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international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday April 06, 2019 17:00 by Workers Party   image 1 image
Today (4th Apr) is the seventieth anniversary of the foundation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On 3rd and 4th April foreign ministers from NATO countries are meeting in Washington D.C.

This is no cause for celebration. NATO is an aggressive imperialist war machine that expresses and serves the interests and profitability of capital and the monopolies. NATO is the enemy of peace and social progress. It exists in the interests of preserving the current social system. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / news report Tuesday April 02, 2019 16:58 by Jubilee USA Network
On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Saturday March 30, 2019 16:24 by Kate Zeller
The Senate agreed to vote next week on disaster relief legislation that includes $600 million in emergency food assistance for Puerto Rico. In recent days, a turbulent exchange between President Trump and Congressional leadership exploded over whether or not Puerto Rico disaster aid monies should be included in Senate legislation. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / press release Tuesday March 26, 2019 23:33 by foie
ARE TREES THE NEW COAL? UN International Day of Forests Documentary Release
UN International Day of Forests on Thursday 21 March

A documentary about the burning of wood at an industrial scale for energy is being released today to coincide with UN International Day of Forests.

"BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?" tells the story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday March 18, 2019 16:37 by Justin Morahan   text 9 comments (last - tuesday july 16, 2019 09:08)
Protests at Shannon abound read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / news report Wednesday March 13, 2019 17:40 by Kate Zeller
The House of Representatives is holding hearings on legislative initiatives to deter corruption and secrecy in the global financial system. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday March 08, 2019 19:19 by séamas carraher
On March 8 each year, there is certainly no shortage of outrages that have been perpetrated against women over the course of another year of violence, human rights abuses and oppression read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday February 28, 2019 23:04 by Julia Reda MP   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 26, 2019 21:55)   video 2 video files
THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO OVERTURN THE EU COPYRIGHT REFORM

In September 2018, MEPs voted for a version of the copyright Directive which will indirectly lead to implementing upload filters on most of the services you use online. The European Parliament’s (EP) Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee Rapporteur, MEP Axel Voss, then started the ‘trilogue negotiations’ – closed-door ‘informal’ negations with the representatives of the EU Member States (Council) and the European Commission (EC). These negotiations resulted in a trilogue agreement in Mid-February 2019. Despite massive criticism, the text has been made even worse than the EP’s proposal. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday February 22, 2019 10:36 by séamas carraher
You think war was bad for you, well, think again… It’s worse for children; whether they are babies, small children or old enough to carry a gun or a knife and engage in the savagery of modern war… read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Thursday February 14, 2019 20:57 by W   text 6 comments (last - friday may 03, 2019 20:57)   image 1 image   video 3 video files
The Workers’ Party have accused Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney of prioritising Donald Trump’s foreign policy ahead of Irish neutrality. Cllr. Éilis Ryan, the Workers’ Party candidate in May’s European Parliament elections, said:

“Simon Coveney has, for the first time in our history, given formal backing to United States overseas aggression. Successive governments under Fianna Fáil, Labour and the Green Party have facilitated US overseas aggression by allowing the use of Shannon Airport, but this move marks a new departure, leaving behind even the facade of neutrality.

“It flies in the face of the values of anti-colonialism and sovereignty which Irish people are so rightly proud of.” read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 12, 2019 22:10 by Gemma rays   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 13, 2019 04:30)
Investigative Journalist and ex presidential candidate Gemma O'Doherty has become the subject of a campaign of google censorship like many others recently who dissent from the status quo. Gemma, however did not take this lying down. She took it straight to google HQ

Support Gemma in her fight against google censorship.
And support independent non corporate media platforms where this control cannot so easily be exercised over free speech! read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday February 05, 2019 18:41 by JubileeUSA Network
Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a deal to restructure $17 billion of Puerto Rico's $72 billion debt on Monday. Court approval was the last hurdle creditors and the island's oversight board needed for a plan to address sales tax backed debt or "COFINA" debt.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday February 04, 2019 18:58 by séamas cxarraher
The London-based International Observatory of Human Rights have added to the long list of the country’s human rights violations in their recent 2018 in Review: Human Rights Violations in Turkey read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Friday February 01, 2019 22:49 by wp   text 5 comments (last - sunday february 10, 2019 22:10)   image 1 image
We firmly condemn the escalation of interference and blackmail by the European Union against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, aligned and concerted with the coup operation of «self-proclamation» of a puppet president, orchestrated and commanded by the Trump Administration who, in an arrogant violation of International Law, seeks to overthrow the legitimate President, Nicolás Maduro, elected by popular vote, and subvert the Venezuelan constitutional order. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / news report Thursday January 31, 2019 14:28 by séamas carraher
The world’s 26 richest people possess the same wealth as the poorest 50%, a figure estimated to be 3.8 billion people read full story / add a comment
The document released by Anonymous Europe's CyberGuerrilla
international / environment / news report Saturday January 26, 2019 22:36 by Blooming Barricade   image 1 image
Executives from the transnational financial institution HSBC contacted British military intelligence to discuss targeting of anti-fracking activists, according to documents released by Anonymous Europe. read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 22, 2019 16:12 by Sean Crudden
Well I must say that although I have not seen much of the debate about Brexit I am impressed by Mrs. Teresa May. She has maintained a rational and forthright attitude. Many a good leader has been ditched long before the end of the road. But I hope she is able to lead this Brexit process to a satisfactory conclusion.

To be simplistic about it I do not think it is a case of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland wrong; The European Union right. It's a big decision for EU as well as for UKGBNI. Candidly I think EU needs to review and adjust. There are many facets of the EU and The European Commission that are open to negative criticism. I need not retail them here. Most people can make out their own shopping list. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Saturday January 19, 2019 11:57 by séamas carraher   text 1 comment (last - monday january 21, 2019 16:38)
It seems that the fate of the Kurds and their allies and neighbours in this tormented part of the world depends on the quickly changing allegiances between a number of international players – none of which you would trust to walk your grandmother across a busy road read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday January 18, 2019 18:11 by Kate Zeller
On Thursday, Judge Laura Taylor Swain delayed approval of a $17 billion debt deal between Puerto Rico "COFINA" creditors and the island's oversight board. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday January 16, 2019 21:18 by Kate Zeller
Through Thursday, the judge presiding over Puerto Rico's bankruptcy process will hear testimony about a debt deal to restructure about $17 billion of the island's $72 billion debt. read full story / add a comment
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