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international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Thursday December 14, 2017 22:32 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 5 images
Christmas is an ancient feast that has many positive associations for people around the world. While the bible places the birth of Christ in Bethlehem it does not say when, but by the 4th century the Churches in the East were celebrating it on January 6 and the Churches of the West on December 25.
One thing is certain about Christmas is that it is rooted in many traditions and superstitions relating to nature that existed long before Christmas and many have continued in one form or another to the present day. The many strands of Christmas can be seen in the variety of different traditions associated with, or originating in, places all over Europe. These strands are, inter alia, the solstice, the Nativity, Saturnalia, Yuletide, St Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz). read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday December 13, 2017 23:01 by 1 of indy 4 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2018 15:16) 1 image 1 attached file
We are publishing this piece by PANA explaining what PESCO is about and how it means the loss of our neutrality. Unfortunately since then on Dec 7th the Dail voted by 75 to 42 to join PESCO.
Some key points are:
1) PESCO is a binding agreement because it says so. The government claims it is not. It is.
2) PESCO commits us to spending 2% of GDP on military spending by 2022. This is a figure of € 5.5 billion. We currently spend 1/10th of that on defense. This makes a mockery of "fiscal space"
3) PESCO in the event of crisis places under NATO's command. Therefore we are no longer neutral.
4) PESCO is the side door to Ireland joining a EU Army / NATO and would have us involved in "humanitarian" bombing and "peace making" -in other words imposing the demands of the corporate interests that rule above all else.
The Irish Government is considering joining PESCO. This will be one of the most important decisions this FG/Independeny Alliance will ever make. There needs at the very least a serious debate on the issue, and in any genuine debate form all sides in the corporate media. On the evidence so far this is highly improbable, as is their total lack of coverage of the use of Shannon Airport by US troops read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday December 13, 2017 22:11 by Irish Anti War Movement 1 image
The Dail recently voted to join PESCO. This is the first stage of Ireland joining an EU Army. With PESCO we will be under the command of NATO. This would be the end of our neutrality.
It also commits Ireland to spending € 2+ billion on military spending. Currently we spend around a €500 million or about a quarter of that figure.
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national / environment / press release Monday December 11, 2017 21:28 by foie 2 comments (last - wednesday december 27, 2017 20:47) 1 image
“All eyes will now be on what unfolds in Ireland.”
The Irish Government will appear in the High Court on Tuesday (12 December) in relation to its alleged failure to take the required action to avert dangerous climate change. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday December 10, 2017 22:24 by dcc 1 image
The Luas Cross City is a boon for Dublin city but what does it mean for people who cycle along or across this route? Cycling and on-street tram tracks is a safety issue all over the world. In general cyclists learn fast, and realise that they must take greater care around the tracks, and ideally cross them at a large angle, while at the same time be aware of other surrounding traffic. read full story / add a comment
Richard Boyd Barrett TD, has condemned the government with the support of Fianna Fail for tabling a Dail motion this Thursday for Ireland to join the EU PESCO agreement on advanced military and defence cooperation. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / other press Monday December 04, 2017 23:21 by 1 of indy 1 image 1 attached file
This is a repost of an recent article (Dec 1st) by economic analyst and trade unionist Michael Taft on www.tasc.ie covering the good news trend where there is now a trend in Europe of reversing privatisations. And that is certainly something positive. There is a spectre haunting Europe – the spectre of de-privatisation, re-municipalisation, and re-nationalisation. Local, regional and national Governments throughout Europe and in other countries - fed up with high costs, low investment, deteriorating quality and poor working conditions – are taking services back into public control and ownership. For many, privatisation has produced poor results; now they are starting to reverse that process. Public ownership is back on the agenda. read full story / add a comment
Ladxido’be Fundraiser, a group of Mexicans in Ireland, have joined with the Latin America Solidarity Centre to organise a very special cross-cultural event. As part of its worldwide tour to promote solidarity with the earthquake-stricken state, the Oaxaca FilmFest will come to Temple Bar’s Filmbase on Thursday, December 7th. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / press release Monday December 04, 2017 22:29 by sv 1 image 1 attached file
The December 2017 issue of Socialist Voice is out now.
Socialist Voice is produced monthly by the Communist Party of Ireland
Archives for previous issues are available online. read full story / add a comment
Speakers: Lynda Walker and Ernest Walker (recently returned from the centenary celebrations in Russia)
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national / history and heritage / event notice Monday December 04, 2017 20:36 by Sharon. 8 comments (last - wednesday december 27, 2017 23:45) 3 images
First CABHAIR Christmas day swim held in 1976 !
The annual sponsored swim to raise funds for the family and dependants of Irish republican prisoners will , as usual , be held on Christmas day next (Monday 25th December 2017). read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday December 04, 2017 20:33 by wf 2 images 1 attached file
A refusal to release details of the 41 outbreaks of disease on Irish salmon farms reported to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s agencies in 2016 and 2017 is the subject of a petition launched today to the newly established Petitions Committee of the Oireachtas. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Monday December 04, 2017 18:03 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 image
In 1762 Jean Jacques Rousseau published his book, The Social Contract, in which he wrote,
“In Greece, all that the populace had to do, it did for itself; it was constantly assembled in the public square.”
Rousseau was well aware of the importance of public spaces when it came to political change. Indeed, the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 showed the power of the populace against armed guards defending the medieval fortress, armory, and political prison in Paris which at the time represented royal authority. Interestingly enough, the decision had also been taken to replace the Bastille with an open public space and the fortress was demolished within five months. Since then many open public spaces around the world have been the centres of political activity. read full story / add a comment
Warehouse market with artisan stalls, street-food, live music! read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Saturday December 02, 2017 18:47 by wsm 1 image
Irish Rail workers were out on strike recently. What’s going on?
The WSM recently caught up with J, an activist and worker at Irish Rail, to find out.
For background details, see our analysis, "Why Irish Rail workers are right to strike", published here. https://wsm.ie/c/why-irish-rail-workers-are-right-strike read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Monday November 27, 2017 02:52 by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM) 3 images
Contribution to the Discussion on the Centinnial of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution
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international / environment / event notice Saturday November 25, 2017 10:42 by HambiChaosCrew 1 image
The courtcase which gave the Forest of Hambach a little more time to prepeare for cutting season is lost. RWE started today with clearing bushes to prepear for total cutting.
The preparations for an massiv police action are obviously. They announced that they want to evict the whole occupation. We expect them latest on Monday for evictions. They are already in the forest protecting machinery. So we need to mobilise our forces as well. read full story / add a comment
It began when Varadkar told his Fine Gael members that Irish homelessness was ‘low by international standards’. It was followed up by a concerted campaign by state officials attacking the ‘bad behaviour’ and claiming that ‘homelessness is normal.' read full story / add a comment
Final day of the Dublin Cuban Film Festival. Admission is free, courtesy of the Embassy of Cuba. Fatima (103mins) Director: Jorge Perugorria Based on a story by Miguel Barnet, the film’s depicts the life of a young homosexual man in 1920’s Havana. An read full story / add a comment
Day two of the Dublin Cuban Film Festival. Admission is free, courtesy of the Embassy of Cuba. El Camino de la Vida (43mins) Director: Isabel Santos A documentary recalling the extraordinary life of Isabel Álvarez Morán, a Spanish woman now living in Cuba. read full story / add a comment
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