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VietNam a Half Century Later
30 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - United States, Vietnam


By David Swanson
Jimmy Carter called a war waged in Vietnam by the United States—a war that killed 60,000 Americans and 4,000,000 Vietnamese, without burning down a single U.S. town or forest—”mutual” damage. Ronald Reagan called it a “noble” and “just cause”. Barack Obama promotes the myth of the widespread mistreatment of returning U.S. veterans, denounces the Vietnamese as “brutal,” and has launched a 13-year, $65 million propaganda program to glorify what the Vietnamese call the American War:

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French Constitutional Council approves sweeping surveillance powers
30 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Internet news, France


By Kirsten Fiedler, EDRi
On 23 July, the French Constitutional Council approved sweeping surveillance powers for intelligence agencies. In its decision, the Council declared almost all provisions constitutional, in contradiction to vehement opposition from civil rights groups, human rights experts, academia and the online business sector. The “Loi Renseignement” (also dubbed the “French Patriot Act”) was passed by the French National Assembly on 24 June and allows intelligence agencies to tap phone and emails without judicial permission.

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Culture Ireland showcases Irish artists at Edinburgh Festivals 2015
29 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Entertainment, Showbiz, Arts, United Kingdom, Ireland


Six Culture Ireland supported productions will feature at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. 

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Tags: Edinburgh Festival, Culture Ireland
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Film and TV production studio for old Dell Limerick site
29 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Entertainment, Ireland


A state-of-the-art film and TV studio is to be developed at the old Dell site in Limerick, following a deal by Limerick Council and Ardmore Studios.

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Tags: TV & film studio, Limerick
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Only thing that we did right was the day we refused to fight
28 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Features, International


By CJ Hinke, WorldBeyondWar.org
Excerpted from Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison by CJ Hinke, forthcoming from Trine-Day in 2016.
The lines of resistance to war take many forms as these stories of resisters in prison in World Wars I (“the Great War”, “the war to end all wars”) and II (‘the good war”), the Cold War, the undeclared Korean “conflict”, the ‘Red Scare’ of the McCarthy period, the 1960s and, finally, the US war against Vietnam, demonstrate. There are as many reasons and methods to refuse war as there are refusers. The Department of Justice classified WWII resisters as religious, moral, economic, political, neurotic, naturalistic, professional pacifist, philosophical, sociological, internationalist, personal and Jehovah’s Witness.

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Tags: anti-war
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State concedes An Taisce's Beit Paintings Export Licence Case
28 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Arts, Ireland


In the High Court today, the State conceded, without reservation, that the National Gallery of Ireland's licence issued to Christie's acting on behalf of the Alfred Beit Foundation for export of art works in March 2015 was unlawful.

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Tags: Alfred Beit Foundation, An Taisce
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Insurance companies and Regulator should appear before Transport Committee about older vehicles
28 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland, Irish political


Oireachtas Transport Committee member Brendan Griffin is calling for motor insurance companies and the Regulator to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee to explain their positions on insuring older vehicles. 

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Tags: Vehicle insurance
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Industrial Info Resources Expands in Galway
28 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland


Industrial Info Europe, a Market Intelligence company, has opened a new 16,500 sq ft office in Ballybrit, Galway and aims to double its workforce over the next five years by creating 50 new jobs.

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Tags: Industrial Info Resources, Galway
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Ireland achieves 127 million in EU Research funding
28 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Science, Ireland


Ireland’s researchers and companies netted €127 million in EU funding in 2014, the first year of Horizon 2020, the current EU programme funding research and innovation. Ireland’s success exceeded the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 national target for 2014 by 27%.

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Israel Sees Nazism in Mirror it Mistakes for Window
27 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Middle East, Palestine, Israel


By David Swanson
Israel is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence.

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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Gaza conflict
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Greece and the European Union: First as Tragedy, Second as Farce, Third as Vassal State
27 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - European Union, Greece


By James Petras
The Greek people’s efforts to end the economic depression, recover their sovereignty and reverse the regressive socio-economic policies, which have drastically reduced living standards, have been thrice denied.

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Irish military 'product testing' condemned
24 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) today issued a strongly worded statement expressing deep concern about plans by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney to allow the international defence industry to have increased access to the Irish Defence Forces for ‘product testing’, as reported in the Irish Independent on 12 July.

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Tags: industrial military complex, anti-war
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Panem et Presidential Elections
23 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - United States


By David Swanson
The U.S. presidential election is very far away. There’s a measurable rise in the ocean, the construction of numerous new military bases, a decision on peace or war with Iran, a push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, intense antagonization of Russia, and more than likely another month-long bombing of Gaza between now and then.

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Tags: anti-war
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Golden Rule sets sail for a nuclear free world
23 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - International


The historic Golden Rule peace boat, restored by Veterans For Peace and many friends, sets sail from the Eureka marina at noontime on Thursday, July 23, on its way to San Diego.

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Tags: anti-war, Veterans for Peace
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Memorial plaque to Frank McCourt unveiled in Limerick
22 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


Author Donal Ryan, who wrote the award winning novels The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December, inaugurated a commemorative plaque to Frank McCourt in South’s Pub on Quinlan Street, Friday 17th July at 1.00pm.

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Recovery of La Juliana artefacts continues
20 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


The dive on the Spanish Armada wrecks off the coast of Streedagh in Co. Sligo is continuing to yield up more important artefacts from the wreck of La Juliana, parts of which were uncovered on the seabed by recent winter storms and are at particular risk from both the effects of weather and illegal interference.

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Tags: La Juliana wreck
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Desertion: A Long, Proud History
20 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - International


By David Swanson
Excerpted from Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison by CJ Hinke, forthcoming from Trine-Day in 2016
There are as many reasons to desert military service as there are deserters. All countries’ militaries like to snatch young men when they are uneducated, inexperienced, and unemployed. It takes a soldier far greater courage to throw down his weapon than to kill a stranger.

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Climate change a 'planetary emergency' - Professor John Sweeney
17 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Environment, Ireland


By An Taisce
A recent article (note 1) by meteorologist Professor Ray Bates, and prominently featured in an Irish national newspaper, claimed that “increased uncertainty” in recent IPCC reports on the likely course of future climate change means that Ireland need not take steps to urgently or aggressively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions; rather, Prof. Bates argued, we should prioritise protection of our own, Irish, economic interests.

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Tags: climate change
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Terms of Reference published for Public Inquiry into undercover policing
16 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - United Kingdom


Theresa May has made public the Terms of Reference that will guide the upcoming Public Inquiry into undercover policing to be led by Lord Pitchford.

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Tags: police spies, Theresa May, Lord Pitchford
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Lyme Disease under an embarrassing spotlight
16 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Health, International


By David Swanson
Climate change is apparently encouraging the spread of Lyme disease, and a report by NBC News dares to say so. This may seem like a fresh breath of honest sanity in a media context in which even the weather reports usually avoid the topic of human global destruction.

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Tags: Lyme Disease, Plum Island, germ warfare
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Local Authorities share details of Ireland 2016 county plans
14 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


Mayors and Chief Executives from all 31 Local Authorities today met with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys and the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly, to share details of local county plans being developed as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

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Tags: 1916 Rising, 2016 commemoration
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Green Aviation Launches Ireland's Largest Drone Offering
14 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Technology, Ireland


Green Aviation has become the first Irish commercial drone company to operate drones above 20kg Max Take Off Weight at what it claims is 30% cheaper than current solutions and 90% more fuel efficient.

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Tags: commercial drones, Green Aviation
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Low Pay Commission Bill passes all stages in Houses of Oireachtas
14 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


The new Low Pay Commission Bill has passed all stages in the Houses of the Oireachtas and is now being sent to President Higgins for early signature into law.

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ISIS Crisis Exegesis
14 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - United States, Iran, Cambodia


By David Swanson
Talking with Iran has made the war profiteers and their servants sad and the rest of the world happy. Perhaps the novel idea of negotiating rather than killing will be carried over to several other parts of the world.

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Tags: Iran, ISIS, nuclear talks, Phyllis Bennis, anti-war
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Irish man in Mars One selection process
14 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Science, Ireland


Irish computer scientist Steve Menaa has made it through to the next stage of the Mars One expedition selection process.

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Dromineer Poetry & Writing competition
14 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Events, Arts


For details visit http://www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie/Competitions

Tags: Domineer poetry contest
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The Right-Left Crossfire and the Post Neo-Liberal Left
14 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Features, South Americas, Central America


By James Petras
The post neo-liberal regimes which flourished in five Latin American countries in the first decade of the 21st century were a product of three inter-related historical processes. The breakdown of the neo-liberal development model, which in turn ignited mass popular movements for radical political-economic transformations; the incapacity of the mass movements to produce a viable alternative worker-peasant based regime; the beginning of a decade long mega commodity boom which provided a huge influx of revenues which allowed the center-left regimes to finance a capitalist recovery, and secure support from the extractive capitalist sector and finance generous increases in wages, salaries and pensions.

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Tags: Latin America, South America
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What Are Foreign Military Bases For?
14 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Features


By David Swanson
If you're like most people in the United States, you have a vague awareness that the U.S. military keeps lots of troops permanently stationed on foreign bases around the world. But have you ever wondered and really investigated to find out how many, and where exactly, and at what cost, and to what purpose, and in terms of what relationship with the host nations? A wonderfully researched new book, six years in the works, answers these questions in a manner you'll find engaging whether you've ever asked them or not. It's called Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Harm America and the World, by David Vine.

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Read Mumia
11 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - United States


By David Swanson
Yes, I also want to say Free Mumia. In fact, I want to say Free all the prisoners. Turn the prison holding Mumia Abu-Jamal into a school and make him dean. And if you won't free all the prisoners, free one who has been punished to a level that ought to satisfy any retributive scheme for any crime he might have committed. And if you won't do that, free him because he was put into prison by a fraudulent and corrupt trial that hid as much evidence as it revealed, and fabricated the latter.

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Tags: Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Document Shows CIA Reaction to Finding No WMD in Iraq
10 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - United States, United Kingdom, Iraq


By David Swanson, teleSUR 
The National Security Archive has posted several newly available documents one of them an account by Charles Duelfer of the search he led in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, with a staff of 1,700 and the resources of the U.S. military.

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Tags: WMD, Iraq
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New app to help visitors experience best of Irish design
10 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


A new app aimed at helping tourists and Irish people to discover and experience the best of Irish design has been produced by Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) in collaboration with IBM, the official technology partner for ID2015.
 

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Tags: Design Island, app
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Harnessing science to secure Ireland's future prosperity
09 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Science, Technology, Ireland


“A vibrant public research system, characterised by excellence and international linkages is vital for Ireland's future prosperity,” Skills, Research and Innovation Minister Damien English told a Consultative Forum in Dublin.

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Tags: Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation
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Call for Sanity on 60th Anniversary of Russell-Einstein Manifesto
09 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - International


By , Foreign Policy in Focus
Sixty years after Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell issued their manifesto about the growing threat of world war, the globe continues to face the prospect of nuclear annihilation - coupled with the looming threat of climate change.

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Tags: anti-war, Russell-Einstein Manifesto
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Protest planned at Shannon Airport Airshow
07 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Events, Ireland


Shannonwatch is organising a protest at the Shannon Airport on July 18 during the Air Display taking place that day.

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Tags: anti-war, Shannon Airport
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Limerick Writers' Centre
05 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Events, Ireland


The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents former Limerick City writer in residence John Liddy and brothers Austin and Mike Durack at the July 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering.

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Tags: On The Nail, Limerick, John Liddy
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Government launches South West Action Plan for Jobs
04 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


The Government today launched its South West Action Plan for Jobs, aimed at delivering 10-15% employment growth over the coming years.

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Tags: Employment, job creation
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Transport and Agriculture challenged to 'Get Their Heads Out of the Sand'
03 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Environment, Ireland


By An Taisce
An Taisce welcomes the statement by Minister Alan Kelly that the Government is willing (finally) to accept some limited but meaningful amendments to the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015. We especially note the proposed formal reference to the April 2014 National Policy Position on Climate Change, which sets out specific, minimum, national targets governing emissions reduction between now and 2050.

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Tags: Transport, Agriculture, Climate Change
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'full-frontal attack on Wisconsin's history of open government'
03 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - United States


By The Center for Media and Democracy
On the same day that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his run for president, the Wisconsin GOP has proposed a virtual gutting of Wisconsin's open records law, long considered one of the best in the nation. The drastic changes were proposed in a last-minute, anonymous budget motion, with zero public input on the eve of a holiday weekend. The motion will be rolled into the state's massive budget bill and voted on in the coming weeks.

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Tags: Wisconsin, Centre For Media & Democracy
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Plain English Awards
02 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


The National Adult Literacy Agency has launched the first ever Plain English Awards for Ireland, sponsored by leading law firm Mason Hayes & Curran. The aim of the awards is to reward organisations that communicate clearly and to offer free plain English training to those who don’t.

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Tags: Plain English, gobbledegook, National Adult Literacy Agency
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Westside Arts Festival/Over The Edge Summer Open-mic
02 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - Events, Arts, Ireland


Over The Edge in association with Westside Arts Festival presents the 2015 Over The Edge Summer Open-mic at Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway on Wednesday, 15 July, 6.30-8.00pm

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Tags: Westside Arts Festival, Over The Edge, Galway
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Iraqi Voices Are Screaming from Far Away
01 Jul 2015; posted by the editor - United States, Iraq


By David Swanson
Iraqis were attempting the nonviolent overthrow of their dictator prior to his violent overthrow by the United States in 2003. When U.S. troops began to ease up on their liberating and democracy-spreading in 2008, and during the Arab Spring of 2011 and the years that followed, nonviolent Iraqi protest movements grew again, working for change, including the overthrow of their new Green Zone dictator. He would eventually step down, but not before imprisoning, torturing, and murdering activists—with U.S. weapons, of course.

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