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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). 

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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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Public Inquiry
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offsite link News Round-Up Fri Mar 01, 2024 00:22 | Richard Eldred
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the virus and the vaccines, the ?climate emergency? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
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offsite link Climate Change is Bigger Existential Threat Than Nuclear Holocaust, Says Biden Thu Feb 29, 2024 18:04 | Richard Burcik
What's the bigger existential threat to humanity, climate change or nuclear holocaust? Biden says climate change, Trump disagrees. Richard Burcik looks at the facts.
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offsite link How Sweden Proved the World Wrong About Lockdown Thu Feb 29, 2024 15:24 | Will Jones
Two Swedish researchers from Lund University have shown once again that Sweden proves the world wrong about lockdown, publishing their research in the journal Economic Affairs.
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offsite link Stonewall Funded Church of England Guidance that Said Primary Schoolchildren Can be Transgender Thu Feb 29, 2024 13:00 | Will Jones
Church of England guidance telling primary schools that children as young as five can be transgender was funded by Stonewall, it has emerged.
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offsite link Mild Myocarditis Post-Vaccination Can Result in Sudden Death, Japanese Autopsy Finds Thu Feb 29, 2024 11:05 | Dr Jonathan Engler
Mild myocarditis following Covid vaccination can lead to sudden death from a fatal heart arrhythmia, a Japanese autopsy has found. But this would not be picked up by most autopsies as the relevant test is left out.
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Haiti - Troops were sent, instead of medicine and food
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Monday January 25, 2010 23:39 by José Antonio Gutiérrez   text 10 comments (last - monday march 01, 2010 01:00)   image 1 image
Anyone judging from the huge numbers of troops mobilised to Haiti could reasonably believe that this is a country in the middle of a brutal civil war instead of a nation hit by a deadly earthquake. While the Media has been feeding constantly news of murder, mayhem, and gangsters supposedly in control of Haitian streets, together with calls for a “strong arm” and “security” to make possible the delivery of relief, the reality seems to be quite another. Medical and Food assistance has been largely delayed by a cobweb of inefficiency, bureaucracy and negligence and not for “security” issues. In the meantime, hungry and thirsty Haitians have been largely looking for their beloved ones under the rubble with their bare hands. Very few doctors and relief agencies have dared to go to the streets of Port-au-Prince, where precious assistance –currently stockpiling in the airport- is much needed.
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US Marines in Port-au-Prince in 2004
international / history and heritage / feature Wednesday January 20, 2010 18:00 by Andrew Flood   text 14 comments (last - saturday january 30, 2010 15:57)   image 5 images   audio 1 audio file
As predictions for the death toll from the Haitian earthquakes rise over 200,000, ABC News have reported that planes carrying medical equipment and relief supplies are having to compete with soldiers for the valuable slots at Port-au-Prince airport which was taken over by the US military after the quake. Since the start of the great anti-slavery republican insurrection nearly 220 years ago, Haiti has been presented as a dangerous place incapable of running its own affairs and requiring foreign intervention. Yet the reality is its people were the first enslaved population to deliver themselves from slavery and also carried out what was only the third successful republican insurrection on the planet. The threat of this good example was rewarded with centuries of invasion, blackmail, the robbery of Haiti's natural resources and the impoverishment of its people. This articles summarizes that history of intervention and the resistance to it in order to put into context what is happening in Haiti after the quake read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday January 07, 2010 04:21 by Fintan Lane   text 18 comments (last - thursday january 21, 2010 09:22)
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has received word from the Irish participants on the Viva Palestina aid convoy that they crossed the border at Rafah and arrived in Gaza shortly after 7pm (Irish time). This is exactly one month after the convoy set off on its journey and despite concerted efforts by Egypt to obstruct its progress.
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Cork convoy participants with George Galloway MP in Jordan
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Saturday December 26, 2009 22:55 by Fintan Lane   text 14 comments (last - saturday january 23, 2010 14:32)   image 5 images
Following several months of fundraising, four teams from across Ireland departed on Saturday, 5 December, to travel 4,000 miles across land to Gaza in Palestine to deliver ambulances and humanitarian aid to the besieged people of that tiny region. Concerned Irish citizens from Cork, Derry, Dublin, Galway and Tyrone are bringing two ambulances, a mini-bus, and a truck filled with over 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid. read full story / add a comment
Typical State response to a peaceful vigil at Shannon
clare / anti-war / imperialism / feature Tuesday December 22, 2009 13:33 by Shannonwatch   text 8 comments (last - thursday january 21, 2010 19:49)   image 1 image
Every day the war machines roll through Shannon, as the innocent populations of Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere suffer the brutal consequences of neo-liberal occupation. The Gardai react by mounting public displays of strength against half a dozen innocent protestors, while claiming to have no opinions or authority over the cargos and personnel passing through the airport. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday December 11, 2009 16:26 by PACUB   text 5 comments (last - friday january 08, 2010 00:11)
Children face a 'Black Christmas' as Minister Lenihan slashes child benefit by 10% in the 2010 Budget. Family incomes are being attacked from every side in this Budget, but the Government has chosen to target children for the biggest cut of all. Parents' group PACUB is horrified by the Budget, and predicts that more and more families will fall into poverty as the new decade begins. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / feature Wednesday December 09, 2009 15:05 by Gerard Horgan   text 32 comments (last - friday january 08, 2010 09:26)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
A critique of the Obama Presidency from taking office in January of this year to now. read full story / add a comment
A corporation with 'callous, greedy motives'
national / environment / feature Sunday December 06, 2009 01:57 by Kevin Doyle   text 4 comments (last - monday december 21, 2009 16:36)   image 1 image
The Raybestos Manhattan Corporation moved to Ireland in the mid-70s. A campaign opposing their operations here began almost immediatly. It was a long and protracted struggle but eventually ended in victory. This article examines the campaign against the mulitnational and the lessons that can be learned from it today. read full story / add a comment
This is a table of what public sector workers in Ireland really earn based on the data given in the reply to a Dail question in Feb 09.
national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Thursday December 03, 2009 17:40 by Andrew   text 44 comments (last - saturday december 12, 2009 21:50)   image 2 images
The cancellation of today's strike is a blow to the developing movement against the cuts on the scale of the cancellation of the March 30th strike at the start of the year. The so called compromise ICTU have been negotiating for is a further blow, it seems designed to drive a wedge between workers and fails to answer the main problem public sector workers have, the inability to take further cuts. But the strike that did happen on 24th November has brought 250,000 workers into their first experience of the power we collectively hold and points towards an alternative read full story / add a comment
Bush First, Obama Second
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday December 02, 2009 23:02 by Gerard Horgan   text 5 comments (last - wednesday december 16, 2009 05:21)   image 2 images
After more than three months' deliberation, President Barack Obama has finally decided to commit more than 30,000 US troops to the Afghan war. The ‘Afghan surge’ is to be fast tracked over the next six months with a large bulk of the troops arriving before Christmas. The deployment will cost approximately $1 million dollars per soldier, per year, some $30 billion overall. This price tag is on top of the considerable costs (running into the hundreds of billions of dollars) of keeping over 100,000 US soldiers ‘in-country’, while maintaining other US global military operations as well as the on-going fiasco in Iraq. The combined deployment of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is close to 250,000 service personnel, which is augmented by the greatest number of private military contractors/mercenaries ever seen (some 100,000 in Iraq alone). read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Sunday November 29, 2009 23:48 by Kev S & Freda H   text 6 comments (last - wednesday december 02, 2009 20:48)   image 4 images   video 4 video files
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign took part in this year’s International Week of Solidarity called by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (http://www.stopthewall.org).

An international call to activists was put out to launch a week of global mobilisation against the walls of apartheid in Palestine from November 9th to 16th 2009. The IPSC used this opportunity to highlight the necessity of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, with specific reference to the ongoing role of Irish construction company CRH (formerly Cement Roadstone Holdings) in the building of the Apartheid Wall and illegal colonial settlements in the West Bank. read full story / add a comment
OPIM men at the meeting in their headquarters, Jane Jones from Tlachinollan in the foreground and two Peace Brigades accompaniers who are delegated to OPIM on the far right
international / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Sunday November 29, 2009 20:31 by Sarah C   text 1 comment (last - wednesday december 02, 2009 03:49)   image 1 image
David Salgado was a seasonal agricultural worker who died in the course of his work as a 'jornalero', that is a seasonal migrant worker on an industrial farming operation. His death occurred in Sinaloa state in northern Mexico in January 2007. Deaths in farming are all too frequent worldwide but this case was different, David , who hailed from Guerrerro one of Mexico's poorest states, was eight years old. read full story / add a comment
Cover of Part 1 of the Report
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Saturday November 28, 2009 01:06 by Mark C   text 31 comments (last - thursday december 01, 2016 08:47)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
This is part one of a two part report, based on the Report by The Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Part One deals with the generalities of the report – a damning indictment of the church in general for its handling of the reporting of clerical child sexual abuse, its cover up, and the comlicity (or otherwise) of the Gardaí. Part Two will look at the abuse, abuse, and more abuse handed out by individuals. Prepare yourself for some pretty sickening reading. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / feature Tuesday November 24, 2009 17:25 by N.G.A.   text 59 comments (last - monday november 20, 2017 06:55)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
The view of the National Graves Association on the wearing of the poppy. read full story / add a comment
Raul with the Cards from Ireland
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday November 23, 2009 15:48 by Sarah C   text 1 comment (last - tuesday november 24, 2009 18:43)   image 6 images
At the invitation of Guerrero based ´Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre´ I had the inspiring opportunity to witness an historic event last Wed (18th nov 2009): Two indigenous women, both former Amnesty International prisoners of conscience left their communities once more to make a trip to a Mexican Jail. This time however instead of being accompanied by their arresting officers, they went along with a group of local, national and international human rights organisations to make a solidarity visit to another indigenous activist and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, Raul Hernandez. read full story / add a comment
View of Mathare built in a quarry
international / arts and media / feature Saturday November 21, 2009 10:49 by Paula Geraghty   text 4 comments (last - sunday november 22, 2009 13:31)   image 22 images
The 21st of November marks the United Nations ‘World television Day’.

Television can be a tremendous force for good. It can educate great numbers of people about the world around them. It can show us how much we have in common with our neighbours, near and far. And, it can shed light on the dark corners, where ignorance and hatred fester.

The television industry is also in a unique position to promote mutual understanding and tolerance -– with content that tells the stories not just about the powerful, but about the powerless, and not just about life in the world’s richest pockets, but also in the developing countries that are home to the majority of the world’s population’. read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Thursday November 19, 2009 14:19 by Workers Solidarity   text 6 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2009 10:58)   image 1 image
The rich remain rich and the rest of us are supposed to keep them that way. That’s why we get pay cuts, health cuts, education cuts, job cuts. It’s not as if dipping into the pockets of PAYE workers is the only way to foot bills. A mere 5% of the Irish population own 40% of the wealth. And a tiny 1% own most of it (34%). What pinko fantasist came up with these figures, asks the cynic. Well, it was that well-known radical outfit, the Bank of Ireland (in its Wealth of the Nation report). read full story / add a comment
Hollmann Morris
international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Sunday November 15, 2009 12:08 by José Antonio Gutiérrez   text 1 comment (last - wednesday november 18, 2009 15:51)   image 2 images
Hollman Morris is a familiar name in Colombia, both for his TV programme Contravía (Counter-current), which he has been directing for many years and represents a unique window to glimpse into the realities of the Colombian conflict, and also for the accusations and harassment which he has suffered from the State intelligence agency (DAS) and by the very president Uribe.
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Saturday November 14, 2009 20:08 by Paula Geraghty   text 2 comments (last - thursday november 19, 2009 10:56)   video 1 video file
As workers fight Fianna fail and the Green partyy's neoliberal attacks, now is a good time to learn from the fightback against Thatcherism in the 1980s with this video of Arthur Scargill discussing the Miners Strike.
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Photo Taken from Guardian.co.uk -http://tinyurl.com/dnx4nj
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Friday November 13, 2009 10:39 by Paul D   text 1 comment (last - friday november 13, 2009 15:12)   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file

When it comes to the public meeting, Arthur Scargill is one of the best performers around. He has it down to fine art. Perhaps this is down to his political up bringing as a member of the Young Communist League, where great stress was placed on the importance of making inspiring speeches. Or perhaps it has something to do with that fact that much maligned figure like Scargill needs the medium of the public meeting more than most to get across his points, and has thus has a particualr understanding of how to use public meetings to maximum effect. read full story / add a comment
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