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Rachel Moran, who spent seven years as a prostituted woman, explains in a book that is both excruciating memoir and brilliant political analysis, the real price that prostitution extracts from women turned into commodities under patriarchal capitalism.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Irish Leader Says Economic Changes Are Needed to Tackle Climate Challenges

At a meeting building toward the Paris climate summit, Ireland’s president calls for a new economic order to address the threats of global warming.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

US Left Behind

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

Why Ireland’s ‘Yes’ Vote Matters So Much

There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Ireland on Its Way to Becoming First Country to Legalize Gay Marriage by Popular Vote

Saturday vote counts of the Irish referendum on gay marriage show that the once “Roman Catholic stronghold” seems ready to embrace same-sex marriage with open arms.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

Just How ‘Socially Advanced’ Is the U.S.? You Might Be Surprised

The Social Progress Index has published the latest global data on quality of life, and America’s “We’re No. 1” crowd isn’t left with much to shout about.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Want to Find Terrorists? Check Out Your Church

That peaceful-looking Christian next door may be part of a terrorist sleeper cell that received training at the Vatican or in Salt Lake City.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney will represent 14 Irish prisoners who endured Britain’s version of Guantanamo in a case that, according to researcher Lauretta Farrell, has become “the benchmark by which other countries measure their ‘enhanced interrogation programs.’ ”

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE

Why Ireland’s Political Elite Are Terrified of Syriza

Irish leaders—eager to maintain that compliance with the demands of international creditors after the 2008 crisis was the best choice for Ireland—are concerned that the defiant tactics of Greece’s newly elected Syriza party may expose their program as flawed if Syriza wins concessions from the troika of lenders.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE

Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis

Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations.

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 READ MORE

Meet One of Ireland’s Forced Emigrants

Seamus Farrell is among the tens of thousands of young people from Ireland who came of age in the wake of the global financial crisis and left when they were unable to find work at home.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE

Will the Republic of Ireland Follow in Sweden’s Footsteps and Recognize Palestine?

After Sweden recognized Palestine, the Irish government began considering doing so.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE

Ian Paisley’s Real Legacy: A Political Postmortem

Although he may have shown a softer side to those who knew him, the Northern Irish politician did more to fan the flames of sectarianism than any other figure.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

The Most Dangerous Book

This “biography of a book” presents James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as the work that broke the crusading spirit of the U.S. government’s literary censorship during the early 20th century.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE

It’s Time for Ireland to Stop Punishing Pregnant Women

For Ireland’s women, the culture of shame still lingers in the country’s archaic reproductive rights stance.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE

Irish Infants in Catholic Care Homes Allegedly Vaccinated in Illegal Drug Trial

As the world was still reeling from news that a home for “unwed mothers” in County Galway, Ireland, had gotten rid of some 800 unidentified children’s bodies near a septic tank, another horrific allegation came to light.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Women, Poets Rejoice! There Are New Laureates in Town and They Happen to All Be Female

Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE

Scotland Makes Gay Marriage Official

Scotland has joined the growing global ranks of countries that have made gay marriage legal.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE

Three Executives Blamed for Irish Banking Crisis Go on Trial

The three- to six-month trial of three senior executives at the bank that almost bankrupted Ireland starts this week. About 350 people volunteered to serve on the jury, giving a sense of interest in the case.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE

Ireland’s Troubled Embrace With the Arts

The infrastructure built to support the arts during the economic boom has been pinched by the subsequent crisis for five long years. Music director Gerry Godley acquaints outsiders with the official stumbling and staggering.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE

Irish Authorities Arrest U.S. Renditions Protester

A 79-year-old grandmother with cancer was taken from her home in Galway, Ireland, for protesting the use of Shanon airport for renditions of alleged terror suspects by the United States military.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE

Ireland’s Turf War Plan Is ‘Bad News for Climate’

Ireland is embroiled in a struggle between traditionalists who want to continue burning peat as fuel and conservation groups who say the practice adds significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

See How the Irish Live

A looming social crisis in the Irish capital of Dublin has emerged out of a severe shortage of cheap rents, increased demand for housing and a dramatic slowdown in construction.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE

Iker Merodio (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Irish Compliance Yields Eurozone Bailout Exit

Three years after international lenders loaned Ireland $92.7 billion to recover from its part of the international economic crisis, the country is the first afflicted eurozone state to exit its rescue program.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE

kevin dooley (CC BY 2.0)

The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland

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.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE

theilr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ireland Might Be Losing Its Green

Ireland—often called the Emerald Isle for its verdant appearance—faces a rather different future, according to a report by the country’s meteorological servce.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE

The Irish Independent

Listen: Irish Banksters Plot to Take the Public’s Money

Tape recordings from inside the once-“doomed” Anglo Irish Bank reveal for the first time how the institution’s top executives lied to the government about the extent of their losses at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 in a scandal that drove the nation into austerity, Paul Williams reports at The Irish Independent.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE

EU Debt Crisis

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 READ MORE

Woman Denied Abortion Dies

Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was admitted to University Hospital in Galway, Ireland, where she was found to be miscarrying.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Peter Morrison

Dissidents Merge to Form New Irish Republican Army

A collection of radical left-wing groups opposed to British rule of Northern Ireland and critical of the political establishment, including the nationalist-focused Sinn Fein, have merged to reclaim the banner of the Irish Republican Army and are threatening violence against police.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE

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Romney Veep Watch, Krugman’s Latest Prediction and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including whether or not Marco Rubio is being vetted for vice president, why Paul Krugman thinks the U.S. will be in trouble if Romney is elected and some interesting revelations about John Edwards from his ex-mistress.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE

Collapsing Eurozone

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE

Euro Bailouts Flag

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE

Gabriela Camerotti (CC-BY)

In Europe, Crisis-Provoked Suicide on the Rise

Tally the fatal, unhappy costs of runaway capitalism. Across Europe, businessmen unable to cope with the world made by the 2008 economic crash are taking their lives.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE

cobalt123 (CC-BY)

Ireland Is Pushed Back Into Recession

A 0.2 percent dip in GDP at the end of 2011, which followed a drastic decline in the third quarter, has thrown Ireland back into recession, alongside Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal and Greece, and begs the question of whether austerity is the answer to Europe’s economic woes.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Kostas Tsironis

All Hades Breaks Loose in Greece

On Sunday, after months of economic and political turmoil, Greek citizens fed up with paying for mistakes made by their country’s power elite took to the streets by the tens of thousands to signal their disapproval of the austerity measures the government pushed through late that night.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE

counsellor (CC-BY)

Krugman: Austerity Still Doesn’t Work

Is anyone in the Obama administration listening to Paul Krugman? Maybe, says the Nobel Prize-winning economist, but only at the end of a year in which political insistence on the need to reduce short-term deficits with spending cuts slid the economy and much of the American public further into ruin.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE

Quarreling EU

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE

Santa Euro Crisis

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE

Disabled Euro

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 READ MORE

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE

Let's Colour Project (CC-BY-SA)

Barack Hussein Obama Is Irish

As the so-called Birthers continue to obsess over Barack Obama’s Kenyan roots, the president is en route to Ireland, where he will visit another of his ancestral homes. The tiny village of Moneygall, which produced Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather, has been busy sprucing up the place.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE

Queen Comes Close to Apology in Ireland

Speaking at a historic dinner in the castle that once headquartered Ireland’s British overseers, Queen Elizabeth II expressed regret over the two islands’ violent history: “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past, I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy.”

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE

Nina Stössinger (CC-BY-SA)

Queen Honors Irish Freedom Fighters

The queen has landed in Ireland, where she laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance to honor those who fought against British tyranny. And if you think that’s a nice gesture, you should see the emerald green outfit her majesty wore for her arrival.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE

NASA / Bill Ingalls

Queen to Visit the One That Got Away

The queen of England is headed to Ireland despite a bomb threat and other security concerns. She’ll be the first British monarch to visit the republic in 100 years, the first since the Irish—most of them, anyway—cast off British rule.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / rohan_chennai

Vatican Told Irish Clergy to Keep Abuse Reports From Police

According to an official letter issued by the Vatican in 1997, the Holy See issued a warning to higher-ups in the Irish Catholic Church, strongly suggesting that they keep reports of child abuse by clergy members from outside authorities or they could face “embarrassing” consequences.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Peter Morrison

Irish Take to the Streets

Tens of thousands of people took to the Irish streets Saturday to sound off against an IMF-backed austerity plan that would usher in deep spending cuts and higher taxes.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Korean Clash, Taliban Scam

What are we to make of the recent outburst of aggression between the two Koreas? And while we’re on the subject of puzzling moments in international diplomacy, what exactly is America’s goal in Afghanistan?

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

No TARP in Iceland

Iceland’s President Olafur Grimsson, surveying the global financial mess, including the pending $112 billion bailout of Ireland’s shaky banking sector, can gloat a bit. His country, he says, is in better shape because it let private banks fail two years ago.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE

Cowen Catching the “Celtic Tiger”

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE

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