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Parasite queen to bring chaos to Dublin streets

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Next week the latest in a long line of parasitic chancers who have ruled Britain and (up to 90 years ago) all of Ireland for centuries will descend on the city of Dublin. As a result some one million people are going to have their lives seriously disrupted and tens of thousands have already had to suffer intrusive Garda calls at their homes. Streets all over the city will be closed, Garda will be harassing pedestrians and motorists, even the zoo will shut. And all for what? That is a question that seems impossible to answer.

Patrick Galvin - renowned poet and socialist has died

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Patrick Galvin, the renowned Cork writer and socialist, has died.  Born in Margaret Street in Cork in 1927, Paddy was a prodigious and accomplished writer producing many works in poetry and drama, as well as writing the memoir The Raggy Boy Trilogy.  He was also a most accomplished balladeer and many of his early works were in this form.

(Image: Patrick Galvin at his birthday party last summer).

Soccer versus the state

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The following is an interview recorded with PM Press's Gabriel Kuhn about the subject of his recently published book of the same title, that he will be talking about at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 14th May, at Liberty Hall at 14:00. The interview was conducted by WSM member and avid Bohs fan, Ciaran M.


 

“The revolution will inevitably awaken in the British working class the deepest passions which have been diverted along artificial channels with the aid of football." Leon Trotsky.

1) Football comes in for much negative criticism from the left, mainly criticisms similar to Trotsky’s above, deriding it as cathartic and a distraction. Yet in recent years, we’ve seen iconic events like the “Football Revolution” in Iran, the Greek riots following the death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, where Panathanaikos fans fought against the police side by side with Anarchists and the Al-Ahly Ultras in Egypt and their apparent hand in revolution there. How influential has football been in Rebellions and amongst the rebellious throughout history?

Football has been attracting the masses around the world for over a century. Where masses gather, the powerful lose control – unless we're talking about orchestrated mass gatherings, which are characteristic of fascist and authoritarian regimes. But this doesn't really work with football, since it is hard to orchestrate a football game. Football is too unpredictable.

Cork: Film Night: Ama's Children director Juliano Mer Khamis (2003), Wednesday 11th May, 8pm @solidaritybooks

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Ama’s Children director Juliano Mer Khamis (2003) Ama’s Children is the story of the children involved in Freedom Theatre set up by an Israel woman Ama Mer Khamis in Jenin Palestine in the early 90’s. A decade later her son returns and finds out what has happened to the children due to the occupation since their involvement in the project. Juliano was murdered in the West Bank recently.

Film Night at Solidarity Books: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (2008) Wednesday 27 April at 8pm

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Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a
relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids
and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to
bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights
of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry
insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing
in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the

Cork: Boardgames at the Bookshop, every Sunday! from 7-10pm in Solidarity Books

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Boardgames at the Bookshop every Sunday from 7-10pm in Solidarity Books, 43 Douglas Street (across from Fionn Barra's), Cork. New faces always welcome! Event date and time: Sun, 2011-04-10 19:00 -22:00

Film Night: Food, Inc (2007) Wednesday 13th April at 8pm, at SolidarityBooks

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—Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by FAST FOOD NATION author Eric Schlosser and THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations. By exposing the comfortable relationships between business and government, Kenner gradually shines light on the dark underbelly of the American food industry.

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