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offsite link Vladimir Putin held talks with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Mon Dec 06, 2021 18:32 | amarynth
The expanded format meeting between the two delegations was followed by a face-to-face conversation over a working lunch, lasting 3 and a half hours. Following the summit, a Joint Statement Russia ? India:

offsite link Minister Kordahi at center of Saudi-Lebanon row resigns Mon Dec 06, 2021 17:26 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Description: The full English translation of the resignation speech of Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi. Kordahi was at the center of a weeks-long major diplomatic row between Lebanon and

offsite link As Turkey?s currency plummets, Al Jazeera guests clash over state of economy Mon Dec 06, 2021 17:22 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Description: In a recent episode of the long-running program Al-Etejah al?Mu?akis on Al Jazeera Arabic hosted by Faysal al-Qasim, two guests based in London and Istanbul, debated ?why the value of

offsite link Quick note on moderation: we are doing away with ?anonymous? comments Mon Dec 06, 2021 16:30 | The Saker
Dear friends, As promised, we are doing away with “anonymous” comments later today. Other than that, the blog is doing great and there is nothing special to report. Kind regards

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/12/05 ? Open Thread Sun Dec 05, 2021 23:30 | herb
2021/12/05 23:30:01Welcome 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

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offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

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international / politics / elections / press release Wednesday January 27, 2021 18:42 by Zachory Conti
Student debt relief is now included in round the clock stimulus package negotiations on Capitol Hill. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Wednesday January 27, 2021 18:38 by Zachary Conti
Chad became the first country to officially seek debt reduction under a G20-established coronavirus response process. read full story / add a comment
national / education / press release Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:19 by anthony garvey   text 2 comments (last - wednesday february 10, 2021 11:27)
The Global Alliance between Toastmasters International and Rotary International offers members the opportunity to collaborate and work together to make a positive impact in their communities in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Tuesday January 26, 2021 19:39 by Zachory Conti
The International Monetary Fund released projections on the world economy as countries continue to wrestle with the coronavirus. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Monday January 25, 2021 14:20 by Zachary Conti
World leaders, including Pope Francis, UN General Secretary António Guterres and the IMF's Kristalina Georgieva, gather for a high-level climate summit hosted by the Netherlands through Tuesday. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday January 21, 2021 17:27 by 1 of indy
COVID lockdown rulebreakers in Germany will be arrested and detained in refugee camps located across the country, it has been revealed.

We first highlighted the story on Friday, citing reports that people who repeatedly flout the rules will be held in a ‘detention camp’ in Dresden.

Now authorities in numerous different areas have outlined where they will incarcerate those who break lockdown laws or refuse to self-isolate after catching COVID. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Wednesday January 20, 2021 14:21 by Zachary Conti
President Biden will extend the freeze on student debt payments as one of his first executive actions after his inauguration. The Department of Education will be directed to continue the student debt payment suspension through September. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Saturday January 16, 2021 17:26 by foie
PRESS RELEASE - Friends of the Irish Environment - 15 January 2021

For Immediate Release

Formal end to the Bord na Mona’s peat harvesting ‘major milestone’
Warning of ‘cowboy contractors’ still ignoring peat planning regulations

The decision by Bord na Mona to end all peat harvesting marked a ‘major milestone’ in Ireland’s progress towards controlling greenhouse gases and biodiversity loss, Friends of the Irish Environment said in a statement today. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Wednesday January 13, 2021 18:18 by Zachary Conti
Gary Gensler, former Wall Street regulator will be President-elect Biden's nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to Reuters. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday January 13, 2021 17:47 by Concerned Immigrant-Igbinedion
There is such a great focus in America on pushing the Latino and other communities to take this coronavirus vaccine, with which there are many problems. The mosr prevalent one being death. The others problems are not good either.

I realize this may never bepublished, or shortly after removed. However, I also believe this to be very important information that is life saving. read full story / add a comment
international / health / disability issues / news report Tuesday January 12, 2021 22:39 by 1 of indy
The immune systems of old people do not work as well as when they were younger and when faced with an infection the body frequently overreacts and generates an inflammatory response that does more harm. It is well known among medics that vaccines do not work as well in old people because of a weakening immune system. It is just like most things when you get older, none of your bodily systems work like they used to. This gives context to this story from nursing home in New York read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday January 07, 2021 21:21 by foie
Call for change in Coillte Principal Objects as illegal felling video released
Work stopped by residents due to recommence

An environmental charity has called on the Government to change Coillte Teo’ Principle Objects to add ‘social’ and ‘environmental’ to its sole current sole ‘commercial’ remit.

Friends of the Irish Environment released a video on social media over the New Years’ weekend showing residents stopping clearfelling of a Special Area of Conservation by Coillte Teo which was viewed more than 4,000 time over the weekend. The video, taken at Kilsheelan Woods in the Lower River Suir Area of Special Conservation, shows an extensive woodland area between the N22 road and the River Suir undergoing clearfelling. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Wednesday January 06, 2021 20:27 by Zachary Conti
The White House announced a $3.7 billion disaster grant for Puerto Rico to rebuild reservoirs, dams and wastewater facilities.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday January 04, 2021 12:59 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - thursday january 07, 2021 09:16)
Breaking news. A bit of good news for once. Julian Assange will NOT be extradited to the US to face trumped up charges. This victory should be taken with some caution as no doubt the authorities will try some new trick given that the reasons were on health grounds and the judge basically repeated the lie of all the false accusations made against Assange.

There was in recent days rumours that Trump might pardon Assange and it is possible the Brits decided to not extradite Assange so that they could deny Trump this "victory" and yet they get to keep all the false accusations in place and may even create new fake charges for another go at it later.
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national / environment / press release Saturday December 19, 2020 00:20 by foie
State refuses release of 2020 images recording ongoing turf cutting on protected raised bogs

Machinery at work on 28 protected raised bogs confirmed to Europe by Ireland

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has refused to release images recording ongoing destruction of Ireland’s protected raised bogs during 2020.

The request came from the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] who first brought the activities to the attention of the authorities in 2009. The prohibition on cutting on 56 Special Areas of Conservation {SAC] protected raised bogs was due to take effect in 1998 but was not imposed until 2009. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Thursday December 17, 2020 12:28 by Justin Morahan   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 17, 2020 12:40)
Carmen who worked with the homeless in a New York shelter is banged up. Please write to him on plain white paper with a blue pen and, unbelievably, no pictures allowed even at Christmas. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Monday December 14, 2020 16:03 by Zach Conti
As countries address their debt crises, policy responses can reduce climate change, asserts a new study. “Linking Debt Relief and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Experience,” examines previous debt relief processes to learn how debt and climate responses can work in tandem. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Sunday December 13, 2020 19:09 by foie
The environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment has called on Taoiseach Micheal Martin to clarify the Irish government's position in relation to efforts to allow the EU to subsidize nuclear power plants. According to a document seen by Friends of the Irish environment, several countries, including France, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, want the EU to allow subsidies to nuclear plants in return for backing a higher EU 2030 climate target. However, other countries including Luxembourg and Austria, are rejecting these plans. The position of the Irish government is not clear. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Friday December 11, 2020 23:48 by Zachary Conti
By a vote of 84 to 13, the Senate passed corporate transparency legislation as part of the annual vote on the National Defense Authorization Act. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Friday December 11, 2020 11:55 by foie
Campaigners for opening of Court records claim initial victory
High Court Direction to release records welcomed

A new ‘High Court Practice Direction’ issued by the Court Service on 13 November 2020 has been claimed as an initial victory by campaigners seeking access to Court records after the judicial process is completed. [1]

The Direction issued recently by Mary Irvine, President of the High Court, allows any member of the public to seek access to the written submissions provided to the Court by parties in proceedings after 11 January 2021. read full story / add a comment
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