 25th & the fifth strike in the media sector in Europe in 2005. Most recently the workers of Liberation the French left-daily protested the rescue package of their company, and earlier this year a one day stoppage at the BBC saw workers there fight lay offs and continuing privitisation. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Tuesday November 29, 2005 12:59 by iosaf mac diarmada
This week sees yet another international government conference on "Climate change". The event being held in Montreal Quebec is seeing over 160 countries attempt yet again to cobble together a solution on "reduction of emissions" to "fix our weather".

We all know its broken. Huricane Delta has just hit the Canary islands, with 7 islander deaths confirmed and unknown numbers of dead migrants in the seas between the archipelago and Africa. a quarter of a million people left without power. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / other press Tuesday November 22, 2005 12:53 by iosaf   text 2 comments (last - wednesday november 23, 2005 17:53)
this morning the italian police started raiding Nestle warehouses throughout italy seizing a number of product ranges amounting to 30 million litres of treated dairy products marketed to nursing mothers.

The reason being they have been found to contain chemicals assocaited with embalming processes, which is unsurprisingly illegal in both Italy and the EU.

Nestle, known to some as the "famine corporation" though Swiss owned, takes over 85% of its profits from sales of "food" in other countries.

The corporation has been long been directly linked to famine, ironically considering it sells sweeties. read full story / add a comment
cruel mediocre little moustaches 60 years from a trial, 30 from a death, so so so old fashioned.
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday November 20, 2005 15:17 by iosaf mac D .:. ipsiphi   text 4 comments (last - friday may 19, 2006 14:21)   image 2 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 “opinion polls” and looking back at "how history was made".

Here are three dates-
july 27th 1968,
August 29th 1975
Nov 20th 1975

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the last "one".
It also marks the 60th anniversary of the Nuremburg trials.
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international / crime and justice / news report Friday November 18, 2005 12:30 by iosaf   text 20 comments (last - sunday november 27, 2005 13:07)   image 3 images
quick round up of accusations against the CIA in europe and the location of those unknown camps which everyone knows aren't in

Anyone asks you, you know what to say.
"they're not in Poland or Romania".

For plane spotters, here are the registration numbers of the flights in question. Please note they have gone through Shannon. Please note also, that these flights are using "diplomatic immunity" to evade control, in the process breaching sovreignty of nuetral nations and insulting allies of NATO. It has gone beyond the stage of the benefit of the doubt. These flights are not transporting "tippy toppy interpreters on call".
"The big one" - Boeing 737-(N313P &/or N4476S)
"the little fast ones" -
Gulfstream v - N379P,N8068V-
Gulfstream iv -N85VM, N227SV-
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