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A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Putin and Erdogan hold joint press conference in Sochi Wed Oct 23, 2019 03:04 | The Saker
Press statement following Russian-Turkish talks http://en.kremlin.ru/events... President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, We thank the President of Turkey for accepting our offer made during a recent telephone conversation, and today he and representatives of his

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offsite link Syria: Dignity, tenacity, and commitment against Western hegemony Tue Oct 22, 2019 22:54 | The Saker
By Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog In a complex situation like the actual one in north and northeast Syria, one has to clarify what is the principal contradiction.

offsite link CHILE the pure and raw truth Tue Oct 22, 2019 22:51 | The Saker
by Ivan Agüin translated by Ana source: http://sakerlatam.es/uncate... Many are surprised with what happened in Chile, how is it possible that this happens in the perfect society of Latin America

offsite link The Lebanese Fall ? Hezbollah?s Latest Challenge Tue Oct 22, 2019 18:48 | The Saker
by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog Hezbollah is facing a new challenge, and this time it is not a military one, but rather political. Perhaps few countries need peaceful

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Tuesday January 29, 2019 - 21:34 by pbp   image 1 image
The Fine Gael led government is trying to break the nurses’ strike with a constant barrage of media propaganda.

They say that the country cannot afford the nurses’ pay claim, as other workers would also start to demand a pay rise if they won.

But Varadkar and Harris showed no difficulty in finding an extra billion euro to fund the National Children’s Hospitals – even though the projected costs grew by three times. Then bizarrely, they agreed to pay an extra half a million to the accountancy company, PWC, to find out why the costs were so high. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Sunday January 27, 2019 - 19:50 by foie
The €500 million proposal to build a Liquified Natural Gas [LNG] terminal on the Shannon Estuary in County Kerry is in the High Court tomorrow because the Planning Appeals Board ignored Ireland’s legal obligation under the Government’s Climate Change legislation. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / other press Tuesday January 15, 2019 - 05:28 by Gemma Rays   video 1 video file
Gemma O'Doherty's Tedx speech in Longford which you never saw a mention of in the MSM. And for good reason! ... read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Friday January 11, 2019 - 18:42 by 1 of indy
This article is being reposted here as it is incredibly important and gives an insight into the larger framework of forces acting on the EU. From this perspective one can see how Brexit is the sabotage operation. Even though a majority voted for Brexit, clearly bigger forces wanted it and as we know the people are usually ignored. As in when in Ireland we had to vote twice on separate occasions in EU referendum before we got the right answer.

The European Union enters 2019 with a mass of unresolved problems, in addition to being torn apart by the most severe contradictions…

The first and main problem is that the EU was created as one of the mechanisms of the US’ control over Western Europe. Without the American Marshall Plan, without opening American markets for European goods, without American troops on the European continent, without NATO, eventually, the European Union wouldn’t be possible. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / health / disability issues / press release Wednesday January 09, 2019 - 21:01 by pbp   image 1 image
Pharmaceutical companies paid out 6.6 million euros to doctors last year. These shocking figures emerged from a voluntary disclosure made by the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, the industry body that represents the drug companies.

The money will influence how doctors prescribe drugs. There is good evidence of a conflict of interest when medical decisions are corrupted by money. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday January 07, 2019 - 00:44 by Justin Morahan   text 2 comments (last - friday may 03, 2019 - 16:03)
Nobel Peace Laureate Maguire gives reasons for nominating thw Wikileaks founder ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Saturday December 22, 2018 - 22:50 by pbp   image 1 image
The Irish political establishment are rallying behind the KBC bank’s eviction of a family in Strokestown. They are shocked by the level of public support for the family and are trying to divert attention from the central issue.

Last Tuesday week, a private security company engaged in a violent attack on elderly people who were ordered to leave their house.

They punched, kicked and pulled people by the ears yet nothing was done to stop them. Instead the Gardai closed off a road to facilitate the eviction.
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national / history and heritage / news report Thursday December 13, 2018 - 23:24 by wp   text 1 comment (last - monday december 17, 2018 - 23:12)   image 2 images
“It is with deep sadness and regret that the Workers Party announces the death of Sean Garland, a life-long comrade, a member of the Party’s Central Executive Committee and one of the people who most influenced and shaped the Workers Party over many decades.

Party President Michael Donnelly has paid tribute to Mr Garland saying that he was “a unique and charismatic individual whose contribution to Irish political life cannot be overestimated”. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday December 11, 2018 - 22:30 by IPSC   image 1 image
On Thursday 6th December, to coincide with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s General Assembly, the Irish Campaign to Boycott the Eurovision in Apartheid Israel 2019 wrote to the Director General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes, Rory Coveney, Strategic Advisor to the Director General, and Michael Kealy, Head of RTÉ’s delegation for Eurovision, asking them to call on the EBU not to broadcast any Eurovision events into Israel’s illegal settlements in occupied Palestine. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday December 11, 2018 - 21:57 by wsm   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 13, 2018 - 05:37)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Many of us have been following the Yellow Vest clashes on the streets of France with great interest and trying to understand this movement that appeared to come from nowhere. It is another story of the pressures of late stage capitalism collapsing the center of politics, a center no longer able to fool more of the people most of the time. A movement made possible by social media but which also reflects the often chaotic ‘apolitics’ of such movements. And worrying in the context of the millions being poured into far right propaganda a movement in which the far-right have made some progress in infiltrating, even if our comrades in France are physically driving them out of the protests.
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international / environment / press release Tuesday December 11, 2018 - 21:21 by gn   image 1 image
Ireland has been singled out as the worst performing country in Europe for taking concrete action to tackle climate change for the second year in a row.

The 2019 Climate Change Performance Index indicates that Ireland has continued along the same climate action trajectory over the past 12 months, placing us 48th of a total of 56 countries examined in the study. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday December 11, 2018 - 21:10 by Irish Cycle   image 5 images
First images showing the detour the National Transport Authority plans to provide for cycling after they remove cycle lanes in Rathmines, the most used arterial cycle route in Dublin.

As IrishCycle.com website reported previously, traffic counts show that in the AM peak last year, there was 1,637 bicycles and 1,325 cars/van, even with the traffic counts happening in November. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / news report Monday December 10, 2018 - 00:08 by Climate Case Ireland   text 1 comment (last - wednesday december 12, 2018 - 09:41)   image 2 images
Climate change has been completely underestimated thanks to the pressure from the Coal & Oil backed deniers that have put such pressure on scientists that they have been afraid to tell the truth and what their gut feelings are about the state of play. The reality is we are past the point of no return and the root problem is capitalism need for endless growth, although that is not addressed here -Indy Editor

Global warming will happen faster than we think
Three trends will combine to hasten it, warn Yangyang Xu, Veerabhadran Ramanathan and David G. Victor.

Prepare for the “new abnormal”. That was what California Governor Jerry Brown told reporters last month, commenting on the deadly wildfires that have plagued the state this year. He’s right. California’s latest crisis builds on years of record-breaking droughts and heatwaves. The rest of the world, too, has had more than its fair share of extreme weather in 2018. The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change announced last week that 157 million more people were exposed to heatwave events in 2017, compared with 2000. ... read full story / add a comment
international / environment / press release Friday December 07, 2018 - 16:25 by foie
Ireland is one of six legal cases brought against Governments worldwide seeking stronger action against national greenhouse gas emissions which are being highlighted today at the UN Climate talks in Katowice, Poland.

Clodagh Daly, speaking on behalf of Climate Case Ireland, joined speakers representing legal challenges against the European Union, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, and the US Federal Government.

The legal actions all aim to ensure that governments deliver the urgent cuts in emissions necessary to avert catastrophic climate change. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Friday December 07, 2018 - 12:52 by spark   image 1 image
Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids (SPARK) statement on recent racism by Far Right demo outside the Dail ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Friday December 07, 2018 - 04:06 by sp   image 1 image
From fast food workers getting organised to fight for a living wage, to Uber drivers fighting a company infamous for its use of bogus self-employment models, to McDonalds’ workers in the US saying ‘No More’ to sexual harassment, a section of workers traditionally seen as “hard to organise” are proving their willingness to fight. Katia Hancke looks at what this trend represents. ... read full story / add a comment
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cork / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Tuesday December 04, 2018 - 21:11 by sos   image 1 image
Save Our Skibbereen
‏ @SOSkibbereen Dec 3

An Bord Pleanála have ruled in favour of granting permission to the Plastic Factory at #Skibbereen
#WestCork #Cork #Ireland #WildAtlanticWay #PureCork #Skibbereen #WestCork #Cork #ireland #plastic #wildlife #environment #clonakilty #wildatlanticway #purecork #ballydehob ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / news report Monday December 03, 2018 - 22:35 by wsm   image 1 image
The WSM has been having a 'big picture' discussion around the housing crisis from which the following points emerged. We are publishing them ahead of the December 1st demonstration in Dublon (14.00 Parnell square). ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday November 29, 2018 - 23:00 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
This article by Manlio Dinucci on the website VoltaireNet.org reminds us of the carnage brought fought by the US and of it's barbaric underpinnings and they are not just of the most recent election cycles.

It’s a fact, not an analysis, not even an opinion – the « free and open international order» promoted since 1945 by the United States has cost the lives of 20 to 30 million people throughout the world. No President, whoever he may be, has managed to slow the rhythm of this killing machine. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / education / event notice Wednesday November 28, 2018 - 22:57 by anon   image 1 image
In today's society, ‘more education' is marketed as the cure-all for economic and social ills. Conventional wisdom suggests that larger education budgets reduce social exclusion and inequality; that increasing numbers of university graduates turbo-charge growth; and that more classroom learning creates greater mobility. But if these ideas are true, then why has productivity growth slowed at a time when there are more graduates than ever before? Why, then, does social mobility also seem so stubbornly low and inequality so high in this hyper-educated environment? ... read full story / add a comment

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