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international / arts and media / other press Friday October 05, 2012 17:57 by Revolt Video   text 1 comment (last - friday october 05, 2012 19:41)   audio 1 audio file
This is our pilot show for the Revolt Radio Series, they will be released in a as is and on the fly manner as we can.

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international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday October 05, 2012 13:27 by Tina Becker   text 9 comments (last - saturday october 13, 2012 23:02)   audio 1 audio file
Norman Paech, a prominent member of the German left party, Die Linke, has joined others in withdrawing his support for the Iran Tribunal after approaches from supporters of Hands Off the People of Iran, reports Tina Becker. This is an edited version of an article recently published on the website of the German magazine Hintergrund1

The Iran Tribunal continues to divide the Iranian left. Yassamine Mather’s articles in the Weekly Worker have been hotly debated in Iran, across Europe and the United States. Since she started to expose the links of the organisers to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a number of organisations and individuals have withdrawn their support. Other groups and parties have split over the issue.

It is therefore timely to take a closer look at the tribunal, its gestation, its corruption - and the fallout from Hopi’s scathing criticism.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:03 by Vetarans for Peace UK   text 4 comments (last - tuesday april 24, 2012 08:33)   audio 1 audio file
Veterans for Peace UK held its inaugural meeting on Easter Sunday. 11 veterans attended the meeting. The meeting was started with the reading of The Statement of Purpose. We then had an extended check in where there was a good exchange of experiences.
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national / arts and media / news report Saturday March 24, 2012 19:13 by Randy Tail   text 8 comments (last - monday march 26, 2012 19:41)   audio 2 audio files
Another thread speculated that recent attacks on RTE by the Sunday Independent were due to a generalised attack on the public sector, on relatively independent journalism in the publicly owned RTE during a period of recession, on disappointment at the election of Michael D Higgins and defeat for the right wing entrepreneur, Sean Gallagher (and the part played by RTE in exposing Gallagher). That story is here:

Sunday Independent that defended Bertie Ahern - on anti RTE, President Michael D Higgins, crusade
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101574

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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Tuesday March 13, 2012 23:40 by Taking the blue pill   text 25 comments (last - monday april 16, 2012 22:52)   audio 1 audio file
For the past six months and longer once Libya had fallen to the NATO sponsored 'rebels', we have faced a continuous media onslaught about Syria with reports of protests, shootings, killings, attacks, bombing and so forth. The backdrop to the narrative is that this is part of the Arab Spring which started last year and it is a good thing overall. So many people are probably wondering what really has been happening, given that this is the same media that was cheer leading the Iraq war almost 10 years ago even though at least a million+ are now dead as a result. And yet somehow they want to imply that they are doing the right thing now. We should also recall that this is the same media that is promoting austerity and encouraging us to accept the blame for the mad years of the bubble and as a consequence we should pay up the €90 billion bailout and in the process see all the state services stripped to the bone. They are presenting the uncomplicated truth surely read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / news report Monday March 12, 2012 12:50 by Benito Mussolini (Sean Gallagher loolalike division)   text 21 comments (last - sunday march 18, 2012 18:59)   audio 1 audio file
Sean Gallagher is about as useful to Irish society as the cartoon behind his picture and his presidential policies had the same substance as the sugary drip he is sucking.

RTE is the victim of a political scam artist who sold his story (for how much?) to the Sindo. This chicken (shit) farmer who tried to scam nearly 60,000 Euro is now trying to scam the public. It is all a big ball of smoke. read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday March 11, 2012 11:59 by Auntie Propaganda   text 9 comments (last - monday march 12, 2012 18:29)   audio 1 audio file
Predictably, the Sunday Independent goes to town today against RTE over the demise of its favoured candidate Sean Gallagher in the November 2011 Presidential election.

There is a non-story on the front page:

Pat McGuirk: 'RTE wanted me to gun down Gallagher'
RTE claims whistle-blower 'was happy with his Frontline experience'
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/rtes-statement-...tmlpo

But read the RTE response:

RTE's statement: 'McGuirk expressed his happiness with programme experience in fulsome terms'
RTE's statement on Pat McGuirk and 'The Frontline' presidential debate
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/rtes-statement-....html
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dublin / housing / news report Thursday February 02, 2012 16:28 by Andrew interviews Cat & Moira   audio 1 audio file
On Saturday 28th January Unlock NAMA opened an occupied building in the center of Dublin for a day of lectures about NAMA, Ireland's 'Bad Bank.' The event was cut short by a large number of police who turned up and ordered them out of the building. In this 40 minute interview Andrew Flood interviews Cat & Moira from Unlock NAMA about the occupation, what NAMA is and what Unlock NAMA demands. read full story / add a comment
dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Saturday January 28, 2012 14:16 by Catherine O'Dea   audio 1 audio file
Free Laughter Yoga in City Centre: Wednesday 8th February at 5 pm in Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier St, Dublin 2.

To book a place e-mail Catherine at “info@dublinlaughteryoga.com”.

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dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Saturday January 28, 2012 13:45 by Catherine O'Dea   audio 1 audio file
Free Laughter Yoga in City Centre: Wednesday 8th February at 5 pm in Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier St, Dublin 2.

To book a place e-mail Catherine at “info@dublinlaughteryoga.com”.

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dublin / history and heritage / event notice Sunday January 08, 2012 23:35 by Edward S Moody   text 7 comments (last - wednesday february 01, 2012 17:31)   audio 1 audio file
History Ireland Editor Tommy Graham will chair a Hedge School debate

National Library of Ireland (Dawson Street). 11 January 2012, 7pm

The War of Independence: ‘four glorious years’ or squalid sectarian conflict?
with David Fitzpatrick (TCD), John M. Regan (Dundee), Eve Morrison (TCD) and John Borgonovo (UCC) read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / news report Saturday January 07, 2012 18:03 by Terence McSwiney   text 13 comments (last - tuesday march 06, 2012 01:30)   audio 2 audio files
Very interesting discussion on Today PK (RTE Radio One) of how media misinformation, most of which originated during the 1981 H Block hunger strikes resurfaced during the release of state papers in 2012. Allegations that: - Bobby Sands told the Pope's representative that he would come off the hunger strike; - that Raymond McCreesh's family forced him to remain on hunger strike; - that the British agreed the substance of the prisoner's demands between the death of the fourth and fifth hunger striker; are discussed, by journalist Eamon Mallie, historian Eamon Phoenix and 1981 prisoners' spokesperson Danny Morrison. read full story / add a comment
national / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Monday November 28, 2011 14:19 by Declan Cullen   text 16 comments (last - tuesday december 02, 2014 12:27)   audio 1 audio file
Listen folks, do your homework. Goldman Sachs has taken over Ireland and the Irish Government. Research the people they have put in place around the EU to manage the takeover of other countries. Peter Sutherland ........... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday November 24, 2011 15:14 by pat c   text 57 comments (last - saturday january 21, 2012 10:47)   audio 1 audio file
Hands Off the People of Iran unequivocally condemns the ratcheting up of sanctions on Iran in the aftermath of the much-heralded report of the International Atomic Energy Agency on that country’s nuclear capability on November 8. The report did little more than confirm the assessment that Hopi arrived at some time ago: that at worst Iran may be interested in the so-called ‘Japanese’ option. This is nuclear development that stops just short of the capacity to produce a nuclear weapon - but only by a month or so. But this is something that has been commented on many times before.

Despite the fact that this report contained little or nothing that was new (it was little more than a compilation of UK satellite pictures and the pre-existing reports of the CIA and other western intelligence agencies), imperialist leaders have fallen over themselves to express horror and outrage at these ‘new’ findings: read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday October 22, 2011 18:26 by CB   text 4 comments (last - thursday november 24, 2011 19:07)   audio 1 audio file
On the 15th October 2011 the Ireland Institute on Pearse Street played host to the second annual Raymond Crotty lecture, which was sponsored by the People’s Movement. The topic of this year’s lecture was Rancher and Banking interests in the modern Irish Economy and was delivered by Conor McCabe. McCabe’s recent book, Sins of the Father, is an examination of the Irish economy from the Anglo – Irish Treaty up to the present day. http://www.theirishstory.com/2011/10/21/review-conor-mc...ITBIH read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / feature Monday October 03, 2011 01:34 by T   text 48 comments (last - tuesday december 06, 2011 12:54)   audio 3 audio files
NEW YORK TIMES: Updated, 3:35 a.m. Sunday | In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon. (After a 2 week corporate media blackout, #occupywallstreet direct action is now front page news) 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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national / elections / politics / news report Sunday September 18, 2011 00:07 by Ruaidhrí O' Conghaile   text 41 comments (last - friday october 07, 2011 23:47)   audio 6 audio files
It was announced earlier today that Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is set to run for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann, President of the Republic of Ireland.

The former Provisional I.R.A leader has said that he will run on a broad progressive platform building upon his role in the peace process in the north of Ireland.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Tuesday September 06, 2011 11:32 by Declan Cullen   text 57 comments (last - sunday october 02, 2011 08:13)   audio 1 audio file
With the 10th Anniversary of the events of 9/11 nearly upon us, it is about time that the other side of the 9/11 story is told instead of letting the usual talking heads such as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and Giuliani repeat ad nauseum the ridiculous 'Official' story....
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