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Libya- Irish Anti-War Movement statement
24 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Libya, Ireland


· NO TEARS FOR GADAFFI, NO CHEERS FOR NATO
· REGIME CHANGE CLOAKED AS ‘HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION’
· WESTERN INTERVENTION NOT IN BEST INTERESTS OF LIBYAN PEOPLE

· CYNICAL ATTEMPT BY WEST TO DAMPEN THE ARAB REVOLUTION
The Irish Anti-war Movement in a statement today welcomed the impending demise of the corrupt and despotic Gadaffi regime but cautioned against celebrating the sinister intervention by NATO and questioned the alleged democratic credentials of the National Transitional Council (NTC).

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Clare Windfarm granted permission but may never be connected
24 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Environment, Ireland


An Taisce Calls for joined up thinking between the Commission for Energy Regulation, The Department of Environment and Planning Authorities
An Taisce recently appealed two wind farms on environmental concerns, one in Co. Galway (PL07.238734) and one in County Clare (PL03 .237524). Last week An Bord PleanŠla refused planning permission for the one in Co. Galway and this week they granted planning permission for the one in Co. Clare but this may never be connected to the Grid.

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Geneva Mission warns of possible deaths from Dale Farm eviction
22 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


By Grattan Puxon
For some residents forced eviction next month could be a death-sentence, representatives from Dale Farm have told the UN in Geneva. President of the Gypsy Council Richard Sheridan, who flew to Geneva on Sunday, said the missionwas a last bid to get the UK to comply with UN requests to call off what would be the biggest clearance operation against an ethnic minority in modern Britain.

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Tags: Dale Farm evictions, Basildon
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Confronting the Military-Industrial-Complex: The MIC at 50
22 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United States


By Bruce E Levine
The majority of Americans oppose the U.S. government’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and believe that defense spending is the area that must be cut to reduce the federal deficit. However, many of us feel powerless to stop the ever-increasing bombings, invasions, and occupations of nations which pose no threat to us. Most of us have acquiesced to the “military-industrial complex” (a term coined by Dwight Eisenhower, who devoted his farewell address in 1961 to its “grave implications”). Having worked with abused people for more than 25 years, it does not surprise me to see that when we as individuals or as a society eat crap for too long, we become psychologically too weak to take action.

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Tags: Bruce E Levine, Military Industrial Complex
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NATO is Slaughtering Civilians Not Saving them in Tripoli Now
22 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Libya, United States, United Kingdom, France


By Thierry Meyssan
Tripoli, Libya, Aug. 22, 2011, 1 AM CET
NATO carrying out imperial ambitions of France, UK and US
On Saturday evening, at 8pm, when the hour of Iftar marked the breaking of the Ramadan fast, the NATO command launched its “Operation Siren” against Libya.

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Tags: NATO, Libya, imperialism
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Interned in Occupied Northern Ireland
22 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom, Northern Ireland


by SeŠn ” Murchķ
British cabinet minister appoints secret commission with power to revoke parole of political prisoners just for being accused

After 40 years, internment without charge or trial has returned to the occupied North of Ireland.

 

In August 1971, the British army picked up and imprisoned 342 men who were believed, often erroneously, to be key members of the Irish Republican Army. They were never charged with any crime, but a committee that met in secret and gave no reason for its decisions could only release them.

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Brendan Lillis released from jail
19 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom, Northern Ireland


Republican Network for Unity (RNU) Spokesperson Martin ” Meehan has welcomed the release of political Internee, Brendan Lillis.

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Tags: Maghaberry Gaol, Brendan Lillis
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Don't let the police off the hook
19 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


"The current outpouring of sympathy for the police sets a dangerous precedent. We need to be critical of their methods if we're to prevent more disorder."

By Ian Dunt
Criticise the police and a section of the political world closes its doors. You can see why. British police probably are, ultimately, the best in the world. In the same way that we return home from holiday full of appreciation for the BBC, Brits in Europe and America quickly come to appreciate the moderation and humility of our police force.

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Anger and frustration over axing of Dublin 19 bus
18 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Ireland


By Mark Lawler
There is a significantdepth ofanger and frustrationamong communities north and south of the city at the decision of the National Transport Authority to approve Dublin Bus's proposal to scrap the 19 Bus.

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Save Our Bus Services campaign vows to resist bus cuts
18 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Ireland


Bus activists involved in the numbers 3, 13/13A and 19 bus campaigns will be protesting at Dublin Bus Head Office on O'Connell Street on Friday 19 August at 1pm. Residents from Larkhill, Ballymun, Glasnevin and Phibsorough will converge on Dublin Bus to make it clear to management that they will not accept any cuts or reductions to what they feel is a vital public service.

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Richard Clarke Being Too Nice to George Tenet
17 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United States


By David Swanson
Former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-Terrorism Richard Clarke suggests that former CIA Director George Tenet blocked the sharing of information within the government on two members of al Qaeda in the United States, information that Clarke believes could have prevented 9/11. The CIA admits it knew about the two future hijackers but claims the Director was not informed.

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Tags: 9/11, Twin Towers, World Trade Centre, CIA, George Tenet
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The UK riots and the criminality of Jack Straw
15 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


By Robin Beste, Stop the War Coalition, WarIsACrime.org
Jack Straw, former foreign secretary in Tony Blair's government, was quick to his feet, following David Cameron's speech on the UK riots in Parliament on 11 August. "We need more prisons," Straw told Cameron and the House of Commons. He may get his wish, looking at some of the sentences that have already been handed down in the hundreds of cases rushed through emergency courts—no doubt at the government's bidding, to show that instant retribution will take precedence over justice.

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Tags: UK riots, UK prisons, Jack Straw
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DNA Profiling Creates Criminals Where None Exist
13 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


by Karen Clark Stapleton
DNA profiling is currently being undertaken at an alarming rate within all police areas, mostly without the consent of parliament or law. Yet DNA profiling is not infallible and does produce wrongly accused offenders. Should, then, DNA evidence alone be sufficient to convict when there is no corroborative evidence?

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Tags: DNA profiling, DNA evidence
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The Military: Closer to You Than Your Family
12 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United States


By David Swanson
Two blocks from my house in a nondescript little building on the edge of our residential neighborhood is an office with a small sign reading "DVBIC of Charlottesville" which turns out to mean "Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center."

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Tags: military social presence, military social connections
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The current debt crisis
11 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Ireland


By Barry Hackett
What is the solution?

Throwing more debt, in the short or long run, at the problem will not solve the problem. At most it merely alleviates or postpones the problem. This is precisely because the source of the problem does not lie within the process of circulation (i.e. money and credit spheres). It is contained within the production process­­­.

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Tags: austerity, debt
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The Divided Left
11 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United States


By David Swanson
The Satan Sandwich budget deal seems to have been left lying on the table in some television green rooms. Dylan Ratigan has begun cursing both political parties, even while still fantasizing about the President saving us. Keith Olbermann and Al Gore want a Tahrir Square in Washington, even while ignoring the actual preparations for it that are going on. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, who are part of those preparations, were permitted onto CNN momentarily—only to be informed that they should calm down about the wealth gap since poor people "even have refrigerators!" (The refrigerators are empty, but they look good in the kitchen!)

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Tags: US budget priorities
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Lost in the Debt Ceiling Debate: The Legal Duty to Create Jobs
11 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United States


By Jeanne Mirer and Marjorie Cohn
The debate about the debt ceiling should have been a conversation about how to create jobs. It is time for progressives to remind the government that it has a legal duty to create jobs, and must act immediately—if not through Congress, then through the Federal Reserve.

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Policing must change
11 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


By Karen Clark-Stapleton
Long gone are the days of Dixon and dock green , yet we still expect the British plod to be everything from social worker to first aider, but surely as Policing has changed drastically since the riots of the 1980's we now just expect them to be civilly minded, respectful and truthful.

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Tags: police powers
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Wandsworth prison conditions 'below decent
10 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


The chief inspector of prisons has said that Wandsworth prison conditions are "demeaning, unsafe and fell below what could be classed as decent".

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The Big Myth and Lies of the Financial 'crisis' and modern day slavery
10 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Opinion


People invented money in the 6th Century BC—though bartering with goods and possessions existed long before that, according to historical record. Since the invention of money itself—said to have originated in Lydia—we have enslaved ourselves to it. Human existence itself now inescapably revolves around money.

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Tags: Money, slavery
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Open Letter To Israel's Prime Minister
09 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Israel


Re Vladimir Jabotinsky’s Article On “Zionist Colonisation” 7/15/11
To: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
From: Lenni Brenner

Sir, I applaud your offer to answer questions on any topic, from Arabs and others, worldwide. The old saying is correct: ‘Better jaw-jaw than war-war.’ As an 11 year old, I remember the creation of Israel in 1948 and the race between the USA and the USSR to recognize the new state. But, as I became a historian, I realized that the American public’s support for Israel was based on sympathy for the survivors of the holocaust, and the Biblical notion that God had given Israel to his chosen people. Few American Jews, fewer gentiles, had an in-depth knowledge of Zionism’s history. That remains true to this day.

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Uranium Safe to Eat With a Spoon!
09 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Environment, United States


By David Swanson
Carefully ignoring Fukushima, Los Alamos, Vermont, and Nebraska, a comforting new announcement informs us that "nuclear energy is safe." A series of soothing television ads and videos tells us that mining uranium in Virginia would produce jobs and protect us from scary foreigners.

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Tags: Radiation, uranium
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16 hours a day on curfew
09 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


from the Ministry of Justice, 08 August 2011
Tougher community sentences will see offenders forced to spend longer in their homes—up to 16 hours each day for a whole year, Minister for Prisons and Probation Crispin Blunt has confirmed.

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Tags: Community sentences, curfew, knife crime
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No evidence that Mark Duggan fired at police
09 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


As rioting continues across the UK, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has said that it found no evidence to suggest that Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the London riots, fired at police before being shot dead by police.

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Doubts emerge over Duggan shooting as London burns
08 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


Initial ballistics tests suggest bullet lodged in officer's radio during incident in Tottenham was police issue
By Sandra Laville, Paul Lewis, Vikram Dodd and Caroline Davies
Doubts have arisen over whether Mark Duggan, whose death at the hands of police sparked the weekend's Tottenham riots, was killed during an exchange of fire.

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Tottenham in flames as riot follows protest
07 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


Two police cars, a bus and several shops were attacked and set ablaze in north London on Saturday night as violence erupted following a protest demanding "justice" over a fatal police shooting.

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Tags: Mark Duggan, police shooting, London, Tottenham riot
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Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died
05 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Features, International, Japan


By David Swanson
On August 6, 1945, President Harry S Truman announced: "Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T. It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British 'Grand Slam' which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare."

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Tags: nuclear weapons, Nagasaki, Hiroshima
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Buc campaigners punch new ticket in conducting efforts to save Dublin Bus
04 Aug 2011; posted by the editor - Local, Ireland


Despite the signatures of over 10,000 people for a petition to Save the 19 Bus and the active support of 13 TDs and 24 local councillors in detailed submissions from the Save the 19 Bus Campaign to both Dublin Bus and senior management at the National Transport Authority, Dublin Bus are still pushing ahead regardless in their proposal to axe the 19 Bus. Local residents, commuters and public representatives (from all political parties) have come together to emphatically oppose this proposal and held a joint press conference on Tuesday 2 August at 11am at Dublin's Buswell’s Hotel. 

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Tags: Dublin Bus 19
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