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October 6, 2014

The US led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq seem to have little or no real impact on ISIS. Since the beginning of the airstrikes a number of civilians and some ISIS fighters are killed but the overall organizational structure and the fighting capacity of ISIS are intact. We are told by the US administration and the leaders of states who joined the coalition that “they will continue the airstrikes till ISIS is destroyed”. 

The US led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq seem to have little or no real impact on ISIS. Since the beginning of the airstrikes a number of civilians and some ISIS fighters are killed but the overall organizational structure and the fighting capacity of ISIS are intact. We are told by the US administration and the leaders of states who joined the coalition that “they will continue the airstrikes untill ISIS is destroyed”.

September 13, 2014

There is a new mobile app called "Everyday Racism" and there has been some media coverage of it in the recent days. "A new mobile phone app that challenges Australians’ understanding of racism through role play has won global praise for promoting cultural understanding. The app focuses on subtle racism – an indirect or understated form of discrimination that researchers found to be prevalent in Australia. It invites players to put themselves in the shoes of an Aboriginal man, a Muslim woman or an Indian student, or to be themselves, as they negotiate a range of scenarios in which subtle racism is at play. Promoted as both a game and an educational tool, the Everyday Racism app sends players texts, tweets, images and videos over the course of seven days"

There is a new mobile app called "Everyday Racism" and there has been some media coverage of it in the recent days:

June 9, 2014

In a few days’ time millions of living rooms around the world will be filled with the intoxicating sound of football stadiums. Like modern day gladiators, special elite forces of the nations will battle in grand arenas for the biggest sporting trophy in the world. Thankfully, these battles won’t be a fight for life or death. There won’t be wild animals, brutal fighting, blood and killing at the end but there will be something else that is wild about these games and actually has brutalised the lives of millions in Brazil and around the world. That beast is called neoliberal market economy, or simply ‘capitalism’. Like the gladiator battles of the ancient times, these modern day games will be a fight for more wealth, not for the millions in their living rooms and thousands filling the stadiums but for a few who are in the business of football.

January 23, 2014

The Irish Times published an article by Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, titled “Trade missions are not the place to raise human rights”.  In his article, Mr. Bruton responds to the criticism of the Irish government not raising the human rights issues during the Irish trade mission to Gulf States Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.

Response to Richard Bruton: Trade missions are the place to raise human rights

December 31, 2013

A new year message...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We live and exist here. Happy New Year!

December 10, 2013

If you are rich, powerful, at the top, racist, ruling countries and waging wars, you get to meet Mandela and tell on TV stations how much you ‘love’ him. If you are poor, exploited and oppressed, you fight for the things he fought; against the very same people above, who ‘love’ him so much.

How many private jets are on their way to S. Africa this week?

How many bodyguards will be on duty to protect our elites?

How many seven-course, silver plate dinners will be eaten?

December 8, 2013

Our world is an exciting, upsetting, joyful and a hopeful place. There are disasters, wars, oppressions and exploitations in a lot of places but there are also fight-backs, humanity, resistance and revolutionary struggle as well.

At times, it seems that all good things are lost and struggles are defeated. But nothing -fortunately- is just black and white. Defeat and victory seem to be co-existing in many places.

But a struggle goes on everywhere.

Our world is an exciting, upsetting, joyful and a hopeful place. There are disasters, wars, oppressions and exploitations in a lot of places but there are also fight-backs, humanity, resistance and revolutionary struggle as well.

At times, it seems that all good things are lost and struggles are defeated. But nothing -fortunately- is just black and white. Defeat and victory seem to be co-existing in many places.

But a struggle goes on everywhere.

December 7, 2013

Today, December 7th was a good day in Ireland; a day of fight-back, solidarity and a well-taught lesson for the bosses on 'what happens when you attack workers' pensions and conditions'. M&S bosses received this lesson today.

Today, December 7th was a good day in Ireland; a day of fight-back, solidarity and a well-taught lesson for the bosses on 'what happens when you attack workers pensions and conditions'. M&S bosses received this lesson today.

Who knows, who will be the next?

Today was also a lesson for many of us, who thought that there is no fight-back in Ireland despite all the worsening conditions in the country.

December 5, 2013

If you ever want to teach your children the meaning of the word hypocrisy look no further than our great business and political leaders... And think of wars, exploitation, workers rights, equality, imperialism and racism...

If you ever want to teach your children the meaning of the word hypocrisy look no further than our great business and political leaders... And think of wars, exploitation, workers rights, equality, imperialism and racism...

A sample set of examples:

December 5, 2013

Today, there is a sense of joy among the EU and Turkish politicians; a joy that is shared and reported enthusiastically by the mainstream Turkish and European media. The main headlines give the good news in big bold letters: "Visa free travel for Turkish citizens to EU countries!" But wait! There is a much smaller, almost invisible sub-heading underneath this joyfully breaking story: "Readmission Agreement to be signed between EU and Turkey on December 16". Horror hits you!

Today, there is a sense of joy among the EU and Turkish politicians; a joy that is shared and reported enthusiastically by the mainstream Turkish and European media.

The main headlines give the good news in big bold letters: ''Visa free travel for Turkish citizens to EU countries!''

November 30, 2013

Brid Smith, an elected Dublin City councilor (Ballyfermot/Drimnagh ward) will run as the People Before Profit candidate in the Dublin constituency for next year’s European elections. Smith is a long-standing campaigner and trade union activist in Unite Trade Union who has played a leading role in struggles against the bin charges, the property tax and water charges

Brid Smith, an elected Dublin City councilor (Ballyfermot/Drimnagh ward) will run as the People Before Profit candidate in the Dublin constituency for next year’s European elections. Smith is a long-standing campaigner and trade union activist in Unite Trade Union who has played a leading role
in struggles against the bin charges, the property tax and water charges

November 27, 2013

Gezi protestors in Turkey were denounced by the Turkish government as 'terrorists', 'foreign agents trying to break the stability in the country', 'looters' etc.

Gezi protestors in Turkey were denounced by the Turkish government as 'terrorists', 'foreign agents trying to break the stability in the country', 'looters' etc.

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 27, 2013

Yet again, in front of our eyes, the Western powers are gearing up for another military intervention, this time in Syria. The possible date, the planned duration and the style of their attack is all laid out for us to see on TV stations. Digital graphics descriptions of possible attack scenarios are presented to us like a computer game.

Yet again, in front of our eyes, the Western powers are gearing up for another military intervention, this time in Syria. The possible date, the planned duration and the style of their attack is all laid out for us to see on TV stations. Digital graphics descriptions of possible attack scenarios are presented to us like a computer game.

''Get ready folks'' they say, ''we are about to do, what we know best: Military intervention for our interests in the region!''

August 16, 2013

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has refused to intervene after a school banned a Muslim girl from wearing the hijab — a veil worn by Muslim women and girls.”

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has refused to intervene after a school banned a Muslim girl from wearing the hijab — a veil worn by Muslim women and girls.”

December 24, 2012

Bir halk bir kere bir zorbaya, despota, zalim diktatörüne baş kaldırmayı öğrendi mi, o halk kendi kaderini ve geleceğini belirlemeye başlamış demektir.

Bir halk bir kere bir zorbaya, despota, zalim diktatörüne baş kaldırmayı öğrendi mi, o halk kendi kaderini ve geleceğini belirlemeye başlamış demektir.

 

December 24, 2012

Şöyle bir teori koyalım ortaya: Bir ülkede, bir üniversitede verilen eğitimin kalitesi, o ülkede ve üniversitede akademisyenlerin ve öğrecilerin genel yaşamsal ve eğitim ile ilgili konularda yaptığı protestoların hem niceliği hem de niteliği ile doğru orantılıdır.

Şöyle bir teori koyalım ortaya: Bir ülkede, bir üniversitede verilen eğitimin kalitesi, o ülkede ve üniversitede akademisyenlerin ve öğrecilerin genel yaşamsal ve eğitim ile ilgili konularda yaptığı protestoların hem niceliği hem de niteliği ile doğru orantılıdır.

 

December 24, 2012

Silahlar ve Çocuklar - ''Sadece 4 çocuğun bedeni tanınabilir haldeydi''

Geçtiğimiz Cuma yine bir toplu katliam haberiyle doldu taştı gazeteler ve TV kanalları. ABD’de okul saldırısında öldürülen 20 çocuk-öğrenci ve 6 yetişkinin haberleri içimizi sızlattı.

October 13, 2012

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Union for "six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe". The committee said that "the EU had helped to transform Europe 'from a continent of war to a continent of peace'. The award comes as the EU faces the biggest crisis of its history, with recession and social unrest rocking many of its member states. The last organisation to be given the prize outright was Medecins Sans Frontieres, which won it in 1999.(i)

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Union for "six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe". The committee said that "the EU had helped to transform Europe 'from a continent of war to a continent of peace'. The award comes as the EU faces the biggest crisis of its history, with recession and social unrest rocking many of its member states. The last organisation to be given the prize outright was Medecins Sans Frontieres, which won it in 1999.(i)

October 12, 2012

Bu yıl Nobel Barış Ödülü "60 yıllık çalışması sonucu Avrupa'da barışı geliştirdiği" için Avrupa Birliği'ne verildi. Komite adına açıklama yapan Norveç eski Başbakanı Thorbjoern Jagland, "2012 Nobel Barış Ödülü'nün Avrupa Birliği'ne (AB) verildiğini" söyledi. Nobel Komitesi Başkanı Thorbjoern Jagland, "AB'nin 60 yılı aşkın süredir Avrupa'da insan haklarına, demokrasiye ve barışa olan katkılarından dolayı ödüle layık görüldüğünü" belirtti.

October 9, 2012

Last week Turkey's parliament authorised military action in Syria in response to Syria's deadly shelling of a Turkish town. Since then there have been more incidents of artillery exchanges and it has been widely reported that Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defence systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from Assad’s armed forces for a sixth day.

Last week Turkey's parliament authorised military action in Syria in response to Syria's deadly shelling of a Turkish town. Since then there have been more incidents of artillery exchanges and it has been widely reported that Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defence systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from Assad’s armed forces for a sixth day.    

September 16, 2012

Cumhuriyet Gazetesinin 16 Eylül tarihinde internet sitesinden verdiği haberin başlığı ''Hatay'da Halk Ayaklandı'' şeklinde. Sitelerinin 'flaş' ve önemli haberleri veren bölgesine koymuşlar bu haberi.

Bu yazi, Türkiye Suriye konusunda ulusalcılarının ve ulusalcı sosyalistlerin bir eleştirisidir.

Cumhuriyet Gazetesinin 16 Eylül tarihinde internet sitesinden verdiği haberin başlığı ''Hatay'da Halk Ayaklandı'' şeklinde. Sitelerinin 'flaş' ve önemli haberleri veren bölgesine koymuşlar bu haberi.

Bu yazi, Türkiye Suriye konusunda ulusalcılarının ve ulusalcı sosyalistlerin bir eleştirisidir.

 

August 17, 2012

Cllr Brid Smith alongside a coalition of Trade Unionists has called this rally in protest at the murder of 44 trade union members in South Africa this week.

Cllr Brid Smith alongside a coalition of Trade Unionists has called this rally in protest at the murder of 44 trade union members in South Africa this week.

We demand Eamonn Gilmore call the South African ambassador to explain the actions of the police.
All welcome. All trade unionsts, parties, groups welcome.

Please share. Defend trade unionists! Defend workers rights!

South African Embassy Earlsfort Terrace Dublin 2.

July 14, 2012

Bir Dostum düşürülen uçak konusunda 10 soru sormuş. Benden bunlarla ilgili fikrimi sordu. Öncelikle soruları aşağıda aynen veriyorum:

1- Bugüne dek Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin elinde teknik ve askeri anlamda, Suriye’nin açıklamaları haricinde uçağın düştüğü ya da düşürüldüğüne dair ne tür bir bilgi elde edildi? Türkiye, kamuoyuna verilen bilgilerde Genelkurmay ilk önceleri Suriye tarafından düşürülen derken, dün düşürüldüğü iddia edilen aşamasına nasıl geldi? Bu bir imla dikkatsizliği mi? Böyle hassas bir konuda imla dikkatsizliği yapılabilir mi? Yoksa kasıtlı mı yazıldı?