A few days ago, Leo Varadkar said that Ireland did not have the resources to definitely claim that Russia was responsible for the nerve gas attack in Salisbury, Britain.
Yet within a few hours of listening, to Theresa May at an EU summit he changed his mind and said Ireland would be expelling Russian diplomats.
The U turn has nothing to do with actual evidence – it is a political move to demonstrate solidarity in a dangerous new cold war between Europe and Russia.
People Before Profit hold no brief for Putin and his authoritarian rule. We have joined in protests at his embassy in Dublin over his terror campaign in Syria. We have denounced the use of Russian planes to bomb civilian areas and back up the dictator, Assad.
But none of this means that we should support the fake war games being played by the British Tory Party.
The Tory party has received €3 million in donations from Russian oligarchs living in London since 2010. Foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, even played tennis with the wife of one of Putin’s ex-Ministers in return for a £160,000 donation to the Tory party.
Yet despite this massive financial support, it is trying to undermine the rise of the Jeremy Corbyn by running Cold War stories about his supposed covert support for Russia.
These internal manoeuvres have spilled over to the European stage and in a bizarre move, the EU has suddenly come out in support of Theresa May. Once again, this has little to do with hard evidence about Russia’s role in the nerve gas attack. It is instead designed to send a signal that even when Brexit occurs, Western ‘security’ co-operation remains intact.
Whatever the ultimate truth about the attack, Britain has not produced enough evidence. Under Article 9 of the Chemical Weapons Convention, countries are required to ‘make every effort to clarify and resolve, through exchange of information… any matter which may cause doubt about compliance with this Convention.’
Yet despite this, Britain has refused to exchange the materials used in the attack with Russia. Instead it has claimed that Novichok could only have been made in Russia.
There are problems with this argument.
In 2017 the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, congratulated Russia for the full destruction of the 39,967 metric tons of chemical weapons possessed by the Russian Federation.
Of course, Russia can still maintain secret stockpiles – but so too can other countries.
The former Irish Times Correspondent, Seamus Martin, has pointed out that the main production plant for Novichok was in Uzbekistan. a country which is now a member of NATO.
Quantities of the gas may also have been sold on an international black market.
The central issue, however, is that the Irish government is joining a new EU Cold War against Russia – for reasons that have nothing to do with abhorrence of violence of dictators.
The same British regime that condemns Russia is actively selling 48 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia to murder people in its cruel war in Yemen.
And while Varadkar moves quickly to expel Russian diplomats, he stays silent about the fate of Israeli embassy, which is actively supporting war crimes against the Palestinian people.
Instead of playing Cold War games, we need an independent for foreign policy based on opposing all imperialist adventures, whether they come from Brussels or Russia.
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Originally posted 2013-01-27 22:00:36.
set of quadrilles- neil.a.duddy
the sun-alice coltrane
scene 4, a soul tormented by contemporary music finds a humaninzing alchemy- harry partch
hog bot song chunt- thai musicians
canto funeral de la comparsa carabali izuama- unknown
tonado adios chinitica – unknown
sufur- rufus harley
raga for sitar- national raga company of india
tu giruze- lithuanian womens ensemble
lalat:”ghatan lagi rain”- kesarbai kerkar
o’ dol dok- korean musicians
cambodge sacre (excerpt) recorded by maurice bitter in cambodia
DJ error no.1, Maurice bitter voodoo recordings made in haiti not cuba. #braincrash.
Ronan Moore, the Social Democrats’ general election candidate for Meath West, has welcomed the Department of Education’s announcement last night that it will reverse a decision to cap enrolments on five Educate Together schools in Trim, Tuam, New Ross, Tramore and Castlebar.
The Department had earlier this year instructed these five schools to cap intake of Junior Infants at half-stream – 13 pupils for the next school year, instead of the standard full-stream intake of 26.
Mr Moore said:
“I am pleased the strong outcry against the decision from parents, school staff, boards of management and the patron body Educate Together, has resulted in this unfair and discriminatory decision being reversed.
“However, serious questions about the future of these schools remain. The Department has said that the schools can now grow to full-stream, but within the ‘constraints of the accommodation that can be made available’.
“All five schools are currently housed in temporary accommodation with the promise to move into permanent buildings as part of the divestment process, but none of these are close to being ready.
“For example, in my home town of Trim, Co Meath, the Department is still expecting the Educate Together to relocate to a disused primary school building which has been lying vacant for many years, which can only accommodate four classrooms and has no green area whatsoever.
“What is more, there have been objections to the school’s relocation due to a lack of parking capacity and excessive traffic. How can Trim Educate Together become a full-stream school if this is the only accommodation offered?
“I am calling on the Department to invest in a new purpose-built school for the Educate Together in Trim so that the school can grow to at least full-stream and our children are educated in an appropriate, modern day, safe environment.”
24 March 2018
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Originally posted 2013-01-27 09:00:41.
This month, the art of the CODA – those short final twists at the end of long movements.
A few weeks ago I realised I couldn’t find any of my records because they were just thrown into IKEA shelving willy nilly. So I pulled everything out and put it all back in alphabetical order. The reason this is important to you- the listener- is that this week’s show is literally a handful of 7 inches from the D, E and F sections of the collection. Tune in for:
Things got a bit jostled around so the show isn’t in strictly alphabetical order and a few records skip (but that’s spilling beer on vinyl for ya!), but every tune is a banger.
Originally posted 2013-01-26 23:00:42.
Featuring the films of john smith/aldo tambellini/ken jacobs/sydney lumet/
peter tscherkassky/william klein/haskell wexler/bruce connor/helen littleboy
mixing the music of Big Black/Neu/juliana barwick/negativland/Black To Comm