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offsite link Saker message to the community: we need your help. Fri Sep 17, 2021 17:26 | The Saker
Dear friends I wish we lived in a perfect world, populated by perfect people, and nobody would ever have to worry about or, even less so, ask for financial help

offsite link (Neo)Liberalism and its Discontents Fri Sep 17, 2021 16:24 | amarynth
by Francis Lee for the Saker Blog FROM CLASSICAL LIBERALISM TO NEO-LIBERALISM The contemporary neo-liberal coalition consisting politically of a centre-left, centre, and centre-right ? what we might call the

offsite link Iran?s Raisi gave Resistance ?presidential? treatment at swear-in: Hezbollah?s No. 2 Fri Sep 17, 2021 15:06 | amarynth
Original link: http://middleeastobse... Description: In an interview with Lebanese media in last month, Hezbollah?s Deputy-Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem explained why the swearing-in ceremony of Iran?s new president Ibrahim Raisi was

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/09/16 ? Open Thread Fri Sep 17, 2021 00:00 | herb
2021/09/16 23:00:01Welcome 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 SITREP: political prisoners in the UK Thu Sep 16, 2021 17:48 | The Saker
Dear friends, today I am posting an email (with permission) describing the situation of another political prisoner in the UK, not Assange and not the, apparently held incommunicado, Skripal father

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Public Inquiry
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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

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offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

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Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link After Vaccine Passports Were ?Scrapped?, Government Refuses To Rule Out Passes for Pubs Thu Sep 16, 2021 15:32 | Michael Curzon
The Health Secretary has confirmed that vaccine passports could be introduced for pubs later this year if "something happens", but remains coy about what exactly "something" means.
The post After Vaccine Passports Were ?Scrapped?, Government Refuses To Rule Out Passes for Pubs appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link The Ethical Bankruptcy of Vaccinating 12-15 Year-Olds Thu Sep 16, 2021 13:53 | Toby Young
We're publishing an original piece on the Daily Sceptic today by a senior pharmaceutical company executive setting out the ethical case against vaccinating healthy 12-15 year-olds.
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offsite link Headteachers Told To Call Police if People Protest Against Vaccination of Healthy Teenagers Outside ... Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:05 | Michael Curzon
Headteachers have been told to call the police if parents concerned about the vaccination of their healthy teenager children against Covid ('anti-vaxxers', as the media puts it) protest outside school gates.
The post Headteachers Told To Call Police if People Protest Against Vaccination of Healthy Teenagers Outside School Gates appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link News Round-Up Wed Sep 15, 2021 23:59 | Michael Curzon
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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offsite link Pfizer Set to Seek Approval for Its Covid Vaccine in U.S. Babies This Winter Wed Sep 15, 2021 19:30 | Michael Curzon
Pfizer is planning to seek approval for its Covid vaccine in babies as young as six months in the U.S. this winter and is also set to seek approval for its jab in 5-11 year olds in America and across Europe.
The post Pfizer Set to Seek Approval for Its Covid Vaccine in U.S. Babies This Winter appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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national / health / disability issues / news report Wednesday October 21, 2020 21:14 by hfi   text 1 comment (last - friday october 23, 2020 10:31)

After running into Paul Cullen, health correspondent at the Irish Times on October 3rd during the protest march from Custom House, we had the pleasure to deepen our conversation by way of the following interview.

These are the questions presented to us:

I think your organisation pre-dates the current pandemic. What led you (and others, presumably) to set it up? Was it because of personal experiences and, if so, could you tell me a bit about these?

Ireland and other countries are currently facing repeated waves of Covid-19 infections. Do you think a vaccine, if developed, can play a role in resolving this problem?

Do you have concerns about the Covid-19 vaccines under development? Are these specific to this vaccine or general to all vaccines?

Are there any vaccines you think are useful? (On your website, you make a series of assertions about vaccines which are almost entirely negative.) Would you consider yourself, or your organisation, anti-vaccine?

What are your concerns about the likely introduction of a Covid-19 vaccine? Do you think it will be made mandatory, or that access to, say, creches or schools etc might be barred to people who are not vaccinated? What action would you take in the event of this happening?

Please tell me a bit about HFI: who set it up? who runs it? who sits on the board/council/organising committee? How is it funded?

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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday October 20, 2020 22:45 by Justin Morahan   text 2 comments (last - friday january 15, 2021 18:26)
Patrick O'Neill told the court of Ankle monitoring in America on the Day of his sentencing. On Friday last, 16 October, Patrick O'Neill was sentenced in Georgia to 14 months in prison for a non-violent protest In Kings Bay Trident Nuclear Base on 4 April 2018. He is the third of the Kings Bay 7 to be convicted. 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 / economics and finance / press release Wednesday October 14, 2020 22:00 by Zach Conti
G20 finance ministers agreed to extend debt payment relief for the 73 poorest countries and, in principle, to have a common framework to cancel debts. The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met on global COVID-19 response plans ahead of the Annual IMF and World Bank Meetings. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Tuesday October 13, 2020 19:11 by Zach Conti
Analyzing the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus, the International Monetary Fund released the Global Financial Stability Report and the 2020 World Economic Outlook Report, "A Long and Difficult Ascent." The economic outlook report projects global economic growth to contract 4.4%. read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Saturday October 10, 2020 00:48 by jk
There is to be a protest titled "Let ireland Live - Destroyed Livelihoods, destroyed Communities, Destroyed Lives - End the lockdown " LEINSTER HOUSE, KILDARE ST, DUBLIN, OCTOBER 10TH, 1PM read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday October 07, 2020 21:55 by hfi
Given the expectation that the public must accept what restrictions the State imposes, the basis of these decisions are not the exclusive preserve of experts and advisers or even of elected officials. None of these officials was elected with the prospect of severe restriction of personal liberty in view. Yet this power has been arrogated by these officials on the basis of advice of a dire public health emergency, the predictions of which proved wholly exaggerated. It is insufficient at this stage to claim “emergency.” The emergency has passed. The harm has proved far less than advertised. Deaths are few. Yet “recommendations” are still being promulgated, and severe restrictions are again being proposed. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Friday October 02, 2020 19:16 by Zachary Conti
IMF head Kristalina Georgieva warned that developing countries could face a second wave of economic crises just as they are recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. "... There is a need to reform the international debt 'architecture' ... to provide speedy and sufficiently deep debt relief to countries that need it, benefitting not only these countries but the system as a whole," wrote Georgieva and other top IMF officials in a Fund blog published Thursday. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Friday October 02, 2020 16:33 by foie

Call on Minister to control private companies as Bord Na Mona quits peat bedding sector

Action comes two years after environmental complaint

Two years after calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to exercise his powers under the legislation to stop Teagasc, the Farm Advisory Service, and Bord na Mona from promoting the use of deep peat for bedding in animal housing, Bord na Mona has announced that it is exiting the peat bedding market.

The extent of the practice came to light on field trips conducted by Friends of the Irish Environment in the summer of 2018. It coincided with Bord na Mona and Teagasc beginning to market peat as an alternative to straw after the poor harvests led to shortages of straw. The company entered the market in 2017, having reportedly appointed a team to manage sales and grow the market in the wake of reduced use of peat for power generation.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday September 30, 2020 21:58 by Sean Crudden
The current debacle in education over Leaving Cert results is a stark example of lack of thought about the fundamentals of human rights. Should high marks in an exam entitle one child to a place in some coveted university course while denying it to another child who has lower marks. Put another way does high intelligence give a student more entitlements. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday September 29, 2020 19:59 by Zach Conti
Presidents, prime ministers and world leaders focused on solutions for the global economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus at a virtual United Nations meeting. 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
international / health / disability issues / news report Saturday September 26, 2020 23:55 by 1 of indy
This was originally published on Sept 5th and is republished in full here. Source link given below. So far it has been signed by 394 medical doctors, 1,340 medically trained health professionals.

We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in the decision-making process and in the compulsory implementation of corona-measures. We ask for an open debate, where all experts are represented without any form of censorship. After the initial panic surrounding covid-19, the objective facts now show a completely different picture – there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.

The current crisis management has become totally disproportionate and causes more damage than it does any good.

We call for an end to all measures and ask for an immediate restoration of our normal democratic governance and legal structures and of all our civil liberties

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international / economics and finance / press release Friday September 25, 2020 21:38 by Zach Conti
The G7 supports a process for debt cancellation for vulnerable countries, they announced this morning after Treasury convened a special Finance Ministers meeting. read full story / add a comment
international / politics / elections / press release Thursday September 24, 2020 19:55 by Zach Conti
A high-level United Nations panel report says global policies are needed to prevent trillions of dollars escaping developing countries through tax abuse and corruption. The UN group includes former heads of state, past central bank governors, business leaders and prominent academics. read full story / add a comment
international / health / disability issues / news report Thursday September 24, 2020 18:41 by 1 of indy

It has been revealed that the UK's chief scientific advisor who also chairs the government’s expert advisory panel on vaccines has according to reports (in the Telegraph) has over 43,000 shares in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – a multinational pharmaceutical company. The shares are estimated to be worth £600,000

This is the same person who is pushing for the vaccine and currently promoting fear around the current rise in "cases" trying to imply there is a second wave when these are just detections and not cases of where people previously had Covid and other related diseases

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday September 22, 2020 23:05 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - wednesday september 23, 2020 15:52)
This excellent report the Irish Sentinel exposes another propagandist pushing the Covid-19 narrative and slices through the constant 24 x 7 bullshit propaganda ....

Ciaran O’Connor, writing for the Journal.ie, claims to be a researcher and investigator with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, (propaganda) a London-based think tank that works towards powering solutions to extremism, disinformation, and polarisation. (By lying about them)

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national / health / disability issues / press release Tuesday September 22, 2020 12:26 by Amanda Walsh
Mothers in Ireland are not being provided with the relevant information and support they need during and after childbirth and demand more control in the process, according to new survey data. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday September 18, 2020 20:06 by Zachary Conti
The Federal Emergency Management Administration will award $13 billion in Puerto Rico disaster aid to rebuild the power grid and education facilities, announced the White House. The announcement comes near the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria slamming the island, taking 3000 lives and causing more than $100 billion in damage. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday September 15, 2020 22:21 by Justin Morahan
A Democratic support group for Kamala Harris wrote from information@democrats.senatemajority.com an unsolicited e-mail to the author of this article The reply is published below:

[Note: Kamala Harris is the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. ] read full story / add a comment
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