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offsite link Vladimir Putin held talks with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Mon Dec 06, 2021 18:32 | amarynth
The expanded format meeting between the two delegations was followed by a face-to-face conversation over a working lunch, lasting 3 and a half hours. Following the summit, a Joint Statement Russia ? India:

offsite link Minister Kordahi at center of Saudi-Lebanon row resigns Mon Dec 06, 2021 17:26 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Description: The full English translation of the resignation speech of Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi. Kordahi was at the center of a weeks-long major diplomatic row between Lebanon and

offsite link As Turkey?s currency plummets, Al Jazeera guests clash over state of economy Mon Dec 06, 2021 17:22 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Description: In a recent episode of the long-running program Al-Etejah al?Mu?akis on Al Jazeera Arabic hosted by Faysal al-Qasim, two guests based in London and Istanbul, debated ?why the value of

offsite link Quick note on moderation: we are doing away with ?anonymous? comments Mon Dec 06, 2021 16:30 | The Saker
Dear friends, As promised, we are doing away with “anonymous” comments later today. Other than that, the blog is doing great and there is nothing special to report. Kind regards

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/12/05 ? Open Thread Sun Dec 05, 2021 23:30 | herb
2021/12/05 23:30:01Welcome 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

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offsite link The Wisdom of Forecasters (and their Critics) Thu Dec 02, 2021 19:00 | Toby Young
Check out this useful compendium of aphorisms, as compiled by financial analyst Alexander Ineichen. Example: "The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.? ? Edgar Fielder
The post The Wisdom of Forecasters (and their Critics) appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Kenyan Nurses and the Crisis of NHS Nurse Staffing Thu Dec 02, 2021 17:45 | Luke Perry
We're publishing a guest post on the Daily Sceptic by Dr. Ann Bradshaw, a retired Lecturer in Adult Health Care, about the scandal of the Government's failed efforts to import nurses from Kenya.
The post Kenyan Nurses and the Crisis of NHS Nurse Staffing appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Angela Merkel Demands Mandatory Vaccination Law as Germany is Set to Impose Restrictions on the Unva... Thu Dec 02, 2021 16:29 | Luke Perry
In a series of new restrictions, the German Government will ban the unvaccinated from entering 'non-essential' shops, with the Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for the vaccine to be made compulsory.
The post Angela Merkel Demands Mandatory Vaccination Law as Germany is Set to Impose Restrictions on the Unvaccinated appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link NHS Faces Its ?Biggest Cancer Catastrophe Ever? Due to Pandemic Backlog Thu Dec 02, 2021 15:43 | Luke Perry
The National Audit Office has recorded that close to 750,000 GP referrals for suspected cancer received no further attention over the course of the pandemic.
The post NHS Faces Its ?Biggest Cancer Catastrophe Ever? Due to Pandemic Backlog appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Pilots ?Out of Practice? After lockdowns are Risking Passengers? Lives Thu Dec 02, 2021 15:07 | Toby Young
Commercial airline pilots have done so little flying during the past 21 months we may be about to witness a fatal plane crash. That is the message of air accident investigators after a "serious incident" in Scotland.
The post Pilots ?Out of Practice? After lockdowns are Risking Passengers’ Lives appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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offsite link Trump raises $ 1 billion for Truth Social Mon Dec 06, 2021 05:12 | en

offsite link Explosions inside Al-Tanf US base Mon Dec 06, 2021 04:29 | en

offsite link Washington agreeable to a military regime in Lebanon Sun Dec 05, 2021 19:43 | en

offsite link France hands Lebanese minister's head to heir of Saudi throne Sun Dec 05, 2021 15:29 | en

offsite link «China: Democracy That Works» Sat Dec 04, 2021 09:30 | en

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national / public consultation / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Sunday April 18, 2021 12:47 by 1 of indy   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
This took place last month (Mar 9th) but will be of wide interest In this episode of the #TheHealthyDebate, we will be chatting about the post-pandemic economy and asking our guests what effect a year of rolling lockdowns will have on our lives over the coming years.

Our guests tonight are financial adviser and media personality, Eddie Hobbs, and financial market analyst Mark O’Byrne. We will also be joined at the end of the show by Diarmaid O’Cadhla, organiser of the recent ‘Rally for Truth’ event in Cork City. read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / feature Thursday April 15, 2021 22:58 by T   text 7 comments (last - monday september 20, 2021 23:10)   image 20 images   video 6 video files   audio 1 audio file

There is no doubt about it that religion and spirituality are under attack and the pressure has been massively increased on the back of the Covid Scamdemic.

The level of suppression and repression now in force against the church has not been seen here for centuries. The irony is that the church hierarchy are largely going along with it. The attack on spirituality is a bit harder to discern but it is there and part of the wider trend. Overall what appears to be going on is the corporate takeover of society and that is the new religion and it is intolerant of any other belief systems. This is a characteristic of all totalitarian systems. They want you to transfer any beliefs you have to them. During the worst periods of the USSR we saw churches burned or closed down and all religious practice suppressed. Similar things happened during the Chinese cultural revolution. What it represents is a demand to turn towards the reigning power and an insistence that this is the only belief system. What the socialist revolution was promising was salvation through socialist organisation of society and by directing the productive forces to the benefit of all peoples, in effect creating heaven on Earth. It didn't quite turn out that way for various reasons. Now the corporate regime is trying the same without the promises.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday April 13, 2021 14:32 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
Iconic author Frederick Forsyth has accused the UK government of waging a “campaign of mass fear” against the British public by using psychological methods to ensure compliance with lockdown that resemble those used against East Berliners in the 1960’s. Forsyth was responding to an article published in the Telegraph which exposed the “covert tactics” being used by the British government to frighten the public into complying with COVID regulations. read full story / add a comment
international / health / disability issues / news report Tuesday April 13, 2021 11:27 by NHS Doctor
This letter from a consultant in the NHS appeared in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in the rapid response section of BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n810 (Published 29 March 2021) explaining how staff in the NHS who have received the Covid vaccine are getting sick and some of them very seriously too. The BMJ has already removed the article but it is reproduced here.

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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Saturday April 10, 2021 15:06 by Joe Terry
A mood of anxiety throughout the country prevails; Will the crisis ever end? Has worse news yet to come?
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national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Saturday April 10, 2021 14:50 by Joe Terry
A media news item reads: “EU pledges support for Ukraine amid Russian military buildup along borders.”
Irish soldiers could be used as sandbags for on-coming Soviet air-to-ground missiles. A real possibility in the future, if Ireland does not pull back from the growing EU militarisation program.
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international / health / disability issues / opinion/analysis Friday April 09, 2021 22:13 by Dr. Marcus De Brun   image 5 images
Having recently stated publicly that I would ‘not administer a genetic-vaccine to a healthy animal, never mind a ‘healthy human being,’ I have been asked by friends (and foes) to clarify this statement, and will attempt to do so here.

Having recently stated publicly that I would ‘not administer a genetic-vaccine to a healthy animal, never mind a ‘healthy human being,’ I have been asked by friends (and foes) to clarify this statement, and will attempt to do so here.

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international / economics and finance / press release Friday April 09, 2021 17:49 by Zachary Conti
The Development Committee, a ministerial-level consensus building and policymaking body for the World Bank and the IMF, met as part of the Spring IMF and World Bank Meetings. read full story / add a comment
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national / health / disability issues / news report Wednesday April 07, 2021 22:37 by NoMasksInClass   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Parents against masks for our Secondary School children have launched a campaign. You can find them on twitter at: https://twitter.com/teenheard or search for #NoMasksInClass

If you’re a parent and want to support your teenager struggling with masks, lockdowns, and any other reasons during these critical times, join us on telegram at https://t.me/joinchat/-dnzO9P4GJE5OTI0
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international / health / disability issues / other press Tuesday April 06, 2021 22:47 by 1 of indy   text 3 comments (last - sunday april 18, 2021 13:25)   image 7 images

"What’s striking about all the above predictions of infections and deaths is not just that they were all wrong. It’s the arrogance and confidence behind each of them"

This report clearly shows that as with Florida where there is no lockdown, restrictions or masks, people are not dying. Now Texas has reversed all the Orwellian draconian rules and cases are falling. There is NO disaster. The doom sayers are completely wrong

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international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday April 06, 2021 17:49 by Zachary Conti   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 07, 2021 16:01)
The IMF warns that rising US interest rates could impact the ability of developing countries to pay debt, leading to prolonged economic crisis. The warning comes ahead of IMF, G20 and World Bank meetings, with the Fund's release of the Global Financial Stability Report. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday April 06, 2021 15:08 by Zachary Conti
"The pandemic will reverse the progress made since the 1990s in reducing global poverty and will increase inequality," states the IMF in its flagship World Economic Outlook report. read full story / add a comment
international / indymedia ireland / news report Tuesday April 06, 2021 00:56 by 1 of indy
Oscailt v4.0, the software used by Indymedia Ireland, has been released just 4 months after the last version. It can be downloaded from it's SourceForge homepage. This release introduce a long overdue feature of tagging for stories which have been a common feature for quite a long time with other software. The changes for this required considerable work to add in the management of tags and the integration of them with searching and database queries, newswire filters and their import and export. This release increase the compatibility level of Oscailt up to PHP 7.4. As with with previous release, the User Guide has been updated to document these changes.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday April 06, 2021 00:05 by 1 of indy   video 1 video file
Tracy O'Mahony, the lone brave Barrister -(where are her colleagues? ) who has been speaking out about the stripping of our freedoms and civil liberties is asking people to help out with lobbying politicians who will have to vote on the part 3 of the Draconian Health Preservation Act limiting our Freedoms to extend it before 9 June 2021. If it is not extended then the government will not have the authority to continue with the lockdowns and restrictions. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Monday April 05, 2021 17:12 by Zachary Conti
The IMF Executive Board extended a process to cancel debt payments for the world's 28 poorest countries. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday April 02, 2021 15:06 by Zachary Conti
Treasury notified Congress of its support for $650 billion in IMF global reserves, also known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), to assist developing countries struggling with the coronavirus crisis. US law requires a ninety-day advance alert to Congress before the US votes for SDRs with the IMF board. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday March 30, 2021 16:16 by Zachary Conti
International Monetary Fund head Kristalina Georgieva warned of an uncertain global recovery as the world struggles with the COVID spurred economic crisis. The IMF Managing Director stated concern that average incomes in developing countries faced drops of 20% and 11% in advanced economies. "This loss of income means millions of people will face destitution, homelessness, and hunger," reported Georgieva during her curtain raiser speech ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Monday March 29, 2021 22:26 by Riseup   image 4 images
It is time the lockdowns were ended. There is no excuse for these over zealous lockdowns. They are nothing to do with health and have everything to do with control. It is our right to meet, travel freely and continue normal life.

***** RiseUp **** Easter Sunday ***** Freedom Walk.
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