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national / eu / feature Wednesday May 22, 2019 00:13 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
The European elections are this Friday on May 24th and there are good reasons to consider your vote very carefully because it does make a difference because practically every bit of law passed in the EU has to be adopted by Ireland at some point. It is a great way for politicans here to say the "EU forced us to..."
They said that one about the attempt to privatise water during that campaign.

It can be safely assumed that most people are for internet freedom, protection of the environment and in particular to live in places with unpolluted water, clean air and safe from exposure to toxic chemicals. These are all no brainers. In the area of military we have seen how years of bringing democracy to the Middle East by bombing them has resulted in devastation and huge waves of human refugees and immigration and time and time again the nefarious activities of the intellegence agencies of the big powers like USA, UK, France and NATO show them to be heavily linked to the various terrorist groups, via training, funding and weapons supply through third party countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar in order to disrupt and overthrown regimes they don't like. So do people really want Ireland to drop it's neutrality and get aboard these very costly military adventures and volunteer it's soldiers for basically ordained mass murder? At a guess, the answer is probably no. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / press release Monday April 29, 2019 21:49 by pbp   image 1 image
People Before Profit launched their candidates for the upcoming European Elections at a press conference in Dublin today.

The candidates who have been selected by People Before Profit are Gillian Brien- Dublin (www.gillianbrien.ie), Adrienne Wallace- Ireland South (www.adriennewallace.ie) and Cyril Brennan- Midlands-North West (www.cyrilbrennan.ie). read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 24, 2019 11:52 by Derrick Harris   image 3 images
UN to consider the Armenian Genocide read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / press release Wednesday April 17, 2019 17:40 by pm   image 1 image
Tomorrow the European Parliament will vote on a 13 billion military research and development fund, the so called European Defence Fund. One thousand researchers, scientists and academics from twenty-five European countries call on the Parliament to vote against the Fund. They argue that the EU should tackle the root causes of conflict instead of funding military research.

On Thursday the European Parliament votes on a ‘compromise text’ on the European Defence Fund. This would be a significant break with past European policies, as military funding has until now been excluded from the EU budget.

The 1000 researchers warn of the consequences of an R&D programme for new arms technology. "The establishment of an EU military research programme points towards an unprecedented acceleration in the militarisation of the EU," says Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility. "Investing EU funds in military research will not only divert resources from more peaceful areas, but is also likely to
fuel arms races, undermining security in Europe and elsewhere". read full story / add a comment
louth / eu / news report Monday January 14, 2019 22:37 by Sean Crudden   text 1 comment (last - saturday february 02, 2019 16:08)   image 1 image
The workshop will take place from 14:00 to 17:30 on Saturday 26 January 2019 in The Strand Hotel, Omeath, Co. Louth. Keynote speaker is Glenda Byrne proprietor of Strandfield Cafe and Flower Market. We can cater for a maximum of 20 so let us know if you are coming. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Friday January 11, 2019 18:42 by 1 of indy
This article is being reposted here as it is incredibly important and gives an insight into the larger framework of forces acting on the EU. From this perspective one can see how Brexit is the sabotage operation. Even though a majority voted for Brexit, clearly bigger forces wanted it and as we know the people are usually ignored. As in when in Ireland we had to vote twice on separate occasions in EU referendum before we got the right answer.

The European Union enters 2019 with a mass of unresolved problems, in addition to being torn apart by the most severe contradictions…

The first and main problem is that the EU was created as one of the mechanisms of the US’ control over Western Europe. Without the American Marshall Plan, without opening American markets for European goods, without American troops on the European continent, without NATO, eventually, the European Union wouldn’t be possible. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Monday December 10, 2018 07:49 by alexdudek
UN will oblige Germany to pay reparations for occupation of Poland. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / news report Monday July 03, 2017 16:15 by Abby Wilhelm
The European Parliament is set to vote on landmark corporate transparency rules known as "country-by-country" reporting. read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / press release Friday June 23, 2017 17:28 by pn   image 1 image   1 attached file
This issue of People’s News This issue of People’s News has an unusual number of articles on military matters, and regular readers will have noticed that over the past few months these types of articles have steadily increased in number. This reflects the alarmingly rapid development of an EU army and its support mechanisms. It is a development about which there is very little awareness in Ireland, and one that may have serious implications for us all. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / press release Thursday June 08, 2017 22:22 by people   image 1 image
PEOPLE’S NEWS -News Digest of the People’s Movement. No. 168 23 May 2017

Contents of this issue are:
“The EU is in a unique position to provide global security”
Feeding the Casino Economy
“An EU army is a project that would give additional weight to the EU foreign and security policy”
Wake up to TiSA!
Who is Paul Kehoe?
The European Patent Office—a bad employer
The militarist legacy of Enda Kenny
EU trade deals must be ratified by all members
More on Kenny, EU militarisation, and even Brexit
No honeymoon for Macron
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national / eu / press release Saturday November 12, 2016 23:45 by People's Movement   image 1 image   1 attached file
The Nov 7th Issue, No .156 of People's News is now available.

The People's News is News Digest of the People's Movement and comes out approximately every two weeks.

The latest issue focuses on the CETA agreement and also takes a look at so called Humanitarian intervention
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national / eu / news report Tuesday July 26, 2016 22:10 by People's Movement   image 1 image
The latest issue of the bi-monthly Peoples News Issue 151 is out now.

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international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday July 19, 2016 12:08 by VOID NETWORK / athens / greece   text 1 comment (last - saturday august 13, 2016 09:53)
“The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities; how shall the great majorities outside parliament not want to decide? When you play the fiddle at the top of the state, what else is to be expected but that those down below dance”?
- Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, IV (1852) read full story / add a comment
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international / eu / feature Wednesday June 22, 2016 23:18 by 1 of Indymedia   text 6 comments (last - monday may 08, 2017 18:19)   image 2 images
The People's Newsletter from the People's Movement in their bi-monthly newsletter carry an article on Brexit which is topical given that the British go to the polls on it this Thurs 23rd June. The various opinion polls show it to be relatively close.

The article here from the People's Movement puts forward good Left wing arguments why Britain should leave and they are good reasons for Ireland to leave too. The impression given is that the Brexit referendum was agreed to because of political pressure from the people. It is likely though that there are considerable powerful interests within the elite want to leave as they see their chances to be better off in the long run, yet those arguments not discussed here would be more issues within national capitalist faction.

The other article in this months newsletter is read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / news report Saturday May 28, 2016 22:56 by 1 of Indymedia   image 2 images   1 attached file
The regular news digest of the People’s Movement, No. 147 is out now. It can be freely downloaded from the People's movement website and this issue has articles covering TTIP and a trade union view on Brexit. Recently Greenpeace published details of secret negotiations between the EU-US which were leaked and they indicated that EU officials had completely sold out to the US on all their corporate agenda demands. The TTIP agreement is by far and away the most undemocratic agreement ever devised and will shred protections of all kinds and oblierate the sovereignty every state that has this imposed on them. However the mainstream rightwing corporate media is not covering what is in TTIP and simply make false statements that it will bring jobs and growth, where the core issues are central to what it means to how society right across both the EU and US is run. Naturally our own mainstream political parties of FG and FF are completely for this corporate power grab of an agreement. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / press release Monday May 02, 2016 22:39 by FoE
The controversial trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could spell disaster for EU farming and particularly for the Irish beef sector, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe.

The report ‘Trading away EU farmers’ reviews modelling studies carried out in the EU and US on the impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The report concludes that TTIP will massively increase imports from the US, while having far fewer benefits for EU producers. Studies foresee a decline of up to 0.8% for EU agriculture’s contribution to gross domestic product, while US agriculture's contribution to it will increase by 1.9% - a net trade benefit to US interests of over 4 billion euros. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 12, 2016 21:13 by Anthony Coughlan   text 3 comments (last - monday july 24, 2017 12:16)
On 22 January the Financial Times reported that Goldman Sachs, Wall Street, was donating £500,000 towards the anti-Brexit campaign in Britain. This is the same Goldman Sachs as is behind the threatened Tyrrelstown evictions in Dublin. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Saturday February 27, 2016 06:50 by EU-nuch   text 2 comments (last - monday february 29, 2016 23:12)
EU interferes with Irish electoral process by delaying important information that would have educated and informed the Irish electorate prior to casting their votes in the hope that it's preferred parties that "play ball" would do better from public ignorance of the actual results of the policies on citizens of these EU preferred parties. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / other press Wednesday February 10, 2016 22:58 by anon   image 1 image   1 attached file
People's News produced by the People's Movement is published every 2 weeks. The latest issue, No 139 is now available. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Thursday July 16, 2015 05:06 by Astrid Essed   text 5 comments (last - saturday september 12, 2015 11:24)
The die has been cast. The Geek prime minister Tsipras, who won the elections
because of his promise to make an end to Trojka austerity measures, has capitulated,
accepting the hardest EU deal with Greece ever. Shame on him and his party
Syriza, which has lost every credibility. It's a horrible betrayal of OXI, plunging
the Greek people in still worse misery. People of Greece, fight for Freedom! read full story / add a comment
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