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offsite link Sitrep: This morning in Maria?s office ? Sun Dec 05, 2021 17:27 | amarynth
Posted by Amarynth Maria Zakharova, I mean, or did I mean Maria Z Kalashnikov? ?? Maria #Zakharova: @usairforce actions have posed risks to civil aviation. Just because an air incident

offsite link GEOFOR interviews The Saker: Will Kiev decide on an open armed conflict? Sun Dec 05, 2021 17:00 | amarynth
Note: in late November I was interviewed by the Russian website Geofor.  Here is the English language translation of this interview. GEOFOR: Mr. Raevsky, no sooner have the American warships

offsite link Sitrep: Here Comes China ? Taking the lead ? a dialogue on democracy in China Sun Dec 05, 2021 16:14 | amarynth
By Amarynth for the Saker Blog including a number of data points from Godfree Roberts Did you know that a huge International Forum on Democracy is ongoing in China right

offsite link The Menticide Manual ? Wokeness [or: Euphoria] Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:21 | amarynth
By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog FADE IN: INTL. LECTURE – SERIES We?re inside Lecture Hall 2, David Hume Building. PROFESSOR PETER JOR HANDSOME takes the platform. The Hall

offsite link Andrei Martyanov on the possibility of war Sat Dec 04, 2021 22:51 | The Saker
Please support Andrei Martyanov on his website and Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mar... https://smoothiex12.blogspo... Posted by permission from Andrei Martyanov

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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 France hands Lebanese minister's head to heir of Saudi throne Sun Dec 05, 2021 15:29 | en

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

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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:03 by Vetarans for Peace UK   text 4 comments (last - tuesday april 24, 2012 08:33)   audio 1 audio file
Veterans for Peace UK held its inaugural meeting on Easter Sunday. 11 veterans attended the meeting. The meeting was started with the reading of The Statement of Purpose. We then had an extended check in where there was a good exchange of experiences.
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national / arts and media / news report Saturday March 24, 2012 19:13 by Randy Tail   text 8 comments (last - monday march 26, 2012 19:41)   audio 2 audio files
Another thread speculated that recent attacks on RTE by the Sunday Independent were due to a generalised attack on the public sector, on relatively independent journalism in the publicly owned RTE during a period of recession, on disappointment at the election of Michael D Higgins and defeat for the right wing entrepreneur, Sean Gallagher (and the part played by RTE in exposing Gallagher). That story is here:

Sunday Independent that defended Bertie Ahern - on anti RTE, President Michael D Higgins, crusade
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101574

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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Tuesday March 13, 2012 23:40 by Taking the blue pill   text 25 comments (last - monday april 16, 2012 22:52)   audio 1 audio file
For the past six months and longer once Libya had fallen to the NATO sponsored 'rebels', we have faced a continuous media onslaught about Syria with reports of protests, shootings, killings, attacks, bombing and so forth. The backdrop to the narrative is that this is part of the Arab Spring which started last year and it is a good thing overall. So many people are probably wondering what really has been happening, given that this is the same media that was cheer leading the Iraq war almost 10 years ago even though at least a million+ are now dead as a result. And yet somehow they want to imply that they are doing the right thing now. We should also recall that this is the same media that is promoting austerity and encouraging us to accept the blame for the mad years of the bubble and as a consequence we should pay up the €90 billion bailout and in the process see all the state services stripped to the bone. They are presenting the uncomplicated truth surely read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / news report Monday March 12, 2012 12:50 by Benito Mussolini (Sean Gallagher loolalike division)   text 21 comments (last - sunday march 18, 2012 18:59)   audio 1 audio file
Sean Gallagher is about as useful to Irish society as the cartoon behind his picture and his presidential policies had the same substance as the sugary drip he is sucking.

RTE is the victim of a political scam artist who sold his story (for how much?) to the Sindo. This chicken (shit) farmer who tried to scam nearly 60,000 Euro is now trying to scam the public. It is all a big ball of smoke. read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday March 11, 2012 11:59 by Auntie Propaganda   text 9 comments (last - monday march 12, 2012 18:29)   audio 1 audio file
Predictably, the Sunday Independent goes to town today against RTE over the demise of its favoured candidate Sean Gallagher in the November 2011 Presidential election.

There is a non-story on the front page:

Pat McGuirk: 'RTE wanted me to gun down Gallagher'
RTE claims whistle-blower 'was happy with his Frontline experience'
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/rtes-statement-...tmlpo

But read the RTE response:

RTE's statement: 'McGuirk expressed his happiness with programme experience in fulsome terms'
RTE's statement on Pat McGuirk and 'The Frontline' presidential debate
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/rtes-statement-....html
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dublin / housing / news report Thursday February 02, 2012 16:28 by Andrew interviews Cat & Moira   audio 1 audio file
On Saturday 28th January Unlock NAMA opened an occupied building in the center of Dublin for a day of lectures about NAMA, Ireland's 'Bad Bank.' The event was cut short by a large number of police who turned up and ordered them out of the building. In this 40 minute interview Andrew Flood interviews Cat & Moira from Unlock NAMA about the occupation, what NAMA is and what Unlock NAMA demands. read full story / add a comment
dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Saturday January 28, 2012 14:16 by Catherine O'Dea   audio 1 audio file
Free Laughter Yoga in City Centre: Wednesday 8th February at 5 pm in Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier St, Dublin 2.

To book a place e-mail Catherine at “info@dublinlaughteryoga.com”.

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dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Saturday January 28, 2012 13:45 by Catherine O'Dea   audio 1 audio file
Free Laughter Yoga in City Centre: Wednesday 8th February at 5 pm in Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier St, Dublin 2.

To book a place e-mail Catherine at “info@dublinlaughteryoga.com”.

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dublin / history and heritage / event notice Sunday January 08, 2012 23:35 by Edward S Moody   text 7 comments (last - wednesday february 01, 2012 17:31)   audio 1 audio file
History Ireland Editor Tommy Graham will chair a Hedge School debate

National Library of Ireland (Dawson Street). 11 January 2012, 7pm

The War of Independence: ‘four glorious years’ or squalid sectarian conflict?
with David Fitzpatrick (TCD), John M. Regan (Dundee), Eve Morrison (TCD) and John Borgonovo (UCC) read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / news report Saturday January 07, 2012 18:03 by Terence McSwiney   text 13 comments (last - tuesday march 06, 2012 01:30)   audio 2 audio files
Very interesting discussion on Today PK (RTE Radio One) of how media misinformation, most of which originated during the 1981 H Block hunger strikes resurfaced during the release of state papers in 2012. Allegations that: - Bobby Sands told the Pope's representative that he would come off the hunger strike; - that Raymond McCreesh's family forced him to remain on hunger strike; - that the British agreed the substance of the prisoner's demands between the death of the fourth and fifth hunger striker; are discussed, by journalist Eamon Mallie, historian Eamon Phoenix and 1981 prisoners' spokesperson Danny Morrison. read full story / add a comment
national / public consultation / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Monday November 28, 2011 14:19 by Declan Cullen   text 16 comments (last - tuesday december 02, 2014 12:27)   audio 1 audio file
Listen folks, do your homework. Goldman Sachs has taken over Ireland and the Irish Government. Research the people they have put in place around the EU to manage the takeover of other countries. Peter Sutherland ........... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday November 24, 2011 15:14 by pat c   text 57 comments (last - saturday january 21, 2012 10:47)   audio 1 audio file
Hands Off the People of Iran unequivocally condemns the ratcheting up of sanctions on Iran in the aftermath of the much-heralded report of the International Atomic Energy Agency on that country’s nuclear capability on November 8. The report did little more than confirm the assessment that Hopi arrived at some time ago: that at worst Iran may be interested in the so-called ‘Japanese’ option. This is nuclear development that stops just short of the capacity to produce a nuclear weapon - but only by a month or so. But this is something that has been commented on many times before.

Despite the fact that this report contained little or nothing that was new (it was little more than a compilation of UK satellite pictures and the pre-existing reports of the CIA and other western intelligence agencies), imperialist leaders have fallen over themselves to express horror and outrage at these ‘new’ findings: read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday October 22, 2011 18:26 by CB   text 4 comments (last - thursday november 24, 2011 19:07)   audio 1 audio file
On the 15th October 2011 the Ireland Institute on Pearse Street played host to the second annual Raymond Crotty lecture, which was sponsored by the People’s Movement. The topic of this year’s lecture was Rancher and Banking interests in the modern Irish Economy and was delivered by Conor McCabe. McCabe’s recent book, Sins of the Father, is an examination of the Irish economy from the Anglo – Irish Treaty up to the present day. http://www.theirishstory.com/2011/10/21/review-conor-mc...ITBIH read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / feature Monday October 03, 2011 01:34 by T   text 48 comments (last - tuesday december 06, 2011 12:54)   audio 3 audio files
NEW YORK TIMES: Updated, 3:35 a.m. Sunday | In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon. (After a 2 week corporate media blackout, #occupywallstreet direct action is now front page news) read full story / add a comment
national / politics / elections / other press Sunday October 02, 2011 16:25 by Groucho Marx   text 19 comments (last - sunday october 16, 2011 15:37)   audio 1 audio file
Eoghan Harris tried to run the 1997 election through Derek Nally, former head of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors. He tried to destroy the Mary McAleese campaign by using Nally. That is where Harris's description of McAleese as a 'Tribal Time Bomb' came from. The bomb blew up in Harris's face when Nally found out. He ditched Harris and his political playmate, John Cadden, when he found out that he was a patsy. Nally was an unusual policeman who challenged the Garda 'Heavy Gang' in the 1970s.

The info is here:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/81368

Today, Harris wants to run the election through Gay Mitchell, see:
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national / politics / elections / news report Thursday September 22, 2011 09:16 by Audi O Murphy   text 23 comments (last - saturday october 08, 2011 11:33)   audio 7 audio files
Two successive days of entertaining radio as the motley crew opposing Martin McGuinness (Michael McDowell, Fintan O'Toole, Ed Moloney, Gregory Campbell, etc) get their act together.

Fintan and Ed have difficulty debating. On Tuesday (Sept 20) on the Pat Kenny Show, Ed Maloney refused to appear with Danny Morrison. That was after imposing the same conditions on the BBC. A very important fellow is Ed, who likes to be able to chose who is good enough to appear alongside his elevated self.

An even more important person is Fintan O'Toole, who, after a long innings on Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan Show (September 21), took up his ball and ran. He was unable to persuade the great unwashed) to be quiet while the great one droned on uninterrupted.
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national / politics / elections / news report Sunday September 18, 2011 00:07 by Ruaidhrí O' Conghaile   text 41 comments (last - friday october 07, 2011 23:47)   audio 6 audio files
It was announced earlier today that Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is set to run for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann, President of the Republic of Ireland.

The former Provisional I.R.A leader has said that he will run on a broad progressive platform building upon his role in the peace process in the north of Ireland.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Tuesday September 06, 2011 11:32 by Declan Cullen   text 57 comments (last - sunday october 02, 2011 08:13)   audio 1 audio file
With the 10th Anniversary of the events of 9/11 nearly upon us, it is about time that the other side of the 9/11 story is told instead of letting the usual talking heads such as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and Giuliani repeat ad nauseum the ridiculous 'Official' story....
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday August 27, 2011 19:00 by T   text 1 comment (last - sunday august 28, 2011 16:34)   audio 1 audio file
See this breaking news interview with War correspondent Pepe Escobar on Russia Today television.

The hostility persists in Tripoli and the Libyan rebels continue the search for Gaddafi, but who is leading the rebels? Who are the beneficiaries of the fall of Gaddafi? What will the blowback be for those in Libya and across the globe? Pepe Escobar, a correspondent for Asia Times, gives us some answers to these questions. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday August 16, 2011 22:45 by Ciaron   text 17 comments (last - wednesday november 09, 2011 16:28)   audio 1 audio file

Over the past week at Giuseppe Conlon CW House in Harringey London, we have recieived calls of concern, and requests for explanations, following the rioting and looting over the weekend that started in our borough of Harringey and extended across London and then to regional towns in England.

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