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No No Nobel

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Excerpts from works by novelists who didn’t even get a look-in at this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, won by Romanian-born German novelist and poet Herta Müller. Eric thought nothing of knocking out a couple…

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Thomás Mac Giolla: September 2009

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Here is a short seven-minute clip of Thomás Mac Giolla speaking at the Desmond Greaves School last September. I was there to record Brian Hanley and Mick Ryan for an audio podcast, but when Thomás…

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Are We There Yet?

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So the DUP and Sinn Féin have managed to negotiate their way through the disaster scenarios to a deal. No walkouts, elections or joint authority after all. The agreement is now out for consultation, so…

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An Open Book

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Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates, by John Gerassi, 2009, Yale. Central to Jean-Paul Sartre’s philosophy of existentialism is the concept of Bad Faith, the idea that humans avoid taking responsibility for their actions by…

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As the Dust Settles

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An interesting comment on the allegations surrounding Gerry Adams brother was added to a piece on the topic on Irish Left Review a couple of weeks ago. It’s one of three comments, but is of…

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The Power of Enough

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In this time when businesses are failing and people are losing their jobs and in some cases their homes, it may seem crazy to criticise economic growth. But sufficiency, sustainability and security are key needs…

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Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism

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Socialist Register 2010 – Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism (Merlin Press) Ed: Leo Panitch & Colin Leys. There’s been some excellent work published on the many faults of the Irish health service by campaigning journalists…

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