A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Putin, Israel and the downed Il-20 Fri Sep 21, 2018 05:10 | The Saker
[This column has been written for the Unz Review] Yesterday (Sept 19th), I tried to post a short commentary suggesting that before we jump to conclusions about anything, we ought
Kevin Barrett speaks about KPFA banning Bonnie Faulkner?s show (MUST SEE!) Fri Sep 21, 2018 02:43 | The Saker
Kevin Barrett speaks about KPFA banning Bonnie Faulkner?s show and the growing trend of media censorship at the 2018 9/11 Truth Film Festival in Oakland, California on September 11, 2018:
Some Fast Thoughts On IL-20 (Andrei Martyanov) Thu Sep 20, 2018 20:33 | The Saker
Note: I don’t normally do reposts, but things are becoming so crazy that I asked Andrei if I could repost his short article and he kindly agreed. So here it
September 20, 2018: Russia Kicks Off Snap Drills Off Syrian Coast Thu Sep 20, 2018 13:52 | Scott
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We Can?t Forgive Israel for Downing the IL-20 and Killing Russians, by Ruslan Ostashko Thu Sep 20, 2018 13:41 | Scott
Translated by Scott Humor and captioned by Leo. Make sure to press CC for English captions. The reckless audacity of Israel’s behavior in the Middle East, sooner or later
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News on Human Rights
112 Pro-Biafra Imo Women Arrested Sat Aug 25, 2018 14:06 | Human Rights
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Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
2001: Discovery with fins 12:01 Sat Sep 22, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Class and music? 11:00 Sat Sep 22, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
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Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017
IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017
Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016
The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015
Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015
Dublin Opinion >>
****** Submission Deadline for Bus Connects Fri Sept 28th ******
Make a postal submission. Do not use the online survey as it can be manipulated and ignored !
The plan to re-organise the entire Dublin Bus network known as Bus Connects but really should be called Bus Disconnects has a submission deadline of Fri 28th Sept. This plan is a very thinly disguised plan to privatise the service. Already the NTA has given away 10% of the routes to a UK company which last year in the UK was voted the worst rail operator and whose CEO receives â‚¬2 million in salary.
The Dublin bus system needs to be greatly improved to be more like something you will find in mainland Europe and this would require most importantly more investment to buy more buses, new routes and increased frequency. It also needs more routes in a series of rings around the city. This plan is not doing any of this. It is NOT increasing any of these factors DESPITE the SPIN in the confusing information form Bus Connects. They say things like there will be a bus every 4 minutes on the A routes. On closer inspection the A routes each go to different areas completely, so 4 A routes means, the frequency for your A bus since you won't be using all 4, is actually 16 mins. But these times are quoted at peak hour. It disguises how they are stretching an under resourced system to do more than it can. The information is purposely mis-leading in order to spin it so that the public thinks what they are being offered is better than it is.
Additionally any area with a Dart or Luas will have significant reductions. The focus will be to serve these but total journey times will be longer and it will force more people on already over-crowded arteries at peak. For lots of people, they will need to take 2 bus or "connections" to get anywhere -even to the city centre especially from further out. This connection into a high speed backbone might work in a place like Netherlands or Switzerland where they have real and proper public transport systems, but will lead to much longer journeys at higher costs in the case of Ireland considering they don't plan to add anything into it and their only interest is to privatise it so that someone can milk the system rather than either a national or non-profit entity that might have public service as its objective. And just to be clear the NTA intends to put all these routes out to tender in the next few years.
Details for Postal Submission to National Transport Authority (NTA)
BusConnects Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign
National Transport Authority
Dun Sceine, Harcourt Lane
Note: The cost is the price of a stamp.
Bus Connects Transport Plan Promises Much But Wonâ€™t Deliver
| The Privatisation Agenda of Bus Connects Will Lead To Bus Disconnects
Two demonstrations have been called in light of this tragic death:
Pro-Choice Ireland have called a demonstration for 6 o'clock this evening Wednesday 14th November outside Leinster House.
Action on X in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice has called a candle lit vigil for this Saturday the 17th of November beginning at the Garden of Remembrance at 4 o'clock.
see HERE for event notice.
31 year old Savita Halappanavar died last week after being denied a termination after presenting with a miscarriage. Having originally presented at the hospital with a back pain on October 21st, it was discovered that Savita was miscarrying. She was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.
Over the course of 3 days in the hospital the doctors refused to carry out an abortion despite there being no hope of survival of the foetus. Savita had requested and abortion several times over the 3 days due to the severe pain she was suffering. She was refused an abortion on the basis that the foetal heartbeat was still beating and that “this is a Catholic country”. After 3 days the foetal heartbeat stopped and finally the foetus was removed. However Savita developed septicaemia caused by the miscarriage and died on the 28th.
Reaction to news of the death in India - The Times of India
The "Arab Spring" and The Seduction of the Western Left
Paper given at the First Annual Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi Day School, at the Dublin Offices of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, 33 Gardiner Place, Dublin, on the 20th of October, 2012.
I wish to claim, in this paper, that the invasion of Libya set a new precedent in the co-option of Western Left into imperialist adventurism. Following the work of Jean Baudrillard, I will claim that the method used was the age old method of seduction.
Siege of Bani Walid, Day 20: ‘Militia committing genocide’ |
Communist Party of the Irish Republic Statement on the Ungoing Massacre of Civilians in Bani Walid, Libya. |
Gadaffi Death Chaos Leaves Ntc And Nato Pr Machine With Questions To Be Answered |
Activist Education at the Albert Einstein Institution: A Critical Examination of Elite Cooption of Civil Disobedience |
Lawless Libya: A Racist Régime of Torture and Murder | Gaddafi supporters seize control of Libyan town |
CIA asset , Mahdi al-Harati |
Annual Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi Day School and National Commemoration for All Anti-imperialist Martyrs 20th October |
Protest outside Amnesty International Office for Irish and Libyan Politial Prisoners and Internees |
Libya: Apparent Execution of 53 Gaddafi Supporters |
The strange case of why the Irish anti war movement never marched against the war in Libya |
Why is the Irish Left silent on the Holocaust of Sirte? |
Direct Democracy: The Libyan Experiment |
Libyan humanitarian disaster deepens as NATO, opposition continue offensive |
Documents expose intimate ties between Libyan torturers and CIA, MI6 |
NATO is Slaughtering Civilians Not Saving them in Tripoli Now
Map of Resource Thefts
€1,600 billion. That is the figure for Irish Oil & Gas reserves already licensed revealed last Tuesday morning (Sept 11th) in a detailed report from Shell to Sea using the energy corporations own reports and estimates. People in Ireland will see almost no benefits from this incredible wealth because the Irish state gives these reserves to the corporations at the cheapest terms in the world.
In these links, some from ShellToSea and some from Indymedia, one can get an idea of the scale of scandal that lies before us, the deep level of corruption, consequences and how we are all suffering now from the financial crisis -caused by a slightly different form of corruption from much the same layer in Irish society and yet we are being robbed not just of our resources, but the very fabric of our society is being torn apart (health, educational, social & civic) , national sovereignty given away, and our taxes increase to pay for the gambles and speculation of the bankers, developers and bondholders -i.e the elite.
Related Links: ShellToSea
First find the oil, and then raise the taxes | Our oil and gas might as well be off the coast of Brazil for all the good it will do us | News release: Devastating report exposes State's mismanagement of oil & gas resources | News release: New evidence of Shell's covert surveillance emerges | News Release: Rabbitte's betrayal further exposed by Providence's 1.6 bn barrel oil find | Drillers to earn €53bn from Irish oil find | Norwegian Fisherman warns of destruction of seismic survey
Resource Wars: a feature of the 21st century? -shows how the resource theft is a global phenomena |
One Gas Well to Secure Ireland's Energy Supply!!! |
Business as usual for Gardaí – trying to smear women in ‘rape tape’ controversy
- perfect illustration of how the corruption from the whole resource issue permeates into human rights abuses. |
Review of the Corrib Gas Project Oral Hearing |
Farmers group wants Ireland to follow Iceland and burn the bondholders |
Mandate To Default On The Unjust Bank Debt That Is Sinking Our Economy - just like the resource theft, we've been fooled again by being landed with the banking bailout bill
| Press Statement: “Wealthy Elite will still have political power after election,” says 1% Network
-demonstrates nothing changes. |
Shell to Sea distribute 1000's of 540 billion notes |
The Unfolding Crisis and Ireland's Economic Ruin -Our descent into the financial black hole. |
Students Occupy Department Of Finance -See how the govt brutally attacks our young people because they have to make cuts to save the bankers & speculators losses.
Fracking is the next diaster!
Poland and Fracking - Lessons to be Learned - Ban Fracking In EU |
Fracking in the Lough Allen & Clare Basins |
Renowned Investigative Journalist Greg Palast Talks about Fracking in Enniskillen, Carrick on Shannon and Dublin -link to video of full talk.