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600 a Week Dying from Heart Attack in London

In London alone 600 people a week more are now dying from heart attack because they were afraid to go to hospital.
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Beppo Grillo - leader of M5S movement in Italy
international / elections / politics / other press Wednesday February 27, 2013 22:08 by T   text 9 comments (last - thursday august 22, 2013 21:41)   image 2 images
In the recent elections in Italy the new movement M5S led by the former Italian comedian Beppo Grillo has gained 108 seats in the lower Chamber of Deputies and 54 in the Senate. It is hard to get an accurate picture of who he is and what he wants from the mainstream media since they see him as a challenge to the system and will gladly misrepresent him. In this article it reports on the account given at The Automatic Earth blog where Nicole Foss met Beppo Grillo in Italy and gives her view on him, his movement and what they are trying to achieve.

"The internet is central to Grillo's ideas. Not only as a tool to reach out to people, but even more as a way to conduct direct democracy. Because that is what he seeks to create: a system where people can participate directly. Grillo wants to bring (back) democracy, the real thing, and he's long since understood that the internet is a brilliant tool with which to achieve that goal." read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / press release Thursday November 08, 2012 21:52 by CPIR   text 1 comment (last - friday november 09, 2012 13:41)   video 1 video file
"A lot of people say we have no control over how this country is run" These are the opening words of the current television advertisement campaign being run to convince people to vote in Saturday's referendum, and they reflect what most of us already know about the political system which operates in Ireland. The advert however does not go on to explain how only those living in 26 of Ireland's 32 Counties will be given a vote and that a quarter of Ireland's population will be automatically excluded read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / event notice Wednesday October 03, 2012 18:14 by kaaylim   video 1 video file   1 attached file
In politics, sortition (also known as allotment or the drawing of lots) is the selection of decision makers by lottery. The decision-makers are chosen as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates.

In ancient Athenian democracy, sortition was the primary method for appointing officials, and its use was widely regarded as a principal characteristic of democracy.

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international / elections / politics / other press Monday September 24, 2012 14:28 by pat c   text 1 comment (last - monday september 24, 2012 14:39)
As the Presidential election approaches Jimmy Carter praises the Venezuelan electoral system. Full text at link.

Speaking at an annual event last week in Atlanta for his Carter Centre foundation, the politician-turned philanthropist stated, “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.”

Venezuela has developed a fully automated touch-screen voting system, which now uses thumbprint recognition technology and prints off a receipt to confirm voters’ choices.
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international / elections / politics / news report Thursday September 06, 2012 21:46 by Caz
The Constitution Unit describes itself as ‘The UK's leading research body on constitutional change’. It was also said by Ben Rogers of Prospect Magazine: as 'preparing the ground for a hung parliament and enabling the creation of a coalition government...’

So, who controls the Constitution Unit? And who funds it? read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / event notice Thursday June 28, 2012 11:26 by LASC
Event Notice:
Following the coup in Paraguay on 23 June in which Fernando Lugo was ousted and replaced by Federico Franco, LASC will hold a Thursday Night Talk (TNT) on 5th July. There will be a brief overview of the build-up to the coup and an update on the current situation in Paraguay, however, the main purpose of the TNT is to facilitate discussion on these issues.

Contributors will include Pablo Rojas Coppari (Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and originally from Paraguay) and Jose Antonio Gutierrez (Research Officer, LASC). It will be facilitated by Sean Edwards (LASC Committee Member).

ALL WELCOME

Date: Thursday 5th July
Time: 6pm
Venue: LASC, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
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international / elections / politics / other press Monday April 16, 2012 22:13 by pat c   text 4 comments (last - tuesday april 24, 2012 03:21)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Front de Gauche is now the third candidate in the French Presidential election, at 16% he is level with La Pen but his trajectory is upward. His standing is sending shivers up the spines of the French Bourgeoisie, fearful of what concessions Edwin will wring from Hollande for support in the second round of voting. Here are two articles regarding his candidacy. Full texts at links. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / press release Wednesday March 28, 2012 12:02 by Rickky Martin
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international / elections / politics / other press Thursday March 08, 2012 12:53 by Yassamine Mathe
Yassamine Mather writes on the latest rather odd elections in Iran: how would you like it if all candidates for the Dail had to be approved by the Catholic Church? In these elections which were confined to conservatives, Khamenis faction won 75% of the seats leaving Ahmadinejad isolated. What does this mean for the people of iran? Yassamine says: For now, the supreme leader has got his way. Craven ‘reformists’ will not stop him; and imperialist sanctions, sabotage and war will only make things worse. Only the Iranian masses can put an end to this blood-soaked regime. Full text at link. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 18, 2012 10:22 by Andrew
The idea that calling for a referendum is a good strategy for winning significant reforms often crops up in campaigns. It seems logical, as a referendum is a chance for the population to directly make a decision on the issue to hand. But the reality is that the demand for a referendum is seldom, if ever, the best way to build a struggle for a reform. Here are five reasons why: read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Tuesday November 01, 2011 14:59 by Costas   text 3 comments (last - wednesday november 02, 2011 11:10)
Referendums,parliaments, Democracy.Greece-Ireland. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / press release Monday October 24, 2011 01:38 by Pat Kavanagh
As you may recall at the last General Election, the Registrar would not allow Fís Nua candidates to stand as a party because we were four days shy of registration, even though we had submitted all our paperwork prior to Christmas (the holidays ate into our application process). read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / other press Sunday October 23, 2011 00:53 by An Puc ar Buile   text 10 comments (last - wednesday october 26, 2011 02:47)   image 1 image
How can the Irish people vote for a former Fianna Fáil luminary after all that has happened under the watch of the Soldiers of Density? read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Thursday October 13, 2011 16:03 by An Puc ar Buile   text 8 comments (last - saturday october 15, 2011 11:15)
Observing the recent series of interchanges between Martin McGuinness and his varied and many opponents in the Republic’s media and political circles, An Puc has been minded of experiments carried out by the famous psychologist Sigmund Freud. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / event notice Thursday October 13, 2011 13:01 by jd
Don Baker Dublin West By-Election Fundraiser for Cllr Ruth Coppinger

Come and support the Socialist Party/ULA's By-Election fundraiser by coming to see the legendary Don Baker in Murrays of O'Connell street on Saturday 15th October at 8pm. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / news report Wednesday October 12, 2011 20:54 by PAW
The People's Association Watchdog have added a page to their website to give everyone a basic understanding of the upcoming referendums and their implications. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / event notice Sunday October 09, 2011 20:37 by John Meehan
Rag-Bag Productions Proudly Presents :
A Table Quiz to support Ruth Coppinger’s run for the Dáil in the Dublin West By-Election:
Wednesday October 12 8.00pm, in the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
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national / elections / politics / press release Tuesday October 04, 2011 22:10 by Saoirse
Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / other press Sunday October 02, 2011 16:25 by Groucho Marx   text 19 comments (last - sunday october 16, 2011 15:37)   audio 1 audio file
Eoghan Harris tried to run the 1997 election through Derek Nally, former head of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors. He tried to destroy the Mary McAleese campaign by using Nally. That is where Harris's description of McAleese as a 'Tribal Time Bomb' came from. The bomb blew up in Harris's face when Nally found out. He ditched Harris and his political playmate, John Cadden, when he found out that he was a patsy. Nally was an unusual policeman who challenged the Garda 'Heavy Gang' in the 1970s.

The info is here:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/81368

Today, Harris wants to run the election through Gay Mitchell, see:
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national / elections / politics / news report Thursday September 22, 2011 09:16 by Audi O Murphy   text 23 comments (last - saturday october 08, 2011 11:33)   audio 7 audio files
Two successive days of entertaining radio as the motley crew opposing Martin McGuinness (Michael McDowell, Fintan O'Toole, Ed Moloney, Gregory Campbell, etc) get their act together.

Fintan and Ed have difficulty debating. On Tuesday (Sept 20) on the Pat Kenny Show, Ed Maloney refused to appear with Danny Morrison. That was after imposing the same conditions on the BBC. A very important fellow is Ed, who likes to be able to chose who is good enough to appear alongside his elevated self.

An even more important person is Fintan O'Toole, who, after a long innings on Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan Show (September 21), took up his ball and ran. He was unable to persuade the great unwashed) to be quiet while the great one droned on uninterrupted.
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