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Irish laws and Catholic church and political cowardice kill women in Ireland ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Thursday November 15, 2012 - 13:41 by Mark Fischer
When is a political tribunal ‘non-political’? Hands Off the People of Iran national secretary Mark Fischer responds to the latest salvo of pro-imperialist apologetics
Hands Off the People of Iran and the Weekly Worker have been sent a document authored by Dariosh Afshar, associate member of the Iran Tribunal’s International Communications Work Group. The Iran Tribunal, set up by exiled anti-regime Iranians, was convened to investigate Tehran’s massacre of some 15,000 political prisoners in the 1980s, but has been shown by Hopi and this paper to be a body that objectively aids the US-led drive to impose - by military or other means - regime change from above on Iran. ... read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Tuesday November 13, 2012 - 15:06 by Brian Nugent 1 comment (last - wednesday november 14, 2012 - 11:11)
Just a look at all the hype involving the 2012 date to see is there anything behind it. This article also describes the general prophecies of the various Churches with regard to the 'End Times' or a time of Divine 'Chastisement' which comes into this question. ... read full story / add a comment
galway / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Saturday November 10, 2012 - 21:56 by GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR 3 comments (last - sunday november 11, 2012 - 23:47) 1 image
1. GAAW CAMPAIGN AGAINST KILLER DRONES
2. OBAMA – NO CHANGE
3. GAAW DEATH CALLERS UNCOVERED
4. THAT NOBEL PEACE PRIZE & THE EU
5. AN END TO THE SYRIAN BLOODBATH?
6. PRESIDENT HIGGINS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE PEACE
7. CIA BOSS RESIGNS! ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday November 09, 2012 - 17:34 by Nick Folley 2 comments (last - saturday november 10, 2012 - 00:35)
Some of the ideological reasons why am voting no and asking others to do so, tomorrow. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday October 29, 2012 - 21:05 by Spartacist 2 comments (last - monday october 29, 2012 - 23:15) 1 video file
Following two years under house arrest in Britain, in mid-June Julian Assange, the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Assange is facing extradition to Sweden on trumped-up allegations of “sexual molestation” and “rape” — which boil down to charges of unprotected sex in what were by all accounts consensual relations — but he rightly fears that this is simply a pretext to facilitate his extradition to the US. By granting him political asylum, Ecuador threw a monkey wrench into the process of handing Assange over to the US imperialists, who are intent on exacting retribution against Assange and WikiLeaks for having lifted the lid, however slightly, on the hideous crimes of US and British imperialism. ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday October 29, 2012 - 19:33 by dole_drums 10 comments (last - saturday december 09, 2017 - 15:25) 1 image 1 video file
The government are currently implementing some rather disgusting changes to the way social welfare recipients are treated. The changes involve orwellian tracking and harassment of people through their mobile phones. These changes need to be resisted, as they are the thin edge of the wedge. Just because you have had no choice but to avail of your legal rights to a social welfare payment to put food on the table, does not make you a criminal and you should not be tracked like one. This is not a police state. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday October 19, 2012 - 18:37 by Diarmuid Breatnach 1 comment (last - sunday october 21, 2012 - 00:01)
We don't have them, not because of any flaw in the Irish character or because the people are supine, or have a high tolerance of distress. We don't have them because revolutionary socialists have not provided the necessary requirements. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 17, 2012 - 18:04 by Socialist Democracy 12 comments (last - wednesday october 24, 2012 - 22:43)
One can only look on in amazement as sections of the Irish Socialist movement self-destruct over its attitude to one individual, independent TD Mick Wallace. As with many other things, the appearance is not the reality. The frantic denunciation of Wallace, and the equally frantic adulation of him only a few months ago, represent very deep and systemic weaknesses that must be overcome if a working class resistance is to be built. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday October 13, 2012 - 00:38 by jim travers 5 comments (last - saturday october 20, 2012 - 21:23) 3 images
We were praying for a miracle but it never materialised. Germany came to Ireland thinking a 1-0 win would be enough to secure its place at the top of the group but found an Irish team just not up for the challenge. After nearly twenty minutes of two touch football all the tell tale signs where there for all to see, we were heading for a complete wipe out. Trap was lost for ideas and the players were just lost. Fifteen minutes before the end of the match I witnessed something I have never seen in an Irish team, they looked lost, dejected and void of any belief in themselves. Has Trap managed his last Irish match or will the FAI continue to whip a dead donkey in hope that the miracle everybody prayed for will will finally come true. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 09, 2012 - 14:50 by Irish Anti-Imperialist 5 comments (last - wednesday october 09, 2013 - 18:58)
Ireland and Libya: Two Sides of the Rentier State
Paper presented at the 2nd James Connolly Day School, 12th November, 2011, Connolly Books, Dublin.
Karl Marx first used the term “rentier state” to describe Britain as a state that lives off the rents on exported capital. Britain exported capital to its empire, and lived off the revenues or rents on this capital. Marx noted that the Working Class in England was very reluctant to seriously oppose the British state, as the rents on capital allowed the state to give the skilled Working Class just enough to make them feel they have something to lose if they rose up against the bourgeoisie. This could not have been the case, if the British state was dependent on revenues from domestic production only.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday October 05, 2012 - 13:27 by Tina Becker 9 comments (last - saturday october 13, 2012 - 23:02) 1 audio file
Norman Paech, a prominent member of the German left party, Die Linke, has joined others in withdrawing his support for the Iran Tribunal after approaches from supporters of Hands Off the People of Iran, reports Tina Becker. This is an edited version of an article recently published on the website of the German magazine Hintergrund1
The Iran Tribunal continues to divide the Iranian left. Yassamine Mather’s articles in the Weekly Worker have been hotly debated in Iran, across Europe and the United States. Since she started to expose the links of the organisers to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a number of organisations and individuals have withdrawn their support. Other groups and parties have split over the issue.
It is therefore timely to take a closer look at the tribunal, its gestation, its corruption - and the fallout from Hopi’s scathing criticism. ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday September 28, 2012 - 20:01 by Sonya Oldham 2 comments (last - saturday october 06, 2012 - 10:11)
It is a child's right to grow up safely and to reach their own potential. Unfortunately this does not always happen, so will this constitutional change provide the impetus and the framework to allow the betterment of children's circumstances? ... read full story / add a comment
antrim / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 26, 2012 - 14:02 by J Keegan 9 comments (last - tuesday april 23, 2013 - 13:22) 1 image
The 28th September 2012 will be the centenary of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant against Home Rule.
Far less well known is the ‘Alternative Ulster Covenant’, signed in October 1913 by some twelve thousand Protestants from County Antrim in support of Home Rule and against partition.
The Alternative Covenant was written by Rev JB Armour and Roger Casement.
A Public Talk on the Alternative Covenant will be held on 3rd October in the Belvedere Hotel, Denmark Street, Dublin, at 7pm. Speakers to include Rev David Frazer and Bill O'Brien. All Welcome. (See http://www.indymedia.ie/article/102491 )
A historical pamphlet discussing not only the Alternative Covenant but also what James Connolly predicted would be a ‘carnival of reaction’, north and south, will be launched on the night. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Monday September 24, 2012 - 23:48 by T 6 comments (last - wednesday september 26, 2012 - 23:23) 1 image
In an interview today on DriveTime on Radio 1 today (~6:30pm), author of "Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010", Fred Harrison was discussing Site Value Tax which is a different form of Property Tax. He was actually speaking later at 7:30 pm in Trinity at a talk: "A FAIR PROPERTY TAX ? – A PUBLIC DEBATE" organised by the 'Smart Taxes Network'. ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday September 22, 2012 - 01:18 by Amy Hall 1 comment (last - sunday september 23, 2012 - 17:59) 1 image
Amy Hall meets outspoken Filipino campaigner Lidy Nacpil, who shares her thoughts on floods, solidarity and ramming home the climate-change message.
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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Friday September 07, 2012 - 06:45 by Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc 1 comment (last - saturday september 08, 2012 - 09:09) 2 images
Historian Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc examines the decision by former members of the Gardaí & RUC to hold a commemoration in Dublin for the members of the RIC / Black and Tan killed during the War of Independence. ... read full story / add a comment
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday September 04, 2012 - 14:42 by John McAnulty 3 comments (last - saturday september 08, 2012 - 03:29)
Observers of the north of Ireland are from time to time caught by surprise when the reality of life here contradicts their belief in a steady progress towards normality. Such a moment came outside a Catholic church in Belfast. A 12th July demonstration by one band playing a hate song went viral on Facebook and led to restrictions on further band processions outside the church. The decision of Orange order bands to break the Parades Commission ruling about marching and playing outside the Church was accompanied by unrestrained expressions of sectarian hatred more or less unlimited in the depths of bigotry that were unleashed. ... read full story / add a comment
international / racism & migration related issues / opinion/analysis Saturday August 25, 2012 - 09:44 by Costas Avramidis 1 image
Racism is definitely not a "new fruit" in Greek society and not a unique phenomenon to this country. I have witnessed it with my own eyes as it manifested throughout the years I was living there so I can share with you a little knowledge of how it ripens.
In Greece being different is not a good thing, as you will suffer a lot if you are a minority! Your life will be a living hell, if you are a woman or find yourself in a minority like being a lesbian, gay, gypsy, Pakistani, Albanian, Egyptian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Nigerian... In other words it will take a lot of effort to escape being discriminated against and that's without mentioning the people that are prepared to stand up for all these people, the likes of socialists, autonomists, anarchists, people that volunteer in NGO's or anyone that cherishes humanism/altruism. For people to fit in, in a land the locals like to call Hellas (and of the sun) to survive within it is to stay silent and live life in a comatose state. ... read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Saturday August 25, 2012 - 07:20 by Adrian Boutureira 2 comments (last - monday august 27, 2012 - 03:37) 1 image
The story that needs to be told about the massacre at the Lonmin mine in South Africa, will not come from the capitalist mainstream media, nor be told by the South African government. The story must come from those of us who wont allow for the critical questions behind the death of so many compañeros go unanswered. This is but a humble contribution towards that aim. ... read full story / add a comment