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Is Brexit to blame for the uptick in Northern Ireland violence, and what is...

The murder of journalist Lyra McKee and a spate of recent incidents of violence attributed...

Is Brexit to blame for the uptick in Northern Ireland violence, and what is...

The murder of journalist Lyra McKee and a spate of recent incidents of violence attributed...

Woman gunned down during riot in Derry, Northern Ireland (VIDEOS) — RT UK News

A woman has been killed in clashes between dissident Nationalists and security forces in Northern...
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Video: Video of Obama 'Beast' Cadillac limo stuck on ramp in Ireland

US President Barack Obama's visit to Ireland got a little bumpy on Monday, after his armoured limousine got stuck as it tried to leave...

At least 2 killed in reported stampede at St. Patrick’s Day bash in Northern...

Police have confirmed that at least two people died after a stampede allegedly broke out...

Irish politicians call for Northern Ireland Sec Bradley to resign after ‘no crimes’ comments...

A string of Irish and Northern Irish politicians have urged Karen Bradley, the Northern Ireland...

Unearthed VIDEO of Corbyn trashing EU for treatment of Ireland seized upon by his...

Footage of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branding the EU the “European empire of the 21st...

Police warn of fake news as Northern Ireland city hit by 3 security alerts...

Rumors spread like wildfire as Derry, Northern Ireland, was hit by three security alerts on...

Police arrest 2, say ‘New IRA’ likely behind car bomb in N. Ireland —...

Police have arrested two suspects believed to be involved in a car bomb detonated in...

Car blast in front of N. Ireland courthouse, terrorism suspected — RT UK News

A car was burned to ashes after a powerful blast shook downtown Londonderry, a city...
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Video: US, Canada, Ireland & UK claim American accused of espionage is their citizen

The US, UK, Canada and Ireland have all said a former US marine charged in Moscow with espionage, is their citizen. The man detained...

British MP suggests threatening Ireland with food shortages over Brexit, Twitter outrage follows —...

A Conservative Party MP has suggested using the prospect of food shortages to force Ireland...
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Video: A lace thong is not consent: Protests erupt in Ireland after man cleared...

A rape trial has sparked outrage in Ireland after the defence used a controversial argument concerning consent, to win the case. READ MORE: ... Via...

Ireland’s New President, Other European Fools and the Abyss 

Photo Source Óglaigh na hÉireann | CC BY 2.0 The Irish just elected their President. But who cares? No one – least of all the...

Kicking Northern Ireland border issue down the road & other key points — RT...

The draft Brexit agreement has prompted several resignations in Theresa May's government and many negative...

Kicking Northern Ireland border issue down the road & other key points — RT...

The draft Brexit agreement has prompted several resignations in Theresa May's government and many negative...

Northern Ireland Minister of State Shailesh Vara resigns over proposed Brexit deal — RT...

In the first resignation following Theresa May’s Brexit agreement, Minister of State at the Northern...
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Video: Meanwhile in Ireland: Badass grandpa fights off armed gang with bare hands

A great-grandfather from rural Ireland is being hailed as a local hero after CCTV footage of him fighting off a gang of armed raiders...
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Video: ‘We got abused in different forms’: Pope visits Ireland, thousands protest clergy crimes

Thousands of people rallied in central Dublin on Sunday to show solidarity with the victims of institutional abuse in Ireland. The 'Stand for Truth'...

Twitter explodes over Bill O’Reilly’s ‘white privilege’ tweet from Ireland — RT US News

While getting in touch with his roots, Bill O’Reilly claimed that his Irish ancestors came to...

Ireland’s Intellectuals Bow to the Queen of Chaos 

“It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies.” — Noam Chomsky (1967) Ireland’s oldest university – Trinity College Dublin –...

Police say rioters tried to murder them during 6th night of violence in N....

Improvised explosives and more than 70 petrol bombs were thrown at Northern Ireland police officers...
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Video: Israeli settlement goods face ban in Ireland

RT took to the streets in Dublin, Ireland to ask people what they thought of proposed legislation to ban imports from Israeli settlements. READ...

Why is Northern Ireland such a big deal in Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations? —...

Brexit, when it finally happens, could mean that for the first time ever, the United...

Declassified report shows Northern Ireland police told not to arrest MI5 informants — RT...

After almost 40 years in the dark, a declassified report has revealed that Northern Irish...

Not another bloody bridge! Boris Johnson flirts with project to link Britain to Northern...

Despite previous attempts to build bridges falling flat (not literally), UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson...

‘Give N. Ireland same control DUP has over this govt’ – MP hits out...

Labour MP Stella Creasy said women in Northern Ireland should have the same control over...

N. Ireland could be given joint EU/UK status – UK source, in plan that...

Northern Ireland will be granted joint UK and EU status, according to an anonymous government...
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Video: After Ireland’s Historic Abortion Vote, Calls Grow for Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland

https://democracynow.org - In a resounding win for reproductive rights, the Irish electorate voted in overwhelming numbers to liberalize the country's highly ... Via Youtube
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Video: Meet Two of the Activists Behind Ireland’s Historic Vote to Repeal a Ban...

https://democracynow.org - “Free, safe and legal.” That was the slogan for the Abortion Rights Campaign launched by Irish women in 2012 that led to...

Stop prioritizing DUP alliance & grant women abortion rights in N. Ireland, rights group...

Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of putting “political manoeuvring” over the rights of...

After Ireland’s Historic Abortion Vote, Calls Grow for Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland

In a resounding win for reproductive rights, the Irish electorate voted in overwhelming numbers to liberalize the country's highly restrictive abortion laws on Friday....
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Video: Meet Two of the Activists Behind Ireland’s Historic Vote to Repeal a Ban...

https://democracynow.org - “Free, safe and legal.” That was the slogan for the Abortion Rights Campaign launched by Irish women in 2012 that led to...
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Video: After Ireland’s Historic Abortion Vote, Calls Grow for Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland

https://democracynow.org - In a resounding win for reproductive rights, the Irish electorate voted in overwhelming numbers to liberalize the country's highly ... Via Youtube

Ireland Votes to Repeal Abortion Ban

Irish voters overwhelmingly repealed a constitutional ban on abortion, according to an exit poll by the state broadcaster, a sweeping change that...
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Video: Ireland’s historic abortion referendum: What it means for people

Irish citizens will go to the polls on May 25 to vote on the country's abortion laws. RT hit the streets of Dublin to...

“Michael Inside:” The Prison System in Ireland 

Still from “Michael Inside.” Michael Inside is a new Irish movie which looks at the prison system in Ireland and the people who serve their...

Hard Brexit warning from Ireland as UK agrees ‘fallback option’ on Customs Union —...

Theresa May’s Cabinet has agreed on a “fallback option” that keeps the UK within the...

Remembering Ireland’s Great Famine | Dissident Voice

Weary men, what reap ye?—Golden corn for the stranger.What sow ye?— human corpses that wait for the avenger.Fainting forms, hunger–stricken, what see you in...

Molotov cocktails hurled at N. Ireland police vans during republican parade — RT UK...

Petrol bombs have been hurled at police in Northern Ireland ahead of an unauthorised nationalist...
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Video: No reason for Ireland to believe UK on Skripal, MPs & locals say

While many countries have expelled Russian diplomats in solidarity with the UK, not everyone agrees with the move. Among them, MPs in neighbouring Ireland...

‘Ireland first!’ EU accused of ‘gangster’ behavior as it halts Brexit talks over border...

The UK must find a solution to the Irish-border issue if Brexit talks are to...

‘No UK Prime Minister could ever agree to it’ – May dismisses EU’s N....

Theresa May has rejected the EU’s plan to include Northern Ireland in a future customs...

Sinn Fein vow to battle ‘the Tory-DUP wrecking-agenda’ after EU release N. Ireland plan...

Theresa May’s Brexit plans have again been thrown into crisis after the EU released its...

Brexiteers slammed for undermining Northern Ireland peace treaty — RT UK News

A number of of hardline Brexiteers have been criticized for comments suggesting that the Good...

Ancient Viking Settlement Unearthed in Ireland

An ancient Viking settlement has been unearthed in Cork city, Ireland. The find, which includes stone walls, foundations and even swords, is...
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Video: Storm Eleanor: Strong winds & heavy flooding cause havoc across UK and Ireland

Strong winds and heavy flooding have caused havoc across many parts of the UK and Ireland as Storm Eleanor sweeps in from the Atlantic...

Britain’s Dirty War in Ireland, Revisited

Photo by dronepicr | CC BY 2.0 Britain’s dirty war in Ireland, waged throughout the course of the Troubles, marked an especial low point in the...

Will Dublin undo Brexit progress? Ireland clutches veto on EU borders — RT UK...

Published time: 11 Dec, 2017 16:17 London and Dublin are on the brink of a...

Irish PM throws Theresa May under the bus, says UK PM abandoned North Ireland...

Published time: 4 Dec, 2017 22:41 The United Kingdom has gone back on a deal...
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Video: The Stan Collymore Show: Joy & anguish of Ireland-Denmark, charitable game for Grenfell...

In Episode 4 of the Stan Collymore Show, we'll take you to the Ireland Denmark World Cup qualifying playoff game - to see the...

The Struggle for Independence: From Ireland to Catalonia

Photo by Lolo Manolo | CC BY 2.0 Falling into line with other EU governments, the Irish government declared it’s support for Spain against Catalonia....

‘Hooded Men’ torture case ‘could harm Northern Ireland power-sharing deal’ — RT UK News

A dispute over UK government-sanctioned torture has harmed hopes of a Northern Ireland political deal,...

‘I cooked it, fed it to other dog with some onions,’ N. Ireland court...

Published time: 25 Oct, 2017 11:45 A man has been convicted of killing and cooking...
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Video: Meet the Irish Photographer Documenting Women in Ireland Who Must Travel Abroad for...

https://democracynow.org - In August, Democracy Now! traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where we spoke with abortion rights activist Emma Campbell of ... Via Youtube
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Video: EU, ISIS & Irish Republican flags on fire as bonfires lit across N....

Irish Republican and Sinn Fein flags and banners were burnt alongside effigies and posters of high-profile Republican figures in Belfast, Tuesday, on 'Eleventh ... Via...

Tory-DUP deal indicates British soldiers won’t be prosecuted for N. Ireland 'Troubles' killings

Published time: 28 Jun, 2017 09:29 Edited time: 28 Jun, 2017 09:33 Nestled in the...

Will Tory-DUP deal reignite N. Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant tensions?

Northern Ireland’s Protestant Orange Order has urged the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to use its...

Europe could tempt N. Ireland to leave UK in exchange for EU membership

Top European Union leaders are expected to offer full EU membership to Northern Ireland on...
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Video: ‘Ireland is better off as a united country’: Growing calls for N. Ireland...

Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland's largest Irish nationalist party, says independence referendum should be held 'as soon as possible.' RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air ... Via Youtube

Hooded men: Conduct of British Army in N. Ireland ‘on scale of war crime,’...

The torture that detained Catholics in Northern Ireland allegedly endured at the hands of the...

As Trump Attacks Science, Ireland Takes Step to Divest From Fossil Fuels

The climate movement is celebrating a victory after Irish lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make the country the first to fully...

Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland shouldn’t get say on Brexit, Supreme Court rules

Devolved parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should not have a say on the terms of Brexit, the Supreme Court has ruled. The...

Election called as Northern Ireland power-sharing government collapses

Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government has collapsed triggering a second election in eight months as fall...

Professor Believes the Irish Will Be an Ethnic Minority in Ireland by 2050

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski was referring to an unidentified United Kingdom based research. Speaking at the conferring ceremony at DCU he said...
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Video: Frozen Money: Khodorkovsky named as potential suspect in money-laundering invesigation in Ireland

Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a potential suspect in an ongoing money-laundering investigation over €100 million, frozen in Irish-domiciled ... Via Youtube

Ireland: 90% “Asylum” Refusal Rate

The Republic of Ireland holds Europe’s record as the most “asylum seeker” unfriendly country, and sports a rejection rate of at least...

‘No hard border’ in Ireland after Brexit, premier vows

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has warned of a “vicious” approach by the EU in negotiations over Britain’s exit from the bloc. Speaking among politicians,...

How Washington Turned Ireland Into an International Scofflaw

Roger Cole of PANA, Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh, and Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch, a group that monitors U.S. military flights in and out...

UK to move border controls to Ireland after Brexit to combat illegal immigration

The UK’s tough immigration controls may be moved to Irish ports and airports following Britain’s...
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Video: Uproar Over Apple-Ireland Tax Deal Ruling Could Put Multinationals Under the Gun During...

Economist James Henry explains why he thinks Apple's position on the European Commission's ruling is indefensible Visit http://therealnews.com for more ... Via Youtube

Royal Marine charged with Northern Ireland-linked terrorism

An active member of the British armed forces has been charged with terrorism offenses by...

Gay & bisexual N. Ireland men now allowed to give blood, but only 12...

A lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood has been lifted in Northern...
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Video: Apple won’t pay the €13bn unpaid tax to Ireland – Max Keiser

Apple ordered to repay record €13bn to cover unpaid EU tax. Max Keiser comments. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Member of British Armed Forces arrested in Northern Ireland terrorism investigation – police

Police have arrested a serving member of the British Armed Forces on suspicion of Northern...
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Video: Ben Gilroy “EU Stole Ireland’s Oil, Fishing & Forestry Industries. Britain Get Out...

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UK-Ireland border checks won’t return after Brexit, says May on first visit to Belfast...

Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out the return of border checks between the UK...

How Brexit could lead to a united Ireland – and wage cuts for thousands

This week’s Brexit vote could have profound implications for Great Britain’s next door neighbor, the...

Pro-choice activists to fly abortion pills into N Ireland – by drone

Pro-choice campaigners plan to fly abortion pills into Northern Ireland using a drone, for a...

Bill Clinton on Brexit: N. Ireland will ‘get whacked’ if Britain leaves the EU

Northern Ireland will be dealt a serious blow if UK citizens vote for a Brexit...
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Video: 100 years since Ireland’s ‘revolution’: Easter Rising parade and proclamation ceremony

Thousands in Dublin, Ireland will march in a parade to the General Post Office (GPO) building where Easter Rising rebels fought the British military...

A Terrible Beauty: Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion

99th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, April 2015. (Photo: Irish Defense Forces / Flickr) This commentary is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In...

Child abuse survivors demand redress from N. Ireland Executive

Survivors of historic child abuse at residential institutions have launched a report urging Stormont to...

Video: Richard Boyd Barrett TD On Why Ireland Should Leave The EU

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Video: Ben Gilroy “Claire Knowles Case Is A Damning Indictment Of How Corrupt Ireland...

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Video: Tom Darcy: “Criminal Banks, Politicians And Police Are Driving People To Suicide In...

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With New Ban on Cultivation, Northern Ireland Joins EU’s Anti-GMO Ranks

Environment minister expresses "concern" that growing GMOs would tarnish nation's "clean and green image" by Deirdre Fulton Yet another European nation has banned genetically modified (GM or...
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Video: Not So Private: Microsoft faces off with US govt over emails from Ireland

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwoGyXdmPKg&w=580&h=385] The US government is going up against Microsoft over access to the tech giant's servers in Europe. Rights activists and customers don't see...

Irish will be an ethnic minority in Ireland by 2050

By Cathy Hayes | irishcentral.com The former President of Dublin City University says that Ireland’s natives will be a minority in the country...

‘376,000 people in relative poverty in Northern Ireland’

A new study reveals a rise in poverty in Northern Ireland in 2014 with the level going to 21%, up from 19% the previous year. The...

We Can All Get by Quite Well Without Banks – Ireland Managed to Survive...

A 1970 strike in Ireland provoked an admirable outbreak of ingenuity - Greece should take note Television reporters stand in front of the shut doors...

MI5’s Killing Spree in Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland. “Cameron went completely off script at that point and he said ‘Look, the last administration couldn’t deliver an inquiry in your husband’s...

Ireland Makes History: First Country in the World to Vote for Gay Marriage

(Common Dreams) - The results are in: Ireland has officially become the world's first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. With a final count...

Tens of Thousands Protest Water Privatization in Ireland

Mass march demands abolition of water fees, which are part of broader austerity push Sarah Lazare "We can't pay! We won't pay!" was the call of...

Ireland protests against water tax

Over 100 demonstrations held across Ireland protesting austerity scheme to tax, privatize water supply Lauren McCauley Protest organizers Right 2 Water estimate that over 150,000 people...

Wall Street banks ‘may desert UK for Ireland’ if Britain leaves EU

Wall Street banks could abandon Britain for the Republic of Ireland if the UK decides to leave the EU, senior figures in the industry...

Ireland’s Bailout Exit: Jumping from the Economic Frying Pan into the Fire

‘We are triply exploited: We are taxed on wages, alienated from wealth created (profits) and we pay interest on the money borrowed from the...

Poverty skyrockets in Ireland as the ruling elite gets richer

By Dermot Quinn and Emily Doyle 6 December 2013 Sixteen percent of the Republic of Ireland's population, 734,120 people, now live in poverty. Since the financial and...

British Army’s secret ‘terror unit’ shot dead innocent civilians in Northern Ireland: claim

Adrian Rutherford Belfast Telegraph.co.uk November 21, 2013 A secret Army “terror” unit set up to target the IRA in the early 1970s was responsible for shootings in...

A Perfect Storm Brewing for Ireland’s Economy

“We are now mainly borrowing to pay interest on the burgeoning national debt” While much has been made recently of Ireland's exit from...

Ireland Has Been Attacked and Dominated by Outside Powers for Centuries — Now It’s...

The oppressors have demanded austerity and...

Ireland: Ground Zero for the Austerity-driven Asset Grab. The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland

The Irish have a long history of being tyrannized, exploited, and oppressed—from the forced conversion to Christianity in the Dark Ages, to slave trading...

The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland

The Irish have a long history of being tyrannized, exploited, and oppressed—from the forced conversion to Christianity in the Dark Ages, to slave trading of the natives in the 15th and 16th centuries, to the mid-nineteenth century “potato famine” that was really a holocaust. The British got Ireland’s food exports, while at least one million Irish died from starvation and related diseases, and another million or more emigrated.

Today, Ireland is under a different sort of tyranny, one imposed by the banks and the troika—the EU, ECB and IMF. The oppressors have demanded austerity and more austerity, forcing the public to pick up the tab for bills incurred by profligate private bankers.

The official unemployment rate is 13.5%—up from 5% in 2006—and this figure does not take into account the mass emigration of Ireland’s young people in search of better opportunities abroad. Job loss and a flood of foreclosures are leading to suicides. A raft of new taxes and charges has been sold as necessary to reduce the deficit, but they are simply a backdoor bailout of the banks.

At first, the Irish accepted the media explanation: these draconian measures were necessary to “balance the budget” and were in their best interests. But after five years of belt-tightening in which unemployment and living conditions have not improved, the people are slowly waking up. They are realizing that their assets are being grabbed simply to pay for the mistakes of the financial sector.

Five years of austerity has not restored confidence in Ireland’s banks. In fact the banks themselves are packing up and leaving. On October 31st, RTE.ie reported that Danske Bank Ireland was closing its personal and business banking, only days after ACCBank announced it was handing back its banking license; and Ulster Bank’s future in Ireland remains unclear.

The field is ripe for some publicly-owned banks. Banks that have a mandate to serve the people, return the profits to the people, and refrain from speculating. Banks guaranteed by the state because they are the state, without resort to bailouts or bail-ins. Banks that aren’t going anywhere, because they are locally owned by the people themselves.

The Folly of Absorbing the Gambling Losses of the Banks

Ireland was the first European country to watch its entire banking system fail.  Unlike the Icelanders, who refused to bail out their bankrupt banks, in September 2008 the Irish government gave a blanket guarantee to all Irish banks, covering all their loans, deposits, bonds and other liabilities.

At the time, no one was aware of the huge scale of the banks’ liabilities, or just how far the Irish property market would fall.

Within two years, the state bank guarantee had bankrupted Ireland.  The international money markets would no longer lend to the Irish government.

Before the bailout, the Irish budget was in surplus. By 2011, its deficit was 32% of the country’s GDP, the highest by far in the Eurozone. At that rate, bank losses would take every penny of Irish taxes for at least the next three years.

“This debt would probably be manageable,” wrote Morgan Kelly, Professor of Economics at University College Dublin, “had the Irish government not casually committed itself to absorb all the gambling losses of its banking system.”

To avoid collapse, the government had to sign up for an €85 billion bailout from the EU-IMF and enter a four year program of economic austerity, monitored every three months by an EU/IMF team sent to Dublin.

Public assets have also been put on the auction block. Assets currently under consideration include parts of Ireland’s power and gas companies and its 25% stake in the airline Aer Lingus.

At one time, Ireland could have followed the lead of Iceland and refused to bail out its bondholders or to bow to the demands for austerity. But that was before the Irish government used ECB money to pay off the foreign bondholders of Irish banks. Now its debt is to the troika, and the troika are tightening the screws.  In September 2013, they demanded another 3.1 billion euro reduction in spending.

Some ministers, however, are resisting such cuts, which they say are politically undeliverable.

In The Irish Times on October 31, 2013, a former IMF official warned that the austerity imposed on Ireland is self-defeating. Ashoka Mody, former IMF chief of mission to Ireland, said it had become “orthodoxy that the only way to establish market credibility” was to pursue austerity policies. But five years of crisis and two recent years of no growth needed “deep thinking” on whether this was the right course of action. He said there was “not one single historical instance” where austerity policies have led to an exit from a heavy debt burden.

Austerity has not fixed Ireland’s debt problems. Belying the rosy picture painted by the media, in September 2013 Antonio Garcia Pascual, chief euro-zone economist at Barclays Investment Bank, warned that Ireland may soon need a second bailout.

According to John Spain, writing in Irish Central in September 2013:

The anger among ordinary Irish people about all this has been immense. . . . There has been great pressure here for answers. . . . Why is the ordinary Irish taxpayer left carrying the can for all the debts piled up by banks, developers and speculators? How come no one has been jailed for what happened? . . . [D]espite all the public anger, there has been no public inquiry into the disaster.

Bail-in by Super-tax or Economic Sovereignty?

 In many ways, Ireland is ground zero for the austerity-driven asset grab now sweeping the world. All Eurozone countries are mired in debt. The problem is systemic.

In October 2013, an IMF report discussed balancing the books of the Eurozone governments through a super-tax of 10% on all households in the Eurozone with positive net wealth. That would mean the confiscation of 10% of private savings to feed the insatiable banking casino.

The authors said the proposal was only theoretical, but that it appeared to be “an efficient solution” for the debt problem. For a group of 15 European countries, the measure would bring the debt ratio to “acceptable” levels, i.e. comparable to levels before the 2008 crisis.

A review posted on Gold Silver Worlds observed:

[T]he report right away debunks the myth that politicians and main stream media try to sell, i.e. the crisis is contained and the positive economic outlook for 2014.

. . . Prepare yourself, the reality is that more bail-ins, confiscation and financial repression is coming, contrary to what the good news propaganda tries to tell.

A more sustainable solution was proposed by Dr Fadhel Kaboub, Assistant Professor of Economics at Denison University in Ohio. In a letter posted in The Financial Times titled “What the Eurozone Needs Is Functional Finance,” he wrote:

The eurozone’s obsession with “sound finance” is the root cause of today’s sovereign debt crisis. Austerity measures are not only incapable of solving the sovereign debt problem, but also a major obstacle to increasing aggregate demand in the eurozone. The Maastricht treaty’s “no bail-out, no exit, no default” clauses essentially amount to a joint economic suicide pact for the eurozone countries.

. . . Unfortunately, the likelihood of a swift political solution to amend the EU treaty is highly improbable. Therefore, the most likely and least painful scenario for [the insolvent countries] is an exit from the eurozone combined with partial default and devaluation of a new national currency. . . .

The takeaway lesson is that financial sovereignty and adequate policy co-ordination between fiscal and monetary authorities are the prerequisites for economic prosperity.

Standing Up to Goliath

 Ireland could fix its budget problems by leaving the Eurozone, repudiating its blanket bank guarantee as “odious” (obtained by fraud and under duress), and issuing its own national currency. The currency could then be used to fund infrastructure and restore social services, putting the Irish back to work.

Short of leaving the Eurozone, Ireland could reduce its interest burden and expand local credit by forming publicly-owned banks, on the model of the Bank of North Dakota. The newly-formed Public Banking Forum of Ireland is pursuing that option. In Wales, which has also been exploited for its coal, mobilizing for a public bank is being organized by the Arian Cymru ‘BERW’ (Banking and Economic Regeneration Wales).

Irish writer Barry Fitzgerald, author of Building Cities of Gold, casts the challenge to his homeland in archetypal terms:

The Irish are mobilising and they are awakening. They hold the DNA memory of vastly ancient times, when all men and women obeyed the Golden rule of honouring themselves, one another and the planet. They recognize the value of this harmony as it relates to banking. They instantly intuit that public banking free from the soiled hands of usurious debt tyranny is part of the natural order.

In many ways they could lead the way in this unfolding, as their small country is so easily traversed to mobilise local communities.  They possess vast potential renewable energy generation and indeed could easily use a combination of public banking and bond issuance backed by the people to gain energy independence in a very short time.

When the indomitable Irish spirit is awakened, organized and mobilized, the country could become the poster child not for austerity, but for economic prosperity through financial sovereignty.

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt. In The Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her blog articles are at EllenBrown.com.

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Twelve Years of Occupation in Afghanistan. Commemoration in Ireland

Tens of thousands of lives have been lost in Afghanistan over the last twelve years, and hundreds of thousands more have been destroyed because...

Twelve Years of Occupation and War Crimes in Afghanistan. Commemoration in Ireland

Tens of thousands of lives have been lost in Afghanistan over the last twelve years, and hundreds of thousands more have been destroyed because of the direct consequences of war and the war-induced breakdown of public health, security, and infrastructure. Shannon has had a central role in all this….

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The twelfth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was marked by a peace vigil at Shannon on Oct 13th that was attended by close to 40 people. Gardai maintained an overt presence, despite the peaceful nature of this and all previous vigils. They were reminded of their responsibilities to uphold the law by those attending the vigil, and to end the practice of turning a blind eye to the warplanes passing through Shannon. As always, they maintained a stony silence when asked if they were concerned in any way about who or what might be on those planes.

Tens of thousands of lives have been lost in Afghanistan over the last twelve years, and hundreds of thousands more have been destroyed because of the direct consequences of war and the war-induced breakdown of public health, security, and infrastructure. Shannon has had a central role in all this, as over the last twelve years millions of armed troops have turned the airport into a staging post for U.S. military operations abroad. The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, for which Shannon provided logistical support, have been characterised by war crimes, human rights abuse (including kidnapping and torture by the U.S. authorities) and costs mounting to trillions of dollars. And these costs have of course been borne by the people of the U.S., Ireland and every other country now suffering the pain of austerity.

Support for today’s anti-war demonstration at Shannon was evident as passers-by acknowledged and encouraged those taking part. This was hardly surprising, given the findings of the recent PANA poll which showed that over three quarters of Irish people believe Ireland should have a policy of neutrality.

Given the behaviour of the Gardai at Shannon over the last twelve years, and given the numerous references by members of the force to “advice” and “instructions” and “protocols” relating to the searching of planes and the policing of anti-war demonstrations, their attitude was sadly also not surprising. For the duration of the vigil they erected barriers at an arbitrary point before the airport entrance, and refused to let demonstrators past it. When asked why they were doing so, they simply refused to answer.

What was even more bizarre was the spurious arrest of two members of Shannonwatch prior to the vigil today, under the Public Order Act. They were at the airport taking photographs, which is not illegal, but were handcuffed, taken into custody and released around an hour later. There were no U.S. military aircraft evident at the airport at the time, so the bizarre behaviour of the Gardai may have more to do with the presence of two luxurious Middle East VIP jets, registrations N777AS and N757MA.

If the Airport Police and Gardai had anticipated a security risk from someone taking photos of one of these aircraft someone in authority could have declared the car park in which the arrests took place to be a temporarily restricted area. They are entitled and empowered to restrict certain areas for a limited time but they didn’t do that, Nonetheless the arresting officer did his best to convince the Shannonwatch members that the place was permanently restricted (which it isn’t) and that they had broken the law by being there (which they hadn’t).

It’s not the sort of security that the U.S. military would expect at one of their airbases, but it’s what they’ve got at Shannon.

About the authors: Shannonwatch is a group of human rights and anti-war activists based in the mid-West of Ireland. Email: [email protected]

Public Banking Forum of Ireland Power Point – “The Irish Debt Crisis: Time to...

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695. July 29-Aug. 5. Moving Beyond Capitalism conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

--2013--

694. Dec. 15, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

693. Nov. 16, interview This is Hell! radio show, WNUR 89.3 fm, thisishell.com/live, 11.20 a.m. EST. Listen to archive here

692. Nov. 15, interview with George Berry, The Financial News Network Show, truthfrequencyradio.com, 1 pm PST

691. Nov. 14, interview with Stanley Montieth, The Doctor Stan Show, Radio Liberty, 4 pm PSTf

690. Nov. 14, interview with Neil Foster, Reality Bytes show, Awake Radio (UK), Shazziz Radio (US), 8 pm UK time.

689. Nov. 13, interview with Bonnie Faulkner, KPFA, Los Angeles. Listen to archive here.

688. Nov. 12, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report, 4:30 PST

687. Nov. 11, interview, Between the Lines News Magazine, WPKN radio, Bridgeport, CT, 9 p.m. ET. Listen to archive here

686. Nov. 10, skype participant, forum at the Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Cultural Festival, "Global Economic and Monetary Crisis: What Needs to be Done?" Putrajaya, Malaysia, 11 a.m. MYT, 7 pm, Nov. 9 PST

685. Nov. 3, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

684. Oct. 31, interview with Voice of Russia radio, American edition, 2:30 pm, CET (Central Europe Time.) Listen to archive here.

683. Oct. 23, interview with Daniel Estulin on RT tv

682. Oct. 16, interview with Per Fereng, KBOO radio, Portland, 11 am PST

681. Oct. 15, presentation, "The Public Banking Forum in Ireland," 7-9 PM, Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Ireland.

680. Oct. 14, presentation, Cork, Ireland

679. Oct. 12, presentation, "The Public Banking Forum in Ireland," 2-4 PM, Springfield Hotel in Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland. Information on these three events here.

678. October 4, interview with Bill Deller, 3CR radio, Melbourne, Australia, 2:30 pm, PST

677. Oct. 3, interview with Joyce Riley, the Power Hour. Listen to archive here.

676. Oct. 1, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report 7:30 EST

675. Sept. 29, interview with Stephen Lendman, The Progressive Newshour, 10 a.m. PST

674. Sept. 27, interviw with Kevin Barrett, AmericanFreedomRadio.com, NoLiesRadio.org:
http://TruthJihadRadio.blogspot.com, 2 pm PST

673. Sept. 19, interview, The Gary Null Show, 9:30 a.m. Pacific

672. Sept. 19, Interview on the Global Research News Hour with Michael Welch--check site for time and archive.

671. Sept. 18, interview with David Sierralupe, Occupy Radio, KWVA, 88.1 FM, Eugene

670. Sept. 15, interview with Niall Bradley, Sott Talk Radio, sott.net, 2 p.m. EST

669. Sept. 14, interview FDLBookSalon, firedoglake.com, 5pm EST

668. Sept. 10, "Turning Hard Times into Good Times" with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 12:30 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

667. Sept. 9, interview with Ken MacDermotRoe and Del LaPietro, In Context Report, 9 am PST. Listen to archive here.

666. Sept 7, interview with Valerie Kirkgaard, WakingUpInAmerica.com, 6 am, PST. Listen here.

665. Sept. 6, Interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report, 12:30 pm PST

664. Sept. 5, discussion of how to bring public banking to Colorado on "It's the Economy, Stupid," KGNU, Boulder, 5 p.m. PST

663. Sept. 5, interview with Patrick Timpone, oneradionetwork.com, 8 a.m. PST

662. Sept. 3, interview (along with Elliott Spitzer?), "Turning Hard Times into Good Times" with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 1 pm PST Listen to archive here.

661. Sept. 3, interview with Jeanette LaFeve, The People Speak, 6 pm PST

660. Aug. 25, Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

659. Aug. 22, interview with Christopher Greene, AMTV Radio, simulcast in audio/video over GoogleHangouts and American Freedom Radio, 1 p.m. PST

658. Aug. 22, interview, TheAndyCaldwellShow.com,
CalChronicle.com, 3 pm PST

657. Aug. 21, interview with Merry and Burl Hall, blogtalkradio.com/envision-this, 5 pm PST

656. Aug. 21, interview with Lori Lundin, America's Radio News Network, 10:30 a.m. ET.

655. Aug. 16, interview with Sinclair Noe, Moneyradio.com, 4 pm PST

654. Aug. 15, interview with Justine Underhill, Prime Interest, Russia Today TV, 1:30 pm PST

653. Aug 14, interview with Jim Goddard, This Week in Money, 4 pm, PST. Listen to archive here, starting at minute 32.

652. Aug. 14, interview with Mary Glenney, WMNF 88.5, 10 a.m. PST

651. Aug. 14, interview with Chuck Morse, irnusaradio.com, 8 am, PST

650. Aug. 13, interview with Thomas Taplin, Dukascopy TV, Switzerland, 9 am PST

649. Aug 7-11, Madison Democracy conference, https://democracyconvention.org/

648. Aug. 6, radio interview, INN World Report with Tom Kiely, http://feeds.feedburner.com/INNWorldReportRadio 4:30 PST

647. Aug 5, interview with Arnie Arnesen, 94.7 fm, Concord, NH, 9 am PST

646. Aug 3, interview with Diane Horn, Mind Over Matter show, KEXP radio, 90.3 FM, Seattle, 7:00 a.m. PST

645. July 31, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

644. July 28, Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

643. July 2, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

642. July 2, interview with Arnie Arnesen, 94.7 fm, Concord, NH, 12:30 EST.

641. June 30, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT. Listen to archive here.

640. June 24, interview on RT tv re student debt, 10:30 am PST

639. June 17, interview on The Andy Caldwell Show, 3:30 pm PST

638. June 16, interview with Jason Erb, 5 pm Pacific

637. June 13, interview with Paul Sanford, "Time 4 Hemp-LIVE," http://www.AmericanFreedomRadio.com, 10 am, PST

636. June 6 presentation with Jamie Brown at the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek. Info at Favors.org, 7 to 9 pm

635. June 1, interview with Kris Welch, KPFA Los Angeles, 10 am PST

634. May 28, interview with Malihe Razazan, "Your Call" radio, KALW, San Francisco, 10 am PST.

633. May 26, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

632. May 23 interview with Simit Patel, InformedTrades.com (youtube) 3:30 pm PST

631. May 22, Thousand Oaks, 3 expert panel, "A Parachute For the Fiscal Cliff," University Village 2-4 pm

630. May 22, interview with Jack Rasmus, 11 am PST. Enjoy the interview here.

629. May 22, Guns and Butter show, KPFA, http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/91790

628. May 14, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

627. May 13, live appearance on RTTV, 3 pm PST Watch it here.

626. May 8, interview with Valli Sharpe-Geisler, Silicon Valley Voice, KKUP, 3 pm PST

625. May 8, interview, the Meria Heller Show, 11 am PST

624. May 4, interview, Latin Waves with Sylvia Richardson, 10 am PST

623. April 30, Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 1 pm PST

622. April 29, interview with Rob Kall, Bottom Up Radio, 9 am Pacific
Listen to archive here.

621. April 28, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT

620. April 25, interview, the the Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, 5 pm EDT

619. April 17, interview with Mike Harris, rense.com, 1 pm PDT

618. April 16th, speaker, Valley Democrats United (Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley), Van Nuys, Ca. 7-9pm

617. April 13, interview with Darren Weeks, Govern America, noon Eastern, listen here

616. April 9, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PDT.

615. April 6, phone conference, Justice Party, http://www.justicepartyusa.org/public_banking_conference_call, 9 a.m.

614. April 5, interview, Butler on Business, 11 a.m. EDT

613. April 3, interview with Michael Welch, Global Research News Hour, 8:30 a.m. PDT

612. April 2, interview with Jay Taylor, VoiceAmerica, 12:30 PDT. Listen here.

611. April 1, interview with Brannon Howse, www.worldviewradio.com, 11 a.m. PDT

610. April 1, interview with Scott Harris, Counterpoint,
WPKN Radio, 8:30 pm, ET Listen to archive here.

609. April 1, interview with Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Watch and listen to archive here, starting at minute 50. Articles based on the interview are at Truthout.org.

608. March 31, interview with Jason Erb, Exposing Faux Capitalism, Oracle Broadcasting, 11 a.m. Pacific

607. March 31, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PDT Listen to the archive here.

606. March 29, interview, The Gary Null Show, 9:30 a.m. Pacific

605. March 28, interview with Stan Monteith, radioliberty.com, 9 pm PDT

604. March 28, radio interview, INN World Report with Tom Kiely, http://feeds.feedburner.com/INNWorldReportRadio 4:30 PDT

603. March 27, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PdT.

602. March 27, interview with Jack Rasmus on PRN, 11 a.m. PDT

601. March 25, interview on the Richard Kaffenberger show, KTOX, Needles, CA. 3:15 PDT

600. March 22, newly available archived radio interview, Mandelman Matters. Listen here.

599. March 22, interview with James Fetzer, The People Speak Radio, 5-7 pm PDT

598. March 22, interview , Our Times With Craig Barnes, KSFR radio, Santa Fe, 10 a.m. MST

597. March 12, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

596. March 11, interview with Stephen Lendman, Progressive Radio News Hour, 10 am, PST

595. March 9, Interview with Sylvia Richardson, Latin Waves, CJSF 90.1FM, 9:30 am PST

594. March 6, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com, 6pm PST. Watch and listen here.

593. March 3, interview with Lateef Kareem Bey, Fix Your Mortgage Mess, 4 pm PST

592. March 2, Interview with Stuart Richardson, Latin Waves, CJSF 90.1FM, 11 am PST

591. Feb. 27, interview with Jim Banks, KGNU, Boulder, 12 pm PST

590. Feb 27, interview with Sinclair Noe, Financial Review, 10 am PST

589. Feb. 25, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

588. Feb. 6, Interview with Phil Mackesy, This Week in Money, TalkDigitalNetwork.com, 11 am PST. Listen to the archive here: http://talkdigitalnetwork.com/2013/02/this-week-in-money-70/

587. Feb. 4, interview with Ken Rose, What Now radio show, KOWS RADIO OCCIDENTAL 107.3 FM, 11 am PST.

586. Jan. 31, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Radio Report, 5:00 pm PST

585. Jan. 27, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio
network, 10 am PST

584. Jan. 23, interview on KPFK, 8pm PST

583. Jan. 22, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST.

582. Jan. 3, interview with Mary Glenney, WMNF 88.5, Tampa, 3 pm EST

581. Jan. 2, interview, The Bev Smith Show, thebevsmithshow.net, 5 pm PST

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580. Dec. 27, video interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, listen and watch here.

579. Dec. 24, October talk at First Unitarian Church in Portland aired on KBOO radio, http://kboo.fm/, 8:00 am PST

578. Dec. 24, interview with Ron Daniels, the WWRL Morning Show with Mark Riley, wwrl1600.com, 5:05 am PST

577. Dec. 21, interview with Andy Caldwell, TheAndyCaldwellShow.com, KZSB AM1290 Santa Barbara / Ventura and KUHL AM1440 Santa Maria / San Luis Obispo, 3:30 pm PST

576. Dec. 20, interview with Fred Smart, aunetwork.tv, 9 pm EST

575. Dec. 19, interview, Crisis of Reality with Doug Newberry, oraclebroadcasting.com, 1pm EST. Listen here.

574. Dec. 19, interview with Dr. Jack Rasmus, Alternative Visions, Progressive Radio Network, 2 pm EST

573. Dec. 17, The Bev Smith Show, thebevsmithshow.net, 4 pm PST

572. Dec. 15, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen here.

571. Dec. 14, interview with Craig Barnes, Our Times With Craig Barnes, KSFR radio, 9 am PST Listen to the archive here.

570. December 9th, speaker, Mayo Arts Center (10 Mayo Street) in Portland, ME
http://mayostreetarts.org/about-us/where-we-are 7:30-9pm

569. Dec. 7, Vermont's New Economy conference, Vermont College of the Find Arts, Montpelier, VT, 9 am to 4 pm and reception at 4:30. $25
www.global-community.org/neweconomy to register

568. Dec. 5, speaker, Pennsylvania Public Bank Project's Forum on Public Banking, at the David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA, 7pm

567. Nov. 26-27, 3rd Annual World Conference on Riba, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

566. Nov. 22, presentation before Royal Scottish Academy -- "A Public Bank for Scotland" (here), Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG Scotland, 6 pm

565. Nov 8, Healthy Money Summit, speaking with Hazel Henderson at 1-2 pm PST, information here.

564. Sunday, Oct. 28, Keynote Speaker; The Buck Starts Here, 2:00pm, sponsored by the Kairos Occasional Speakers Series & OFOR, Kairos Milwaukie UCC, Milwaukie, OR.

563. Saturday, Oct. 27, Keynote Speaker; OFOR Saturday Symposium: The Buck Starts Here, 10am - 3pm, Molalla, OR

562. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28, Keynote Speaker; Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation Fall Retreat - The Buck Starts Here, Camp Adams, Molalla, OR, Friday, 5pm- Sunday 12 noon

561. Friday, October 26, Invited Commentator; screening of “HEIST” (new documentary about the roots of the American economic crisis), sponsored by First Unitarian Church of Portland's Economic Justice Action Groups, Alliance for Democracy, KBOO, Move to Amend, 7:00pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

560. (Oct. 25-28, Bioneers Conference, Portland, OR)
Oct. 25, Keynote Speaker; sponsored by Portland Fellowship of Reconciliation (PFOR) and the First Unitarian Church of Portland's Economic Justice and Peace Action Groups, 7:00-8:30pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR

559. Oct. 24, interview with Per Fagereng, KBOO radio, Portland, 9 am PST

558. Oct. 24, KPFA "Guns and Butter" interview. Listen to archived show here.

557. Oct. 21, speaker at BBQed Oysters and Beer Fundraiser Party for PBI, San Rafael, CA, 4 pm PST

556. Oct. 14, Live Gaiam tv interview appearance. Watch it here free at 7pm EST.

555. Oct. 12, interview with Matt Rothschild of The Progressive, 10 a.m. Central time

554. October 11-14, speaker, Economic Democracy Collaborative, Madison, Wisconsin

553. Oct. 11, radio interview with Norm Stockwell, WORT, 12 pm CST

552. Oct. 9, interview with Kevin Barrett, No Lies Radio, listen to archive here.

551. Oct. 8, interview, "Mountain Hours Revolution Radio" with Wayne Walton, on RBN, 12-1 pm PST

550. Oct. 7, interview with Lloyd D'Aguilar, "Looking Back Looking Forward", http://lookingbacklookingforward.com/, 2 pm EST

549. Sept. 26, interview with Douglas Newberry, markettoolbox.tv, 1pm EST. Listen here.

548. Sept. 25, interview with Dr. Stanley Montieth, radioliberty.com, 3pm PST

547. Sept. 24, interview with Charlie McGrath, Wide Awake News, 6-7 pm PST.

546. Sept. 22, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

545. Sept. 17 interview along with Hazel Henderson, National Teach In for Occupy Wall Street, http://www.livestream.com/owshdtv 5pm EST

544. Sept. 10, interview with Thomas Taplin, Dukascopy TV (Switzerland), 7 am PST Watch and listen here

543. Sept. 7, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 6 am PST

542. Sept. 6, interview with Douglas Newberry, markettoolbox.tv, 1pm EST. Listen here.

541. Aug 28, interview, the Meria Heller Show, 11 am PST. Listen to archive here. And listen to excellent Meria Heller show here.

540. Aug 26, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, listen to archive here.

539. August 21, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com. Listen to archive here.

538. Aug 20, interview with Kim Greenhouse, It's Rainmaking Time, listen here.

537. Aug 16, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 6 am PST

536. Aug. 14, interview, TheAndyCaldwellshow.com, 4:30pm PST

535. August 13, interview with American Free Press, 1 pm PST

534. July 24, interview along with Victoria Grant, The People Speak, 6pm, PST

533. July 24, interview with Kevin Barrett, NoLiesRadio.org, 9 am PST

532. July 23, interview with Charlie McGrath, wideawakenews.com, 6 pm PST

531. July 22, interview with Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show, 7 pm PST

530. July 22, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen to archive here.

529. July 19, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

528. July 10-12, Speaker, Conference on Social Transformation, Faculty of Economics, Split University, Split Croatia

527. July 10, video interview with Max Keiser, the Keiser Report, on the ESM. Watch it here.

526. July 7, Interview with Phil Mackesy, This Week in Money, TalkDigitalNetwork.com, 3 pm PST

525. July 6, video interview with Dr. Mercola, see it here.

524. June 23, Interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report, 1 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

523. June 21, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Radio Report, 4:30 pm PST

522. June 21, interview on the Gary Null Show, 9:20 am PST

521. June 18, interview with Ken Rose, What Now radio show, KOWS RADIO OCCIDENTAL 107.3 FM, 1 pm PST. Listen to archive here.

520. June 17, interview with Bill Resnick, KBOO radio, 9 am PST

519. June 16 interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST. Listen to archive here.

518. June 9, interview with Sylvia Richardson, Latin Waves, 9:45 am PST. Listen to archive here.

517. June 5, interview, Truth Quest With Melodee, KHEN radio, 7pm PST

516. June 2, interview about Web of Debt, Our Common Ground,http://www.blogtalkradio.com/OCG, 7pm PST

515. June 1, interview with Robert Stark, The Stark Truth listen here.

514. Newly available video of interview on "Moral Politics" -- see it here

513. May 30, interview, The Tim Dahaney Show, ll am PST

512. May 28, interview with Pedro Gatos, "Bringing Light into Darkness", KOOP.ORG, 6 pm CST

511. May 24, interview, Make It Plain With Mark Thompson, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 2pm PST

510. May 20, interview, Women's View Radio, blogtalkradio.com, 10 am Central Time. Listen here.

509. May 13, interview, www.Blogtalkradio.com/fixyourmortgagemess, 4:15 pm PST

508. May 12, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST Listen here.

507. May 9, seminar, Re-imagining Money and Credit, Art bldg. rm 103, El Camino college, Torrance, Ca. 5-7:30 pm

506. May 8, interview with Mike Harris, republicbroadcasting.org, 9 am EST

505. May 7, radio discussion on "The Myth of Austerity", Connect the Dots, KPFK Los Angeles, 7 am PST. Listen here.

504. May 4, interview The Unsolicited Opinion, republicbroadcasting.org, 8 am PST

503. April 27-28, speaker, Public Banking Institute Conference, Friends Center, Philadelphia. Listen here.

502. April 25, speaker Global Teach-In (globalteachin.com), 12 noon EST

501. April 17, Interview with Leo Steel, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lasteelshoworg, 8:30 pm EST. Listen here.. 31 minutes in.

500. April 14, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

499. April 14, interview with Al Korelin, The Korelin Economics Report

498. April 10th-12th Speaker at Claremont Conference, “Creating Money in a Finite World” Claremont, CA . See video here.

497. April 5, interview , This Week In Money with Phil Mackesy (howestreet.com) 12:30 PST. Listen to the archive here.

496. April 3, speaker at COMER with Paul Hellyer, "Escape From the Web of Debt," Toronto, 7:30 pm

495. March 27, speaker on "Why are we so Broke? New ways to look at the Finances of our State and City," League of Women Voters luncheon, San Diego, 12 noon

494.5 March 24, radio interview, Mandelman Matters. Listen here.

494. March 17, speaker via skype, SCADS conference, London

493. March 15, interview with Per Fagereng, Fight the Empire, KBOO radio, 9:30 am PST

492. March 15, speaker, San Rafael City Hall 6 pm

491. March 13, speaker at Sergio Lub's house, Walnut Creek, info at Favors.org, 6pm

490. March 11, speaker, TedxNewWallStreet. See it here.

489. March 10, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

488. March 6, interview with Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, http://radio.rumormillnews.com/podcast/, 11 am PST

487. Feb. 25, interview with Martin Andelman, http://www.mandelman.ml-implode.com, 9:30 am PST

486. Feb. 25, interview, This Week In Money with Phil Mackesy (howestreet.com), 3 pm PST

485. Feb. 25, interview on CIVL Radio, Latin Waves, How Greece Could Take Down Wall Street, 11:30am PST

484. Feb 23, interview with Thomas Kiely, INN World Report Radio, 7:30 pm EST

483. Feb. 17, featured speaker, Public Banking in America weekly call, 9 am PST

482. Feb. 11, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

481. Feb. 8, interview with Mike Beevers, KFCF Fresno, 4:30 pm PST

480. Feb. 7, interview with Kevin Barrett, NoLiesRadio.org, 9 am PST; listen to archive here

479. Feb. 6, participant, Occupiers and Wells Fargo Executives Gather to Discuss the American Foreclosure Crisis, The Center of Nonprofit Management at California Endowment Building 1000 N. Alameda, Los Angeles, meeting 3 pm and press conference 5:30 pm

478. Feb. 2, interview with Tom Kiely, INN World Report Radio, 7:30 pm EST

477. Feb. 2, interview with Patrick Timpone, oneradionetwork.com, naturalnewsradio.com. Listen to archive here

476. Jan. 31, interview, Liberty Coins and Precious Metals, 9 am PST

475. Jan. 27, interview KPFA, Project Censored, 8:30 am PST

474. Jan. 27, FILMS4CHANGE-INSIDEJOB, panel speaker, Edye Second Space, Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm

473. Jan 22, interview with Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show, 7:30 pm PST. Listen live here.

472. Jan. 20, interview with Mike Harris, The Republic Broadcasting Network, 7 am PST

471. Jan. 16, interview with Rob Lorei, WMNF fm, Tampa, 2 pm PST

470. Jan. 14, interview with Stephen Lendman, progressive radio network, 10 am PST

469. Jan. 11, interview with Jeff Rense, rense.com, 8pm PST

Journey to Ireland

Journey to Ireland by Richard C. Cook October 4, 2013 Karen and I just arrived back home in Roanoke, Virginia, from a trip to Ireland. We both have Irish roots, so it was a journey of self-discovery, along with a pilgrimage to a place with many layers of spiritual inspiration going back thousands of years. [...]

Ireland Might Be Losing Its Green

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/ireland_might_be_losing_its_green_20131004/ Posted on Oct 4, 2013 ...

Ireland’s Peace and Neutrality In Jeopardy: Activists call on a NO vote in “Seanad”...

In a letter issued to national newspapers today the group warns of the negative impact Seanad {Ireland's Senate] abolition could have for the peace...

Public Banking for Wales, Ireland and Scotland: Promise and Possibilities

Dr. Ian Jenkins of Arian Cymru (Money Wales) has written two excellent articles on why Wales should have its own bank and how that might be accomplished. The shorter article is reprinted below, and the longer, more technical article is linked here.

Dr. Jenkins is hosting an event in Cardiff on September 26th titled “Banking and Economic Regeneration Wales,” at which Marc Armstrong, executive director of the Public Banking Institute, will be speaking, along with Ann Pettifor of the New Economics Foundation and several Welsh leaders. As Dr. Jensen states:

This is in an issue on which Wales could provide leadership on an EU-wide level, a matter in which a small nation could make a big difference.

That is also true for Ireland and Scotland, where interest in public banking is growing. I will be speaking on that subject at a series of seminars in Ireland on October 12th-15th (details here), and I spoke late last year in Scotland on the same subject (see my earlier article here).

Here is Dr. Jenkins’ perceptive piece, which applies as well to Ireland and Scotland.

Public Banking for Wales: Escaping the Extractive Model

 The economic history of the past 30 years has been, by and large, that of an uncontrolled expansion of the financial sector at the direct expense of the so called ‘real’ economy’ of manufacturing and production. This expansion has been brought about by the hegemony of the free-market doctrines, based principally on fundamentally ideological beliefs in deregulation and privatisation, which have become known as ‘neo-Liberal’ or ‘neo-Classical’ economics.

As former US bank regulator William K. Black put it, ‘In the world we live in, finance has become the dog instead of the tail […] They have become a parasite’. The private banks have established themselves in this position through the control of the primary mechanism by which money is created within our system: the issuing of credit. In this paper I will aim to briefly outline how this credit function could be redirected from speculation and bubble creation, which constitute the dominant directions of credit issuance under private banking, towards more stable and sustainable areas which would serve the public interest instead of those of shareholders and bank CEOs. This is not a theoretical method, but rather one which throughout the post-WW II period saw the German Landesbanken facilitate the growth of the mittelstand sector of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), as well as in the present day constituting the means by which the state-owned Bank of North Dakota (BND) contributes significantly to North Dakota being the only US State to run a budget surplus throughout the post-2008 crisis.

In order for a productive economy to exist there must be adequate streams of affordable credit and it is the absence of such constructive investment which, I would submit, has been a vital contributing factor to the decline of the Welsh economy, and indeed that of the UK, in the past 30 years. Before continuing with this analysis it is worth briefly examining the current banking system and the effect of its operations on the real economy, in Wales as elsewhere.

Banking Now: The Extractive Model of Credit Creation

‘What is money and where does it come from?’ are, remarkably, questions rarely asked in mainstream economics and even less so by members of the public; yet the answers to these two questions hold one of the keys to understanding the (mal)functioning of our economic system and for devising a new, more democratic direction. As the great American economist G.K. Galbraith observed in his fascinating study of the history of banking Money: Whence It Came, Where It Went, ‘The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is the one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it’ (Galbraith: 1975, p.1), stating later in the same text that, ‘The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled’ (Galbraith: 1975, p.18). So what is money? The instinctive answer to this question for most people is that money is the physical notes and coins produced by the government; they may even go on to say that this money is produced at the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, ironically making this physical money one of an increasingly diminishing range of Welsh exports. Yet physical money of this sort, in the form of notes and coins, only accounts for approximately 3% of money in circulation. This version of money is indeed the product of government, as under the Bank Charter Act 1844 the power to create banknotes (and coins) became the exclusive preserve of the Bank of England, a power exercised in agreement with Westminster. Since the so-called ‘Nixon shock’ of 1971 ended the existing Bretton Woods system of international financial exchange by unilaterally cancelling the direct convertibility of the United States dollar to gold the banknotes of the Bank of England/UK government have been essentially what is known as a ‘fiat’ or ‘soft’ currency; that is, a monetary unit which is not backed by any ‘hard’ commodity such as gold and, consequently, is limited in quantity only by the inflationary consequences of overproduction.

So what accounts for the other 97% of money in circulation? To answer this question it is necessary to understand the nature of credit issuance through fractional reserve banking, which is neatly encapsulated by the Statement of Martin Wolf that, ‘The essence of the contemporary monetary system is the creation of money, out of nothing, by private banks’ often foolish lending’ (Wolf: 2010)[i]. This process is profoundly counter-intuitive to most members of the public who would assume that banks lend the deposits they receive, but this is not the case at all: the money issued through the process of creating a loan is created out of nothing, subject only to the rules for capital reserves contained in the Basel Accords. Two publications produced by the Bank of England make the current mechanism of money creation clear:

By far the largest role in creating broad money is played by the banking sector [...] When banks make loans they create additional deposits for those that have borrowed the money.  (Bank of England: 2007, p.377)

The second publication, a transcript of speech in 2007 by Paul Tucker the Executive Director (Markets) for the Bank of England and a Member of the Monetary Policy Committee also states that:

Subject only but crucially to confidence in their soundness, banks extend credit by simply increasing the borrowing customer’s current account […] That is, banks extend credit by creating money.

The current system is a product of the fact that the Bank Charter Act 1844 prohibited banks from printing banknotes, but did not prohibit the issuing of money by ledger entry through the making of loans: with the advent of electronic systems in the past thirty years this facility to ‘print money’ by making entries into borrowers accounts with the stroke of a keypad has expanded significantly. Currently, then, there is a system in place whereby the power of money creation is largely in the hands of private corporations who are able to make sizeable profits through the levying of interest for their performance of this function. This system also leaves the private banks with the decision as to which sectors of the economy should be afforded lines of credit, and in the past thirty years this has moved increasingly away from the productive ‘real economy’ and towards speculation and bubble creation: with the results we now experience. Part of the deposit base of private banks is the income of local and national government and this leads to a situation wherein private corporations use public money as a deposit base for speculation and lending for speculation (See Fig.1).

Fig.1

pbi fig 1

Source: The Public Banking Institute (http://publicbankinginstitute.org/background.htm)

The Idea of a State Bank: Re-investment of Interest from Productive Credit Provision

The best current example of a functioning state bank is that of the Bank of North Dakota (BND) in the United States. The way in which the bank functions is best described in its own words:

 The deposit base of BND is unique. Its primary deposit base is the State of North Dakota. All state funds and funds of state institutions are deposited with Bank of North Dakota, as required by law. Other deposits are accepted from any source, private citizens to the U.S. government.

This framework provides the state of North Dakota with what is most needed for a local economy to thrive: affordable (and available) credit for SMEs and resources for the improvement of infrastructure. Under the state banking model the benefit derived from the interest accrued in the credit-issuing process is returned to the state and can be re-invested or spent in accordance with the public interest, instead of being paid to shareholders in dividends or given away in absurd bonuses to bankers who merely carry out a largely mechanical function, however subject to mystification and obfuscation: with myopic incompetence in many cases in the last thirty years (See Fig.2).

Fig.2

pbi fig 2

Source: The Public Banking Institute (http://publicbankinginstitute.org/background.htm)

In the case of North Dakota this has resulted in the state being the only US state to run a budget surplus throughout the financial crisis post-2008 and this must make their model at least worth considering in a Welsh context.

The Report of the Silk Commission 2012

In Part 1 of its remit The Silk Commission was asked to consider the National Assembly for Wales’s current financial powers in relation to taxation and borrowing and its report was produced in November 2012. The commission concluded that the Welsh Assembly government should be granted borrowing powers, basing this conclusion partly on ‘international evidence’ drawn from a single World Bank publication from 1999:  making this ‘evidence’ neither ideologically neutral, being the product of an organisation which is the éminence grise of global neo-liberalism, nor current, with many of its conclusions being weighed and found wanting by the post-2008 financial crisis. The findings of the commission contains no consideration whatsoever of the role of banks in money creation through credit issuance, and the attendant problems of misallocation of investment, and no investigation of the success of public banking in the international context, for instance in the BRIC economies, or of the potential role of public banking in Wales. For this reason I feel that it is important that these issues be brought into the debate on the Welsh economy, as to ignore it would be to exclude a potentially democratising and sustainable banking system from the national conversation and would merely make any granting of borrowing powers to the Welsh Assembly Government nothing more than a new stream of income for the private banking system. If all that ‘responsibility’ means in the fiscal context is for Wales as a political unit to submit itself to the ‘discipline’ of the bond markets, then this is indeed a very sorry direction in which the politicians of the Welsh Assembly are taking both their current constituents, and those yet to be born.

 Conclusion

There is a widely perceived need for change to the economic system today and especially for reform of the way in which banking operates, with the majority of the population feeling, rightly, that there is ‘something wrong’ with the way in which the economy, and particularly banking, currently functions. I believe that a public bank, properly instituted with all due diligence and care for regulation and democratic supervision, can provide one of the possible directions of sustainable change which is so needed in Wales and beyond. The model suggested by the Welsh Conservatives, as it stands, would be no substitute for a real public bank: a bank which would recoup its profits, gleaned from interest on productive loans to the real economy, for the good of the people of Wales. A true Welsh public bank would be in a position to reinvest its profits in socially beneficial areas like education, infrastructure and the health service, instead of funding bonuses and maximising shareholder dividends for a privileged few in the increasingly rarefied world of finance.

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Ahmad, J (1999) ‘Decentralising borrowing powers’ World Bank

Berry, S., Harrison, R., Thomas, R., de Weymarn, I. (2007) ‘Interpreting movements in Broad Money’, Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin 2007 Q3, p. 377. Available at http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/ quarterlybulletin/qb070302.pdf

The Bank of North Dakota: http://banknd.nd.gov/about_BND/index.html

Brown, Ellen, Web of Debt (Baton Rouge: Third Millenium Press, 2012); The Public Bank Solution (Baton Rouge: Third Millenium Press, 2013).

Commission on Devolution in Wales (Silk Commission) (2012) ‘Empowerment and Responsibility: Financial Powers to Strengthen Wales’ (full report at: http://commissionondevolutioninwales.independent.gov.uk/)

Tucker, P. (2008). ‘Money and Credit: Banking and the macro-economy’, speech given at the monetary policy and markets conference, 13 December 2007, Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin 2008, Q1, pp. 96–106. Available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/speeches/2007/speech331.pdf

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Wolf, Martin, ‘The Fed is right to turn on the tap’, The Financial Times, 9/3/2010

Further Information can be found at:

http://publicbankinginstitute.org/home.htm

http://www.positivemoney.org.uk/

http://neweconomicperspectives.org/

 


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Over the months, we have been following the events in Syria with growing concern. We support the aspirations of the Syrian people to freely choose a government that represents all the enriching diversity of this multi-confessional nation, one that respects the rule of law, human rights and democracy. It is deplorable that the current regime in Damascus has not heeded the repeated calls for a peaceful transition of power.

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Most important, however, a referral to the ICC would make clear to every fighter on all sides of the conflict that the gravest crimes will eventually be punished. We owe this not only to the victims and their families, but also to future generations of Syrians who want to live in a free state founded on the principles of peace and justice. And we owe it to the future of humankind: After thousands of years of sometimes gruesome history, human civilization must no longer accept impunity for the most atrocious crimes. Only if we make absolutely clear that these crimes will not go unpunished, can we reduce the likelihood that humankind will have to suffer from them in the future.

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Flag issue remains divisive in NIreland

Fresh violence continues in Belfast as flag issue divides N. Ireland

Loyalists protesters in Northern Ireland have continued their violent demonstrations over the decision to stop flying the Union flag above Belfast City Hall all year round.

The protests continued for the fifth night in a row on Monday night with police using water canon and fired baton rounds to disperse rioters.

Some rioters deployed sledge hammer to hit police vehicles and burnt small fires in Belfast’s main street.

The riots erupted after Belfast City Council decided to stop flying the Union Jack in all but 17 days in a year.

Police have so far arrested around 100 people, and more than 60 officers have been injured in the unrest.

A police officers’ representative has said that pro-British paramilitary groups are instigating and exploiting the riots which have rocked Belfast in the past month.

The Northern Ireland flags issue divides the population along sectarian lines. Depending on political allegiance, people identify with differing flags and symbols, some of which have, or have had, official status in Northern Ireland.

There have been various proposals as to what flag could represent Northern Ireland’s various communities as a whole.

The Union Jack, the official flag of the United Kingdom, is routinely used on central government buildings in Northern Ireland. It is often flown by Unionists and Loyalists but Nationalists and Republicans dislike it.

The Stormont government used to fly the Ulster Banner from 1953 to 1972 to represent the government of Northern Ireland. The Ulster Banner was the flag of the former Executive Committee of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland.

When the government of Northern Ireland was suspended in March 1972 and dissolved under the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973, its arms and flag officially disappeared; however, the flag continues to be used by some local governments, such as the predominantly unionist Castlereagh, which continues to fly it outside its offices, and by some NGOs representing the territory.

Ulster separatists who wish to see Northern Ireland leave the United Kingdom use the Ulster Nation flag.

Some Loyalists in Northern Ireland use St Andrew’s Cross, the flag of Scotland, to highlight their Scottish ancestry.

Now, the decision to stop permanently flying the British flag outside Belfast City Hall has sparked some of the worst violence since the 1998 Good Friday peace deal.

In the late 1960s, the conflict between mainly Protestant loyalists, who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom, and largely Roman Catholic nationalists, who want it to be reunited with the rest of Ireland, exploded into a political and sectarian war, known as "the Troubles."

The three decades of ensuing violence between loyalists and the IRA claimed nearly 3,600 lives, most of them north of the border. While the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, also known as the Belfast Agreement, effectively ended the conflict, distrust remains between Catholics and Protestants.

Under the terms of the accord, groups on both sides dumped their weapons, and members of Sinn Fein, the political affiliate of the IRA, now work with pro-British politicians in Northern Ireland's power-sharing government.

The Good Friday Agreement created an elected Northern Ireland assembly and devolved government in which power is shared between all sides, with traditional arch-enemies remarkably sitting side by side. The assembly meets in an imposing historic building, Stormont, over which the British flag flies for just 17 pre-agreed days each year.

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‘I want a general election now’ – George Galloway after Tories avoid Brexit crash...

Former Labour MP George Galloway said he wants Prime Minister Theresa May to “fall” and...

‘Appalled’ at British politics, former Irish PM laments London’s lack of Brexit ‘credibility’ —...

A former Irish prime minister has broken his silence on Brexit, saying the British government’s...

Irish Feminists Prepare to Fight “Women in the Home” Clause

Following their success with the abortion referendum, Irish feminists are preparing for their next fight against a clause in the constitution which states that a...

Epileptic 12-year-old’s vital medical cannabis confiscated by ‘criminal’ UK authorities at border — RT...

The mother of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell has slammed UK authorities as “criminals” for confiscating medical...

Lord Truscott gives scathing analysis of Theresa May to RT (VIDEO) — RT UK...

Tory leader Theresa May is a weak PM, an independent peer in the House of...

Brexit battle: Theresa May and David Davis in showdown over Irish border ‘backstop’

Brexit Secretary David Davis and UK PM Theresa May have been battling over the contentious...

Corbyn mocks Tories’ handling of Brexit (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked the Tories’ handling of Brexit during PMQs, likening it to...

Britain’s colonial legacy lives long in UK museums — RT UK News

After Jeremy Corbyn promised to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece upon becoming PM on...

Mocked-up Theresa May image puts her ‘feminism’ under spotlight — RT UK News

A mocked-up picture of Theresa May wearing a shirt reading: “I oppose abortion in N....

‘It’s incredibly expensive to be poor in America’ – Redacted Tonight — RT US...

The Redacted Tonight team takes a look at the striking number of poor people – 40...

Will June be the end of May? Leadership challenges & Brexit votes could sink...

Theresa May faces a make-or-break month. With talk of leadership challenges, critical Commons votes on...

Gove eviscerates Hammond, blames chancellor for Lords humiliation — RT UK News

A new cabinet rift has erupted between Michael Gove and Philip Hammond, after the environment...

UK bitcoin traders focus of US probe into manipulation of cryptocurrency prices — RT...

US justice officials are investigating UK bitcoin traders as part of their inquiry into the...

Royal Navy chases away Spanish military’s patrol boat from Gibraltar — RT UK News

A British Royal Navy vessel chased away a Spanish military ship from its territorial waters...

Inside the Irish Prison System

Michael Inside is a new Irish movie which looks at the prison system in Ireland and the people who serve their time in it....

May will ruin Brexit, Tories are a ‘trainwreck’ that will lead Corbyn to power

‘Vote Leave’ campaign director, Dominic Cummings, has attacked Tory preparations for leaving the EU and...

Snap election on the horizon? Tory MPs prepare for fallout if May toppled over...

The Conservatives are readying for a snap election due to fears that the Brexit deadlock...

‘Pop-up’ brothels report argues for Nordic model to curb trade — RT UK News

A report has hit out at internet firms that are fueling a boom in the...

A Tale of Two Tortures – Consortiumnews

How the Americans and the British “tortured some folks” and got away with it, as Annie Machon explains. By Annie...

UK’s first anti-slavery chief steps down amid “government interference” — RT UK News

The UK’s first anti-slavery commissioner is stepping down and says constant government interference into his...

Guns could be given to rural police to tackle terrorism – police chief —...

A police chief has admitted that more frontline cops could be armed with guns over...
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Video: ‘Expel the Israeli ambassador’: Irish FM blasted for double standards over Gaza and...

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Pharma Paid and Trump Delivered

How high are Pharma’s prices? Novartis wants $475,000 a patient for its new cancer therapy. Hep C drugs cost $95,000 for a course of treatment. The...

May-Mogg clash over Irish border as EU left scratching head over lack of progress...

Theresa May and Jacob Rees-Mogg have clashed over the fate of the Irish border as...

Palestinian killings by IDF prompts blame of Hamas by Labour Friends of Israel —...

Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) have come under fire for declaring that "Hamas must accept...

May divides cabinet into rival teams in attempt to break customs deadlock — RT...

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has divided her Cabinet into two working groups in the...

The actual figures behind Troubles legacy investigations — RT UK News

A Northern Irish human rights organization has hit out at claims that a "witch-hunt" is...

Williamson accused of using cabinet leaks on NI peace process to further career —...

Senior Tory MPs and ministers have angrily accused Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson of using the...

Tory and Labour peers unite in call for UK to remain in EEA —...

In another defeat for UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans, peers from the House...

Boris Johnson challenges Theresa May to fire him over her Brexit plans — RT...

Boris Johnson challenged Theresa May to sack him due to his growing discontent over the...

Private police force will hit streets of Britain to fill void created by austerity...

‘My local bobby’ – a private police force organization – is to roll out its...

Footage shows Jeremy Corbyn warning of Windrush scandal 5 years ago (VIDEO) — RT...

Windrush has been the scandal on everybody’s lips – but one MP called out the...

Tory government loses vote over Irish border — RT UK News

Theresa May’s government has been defeated on a Brexit vote for the tenth time in...

A clean start? Facebook now offers browsing history wipeout option and a dating tool...

Beset by its recent privacy scandal, Facebook now says it wants to bring “good” to social...

Cake row case to be heard at Supreme Court — RT UK News

A Northern Irish bakery found to have discriminated for its refusal to make a wedding...

The War on Cash – LewRockwell

EU gets tough on UK, setting June deadline for agreement on Irish border —...

The UK and EU need to agree on the Northern Irish border “rapidly,” EU chief...

Can Bean Counters Save the World From Trump?

They call people like us “bean counters”—the soulless ones beavering away in some windowless accounting department, the living calculators who don’t care about desperation...

EU free trade agreement post Brexit ‘overwhelmingly probable’ – David Davis — RT UK...

Brexit minister David Davis has told a parliamentary committee that an agreement on a future...

We will bring down the government – DUP warns May over Brexit red lines...

DUP leader Nigel Dodds threatened that his party is prepared to vote against Theresa May’s...

‘Goodbye and Don’t Come Back!’ Illegal Immigrants Forced out of France During Defend Europe...

Don’t you wish that Sanctuary Cities would just stop, well, being Sanctuary Cities? That they would have the guts to just cross...

Britain ‘will not stay in customs union’ – UK government — RT UK News

The UK government has insisted that Britain will leave the customs union, ahead of a...

Anti-White Guardian Paper Bans White People from Fictional Writing Competition

The Guardian is hosting its annual fictional writing competition and has taken the decision to open the competition exclusively to non-whites. The...

Anti-Muslim activists turned away at UK border… again — RT UK News

Far-right campaigners were stopped at the UK border for the second time in a month....

Are we done with Russiagate? TIME leaves Putin off ‘100 most influential’ list —...

With levels of anti-Russian hysteria in the West reaching fever pitch, one would think the media...

EU ‘systematically & forensically annihilates’ May’s Irish border plans — RT UK News

The EU has comprehensively rejected UK proposals for a new customs relationship that sought to...

Plane crashes near Belfast airport

A light aircraft crashed in Northern Ireland, reportedly killing two people. Emergency services arrived at...

Five Tax Myths Debunked

Tax Day has come and gone. Maybe you have a big bill from Uncle Sam or maybe you got a fat refund. Either way,...

Embarrassment for May as House of Lords votes for Britain to stay in customs...

The House of Lords has voted for Britain to remain in the customs union with...

Amber Rudd should resign for ‘misery’ caused by Windrush scandal – Diane Abbott —...

Home Secretary Amber Rudd should step down over the “lives ruined” by the Windrush scandal,...

Two ex-British ambassadors question claims that Assad ordered chemical attack as threat of war...

Ex-British ambassadors questioned claims that Assad is behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of...

Tweeters react to Hillary Clinton wading into Brexit debate on Irish border issue —...

Hillary Clinton has weighed into the key Brexit debate over the Irish border, saying it...

More Brits want second Brexit vote as EU official forecasts difficult transition for UK...

Support for a second Brexit vote is growing, with a new poll indicating that nearly...

Tory councillor says political correctness undermining anti-extremist Prevent Program — RT UK News

Charnwood Borough councillor Paul Mercer has lashed out at the Prevent Program for including far-right...

Do the Tories have their own racism problem? — RT UK News

Boris Johnson faces demands to apologize after he took part in a Tory campaign accused...

Does everyone have the right to ‘free speech?’ (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Tommy Robinson's message is simple – he has no intention of stopping. He has the...

Crime and Punishment? – Consortiumnews

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is under investigation for allegedly receiving millions of euros in illegal election campaign funding from Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. This...

‘Vomiting’ David Davis soldiers on through violent illness to talk Brexit… on live TV...

Many consider Brexit an emetic prospect, but that is not why Brexit Minister David Davis...

Irishmen subjected to CIA-style ‘5 techniques’ by British not tortured – European court —...

A European court has rejected a request to find that a group of 14 men...

Twitter blames Russia for UK’s latest snow storm (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT UK News

More than 100 flights in and out of London have been cancelled due to a...

Trust in China Remains Top; Trust in U.S. Plunges

Eric Zuesse The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer survey, which is the latest in the annual Edelman series taken in 28 countries, shows that the people...

Tony Blair lauded for outstanding contribution to democracy (yes, really) — RT UK News

Ex-PM Tony Blair has been awarded one of the greatest accolades of the US for...

RyanAir threatens to ground planes after Brexit — RT UK News

RyanAir is threatening to ground planes after Britain leaves the EU to persuade voters to...

British walker cheats death in aftermath of Storm Emma — RT UK News

A walker in Manchester has been dubbed “the luckiest man alive” after attempting to remove...

Police raid cannabis farm thanks to tip-off from ice-free roof — RT UK News

Police in West Yorkshire raided a large cannabis farm with a little help from the...

‘Get on with it!’ Theresa May fires warning shot at Brussels in major Brexit...

Theresa May has told the European Union (EU) she will not allow a Brexit deal...

Rees-Mogg backtracks after false Corbyn claim on live TV — RT UK News

Jacob Rees-Mogg has been branded a “liar” on Twitter after falsely claiming that Jeremy Corbyn...

Theresa May needs a miracle in keynote Brexit speech after a week of attacks...

Theresa May could regret planning her (latest) key Brexit speech for a Friday, as it...

‘This would be infamous’ – Rees-Mogg on rumored plot between Labour & EU’s Barnier...

Jacob Rees-Mogg responded to an unsubstantiated rumor of a plot between Labour and the EU’s...

Hard, soft or wet? Boris does a runner in face of questions about Irish...

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s mission to prove how clueless he is about the post-Brexit Irish...

Judge blocks Hollywood age discrimination law — RT US News

A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a California law that would have prevented the website IMDb...

EU on the Brink – LewRockwell

BRUSSELS chiefs face a desperate and lengthy battle with EU member governments as they count the financial cost of the UK leaving the bloc...

‘Massive fireball’ lightning strike damages ancient Scottish castle (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT UK News

An ancient castle on the northwest coast of Scotland has been heavily damaged by a...

Opioid prescriptions on the rise in England, new study shows — RT UK News

The prescription of highly addictive opioids by GPs in England is steadily rising, especially in...