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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link May 23, 2018 Biggest ISIS Attack Near Palmyra In Past Few Months Wed May 23, 2018 21:03 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... On May 22, ISIS attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the T3 pumping station, near the city of Palmyra, in the province of Homs. The attack

offsite link Will the Russian-Iranian-Syrian alliance hold as the Syrian war draws close to an end? Wed May 23, 2018 10:00 | The Saker
By Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog These past weeks have witnessed a lot of tensions running high, with Israel and Iran reportedly facing off near the Golan Heights. Israel

offsite link May 22, 2018 Damascus Is Secured, Daraa Is Next Tue May 22, 2018 22:02 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... Late on May 21, Russian air defense systems, allegedly a Pantsir-S short to medium range system, launched at least four missiles at ?unidentified? targets over the Khmeimim air base

offsite link One Year On ? The Truth About The Manchester Bombing Scorpion Tue May 22, 2018 19:43 | The Saker
by Nick for The Saker Blog ?Terrorism is like a scorpion; it can unexpectedly sting you at any time?. Among the Western nations to discover the bitter truth of Bashar

offsite link Tehran eyes path ahead after US withdrawal from nuclear pact Tue May 22, 2018 17:05 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Iran is considering conducting all trade in euro and yuan amid uncertainty over whether Brussels can

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Repeal, Abortion and the Common Good: Beyond Foetal Rights? Tue Apr 24, 2018 15:06 | Máiréad Enright

offsite link #abortiontravel Cordelia Freeman on ?The Chile-Peru Abortion Trail and the Irish Experience? Thu Apr 19, 2018 14:13 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Sydney Calkin on ?The Changing Geographies of Abortion Access? Wed Apr 18, 2018 14:08 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Kath Browne & Catherine Nash on ?Love both?: Naming Heteroactivism? Tue Apr 17, 2018 13:01 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Katherine Side on ?Medical Abortion Use: Post-Referendum Possibilities? Mon Apr 16, 2018 14:01 | GuestPost

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link A serious lack of empathy? 07:45 Thu May 24, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Doctor! Doctor! 18:28 Wed May 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Incapable of apology 14:19 Wed May 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Still hanging in there? 10:19 Wed May 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link EU in trade talks with Australia and New Zealand? Meanwhile the UK? 07:56 Wed May 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax Friday February 20, 2015 16:34 by anti-austerity alliance
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When government propaganda fails,
political policing kicks in...

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and meters, which are being imposed by the government despite the massive opposition to them.

national / consumer issues Friday February 20, 2015 16:29 by missing our buses already
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10% to go in 2016 and then decimation beings in earnest

Just three weeks ago the National Transport Authority (NTA) officially started the tendering for 2016 of initially 10% of Dublin Bus routes and a further 10% of all Bus Eireann routes with most of the routes in Waterford City, and a number of Dublin commuter routes are to be privatised. In the original plan a number of Cork City routes were to go but these will probably happen later. This process has been the culmination of a relentless effort by Fine Gael (FG) in the present government and their predecessors and fellow Neo-Liberal ideologists, Fianna Fáil (FF) in the last government where they have consistently pushed for the break up of both Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann so that it can be handed over to their friends in the private sector to run on a profit basis. The NTA is used as a sort of cloak of respectability to give the impression that they will actually be a regulator with teeth of which we know very few regulators have any teeth, with the banking regulator during the Celtic Tiger coming to mind, plus many other examples and the function of NTA is really for propaganda value to convince the middle class. However this whole scheme is about ideology and is NOT about competition but about privatisation.

international / anti-capitalism Saturday November 29, 2014 17:45 by Shane Cassidy
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This article examines the Transatlantic Free Trade agreement and it's potential repercussions. In 2010 the US mining and gas company, Renco, managed to successfully avoid having to pay compensation to Peruvian locals who were harmed due to pollution by their companies by successfully using a provision of the Peru-US Trade Agreement[1]. Not satisfied with avoiding having to pay compensation, the company has since demanded $800 million from the Peruvian government as they argue that one of the companies they own, Doe Run, was forced into bankruptcy due to an expensive pollution clean-up which the Peruvian government required Doe Run to conduct [2].

national / bin tax / household tax / water tax Sunday November 02, 2014 00:07 by T
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Sligo says No to Water Charges

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.

For lots more pictures check each of the various campaign pages from around the country.
national / environment Monday September 08, 2014 14:06 by Alan Hall
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Proposed Poolbeg incinerator.

Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly €100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the €96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra €36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost €600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear.

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textMORE BAD NEWS FROM AFRIN? 18:03 Wed 16 May by séamas carraher 0 comments

Ongoing abduction and rape of women and young girls by Turkish ‘Security’ Forces in Afrin, Rojava

nakdaypro768x404.jpg imageIsrael has massacred over 60 Palestinians: 18:06 Tue 15 May by ipsc 0 comments

n response to Israel’s horrific massacre of some 60 unarmed Palestinians, and wounding of thousands, yesterday in Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has organised a series of protests around Ireland to take place today. Protests are expected to continue in Gaza, and casualties are expected to mount.

2018labanngmasa.jpg imageA reign of terror: Extra-judicial killings in Duterte’s Philippines 10:03 Fri 04 May by Dorothy Grace Guerrero 0 comments

Since Rodrigo Duterte began his term as the 16th president of the Philippines in 30 June 2016, Filipinos and the international community have watched in horror at accounts of dead bodies found nightly in the country’s streets, linked to extra-judicial killings (EJKs).

textGaza tomorrow 14:02 Thu 26 Apr by Justin Morahan 0 comments

After dozens were killed and hundreds injured in the Friday demonstrations in Gaza, it appears inevitable that there will be further such killings and mutilations tomorrow as the protests continue. The following letter to the Israeli Ambassador in Ireland expresses fears that Israel will continue their unjust use of violence.

textFrance In Revolt – Workers And Students Unite 20:48 Sun 22 Apr by pbp 0 comments

While the Irish media focus only Macron bombing Syria and making speeches in praise of the EU French workers and students are in full scale revolt against the French President’s neo-liberal policies.

The past few weeks have seen an explosion of resistance to Macron’s proposed anti-worker Labour Laws, his plans to cut 120,000 jobs in the public sector and introduce individualised “payment by results” for workers, along with his attacks on free higher education. Rail workers led the way but many other sectors have followed suit in mass strikes across the country.

stoparmingisrael300x205.jpg imagevideo150 trade unions, parties, NGOs and faith groups call on EU to stop funding Israeli arms companies 22:27 Thu 19 Apr by ipsc 0 comments

Posted belatedly
Today (17th April), on the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoners, more than 150 European trade unions, political parties, human rights organizations and faith groups from over 16 European countries issued a call urging the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and exclude Israeli military companies from EU Framework Programs.

This call – accompanied by an explainer video – comes at a time when at least 35 unarmed Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli snipers during three weeks of protests at Gaza’s border with Israel.

Outside imageProtecting Wildlife in Ireland from Hedge Cutting and Gorse Burning 16:47 Wed 18 Apr by MDEG 0 comments

As printed 2018 edition

textLetter to Ecuadorian Embassy re Julian Assange 14:24 Tue 17 Apr by Justin Morahan 4 comments

(On 28 March the new Ecuadorian government and its President cut off all use of the internet from Julian and forbade him all future visitors. His friends have rallied and are asking all who care to protest and work on his behalf. The letter below explains itself)

textPalestinian journalist dies of wounds sustained in Gaza border clashes 07:11 Sun 08 Apr by Jason 0'Phelan 0 comments

Yaser Murtaja, a Palestinian journalist has died after succumbing to wounds he sustained during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories.

textUnder the Gun in Ireland 1983 22:32 Fri 06 Apr by Michael Donahue Steinberg 0 comments

An Irish American's Visit To the North of Ireland in 1983

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textLÉ Samuel Beckett under NATO/EU command in the Mediterranean. May 18 by Joe Terry 0 comments

The LÉ Samuel Beckett is one of ten warships taking part in Operation Sophia, or EUNAVFOR Med, nine of which are from navies of NATO-aligned countries.

textHSE appoints ‘insider’ Tony O’Brien as new director. May 11 by Joe Terry 1 comments

Flashback to a July 28th, 2012 media report:
Tony O’Brien, who led a special unit charged with reducing hospital trolley numbers and waiting lists over the past year, is the new head of the HSE.

textIreland: Is Property Theft? Irish Landlords in Power May 09 by séamas carraher 0 comments

Ireland, with its punishing history of colonisation, has a no less traumatic ‘memory’ of property, its possession and, more importantly, its dispossession or lack...

textA a strong case for an Irexit. May 03 by Joe Terry 0 comments

Leaving the EU, Ireland will regain sovereignty, get its wealth back by repossessing its natural resources, fisheries and sub-terrain assets.

textNo to PESCO, to an EU ARMY Apr 27 by Joe Terry 0 comments

The Republic if Ireland should conduct a serious assessment of military institutions of the State.

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textExtent of clean up on Haulbowline Island questioned May 22 Friends of Irish Environment 0 comments

EU ‘seeks clarification’ over toxic waste site

The European Commission has written to Ireland ‘seeking clarification’ about the remediation work taking place on the hazardous waste site within the defunct steel works Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour.

textVatican Urges Transparency to Address Inequality and Prevent Financial Crisis May 18 Jubilee USA Network 0 comments

The Vatican released an official assessment on global economics entitled, "‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones" or "Considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system." The document calls for improvements in global finance policies on debt resolution, taxation, financial crisis prevention and transparency. 

textCervical Screening Scandal: Varadkar And Harris Must Go May 13 People Before Profit 1 comments

Internal memos from the HSE tell a shocking story of cover up and wilful endangering of lives.

A memo from March 2016 shows that audits on cervical screening tests began in 2010 but it was only six years later, that the HSE noted that ‘the process is reaching the stage of communicating individual case reports’.

In other words, telling doctors and the women concerned about problems found.

textTRUMP ENCOURAGES MORE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST May 11 1 comments

he IAWM condemns the withdrawal by US President Trump from the Iran nuclear deal and the imposition of fresh sanctions on the country.

The IAWM also condemns Israel’s overnight attacks on alleged Iranian positions in Syria, a deliberate escalation of aggression which was no doubt inspired if not enabled by Trump’s decision.

The IAWM has long since condemned all foreign and local military action in Syria, including that of Iran, that has killed and maimed so many Syrians. We have called on numerous occasions for a complete and lasting ceasefire and for massive humanitarian aid to help rebuild the country.

textPress Release: State breaching EU promise over toxic dump clean-up May 10 0 comments

An environmental group has published a commitment from the Irish Government to the European Commission to extend the clean-up of the East Tip at the site of the former ISPAT steelworks on Haulbowline Island in County Cork to an ‘all island’ clean up.

The State is completing the clean-up of a 9 hectare East Tip contaminated waste dump but the machinery is to be removed at the end of the summer, leaving the 11 hectare site of the original steel mill in a contaminated and unusable state.

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