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BAI Finds RTÉ Report Unfair To MEP Candidates

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn1 Comment

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has found against RTÉ in it’s unfair coverage of two MEP candidates, Bríd Smith and Paul Murphy.. Here’s an extract from decision of the Compliance Committee. All spelling and formatting errors are their own. The Committee considered the broadcast and the submissions from the broadcaster and the complainants. Having review the material, the Committee has decided to uphold the complaint in part. In reaching this … Read More

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#meEjit: Baseball Cats And Dead Palestinians

In Blog, Highlights, Politics by Kevin Squires15 Comments

On Thursday 15th two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. Kevin Squires reports what the Irish media shamefully ignores. Nadeem Nawara (17) and Mohammad Abu Daher (16) were shot, from a distance, with live ammunition following a demonstration outside the notorious Ofer prison, an Israeli detention centre located near Ramallah. Inside Palestinian prisoners, interned without trial are currently on hunger strike. Neither were armed, … Read More

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#meEJit: We’re Adults! Get RTE Away From Us!

In Blog, Politics by Oireachtas Retort 4 Comments

It is remarkable just how much RTÉ can chime with Irish government policy. Oireachtas Retort looks at Montrose’s latest offering of unreality TV. The broadcaster’s role in normalising austerity and undermining dissent is nothing new but their lifestyle & entertainment content is equally insidious. Think of it as Fáilte Ireland for the home audience. Towards the end of Ireland’s housing bubble we had I’m An Adult Get Me Out of … Read More

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Gombeen #8: Paul Williams & Paul Reynolds

In #rabble8, Gombeen, Humour, Illustration, Politics, Print Edition by rabble13 Comments

  For their consistent and dogged determination in spinning crime to fit the warped narrative of Garda HQ we’re splitting the award between the two Pauls. Both of course are well known to the Gardaí. The Tosser and The Hyper. Williams’ stock in trade is the late 70’s shtick, coppers sliding across car bonnets, kicking down doors and shouting “‘E’s got a shooter!’ and “‘Ave it, you caant!”. Reynolds gets … Read More

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Tory Donor Backs Irish TV Channel

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn2 Comments

IrishTV is a satellite channel in expansion. The moneybags behind it is a London-Irish millionaire and a hefty Tory bankroller, John Griffin. The channel has been around for a couple of years under the stewardship of Mayo-based Pierce O’Reilly on Sky 191 and carries a mix of Paddy’s Day neo-liberal tourism Ireland twee and a Nationwide-style redneck roundup (think Ryanair, potato cakes and country & western music). The 150 new … Read More

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Pussy Riot Whipped At Winter Olympics

In Blog, Politics by Francesco34 Comments

Members of the group Pussy Riot were attacked by police as they began an impromptu performance at Sochi today. The group were preparing a performance under an Olympic sign when the security (Cossack police) pounced, spraying them with some kind of pepper-spray, beating them with whips and assaulting them. The police also attacked photographers on the scene. The lack of human rights in Russia hasn’t affected the corporate circus that … Read More

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#meEjit: Did UTV Really Report An Incorrect 10 Year Old News Story?

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn3 Comments

Yesterday, UTV published a report of a suspected Real IRA man being arrested and held by Israeli forces in the West Bank. The report drew reaction from DUP MLAs. Only problem was it was an incorrect news story from 2003! The real story (as it emerged) was an embarrassment at the time as Israeli security services had arrested a man who shared a surname with a ‘known’ man from south … Read More

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#rabbleEarth: Piechart Latest

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn2 Comments

  James Powell’s illuminating study showing 99% of peer-reviewed scientific papers accept man-made climate change has been updated. 99.99% of peer-reviewed papers on Climate Change between Nov 2012 & Dec 2013 accepted man-made climate change. 1 paper did not. I have brought my previous study (see here and here) up-to-date by reviewing peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals over the period from Nov. 12, 2012 through December 31, 2013. I found 2,258 articles, written by … Read More

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#rabbleEarth: Who Funds Climate Change Deniers?

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn8 Comments

As extreme weather becomes the norm it is long past time that man-made climate change was accepted as a scientific fact. Drexel University researchers did a little digging to see who is funding the propaganda behind climate change denial. The Young Turks take a look at the researchers’ findings, the money trail is clear and it goes right to the top of (principally American) politics. “A study by Drexel University … Read More

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Ballyhea, Ho – Let’s Go!

In #rabble7, Culture, Film, Interviews, Politics, Print Edition by Rashers Tierney1 Comment

  An attempted military coup led Donncha Ó Briain to produce the acclaimed Chavez: Inside The Coup. He’s back with a new documentary that traces the humdrum of those rare Irish social movements fighting against austerity. Rashers Tierney quizzes him on it .   Peripheral Vision is the title of the documentary. Can you tell me where that came from? It seems to suggest that the sort of movements you … Read More