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600 a Week Dying from Heart Attack in London

In London alone 600 people a week more are now dying from heart attack because they were afraid to go to hospital.
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Subverting Democracy
donegal / elections / politics / news report Monday April 07, 2008 12:18 by No to Lisbon   text 3 comments (last - monday april 07, 2008 15:46)   image 1 image
The people of Donegal will be given a chance to get informed on and debate the Lisbon Treaty (formerly the EU Constitution) later this month.
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national / elections / politics / news report Wednesday April 02, 2008 18:13 by C Murray   image 1 image
In all the bustle of Dail ovations and political punditry on the resignation of
Mr Ahern the other things that have happened today include the Publication
of the White Paper on Lisbon.

The EU is a power and the treaty will tighten up the 'drift' (whatever on earth that means)
between EU parliament and citizen. It's got something to do with 'traction', which is
the term used by Mr Roche. Mr Roche heads up the EU reform process in Ireland,
but Dermott Ahern Provided the launch and Junket. read full story / add a comment
Greenink.com image of Flynn
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Friday March 14, 2008 10:02 by C Murray   text 10 comments (last - friday april 04, 2008 18:37)   image 2 images
The Breast cancer unit at Mayo General Hospital is to be phased out under the HSE
policy of Professor Brendan Drumm, many who travelled to the Breast cancer protest
in buses and stood in the cold to highlight lack of services to the North-West will be heavily
disappointed in the decision for the scheduled phase-out. Mostly they will be disappointed
in the TD whom they elected who upholds the decision of the 'medical men' who know
best. http://www.indymedia.ie/article/85161
Ms Flynn was at that protest, she most purposefully strode across the road to listen
to the women speak and then she turned her back on them to support Mary Harney
and the HSE. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / news report Sunday March 09, 2008 20:05 by iosaf   text 6 comments (last - wednesday march 12, 2008 15:18)
3 exit polls in the Spanish state concur that Zapatero has won the General Election in that state with an absolute majority of both votes cast & seats won.

Over the Pyrennes in the French state, the electorate had its first opportunity to chastise Sarkozy, which exit polls appear to suggest has seen the left win 47% to a right wing 40%.

In addition the Spanish PSOE or socialist party has won the autonomous elections for the Andalucian parliament. It appears the Spanish like liberal modernity even if the onions cost a lot & are prepared to continue with the Zapatero project for another four years. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / news report Saturday March 08, 2008 01:25 by Marvin A. Gaye   text 32 comments (last - sunday march 16, 2008 00:26)
Left wing activist and Labour Youth member Dan O'Neill has been elected Deputy President of UCD Students Union, Dan beat physiotherapy student Isobel O'Connor by over 400 votes. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / other press Tuesday March 04, 2008 11:40 by Drew
The latest edition of THE RED STAR, Nepal's National Magazine is now available on line.

There are articles on

the upcoming election,

Indian Expansionism, read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / event notice Tuesday February 19, 2008 15:19 by SWP
SWP Public Meeting, 8pm Wed 20 Feb in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2

Speaker: Brian Kelly (Lecturer in US History, Quenns University Belfast and author of Race, Class and Power in the Alabama coalfields) read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / other press Wednesday January 30, 2008 15:53 by pat c   text 8 comments (last - monday february 04, 2008 12:02)
Democracy Iranian style: you are not allowed to stand for election if the Iranian Regime doesnt like your opinions! Under the Iranian political system, potential candidates are vetted twice, once by the interior ministry and the second time by the Guardian Council, which is made up of Islamic clerics. Full report at the link from the well known Pro US Propagandists Al Jazeera.

The Iranian government has barred more than 2,000 prospective candidates from contesting in forthcoming parliamentary elections, in effect removing the biggest rival to hardliners in power.

Most of those disqualified were seeking democratic changes within Iran's ruling Islamic government led by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president. read full story / add a comment
Gender and Ecology
national / elections / politics / other press Friday January 25, 2008 15:14 by C Murray   text 12 comments (last - sunday february 24, 2008 14:13)   image 2 images
The Taoiseach gets Friday off. Its a long-standing tradition that was facilitated by the
Labour Party in exchange for speaking time in the Dail.

The images on the Newswire of the Women's Protest in Belfast caught my eye,
given the Health and social problems that are becoming evident in Dolphin's Barn,
because someone gave Ms Harney 16 Billion Euros to continue to implement her Health
Policy which is to close down hospitals in areas that have high populations of young children.

Its called 'amalgamation'.

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international / elections / politics / other press Thursday January 24, 2008 23:02 by staring at rats
Prodi has quit his job as prime minister of Italy tonight.
Berlusconi will come back.
Naples has spent all winter without rubbish collection.
Padre Pio is half way out of his grave.
The Tiger mosquito has brought tropical diseases.

& that's about it.
you know what Berlusconi's like. he's a hoot. up-front mafia billionaire right wing botox-jowled fascist. We're leaving the age of "sociopathic socialist governments" in the EU. It will happen to South America next. Ah! but you protest Prodi wasn't a socialist... You'd be right too. Everyone is. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / other press Sunday January 20, 2008 21:12 by spoor   text 10 comments (last - friday march 07, 2008 22:29)   image 2 images
A certain hysteria has it certain sectors of Spanish & Catalan public opinion following the arrests of 14 suspected Islamist terrorists in the city of Barcelona between Friday night & Saturday morning. In an operation involving the Spanish secret service (the CNI) the Guardia Civil & local regional Catalan police (Mossos d'esquadra) co-ordinated raids made on a bakery, mosque & several flats in the Raval district of central Barcelona. Immediately news services both in the Spanish state & abroad cited further co-operation with amongst others the intelligence services of France & the UK.
The Spanish state will celebrate a general election on the 9th of March almost 4 years after the M11 massacre which was falsely attributed to ETA by the then right wing regime. Nobody wants to talk about bombs now - but we should all the same. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / press release Sunday January 20, 2008 20:15 by Richard Walsh
RSF's National Election Directorate met at the weekend. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / other press Wednesday January 09, 2008 14:40 by tomeile   text 2 comments (last - friday january 11, 2008 18:44)
Another black American is running for President . Cynthia McKinney, a former Democrat from Georgia, was one of only three members of Congress to vote "yes" on a House Resolution in 2005 calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. One of her last acts in office was introducing Articles of Impeachment naming George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice.

With thousands of Afro-Americans still refugees in their own country following Hurricane Kathrina three years ago , McKinney is running on a reconstruction programme . She is demanding that the billions currently being spent on war should be used to address " .......the conditions of poverty, racism, and neglect that have existed since America's first Reconstruction Period after the Civil War."

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international / elections / politics / other press Sunday December 30, 2007 19:07 by phlegm   text 5 comments (last - monday january 07, 2008 15:10)
A recognised spokesperson for Al Qaeda has informed the global satelite TV network "GEO" that they were not involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhuttu which of course contradicts something or other which was like fact & brought lots of tippy toppy declarations with words in them until about one hour ago.

Now that's Imran Aslam the president of GEO the telly most pakistanis watch once they leave Pakistan & can afford to share a telly with someone else or get a job with telly laid on.
you'll want a link.
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I wonder do they ever play presidential sashes in the bedroom?
international / elections / politics / other press Monday December 10, 2007 22:34 by señora donzella morales chavez   text 2 comments (last - wednesday july 01, 2009 09:49)   image 1 image
Something quite extraordinary has happened in Argentina. & to appreciate it, all you really have to do is wonder how many spouses see each other serve in the highest office of their land. Hilary obviously pops to mind, but the you get the absolutely extraordinary nature of the new Argentinian presidency - for not only is it legitimatised by one of the highest electoral margins in democratic history - there was no need for two terms of a Bush type (or to be completely up-to-oligarchy style) the son or daughter of a rival.

Yep - admit it you political experts & know-alls are hard put to remember any other state where a president has served his constitutional limitations then handed the sash & baton to his wife. Or indeed the other way round. read full story / add a comment
Heritage Campaigning- Pic by Redjade
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Friday December 07, 2007 19:39 by C Murray   text 1 comment (last - friday december 07, 2007 20:38)   image 1 image
This morning I bought the Irish Times and got a headache. Two things caused deep annoyance;
and they are related: the State will pursue one of our best Heritage campaigners for
500,000 Euros costs and a letter in the Letter's Page talks of Cregganbaun and Killary
in relation to Eamon Ryan's granting of licences to prospectors for gold.Killary Harbour
is a Fjord, it provided a place for Wittgenstein to think and its got a quality of silence
that should be left undisturbed-but thats what you get when self-publicists get into the Dail-
Rattle and Hum. read full story / add a comment
anti Chav students at private university (denied funds for being antiChav) celebrate 16 year olds remaining voteless..,
international / elections / politics / other press Monday December 03, 2007 10:19 by gurgle, ribbid, hmmmmmm   text 13 comments (last - tuesday december 11, 2007 22:29)   image 2 images
Chavez has very narrowly lost the referendum on two proposed block reforms to the 1999 constitution of the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela. These being "block a" indefinite re-election & "block b" votes for 16 year olds.
It is too early to apportion blame or even theorise that the socialist project which is associated with Hugo Chavez is damaged by this. Though naturally that is what both sides (chav and antiChav) are doing. Hugo had in his closing speeches in the campaign railed against an alliance of Spain, its King, the USA and Colombia and then in a typical performance brought in the nazi's, but left out Farc (video attached) whereas the opposing side gurggled about dictatorships, pointed at Bolivia's worrysome crises of the last week & gleefully clapped their little handies when this time they won what Chavez curiously called a "Pyrrhic vicory".
That being a classical reference to a naval battle of the early Roman empire whose victory was had at such great cost as to be worthless. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / other press Thursday November 29, 2007 08:42 by Former Fan   text 3 comments (last - friday may 29, 2009 09:26)
In a transition reminiscent of the co-option of the Greens in Ireland, Midnight Oil's lead singer now finds himself as Australia's Minister of the Environment in a ministry now gutted by the right wing PM Rudd. Garrett has rapidly reversed his former radical poilitics to fast track to power and status. Here's a humourous clip, an analysis & an update! read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / other press Tuesday November 20, 2007 17:33 by Michael Nugent   text 4 comments (last - friday november 23, 2007 21:57)   image 1 image
This video highlights just fifty of the many Fianna Fail scandals that have hit the headlines since Bertie Ahern became Party Leader in December 1994. This sheer volume of continuous scandals - some serious, some more trivial - has now become almost helpful to Fianna Fail, because we have now become so desensitised to scandals that we just accept them as the normal state of affairs. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / news report Friday November 09, 2007 20:36 by Jolly Red Giant   text 10 comments (last - monday november 12, 2007 22:43)
On Tuesday, November 6th, over 6.5% of those who voted in Boston’s city council election cast their ballots for Matt Geary, the candidate of Socialist Alternative.

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