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international / racism & migration related issues / news report Saturday August 25, 2007 22:43 by iosaf 3 comments (last - friday august 31, 2007 19:51) 5 images
There's definitely a lot in, on & under this. Earlier this week global media attention was brought yet again to far right street violence in Germany when a mob chased several men of Indian origin through the streets of a small town. It is just over a year since the book burning incident at Pretzien (see article footnotes) & thus there is no reason to believe that the soul-searching which followed that incident amidst promises of appropriate action & policy to stave off racism have had any real success. But back to that drawing board the German state went this week as then the anniversary of Rudolf Hess the deputy to Hitler was marked by calls by the Udo Viogt the leader of the German far right party to posthumously award Hess with the Nobel Peace prize. As of yesterday Voigt is in custody & may face three years in prison. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday August 24, 2007 09:32 by iosaf 3 comments (last - wednesday august 29, 2007 11:59) 1 image
25 prisoners have been reported killed in Brazil's latest prison unrest. They died in a fire which authorities say resulted from gang frictions in the Ponte Nova prison near Minas Gerais in the south west of the state, though other news sources claim the prisoners were in riot & had taken control of the prison at dawn. The prison built for 90 inmates (according to Globo Brazilian media & 70 according to Reuters) held 173 inmates. Many will know of the notoriety of the Brazilian penal system, recalling the Carandiru massacre in 1992 which led to military police killing 111 inmates in the prison of the same name. The current government which counts amongst its highest echelons individuals who served time in Brazilian prisons has been keen to convince onlookers that penal reform is a priority. Accordingly only last Monday the Federal government unveiled plans to build 160 new prisons as part of a wider strategy to stop gang violence. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / opinion/analysis Monday August 13, 2007 21:28 by iosaf 1 comment (last - tuesday august 14, 2007 19:22) 1 image
Casual holiday-season surfers of international news/diplomatic temperature indicators will of course have noticed the Arctic & its potential exploitation are on the agenda. Naturally it's not presented in a cool, sexy, ice-cream way, nor for the moment in horrible cub-clubbing whale slaughtering dirtiness - but the nugget cold war seems for the moment to have left Dharfur, Dead Spies, Tehran's nukes & the mostly French Clearstream scandal's trillion dollar graft behind. It is almost as if we are all wishing on the falling stars & meteorite showers the Perseids which annually offer us a bit of make-believe. There is of course an Irish as well as Southern European dimension to what is being presently spun varyingly as the "Arctic cold war" or "Rush to claim Arctic hydrocarbons". Because to be quite honest all this "divying up the Arctic" has been on the cards (or runestones) for a long time now, I thought to bring you through it. read full story / add a comment
national / racism & migration related issues / other press Sunday August 12, 2007 00:01 by iosaf 2 comments (last - wednesday august 29, 2007 15:43) 1 image
Even the most casual of Irish news cyber-surfer will have caught yet another one of those photo-opportunities of First minister minister doctor right honourable Ian the big mon Paisley of little Ulster stroking the tail-fin of an Aer Lingus model plane this week. He was chuffed because his new government had just managed to strip Shannon airport of all its remaining christian traffic & good travellers & convince Aer Lingus to reschedule its Heathrow flights from Shannon to Belfast.
Oh well that has brought ecumenical flavour and colaboration to the Sunday Homily and Sermon circuit of Ireland. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Wednesday July 25, 2007 22:01 by iosaf .:. ipsiphi 1 comment (last - thursday july 26, 2007 21:38)
The title of this story might intrigue some and put others off but I can think of no other way to report on the mass media news spin which Spanish people & then various westerners learnt today of the charges of treason brought against a former employee of the Spanish secret service. As we must have noticed by now, things are changing on the geopolitical stage & media manipulation as much as exposure is increasingly pointing to the end of any entente between the former Soviet Union or its citizens and NATO or its dependents. read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday July 10, 2007 21:11 by ipsiphi 3 comments (last - friday july 13, 2007 17:46)
In the last while attention on this site has been brought yet again to the suicide crises & adjacent mental health issues amongst our young. We've read much & been directed to yet other sites and resources who like most of us want to do our bit to tackle the problem. There seems to be growing concensus that the nasty hard approach just isn't working. Yet we've still got some work to do in appraising what that means & how it ought influence contemporary anarchist & friends activism, conversation, chit-chat & attitude. It goes without saying the judicial, penal & educational policies and frameworks of both the Irish state & Irish society have a role to play. But lest we get diverted into learning a list of "warning signs" & "indicators" of those dealing with the various psychological or emotional challenges which may lead to suicide I thought to bring it back to primary school. S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g. read full story / add a comment
national / public consultation / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Thursday July 05, 2007 18:15 by iosaf 6 comments (last - friday july 06, 2007 16:37) 1 image
No-one has put a street value yet on the 110 kids seized by lifeguards and customs guards today off the Dun Laoighaire coast. Nor has the Taoiseach made a facine statement to the Dail on the increase in irresponsible use of leisure craft in our waters. But analysts like me are quick to point out the links on safety issues as the suicide prevention exercise organised by the Royal St George Yachtclub under the smokescreen title "junior regatta" occured on the same day 11 teachers ran rather than walked down the stairs of the National musem of Natural History causing it to collapse.
Ambulances were obviously stretched to the limit and headshots today went untreated. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / news report Friday June 29, 2007 21:45 by iosaf 1 comment (last - sunday july 15, 2007 02:39) 1 image
3 years ago the state of Ethiopia began what would become a monumental struggle when they announced their intention to trademark their Coffee Bean. The Ethiopian highlands & the surrounding "horn of Africa" were the origin of the drink coffee as far back as the 9th century [common era]. Specifically the Ethiopian state wanted to assert internationally recognised intellectual copyright on a range of coffee beans which to this day are mostly cultivated in the east African state. Many welcomed the move as evidence that late 20th century capitalism which has seen ownership concepts extended to ideas, living organisms & even specific genecodes could be a game which the poorest states might play to their advantage as well. Then came the orchestrated response of the Seattle USA based multi-national corporation Starbucks. Earlier this month both the company and state came to a settlement. read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / other press Wednesday June 13, 2007 13:54 by iosaf 11 comments (last - monday october 20, 2008 04:40) 3 images
I was stunned by the implications of this little story I just spotted on RTE. It seems Dublin hasn't had an IKEA before. How did you escape the stylish homogenous cheaply produced and easy to assemble look ?
Will the FF/Green coalition have any influence on peoples' need or want for such furniture & interior bits and bobs? read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / news report Monday May 28, 2007 16:30 by iosaf 2 comments (last - tuesday june 05, 2007 10:07) 1 image
Yesterday Sunday 27th of May voters in the Spanish state were called to elect their councils, municipal governments and in 13 of the 17 autonomous regions to elect their regional administrations.
As such the results which became available last night offer a clear indication for the political future in key areas such as the Basque and Navarra, the cities of Barcelona and Madrid & of course the hopes the Zapatero administration have for winning the next general election. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / news report Monday May 07, 2007 11:39 by scorchio 21 comments (last - thursday august 02, 2007 21:51) 3 images
Two days ago no-one accused Segolene Royal of scare-tactics, dirty electioneering, or any kind of pre-Uachtaran vulgarity when she remarked that riots would greet a Sarkozy victory.
Accordingly 3,000 riot cops were deployed in central Paris. All the riots where kids burned cars before were in the periphery. To the relief of the establishment the anger didn't leave the ugly quarters.
Then Sarkozy won. Overall on 85% of electorate with 50.19%. In posh central 16ème arrondissement where he will now live "in a certain insecurity" he got 80.81% but out in ugliesville 20ème arrondissement Paris he only got 35.37%.
What was ugliesville to do? Burn their buses and be ignored again? read full story / add a comment
international / eu / news report Wednesday March 21, 2007 01:08 by hogworts 7 comments (last - monday march 26, 2007 11:02) 4 images
Poland ought be at the top of the agenda of any politically clued in European BGLT activist or anyone (such as myself) who merely supports their rights.
Last week the deputy minister of education in the quite frankly weirdest administration in the EU anounced a new bill which will prohibit any person of declared homosexuality or any person who supports "homosexuality" from teaching in either schools or universities. the Polish government has officially suggested & proposed legislation for employment descrimination on grounds of sexual orientation & moreover - proposed legislation which strips citizens of their right to free-expression
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Marco Camenisch has his sentence reduced by half this morning by a court in Zurich whose decision respected that of the jury. Thus the 17 year sentence which Camenisch began in 2004 is reduced to 8 years. Camenisch will be 66 years of age should he serve the complete sentence for the murder of a Swiss border guard.
Marco Camenisch (born 1952) is an anarchist and ecologist who emerged as a leading figure of a militant anti-nuclear group in Switzerland through the late 1970's to his arrest & trial with one comrade in 1980. The group fought the nuclear power through direct action, cutting pylons and sundry other sabatoge of power plants. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / other press Thursday March 01, 2007 04:02 by ribbid 2 comments (last - sunday july 22, 2007 12:54) 1 image
The Milvian bridge over the Tiber in Rome was first built in 206 BC out of wood and only lasted a hundred years being replaced by one made of stone in 115BC the bulk of which survives to this day though there have been renovations most notably in 1429 (common era) Francesco da Genazzano was responsible for saving it from near collapse. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the bridge was modified by two artists, Valadier and Pigiani who added the lamps. It was on this bridge that one of the pivotal moments of Western History and God's usual meddling in the affairs of men is thought to have happened. Though lest I upset anyone may I stress now that God only meddles on the side of rich and powerful men such as emperors. But the point of this article is not to report on God (who is silent these days) but to report on something small yet not trivial which illustrates the nature of the Italian ruling class. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 27, 2007 05:50 by hogworts 4 comments (last - monday april 16, 2007 12:16) 5 images
Last summer solstice (June 24, 2006) in Pretzien a tiny village of Saxony-Anhalt (former DDR - east Germany) not too far from Berlin occurred an incident of burning books or "Bücherverbrennung" as it is said in the German language. 8 months later 7 individuals went to trial on Monday accused of "inciting racial hatred" and "disparaging the dead". The men ranging in age from 24 to 29 also burned a US flag. Local villagers called the police who did not recognise the burning of a diary by Anne Frank as being that worrying. The men face up to 5 years imprisonment and the training of police officers in the state has been improved to help them deal with the large scale emergence of neo-Nazi groups & far-right crime. They'll be better skilled in understanding the neo-Nazis who get a job working next to them or the historical stuff behind a Jewish kindergarten being burned last weekend in Berlin. They may even read Anne Frank. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Thursday February 15, 2007 16:09 by iosaf 4 comments (last - wednesday october 31, 2007 14:59) 2 images
This morning the trial of 29 people accused of playing a part in the bombing of commuter trains in Madrid on the 11th of the 3rd month 2004 began.
-198 people died.
-6 of whom were terrorists and 192 completely innocent people of whom more than one quarter were migrants.
-The trains carried normal workers to their jobs and menial workers returning from cleaning work in offices.
-1,755 people were injured seriously 1,900 suffered some type of injury. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 13, 2007 04:39 by iosaf 12 comments (last - wednesday may 09, 2007 22:27) 5 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” or looking back at "how history was made". We will assume dear & attentive reader that you are one of those who has passed directly from Saturday to almost Tuesday with the sort of crumpled Sunday Papers a person uses to mop up spilt things like milk. Maybe you didn’t absorb your interesting facts & didn’t want to absorb more Dangerous places. We all have a limit of absorption, like that point where credulity ends & credibility is lost. This edition I will consider the mystical progress from Tolstoy's "War & Peace" and his accompanying anarchist beliefs to the composer Scriabin & his experimental music & then his nephew a.k.a. Comrade Molotov, Soviet negotiator with Hitler & daddy of the "petrol bomb". read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Sunday January 28, 2007 17:57 by iosaf 19 comments (last - sunday october 07, 2007 16:39) 11 images
This morning as thousands of delegates went to the Ard Fheis of Sinn Fein in Dublin to discuss policing matters & shock the unionists by saying "yes" & of course include plastic bullets in the list of lethal weapons - elsewhere the road to peace, dialogue & inter-community relations seems as daunting as ever before.
The Basque moderate nationalists PNV who hold and have held the democratic majority in Euskadi launched the counter-offensive against the Spanish state judiciary who have put the Lehandakari (taoiseach) in the dock "for talking to Batasuna". Meanwhile thousands of people including many hundreds of "heavy weights" from the world of culture & intelligentsia concentrated in Barcelona to demand dialogue more than 80 entities took part including all left wing parties & Catalan nationalist formations & many Basque peace groups. read full story / add a comment
international / racism & migration related issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 03, 2007 17:17 by iosaf 4 comments (last - monday january 08, 2007 22:55) 8 images
In the closing weeks of 2006 an opinion poll in the Basque region found over 65% of people there found a return to terrorism "most likely". In the closing weeks of 2006 Spanish prime minister Zapatero said he would carry personal responsibility if the process failed. In the closing week of 2006 a french youngster was held captive whilst his father's van was hijacked & then filled with explosive & driven to Madrid's airport where it was parked on the 29th. The next day 2 Equadorian migrants went to work just as usual & didn't get out of their cars in time to avoid being the first people murdered by ETA in several years. In the last 24 hours after an awkward silence of 3 days, the minister of the Interior has said the "peace process" is "broken" & "not to be saved". read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / news report Wednesday December 20, 2006 16:59 by iosaf 1 comment (last - friday december 22, 2006 16:25) 1 image
9 states globally have enacted laws which allow their courts put to trial those accused of genocide. Accordingly June 2003 Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón jailed Ricardo Miguel Cavallo, (also known as Miguel Angel Cavallo), a former Argentine naval officer, extradited from Mexico to Spain pending his trial on charges of genocide and terrorism relating to the years of Argentina's military dictatorship (1976 to 1983) in which over 9,000 Argentinians and as many as 30,000 disappeared.
Today the Spanish courts ruled that Cavallo may better tried in Argentina. As a result, as of this morning the Argentinian state has 40 days to get their extradition process & papers in order. read full story / add a comment