Monthly Archives: September 2011

Conor McCabe – Raymond Crotty Memorial Lecture 2011: Rancher & Banking Interests in the Irish Economy. Pearse Centre, Dublin @ 2:30pm, Saturday 15 October.


Raymond Crotty Memorial Lecture 2011 – Conor McCabe: Rancher & Banking Interests in the Irish Economy Dr. Conor McCabe will deliver the Raymond Crotty Memorial Lecture for 2011 in the Pearse Centre (27 Pearse Street), Dublin, at 2:30 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Important Conference – The EU in crisis: Prospects for regaining Ireland’s sovereignty. 7-8 October 2011


The EU in crisis Prospects for regaining Ireland’s sovereignty. Friday-Saturday 7-8 October 2011 The Ireland Institute 27 Pearse Street Dublin 2 Friday 7 October 7.30pm Was ‘Social Europe’ a con? Speakers: David Begg, General Secretary, ICTU Alex Gordon, General President … Continue reading

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European, Institutional Bank Run in progress?


ZeroHedge – PIMCO Warns Global Central Banks Are Now Openly Defecting From The Status Quo’s Prisoner’s Dilemma; Bloomberg – Lloyd’s of London Pulls Deposits From Banks on Debt Crisis: Lloyd’s of London, concerned European governments may be unable to support … Continue reading

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Greece is the word…


News from the past seven days… MarketWatch – Greece should default, exit euro, Roubini says; ZeroHedge – Germany Demands “Managed” Greek Default And 50% Bond Haircuts In Exchange For Expanding EFSF, Peripheral “Firewall”; Spiegel – ‘We Won’t Pay’ Greece’s Middle … Continue reading

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Yanis Varoufakis in Ireland: Understanding the Euro Crisis


I am in Dublin on a series of talks, interviews and discussions through which I hope (a) to spread the word for the Modest Proposal and (b) to learn from this amazing small country’s experiences. Today’s (personal) highlight was meeting … Continue reading

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On Vincent Browne: Marshall Auerback – Will Greece Default? Should Ireland Leave the Euro?


http://www.tv3.ie/videos.php?video=40371&locID=1.65.169 Tonight with Vincent Browne Thu 22 Sept: 11.05pm Vincent and his panel of guests debate whether Ireland should abandon the Euro.

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“La Maison: The History of a Breton” – Yann Fouéré


La Maison – The History of a Breton Drwm, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth http://www.llgc.org.uk/drwm La Maison – The History of a Breton is the second part of the memoirs of Yann Fouéré who was born in 1910. He … Continue reading

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The math of “real mortgage rates” – Schwab.com


From Liz Ann Sonders @ Schwab.com: The math of “real mortgage rates” Back at the peak of the housing bubble in 2005, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate (the nominal rate) was about 6%. To get the “real” mortgage rate, you … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Europe and European Nationalism (George Friedman/StratFor)


The Crisis of Europe and European Nationalism is republished with permission of STRATFOR. When I visited Europe in 2008 and before, the idea that Europe was not going to emerge as one united political entity was regarded as heresy by … Continue reading

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Desmond Greaves Summer School: “Economist sees Irish echoes of US crisis” – Irish Times


From The Irish Times – Economist sees Irish echoes of US crisis: “The closest decade to this one as far as real growth in gross domestic product was the 1930s. There was 1.3 per cent growth per year then, and … Continue reading

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Rabbitte sells out! (People’s Movement)


This article is based on a press statement by Cllr Cian O’Callaghan (Labour Party). A report by the US Government Accountability Office in 2007 found that Ireland has the second lowest government take on oil and gas deposits of 142 … Continue reading

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EU austerity contagion spreads (People’s Movement)


Italy’s government has approved a €345½ billion austerity budget that the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, said was the result of pressure from Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands. The draft measures—which must still go before parliament for final approval, expected in … Continue reading

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“Peak oil is now” – EnergyWatchGroup.com report


From EnergyWatchGroup.com – Crude Oil; The Supply Outlook [PDF]: Understanding the future of oil Only oil that has been found before can be produced. Therefore, the peak of discoveries which took place a long time ago in the 1960s, will … Continue reading

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Vote on European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) in the offing – People’s Movement


Will we approve the ESM without a referendum? Ollie Rehn has said that he expects euro-zone countries to quickly agree—by September at the latest—to widen the scope of the European Financial Stability Fund that was agreed at a summit meeting … Continue reading

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Eurobonds ruled out by France and Germany? (People’s Movement)


The German and French governments have ruled out eurobonds as a solution to the euro-zone debt crisis. The German minister for finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, said: “I rule out eurobonds for as long as member-states conduct their own financial policies, and … Continue reading

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The ECB edges towards being a “bad bank” (People’s Movement)


The European Central Bank announced last week that it had purchased €22 billion in government bonds, with the majority thought to be from Italy and Spain, bringing the total amount spent under the ECB’s bond-buying programme to €96 billion. The … Continue reading

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Good Europeans: German Constitutional Court to be taken to European Court of Human Rights (People’s Movement)


The German Constitutional Court has announced that it will present its ruling on the challenge against the euro-zone bail-out on 7 September. Separately, the Europolis Group, made up of fifty-five German entrepreneurs, has announced that they will take the German … Continue reading

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1878: Irish last with imperial army in Afghanistan – had more influence over British institutions then than today in EU


That Guy Mitchell Again… The Tallaght Express breathlessly reports that some of the girls and boys of Dublin South-West Young Fine Gael recently travelled to Belgium as guests of the presidential aspirant Gay Mitchell. While there they visited NATO headquarters, … Continue reading

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Berlusconi instructed to rule by decree by ECB secret letter, impose new austerity measures (People’s Movement)


The president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, and his successor-designate, Mario Draghi (governor of the Bank of Italy), have sent a letter to Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, dictating the terms on which the ECB is prepared to … Continue reading

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Attempts to permit law enforcement agencies function inside EU frequently at expense of individual rights (StateWatch)


Statewatch Analysis: Implementing the “principle of availability” The European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) The European Police Records Index System (EPRIS) The Information Exchange Platform for Law Enforcement Authorities (IMP) http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-145-ecris-epris-ixp.pdf Co-operation between the police and judicial authorities of the … Continue reading

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“Four Horsemen” documentary preview – how the world works


“People are beginning to get angry, but not nearly enough…” We will not return to ‘business as usual’. The Four Horsemen is an independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works. Demand the movie now: … Continue reading

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The Anti-Empire Report: Libya and the world we live in (William Blum)


“Why are you attacking us? Why are you killing our children? Why are you destroying our infrastructure?” – Television address by Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, April 30, 2011 A few hours later NATO hit a target in Tripoli, killing Gaddafi’s … Continue reading

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France, Germany agree transaction tax for “true European economic government” (People’s Movement)


The Germans and French agree again! France and Germany have agreed plans for a transaction tax as part of a deal to set up a new “true European economic government” for the euro zone; but they demand that the tax … Continue reading

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It’s not about oil… It’s not about oil… It’s not about oil…


From Energy Bulletin – Complete English translation of German military analysis of peak oil now available: The tone of the Bundeswehr document is consistent with written warnings issued by other military analysts and stands in stark contrast to the disinterest … Continue reading

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Iraq War: ex-MI5 Chief – Iraq posed no threat; German ex-Spy Chief – US misused our intel


IntelNews.org – News you may have missed #580; Ex-MI5 director says Iraq posed not threat to UK: Iraq posed no threat to the UK when then Prime Minister Tony Blair took Britain to war there, according to Baroness Manningham-Buller, former … Continue reading

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