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As the Tories plan a massive onslaught on Britain’s public expenditure the evidence mounts that indiscriminate cut backs only further damage the economy, but Europe’s ideological diehards will not listen, according to Aidan Regan. The Spanish government introduced a massive austerity package on 27th May 2010 amounting to €15 billion,

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The EU’s former Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid has applauded King Leopold II, the Congo’s late 19th century colonial master whose regime was responsible for between five and 20 million deaths, as a “visionary hero”, writes Francis Donohoe. Louis Michel, a Belgian former EU commissioner and current prominent Liberal MEP, stated

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Shell to Sea: A Mayo Community Continues to Confront Shell’s Demands, writes Shell to Sea activist Stewart Reddin. The environmental catastrophe and the tragic deaths of 11 oil rig workers caused by the explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico has illuminated the blatant disregard oil

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News FeaturesTradition

Sam McGrath reports on the third annual commemoration of George Brown, who fell fighting fascism during the Spanish Civil War. “The decision by over 45,000 Volunteers to serve in the International Brigades was one of the most striking affirmations of the human spirit in the modern era, where former opponents

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Workers’ Party Cork Councillor Ted Tynan discusses how new statistics released by Cork City Council highlight the stark disparities in access to health, education and other important services between the Northside and Southside of the city. Published in June, the City Council report – a Strategic Plan for the Library

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Left DebateOpinion

The Republic’s Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, recently announced the establishment of a Review Group on State Assets and Liabilities fronted by economist Colm McCarthy. It is claimed the Group will advise on “the proper stewardship of state assets and on opportunities for the better use of those assets.” However,

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NewsWorld

The last US combat brigade has left Iraq, but 50,000 US troops and thousands more foreign mercenaries remain in the country to preserve US strategic and economic interests, reports Ultán Gillen. In the early hours of Thursday 19th August, the last US combat brigade crossed the border from Iraq into

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Editorial

 We live on an island blighted by politics based on myths rather than realities. In the republic, two parties vie for power claiming to represent different visions when they really serve the same powerful interests. People in Northern Ireland are offered little choice in economic and social policy by parties

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The establishment of the Tomás MacGiolla Centre for Citizenship and Reconciliation will help the direct confrontation of the related problems of sectarianism and racism, writes Seán Garland.  Sectarianism and its near relations racism and xenophobic nationalism, are menaces princi­pally because they poison relations between members of different traditions; stultify the

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Editorial

Class politics are back. In real­ity they had never gone away but during the years of an economic boom based on speculative fan­tasy rather than real production, this truth was shrouded.  Now the stark choices have returned. How will we build a real productive economy? Who will pay for the

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