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31 Facts Showing How the Rich are Getting Richer and Everybody Else Poorer by Jon Hellevig for The Saker Blog There is no hiding anymore, the United States has become

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Jan 27th Deadline for Submissions on Govt Bill to Prevent Citizens Objections to Bad Planning & Developments

The government is bringing in legislation that will more or less remove your right to object to various types of planning applications and will give free reign to developers and private companies to do as they please. The new rules would require objections only from established interest groups that are in existence at least 3 years and have more than 100 members for that time. Fees will also be far higher. This means if someone wants to put a motorway outside your door and dig a quarry in the field beside you, or build a windfarm outside your front window, a sewage works over the wall, then you have to have known about it somehow three years in advance, have formed an interest group and have 100 members, not 99 or 50 or 20 but 100 !

Friends of the Irish Environment are calling on citizens and citizens group to make their voices heard during the submission period to make our opposition clear to the State. The rights of citizens to access our courts goes back to the Magna Carta.

Submission can be made until January 27, 2020.
Submission site: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/public-consultation-general-scheme-housing-and-planning-and-development-bill-2019

For more info, see New Planning Bill ‘undermines EU environmental enforcement policy’ ‘Call to Arms’ over Planning Bill 2019

international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Saturday November 16, 2013 - 13:21 by wikileaks   text 1 comment (last - tuesday november 19, 2013 - 12:02)
WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday November 15, 2013 - 13:09 by Rossport Solidarity Reporter   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
Judge Denis McLoughlin presided over yesterdays monthly sitting of Belmullet district court. Amongst the defendants were 5 people up on charges because of their opposition to the Shell Corrib gas project. Of the Shell related cases only one was heard, resulting in John Monaghan being convicted and fined E350 and disqualified from driving for one year. Of particular note in this case was that some of the evidence that was used to convict Mr Monaghan, came from Sgt Dermot Butler, who was one of the named Gardaí that a former Shell subcontractor claimed helped to transfer the alcohol that he delivered to Belmullet Garda station on behalf of Shell. Also of particular note was that one IRMS security guard also confirmed that IRMS had a practice of profiling certain members of the local community and other campaigners.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday November 14, 2013 - 18:22 by rebel
Here is one article about true public enemies, not state enemies than enemies of society. Companies and people and their products that are created to build totalitarianism in the time of global capitalism. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday October 24, 2013 - 13:36 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.   text 1 comment (last - sunday october 27, 2013 - 11:41)
Over the last couple of days we have witnessed massive media hysteria about the case of Maria, a young girl supposedly abducted by a Roma couple in Greece. DNA tests and Lombroso-style racial profiling [1] have come into action in a case that has stirred the irrational anxiety that feeds racism and bigotry. Beyond the fact that child abduction is a serious issue, the "whiteness" and "blondeness" of the alleged victim have been emphasised together with the "Roma" condition of the alleged culprits. Let us remember that this is taking place in Greece, a country where blatant racism (as expressed by Golden Dawn) is on the rise, so there are good reasons to be cautious about this whole case. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday October 23, 2013 - 13:47 by anon
A glossy Shell PR roadshow was disrupted and shut down in Oxford, UK recently in solidarity with the struggles in Rossport and elsewhere. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday October 17, 2013 - 13:00 by Turing   text 2 comments (last - tuesday october 22, 2013 - 13:04)   image 2 images
Protest Rally against Attacks on Senior Citizens in Budget 2014 on 22nd October at 1 pm, Dáil, kildare Street, Dublin

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament poses the question

Where has the Coalition’s National Positive Ageing Strategy Gone?

Speaking today in Dublin, Mairead Hayes CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament asked

“Where have the promises and the actions to underpin this government’s National Positive Ageing Strategy gone?

Remember the slogan in April 2013 at the launch: POSITIVE AGEING- STARTS NOW ... read full story / add a comment
Referendum will result in: The possibility of the reference of Bills to the people by the President will be removed from the Constitution
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Friday September 20, 2013 - 16:14 by nmn   text 20 comments (last - wednesday november 27, 2013 - 23:12)   image 2 images
The coming referendum on the abolishment of Seanad Éireann would, if passed, remove the existing constitutional right of the President to refer proposed Bills to the people for a referendum. It would pass the initial responsibility of passing Bills into law onto the Dáil alone - a dangerous development, particularly where any ruling party might hold an overall majority. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday September 04, 2013 - 08:42 by ags   text 4 comments (last - saturday january 03, 2015 - 22:21)   image 3 images
To Sue:
Sgt James Gill (retired) is threatening Pat “The Chief” O'Donnell with bankruptcy over the defamation case, in which Gill's former classmate, Judge Margaret Heneghan awarded him €33,000 plus legal costs. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday August 22, 2013 - 09:47 by Justin Morahan   text 7 comments (last - tuesday september 03, 2013 - 12:34)   image 6 images
Below is a letter to President Barack Obama on the occasion of a protest by Colm Roddy and me outside the US Embassy in Dublin, Wednesday 21 July before Whistleblower Bradley Manning was given a horrendous sentence for telling the truth. ... read full story / add a comment
roscommon / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday August 21, 2013 - 12:54 by Paul Laverty   text 3 comments (last - tuesday august 27, 2013 - 22:47)
Are we really supposed to cut off our critical faculties and forget what the CIA has done?

On the 16th of August Ken Loach and Paul Laverty spoke at a meeting in Effernagh, Co Leitrim, to commemmorate the 80th anniversary of the deportation of Jimmy Gralton, while across the river Shannon, the same evening, Mr John Brennan, head of the CIA attended a homecoming "Gathering" event in Kilteenan, Roscommon.
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Thanks to Racheal Healy
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday August 04, 2013 - 19:42 by Mick Healy   text 3 comments (last - sunday august 25, 2013 - 15:28)   image 3 images   video 3 video files
A very interesting public Meeting will take place in the Cobblestone Pub 77 Kings Street North, Smithfield Dublin 7. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 31, 2013 - 11:48 by fred   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 03, 2014 - 17:11)   image 1 image
Government is currently rolling out a national biometric ID card scheme ostensibly to help stamp out welfare fraud. It currently holds facial data and signature data. However the card is extensible and designed to hold other data in the future. (No doubt they started with the least offensive biometric measurement! )
It has been stated that these cards may act as driving licences etc in the future. It is a national ID card by the back door. Expect it to be issued to everyone. How can government justify such expensive schemes in times of recession without a murmur from the MSM?? And where are the protests against this attack on our civi8l liberties in the wake of the NSA / UK mass surveillance scandals? ... read full story / add a comment
Beatriz Etxebarria upon her arrest -- her sexual torture began that day
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday July 28, 2013 - 17:21 by Diarmuid Breatnach   image 1 image
Torture of Basque poltical activists is endemic in the Spanish state. Of the 21,000 Basques arrested since 1960, 10,000 have been tortured, according to a Basque historical memory organisation in a recent statement. Some of the tortures, in particular of women, have included sexual humiliation, stripping, sexual handling and penetration by objects. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday July 28, 2013 - 13:14 by IPSC   text 9 comments (last - thursday december 05, 2013 - 20:52)   image 1 image
At 5.30pm on Thursday 1st August, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will hold a demonstration at The Spire on O’Connell Street in Dublin to protest Israel’s biggest act of ethnic cleansing since 1967, as part of an international day of action called for by Palestinians. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday June 20, 2013 - 02:07 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 7 comments (last - wednesday june 26, 2013 - 13:26)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Press Release

For immediate release

Issued by Rossport Solidarity Camp

20/06/13 ... read full story / add a comment
A modern day coup in Greece? The Colonels descendents silence broadcast critics.
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday June 12, 2013 - 15:19 by Stuart   text 8 comments (last - monday june 17, 2013 - 21:20)   image 2 images
The government of Greece has condemned "inefficiency, opacity and scandal", suspending its (profitable but critical) state broadcaster. ERT (Hellenic Radio-Television) is the state-funded national broadcaster in Greece. The Greek government summarily suspended ERT with immediate effect last night, suspending all 2,500 employees (and an additional 250 freelancers) without pay.

ERT buildings have been occupied by the former state employees who are continuing to produce programmes for broadcast, which are being released through internet feeds and some Spanish television stations.

A petition has been started by AVAAZ at http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_shutdown_of_P...reece ... read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Friday June 07, 2013 - 23:03 by legalise cannabis Ireland   text 3 comments (last - thursday june 13, 2013 - 09:43)   image 1 image
The 7th Legalise Cannabis of Ireland Protest march

2pm June 15th 2013
Assembling at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Sq, Dublin.
Marching to the Dail Eireann, Molesworth St.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Mr. Luke 'Ming' Flanagan - Independent TD (Dáil Eireann)
Mr. Vincent Lavery - D.I.D (Decriminalize Illegal Drugs)
Jude Campion - Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday June 05, 2013 - 10:54 by Turing
On our way home we needed to cross a street on which there were some police. We approached them very carefully making it clear that we were not protesters. As soon as they saw us they grabbed us very forcefully and pushed us against a wall. We explained who we were and what we were trying to do but they proceeded to treat us very badly. My student - a Turkish citizen - was pushed on the ground and beaten around his stomach and buttocks with batons. They then told him they were not interested in him and kicked him to the other side of the street where he was able to escape. However, they held my friend, a Canadian national with Chinese origins, and myself. I was initially pushed to the ground and beaten very severely around the legs for ' what I was doing'. We were then marched around the centre of Izmir for a further 2 hours as the police decided what to do with us - constantly pushing us and harassing us - along with a number of Turkish people that they had taken into custody. Eventually we got away by being friendly to one police officer who suddenly said ' just disappear up this street'. At that stage the police (including very ferocious riot police who had orıginaly detained and beaten us) were escorting probably over a hundred Turkish citizens to some unknown destination.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday June 04, 2013 - 12:34 by Turing
Now the US mercenaries try to silence rt.com. Full text at link.

RT.com was temporarily disabled Monday for just under five hours by a DDoS attack. It coincided with RT's reporting on the trial of Bradley Manning and massive anti-government protests in Turkey, with coverage continuing uninterrupted on Twitter. The attack, claimed by anti-WikiLeaks hacker group AntiLeaks, also came as RT celebrated its status as the first international news agency to reach one billion views on YouTube. ... read full story / add a comment
(image Emre Kizilkaya @ekizilkaya on twitter)
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Saturday June 01, 2013 - 17:00 by repost from Rabble   text 16 comments (last - tuesday june 11, 2013 - 12:29)   image 4 images   video 3 video files
A seemingly minor issue to the Turkish government at least has sparked huge protests in Istanbul and in other cities in Turkey where plans to remove a city public park and replace it with a shopping mall has triggered in the space of 24 hours has triggered the protests. It seems everywhere people are fed up with the arrogance of politicians and their corrupt moneyed backers.

The Erdoğan government’s dictatorial approach to town planning has awakened a sleeping giant. In the space of 24 hours a simple protest over a park’s future has become a nationwide rebellion against authoritarian government, violent police and creeping Islamisation of a famously secular society. rabble’s men on the ground ... read full story / add a comment
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