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April 22, 2015

Petitioning RTE - Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster: Interview a migrant to challenge Nigel Farage's racist views on migrants in Ireland

Online petition link: 
https://www.change.org/p/rte-raidi%C3%B3-teilif%C3%ADs-%C3%A9ireann-ireland-s-national-public-service-broadcaster-interview-a-migrant-to-challenge-nigel-farage-s-racist-views-on-migrants-in-ireland?just_created=true&lang=en-GB
 
 
January 14, 2015

The French state wants all religious practises of Muslims to be in private out of the public’s view. According to the French framework of 'laicité' religious code of conduct must not infringe the public area, but a lot of things that supposed to be private to Muslims are rapidly becoming  part of political-racist public debates as well as filing magazine covers. 

The French state wants all religious practises of Muslims to be in private out of the public’s view. According to the French framework of 'laicité' religious code of conduct must not infringe the public area, but a lot of things that supposed to be private to Muslims are rapidly becoming  part of political-racist public debates as well as filing magazine covers.

Are we Confused?

September 22, 2014

Today is Blair Day on the news... He says "People should listen to my advice on Isis as I have been to war in Iraq before".  He is addicted to invading Iraq. Unless he gets a good dose of it every ten years or so, he can’t function properly. If he doesn’t get his dose, he starts sweating; his hands itch, his stomach rumbles and his eyes go crazy red… You see, like any addiction, his brain starts playing games…  He starts producing arguments to get what he wants.

Today is Blair Day on the news... He says "People should listen to my advice on Isis as I have been to war in Iraq before".

He is addicted to invading Iraq. Unless he gets a good dose of it every ten years or so, he can’t function properly. If he doesn’t get his dose, he starts sweating; his hands itch, his stomach rumbles and his eyes go crazy red… You see, like any addiction, his brain starts playing games… He starts producing arguments to get what he wants...

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November 21, 2013

Discussions on racism often focus on education as a tool in fighting and eliminating it. One of the most repeated explanations for the cause of racism is identified as the ‘lack of education’ and therefore the lack of ‘understanding’ by racists of why racism is such a bad thing.
 

Discussions on racism often focus on education as a tool in fighting and eliminating it. One of the most repeated explanations for the cause of racism is identified as the ‘lack of education’ and therefore the lack of ‘understanding’ by racists of why racism is such a bad thing.
 

 

September 8, 2013

Antioch, the ancient land within Turkey's border that stretches out into Syria, is a place I went to many times. I fell in love with the place, its people and its complex and multi-cultural history. When you reach the seashore of Seleucia Pieria you are in all places at the same time, divided by modern borders: Syria, Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. The struggles of Antioch of the past are shining a light to the struggles in the region today...

Antioch, the ancient land within Turkey's border that stretches out into Syria, is a place I went to many times. I fell in love with the place, its people and its complex and multi-cultural history. When you reach the seashore of Seleucia Pieria you are in all places at the same time, divided by modern borders: Syria, Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. The struggles of Antioch of the past are shining a light to the struggles in the region today...

August 5, 2013

Today, on 5th of August, the biggest and most significant court case - ERGENEKON - in Turkey, against illegal (obviously) military coup gang and counter-insurgency network, handed down huge sentences after a lengthy and complicated trial process.

NOT ENOUGH BUT YES!

Today on 5th of August, the biggest and most significant court case - ERGENEKON - in Turkey, against illegal (obviously) military coup gang and counter-insurgency network, handed down huge sentences after a lengthy and complicated trial process.

 

August 29, 2012

Tonight (august 29th) at 10pm TV3 will air “Irelands Bogus Beggars: Paul Connolly Investigates”. This is a program they showed last year and it fits in well with their attempt to be the Daily Mail of Irish television.

Tonight (august 29th) at 10pm TV3 will air “Irelands Bogus Beggars: Paul Connolly Investigates”. This is a program they showed last year and it fits in well with their attempt to be the Daily Mail of Irish television.

August 25, 2012

The Norwegian court found Anders Behring Breivik legally sane and guilty, and sentenced him to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible penalty in Norway.

The outcome of this trial should be welcomed. Echoing Unite Against Fascism's statement, “The verdict that Breivik was “not insane” means that the far-right cannot dodge its responsibility by claiming that its virulent anti-Muslim racism and anti-immigrant rhetoric played no part in Breivik actions”, we should also see this as a “legal certification” that “political insanity” of fascism and racism cannot be reduced to (and therefore excused as) “mental insanity” of the person.

The Norwegian court found Anders Behring Breivik legally sane and guilty, and sentenced him to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible penalty in Norway.

July 2, 2012

May 1st, always been a struggle in Turkey. People attending the gatherings, meetings or protests of any kind are always considered a problem in this country. May 1st, in its nature quite a humane celebration, has seen so tragic events... And in the recent years, would people be allowed to walk in May 1st has been discussed for weeks. People being sprayed pepper gas, being beaten by the police... Just for walking together... This year was a different one. Attendance was immense. Everyone was happy that a meeting of this scale  took place and people could make their cases and be heard. But some banks’ windows were broken by some protestors. This’s the story we all know. What happened afterwards... Well they were not a big media attraction and we are oblivious to them. How I found out was just a coincidence. Someone I know, a neighbour of mine, was a victim of the unbelievable events afterwards. So I started reading and asking.

June 29, 2012

12th of September 2010 was the date of the referendum in Turkey for some limited but progressive constitutional changes. Some of the 27 changes to the Turkish constitution (a constitution that was forced upon people by the military junta of the 12 September 1980 coup d'état) enabled the civilian courts to put on trial the remaining 2 generals of the military junta. Turkey, for the first time, in its history of multiple military coup d'états, was going to hold accountable the military leaders for the brutal consequences of the coup.

The trial has started in April 2012. Chief of the General Staff General Kenan Evren and General Tahsin Şahinkaya are on trial in Ankara.

12th of September 2010 was the date of the referendum in Turkey for some limited but progressive constitutional changes. Some of the 27 changes to the Turkish constitution (a constitution that was forced upon people by the military junta of the 12 September 1980 coup d'état) enabled the civilian courts to put on trial the remaining 2 generals of the military junta. Turkey, for the first time, in its history of multiple military coup d'états, was going to hold accountable the military leaders for the brutal consequences of the coup.

April 24, 2012

Author: Sinead Kennedy

Bank bailouts, savage attacks on health, education and welfare budgets, cuts to the public sector, wage cuts and extra taxes have devastated the lives of working class people in Ireland.

These austerity policies have also made the economic crisis much worse.

Author: Sinead Kennedy

Bank bailouts, savage attacks on health, education and welfare budgets, cuts to the public sector, wage cuts and extra taxes have devastated the lives of working class people in Ireland.

These austerity policies have also made the economic crisis much worse.

November 13, 2011

I really loved to come back to earth in 200 years time to see what they are teaching in history books about our current times. This must be ones selfish need to be immortal. Or maybe just a harmless curiosity of history in future... 

I really loved to come back to earth in 200 years time to see what they are teaching in history books about our current times. This must be ones selfish need to be immortal. Or maybe just a harmless curiosity of history in future...  

Could they be teaching something like this?

November 10, 2011

Why do TV companies produce The Apprentice and Dragon's Den but not How to be Union Rep? Why does almost everyone in EastEnders own a small business? Why do news outlets assume that when stock markets go up it's good for everyone.

And if the media are "only giving people what they want", then why do people want what they want - and is it true that that is all the media giving them?

John Molyneux argues that the media ara biased - not as in right wing but as in pro-capitalist. And, as almost all mass media are owned or controlled by either capitalist companies or capitalist states, it cannot be otherwise.

Molyneux warns against the notion that the media are all-powerful, looking at the limits to their power and the possibilities for combating them. Through critically using the mass media and creating our own media, we can contribute to the anti-capitalist struggle

Why do TV companies produce The Apprentice and Dragon's Den but not How to be Union Rep? Why does almost everyone in EastEnders own a small business? Why do news outlets assume that when stock markets go up it's good for everyone.

And if the media are "only giving people what they want", then why do people want what they want - and is it true that that is all the media giving them?

September 23, 2011

The writings of J.R.R.Tolkien might seem a somewhat unusual subject for Marxist analysis, and indeed for me. I usually write about visual art or politics rather than literature and when Marxists write about literature they are more likely to focus on issues of method, or on figures from the canon of high culture – Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy etc – or modernism – Kafka, Joyce. Beckett – or with avowed radical politics – Gorky, Brecht, O’Casey, Steinbeck etc.

September 14, 2011

A Trinity College university spokeswoman confirmed that the British National Party leader is set to appear at a Philosophical Society meeting on October 20.

A Trinity College university spokeswoman confirmed that the British National Party leader is set to appear at a Philosophical Society meeting on October 20.

According to a post on the personal blog of the party's media officer Simon Darby, Griffin was invited along with a "BNP delegation" for a debate titled: "This House Believes Immigration Has Gone Too Far".

September 13, 2011

Let's see what we have today...

Let's see what we have today... IT Reports Minister Bruton saying about talktalk closure with 575 job losses: "This decision to close within 30 days, I think is too abrupt. It’s not fair to people” Nice try... So it's ok to close down while making profits so long it is not in 30 days. Ok minister we'll give you 35 days.

August 7, 2011
Ashling Hotel,Parkgate St , Dublin, Ireland
 
Marxism Festival 2011 Dublin | From Crisis to Revolution!

Marxism Festival 2011 Dublin | From Crisis to Revolution!

August 7, 2011

The minor details surrounding us. Details, that won't event get reported on main stream media. Did you ever wonder who and what decides on whether something is minor to ignore or major enough to report? 

The minor details surrounding us. Details, that won't event get reported on main stream media. Did you ever wonder who and what decides on whether something is minor to ignore or major enough to report? 

Did you ever come accross something that media called minor but it had major affect on people lives?

Did you ever wonder why some things get published/reported and some others  not?