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offsite link Did a major shift finally happen between the USA and Russia? Tue Dec 07, 2021 23:25 | The Saker
The western media is writing with a uniformity and discipline which goosestepping SS on a parade could envy them: Joe Biden delivered a “stern warning” to Putin: don’t invade the

offsite link Foreign Policy hallucinations Tue Dec 07, 2021 16:42 | The Saker
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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

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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 The tragic farce of the Summit for Democracy, by Manlio Dinucci Wed Dec 08, 2021 09:24 | en

offsite link China building military base on Atlantic Wed Dec 08, 2021 07:53 | en

offsite link Ian Fishback died penniless at 42 Wed Dec 08, 2021 07:17 | en

offsite link Towards a boycott of Beijing 2022 Olympic Games Tue Dec 07, 2021 20:01 | en

offsite link China: the "yellow peril", really?, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Dec 07, 2021 10:05 | en

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international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Monday November 22, 2021 - 17:00 by De Piorraí
I originally wrote this piece in September 2021 following the announcement by United States President Joe Biden that US forces would withdraw from Afghanistan, but never sought to publish the piece. The Irish Government is playing both sides on the matter of foreign affairs, calling for peace and claiming to be 'neutral' while actively supporting Western military imperialism. In this peice, I examine and criticise the involvement of Ireland in the Afghanistan War, with sources provided at the end.

I can be contacted at depiorrai@protonmail.com ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday August 14, 2021 - 00:09 by 1 of Indy   text 4 comments (last - sunday august 29, 2021 - 21:09)   image 4 images   video 2 video files
In this article by Pepe Escobar who is reporting on the situation in Afghanistan where province after province has rapidly fallen to the Taliban, he compares the current situation to the chaotic evacuation from Saigon in Vietnam after the USA had killed at least 2 million there in a brutal war that lasted more than a decade. In the case of Afghanistan the USA and NATO have achieved zero and spent over 2 trillion dollars but in the process have further destroyed the country and killed untold hundreds of thousands of Afghans.

Now as told by Escobar the Taliban are avenging America's invasion way back in 2001 and as Kandahar the second city of Afghanistan has already fallen, the only obstacle that remains is Kabul itself and as one commentator suspects they may be hoping to take that on Sept 11th which would be a fitting slap in the face to the Empire. That though remains to be seen whether it will occur on that date but it will happen one way or another. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Thursday May 20, 2021 - 22:22 by Gary Jordan
The Apologists For Those Who Wage War On Children ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Thursday December 17, 2020 - 12:28 by Justin Morahan   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 17, 2020 - 12:40)
Carmen who worked with the homeless in a New York shelter is banged up. Please write to him on plain white paper with a blue pen and, unbelievably, no pictures allowed even at Christmas. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday November 07, 2020 - 23:06 by 1 of indy   image 3 images
Press Release from Dept of Foreign Affairs

"I am deeply dismayed to learn of the demolition by Israeli authorities on 3 November of more than 70 structures, belonging to 11 Palestinian families in the community of Humsa Al Bqai’a* in the northern Jordan Valley. These demolitions include residential, livelihood and sanitation facilities." ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday October 25, 2020 - 18:03 by Justin Morahan   text 3 comments (last - sunday november 08, 2020 - 19:29)
Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy, both with addresses in Dublin, attempted to get Shannon personnel to search a US plane for arms in 2916 and were charged with criminal damage. A jury has found them not guilty. The following report is based on sources (listed below). Due to the pandemic I was unable to attend ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday October 17, 2020 - 13:17 by Justin Morahan   text 2 comments (last - monday october 19, 2020 - 11:58)
The 7 Plowshares activists who were found guilty of damage at Kings Bay, (Georgia USA) nuclear base back in 2018 are being sentenced, Liz Mc Alister was first. Fr. Steve Kelly second. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday September 28, 2020 - 23:15 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 29, 2020 - 00:37)
Remember all the hospitals apparently bombed by Assad in Syria. If you were a keen observer you would have counted at least 100. I doubt there is that many hospitals in the whole country. Well it was all Western propaganda. Today a series of leaks shows how Western powers acted as the PR front for the terrorists and "rebels" in Syria. The West was actually backing ISIS. Yes, ISIS the head chopping terrorist group. One has to wonder about all the ISIS / Terrorist attacks in Europe, if the same powers have been backing them in Syria. Is their a link. That has to be. This report comes from zero hedge regarding the main leak of documents linking the Western governments running of the successful disinformation campaign. Ever wonder why when Russia entered Syria they managed to destroy over 1200 ISIS oil tanker trucks in a few nights and slash their fund raising in the process whilst up to down with all the satellites, drones, electronic surveillance and everything else, the US and NATO forces could not find them. And how the media used to talk of ISIS being unstoppable. They are unstoppable when you support them and do nothing to stop them. ... read full story / add a comment
src WikiMedia Commons.  Kang Kek Iew (also Kaing Guek Eav or Duch) before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He was responding to the testimony given by his former subordinate Him Huy who was a Khmer Rouge prison guard.
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Wednesday September 02, 2020 - 21:46 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
This report from rt.com written by George Galloway should not go unnoticed because upon the death of a leading commander of the Khmer Rouge responsible for the genocidal slaughter in Cambodia during the 1970s, he highlights the little known role of the UK and US governments in their support of these people.

The demise of ‘Comrade Duch’, the Khmer Rouge mass murderer and torturer in a Cambodian hospital at the age of 77, was a peaceful end not given to the thousands of his victims back in the days of Year Zero.

The ‘Comrade’, Kaing Guek Eav, was chief jailer at the dastardly Phnom Penh prison Tuol Sleng and personally oversaw the torture and murder of men and women in uncountable numbers.

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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday August 13, 2020 - 13:23 by 1 of indy
This important open letter which first appeared back in April on the Veterans Today website is being reproduced here because of the serious questions it raises particularly with regard to the ongoing implementation of a global police state and destruction of the economy. If you believe the mainstream view of Covid-19, perhaps you should stop reading and tighten the mask on your face and maybe follow Fauci's advice and wear eye goggles too.

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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Monday June 22, 2020 - 22:27 by 1 of indy
This report is from AntiWar.com

In April, an exclusive report published on Mintpress News laid bare an "unholy alliance" between al-Qaeda and the displaced government of Abdurabbuh Mansur Hadi that a coalition led by Sunni Gulf monarchies has been unsuccessfully seeking to reinstall with the help of the West since 2015. These revelations come on top of previous investigations that have further exposed how the relentless Western-backed war in Yemen has emboldened al-Qaeda militants responsible for multiple terrorist attacks on Western targets in the last two decades. Even if the war is drawing to a close, a strengthened al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) will be the result. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Monday June 22, 2020 - 18:46 by icsh
The Programme for Government produced by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party promises a lot that is encouraging, but on the issue of US military use of Shannon Airport - which the majority of Irish people oppose - it is disappointing. The change of government provided an opportunity to end Irish complicity in the ongoing cycles of war and occupation that have been responsible for the loss of millions of lives this century. The military industrial complex is also the single biggest polluter on the planet (see recent study from Brown University’s Costs of War project). The US. Department of Defense has a larger annual carbon footprint than most countries on earth, and with its global network of bases and logistics networks the US military is the single biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world outside of nation-states themselves. [1] ... read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday May 09, 2020 - 23:12 by 1 of indy   text 3 comments (last - thursday november 05, 2020 - 10:44)   video 11 video files   audio 2 audio files
This page holds videos of interest to help decipher what is going on politically and globally with the Covid crisis.

As people know the world economy has been more or less put in lockdown and if you wanted to crash it then this is how you would do it. Also anyone paying attention to the numbers will realize the government are lying outright and talking up the numbers and grossly exaggerating how deadly it is. It is so far no worse than the flu which of course kills many each year

The bio-weapon angle has come up multiple times and has gone as high as a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry saying that the virus was genetically created and was a bio-weapon of some kind. People at that level of officialdom don't say things like that without backing from people higher up the chain of command.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Thursday October 10, 2019 - 23:47 by 1 of indy
In an unprecedented tweet earlier in the week President Trump carried out the worst crime in the eyes of the establishment. He admitted the US went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan based on lies and that millions of lives and trillions of dollars were therefore wasted for no good reason other than lies. This is the worst crime imagineable -that is telling the truth about this for it exposes the reality of the system. The Democrats and others are not trying to impeach Trump because of some minor thing or another. It is because they don't trust him to continue running US imperialism as have done nearly all proceeding both Republican and Democrat presidents. They don't give a f**k about democracy since they were part and parcel of the lies and wars of aggression too.

The WSWS website have carried a report on this tweet and it is reproduced here in full because it gives good context to the event. ... read full story / add a comment
Veteran for Peace activists: Former U.S. Marine Major Ken Mayers and former U.S. Army paratrooper Tarak Kauff
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday September 23, 2019 - 22:28 by ShannonWatch   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 24, 2019 - 22:27)   image 1 image   video 1 video file   1 attached file
This blog entry from 16th Sept on the ShannonWatch.org website is reproduced here because while it might seem old news one week late, it will in fact be news to a lot of people since the mainstream just don't cover this, certainly not from the side of peace perspective.

The following was written by Veteran for Peace activist Tarak Kauff who is currently being refused permission to leave Ireland. He is accused of minor offenses linked to the attempt he and Ken MAyers made to inspect a US contracted military plane at Shannon Airport. ... read full story / add a comment
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limerick / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Tuesday August 27, 2019 - 20:52 by pana   image 4 images
World BEYOND War’s fourth annual global conference on the abolition of war will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, in Limerick, Ireland, and include a rally on the 6th at Shannon Airport, where U.S. military forces routinely pass through in violation of Irish neutrality and of laws against war.

We’ll be marking the completion of the 18th year of the endless war on Afghanistan, as well as the 150th birthday of Mohandas Gandhi.

See list of 2019 speakers at https://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2019speakers ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Tuesday July 16, 2019 - 22:01 by ShannonWatch   image 1 image
Vetaran fo Peace Tarak Kauff wrote the following introduction to a piece by Ken Mayers on the refusal of the High Court to allow them to return to the US while awaiting trial. Ken and Tarak are being charged as a result of their attempt to inspect a US contracted military place at Shannon Airport in March. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Sunday April 14, 2019 - 21:17 by pfc   image 1 image
Venue: Ireland Institute 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
When: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Time: 7.30pm ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday March 27, 2019 - 23:10 by Justin Morahan
Bring posters and banners outside if possible Background: Ken and Tarak attempted to inspect and investigate a US military contracted plane at Shannon Airport and took a banner highlighting the situation into the airport. They were arrested for trespass and refused bail. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 27, 2019 - 23:55 by sw   text 1 comment (last - friday april 05, 2019 - 13:54)
The context to this letter by Edward Hogan is to highlight the complicity of the Irish government in assisting the US who are directly involved in the murder and terrorizing of the Yemeni population through the provision of bombs, missiles, drones, training. The media have managed to more or less turn a blind eye to this year since it started in 2015. ... read full story / add a comment

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