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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...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

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...

Please Support The Show — http://richieallen.co.uk/ http://www.WaitingForTheSheriff.com/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow ... Via Youtube

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

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 why...

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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Doug Ireland, Radical Journalist: 1946 — 2013

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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]

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

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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
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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

--- 2012 ---

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

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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.

______________________________

Bibliography

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

Welsh Conservatives, A Vision for Welsh Investment (January 2013) Available at: http://yourvoiceintheassembly.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Invest-Wales-FINAL.pdf

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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A bomb discovered and defused in a car in Northern Ireland was destined for a police station, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has confirmed.

The device was found in County Fermanagh, not far from the luxury Lough Erne golf resort where this June's G-8 conference of world leaders will being held.

Sky's David Blevins said the device consisted of explosives packed into a beer keg rigged with timing devices.

PSNI district commander Pauline Shields said: "The people responsible for this have no regard for the lives of anyone in our community.

"It is fortunate that no-one was killed or seriously injured as a result of this reckless act.

"Although investigations are at an early stage it is our assessment at present that this vehicle was destined for Lisnaskea PSNI station."

Residents were told to leave their homes and Army technical officers carried out a clearance operation on the suspicious car and a viable device was made safe.

Ms Shields added: "Once again our community has been disrupted and the lives of residents put at risk by an element intent on causing  loss of life and disruption.

A week ago the Police Service of Northern Ireland discovered a mortar-type device aimed towards New Barnsley police station in north Belfast.

Also last week, three officers escaped injury when an explosive device detonated close to them as they patrolled a coastal path on the outskirts of Belfast.

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Tens of thousands of people have marched through cities in Ireland in a massive show of anger against severe austerity measures and high costs of living.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions,which organized the rallies, claimed more than 100,000 people attended, with some 60,000 marching in Dublin. Demonstrators also protested in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford.

Tough cuts were implemented to please Ireland's creditors in the wake of the country’s banking crisis. It has been relying on a joint EU-IMF loan since 2010.

The “Lift the Burden” march took place despite the Irish government’s recent bank debt deal with the European Central Bank. It saw 28 billion euro worth of costly promissory notes swapped for long-term sovereign bonds.

The union’s General Secretary David Begg vowed that the campaign against the debt burden will carry on until the European authorities fully honor the agreement reached last July to separate bank debt from sovereign debt, The Irish Times reported.

"It would be fatal for people to believe this issue is now resolved and we can all move on," David Begg said. "At the onset of the crisis Ireland had one of the lowest debt to GDP ratios in Europe. The difference between then and now is due entirely to Ireland socializing bank debt at the behest of the ECB, to save the European banking system."

I've no confidence at all in the deal, it won't make any difference to ordinary people," Alfie Murray who marched in Dublin with his 8-year-old grandson, told Reuters. "It's the next generation that'll shoulder the cost," he said.

Financial advisor Marco Pietropoli explained to RT that the Irish per capita have ended up with a far bigger bill than the most countries who had a bailout. “Therefore they are suffering a great deal more.”

Pietropoli says that Ireland's situation is one of the most difficult in the EU and that Dublin's holding of the bloc's presidency isn't likely to make things any better.

“I don’t think the Irish with the presidency are necessarily going to be able to exert much pressure or much influence to actually change the situation in Europe, because the power remains with the Germans.”

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Bombs, riots mar N Ireland 2013 prospect

Northern Ireland has seen no relief from bombings after the New Year with six bombing incidents recorded only this month, including two bombs targeting police officers amid violent episodes of riots.

The police are now investigating a bombing near the house of an officer.

The device was found in the Coolnagard area of Omagh, County Tyrone, on Saturday when officers were investigating another incident on Friday night during which an off-duty police fired shots.

The discovery led to the evacuation of several homes in the area, while army bomb disposal experts dealt with the bomb.

The bombing follows the January 18 letter bomb sent to the head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Chief Inspector Andy Lemon.

That device was luckily intercepted by postal workers at the town's sorting office before the envelope addressed to Lemon found its target.

At the time the Chief Inspector described the incident as a “worrying development” for both himself and his officers and he appeared to have a point when the Omagh device was confirmed as viable on Saturday.

The first week in January ended with a potentially catastrophic bombing in Dundalk, County Louth, that saw army bomb disposal experts team tackles four viable devices planted in a derelict house in a residential area.

The Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) raised serious worries among residents in an area where several houses as well as a restaurant had to be evacuated to avoid fatalities in case the devices went off.

At a time of pro-British flag riots in Belfast over limiting the number of days the City Hall could fly the Union Jack, office of Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI), a community justice group established in collaboration with the British government in the city, was also targeted with a pipe bomb on January 9.

Bomb disposal experts had also to defuse another bomb in Belfast just two days later on Friday January 11.

That was followed with another bombing in the same area on Saturday, which closed down part of the southern Belfast railway line and led to the evacuation of a number of houses.

This comes as the incidents mentioned here do not include other security alerts and evacuations over devices later found to be hoax bombs.

Belfast’s almost two months of flag riots were billed as the most serious episode of violence since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and a threat to the peace accord.

The bombings and the riots are believed to paint a grim year ahead for Northern Ireland especially after Northern Irish police discovered high-powered “explosively formed penetrator devices” (EEPs) from dissident anti-British group IRA in four different occasions over the past months.

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Bombs, riots mar N Ireland 2013 prospect

Northern Ireland has seen no relief from bombings after the New Year with six bombing incidents recorded only this month, including two bombs targeting police officers amid violent episodes of riots.

The police are now investigating a bombing near the house of an officer.

The device was found in the Coolnagard area of Omagh, County Tyrone, on Saturday when officers were investigating another incident on Friday night during which an off-duty police fired shots.

The discovery led to the evacuation of several homes in the area, while army bomb disposal experts dealt with the bomb.

The bombing follows the January 18 letter bomb sent to the head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Chief Inspector Andy Lemon.

That device was luckily intercepted by postal workers at the town's sorting office before the envelope addressed to Lemon found its target.

At the time the Chief Inspector described the incident as a “worrying development” for both himself and his officers and he appeared to have a point when the Omagh device was confirmed as viable on Saturday.

The first week in January ended with a potentially catastrophic bombing in Dundalk, County Louth, that saw army bomb disposal experts team tackles four viable devices planted in a derelict house in a residential area.

The Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) raised serious worries among residents in an area where several houses as well as a restaurant had to be evacuated to avoid fatalities in case the devices went off.

At a time of pro-British flag riots in Belfast over limiting the number of days the City Hall could fly the Union Jack, office of Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI), a community justice group established in collaboration with the British government in the city, was also targeted with a pipe bomb on January 9.

Bomb disposal experts had also to defuse another bomb in Belfast just two days later on Friday January 11.

That was followed with another bombing in the same area on Saturday, which closed down part of the southern Belfast railway line and led to the evacuation of a number of houses.

This comes as the incidents mentioned here do not include other security alerts and evacuations over devices later found to be hoax bombs.

Belfast’s almost two months of flag riots were billed as the most serious episode of violence since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and a threat to the peace accord.

The bombings and the riots are believed to paint a grim year ahead for Northern Ireland especially after Northern Irish police discovered high-powered “explosively formed penetrator devices” (EEPs) from dissident anti-British group IRA in four different occasions over the past months.

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N. Ireland riots reflect breakup fears?

N. Ireland riots reflect breakup fears?

The ongoing six-week flag riots by pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland have been billed as the most serious episode of violence since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and a threat to the peace accord.

Less highlighted aspects of the treaty, however, suggest the riots are fueled by pro-British unionists’ fears that they are losing their majority in Northern Ireland leading to the province ceasing to be part of Britain based on the very same accord.

Three people were arrested on Saturday after several hundred loyalist protesters took to the streets outside the City Hall in the capital Belfast to voice their outrage against the new flag arrangements over the building.

It was the 37th day of riots that have so far left more than 100 police officers injured along with dozens of protesters and bystanders and have seen officers resort to plastic rounds and water cannons to contain the mobs.

The crisis started after local councilors decided on December 3, 2012 that the British flag should be flying over the Belfast City Hall only for 17 designated days, as it is the norm across Britain, instead of all year round, which was the former norm.

The decision was made after the nationalists, who currently hold 24 seats on the council, could finally outdo their unionist counterparts, who number 21 on the council, and get a yes vote to remove the 107-year-old flag tradition.

The vote also reflected the changing political and demographical landscape of Northern Ireland.

As nationalists now dominate the council, the scales of the Northern Irish population are also tipping in favor of the mostly Catholic anti-British republicans; and that seems to be the sticky point for the pro-British rioters.

The 2011 census found that the Northern Irish population listing themselves as Protestant or brought up Protestant has plunged by five percent to stand at 48 percent since 2001, while the number has grown by one percent to 45 percent for Catholics.

This comes as estimates show Catholics, who are also growing rapidly in Belfast, could overtake Protestants in numbers in the next decades.

That points to the mostly Protestant republicans’ worst fears, rooted exactly in the Good Friday Agreement 15 years ago.

The accord stipulated that that Northern Ireland would remain part of Britain until a majority of the people of Northern Ireland and of the Republic of Ireland wished otherwise.

It added, should that happen, then the British and Irish governments are under "a binding obligation" to implement that choice.

Indeed, the agreement ruled that if a majority of Catholics seeking separation from Britain form in Northern Ireland and vote for re-union with the Republic of Ireland, Britain is obliged to approve it.

The flag decision is apparently a strong indicator that the Protestants, who have always prided themselves as ‘the majority’, are now losing to pro-independence Catholics, not just in numbers but a territory they say should remain British.

That explains the persisting riots that in turn reflect unionists’ alarm at the prospect of a united Ireland.

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Iranian filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi's dramatic comedy A Cube of Sugar is to be screened at the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) in Ireland.

The movie is programmed to be presented in the Irish capital Dublin’s Light House cinema as one of the festival’s screening venues.

Mirkarimi's latest production recounts the story of a family who lives in an old Iranian city and their attempts in dealing with different problems and incidents.

The film was screened at the World Greats Section of the 35th Montreal International film festival in August, 2011.

Mirkarimi's family drama was also presented at the 2011 edition of Busan International film festival in South Korea and the 17th Vilnius International Film Festival in Lithuania.

The movie also represented Iran at the 2012 edition of Off Plus Camera Festival in Poland.

Born in 1966, screenwriter and director Mirkarimi has received prizes in several domestic and international festivals.

The 2008 Golden St. George award of Moscow International Film Festival, the 2001 Best Screenplay Prize of Asia-Pacific Film Festival and the 2001 Special Jury Prize of Tokyo International Film Festival are among his many honors.

Under the Moonlight (2001), The Child and the Soldier (2001), So Close, So Far(2005) and As Simple as That (2008) are among Mirkarimi's better known works.

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Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Slovenia propose Taking Syria to the ICC

A new media disinformation with regard to Syria, coupled by a political initiative by the self-proclaimed “international community” in the making.  The foreign ministers of  four seemingly “neutral” EU countries are now proposing to take president Bashar Al Assad to the the International Criminal  Court (CC), for alleged crimes committed against the Syrian people.

The text of this proposal entitled Time to refer Syria crisis to ICC by Michael Spindelegger, Karl Erjavec, Eamon Gilmore and Villy Søvndal,  respectively the foreign ministers of Austria, Slovenia, Ireland and Denmark has been published by CNN.

This proposal, published as an oped by CNN, is apparently being made by these four distinguished statesmen in a “personal capacity”.  One would expect, however, that this  proposal is endorsed by the governments of those four countries.

The proposal in itself is highly convoluted. Realities are turned upside down. The Syrian government is identified as responsible for committing atrocities, when in fact the killings of civilians including extrajudicial assassinations have in large part been conducted by foreign supported death squads.

The existence of opposition terror brigades integrated by mercenaries and funded by the Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia are not mentioned. Nor is the existence of the Al Nusra Front, affiliated to al Qaeda in Iraq, supported covertly by the CIA.

The text is largely based on the report of the the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria, under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council.

This document smells rat. Does it point to a EU initiative to take the Syrian government to Court as well impose a new range of economic sanctions. Below is the full text of the Proposal:

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.

As do our colleagues from the Arab League, we strongly condemn the violence by the al-Assad regime against the Syrian people. We call on all sides to end the violence and to genuinely support the U.N.-led efforts to achieve a political solution.

But recent developments have given reason for even more serious concern. U.N. peacekeepers were seriously injured when a convoy of the UNDOF peacekeeping operation on the Golan Heights was attacked. Reports about possible preparations for the use of chemical weapons circulate.

The al-Assad regime is preparing Damascus for confrontation with the rebels and we know that these situations of last stand urban fighting often result in the most terrible atrocities being committed in armed conflict, with particular dangers for civilians. Concerned that the crisis in Syria may soon reach a new level of violence, we publicly appeal to all parties to the conflict to abide by international law, especially international humanitarian law and human rights law, and to recall that all those that commit or order war crimes and crimes against humanity will be held accountable. This principle cannot and will not be negotiated.

As we know from the work of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria, horrendous crimes have already been committed during the conflict in Syria, but there have been no consequences for the perpetrators. It is precisely for situations like this that the international community established the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) ten years ago. This independent judicial body can provide justice when a state is unable or unwilling to prosecute the most terrible crimes. Since Syria is not a party to the ICC Statute, jurisdiction of the Court requires a decision of the U.N. Security Council. In view of the grave concerns mentioned above, and the lack of prosecution in Syria, we call on the U.N. Security Council to urgently refer the situation in Syria to the ICC. In this respect, we welcome the Conclusions of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council on December 10, 2012 and the Swiss initiative at the United Nations to achieve this goal.

A referral to the ICC – which has repeatedly been suggested by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay – has several advantages. The Court is a neutral and impartial institution that investigates and prosecutes the most serious crimes on all sides. A referral would give the leaders of the Syrian opposition a strong argument to call for discipline among its diverse forces. It would give the members of the al-Assad regime a further reason to question their allegiance. And it could assist the search for a political solution to the conflict. As we saw in other crises, parallel political and judicial processes are mutually supporting. There is no decision to be taken here between either peace or justice – a sustainable, long-term solution requires both.

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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Published time: 30 Aug, 2017 15:28 Edited time: 30 Aug, 2017 16:09 Police searching a...

EU demands that Britain start ‘negotiating seriously’ on Brexit

Published time: 29 Aug, 2017 09:19 The EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier is “concerned”...

This Unethical Isle: 5 terrible things Britain exports to the world

From leaded petrol that causes brain damage, to weapons used in the war on Yemen...

The Nations that Accept Nazism Today

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The U.S. Government leads a global operation to make racist fascism ‘respectable’ again. On 21 November 2014, in a vote...

Is British democracy broken? Election monitors issue damning verdict on 2017 vote

British democracy needs a dramatic overhaul following this year’s “hold your nose” general election that...

Oh Cod! Could Britain sacrifice its fish stocks to secure Brexit trade deal?

A fresh cabinet split has emerged as top Tory MPs clash over whether to use...

Hindu & Jew wed in UK’s first-ever lesbian interfaith marriage

A Hindu and a Jew tied the knot on Saturday in Britain’s first-ever lesbian interfaith...

70yrs since colonial rule ended, is there hope yet for the UK-India ‘special relationship’?

As India celebrates the 70th anniversary of its independence from the British Empire, the nature...

Prince George a ‘gay icon’ article branded ‘sick & outrageous’

Published time: 11 Aug, 2017 14:25 Edited time: 11 Aug, 2017 18:01 An article in...

Target of 'pedophile hunters' takes own life days after sting operation

Published time: 11 Aug, 2017 16:32 Police are investigating the suicide of a man who...

10yrs after financial crisis, another crash is ‘almost inevitable,’ economist Steve Keen tells RT

Ten years on from the start of the global financial crisis, one of only a...

‘You cannot imagine’ events in Britain: Renowned radical cartoonist talks to RT’s Going Underground

Published time: 7 Aug, 2017 11:22 A renowned political cartoonist who depicted Prime Minister Theresa...

Global Polling: Which Nations Are Happiest? Unhappiest?

Eric Zuesse Results have recently been published from surveys of 68,759 people in 69 countries around the world during 2016 by WIN/Gallup International, which organization...

Sunday Times removes anti-semitic article on BBC gender pay gap scandal

The Sunday Times has been forced to apologize and retract a controversial column published online...

Forgotten History

Slavery in America, typically associated with blacks from Africa, was an enterprise that began with the shipping of more than 300,000 white Britons to...

British chancellor rejects Irish-proposed UK maritime border post-Brexit

Border negotiations between the British and Irish governments are at an impasse following a report...

What Role Should the Military Play in the Fight for Transgender Rights?

While President Trump's ban on transgender people from military service has been widely criticized even by fellow Republicans, it has reignited a debate within...

‘No Biblical warrant’: Orange Order tells its members to give up using ‘Catholic’ RIP

Published time: 25 Jul, 2017 18:02 Northern Ireland’s Orange Order has instructed its members not...

Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate Ties Influencing Science Coverage?

Ever since they classified the world’s most widely used herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a team of international scientists at the World Health...

No Gitmo for ‘Blackflag’: Suspected terrorist to stand trial in Pennsylvania

Published time: 22 Jul, 2017 01:03 Edited time: 22 Jul, 2017 11:56 An Algerian national accused...

Private business: State Dept spends $15k at Trump hotel to accompany first family

The US State Department spent over $15,000 of taxpayer money at a Trump-branded hotel in Vancouver,...

Britain finally accepts it must pay Brexit bill on leaving EU

Published time: 14 Jul, 2017 09:16 Britain has acknowledged for the first time it faces...

IRA bomb maker apologizes to victims of 1974 Birmingham terror attacks

A former IRA bomb maker has admitted to being part of the group responsible for...

The Twelve Safest Countries in the World

The think tank Institute for Economics and Peace recently published the Global Peace Index 2017, which reveals the safest — as well as...

Eleventh Night: Bonfire built beside petrol station sparks safety fears (PHOTOS)

Published time: 8 Jul, 2017 18:11 An enormous bonfire built to mark Eleventh Night, Northern...

ICE deports prominent Irishman after appearing on television, immigrant communities anxious

The deportation of a well-known Irishman on an expired visa sparked outrage from immigrant communities who...

A Liberal’s Cry of Despair

For three decades, E. D. Hirsch, Jr. has been one of the foremost defenders of the American public schools. He has also been a...

Top EU negotiator warns Britain won’t enjoy ‘friction-free trade’ after Brexit

Published time: 6 Jul, 2017 12:27 The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has...

Obama’s Dual Citizenship

Jus sanguinis (Latin: right of blood) is a principle of nationality law by which citizenship is not determined by place of birth but by having...

‘Monumental failure’: Sinn Fein deadlocked with DUP, UK conservatives dealt another crisis

Northern Ireland's two main political parties have failed to reach a new power-sharing agreement, and...

Theresa May wants to remain PM until 2022… but desperately seeking Lib Dem help

Although Tory rebels reportedly want her gone by the summer of 2019, Prime Minister Theresa...

Fries With That?

By Dr. Mercola The potato has had a long history. The Incan tribe from the highlands of Peru worshipped the potato and people from Ireland...

Tories accuse left-wing students of ‘voting twice’ in general election

Published time: 30 Jun, 2017 15:48 Edited time: 30 Jun, 2017 16:02 Senior Tories are...

#NastyParty: Twitter fumes as Tories find £1bn for DUP but deny emergency workers pay...

Published time: 29 Jun, 2017 11:33 The Tories are facing a barrage of social media...

Fecal bacteria found in drinks sold by UK’s top three coffee chains

Traces of fecal bacteria have been found in drinks sold by Britain’s three major coffee...

DUP MPs ‘worth £100mn each’… £20mn more than Cristiano Ronaldo

Published time: 28 Jun, 2017 16:26 Each of the 10 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MPs...

‘Where’s your magic money tree?’ Theresa May faces backlash over £1bn ‘bung’ to DUP

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s billion-pound deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop...
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Video: Gone with the wind: Irish weatherman literally blown away on air

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Video: ‘Weak UK prime minister’ signs £1bn power deal with DUP

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party has reached a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, to support her minority ... Via Youtube

DUP is milder form of Klu Klux Klan – George Galloway

Published time: 26 Jun, 2017 16:16 Northern Ireland’s hard-right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is a...

Tories & the DUP: What does the future hold for Britain’s newest government?

Criticism poured in from all sides after the Conservative Party finally reached a deal with...

Theresa May strikes deal with DUP to prop up minority government

Published time: 26 Jun, 2017 10:13 Edited time: 26 Jun, 2017 10:32 Prime Minister Theresa...

Theresa May offers to let 3mn EU citizens remain in UK after Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has made a “fair and serious offer” to the EU...

London Fire Fuels Movement to Tackle Inequality in Britain

Didn't Prime Minister Theresa May initially make some proposals to reduce inequality? When she first became prime minister less than a year ago, she spoke...

British population shows sharpest growth since 1947 – ONS

Published time: 22 Jun, 2017 15:48 The population of Britain grew by 538,000 in a...

DUP letters: Party lobbied to stop NI couples marrying in Scotland

Published time: 21 Jun, 2017 14:32 The Scottish Government has released letters from the Democratic...

‘Day of Rage’ protesters target Queen’s Speech to ‘bring down the government’

Up to 2,000 people will march on Downing Street to “bring down the government” over...

Exit talks begin between UK and European Union

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Brexit negotiations begin in earnest as weakened Theresa May wrestles with DUP deal

Formal Brexit negotiations began on Monday morning, but Prime Minister Theresa May still finds herself...

'Shape up or ship out!' It’s make-or-break week for PM Theresa May

With history conspiring against her, and forces inside and outside her own party baying for...

Beware the Poisoned Chalice

Unsurprisingly, Jeremy Corbyn is walking around with a permanent grin on his face. He is rightly delighted with the achievement of the Labour Party...

Anti-government protest in London as pressure builds on Theresa May (WATCH LIVE)

Published time: 17 Jun, 2017 13:54 Demonstrators are gathering outside Downing Street in central London...

Europe Discovers a Volatile Populism

Exclusive: European politicians are finding it tricky to “play the populist card,” as U.K. Prime Minister May discovered when her Conservative...

Troubles: Sinn Fein & DUP exchange fire over Westminster funding as Tories seek deal

Republicans and Unionists are set to clash over Westminster funding as Sinn Fein president Gerry...

Brexit negotiations will start on Monday, UK govt confirms

Britain has announced that Brexit negotiations will begin on June 19, despite earlier speculation they...

SAS troops posing as homeless people to counter terrorist attacks

Published time: 14 Jun, 2017 15:56 SAS troopers have been deployed on British streets disguised...

May’s Pact with the Devil

Former Conservative Chancellor George Osborne, now editor of the London Evening Standard, calls Theresa May “dead woman walking”. Another former minister Anna Soubry says:...

DUP deal: Tories ‘steadfastly’ committed to N. Irish peace process

Published time: 14 Jun, 2017 11:30 Edited time: 14 Jun, 2017 11:31 UK Prime Minister...

Former Tory PM John Major intervenes over ‘fragile’ DUP deal

Former Tory Prime Minister John Major has spoken out against Theresa May’s intent to prop...

Tottering Theresa May to meet ‘kingmaker’ DUP to thrash out ‘confidence & supply’ deal

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Tuesday...

Britain’s Real Terror Apologists

Despite a vicious smear campaign to denigrate Britain’s Labour leader as a “terrorist sympathizer,” Jeremy Corbyn still pulled off an amazing achievement in the...

“By Calling this General Election, Theresa May has Committed the Biggest act of self-Sabotage...

As the dust settles on yet another national vote in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, it is becoming...

An Interesting View of Foreign Politics

Eric Zuesse For many years, I have been reading — but not yet citing as documentation for my own articles regarding U.S. international policies —...

May set for rough ride as Corbyn prepares for Queen’s Speech assault

Theresa May’s difficulties look set to continue as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn prepares to use...

Likely Coalition Partner for Floundering UK Conservative Party Sits on the Hard Right Fringe

The Democratic Unionist Party now look like the Tories preferred coalition partners. The DUP, which is the biggest Unionist (ie pro-UK) party in Northern...

Corbyn Teaches To Embrace Change We Need

The shocking election result in the United Kingdom – the Conservatives losing their majority and the creation of a hung Parliament; and Jeremy Corbyn...

Crunch time for Theresa May as potential leadership battle looms after election calamity

A tumultuous week in British politics has concluded with rumors of civil war among the...

Historic 1st: FDA calls for opioid to be removed from market based on risk...

In an unprecedented move, the US Food and Drug Administration has requested a drugmaker withdraw an...

Jeremy Corbyn Rides Leftist Tide in UK Election in Rebuke of Austerity and Conservatives

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a major setback Thursday in an election that saw her Conservative Party lose its majority in Parliament less...

Who is the DUP? A brief history of UK parliament’s new kingmaker

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) holds the key to Theresa May remaining in Downing Street but what do we know about this...

Wikipedia ‘hack’ claims Adolf Hitler leads kingmakers of UK politics

Published time: 9 Jun, 2017 11:43 The Wikipedia page of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)...

False Dawn or New Hope: Right-Wing Pact Imperils UK Paradigm Shift

Well, it was nice while it lasted. Like many others, I rejoiced through the night at the astounding UK election results, which seemed to...

‘Who should I vote for?’ Google reveals top searches ahead of #GE2017 (VIDEOS, GRAPHS)

Hours before UK voters head to the polls, Google Trends is providing an interesting insight into not only the partisan divide online, but also...

‘Brutal and shocking’: First reactions & videos of London Bridge terror attack

Published time: 4 Jun, 2017 01:40 Videos have emerged showing the initial response to the...

Terrorist suspects should be locked up in internment camps, says ex-police chief

Thousands of suspected terrorists should be placed in internment camps, as the threat of terrorism...

‘A bit of dead cat’: Labour MP dismisses claims Corbyn backed IRA

Published time: 22 May, 2017 13:07 Claims by the press and Conservatives that Labour leader...

Even ‘£1bn is a lot’: UK Brexit negotiator rejects €100bn divorce bill

Published time: 21 May, 2017 16:38 The UK Brexit Secretary rejected a €100-billion ($112 billion)...

“Fossil Fuels Have Lost. The Rest of the World Just Doesn’t Know It Yet”

Fossil fuels have lost,” argues Eddie O’Connor, chief executive of Irelands’s Mainstream Renewable Power company, before adding: “The rest of the world just doesn’t...

Boeing’s new 737 grounded over flaw in engine component

Published time: 11 May, 2017 19:38 Edited time: 12 May, 2017 09:27 All test flights of...

Irish police investigate Stephen Fry for calling God ‘mean-minded’ & ‘stupid’

Published time: 7 May, 2017 08:26 Edited time: 7 May, 2017 09:21 Police in Ireland...

Brexit will not be quick & painless, EU’s chief negotiator warns

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has dismissed British “illusions” that Brexit will be quick...

It Makes Us Poorer

At a maximum rate of 35 percent, the U.S. corporate tax rate is one of the highest in the world, and the highest of...

‘If We Don’t Change the Mission of Police, Reforms Will Not Work’

Janine Jackson interviewed Alex Vitale about de-policing for the April 14, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Alex Vitale: “Police legitimacy…is...

Independent Scotland would be ‘most welcome’ in EU, say European politicians

Published time: 11 Apr, 2017 16:20 Scottish parliamentarians were told their nation would be “most welcome”...

Doctors trained abroad more likely to face competency probes

A new study has revealed doctors trained overseas are up to 13 times more likely...

Dark Web arms deal gone wrong: 14yr old charged with trying to buy Soviet-era...

Published time: 8 Apr, 2017 12:31 A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in Northern Ireland and...

The Sinking of the Lusitania

On a day which had earlier been foggy but was now clear and calm, some passengers aboard the Lusitania stood on deck and watched...

Sleeping With the IRA

Ireland was much on my mind these past weeks.  As we watched the first stage of Britain’s divorce from the European Union, the ever-rebellious...

UK jail to get first of its kind ‘extremists only’ block – report

In an apparent first of its kind attempt, the UK is planning to move convicted...

Westminster Attack: Courage, Cowardice and Double Standards

The attack outside and inside London’s Westminster Parliament just before 4 pm local time on Wednesday 22nd March resulted in five deaths, including the...

Most Leave voters want death penalty restored after Brexit, poll reveals

Published time: 30 Mar, 2017 15:34Edited time: 30 Mar, 2017 15:34 More than half of Leave...

Memory Against Forgetting: the Resonance of Bloody Sunday

Photo by Robin Kirk | CC BY 2.0 Martin McGuinness died last week, one time IRA leader, more recently a British government minister-the irony of...

'Human waste’ found in Coca-Cola cans at company plant sparks police probe

Published time: 28 Mar, 2017 17:55 A police investigation has been launched after workers at a...

From paramilitary to peacemaker: Former IRA commander & NI leader Martin McGuinness dies

Former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness died Tuesday morning following a...

Trump Budget Has Some Good Cuts

Back in the 1950’s, a British professor at the distinguished University of Malaya, C. Northcote Parkinson, observed that as the post-war Royal Navy shrank...

American man on 25th anniversary holiday last victim of London terror attack to be...

The third victim of the terrorist attack outside Parliament in London on Wednesday has been...

Spanish Brexit negotiator suggests British expats should keep their EU rights

Madrid is seeking a Brexit deal that will allow British expatriates to remain in Spain with full access to their EU benefits. Jorge Toledo, the...

Tampons & nappies to be turned into clean energy

A major waste company is launching a multi-million pound initiative that will see tampons, hygienic...

Brexit, Nationalism and the Damage Done

Photo by Sam | CC BY 2.0 Brexit is English nationalism made flesh, but the English underrate its destructive potential as a form of communal...

Trump’s favorite ‘Irish proverb’ is actually Nigerian

Published time: 17 Mar, 2017 11:27 Speaking at a ceremony to mark St. Patrick’s Day, US President...

Israel and the A-Word

Photo by Alan Ireland | CC BY 2.0 The word resonated loud and clear from South Africa. Hendrik Verwoerd, widely described as a key architect...

Apocalypse now? Ex-commando colonel claims moral collapse in killer marine’s unit

The former commander of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, whose battlefield murder conviction was quashed Wednesday, has claimed the jailed soldier’s unit fell apart due...

Irish Americans Called to Stand Against Trump and Racism

While Irish Prime Minster Enda Kenny traveled to the White House to take part in a traditional "shamrock ceremony" with his American counterpart on...

‘Security breach’ probed after Theresa May’s travel diary found on train

The government is investigating a “serious security breach,” as documents containing sensitive information regarding Prime Minister Theresa May’s travel plans were found by a...

A Women's Strike Reading List

Protesters rally during the Women's March in Oakland, CA, January 21, 2017. (Photo: Audrey Penven / Flickr) Here's a handy reading list on issues around...

UK terrorism convictions double in 5yrs, Birmingham a hotbed – report

Published time: 5 Mar, 2017 13:09 Terrorism convictions in the UK have doubled over the past...

May accuses Sturgeon of ‘twisting the truth’ in Scottish independence bid

UK Prime Minister Theresa May used a speech at the Scottish Conservative Conference in Glasgow...

Ground-breaking genetic test may lead to sex-selective abortions

A ground-breaking genetic test that allows women to discover the sex of their baby just...

‘Shortsighted & nonviable’: UK’s lack of dialogue with Russia slammed in new parliamentary report

Britain’s refusal to engage with the Russian government is not a viable long-term foreign policy option, parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has warned, urging the...

Families of Tunisia terrorism victims devastated after tour operator cleared of neglect

The coroner at the inquest into the deaths of 30 British tourists at the hands...

Is Theresa May’s Brexit strategy about to be derailed by 2nd Scottish #IndyRef?

UK Prime Minister Theresa May fears First Minister Nicola Sturgeon could call for a second...

EU migrants could lose right to stay in Britain within weeks

European migrants arriving in Britain could lose their right to stay permanently from next month...

UK terror threat at highest level since ‘70s, says watchdog

Published time: 26 Feb, 2017 15:31Edited time: 26 Feb, 2017 15:50 The UK is at its...

Make America British again? Queen may bring former colony into Commonwealth

As a former British colony, the US could be the next “associate member” of the...

Catherine Despard, Abolitionist

I am an abolitionist. Abolition is a plot against racial capitalism which is all capitalism, not just some of it.  It is a plot...

Peer aims to block Brexit in Lords’ debate as Prime Minister May looks on...

A British peer has launched a campaign against Brexit, vowing to vote against the bill...

Plan to scrap child refugee resettlement scheme condemned by UK children’s commissioners

Britain’s four children’s commissioners have written to Tory Home Secretary Amber Rudd expressing their “deep...

‘Sexual health time bomb’: Sex ed classes must be made compulsory, say British councils

A lack of sex and relationships education (SRE) in British secondary schools risks having a...

The Irish Water Insurgency: No More Blood From These Stones

Cobh, the "Great Island" located just off Ireland's Southern Coast, can be reached only via Belvelly Bridge, which was of strategic importance in 2014...

Cock up: Low-flying military aircraft scare chickens to death, MoD forced to pay out

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has been forced to make payouts 18 times in the...

House of Lords told to back Brexit bill or face being abolished – reports

Downing Street is attempting to play down a warning that the House of Lords could be abolished if peers try to block the Brexit...

UK covered up intelligence training for Bahrain police, human rights group says

British authorities trained Bahrain’s police on how to gather intelligence on protesters and use crowd control techniques such as water cannon and dogs, and...

Footage of final moments before British Marine executed wounded Afghan released by court

Judges have released additional sections of a helmet camera video of the moments before a...

Military defends ‘political witch-hunt’ Facebook post calling for Troubles murder witnesses

Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has been forced to defend a post on the Parachute...

Will the Euro Collapse This Year?

2017 could be the year that the euro collapses according to Joseph Stiglitz writing in Fortune magazine and these concerns were echoed over the weekend by...

Theresa May not taking devolved govts’ Brexit demands ‘remotely seriously’ – Sturgeon

Britain’s devolved governments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland want a bigger say in Brexit...

The Forefathers of Europe

More than 60 percent of males in modern-day Europe descends from three Bronze Age leaders. Genetic researchers estimate that three families in particular, which originated...

May condemns torture… as ex-army Tory MP says ‘sometimes it might be justified’

Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned torture in response to President Donald Trump’s suggestion he...

How Do I Know Good Can Overcome Ignorance, Spite and Hate? Because I’ve Seen...

They wrote things like “In the end, good does always seem to come from terrible events, though it must be impossible to see that...

War crime tribunals must take stress of combat into account, say generals

The stress of the battlefield must be taken into consideration when dealing with crimes carried...

Brexit bill to trigger Article 50 to be presented before Parliament

Legislation paving the way for the government to start the Brexit process is expected to be presented to Parliament on Thursday, igniting months of...

US no longer ‘full democracy’ – Economist Group report

The US has been downgraded from a ‘full democracy’ to a ‘flawed democracy’ for the first...

‘Scientology knock-off’: Whistleblower exposes ‘cult’ that thinks ‘children are sexy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Almost two years after Jane started ‘personal development’ course Access Consciousness, she realized she was...

Alex Salmond: Brexit ‘long way’ from done deal, court ruling ‘massive defeat’ for May

The Scottish National Party has welcomed a High Court ruling that will force the Brexit-triggering Article 50 to pass through parliament, as its foreign...

String of anti-Semitic attacks in London causes mayor to demand ‘zero tolerance’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned that the British capital will show zero tolerance towards hate...

‘Establishment delaying Brexit’: #Article50 ruling divides internet

Britain’s Supreme Court ruling on how Theresa May’s government can trigger formal divorce talks from...

Germany will be pressed into EU-UK trade deal within 2yrs, MP claims

There will be a UK-EU trade deal within two years because Germany cannot afford an economic battering from export tariffs, Brexiteer Owen Paterson MP...

Millions across the US protest Trump

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Trump, the Banks and the Bomb

When pro-nuclear disarmament organisations last October cheered the United Nations decision to start in 2017 negotiations on a global treaty banning these weapons, they...

In Photos: Women's Marches on All Seven Continents Demand 'A Better Future'

The second day of the Trump administration has seen an unprecedented wave of protests swell across the globe, as the Women's March on Washington...

Video of Royal Marine executing wounded Afghan must not be published, MoD tells court

Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is fighting an attempt by a group of newspapers to...

Tunisia terrorist attack: Inquests open into deaths of 30 British tourists

Inquests into the deaths of 30 British tourists killed in the Tunisian beach massacre of 2015 are due to start on Monday at the...

The Exorcist Priest Dies Suddenly

A Catholic priest who inspired The Exorcist died from a fall after what he claims was a possessed child spoke to him, it has...

Paramilitaries shoot couple who refused to hand over son for ‘punishment attack’

A couple in Northern Ireland were shot by paramilitaries after refusing to hand over their...

Some Questions for Mr. Trump

President-elect Donald Trump speaks with reporters at his New Year's Eve party at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on December 31, 2016....

‘Juvenile delinquent’ Nigel Farage has ‘no clue’ about Brexit, says EU commissioner

Nigel Farage has been branded a “juvenile delinquent” by European Union Commissioner Phil Hogan, who said the former UKIP leader’s efforts to influence Brexit...

George W. Bush's Ethics Lawyer: Trump Will Be in Violation of Constitution on Day...

Could Donald Trump be in violation of the Constitution on his first day in office? That's the conclusion of some leading constitutional law experts....

NASA captures spectacular burst of northern lights over Canada (PHOTOS)

A burst of particles from the Sun hit the Earth’s magnetic field soon after the winter...

Out of EU and NATO

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said that NATO exists only ‘to serve Washington’s objectives’, and that she planned to hold a Brexit-style referendum,...

British parents should ‘try harder’ for their children – school inspection chief

Immigrant pupils do well at school because their parents are more ambitious for them than...

‘Betrayed’: Retired paratroopers lament investigation over killing of IRA chief

Two army veterans who served in the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland say investigations into...

Cheating teachers: Number of students illicitly helped to pass exams trebles since 2014

The number of British teachers cheating to help their students pass GCSE and A-level exams...

Russia’s UK ambassador: ‘I asked MPs how they will fight terrorists in Syria. I...

A cross-party group of British parliamentarians met with Russia’s UK ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, in a bid to heal the rift in the countries’ approach...

Fat Is Good for You

FAMILIES can enjoy high-fat foods this Christmas without fearing for their health after research overturned previously accepted wisdom. Current dietary advice says foods containing high...

‘Army was boring’, says Britain’s new Armed Forces Minister

The army, in particular ceremonial duties, are boring and anyone who says they aren’t at...

‘Morally wrong’ not to let EU citizens stay after Brexit, MPs from all sides...

European citizens living in Britain should be allowed to remain in the country after the Brexit process is complete, MPs from both the Leave...

NASA designing nano-starship which travels at 20% the speed of light

The US space agency and a team of scientists, including Stephen Hawking, is developing a nano-starship...

£70,000 raised in crowdfunding for new case against Brexit

A fresh legal bid initiated by a British barrister is to be taken to an Irish court after thousands supported his case via a...

Lawyer who pursued British troops over Iraq abuse claims now faces misconduct charges

Phil Shiner, former head of the now-collapsed law firm Public Interest Lawyers (PLI), may face...

Commando’s murder appeal could 'define future' of war crimes trials

A new appeal for a royal marine convicted of carrying out a battlefield execution in...

Anatomy of a Nationalist

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0 County Dublin, Ireland. One of Donald Trump’s stated priorities is to preserve American culture, yet he told New...

‘Sextortion’: Warnings issued after webcam blackmail cases double in year

The number of ‘sextortion’ cases, where victims are persuaded to commit sexual acts on a webcam and then blackmailed, has doubled in a year,...

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity with Palestine

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has designated the week, November 25 to December 3, as the ‘biggest-ever campaign’ aimed at boycotting Israeli products and those...

Polish language should be taught in UK schools, says PM Szydlo

British schoolchildren should learn Polish, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told her UK counterpart Theresa May during Brexit talks. “The option of teaching Polish as a...

US Treasury challenges GOP with tax rule preventing overseas corporate mergers

US companies that merge with non-US ones in order to avoid paying higher taxes have been...

No amigos? Theresa May snubs Castro funeral, but Corbyn’s going

Senior members of the British government will apparently snub the funeral of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Prime Minister Theresa May failed even to...

Misrepresenting the People

The recent article “League of Nationalists” in The Economist (19-11-2016, pps. 51-54) sets out to answer the question: “All around the world, nationalists are...

‘Race Is at the Bottom of His Immigration Policy’ – CounterSpin interview with Kica...

Janine Jackson interviewed Kica Matos about Trump’s deportation policy for the November 18, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Kica Matos:...

‘Trump or Clinton? Makes no difference to Palestine,’ Middle East scholars tell RT (VIDEO)

Donald Trump promises to be Israel’s “best friend” when he enters the White House next...
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Video: Clean Cash? Irish court hears Khodorkovsky funds case

In Ireland, a court hearing's underway over former Russian oil tycoon, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who is being reviewed as potential suspect in a fraud case. Via...

Queen’s elite Guards regiments are badly short of soldiers – MoD figures

Manpower in some of Britain’s elite Guards regiments, which protect Buckingham Palace, has fallen so dramatically that only a few hundred junior infantrymen can...

Number of ‘Americans’ seeking Irish jobs doubles since Trump win

It seems Canada isn’t the only country desperate Democrats are thinking of fleeing to. New figures...

D-Day rehearsal site & other historic military bases to be sold, MoD confirms

Britain’s military is about to embark on a fire sale of one tenth of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) land assets in Britain including...

U.S. Near Bottom in Public ‘Confidence in Elections’

Only Mexico Scores Lower Among OECD Countries Eric Zuesse Here are the figures, as emailed by Gallup on November 2nd, and soon to be published as...

‘Israel is UK’s strongest ally in Middle East’ – BICOM study finds

Israel is the UK’s strongest ally in the Middle East, according to a poll conducted...

#PodestaEmails30: Hillary Clinton ‘made clear’ CGI ally be given key diplomatic post – WikiLeaks

In a newly leaked email from 2009, then-US Defense Secretary Robert Gates asks for the resumé...

A Historic Election for Women — and Not Just Because of Hillary

This election may be revolutionary for women for an unexpected reason. First woman president? OK, there’s that. But I don’t think there’s anyone left who...

Palestinians demand UK apologize for 1917 Balfour Declaration that helped create Israel

A campaign by Palestinian activists demanding the UK issue a formal apology for supporting the idea of a Jewish state in the Middle East...

UN votes to ban nukes despite UK attempts to ‘thwart’ negotiations

UN General Assembly (UNGA) members have defied the British government by voting to ban nuclear...

Podesta emails reveal extent of Bill Clinton’s ‘for profit’ activities

Conflicts of interest between Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, as well as the former president’s...

Mass Migration

Observing the US presidential electoral campaign, Thierry Meyssan analyses the resurgence of an old and weighty conflict of civilisation. Hillary Clinton has just declared...

Rwanda & The Philippines rate better than UK for gender equality, study shows

Britain is lagging behind countries including Rwanda, the Philippines and Nicaragua in a global ranking...

Brexit talks with Theresa May ‘deeply frustrating,’ says SNP leader Sturgeon

The first ‘Brexit summit’ between UK leaders collapsed on Monday with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon branding the talks “deeply frustrating” and accusing Prime...

Agrochemicals and the Cesspool of Corruption: Dr. Mason Writes to the US EPA 

Colin Todhunter (RINF) - In her recent open letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason documents what amounts to...

Royal Navy pledges to ‘man-mark’ passing Russian fleet

Britain’s navy has pledged to keep her shores ‘safe’ as a Russian fleet passes the...

Women more likely to use misogynistic terms online, report finds

Women in the UK and US are more likely to use misogynist language on social media than men, according to the results of a...

U.S. Ponders Whether to Go to War with Russia to Salvage Al Qaeda in...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Sources that will be provided here, document the historical narrative now occurring toward all-out war between the U.S. and...

More Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Twelve years ago, John Perkins published his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and it rapidly rose up The New York Times’ best-seller...

Can You Establish Your Own Sovereign Nation?

Geneticists tell us the entire human race originated from a single tribal group of around 200 people who migrated from Africa into Arabia about...

Tony Blair ‘nearly quit as PM to pursue EU presidency’ – former communications chief

Tony Blair considered leaving Downing Street three years before he stood down as Britain’s prime...

British politicians desperate for dual Irish citizenship after Brexit vote

Desperate to hold on to EU citizenship following Brexit, the number of British MPs and...

Brexit 2017? Increasingly likely Article 50 will be triggered early next year

Growing evidence indicates the British government will invoke Article 50 to trigger Brexit early next...

How Black Athletes Could Create a Watershed in Activist History

There’s the potential at this juncture for bold black athletes to blend many identity issues and address concerns about Mother Earth simultaneously. — Organizer for...

Syria as Metaphor

Syrian civil war, courtesy of Wikipedia The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial...

UKIP’s only MP tries to school science professor on science… and fails

UKIP’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, got into an Twitter spat with a University of Sussex...

SAS planned ‘shoot-to-kill’ ops against Real IRA after peace deal, claims ex-soldier

Special Forces soldiers planned a no-questions-asked shoot-to-kill operation in response to a bid by Republican...

No rivals to NATO: Britain will veto joint EU army as long as it’s...

UK will not allow the creation of a joint European army and does not want...
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Video: Tax Wars: Apple, White House, and the U.S. Treasury vs. the European Union

Economist James Henry discusses the recent ruling by the European Commission that Apple owes $14.6 billion Ireland because its tax benefits there are illegal...

Major blaze breaks out on Belfast’s Victoria Street (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Published time: 11 Sep, 2016 18:06 A large fire has broken out on Victoria Street in...

Stolen valor! Lying military veterans could be charged under ‘Walter Mitty bill’

A proposed parliamentary bill which would make it illegal to pretend to have won medals...

US taxpayers funded Clinton’s private email servers through ‘Former Presidents Act’

The private email server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state was...

Britain flutters eyelashes at Apple following European Commission tax ruling

Downing Street says it would “welcome any company” to the UK following a European Commission...

Polish man dies in ‘hate crime’ after 20 Essex teenagers launch savage attack

Police are treating an attack on two Polish men by a gang of up to...

From the Battle of Seattle to the Financial Crisis

(Shutterstock) I had many lessons from the Battle of Seattle, and one of them was that policewomen can deal it out as good as any...

How Jim Rogers Is Preparing

One week after RealVision brought us the latest Jeff Gundlach interview, in which the DoubleLine bond king explained why he is now “100% net short”,...

UN blames ‘anti-immigrant rhetoric’ of Brexit campaign for spike in hate crime

British politicians’ “anti-immigrant” rhetoric during the EU referendum campaign caused a significant spike in recorded...

Royal Marine detained in terrorism probe was beaten by loyalists at age 16

Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell, who was detained in connection with alleged dissident republican terrorism on...

War: The Islamic State and Western Politicians Against the Rest of Us

On July 28, London’s Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, aka “the Old Bailey,” announced the conviction of Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary on charges of...

Prisons within prisons: Plans to segregate & isolate jailed extremists

Radical Muslim prisoners must be isolated and removed from communal prayers to prevent the spread...

Don’t let propaganda for the ‘looming cashless society’ deceive you

Since its invention in Babylon around 4,000 years ago, money has changed from gold coins, to coins of lesser value; to paper notes/cheques, plastic cards,...

Negotiate with ISIS? Labour leadership candidate Smith backtracks on plan to sit down with...

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has backtracked on claims he would “get round the table” with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) to negotiate an...

Bloody Sunday ‘white handkerchief’ Bishop Edward Daly dies at age 82

Bishop Edward Daly, best known for waving a blood stained white handkerchief as he tried...

Europeans say no single market access … unless migrants are still welcome in post-Brexit...

Citizens of several European Union member states called on Britain to keep its borders open...

To Stop Climate Change, Don’t Just Cut Carbon. Redistribute Wealth.

 (Photo: Friends of the Earth International / Flickr) This year’s Democratic platform has the fingerprints of progressive movements all over it. A $15 minimum wage,...

Ex-firearms officer says police watchdog treats cops ‘like criminals’

A former firearms officer, who was cleared of murdering a suspected robber that he shot,...

10 Ancient Megalith Monuments

All over the world, historic monuments made of stone have been standing for millennia. Given that they were raised before the concept of writing...

The Artistic Representation of War and Peace, Politics and the Global Crisis

Contemporary art is often criticised as pointless or overvalued by art market elites. Even the word ‘artist’ has lost much of its meaning. The...

Terrorists could use drones to drop explosives on UK targets, warns ex-navy chief

Terrorists could use drones loaded with explosives to carry out attacks, a former Royal Navy...

Farage plans European tour to stoke up EU independence movements

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is planning a tour of European countries in an attempt...

IMF Disavows Neoliberalism

The IMF finally acknowledged that neoliberalism’s boom-and-bust cycles stifle growth in developing countries. Pictured: IMF chief Christine Lagarde. (Photo: the Telegraph) According to the International...

Brexit red herring? Britain’s post-EU fishing policy an ‘illusion,’ former commissioner says

Britain’s post-Brexit fishing plan is an “illusion” according to the former head of EU fisheries,...

UK tops Europe for number of terrorist attacks in 2015

Britain suffered more terrorist attacks in 2015 than any other EU country, with the majority...

Drunk strip club customer spends £7,500… but gets a refund

A bachelor party guest who splurged £7,500 on dances at a strip club has received...

How Britain’s Aristocracy Are Playing the Brexit Thing

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org on July 6th; now updated in this version’s closing paragraphs HISTORICAL PRELIMINARY The European Union, and opposition to Brexit (or...

Military families sent loved ones body armor to make up for shortages in Iraq...

British soldiers serving in Iraq suffered such serious kit shortages during the 2003 invasion and...

UK will cease to exist within a decade… say 53% of Brits

Britain will cease to be a United Kingdom within ten years according to 53 percent...

Brexit: A Workers’ Response to Oligarchs, Bankers, Flunkies, and Scabs

The European Union is controlled by an oligarchy, which dictates socio-economic and political decisions according to the interests of bankers and multi-national business. ...

Microsoft wins federal appeal over warrants for data held outside US

Warrants issued by US authorities do not apply to electronic data, such as emails, held on...

British police force classifies wolf whistles, unwanted sexual advances as hate crimes

Nottinghamshire police will record misogyny, including harassment of women, unwanted sexual advances and wolf whistling,...

Brexit vote not legally binding, Parliament should have final say – top lawyers

Parliament should have the final say on whether the UK will leave the European Union, more than 1,000 prominent British lawyers say in a...

A Modest Proposal: An Irish AIPAC

Noting the remarkable success of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in influencing U.S. government policies, Daniel C. Maguire offers...

British descendants of Jews who fled the Nazis now seeking German citizenship post-Brexit

A rising number of Jews who settled in Britain after escaping Nazi persecution are now...

From Brexit in the UK to Austerity in Spain, Europe is on the Edge

(Photo: Pixaby) On the surface, the June 23 Brexit and the June 26 Spanish elections don’t look comparable. After a nasty campaign filled with racism and...

Brexit and Spain: Europe on the Edge?

While the Spanish election was portrayed as a defeat for the left, it was more a reshuffle than a major turn to the right. On...

We Must Win Democracy, Even If It Takes Revolution

While the banks, elites, and the super-rich have been scrambling to try to hold onto their billions following the UK’s shocking vote to exit...

2nd Brexit referendum ‘may be justified,’ says ex-attorney general

Public opinion shifting strongly against a Brexit could justify a second referendum, former Attorney General...

Parliament must vote on Article 50 before it’s invoked, says law firm fighting Brexit

Legal action is being taken to ensure that the formal process for the UK’s exit...

Brexit: the English and Welsh Enlightenment

“No one really knows what happens now: the collective imagination leads to dark places.” The International New York Times, June 25-26 2016 Dublin. By voting for Brexit the...

Will Brexit ever actually happen? There are plenty of signs it won’t

Since outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron’s gamble backfired last Thursday and the British public voted to leave the EU, many are desperately asking if...

Brexit vote was a tie, Britain will never leave EU – academic

The EU referendum result was actually a draw and a Brexit should not be implemented...

The Economics of Brexit: What Cameron Got Wrong

Some of the main arguments for Brexit tapped into populist anger. For instance, people like Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party and other...

UK, US officials play down security implications of Brexit, but questions remain

British and American officials are fighting to play down fears over the security implications of...

‘You’ve never done a proper job in your lives!’ Farage booed as he mocks...

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has mercilessly trolled the European Parliament before warning them the UK will not be the last country to leave the...

UK won’t disintegrate after Brexit, David Davis tells RT… but Scotland has other plans...

Former Tory chair David Davis rejects fears the United Kingdom will fragment as a result of Brexit, as calls for a second Scottish independence...

Corbyn digs heels in, appoints new Labour shadow cabinet amid mutiny

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his newly reshaped cabinet, promoting key allies to his top team as the revolt against his leadership...

Labour Party in disarray after Corbyn’s dismissal of Benn leads to mutiny

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s main opposition, the Labour Party, has sacked key shadow...

Brexit fallout: Labour insiders leak documents, accuse Corbyn of undermining Remain campaign

Multiple sources within the Labour party claim Jeremy Corbyn and his team worked against the...

‘Let’s not be hasty’: Despite EU push, UK politicians say no need for quick...

British politicians, including strong advocates of the Leave campaign, say there’s no rush in starting...

Brexit: What next for Cameron & the United Kingdom?

Britain has voted to 'Leave' the EU. Questions now hang over Prime Minister David Cameron’s...

'Beyond comprehension': Global reactions roll in as UK shocks world with Brexit vote

The UK has shocked the world with its historic Brexit vote, choosing to leave the...

Who Should We Blame for Brexit — and Where Do We Go From Here?

A Vote Leave rally in London, June 15, 2016. Britons on Thursday voted on a referendum to decide whether to remain...

A ‘Brexit’ Blow to the Establishment

Exclusive: British voters turned a deaf ear to scary warnings about leaving the E.U. and struck a blow against an out-of-touch,...

Pig farmer or 007? Twitter gives Cameron career advice as legacy crumbles

Hot on the heels of David Cameron’s resignation as Britain’s prime minister social media users...

Brexit Vote: A Very British Affair

A deal David Cameron (pictured in a happier time) cut with his party came back to bite him – and the entire UK. (Photo:...

UK population grew by 500,000 to 65.1mn last year

The British population grew by more than 500,000 to 65.1 million in the 12 months...

Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?

(Photo: portal gda / Flickr) This week might represent the beginning of the end for international cooperation. All the treaties, alliances, and unions that have...

Neoliberalism and The Globalization of War. America’s Hegemonic Project 

The world is at a dangerous crossroads.  The United States and its allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity....

North Sea oil workers must wage unified struggle

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Steve James Sharp class tensions are emerging in both the British and...

Labour could be torn apart by war crime charges for Blair over Iraq

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has hinted he could call for ex-PM Tony Blair to face...

No Fanfare for the Common Man

We keep hearing all this crap coming out of the Democrats about helping the middle class, and small businesses. Ok, yeah, I get it....

Making kids attend Christian worship at school violates their human rights – UN

Forcing British children to attend Christian school assemblies undermines their human rights, a UN committee...

Worldnews hardcore: News about worldnews from The Viper now on RT worldnews (EXPLICIT NEWS)

A new satire show is coming to RT.com with the digital channel plucking funny man...

Upstart Parties Crash the Ball in Spain

A failure by the left to unite in Spain and the Eurozone will open the door for Europe’s resurgent far right. For the past quarter...

‘Media Money Matters With the Olympics’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jules Boykoff about the Rio Olympics for the June 3, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Jules Boykoff: “The...

Why is the UK Government Scared of an Online Petition?

I started a conspiracy to harm Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (HMGUKGB&NI). I wanted to deal...

Anti-Trump protesters to greet White House hopeful on Scotland visit day before Brexit vote

Hundreds of protesters are planning to greet US presidential hopeful Donald Trump when he visits...

Matt Ridley’s Pro-GMO Blunders and Ignorance in the British Press

In his recent piece for The Times newspaper in the UK, Viscount Matt Ridley argues that a new report from the American National Academies of Sciences (NAS) leaves...

Trump’s ‘Realty Check’ on Climate

Newsflash: Donald Trump isn’t as retrograde on climate change as we thought. It turns out he’s well aware of the dangers of global warming...

Cyber-attack threat to nuclear facilities underestimated by UK – report

British authorities underestimate the risk posed by malicious cyber-attacks, spy drones and data breaches to...

UK church to show Monty Python’s religious satire ‘Life of Brian’

A UK church plans to show the Monty Python film which was either banned or...