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Archive for October, 2015

The Portuguese Socialists and Communists are being denied their parliamentary prerogative to form a majority government

Portugal has entered dangerous political waters. For the first time since the creation of Europe’s monetary union, a member state has taken the explicit step of forbidding eurosceptic parties from taking office on the grounds of national interest.

Anibal Cavaco Silva, Portugal’s constitutional president, has refused to appoint a Left-wing coalition government even though it secured an absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament and won a mandate to smash the austerity regime bequeathed by the EU-IMF Troika.

He deemed it too risky to let the Left Bloc or the Communists come close to power, insisting that conservatives should soldier on as a minority in order to satisfy Brussels and appease foreign financial markets.

Democracy must take second place to the higher imperative of euro rules and membership.

“In 40 years of democracy, no government in Portugal has ever depended on the support of anti-European forces, that is to say forces that campaigned to abrogate the Lisbon Treaty, the Fiscal Compact, the Growth and Stability Pact, as well as to dismantle monetary union and take Portugal out of the euro, in addition to wanting the dissolution of NATO,” said Mr Cavaco Silva.

“This is the worst moment for a radical change to the foundations of our democracy.

“After we carried out an onerous programme of financial assistance, entailing heavy sacrifices, it is my duty, within my constitutional powers, to do everything possible to prevent false signals being sent to financial institutions, investors and markets,” he said.

Mr Cavaco Silva argued that the great majority of the Portuguese people did not vote for parties that want a return to the escudo or that advocate a traumatic showdown with Brussels.

This is true, but he skipped over the other core message from the elections held three weeks ago: that they also voted for an end to wage cuts and Troika austerity. The combined parties of the Left won 50.7pc of the vote. Led by the Socialists, they control the Assembleia.

• Stalemate threatens to derail eurozone’s model pupil

The conservative premier, Pedro Passos Coelho, came first and therefore gets first shot at forming a government, but his Right-wing coalition as a whole secured just 38.5pc of the vote. It lost 28 seats.

full article at source:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11949701/AEP-Eurozone-crosses-Rubicon-as-Portugals-anti-euro-Left-banned-from-power.html

Comment:

By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

Democracy in Europe in officially dead! The Brussels mafia have now given up any pretence of democracy they are now openly dictating to member countries who governs their citizens: As long as you carry out their dictates you can govern but if you do not agree with their toxic banker friendly dictates you don’t get to govern: Monetarily Union is corporate dictatorship!

Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen

As Yemen faces a major humanitarian crisis, violent clashes between pro-government fighters and Houthi rebels continue. Latest among the fighting was Yemen regaining control of Perim Island, known as Mayun in Arabic, from the Houthis, considered strategic for oil transportation through the 20-kilometer wide Bab-el-Mandeb strait which links Saudi Arabia to the Red Sea, to the Gulf of Aden. And less than two weeks ago air strikes hit the city of Taiz, killing 131 people who were attending a wedding. According to UN officials the Saudi-led coalition is responsible for the majority of civilian deaths in Yemen, amounting to over 2,300 people in the last six months. Despite military and diplomatic support for the coalition from the United States, White House officials are shirking responsibility for the death toll. White House spokesperson Ned Price said the United States has no role in targeting decisions made by the coalition in Yemen.

Keiser Report 826

Ireland To-day 23:10:2015

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Do these women look like they are going to harm Irish water or the garda? We are still standing here in ballyphehan, cork. Boycott Irish water.

The Ordinary people of Ireland are not putting up with the dictates of the puppets of Berlin!

IRELAND: The country’s busiest emergency departments go ‘off-call’ : Welcome to Austerity Ireland!

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation demanded that one of the country’s busiest emergency departments go ‘off-call’ last night as 40 patients were forced to wait on trolleys.

Just before 7.30pm, the union issued a statement claiming the number of people awaiting an in-patient bed in the emergency department in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital was extremely high for that time of the evening and “is set to increase further as the night progresses”.

“Of the 41 admitted patients, 18 are over the age of 75,” it said. “They have been forced to spend days on trolleys and chairs in frantic, bright and noisy conditions waiting for a bed to become available. The department is also short two nurses and it is impossible to provide a safe level of care to patients in these conditions.”

Lorraine Monaghan, INMO industrial relations officer, said: “It is unacceptable that in 2015 patients are subjected to such degrading, inhumane conditions when they are at their most vulnerable.

“This situation has continued to worsen with overcrowding levels up by 40% in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.”

“Our members are faced with intolerable workloads day in, day out which is taking its toll, physically, mentally and emotionally.

“The situation is exacerbated by a shortage of nursing staff as the hospital cannot recruit/ retain the numbers required.

“These totally unacceptable and stressful conditions prevent the nursing staff from providing safe care and cannot be allowed to continue. Therefore the hospital must go off call.”

The hospital said it “acknowledged and regretted” the difficult conditions.

“The hospital has been provided with off-call assistance this evening by Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to relieve pressure on the emergency department,” a spokeswoman said.

full article at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/beaumont-emergency-department-goes-off-call-360918.html

“There are 321 other cases of murder, corruption and cover-ups by Garda and no investigation” WHY ???

Hello Machholz,

My brother John Kelly was murdered on 16th of October 2008 and his death was never investigated, we are left devastated without any answers or closure. My Family had to investigate John’s death because we were being ignored by the Garda. We hired a Private investigator to assist with investigations, and we have un-covered vital information to lead to finding out who took my brothers life. We handed this vital information onto the Garda who choose not to follow it up!

We contacted the TV station in Ireland called Prime time they did a documentary about John’s death in 2009 just a few months after John’s death. Since then we have discovered shocking evidence that highlights this case even more.

We have written to the Minster for Justice who has said our case is being reviewed by independent panel of judges. Sadly my family is not alone in our quest for Justice , there are 321 other cases of murder, corruption and cover-ups by Garda and no  investigation.

Here’s the link for prime time that aired 4 months after John’s passing.

We managed to get Prime Time to do another documentary on the Independent review Mechanism the minister set up. Its been a year now and a lot of people are awaiting a response from the minister for Justice about our cases, we are one of the families left waiting. Please click on the link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYTTpI1Kc-8

Email campaign http://www.contact.ie/email-campaigns/demand-investigation-death-john-kelly

I share your absolute rage with what’s going on in our beautiful country.  Ireland’s Government from the top to the bottom is riddled with corruption and this has got to end!

We want to lay our brother to rest, get closure and grieve for the loss of him.
Can you help share our story please?
Kind regards

Emma Kelly

IRELAND TO-DAY 22.10.2015

Mahon Says No, are a group of working-class activists that for the past 12 months have been active in their community in organising resistance to the water charges and the installation of water meters. It is an organic group with no real formal structures – just local residents tackling a national issue on the ground at local level. 

Note: this is an opinion piece from a personal perspective, but, one which I believe is shared by many community activists around the country.

It was reported on the Evening Echo’s website yesterday (Wednesday, 21st October 2015) that a “special team to police protests against the installation of water meters” has been set-up by An Garda Síochána in Cork City and has been active since the beginning of this week. The stated purpose of this unit is to monitor protests in areas of Cork City where resistance to these unjust charges and unwanted meters has been most active. Garda Superintendant Michael Finn was quoted in the article as making a reference to protestors “interfering with and threatening” meter installers and claims that because of this there is need for Garda presence, while also acknowledging how Garda resources are being diverted from “regular policing” as such. As a founding member of the Mahon Says No anti-water charge group, which has been active in our community for the past 12 months in anticipation of the installation of meters, I would like to make the following points on the issue.

Community activists from Stoneybatter in Dublin and Mahon in Cork march together in solidarity and unity...

1 – Since the beginning of the mass opposition to the highly unpopular water charges there has ALWAYS been a sinister element of political policing which has lead to many arrests, spurious charges and even prison sentences handed out to protestors. The revelation of such a unit in Cork City comes as no surprise to many of us, and it is my firm belief that such a unit has been active for some time. Secretive politically motivated police units have always been active in this State and have a long history of harassment and repression of political activists. Case in point; at an event held outside the house of one of our members a few months ago where a number of activists from throughout the city had gathered for a “meter removal tutorial”, an unmarked Garda vehicle carrying known members of the “Special Branch” drove into the estate and proceeded to monitor those present for some time. Though this incident may be minor and seem insignificant – it clearly indicates the commitment of high ranking members of the Garda to impose fear and intimidation on those involved with resisting water meters. Furthermore it is proof that special units have been monitoring the activities of community activists for some time.

2 – It is claimed that this new unit will be made up of Gardaí attached to stations in areas where installation of water meters has met most opposition. It is safe to assume that this is in reference to the greater Ballyphehane area, where the local group have been engaged in Trojan work along with members of their community, but also in reference to Mahon, where our group has been highly active and visible in our community over the past twelve months. Other areas such as Mayfield and Gurranabraher are no doubt included in the jurisdiction of this unit too. With this in mind we do expect a Garda presence when Irish Water arrive in Mahon in the coming weeks, but we do not accept the claim that such a presence will be to protect the meter installers. Such as presence will serve only to intimidate protestors, frighten residents into not protesting for fear of arrest and to force these unwanted meters on our community. Therefore we will continue to call for non-violent resistance and peaceful civil disobedience to stop the forced installations of these unwanted meters. With this in mind we wholly respect the rights of the citizen to stand their ground as they express their democratic right to protest and to self-defence if they find themselves victim of physical abuse and harassment, which has befallen many protestors in the past year.

Mahon Says No activists on a recent door-to-door canvass - the response of an overwhelming majority of people has been positive and indicates that MAHON SAYS NO

3 – Both Superintendant Finn and also Garda Mick Corcoran, Garda Representative Association spokesperson for Cork City, have been quoted in the article as making reference to how Garda resources will be affected by this new unit, particularly in the areas where the members of this unit are stationed. This is a point which many community activists would also like to stress. In a time when many rural Garda stations all across the country have been closed for supposed lack of adequate resources, when our own local Garda station appears to be closed more than it is open to the public and when street crime in our City Centre is on the increase then surely there are much more urgent uses for Garda resources. The fact that such a project would have prioritised funding shows that the State not only fears the rippling effect of the peaceful anti-water charge movement on the political and social landscape, but also indicates their commitment to portraying the protests as lawless and the protestors as thugs. Given that most protests have been overwhelmingly without incident and well-natured, this lie does not carry much weight and the continued on-the-ground work of the community groups will prove as much.

Mahon, like the other areas mentioned, is a working-class community that has always bred activists that have stood up to political corruption and social injustices and inequality, and our community is full of wonderful people that are very proud of where we are from. With this in mind, and on behalf of Mahon Says No, we reiterate our commitment to fighting these unjust water charges and will continue to work within our community and in cooperation with other community groups to expose the corrupt nature of the drive to commodify our water supply and the financial blackhole that is Irish Water. We will do so not for any goals of personal advancement or to further the careers of oppertunist politicians, but for the love of our community and our commitment to building a more just and equal society for all.

Lar Ó Tuama

source:https://rebelcitywriters.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/a-community-activists-response-to-the-new-special-garda-unit/

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