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Greyhound and hare alike are cruelly ill-treated in coursing
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 08, 2014 09:01 by Abolish Hare Coursing in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - tuesday april 15, 2014 19:14)   image 6 images
The news that six greyhounds that participated in this year’s National Hare Coursing Festival have tested positive for banned substances can be offered as yet further evidence of the true nature of live hare coursing. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Monday March 31, 2014 09:33 by I. Greene   text 2 comments (last - sunday april 20, 2014 21:32)
Not unexpectedly Martin Callinan was forced to stand down as head of the Gardai on 25th March 2014. Throughout 2013 I have written a number of articles concerning malpractices within the Garda organisation and particularly the questionable management style of (former) Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. While Callinan was eventually forced from office, the ‘mess’ created during his term will take years to cleanse, indeed if ever. That will only happen when there is accountability. Amongst the outstanding bad practice issues are multiple claims of Gardai mishandling of a number of serious cases involving abduction, assault and murder that are being presently looked at by a Senior Barrister and now we are told that people have been maliciously prosecuted previously, it is frightening. However, if former Garda Wilson or others are in possession of such detail he must divulge it to the relevant authority.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday March 28, 2014 14:22 by Anthony Ravlich
Describes the 'Profound' Arrogance of bureaucratic elites at the UN in disregarding history, as if they 'know', to reinvent human rights to emphasize elites rather than individuals. Discussion with Islamic academic on global ethical human rights. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Wednesday March 26, 2014 04:36 by Jose Maria Sison   image 5 images
The Filipino people’s democratic revolution constantly needs the revolutionary united front because this is the effective way to arouse, organize and mobilize the broad masses of the Filipino people in their millions in order to advance and win total victory. The need for the united front is more urgent than ever as the socio-economic and political crisis is rapidly worsening and inflicting intolerable suffering on the Filipino people and they must intensify their struggle against those who exploit and oppress them. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 25, 2014 17:27 by Arielle Retrosi
Jubilee USA Network, a religious anti-poverty coalition, along with 78 other religious and development groups filed with the US Supreme Court in the case between Argentina and NML Capital read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Thursday March 20, 2014 18:45 by sean throne
How the working class movement and the left must oppose the special oppression of women. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday March 17, 2014 11:29 by John O'Shea   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 18, 2014 21:16)   image 3 images
All over Ireland, leprechauns are being found in front of banks and cultural venues in suspected protest over banking crisis or perhaps a protest against St Particks 'plastic paddy' sterotypes? read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 11, 2014 23:08 by William Wraithwrite
Once you are born a creature (and irrespective of your personal circumstances which can vary greatly) that is as you were forced into existence (not by any choice on your part but according to European religious dogma originating in the Middle East) not just for a lifetime on earth but also forever after by some notion of an immortal soul, so then you are also forced into an immortality (almost like a vampire who too can never truly die in literature) and irrespective of however terrifying such an immortality might present itself. “What kind of God (or Yahweh) would put a soul, any soul (no matter how supposedly evil in human terms) into an eternal length of torture—and never having to contemplate acquiescence—what kind of compassion is that? This is as extreme of cruelty and barbarity as one could espouse. Such cosmic outcome, supposedly as Divine Justice, doesn’t even reach the categories of mere human ideas to justice. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Thursday March 06, 2014 17:17 by Robert Long
Foreign backed coup in Kiev.

This year will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Observing the media of Europe and the U.S one could be forgiven for seeing startling similarities between 2014 and 1914. Imperialist powers and entangling alliances pitting the world into two opposing camps over the fate of a small nation. In this case the autonomous Republic of Crimea. Crimea which is an autonomous region belonging to Ukraine but with an ethnic Russian majority has held the attention of world since the Pro-Russian government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by rioters in the countries capital of Kiev on February 23rd, 2014.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday March 05, 2014 00:59 by Anthony Ravlich
Major Western Powers invited to New Zealand gives opportunity to advocate a global 'turn-around' by adopting 'bottom-up' emphasis of global ethical human rights (developed in New Zealand) to replace 'near absolute', 'top-down' control of 'neoliberal absolutism'. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Friday February 28, 2014 17:52 by Albert Collins   text 2 comments (last - friday february 28, 2014 20:43)
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In recent times we have witnessed the ousting of two democratically elected presidents. The Egyptian president Morsi was deposed in an army coup, which, strangely, was not regarded elsewhere as a coup. Pro-Morsi demonstrators suffered about 800 casualties at the hands of the police and army. Little outside sympathy was shown towards the massacred and their families. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday February 27, 2014 05:45 by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party - Philippines)   image 3 images
The key feature of the global landscape is the continuing stagnation of the centers of the global economy, the United States and the European Union. The promise of sustained recovery from the financial implosion has eluded the United States for over three years now while most of Europe remains mired in very deep recession, with the notable exception of Germany. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Thursday February 13, 2014 01:35 by Joe Justice   text 3 comments (last - thursday february 20, 2014 17:22)   video 1 video file
Pussy Riot, a Russian female punk band of recent notoriety, very much seems to have one tunnel vision goal—at least as reported to Western audiences by Western media—and that is to discredit and defame Russian President Vladimir Putin. The band name ‘riot’ is not hard to understand, as their supposed “art form” resembles a riot, as punk music often enough does; but it is more anti-music in its ear-splitting aggression. Behind scenes of this shallow morality play …lays larger political stories, pseudo-stories, propaganda, foreign inspired revolutions with plenty of American tax money being circulated to bribe public relations schemes and more lately accusations that even NGOs that supposedly care about human rights and the environment have been infiltrated to the point that their real mission is to engage in propaganda operations.
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Rural pastime?
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 11, 2014 13:22 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   text 34 comments (last - saturday april 12, 2014 12:16)   image 7 images
The ICC (Irish Coursing Club) says hare coursing has nothing to hide and everyone is welcome at displays of this "delightful rural pastime". So why were two women manhandled and ejected from the National Coursing Meeting when they tried to film this event?

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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 11, 2014 07:30 by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM)   image 3 images
The following is the English-language translation of a document on bayanihan socialism that was presented at the convention of the Philippines socialist party Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Labouring Masses, PLM) in December, 2013.
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 05, 2014 15:05 by Collective Lieux communs
Analysis about ows-like movements all around the world in 2011.

This text was written by the French Collective Lieux communs (lieux communs = commonplaces) in june 2011. It was translated in English in October 2012. If you wish to know who we are, you can read our declaration here: https://collectiflieuxcommuns.fr/spip/spip.php?article483 read full story / add a comment
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international / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 04, 2014 06:13 by Nuala   text 12 comments (last - sunday november 23, 2014 23:19)   image 1 image
NO INNOCENT IRISH PEOPLE WERE FRAMED FOR THE MURDER OF AIREY NEAVE, THE MOST SENIOR BRITISH POLITICIAN EVER TO BE ASSASSINATED.
The case remains ‘unsolved.’
‘Unsolved,’ in 1970s parlance, means no innocent people were framed for it.
But why? Why this departure from standard procedure in 1970s England?
What was so special about Airey Neave - that they made an exception in his case? read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Monday February 03, 2014 15:15 by Robert Long
Last night's Super Bowl has had the unintended consequence of bringing the 9/11 terror attacks back into the forefront of the public mind. The controversy began several months ago, when Seattle Sea Hawks coach Pete Carroll began voicing doubts about the nonsensical, official 9/11 conspiracy theory pushed by the US government and mainstream media. Carroll put many of the official conspiracies incongruities and alternate theory's to a retired, four star General Peter Chiarelli, a former US army Chief of Staff.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Saturday February 01, 2014 05:18 by Citizens Action Party (Akbayan)   image 1 image
Akbayan Party today said it welcomes with high hopes the signing of the last annex to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Aquino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
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Dirty War of Shannon Airport
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday January 30, 2014 11:48 by brian clarke   text 2 comments (last - wednesday february 26, 2014 10:08)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
DIRTY WAR an Award-Winning Documentary Video - Full Film of Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill tracks tracking down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars out of Shannon Airport Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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