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Red Line and Taiwan Thu Oct 28, 2021 17:08 | amarynth
Bayraktar saga continued & more preparations for war Thu Oct 28, 2021 17:06 | The Saker
Taliban spokesman on rising ISIS threat, & relations with US, China & Iran Thu Oct 28, 2021 11:41 | amarynth
East Asia Summit: President Putin Thu Oct 28, 2021 00:15 | amarynth
Convicted Rapist Spared Jail Due to Being Vulnerable to Covid Tue Oct 26, 2021 14:21 | Luke Perry
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Leaked Government Report Claims That Vaccine Passports Would Fail to Stop COVID Transmission Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:55 | Luke Perry
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Voltaire, international edition
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Responding to Climate Change: China's Policies and Actions Wed Oct 27, 2021 10:49 | en
Billions of euros to "innovate" the nuclear NATO, by Manlio Dinucci Tue Oct 26, 2021 13:25 | en
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Rapprochement between USA and Saudi Arabia Fri Oct 22, 2021 18:15 | en
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 26, 2021 22:11 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 image
Review of James Bond No Time To Die film
The latest Bond flick No Time To Die was certainly a rollercoaster ride of exciting action scenes and great special effects, yet contained more than a quantum of longueurs.
With a running time of 163 minutes it certainly tries the patience and the bladders of its audiences (who I saw popping out of the cinema throughout the film).
Personally, I think 90 minutes is enough for any film, especially since the disappearance of the intermission and ice-cream selling of yore.
In this case, the increased length seems to have been to incorporate backstories of some of the individuals involved.
The effect of this is to attenuate Bond’s appearances in the film, while adding very little to the story (hence the longueurs).
One effect of this narrative style is to put more emphasis on the story of Bond and less on the usual geopolitics and action we associate with Bond films. read full story / add a comment
Stoking The Flames of Hatred And Manipulating The Minds Of The Masses read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / opinion/analysis Sunday October 17, 2021 19:55 by Irish Inquiry 1 video file
Consistently f!u season has been winter fodder for the Irish press. Until it vanished at a time when officials needed to boost c0v!d case numbers. Convenient. It's claimed it disappeared due to stringent public health guidelines which strangely didn't quash c0v!d. Now officials need a scapegoat for spiraling hospitalisations post vaccine roll-out & any flu will do. #FlipFlopFluFallacy read full story / add a comment
If you believe the government will lift the restrictions in October, I have beachfront property in Switzerland I can sell to you.
I firmly believe there are a lot more worse lockdowns coming instead unless the public unite to say no.read full story / add a comment
John McGuirk from Gript thinks it's all just a conspiracy theory. read full story / add a comment
Jam for Freedom Irish Tour,
united with RiseUp Éireann
Jam for Freedom is spearheading the pro-freedom revolution happening worldwide as a response to restrictions on our basic human rights to work, travel and live. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Thursday August 26, 2021 17:56 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 image
This paper looks at how elites use different methods to stay in power, especially language manipulation. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 05, 2021 21:57 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
Born in controversy but then ignored in its youth, the film Salt of the Earth has matured beautifully into a classic film in the neorealist style. Set in Zinc Town, New Mexico, a mining community with a majority of Mexican-Americans strike for working conditions equal to those of the white, or “Anglo” miners. The town and the mine is run by Delaware Zinc Inc. who refuse to negotiate with the workers and the strike goes on for months. The story focuses on Ramon Quintero (Juan Chacón) and his wife Esperanza Quintero (Rosaura Revueltas) who is pregnant with their third child. Ramon is arrested by police and beaten in prison at the same time his wife gives birth to their new baby. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 27, 2021 20:15 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
*This article contains spoilers*
A well-meaning New Orleans judge, Michael Desiato, finds himself in a frightening situation when he discovers that his son, Adam, was in a hit and run accident with a son of the local mafia boss, Jimmy Baxter. Adam had been visiting the site of his mother’s death when approached by local guys. He drives off at speed only to drop his inhaler on the car floor during an asthma attack. As he struggles to drive the car and pick up the inhaler at the same time his car is in a collision with Jimmy Baxter’s son’s first spin on his motorbike. Rocco Baxter, the son, chokes to death on his own blood at the side of the road as Adam panics and drives off. When Michael realises who the dead boy was he tries to protect his son by arranging with Adam to cover up what happened. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Saturday February 06, 2021 18:17 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 comment (last - thursday february 25, 2021 11:58) 1 image
The general problem of culture today is its ability to facilitate and support negative aspects of society through encouraging escapism, diversion and ignorance regarding many important issues of contemporary life, such as economic crises, repressive legislation, poverty, and climate chaos. Or worse still, the use of culture to promote elite views of society regarding power and money, as well as imperialist agendas through negative depictions of a targeted ethnic group or country. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / press release Wednesday January 20, 2021 16:55 by 1 of indy 1 image
It is not often that people write important books and then make them freely available under Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 license so it can be accessed and downloaded (without cost) in various forms but that is exactly the case here.
The author Dr Mike Healy has written goes by the title "Marx and Digital Machines Alienation, Technology, Capitalism" and it explores digital technology and alienation. The book is peer reviewed and has been published by University of Westminster press.
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national / arts and media / feature Wednesday January 13, 2021 00:12 by 1 of indy 7 comments (last - thursday march 04, 2021 17:25) 12 images 1 video file
All the news media in Ireland have gone ballistic in the last few days ramping up the Covid fear to new extreme levels. There are already 100,000s of people absolutely terrified by their misleading news and this sustained level of fear for over 10 months now is very likely leading to very dangerous health conditions for these people leading to heart conditions, mental issues, cancer and all sorts of problems caused largely by the extreme stress that they have put themselves under because unfortunately the media and the politicians are giving highly distorted, mis-leading inaccurate and sensational news about the Covid situation.
A good example is the news from the past few days where we are told the hospitals are overflowing with Covid patients and as of today it is claimed 46 are dead from Covid.
The aim of this article is to bring some context and reality to this, something the mainstream media and politicians and their bureaucrats are strenuously going out of their way to not do.read full story / add a comment
Music can uplift, inspire, or soothe us at any stage of life. We might react with smiles or tears when we hear a certain song, depending on the kind of event that it prompts us to recall. 'Magical moments' welcomes art and writing related to memories of joy, awe, peace or happiness. read full story / add a comment
Glenn Greenwald Resigns from The Intercept which he setup to publish Edward Snowden NSA whistleblower Revelations
international / arts and media / news report Thursday October 29, 2020 22:29 by 1 of indy 1 comment (last - friday october 30, 2020 11:42) 1 image 1 video file
In surprise move Glenn Greenwald who helped publish NSA Edward Snowden's revelations on widespread mass spying and other activities and who setup the The Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill in 2014 as a vehicle to publish this material, has resigned from it.
He has been forced out by the editors who tried to stop him from publish his recent articles on the Joe Biden email scandal. They were trying to protect the Joe Biden camp.
He tweeted: The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.
Greenwald has released a lengthy statement on this issue which we reproduce here.read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / news report Tuesday August 25, 2020 13:49 by van fan 1 comment (last - thursday september 17, 2020 17:25) 1 image
Van Morrison and Andrew Lloyd Webber have enough and has launched the Save Live Music Campaign and have released this message
As you know, we are doing socially distanced gigs at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Gosforth Park, Electric Ballroom and The London Palladium. This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums. This is also not the answer going forward. We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward.
I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this.
Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Wednesday July 29, 2020 19:17 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 image
“We are slipping back from the age of reason into the mire of mystery, into a world of gods and devils, ghouls and angels. The difference this time is that we have chosen ignorance over knowledge, vapidity over insight, folly over realism. Consequently, we only have ourselves to blame when the rich and powerful take advantage of us.” – Andrew Davenport
Why do we need to talk about Romanticism? What is Romanticism? And how does it affect us in the 21st century? The fact is that we are so immersed in Romanticism now that we cannot see the proverbial wood for the haunted-looking trees. Romanticism has so saturated our culture that we need to stand back and remind ourselves what it is, and examine how it has seeped into our thinking processes to the extent that we are not even aware of its presence anymore. Or why this is a problem. The Romanticist influence of intense emotion makes up a large part of modern culture, for example, in much pop music, cinema, TV and literature, e.g. genres such as Superheroes, Fantasy, Horror, Magical realism, Saga, Westerns. I will look at the origins of Romanticism, and its negative influence on culture and politics. I will show how Enlightenment ideas originally emerged in opposition to an absolute monarchy and the fixed dogmas of the Church and led to the formation of a working class ideology and culture of resistance. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Saturday May 02, 2020 15:23 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 image
Should sustainability and affordability be a major factor in the design and development of future buildings? What about aesthetics? There are many individual examples of modern buildings today that have positive aesthetic qualities, but can major future problems, like climate change, be resolved by individual efforts? Or will it take the role of the state with grand visions for the future? read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / photo-essay Sunday April 19, 2020 21:32 by Winston Smith, 3 comments (last - thursday may 07, 2020 19:10) 16 images
How times have changed. In the space of a few weeks ordinary things like going to the beach or swimming have become illegal activities, criminal acts. We have sleep walked into a police state and we are clapping our way through it.
We are told that the lockdown will have to continue indefinitely. We are told there will be more rounds of Covid-19 each worse the next. This is completely counter to most diseases which get milder over time. We are told when the lock down lifts, groups no larger than 10 will be allowed. What does that mean for flying, going to the theatre, cinema, concerts, football matches. Going to the beach, staying in a hotel.
Actually it’s pure crap and if we don’t wake up and reject this bullshit, we are totally fucked.
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Between 5th and 12th March you are invited to attend one of our nationwide special screenings of the highly acclaimed Palestinian documentary film ‘Naila and the Uprising’. All screenings of the film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the film’s producer Rula Salameh. read full story / add a comment
The Arts Council today launched their new policy Paying the Artist. This sets out a vision and plan to create change over the period 2020–2022. We, in Visual Artists Ireland, welcome this firm show of support for individual artists, and recognise it as part of the on-going support that the Arts Council has given our work in this area, particularly since our 2011 campaign Ask! Has the Artists Been Paid! which led to the concrete changes that have been building over the years, and impacting all art forms. We want to thank all of the supporters that we have had over the years on this campaign, especially those who worked with us on developing our approach that is aimed to benefit all artists. We are also very grateful to our sister representative organisations, all of whom bring the experiences and realities of their own artists and organisations. Listening to them and learning from them has been truly an amazing experience. We want to thank the Arts Council for their open ear, and thank them for the acknowledgement of our reports such as The Social, Economic & Fiscal Status of the Visual Artist in Ireland, which formed the basis for our campaign, and the role that we and other representative and resource organisations have played during the consultation process and will play into the future roll out and support of this policy area. read full story / add a comment