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By Pepe Escobar – Hong Kong : Posted with permission Deciphering who?s behind the violence leads to a long list of possibilities ?If we burn, you burn with us.? ?Self-destruct

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By Aram Mirzaei Even though I have my doubts over whether Washington will actually withdraw from Syria fully, it seems as if their Kurdish proxies in northern Syria have been

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by George Eliason for The Saker Blog At the beginning of October, I was contacted by the New York Times, @ScottShane for an interview about US President Donald Trump. The

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Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Friday December 07, 2018 12:52 by spark   image 1 image
Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids (SPARK) statement on recent racism by Far Right demo outside the Dail read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday December 07, 2018 04:06 by sp   image 1 image
From fast food workers getting organised to fight for a living wage, to Uber drivers fighting a company infamous for its use of bogus self-employment models, to McDonalds’ workers in the US saying ‘No More’ to sexual harassment, a section of workers traditionally seen as “hard to organise” are proving their willingness to fight. Katia Hancke looks at what this trend represents. read full story / add a comment
David Attenborough at COP 24 pleading with world leaders to do something
international / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Wednesday December 05, 2018 22:50 by pbp   image 1 image
French protests show dangers of relying on carbon taxes to fight climate change says TD

The warning from the COP 24 and the renowned naturalist David Attenborough show we need more than carbon taxes to stop climate change read full story / add a comment
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cork / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Tuesday December 04, 2018 21:11 by sos   image 1 image
Save Our Skibbereen
‏ @SOSkibbereen Dec 3

An Bord Pleanála have ruled in favour of granting permission to the Plastic Factory at #Skibbereen
#WestCork #Cork #Ireland #WildAtlanticWay #PureCork #Skibbereen #WestCork #Cork #ireland #plastic #wildlife #environment #clonakilty #wildatlanticway #purecork #ballydehob read full story / add a comment
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international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday December 03, 2018 22:57 by sp   text 1 comment (last - monday january 14, 2019 23:00)   image 1 image
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring when the rule of Stalinism in Czechoslovakia and in the entire “Eastern Bloc” was threatened. Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Mick Barry looks at the lessons of these explosive events. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Monday December 03, 2018 22:35 by wsm   image 1 image
The WSM has been having a 'big picture' discussion around the housing crisis from which the following points emerged. We are publishing them ahead of the December 1st demonstration in Dublon (14.00 Parnell square). read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday November 29, 2018 23:00 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
This article by Manlio Dinucci on the website VoltaireNet.org reminds us of the carnage brought fought by the US and of it's barbaric underpinnings and they are not just of the most recent election cycles.

It’s a fact, not an analysis, not even an opinion – the « free and open international order» promoted since 1945 by the United States has cost the lives of 20 to 30 million people throughout the world. No President, whoever he may be, has managed to slow the rhythm of this killing machine. read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / press release Wednesday November 28, 2018 23:30 by PBP   image 1 image
The report into the activities of the former Minister, Denis Naughton, on rural broadband is a total whitewash.

Naughton held eighteen meetings, and five dinners with representatives of Granahan McCourt. Minutes of these meetings were not kept and there were often no civil servants present. Yet the company was a bidder for the lucrative broadband contract.

But aside from Naughton’s unusual behaviour, there is an even bigger scandal looming.

Rural broadband was originally supposed to cost some hundreds of millions. But the latest estimate puts that figure at a staggering €3 billion. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / education / event notice Wednesday November 28, 2018 22:57 by anon   image 1 image
In today's society, ‘more education' is marketed as the cure-all for economic and social ills. Conventional wisdom suggests that larger education budgets reduce social exclusion and inequality; that increasing numbers of university graduates turbo-charge growth; and that more classroom learning creates greater mobility. But if these ideas are true, then why has productivity growth slowed at a time when there are more graduates than ever before? Why, then, does social mobility also seem so stubbornly low and inequality so high in this hyper-educated environment? read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Tuesday November 27, 2018 16:04 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
OPEN LETTER: A call for more funding for walking and cycling is needed, but that call to date has lacked clarity on the quality needed and that is having practical effects. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday November 23, 2018 22:00 by 1 of indy   image 2 images
This essay was written by Manuel Garcia, Jr under creative commons license and is republished here as it's message needs wider circulation.

Climate change action would kill imperialism, and that is why we can’t have it in America.

American political power is based on fossil fuels, and the US military is the engine that consumes those fuels to produce that power. So long as there is an American political elite that craves lucrative personal prestige and the ability to dominate internationally, the US economy will be fossil-fueled capitalism that maintains the military colossus that enables and protects those elite ambitions. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / event notice Monday November 19, 2018 22:27 by IPSC   image 1 image
To mark UN International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People 2018, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign presents a free evening dedicated to Palestinian culture at which you can sample Palestinian food, hear live traditional Palestinian music, poetry and prose. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Friday November 16, 2018 00:06 by pbp   image 1 image
Public Meeting: Housing and Homelessness Emergency - Radical Solutions

Mon 19th Nov @ 7:30pm Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin 1

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national / elections / politics / other press Tuesday November 13, 2018 22:03 by wp   image 1 image
LookLeft Magazine on Nov 2nd have published an article on the recent election of the far-right president in Brazil and it is high lighted here to draw attention to this sinister development

The election of the fascist Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil marks the beginning of an intense period of reaction. It also signals the definitive end to the social democratic experiment that began in 2002 with the election of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Sunday November 11, 2018 22:56 by IPSC   image 1 image
Join us on Thursday 15th November for a unique opportunity to hear from and discuss with Aida Touma-Sliman MK, a Palestinian member of the Israel parliament. Ms. Touma-Sliman will discuss the passage of Israel’s new apartheid ‘Nation State’ law in the context of the growth of rightwing extremism in Israel’s domestic and foreign policy, and the efforts to resist this trend.

The public meeting will take place on Thursday 15th November, at 7.30pm in Wynn’s Hotel, 35-39 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1. Entry is free and all are welcome. read full story / add a comment
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cork / environment / event notice Sunday November 11, 2018 00:43 by chase   image 1 image
CHASING ART is an Art Sale (Exhibition) being held in aid of CHASE at the Carrigaline Court Hotel on 29 November with sales starting at 6.30pm. Paintings will be sold at a reduced price on a first come first served basis.

Local artists have very kindly agreed to donate some of their work free of charge and further donations of work are welcome from artists of any category. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Monday November 05, 2018 20:34 by Martin O'Sullivan   image 1 image
National Homeless and Housing Coalition Demonstration
The National Homeless and Housing Coalition have called a national demonstration on the housing crisis to take place on Saturday December 1st at 2pm.

After the massive success of the #RaiseTheRoof rally, on October 3rd. When we had 12,000 on the streets outside Dáil Éireann. read full story / add a comment
Cabhair Christmas Swim - 42 years old this year (2018)!
international / history and heritage / event notice Monday November 05, 2018 15:35 by Sharon.   text 19 comments (last - sunday january 06, 2019 18:02)   image 3 images
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national / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday October 31, 2018 22:16 by Joe Terry   image 1 image
An Anti-war rally will take place at the National Monument Grand Parade Cork at 11 am on Sunday 11th November 2018 read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday October 30, 2018 19:37 by ipsc   image 1 image
In a letter published today in the Irish Times ( https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/israel-and-arms-trade-...78396 ) newspaper, Minister of State Finian McGrath and fifty other Irish TDs and Senators have called for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel, and for “an end to the bi-lateral arms trade between Ireland and the apartheid state”.

In addition to independent Minister McGrath, the signatories include members of Sinn Féin, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Labour, the Green Party, Independents 4 Change and other independent members of the Oireachtas, who condemn “the shooting dead of some 205 [Palestinian] protestors, including 40 children, and wounding of more than 5,000 people by live fire [on the Great March of Return] in Gaza since April”. read full story / add a comment
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