I nominate you for the viral charity gimmicks are not a substitute for sustainable public services challenge.
Prochoice meetings tomorrow - Wednesday 20/8/2014
Dublin - The Spire at 6pm
Belfast - City Hall at 6pm
Galway - Eyre Square at 6pm
Cork - Courthouse at 6pm
Limerick - Cellar Door at 8pm
Derry - Guildhall at 6pm
Auckland - Irish Consulate at 8am
London - Irish Embassy at 6pm
Berlin - Irish Embassy at 6.30pm
Over 50 foreign oil companies operating in the area of Iraqi Kurdistan where Obama has launched humanitarian efforts. Fancy that!
Hawrami said in a press conference held in the ministry building in Erbil after meeting the General British Consul in Kurdistan Region, Leofans and the representative of Eic British company that “50 foreign companies are currently operating in the region and invested between 15 to 20 billion dollars and are searching for oil and gas
Irish authorities can surely only look on with approval. Worth reading -
Arguably, the primary reason for Erbil’s success is the 2006 Investment Law. This law provides for: equal treatment of foreign and local investors, the ability for investors to own all the capital of their projects and to repatriate profits in full. Furthermore, projects that meet certain criteria will receive the benefit of free or cheap land.
Half way through 2011, Ernst and Young, Rotana and Standard Chartered had already established themselves in Erbil.
The most enticing stipulations are likely those that give investors a 10-year tax break and the freedom for foreign companies to not have to partner with local firms or have local shareholders operating in the region
And from yesterday, it says here that ISIS were just 25 miles away from Ebril –
Which if you see this map, is a bit of sensitive area for imperial looters.
So Christians, if you want to say alive, stay close to the oil.
But not too close.
Post-earthquake in Yunnan province, China.
The expression on the cat’s face, the eyes.
I didn’t see details with but really hope the kid isn’t alone. There was a similar photo of a boy sleeping on the floor of Shifa hospital in Gaza. Just him and his cat, lone survivors without even an empty home left to return to. Reminds me about another clip of a woman being interviewed after a tornado in Oklahoma. The house is gone along with most of the neighbourhood but first moment she shows any bit of shock is when her world dog emerges from under what’s left of it.
It’s obviously so much more complicated than being sentimental about pets and the losses are incomprehensible to us but that companionship is important, I think. Even if it only getting you through a night’s sleep in the very worst of times.
Repeating Histories is a new short film about the collaboration between Irish and Spanish pro-choice activists in London from the 1980’s until the present day. The film highlights the dire situation of reproductive justice in present-day Spain and Ireland
Here are Irish Times and Independent front pages from 100 years ago this morning, on the outbreak of war. There is a fair chance your family wouldn’t have been able to read much of it but even our most learned gentlemen scarcely knew the world was about to change forever.
At home, the war would be the catalyst for revolution and eventual independence. If that is what you can call it but not before 50,000 Irishmen took their place in the death toll of millions.
It’s customary to throw in a gratuitous James Connolly quote at this point so here is this from 15 August 1914.
"I make no war upon patriotism; never have done. But against the patriotism of capitalism – the patriotism which makes the interest of the capitalist class the supreme test of duty and right – I place the patriotism of the working class, the patriotism which judges every public act by its effect upon the fortunes of those who toil. That which is good for the working class I esteem patriotic, but that party or movement is the most perfect embodiment of patriotism which most successfully works for the conquest by the working class of the control of the destinies of the land wherein they labour.
To me, therefore, the working-class of another country is a fellow-patriot, as the capitalist of my own country is a natural enemy. I regard each nation as the possessor of a definite contribution to the common stock of civilisation, and I regard the capitalist class of each nation as being the logical and natural enemy of the national culture which constitutes that definite contribution.
Therefore, the stronger I am in my affection for national tradition, literature, language, and sympathies, the more firmly rooted I am in my opposition to that capitalist class which in its soulless lust for power and gold would bray the nations as in a mortar.
Reasoning from such premises, therefore, this war appears to me as the most fearful crime of the centuries. In it the working class are to be sacrificed that a small clique of rulers and armament makers may sate their lust for power and their greed for wealth. Nations are to be obliterated, progress stopped, and international hatreds erected into deities to be worshipped”
The front of this morning’s papers in 2014 confirm as much.