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Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

offsite link Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Citizenship status has been removed from the Irish people

offsite link Tuam babies: Minister Zappone to opt for cover-up? Anthony

offsite link Michael Clifford and the dark evils of Social Media Anthony

offsite link RTE presenter accidentally tells the truth Anthony

offsite link Orwell’s 1984 arrives in 2018 Ireland Anthony

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/08/16 ? Open Thread Thu Aug 16, 2018 18:00 | Herb Swanson
2018/08/16 17:00:03Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Are the mainstream U.S. ?news?media evil? Wed Aug 15, 2018 23:36 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog William Binney, the U.S. National Security Agency?s former technical director for global analysis, has, for the past year, been globe-trotting to investigate the

offsite link Turkey?s Economic Crisis: Limited Options (UPDATED) Wed Aug 15, 2018 23:28 | The Saker
by Gary Littlejohn for The Saker Blog It is said that when Groucho Marx was asked how he went bankrupt, he replied ?Slowly at first, and then much more quickly?.

offsite link The Russian ?soft power? is total crap (Anna Sochina) Wed Aug 15, 2018 15:56 | The Saker
(please click on ‘cc’ to see the English language subtitles) A big THANK YOU to Eugenia for translating and subtitling this excellent video!

offsite link All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration Tue Aug 14, 2018 23:59 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The five states surrounding the sea ? Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan ? have reached

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international / economics and finance / press release Friday July 27, 2018 19:28 by Lydia Andrews
This week the US Department of Education proposed new student "borrower defense" rules. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday July 25, 2018 18:56 by Lydia Andrews
New Senate legislation offers additional options for Puerto Rico to cut its debt. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the US Territorial Relief Act. If Congress passes the act, US Territories that experience natural disasters could qualify for debt relief. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday July 20, 2018 19:29 by Lydia Andrews
The US Treasury is calling for greater scrutiny into the use of "anonymous" shell companies. Last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress to quickly pass legislation to make the identity of shell company owners available to law enforcement. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday June 22, 2018 22:17 by Lydia Andrews
European Finance Ministers endorse a new Greece debt agreement that provides financing in exchange for maintaining austerity policies and economic reforms. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday June 01, 2018 19:28 by Lydia Andrews
Washington DC - On the first day of the 2018 hurricane season, G7 Finance and Development Ministers are reviewing proposals for debt relief and “innovative financing” when islands are hit by natural disasters. Also focusing on empowering women in the economy, the group meets in Whistler, Canada, through Sunday. These meetings will help prepare outcomes for the upcoming G7 Ministerial meeting that President Trump attends later in June. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday May 18, 2018 01:38 by Lydia Andrews
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.  read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday April 24, 2018 20:47 by Jubilee USA
Officials from governments, the IMF, World Bank, the private sector and NGOs meet this week at the United Nations for the Financing for Development (FFD) Forum. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday January 19, 2018 19:05 by Lydia C. Andrews
As the Senate and White House struggle to avert a government shutdown, US disaster victims from Puerto Rico to Texas worry a deal on relief and recovery aid will continue to be delayed. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / other press Monday January 01, 2018 14:18 by 1 of indy   text 2 comments (last - tuesday january 02, 2018 14:26)
This is a repost of an important topic that doesn't get enough coverage by Peter Koenig for the Saker blog and is about the rapid move towards a cashless society which is being sold to us as only positive. This is highly unlikely to be the case.

The other day I was in a shopping mall looking for an ATM to get some cash. There was no ATM. A week ago, there was still a branch office of a local bank – no more, gone. A Starbucks will replace the space left empty by the bank. I asked around – there will be no more cash automats in this mall – and this pattern is repeated over and over throughout Switzerland and throughout western Europe. Cash machines gradually but ever so faster disappear, not only from shopping malls, also from street corners. Will Switzerland become the first country fully running on digital money?
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international / economics and finance / other press Monday December 04, 2017 23:21 by 1 of indy   image 1 image   1 attached file
This is a repost of an recent article (Dec 1st) by economic analyst and trade unionist Michael Taft on www.tasc.ie covering the good news trend where there is now a trend in Europe of reversing privatisations. And that is certainly something positive. There is a spectre haunting Europe – the spectre of de-privatisation, re-municipalisation, and re-nationalisation. Local, regional and national Governments throughout Europe and in other countries - fed up with high costs, low investment, deteriorating quality and poor working conditions – are taking services back into public control and ownership. For many, privatisation has produced poor results; now they are starting to reverse that process. Public ownership is back on the agenda. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Monday December 04, 2017 20:25 by ddci
New report analyses developments across Europe and finds:

European governments are leading a race to the bottom which will see average global corporate tax rates hit zero by 2052. A detailed analysis of 17 EU member states and Norway reveals 12 governments have either just cut their corporate tax rate, or are planning to do so in the near future.

Ireland receives a 'red card' in the report, as one of only two countries to receive all red in a traffic light ranking scoring a number of measures identified by civil society as key steps to bring an end to tax dodging.

Half the countries analysed, including Ireland, are found to have harmful tax practices, which can be used by multinational corporations to avoid taxation.

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international / economics and finance / press release Thursday November 30, 2017 22:07 by Lydia Andrews
As the Senate pushes tax reform, the head of a religious development group expressed concern over parts of the House and Senate proposals that could harm low income people in the United States and people in the developing world. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Tuesday October 24, 2017 23:21 by pbp
The Irish banks are repeat criminal offenders. Back in the 1980’s, the banks helped thousands of wealthy customers to avoid their taxes in what became known as the DIRT scandal. Brian O'Boyle writes.

The DIRT scandal involved bank managers telling staff to pretend their customers were living overseas. AIB were particularly guilty of this offence eventually paying €90 million back to the Revenue Commissioners. Even when they were caught the banks illegally moved tens of millions of pounds to the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / news report Sunday October 22, 2017 23:49 by Kate Zeller
More than 130 faith communities across the United States are praying and acting for hurricane victims ‎during religious services this weekend. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday October 13, 2017 16:36 by Abby Wilhelm
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank begin their annual meetings which run between October 13th and 15th. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday October 11, 2017 15:39 by Abby Wilhelm
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) releases its biannual report on global economic stability and presents new indicators it says can help predict financial crisis. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday October 04, 2017 16:25 by Abby Wilhelm
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, President Trump called for Puerto Rico's debt to be wiped out. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday October 03, 2017 20:07 by Abby Wilhelm
As President Trump visits Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, island religious leaders are calling for aid, debt relief and measures to end child poverty. The statement is issued by San Juan's Catholic Archbishop, Roberto González Nieves, St. Thomas' Catholic Bishop Herbert A. Bevard and Evangelical Bible Society Head Reverend Heriberto Martínez. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday September 19, 2017 18:22 by Abby Wilhelm
Caribbean islands recovering from Hurricane Irma, now confront Hurricane Maria. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Thursday September 14, 2017 17:14 by Abby Wilhelm
On behalf of Caribbean Catholic Bishops, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire called for islands dealing with Hurricane Irma to receive debt relief. read full story / add a comment
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