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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday July 30, 2010 - 13:10 by pat c 12 comments (last - saturday december 04, 2010 - 14:28) 1 image
While media attention has bee heaped upon Wiki-Leaks, one person has been largely forgotten: Bradley Manning. Private Bradley Manning has been accused of previously supplying information to Wikileaks and is under suspicion of providing the documents which have been released. Bradley is now held in isolation from the outside world, in military detention in Kuwait. Bradley faces, for his alleged actions, up to 52 years imprisonment. Here are two articles regarding Bradley. Full texts at link ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Sunday June 06, 2010 - 07:13 by Bazooka Joe 1 comment (last - monday june 07, 2010 - 04:11) 5 images
According to a Lebanese newspaper report on Saturday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considering travelling to Gaza in order to "break the Israeli blockade.” ... read full story / add a comment
Jim Moody writes on the release of Iranian film maker Jafar Panahi and uses it to illustrate how international solidarity works. Rest of story at link below.
On Tuesday last (May 25), the Iranian regime bowed to growing worldwide pressure over its imprisonment of film director Jafar Panahi and released him on 200 million rials (£14,000) bail. However, he still faces serious charges brought by the regime following gigantic, militant protests over last year’s rigged presidential elections. But at least Iran’s vicious clerics were forced to let Panahi out of the vile Evin prison where he has languished alongside other political prisoners since his arrest in March. Panahi’s release is an encouragement to all those campaigning for democratic rights in Iran in solidarity with its people.... ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday May 19, 2010 - 12:57 by WSM Newsroom 1 image
The WSM and Semora Spraoi callout for the anti-capitalist bloc was reasonably successful - what looked like over 200 people showed up - including banners from the Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminist Group, Seomra Spraoi, Eirigi, the IRSP, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and a student solidarity group. ... read full story / add a comment
Seymour Hersh reveals how US troops are executing pows in Afghanistan. He also speaks about thhow the Bush Adminstration had developed detailed plans for a military attack on Iran. Full text and vid at link.
"I'll tell you right now, one of the great tragedies of my country is that Mr. Obama is looking the other way, because equally horrible things are happening to prisoners, to those we capture in Afghanistan," Hersh said. "They're being executed on the battlefield. It's unbelievable stuff going on there that doesn't necessarily get reported. Things don't change." ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday April 29, 2010 - 10:37 by Mairead O'Shea 21 comments (last - friday may 21, 2010 - 06:42)
The latest recruit to the Labour Party is Mary Harneys buddy Mae Sexton. Sexton was the PD Dail Deputy for Longford up until she was defeated at the last General Election. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday April 28, 2010 - 15:35 by lynn 2 comments (last - friday april 30, 2010 - 11:54)
The courts have recently become a very hotly contested arena in the conflict over Shell's imposition of their unsafe project on Erris. Charges and prosecutions have been coming thick and fast over the last year and a half, but they seem to be more about persecuting campaigners than any concept of justice, and recent weeks have shown a clear bias in the policing of protest. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / other press Sunday April 25, 2010 - 13:31 by WMD 4 comments (last - monday april 26, 2010 - 19:54) 1 image
According to a notice issued by Eamon Ryan's Department of Transport, work is to re start shortly on the Corrib Pipeline. The notice gives a rough outline of plans to survey the estuary, but makes no mention of Shell/Garda security compounds, increased garda and navy presence, dodgy security guards with cameras, and articles in the O'Reily press saying "we need the gas".
Maybe that's a different department... ... read full story / add a comment
An alternative proposal to Chavez's "5th international" ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday April 07, 2010 - 12:43 by Danny Kaplan 9 comments (last - friday april 09, 2010 - 18:03) 1 image
Democracy Now reports: Massacre Caught on Tape: US Military Confirms Authenticity of Their Own Chilling Video Showing Killing of Journalists.
The US military has confirmed the authenticity of newly released video showing US forces indiscriminately firing on Iraqi civilians. On Monday, the website WikiLeaks.org posted footage taken from a US military helicopter in July 2007 as it killed twelve people and wounded two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency, photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday February 05, 2010 - 14:31 by Ciaron O'Reilly 2 comments (last - friday february 05, 2010 - 18:54)
VID 58 minutes - Howard Zinn was an American historian, social critic, and activist. He is best known as author of the best-seller A People’s History of the United States. In one of his last lectures before his death last week, he spoke at Boston University on November 11 2009, on the subject of American “Holy Wars.”
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Professors Mario Barbieri, Maurizio Barbieri & Paola Manduca have prepared a a report which shows that the 2006 and 2009 Israeli bombing has left Gaza in a dangerous copndition for its inhabitants. Not just from unexploded bombs but also from toxic metals in the soils. Full text at link.
The 2006 and 2009 Israeli bombings in Gaza Strip have left a high concentration of toxic metals in the soil. Those metals can cause tumours and problems with fertility, and they can have serious effects on newly born babies, like deformities and genetic pathologies. The metals are in particular tungsten, mercury, molybdenum, cadmium and cobalt.
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national / crime and justice / other press Monday December 07, 2009 - 17:27 by Buck Owen 4 comments (last - sunday march 19, 2017 - 17:16) 1 image
A court has upheld the right of a private citizen to film gardaí. A judge found the person filming to acting lawfully and within his rights, and fined the two members of the Garda Siochána who assaulted him to prevent him filming to have acted illegally. They were given small fines, even though they pleaded not guilty and lied to the court about the nature of the assault.
There is no law against filming anyone in a public place in Ireland, and that includes the police. If they don't want to be caught on camera doing something, then they shouldn't be doing it.
Lastly, can you imagine what the sentence would be for a protester who grabbed a garda and assaulted him to stop him filming? ... read full story / add a comment
Thanks to the SpunOut.ie team, myself and a friend found ourselves with a once in a lifetime opportunity. We had won a competition to see Noam Chomsky speak.
The night to see Chomsky came and we were not sure what to expect, having only Chomsky’s Youtube broadcasts as a rough guide. As soon as he begun speaking though, our imaginations started firing. We listened to a man who spoke about what our hearts had told us, but what the world around us had convinced us not to believe. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday November 20, 2009 - 23:37 by Diet Simon 2 comments (last - sunday november 22, 2009 - 11:46)
"In the heart of this first world I found scenes more reminiscent of the third world.."
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kildare / education / other press Thursday November 19, 2009 - 22:01 by Aidan Rowe 10 comments (last - saturday november 21, 2009 - 12:53)
The Student's Union of NUI Maynooth has confirmed, via email correspondence, that they will not be encouraging NUIM students to support the strike on Tuesday. The full text of the email correspondence is presented below. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday November 09, 2009 - 14:26 by pat c 2 comments (last - thursday november 12, 2009 - 18:40)
An important study which illustrates the paucity of US media reports of civilian deaths in Iraq. hence it is hardly shocking that US citizens are unaware tof the true extent of civilian casualties. Full story at related link.
In February of 2007 Associated Press conducted a survey of 1,002 adults across the United States about their perceptions of the war in Iraq. Whilst the respondents accurately estimated the death toll of U.S. soldiers (the median estimate was 2,974 while the actual toll at the time was 3,100), they grossly underestimated the number of Iraqi civilian casualties (the median answer was 9,890 at a time when several estimates put the toll at least 10 times that number and some as high as 50 times that number). ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Sunday October 11, 2009 - 19:16 by Plebian 4 comments (last - monday october 19, 2009 - 16:21) 1 image
Recent research published in this week's New Scientist and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that 'commons' communities would do a better job of managing forests than state control. Government control generally leads to enclosure (privatisation) and licensing rights for logging, or an expectation that the forest will not last leading to unsustainable exploitation.
Carbon storage potential is especially improved when community organisations and their institutions "incorporate local knowledge and decentralized decision making" to "restrict their consumption of forest products". ... read full story / add a comment
Article analysing the results of the referendum and the current crisis in Irish society. Points to the lessons for the left, the dangers of just calling for a no vote and the prospects for struggle.
It seems to have become the norm here in Ireland for the government to repeat a referendum when it does not like the result of the first ballot. While farcical, these bullying tactics have a proven record of success. For an establishment intent on getting its own way, ‘no’ never really means ‘no’. ... read full story / add a comment
The Socialist Party's analysis of the Lisbon referendum result, titled: "Lisbon victory not endorsement for hated government" is now online.
A significant 2/1 majority, on a higher turnout, passed the Lisbon Treaty overturning the decision of June 2008. It is clear that the economic crisis served to shift opinion across the board to a yes vote because people felt that passing the Treaty might boost Ireland’s prospects for economic recovery.
Last year Lisbon was rejected because people feared the consequences of the changes it brings to the EU and because of a distrust of the political establishment. For a majority this time around the actual Treaty and its contents were secondary to the economic crisis.
Read it all at link below. ... read full story / add a comment