No faith in Undercover Policing Guidelines 08 Aug 2016; posted by the editor - United Kingdom
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.
Bangladesh: government blocks 35 news sites 08 Aug 2016; posted by the editor - Internet news, Bangladesh
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.
Expansion of Wicklow Mountains National Park 03 Aug 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
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.
Massive lobby against personal communications security underway 27 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - Internet news, Europe, European Union
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.
Citizens send clear and loud message on an open internet 27 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - Internet news, Europe, European Union
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.
Turkey: "The worst menace to society" helps to defeat the coup 27 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - International, Middle East, Turkey
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.
A Letter to Ireland from World Beyond War 27 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - International
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.
Ireland wins €275m from EU for Research projects under Horizon 2020 14 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - Science, Technology, European Union, Ireland
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.
€9m Arts and Culture Capital Scheme now open for applications 13 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - Entertainment, Music, Showbiz, Arts, Ireland
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.
Element Pictures take over Galway Picture Palace 11 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
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.
Call to Impeach and Prosecute Tony Blair 07 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - United States, United Kingdom
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.
The Chilcot Report & Shannon Airport 07 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - United Kingdom, Ireland
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.
Chilcot Report An Indictment Of Tony Blair’s Rush To War In Iraq 07 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - United Kingdom, Ireland
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.
Works to begin at 14-17 Moore Street 06 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
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.
Trump fails to sell 04 Jul 2016; posted by the editor - Arts, Ireland
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.