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offsite link Alternative Copy of thesaker.is site is available Thu May 25, 2023 14:38 | Ice-Saker-V6bKu3nz
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offsite link The Saker blog is now frozen Tue Feb 28, 2023 23:55 | The Saker
Dear friends As I have previously announced, we are now “freezing” the blog.  We are also making archives of the blog available for free download in various formats (see below). 

offsite link What do you make of the Russia and China Partnership? Tue Feb 28, 2023 16:26 | The Saker
by Mr. Allen for the Saker blog Over the last few years, we hear leaders from both Russia and China pronouncing that they have formed a relationship where there are

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2023/02/27 ? Open Thread Mon Feb 27, 2023 19:00 | cafe-uploader
2023/02/27 19:00:02Welcome 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 The stage is set for Hybrid World War III Mon Feb 27, 2023 15:50 | The Saker
Pepe Escobar for the Saker blog A powerful feeling rhythms your skin and drums up your soul as you?re immersed in a long walk under persistent snow flurries, pinpointed by

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link RTEs Sarah McInerney ? Fianna Fail supporter? Anthony

offsite link Joe Duffy is dishonest and untrustworthy Anthony

offsite link Robert Watt complaint: Time for decision by SIPO Anthony

offsite link RTE in breach of its own editorial principles Anthony

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Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

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offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

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Lockdown Skeptics

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offsite link Shh, Don?t Mention the Vaccines Wed Jun 19, 2024 13:00 | Dr David Livermore
Covid vaccines were touted as great achievements by Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and the Conservative party. But come the election and silence. Is it an admission that it has all gone sour, asks Prof David Livermore.
The post Shh, Don’t Mention the Vaccines appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link We Need Covid Fine Amnesty, Says Ex-Justice Secretary During Pandemic Wed Jun 19, 2024 11:31 | Will Jones
The Justice Secretary who oversaw the courts during the pandemic has called for an amnesty for the more than 29,000 people given criminal convictions for breaking Covid rules.
The post We Need Covid Fine Amnesty, Says Ex-Justice Secretary During Pandemic appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Why Did the BBC and ITV Decide to Smear Reform With a Baseless Story About Election Manipulation on ... Wed Jun 19, 2024 09:00 | Ben Pile
Why did the BBC and ITV decide to smear Reform ? on the same day! ? with a baseless story about 'bots' boosting their support on social media, asks Ben Pile. It's the latest example of dissenters being smeared by the MSM.
The post Why Did the BBC and ITV Decide to Smear Reform With a Baseless Story About Election Manipulation on Social Media on the Same Day? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Nick Dixon and Toby Young Talk About Reform?s ?Contract? With the British People, England?s Irrepres... Wed Jun 19, 2024 07:00 | Toby Young
In the latest episode of the Weekly Sceptic, the talking points are Reform?s manifesto, Keir Starmer's real plans for Britain and Tony Blair's discovery of his inner TERF.
The post Nick Dixon and Toby Young Talk About Reform?s ?Contract? With the British People, England?s Irrepressible Football Fans and Tony Blair Discovering His Inner TERF appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link News Round-Up Wed Jun 19, 2024 02:16 | Toby Young
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the ?climate emergency?, public health ?crises? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
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Households use 10 per cent of water but expected to pay nearly 80 per cent of costs
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday January 20, 2016 21:53 by right2water   image 1 image   1 attached file
The Right2Water campaign said today (Wednesday January 20th) that water charges are being used to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest in our society. Pointing out that households only use 10 percent of water but are now expected to pay up to 78 percent of all costs while corporations and agriculture use 90 percent of all water but will only pay 22 percent of the costs, Right2Water said that water charges amount to a ‘transfer of wealth’. read full story / add a comment
national / politics / elections / press release Tuesday January 12, 2016 23:10 by foie
STATE QUESTIONED OVER INSURING FISH NOT PEOPLE

Friends of the Irish Environment have had no response to their letter to Minister Simon Coveney questioning his decision to ‘supplement and complement commercial insurance arrangements’ for salmon farms against ‘natural disasters’ and ‘adverse climatic events’ when the State will not do so for people. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Monday January 11, 2016 23:14 by IPRT
IPRT welcomes commencement of legislation to address “damaging and wasteful” practice of imprisonment for fines default

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) strongly welcomes the commencement today (Monday 11 January 2016) by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014, including the introduction of the facility to pay court-ordered fines by instalment, more than 5 years after it was first included in the Fines Act 2010.

IPRT particularly welcomes that imprisonment will be a sanction of “last resort” for fines default, used only when other sanctions have failed. read full story / add a comment
Life Light photo: KC Galway
national / arts and media / press release Wednesday December 30, 2015 22:34 by Kathryn Crowley   image 1 image
An open art project that welcomes participation from anyone affected by a fatality (or injury) on Irish roads. No art skills are required. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday December 24, 2015 20:31 by foie
The Boycott Farmed Salmon campaign has issued a reply to an IFA statement on Friday alleging the campaign was engaging in a ‘smear campaign’. It has published two more pre-slaughter tests confirming the presence of antibiotic, anti-parasitic and anaesthetic chemicals. [1]

In a statement the campaign said it stood entirely behind the publication and accuracy of the pre-slaughter test results for farmed salmon they published on line last week showing the presence of 10 chemicals. The Information Commissioner reversed the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Foods 2012 decision not to release these reports in July of this year. [2]
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Tuesday December 15, 2015 18:51 by Laurence Cox   image 1 image
Volume seven, issue two of Interface, an open-access online journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out on the theme of “movements in post/socialisms”. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Monday December 14, 2015 23:20 by foie   image 1 image
‘I will not touch farmed salmon because it is a totally unnatural product.’

Eamon O’Cuiv, TD, Committee on Agriculture Fisheries and Food, 1 December 2015

Representatives from 12 organisations opposing open pen salmon farms across Ireland have joined together to support the 2015 BOYCOTT FARMED SALMON FOR CHRISTMAS campaign, launched today.

The campaign has as its theme - GIVE A GIFT TO THE ENVIRONMENT THIS CHRISTMAS – DON’T BUY FARMED SALMON.

The campaign website www.wildfish.ie provides information on the dangers of farmed salmon and downloadable stickers for supporters to use to spread the message. read full story / add a comment
galway / housing / press release Sunday December 13, 2015 22:27 by M Garvey
ROPES is a literary journal produced by the students of the MA in Literature and
Publishing at NUI Galway. The theme of the journal this year is independence, and
the ROPES team is seeking poetry, prose and artwork submissions that explore
gaining, losing, rejecting and sustaining independence. ROPES 2016 will be the
journal?s 24th volume and is due out in spring 2016.The journal is entirely
self-funded, and to cover the production costs the young publishers behind ROPES are
seeking to raise €1,500 through the Ireland-based crowdfunding website Fund It. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Wednesday December 09, 2015 22:50 by shannonwatch
Mick Wallace, an independent, democratically elected public representative in Ireland's first house of Parliament, has been arrested and will be brought to Limerick Prison. The reason for his arrest was his attempt, along with Clare Daly TD, to inspect US military planes at Shannon. As his actions were undertaken entirely in the pursuit of peace, Shannonwatch calls for his immediate release.

[Update] TD Mick Wallace has since been granted temporary release from Limerick Prison this afternoon. However TD Clare Daly has now driven to Limerick the prison in an unmarked Garda over her non-payment of a fine in relation to a protest at Shannon Airport. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Sunday December 06, 2015 01:24 by 1 of Indymedia
Thursday, December 3, 10am EST, WikiLeaks releases new secret documents from the huge Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) which is being negotiated by the US, EU and 22 other countries that account for 2/3rds of global GDP. Coinciding with the ongoing climate talks in Paris, the publication touches on issues of crucial relevance including the regulation of energy, industrial development, workers' rights and the natural environment. WikiLeaks is also publishing expert analyses of the documents. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday December 03, 2015 21:58 by pm
The current edition of People's News, dated 22 November 2015, is available for download. The opening lead article discusses "The Myth of Social Europe" documenting the continue attack on workers rights and conditions.

Later one of the more important articles in this newsletter discusses how the CETA is probably more dangerous than the TTIP agreement.

....Importantly, it doesn't matter who has the highest standards to start with: what matters is how the corporations from both sides of the Atlantic will use the regulatory co-operation and ISDS provisions of CETA to lower standards across the board. Also, in both Canada and Europe there are internal processes already deeply committed to the deregulation of environmental, health and labour standards, as well as the privatisation of public services. CETA will speed up the pace of this process in both Europe and Canada.... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Tuesday November 24, 2015 21:47 by sw   image 3 images   1 attached file
We are delighted to announce a new publication entitled Shannon Airport and 21st Century War, edited by Shannonwatch's John Lannon and PANA's Roger Cole. Printed copies of the 48 page booklet are available for €10 by contacting Shannonwatch or PANA. You can also download a PDF version of the booklet read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday November 24, 2015 21:35 by foie
Last year we had alot of coverage in the Irish mainstream news about farmers and individuals being stopped from extracting peat -the reason is because most of our bogs which are wonderful habitats are almost completely destroyed. However we never heard or was it mentioned that there was no attempt to stop the industrial extraction of peat by large private companies yet this does infinitely more damage. It seems there is one law for the people and no law for business interests. If we are going to save our bogs we should at least make the laws applicable to ALL parties. Peat extraction to be exempted from planning permission Press Release - 23 November, 2015 Friends of the Irish Environment The industrial extraction of peat is to be removed from planning controls, according to statements by horticultural peat extraction companies Bulrush and Westland in the High Court on Friday. read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Sunday November 22, 2015 22:43 by siptu
SIPTU and TEEU local authority members working under the management of Irish Water have today (Friday, 20th November) overwhelmingly voted for industrial action to prevent the privatisation of the public water service. Last month, Irish Water said that it intended reduce the local authority workforce in the company by up to 1500 by 2021. The unilateral announcement was in breach of the Service Level Agreement reached with trade union representatives in 2013 which obliged the company to consult with them in relation to any proposed changes in staffing numbers read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Friday November 13, 2015 23:43 by anon
TASC today released an equality analysis of Budget 2016, which analysed both the tax and spending changes. It shows that the tax cuts announced will give the greatest benefit to a single person earning €70,000, which is the same “sweet spot” as last year’s budget.

The report notes that changes announced in the Budget have to be considered in light of the fact that three-quarters of the pre-tax income gains in the last five years have gone those earning €70,000 and above read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Friday November 13, 2015 23:28 by AAA
AAA responds to government claims of ‘grossly out of date’ figures: “Has the government built thousands of new council homes in the last 3 weeks?”

Government should clarify latest up to date figures since October 22nd

The Anti-Austerity Alliance has responded to government claims that figures which show that only 20 council houses have been built this year and zero in the second quarter of the year are ‘grossly out of date’ despite being published by the Department of the Environment on October 22nd. read full story / add a comment
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international / economics and finance / press release Thursday November 12, 2015 23:40 by DDCI   image 1 image
One year after the LuxLeaks scandal, a new report Fifty Shades of Tax Dodging finds that most EU countries continue to uphold secretive tax systems that are riddled with loopholes. The 2015 Stop Tax Dodging report, released in Ireland on 4th November by Debt & Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) scrutinises the role of the EU in the global tax crisis. The Irish chapter of the report details how Ireland announced a gradual phase-out of rules that allowed the controversial ‘Double Irish’ tax avoidance scheme, but continues to allow corporate structures operate systems for tax rulings, transfer pricing and intellectual property that allow multinational corporations to avoid taxes on an enormous scale. read full story / add a comment
Hare coursing "sport": Advertisers pulling out...
international / animal rights / press release Thursday November 05, 2015 19:56 by Ban hare coursing in Ireland   image 5 images

In the latest blow to Ireland's cruel hare coursing, an Australian company has pulled an advertisement from the Irish Coursing Club website. The move came after the Irish Council Against Blood Sports highlighted the animal cruelty involved in coursing.

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national / housing / press release Wednesday November 04, 2015 23:27 by pbp
The lobbying activity of major corporations like Kennedy Wilson on rent controls should not be tolerated, according to Annette Mooney, the People Before Profit representative in Dublin Bay South.

‘There is a large rental sector in this constituency and we have already come across countless cases where people are being effectively evicted because they cannot pay exorbitant demands for rent rises.

‘Rent controls are clearly needed but we now discover that the global real estate company Kennedy Wilson is using economic leverage to influence Irish state policy.

Kennedy Wilson is a huge US company that has become one of the biggest property owners in Ireland since the crash. read full story / add a comment
Map from CommonDreams article (April 2015) The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine: Yemen War as an Opportunity?
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday October 24, 2015 11:49 by shannonwatch   text 3 comments (last - monday october 26, 2015 17:20)   image 1 image
Over the years there have been regular movements of US military refuelling planes through Shannon. The government won't tell us why they land there however. Are they refuelling US military planes just outside Irish airspace? Are they collecting cheap fuel? Are they on their way to warzones to re-fuel fighter jets? read full story / add a comment
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