Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan
13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips
Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony
Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young
Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft
Irish Left Review >>
Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh
Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien
Interview with Cathal Goulding Mon Dec 26, 2016 17:11 | Cathal Goulding
Trump, Russia and the CIA Sat Dec 10, 2016 18:23 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Spirit of Contradiction >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017
IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017
Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016
The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015
Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015
Dublin Opinion >>
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
NAMA Wine Lake >>
Commemoration Event Poster
A wreath-laying ceremony to honour and remember the three busmen who were killed will take place in Sackville Place on the 4th of December at 11.30 am at the site of the pavement memorial: A Fallen Bouquet.
Forty years have passed since that dark winter evening of Friday, 1st December 1972, when at 7.58 pm, the first ever car bomb exploded in the Republic of Ireland. It occurred beside the famous Dublin landmark, Liberty Hall, where the ITWGU had its headquarters. There were no fatalities but many people were injured. Several minutes later, a second explosion occurred at Sackville Place, off OConnell Street, killing bus driver George Bradshaw, aged 29 and bus conductor Tommy Duffy, aged 23. Both of them were married men. George and his wife Kathleen had two young children. Tommy and his wife had a daughter and Monica was pregnant with their second child.
Three minutes before the first bomb exploded, an anonymous telephone call was made to the 'Belfast Newsletter', giving a warning that bombs planted at Liberty Hall and behind Clerys would explode at 8.05 pm. The person who received the warning told Gardaí that the caller had spoken with a Belfast English-type accent. The warnings came too late as was almost certainly the intention. The result was devastating, two men dead and 127 people injured. Damage to property was extensive.
Justice For the Forgotten |
Answers still outstanding about the Dublin and Monaghan bombings |
Wikipedia page on the bombings |
An Phoblacht article on the unveiling of the memorial to the three CIE workers |
Two demonstrations have been called in light of this tragic death:
Pro-Choice Ireland have called a demonstration for 6 o'clock this evening Wednesday 14th November outside Leinster House.
Action on X in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice has called a candle lit vigil for this Saturday the 17th of November beginning at the Garden of Remembrance at 4 o'clock.
see HERE for event notice.
31 year old Savita Halappanavar died last week after being denied a termination after presenting with a miscarriage. Having originally presented at the hospital with a back pain on October 21st, it was discovered that Savita was miscarrying. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.
Over the course of 3 days in the hospital the doctors refused to carry out an abortion despite there being no hope of survival of the foetus. Savita had requested and abortion several times over the 3 days due to the severe pain she was suffering. She was refused an abortion on the basis that the foetal heartbeat was still beating and that this is a Catholic country. After 3 days the foetal heartbeat stopped and finally the foetus was removed. However Savita developed septicaemia caused by the miscarriage and died on the 28th.
Reaction to news of the death in India - The Times of India
The "Arab Spring" and The Seduction of the Western Left
Paper given at the First Annual Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi Day School, at the Dublin Offices of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, 33 Gardiner Place, Dublin, on the 20th of October, 2012.
I wish to claim, in this paper, that the invasion of Libya set a new precedent in the co-option of Western Left into imperialist adventurism. Following the work of Jean Baudrillard, I will claim that the method used was the age old method of seduction.
Siege of Bani Walid, Day 20: Militia committing genocide |
Communist Party of the Irish Republic Statement on the Ungoing Massacre of Civilians in Bani Walid, Libya. |
Gadaffi Death Chaos Leaves Ntc And Nato Pr Machine With Questions To Be Answered |
Activist Education at the Albert Einstein Institution: A Critical Examination of Elite Cooption of Civil Disobedience |
Lawless Libya: A Racist Régime of Torture and Murder | Gaddafi supporters seize control of Libyan town |
CIA asset , Mahdi al-Harati |
Annual Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi Day School and National Commemoration for All Anti-imperialist Martyrs 20th October |
Protest outside Amnesty International Office for Irish and Libyan Politial Prisoners and Internees |
Libya: Apparent Execution of 53 Gaddafi Supporters |
The strange case of why the Irish anti war movement never marched against the war in Libya |
Why is the Irish Left silent on the Holocaust of Sirte? |
Direct Democracy: The Libyan Experiment |
Libyan humanitarian disaster deepens as NATO, opposition continue offensive |
Documents expose intimate ties between Libyan torturers and CIA, MI6 |
NATO is Slaughtering Civilians Not Saving them in Tripoli Now
Map of Resource Thefts
1,600 billion. That is the figure for Irish Oil & Gas reserves already licensed revealed last Tuesday morning (Sept 11th) in a detailed report from Shell to Sea using the energy corporations own reports and estimates. People in Ireland will see almost no benefits from this incredible wealth because the Irish state gives these reserves to the corporations at the cheapest terms in the world.
In these links, some from ShellToSea and some from Indymedia, one can get an idea of the scale of scandal that lies before us, the deep level of corruption, consequences and how we are all suffering now from the financial crisis -caused by a slightly different form of corruption from much the same layer in Irish society and yet we are being robbed not just of our resources, but the very fabric of our society is being torn apart (health, educational, social & civic) , national sovereignty given away, and our taxes increase to pay for the gambles and speculation of the bankers, developers and bondholders -i.e the elite.
Related Links: ShellToSea
First find the oil, and then raise the taxes | Our oil and gas might as well be off the coast of Brazil for all the good it will do us | News release: Devastating report exposes State's mismanagement of oil & gas resources | News release: New evidence of Shell's covert surveillance emerges | News Release: Rabbitte's betrayal further exposed by Providence's 1.6 bn barrel oil find | Drillers to earn 53bn from Irish oil find | Norwegian Fisherman warns of destruction of seismic survey
Resource Wars: a feature of the 21st century? -shows how the resource theft is a global phenomena |
One Gas Well to Secure Ireland's Energy Supply!!! |
Business as usual for Gardaí trying to smear women in rape tape controversy
- perfect illustration of how the corruption from the whole resource issue permeates into human rights abuses. |
Review of the Corrib Gas Project Oral Hearing |
Farmers group wants Ireland to follow Iceland and burn the bondholders |
Mandate To Default On The Unjust Bank Debt That Is Sinking Our Economy - just like the resource theft, we've been fooled again by being landed with the banking bailout bill
| Press Statement: Wealthy Elite will still have political power after election, says 1% Network
-demonstrates nothing changes. |
Shell to Sea distribute 1000's of 540 billion notes |
The Unfolding Crisis and Ireland's Economic Ruin -Our descent into the financial black hole. |
Students Occupy Department Of Finance -See how the govt brutally attacks our young people because they have to make cuts to save the bankers & speculators losses.
Fracking is the next diaster!
Poland and Fracking - Lessons to be Learned - Ban Fracking In EU |
Fracking in the Lough Allen & Clare Basins |
Renowned Investigative Journalist Greg Palast Talks about Fracking in Enniskillen, Carrick on Shannon and Dublin -link to video of full talk.
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Kalp Atışı 25.Bölüm Fragmanı (22 Aralık Cuma) 18:32 Fri 15 Dec 0 comments
22 Aralık Kalp Atışı Fragmanı 25. Bölüm Cuma Kalp Atışı 24. Bölüm özeti; Eylül Ali Asafı kurtarmak için zamanla yarışırken, Sultanın kurduğu tuzaklar da gittikçe kötüleşerek devam etmektedir. Bu sefer namlunun ucunda tüm dengeleri değiştirecek biri vardır.Hayatla ölüm arasında, kurtuluşu Ali Asafın ellerinde olan masum biri.Ali Asaf artık İstanbulun bir başka yüzüyle karşı karşıya ve yepyeni bir dünyanın içindedir.. Eylül ve Ali Asafın büyük aşkı, kurulan bu yeni dünyada var olmaya devam edebilecek mi? Ameliyathaneden gözyaşları içinde çıkan Ali Asafa, Eylül destek oluyor. Ali Asafın Çok üzgünüm, elimden gelen her şeyi yaptım. Özür dilerim dediği anlarda Eylül, Ali Asafın kurtaramadığı kişinin babası olduğunu görüyor. Kalp Atışı 25.Bölüm Fragmanı (22 Aralık Cuma)
İstanbullu Gelin 30.Bölüm Fragmanı 18:23 Fri 15 Dec 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, Burcuyu konağa davet ediyor. Gördüklerini sindirmeye çalışan Süreyya ve Faruk birbirleri ile olan daha çetin bir mücadeleye girişirler. Esmanın hamlesi peş peşe büyük gerilimlerin yaşanmasına sebep olurken Faruku hiç beklenmedik bir noktaya getirir. İstemediği şeylerle yüzleşmek zorunda kalan Adem duruma sıra dışı bir tepki verir. Gelen bir misafir konağı fazlasıyla hareketlendirir. Canın verdiği bir bilgi Süreyyanın şok olmasına ve Farukla ilgili bazı şeyleri yeniden sorgulamasına sebep olacaktır. İstanbullu Gelin 30.Bölüm Fragmanı (22 Aralık Cuma)
Aşk ve Mavi 46.Bölüm Fragmani 18:02 Fri 15 Dec 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)
A Visit with an H Block Prisoner 00:26 Wed 13 Dec 0 comments
Last August (1990) I was among a delegation from Irish Northern Aid (Noraid), which visited current prisoners in Long Kesh.
Statement on the Trump Visit to the Philippines 06:27 Sun 19 Nov 0 comments
Filipino left coalition condemns Trump's visit, demands end of support for Duterte's human rights abuses
Measles Alert 18:51 Wed 15 Nov 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.
Religious Groups Call for Aid and Debt Relief for Puerto Rico and Dominica 23:49 Sun 22 Oct 0 comments
More than 130 faith communities across the United States are praying and acting for hurricane victims during religious services this weekend.
Good Cop/Bad Cop : Spanish Guardia Civil attack Catalan president's electoral vote centre. 10:17 Sun 01 Oct 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.
Barcelona kids as human shields for Oct 1 referendum 14:44 Sat 30 Sep 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.
Take Action: Israel is deporting Irish people visiting Palestine complain to our goverment 23:01 Mon 25 Sep 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 (email@example.com) voicing your concerns about this arbitrary expulsion of human rights activist to stop them from bearing witness to the effects of Israels apartheid regime
German Question Discussed by Gralis Dec 15 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.
Sex, Drugs and Rollickin' Roles: Dec 14 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).
The Not-So-Subtle Art of Protesting: Dec 04 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.
Strikes and Solidarity: Interview with a worker at Irish Rail Dec 02 0 comments
Irish Rail workers were out on strike recently. Whats 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
The October 1917 Revolution and Lenin Nov 27 0 comments
Contribution to the Discussion on the Centinnial of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution
Lap 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.
Irish 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.
BDS 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:
Government 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.
Archbishop 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.