Wed 11 Dec 2013 12:59 pm filed by admin - Human Rights, Europe, Ireland
ActionAid and An Taisce say existing EU biofuels policy is provoking human rights abuses, including mass land clearances in poorer countries [i] and warn that there is risk of the situation becoming far worse, depending on the outcome of a key 12 Dec vote of EU energy ministers.
Horizon 2020, Europe's largest ever fund for research and innovation comes to Ireland
Tue 10 Dec 2013 03:55 pm filed by admin - Europe, Ireland
· €79 Billion available to companies and researchers announces EU Commissioner
· Ireland aims to win €1.25 bn - an average of €3M per week - over lifetime of 7 year programme
Horizon 2020, the European Union's new €79 billion programme for research and innovation to create new growth and jobs in Europe, was launched in the Convention Centre Dublin today (Tuesday 10 December 2013).
Agreement on Posting of Workers Enforcement Directive
Tue 10 Dec 2013 03:51 pm filed by admin - Europe, Ireland
The Employment Council in Brussels last night reached general agreement on Posting of Workers Enforcement Directive enhancing protection for posted workers and assists companies seeking to take advantage of the EU Internal Market.
Stop the Blank Check to Israel, Stop Funding Human Rights Violations
Tue 10 Dec 2013 12:13 am filed by admin - Israel, Palestine, United States
By Casey Stinemetz
December 10th is Human Rights Day. This day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the importance of human rights in our increasingly interconnected world. Human Rights are basic freedoms to which all humans are entitled: the right to life, the freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. But are these rights applied equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and other differences?
Anti-war protestors arrested outside Hancock air base
Tue 10 Dec 2013 12:07 am filed by admin - Human Rights, United States
By David Swanson
Since October 25, 2012, over 50 citizens have been arrested - and issued Orders of Protection - for protesting the killing of children by Reaper drones piloted from Hancock Air Base, near Syracuse, New York.
By David Swanson
Recently I noticed a post on a social media site honoring Rosa Parks for her refusal to move out of her seat on a segregated bus. Someone commented underneath, that in fact another individual deserved credit for having done the same thing first. What happened next was entirely predictable. Post after post by various people brought out the names of all kinds of forerunners of Parks, pushing the date of the first brave resister to segregated buses back further and further -- many decades -- into the past.
Ann Riordan new Chair of Science Foundation Ireland
Fri 6 Dec 2013 06:41 pm filed by admin - Science, Ireland
Ann Riordan, who established Microsoft Ireland in 1990 and was instrumental in establishing the Fastrack to IT (FIT) initiative which has to date trained over 12,000 long-term unemployed people, has been appointed chairperson Of Science Foundation Ireland. She has served on the Information Society Steering Committee and the Irish Council for Science, Technology & Innovation. Since her retirement from Microsoft she has served as: President of the Institute of Directors in Ireland; Chairman of the National Standards Authority of Ireland; Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Chairman of the Dublin Regional Tourism Authority and as a public interest director of the EBS Building Society.
Fri 6 Dec 2013 03:22 pm filed by admin - Environment, United States
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, 230,000 members and supporters of the Sierra Club, Forecast the Facts, SumOfUs, RootsAction and the Center for Media and Democracy urged Google to end its alliance with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). This week represents the first time ALEC's annual States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. has Google as a corporate member. The tech giant is bucking the trend by joining the right-wing think tank as other companies like GE, Kraft, and McDonald's are cutting ties and pulling support from ALEC due to the group's reckless policies.
Berkeley City Council Supports South Koreans Resisting Jeju Island US Navy Base
Thu 5 Dec 2013 12:18 pm filed by admin - Korea, United States
By David Swanson
On Jeju Island, an environmental jewel sixty miles south of the Korean Peninsula, a massive naval base is being built to house US warships, submarines and aircraft carriers, serving as a key forward base for the " US Pacific Pivot", and turning the region into a hair trigger for global confrontation. Seven years of principled non-violent struggle by the affected villagers have resulted mostly in endless beatings, arrests, fines, imprisonment; a growing international solidarity movement; but little tangible in the way of political support from any national or local government.
An Taisce challenges 'unlawful' UK Nuclear Decision in London High Court
Thu 5 Dec 2013 03:59 am filed by admin - Environment, Ireland, United Kingdom
An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland - will go to the High Court in London on Thursday December 5th 2013 for the start of a two-day hearing to challenge the legality of the UK's decision to grant permission to build and operate a new, two-reactor nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.
Tue 3 Dec 2013 08:56 pm filed by admin - International
'9/11 in the Academic Community', winner of the 2011 University of Toronto Film Festival, is a unique documentary that consists of interviews of recognized professors discussing their experiences regarding academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11.
Israel-sponsored Dublin film festival 'propaganda by omission'
Tue 3 Dec 2013 07:31 pm filed by admin - Ireland, Israel
The Israeli Embassy in Ireland is hosting a state-sponsored ‘Made in Israel’ film and television festival. In line with the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign will hold a silent vigil for Gaza outside the ‘gala opening’ at Cineworld on Parnell Street, Dublin 1 from 6pm – 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th December.
By David Swanson
This is the season of death, when we celebrate the dying of the sun with an orgiastic burst of consumption and environmental destruction. This is the season of rebirth when we spend time with loved ones and reach out to help others we don't know.
The Competition Authority has today published a study of competition in the ports sector in Ireland which found competition in port services could be improved. The study was commissioned by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, as part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2012. The study looks at how competition is working between ports and within individual ports in Ireland.
Tue 26 Nov 2013 06:44 pm filed by admin - Afghanistan, United States
By David Swanson
When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later. Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama's war than President Bush's. Now the White House is trying to keep troops in Afghanistan until "2024 and beyond.”