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offsite link Russia?s Greatest Weapon is not a Weapon Fri Dec 03, 2021 18:41 | amarynth
by Dmitry Orlov, posted with permission of the author An ultimately very healthy but in the meantime very unpleasant realization is gradually dawning in West?an insight that is simply shocking,

offsite link Russia is primed for a Persian Gulf security ?makeover? Thu Dec 02, 2021 18:38 | amarynth
Russia is the one state with the necessary clout, tools, sweeteners and relationships to nudge the Persian Gulf into a new security paradigm.  Russia is teeing up a re-launch of

offsite link Lavrov gives press conference after OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm Thu Dec 02, 2021 17:02 | amarynth
Please forward the video. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a press conference after the 28th OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm on Thursday, December 2. The annual OSCE Ministerial Council,

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/12/02 ? Open Thread Thu Dec 02, 2021 12:00 | herb
2021/12/02 12:00:01Welcome 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 Distorted American Aristocracy Wed Dec 01, 2021 17:10 | amarynth
By Walt Garlington for the Saker Blog One of the big lies in the United States is that there is no royalty here. It is true that it no longer

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offsite link The Wisdom of Forecasters (and their Critics) Thu Dec 02, 2021 19:00 | Toby Young
Check out this useful compendium of aphorisms, as compiled by financial analyst Alexander Ineichen. Example: "The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.? ? Edgar Fielder
The post The Wisdom of Forecasters (and their Critics) appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Kenyan Nurses and the Crisis of NHS Nurse Staffing Thu Dec 02, 2021 17:45 | Luke Perry
We're publishing a guest post on the Daily Sceptic by Dr. Ann Bradshaw, a retired Lecturer in Adult Health Care, about the scandal of the Government's failed efforts to import nurses from Kenya.
The post Kenyan Nurses and the Crisis of NHS Nurse Staffing appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Angela Merkel Demands Mandatory Vaccination Law as Germany is Set to Impose Restrictions on the Unva... Thu Dec 02, 2021 16:29 | Luke Perry
In a series of new restrictions, the German Government will ban the unvaccinated from entering 'non-essential' shops, with the Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for the vaccine to be made compulsory.
The post Angela Merkel Demands Mandatory Vaccination Law as Germany is Set to Impose Restrictions on the Unvaccinated appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link NHS Faces Its ?Biggest Cancer Catastrophe Ever? Due to Pandemic Backlog Thu Dec 02, 2021 15:43 | Luke Perry
The National Audit Office has recorded that close to 750,000 GP referrals for suspected cancer received no further attention over the course of the pandemic.
The post NHS Faces Its ?Biggest Cancer Catastrophe Ever? Due to Pandemic Backlog appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Pilots ?Out of Practice? After lockdowns are Risking Passengers? Lives Thu Dec 02, 2021 15:07 | Toby Young
Commercial airline pilots have done so little flying during the past 21 months we may be about to witness a fatal plane crash. That is the message of air accident investigators after a "serious incident" in Scotland.
The post Pilots ?Out of Practice? After lockdowns are Risking Passengers’ Lives appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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offsite link Seif al-Islam Kadhafi reinstated as presidential candidate Fri Dec 03, 2021 19:57 | en

offsite link Xiomara Castro elected in Honduras Thu Dec 02, 2021 16:48 | en

offsite link Jack Dorsey sacked from Twitter Wed Dec 01, 2021 15:29 | en

offsite link Where the Rome-Paris axis is taking us, by Manlio Dinucci Tue Nov 30, 2021 15:27 | en

offsite link The European Union begins its dissolution, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:03 | en

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday December 10, 2009 16:18 by Climate Caravan Radio   text 6 comments (last - sunday december 13, 2009 16:58)   audio 2 audio files
3 days ago a group from the SOCIAL AND CLIMATE JUSTICE CARAVAN visited the Canadian embassy in Brussels to seek protection for a man from Colombia who has received death treaths from Colombian Paramilitaries. The Canadian state is responsible for this due to upcoming free trade agreements as well as, along with the US, not signing the charter to protect indigenous around the world. Also Canadian mining business COSIGO RESOURCES are implicated in using these paramilitaries to obtain native lands. read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / news report Wednesday December 09, 2009 10:48 by Andrew   text 3 comments (last - saturday february 06, 2010 15:45)   audio 2 audio files
Today will see the greatest budget attack on workers in Ireland in a couple of decades with services and pay being slashed. Many unions and other organisations have called protests outside the Dail from the early morning to the late evening. WSM members will be taking part in these protests throughout the day and providing live updates, photos and video from them via our twitter account. During the 24th Novemeber strike we provided 70 updates from the picket lines throughout the day using this method. read full story / add a comment
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Wednesday December 09, 2009 00:00 by Thomas Janak   text 1 comment (last - wednesday december 09, 2009 00:12)   audio 2 audio files
dublin / animal rights / news report Sunday December 06, 2009 21:31 by Thomas Janak   text 3 comments (last - tuesday december 08, 2009 13:57)   audio 2 audio files
international / environment / news report Saturday December 05, 2009 09:46 by Social & Climate Justice Caravan   text 1 comment (last - sunday december 06, 2009 07:44)   audio 1 audio file
In front of the international head quarters of WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in Gland-Geneva, participants of the Social and Climate Justice Caravan made their first protest action. Delegates from farming organisations, indigenous and fisher folk from the South denounced the greenwashing carried out by WWF in their respective countries.

web: http://www.climatecaravan.org/
blog: http://climatecaravan.wordpress.com/
climate caravan radio: http://radio4all.net/index.php/contributor/4090
Social & Climate Justice Caravan -reader PDF: http://www.climatecaravan.org/images/Caravan_bulletin_0...9.pdf read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Monday November 30, 2009 12:24 by dunk   text 17 comments (last - wednesday january 13, 2010 15:36)   audio 8 audio files
“The day the political landscape changed forever“, was how Fritjof Capra referred to events of N30, Tuesday 30th of November 1999, in his book The Hidden Connections. He was referring to the day when 1000´s of global justice activists came together and succeeded in shutting down the first WTO (World Trade Organisation) talks in the US using (mostly) non violent direct actions (NVDA) in the north western US city of Seattle. This was the event which brought the “globalisation” debate to the mainstream. It has been misleadingly described as anti-globalisation, what it should be accurately described as is anti corporate globalisation.

10 years on and again there is rubber bullets, tear gas and flames in the streets. This time in Geneva, as people from all over the world converge in the lead up to COP15, the climate change talks in Copenhagen... amongst others, the Social and Climate justice caravan. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday November 27, 2009 22:44 by Guerilla Blogger 86   text 4 comments (last - monday november 30, 2009 17:46)   audio 1 audio file
On the 25th of November 2009 on the Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM, Ray and his co-hosts said that 'people' should stop playing the "BLAME GAME" in Ireland and just move on. However by the next show the following day (26 Nov '09) a woman by the name of 'Majella' had emailed them with a responce to this topic. I was working at the time, I actually stopped what I was doing and I couldn't believe what I was hearing, it was unreal. I ask you to listen to this 'pod cast' and above all keep an open mind. The link is posted below....

p.s. What you don't get to hear is the "Collector Generals" explanation which isn't much good as a responce to this email... you also don't get to hear the tongue lashing he got from Ray D'Arcy nor will you hear about the Collector Generals update of progress of investigation into this case today. You'll understand all of this after you have listened to the attached link; this will only take 6 minutes of your time, so please listen to it the whole way through!!

Thanks. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / news report Thursday November 26, 2009 23:38 by ERS   text 13 comments (last - sunday december 19, 2010 12:07)   audio 2 audio files
RTÉ Primetime Investigates next Thursday is a special on the death of Michael Dwyer.

Dwyer worked for Shell as a security guard in Mayo last year, and while there, made contact with extremists from right-wing militia groups. He joined with a number of these men and spent time in Bolivia, where after an investigation he was killed when police stormed his hotel room. It will be interesting to see what spin RTE will place on the events in Bolivia and Ireland. read full story / add a comment
international / animal rights / opinion/analysis Tuesday November 24, 2009 16:25 by Thomas Janak   text 3 comments (last - saturday december 26, 2009 23:18)   audio 1 audio file
.... he is an animal rights activist who has turned into a celebrity because of the status he has being given by the media and fellow activists. He just published a new book: "From Dusk Til Dawn" read full story / add a comment
national / housing / news report Monday November 23, 2009 20:41 by dunk   text 4 comments (last - monday december 21, 2009 19:05)   audio 2 audio files
Brian Anson - Architect, Story Teller, Poet, Revolutionary

Inspiration (1934-2009)

Brian Anson passed away over the weekend after being inflicted with a sudden illness.

Audio documentary; Stories of architecture and social struggle with Brian Anson
http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/37463 read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Monday November 16, 2009 10:23 by Andrew   audio 1 audio file
As conventional sources of oil become rarer the energy corporations have started the mass extraction of oil from the tar sands of Alberta. This is a filthy process that involves vast open cast mines, tailing ponds that can be seen from space and the use of huge quantities of water and energy making it a major cause of climate change. On Saturday Heather Milton Lightening of the Indigenous Environmental Network spoke to a national Shell to Sea meeting in Dublin about this struggle (last night she spoke in Inver, Erris). This is a 50 minute recording of that talk and the discussions that followed it. read full story / add a comment
international / animal rights / news report Friday November 13, 2009 18:34 by Thomas Janak   audio 1 audio file
- Footage to be re-aired on The Digital Hub FM - read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Friday November 13, 2009 10:39 by Paul D   text 1 comment (last - friday november 13, 2009 15:12)   audio 1 audio file

When it comes to the public meeting, Arthur Scargill is one of the best performers around. He has it down to fine art. Perhaps this is down to his political up bringing as a member of the Young Communist League, where great stress was placed on the importance of making inspiring speeches. Or perhaps it has something to do with that fact that much maligned figure like Scargill needs the medium of the public meeting more than most to get across his points, and has thus has a particualr understanding of how to use public meetings to maximum effect. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / feature Tuesday November 10, 2009 13:33 by Conversation - various; editing Andrew   text 22 comments (last - wednesday november 18, 2009 14:22)   audio 1 audio file
During Noam Chomsky's recent visit to Ireland five members of the Workers Solidarity Movement met him over breakfast to talk over a range of issues from Palestine to the capitalist crisis to social partnership to Iran to Obama and the US Labour Movement. Notes on the discussion are below followed by the audio recording itself. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Monday November 02, 2009 11:34 by Gregor Kerr   text 7 comments (last - friday november 06, 2009 15:52)   audio 1 audio file
Marching Is Not Enough, Organise for a general strike read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday October 30, 2009 14:44 by Speaker Paul B recorded by Andrew   audio 1 audio file
Recording of a WSM branch education that looks at 'what is class' and outlines many of the different classifications that have been used before asking whether this is right approach to the question at all. Followed by a brief discussion of class in relation to Joe Duffy phone ins demanding a public sector pay cut. read full story / add a comment
cork / anti-capitalism / news report Wednesday October 28, 2009 19:43 by Cathal   text 5 comments (last - thursday november 12, 2009 15:02)   audio 2 audio files
Yesterday evening the Cork branch of the Worker’s Solidarity Movement hosted a talk by South African anarchist and ZABALAZA Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) member, Jonathan. The ZACF is an organisation of anarchist individuals from South Africa who identify with the communist tradition within Anarchism. The front is organised around the principles of theoretical and tactical unity, collective responsibility and federalism. Their activities include study and theoretical development, anarchist agitation and propaganda, and participation within the class struggle. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday October 18, 2009 22:31 by Andrew   audio 1 audio file
On Saturday evening at Semora Spraoi RAG were screened two abortion rights documentaries, 'The Coat Hanger Project' and 'Abortion Democracy : Poland/South Africa'. The makers of both documentaries were present so the screenings were introduced by them and there was a wide ranging discussion after the films had been show. The audio of the introductions can be listened to below. read full story / add a comment
dublin / miscellaneous / news report Saturday October 17, 2009 17:51 by Michael Gallagher   text 10 comments (last - monday october 19, 2009 17:33)   audio 1 audio file
All photos © Michael Gallagher 2009 read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Friday October 16, 2009 17:22 by Alison   text 2 comments (last - saturday october 17, 2009 16:23)   audio 2 audio files
Sinêad Ahern of Choice Ireland and Dr. Geraldine Moane of UCD made the case for a woman's right to choose at a recent debate in Dublin. read full story / add a comment
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