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national / crime and justice / news report Tuesday January 13, 2015 22:07 by Integrity Ireland 3 comments (last - thursday january 15, 2015 08:58) 1 video file
Integrity Ireland which was setup to expose and fight corruption in our legal
and justice system has written an Open Letter to President Higgins because of
the unprecedented obstalces and obstructions that they have encountered.
The open letter reproduced below is seeking the protection of the Presidential Office in the
event we have to arrest two of our most senior judges for criminal conspiracy on Friday January
30th next.. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Thursday January 08, 2015 15:45 by Crazy Cat 6 comments (last - thursday january 15, 2015 21:33) 1 video file
Where we are now (8/01/2015) read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / feature Saturday November 29, 2014 17:45 by Shane Cassidy 13 comments (last - wednesday june 10, 2015 10:35) 1 video file
This article examines the Transatlantic Free Trade agreement and it's potential repercussions. In 2010 the US mining and gas company, Renco, managed to successfully avoid having to pay compensation to Peruvian locals who were harmed due to pollution by their companies by successfully using a provision of the Peru-US Trade Agreement. Not satisfied with avoiding having to pay compensation, the company has since demanded $800 million from the Peruvian government as they argue that one of the companies they own, Doe Run, was forced into bankruptcy due to an expensive pollution clean-up which the Peruvian government required Doe Run to conduct . read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Monday November 17, 2014 11:37 by anon 8 comments (last - wednesday november 19, 2014 23:12) 1 video file
It is clear that the governments is seeking to split the anti-water charges campaign by modifying the water charges and publicly attacking any violence surrounding the protests. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday November 16, 2014 22:43 by WISE Up Wales 6 comments (last - monday december 08, 2014 13:19) 2 video files
Policing for the G20 summit in Brisbane this past weekend was of overkill proportions. There was very little in the way of serious resistance, the Guardian reported that cops (6,000) outnumbered protesters and only 14 arrests were made. One of these was Irish-Australian Manning and Assange solidarity and anti-war activist Ciaron O'Reilly, who has been held in custody all weekend and will be brought before Brisbane Magistrates on Monday morning. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Wednesday November 12, 2014 22:05 by no to Irish Water 26 comments (last - wednesday december 17, 2014 06:51) 2 video files
The next major Right2Water event is a National Assembly outside the Dail on International Human Rights Day.
This will take place on Wednesday, 10th December 2014 at 1pm.
We will reaffirm our demand that water is recognised as a human right and that the Irish government abolish domestic water charges. Please spread the word..
EVENT: National Assembly
LOCATION: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
UPDATE: Merrion Street blocked off by Garda. Go around to Kildare St.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday November 05, 2014 13:14 by Peter Simple 1 comment (last - thursday november 06, 2014 22:54) 1 video file
A response to Miriam Lord in the Irish Times 23 October 2014:
The big man protecting the little woman. That explains the sexist picture dominating the Irish Times front page on 23 October, of Taoiseach Enda Kenny looking out for Mairia Cahill.
In our patriarchal society men hold the material and physical upper hand. Women often fight back with emotional and psychological weapons. These are being exploited in this fight, but not by men on the one side and women on the other, but by men and women on both sides.
The spouse of First Minister Peter Robinson, Iris, was in an exploitative relationship with a younger man. He is forgotten (I forget his face and name), while Mrs Robinson was publicly rehabilitated by President Mary McAleese and the Queen of England at a live televised public event in Dublin. She received therapy and expiated her sins, while he was left to his own devices. Who cares, f**k him. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / feature Sunday November 02, 2014 00:07 by T 5 comments (last - monday november 10, 2014 23:40) 1 video file
Over 100 separate local demonstrations took place today (Sat Nov 1st) against the Water Charges and for the Right 2 Water. Organisers estimate conservatively that over 150,000 were out on the streets today to send a message to this government that they won't accept paying for water twice and having it privatised later.
People realize that all the false promises and allowances will eventually be dropped and the long term result will be that a privatised water company will prey on the people with massive hikes in charges and big fat bonuses for themselves.
There were protests from Cork & Kerry to Wexford to Dublin to Limerick to Galway to Sligo to Donegal to Cavan to Dundalk and all over the Midlands. There has never been anything like it perhaps since the foundation of the state. The people are truly fed up and are determined and will not be abused by the political technocrats of big Capital that is robbing every social gain our forebears fought hard to get over the past century. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Saturday November 01, 2014 01:49 by T 5 comments (last - sunday november 16, 2014 01:28) 1 video file
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will drive renewal in Europe by supporting renewed growth rates of 1.5% with a boost in economic activity worth €800M! That’s one narrative, the other is that TTIP will undermine our democracy while driving environmental and food safety standards downwards and undermine progress for climate justice. Is it possible that it will do both?
This process has the potential to be a major game-changer for the coming decades, who will benefit, will there be losers and how will all this impact on us in both the Global North and Global South?
Come and join the discussion at the Comhlámh at the #firstweddebates read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 14, 2014 22:34 by fred 3 comments (last - friday october 17, 2014 00:18) 1 video file
A pre election sleight of hand giving out a few pennies to the poor with one hand while taking them back with the other via water charges? Here is some information on some of the changes read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday October 09, 2014 22:53 by Genny 1 video file
Last month, the Manning solidarity crew in Wales and Ireland were back in action, organising a visit to Dublin for Chelsea Manning's Welsh-Irish mother during which Afri (Action from Ireland) hosted a memorial evening for the late Gerry Conlon who died this summer and who met members of Manning's family during a previous trip to Dublin last year. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Sunday September 07, 2014 13:53 by fred 2 comments (last - saturday september 13, 2014 00:13) 1 video file
Why is the current situation in Ukraine happening? Why are the US funding and driving this insane provocative campaign on Russia's doorstep at this time? Why are European leaders shooting themselves in the foot by supporting this instead of building closer economic tioes with Russia? Why are the media in lockstep demonising Putin and Russia. Who benefitted from the downing of MH17 and how? This is an analysis of some of the events in Ukraine and their possible motivations from the lens of US hegemony over Europe,maintaining their position as world reserve currency, and controlling the world's major oil and gas reserves read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday September 01, 2014 04:42 by fred 3 video files
Skilled Orator and frequent thorn in the side of the establishment, MP George Galloway has been attacked while campaigning against Israel's treatment of Gaza. George had just stated that Bradford had been "declared an Israel-free zone" and urged people to reject all Israeli goods, services academics and tourists" when he was attacked by a man shouting about the holocaust read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 24, 2014 06:54 by fred 5 comments (last - thursday october 30, 2014 07:51) 1 video file
Too often in these complex times we get just one side of geopolitical events. And a hugely oversimplified colouring book US version depicting who we are supposed to hate and who we are supposed to align with along with emotive reasons for doing so such as "humanitarian aid" or "bringing democracy" or "preventing a massacre by an evil regime" or "weapons of mass destruction" etc etc. A captive media carries this simplistic and cynical message into every home until we are repeating it to each other in the pubs, during coffee breaks at work and on internet chat fora, twitter and facebook. Rarely do we get to hear the alternative to this manufactured consent and cynical propaganda from the other side. So here it is, the truth behind what is going on in Ukraine from Russian adviser to Putin, Sergei Glaziev read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Sunday August 10, 2014 18:49 by john throne 1 comment (last - sunday august 10, 2014 23:24) 1 video file
While unconditionally opposing the policies of Zionism and their slaughter in Gaza it is important to look at the tactics of Hamas. Does their political, ideological and military tactics, such as firing rockets in Israel weaken or strengthen the Palestinian struggles. There is a difference between an offensive tactic like firing rockets into Israel and a defensive military strategy such as organizing a new intifada around mass collective workers organizations and from this base defend the Palestinian people with armed struggle. John Throne. read full story / add a comment
Today as part of the tactic to highlight the housing crisis in Ireland, members of An Spréach and D8HC carried out a banner drop on Charlemont Street Flats, and Richmond Street. read full story / add a comment
Greystones fishermen protest at bye laws excluding their way of life - Habour has been taken over by Privateers
wicklow / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday August 07, 2014 00:23 by pbp 3 comments (last - monday august 18, 2014 14:31) 1 video file
Greystones Harbour was opened to the public almost two years ago, in November 2012. The marina opened for summer 2013.
However, despite written agreements and promises from the developer, the commercial fishers of Greystones have been refused access to the harbour and promised berths or moorings have not been offered to us.
We are today entering the harbour and landing freshly caught fish, against regulations, as a protest against this continued exclusion from the harbour, which only two weeks ago included the removal of mooring cleats from the harbour’s north pier in order to prevent boats tying up. read full story / add a comment
Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) views the latest developments where preparations for shale gas exploratory drilling has begun in Belcoo as a National, not local issue.
Dr Aedin McLoughlin, Director GEAI, expressed extreme dismay. “Make no mistake about it – any exploratory drilling, with or without hydraulic fracturing, is part of the overall fracking process,” she said. “An exploratory well without hydraulic fracturing leads to more wells with “test fracks”, leading to full fracking as shale gas is extracted. In Belcoo, the first stage is starting, with the industry bleating their mantra, “This is only drilling, it’s not fracking!” When is fracking not fracking? When the industry wants to hide what is obvious – that a good result from this first exploratory well could lead on to more wells and more wells and a full-scale fracking operation with all its environmental and social issues.” read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday July 26, 2014 21:32 by KM 4 comments (last - sunday august 10, 2014 20:50) 1 video file
We were soldiers in a wide variety of units and positions in the Israeli military—a fact we now regret, because, in our service, we found that troops who operate in the occupied territories aren’t the only ones enforcing the mechanisms of control over Palestinian lives. In truth, the entire military is implicated. For that reason, we now refuse to participate in our reserve duties, and we support all those who resist being called to service.
The Israeli Army, a fundamental part of Israelis’ lives, is also the power that rules over the Palestinians living in the territories occupied in 1967. As long as it exists in its current structure, its language and mindset control us: We divide the world into good and evil according to the military’s categories; the military serves as the leading authority in deciding who is valued more and who less in society – who is more responsible for the occupation, who is allowed to vocalize their resistance to it and who isn’t, and how they are allowed to do it. The military plays a central role in every action plan and proposal discussed in the national conversation, which explains the absence of any real discussion of non-military solutions to the conflicts Israel has been locked in with its neighbors. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday July 20, 2014 23:11 by T 5 comments (last - saturday august 02, 2014 10:14) 1 video file
Following a massive ground assault on Shuja’iyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City that cost over 60 people their lives before dawn Sunday, Israeli forces continued airstrikes throughout the afternoon and evening in every part of the Gaza Strip read full story / add a comment