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offsite link Roger Waters ? ?The Bravery of Being Out of Range? Sat Apr 17, 2021 21:39 | The Saker
Roger Waters, a “one man peace movement”, released this superb video just a few hours ago.  This man is truly a musical genius and one of the greatest people of

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offsite link Deaths Linked to Covid Vaccines are 30 Times More Common than with Other Vaccines ? Is the Safety Re... Sun Apr 18, 2021 15:27 | Will Jones
Is the Yellow Card vaccine reporting system fit for purpose? HART's Dr Ros Jones argues no, pointing to the 30-fold increase in vaccine linked deaths in the U.S in the past 3 months since Covid vaccination began.
The post Deaths Linked to Covid Vaccines are 30 Times More Common than with Other Vaccines ? Is the Safety Reporting System Fit for Purpose? appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link Toby Green?s New Book is the Perfect Cure For the Covid Lobotomy Sun Apr 18, 2021 15:16 | Toby Young
We're publishing a short piece today by Sinéad Murphy in which she praises a new book called The Covid Consensus that asks why the lockdown policy has commanded such support from people on the left and right of politics.
The post Toby Green?s New Book is the Perfect Cure For the Covid Lobotomy appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link International Travel Restrictions Likely to Be In Place For Some Time, Says Nicola Sturgeon Sun Apr 18, 2021 13:15 | Michael Curzon
Nicola Sturgeon has warned that restrictions on international travel should not be lifted too soon because of the "big risk" of importing Covid variants into the UK.
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offsite link SAGE Modelling From May Last Year Said Approach Recommended in Great Barrington Declaration Was Leas... Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:48 | Toby Young
Glen Bishop has analysed a paper produced by one of the SAGE modelling teams and discovered an interesting fact: it tacitly endorsed the approach recommended in the Great Barrington Declaration.
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offsite link Too Early to Tell If Hospitality Can Reopen On May 17th, Says Minister Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:21 | Michael Curzon
It is still "too early to say" whether the reopening of indoor hospitality can take place on May 17th because of the risk of Covid variants, according to the Environment Minister.
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SDLP @ Belfast Pride
national / gender and sexuality / press release Thursday July 24, 2008 13:46 by sdlpyouth   text 1 comment (last - thursday july 24, 2008 19:15)   image 1 image
SDLP Youth have today announced a demonstration against the homophobic comments made in local press and at Westminster committees by Iris Robinson MP MLA. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Monday July 21, 2008 15:22 by Spikenard   text 7 comments (last - thursday august 07, 2008 17:35)
After the success of our mens group discussion hosted by RAG two weeks ago it was agreed that the next meeting will take place on Wednesday 23rd July at 7pm at the EENGO (that's opposite the Palace on Camden Street above Petland). read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Sunday July 20, 2008 11:26 by Spokesperson   text 2 comments (last - friday july 25, 2008 14:20)
Choice Ireland is finishing a month of action against the rogue pregnancy counselling agency the WRC this Saturday. Choice Ireland has undertaken this month of action to raise local awareness about the operation of the clinic in the area and to generate support for our upcoming Oireachtas hearing where we will argue that legislation should be introduced to shut down rogue agencies. Choice Ireland therefore asks all like minded organisations to come and show their support for our campaign to shut down the WRC this Saturday at 1pm at number 50 Upper Dorset Street. Bring your banners and flags!

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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Wednesday July 16, 2008 17:16 by Spokesperson
Choice Ireland believes that vulnerable women in crisis pregnancies deserve help and support in coming to terms with the difficult choices they face in their situation – not the lies, bullying, and manipulation of the WRC. For this reason we are campaigning to have this rogue agency shut down and as part of this campaign we will be maintaining a presence outside it every Saturday this month of July. This Saturday we continue our protest outside the WRC. This protest raises awareness about the WRC's activities and prevents them from traumatising more women for as long as we are there. Choice Ireland is preparing for an oireachtas committee meeting to have rogues agencies like this regulated and we will be collecting signatures for a petition to support this. We hope that you can offer us your support and help spread the word about what is going on. If you can't make it this Saturday then come along to our big demo on Saturday the 26th of July. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / gender and sexuality / feature Thursday July 10, 2008 19:41 by Andrew   text 9 comments (last - sunday july 20, 2008 18:20)   image 9 images
Yesterday Choice Ireland picketed the WRC on Dorset street - they intend to picket every Saturday (1pm) this month to highlight "the lies, bullying, and manipulation of the WRC". read full story / add a comment
Peter Tatchell at London Pride, Saturday, 5 July, 2008.
international / gender and sexuality / other press Monday July 07, 2008 21:54 by pat c   text 13 comments (last - thursday july 10, 2008 13:23)   image 2 images
Peter Tatchell takes the mickey out of Iranian "President" Ahmadinejad but also makes it clear that he opposes any attack on Iran. Peter supports the Iranian people not the theocracy. Full text at link.

Peter Tatchell marched in the Pride Parade holding a poster placard ridiculing the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It featured a doctored photo of Amhadinejad wearing blue eye shadow, red lipstick, a gold earring and pink nail varnish. The placard was emblazoned with the words: “President of Iran. Murderer.Homophobe.”

“I don’t support a military-attack on Iran, but I do urge greater international solidarity with democratic, liberal and progressive Iranians who are struggling to overthrow the clerical dictatorship from within,” Peter Tatchell said. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday July 03, 2008 22:55 by Spokesperson
Choice Ireland believes that vulnerable women in crisis pregnancies deserve help and support in coming to terms with the difficult choices they face in their situation – not the lies, bullying, and manipulation of the WRC. For this reason we are campaigning to have this rogue agency shut down and as part of this campaign we will be maintaining a presence outside it every Saturday this month of July. This Saturday we continue our protest outside the WRC. This protest raises awareness about the WRC's activities and prevents them from traumatising more women for as long as we are there. Choice Ireland is preparing for an oireachtas committee meeting to have rogues agencies like this regulated and we will be collecting signatures for a petition to support this. We hope that you can offer us your support and help spread the word about what is going on. If you can't make it this Saturday then come along next Saturday or make a special effort to get to our big demo on Saturday the 26th of July. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday July 03, 2008 22:42 by padraic   text 4 comments (last - saturday july 05, 2008 20:30)
Choice Ireland believes that vulnerable women in crisis pregnancies deserve help and support in coming to terms with the difficult choices they face in their situation – not the lies, bullying, and manipulation of the WRC. For this reason we are campaigning to have this rogue agency shut down and as part of this campaign we will be maintaining a presence outside it every Saturday this month of July. So starting this Saturday at 1pm we will be protesting outside the WRC. This protest raises awareness about the WRC's activities and prevents them from traumatising more women for as long as we are there. Choice Ireland is preparing for an oireachtas committee meeting to have rogues agencies like this regulated and we will be collecting signatures for a petition to support this. We hope that you can offer us your support and help spread the word about what is going on. If you can't make it this Saturday then come along next Saturday or make a special effort to get to our big demo on Saturday the 26th of July.
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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Wednesday July 02, 2008 13:44 by RAG   text 7 comments (last - saturday july 05, 2008 22:06)
RAG: Next open meeting - Men and Feminism
Men & Feminism:

What does it mean to be a man in a patriarchal society? How
can men participate and offer solidarity in the feminist struggle against
patriarchy?

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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Tuesday July 01, 2008 11:52 by Rebecca Hurst   text 1 comment (last - friday july 04, 2008 02:00)

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is holding the second annual ‘Young Decision Makers Conference’ in Dublin on the 4th July in Croke Park, for 100 people and would like to invite you, or any young people you know who might be interested, to take part.

The conference is also open to youth workers or people with a special interest in SRHR/sexual health issues or the needs of young people. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / press release Monday June 30, 2008 04:28 by Danielle Ni Dhighe
The North American section of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement issue a statement to commemorate the 39th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / gender and sexuality / feature Friday June 27, 2008 12:25 by Paula Geraghty   text 5 comments (last - thursday july 10, 2008 03:03)   image 30 images
A bit of rain didn't stop thousands from taking to the streets of Dublin to celebrate what is now a fixture in the Irish calendar and to campaign for Marraige Equality for same sex relationships. This year saw the 25th anniversary and homage was paid to the years of campaigning and how far Irish society has come. However there was a recognition that not all was won and the struggle for full equality still goes on. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Thursday June 26, 2008 18:41 by pat c   text 1 comment (last - sunday june 29, 2008 20:29)
In her latest article on political islam, Yassamine Mathers looks at how the womens movement has fared in Iran. She also addresses how imperialism offers no answers for women. Full text at link.

The women’s movement in Iran has become the subject of many claims and counter-claims over the last few years. Bush and the pro-war lobby tell us that Iranian women deserve a better regime and, of course, by that they mean the kind of ‘regime change’ we have seen in Iraq or Afghanistan... read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Wednesday June 25, 2008 15:57 by pat c
HRW have called on the Iranian government to ensure that these two activists get a fair trial. Full story at link.

Iranian judicial authorities should guarantee two Kurdish women’s rights activists transparent court proceedings when their cases come up for a hearing, Human Rights Watch said today.

Activist Hana Abdi is appealing a five-year prison sentence, while Ronak Safarzadeh is on trial on charges that could lead to a death sentence. Human Rights Watch urges Iranian authorities to ensure fair and open court proceedings for both women.
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international / gender and sexuality / other press Monday June 23, 2008 16:21 by pat c
Amnesty International believe that womens rights activists in Iran are at risk of torture. Please send appeals to the Iranian President and judiciary. Full text at link.

Mahboubeh Karami, journalist and women’s rights defender, was arrested by plain clothed security forces on 13 June.The bus that Mahboubeh Karami was on travelled past Mellat Park, Tehran shortly after a demonstration had been held there. 200 other people are known to have been arrested in connection to the demonstration. Amnesty is not aware of any violence on the part of the protesters. The current whereabouts of all are unknown and they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Monday June 23, 2008 15:11 by pat c
A woman has been arrested in Iran. Her "crime"? Publicising the fact that she had been sexually harrassed. Full text at link.

A female student in the Iranian city of Zanjan who alleged she was sexually harassed by a senior male lecturer - triggering a massive demonstration by her fellow students - has herself been arrested. The nature of the charge against the woman - who said she was molested by the vice-chancellor of the university - is unclear, but the local prosecutor is reported to have said that publicising certain crimes is worse than the crimes themselves. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / news report Sunday June 22, 2008 14:46 by BalconyTV
An estimated 3,000 people turned in Dublin yesterday for the annual Gay Pride parade. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / other press Friday June 13, 2008 14:47 by pat c   text 5 comments (last - monday june 23, 2008 15:23)   image 1 image
Repression of womens rights activists continues in Iran. This report is from women who live in Iran. Full text at link.

Eight women’s rights activists were arrested today, on the anniversary of the national day of solidarity of Iranian women (22nd of Khordaad, June 12). Those arrested are: Aida Saadat, Nahid Mirhaj, Nafiseh Azad, Nasrin Sotoodeh, Jelve Javaheri, Jila Baniyagoub, Sarah Loghmani and Farideh Ghaeb. These women were arrested outside the Rahe Abrisham Gallery, where a seminar was scheduled to take place in honor of the anniversary of the day of solidarity of Iranian women.
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international / gender and sexuality / other press Tuesday May 20, 2008 18:42 by pat c   text 1 comment (last - wednesday may 21, 2008 18:29)
Amnesty has once more taken up the cases of women activists who have been persecuted in Iran., some of them were beaten whilst in custody. Others have now been sentenced to flogging. Their only crime is to campaign for womens rights. Full text at link.

Amnesty International has written to the Head of the Judiciary in Iran, urging him to ensure that appeals hearings against the convictions and sentences of six women’s rights defenders (WRDs) passed in recent weeks in connection with their peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association are heard promptly and impartially. If the sentences are confirmed at appeal, the organization is calling on the Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, to review the cases and to overturn the convictions of the women, all of whom will become prisoners of conscience if imprisoned.
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Lydia Cacho Ribeiro. Press Freedom Award.
international / gender and sexuality / other press Wednesday April 16, 2008 12:52 by C Murray   image 2 images
The 2008 Guillermo Cano award for Journalism is being awarded on May 3rd to Lydia Cacho
from Cancun , In Mexico.

The award Names her as an International Press Freedom Writer and will be awarded by UNESCO.

Lydia has endured defamation, sabotage, car-bomb attack, police harassment and persecution
for writing on corruption and child pornography in official Mexico.

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