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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 25, 2017 21:44 by Laurence Cox
A working paper on the water charges movement now available online for comment and discussion. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 24, 2017 21:36 by Fabio Ang
First speech of The President of United States at his own rearranged CIA headquarters, I said, the US President!:
“… you know, I am on a running war with the Media.They are among the most dishonest human being on earth.” read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday December 15, 2016 00:28 by Anonymous Student
It should seem obvious whoever controls access to ideas controls a people or nation to a large extent. It is natural for power-hungry operators to attempt to control and manipulate masses of peoples’ perceptions (assumptions and thoughts). The mainstream media has been compromised for a very long time. Things have become truly Orwellian. We need a complete re-assessment of this last election cycle to understand how deep the Deceit State has corrupted so many institutions in this country—and especially the mainstream media and the Democratic Party. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday November 28, 2016 22:05 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
The recent article League of Nationalists in The Economist (19-11-2016, pps. 51-54) sets out to answer the question: “All around the world, nationalists are gaining ground. Why?” read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 23, 2016 16:47 by Thomas Roberts   text 2 comments (last - thursday november 24, 2016 03:42)
The idea of abolishing high denomination banknotes is more and more present in political talks around the world. The European Central Bank already announced the death of the €uro 500, tomorrow it might be the Benjamin ($100). What is next? Why do our governments want to get rid of cash and why don’t we have a word to say about it? read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 11, 2016 19:15 by Sean Throne
US capitalism has had a century of relative political stability through the domination of its politics by its two capitalist parties. This is now coming to an end. A new era in US and world politics is opening up.Sean Throne read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Sunday September 25, 2016 18:44 by Joey Newell
Some observations on infrastructure in Ireland in relation to western European standards. Also, a case for a national path system. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Monday July 25, 2016 02:30 by Noor Aza Othman
Thankfully, before it's too late, I realized the truth; that is, anything which is organized by the Malaysia's Opposition ([especially by racist and fascist anti-Indigenous/anti-Muslim party of DAP (Democratic Action Party – ('democratic', my foot) - suspected to receive much hidden donation from ISrael, to the total of US 300 million and training from Mossad, through Singapore-based account] including under the guise of the so-called Human Rights March . read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday July 19, 2016 12:08 by VOID NETWORK / athens / greece   text 1 comment (last - saturday august 13, 2016 09:53)
“The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities; how shall the great majorities outside parliament not want to decide? When you play the fiddle at the top of the state, what else is to be expected but that those down below dance”?
- Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, IV (1852) read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday June 17, 2016 17:24 by Shannonwatch
Shannonwatch have recorded an unusual number of US military aircraft at and overflying Shannon Airport since June 4th. This time period coincides with the preparations for NATO Anaconda-2016 military exercises in Poland which are being conducted from June 7th to 17th. (See list below)

The 10-day military exercise [1], involves 31,000 troops and thousands of vehicles from 24 countries. The Guardian [2] described it as follows "The largest war game in eastern Europe since the end of the cold war has started in Poland, as Nato and partner countries seek to mount a display of strength as a response to concerns about Russia's assertiveness and actions". The UK Independent [3] said it was one of the biggest exercises on NATO's eastern flank since the end of the Cold War, and was a move likely to put further strain on the already-tense relations between the Kremlin and the West read full story / add a comment
dublin / health / disability issues / opinion/analysis Friday June 03, 2016 03:15 by Wayne Flanagan Tobin   text 1 comment (last - saturday june 04, 2016 21:26)
On Thursday evening 2nd June 2016 I attended a meeting in St. Augustine’s school in Blackrock where parents expressed outrage at the withdrawal of the Saint John of God Community Services Supports on a phased basis commencing in September 2016. The school was described as a “centre of excellence” for its vocational programme which has had a very positive impact on the lives of many children with special needs in South Dublin, Wicklow and surrounding areas. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday May 16, 2016 14:57 by Sean O'Torain
In the recent elections north and south there have been a number of candidates elected who have stood on an anti capitalist platform. This article here tries to put forward a strategy how these forces could work together to engage more with the mass of the working class north and south and build a mass anti capitalist movement in ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 12, 2016 23:17 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   text 2 comments (last - wednesday september 28, 2016 10:01)
Big capital has constantly decreased its contribution to the state – creating a gap in the state’s coffers which is then filled by more and varied taxes on ordinary people – ultimately shrinking the very market big capital needs to sell its increased production of goods. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 12, 2016 21:13 by Anthony Coughlan   text 3 comments (last - monday july 24, 2017 12:16)
On 22 January the Financial Times reported that Goldman Sachs, Wall Street, was donating £500,000 towards the anti-Brexit campaign in Britain. This is the same Goldman Sachs as is behind the threatened Tyrrelstown evictions in Dublin. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday April 11, 2016 00:03 by Will Be Gnome
Recently David Gerstman of the Tower Blog (actually called “The Israel Project’s The Tower blog”) attacked the entire liberal arts Oberlin campus in Ohio as being lax on anti-Semitism because he doesn’t like what “one” of the college’s assistant professors wrote on her own personal face book page. Ironically Joy Karega, the alleged anti-Semite, was not really criticizing Jews in general, per se, but mostly what can be defined as some dirty politics of the State of Israel that is terrorist in nature. But conflating criticism of Zionists as supposed to mean anti-Semitism in general is what many propagandists are deliberately trying to d0—confuse various forms of debate in order to create a freeze on any negative criticism of the Zionist project in Israel as State for Jews or their Zionist influence here in America. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 05, 2016 17:43 by Aran   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 07, 2016 23:24)
Dormit in Pace
2013:

Sitting in the cells beneath one of our country’s circuit courts, my travel-weary eyes settle briefly on my hands. Their stillness and my stoic-like composure belie my internal turmoil.

I cast a cold eye over my surroundings - stale urine and solid waste regurgitated from a steel toilet lays siege to the senses. Cigarette butts litter the floor; confetti of condemned men. Crude misspelt graffiti bears mute testimony to the length of their sentences and the shortness of their education. A reasonable inference using the inverse square law - my maths teacher would be proud. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Thursday March 31, 2016 21:30 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
It has been one hundred years since the heroic Easter uprising of the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) and the ICA (Irish Citizen Army) against the might of the British Empire in 1916. The planning of the 2016 commemoration was thrust into the hands of the conservative Fine Gael/Labour government who would have been at least a bit uneasy about the potential for increasing the political support base for the more politically radical Sinn Féin. However, the problem of artistic representation of the events was at least partially resolved by the well-worn techniques used by successive conservative Irish governments over the years since the Easter Rising: mythologisation, diversion and counternarrative. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Thursday March 31, 2016 14:51 by john throne   text 1 comment (last - saturday april 02, 2016 22:59)
1916 was premature. read of the July days in Russia. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Saturday March 19, 2016 15:26 by Paddy Hackett
There is a good chance that FF will bring about a new general election in the not too distant future. This is because it is confident that there is a progressive electoral shift towards it. It is also in a buoyant mood because of its inchoate election recovery. It more than likely has the resources to fight another election. Both FF and FG expressly indicated that they would not form “a grand coalition”. The GE16 result means, in a sense, that the electorate don't want such a coalition. On the other hand SF, through Gerry Adams, indicated before the GE16 that it is prepared to form a coalition with SF. This means that the electorate may want a coalition with FF, SF and others.
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