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offsite link Here Comes China: Xi Jinping?s speech, Major geo-political events, Joint naval patrol, Shangri-La w... Mon Oct 25, 2021 17:27 | amarynth
by Amarynth for the Saker Blog There has been a slight pause in these sitreps. This writing became overshadowed with current events, fully covered in the Saker Blog by other

offsite link Credibility of FATF is under question Mon Oct 25, 2021 13:52 | amarynth
By Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog While praising Pakistan and admiring Pakistan?s achievements on the status of implementations of the Financial Action Task Force?s (FATF) recommendations, FATF President Dr.

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/10/25 ? Open Thread Mon Oct 25, 2021 06:30 | herb
2021/10/25 05:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link A commented reading of Putin?s speech at Valdai Sun Oct 24, 2021 21:19 | The Saker
Note: Below is the full speech made by made by Vladimir Putin, to which I have added red colors to add emphasis and a few comments of my own written

offsite link The Menticide Manual Part 4: Ghosting Sun Oct 24, 2021 18:05 | amarynth
By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog Ghosting seems a new, painful form of rejection to me, and part of something apocalyptic. It all started when the teens of

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offsite link Convicted Rapist Spared Jail Due to Being Vulnerable to Covid Tue Oct 26, 2021 14:21 | Luke Perry
Convicted rapist avoids jail after judge declares that he is too vulnerable to Covid.
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offsite link Postcard From California Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:11 | Toby Young
We're publishing a new addition to our long-running series 'Around the World in 80 Lockdowns' today, this one from California. It's by Clive Pinder, one of the tireless Daily Sceptic moderators.
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offsite link Leaked Government Report Claims That Vaccine Passports Would Fail to Stop COVID Transmission Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:55 | Luke Perry
A leaked Government report has concluded that vaccine passports will be counterproductive in preventing the transmission of Covid while bringing economic harm.
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offsite link Study Links Pfizer and Astrazeneca Vaccines to Life Threatening Side Effects Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:35 | Luke Perry
A study has linked the Pfizer and Astrazeneca vaccines to serious neurological and physical side effects, including haemorrhagic stroke and muscle weakness.
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offsite link People are Still Pushing ?Zero Covid? Tue Oct 26, 2021 08:32 | Noah Carl
At this point in the pandemic, you might say 'Zero Covid' is a non-starter. Yet a recent article argues that "COVID-19 must be eliminated". As you might expect, this article ignores the crucial role of immunity.
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offsite link Billions of euros to "innovate" the nuclear NATO, by Manlio Dinucci Tue Oct 26, 2021 13:25 | en

offsite link Russia prepares the curtain call, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Oct 26, 2021 08:58 | en

offsite link Rapprochement between USA and Saudi Arabia Fri Oct 22, 2021 18:15 | en

offsite link Bashar al-Assad is no longer objectionable Fri Oct 22, 2021 17:37 | en

offsite link Mali accuses France of training the terrorists it professes to fight Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:19 | en

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday July 01, 2009 21:17 by Derek Leinster   text 18 comments (last - monday may 24, 2010 17:48)   audio 2 audio files
Protestant abuse victims must also be heard
Irish Times, Wednesday, July 1, 2009

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/0701/1....html

OPINION: Victims of Protestant prejudice and State neglect are at a disadvantage, writes DEREK LEINSTER

YOU DON’T have to be a Catholic to be listened to as a victim of institutional abuse, but it seems to help. That is my experience as a Protestant victim of institutional neglect. Like all sufferers, I am a victim of prejudice.

It was prejudice that forced my mother into the Bethany Home in Orwell Road, Rathgar in 1941 for the “social sin” (as one cleric put it) of being pregnant out of wedlock. To add to her burden, her gestating baby had a Catholic father. Marriage in those circumstances was out, and so was I, fostered out to a dysfunctional family in Wicklow where I was beaten black and blue and (I mention it since it seems to be what Irish people are most interested in) sexually molested. read full story / add a comment
mayo / anti-capitalism / news report Monday June 29, 2009 06:14 by FSB!   text 45 comments (last - monday july 13, 2009 13:54)   audio 1 audio file
Sunday June 28th saw the most intense burst of direct action against Shell in Erris so far in this phase of the campaign to thwart the Great Gas Robbery and the destruction of Erris along with its community. A tripod on a road bridge near McGrath's Bar held up vital repair gear for the pipeline winching operation for over four hours. This was followed up by a five-person lock-on on the same road a bit nearer the Shell compound. Together, they delayed winching operations for twelve hours, and there were nine arrests in all. Meanwhile, three Solidarity Campers managed to sneak into the Shell compound at Glengad and get out without being arrested. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Sunday June 28, 2009 17:44 by Belfast Branch   text 1 comment (last - sunday june 28, 2009 18:06)   audio 2 audio files
Working people continue to bear the brunt of the economic recession in terms on job cuts, poverty wages and house repossessions, while the rich and powerful in our society are bailed out again. This is state capitalism and comes under various forms from thatcherism to neo-liberalism.

The Belfast Anarchist Communist Discussion Group, set up by the Belfast branch of the Workers Solidarity Movement recently invited Michael Reinsborough to give a talk on the topic of neo-liberalism.

The public meeting took place on Wednesday 17th June in the Belfast Unemployment Centre.
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday June 25, 2009 11:09 by FSB! et al   text 46 comments (last - tuesday june 30, 2009 00:45)   audio 1 audio file
In a reprise of last year's repeated arrests on the waters of Broadhaven Bay, Shell's Gardai have arrested Pat 'the Chief' O'Donnell and his son Jonathan while they were fishing in Broadhaven Bay this morning. Their two boats were commandeered by Gardai and brought to Ballyglass pier under tow and naval escort. Gardai claim that the two boats were 'loitering', the new term for criminalising fishermen exercising their rights to fish in their native waters. Pat's brother Martin is currently still on the water in the bay fishing in his boat. Meanwhile the Solitaire is less than an hour away from arriving off Glengad. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / feature Saturday June 20, 2009 15:23 by Azadi   text 23 comments (last - monday june 29, 2009 18:10)   audio 1 audio file
The Iranian government’s campaign to mold ‘model’ Islamic citizens has not only fashioned a profound crisis of loyalty to the religious ‘ideals of the revolution’, it has nurtured action that many have silently prayed for - as the public sphere, the last bastion of the religious elites grip on power, was shot open by their own guns Sunday. read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / feature Tuesday June 02, 2009 12:12 by Shell Ireland   text 81 comments (last - monday january 18, 2010 14:55)   audio 1 audio file
Hi folks!
In the most hysterical hatchet-job to date on the campaign against Shell's discredited and disastrous inland refinery experiment in north Mayo, Sunday World crime-fighter Paul Williams turns shock jock as he presents a "documentary" about the Corrib Gas project on TV3 at 9pm on Tuesday, 2nd June. To accompany what is set to be an entertaining farce, we bring you a one-off Telly Bingo game so you can track whether any facts, relevant information or editorial balance creeps into the show. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday May 28, 2009 13:39 by redjade   audio 1 audio file
Balazs Nagy: Can you tell a few words about yourself and how you got to the situation that you are in?

Victor Agosto: Ok, I am Victor Agosto, I joined the Army of the United States in August of 2005. I was sent to Iraq in October of 2006. And I stayed there until November of 2007. And while I was in Iraq I turned against both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now my unit is sending me to Afghanistan - or wants to send me to Afghanistan - but I have already told them that I am not going to go and that I am not going to obey any orders supporting my unit's deployment to Afghanistan. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday May 26, 2009 17:15 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity   audio 1 audio file
In April, twenty six traffic attendants were sacked for resorting to a half-day un-official strike, after management ignored their grievances over working conditions. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Monday May 25, 2009 22:21 by Grainne Quinn   text 1 comment (last - wednesday may 27, 2009 14:10)   audio 1 audio file
Upcoming launch for Pathways To Palestine, affiliated with MAP [Medical Aid Palestine ] this Wednesday. The 4000 mile cycle aims to raise money for humanitarian aid and awareness of the plight of ordinary civilians in Gaza.

4 Students.
4000 miles.
14 countries.
40 days. read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / feature Tuesday May 19, 2009 19:24 by Andrew   text 37 comments (last - sunday may 24, 2009 01:28)   audio 1 audio file
The long running struggle in Erris (Rossport) against Shell's attempt to impose an experimental gas pipeline on the local community has erupted in recent days with repeated local direct actions against the compound Shell are trying to construct. Meanwhile the state, at the behest of Shell, continues to press vindictive prosecutions against local activists. Back in March retired school teacher Maura Harrington for jailed for 30 days, today the state returned for another pound of flesh and she was sentenced to another 7-10 days in Mountjoy prison. At very short notice over 20 activists from Dublin Shell to Sea gathered at the prison gates and showed their outrage by blocking the entrance of the prison van containing Maura in to Mountjoy for about twenty minutes. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Saturday May 16, 2009 13:18 by Workers Solidarity Movement   text 1 comment (last - saturday may 16, 2009 13:35)   audio 2 audio files
On Saturday 9th May, the Belfast branch of the WSM held a public meeting at An Culturlann in West Belfast on ‘Can Direct Action achieve success’.

Contributions from former Visteon workers, Dessie McEnroe and Mark O’Hara on their participation in the occupation, building links with fellow workers and lessons learnt.

Here is a short report and audio recording from the discussions.
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday May 10, 2009 21:49 by Kev   text 9 comments (last - friday may 15, 2009 18:04)   audio 1 audio file
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) were present at this year's Mayday march in Dublin City. The IPSC formed one of the biggest contingents in a very poorly attended demonstration. I can't say for definitely, but it was suggested, several times by different people in attendance, that this was the smallest Dublin mayday march ever - why this was the case is not for me to say. read full story / add a comment
antrim / anti-capitalism / news report Sunday May 10, 2009 19:43 by Belfast WSM   audio 1 audio file
As part of this year’s Mayday celebrations the Anarchist Communist Discussion Group formed by the WSM, hosting a talk on ‘The roots of Mayday and its relevance today.” The talk took place on Tuesday 5th May in Belfast city centre. read full story / add a comment
cork / worker & community struggles and protests / feature Friday May 01, 2009 08:06 by John B   text 7 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2009 15:34)   audio 1 audio file
Tesco are just putting the finishing touches to a shiny new store complete with multi storey carpark that puts another nail in the coffin of any character that the centre of Douglas had left. (Two shopping centres, A Topaz garage, lots of carparking space , a McDonald’s…. you get the picture. There is a nice Farmer’s market in the park on Saturday though). Anyway, that aside, Tesco is trying to lay off all its workers and then rehire them under tighter contracts. The first lay offs are meant to begin tomorrow (30th April). The workers, supported by Mandate, their union, are out on strike until this is sorted out.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 28, 2009 17:08 by Hilary, Mary, Andrew, Sinead   text 2 comments (last - thursday april 30, 2009 01:25)   audio 2 audio files
Three speakers talk about the pro-choice struggles in Ireland they were involved in over the last three decades. These include the 1983 anti-referendum campaign, the Womens' Information Network, the SPUC v students case, Dublin Abortion Information Campaign, X-Case, Repeal 8th Amendment, 1992 Referendum, Dublin Abortion Rights Group, Alliance for a No Vote, 1998 referendum, Choice Ireland and the D-Case. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Monday April 27, 2009 16:49 by Sean Matthews   audio 1 audio file
Interview conducted today at the plant. Workers remain determined to achieve their demands despite attempts by the administrators to evict them.

Solidarity is Strength! read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / news report Friday April 24, 2009 15:40 by Andrew editing - Farah recording - Torab Saleh speaking   audio 1 audio file
Yesterday Torab Saleh who took part in the Iranian revolution of 1979 spoke in Dublin of his personal experiences of that time and the challenges it presented to him and others on the left. This is the audio recording of that meeting. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / feature Thursday April 23, 2009 16:14 by J   text 60 comments (last - tuesday june 02, 2009 19:44)   audio 1 audio file
Shell's illegal Glengad compound was dismantled last night and Goldman winner, Willie Corduff was assaulted by masked Shell security during truck protest.
Yesterday Shell’s attempts to restart their works on the Corrib Gas project were ground to a halt after only eight hours. At 6-30 a workforce of about 20, backed up by around 50 private security guards erected fences to re-establish a compound. This compound is the would-be on-shore pipe installation base. Works were seriously hampered when local people and solidarity camp activists occupied machinery.

By 4 o clock Rossport Five member Willie Corduff was still refusing to leave the from under the truck, which he had occupied in the compound and all work had ground to a halt. Shell were unable to continue as Willie was preventing necessary equipment being used.
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national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday April 11, 2009 16:20 by Not Jimmy   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 23, 2009 14:54)   audio 1 audio file
On Ocean FM's 'Paddy Clancy' show, (Saturday 11/04/09) , the Tánaiste informed listeners how everyone knows that shoppers are only going across the border for cheap booze. Appearently the €800million in vat revenues lost to cross border shopping is as a result of the legions of Irish people searching out bargain booze in the north of Ireland.

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sligo / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Friday April 10, 2009 01:23 by Killian McLoughlin   text 22 comments (last - wednesday april 29, 2009 00:37)   audio 1 audio file
This is a copy of the press release sent out regarding the 'Save Sligos Cancer Services' (SCSS).
The group are organising a huge protest in Sligo this good friday, they are marching on Sligo General and demanding that the management choose whether they are going to represent the people of the Northwest or the private interests and agenda of Mary Harney and the HSE. The SCSS have stated that their memmbers are sick and tired of teh duplicity and lies of both the management in Sligo and the HSE and are no longer willing to accept it.
The people of the northwest are taking back their health services, starting with Sligo General Hospittal, this Good Friday 10/04/2009 read full story / add a comment
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