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Keeping it Real

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Originally published on MediaBite. For as long as I can remember, coverage of the teachers’ conferences has provided journalists with a license for a spot of amateur anthropology, a chance to walk amongst this strange…

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Trade Not Aid?

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Despite pledges on the part of donor countries in 1970 to spend 0.7% of GNP on official development assistance (ODA), this target is still proving elusive 40 years later. However, many would argue that ODA…

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An Agenda For a New Ireland

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Every year one of Ireland’s leading anti poverty groups, Social Justice Ireland (formerly known as CORI Justice) produces a social and economic review. This detailed report provides both a critique of government policy in the…

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This Time We Went Too Far

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Norman G. Finkelstein: ‘This Time we went too far’ – Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. OR Books, New York, 2010 (www.orbooks.com) Ever since disregarding Noam Chomsky’s warning more than 30 years ago that…

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A Las Barricadas en Lippy

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The whole world is going through tough times right now, requiring women everywhere to demonstrate their grit, nerve, courage, flair, and determination. And just because we here at Gorgeo.us believe that it’s every woman’s right…

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Debt Burden Cripples Poorer Nations

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Between 1970 and 2002, the Continent of Africa received some US$540 billion in loans. Despite repaying some US$550 billion in principal and interest over the same period, a UN study revealed there was still some…

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Book Worms

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Every year, to coincide with its national conference, the American Library Association names its American Librarian of the Year. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this award, the in-house journal decided to locate the whereabouts…

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Wasting Public Money

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On Monday night The Frontline, RTE’s flagship current affairs show, broadcast a special programme on the state and direction of our health service. Advertised for a week in advance, the programme promised to tell us…

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