US, British And French Airstrikes On Syria Will Not Help Syrians 16 Apr 2018; posted by the editor - International, United States, United Kingdom, France, Syria
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.
Statement on Syria 14 Apr 2018; posted by the editor - Opinion
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.
Undercover Policing Inquiry confirms Mark Cassidy as undercover officer 06 Apr 2018; posted by the editor - Human Rights, United Kingdom
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.
Behind the Wall of Illusion - the religious, occult and esoteric world of the Beatles 03 Apr 2018; posted by the editor - Events, Entertainment, Showbiz, United Kingdom, Ireland
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.
Launch of Invasive Species Week 24 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Environment, United Kingdom, Ireland
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.
Changes to Employment Permits Regulations aim to lift pressure on Hospitality and Animation Sectors 23 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland
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.
Salisbury x-spy poisoning 09 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Opinion
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.
New copyright compromise text: Filter or be filtered 08 Mar 2018; posted by the editor - Internet news, European Union
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.
Health Minister to face questions over vaccine report 24 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - Health, United Kingdom
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.
Irish Anti War Movement statement on the slaughter in Eastern Ghouta 21 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - International, Syria
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.
Dublin's 11th Five Lamps Arts Festival launched 20 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - Events, Arts, Ireland
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.
Ireland's first Space Strategy for Enterprise blasts off 19 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - Science, Technology, Europe, Ireland
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.
Champion of Internet and press freedoms dies 09 Feb 2018; posted by the editor - Journalism, Internet news
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.
Irish Anti War Movement statement on the Israeli ban on international organisations 29 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Ireland, Palestine, Israel
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.
UN Security Council mandates worldwide air traveller profiling 29 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Travel, International
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.
European Union should deploy greater transparency in decision making 29 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - European Union
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.
Ancient remains found by hillwalker in Mayo 23 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - General, Ireland
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.
€300 million Brexit Loan Scheme agreed 22 Jan 2018; posted by the editor - Business, European Union, Ireland
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.