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offsite link President Putin?s Speech at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of State Council Meeting Sun Jun 16, 2019 00:01 | Scott
June 14, 2019 http://en.kremlin.ru/events... President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President of Kyrgyzstan, colleagues, I certainly agree with the positive assessments of the activities of our organisation, the SCO, which have just been voiced here. The SCO is indeed

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/06/15 ? Open Thread Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:30 | Herb Swanson
2019/06/15 09:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link ?Nuclear Armageddon? and Geopolitical Simulacrum Sat Jun 15, 2019 08:00 | The Saker
by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog As I have now come to expect, some of the comments posted beneath my last article (and if to be honest, beneath any

offsite link The Poles are braver than the Russians! The President of Poland Sat Jun 15, 2019 04:15 | Scott
by Ruslan Ostashko Translation and subtitles by Eugenia

offsite link The curious case of the tankers Fri Jun 14, 2019 16:49 | The Saker
by Nat South for The Saker Blog I have taken the opportunity to look at the recent incident involving two outbound tankers in the Gulf of Oman. I have got

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Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

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offsite link Human Rights Watch Urges the Human Rights Council to Renew and Strengthen Mandate of UN Commission Tue Mar 12, 2019 21:51 | Human Rights

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For lefties too stubborn to quit

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

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national / housing / press release Monday March 04, 2019 22:02 by pbp
The Fine Gael Minister responsible for housing, Eoghan Murphy, is playing with figures again. He wants to protect his PR image rather than get on with the job of building houses.

He pretends that the numbers who are homeless is ‘just under’ 10,000. But this does not include those registered as rough sleepers or women who are in refuges because of domestic abuse. Nor does it include many of the hidden homeless who are sleeping on sofas in overcrowded conditions. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday March 04, 2019 21:52 by foie
FOREST BIOMASS CHALLENGE TO CO-FIRED PEAT PLANTS

The inclusion of forest biomass as a renewable fuel fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive [RED II], according to Plaintiffs from six different countries in an action filed today in the European General Court in Luxembourg. Each has suffered, in diverse and particular ways, from the consequences of the Directive’s biomass energy policy. read full story / add a comment
galway / animal rights / event notice Monday March 04, 2019 13:11 by Roger Yates
EFFECTIVE AR OUTREACH: A practical workshop for animal rights advocates by Thomas O'Boyle with follow a talk, VEGAN PIONEERS ROCK! by Dr. Roger Yates. NUIG, Wednesday 6th March, 2019. 6-8pm. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Sunday March 03, 2019 12:38 by Joe Terry
“There are at least 40,000 problem gamblers in Ireland”

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday February 28, 2019 23:04 by Julia Reda MP   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 26, 2019 21:55)   video 2 video files
THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO OVERTURN THE EU COPYRIGHT REFORM

In September 2018, MEPs voted for a version of the copyright Directive which will indirectly lead to implementing upload filters on most of the services you use online. The European Parliament’s (EP) Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee Rapporteur, MEP Axel Voss, then started the ‘trilogue negotiations’ – closed-door ‘informal’ negations with the representatives of the EU Member States (Council) and the European Commission (EC). These negotiations resulted in a trilogue agreement in Mid-February 2019. Despite massive criticism, the text has been made even worse than the EP’s proposal. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Thursday February 28, 2019 22:36 by Focus   image 1 image
Focus Ireland has said that new figures reporting a total of 9,987 people homeless in January show the Government is still failing to do enough to ease the crisis.

The figures show a rise of 2.3% (234 people) in one month alone from 9,753 in Dec to 9,987 in Jan 2019.

The figures from the Department of the Environment also show that 3,624 of the number homeless are children (in 1,614 families) read full story / add a comment
national / health / disability issues / news report Thursday February 28, 2019 22:18 by Vaxxer   text 1 comment (last - thursday february 28, 2019 22:23)
Dublin Workers Party councillor, Eilis Ryan, has called for mandatory measles, mumps and rubella injection for school children .
“There has been a clear spike in mumps amongst teenagers born in the period when bogus research linking MMR to autism was published , Cllr Ryan said.

Cllr Ryan's call came after nearly 400 cases were reported this year – including 64 last week.
“Figures released by the HSE today showed that the number to date in 2019 is six times higher than during the same period last year
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national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 27, 2019 23:55 by sw   text 1 comment (last - friday april 05, 2019 13:54)
The context to this letter by Edward Hogan is to highlight the complicity of the Irish government in assisting the US who are directly involved in the murder and terrorizing of the Yemeni population through the provision of bombs, missiles, drones, training. The media have managed to more or less turn a blind eye to this year since it started in 2015. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / summit mobilisations / event notice Wednesday February 27, 2019 23:32 by cpi   image 1 image
Dedicated to Rosa Luxemburg on the centenary of her death.

Speakers: Thea Valentina Gardellin, Clare Daly TD, Kerry Fleck. Chairperson: Laura Duggan.

Central Hall (Rosemary Street), Belfast, Thurs 7th March @ 7pm read full story / add a comment
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monaghan / arts and media / event notice Wednesday February 27, 2019 23:13 by cpi   image 1 image
Charlie Donnelly Winter School, 2019
▶Various venues in Co. Monaghan and Co. Tyrone
Organised by Friends of the International Brigades and the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum read full story / add a comment
dublin / housing / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:53 by séamas carraher
“…the best way to solve homelessness in Dublin would be to provide no beds.” Owen Keegan, Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive read full story / add a comment
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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Friday February 22, 2019 21:11 by pana   image 1 image
The Venezuela Ireland Network is holding a demonstration outside the US Embassy on Saturday 23 February at 1.00pm and PANA is giving it their full support and asking you to attend. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday February 22, 2019 20:44 by IPSC   image 1 image
IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It now takes place in over 200 cities across the world, where events such as lectures, film screenings, direct action, cultural performances, postering, among many more help in grassroots organizing for effective solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday February 22, 2019 10:36 by séamas carraher
You think war was bad for you, well, think again… It’s worse for children; whether they are babies, small children or old enough to carry a gun or a knife and engage in the savagery of modern war… read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday February 21, 2019 21:57 by Joe Terry

“The country will be back to normal in 2053” reveals the thoughts of Jack Kennedy in a future Ireland scenario. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / event notice Wednesday February 20, 2019 22:20 by FridaysForFuture   image 1 image
In 2015, our governments committed in Paris to protecting our future by providing a safe pathway well below 2C with Social and Climate Justice..

Three years have passed, and our future looks bleaker than ever!
The greedy guess that 3C warming is ok. Climate scientists have evidence that even 2C will cause massive starvation, drought, fire tornados, floods, wars and death. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday February 20, 2019 00:36 by wsm   video 1 video file
In the aftermath of the huge march (Sat 9th Feb 2019) in support of the nurses on Saturday the government suddenly found a pay deal it could put on the table, leading to the INMO suspending the strike until that deal is discussed and voted on. read full story / add a comment
national / sci-tech / news report Tuesday February 19, 2019 23:07 by RB
Ireland is going to be one of the first countries to have 5g rolled out. This an extremly important issue that every person needs to know about. Authorities are making health decisions for mass populations without telling us. My aim of this campaign is to raise money in order to get the word out about the issues that come with a 5g rollout. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday February 19, 2019 22:14 by sf-lng
The challenge by Irish environmentalists has proven that the 'New Fortress Energy' Shannon LNG consent process will take years and may now never come to fruition.

'Safety Before LNG' stated that today's decision was to be expected and does not come as any surprise and thanks the 'Friends of the Irish Environment' for fighting to prevent climate chaos from the environmental madness that is the US fracked gas industry. read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Thursday February 14, 2019 20:57 by W   text 6 comments (last - friday may 03, 2019 20:57)   image 1 image   video 3 video files
The Workers’ Party have accused Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney of prioritising Donald Trump’s foreign policy ahead of Irish neutrality. Cllr. Éilis Ryan, the Workers’ Party candidate in May’s European Parliament elections, said:

“Simon Coveney has, for the first time in our history, given formal backing to United States overseas aggression. Successive governments under Fianna Fáil, Labour and the Green Party have facilitated US overseas aggression by allowing the use of Shannon Airport, but this move marks a new departure, leaving behind even the facade of neutrality.

“It flies in the face of the values of anti-colonialism and sovereignty which Irish people are so rightly proud of.” read full story / add a comment
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