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offsite link An unpleasant truth for Ukrainians is coming to light Sun Aug 07, 2022 15:54 | The Saker
By Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog Ukrainian forces have threatened civilians by setting up bases and operating weapons systems in populated areas, including schools and hospitals, as they battled

offsite link Spies in the Garden: Purging Our Russian, North Korean, Chinese, and Iranian Plants Sun Aug 07, 2022 04:24 | The Saker
by Jim Wehtje for the Saker Blog Dumping Russian vodka is easy, and you can smash the bottles publicly if outrage need be loudly demonstrated. Banning the soft power of

offsite link The United States responded to Griner?s sentence by kidnapping a Russian Sat Aug 06, 2022 18:23 | The Saker
Vinnik faces virtually life imprisonment in the United States source: https://m.vz.ru/society/202... A Russian national, Alexander Vinnik, who now faces more than 50 years in prison, has been arrested in the

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offsite link The Decline and Fall of the Western Empire Sat Aug 06, 2022 02:13 | The Saker
By Batiushka for The Saker blog Sometime in the future a learned academic will be writing a weighty tome with the title The Decline and Fall of the Western Empire.

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offsite link ?Frankie Boyle is Too Woke to Cancel?: The Weekly Sceptic Interviews Comedian Leo Kearse Mon Aug 08, 2022 13:40 | Will Jones
The third pilot episode of the Weekly Sceptic is now out. Host Nick Dixon interviews comedian Leo Kearse and they discuss Frankie Boyle being too woke to cancel, how to save comedy and much more.
The post “Frankie Boyle is Too Woke to Cancel”: The Weekly Sceptic Interviews Comedian Leo Kearse appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link ?If We Get Covid, So Be It?: Cries of Hypocrisy as Australia Allows Covid-Positive Cricketer to Play... Mon Aug 08, 2022 11:19 | Will Jones
Australia's decision to field a Covid-positive cricketer at the Commonwealth Games has sparked claims of hypocrisy given the country's hard line on lockdowns and its decision to deport Novak Djokovic over the vaccine.
The post “If We Get Covid, So Be It”: Cries of Hypocrisy as Australia Allows Covid-Positive Cricketer to Play Despite Deporting Djokovic Over Vaccine appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link The Lessons of New Zealand?s Failed Zero Covid Strategy Must Be Learned Mon Aug 08, 2022 07:00 | Will Jones
"Ultimately, New Zealand?s Zero Covid strategy was immoral, incoherent and a grand failure," writes Stanford Professor of Medicine Dr Jay Bhattacharya.
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offsite link News Round-Up Mon Aug 08, 2022 01:15 | Will Jones
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link California is Now a Woke Basket Case Whose Rich and Poor Are Fleeing Alike Sun Aug 07, 2022 14:32 | Will Jones
Woke, authoritarian California has become a basket case state where no one (except illegal immigrants, who get showered with freebies) wants to live.
The post California is Now a Woke Basket Case Whose Rich and Poor Are Fleeing Alike appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Thursday March 31, 2016 22:41 by 1 of Indymedia   text 4 comments (last - sunday may 15, 2016 21:51)   image 1 image
We are reproducing this article by Paul Murphy TD from the Socialist Party on the Luas strike because of the lack of balanced coverage in the mainstream press even though this was published 5 days ago.

Luas workers, with their 99% vote for strike action and despite the universal hostility of the media, have shown how pay increases can be won. Their action forced the concession of an offer of up to an 18.7% pay rise over three years by Transdev. 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
ISIS's flag - flying by now over Damascus if Russia had not intervened
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday February 18, 2016 23:13 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
We are reproducing this article which is based on a report from London Evening Standard where the Russiam ambassador to UK reveals the Russians were told by the Western powers back in early summer of 2015 that after the US proclaimed a no-fly zone ISIS would capture Damascus by October 2015.

The importance of this article and revelation hardly mentioned in the mainstream media is how the planned actions of the USA would have directly supported the progress of ISIS and lead to further mass deaths. This is in addition to the direct involvement they already have in training and arming them through their proxies of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Indeed the recent huge wave of refugees into Europe are all from countries previously attacked or destablized by US policies. read full story / add a comment
A section of the NZ, Wellington protest. Src wsws.org
international / economics and finance / other press Wednesday February 10, 2016 23:36 by T   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 10, 2016 23:45)   image 1 image
The undemocratic anti people TTIP agreement between EU-USA has it's counter part in the Pacific region and it is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which is equally as bad. The purpose of the two agreements is to permanently push back democracy and sovereign rights of peoples of huge areas of the world. It is the ultimate global corporate power grab.

Regrettably the TPP was signed by representatives from 12 countries on Feb 4th and on the same day tens of thousands of people protested throughout New Zealand against the formal signing. The signing follows years of secret negotiations between the US, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Approximately 20,000 people marched through Queen Street and thousands rallied outside the SkyCity Casino in Auckland where the deal was signed. Protesters held placards and chanted slogans denouncing the TPP as a power-grab by US-based multinational corporations. 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
dublin / housing / other press Sunday January 24, 2016 02:09 by 1 of Indymedia   video 1 video file
Homeless has steadily risen in the last few years and is now at crisis level. However the state is not interested and likes to imply high rates means the economy is doing well. It actually means we're just being screwed even more. The eviction last week with the full support of the Garda shows where the State's loyalty is and that is with landlords. In this case we have a house abandoned for years, but once they realize there is a squat there no resources are spared to evict people out on the street even if they have to smash up the place to do so. Bottom line is that they would rather wreck a house than have people paying no rent. Notice also how the law doesn't apply to them. See the report below from the WSM.

Monday (Jan 18th) saw an eviction without court order in Dublin involving Garda and private security / builders at Villa Park, Dublin 7. The house had been left abandoned for at least two years according to neighbours before being brought back into use last October by people who needed a home. One of them told us that it was a “Beautiful house that was to be demolished in order to make a new route to warehouse / bakery behind it but neighbours objected and planning permission was refused. The person claiming ownership seemed to be very wealthy and is listed as a director of over 28 companies.” read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Monday January 18, 2016 12:03 by 1 of Indymedia   text 2 comments (last - wednesday february 10, 2016 09:57)   image 3 images
This article by David Gibney from the Right2Water website has been republished here in light of the upcoming water charges protest on this Sat 23rd Jan in advance of the election due in the next few weeks. It highlights the scam and lies around Irish Water and how it is fully intended to privatise it. If and when the TIPP agreement is signed between the EU and USA, privatisation will be unstoppable not just for our water but for all services right across the board.

THERE are three obvious agendas behind the imposition of domestic water charges. If you were to believe the government spin, you’d think it was about conservation.

But the three real reasons are:

Shifting the burden of paying for water from commercial enterprises to households;
Giving tax breaks to the wealthy while imposing water charges on everyone else; and
Lining up the future privatisation of our water industry.

There are a number of ways we can prove the conservation argument is a farce. The first and most obvious is through direct comparison with other countries that already have domestic water charges in place. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / other press Thursday December 03, 2015 22:47 by 1 of Indymedia   text 3 comments (last - monday december 21, 2015 10:02)
Corporate Europe Observatory has investigated the influence of corporate lobbying on EU climate policy and lift the lid on something the corporate media generally refuses to discuss in any real depth.

Articles produced by CEO are important because the mainstream media no longer informs the public, it in fact misleads them, yet an informed public is essential for making informed decisions and for the safe and proper functioning of society.
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Photo MSF. Fires burn in the MSF emergency trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after it was hit and partially destroyed by missiles 03 October 2015.
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday October 19, 2015 22:06 by Stephen Lendman   text 1 comment (last - friday november 06, 2015 14:34)   image 3 images
Changing US explanations following the October 3 Kunduz hospital attack were all lies – willful deception, covering up a deliberate attack on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility.

Pentagon officials knew it was a hospital, yet attacked it anyway – multiple times for over an hour, killing 24 doctors, other medical staff and patients, injuring 37 others.

Make no mistake! This was a deliberately planned war crime. An AP report said “US analysts knew (the) Afghan site was (a) hospital.” read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Thursday August 27, 2015 00:08 by 1 of Indymedia
This is a repost of an article from the WSM. In a further confirmation of the empty nature of electoral democracy its been revealed that the Dublin City Council manager wrote to the company building the controversial Poolbeg incinerator to assure them they could ignore the two city council votes against the project. This after a special meeting when 50 out of 52 councillors voted against the proposal! read full story / add a comment
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national / arts and media / other press Friday August 21, 2015 10:23 by Eugene McCartan   image 1 image
The August Socialist Voice is now available online.

In this issue:
Greek and all European workers paying a heavy price
As events unfold in Greece it’s clear that the EU is determined to make Greek workers pay for the crisis now engulfing the country.
The Greek debt, like the Irish debt, is simply unsustainable and unpayable. The impact and renewed assault on Greek workers will be felt throughout the European Union: it will not be confined or contained within the borders of Greece read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday July 27, 2015 22:49 by 1 of Indymedia   video 1 video file
The WSM has filed this report below of the Dublin protest outside the Turkish embassy last Friday against the massacre in Suruc and at the continual support given to ISIS by the Turkish state.

Dublin protested last night against ISIS and the support it has received to date from the Turkish state. The protest was called by Lookleft in the aftermath of the Suruc bombing. 32 humanitarian volunteers on the way to help in the rebuilding of Kobane were killed in the bombing, at least 2 anarchists were amongst those killed. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / other press Monday July 20, 2015 21:27 by postman   text 2 comments (last - sunday september 20, 2015 13:53)
The controversy over NAMA's sale of the Nothern Ireland loan portfolio, Project Eagle, has not gone away. It suited the Government just fine when the PAC said they would bring NAMA before the committee. - It also suited NAMA, whose polished performance was always going to give them some breathing space, given that the PAC, - no disrespect to any of it's members - just doesn't have the wherewithal to hold them to account. Here is a part of my piece on the workings of NAMA from last Tuesday, when we were debating a Housing Bill . - read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / other press Sunday July 19, 2015 23:09 by No to Fracking   image 1 image
For the first time, a majority of MEPs (338 to 319) has voted in favour of an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe in view of its "risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment, and public health." The MEPs voted in support of Amendment 1 to the Energy Security Strategy report.

However, as the final report as a whole was not adopted, the moratorium on "any new operations involving the exploration or extraction of unconventional fuels within the EU until this is proven to be safe for the environment, citizens, and workers" will not take effect. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Friday July 03, 2015 16:24 by Joe Mcivor
Global Research article on last March's appointment of Roger Carr,Chairman of Europe’s largest arms firm BAE Systems, as Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust.

Last March the Chairman of Europe’s largest arms firm BAE Systems, Roger Carr, was appointed Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust. Will Carr’s close ties to the arms industry “get the best out of the BBC for licence fee payers” as its mission statement promises?

On the trust’s web site we can read the following:

“The BBC exists to serve the public, and its mission is to inform, educate and entertain. The BBC Trust is the governing body of the BBC, and we make sure the BBC delivers that mission.”

For many years, however, the BBC has been caught delivering weapons of mass deception, lying, censoring important stories and engaging in war propaganda on more than one occasion. Here are just a few articles we published about BBC lies and propaganda: read full story / add a comment
Senator John McCain and former US presidential candidate leaving a meeting ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday July 02, 2015 23:04 by Brandon Turbeville   image 1 image
We are reproducing this very important article by Brandon Turbeville from Activist Post in light of the constant stream of propaganda about terrorism and the recent attacks in which unfortunately three Irish people were killed including others who are just as important, in order to show that there is a direct link to US government foreign policy. In turn this foreign policy serves the corporate state which are the same forces pushing things like TTIP and neo liberal policies, austerity, social deprivation, worse working conditions, destruction of the environment and of course the creeping totalitarian state.

When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terroristsdirectly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday June 25, 2015 00:40 by auntiewar   text 2 comments (last - saturday june 27, 2015 13:50)
It’s a rich irony – in fact a richness worth about $7.4 billion, and counting. In the same week that European Union envoys voted to extend trade sanctions on Russia, news emerges from the Paris Air Show that American aviation giant, Boeing, is moving ahead to sell a fleet of its 747 cargo planes – to Russia. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday June 25, 2015 00:30 by auntiewar
Veterans for peace have launched a series of short films as part of a new campaign to highlight the fact that 16 year olds can still be recruited into the army in the UK. They are based on the "action man" character and depict several aspects of war not shown in ordinary adverts. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / other press Monday June 22, 2015 13:18 by Red Banner
Issue 60 of
Red Banner: a magazine of socialist ideas
is out now
€2 / £1.50 from shops or the address above read full story / add a comment
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national / arts and media / other press Thursday May 28, 2015 23:56 by wp   image 1 image
Vol 2 Issue 21 of Look Left magazine is now available is in Easons stores and hundreds of selected newsagents across the country now and is still only €2. Look Left magazine is produced by the Workers Party of Ireland and is a well written and produced regular publication. read full story / add a comment
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