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Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

offsite link Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien

offsite link Interview with Cathal Goulding Mon Dec 26, 2016 17:11 | Cathal Goulding

offsite link Trump, Russia and the CIA Sat Dec 10, 2016 18:23 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Garda corruption: the stripped down truth

offsite link Will Pat Hickey turn up for his trial? Anthony

offsite link Garda breath tests letter Anthony

offsite link Daniel McConnell: Happy to wear establishment blinkers Anthony

offsite link State failing in its duty to enforce law Anthony

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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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mayo / environment Sunday January 20, 2013 00:05 by Niall Harnett
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Art - a Composite of Van Gogh's 'Exercise Yard'
& Munch's 'Scream' by Prisoner Mick Connors.
An insight into prison life in Ireland, namely Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon.

On 21st April 2010 I was convicted of assaulting a number of Gardaí in relation to Shell to Sea protests and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. Remission for good behaviour means that prisoners will have their sentences reduced by a quarter, once you keep your nose clean. I was given credit for 2 weeks time served previously in 2009, before I was bailed out pending my appeal.

So I spent 4 months in jail from April to August in the summer of 2010.

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international / eu Wednesday January 16, 2013 20:28 by OO'C
Where we are on the 40th anniversary of joining the EEC.

This is part one of a two part series and the second article can be found here

The Political Basis of the EU:

All States and aspiring States have their myths of origin. The myth of origin of the EU is that it is a peace project to prevent wars between Germany and France - as if a tendency to go to war is somehow genetically inherited.

The actual facts are however that the first step towards supranational economic integration, the European Coal and Steel Community of 1951, was to facilitate German rearmament at the start of the Cold War with Russia and to reconcile France to that fact. The US wanted a rearmed West Germany inside NATO. This greatly alarmed France which had been occupied by Germany just a few years before.

national / eu Wednesday January 16, 2013 20:25 by OO'C

Irish Referendum Practice from McKenna (1995) to McCrystal (2012).

This is part two of a two part series. To read the first article in the series you can find it here

By Anthony Coughlan

“We will fix that Stalinist body" ... Comment by the late Brian Lenihan TD on the then Referendum Commission, Autumn 2001, in the lead-up to the second Nice Treaty referendum.



And How They Fixed It:
In December 2001 the Fianna Fail Government then in office put a Bill through the Oireachtas (Legislature) amending the 1998 Referendum Act so as to remove from the statutory Referendum Commission its function of setting out in a fair and neutral manner the relevant arguments for and against any proposed constitutional amendment. This was done on the last day before the Oireachtas rose for the Christmas holidays that year, when all stages of the relevant Bill were pushed through the Dail and Seanad in one day, with two days notice to the Opposition. Because of these circumstances this move went virtually unnoticed by the Irish media at the time.

national / miscellaneous Monday December 31, 2012 18:28 by various

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As the year draws to a close, we highlight some of the news stories that made it to the pages of Indymedia during the year. We are certainly living in "interesting times" as old the Chinese curse goes! Events in north Africa and the middle east related to the "fake arab spring" remained in the headlines and also as we head into 2013 the Irish economy is still saddled with enormous burden of debt by a criminal layer of developers, bankers, politicians and an international financial elite dictating to government and the promise of many more austerity budgets to come which will have the effect of stripping away all the social safety nets.


dublin / environment Tuesday December 04, 2012 10:05 by dublin rambler

Our political parties are at it again. They can't seem to stop. They are rezoning land in areas where the County Manager has already strongly opposed it and as usual FF councillors are at the forefront with FG very close behind. You would think that something might change after FF has led this country to economic ruin and has saddled everyone with debt that has nothing to do with them, restarted emigration and condemned the young, old and sick to cutbacks and poverty for an indefinite period with no end in sight. It all just goes to show the huge democratic deficit in this country and the fact that these self-serving political parties and their developer friends don't give a damn about anyone, the environment or our common future. And so we feel it is important to featurize this local but important story below.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors are to vote on a murky rezoning project near Tibradden in the Dublin Mountains on December 10th, which breaches the county development plan and national policy, as well as policy on siting of facilities for older people. Most crucially it breaches the current limits of the no-building areas in the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains, which are a vital amenity for the whole community.

To date a majority of local councillors have been in favour, against the advice of the planners and even the County Manager - but have not explained their reasons for voting yes to this development. It will create a "retirement village" cut off from library, churches and other community contacts: perhaps isolation facility would be a better term. Despite all the scandals, it seems to be "business at usual" over at DL-Rathdown...

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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors are to vote on a murky rezoning project near Tibradden in the Dublin Mountains on December 10th, which breaches the county development plan and national policy, as well as policy on siting of facilities for older people. Most crucially it breaches the current limits of the no-building areas in the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains, which are a vital amenity for the whole community.

To date a majority of local councillors have been in favour, against the advice of the planners and even the County Manager - but have not explained their reasons for voting yes to this development. It will create a "retirement village" cut off from library, churches and other community contacts: perhaps isolation facility would be a better term. Despite all the scandals, it seems to be "business at usual" over at DL-Rathdown...

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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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