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offsite link Behind Hong Kong?s black terror Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:12 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar – Hong Kong : Posted with permission Deciphering who?s behind the violence leads to a long list of possibilities ?If we burn, you burn with us.? ?Self-destruct

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offsite link The Terrorists Among US10| The IO Echo Chamber Scott Shane Joel Harding Sun Oct 13, 2019 21:35 | The Saker
by George Eliason for The Saker Blog At the beginning of October, I was contacted by the New York Times, @ScottShane for an interview about US President Donald Trump. The

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offsite link EXPLAIN THIS ? Plans to Rebuild WTC-7 Over 1 Year Before It?s Destruction Sat Oct 12, 2019 16:30 | The Saker
Sent to me by a friend, it covers only a tiny faction of the issue, but it is a highly relevant one nonetheless. The Saker

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Sunday October 13, 2019 23:01 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
Comrades, The integrity and life of our comrades in Ecuador are at risk in the face of the repressive offensive of the government

We need you -especially those who live in the countries of the global north- to help to spread the situation.

There is this last minute press release from one of the community media that is covering locally in Quito together with our own comrades of Indymedia Ecuador (spanish): read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday October 11, 2019 15:45 by mike Mac Domhnaill
This is poem responding to Bloody Sunday 1972 and published in collection "Mac Baintrí - Widow's Son". (I have two other publications: Macalla Maidu(Coiscéim) and Sifting(Liberties Press)). I have copyright.

Relating material to Thomas Kinsella's "Butcher's Dozen" and Séamus Deane's response and certain other poets lack of response. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday October 10, 2019 23:47 by 1 of indy
In an unprecedented tweet earlier in the week President Trump carried out the worst crime in the eyes of the establishment. He admitted the US went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan based on lies and that millions of lives and trillions of dollars were therefore wasted for no good reason other than lies. This is the worst crime imagineable -that is telling the truth about this for it exposes the reality of the system. The Democrats and others are not trying to impeach Trump because of some minor thing or another. It is because they don't trust him to continue running US imperialism as have done nearly all proceeding both Republican and Democrat presidents. They don't give a f**k about democracy since they were part and parcel of the lies and wars of aggression too.

The WSWS website have carried a report on this tweet and it is reproduced here in full because it gives good context to the event. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / press release Thursday October 10, 2019 22:09 by foie
UK Nuclear plant ‘delaying transition to renewable energy’
£2.9 billion increase in cost since 2017 ‘sucking up’ funds from sustainable developments

The environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] have highlighted the rising cost and delays in construction of the new UK nuclear plant, Hinkley C, as ‘sucking up funds from sustainable developments’ and ‘delaying transition to renewable energy’.

FIE made a site visit last week to the nuclear construction site on the Severn Estuary in Somerset as a follow up to their complaint to the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context which led to public consultation by the UK Government on the proposed plant being extended to the Irish Republic. [1] read full story / add a comment
national / health / disability issues / news report Thursday October 10, 2019 15:42 by Sean Crudden
Dear Friends

A general meeting of IMPERO will take place on Saturday 12 October 2019 at 14:00. Fr. Stephen Duffy PP, Lordship and Ravensdale, has kindly given permission to use the meeting room in our Lady of The Wayside Church, Jenkinstown, Co. Louth, for our meeting. We will meet there.

Agenda

1. Read minutes of the previous meeting
2. Confirm officer board for 2019/2020
3. Sean Crudden will read his thread on the UNDP (United Nations' Development Program) Global Development Hub. The recent on-line consultation was around the question of digitalisation and the sustainable development goals of the UN
4. Equality
5. Finances
6. Fix dates and venues for meetings for the next year
7. Strategy

Due to unavoidable circumstances the meeting scheduled for mid-June was let slide but, hopefully, this will not happen again. The meeting on the 12th is important for IMPERO. It is also taking place at a time of universal change. Is there any way technology can be turned to the advantage of the mental patient?

The meeting is open to everyone. But, if you are coming to the meeting, let us know beforehand so that we can make proper provision for all those attending.

Yours faithfully

Seán Crudden
Secretary
IMPERO

Lower Jenkinstown
Dundalk
A91 A092

0858636391
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national / environment / news report Monday October 07, 2019 00:08 by Extinction Rebellion   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 08, 2019 18:10)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
This is a global rebellion of the willing, from America to Scandinavia, Brazil to Australia, from Europe to The Solomon Islands we will take to the streets in protest against our governments criminal inaction on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion Ireland invites everyone to be part of this compassionate revolution. Join us as we make history. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday October 01, 2019 22:58 by 1 of indy   image 2 images
The World Socialists WebSite has carried a report on the protest outside the prison in support of Assange
A large crowd rallied outside Belmarsh Prison in London on Saturday as jailed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange received the Gavin MacFadyen Award 2019—the only journalism prize given by whistle-blowers. Assange’s father John Shipton accepted the award on his son’s behalf. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Monday September 30, 2019 23:26 by foie
State faces further legal challenge to Shannon LNG terminal
Fracked gas as ‘Projects of Common Interest’ challenged

The State has been warned that it cannot approve the proposed Shannon LNG terminal as a ‘Project of Common Interest’ [PCI] without undergoing a Strategic Environmental Assessment [SEA] and a period of public consultation.

PCIs are key cross border infrastructure projects that link the energy systems of EU countries. They are intended to help the EU achieve its energy policy and the long-term decarbonisation of the economy in accordance with the Paris Agreement. read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / press release Monday September 30, 2019 22:12 by let us rise   image 1 image
After a year-long debate within the Socialist Party, we have decided to leave and to establish a new democratic socialist political group, RISE. The four letters of RISE give a picture of the politics we stand for: Radical, Internationalist, Socialist and Environmentalist. read full story / add a comment
international / summit mobilisations / news report Friday September 27, 2019 18:27 by Kate Zeller
Washington DC - A bipartisan group of Senators introduced the "Improving Laundering Laws and Increasing Comprehensive Information Tracking of Criminal Activity in Shell Holdings (ILLICIT CASH) Act" to stop the creation of shell corporations in the United States. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Thursday September 26, 2019 00:09 by Kate Zeller
The International Monetary Fund announces that World Bank CEO and Bulgarian environmental economist, Kristalina Georgieva, will become the Fund's new Managing Director. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday September 24, 2019 22:14 by sp   image 1 image
Today’s initial half day strike action by teacher members of UNITE at the Delfin English Language school on Parnell Square for union recognition and improvements in conditions is the culmination of a long organising campaign. Michael O’Brien speaks to one of the strikers to find out what it is all about. read full story / add a comment
Veteran for Peace activists: Former U.S. Marine Major Ken Mayers and former U.S. Army paratrooper Tarak Kauff
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday September 23, 2019 22:28 by ShannonWatch   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 24, 2019 22:27)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   1 attached file
This blog entry from 16th Sept on the ShannonWatch.org website is reproduced here because while it might seem old news one week late, it will in fact be news to a lot of people since the mainstream just don't cover this, certainly not from the side of peace perspective.

The following was written by Veteran for Peace activist Tarak Kauff who is currently being refused permission to leave Ireland. He is accused of minor offenses linked to the attempt he and Ken MAyers made to inspect a US contracted military plane at Shannon Airport. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday September 23, 2019 22:17 by foie
In the High Court today, Justice Garrett Simons granted Friends of the Irish Environment's application for a judicial review striking down regulations made by Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Richard Bruton in January which exempted industrial peat extraction from the planning system and granted them a period of unlicensed operation in the EPA licensing system. The Court found that the regulations were in breach of EU environmental law and were outside the powers of the Ministers who made them. read full story / add a comment
louth / environment / news report Saturday September 21, 2019 11:58 by Sean Crudden   text 1 comment (last - monday september 23, 2019 15:53)
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the first winter workshop organised by Cooley Environmental and Health Group. Next year's winter workshop is the 20th in a series dating back to the beginning of the Millennium. The workshop is slated for 25 January 2020 at 14:00 in The Strand Hotel, Omeath, Co. Louth. The title of the workshop provisionally is, "The Environment and Health 20 Years On." read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / feature Friday September 20, 2019 00:43 by 1 of indy   image 4 images
The case is made for the provision of free public transport in every major town and city worldwide for a multitude of reasons. It has always been a good idea and should have been done a long time ago, but now with three major issues of our time; resource depletion, including oil, pollution and the climate crisis; they make it imperative that we move to such a system, both to conserve dwindling supplies of cheap energy, to reduce the use of vast mineral resources to make hundreds of millions of cars and to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions because climate change is happening faster than expected. The Earth's climate has turned out to be more sensitive and complex than anticipated as evidenced by the recent dramatic record breaking summer ice melts in the Arctic1 in 2007, 2008, 2012 and basically every year since then. With such a large change in the albedo or reflectivity over a huge area of the Arctic, this signifies the jump into positive feedback of the climate system, although it is not the only positive feedback. Combined with preliminary reports that frozen methane is beginning to be released from the Arctic sea floor and tundra and given that methane is 20 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas, it is clear we are probably at the point of things running out of control. Emissions need to be cut drastically, starting about 20 years ago. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Thursday September 19, 2019 17:32 by ifi   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 24, 2019 22:33)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. Private equity firms have become the biggest landlords in the world, and the extent of the high-end land grab goes well beyond gentrification. Fredrik Gertten’s probing documentary follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as she travels the world in an effort to understand why we are being pushed out of our cities, and why affordable housing isn’t defined as a fundamental human right.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / event notice Tuesday September 17, 2019 22:37 by foe   text 2 comments (last - monday september 23, 2019 22:00)   image 1 image
On Friday the 15th of March 2019 1.6 million people took part in a global climate strike in more than 125 countries in more than 2,000 locations. In Ireland more than 15,000 students took part in protests for urgent climate action.

This September 20th, we're going to smash that number. But we need you to make that happen! read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Tuesday September 17, 2019 22:14 by pbp   image 1 image
Dublin Renters Union to host ‘Tent City’ protest outside offices of Vulture Fund Val Issuer Dac on Molesworth Street tomorrow 11am

Protest to highlight a number of evictions in South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire and Inchicore

Richard Boyd Barrett TD to question Housing Minister at 10.30am about these mass evictions with tenants in Dáil gallery

Tomorrow (18/09/2019) beginning at 11am Dublin Renters Union will host a ‘Tent City’ protest outside the offices of Vulture Fund Val Issuer Dac on Molesworth Street. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / news report Tuesday September 17, 2019 13:25 by Abolfaz Hassanbeig
Saudi Arabia has just now begged Iran for gasoline after the sudden cut of Saudi domestic supplies due to the new Yemeni drone attacks on Saudi major oil facilities on Tuesday.Saudi was once the world's largest crude oil exporter read full story / add a comment
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