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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday February 10, 2015 - 23:15 by wsm   image 1 image
The WSM have written the following article which neatly sums up the various things happening in the news today and brings them together.

This morning squads of Garda around Dublin mounted dawn raids on the houses of water charges protesters over a sit in 3 months ago in Jobstown. At the same time across the city bankers and other speculators named in the HSBC Geneva Private Bank leaks slept soundly in their beds knowing no one was going to be knocking down their door. If you want to understand the nature of power the contrast provides an excellent example.

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international / education / other press Wednesday December 31, 2014 - 19:54 by T   text 2 comments (last - friday january 02, 2015 - 12:23)   image 1 image
This is an extremely important story and should be the final wakeup call to the public at large over the real dangers of weedkillers and GM crops. Even though the study applies to the USA, and generally we have GM food labeling, our animal feeds very likely contain significant amounts of GM crops. Also Roundup itself even on ordinary crops is used widespread both in agriculture and in gardens. It is highly likely we are all regularly exposed to residues of this weedkiller, although in all likelihood at the moment this is probably more prevalent in the USA where the situation is a lot worse. However, there are continual efforts all the time to introduce GM crops into Ireland and both FF and FG have given their support to the corporate lobbyists promoting its use. Hopefully news like this just might stop it in its tracks but it won't do anything for the tens of thousands of families already affected by autism ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Sunday December 14, 2014 - 19:39 by wsm   text 1 comment (last - friday december 19, 2014 - 12:59)   image 1 image
On Thursday night RTE Primetime presented what many have described as a 'regime broadcast', an utterly transparent hatchet job of the anti-Water Charges campaign. This featured, supposedly, an anonymous water meter installer describing being accosted by knife, hatchet, baseball bat, and golf club wielding maniacal protesters – the sinister fringe. The core message transmitted in the program was 'you can protest, but don't protest effectively'. If you watched it (link below), what did you think? ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / other press Friday December 05, 2014 - 19:33 by irate   image 1 image
I'm reproducing this post here because I think it needs wider circulation. I hope the original poster will forgive my boldness but It is an important message that should get out to the widest possible audience.

Basically, under instruction from the EU, we will be giving private investors the interest on 28 billion of bank debt instead of paying it back to the Irish central bank as is currently the case, all with barely a murmur from the Irish media. Meanwhile the distraction storm rages on over a piddling 280 million which MIGHT be repaid to junior bond holders some of which MAY actually be local credit unions etc who are very beneficial to our economy.

Furthermore If interest rates rise in the future we WILL be crucified by huge wasted interest repayments to greedy vulture capitalists. Meanwhile the media have us pissing and moaning over a hypothetical 280 million which MIGHT be repaid mainly to the likes of our own credit unions which will be peanuts compared to these other interest payments most likely going to foreign vulture capitalists ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Tuesday December 02, 2014 - 23:28 by wsm   image 1 image
This article was written by the WSM and appears on their website and is the text for a 4 page PDF leaflet which you are encouraged to print and distribute.

In the face of massive opposition to the water charges, the government have made several clumsy attempts to placate us, while their partners in the media seek to frighten us off the streets. The latest attempt, delivered by Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government in the Dáil on the 19th of November, is the plan to charge us €160 per year for our water and to give ‘eligible households’ a water conservation grant of €100. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Sunday November 16, 2014 - 01:15 by T   image 1 image
This is a repost of an important article on the Irish Left Review website and goes into detail on the connection between the Water Charges and the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is currently being concluded in secret by the EU and US.

*** The water charges can and must be defeated by resistance and non-payment but water, as a human right, must also be secured as a publicly owned and controlled resource universally available. Remember, we had to fight water charges in the 1980’s and again in the 1990’s so let’s make this win a permanent one. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Saturday November 01, 2014 - 01:16 by T   image 1 image
This water charge FAQ from the WSM answers your questions about the water charge and the growing resistance to it. If there is a question you want to ask that is not here or if you think one of the answers could be improved contact us via https://twitter.com/wsmireland or https://www.facebook.com/WorkersSolidarityMovement with your suggestions. ... read full story / add a comment
Peoples News
national / eu / other press Wednesday October 01, 2014 - 22:01 by Gary Boyne   text 1 comment (last - thursday october 02, 2014 - 15:11)   image 1 image
The PEOPLES NEWS contains commentary on developments in the EU from an Irish and democratic perspective ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday September 17, 2014 - 23:08 by fred   text 2 comments (last - sunday october 12, 2014 - 02:57)   image 1 image
It seems the US has realised it can cynically exploit the current Ebola crisis to further increase it's military presence in Africa. Speaking at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama declared: “Faced with this outbreak, the world is looking to the United States and it is a responsibility we are prepared to embrace. We are prepared to take leadership on this.” This is, of course a load of horseshit. It's just an excuse to bolster US military forces in a resource rich region. ... read full story / add a comment
international / education / other press Monday September 15, 2014 - 22:42 by T   text 3 comments (last - thursday september 18, 2014 - 14:14)
The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state.

The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / indymedia ireland / other press Tuesday September 02, 2014 - 02:11 by fred   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 23, 2014 - 22:00)   image 1 image
The Server of the Bristol indymedia IMC has been accessed by court order and all open publishing has been suspended. This coincides with the upcoming NATO meeting in Cardiff and is likely part of a government fishing expedition. The scope of the information accessed by police was far wider than that required to investigate the anonymous posts used as the excuse for the court order served on Bristol IMC's ISP ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / other press Monday August 25, 2014 - 23:37 by Anti-fracking   image 1 image
The Mayo Advertiser carried an article on fracking on Aug 22nd. See below.

Mayo needs to wake up to the reality that the controversial method of extracting natural gas from rock — known as fracking — could soon become a major issue in the county.

That is according to two local Sinn Féin representatives who this week urged the public and political representatives to call on the Government to make its position on fracking clear because a number of Mayo townlands in the Swinford and Charlestown areas have long been flagged as possible fracking sites. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday August 24, 2014 - 06:54 by fred   text 5 comments (last - thursday october 30, 2014 - 07:51)   image 1 image   video 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
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday July 29, 2014 - 23:37 by wsm   image 1 image
The WSM have produced an article that puts in context the way the Palestinian land has been stolen from them by the Israeli state.

For the size of its population Ireland has seen very large Gaza solidarity demonstrations. It is also one of the few places in the world outside the USA where there has been public displays of support for the Israeli military assault. Internationally there are many variations of this map where activists present to their population what the expulsion of the Palestinians from much of the land they once occupied would look like in a local context. One of our members prepared this but we soon realised its an impossible image to post without some reflection on our own settler colonialist past. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Sunday July 20, 2014 - 23:11 by T   text 5 comments (last - saturday august 02, 2014 - 10:14)   image 5 images   video 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
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday July 15, 2014 - 00:48 by T   text 3 comments (last - thursday august 14, 2014 - 19:27)   1 attached file
The Intercept -the website setup by Glenn Greenwald and others this week publishes a new summary of intercept capabilities used by the NSA and Britain's GCHQ, this time covering how the intelligence agencies working on behalf of the surveillance state disrupt public discourse on the Internet and seek to control the Internet.

The revelations cover a range of surveillance tools that are used to spy and collect information and as well as to disrupt individuals computers and to attack websites using the very same tools that the same state has imprisoned hackers for. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday June 14, 2014 - 16:18 by fred   text 17 comments (last - wednesday october 22, 2014 - 00:08)   image 3 images   video 2 video files   audio 1 audio file
Partially fuelled, no doubt, by US and Saudi money and weapons supplied for the fight in Syria, ISIS, a branch of Al Qaeda has routed the Iraqi military in a series of offences across the country, taking control of significant parts of the country. These are the exact same people fighting for freedom and democracy with US and Saudi backing just across the border in Syria. The staggering cynicism of US policy in the middle east and the blatant doublespeak of their media is laid bare by these recent events in Iraq in the last few days. In an article posted to WSWS, Bill van Auken picks through the wreckage ... read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / other press Tuesday April 29, 2014 - 18:57 by Gary Boyne   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 30, 2014 - 19:10)   image 1 image
PEOPLES NEWS – Issue 103 hot off the Press!
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This fortnightly journal contains comment on developments in the EU from an Irish and democratic perspective

Back issues of the newsletter are available from the website http://www.people.ie/english5.html

The Peoples Movement Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/peoplesmovementireland?ref=hl
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday March 25, 2014 - 13:03 by KM   text 3 comments (last - tuesday march 25, 2014 - 23:35)
Looks as if the Ukrainian fascists are starting to outlive their shelf life. Just like the Brownshirts in The Night of the Long Knives they will be cut down by their masters. The hunter gets the bird, the dog that retrieves it gets a pat on the head, in the end a bullet in the head. Videos at he link below.

Notorious Ukrainian right-wing militant leader Aleksandr Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bilyi, has been shot dead during a police raid against his gang, confirmed Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior.

Muzychko was killed in Rovno, western Ukraine, where he coordinated actions of local groups belonging to the nationalist Right Sector movement. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / other press Monday March 24, 2014 - 21:42 by Gary Boyne   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 25, 2014 - 23:26)   image 1 image
THE PEOPLES NEWS contains comment on developments in the EU from an Irish and democratic perspective

Back issues of the newsletter are available from the website http://www.people.ie/english5.html

The Peoples Movement Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/peoplesmovementireland?ref=hl
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