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The Saker
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offsite link After Washington?s aggression: Syria will win Thu Apr 19, 2018 15:54 | The Saker
By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog One week after the latest US aggression against Syria, the Syrian Army and its allies have spared no efforts in continuing their raging

offsite link Syria, Iran and ?chaos in international relations? Thu Apr 19, 2018 15:50 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Even in the context of a post-truth geopolitical environment run amok, Russian President Vladimir Putin telling

offsite link Sharing the tension, the drama, the agony, the beauty, the nostalgia, the despair and the serenity Thu Apr 19, 2018 06:23 | The Saker
We are living in scary times.  And I won’t pretend I don’t feel despair – I do.  But since we can’t control our future, and since our days are counted,

offsite link Syrian War Report ? April 18, 2018: Syrian Army Advances In Rastan, Reaches Deal In Dumayr Wed Apr 18, 2018 19:04 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... After the victory in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian military turned its eyes to other militant-held pockets across the country. On April 15, the Syrian Army and the National Defense

offsite link Who dominates Syria? Wed Apr 18, 2018 14:33 | The Saker
Things are getting scary… what do you think Trump's safe word is? #Syria pic.twitter.com/eHcFqqUtbl — IN THE NOW (@IntheNow_tweet) April 17, 2018

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offsite link #abortiontravel Kath Browne & Catherine Nash on ?Love both?: Naming Heteroactivism? Tue Apr 17, 2018 13:01 | GuestPost

offsite link #abortiontravel Katherine Side on ?Medical Abortion Use: Post-Referendum Possibilities? Mon Apr 16, 2018 14:01 | GuestPost

offsite link Blog Carnival: Spatiality and Abortion Travel Mon Apr 16, 2018 13:58 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Repeal and Replace? Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:58 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Shifting Sands Under the Abortion Debate Mon Jan 15, 2018 09:30 | GuestPost

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series 13:08 Thu Apr 19, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Any passport so long as it?s blue? or EU procurement rules preconceptions? 11:15 Thu Apr 19, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Plotting to bypass Britain..? 10:14 Thu Apr 19, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link IT Poll FG down, SF up 07:41 Thu Apr 19, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Repeal Campaign? just over 5 weeks to go 07:08 Thu Apr 19, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov: Swiss lab says ‘BZ toxin’ used in Salisbury,
NOT produced in Russia, was in US & UK service

As expected this blatant attempt by the intelligence services of UK & US to blame this on Russia combined with the small scale chemical attack in Syria which they clearly carried out through their proxies is part of the relentless campaign to isolate Russia and restart the war in Syria so that they can destroy it just like they did in Libya and Iraq and open the way to moving onto Iran their ultimate target.

And today after waging a relentless campaign of lies for the past month they get the first part of their wish which was surprise surprise -launch airstrikes and 130+ missiles on Syria including the capital Damascus where four missiles were targeted at the Damascus International Airport; but luckily shot down. As usual the US/UK always say they are attacking terrorist targets but in reality they attack infrastructure that destroys the fabric of the country. In fact the very thing that causes destitute citizens who emigrate in their millions...

See also: Some Sensible and Logical Analysis to the Skripal poisoning case and Others

national / elections / politics Wednesday February 24, 2016 18:26 by T
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Parties for a Left Dail

The election cycle has come around yet again it is time to take a look at some of the issues being discussed and more importantly those not discussed and have a quick look at the economy.

For this election there are more independents going up than ever before, although people should be warned that a certain fraction of them are closet FFers and FGers so if it is change you are looking for, they may not be the candidates to vote for. Sometimes people seemed to assume Independents tend to be more to the Left. There is no inherent reason this should be the case and statistically one would expect them to evenly spread to the Left and Right. So if voting for an Independent then be sure you have checked what they really stand for and their previous record if any.

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TTIP is the greatest single threat to our
democracy. Both FG and FF support it.
It is a EU-US wide corporate power grab.
Find out more before you vote !!
dublin / elections / politics Saturday May 10, 2014 13:20 by 1 of Indymedia
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The Euro and local council elections take place on Fri May 23rd and nationwide there are 11 MEPs to be elected to represent Ireland Euro elections will also be taking place across Europe for a grand total of 751 seats in the European Parliament. Regrettably the European Commission which is composed of 28 non-elected and appointed commissioners and is besieged by thousands of lobbying firms working for the private sector, is probably reckoned to have more power. Yet despite this Europe matters because at least 70% of our legislation comes from there and practically most of the regulation in a diverse range of areas originates from Europe and some of the more background regulation has its origins with corporate lobbyists with the aim of using heavy regulation to put smaller competitors out of businesses by greatly increasing the relative costs for smaller businesses. The main political parties of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael constantly tell us they are pro business and for jobs and the economy. In fact they are for big business, privatisation, outsourcing of jobs, lower wages, less social safety net and their support of big business and corporations constantly results in the suffocating of small business which are the very areas that lead to most employment.

dublin / elections / politics Wednesday March 16, 2011 14:01 by Maire
Rosaleen McDonagh is seeking election to the Seanad in the Trinity Constituency

Rosaleen McDonagh is contesting the Seanad Election in the Dublin University Constituency. She is a well known Traveller activist, feminist and writer.

national / elections / politics Thursday February 24, 2011 08:50 by T
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Can efficiency improvements fill the gap?

Given it is just days away from the election and a new government, most likely to be led by Fine Gael, many are probably wondering what exactly is the current state of Ireland and what are the prospects for recovery. In short, things are bad and a recovery is very unlikely. There are also wider and bigger global issues and we are unprepared and should be doing something about it now.

The only hope is that we have is that there is a public awakening to try and understand what has happened, where we are and the future we are hurtling towards. Only then, is there any possibility of some kind of social revolution to enable us to have any chance of coping with the challenges and by our actions, hopefully we may even trigger an European wide social transformation. But frankly the prospects of this positive development happening are zilch.

When the global credit boom came to a halt and hit Ireland on that fateful day in Sept 2008, Brian Lenihan, at the behest of the bankers made a fatal mistake with the bank guarantee that ensured no (large) debtor would be left behind. It might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it would only have worked if the global economy bounced back and it was clear it was not going to unless like many mainstream economists who propagate the dominant capitalist ideology of our time, they assumed it was just going to be another small recession in the usual business cycle. But anyone who had been following events without their ideological blinkers on, would have realized this was going to be of seismic proportions.
national / elections / politics Thursday January 13, 2011 15:47 by Jerry Cornelius
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Jimmy Kelly of UNITE calls on Voters to VOTE LEFT

The UNITE trade union, the second largest union in the Republic of Ireland has called on all working people to vote for a left wing government in the general election likely to be held in March.

“Workers should use their vote in the upcoming general election to bring about a left-wing government for the first time in the history of the state,” said Jimmy Kelly, Regional Secretary of Unite the union.

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textArchbishop and Evangelical Leader Tell Congress to Reduce Puerto Rico Child Poverty 17:42 Wed 02 Aug by Abby Wilhelm 0 comments

Puerto Rico religious leaders are urging Congress to reduce child poverty on the island by granting equal access to US health care funding and child tax benefits.‎

textMozambique Audit Reveals Corruption and Short Falls in Financial System 22:22 Wed 05 Jul by Abby Wilhelm 0 comments

Ahead of President Trump's first G20 meeting in Germany this weekend, Mozambique released an audit exposing violations of the country's laws to secure now-defaulted loans.

textRepresentative Doggett and Senator Whitehouse Introduce Legislation to Close Tax Havens 15:08 Thu 06 Apr by Greg Williams 0 comments

Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and ‎Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)‎ introduced versions of the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act in the House and Senate.

20092017obamatrumpinauguration.jpg imageTrump, spokesman slam U.S. media over inaugural crowd coverage 07:29 Sun 22 Jan by afpRappler 2 comments

Washington city authorities do not provide official crowd counts but TV footage clearly showed the gathering did not stretch all the way to the Washington Monument as Trump asserted

textNegotiators Struggle for Agreement on Debt and Tax Issues at UN Development Summit 18:09 Wed 20 Jul by Greg Williams 0 comments

A United Nations global development summit begins its fourth day of difficult negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya.

textHouse Passes Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Legislation; Senate Poised to Pass Bill Before July 1 15:19 Fri 10 Jun by Greg Williams 0 comments

The House passed Puerto Rico debt crisis legislation 297-127. The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act now heads to the US Senate for approval.

textConsumer Protection Bureau Unveils New "Payday" Lending Rules 17:30 Fri 03 Jun by Greg Williams 0 comments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau releases new rules governing "payday" lending - high interest loans that impact low-income communities.

dutertethepunisher.jpg imageThe Philippines’ New Strongman 13:29 Wed 01 Jun by Alex de Jong 0 comments

Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian neoliberalism isn’t the answer to poverty and political abuse in the Philippines.

dutertegunsvigilantehumanrights.jpg imagePhilippines: The Duterte Phenomenon and our attitude towards it 08:31 Sat 07 May by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM) 0 comments

Like it or not, Rodrigo Duterte has been leading the presidential polls in successive surveys.

2rodrigodutertekaparagocppnpa.jpg imagePhilippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s One-Man Revolution and the CPP 07:29 Sun 24 Apr by Chanco CJ 0 comments

Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian vision is no way forward for the Philippines.

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textCivil liberties, the cashless society sets off alarm bells Mar 08 by Emma Robinson 0 comments

Despite political institutions keeping the subject on the low, whistleblowers and civil rights activists are raising flags regarding what they regard as a threat to fundamental freedom for States. A trend leading to the disappearance of physical currency, they fear, will inconspicuously and irreversibly invite totalitarianism into our lives.

textBrazil wants true justice for Lula! Jan 13 by João Mac Unaima 0 comments

Lula's trial must be annulled, Sergio Moro must be removed from the magistracy, dangerous element he is, and Wilson Center’s staff must recycle their behavior patterns! Humanity is tired of this mud! We all know that much more and much better is possible!

textThe forthcoming general election. Nov 24 by cropbeye 0 comments


Will the next General election feature many new candidates.
Will they make much of a difference or will many be elected?
What formula should people use to vote i.e 1 to 5 even if it is the least bad of a bad lot?

textThe Large Corbyn Labour Vote shows Socialist Polices resonate with the Masses Jun 12 by T 0 comments

The large vote for Corbyn's Labour socialist type policies shows that moving to the Left rather than the centre resonates with the masses and shows that things like issues of health, education and jobs are core issues and perhaps shows a sign that a certain section of the population is beginning to notice that practically every political party is infested with banking and corporate favoured policies and shrills and technocrats working on their behalf while the population is being relentlessly screwed by austerity.

textBrazil wants democracy back! Mar 02 by Emilio Jose Lemos de Lima 0 comments

The coup of 2016 double hit democracy in Brazil: it overthrew an honest president from power, without being able to point out against her rigorously no wrong attitude, thus trampling the constitution, which does not admit this alternative, and passing, in practice, the presidentialist regime to The parliamentarian, without consulting the population, a hypothesis that is also forbidden by the Magna Carta.

It is fundamental that democratic sectors outside Brazil, support the struggle of Brazilians for the return of democracy and presidentialism!

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textReligious Development Group Urges Stronger Corporate Reporting Standards Nov 29 Jubilee USA Network 0 comments

Jubilee USA, a religious development group, asked the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to require greater disclosure of what payments corporations make to governments where they operate.

textBipartisan Senate ‎and House Bills Tackle Abusive Shell Company Practices Aug 03 Jubilee USA Network 0 comments

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act.

textPuerto Rico Bankruptcy Process Begins May 16 Jubilee USA Network 0 comments

Puerto Rico bankruptcy proceedings to restructure an over $70 billion debt begin on Wednesday in San Juan.

textTrump Voids Dodd-Frank 1504 Transparency Rule Feb 15 0 comments

President Trump signed into law Congressional action to void requirements that the oil, gas and mining industries report financial activity in countries where they operate.

imageThe Meaning Of Trump’s Victory Nov 14 4 comments

The shock victory of Donald Trump in defiance of both the polls and most of the US establishment is testimony to the deep anger felt by many millions of working class Americans at their abandonment by the system.

The defeat of Bernie Sanders by the Democratic Party elite made it possible for a billionaire racist and sexist to present himself as the voice of that anger. There is much evidence that if Sanders had been the candidate he would have beaten Trump comfortably.

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