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ireland / britain / economy / news report Tuesday September 11, 2012 17:16 byWorkers Solidarity   image 1 image
€1,600 billion. That is the figure for Irish Oil & Gas reserves already licensed revealed this morning in a detailed report from Shell to Sea using the energy corporations own reports and estimates. People in Ireland will see almost no benefits from this incredible wealth because the Irish state gives these reserves to the corporations at the cheapest terms in the world. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / review Thursday August 23, 2012 17:10 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
The Social Solidarity Network came into existence in the Autumn of 2009 in Dublin as an initiative of the Workers Solidarity Movement. It faded out of existence a few short months later and never amounted to all that much in the interim beyond a couple of meetings, a leaflet distribution at a mass ICTU march and a badly organised and executed protest at the Dail on budget day. Nevertheless there are some useful lessons (mostly of the ‘how not to do it variety’) to be taken from its short existence. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday August 23, 2012 17:06 byWSM- Belfast   image 2 images
Around 50 people attended a lunch time vigil today organised by the Belfast Trade and District Council. A range of political organisations and unions attended including the Independent Workers Union, the WSM and Organise! During the rally one speaker from the council also referred to the police being workers too. This will provide little comfort to working people on the receiving end of state violence and terror. As our comrades from the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front note, ‘The role of the police is to repress and silence the working class and poor. This problem cannot be fixed by commissions or enquiries – as some people think. Ask the family of Andries Tatane. It cannot be changed by elections. Remember: Sharpeville 1960, Soweto 1976, Uitenhague 1985, Michael Makhabane in 2000, SAMWU workers in 2009, Andries Tatane in 2011 … Marikana 2012. At least 25 protestors and strikers were killed from 2000, before Marikana.’ read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / review Wednesday August 22, 2012 16:30 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
As someone who moved from Irish republican socialism to anarchism, Kevin Bean offers a convincing and fascinating insight into the journey and demise of radical republicanism in Ireland. It demolishes the ‘sell-out’ narrative promoted by some quarters of disaffected republicanism by diligently exploring the rapid transformation of the Provisional movement from a counter-insurgency to an active partner in governing the state it now eagerly upholds. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / interview Saturday August 18, 2012 22:06 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
In April this year over 100 bus drivers took successful wildcat action bringing Belfast city centre to a standstill in solidarity with a work colleague who was wrongly suspended by management without using the proper procedures. Independent Workers Union and WSM member Sean Matthews speaks to one anonymous driver from Translink about the action taken, wider working conditions and the possibility of solidarity and resistance in the future. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday August 02, 2012 16:43 byDermot Freeman   image 1 image
We don’t know a lot about the personal life of this son of a small farmer. He was the richest man in Ireland in 2008 with an estimated wealth of €4.7billion and now he is only out of jail because the Judge wants him to help the Irish Resolution Banking Corporation (IRBC) recover some of the €2.8 billion that he owes them. You may never have heard of IRBC but you will know of it’s previous alias: Anglo Irish Bank,winner of the dodgiest bank award in a state where there is stiff competition for that prize. His son is in prison, (plush Training Unit in Mountjoy) serving a sentence for what the Judge called ‘outrageous’ contempt of court as he sought to put money/assets beyond the reach of the bank. His nephew Peter is supposed to be there for the same reason but has gone missing. All we know about Sean – the daddy of the empire is that he’s big into the GAA and he likes to play poker for a few quid with his friends. Along with his love of poker, I would guess that Sean senior fancies the odd western. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday August 01, 2012 16:47 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
A huge secretive Garda security operation last night swung into operation in Dublin Port as Shell's Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) left the port as part of a huge convoy of Garda vehicles. News of the operation had leaked at the last minute meaning that with only an hours notice a handful of Shell to Sea campaigners managed to get down to the port entrance despite the pouring rain. Most of us were pulled over and questioned by Garda at least once and the Garda helicopter stayed overhead as various Garda vehicles including a van load of riot cops with the door open drove past us repeatedly. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / anarchist communist event Monday July 02, 2012 06:43 byCostas Avramidis   image 1 image
Schedule of speaking tour in Ireland with Finnish comrade Antti Rautiainen. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Wednesday June 27, 2012 17:03 bySean M.   image 1 image
David Cameron plans to end housing benefit for claimants aged 16-24. The ‘proposal’ forms part of wider recommendations to begin being implemented next year as part of the new Welfare Act. Further plans being rolled out including linking regional play with regional benefits, breaking the link between benefits and inflation, and considering linking benefits to average earnings and cost of living amounting to a further attack on worker’s rights and conditions. read full story / add a comment
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Ιρλανδία / Μεγάλη Βρετανία / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Thursday June 21, 2012 21:48 byAnarkismo Editorial Group   image 1 image
Την 1η Μάη 2012, μια νέα αναρχική κομμουνιστική οργάνωση με το όνομα Collective Action (Συλλογική Δράση) εμφανίστηκε στη Βρετανία, μέσω της δημιοσίευσης μιας Δήλωσης. Σε μια προσπάθεια να ξεκαθαρίσουμε μερικά σημεία που παρέμεναν αξεκαθάριστα στη Δήλωση αυτή ή μερικά ζητήματα σε άλλα ντοκουμέντα που ήδη δημοσιεύτηκαν από την εν λόγω οργάνωση, το Anarkismo.net πήρε αυτή τη συνέντευξη στην οποία οι απαντήσεις στις ερωτήσεις μας αντανακλούν τις από κοινού συμφωνημένες θέσεις των μελών της Συλλογικής Δράσης. [English] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / news report Friday June 15, 2012 17:46 byWorkers Solidarity Movement   image 1 image
Welcome to Irish Anarchist Review issue 5, produced by the Workers Solidarity Movement. In this magazine we look to explore theories, thoughts and ideas about political struggle. We set out to analyse where we are aiming for as a revolutionary movement and explore how we might get there. The purpose of ‘Irish Anarchist Review’ is to act as forum for a sharing of ideas about revolutionary struggle. Building a successful revolution demands genuine discussion, debate and sharing of ideas. We hope that the articles in here will help to stimulate discussion and provoke debate and perhaps even motivate some of our readers to respond with articles of your own. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / interview Thursday June 14, 2012 21:27 byAnarkismo.net   text 2 comments (last - friday june 15, 2012 18:27)   image 1 image
On 1 May 2012, a new anarchist communist organization called Collective Action was launched in the UK, together with the release of a statement (Where We Stand: Formation of a new Anarchist Communist project in the UK). In an attempt to clear up some points that were not clear from the statement or from the other documents published by the organization, Anarkismo.net has carried out this interview, in which the answers to our questions represent the jointly-held positions of Collective Action's members. [Eλληνικά] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Thursday June 14, 2012 17:19 byAlan M.   image 1 image
There is a myth about John McGuffin carrying the Belfast Anarchist Group‘s banner singlehanded on the Belfast to Derry civil rights march organised by Peoples Democracy in January 1969. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday June 14, 2012 17:04 byMark Hoskins   image 1 image
Almost a month has passed since the national conference of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT). While on the surface things look pretty quiet, this is a critical juncture for the campaign. The momentum that has been lost by the attachment of the CAHWT to the unsuccessful No referendum campaign will only be rebuilt when the government make their next move, but those active in the campaign need to use the coming weeks to prepare for that eventuality. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday June 14, 2012 17:00 byMark Hoskins   image 2 images
There’s been a lot of talk lately about participatory and direct democracy. Renewed interest in alternative forms of organising society has arisen from increasing dissatisfaction with mainstream politics and the domination of the economy by a few corporations. This dissatisfaction has found its expression in the Arab spring, the May 15th movement in Spain and the Occupy movement in the English-speaking world. Where the anti-capitalist movement of the last decade focussed almost exclusively on the power of the corporations and finance capital, this current tendency is to also focus on politics and the state. read full story / add a comment
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irlanda / gran bretagna / la sinistra / opinione / analisi Monday June 04, 2012 19:05 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
Con lo spoglio ancora in corso, è chiaro che un amplissimo numero di aventi diritto si è rifiutata di andare a votare per il referendum sul fiscal compact, sottraendosi alla scelta obbligata di chi diceva che si doveva votare o per la "stabilità" o contro la "austerità". Appare possibile che il numero di coloro che ha scelto di astenersi sia maggiore della somma dei votanti per il "SÌ" o per il "NO". [English] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / opinion / analysis Friday June 01, 2012 20:18 byAndrew   image 1 image
With votes still being counted in the referendum in Ireland it has become clear that the largest block of potential voters refused to take part in the fiscal compact referendum, rejecting the arguments that they could either vote for 'stability' or against 'austerity'. Quite possibly more people chose to boycott the referendum then the combined Yes and No voters. On top of this some 17% of the population who live and pay tax in Ireland were excluded from voting at all in the referendum. This means as many as 2/3 of the adult population did not vote in the referendum. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Thursday May 31, 2012 16:26 byCostas A.   image 3 images
Old Media In the Age of The Internet - Why Bother With Radical and Underground Publishing-My Life in Politics: Women Speak-WSM & SP MEP Paul Murphy debate fiscal treaty & what the left should say read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / press release Saturday May 26, 2012 16:01 byCostas A.   image 1 image
Socialist Party MEP to debate whether voting in the referendum is “a waste of time” at Anarchist Bookfair this weekend read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Saturday May 26, 2012 15:50 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
The sectarian row over the former Girdwood army barracks site in North Belfast is part of a larger picture of sectarianism and segregation forming the bedrock of the status-quo, with our local political class depending on it for their very political survival. read full story / add a comment

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