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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/12/16 ? Open Thread Sat Dec 16, 2017 04:00 | Herb Swanson
2017/12/16 04:00:01Welcome 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 Fascism? Surely Not. Fri Dec 15, 2017 21:32 | The Saker
by Vaughan Famularo for the Saker blog Recently, Australia held a plebiscite for the legalisation of Gay Marriage which passed in the affirmative by a reasonable majority of the population.  

offsite link Syrian-Iraqi War Report ? December 15, 2017: Syrian Army Tightens Siege On Beit Jinn Pocket Fri Dec 15, 2017 17:00 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-iraqi-w... The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have deployed a notable force for an operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in

offsite link The Olympic betrayal of Russia Fri Dec 15, 2017 02:12 | The Saker
The IOC?s decision to ban the Russian flag and anthem from the Winter Olympics is grossly discriminatory and makes no legal or moral sense by Alexander Mercouris (cross-posted with Russia

offsite link Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy Fri Dec 15, 2017 01:06 | The Saker
China’s Belt and Road Initiative heralds a new era with mega infrastructure projects dotting the landscape by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author)

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Liberty, the ICCL, and other NGO groups? landmark challenge against the UK Government?s mass surveil... Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:56 | admin

offsite link What Ireland can gain from international guidance on Article 19 UNCRPD Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:53 | Eilionoir Flynn

offsite link Repeal or Replace? Tue Oct 03, 2017 06:31 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link An Abortion Law Immune from Constitutional Review? Thu Sep 28, 2017 20:14 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Should the pro-choice movement support a new constitutional provision on abortion? Wed Sep 27, 2017 16:19 | Eoin Daly

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? American Football 07:03 Sat Dec 16, 2017 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link UK Polling update? 11:40 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Changing hearts and minds? 10:42 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Heads we lose, tails they win 09:40 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The sky has fallen! 08:43 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

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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

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

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international / anti-war / imperialism Sunday December 13, 2015 23:43 by T
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The three routes used by ISIS to transport stolen oil to Turkey

For the past year, there have been numerous reports that ISIS have been transporting the oil they have stolen from Iraq and Syria, to Turkey and this has been greatly facilitated by the Turkish state at the highest levels. It is widely known the oil was being sold and exported by BMZ Ltd owned by Bilal Erdogan, President Erodgan's son. It is extremely unlikely that they are doing this for nothing and tens of millions have probably been siphoned off by the Erdogan family and other key officials and the Turkish economy has no doubt benefitted from an injection of cheap stolen oil sold below world market rates. The Russian Defense Ministry on Dec 2nd revealed the vast scale of the oil smuggling operation which somehow was missed by the NATO/US in the past 2 years.

international / anti-war / imperialism Sunday November 01, 2015 01:27 by T
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In the last two months, the dramatic and sad photographs of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi, and his brother lying dead on the shores on a beach in Turkey have finally opened the curtain very slightly on the horrors and terror of war in Syria. It is hard to conceive the trauma of this family first seeing one of their other brothers beheaded by ISIS jihadists, then to flee and then for this man's wife and two remaining young children to drown in the sea whilst attempting to escape. If you were to listen to politicans from the UK all the way up to the present prime minister, you would think they were doing this so they could scab off the social welfare but as anyone knows, this was the act of a family desperate to flee the terror in their home country and get to safety at all costs. However Aylan Kurdi and his brother and mother aren't the only ones to drown or being killed in war, there are tens of thousands dead.

dublin / housing Monday March 23, 2015 22:56 by Grangegorman squat
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Baliffs, hired thugs and Garda try
to force their way in. Later they turn violent.

A massive eviction is underway in Dublin. It is at the complex of occupied houses and former factory spaces in Grangegorman. Reports indicate that at 7am in the morning a very large number of private security angle grinder their way through one of the metal gates, invaded the area en massed and are erecting barriers (pictured) inside and trying to evict the occupants.

national / bin tax / household tax / water tax Friday February 20, 2015 16:34 by anti-austerity alliance
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When government propaganda fails,
political policing kicks in...

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said “The jailing of these protestors and the arrests in Tallaght is an attack on the right of communities to protest against the imposition of austerity measures, in this case the water charge and meters, which are being imposed by the government despite the massive opposition to them.

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textKalp Atışı 25.Bölüm Fragmanı (22 Aralık Cuma) 18:32 Fri 15 Dec by svxz 0 comments

​22 Aralık Kalp Atışı Fragmanı 25. Bölüm Cuma Kalp Atışı 24. Bölüm özeti; Eylül Ali Asaf’ı kurtarmak için zamanla yarışırken, Sultan’ın kurduğu tuzaklar da gittikçe kötüleşerek devam etmektedir. Bu sefer namlunun ucunda tüm dengeleri değiştirecek biri vardır.Hayatla ölüm arasında, kurtuluşu Ali Asaf’ın ellerinde olan masum biri.Ali Asaf artık İstanbul’un bir başka yüzüyle karşı karşıya ve yepyeni bir dünyanın içindedir.. Eylül ve Ali Asaf’ın büyük aşkı, kurulan bu yeni dünyada var olmaya devam edebilecek mi? Ameliyathaneden gözyaşları içinde çıkan Ali Asaf’a, Eylül destek oluyor. Ali Asaf’ın “Çok üzgünüm, elimden gelen her şeyi yaptım. Özür dilerim” dediği anlarda Eylül, Ali Asaf’ın kurtaramadığı kişinin babası olduğunu görüyor. Kalp Atışı 25.Bölüm Fragmanı (22 Aralık Cuma)

textİstanbullu Gelin 30.Bölüm Fragmanı 18:23 Fri 15 Dec by svvvvvv 0 comments



22 Aralık İstanbullu Gelin Fragmanı 30. Bölüm Cuma Esma kendine ne kadar hâkim olmaya çalışsa da hayatının en önemli kararlarından birini verecektir. 28. Bölüm özeti Kıskançlık Krizi Büyüyor. Esma, Burcu’yu konağa davet ediyor. Gördüklerini sindirmeye çalışan Süreyya ve Faruk birbirleri ile olan daha çetin bir mücadeleye girişirler. Esma’nın hamlesi peş peşe büyük gerilimlerin yaşanmasına sebep olurken Faruk’u hiç beklenmedik bir noktaya getirir. İstemediği şeylerle yüzleşmek zorunda kalan Adem duruma sıra dışı bir tepki verir. Gelen bir misafir konağı fazlasıyla hareketlendirir. Can’ın verdiği bir bilgi Süreyya’nın şok olmasına ve Faruk’la ilgili bazı şeyleri yeniden sorgulamasına sebep olacaktır. İstanbullu Gelin 30.Bölüm Fragmanı (22 Aralık Cuma)

textAşk ve Mavi 46.Bölüm Fragmani 18:02 Fri 15 Dec by eced 0 comments


​22 Aralık Aşk ve Mavi Fragmanı 46. Bölüm Cuma Aşk ve Mavi 45. Bölüm özeti Yarım kalan yanım tamamlandı seninle aşkım.. Ali, otuzlu yaşlarında zengin bir ailenin oğludur. Ahmet adında bir adamı öldürdüğü için uzun yıllar hapis yatmıştır. Hapishanenin son yıllarında mektuplaştığı Mavi ile tahliye olduğu gün tanışır ve ikili hemen evlenmeye karar verir. Mavinin hapishanede onca insan içinde mektuplaşmak için kendisini seçmesi tesadüf değildir. Mavi, yıllar önce ölen Ahmetin kardeşidir. Amacı bu olaydan sonra hayatlarının kâbusa dönmesine neden olan adamı bulup evlendikleri gece öldürmektir; ancak bilmediği bir gerçek vardır. Asıl katil, Alinin abisi Cemaldir. Ali, Cemalin karısı ve çocukları olduğu için suçu üstüne alarak yıllarca onun yerine hapis yatmıştır. Aslında Ali, nikah işlemleri sırasında Mavinin kimliğini görüp her şeyi anlamış; ancak aşkı için susmuştur. Düğün gecesi ise Mavi, Aliyi bıçaklar. Ali ufak bir yarayla kurtulur ve birlikte yaşamak şartıyla Maviden şikâyetçi olmaz. Mavi her ne kadar karşı çıkmaya çalışsa da, ikili arasında imkansız bir aşk başlar. Aşk ve Mavi 46.Bölüm Fragmanı (22 Aralık Cuma)

textA Visit with an H Block Prisoner 00:26 Wed 13 Dec by Michael Steinbertg 0 comments

Last August (1990) I was among a delegation from Irish Northern Aid (Noraid), which visited current prisoners in Long Kesh.

2017protestvsduterte.jpg imageStatement on the Trump Visit to the Philippines 06:27 Sun 19 Nov by Laban ng Masa (LnM) 0 comments

Filipino left coalition condemns Trump's visit, demands end of support for Duterte's human rights abuses

textMeasles Alert 18:51 Wed 15 Nov by Vax Now ! 5 comments

Responding to a recent measles outbreak in which 17 adults and children have been infected with the highly infectious disease , Dr Deirdre Mulholland, Director of Public Health for HSE East, has urged people to get themselves and their dependants vaccinated , saying, “the best protection is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine."
The majority of the patients currently being treated are from north Dublin; five are from Meath, the HSE said today. A spokeswoman for the Measles Outbreak Control Team said that alerts regarding the disease have been sent to all Emergency Departments and GPs in Dublin, and Meath.

textReligious Groups Call for Aid and Debt Relief for Puerto Rico and Dominica 23:49 Sun 22 Oct by Kate Zeller 0 comments

More than 130 faith communities across the United States are praying and acting for hurricane victims ‎during religious services this weekend.

The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont casts his vote - turn out is exceptionally high despite Spanish state violence. imageGood Cop/Bad Cop : Spanish Guardia Civil attack Catalan president's electoral vote centre. 10:17 Sun 01 Oct by iosaf mac diarmada 3 comments

A little over a week ago the Spanish state attempted to take control of the Mossos d'Esquadra the Catalan national police force whose men and women have sworn an oath of fealty to Catalonia and answer to the Catalan government "la Generalitat". The Mossos sidestepped all such attempts.
The Spanish ministry of the Interior ordered the Mossos to cordon off with "do not cross police" tape and guards all potential 6000+ electoral centres. A civil rights movement emerged intent on protecting those centres. Friday afternoon parents and teachers as well as children stayed on.at
At 06h23 this morning I went to the school in my area, known to some as the "Forat". A neighbourhood which has a long and sometimes difficult history of confrontation policing (lives lost or ruined), and is considered by some the anarchist heart of the city. I joined the civil rights movement there.

over 9 million ballot papers have been seized by Spanish police often with scant legality. Here I hold a handful. like many I distribute imageBarcelona kids as human shields for Oct 1 referendum 14:44 Sat 30 Sep by iosaf mac diarmada 3 comments

October 1st, tomorrow at time of writing shall see the "illegal referendum on Catalan independence and conversion to a republic". On September 20th the central Spanish state launched an extraordinary campaign of intimidation and criminalisation. Ministers of the regional government were arrested. Printers were searched and ballot papers confiscated. Websites were closed down. 3 cruise liners hired by the Spanish state provide accommodation to police and paramilitary police drafted in to prevent voting, counting and disemination of information related to the referendum.
I shall later provide more information drawing on the wealth of archived articles on this node of indymedia which I hope and always hoped would explain the route from the fringe to centre of the process of Catalan self-determination. For the moment, the final opinion poll published today shows the intent of 63% of the enfranchised wish to vote & of those 83% will vote yes.

textTake Action: Israel is deporting Irish people visiting Palestine – complain to our goverment 23:01 Mon 25 Sep by ipsc 0 comments

Dear friends, in case you missed this shocking news last week, while en route to occupied Palestine four Irish people were seized by Israeli authorities in Ben Gurion airport and deported. Below is a statement issued by the four deportees which includes a call for you to write to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (minister@dfa.ie) voicing your concerns about this arbitrary expulsion of human rights activist to stop them from bearing witness to the effects of Israel’s apartheid regime

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textGerman Question Discussed by Gralis Dec 15 by Tanjo Fried 0 comments

“If the outgoing government of a multi-party democracy in post-election coalition-finding hangover suddenly begins to insist that it was not in a state crisis, then you know that it is a democracy crisis. More than that, the whole system of democratic capitalism has come to a point where it represents its own fiscal policy, zero hedge, or zero-sum blackmail gambling, in the sense Heinrich Heine said: He who prints ever more money will end up printing ever more ballot sheets. Democracy is like the electronic lamp in the Greek prison cell that never boots up entirely, and reiterates the first stage of its boot process theoretically indefinitely. If Heine, the 19th century poet who did the sanity check over the generation that left Germany´s current national flag and anthem, had been a phombie generation contemporary then he might have put his proverbial haircut advisory in these terms.”

imageSex, Drugs and Rollickin' Roles: Dec 14 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 0 comments

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).

imageThe Not-So-Subtle Art of Protesting: Dec 04 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 0 comments

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.

imageStrikes and Solidarity: Interview with a worker at Irish Rail Dec 02 by wsm 0 comments

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

imageThe October 1917 Revolution and Lenin Nov 27 by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM) 0 comments

Contribution to the Discussion on the Centinnial of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution

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textLap of Ireland 14th December Dec 13 2Wheels 4You 0 comments

In recent years a dear friend was lost to massive heart attack. A young man Paul "Pulit" Carroll, collapsed in his home one evening after work. He would never again regain consciousness and was laid to rest some couple of weeks after.

In his memory and to support his young children, a life long friend who has not only a passion for motorbikes but was also All Ireland champion road racing rider for consecutive years in his motorbike road racing career, Mr Keith Costello will travel the entire country on his motor bike December 14th 2017 to honour his friend and raise funds to support the daughters left behind.

imageIrish Government to appear in court in landmark climate case Dec 11 Friends of Irish Environment 0 comments

“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.

textBDS Movement statement on US decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of apartheid Israel Dec 09 Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign 0 comments

We carry below an official statement from the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the leadership of the global BDS movement. The IPSC has called an emergency lunchtime protest against the move this Friday 8th December between 1pm and 2pm:

imageGovernment Ramming Through PESCO To Drag Us Into EU Army Dec 09 People Before Profit 0 comments

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.

textArchbishop and Evangelical Leader Tell Congress to Protect Puerto Rico in Tax Plans Dec 08 0 comments

As the Senate and House tax plans head to conference committee to reconcile tax plan differences, major religious leaders from Puerto Rico are asking Congress to protect the island from new proposed ‎taxes.

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