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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

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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
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Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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offsite link ?The Met Police Are Making No-Go Areas for Jews? Sat Apr 20, 2024 17:00 | Will Jones
A Jewish campaigner who was threatened with being arrested by the police for being near a pro-Palestine march has accused the Met of allowing "no-go zones for Jews".
The post ?The Met Police Are Making No-Go Areas for Jews? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link It isn?t Just the Cass Review that Dawn Butler has Spread Disinformation About Sat Apr 20, 2024 14:53 | Toby Young
In yesterday's Times, Dr Hillary Cass accused Dawn Butler of spreading 'straight disinformation' in the House of Commons about her review. This isn't the first time the MP for Brent Central has misled the Commons.
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offsite link Liz Truss: Ludicrous Claim that Net Zero Will Boost the Economy is Wishful Thinking Sat Apr 20, 2024 13:00 | Will Jones
Former Prime Minister Liz Truss has written in the Telegraph to counter "ludicrous claims" that pursuing Net Zero will boost the economy and drive growth, calling it "patently not true and wishful thinking".
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offsite link ?As a Woman of Colour, Take it From Me: DEI is Just Woke Indoctrination? Sat Apr 20, 2024 11:00 | Will Jones
DEI initiatives and woke ideology are not making workplaces friendlier but hostile to anyone not fully on board with them, writes Raquel Rosario Sánchez. "The pitfalls are not theoretical to me ? I?ve lived them."
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offsite link The Government Shouldn?t Ban Me From Having a Smartphone Sat Apr 20, 2024 09:00 | Jack Watson
The Government appears set to bring in restrictions on children's and teenagers' access to smartphones and social media. Jack Watson, who's 15, objects to this potential restriction on his freedom.
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national / arts and media / feature Friday July 09, 2010 10:34 by eeekkk   text 2 comments (last - thursday july 08, 2010 15:49)   image 6 images   video 1 video file
Joe Higgins MEP has initiated a European Wide Week of Protest & Solidarity
national / anti-capitalism / feature Thursday June 17, 2010 22:49 by Joe Higgins MEP   text 11 comments (last - wednesday june 30, 2010 23:31)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Attacks on working people are mounting right across Europe. The so-called PIGS (Portugal, Ireland & Italy, Greece, Spain) countries have been to the forefront of these attacks. In Ireland, we have seen €7 billion of cutbacks, seriously damaging public services, including health and education. In Greece, there has been a 10% cut in wages and spending in the public sector, together with an increased retirement age, VAT increases and the freezing of pensions. Portugal has a plan to cut its deficit by €11bn over four years through a crisis tax on wages and cutbacks in public services. The Spanish Parliament has passed cutbacks worth €15bn on top of €50bn already agreed. Italy is due to implement "emergency-cutbacks" of €24 bn.
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The deportees back on Irish soil
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday June 08, 2010 04:48 by Kev   text 13 comments (last - monday june 14, 2010 15:16)   image 6 images   video 2 video files   audio 1 audio file
Today family, friends and supporters welcomed home the five Irish MV Rachel Corrie passengers who were this morning deported from Israel. The five – Denis Halliday, Mairead Maguire, Fiona Thompson, Derek Graham and Jenny Graham – were greeted in Dublin airport by cheers and hugs from the assembled crowd who were there to salute their bravery, as well as a large media presence. read full story / add a comment
Israeli pirates board the IHH ship
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday May 31, 2010 17:00 by Kev   text 104 comments (last - thursday april 14, 2011 08:39)   image 35 images   video 22 video files   audio 2 audio files
At least 9 international human rights activists have been killed and dozens more injured after Israeli commandos attacked the unarmed Gaza Freedom Flotilla early this morning in international waters, according to reports from the flotilla organisers, while Israeli military sources confirmed at least 9 dead. This attack is a clear breach of international law. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / feature Wednesday May 12, 2010 17:24 by Paula Geraghty   text 69 comments (last - wednesday may 26, 2010 15:40)   image 8 images   video 7 video files   audio 1 audio file
Two thousand took to the street to protest at the bank bailout. read full story / add a comment
Noel Murphy (IWU) speaking at Solidarity Books
cork / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Tuesday May 04, 2010 17:12 by Ray   text 13 comments (last - sunday may 09, 2010 14:50)   image 37 images
As once again Cork's mainstream trade unions declined to publicly celebrate the everlasting memorial day to working peoples' struggles worldwide, it falls to Solidarity Books/Workers Solidarity Movement Cork Branch and the Independent Workers Union to mark this most important of days. A day of public talks and a community meal was organised by the local branch of the WSM at Solidarity Books, which complemented excellently the annual May Day march through the city streets this evening organised as usual by the Independent Workers Union. read full story / add a comment
State Repression (as it always has been)
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday April 27, 2010 19:14 by Gerry Nobody   text 7 comments (last - wednesday may 05, 2010 17:28)   image 1 image
Not really sure where to post this—just got thinking about repression and state power etc. and thought I would share some observations on the subject with whoever’s interested. Yes, it ended up being more of an essay than a post but what the hell—feels good to get it off my chest. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Sunday April 11, 2010 13:42 by Paula Geraghty   text 9 comments (last - wednesday april 14, 2010 01:31)   image 29 images
Thousands turned out for a rally of solidarity and love in memory of Toyosi Shitta-bey who tragically lost his life in Tyrellstown, West Dublin on Friday 2nd April. read full story / add a comment
Curious mass goers look at the shoes.
national / crime and justice / feature Friday April 09, 2010 16:52 by Religiousabusetruth   text 17 comments (last - saturday march 03, 2012 20:28)   image 8 images
One thousand pairs of children’s shoes of all sizes were tied to the railings outside the cathedral representing the victims of Roman Catholic abuse. Some passers by stopped to tie shoes. Many abuse survivors and supporters came together from as far as Cork and Wexford to attend the protest. read full story / add a comment
Watching them watching us back in June
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday April 01, 2010 08:21 by Andrew N Flood   text 12 comments (last - tuesday april 27, 2010 15:42)   image 1 image
Around the time of the visit of Shell’s pipe-laying ship the Solitaire in June it became clear that the Gardai had been told that they could do anything to remove Shell to Sea campaigners from the scene and they would be looked after. Rulings from the district court, in particular the denial of bail to 7 campaigners charged with the most minor of public order offences removed people with vital water skills from the area by interning them in Mountjoy and Castlerea prisons. Local fisherman Pat O’Donnell had one of his boat sunk from under him when four masked men boarded the boat in the middle of the night and held Pat and the other crew member at gun point while they sabotaged the boat leading to its sinking. When Pat took to sea in another boat as the Solitaire arrived he was arrested under the Public Order Act for loitering and once more sent to prison leaving the way clear for the Solitaire. read full story / add a comment
Many of the 27 at a previous court appearance, in the front row Niall is far right, Pat is in the middle and Maura is on the far left
mayo / environment / feature Wednesday March 24, 2010 13:06 by Andrew N Flood   text 8 comments (last - monday august 16, 2010 15:42)   image 1 image
This week as it was revealed in the Irish Times that 20 months after entering into a legal agreement with local fishermen Shell has still not submitted an application as required to the Environmental Protection Agency to review the emissions licence for the experimental gas pipeline it is imposing on the people of Erris. Yet this week 27 Shell to Sea campaigners are being prosecuted on behalf of Shell in the local courts and today one of them received three five month sentences. read full story / add a comment
Baby Yoga workshop, morning
cork / gender and sexuality / feature Thursday March 11, 2010 12:23 by FSB!   text 17 comments (last - thursday april 29, 2010 23:47)   image 40 images
A 'miracle' of grassroots community organising happened yesterday – the community of Douglas Street, Cork came together and hosted an incredible diverse and immensely satisfying celebration of International Women's Day! read full story / add a comment
The street art that Ms Hughes was photographing when harassed
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Wednesday March 10, 2010 11:20 by Fintan Lane   text 18 comments (last - tuesday march 23, 2010 20:34)   image 2 images

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is calling on the Departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs to clarify the latitude and legal standing accorded to foreign embassy security personnel in Ireland.

This follows the harassment yesterday (8 March) - on a public street in Dublin - of a leading Irish Palestine solidarity activist by a member of the Israeli embassy security team.

Dr David Landy, chairperson of the IPSC, described what occurred as “an outrageous breach of protocol” and “very sinister.” Furthermore, he called on the relevant government departments “to seek an immediate explanation and apology from the Israeli ambassador.” read full story / add a comment
Pat's wife Mary O'Donnell with daughters Aisling and Rachel.
mayo / environment / feature Monday March 01, 2010 14:45 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 43 comments (last - thursday april 29, 2010 14:31)   image 26 images
100 cars gathered today at noon in the fishing village of Porturlin, Pat O'Donnell's home, for a rally to Ballyglass pier on the Mullet peninsula in support of 'the Chief' who has been in Castlerea prison since 10th February.

The cavalcade travelled from Porturlin, out by Rossport, over to Glengad, up by Bellanaboy, into Belmullet and out to Ballyglass pier. read full story / add a comment
Solidarity with the Pat O'Donnell
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday February 15, 2010 12:07 by Shelver   text 16 comments (last - sunday march 07, 2010 01:01)   image 4 images
Yesterday in Castlebar circuit court, appeals involving Shell to Sea campaigners were concluded or deferred, with no further prison sentences being handed out. This follows the jailing on Wednesday of local fisherman Pat O’Donnell, who was sentenced to 7 months in jail for convictions of “breach of the peace” and of "obstructing a Garda".

In total 21 people appeared before Mayo courts this week in relation to protests against the Corrib Gas Project. On Wednesday all fourteen campaigners who appeared before Belmullet district court had their cases adjourned until the special Shell to Sea sitting scheduled for March. From Tuesday to Thursday seven campaigners were involved in appeal cases before Judge Raymond Groarke in Castlebar Circuit Court. read full story / add a comment
Community Power!
mayo / education / feature Monday February 08, 2010 18:03 by Shelver   text 8 comments (last - thursday february 11, 2010 11:23)   image 17 images
From Wednesday the 27th to Sunday the 31st of January, the Rossport Solidarity Camp hosted a wind power workshop. Local people and campers united to learn metal work, wood work and electronics to produce a fully functional 2.4 meter diameter wind turbine, now supplying power to the off-grid Rossport Solidarity House. The use of farmer's shed for the week was kindly by donated which was the perfect base for the workshop. The course was led by V3 Power, a workers co-operative based in Nottingham specialising in teaching courses in how to build DIY wind turbines.

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"the pathetic excuse of humanitarian aid"
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Friday February 05, 2010 19:09 by José A. Gutiérrez   image 1 image
On January 28th, we had the chance to have a telephone talk with Camilla Chalmers, from the Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (Haitian Platform in Defence of an Alternative Development, PAPDA), in Port-au-Prince. Here we transcribe the questions and answers we could exchange in spite of the natural difficulties of communication in these circumstances. We believe his opinions represent a contribution to understand what’s really going on in Haiti, they contradict the official version of the media and give us a very precise notion of the type of solidarity that the Haitian people need –and that we should not fail to give.

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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday February 04, 2010 23:08 by Dave Donnellan   text 1 comment (last - sunday february 07, 2010 18:14)   video 1 video file
In January 2009 Independent Newspapers, in the face of mounting criticism of its commercial exploitation of children, withdrew its 'Building for the future campaign. read full story / add a comment
L-R: Dr David Landy (IPSC Chairperson), Dr. Hajo Meyer (IJAN), Sara Kershnar (IJAN) and Dr. Haidar Eid (via video from Gaza)
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Tuesday February 02, 2010 09:33 by Kev   text 5 comments (last - thursday february 04, 2010 00:23)   image 5 images
On Saturday 30th January Auschwitz survivor Dr. Hajo Meyer, Dr. Haidar Eid of the Islamic University in Gaza and Sara Kershnar of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) addressed a standing room only crowd of over 140 people in the Central Hotel in Dublin. The public meeting, entitled “The Misuse of the Holocaust for Political Purposes”, was organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as part of a high profile speaking tour hosted by IJAN and the Scottish PSC. read full story / add a comment
Not Building for the Irish Indpendent's Future, anymore!
national / education / feature Wednesday January 27, 2010 11:41 by Mark C   text 4 comments (last - monday february 01, 2010 16:49)   image 1 image
Irish primary schools celebrated a victory this week as Independent Newspapers abandoned their “Building for the Future” scheme just weeks after its high-profile launch.

It is the first time a major in-school marketing promotion has been scrapped and is an embarrassing climb down for Independent and their co-sponsors Bank of Ireland.

The launch of “Building for the Future”, which demanded a quota of 20 tokens per pupil from schools wishing to enter, was met with condemnation from across the teaching community. read full story / add a comment
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