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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

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offsite link The stage is set for Hybrid World War III Mon Feb 27, 2023 15:50 | The Saker
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Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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offsite link President Macron and Our ?Post-Human? Future According to Michel Houellebecq Fri Jul 12, 2024 15:10 | Steven Tucker
Our 'post-human' leaders like Macron, Houellebecq implies, have so successfully destroyed Western civilisation that its people, profoundly depressed by what has occurred, have basically given up living, says Steven Tucker.
The post President Macron and Our ‘Post-Human’ Future According to Michel Houellebecq appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Is it Too Late to Escape From the Tyranny of Central Digital Control? Fri Jul 12, 2024 13:00 | Rob Tyson
Central digital control is growing and the debanking scandal has shown the dangers. As many worry that a Chinese-style "social credit" system is creeping into the West, the Together Association looks at what can be done.
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offsite link Labour Eco-Donor Dale Vince Wages War of Censorship But Guido Fawkes Refuses to Bend Fri Jul 12, 2024 11:21 | Will Jones
Millionaire eco-tycoon Dale Vince appeared to call Hamas "freedom fighters" last year and then waged a war of censorship against any media which reported his words. But the Guido Fawkes blog is standing up to him.
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offsite link The Pandemic Excuse for a Corporatist Coup Fri Jul 12, 2024 09:00 | Jeffrey A. Tucker
A 2007 U.S. Government document has come to light that reveals how the corporatist state was planning to close schools and businesses and lock down in response to a "potential" pandemic way back then, says Jeffrey Tucker.
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offsite link The Tories Had to Be Smashed Fri Jul 12, 2024 07:00 | Dr James Allan
The smashing of the Tories was necessary to allow a genuine Right wing movement to emerge that would actually implement popular conservative policies, says Professor James Allan.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday October 24, 2011 23:01 by Sarah   text 16 comments (last - thursday november 03, 2011 08:24)   image 2 images
"it shall be for the house (Dail and Senate) to determine the appropriate balance between the rights of persons and the public interest..." Okay this is pretty basic - A referendum is needed every time a government wishes to change our constitution - this is because the constitution theoretically exists to protect people from the excesses of any government i.e. any elected government can only work within the confines of what the constitution sets out. This means the constitution belongs to the citizens (i.e. us) not the Government. Whatever government is in power has to get our permission to change it. Lots of things in our constitution are outdated and need to be changed BUT and it's a big BUT we should be really careful of letting it be changed for trivial issues. read full story / add a comment
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET The American Revolution is underway
international / anti-capitalism / feature Monday October 03, 2011 01:34 by T   text 48 comments (last - tuesday december 06, 2011 12:54)   image 93 images   video 44 video files   audio 3 audio files
NEW YORK TIMES: Updated, 3:35 a.m. Sunday | In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon. (After a 2 week corporate media blackout, #occupywallstreet direct action is now front page news) read full story / add a comment
Icons from the War of Terror
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Sunday September 11, 2011 21:08 by T   text 43 comments (last - friday june 21, 2013 01:50)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
On this 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks there are many things to reflect on and in this article we are going to focus on the relationship between 9/11 and the political 'Left'. Today 10 years later, the public particularly in the US seems quite dividved as numerous polls show that a majority of US citizens don't accept the official story and a significant portion believe the government was involved in one form or another. The mainstream media though is still very much on page with the official version of events. The details of the topic itself are divisive and two clear camps have arisen with opposing views and very little common ground between. At this stage many people are simply tired of discussing it and wish to move on. This article does not intend to dwell on the mechanics of the event itself but examine the wider political effects. read full story / add a comment
Tripoli burning
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday August 24, 2011 08:00 by T   text 238 comments (last - tuesday october 25, 2011 13:01)   image 8 images   video 14 video files   1 attached file
The situation in Libya is not what it seems as reported by the mainstream press -the same press that has promoted all the previous wars with some lame excuse or another. The MSM media likes to teach the public to think only in black in white. So if you oppose NATO, you love Gadaffi. Actually it possible to see both as bad. But the long and short of it all is that it really all just amounts to a modern form of the Class War. Notice how our liberties in the West are disappearing along with the social gains achieved over the last century of labor struggles. The Libya things is mainly an oil grab. It is also because Gadaffi was not an obedient dictator and it is also because it had the highest standard of living in Africa and very generous welfare and last but not least it was not adhering to the NeoLiberal agenda and the free market. The same ideology that has ruined all our economies and is being used as the excuse to take away all our gains and make us worker far longer and for less.

So the purpose of this feature is to present the alternative and to provide some background analysis to what is going on and happened so far

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rioters face down police
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday August 16, 2011 22:45 by Ciaron   text 17 comments (last - wednesday november 09, 2011 16:28)   image 7 images   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file   1 attached file

Over the past week at Giuseppe Conlon CW House in Harringey London, we have recieived calls of concern, and requests for explanations, following the rioting and looting over the weekend that started in our borough of Harringey and extended across London and then to regional towns in England.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Wednesday July 27, 2011 22:51 by Diarmuid Breatnach   text 21 comments (last - friday august 19, 2011 09:44)

Maghaberry jail is where Irish Republican prisoners in the Six Counties who did not agree with the Good Friday Agreement remained while the Provisions walked out under the terms of the Agreement. Subsequently their numbers have been swelled by others also opposed to the GFA. Although the British and the Northern Ireland Executive's Justice Minister deny they are political prisoners, they call them "Separate" because they are separated from non-political prisoners within the jail. After broken agreements, ongoing harassment and violent and physically intrusive body searches, the prisoners now escalate their protest campaign.

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IRMS blocking public road
mayo / environment / feature Sunday July 24, 2011 16:38 by j debender   text 4 comments (last - wednesday july 27, 2011 23:24)   image 8 images
Friday 22nd July Shell brought a digger and a port-a-cabin into the existing temporary compound in Aughoose. This is in preparation to start building a permanent compound in Aughoose from which they hope to start digging the tunnel for the pipeline which will connect Ballinaboy refinery to the 70 kms of offshore pipeline. They will come in full force on Monday 25th July, please come up to Mayo and show your support! A mass day of action is planned for Friday 29th July, but come up any time. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / feature Saturday July 02, 2011 22:14 by ArtistKnownasG   text 7 comments (last - friday july 15, 2011 13:22)
It has been said that we live in a business run society which is characterised by business parties masquerading as political parties and a 'political class' that implements policies which more often than not puts the interests of 'big business' ahead of the well being of the general populace. The unprecedented nature of bank bailouts in this country along with continued and debatable payments to bondholders with an apparent absence of serious public consultation let alone a referendum on matters with such wide-ranging and generational consequences seems to lend some credence to this characterisation of modern society. read full story / add a comment
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international / crime and justice / feature Thursday June 30, 2011 23:34 by indyjourno   image 6 images
The Force Research Unit (FRU) was a covert military intelligence unit set up by the British Military of Defence sometime between 1979 and 1981. Its motto was ‘Fishers of Men’. Its remit was to recruit and run double agents in the paramilitary groups in the 6 counties. At its peak the FRU had up to 80 officers and about 100 support staff dealing with hundreds of informers. The FRU were in collusion with loyalist paramilitaries during the 1980’s and 90’s that led to the murder of dozens of catholics including high profile solicitor Pat Finucane. Despite having been exposed in British Tribunals and in the press of collusion with loyalist paramilitary gangs, a rebranded FRU has been involved in illegal operations in Iraq and Libya showing that the British establishment not only knew about the collusion but also actively encouraged it and rewarded those of its officers who were engaged in these activities.
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Minister Joan Burton
national / miscellaneous / feature Thursday June 30, 2011 23:34 by éirígí Sligeach   text 7 comments (last - saturday august 27, 2011 21:20)   image 4 images
Below is the first in a series of articles relating to social welfare within the twenty six counties. Amongst the specific issues dealt with will be cutbacks, 'fraud' and the broken promises and hypocrisy of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition less than 100 days after taking office read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / feature Wednesday June 29, 2011 18:27 by WC   text 8 comments (last - monday july 04, 2011 15:59)   image 1 image
Sunday Independent journalist Jim Cusack has a consistent track record of writing highly dubious stories, based solely on anonymous Garda sources. In the June 19th edition of the newspaper, he makes a lame but insidious attempt to mitigate the behaviour of the Gardaí in Co Mayo who recorded themselves talking about raping women in their custody last March. He claims to have been shown new video footage, supposedly of the incident on March 31st, and this forms the basis of his article. Unfortunately for him, this footage, if it exists at all, is clearly not a recording of the incident in question. read full story / add a comment
The evidence Quinn failed to acknowledge - on the front page of report handed to him on 24 May 2011
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday June 24, 2011 17:58 by Derek Leinster   text 5 comments (last - wednesday july 06, 2011 14:09)   image 16 images   3 attached files
In letters to Joe Costello TD and Bethany Home Survivors Chairperson, Derek Leinster (attached), Ruairi Quinn TD, Minister for Education, turned down the survivors' request to have the Home included in the Schedule to the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

They met the Minister on 24 May last, accompanied by other survivors from the home, and by Niall Meehan from Griffith College Dublin. Inclusion is necessary in order for survivors to apply for compensation for the neglect they suffered in the home that the state was aware of but ignored. read full story / add a comment
Robin Hood Tax in Ireland is getting off the ground
national / anti-capitalism / feature Monday June 20, 2011 21:48 by Robin Hood   image 1 image
The Robin Hood Tax will stage a global day of action on June 22nd. As a fledgling group, Robin Hood Tax (Ireland) will initiate an email campaign aimed at our TDs asking them to support a Robin Hood Tax in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / feature Friday June 17, 2011 19:04 by eeekkk   text 19 comments (last - sunday december 15, 2019 09:26)   image 21 images   video 8 video files
They don't represent us! Rights are won, not given! We are not commodities! It is not a crisis, it is a con! If you take our future, we will take the city! We are the children of comfort but we will not be parents of conformity! read full story / add a comment
Queen meets president of Republic
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Sunday June 05, 2011 00:07 by Diarmuid Breatnach   text 17 comments (last - friday august 05, 2011 12:47)   image 2 images
As Elizabeth Windsor's visit moves into history it is time to analyse the reasons for the visit and what happened during it: the small protests, the massive restrictions on movement in Ireland's capital city, the huge violations of the right to protest, read full story / add a comment
M25 - #greekrevolution
international / anti-capitalism / feature Friday May 27, 2011 13:55 by #GREEKREVOLUTION - M25   text 37 comments (last - thursday october 20, 2011 09:48)   image 51 images   video 23 video files
Yesterday was a beautiful beautiful day and a very very important one. 10 days after the "Spanish Revolution" kicked off peacefully all over Spain, it has been replicated massively in the homeland of Democracy, Greece. Yesterdat, M25, 20,000 people took to the streets and squares all over Greece... 7,000 alone and absolutely peaceful in Constitution square in athens. They have been inspired by Spain and the simple core idea of the movement; That we have had enough, that we are "indignant", we will not take it any more, its time to stand up, take to the streets, occupy squares, create a "true democracy"... and hope that the Spark of peaceful Revoution spreads all over this little planet...

Follow the #GREEKREVOLUTION as it unfolds and spreads...

Real democracy Greece - http://real-democracy.gr/
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Irish people like the blue pill! :-)
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday May 26, 2011 12:33 by T   text 7 comments (last - monday january 16, 2012 12:23)   image 3 images
The country yesterday was abuzz with the visit of Obama to Ireland and the mainstream was aglow covering the event. There is no doubt he is popular in Ireland as evidenced by the tens of thousands who queued up and turned out to see him and went through airport type security to get a closer look. I would suppose there are two reasons for this and one is that everyone wants to be seen and associated with success and the other is that Irish people seem to get very proud of their country and want to show it off when important people or visitors in general show up. read full story / add a comment
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national / miscellaneous / feature Tuesday May 24, 2011 17:06 by WC   text 4 comments (last - tuesday june 28, 2011 13:56)   image 1 image
The official Garda response to the release of the ‘rape tape’ last month was contrite and sympathetic, in accordance with the public mood of outrage. But behind the scenes, familiar tactics were deployed: Gardaí used the media to try to divert attention from the recording by maligning the women who released it. And while there was a lame attempt to blame the women for delaying the investigation in the first week, it now transpires that the Sergeant at the centre of affair still has not been interviewed by the Garda Ombudsman. read full story / add a comment
Tahrir comes to Spain  #spanishrevolution
international / anti-capitalism / feature Saturday May 21, 2011 14:24 by s   text 40 comments (last - sunday october 09, 2011 11:15)   image 62 images   video 16 video files
Pissed off with very high unemployment, a political system which is not working, a feeling that banks and the markets matter more than life itself, the youth, unemployed and precarious of Spain launched their revolt last Sunday. Three days on and many squares in the country are occupied and movements are building up under the banner of "Democracy Real, Ya! (Real Democracy, Now!) read full story / add a comment
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