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Action plan for privately owned historic houses published
30 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


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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Tags: historic houses Ireland
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Defeating Terrorism - Theirs and Ours
28 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Features


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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Tags: anti-war, terrorism, Nicolas Davies
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Appeal court trims Gao Yus jail term, RSF reiterates call for release
26 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Human Rights, China


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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Tags: Gao Yu, China, Reporters Without Borders
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Global Warming's Unacknowledged Threat-The Pentagon
25 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Environment, International


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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Tags: anti-war, climate change
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Bahraini photographer sentenced to 10 years in prison
24 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Bahrain


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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Tags: Bahrain, Sayed Ahmed Al Mousawi
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Limits of Liberal War Opposition
24 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States


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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Tags: anti-war, plutocracy, Robert Reich
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Submissions invited for Irish language 20-year strategy
23 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


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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Tags: Irish language strategy
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Chicago Restricts Drones: Whos Next?
20 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States


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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Tags: drones restrictions
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Met police concede undercover relationships were an abuse
20 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Human Rights, United Kingdom


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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Tags: undercover police infiltration
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Government publishes Jobs Plan reports
19 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland


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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Tags: Action Plan For Jobs
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Ireland's SMEs top two EU categories
19 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Business, European Union, Ireland


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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Tags: Small Businesses
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Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneurs unveiled
19 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland


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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Tags: Best Young Entrepreneur 2015
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EU to co-fund Ireland's raised bog restoration project
19 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - European Union, Ireland


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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Tags: Raised Bog conservation
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5 Things to Do About ISIS, or Can an American Without a Gun "Do Something"?
19 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Interviews


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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Tags: anti-war, David Swanson
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Culture of Peace Best Alternative to Terrorism
17 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - International


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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Tags: anti-war, nuclear terrorism
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West Action Plan for Jobs launched
17 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland


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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Tags: West Action Plan for Jobs, employment
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After Paris: Stop the Terror, Stop the Wars
17 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - International


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

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Tags: Irish Anti-War Movement, Paris attacks
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Okinawa delegation in Washington to Challenge Construction of U.S. Marine Air Base Runway
15 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States, Japan


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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Tags: Henoko naval base, Okinawa
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Non-French War Deaths Matter
14 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Opinion


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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Tags: France, Paris attacks
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On Aggression as a First Choice: Is There Another Way?
14 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Features


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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Tags: anti-war
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Why Allen Dulles Killed the Kennedys
13 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States


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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Tags: Kennedy assassination, Allen Dulles
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Will Obama Give Israel even more American Weapons and Dollars to Kill Palestinians?
12 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States, Palestine, Israel


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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Tags: US Aid to Israel
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Hospitality sector future career opportunities highlighted
12 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland


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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Tags: Hospitality sector employment
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Peace Advocate Climbs U.S. Navy Satellite Dish in Sicily
11 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States, Italy


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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Tags: Armistice Day, anti-war, Sicily
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Veterans Day Is Not for Veterans
11 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States


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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Tags: Veteran's Day
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Low Pay Commission to examine impact of National Minimum Wage on young people and women
10 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


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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Tags: Low Pay Commission, National Minimum Wage
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Veterans for Peace Ireland lay wreath in Dublin
10 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


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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Tags: Veterans For Peace, Dublin, Irish Anti-War Movement
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TPP: Americans and Vietnamese lose-Big corporations win
10 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States


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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Tags: Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP
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TPP: Americans and Vietnamese lose-Big corporations win
10 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Vietnam


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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Tags: Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP
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Reaper Madness: Counterproductive Drone Wars
09 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Features, International


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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Tags: drone warfare
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The TPP: You, Me, Everyone Else, Against the Media
08 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Journalism, United States


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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Tags: Trans-Pacific Partnership, corporate media
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Why do War Veterans Commit Suicide or Murder?
05 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Features


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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Tags: war veteran suicides, murders
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Programme of events marking Centenary of Battle of the Somme announced
05 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


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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Tags: Battle of the Somme
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Call for broader treatment of sexual offenders
05 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Ireland


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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Tags: sexual offender treatment
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Catholic Senator Says Pope Dead Wrong on Arms Trade
04 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - United States


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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Tags: US Arms industry, US Arms supply
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Climate Blindness Could Afflict Millions
03 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Environment


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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Tags: climate change
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Report on Zero Hour Contracts published
03 Nov 2015; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland


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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Tags: zero hours contracts
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