Thursday, 29 March 2012
Analysts say that Senegal's outgoing President Abdoulaye Wade was made to pay for his failure to respond to popular demands, particularly arising from the high cost of basic commodities, a lengthy strike by teachers, and high youth unemployment, by losing his bid for a third term of office.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
THE GAP between the richest and poorest in Ireland grew by more than 25 per cent during 2010, new figures show. A Central Statistics Office report on income and living conditions shows the average income of the top 20 per cent of earners was 5.5 times greater than those in the lowest 20 per cent. This inequality ratio – up from 4.3 a year earlier – is the highest figure on record since this measurement was first used in 2004...
I have noticed a marked difference between the Irish school children in my child’s school and their non-Irish classmates. The school recently held an essay competition and awards were given in a series of categories. I’d say 60 per cent of the winners were not Irish. The school is not 60 per cent non-national...
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Opposition candidate Macky Sall defeated President Abdoulaye Wade in a second round of voting. Calm prevailed as voters streamed to polls. After preliminary results came in, Wade called Sall to congratulate the former prime minister and National Assembly leader on his victory
Millions of people live in slums and the rapid growth of cities is compounding the problem. A meeting of ministers on housing and urban development aims to improve the lives of those living under these conditions.
Monday, 26 March 2012
Thousands of people are celebrating in the streets of Dakar after preliminary results showed Senegalese opposition candidate Macky Sall has won over Abdoulaye Wade, the incumbent president
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Thursday, 22 March 2012
The report is fairly revelatory, making two important points: first, that all sides on the ground committed war crimes with no mention at all of a potential genocide conducted by the Qaddafi forces; second, that there remains a distinct lack of clarity regarding potential NATO war crimes. Not enough can be made of these two points. They strongly infer that the rush to a NATO ‘humanitarian intervention’ might have been made on exaggerated evidence, and that NATO’s own military intervention might have been less than ‘humanitarian’ in its effects.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Why War Isn't Inevitable: A Science Writer Studies the Secret to Peaceful Societies | World | AlterNet
Biologically speaking, we are just as likely to be peaceful as we are to be violent. So what keeps humans bound by a seemingly never-ending cycle of war...
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Radio Caroline is an English radio station founded in 1964 by Ronan O'Rahilly to circumvent the record companies' control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdom and the BBC's radio broadcasting monopoly. Unlicensed by any government for most of its early life, it was considered a pirate radio station.
Friday, 16 March 2012
The lack of public outrage over the brutal murder of a Roma teenager raises serious questions about our values as a society, according to a senior garda.
Chief Superintendent Michael O’Sullivan said she "suffered an appalling death that is incomprehensible in a civilised society".
Thursday, 15 March 2012
"There has been a deteriorating picture including anti-migrant attacks, the attack on a makeshift mosque, harassment of students, as well as the appearance of people flaunting neo-Nazi paraphernalia around the schools..."
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
What about the male victims of domestic violence, of which there are also very many, but never spoken about? Male victims receive little or no funding compared to their female counterparts. Why are we still in total denial about men being victims of domestic abuse???
Monday, 12 March 2012
The militant working class struggles of 2011 - from the strikes and occupation in Wisconsin, to the countless demonstrations against Wall Street Banks, the direct action and broad resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, to housing occupations throughout the country, to the defeat of regressive anti-Union legislation in Ohio, to the (inter)national explosion of the Occupy Movement - demonstrated the critical fact that the multi-national working class contained in the United States can stop the ‘shock doctrine’ measures being imposed upon it by transnational capital and the neo-liberal state.
Friday, 9 March 2012
“I hope no one is thinking very seriously of using force in this situation. I believe any further militarisation will make the situation worse,” ...“We have to be careful that we don’t introduce a medicine that is worse than the disease. We don’t have to go very far in the region to find an example of what I am talking about,”
Thursday, 8 March 2012
As new and emerging governments establish political office in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, strategies to tackle economic exclusion are still lagging. Governments and emerging parties must now start grappling with the issues of corruption, unemployment and rising inequality, but there is still little sign of how the region’s leaders plan to deal with the economic problems that gave rise to the revolutions.