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offsite link Thousands Turkish Proxy Fighters Flood Into Libya Amid Berlin Peace Talks Mon Jan 20, 2020 20:29 | Scott
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offsite link The Roots of American Demonization of Shi?a Islam Sun Jan 19, 2020 23:01 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar with permission and crossposted with The Unz Review   The US targeted assassination, via drone strike, of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, apart from a torrent of crucial

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Jan 27th Deadline for Submissions on Govt Bill to Prevent Citizens Objections to Bad Planning & Developments

The government is bringing in legislation that will more or less remove your right to object to various types of planning applications and will give free reign to developers and private companies to do as they please. The new rules would require objections only from established interest groups that are in existence at least 3 years and have more than 100 members for that time. Fees will also be far higher. This means if someone wants to put a motorway outside your door and dig a quarry in the field beside you, or build a windfarm outside your front window, a sewage works over the wall, then you have to have known about it somehow three years in advance, have formed an interest group and have 100 members, not 99 or 50 or 20 but 100 !

Friends of the Irish Environment are calling on citizens and citizens group to make their voices heard during the submission period to make our opposition clear to the State. The rights of citizens to access our courts goes back to the Magna Carta.

Submission can be made until January 27, 2020.
Submission site: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/public-consultation-general-scheme-housing-and-planning-and-development-bill-2019

For more info, see New Planning Bill ‘undermines EU environmental enforcement policy’ ‘Call to Arms’ over Planning Bill 2019

1937 Louisville, Kentucky. Margaret Bourke-White. There’s no way like the American Way
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 21, 2020 01:30 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   image 3 images
Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a 2019 comedy-drama set in 1969 Los Angeles and features a large ensemble cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. The story centres around veteran actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), star of the 1950s Western television series Bounty Law, and and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Dalton is worried that his career is in decline and is reticent to take advice to travel to Italy to make Spaghetti Westerns. Cliff Booth also struggles to get work in Hollywood due to rumors that he murdered his wife on a boating trip. read full story / add a comment
George Bailey (James Stewart), Mary Bailey (Donna Reed), and their youngest daughter Zuzu (Karolyn Grimes) in It’s a Wonderful Life.
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Monday December 30, 2019 18:18 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   image 1 image
The Factory

“And such should childhood ever be,
The fairy well; to bring
To life’s worn, weary memory
The freshness of its spring.

But here the order is reversed,
And infancy, like age,
Knows of existence but its worst,
One dull and darkened page;—”

by Letitia Elizabeth Landon – The Vow of the Peacock and Other Poems (1835)

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national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday December 22, 2019 22:42 by sp   image 1 image
This opinion/analysis piece written by Kieran Mahon Socialist Party is reproduced here because it presents a view on the FAI farce that the mainstream media are unlikely to present.

Former FAI CEO John Delaney recently claimed the FAI would be debt free by 2020. They may not even make it that far. On Monday December 17th the shambolic board turned up at Government buildings requesting an €18 million bailout after Deloitte- the FAI auditors declined to class the FAI as a “going concern” meaning its future viability is in severe doubt.In May this year FAI workers, represented by SIPTU, had raised concerns over the financial position and their future with Minister For Sport Shane Ross. read full story / add a comment
Gino Kenny TD says: “I put forward solutions over three years ago and they completely ignored them”
national / health / disability issues / news report Sunday December 08, 2019 21:54 by pbp   image 1 image
Government offer spurious reasons for blocking Medicinal Cannabis Bill

Gino Kenny TD says: “I put forward solutions over three years ago and they completely ignored them”

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny said he received a letter today from the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, outlining the reasons why the Dublin Mid-West TD’s Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 failed to progress further in the legislative process.

The letter contained a ‘reasoned response’ to Deputy Kenny’s Bill, which sought to provide for GPs to prescribe medicinal cannabis for people with a wide range of illnesses. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday December 05, 2019 15:16 by Cliona O   image 1 image
Please join us on Human Rights Day 2019 to protest against the continued imprisonment of Julian Assange and the unlawful US Extradition Case against him. read full story / add a comment
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cork / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday November 29, 2019 22:12 by 1 of indy   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Cobh's iconic Deepwater Quay / Five Foot Way is a scenic walkway and Right of Way in the Cork Harbour town of Cobh. It has existed for over 150 years and the Right of Way has been used for generations of people. Now it is under threat as the Port of Cork claims there was never a Right of Way and is taking steps to extinguish it forever. Join us in our quest to ensure that future generations continue to enjoy this scenic walkway. read full story / add a comment
A pic taken in 2010, at the Cabhair Swim. Not expecting that weather this year. Hopefully..!
international / history and heritage / event notice Tuesday November 26, 2019 20:38 by Sharon.   text 9 comments (last - saturday january 18, 2020 03:48)   image 3 images
On Christmas Day next (Wednesday 25th December 2019) at 12 noon , the CABHAIR organisation will , for the 43rd successive year, hold a sponsored swim at the 3rd Lock of the Grand Canal , at Inchicore , Dublin (opposite Kelly's 'Blackhorse Inn' pub). read full story / add a comment
Julian Assange - Slowly being murdered by the apparatus of the state courtsey
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday November 25, 2019 22:54 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
The British state is slowly killing Julian Assange. They want him to die so as to send a message to anyone else who dares make public the crimes of governments like the US and the UK who have bombed countless countries, murdering hundreds of thousands of people in the process and which in fact has gone a long way to contributing to the waves of immigrants risking their lives to get into Europe. The World Socialist WebSite has produced a report on the situation so far.

More than 65 eminent medical doctors from the UK and around the world have issued an open letter calling for urgent action to protect the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange.

The doctors warn there may be serious consequences if Assange is not moved from Belmarsh Prison to a university teaching hospital where he can be assessed and treated by an expert medical team. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday November 21, 2019 22:51 by pbp   image 1 image
When time spent working is factored into the equation, agriculture is now the most unequal sector of the Southern economy, with the richest 10% of farmers claiming 30% of all income and the bottom half left with less than 20% between them. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Thursday November 21, 2019 22:41 by sp   image 1 image
60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.

1. Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day.
2. Because the government is not on our side.
3. Because we need real opposition.
4. Because we could end homelessness now.
5. Because this could kick the housing movement onto a new level. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday November 12, 2019 22:54 by pbp   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 14, 2019 00:05)   image 1 image
A reactionary right wing coup has deposed Evo Morales, the left wing and self proclaimed socialist President of Bolivia, after 14 years of rule. This coup has been executed by the Bolivian armed forces and police in conjunction with the right wing opposition Citizens Community led by Carlos Mesa, probably with the backing, behind the scenes, of the far right Bolsonaro government in Brazil and the US State Department. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / event notice Tuesday November 12, 2019 22:41 by pfc   image 1 image
Film about the last two surviving members of the Piripkura people, a nomadic tribe in the Mato Grasso region of Brazil, struggle to maintain their indigenous way of life amidst the region's massive deforestation. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / press release Thursday November 07, 2019 00:31 by pbp   image 1 image
Councilors from Fianna Fail, Green Party, Labour and Social Democrats have agreed to give land at O Devaney Gardens to Bartra Capital.

O Devaney Gardens was a working class flat complex on the edge of the Phoenix Park. For decades, it was run down by Dublin City Council and requests by tenants for proper maintenance were ignored.

Dublin City Council officials typically neglect inner city housing complexes in the hope that they can eventually move out the residents and turn them into posh private apartments.

The Fianna Fail-Green-Labour–Social Democrat coalition that run Dublin City Council complied with this disgraceful strategy. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday October 31, 2019 22:20 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
The Editor of Grayzone, Max Blumenthal was arrested over a week ago in Washington DC and was shackled by his hands and ankles for over five hours in one a cage along with other inmates over the weekend. His crime? To report from outside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC last May and to burst the US media bubble on how things really were in Venezuela after the US tried to organise a coup against the elected leader Maduro and install their own puppet who would sell out the country to vulture capitalists.

What a surprise there was nothing about this in the mainstream media. If the same thing had happened in Venezuela there would have been widespread condemnation in the pro-coup mainstream media.

The World Socialist website carried a report on it yesterday. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday October 31, 2019 21:33 by cpi   image 1 image
Relaunch of the booklet We Shall Over­come: The History of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland by Patrick Murphy
Speakers: Patrick Murphy, Anne McVicker, Seán Byers.

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galway / environment / event notice Wednesday October 16, 2019 10:10 by salmon watch   image 1 image
2019 is the Year of the Salmon and Salmon Watch Ireland are facilitating a workshop to discuss the present and future issues that can be addressed by interested parties to ensure that Ireland’s salmon stocks can be maintained and how we as conservationists might help to save this iconic fish. Salmon Watch Ireland will bring together experts in salmon management with an emphasis on Environmental DNA as it relates to salmon, closed and semi closed containment systems in aquaculture examining latest developments and an update on the projects involving smolt track. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Sunday October 13, 2019 23:01 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
Comrades, The integrity and life of our comrades in Ecuador are at risk in the face of the repressive offensive of the government

We need you -especially those who live in the countries of the global north- to help to spread the situation.

There is this last minute press release from one of the community media that is covering locally in Quito together with our own comrades of Indymedia Ecuador (spanish): read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / news report Monday October 07, 2019 00:08 by Extinction Rebellion   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 08, 2019 18:10)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
This is a global rebellion of the willing, from America to Scandinavia, Brazil to Australia, from Europe to The Solomon Islands we will take to the streets in protest against our governments criminal inaction on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion Ireland invites everyone to be part of this compassionate revolution. Join us as we make history. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday October 01, 2019 22:58 by 1 of indy   image 2 images
The World Socialists WebSite has carried a report on the protest outside the prison in support of Assange
A large crowd rallied outside Belmarsh Prison in London on Saturday as jailed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange received the Gavin MacFadyen Award 2019—the only journalism prize given by whistle-blowers. Assange’s father John Shipton accepted the award on his son’s behalf. read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / press release Monday September 30, 2019 22:12 by let us rise   image 1 image
After a year-long debate within the Socialist Party, we have decided to leave and to establish a new democratic socialist political group, RISE. The four letters of RISE give a picture of the politics we stand for: Radical, Internationalist, Socialist and Environmentalist. read full story / add a comment
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