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By David Swanson
One should not sell bombs to a government that abuses human rights, which means murders a man without using one of the bombs.

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David Swanson, anti-war
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Posted on 15 Oct 2018 by the editor

By Cory Doctorow
In September 2018, a key European vote brought the EU much closer to a system of universal mass censorship and surveillance, in the name of defending copyright.

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internet censorship
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Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by the editor

By Index on Censorship
Index on Censorship has filed an
official notification with the Council of Europe raising concerns about the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill’s impacts on media freedom in the UK.

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media freedom, index on censorship, Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill
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Posted on 27 Sep 2018 by the editor

By Open Rights Group
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes have breached the European Convention on Human Rights. 

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UK surveillance, human rights
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Posted on 27 Sep 2018 by the editor

Police Spies Out of Lives say that UK police are seeking to close down an undercover police relationships case after admitting serious human rights abuses.

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Police powers, undercover police, police spies
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Posted on 21 Sep 2018 by the editor

PEN America has pledged to maintain fighting for thr freedom of jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were found guilty by a court in Myanmar and sentenced to seven years in prison

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press freedom, Myanmar, imprisonment, Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo
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Posted on 04 Sep 2018 by the editor

Press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has condemned the arrests of journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey in Northern Ireland after the two men were detained on allegations of theft of confidential documents from the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, related to the police investigation into the murder of six men in County Down in 1994, widely referred to as the ‘Loughinisland massacre’.

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press freedom, Loughinisland
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Posted on 04 Sep 2018 by the editor

By David Korteweg, EDRi member Bits of Freedom, the Netherlands
On 21 August 2018 it was revealed that Facebook rates the trustworthiness of its users in its attempt to tackle misinformation. But how does Facebook judge you, what are the consequences and... how do you score? Ask Facebook by exercising your access right!

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Facebook, misinformation, fake news
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Posted on 29 Aug 2018 by the editor

The Pentagon has denied any responsibility in the events in Yemen in which 29 children were among dozens of civilians killed by a US-backed Saudi-led coalition airstrike.

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Yemen
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Posted on 09 Aug 2018 by the editor

The largest-ever contingent of Irish artists will be at this year's Edinburgh Festival with Theatre, Literature, Ballet and Contemporary Dance as part of Culture Ireland GB18.

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Edinburgh Festival 2018
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Posted on 08 Aug 2018 by the editor

World BEYOND War, in collaboration with Shannonwatch, is organizing a Peace Conference in Cloughjordan Eco-village, Tipperary, on Saturday the 8th of September, to investigate many aspects of war and militarism in relation to international law and conventions.

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World Beyond Way, Peace Conference, Cloughjordan Eco-village, Tipperary
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Posted on 08 Aug 2018 by the editor

By David Swanson
Last May I was in Russia when fascists held a rally in my hometown of Charlottesville, not to be confused with their larger rally which followed in August. At the May rally, people shouted "Russia is our friend." I was on a Russian TV show called Crosstalk the next day and discussed this. I also discussed it with other Russians, actual friends in the human sense. Some of them were completely bewildered, arguing that Russia never had slavery and couldn't be the friend of Confederate-flag-waving people whom they saw as advocates for slavery. (Anti-Russian Ukrainians have also waved Confederate flags.)

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Russia, United States
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Posted on 06 Aug 2018 by the editor

By Anamarija Tomicic, Communications and Community Officer at EDRi 
In the early morning of 20 June 2018, German police forces raided several locations – the headquarters of the privacy group Zwiebelfreunde, and the homes of three of its board members, as well as the association OpenLab, which is part of EDRi member Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in Augsburg. Zwiebelfreunde promotes and creates privacy enhancing technologies, and educates the public in their use. The board members are not considered suspects but witnesses in an ongoing investigation.

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police powers
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Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by the editor

Report by campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com
There are renewed calls for a Northern Ireland Inquiry after it has been revealed that an undercover officer from a disgraced political policing unit infiltrated Northern Irish civil rights groups, including the Bloody Sunday march organisers.

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undercover police inquiry, spycops
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Posted on 18 Jun 2018 by the editor

By Chris Jones, Statewatch
Proposals for mandatory fingerprints in national ID cards to "facilitate free movement" will affect 370 million people
London, UK, 11 June 2018 - The European Commission has published a proposal calling for the mandatory inclusion of biometrics (two fingerprints and a facial image) in all EU Member States' identity cards. The demands to include fingerprints are an unnecessary and unjustified infringement on the right to privacy of almost 85% of EU citizens, as explained in a new analysis published today by civil liberties organisation Statewatch. (1)

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EU, ID fingerprints
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Posted on 11 Jun 2018 by the editor

By edri.org
The General Data Protection Regulation went into effect on May 25th and Privacy Policy updates have been flooding inboxes. GDPR enhances everyone’s rights, regardless of nationality, gender, economic status and so on. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals know very little about these rights and GDPR at large. The following guide is part of the GDPR explained campaign and provides a digestible explanation of individuals' rights and basic concepts in the EU’s new data protection regulation. 

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General Data Protection Regulation
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Posted on 31 May 2018 by the editor

Over 100,000 calves have been exported from Ireland so far this year. The majority of these have gone to veal farms in Spain and the Netherlands. The journeys can take over 50 hours. On arrival, the calves are kept in cages too small for them to turn around in, with bare slatted flooring.

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live animal exportation, Compassion in World Farming
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Posted on 21 May 2018 by the editor

By María Rosón, EDRi intern
In September 2016, the European Commission proposed a controversial draft for the new Copyright Directive that includes de facto mandatory automated upload filters for every internet user in the EU. 

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Copyright Directive, Censorship
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Posted on 16 May 2018 by the editor

The Irish Anti-War Movement has condemned Israel's killing of at least 58 Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border on 14 May and has called on the Irish Government to expel Israel's ambassador from Ireland.

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Gaza, Israel
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Posted on 16 May 2018 by the editor

Two leading US campaigners for 9/11 Truth, Richard Gage and Barbara Honegger, are to present the case for reopening the 9/11 investigation on a tour that will include London and Bristol, Zurich, Brussels and Utrecht.

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9/11 Truth, Richard Gage, Barbara Honegger
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Posted on 11 May 2018 by the editor

The Irish AntiWar Movement (IAWM) today condemned the recent airstrikes by the US, Britain and France on Syria which were ostensibly conducted as a response to the alleged chemical attack on Douma last week.

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Syria, air strikes April 2018
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Posted on 16 Apr 2018 by the editor

By David Swanson - director World Beyond War
Donald Trump has just committed a murderous immoral criminal action and sought to depict it as law enforcement. Congress has sat on its hands, failed to cut off funding, and failed to move on impeachment. It is to be hoped that those Congress members who said such an attack on Syria would be impeachable will at least find the decency now to act after the fact.

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Syria
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Posted on 14 Apr 2018 by the editor

by Police Spies Out of Lives
The Undercover Policing Inquiry has finally named Mark Cassidy as an undercover police officer, more than five years since his identity was first exposed, and more than two years since the Metropolitan Police issued a public apology for human rights abuses committed by him and other undercover police officers.

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Undercover Policing Inquiry, police spies
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Posted on 06 Apr 2018 by the editor

Part of what makes the Beatles so special is that no matter how much you know about the band already - no matter how many times you've listened to their songs, no matter how many books about them you've read, no matter how much trivia you know, no matter how long you've analysed them - there are always new things to learn.

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The Beatles, Sean Macleod
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Posted on 03 Apr 2018 by the editor

Invasive Species week was launched on Friday 23 March by Environment Ministers at their British Irish Council (BIC) Ministerial meeting in Dublin. Ireland was represented at the launch by Minister Denis Naughten, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

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Invasive alien species
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Posted on 24 Mar 2018 by the editor

Changes to Employment Permit Regulations signed off this week by Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Heather Humphreys aim to make it easier for businesses in the hospitality and animation sectors to source workers from outside the EEA.

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Employment Permit Regulations
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Posted on 23 Mar 2018 by the editor

The British Ambassador in Dublin yesterday hosted a celebration of cultural connections between Ireland and Britain with Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan.

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Culture Ireland GB 18
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Posted on 23 Mar 2018 by the editor

The current operators of Troy film studios in Limerick have announced their acquisition of Ardmore Studios Limited in Bray, County Wicklow.

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Ardmore Studios, Troy studios, film
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Posted on 23 Mar 2018 by the editor

There are those who believe that they can, with impunity, murder a civilian in public using a deadly nerve agent, as in the recent case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was given refuge in the UK after caught spying for MI6 and released as part of a spy exchange in 2010.

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Sergei Skripal, nerve agent, Salisbury poisoning
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Posted on 09 Mar 2018 by the editor

by Diego Naranjo, EDRi
Discussions on the censorship machine continue at the level of the Council of the European Union
After the “compromise” text that Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Axel Voss presented to the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council held a meeting after which they published new text on Article 13 of the copyright Directive.

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Internet, filtering, censorship
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Posted on 08 Mar 2018 by the editor

The Petitions Committee has called in the Health Minister to answer questions on the Government's failure to publish a key report about vaccines. This is the direct result of people petitioning about the Meningitis B vaccine.

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Meningitis B vaccine, Petitions Committee
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Posted on 24 Feb 2018 by the editor

The Irish Anti-War Movement said today that the slaughter that is now taking place in Eastern Ghouta, as a result of the bombing of the civilian population by the Russian-backed Assad regime is utterly horrific and should stop immediately. While accurate casualty figures are difficult to ascertain it is clear that hundreds of lives, among them large numbers of children, have being lost.

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Eastern Ghouta, Irish Anti-War Movement
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Posted on 21 Feb 2018 by the editor

Dublin’s eleventh Five Lamps Arts Festival was launched today and will take place around various venues in North Inner City Dublin from 7th to 11th  March. This year's festival's line-up includes up to fifty arts events with up to one hundred participating artists.

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Five Lamps Arts Festival, Marino College, Dublin
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Posted on 20 Feb 2018 by the editor

Ireland's first national Space Strategy for Enterprise by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovationaims aims to set out how Ireland can maximise the benefit of its investment in the European Space Agency (ESA) and in the European Union's (EU) flagship space programmes, Copernicus, Galileo and Horizon 2020.

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Space Strategy for Enterprise, European Space Agency, Copernicus, Galileo, Horizon 2020
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Posted on 19 Feb 2018 by the editor

A champion of open Internet and press freedoms has been lost with the passing of John Perry Barlow, co-founder of Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), who has died at the age of 70.

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John Perry Barlow, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Posted on 09 Feb 2018 by the editor

The Irish Anti War Movement has strongly condemned the apartheid Israeli state's ban on members of 20 international organisations that campaign for the rights of the Palestinian people being allowed to enter Palestine/Israel.

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Irish Anti War Movement, Israeli apartheid
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Posted on 29 Jan 2018 by the editor

My EDRi member Statewatch, the United Kingdom
In the name of “preventing, detecting and investigating terrorist offenses and related travel”, all United Nations (UN) Member States should develop systems for processing and analysing Passenger Name Record (PNR), Advance Passenger Information (API) and “fingerprints, photographs, facial recognition, and other relevant identifying biometric data”, according to a UN Security Council resolution (no. 2396) on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts agreed on 21 December 2017.

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Passenger Name Record (PNR), Advance Passenger Information (API), biometric data
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Posted on 29 Jan 2018 by the editor

By Hans de Zwart, EDRi member Bits of Freedom, the Netherlands
“You can’t uphold the law by breaking the law”
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) invited EDRi member Bits of Freedom to speak at their annual New Year’s Seminar. Hans De Zwart, Director of Bits of Freedom, talked about how the rule of law can only be defended by the European Union taking an exemplary role including by strictly adhering to the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union and urgently taking action to be more transparent in its legislative processes.

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European Union, European Court of Justice
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Posted on 29 Jan 2018 by the editor

The Breadwinner, funded by the Irish Film Board and produced by Cartoon Saloon, Kilkenny, is one of the five nominations for Best Animated Feature in the 2018 film Academy Awards.

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Irish Film Board, Oscar nominees 2018
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Posted on 23 Jan 2018 by the editor

A chance find of bones by a local hillwalker on a Mayo mountainside in 2016 led to the discovery that the natural boulder chamber in which the remains were found was used for human burial practice through the Neolithic period, from as early as 3,600 BC.

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Bengorm Mountain, Mayo Neolithic bones
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Posted on 23 Jan 2018 by the editor

Irish Ministers have met with representatives of the European Investment Bank Group (EIB) and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) for the formal agreement of  a counter guarantee through the European Investment Fund to allow for the roll out of €300m in funding to Irish businesses under the Government's Brexit Loan Scheme.

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Brexit, Irish trade, SMEs
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Posted on 22 Jan 2018 by the editor

By Diego Naranjo, EDRi
Copyright discussions continue in the European institutions. On one hand, Axel Voss, the German conservative (EPP/CDU) Parliamentarian in charge of the dossier in the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) is on some sort of a stand-by while the German government forms. On the other hand, the EU Council, composed of the relevant ministers in charge of the copyright Directive proposal, is speeding up.

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EU Copyright Directive, censorship machine
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Posted on 13 Dec 2017 by the editor

By Diego Naranjo and Joe McNamee, EDRi
The European Union (EU) is currently reforming its copyright legislation. In September 2016, the European Commission proposed its controversial draft for the new Copyright Directive, that includes a mandatory “censorship machine” to filter all uploads from every user in the EU (Article 13).

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EU Copyright Directive
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Posted on 13 Dec 2017 by the editor

Kim Bryan, Tom Fowler Chris Dutton, Terry Evans and other victims of undercover police spying and core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, have launched a crowdfund to raise money to support their - and all core participants - full participation in the inquiry.

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undercover police spying
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Posted on 12 Dec 2017 by the editor

By Police Spies Out of Lives
Seven women psychologically and sexually abused by undercover policemen infiltrating UK protest groups have lodged a complaint to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

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undercover policing, CEDAW, Police Spies Out of Lives
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Posted on 07 Dec 2017 by the editor

By Yousef Munayyer, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Director Trump has just upended decades of US foreign policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This effectively hands Israel a blank political check for its illegal annexation of Jerusalem and legitimizes Israel's ongoing displacement and disenfranchisement of the city's Palestinian residents. Trump's move is politically dangerous, and morally egregious.

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Jerusalem, Trump, Palestinian rights
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Posted on 06 Dec 2017 by the editor

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) is seeking expressions of interest from banks and other financial intermediaries to partner in a €300m Brexit Loan Scheme.

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Brexit, Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland,
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Posted on 21 Nov 2017 by the editor

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Freedom Voices Network have jointly launched Forbidden Stories, a project that aims to secure the data and information of threatened journalists and, when journalists are arrested or killed, to continue and publish their investigative reporting.

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Forbidden Stories, Reporters Without Borders, Freedom Voices Network, investigative journalism
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Posted on 31 Oct 2017 by the editor

In view of the current Met Éireann status Orange wind warning, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced that the following sites will be closed to the public for tomorrow Saturday 21 October:

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Storm Brian
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Posted on 20 Oct 2017 by the editor

Innovative researchers in companies, Higher Education Institutes and public bodies are being encouraged to apply for the next stage of EU Horizon 2020 funding.

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Horizon 2020
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Posted on 18 Oct 2017 by the editor

by Jeremy Malcolm, EDRi member Electronic Frontier Foundation
The ruthless efficiency with which the Spanish government censored the internet ahead of the referendum on Catalonian independence foreshadowed the severity of its crackdown at polling places on 1 October. EDRi member Electronic Frontier Foundation previously wrote about one aspect of that censorship; the raid of the .cat top-level domain registry. But there was much more to it than that, and many of the more than 140 censored domains and internet services continue to be blocked today.

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Catalonia referendum, Internet censorship
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Posted on 05 Oct 2017 by the editor

Press freedoms watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling for the immediate release of Zhen Jianghua, the director of Across The Great FireWall (ATGFW.org), an anti-censorship website, and condemns the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of citizen-journalists and bloggers. 

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Zhen Jianghua, China, media freedom
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Posted on 11 Sep 2017 by the editor

Would you like to meet St. Doulagh on Culture Night? It takes place on Friday 22 September in St. Doulagh's Church, Ireland's oldest church still in continuous use as a Centre of Christian Worship (circa 7th. cent.) 

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Saint. Doulagh's, Balgriffin, Dublin
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Posted on 09 Sep 2017 by the editor

By Diego Naranjo, EDRi
A Council of the European Union document leaked by Statewatch on 30 August reveals that during the summer months, that Estonia (current EU Presidency) has been pushing the other Member States to strengthen indiscriminate internet surveillance, and to follow in the footsteps of China regarding online censorship.

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internet filtering
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Posted on 07 Sep 2017 by the editor

Police spies targeting campaign groups across Europe are the focus of a European Parliament event on 6 September, where MEPs will hear from activists directly affected by undercover police, along with experts on state surveillance.

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Police infiltration, police spies, surveillance, European Parliament
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Posted on 30 Aug 2017 by the editor

New EU regulations introducing new non-financial reporting requirements for some of Ireland’s largest companies take effect from today, Monday 21 August 2017.

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non-financial EU reporting requirements
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Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by the editor

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., today (Friday August 18 2017) announced that she has commissioned a major examination of the economic opportunities and impacts for Ireland arising from EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

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Brexit, Irish trade
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Posted on 18 Aug 2017 by the editor

By EDRi member Bits of Freedom; translation by Philip Westbroek
On 11 July 2017, the Dutch Senate passed the bill for the new Intelligence and Security Services Act. With the Senate vote, a years-long political battle has come to an end: the secret services have been given dragnet surveillance powers.

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Holland, dragnet surveillance bill
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Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by the editor

The main ship's telegraph from the RMS Lusitania has been recovered from the wreck site off the Head of Kinsale and is undergoing preliminary conservation ashore. During a previous dive in July 2016, attempts to raise the telegraph were unsuccessful due to equipment failure.

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Lusitania
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Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by the editor

By David Swanson
Yes, I'm going to tell you what's missing from this film without watching the film. Trump has, as promised, made me so sick of winning that I really could enjoy watching a defeat film, but I think I'll pass. If I'm wrong about what's missing from it (I mean one of the many things that are, no doubt, missing from it), I promise that I will eat an entire plan for victory in Afghanistan annually for the next decade.

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Dunkirk, US military aggression, WW2
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Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by the editor

Report by Reporter's Without Borders
Russia’s parliamentarians have given final approval to two laws intended to ban software that bypasses online censorship and tighten government control of search engines and messaging services. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) thinks they certify the death of a free Internet in Russia.

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Internet, Russia
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Posted on 24 Jul 2017 by the editor

by Adam Wagner
The High Court has found that the Daily Mirror and The Sun were in breach of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 (1981 Act) in relation to their reporting of the Jo Yeates murder case. The proceedings were in relation to Christopher Jefferies, a school teacher who was arrested early on in the investigation. The court is now to consider penalties.

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Daily Mioor, The Sun, contempt, Human Rights
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Posted on 29 Jul 2011 by the editor

There is something grossly inconsistent in this week's published inquiry report into the rape comments made by Garda in Mayo following the arrest of two women at a Shell To Sea protest on 31 March 2011. Although the report, produced by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission, refers to the comments as 'alleged', paragraph number 3 states: Whilst the audio on the recording is of poor quality during some sections of this conversation, an approximate transcript of the conversation has been prepared and supports these allegations.

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Mayo, Corrib, Corrib policing
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Posted on 29 Jul 2011 by the editor

Muntaha's sixteen-year-old son was abducted by Syrian security forces two months ago—one of 3000 Syrian "disappeared". India, Brazil and South Africa have close ties to Syria and could push for an international human rights delegation to find the missing, but they won't act without global pressure. Help find Muntaha's son:
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Syria, Syrian disappeared
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Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by the editor

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today announced reforms to the Joint Labour Committee and Registered Employment Agreement wage settling mechanisms, following Government decision last Tuesday (26th July). The measures will radically overhaul the system so as to make it fairer, more competitive and more flexible so as to increase job-creation in these sectors. They will also reinstate a robust system of protection for workers in these sectors in the aftermath of the recent High Court ruling.

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Joint Labour Committee, Registered Employment Agreement
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Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by the editor

From mass arrests to surveillance, confidence in the Metropolitan police is at an all-time low
By
Nina Power, guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 July 2011
Can confidence in the Metropolitan police sink any lower? Even before the past few weeks revealed the possibility of their complicity in the News of the World hacking scandal, and the past few months their brutal attitude towards the policing of students and other protesters, there were many who already had reason to mistrust those who claim to be "working together for a safer London".

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Metropolitan Police
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Posted on 27 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
"Zeus did not want man to throw his life away, no matter how much the other evils might torment him, but rather to go on letting himself be tormented anew. To that end, he gives man hope. In truth, it is the most evil of evils because it prolongs man's torment." — Friedrich Nietzsche

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US general election
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Posted on 27 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
The murder spree in Norway was apparently the work of a Norwegian, not a group of foreigners, and for various other reasons the comparison is not exact. Nonetheless, it's tempting to wonder how many people would still be alive today if George W. Bush or Rudy Giuliani had spoken after the 9-11 attacks as Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg just did

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Jens Stoltenberg, 9/11
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Posted on 26 Jul 2011 by the editor

On the 9th July, 31 years after I was sentenced to life imprisonment, the Parole Board delivered it's judgement on my continued imprisonment in clear and explicit terms recommending my transfer to an open prison in preparation for my probable release in 12 months time. The Ministry of Justice and prison system decided to ignore and effectively sabotage the recommendation, raising the question of exactly what real legal authority the Parole Board has over the prison system in determining how life sentenced prisoners are progressed towards release, and maybe more critically what real motives underlay senior prison management's attempts on occasion to subvert the recommendations of the Parole Board?

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John Bowden, prison
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Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by the editor

I John Twomey, am one of four people who have been convicted in the only trial without a jury in England for hundreds of years. I was tried with my brother-in-law Glen Cameron, Barry Hibberd and a man who us three met for the first time at court on trial, Peter Blake.

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Trial without jury, Diplock Courts, John Twomey
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Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
I recently sat down for 90 minutes to speak with six Afghan judges, all of them women, and an English-Dari interpreter, a man. They spoke to me as individuals. They aren't preparing any investigations or indictments. The relevance of their being judges is that they know the law. They've studied international law, and they were visiting the United States to learn about our legal and political systems. They believe the United States is guilty of war crimes.

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Afghanistan, US war crimes
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Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
A government that works for Wall Street and a war machine will sooner or later create schools that work for the same ends.

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Education, prisons
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Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by the editor

By Thomas Hammarberg, European Commissioner for Human Rights
People turn to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg because they feel unable to find justice at home. Though the majority of European states do comply with the Court's decisions, there are some which are strikingly slow to abide by their obligation to execute the judgments. This is serious—a prompt, full and effective execution of the Court's judgments is key for the effective implementation of the European Convention's standards in domestic law.

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European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg
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Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by the editor

Process to provide improved services for workers and employers, cut costs to taxpayer
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton on Monday announced the first steps in his plan to streamline the State’s five employment rights bodies, announced in a speech in UCD on 1 July last. The principal measures include naming Ger Deering, Director of NERA, as the industry expert responsible for coordinating the streamlining process across the employment rights bodies; and Kieran Mulvey, Chief Executive Officer of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) assuming leadership of NERA.

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Employment rights bodies
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Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Prisoners risking death by refusing food in the Pelican Bay supermax, and those hunger striking in solidarity in prisons around California are a judgment of our sickness. "The degree of civilization in a society," said Dostoyevsky, "can be judged by entering its prisons."

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Pelican Bay, prisoner hunger strike
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Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by the editor

By Sam Pizzigati, RootsAction.org
Once upon a time in America, back a century ago, our nation's rich paid virtually nothing in taxes to the federal government. And that same federal government did virtually nothing to better the lives of average Americans.

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Federal Debt
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Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by the editor

"state visits by Windsor and Obama nothing more than an attempt to foster subservience to the political and economic establishment"
irg chairperson Brian Leeson has accused the Dublin government of treating the Irish people as fools after revelations about the massive costs of recent controversial state visits. Twenty-Six County justice minister Alan Shatter has been forced to concede that the cost to the tax-payer for the state visits by Elizabeth Windsor and Barak Obama in May will now be nearly twice the original estimate.

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Royal Visit
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Posted on 13 Jul 2011 by the editor

Dale Farm's representative in Brussels Patrick Egan met today (1pm) at the European Parliament with East Anglia MEP Richard Howitt to discuss possible ways to meet the crisis faced by the 90 families on the estate at present under threat of eviction.

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Dale Farm, Basildon, traveller evictions, Amnesty International
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Posted on 13 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Statutes of limitations for torture not resulting in death have passed. The DOJ has refused to prosecute 99 of 101 cases of torture-to-death that it looked at. Obama has long since publicly told the DOJ not to prosecute the CIA for torture. Obama's torture of Bradley Manning has been widely ignored. Rendition has been established as normal. Torturers have published confessional/bragging memoirs. Habeas corpus has been formally ended. The Bagram-Gitmo archipelago is here to stay. Torture continues in Iraq, Afghanistan, elsewhere. Assassinations have been established as the truly big new fashion. Harold Koh has replaced John Yoo as the Guy Who Will "Legalize" Anything. We've got more illegal wars going at once than ever before. Congress has practically dropped the pretense of a rule of law. The President can't clear his throat without opposing "relitigating the past," as if on the planet he comes from it is common to litigate the future. And Human Rights Watch has chosen this moment to announce that Bush and Cheney might just have been responsible for torture?

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GW Bush, Dick Cheney, torture, Human Rights Watch
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Posted on 13 Jul 2011 by the editor

By Graeme Hall, UK Human Rights Blog, July 12, 2011
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that a mechanism should be put in place to review whether convicted sex offenders should remain liable after their release from prison to notify the police of where they live or plans to travel abroad. In June 2011, the government published draft legislation to "ensure that strict rules are put in place for considering whether individuals should ever be removed from the register." However, it is possible that the "strict rules" leave the government vulnerable to further legal challenges.

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sex offender register, European Court of Justice
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Posted on 13 Jul 2011 by the editor

Open letter to President Obama
By David Swanson

"The fiscal good has to outweigh the pain," a nameless Democrat told the Washington Post regarding President Obama's latest proposal to massively cut Social Security, against the wishes of the vast majority of Americans, in order to fund a military 670% larger than the next largest in the world, keep in place tax cuts for billionaires, fail to tax corporations or estates or investments or carbon, and balance a budget that nobody gives a rat's ass about balancing when Wall Street comes asking for handouts.

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open letter to Obama
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Posted on 09 Jul 2011 by the editor

Minister for Small Business, John Perry T.D., has highlighted the importance of encouraging more women who have the motivation, skills and ability to start their own business.

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women in business
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Posted on 07 Jul 2011 by the editor

Government approves proposal for merger of agencies to create powerful consumer and competition enforcer
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD is to scrap the board of the National Consumer Agency when it is merged with the Competition Authority, after the Government today gave the go-ahead to the drafting of the Consumer and Competition Bill based on a draft scheme presented by the Minister to Cabinet.

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Consumer and Competition Bill, National Consumer Agency, Competition Authority
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Posted on 06 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
"What's the point?" "We never win!" "Why bother trying?" This time we won. This is the point. Congressman Buck McKeon and Senator John McCain proposed to give Obama and all future presidents dramatically expanded powers to launch wars. They wanted to do so as part of the same "Defense Authorization Act" in which the House was restricting Obama's warmaking in Libya.

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Was Powers Resolution
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Posted on 06 Jul 2011 by the editor

Today, some 90 families at Dale Farm, the UK's largest Traveller community, were hand-delivered a final notice of eviction giving families until midnight on August 31 to abandon their homes, or face their entire community being bulldozed.The central government and Basildon Council have set aside over £18m for the eviction battle that could last three weeks. It will be the biggest clearance of its kind involving the ploughing up of 54 separate plots created on a former scrap-yard purchased by the Travellers ten years ago.

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Dale Farm, traveller evictions, Basildon
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Posted on 05 Jul 2011 by the editor

Blockade of Gaza now extended into Greek ports
Sabotage of MV Saoirse and Greek blockade demonstrates length that Israeli state will go to in order to maintain inhuman siege of people of Gaza

In a statement released on Sunday, Paul Murphy, MEP said: “The actions of the Greek government in choosing to enforce Israel’s blockade of Gaza in Greek ports is outrageous. With their masked commandos boarding the US ship, the Audacity of Hope, they have collaborated with the Israeli establishment to prevent humanitarian aid being brought to Gaza. Activists are working in Greece to try to bring pressure to bear on the Greek authorities to reverse the decision and I call on working people in Greece to protest against this action in the strongest possible terms. However, I feel it is likely that this will not be reversed and therefore this decision probably marks the end of the Freedom Flotilla II."

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Gaza Flotilla, Freedom Flotilla II
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Posted on 03 Jul 2011 by the editor

The International Criminal Court had plans to include blockades against coasts and ports in its list of acts of war in 2009.

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Gaza flotilla
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Posted on 03 Jul 2011 by the editor

Extract from address by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,Richard Bruton TD at UCD Conference on dispute resolution regarding employment matters on 1st July 2011
High standards in the workplace requires a system where;
· both workers and employees understand their respective obligations within the system;
· compliance and prevention of disputes is recognised as best practice;
· credible enforcement and an effective, risk based inspection regimeprotects against abuses;
· accessible and timely adjudication where necessary.

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employment dispute resolution
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Posted on 01 Jul 2011 by the editor

The Irish-owned ship, the MV Saoirse, that was meant to take part in Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2 has been sabotaged in a dangerous manner in what has been described as an 'act of international terrorism' in the Turkish coastal town of Gcek, where it was berthed.

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Gaza Flotilla, MV Saoirse, sabotage
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Posted on 01 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
The Declaration of Independence is best remembered as a declaration of war, a war declared on the grounds that we wanted our own flag. The sheer stupidity and anachronism of the idea serves to discourage any thoughts about why Canada didn't need a bloody war, whether the U.S. war benefitted people outside the new aristocracy to whom power was transferred, what bothered Frederick Douglas so much about a day celebrating "independence," or what the Declaration of Independence actually said.

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Declaration of Independence, Daniel Ellsberg, Obama, Afghanistan
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Posted on 01 Jul 2011 by the editor

By Harvey Wasserman
Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry.

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Kashiwazaki, Fukushima, Chernobyl, nuclear reactor, nuclear energy
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Posted on 01 Jul 2011 by the editor

* MEPs participating in the Freedom Flotilla II express their outrage at life-threatening sabotage of Irish and Scandanavia / Greek boats

* Call on EU leaders to support their demands for an independent and impartial enquiry into the sabotage of the MV Saoirse and Juliano by Israeli authorities

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Gaza flotilla
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Posted on 01 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
There's a great deal of disappointment, even distress, in the air as news spreads that Dominique Strauss-Kahn might not be charged with rape (or attempted rape, or sexual assault). He's guilty, the victim's character is being attacked in order to protect him, and the Culture of Rape will emerge triumphant once again—or so I'm being told by various Emails, Tweets, etc.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF, rape, austerity
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Posted on 01 Jul 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Johan Galtung, sometimes called the father of peace studies, predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and the refusal of Egyptian soldiers to attack civilians. His prediction of the collapse of the US empire in 2020 appears to be on schedule. So, it was noteworthy when he predicted on Tuesday at the University of Virginia that the war in Libya would last 20 years. If, however, NATO and the opposition were to kill Gadaffi, he said, the fighting could go on for more than 20 years.

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Johan Galtung
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Posted on 31 Mar 2011 by the editor

James Petras and Robin E. Abaya
Many critics of the ongoing Euro-US wars in the Middle East and, now, North Africa, have based their arguments on clichs and generalizations devoid of fact. The most common line heard in regard to the current US-Euro war on Libya is that it’s “all about oil”—the goal is the seizure of Libya’s oil wells.

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Arabian uprising
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Posted on 31 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
President Obama on Monday said he would "never hesitate" to use the U.S. military "unilaterally" to defend "interests" and "values," including "maintaining the flow of commerce." Fear of exactly that led the founders of this republic to give Congress the exclusive power to declare war. James Madison did not believe any single individual could be trusted with such power: "The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast, ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace."

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Obama, Gaddafi, Martin Luther King
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Posted on 29 Mar 2011 by the editor

By John Bowden, HMP Edinburgh
The use by the prison system of in-house psychologists to medicalise the personality of "difficult" prisoners and prolong their imprisonment has become wide-spread and institutionalised. Historically the involvement and collusion of prison-hired doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists in the ill-treatment and repression of prisoners has a long and infamous tradition. In the 1960s and 1970s compliant prison psychiatrists frequently and unlawfully assisted prison staff to control and subdue "unmanageable" prisoners by forcefully administering psychotropic drugs in a practice known as the "liquid cosh". Jail psychiatrists also provided their authority to facilitate the removal of rebellious prisoners to high-security mental hospitals such as Broadmoor and Rampton in a practise that became known as "Nutting-off". In the early 1990s prison doctors at Wormwoods Scrubs Prison in London were revealed to have conspired and colluded with prison staff in covering-up the physical brutalisation of prisoners in the jail's segregation/punishment unit. A number of prison officers were subsequently prosecuted for having assaulted prisoners and the British Medical Council called for removal of prison doctors from the council's register.

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John Bowden
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Posted on 26 Mar 2011 by the editor

By Pat Kennelly
In Kabul, on the same day that Der Spiegel released photos documenting American soldiers posing with the bodies of civilians they murdered, the Transitional Justice Coordinating Group (TJCG), the umbrella organization for NGO’s in Afghanistan that are pursuing transitional justice, gathered Afghan, Australian, American, and German peacemakers to discuss methods to bring peace and security to Afghanistan. The photos present the grim reality that this conflict is characterized by civilian killing and violence.

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ISAF, Der Spiegel
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Posted on 25 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
I may soon have an opportunity to meet with nonviolent activists in Afghanistan, an area of the world we falsely imagine has earned the name "graveyard of empires" purely through violent resistance. I was educated in the United States and learned in some detail about the lives of several morally repulsive halfwits who happened to have "served" in various U.S. wars, assaults, and genocides. But I was never even taught the name Badshah Khan. Were you?

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Badshah Khan,
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Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by the editor

By James Petras
One of the key distinctions between a capitalist and a non-capitalist (socialist, feudal, absolutist state) economy is the separation of state and private enterprise. In a capitalist state, economic enterprises are supposed to operate according to market principles, seeking to maximize profits and expand market shares. The state is supposed to act on behalf of capitalist enterprises, ensuring their protection and furthering their pursuit of profits and markets.

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economy, capitalism, socialism
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Posted on 21 Mar 2011 by the editor

Have you ever seen someone sitting down and knocked backwards by the force of a rifle bullet hitting them in the back of the head?

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JF Kennedy, Warren Report
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Posted on 21 Mar 2011 by the editor

By Patrick Kennelly
Three years ago in Bamiyan, a western province of Afghanistan, a multiethnic group of university students gathered for a three month workshop on peacemaking. The group of young leaders met weekly ultimately concluding that peace is impossible in Afghanistan. Undeterred by their conclusion these young people asked: “What do we do to change this reality?”

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Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
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Posted on 20 Mar 2011 by the editor

On the 8th anniversary of what it described as the disastrous US led invasion of Iraq in 2003 the Irish Anti-war Movement released the following statement:
• Western military intervention in Libya could make things worse for the Libyan peoples' struggle for freedom and democracy
• Do not trust western leaders stated intentions
• US-backed Saudi invasion of Bahrain exposes hypocrisy of western leaders
• Support the Arab peoples' protests for genuine freedom and democracy

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Arabian uprising
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Posted on 20 Mar 2011 by the editor

by Dr. Abdullah Sayegh and Jim Roche, Steering Committee IAWM
The actions of western leaders in recent weeks show the disdain in which they hold the ordinary people of the region, including Libyan people. Contrast their expressed "deep concern" for the fate of the Libyan people with the mild commentary regarding the current treatment of protesters in Bahrain. The U.S. government—through its proxy/puppet monarchy in Saudi Arabia—is arming, financing and sending troops to Bahrain to violently suppress the protests that have been happening for weeks.

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Bahrain uprising
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Posted on 20 Mar 2011 by the editor

The UN and NATO's goal of disabling Gaddafi's ability to use military violence against the Libyan people deserves merit. Any tyrant who uses military forces to subdue and repress the indigenous population cannot be allowed to continue such despotic methods.

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Libya, Gaddafi, UN, NATO
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Posted on 19 Mar 2011 by the editor

By Pat Kennelly
Last week, General Petraeus testified before Congress that the war in Afghanistan is making progress. While Petraeus may believe his comments, the situation on the ground contradicts his statements. Afghanistan is a country that is overwhelmed by decades of war filled with foreign military forces, armed opposition groups, and a struggling government. Since 2001, there is general consensus that American led ISAF has not resulted in progress for Afghanistan.

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General Petraeus
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Posted on 18 Mar 2011 by the editor

by Kathy Kelly
Kabul -- Before coming to Afghanistan, I spent a week with students and teachers from a Colorado College nonviolence class who invited me to join them for their retreat near Crestone, Colorado, in an area of the Rocky Mountains described as one of the ten most peaceful places on earth.

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Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
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Posted on 18 Mar 2011 by the editor

On the week that we mark going into another year of war, two peace  activists, Joy First and Malachy Kilbride, from the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance interrupted US Capitol tours in the rotunda. While on a tour the activists walked to the center of the rotunda and laid a funeral shroud on the spot where the US Presidents lie in state. They laid a copy of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights on top of the shroud and covered them. They read the statement below. Though the US Capitol police quickly surrounded them and questioned them, the activists were able to walk away. It is important for us to continue speaking out and know that we can do things like this and not get arrested.

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US Consitution, Bill of Rights
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Posted on 18 Mar 2011 by the editor

The Secret Pact: its complete text, here presented as obtained by the European Deputy Patrick Le Hyaric.
"Improved Coordination of Economic Policies in the Euro Zone"
Danger! It contains the program of social regression that the states of the Euro Zone intend to implement in order to satisfy the voracious appetites of the financial markets.
Introduction by the journalist of l’Humanit
This document, dated 25 February and prepared by the president of the Commission, Jos-Manuel Barroso and the Council president Herman Van Rompuy, is the most recent avatar of a series of texts aiming to make the people pay for the debts contracted by the states in relation to the financial markets, ... debts contracted in order to save those markets. This test was presented last week to the countries of the Euro Zone, in order to prepare the extraordinary summit meeting on Friday.

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Pact for Competition, EU secrecy
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Posted on 17 Mar 2011 by the editor

But hope is certainly yours to take away
By Kathleen Kirwin
As I listened to a friend and colleague in Afghanistan a few days ago, the difference I discerned in his voice from previous conversations was visceral. That he unswervingly and joyfully dedicates his every thought, word and deed to advocating for peace in Afghanistan through peaceful means made his tone and tenor all the more heart-wrenching. Our phone connection was not clear, but I thought I heard him say something akin to: I never thought I would hear myself say that the Afghan people need hope now more than they need peace. What I know I did hear him say distinctly, however, was: “The people have nothing to lose now. They are being killed anyway.”

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Obama
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Posted on 17 Mar 2011 by the editor

Libyan dictator Gaddafi's recent comment that external interference in his country's internal affairs would be 'illegal and immoral' can only be described as asinine when coming from a tyrant who has used live ammunition on his own people.

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Gaddafi
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Posted on 17 Mar 2011 by the editor

As a result of the extraordinary and tragic domino effect of Japan’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake last Friday, Ireland’s energy market could be cruelly impacted warns the energy unit of An Taisce the National Trust for Ireland.

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oil, gas, electricity, Ireland, Japan
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Posted on 16 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
When I advocated the impeachment of George W. Bush, I did so despite, not because of, all the animosity it fueled among impeachment supporters. I didn't want retribution. I wanted to deter the continuation and repetition of Bush's crimes and abuses. Specifically, and by far most importantly—and I said this thousands of times—I wanted to deny all future presidents the powers Bush had grabbed. One-time abuses can be catastrophic, but establishing the power to repeat them can multiply the damage many fold, especially when one of the powers claimed is the power to create new powers.

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Obama, G.W. Bush
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Posted on 15 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
It's a simple point, but an important one, and one that gets overlooked. Whether or not you think a particular war is moral and good, the fact remains that war is illegal. Actual defense by a country when attacked is legal, but that only occurs once another country has actually attacked, and it must not be used as a loophole to excuse wider war that is not employed in actual defense.

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Libya, War Powers Act, Kellogg-Briand Pact
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Posted on 15 Mar 2011 by the editor

Nazly Hussein speaks from outside the military courts which this afternoon (Friday 12th March) was supposed to address the people the army harrassed and arrested last Wednesday during a brutal attack on those occupying Tahrir Square. Nazly describes how several hundred plain clothes thugs were deployed against people in the square on Wednesday, who set about pulling down tents and beating people up. The army, under the pretence of ‘protecting’ those remaining in the Tahrir then began beating, arresting and electrocuting people within the the pro democracy movement. Over 170 people where arrested, most of whom where later released without charge. Many had been beaten and tortured with electrocution.
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Egyptian uprising, Tahir Square
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Posted on 14 Mar 2011 by the editor

The EU Competitiveness Council's decision to authorise the use of the enhanced cooperation procedure for the creation of a single European patent has been called a major step forward by the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

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single European patent
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Posted on 11 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Michigan governors aren't breaking entirely new ground in the ongoing U.S. collapse into fascism. Sure, they'll be able to overthrow local elected governments and install cronies and corporations to rule over Americans without the pretense of public servants mediating. But the president of the United States can already do that to the entire country.

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Homeland Security, presidential powers
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Posted on 11 Mar 2011 by the editor

Midland’s-based environmental group, Just Forests, welcomes the announcement by the Labour Party to retain Coillte forests in public ownership.

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forests, Ireland, bioenergy
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Posted on 09 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Wouldn't it be kind and generous of us to send the US or NATO or a UN-approved military into Libya to bloodlessly prevent the vicious slaughter of masses of people by a truly evil lunatic? Would it?

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US, NATO, UN, Libya, Ghadafi
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Posted on 09 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has declared that other nations are doing a better job of propagandizing the world and that the United States needs to do more. However, we already invest far more in foreign propaganda than in domestic public media, and virtually nothing in domestic media trust busting. The distinction between our domestic and foreign public media is part of what makes them both so weak in credibility (the other part is the size of the lies they tell), and Bob McChesney is right that we should invest in public media at home that actually reports on the U.S. government as on all others, and then share that abroad (if we actually want to model democracy rather than peddle a load of lies).

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war lies
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Posted on 08 Mar 2011 by the editor

By Ann Wright
Army Private Bradley Manning faces a death sentence while an Army Specialist who mutilated the body of an Afghan gets “supervised chores”.

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Bradley Manning, Corey Moore
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Posted on 08 Mar 2011 by the editor

At a press conference today convened by the United Left Alliance in response to the programme for government agreed by Fine Gael and Labour Joe Higgins, Socialist Party/ULA TD for Dublin West said: "As we predicted, despite the media palaver about Fine Gael and Labour being incompatible they rapidly split the minute differences in their respective manifestos and have presented the public with essentially a continuation of the Fianna Fl/Green Party/IMF cuts programme."

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austerity, Programme for Government
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Posted on 08 Mar 2011 by the editor

Part 5 . Wikileaks vs Western Hypocrisy
By Karl F. Stewart
Objective journalism is a fallacy. The expression is a trite way of saying journalism is scientific, which is nonsense. All reporting is subjective. If a journalist is doing his or her job properly, then the individual is obligated to report the event in as clear a fashion as possible as deduced from one's personal understanding of the event. And a journalist has one of two options. The person can either lie through his or her teeth or try to report the event as honestly as possible.

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Wikileaks, journalism
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Posted on 08 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Brilliant and humane playwright Karen Malpede has produced another play that grabs America by the lapels, shakes it, caresses its cheek, and kicks its ass. The play is called "Another Life" and the life it leaves me thinking about is the life of our dreams.

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Karen Malpede, Another Life
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Posted on 08 Mar 2011 by the editor

By Ben Ferencz

After listening to that great introduction (Sandy Davies and David Swanson), you must have expected someone to come in here ten feet tall. Well, I used to be ten feet tall, but the problems of the world wore me down.

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Nuremberg
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Posted on 08 Mar 2011 by the editor

The Swiss State broadcaster sftv, has produced a short news item about the sale of Irelands forests covering all the angles. The report was made while they were in Ireland to cover the Irish election: they became aware of the issue and in particular the fact that Bertie Ahern was chairman of a Swiss owned company interested in buying Irelands forests.
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forests, Ireland, sftv
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Posted on 08 Mar 2011 by the editor

Moya Brennan, lead singer with Clannad and Goodwill Ambassador for CBM has called for the circumstances of women with disabilities to be recognised on International Women's day. CBM is Ireland's leading disability and development NGO working in the developing world (www.cbm.ie).

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International Women's Day, Moya Brennan, CBM
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Posted on 07 Mar 2011 by the editor

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland welcomes this week's decision of the European Courts of Justice about Ireland's transposition and implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment directive (judgement c-50/09).

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An Bord Pleanla, Environmental Impact Assessmen
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Posted on 06 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
People are doing journalism and the Washington Post is pissed. How to respond? Apparently the answer arrived at by Post editors is to just give up on any Americans who have been informing themselves and target those Americans who believe anything that super important people say. How else to explain an op-ed full of documented lies and published last Friday over the byline of two Democratic senators, Carl Levin and Jack Reed?

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Afghanistan, NATO, United States, Rolling Stone
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Posted on 06 Mar 2011 by the editor

Alleged WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been in US custody since last May, after he reportedly told a former hacker that he had passed thousands of classified US military documents and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, had 22 new charges filed against him on Tuesday by the US Army, including a capital offense — “aiding the enemy” — for which the government has said it will not seek the death penalty, although, as Wired explained, “under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the presiding judge ultimately decides what charges to refer to court-martial and whether to impose the death penalty.”
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Bradley Manning
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Posted on 04 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Statistically speaking, virtually nobody in the United States of America knows that we spend more on the military than the rest of the world combined, that we could eliminate most of our military and still have the world's largest, that over half of the money our government raises from income taxes and borrowing gets spent on the military, that our wars (outrageously costly as they may be) cost far less than the permanent non-war military budget, or that most of the financial woes of the federal and state governments could be solved just by ending a war in Afghanistan that two-thirds of Americans oppose.

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Afghanistan
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Posted on 04 Mar 2011 by the editor

By Kathy Kelly
Recent polls suggest that while a majority of U.S. people disapprove of the war in Afghanistan, many on grounds of its horrible economic cost, only 3% took the war into account when voting in the 2010 midterm elections. The issue of the economy weighed heavily on voters, but the war and its cost, though clear to them and clearly related to the economy in their thinking, was a far less pressing concern.

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Posted on 04 Mar 2011 by the editor

By Frank Brodhead
Does this Official Story make sense to you? According to the Official Story, sometime in the middle of last year a simple shopkeeper from Quetta (Pakistan) passed himself off as a high-ranking member of the Taliban and persuaded someone to introduce him to someone who would put him into contact with NATO command in Afghanistan. Then, “on behalf of the Taliban,” he had at least three “negotiating sessions,” possibly including one attended by President Karzai himself, in which he put forth very accommodating terms upon which the war in Afghanistan could be settled.

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Taliban
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Posted on 03 Mar 2011 by the editor

By James Petras
Most accounts of the Arab revolts from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq and elsewhere have focused on the most immediate causes:  political dictatorships, unemployment, repression and the wounding and killing of protestors. They have given most attention to the “middle class”, young, educated activists, their communication via the internet, (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 16, 2011) and, in the case of Israel and its Zionists conspiracy theorists, “the hidden hand” of Islamic extremists (Daily Alert Feb. 25, 2011).

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Arabian uprisings
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Posted on 03 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Sweden banned censorship and guaranteed free speech in 1766, 10 years before the Declaration of Independence in the American British colonies, and—apart from shameful episodes of caving in to dictatorships and Nazishas pretty well kept it in place. Sweden banned the death penalty and has not used it since 1910. Now, Sweden has an opportunity to punish the speech of a Nobel Peace Prize nominee with the death penalty by extraditing Julian Assange to the United States to be put on trial.

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Capital punishment, Sweden, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks
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Posted on 03 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
Many discussions of lies that launch wars quickly come around to the question "Well then why did they want the war?" There is usually more than one single motive involved, but the motives are not terribly hard to find. Unlike many soldiers who have been lied to, most of the key war deciders, the masters of war who determine whether or not wars happen, do not in any sense have noble motives for what they do. Though noble motives can be found in the reasoning of some of those involved, even in some of those at the highest levels of decision making, it is very doubtful that such noble intentions alone would ever generate wars.

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war
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Posted on 02 Mar 2011 by the editor

By David Swanson
There's a video available that has created quite a scandal this week. It shows a fashion designer in Paris telling someone he loves Hitler and that their mothers and forefathers would have all been gassed to death.

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United States, foreign policy
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Posted on 02 Mar 2011 by the editor

Ireland is joining the International LOFAR Telescope collaboration following the signing of a funding agreement between the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Trinity College Dublin to enable Ireland to join the collaboration. The agreement was signed on behalf of Trinity College Dublin by the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast.

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LOFAR, LOw Frequency ARray Telescope, Birr, Co Offaly
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Posted on 29 Jun 2017 by the editor

By Robert Naiman, Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy
The development economist Amartya Sen famously asserted that famines do not occur in democracies. ‘’No famine has ever taken place in the history of the world in a functioning democracy,’’ he wrote, because democratic governments ‘’have to win elections and face public criticism, and have strong incentive to undertake measures to avert famines and other catastrophes.’’

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Yemen blockade
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Posted on 26 Jun 2017 by the editor

Two years have passed since the Inauguration and Ceremonial Seating of the International Tribunal for Natural Justice on 15th June 2015 at Westminster Hall in London. The event marked the momentous occasion of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the western world’s most ancient and cherished legal treasure, the Magna Carta.

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International Tribunal for Natural Justice, Human Trafficking, Child Sex Abuse
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Posted on 23 Jun 2017 by the editor

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the simultaneous attacks that masked men armed with machetes and knives launched against four radio and TV stations in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, on 16 June in an attempt to get them to broadcast a threatening video message by a former presidential candidate.

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Freedom of expression, violence, Gabon, Africa
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Posted on 19 Jun 2017 by the editor

Ireland has been elected to the Government Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as a full member in Geneva for a three year term.  It is the first time Ireland has been a full member of the Governing Body of the ILO since joining the Organisation in 1923.

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International Labour Organisation
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Posted on 15 Jun 2017 by the editor

By David Swanson
Making Jeremy Corbyn the Prime Minister of the U.K. would do more for the world and everyone in it than either of the two available outcomes of any recent U.S. election could have done. Here in the U.S. I always protest that I am not against elections, I think we should have one some day. Well, now we have one - only it's across the pond.

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Jeremy Corbyn
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Posted on 02 Jun 2017 by the editor

by Pam Cowburn, EDRi member Open Rights Group, the United Kingdom
The terrorist attack in Manchester on 22 May has led to a relaunch of the encryption debate in the UK.

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Investigatory Powers Act, encryption
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Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by the editor

by Zarja Protner, EDRi intern
An Garda Síochána, the Irish police force has fallen, yet again, under public scrutiny for privacy violations of innocent citizens. An investigation by the Irish Independent newspaper has found that members of the public had their phones tapped without proper justification.

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phone tapping
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Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by the editor

An Act for a certification scheme aimed at inventions developed by SMEs has now come into operation within the Knowledge Development Box initiative announced in the Finance Act, 2015, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor announced last week.

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Knowledge Development Box, invention certification scheme
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Posted on 29 May 2017 by the editor

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the selection of the EIRSAT-1 satellite, led by University College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast, in partnership with five Irish companies to develop, launch and operate a Cubesat to be launched from the International Space Station. This will be Ireland's first ever satellite and is being developed under the ESA Education Office "Fly Your Satellite" ! 2017 Programme.

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European Space Agency, Irish space programme
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Posted on 26 May 2017 by the editor

A Judge has this week ordered Police that they must disclose evidence in the legal case over undercover police officer Marco Jacob's abusive sexual relationships that happened while he deployed in Cardiff. This comes in the face of the Police consistently trying to avoid disclosing evidence around this case.

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undercover surveillance, police spies out of lives
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Posted on 25 May 2017 by the editor

Today, there have been shocking revelations (1) about Andy Coles (deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, and Tory councillor for Cambridge (2) being an undercover officer known as 'Andy "Van" Davey'.

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undercover surveillance, police spies out of live
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Posted on 13 May 2017 by the editor

By David Swanson
The Constitution suddenly seems to have bestirred itself and declared itself, through its many Washington spokespeople, to be in crisis.

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Donald Trump, impeachment
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Posted on 12 May 2017 by the editor

Stream 3 of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme, which will provide small capital grants to not for profit arts organisations goes online next week.

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Arts funding, Arts and Culture Capital Scheme
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Posted on 10 May 2017 by the editor

The Government this week launched its Framework for Town Centre Renewal program which aims to rejuvenate and enhance village and town centres throughout the country.

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Framework for Town Centre Renewal
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Posted on 27 Apr 2017 by the editor

Media freedom is now at its lowest and worst state ever says press freedoms international watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF)—which has just released the 2017 World Press Freedom Index—and is in danger of reaching a tipping point in the state of media freedom, especially in leading democratic countries.

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Media freedom, Reporters Without Borders
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Posted on 27 Apr 2017 by the editor

Four women deceived into relationships with undercover police in the UK have written to the Irish Prime Minister, the Minister for Justice and Equality, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade.

 

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UK undercover policing, police spies, Ireland
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Posted on 25 Apr 2017 by the editor

On Tuesday 18 April the five international judges of the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion. They have come to important conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on necessary developments in international law.

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Monsanto Tribunal, ecocide
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Posted on 19 Apr 2017 by the editor

by Matthias Monroy, Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP, Germany
A database set up jointly by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube aims to identify “terrorist and radicalising” content automatically and to remove it from these platforms.

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terrorist online content, radical online content
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Posted on 05 Apr 2017 by the editor

The European Council is scheduled to meet on 29 April 2017 to discus the UK’s announcement to withdraw from the European Union.

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Article 50, United Kingdom, European Union
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Posted on 30 Mar 2017 by the editor

Filmaker, Short Story Author, Artist, and Radio Presenter Patrick O Neill will read two short stories from his recent collection ‘7 Doors’, which is the basis of a future film.

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Hunt Museum
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Posted on 23 Mar 2017 by the editor

Limerick Writers' Centre and delighted to announce their 'Great Poets and Great Poetry' series of talks. Kicking off the series is writer Kathryn Guille who will give a talk on Shakespeare's Sonnets entitled: Characters in love: How Shakespeare's Lovers influenced the Sonnet.

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Limerick Poetry, Limerick Writers' Centre
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Posted on 23 Mar 2017 by the editor

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, held a gender policy workshop with representatives from Waking the Feminists and our National Cultural Institutions, as well as the Irish Film Board, the Arts Council, Culture Ireland and senior officials from her own Department.

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gender equality
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Posted on 23 Mar 2017 by the editor

The first meeting of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Implementation Group, co-chaired by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, was held on Wednesday. The establishment of the Implementation Group is a commitment in the Action Plan for Rural Development.

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National Broadband Plan
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Posted on 09 Mar 2017 by the editor

By Zarja Protner, EDRi intern
Chapter One: The dark knights at a secret meeting 
It was the beginning of the year 2014 when the European Commission first announced the creation of an “EU Internet Forum”. But it would take almost two years and several meetings before its official launch on 3 December 2015.

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EU Internet Forum
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Posted on 08 Mar 2017 by the editor

On 16 and 17 October 2016, more than 30 witnesses and experts from all over the world gathered in The Hague for the Monsanto Tribunal. They presented their testimonies and analyses on the effects of Monsanto’s business practices to a panel of five judges from different continents. 

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Monsanto Tribunal, GMOs, glyphosate
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Posted on 06 Mar 2017 by the editor

Members of the Retail Consultation Forum have been reassured by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor that the challenges of the retail sector will feed into the Government's response to Brexit.

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Brexit, Retail Consultation Forum
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Posted on 04 Mar 2017 by the editor

Certain equine activities will now be eligible funding under the current LEADER programme. Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Minister Heather Humphreys intends to amend the ineligible list of activities under the 2014-2020 LEADER Programme, which could benefit a wide range equine activities and rural tourism projects, such as equestrian centres and riding schools.  

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equine LEADER funding
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Posted on 04 Mar 2017 by the editor

Economic Development, Michael Ring T.D., has invited interested parties to comment on a proposed new model of community banking. The invite is part of a Programme for a Partnership Government commitment to investigate new models of community banking such as the Kiwibank model in New Zealand, or the German Sparkassen model of local public banks that operate within well-defined regions.

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community banking
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Posted on 04 Mar 2017 by the editor

Bandon Grammar School has installed a water filtration system to become one of the first schools in the country to have access to fluoride free water.

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Water flouridation, Bandon Grammar School
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Posted on 20 Feb 2017 by the editor

Oklahoma County Court has found Trump Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt in violation of the state’s Open Records Act. The Center for Media and Democracy had filed a lawsuit against Pruitt for improperly withholding public records and the court ordered his office to release thousands of emails in a matter of days.

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Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Center for Media and Democracy
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Posted on 17 Feb 2017 by the editor

Report by Statewatch
Guidelines produced for border guards participating in an EU joint operation instruct the targeting of “migrants from minority ethnic groups, and individuals who may have been isolated or mistreated during their journey, as such people are often more willing to talk about their experiences.”

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Frontex, migrants
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Posted on 16 Feb 2017 by the editor

By David Swanson
For the past decade, the standard procedure for big coalition rallies and marches in Washington D.C. has been to gather together organizations representing labor, the environment, women's rights, anti-racism, anti-bigotry of all sorts, and a wide array of liberal causes, including demands to fund this, that, and the other, and to halt the concentration of wealth.

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climate issues, anti-war
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Posted on 16 Feb 2017 by the editor

The European Parliament’s approval of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), negotiated with Canada, will boost goods and services trade and investment flows between the EU and Canada as it removes almost all tariffs on trade between the two parties, delivering jobs and growth for Ireland and Canada, said Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor.

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Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
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Posted on 16 Feb 2017 by the editor

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it is deeply concerned by new proposals that threaten journalists with jail time of up to 14 years for obtaining leaked official materials, and would make it easy to categorise journalists, whistleblowers, and human rights defenders as ‘spies’.

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UK Espionage Act
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Posted on 14 Feb 2017 by the editor

Live entertainment events in Ireland—music: arts, theatre and comedy: family, attractions and exhibitions, generated a massive €1.7 billion of additional revenue over a 12 month period, supporting employment for nearly 11,500 people, according to a major new report published in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and IMRO.

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Live entertainment, IMRO, Fáilte Ireland
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Posted on 13 Feb 2017 by the editor

Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom have agreed on new checks of passengers' identities on international trains. 

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rail passenger controls
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Posted on 11 Feb 2017 by the editor

Joe McNamee, EDRi
We have heard a lot about fake news over recent months. We have heard urgent calls for action from politicians to deal with this new problem – governments should regulate truth, Facebook should regulate truth, new ministries of truth should regulate the truth. 

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fake news
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Posted on 11 Feb 2017 by the editor

A new round of funding of €1.75 million has been made available from the Dormant Accounts Fund to support social enterprises that provide services to, or employment opportunities for, disadvantaged people. Organisations can apply for funding to cover capital costs and capacity building measures.

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Dormant Accounts Fund
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Posted on 07 Feb 2017 by the editor

Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys has announced that her Department will invest more than €28 million in towns, villages and rural recreation projects in 2017, as part of the Action Plan for Rural Development.

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Action Plan for Rural Development
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Posted on 01 Feb 2017 by the editor

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Eleven days after the inauguration of President Trump, more than half a million people have joined the campaign and petition at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org, calling on the U.S. Congress to initiate an impeachment investigation into President Trump’s violations of the U.S. Constitution—citing the Foreign Emoluments Clause and Domestic Emoluments Clause, as well as violations of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act). 

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Donald Trump, impeachment
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Posted on 31 Jan 2017 by the editor

By David Swanson
Airport resistance is the biggest step forward by the U.S. public in years.

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airport protests, immigration, US travel ban
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Posted on 31 Jan 2017 by the editor

updated 31 January 2017
Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it is alarmed by the new administration’s repeated attacks on the media and blatant disregard for facts in the first three days of Donald Trump’s presidency. RSF calls on Trump and his team to stop undermining the First Amendment and start defending it. 

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Press freedom, Trump presidency
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Posted on 24 Jan 2017 by the editor

The Action Plan for Rural Development–the first ever whole-of-government strategy aimed at delivering real change for people living and working in rural Ireland–was today set in motion by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys.

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Action Plan for Rural Development
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Posted on 23 Jan 2017 by the editor

By David Swanson
What are the grounds for impeachment?
They will likely be piling up rapidly. President Trump did use Day 1 to advise the CIA that the United States should have stolen all of Iraq's oil. But here is a place to start. We already have a president who is violating two clauses in the U.S. Constitution, one forbidding any gifts or benefits from foreign governments, the other forbidding the same from the U.S. government or any U.S. state. This is the result of Donald Trump refusing to separate himself from major business interests as past presidents have done. Those interests will also inevitably involve Trump in violating the STOCK Act which forbids the use of non-public government information to make a private profit.

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Donald Trump, impeachment
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Posted on 23 Jan 2017 by the editor

Four women deceived into relationships with undercover officers have released a further joint statement criticising the new HMICS review into undercover policing, and demanding a full Public Inquiry into the undercover policing in Scotland. The statement refers to the undercover units as “political policing units, akin to the Stasi of East Germany”.

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undercover surveillance, police spies out of live
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Posted on 23 Jan 2017 by the editor

The Chicago-based West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition is sponsoring a Peace Essay Contest with a $1,000 award to the winner, $300 for the runner-up, and $100 for third place. Essays have to be directed to a person who can help promote knowledge of the Kellogg-Briand Pact (KBP) and, from whom a response is expected.

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anti-war, Kellogg-Briand Pact
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Posted on 17 Jan 2017 by the editor

By Zarja Protner, EDRi intern
In December 2016, the 33rd edition of the world’s longest-running annual hacker conference Chaos Communication Congress, organised by EDRi member Chaos Computer Club (CCC), took place. It featured many insightful lectures and workshops on issues related to security, cryptography, privacy and freedom of speech. When it comes to surveillance issues, a live appearance from Edward Snowden stole the show.

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Chaos Communication Congress, Edward Snowden
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Posted on 11 Jan 2017 by the editor

Former President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, has been appointed chairman of the Personal Injuries Commission.

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Personal Injuries Commission, Justice Nicholas Kearns
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Posted on 11 Jan 2017 by the editor

American award winning short story and essay writer Kerry Neville is to give a free talk in Limerick, followed by a question and answer session on creative writing (fiction and non-fiction).

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Limerick Writers' Centre
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Posted on 11 Jan 2017 by the editor

The High Court order requiring the eviction of Dublin's Apollo House homeless residents on Wednesday 11 January falls on the day that the big freeze currently sweeping across Europe is expected to reach Ireland.

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Apollo House, homelessness
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Posted on 09 Jan 2017 by the editor

By David Swanson
“I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.”

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anti-war
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Posted on 28 Dec 2016 by the editor

Chain store Supervalu is to continue sponsoring the annual Tidy Towns Competition until 2017. Making the announcement,  Minister for Regional Economic Development Minister Michael Ring said: "SuperValu has been the sole sponsor of this competition for the past 25 years and I am delighted to confirm that my Department and SuperValu will continue to work together to develop the competition over the next 5 years.  Together we have a shared vision to build on the strengths of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition and to ensure that it continues to grow and be relevant.  This competition has been running for almost 60 years and is stitched into the fabric of so many communities in Ireland and those communities benefit from the tireless work of the TidyTowns committees and volunteers.

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Tidy Towns Competition, Supervalu
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Posted on 16 Dec 2016 by the editor

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has published its Competitiveness Challenge 2016 report, outlining a range of actions designed to boost Ireland's international competitiveness. This year's report also includes the Council's Submission to the Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) 2016 which - recognising the important role that the APJ has played in delivering structural change - focuses on the more immediate actions which should be addressed in 2017.

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National Competitiveness Council
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Posted on 16 Dec 2016 by the editor

By Reporters Without Borders
The UK Government has failed to respond to widespread public dismay over secret mass surveillance revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. The Bill will not only put into statute the capabilities revealed by Snowden but extend surveillance even further. This is not just of grave concern for UK citizens. The impact of the Bill will be felt around the world. Authoritarian leaders with poor human rights records can now point to the UK when justifying their own surveillance regimes.

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surveillance, Edward Snowden, UK snoopers' charter
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Posted on 20 Nov 2016 by the editor

by Asli Telli Aydemir, EDRi member Alternative Informatics Association, Turkey
According to a new report by Freedom House, web freedom across the globe declined for the sixth consecutive year. Turkey was placed among the red-flag states in terms of web freedom in 2015-2016 and is now rated “not free” in “Freedom on the net 2016” report after repeated blocking of social media. The country's status score is “61/100 not free” with 13/25 for obstacles to access, 21/35 for limits on content and 27/40 for violations of user rights.

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Turkey, Internet freedom
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Posted on 17 Nov 2016 by the editor

By David Swanson
Dear Democrats,
Are you finding yourselves suddenly a bit doubtful of the wisdom of drone wars? Presidential wars without Congress? Massive investment in new, smaller, "more usable" nuclear weapons? The expansion of bases across Africa and Asia? Are you disturbed by the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen? Can total surveillance and the persecution of whistleblowers hit a point where they've gone too far? Is the new Cold War with Russia looking less than ideal now? How about the militarization of U.S. police: is it time to consider alternatives to that?

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anti-war, Donald Trump
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Posted on 09 Nov 2016 by the editor

Fluoride Free Towns, a national campaign group has called on the Minister for Health to sanction a moratorium on the State's Community Water Fluoridation policy pending investigations by both the FSAI's (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) Scientific Committee and the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety into the issue of fluoridation induced birth defects.

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Food Safety Authority, Flouridation, Flouride birth defects
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Posted on 04 Nov 2016 by the editor

Irish SMEs involved in research and development activities will soon be able to benefit by paying lower corporate tax through the Knowledge Development Box taxation scheme.

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Knowledge Development Box, corporate tax
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Posted on 27 Oct 2016 by the editor

In condemning the continued bombardment of Aleppo, and other Syrian centres of resistance, by Russian and Syrian army forces, the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is repeating its call to the Irish Government to cease the use of Shannon Airport by the US Military, an act alone which the IAWM says would send a powerful message to western powers that we are sick of their perpetual warfare.

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Anti-war, Aleppo, Syrian war, Irish Anti-War Movement, Mosul
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Posted on 18 Oct 2016 by the editor

Open Web Fellows programme is an international programme designed to link developers, engineers, technologists and programmers with civil society organisations around the world. This article is written by Sid Rao, the Open Web Fellow who is spending ten months with the EDRi office in Brussels, working in cooperation with us to safeguard the internet as a global public resource.

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Internet freedoms, Open Web Fellowship
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Posted on 18 Oct 2016 by the editor

Dublin Saturday, 15th October 2016
The Citizens' Assembly (the Assembly) met for the first time at Dublin Castle on Saturday 15 October. The Assembly is a body made up of the Chairperson, Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy, and 99 citizens randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate, with a mandate to look at a number of key issues.

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Citizens' Assembly
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Posted on 16 Oct 2016 by the editor

Imprisoned US soldier Chelsea Manning has ended a hunger strike after the army said she would be allowed to receive gender transition surgery, the American Civil Liberties Union has announced.

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Chelsea Manning
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Posted on 12 Sep 2016 by the editor

Over 12.5 million individual records of birth, deaths and marriages dating back to 1864 have now been added to the online Irish genealogical database at www.irishgenealogy.ie.

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Irish genealogy
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Posted on 08 Sep 2016 by the editor

Press freedoms watchdog Reporters Without Borders has launched a petition calling on the Burundi authorities to reveal what happened to Burundi journalist Jean Bigirimana, who disappeared after being arrested.

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Jean Bigirimana, Iwacu, Infos Grands Lacs
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Posted on 07 Sep 2016 by the editor

Press freedoms watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about a bill drafted by British Prime Minister Theresa May when she was home secretary that would allow the police and intelligence agencies to intercept, gather and store the communications of tens of millions of people including whistleblowers, journalists and their sources.

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Reporters Without Borders, Snoopers Charter
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Posted on 01 Sep 2016 by the editor

British computer scientist and activist Lauri Love is facing extradition to the U.S. and decades in prison for protesting the persecution of U.S. internet activist Aaron Swartz.

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Lauri Love, Aaron Swartz
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Posted on 09 Aug 2016 by the editor

Eight women who were affected by relationships with undercover officers, and who started Police Spies Out of Lives, have issued the following statement in response to the draft new guidelines for undercover policing issued by the College of Policing. The guidelines are out for consultation until midnight August 10th 2016.

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police infiltration, police spies, surveillance
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Posted on 08 Aug 2016 by the editor

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling on the Bangladeshi authorities to rescind the blocking of 35 news websites that RSF said the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) implemented today without giving any official reason. RSF also calls for the withdrawal of all charges against Probir Sikdar, the editor of the Daily Bangla 71 newspaper and the U71news.com website, who is accused of defaming government officials on Facebook in August 2015.

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Internet censorship, Bangladesh
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Posted on 08 Aug 2016 by the editor

A further 4,900 acres is to be added to the Wicklow Mountains National Park following purchase of the Dublin Uplands, in the area known popularly as the Featherbeds, by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

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Wicklow National Park, Dublin Mountains Partnership
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Posted on 03 Aug 2016 by the editor

Capital funding of €1.85million has been provided to 15 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) to assist micro-enterprises in creating local jobs from projects that can be initiated this year.

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Local Enterprise Offices, grant aid
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Posted on 03 Aug 2016 by the editor

Tim Cunningham and Richard W Halperin are this month’s guest poets at The Limerick Writers' Centre August 2016 'On The Nail’ Literary Gathering at The Buttery, 10 Bedford Row, Limerick.

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Poetry, Limerick Writers' Centre
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Posted on 30 Jul 2016 by the editor

By Joe McNamee, EDRi
Since 2002, European citizens' freedom of communication, the security of our communications devices, and the protection of our personal data in the online world have been safeguarded by the so-called e-Privacy Directive.

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Internet, Privacy
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Posted on 27 Jul 2016 by the editor

By EDRi.org
Keeping the internet free and open undoubtedly matters to Europeans: by the end of the public consultation on implementation of net neutrality rules, over half a million comments were sent following the SaveTheInternet.eu campaign.

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Net neutrality, Europe
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Posted on 27 Jul 2016 by the editor

By EDRi guest writer
On 15 July 2016, a coup d'état attempt against the Turkish government took place. Although tension in Turkey gradually escalated in the first half of 2016, nobody expected a military coup.

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Turkey coup
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Posted on 27 Jul 2016 by the editor

By David Swanson
Despite Ireland's officially neutral status and its claim to have not gone to war since its founding in 1922, Ireland allowed the United States to use Shannon Airport during the Gulf War and, as part of the so-called coalition of the willing, during the wars that began in 2001.

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anti-war, Shannon Airport, Shannonwatch
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Posted on 27 Jul 2016 by the editor

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) annual benchmarking report shows that Ireland has climbed from 16 to seventh place in the IMD's annual World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016.

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National Competitiveness Council
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Posted on 23 Jul 2016 by the editor

By David Swanson, director of World Beyond War
In planning an upcoming conference and nonviolent action aimed at challenging the institution of war, with the conference to be held at American University, I can't help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University a little more than 50 years ago.

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Peace, John F Kennedy, anti-war
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Posted on 19 Jul 2016 by the editor

The 2016 scoreboard results show that Ireland’s research and innovation performance has moved up two places from 8th to 6th in the overall ranking of 28 EU Member States.

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European Innovation Scoreboard
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Posted on 14 Jul 2016 by the editor

Researchers and companies in Ireland have won a total of €274.7 million in funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme for research projects. The Higher Education system accounted for €172.5 million of this total and companies secured €79.2 million, including €54.3 million for SMEs.

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Horizon 2020
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Posted on 14 Jul 2016 by the editor

A new €9m capital investment scheme for arts and culture centres which will run from 2016-2018 and is focussed on enhancing the existing stock of arts and culture centres throughout Ireland is now open for applications. 

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Arts, Culture, Capital Investment Framework 2016-2021
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Posted on 13 Jul 2016 by the editor

Element Pictures are taking over the management, completion and operation of the Picture Palace in Galway, which will receive final Government funding of €255,000 to complete the fit out of the cinema.

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Picture Palace, Galway
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Posted on 11 Jul 2016 by the editor

By David Swanson
The Chilcot report’s “findings” have virtually all been part of the public record for a decade, and it avoids key pieces of evidence. Its recommendations are essentially to continue using war as a threat and a tool of foreign policy, but to please try not to lie so much, make sure to win over a bit more of the public, and don’t promise any positive outcomes given the likelihood of catastrophe.

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Chilcot Report
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Posted on 07 Jul 2016 by the editor

By Roger Cole, chair PANA
In November 2002 the Peace & Neutrality Alliance sought a meeting with the Irish Anti-War Movement and the NGOPA (Non-Government Organisation Peace Alliance) to seek to jointly organise a march against coming war on Iraq on 15 February 2003 and the use of Shannon Airport in that war. The three organisations appointed Roger Cole of PANA, Richard Boyd Barrett of the IAWM and Brendan Butler of the NGOPA to do so. On the 15/2/2003 in conjunction with similar marches all over the world, well over 100,000 people took part in the march in Dublin.

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Chilcot Report, Shannon Airport
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Posted on 07 Jul 2016 by the editor

By The Irish Anti-War Movement
The Irish Anti-War Movement has welcomed the publication of the long awaited Chilcot Inquiry and the fact that it is a serious indictment of Tony Blair’s role in Britain’s involvement in the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the subsequent sectarian blood letting.

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Chilcot Report, Shannon Airport, Irish Anti-War Movement
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Posted on 07 Jul 2016 by the editor

A short programme of court mandated works is now underway at the National Monument at Nos 14-17 Moore Street in Dublin. The works, which have been approved by the High Court, will help to safeguard and weather proof the National Monument buildings, which are under the ownership of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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Moore Street
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Posted on 06 Jul 2016 by the editor

A caricature of US presidential candidate Donald Trump failed to attract a buyer when it went on display at the MCM Comic Con Convention in Dublin and has been returned to the horror section of the Balla Bán Art Gallery.

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Trump, Balla Bán Art Gallery
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Posted on 04 Jul 2016 by the editor

Lunch time poetry readings return to Limerick’s Hunt Museum throughout July with eight poets booked to give readings in the Captain's Room four Thursdays in July from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

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Hunt Museum poetry
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Posted on 04 Jul 2016 by the editor

The drafting of legislation has been approved as a matter of priority for the de-designation of 39 raised bog Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and the part de-designation of 7 raised bog NHAs.

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raised bog protection
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Posted on 02 Jul 2016 by the editor

Manufacturers in the chemicals, microelectronic and related sectors can now benefit from a new round of the tariff suspension/quota schemes.

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tariff suspension
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Posted on 02 Jul 2016 by the editor

By Jim Killock, EDRi member Open Rights Group, United Kingdom
The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU means that inhabitants of the country no longer have a clear idea what levels and kinds of protection of digital rights they will have in the future. Nearly all the relevant law is European. A lot depends on the kind of model of leaving the EU that the UK adopts.

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Brexit, digital rights
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Posted on 30 Jun 2016 by the editor

Tech/Life Ireland, a new national initiative to brand Ireland as a top destination to pursue a career in technology was launched today by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, T.D. Tech/Life Ireland is funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and will be delivered in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the tech industry to help attract up to 3,000 top tech professionals to Ireland each year.

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Tech/Life Ireland
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Posted on 27 Jun 2016 by the editor

Wageningen, 23rd of June 2016
Scientists of Wageningen University & Research have just brought life on Mars one step closer. The research group, supported by Mars One, found that vegetables growing on Martian soil are safe for humans to eat.

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Mars One
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Posted on 27 Jun 2016 by the editor

Over The Edge in association with Westside Arts Festival presents the 2016 Over The Edge Summer Open-mic at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway on Wednesday, 6 July from 6.30pm to 8pm

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Over The Edge, Westside Arts Festival
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Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by the editor

Broughshane, County Antrim is the overall winner of Ireland's Best Kept Town competition, 2016. The all-island results were announced today 21 June 2016 at an awards ceremony in Riddel Hall, Belfast.

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best kept town
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Posted on 21 Jun 2016 by the editor

Erol Önderoglu, Reporters Without Borders representative in Turkey since 1996, was placed in pre-trial detention by an Istanbul court on June 20, 2016, with two other intellectuals.

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Erol Önderoglu, Özgür Gündem
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Posted on 20 Jun 2016 by the editor

A Private Member's Bill to ban hare coursing will be introduced into Dail Eireann this Thursday 23 June and it is expected that a vote will be taken on it the following Thursday, 30 June.

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hare coursing
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Posted on 20 Jun 2016 by the editor

This year's National Famine Commemoration will take place on Sunday, 11 September at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, Heather Humphreys has announced.

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National Famine Commemoration
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Posted on 20 Jun 2016 by the editor

By Center for Citizen Initiatives delegation currently visiting Russia
On June 16, the New York Times reported: “More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war.

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US foreign policy, Syria
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Posted on 20 Jun 2016 by the editor

A Letterkenny poet is among the runners-up in an international poetry competition run by the Poetry Kit.

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Poetry Kit
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Posted on 19 Jun 2016 by the editor

A grant of €371,000 has been approved for the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to carry out essential improvement works at the Garden Galleries at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham which will be used to house a world class Lucian Freud exhibition later this year.

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Irish Museum of Modern Art, Lucian Freud
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Posted on 18 Jun 2016 by the editor

Microfinance Ireland (or MFI), the not-for-profit Government Agency providing funded finance to micro-enterprises, is offering micro-businesses the opportunity to avail of a cut in its interest rates (down by 1%) from 1st July 2016.

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Micro-enterprise loans. Microfinance
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Posted on 18 Jun 2016 by the editor

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the EU's Programme to support Research and Innovation. It has a budget of €75 billion and runs from 2014 to 2020. From January 2014-November 2015 Ireland had won €251 million. This performance has Ireland on track to achieve the national target of €1.25bn.

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Horizon 2020
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Posted on 17 Jun 2016 by the editor

By Fabian Warislohner, EDRi intern
Several European countries lack clear legal provisions and transparent procedures when it comes to blocking and removal of online content. A comparative study published by the Council of Europe stresses that any restriction on the right to freedom of expression must be provided for by law, be proportionate and follow legitimate objectives. Blocking should only be a measure of last resort and applied with great caution.

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online content
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Posted on 17 Jun 2016 by the editor

By Norbert Bollow, EDRi observer, Switzerland
In June 2016, Swiss civil society activists are redoubling their efforts to collect signatures in support of a referendum vote on the revision of a surveillance law best known under the German acronym BÜPF, “federal law concerning surveillance of postal communications and telecommunications”. This revision would legalise surveillance by means of IMSI catchers (fake relay antennas for mobile phone) and govware trojans (spyware used by the government). It would require even private persons and associations to be subject to internet wiretapping on their premises, mailservers, etc.

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digital surveillance
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Posted on 17 Jun 2016 by the editor

Radio Erena, Eritrea’s only independent and apolitical radio station, which broadcasts from Paris and is run by Eritrean exile journalists, has now been on air for seven years. The following report was published by Reporters Without Borders.

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Radio Erena, Eritrea, Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights
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Posted on 15 Jun 2016 by the editor

Amersfoort, 6th of June 2016 - Mars One released new information about the third round in the Astronaut Selection Program during a private Mars One event in Amsterdam. The third selection round is designed to trim down the remaining 100 candidates to forty through a series of group challenges. The candidates will compose the groups for the third round themselves.

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Mars One
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Posted on 13 Jun 2016 by the editor

The appointees of a new board to the National Concert Hall have been announced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys. All appointees have been vetted by the Public Appointments Service and were found to have the requisite experience to serve on the Board.

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National Concert Hall
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Posted on 13 Jun 2016 by the editor

The City of Orlando is releasing the names of victims of the nightclub shooting whose next of kin have been contacted.

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Orlando, Pulse
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Posted on 12 Jun 2016 by the editor

Centenary Street Feasts are set to take place in gardens, parks and streets across the country on Sunday, 12 June. This year, as part of Ireland 2016, over 1,200 Feasts involving around 120,000 people are confirmed so far.

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Centenary Street Feast
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Posted on 10 Jun 2016 by the editor

Up to 180 jobs for Irish language speakers are expected to become available in the EU institutions in Brussels and Luxemburg between now and the end of 2021. A recruitment campaign for the first 62 Translator positions has just been launched. 

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Irish language, European Personnel Selection Office
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Posted on 09 Jun 2016 by the editor

Tadgh McGrath opens an exhibition of his work at Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar in Mayo on Saturday 11 June.

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Tadgh McGrath, Castelbar
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Posted on 07 Jun 2016 by the editor

By David Swanson
In the early 1980s almost nobody from the United States travelled to the Soviet Union or vice versa. The Soviets wouldn’t let anybody out, and good Americans were disinclined to visit the Evil Empire. But a woman in California named Sharon Tennison took the threat of nuclear war with the seriousness it deserved and still deserves. She got a group of friends together and asked the Russian consulate for permission to visit Russia, make friends, and learn.

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Sharon Tennison
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Posted on 04 Jun 2016 by the editor

By Kirsten Fiedler, EDRi
In the past year, EDRi made numerous formal requests to get more information about the EU Internet Forum. This Forum was set up by the EU Commission to persuade companies to do "more" to fight terrorism. After months of obstruction from the European Commission, EDRi made a maladministration complaint to the European Ombudsman. As a result, a formal inquiry has been launched.

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EU Internet Forum
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Posted on 01 Jun 2016 by the editor

By Paddy Leersen, AK Vorrat Austria
Vienna, city of diplomacy and birthplace of countless international deals, will soon host crucial negotiations on the future of the open internet. On 3 June, EU Telecom regulators will gather in Vienna to discuss the implementation of new EU Net Neutrality laws. Following mass mobilisation in India and the USA, the expectations to deliver real net neutrality are high.

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Net neutrality, Europe
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Posted on 01 Jun 2016 by the editor

Losing Myself’, is the title of Ireland’s exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition launched in Venice on Friday, 27 May. Ireland’s exhibition at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

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International Architecture Biennale Exhibition
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Posted on 28 May 2016 by the editor

The Intercept has announced that it is broadening access to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s file archive.

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surveillance, Edward Snowden
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Posted on 27 May 2016 by the editor

The 2016 Sockies–the Social Media Awards for Ireland–saw 450 turn up in the RDS to experience an awards show that is unique and loved in the Irish events calendar.

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Social media awards Ireland
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Posted on 26 May 2016 by the editor

A joint meeting of EU Competitiveness Ministers and Telecoms Ministers in Brussels today, attended by Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor, focused on progressing the European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy, the flagship blueprint which aims to strengthen Europe's capacity to thrive in the digital age, for the benefit of consumers and businesses, and to create jobs and growth.

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cross border digital content
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Posted on 26 May 2016 by the editor

The constitutional status of water fluoridation in Ireland had been called into question and challenged in a letter written to key Government and health officals by Owen Boyden, Director of the The National Fluoride Free Towns Project.

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water flouridation
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Posted on 20 May 2016 by the editor

Steve Luttrell, Publishing Editor of US-based poetry journal The Café Review since its founding in 1989, is guest poet at the White House Poetry Club in Limerick on Wednesday 18 May.

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White House Poetry Club, Limerick
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Posted on 16 May 2016 by the editor

Prime Minister Perry Christie could face court proceedings seeking to imprison him, and other public officials, for failing to obey a Supreme Court Order to shut down the $12 million Blackbeard'€™s Cay development.

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Blackbeard's Cay, dolphin enclosures
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Posted on 15 May 2016 by the editor

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) has announced two competitions to recruit Irish language speakers for positions in the European Union's institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg.

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Irish Language, European Personnel Selection Office
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Posted on 12 May 2016 by the editor

Mike and Austin Durack are the guest performers at Limerick City's White House Poets open mic night at the White House Bar in O'Connell Street on Wed 11 May.

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White House Poets, Limerick
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Posted on 10 May 2016 by the editor

A group calling itself the Anti Eviction Task Force today staged a protest at Limerick Court where 170 home evictions were planned.

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Evictions, Limerick
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Posted on 07 May 2016 by the editor

By greenpeace - Greenpeace Netherlands
Amsterdam, 2 May 2016
Greenpeace Netherlands has releases secret documents of the EU-US TTIP negotiations on www.ttip-leaks.org where they will be made available for everyone to read, because democracy needs transparency.

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EU-US TTIP, secret documents
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Posted on 04 May 2016 by the editor

A full week of events around sharing information about social media including a conference–Measurement.ie and awards show–The Sockies is scheduled to take place around Ireland from 23 to 27 May.
 

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Social Media Week Ireland
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Posted on 04 May 2016 by the editor

By Neassa Fitzgibbon
The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) today staged a protest outside the EU Commission offices due to what they describe as ‘the potential sell-out of the EU beef farming sector in Mercosur and TTIP talks’.

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Beef farming Ireland, TTIP
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Posted on 04 May 2016 by the editor

By Walter van Holst, EDRi-member Vrijschrift, The Netherlands
On 14 April, the European Parliament adopted the deeply flawed EU Trade Secrets Directive. This is a sad state of affairs, that does not reflect well on the quality of the EU legislature, both on process and on substance.

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EU Trade Secrets Directive
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Posted on 04 May 2016 by the editor

By Ante Wessels, EDRi member Vrijschrift, the Netherlands
In February 2016, the European Commission and Canadian government published the final draft text of the EU—Canada trade agreement (CETA), prior to its approval or rejection by the Council of the European Union, European Parliament and, possibly, national parliaments.

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CETA, EU Canada trade agreement
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Posted on 04 May 2016 by the editor

By Maryant Fernandez Pacrez, EDRi
On 2 May Greenpeace unveiled documents on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), including the telecommunications chapter and EU’s Tactical State of Play of March 2016.

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
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Posted on 04 May 2016 by the editor

By Ton Siedsma and Evelyn Austin, EDRi member Bits of Freedom, The Netherlands
On 29 April, the final text for the Dutch dragnet surveillance bill was leaked. It turns out that Minister of the Dutch Interior Ronald Plasterk is still bent on granting the secret services the power to carry out bulk interception of innocent citizens’ communications.

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mass surveillance
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Posted on 04 May 2016 by the editor

As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme official ceremonies to commemorate the executions of the fourteen Leaders of the 1916 Rising will take place between the third and the twelfth of May at the Stonebreakers Yard in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.

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Kilmainham Gaol, 1916 Rising
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Posted on 03 May 2016 by the editor

Business and employer bodies, trade unions and other interested parties are invited to respond to detailed proposals made in the report in advance of a response to the report being formulated.

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Employee protection law
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Posted on 03 May 2016 by the editor

A new bi-monthly poetry reading series starting in Limerick aims to bring to Limerick poets from mainland Europe and the UK to read with local and national poets, in keeping with the strategy of having a more European outlook when it comes to the arts in Limerick.

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Limerick Poetry, Limerick Writers' Centre, Revival Press, Shannon Rowing Club
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Posted on 02 May 2016 by the editor

An t-Ardmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh officially opened Richmond Barracks at a special ceremony in Inchicore today.  One of nine ‘Permanent Reminders’, Richmond Barracks has been redeveloped by Dublin City Council as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. It will open to the public in June 2016 as an interactive multimedia tourist attraction which will trace the story of the site from military barracks, to housing estate, to school.

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Richmond Barracks, 1916 Rising
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Posted on 02 May 2016 by the editor

By policespiesoutoflives.org.uk
On 27 April 2016 another crucial hearing will take place in London as part of the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing. The one-day preliminary hearing is set to decide issues of ‘undertakings’ – what protections will be offered to witnesses giving evidence.

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undercover surveillance, police spies out of live
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Posted on 26 Apr 2016 by the editor

For 25 years the UK-based organisation Statewatch has been working to publish and promote investigative journalism and critical research in Europe in the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness. On Saturday 25 June Statewatch will mark the occasion with a day-long European Conference in London.

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Statewatch, civil liberties, justice, state home affairs, accountability
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Posted on 25 Apr 2016 by the editor

The first Strategy Statement of the Workplace Relations Commission, which aims to embed radical reforms which have been achieved and delivering improved services for business and employees who use its services, has today been launched by Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton.

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Workplace Relations Commission
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Posted on 23 Apr 2016 by the editor

Just a scant handful of countries fall under the ranking of ‘Good Situation’ in the 2016 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, published this week by RWB.

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Reporters Without Borders, Press Freedom Index
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Posted on 21 Apr 2016 by the editor

By Hannah Allam
WASHINGTON
With an urgency driven by President Barack Obama’s dwindling number of days left in office, supporters of the missing U.S. journalist Austin Tice gathered Monday outside the White House calling for the administration to make his release a priority before the president’s term expires.

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Austin Tice, Syria
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Posted on 21 Apr 2016 by the editor

Five years after the 25 January Revolution of 2011, the situation of media freedom in Egypt is extremely worrying, says press freedoms watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

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press freedoms, Egypt
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Posted on 21 Apr 2016 by the editor

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) today launched its Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2016 report. The report benchmarks the main business costs across over 50 indicators and focuses on areas where Irish enterprise costs are out of line to those in key competitor countries. The report concentrates on costs that are largely domestically determined such as labour, property, energy, water, waste, communications and business services, and considers both price levels, and changes in those levels (i.e. price inflation).

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National Competitiveness Council, Costs of Doing Business in Ireland
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Posted on 21 Apr 2016 by the editor

By Peter Michanek, DFRI
Every year about 200 representatives from the Swedish security industry meet to discuss security cameras. This year’s conference was particularly interesting. The Swedish government has appointed a commission to investigate possible changes in existing laws to make it easier to get permission to use surveillance cameras in public spaces, schools and workplaces.

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surveillance cameras
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Posted on 20 Apr 2016 by the editor

By Maryant Fernández Pérez, EDRi
United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and Human rights, Ben Emmerson said “the central challenge for human rights in 2016 ensuring governments continue to support a human rights agenda” while seeking to end terrorism.

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terrorism, human rights
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Posted on 20 Apr 2016 by the editor

For six decades prior to 2003, approximately one trillion pounds of explosives were dropped by the U.S. military, NATO and other military allies in practice exercises on Vieques, Puerto Rico. Fifteen thousand people have signed a petition to the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House seeking action from the U.S. government.

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Puerto Rico
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Posted on 20 Apr 2016 by the editor

A crucial security bug in Windows and Samba has today been disclosed.

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Security bug, Windows, Samba
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Posted on 12 Apr 2016 by the editor

The newly refurbished and historic Kevin Barry Recital Room has today opened to the public at the National Concert Hall as part of the 2016 Easter Rising commemorations.

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2016 Commemoration, Easter Rising
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Posted on 11 Apr 2016 by the editor

By Dimi Dimitrov, Wikimedia Brussels
Wikimedia's Swedish chapter was sued in 2013 by BUS (Visual Arts Copyright Society in Sweden) for the site Offentligkonst.se, a site where you can upload your own images of public art so that others can easily find them. BUS claimed that Wikimedia Sweden violated copyright law by publishing images of public artwork online. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of BUS.

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Copyright, Panorama
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Posted on 06 Apr 2016 by the editor

By Fabian Warislohner, EDRi intern
It is time for new courses in the EU copyright reform menu: How about a neighbouring right for publishers and an EU-wide panorama exception? In December, Commissioner Oettinger presented the what could only be described as the “appetiser”: Citizens should be able to access subscribed streaming services when going on holiday in the EU (imagine, you can use what you've paid for!). Now, the Commission is asking about ancillary copyright and dishes up the panorama exception in a public consultation. The consultation is open to participation until 15 June and EDRi will be collaborating in an answering guide along with C4C to help people respond to the consultation.

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Copyright, Panorama
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Posted on 06 Apr 2016 by the editor

By Edri.org
The future of the open and competitive Internet in Europe (so-called ‘net neutrality’) will be decided in Europe in the coming months. After regulators in India and the United States ruled that Internet companies are not permitted to undermine innovation, competition and free speech, now it is Europe’s turn. Failure in the EU will have dramatic consequences for European businesses and citizens alike.

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Net neutrality
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Posted on 06 Apr 2016 by the editor

People with an interest in commercial agriculture are encouraged to make formal submissions to the Labour Court on the terms and conditions of those working in the sector. 

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Commercial Agriculture, Labour Court
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Posted on 04 Apr 2016 by the editor

The April 2016 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering takes place on Tuesday 5 April 2016 at The Buttery in Bedford Row, Limerick, starting at 8pm, with this month guests poet Daragh Bradish and poet and author Gerry Hanberry.

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Limerick Writers' Centre, On The Nail Literary Gathering
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Posted on 02 Apr 2016 by the editor

Microsoft Corporation is to be purchased by Mr Binman–Ireland’s refuse collection service–for €229.

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Microsoft, Mr Binman
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Posted on 01 Apr 2016 by the editor

A remarkable new study published today by Spinwatch with significant new information, has implications for the UK Goddard Inquiry into child sexual abuse. The study shows that during the 1970s, the General Medical Council in Britain, the RUC and British Metropolitan Police withheld from the public important information about Morris Fraser, a Belfast psychiatric doctor who was a serial paedophile.

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Goddard inquiry, child sexual abuse, paedophilia
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Posted on 31 Mar 2016 by the editor

Dr Nora Khaldi, founder and CSO of Nuritas represents Ireland at the TEDxBinnenhof Ideas from Europe event in The Hague, in Holland tomorrow (Thursday 31 March).

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TEDxBinnenhof Ideas from Europe
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Posted on 30 Mar 2016 by the editor

It is wearisome to continually read in the western mainstream media that the Muslim world is full of terrorists determined to launch attacks on the West.

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Terrorism
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Posted on 27 Mar 2016 by the editor

By John Chuckman
America is engaged in another of its sprawling and costly national election campaigns. A few of the events, such as the New Hampshire primary or the Iowa Caucus, I’m sure have participants seeing themselves as Thomas Jefferson’s sturdy yeomen doing their civic duty. But such humble and misty-eyed tableaux can be deceiving for the big picture is quite disturbing, including, as it does, billions of dollars spent and a lot of noise generated about things which will not change in any outcome.

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American election.
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Posted on 26 Mar 2016 by the editor

Over 580 projects with Irish participation have won a total of €251m in competitive funding from Horizon 2020, the European Union's programme for Research and Innovation.

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EU Research funding, Horizon 2020
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Posted on 25 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Floris Kreiken, Bits of Freedom
Did you know that there are 340,000 dentists in Europe? And that they lobby about privacy? Who else lobbies? How do parties/groups create coalitions to persuade policy makers? What's the mayor of Amsterdam doing in Brussels? In this blog on the privacy lobby we describe the different parties that are lobbying.

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European Data Protection
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Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Jesper Lund, IT-Pol
When the EU data retention Directive was transposed into national law after its adoption in 2006, Denmark implemented one of the most excessive transpositions into national law. Danish Internet service providers (ISPs) were required to retain session information (source and destination IP addresses, port numbers, session type e.g. TCP or UDP, and timestamp) for every 500th internet packet. In June 2014, the response of the Danish government to the data retention judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was to uphold the national data retention law, but rules on session logging were repealed. The Ministry of Justice could no longer argue for the necessity of session logging when, after seven years of collecting detailed information about internet usage for the entire population, the Danish Police could only point to a single case, involving web banking fraud on a minor scale, where this information had been useful.

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Internet user logging, privacy, surveillance
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Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Elisabetta Biasin, EDRi intern
The Italian legislative proposal on net neutrality is currently being discussed by the Italian Parliament. Notwithstanding general provisions on the equal treatment of traffic for Internet access services, its amended text contains loopholes and provisions that raise concerns. The text, now containing references to EU Regulation 2120/2015 on net neutrality (and mobile roaming), generally fails to address its main issues, including prioritisation of traffic. 

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Net neutrality, Italy
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Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Paddy Leersen, EDRi intern
Last week, Advocate General Szpunar published his opinion in the McFadden-case before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

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Free Wifi, copyright
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Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Maryant Fernández Pérez, EDRi
EDRi firmly condemns the Brussels terror attacks as well as other acts of violence and terrorism around the world. While acknowledging the importance of combating terrorism and violent extremism, EDRi is concerned about the disproportionate and misguided responses by certain UN countries in pursuit of this aim.

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Violent extremism, terrorism, UN
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Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by the editor

The Irish Anti-War Movement has condemned the terrorist attacks in Brussels that left 31 people dead and many more injured and traumatised. 

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Belgium bombing
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Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by the editor

While Kazakhstan continues to hound and oppress independent media, the coming election can hold no credibility and is nothing more than a ‘farce’, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today.

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media censorship
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Posted on 19 Mar 2016 by the editor

A four-year jail sentence imposed on Correo del Caron newspaper editor David Natera Febres has been described as iniquitous by press freedoms organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

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David Natera Febres, Press censorship, Correo del Caron
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Posted on 18 Mar 2016 by the editor

Press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called on the Malaysian Prime Minister to take an active stand against encroaching press censorship.

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Media censorship, Malaysia, Reporters Without Borders
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Posted on 14 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Joe McNamee, EDRi
Should we still be talking about “privacy” in a world invaded by bastard data? We all knew what privacy was when it came to our data. We had our names and addresses, we had our store cards, we had our medical records, we had our insurance, we had our travel tickets, and the list goes on. Some companies and government agencies had that data to carry out some specific tasks and these data needed to be protected to avoid misuse.

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Data protection, privacy
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Posted on 09 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Pam Cowburn, Open Rights Group
Last week, the UK government published the Investigatory Powers Bill, a new surveillance law that has been heavily criticised by privacy and free speech activists, the technology industry, lawyers and academics.

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UK surveillance, Investigatory Powers Bill
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Posted on 09 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Theresia Reinhold, EDRi
On 1 March 2016 13 civil society organisations, including EDRi, Amnesty International, Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO), European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) and Fair Trials published a joint civil society statement called “Counter-terrorism: The EU and its Member States must respect and protect human rights and the rule of law”. 

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Smartphone encryption
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Posted on 09 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Patrik Wallstrm, DFRI
In the middle of January, a mid-sized Swedish Internet Service Provider (ISP) called attention to access blocking proposals made by a Swedish government committee on gambling regulation.

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Internet gambling
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Posted on 09 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Elisabetta Biasin, EDRi intern
On 8 July 2014, Italian MP Stefano Quintarelli submitted a law proposal which covers net neutrality, despite never mentioning those words. The draft law represents a positive input for network neutrality in Italy. This article explains why.

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Net neutrality
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Posted on 09 Mar 2016 by the editor

A former Metropolitan undercover police officer has been confronted by his former partner, campaigner Helen Steel. Steel had flown to Australia, where John Dines now has a role teaching police officers. David Shoebridge, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, today made a statement explaining Dines’ former undercover role to the parliament, and expressing grave concern about the educational position he now holds.

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Metropolitan undercover police, Australian graduate School of Policing & Security
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Posted on 09 Mar 2016 by the editor

Ireland MEP Deirdre Clune has said the current migrant crisis is the biggest threat to Europe since World War 2 and needs an immediate and comprehensive response from EU member state governments. She called on EU leaders, meeting in Brussels today, to implement a raft of previously agreed actions to tackle and deal with the migrant crisis.

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Migrant crisis, Europe
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Posted on 07 Mar 2016 by the editor

Saved to Memory: Lost to View is a memoir written in prose and verse by Michael Durack and the book is to be launched on Friday 11 March in Quay Arts, Killaloe.

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Michael Durack, Limerick Writers' Centre
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Posted on 07 Mar 2016 by the editor

Social media is awash with chemtrail articles, comments and photographs from around the world.

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chemtrail spraying
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Posted on 07 Mar 2016 by the editor

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has endorsed an Instanbul court decision to place leading daily Turkish newspaper Zaman under state control, a move that has drawn sharp rebuke and criticism from press freedoms organisation Reporters Without Borders.

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Zaman, press repression
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Posted on 04 Mar 2016 by the editor

Ireland will tomorrow (Thursday) mark World Wildlife Day. World Wildlife Day is a United Nations initiative that coincides with the anniversary of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), an international agreement between governments to regulate international trade in wild species of animals and plants to ensure that their survival does not become threatened by such trade.

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World Wildlife Day
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Posted on 02 Mar 2016 by the editor

On 25 February 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines notified PAHO/WHO of the country’s first case of Zika virus infection.

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Zika virus
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Posted on 01 Mar 2016 by the editor

By Grattan Puxon
Ninety years after an historic Moscow convention held by the All-Russian Romani Union of the early Soviet era, and marking the 45th jubilee of that London event which gave birth to the post-war civil rights struggle, the congress opening in Skopje shortly promises something no previous gathering of its kind has had on its agenda. The introduction of representative democracy.

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Skopje, Sutka, Roma
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Posted on 25 Feb 2016 by the editor

In 2020, the crew of the first one way manned space mission to Mars will depart to establish a human colony on Earth's neighbouring planet.

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Mars One
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Posted on 23 Feb 2016 by the editor

Variety Magazine, generally regarded as the most important paper in the entertainment industry, has rejected an advertisement placed and paid for by www.endtheoccupation.org and Jewish Voices For Peace, saying its anti-apartheid message is “too sensitive” and that it “would need to have a softer tone.”

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Israel, Palestine
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Posted on 21 Feb 2016 by the editor

Figures from the Government’s Central Statistics Office show that the value of goods exports for 2015 totalled €111,038 million, up 20% compared with 2014.

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Domestic exports, Ireland
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Posted on 15 Feb 2016 by the editor

A new Bill has been drafted that would abolish the U.S. military draft if passed by Congress.

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US Military Draft, anti-war
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Posted on 15 Feb 2016 by the editor

By Paddy Leerssen, EDRi intern
The principle of net neutrality requires that internet access providers carry data without discrimination on the basis of origin, destination or type of data. Net neutrality prohibits telecoms operators from blocking or degrading content applications or services. From a telecom operator's perspective, the goal is to move away from the “any-to-any” principle that is a key characteristic of the Internet, to a situation where they can sell access to their own customers.

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Net neutrality, zero-rating
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Posted on 10 Feb 2016 by the editor

By David Swanson
U.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools, volunteering as sports coaches and tutors and lunch buddies in high, middle, and elementary schools, showing up in humvees with $9,000 stereos, bringing fifth-graders to military bases for hands-on science instruction, and generally pursuing what they call “total market penetration” and “school ownership”.

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Military recruitment, education
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Posted on 10 Feb 2016 by the editor

Statewatch is looking for a new home for its archive of 7,000+ paper documents on EU justice and home affairs policy.

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Statewatch, Justice and Home Affairs Archive
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Posted on 08 Feb 2016 by the editor

The Limerick Writers' Centre is hosting an intensive one-day guide to getting published, facilitated by Sunday Times best selling author John Stack.

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Publishing seminar, John Stack, Limerick Writers' Centre
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Posted on 08 Feb 2016 by the editor

Britain's Foreign Secretary has cocked a snoot at a UN legal panel's conclusion that Julian Assange's three-and-a-half year refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is a case of “arbitrary detention” and a “deprivation of liberty.” 

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Julian Assange
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Posted on 05 Feb 2016 by the editor

New regulations aimed at regulating certain practices in the grocery goods retaikl and supply sectors have been signed into law by the Government.

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grocery goods legislation
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Posted on 02 Feb 2016 by the editor

The Government’s Central Statistics Office is reporting that unemployment is now at its lowest for the past seven years.

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unemployment levels
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Posted on 02 Feb 2016 by the editor

By Tony Bunyan
The Council of the European Union is preparing plans to equate the concept of migrant ‘smuggling’ with migrant ‘trafficking’ and potentially criminalise or marginalise NGOs, local people and volunteers who for months have been welcoming and helping refugees and migrants arriving in the EU.

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humanitarian aid, EU Council, StateWatch
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Posted on 02 Feb 2016 by the editor

Genetically Modified Organisms, illegal wars, chemtrails, enforced vaccinations, secret meetings of world governments, the Georgia Guidestones, false flags, imprisonment of whistle blowers, enforced austerity to protect the wealth of the few . . .

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New World Order
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Posted on 31 Jan 2016 by the editor

Irish education technology company Shaw Academy has announced a hundred new positions at its Dublin office are being created with support from the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland further job creation.

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on-line learning
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Posted on 29 Jan 2016 by the editor

A Government initiative to promote the value and reputation of Irish design has delivered significant achievements, according to Business and Employment Minister Ged Nash TD. The announcement was made today (Tues 26th January) at an event during Showcase, Ireland's International Creative Expo which is taking place at the RDS in Dublin.   

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Irish design
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Posted on 26 Jan 2016 by the editor

Step back in time to Ireland 1916 and experience the events as they happened in a real-time online exhibition created by Century Ireland.

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Ireland 2016 Centenary, Century Ireland
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Posted on 26 Jan 2016 by the editor

The Government today (Monday) launches the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs, aimed at delivering 10-15% employment growth in the capital over the coming years as part of its €250million regional jobs strategy.

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Dublin Action Plan for Jobs
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Posted on 25 Jan 2016 by the editor

The Irish Exporters Association's National Export Hub in partnership with InterTradeIreland have announced the launch of the Export Knowledge Programme, a new educational programme aimed at supporting SME's to improve their exporting capabilities.

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Irish Exporters Association, InterTradeIreland
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Posted on 25 Jan 2016 by the editor

On Friday 15 January 2016, the Metropolitan Police withdrew their defence in a case brought against them over undercover police relationships.

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Police infiltration, police spies
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Posted on 20 Jan 2016 by the editor

A spectacular exhibition by Irish amateur astronomers and photographers is being opened to the public by space commentator and broadcaster Leo Enright on Tuesday, 2 February at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.

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astronomy, photography
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Posted on 18 Jan 2016 by the editor

A €40million competitive regional jobs fund has been launched as part of the Government's Regional Jobs Plans process.

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Regional Jobs Plan
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Posted on 15 Jan 2016 by the editor

On Friday 15 January 2016 a legal case over undercover police relationships returns to the High Court in a renewed battle to force police to follow normal court procedure and issue disclosure documents in a case hinging on police infiltration and deception.

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police spies, police infiltration
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Posted on 08 Jan 2016 by the editor

Peace and Neutrality Alliance Shannonwatch members are to hold their monthly vigil at the Shannon Airport roundabout this Sunday, 10 January.

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Shannon Airport, Shannonwatch, Peace and Neutrality Alliance, PANA
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Posted on 08 Jan 2016 by the editor

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it is outraged by what is says is the Burundian government’s barely veiled threat against a visiting French radio journalist, which RSF describes as the latest escalation in attacks on freedom of information in a country spiralling ever deeper into political violence and confusion.

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Sonia Rolley, Burundi, Reporters Without Borders
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Posted on 07 Jan 2016 by the editor

Changes to commercial motor tax which mean a saving in some cases of over €4,000 a year came into effect today.

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commercial motor tax
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Posted on 01 Jan 2016 by the editor

The January 2016 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering takes place on Tuesday 12 January 2016 at The Loft Venue at The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick, starting at 8pm sharp, with this month guest readers Jennifer Matthews and Louis Mulcahy.

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On The Nail Literary Gathering, Limerick Writers' Centre
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Posted on 31 Dec 2015 by the editor

After receiving hack attempts persistently every few minutes for the past few months from the IP 115.230.124.164, I report the following.

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China ISP, Chinese hackers
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Posted on 23 Dec 2015 by the editor

Ireland has now joined the Singapore international Treaty on Trademarks at the World Intellectual Property Organisation,

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Singapore Treaty, Trademarks
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Posted on 22 Dec 2015 by the editor

Ireland is listed as equal sixth in the United Nations Human Development index, which measures countries on three basic areas—life expectancy, education and income/standard of living. 

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United Nations Human Development Index
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Posted on 16 Dec 2015 by the editor

The North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) at a meeting held in plenary format in Armagh on 11 December announced the members of the Language Body who will represent the southern jurisdiction for the next four years.

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Language Body
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Posted on 12 Dec 2015 by the editor

NUI Galway will host the major national academic conference of the 1916-2016 commemoration next year, on the theme, Ireland 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty. The conference will run 10-12 November 2016 and will include academic contributions from a broad range of Ireland's universities and institutes of technology, as well as from a number of leading international figures.

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1916 Rising, 2016 commemoration
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Posted on 12 Dec 2015 by the editor

A unique digital repository of personal papers and photographs telling the story of the momentous events of 1916 forms part of the State programme to commemorate 1916, was unveiled at a special event presented by Dr John Bowman in the National Library’s iconic premises on Kildare Street.

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1916 commemoration
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Posted on 12 Dec 2015 by the editor

Irish Film Board supported productions have secured four Golden Globe nominations with Lenny Abrahamson’s Room nominated in the category of Best Motion Picture, Room’s Brie Larson and Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan both nominated in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, while Emma Donoghue was nominated for Best Screenplay for Room which she adapted from her own award-winning book.

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Irish Film Board, Golden Globe Awards
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Posted on 12 Dec 2015 by the editor

January 12, 2016, the day of President Obama's State of the Union address to Congress, has been selected by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance as a day of national protest against current US military action of all kinds, including drone warfare. 

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anti-war, State of the Union Address
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Posted on 12 Dec 2015 by the editor

Culture Ireland has awarded €1.2m for Irish artists and arts organisations to support the presentation of Irish arts globally in 2016.

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Irish Arts, Culture Ireland
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Posted on 10 Dec 2015 by the editor

By Jan Oberg, TFF co-founder and director, TFF PressInfo # 351
Lund, Sweden, December 10, 2015
On the day of the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony at Oslo City Hall
Alfred Nobel decided to give one fifth of his fortune for a prize to promote disarmament and resolution of all conflicts through negotiations and legal means, never through violence.

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Nobel Peace Prize
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Posted on 10 Dec 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
People in the United States want tighter gun laws within the United States. They probably can’t be, and certainly aren’t being, polled on the U.S. role as top weapons supplier to the world. You can’t poll people on something they’ve never heard of.

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anti-war, weapons funding
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Posted on 09 Dec 2015 by the editor

Disney Ireland and Lucasfilm are to gift a preview special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Kerry as a ‘thank you’ for hosting the shoot of some scenes for the movie on Sceilg Mhichl. 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Posted on 08 Dec 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson, for teleSUR
David Swanson unmasks the propaganda logic behind Amazon.com's Man in the High Castle and U.S. celebrations of failure
The United States is indisputably the world’s most frequent and extensive wager of aggressive war, largest occupier of foreign lands, and biggest weapons dealer to the world. But when the United States peeps out from under the blankets where it lies shivering with fear, it sees itself as an innocent victim. It has no holiday to keep any victorious battle in everyone’s mind. It has a holiday to remember the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—and now also one, perhaps holier still, to recall, not the “shock and awe” destruction of Baghdad, but the crimes of September 11, 2001, the “new Pearl Harbor”.
 

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anti-war, Pearl Harbor
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Posted on 08 Dec 2015 by the editor

By 
On Sunday night, President Obama addressed the nation on “keeping the American people safe”.

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Syria, US, Diplomacy
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Posted on 07 Dec 2015 by the editor

Ireland today joined with a number of other countries in a demarche to the Government of Japan about its whaling activities.   The demarche expresses “serious concern” at the decision of the Government of Japan to resume whaling in the Southern  Ocean under what it calls its “New Scientific Research Whale Programme in the Antarctic Ocean (NEWREP-A)”.

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Japan, whaling
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Posted on 07 Dec 2015 by the editor

Amersfoort, 7 December 2015
The Opra national de Paris is to perform a new production of La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz, also known as a lgende dramatique. The performance has been inspired by Mars One and its astronaut candidates.

 

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Opra national de Paris, Mars One, La Damnation de Faust
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Posted on 07 Dec 2015 by the editor

Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson and Lenny Abrahsom scored prestigious successes in last night’s British Independent Film Award (BIFA).

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British Independent Film Awards
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Posted on 07 Dec 2015 by the editor

Following thre UK chancellor's decision to impose an apprenticeship levy on employers, Manufacturing Northern Ireland has partnered with Arthur Cox to provide businesses with the latest update on what laws are changing and how they will impact on business.

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apprenticeship levy, Northern Ireland
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Posted on 07 Dec 2015 by the editor

In an RT video Russia's military say Turkey is collaborating with ISIL (Islamic State) to trasnport oil stolen from Syria into Turkey, a collaboration that the Pentagon flatly denies.

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Turkey, ISIL, Islamic State, oil, Syria
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Posted on 05 Dec 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
According to the Nation magazine and many others, there are two options available to the U.S. government. One is increased hostility perhaps leading to nuclear war with Russia. The other is a joint U.S.-Russia-and-others war on ISIS.

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ISIS, Russia, Turkey, US, UK
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Posted on 03 Dec 2015 by the editor

By Gar Smith / Berkeley Daily Planet, WarIsACrime.org
After at least 14 people were murdered and 17 wounded in San Bernardino by assailants armed with assault weapons, Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles FBI Field Office David Bowditch told the press: “We do not know if this is a terrorist incident”.

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terrorism, Cliven Bundy
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Posted on 03 Dec 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
Back in 2010 I wrote a book called War Is A Lie. Five years later, after having just prepared the second edition of that book to come out next spring, I came across another book published on a very similar theme in 2010 called Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War by Richard E. Rubenstein.

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anti-war, Richard E. Rubenstein
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Posted on 01 Dec 2015 by the editor

A programme to preserve and develop privately owned historic buildings in Ireland has today been launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys.

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historic houses Ireland
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Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by the editor

By Nicolas Davies
“...at the very moment the number one nation has perfected the science of killing, it has become an impractical instrument of political domination.” - Richard Barnet, Roots of War, 1972
France and Russia’s military responses to mass murders in Paris and Egypt echo the United States’ response to mass murders in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania in 2001. As Oxford University researcher Lydia Wilson told Democracy Now on November 17th, Islamic State (IS) is “seemingly delighted” by this warlike response to its latest atrocities.

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anti-war, terrorism, Nicolas Davies
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Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by the editor

by Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has reiterated its call for journalist Gao Yu’s immediate release after a Beijing people’s high court today reduced her sentence on appeal from seven to five years in prison. Gao did none of the things she is alleged to have done.

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Gao Yu, China, Reporters Without Borders
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Posted on 26 Nov 2015 by the editor

By Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War
During the 15 November Democratic Presidential Debate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sounded an alarm that “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism”. Citing a CIA study, Sanders warned that countries around the world are “going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops and you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict”.

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anti-war, climate change
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Posted on 25 Nov 2015 by the editor

by Reporters Without Borders
A Bahraini criminal court has sentenced freelance photographer Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi to 10 years in prison on a terrorism charge and has stripped him of his nationality. Reporters Without Borders condemns this arbitrary trial of a journalist who just covered pro-democracy demonstrations.

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Bahrain, Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi
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Posted on 24 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
Robert Reich’s website is full of proposals for how to oppose plutocracy, raise the minimum wage, reverse the trend toward greater inequality of wealth, etc. His focus on domestic economic policy is done in the traditional bizarre manner of U.S. liberals in which virtually no mention is ever made of the 54% of the federal discretionary budget that gets dumped into militarism.

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anti-war, plutocracy, Robert Reich
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Posted on 24 Nov 2015 by the editor

Submissions have been invited as part of the Government’s “Open policy debate” on the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.

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Irish language strategy
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Posted on 23 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
Chicago media outlets are reporting that drones have been banned from most of Chicago’s skies and cannot fly over you or your property without your permission. The text of the ordinance, however, makes exceptions for police that will require eternal vigilance.

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drones restrictions
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Posted on 20 Nov 2015 by the editor

London’s Metropolitan police have conceded in a public apology that undercover relationships were an abuse of power and violated women’s human rights.

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undercover police infiltration
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Posted on 20 Nov 2015 by the editor

The Government’s published Action Plan for Jobs 14th and 15th Progress Reports at an event in Government Buildings this morning shows that 159 out of 192 actions scheduled for implementation in 2015 were delivered. 

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Action Plan For Jobs
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Posted on 19 Nov 2015 by the editor

Ireland’s Small Business Act (SBA) Factsheet for 2015 by the European Commission shows that Ireland has one of the most SME friendly environments in the EU.

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Small Businesses
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Posted on 19 Nov 2015 by the editor

The 24 finalists of “Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur” competition have now been named in the approach to the final stages of the annual competition which this year attracted 1400 applicants between the ages of 18 and 30—marking a 40% increase on last year’s entrants.

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Best Young Entrepreneur 2015
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Posted on 19 Nov 2015 by the editor

The European Commission has approved a new project worth over €5.4 million for the restoration of Active Raised Bog in Ireland's Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Network and is to provide almost 75% of the funding.

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Raised Bog conservation
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Posted on 19 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
Toward the end of altering our idea of what counts as “doing something”, I offer this composite representation of numerous media interviews I’ve done.

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anti-war, David Swanson
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Posted on 19 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Adams, World Beyond War
As the culture of war, which has dominated human civilization for 5,000 years, begins to crumble, its contradictions become more evident. This is especially so in the matter of terrorism.

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anti-war, nuclear terrorism
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Posted on 17 Nov 2015 by the editor

The Government will today launched the West Action Plan for Jobs, part of €250million regional jobs strategy, aimed at delivering 10-15% employment growth in the region over the coming years with the target of creating up to 25,000 jobs throughout Mayo, Roscommon and Galway.

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West Action Plan for Jobs, employment
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Posted on 17 Nov 2015 by the editor

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the Irish Anti-War Movement has released the following statement.

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Irish Anti-War Movement, Paris attacks
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Posted on 17 Nov 2015 by the editor

By Ann Wright
A 26 person delegation from the All Okinawa Council will be in Washington, DC November 19 and 20 to ask members of the U.S. Congress to use their power to stop the construction of runway for the U.S. Marine base at Henoko into the pristine waters of the South China Sea.

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Henoko naval base, Okinawa
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Posted on 15 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
We are all France. Apparently. Though we are never all Lebanon or Syria or Iraq for some reason. Or a long, long list of additional places.

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France, Paris attacks
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Posted on 14 Nov 2015 by the editor

By Herbert J. Hoffman, Ph.D., Member VFP National, Maine and New Mexico
It was my senior year in high school—many years ago—and I was seated, along with many of my football teammates, on the auditorium stage. It was a pre-game rally before 1500 classmates and teachers. The auditorium was filled with energy. The main speaker was a much revered former outstanding athlete at Central High School. A man in his 50’s, he spoke with passion about the upcoming football game. It was exciting! However, I found myself feeling revulsion as he concluded his speech by saying, “Go out there and Kill, Kill, Kill!”, repeating the last three words numerous times as the audience joined in.

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anti-war
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Posted on 14 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
By now there’s not nearly as much disagreement regarding what happened to John and Robert Kennedy as major communications corporations would have you believe. While every researcher and author highlights different details, there isn’t any serious disagreement among, say, Jim Douglass’ JFK and the Unspeakable, Howard Hunt’s deathbed confession, and David Talbot’s new The Devil’s Chessboard

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Kennedy assassination, Allen Dulles
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Posted on 13 Nov 2015 by the editor

By Ann Wright
President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on November 9 in the White House and is considering the Israeli request to give a 50% increase of nearly $1.5 billion in U.S. military funding, bringing the U.S. donation to the killing of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to $4.5 billion a year.

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US Aid to Israel
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Posted on 12 Nov 2015 by the editor

The Hospitality sector is one of the most important services sectors in the Irish economy, directly employing 158,000 persons within 16,000 enterprises, representing eight per cent of current economy-wide employment and contributing €3 billion gross value added to the economy. 

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Hospitality sector employment
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Posted on 12 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
On the morning of Armistice Day, 11 November 2015, longtime peace activist Turi Vaccaro climbed to where you see him in the photo. He brought a hammer and made this a Plowshares action by hammering on the enormous satellite dish, an instrument of U.S. warfare communications.

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Armistice Day, anti-war, Sicily
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Posted on 11 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson, teleSUR
John Ketwig was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and sent to Vietnam for a year. I sat down with him this week to talk about it.

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Veteran's Day
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Posted on 11 Nov 2015 by the editor

The Low Pay Commission undertake an examination of the impact of the National Minimum Wage on two sectors, young people and women. 

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Low Pay Commission, National Minimum Wage
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Posted on 10 Nov 2015 by the editor

By Edward Horgan
Remembering – lest we forget – the destruction and stupidity of war
On Tuesday 10 November Veterans for Peace (VfP) Ireland lay a wreath of white poppies as a symbol of peace at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin’s Parnell Square.

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Veterans For Peace, Dublin, Irish Anti-War Movement
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Posted on 10 Nov 2015 by the editor

By CHUCK SEARCY and LADY BORTON
HANOI - Now that the United States, Vietnam, and ten other nations have signed the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) - and the text, finally, has been released to the public - the U.S. Congress and the other countries' legislative bodies must decide whether to ratify the agreement. Negotiations were secret, until the document was signed. Before the release of the text a few days ago, even members of Congress were not allowed to see the agreement, except for certain members who were shown only a few pages of certain sections, alone, in a locked room.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP
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Posted on 10 Nov 2015 by the editor

Tác giả: CHUCK SEARCY và LADY BORTON
HÀ NỘI—Nay Hoa Kỳ, Việt Nam và 9 qúc gia khác vừa ký TPP (Hiệp định đ́i tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương) và nội dung của văn kiện này cúi cùng cũng được công b́ trước dư luận—Qúc hội Mỹ và các cơ quan lập pháp của các nước thành viên khác của TPP sẽ phải quýt định có thông qua Hiệp định này. Các cuộc hội đàm tín hành trong vòng kín, cho tới khi văn kiện Hiệp định được ký ḱt. Trước khi toàn văn của Hiệp định được công b́ vài ngảy trước, ngay cả các nghị viên Mỹ cũng không được xem nội dung của nó, chỉ có có vài nghị sĩ được cho xem vài tờ của một ś chương nh́t định, xem một mình, trong một phòng đóng kín.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP
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Posted on 10 Nov 2015 by the editor

By Doug Noble, Upstate (NY) Drone Action Coalition
“Our entire Middle East policy seems to be based on firing drones,” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told The Intercept. “They’re enamored by the ability of special operations and the CIA to find a guy in the middle of the desert in some shitty little village and drop a bomb on his head and kill him.”

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drone warfare
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Posted on 09 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
The proposal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a test of whether the people of the United States can communicate something critically important to each other that the major media corporations do not want communicated.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership, corporate media
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Posted on 08 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
In two recent articles in the Los Angeles Times and the academic studies that inspired them, the authors investigate the question of which war veterans are most likely to commit suicide or violent crimes. Remarkably, the subject of war, their role in war, their thoughts about the supposed justifications (or lack thereof) of a war, never come up.

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war veteran suicides, murders
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Posted on 05 Nov 2015 by the editor

A programme of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 2016 has been announced by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan.This forms part of the Decade of Centenaries programme, which is co-ordinated and overseen by Minister Humphreys.

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Battle of the Somme
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Posted on 05 Nov 2015 by the editor

Ireland South MEP and former member of the One in Five campaign group on the Council of Europe, Deirdre Clune has today called for mandatory rehabilitation programmes for sexual offenders in our prisons and in our communities saying that we are losing the battle against sexual offenders.

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sexual offender treatment
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Posted on 05 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
“Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?” the Pope asked the United States Congress during his speech there in September. “Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.”

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US Arms industry, US Arms supply
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Posted on 04 Nov 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
The poor frog has of course been slandered. A frog will die in boiling water, but jump out of a slowly warming pot. The homo not-so-sapiens is another story.

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climate change
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Posted on 03 Nov 2015 by the editor

A Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hours Contracts among Irish Employers and their Impact on Employees by the University of Limerick finds finds zero hours contracts are not extensively used in Ireland—however, emergence of ‘if and when’ contracts have been identified in the publication.

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zero hours contracts
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Posted on 03 Nov 2015 by the editor

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is urging members of the public to report illegal hare hunting. The NPWS is aware of increasing occurrences of the crime, particularly in the greater midlands area. The Irish hare is a unique sub species of the mountain hare and is a protected species under the Wildlife Acts 1976-2012.

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illegal hare hunting
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Posted on 30 Oct 2015 by the editor

A new scheme is under way to assist youth organisations and schools who are running TechSpace as Gaeilge to purchase digital media equipment.

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Gaeilge training courses
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Posted on 30 Oct 2015 by the editor

The Abbey Theatre is to present Waking the Nation as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre and Ministers Aodhan O'Riordin and Heather Humphreys announced today.

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1916 commemoration, 2016 Centenary programme
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Posted on 29 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
“War Is Beautiful” is the ironic title of a beautiful new book of photographs. The subtitle is “The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict”. There's an asterisk after those words, and it leads to these: “(In which the author explains why he no longer reads The New York Times)”. The author never explains why he read the New York Times to begin with.

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anti-war, New York Times
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Posted on 29 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
While George W. Bush is apparently proud of everything he’s ever done, Tony Blair came dangerously close to facing reality this weekend when he admitted there were “elements of truth” in the view that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was the principle cause of the rise of ISIS (among other catastrophic results of that invasion).

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Tony Blair, Iraq, CNN
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Posted on 26 Oct 2015 by the editor

By Ann Wright
Serving legal documents on high visibility persons who have been involved in international criminal acts is very difficult. However, the temptation of large honoraria for speeches in the United States tripped up a former Israeli Prime Minister who has been accused of war crimes for his involvement in the murders of ten passengers (nine were killed immediately and a seriously wounded passenger died after being in a coma for several years) on the Mavi Marmara in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

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Israel, war crimes, Ehud Barak
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Posted on 26 Oct 2015 by the editor

A plaque commemorating actor and writer Richard Harris has been unveiled by his son Jared at one of the late actor’s favourite bars in his birth city of Limerick.

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Richard Harris, Jared Harris, Limerick Writer's Centre
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Posted on 23 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
Only a non-patriot or someone with a bit of respect for the Bill of Rights would have opposed the Patriot Act.

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genocide
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Posted on 21 Oct 2015 by the editor

As the United States prepares to upgrade its nuclear weapons arsenal in Europe, protestors have launched a petition calling on the European governments to reject the upgrade of U.S. nuclear weapons.

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US nuclear weapons upgrade, Europe
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Posted on 19 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
The accepted story in the United States of what’s happened in Syria is just that, a story told to make narrative sense of something completely un-understood.

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Syria
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Posted on 19 Oct 2015 by the editor

Last week, WikiLeaks released the final text of the TPP’s (Trans-Pacific Partership) intellectual property rights chapter and and fightforthefuture.org, which is campaigning against the TPP, say it is “absolutely terrifying”.

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TTP, Trans-Pacific Partnership, WikiLeaks
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Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
When the United States is identified as an empire, albeit of a different sort than some others, it’s common to point to the fate of ancient Rome or the empires of Britain, Spain, Holland, etc., as a warning to the Pentagon or even to CNN debate moderators.

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Demise of the Vikings, US empire
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Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
I know what you’re thinking. There is no draft. There hasn’t been a draft in decades. They’d let entire Central American nations immigrate, pay recruits six-figure salaries, and let robots fly the drones before they’d create a draft. Crackpot Congress members only bring up a draft as a supposed bank-shot manoeuvre for ending all the damn wars. Yeah, yeah, whatever. Your government has nonetheless decided that registering men for a possible draft (whether they like it or not, and even though nobody believes there will ever be a draft) is far more important than allowing them to register to vote.

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US Military Draft, US voting system
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Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
I was part of a debate on Tuesday that involved a larger disagreement than any exhibited at the Democratic presidential candidates debate that evening. A group of peace activists met with the president, a board member, some vice presidents, and a senior fellow of the so-called U.S. Institute of Peace, a U.S. government institution that spends tens of millions of public dollars every year on things tangentially related to peace (including promoting wars) but has yet to oppose a single U.S. war in its 30-year history.

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US Institute of Peace, anti-war
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Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
In an online discussion I asked Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, a fairly straightforward question: "Will Amnesty International recognize the UN Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact and oppose war and militarism and military spending?

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anti-war, Amnesty International
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Posted on 11 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
There is video and audio. It exists. The Pentagon says it's critically important. Congress has asked for it and been refused. WikiLeaks is offering $50,000 to the next brave soul willing to be punished for a good deed in the manner of Chelsea Manning, Thomas Drake, Edward Snowden, and so many others. You can petition the White House to hand it over here.

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Doctors Without Borders, hospital bombing
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Posted on 11 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
Alfred Nobel’s will, written in 1895, left funding for a prize to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

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Nobel Peace Pize
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Posted on 09 Oct 2015 by the editor

Lidl has announced that it is to become a Living Wage employer in Ireland, following a Forum on the Living Wage hosted last week by Minister Ged Nash and addressed by the Tnaiste in Dublin Castle. 

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Lidl, Living Wage
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Posted on 09 Oct 2015 by the editor

The Nobel Foundation is facing a lawsuit against misappropriation of funds through violating the intended antimilitarist purpose of the Nobel peace prize.

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Nobel Foundation, Nobel Peace Prize
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Posted on 07 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
The world's two big nuclear militaries are in the same war now in Syria and, if not on opposite sides exactly, certainly not on the same side. A primary, if not the primary, goal of the United States in Syria is overthrowing the Syrian government. A primary, if not the primary, goal of Russia is maintaining the Syrian government.

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Syria, Russia, United States
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Posted on 06 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
The University of California is seeking to ban criticism of Israel. This is a widespread phenomenon in the United States, as attested by two new reports and cases like that of Steven Salaita, author of Uncivil Rights: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom.

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censorship, University of California
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Posted on 06 Oct 2015 by the editor

Culture Ireland's international culture programme entitled I Am Ireland, part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, was announced on Saturday 3 October by Minister of State Aodhn  Rordin with an event at Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre.

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Culture Ireland, Ireland 2016
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Posted on 05 Oct 2015 by the editor

Billed as one of the largest start-up gatherings in the world, almost 400 Startup Gatherings are taking place nationwide between Monday 5 and Saturday 10 October in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway as well as the North East and North West.

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Start-up Ireland
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Posted on 05 Oct 2015 by the editor

This month guest readers at the October On The Nail Literary Gathering are Pdraig Mac Fhearghusa and US poet Brendan Constantine.

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On The Nail Literary Gathering
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Posted on 05 Oct 2015 by the editor

In the week that marks the 70th annual general meeting of the United Nations, author and peace activist David Swanson speaks about the role of the UN to WHDT TV in Boston.

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United Nations, anti-war
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Posted on 05 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
Life is a very jumbled mixture. The pain of it, if you're awake and thinking, brings into your mind the happiest moments you can remember and transforms them into agony unless you resist bitterness with every drop of strength you have left, if not more. Physical pain makes clear-thinking and generous thinking more difficult, until death appears in front of you, and then the physical pain is as nothing.

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hospital bombing
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Posted on 04 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
Americans may find Syria a bit confusing. David Petraeus, sainted hero, has proposed arming al Qaeda, organized devil. Vladimir Putin, reincarnated Hitler, is bombing either ISIS or al Qaeda or their friendly democratic allies, but he shouldn’t be because he’s against overthrowing the Syrian government, also run by Hitler living under the name Assad. Hillary Clinton, liberal socialist, wants to create a no-fly zone, but wouldn’t that make it hard to bomb all the scary Muslims? Wait, are we against Assad or the scary Muslims or both? Aaaaaarrrrgghh! How does this make any sense?

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Middle East, Syria, US military
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Posted on 03 Oct 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
When I wrote War Is A Lie in 2010 (second edition coming April 5th!) it was a condemnation of war, but not exactly a manifesto for abolishing it.

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anti-war
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Posted on 01 Oct 2015 by the editor

The newly published Government capital plan aims to make available over €3billion in capital investment in projects under the remit of its Business & Employment Department over the period 2016-2021.

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job investment
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Posted on 29 Sep 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
After 25,000 people asked, Senator Bernie Sanders added a few words to his presidential campaign website about the 96% of humanity he’d been ignoring.

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US Foreigh Policy, Bernie Sanders
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Posted on 28 Sep 2015 by the editor

By Roger Cole
With the massive victory of the SNP and the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the British Labour Party, the issues of Trident and Scottish Independence have become central to politics in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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PANA, Peaceand Neutrality Alliance, Janet Fenton, Scottish CND, Shannonwatch
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Posted on 28 Sep 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
The United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals don't just ignore the fact that development isn’t sustainable; they revel in it. One of the goals is spreading energy use. Another is economic growth. Another is preparation for climate chaos (not preventing it, but dealing with it). And how does the United Nations deal with problems? Generally through wars and sanctions.

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United Nations, anti-war
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Posted on 28 Sep 2015 by the editor

Five hundred free tickets have been made available to Irish people to attend the centenary commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, being held in Thiepval in France on 1 July next year.

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Battle of the Somme commemoration, Thiepval
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Posted on 27 Sep 2015 by the editor

National ID cards should be made compulsory in Ireland, says Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes.

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national ID cards
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Posted on 27 Sep 2015 by the editor

Wreaths were laid today by Irish Minister Heather Minister Humphreys and representatives from the Northern Ireland Assembly and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in the first Famine Commemoration to be held in Northern Ireland. 

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Irish Famine Commemoration
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Posted on 26 Sep 2015 by the editor

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident now held for 13 years without charge in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is to be released, both the US Department of Defence and the UK Government have confirmed.

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Guantanamo Bay, Shaker Aamer
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Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by the editor

By David Swanson
During this year's competition for Miss Italy, contestants were asked what historical epoch they might like to have lived in and why. 

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anti-war. Miss Italy
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Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by the editor

On Wednesday 30 September, the Fulbright Commission of Ireland will host an information session on funding opportunities for Irish Language teaching and research in the USA. The event will take place at the Foras na Gaeilge building on 7 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from 4.30-6pm.

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Fulbright Awards
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Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by the editor