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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Connolly16 in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    Here's the facebook page of the Cafe in Belfast:
    https://www.facebook.com/nacroisbhealai
     
    And here's a video of the Belfast workers speaking at Éirígí's Ard Fheis about co-operatives and his experiences:

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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Connolly16 in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    Didn't know where to post this so I'm hoping this is the right place.
     
    Taking inspiration from the thinking behind revolutionary homebrewing and the Na Crosbhealaí Co-op in Béal Feirste, I think a workers co-op cafe would be great to see in Dublin.
    It would be a revolutionary space for socialists of the various tendencies to gather and grow together. It would also set a great example for others to do likewise.
     
    As the Soviet grows, it maybe worth looking at such an idea. The Soviet already offer alternatives to market valued commodities such as beer so why not do the same with Food, Coffee and the like?
    What would everyone's thoughts be on the idea?
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Al Jazeera - Collapse of the Celtic Tiger   
    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/01/201211984746688436.html
     
    Interesting Al Jazeera documentary on the economic position of Ireland. Despite the source there are some surprisingly frank comments about how corrupt the Irish political system is. Worth a watch if you have a spare 20 minutes.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Colin Duffy Aquitted.   
    http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/dna-was-planted-says-man-cleared-of-massereene-murders-536815.html
     
    DNA was planted, says man cleared of Massereene murders
     
     
    A man cleared of murdering two soldiers in the North has claimed his DNA was planted on a latex glove in the getaway car.
     
    Colin Duffy, 44, said the charges against him were “spurious” but refused to condemn dissident republicans.
     
    Co-accused Brian Shivers was yesterday convicted of murdering the two sappers outside Massereene army barracks in March 2009.
     
    Duffy said: "I am firmly of the view that my DNA arose there because it was planted. I was never in that car.
     
    “I state quite categorically here that I had no involvement in what happened at Massereene, no involvement whatsoever, and that has been vindicated in court because there was no credible evidence to suggest otherwise.”
     
    He said that if being a dissident meant opposing Sinn Féin’s peace strategy then he was happy to classify himself as such.
     
    He added that he had no questions to answer.
     
    “I did not need to answer to the spurious evidence or so-called evidence that they were adducing at the trial,” he said.
     
    “The decision not to give evidence was a decision that we took on the basis of my view legally of how the case was going.”
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Marian Price to be put on trial in connection with the killing of Two Brit Soldiers   
    Of course, this is pure state terrorism. She was arrested in the first place for holding a piece of paper at a Republican commemoration. Now the vermin are concocting this to intern her for God only knows how long. It's clear that we are facing a ruthless and determined enemy, that will use any and all methods to stamp out effective opposition to the British occupation of Ireland. Fabricating serious charges against opposition leaders is now a favored method. There is, of course, no chance of a "conviction," but the de facto interment of these leaders for several years, while the farce-trials are played out, is considered a "victory" for the British cause in Ireland.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Colin Duffy Aquitted.   
    I'm really happy for Colin. This was never anything other than a malicious internment to get him off the streets, and weaken the opposition to British occupation. The internment of Colin Duffy shows that nothing has changed since the signing of the GFA - other than the enemy getting bolder and more brazen in his stamping down on any opposition. The "conviction" of Brian Shivers is a travesty of the worst kind. There is actually no evidence against him at all - other than the science fiction, get-rich-quick, scheme invented by US entrapreneur, Mark Perlin. Perlin's zero-level DNA scheme has been rejected in the US and Britain as unsound, but, he now stands to make a fortune, as other repressive regimes are bound to que up to buy his conviction-without-evidence snake oil.
     
    This is a terrible time for the Shivers family and friends. My heart goes out to them. Yet another Irish person in prison, for a British crime.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Colin Duffy Aquitted.   
    Here is a link to a summary of the decision of the Diplock court
     
    http://www.courtsni....vers_200112.pdf
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Frithbheart32 in Another privatised bin service increases charges in Dublin   
    Absolutely spot on with above post. Any campaign needs to be built up and be sustainable, rather than the usual Trot and populist politics that we're used to. Protests are not the way forward, certainly not in isolation. Indeed "campaigns" such as what we have become used to are long since ineffective. Any resistance or organisation on this issue has to feed in to and be part of a wider movement of building communities, and not be seen in isolation. When these campaigns become stand alone, then inevitably the working class communities involved are left standing alone!
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in 2 Bombs in Derry.   
    Of course attacks such as this cannot be allowed to become the entire struggle, or even the main forus of the struggle. Mass education, organisation and mobilisation are what is needed, but we should never fall into the enemy's trap of condemning these attacks. The real inconvenience to the people of Derry is their enslavement under capital, and their occupation by a foreign country.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in 2 Bombs in Derry.   
    I wouldn't overestimate the "disruption" that these attacks have on working class life. A minor inconvenience at most, and certainly nothing more than the people of Derry and other occupied cities are used to, such is life in an occupied city! Any blame for inconveniencing workers must lie with the occupying force, and this certainly can't be seriously categorised as an attack on the people of Derry!
     
    Even the choice of targets here, tourist office and the DHSS, have a class significance. Tourism, as a parasitic industry, and which puts the needs of rich visitors above developing native economic needs (not to mind its imperialist significance as outlined by posters above), and the dole system which is designed to keep the working class in perpetual slavery and poverty.
     
    There can be no class war without inconvenience!
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Frithbheart32 in Another privatised bin service increases charges in Dublin   
    Problem with tackling this issue before was its hijacking by the watery trendy left, who led people up a hill and left them there, which has me pessimistic about any future campaign of resistance to this shameful decision by council.
     
    When the bin issue was brought to fore with the 'dont panic, dont pay' campaign, it was left to likes of Sinn Fein, SP and SWP to provide leadership and direction to an angry working class, they gave alot of bravado about standing by communities by standing by them by joining them every week in taking peoples bins out themselves, providing them resources should they be tried etc
     
    In the end these assurances lasted a week and communities were left on their lonesome, directionless. The trendy left had got their photo opportunities of them lifting afew bins supposedly in solidarity with communities
     
    So I can predict an air of skepticism from the working class to ideas of protest from trendy left
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Bomb Attack against police in Kurdistan   
    Unfortunately there are very few sites (at least in English) for getting this kind of information from a Kurdish perspective. This is the region where 24 Turkish security forces were killed by the PKK in October last year.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Bomb Attack against police in Kurdistan   
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/01/20121206143450361.html
     
    Blast hits mainly Kurdish town in Turkey
     

    The police used water cannons and smoke grenades to disperse the crowd after scuffles broke out following the blast
    At least one person has been killed and dozens wounded, including seven police officers, in an explosion that rocked the mainly Kurdish city of Hakkari in the southeast, according to the local governor.
     
    Muammer Turker told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency that the explosion occurred on Thursday on a busy street in the southeastern city as the police vehicle was driving by.
     
    TRT, Turkey's state-run television, said the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb.
     
    Following the blast scuffles broke out between locals and riot police as police used water cannons and smoke grenades to disperse the crowd.
     
    Local television footage showed a wounded protester was carried by locals.
     
    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Kurdish fighters who seek autonomy in the region have used roadside bombings against military and police vehicles there in the past.
     
    The fighters, who belong to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, have been branded as terrorists by the US and the European Union.
    Tens of thousands of people have died during their battle for independence since 1984.
    Source:
    Agencies
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in 2 Bombs in Derry.   
    Of course attacks such as this cannot be allowed to become the entire struggle, or even the main forus of the struggle. Mass education, organisation and mobilisation are what is needed, but we should never fall into the enemy's trap of condemning these attacks. The real inconvenience to the people of Derry is their enslavement under capital, and their occupation by a foreign country.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in 2 Bombs in Derry.   
    I wouldn't overestimate the "disruption" that these attacks have on working class life. A minor inconvenience at most, and certainly nothing more than the people of Derry and other occupied cities are used to, such is life in an occupied city! Any blame for inconveniencing workers must lie with the occupying force, and this certainly can't be seriously categorised as an attack on the people of Derry!
     
    Even the choice of targets here, tourist office and the DHSS, have a class significance. Tourism, as a parasitic industry, and which puts the needs of rich visitors above developing native economic needs (not to mind its imperialist significance as outlined by posters above), and the dole system which is designed to keep the working class in perpetual slavery and poverty.
     
    There can be no class war without inconvenience!
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Laoch na nGael in Today's Irish Republicans and Marx's "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte."   
    Not instead of taking on the government, but as a way of taking on the government. Actually the government are only relevant in two circumstances, one where they attack our system, and two, where they refuse to cede power to the workers when they demand it.
     
    That's exactly what happened in 1919-1923, where workers took over running their places of employment, a national parliament (albeit, not a socialist one) and court system was established, the British political and court system was shunned by working people, and economic life was put under control of soviets. Of course, most of it was smashed by the Free Staters during and subsquent to the Civil War.
     
    We're not starting to build a socialist state, we are simply continuing the work already started
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Laoch na nGael in Today's Irish Republicans and Marx's "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte."   
    Not instead of taking on the government, but as a way of taking on the government. Actually the government are only relevant in two circumstances, one where they attack our system, and two, where they refuse to cede power to the workers when they demand it.
     
    That's exactly what happened in 1919-1923, where workers took over running their places of employment, a national parliament (albeit, not a socialist one) and court system was established, the British political and court system was shunned by working people, and economic life was put under control of soviets. Of course, most of it was smashed by the Free Staters during and subsquent to the Civil War.
     
    We're not starting to build a socialist state, we are simply continuing the work already started
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Connolly16 in Focail Chur in Aithne \ Introduce Yourself   
    My name's Conor. I'm a 16 year old Communist republican, non aligned at the moment but considering joining a socialist republican group this year. I'm currently in Secondary school. I enjoy sport, particularly Football, Hurling and Soccer, I play football myself. Asides from sport I have a big interest in music, history and politics. Most of my friends would be non political and wouldn't even know that I am, so I suppose you could say I live abit of a double life!
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Today's Irish Republicans and Marx's "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte."   
    The virtual nonsense is a definite danger, and too many people fall into it. Thats why we are building Soviets - so that the ideas of Socialism can take concrete form. And they are taking form. Its really not impossible.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in 2 Bombs in Derry.   
    Maybe because of this? - "Londonderry should be enjoying the limelight as the UK City of Culture"?
    Or Maybe its because of the torture and inhumanity suffered by republican prisoners on a daily basis in Magheberry Gaol by the hands of callous screws?
    Or maybe it has something to do with the daily victimisation of working class communities by the sectarian British militia (PSNI)?
     
    As long as conditions like these exist, they will always be met with violent resistance in some way, shape or form, weather we agree with it or not!
     

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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in The Ethnic Cleansing of a Libyan Town By Racist Nato Rats   
    Where is the NATO protection for these civilians (who even the BBC recognise are victims of war crimes)????
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Another privatised bin service increases charges in Dublin   
    As I understand it, this wasn't even subject to a vote at the council, but was a decision taken by the city manager. THe councillors of course can then feign outrage over it, although of course the false nature of any outrage is only too apparent given that when they do have a vote, they decide to charge people for their houses burning down!!!
     
    These bin changes came in at the end of last year in South Dublin. Local communities affected by these changes should let Greyhound (and the council) know that their greedy privateering will not be tolerated.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Another privatised bin service increases charges in Dublin   
    http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0119/dublin.html
     
     
    Dublin bin company announces payment change
     
     
    The private company, which took over household bin collections in the Dublin City Council area, has announced a change to the way annual payments can be made.
     
    The private company that has taken over collecting household bins in the Dublin City Council area has announced a change to the way annual payments can be made.
     
    Greyhound Recovery and Recycling had said that the €100 fee must be prepaid in full when they took over the service on Monday.
     
    However, they have announced that it can be paid in two instalments if people sign up for their Automatic Top Up service by 15 February.
     
    The company says it made the decision following the concerns expressed by their customers.
     
    Anyone who does not register for the Automatic Top Up must still pay the annual charge in full by 15 February.
     
    Earlier this week, Dublin City Councillors said they have been inundated with complaints about the new privatised bin collection service and called for a special meeting of the council and the publication of the terms of the contract with Greyhound.
     
    Greyhound already handles green bin collections for the city, South Dublin and Fingal councils.
     
    The company also has the contract for black and brown bin collections in South Dublin.
     
    It said it had consulted with officials at Dublin City Council on its proposals regarding the pre-paid model that it operates.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Today's Irish Republicans and Marx's "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte."   
    Don't worry a chara, I didn't for a second think that you were knocking me personally
     
    I do think it is an error to think that we've seen the finest band of freedom fighters that Ireland can offer. The Provisionals certainly did a great job in bringing the war to the Brits, but they were in reality a very small section of Irish society, and their leaders (at least those who were allowed to emerge over time) lacked any real revolutionary politics and led the movement into the cul de sac of constitutional politics. If a small band of fighters with poor leaders can achieve that much, then a mass movement with revolutionary politics throughout it would be unstoppable.
     
    The plan is very simple, we start to build the kind of world that we want to live in. We ignore, as best we can, the capitalist system around us. There will be times surely when that system confronts us and we need to organise to fight that effectively, and there will also be times when we have organised all that we can, and that all that remains is to take what is rightfully ours.
     
    This kind of building is something that the provisionals never did. They organised in the community surely, but only in the mould of their British and capitalist masters, their leaders knew all along that they were simply wanting to slot into the system, not replace it. And that's exactly what they have done, just look at any of the community organisations that they built over time, they are now indistinguishable from any other organisation in the pocket of government.
     
    A revolutionary movement cannot slot into the system, because it operates on a completely different basis. We can build such a movement, indeed we are building such a movement, its happening in small steps, and is a much longer and more arduous process than was ever attempted by the Provisionals. Don't be put off by the huge task required, its more rewarding than you think. Its much more rewarding than being part of a movement that ultimately is doomed to become the very thing that the grassroots members are fighting against. At least, even if we achieve only small results, each one of those results belongs to us, and can inspire us to greater things. But hey, one step at a time, the workers Republic will be built! :hammersickle:
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Today's Irish Republicans and Marx's "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte."   
    But the point is that the system is what causes all of these things that you complain of. If you don't want to change the system, then what do you want to change? You want to make it fairer? That's impossible, capitalism is not fair, and cannot be fair.
     
    Its not armed revolution or nothing though. There are ways of surviving the system (having a job etc.) and also planning on how to bring about real social change. And I don't believe that it requires men of any more stature than the average working person, if it did, then it wouldn't be a democratic revolution.
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