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Duterte allies dominate Philippine midterm election campaign
The Philippines is in the thick of final preparations for the 2019 elections. At stake are 12 senate seats, out of 24, and all of the seats in the House of Representatives, as well as provincial, city and municipal offices. The election is scheduled for May 13, and campaigning will officially commence on February 12.

Iran ready to ‘eliminate Israel from Earth,’ air force commander warns
The head of Iran’s air force has warned that Tehran is ready to “confront” and “eliminate” Israel. His fighting words come after Israel launched air raids on alleged Iranian targets inside Syria, killing 4 Syrian soldiers.Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), issued the provocative statement to the Young Journalist Club news agency, according Iranian media.

Derry car bomb: Dissident Republican group New IRA ‘main line of inquiry’ after explosion, police say
Dissident republican group the New IRA is suspected of being behind Saturday’s car bomb attack in Derry in Northern Ireland.The attack came shortly after 8pm when a vehicle stolen from a pizza delivery driver by two armed men exploded on Bishop Street.Two men in their 20s were arrested in the city in the early hours of Sunday by detectives investigating the blast.

Bolsonaro To Sell Brazil's Image to Investors at Davos 2019
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will present an image of Brazil in the 49th World Economic Forum in Davos which will attempt to lure foreign investment in the country.This will be the maiden foreign visit of the president who took office on Jan. 1. He is scheduled to arrive in Switzerland Monday for the forum which will take place from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25.

Northern Ireland: masked men hijack two vehicles in Derry
Masked men have hijacked two vehicles in separate incidents in Derry in Northern Ireland, causing fresh security alerts and disruption two days after a car bomb exploded outside the city’s courthouse.

Afghanistan attack: More than 100 security officers killed in Taliban assault on military base
More than 100 security forces members have been killed in a Taliban assault on a military base in eastern Afghanistan, authorities said.An interior ministry spokesperson said a suicide car bomber struck the base first, followed by insurgents who opened fire at the Afghan forces in Maidan Shar, the capital of Maidan Wardak province.

Turkey prepared to take Syria’s Manbij, won’t let it turn into ‘swamp’ like N. Iraq – Erdogan
Ankara has “almost completed” preparations for another military operation in Syria and will launch it if “promises” made by other parties about the protection of its borders are not kept, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort
Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.

Colombia's ELN rebels say deadly car bomb was legitimate act of war
Colombia’s ELN rebel group on Monday claimed responsibility for last week’s car bomb attack against a police academy that killed 21 as a legitimate act of war and urged President Ivan Duque to return to the negotiating table

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Good shit

It was a shit bomb though, why is it getting so much attention? usually dissident shit doesn't get picked up by news outside NI unless somebody important gets killed

Nobody important ever gets killed anymore.

I know, but you know what I mean, they usually don't pick up this kind of mundane shit

Thank you

A 'Fundamentally Inhuman' Economy: 26 Billionaires Own as Much as World's 3.8 Billion Poorest People
While the wealth of billionaires increased by $900 billion last year, or $2.5 billion a day, latest Oxfam report on inequality shows "this bonanza has not been felt by the poorest half of the world, which saw its wealth decline by 11 percent."

Los Angeles teachers angered over secret talks between union, school district and mayor
Striking teachers in Los Angeles are expressing their anger over being kept in the dark on the content of the closed door negotiations between the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union and school district officials, which began last Thursday under the auspices of Democratic mayor Eric Garcetti. While the mayor has indicated that a deal could be reached before Tuesday, neither side has issued an official statement on the talks.

Gabbard stands her ground on Syria, says she doesn't regret meeting Assad
Democratic presidential challenger Tulsi Gabbard has refused to budge on her anti-war views and apologize for meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017, defending dialogue as the "only alternative" to "more war."Anti-war congresswoman and Iraq veteran Gabbard (D-Hawaii) was pilloried by mainstream media as well as the political establishment, both on the left and the right.

Food Assistance Payments Came Early But Have To Last Until March
Rubich is one of about 39 million people who are now spending their SNAP payments not knowing when the next one will come due to the federal government shutdown.When she first heard SNAP benefits were coming two weeks early and would have to last until at least the end of next month, Rubich thought, "no they can't be doing that."Then she got a text about it."And sure enough, checked my balance on the app and was like, 'Oh my god. This is real.'"

IMF, CEOs sound warnings as leaders gather in Davos
The International Monetary Fund trimmed its global growth forecasts on Monday and a survey showed increasing pessimism among business chiefs as trade tensions and uncertainty loomed over the world’s biggest annual gathering of the rich and powerful.

U.S. stock futures fall in shortened session as China data reinforces global slowdown fears
U.S. stock futures fell Monday in a shortened session, as the weakest Chinese growth data in three decades weighed on investors, and the International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global expansion citing trade issues.

Definition of surreal, guys, holy shit.


“This is our Mandate – This is our Republic” campaign launched in Scotland
The early hours of this morning (21st January 2019) was the chosen date for the launch of Anti Imperialist Action Ireland ‘This is our Mandate – This is our Republic’ campaign in Scotland. The campaign aims to defend and rebuild the Irish Socialist Republic.As part of series of campaign initiatives planned in the coming weeks and months, a group of activists from Irish Socialist Republicans-Alba hung the pictured banner across the M8 motorway in Glasgow City Centre.The banner; ‘This is Our Mandate- An Chead Dail Eireann, 1919-2019, All Ireland Socialist Republic- This Is Our Republic’ remained on the motorway for several hours for hundreds of passing cars to read. This action was also to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Irish Socialist Republic with the formation An Chead Dáil on January 21 1919.

Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests
A State of Emergency That Does Not Say His Name:According to Vincent Brengarth, a lawyer at the Paris Bar, in recent years we have been witnessing a disturbing drift in police repression in France, more specifically since November 2015 when the state of emergency was pronounced and extended several times, before being integrated into common law. We would henceforth be under “a state of emergency that does not say its name,” with preventive arrests only based on suspicion, without concrete evidence of an offence.Figures from the Ministry of Law Enforcement:On Saturday, 8th December, the “Yellow Vests” movement maintained its progress as it gathered a total of 136,000 demonstrators throughout the country (including nearly 10,000 in Paris), a comparable level on Saturday the 1stof December while 106,301 people were counted during the previous weekend, according to the, regularly underestimated, figures of the Ministry of the Interior.

Propaganda of omission: Britain’s role in Rohingya genocide absent from UK reports
In recent years, tens of thousands of ethnic Rohingya have been killed by the Burmese military. The ethnic cleansing made international headlines. But Britain’s role is conspicuously absent from UK mainstream reporting.The media had, in previous years, reported that the UK trains the Burmese (aka Myanmarese) military, yet the media have not only failed to put two and two together and explore Britain’s rol

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink Tells Corporate CEOs to Engage in Better Eyewash
One of the sorry spectacles of modern life is having prominent individuals who profit from and serve as prime exemplars of major social ills trying to depict themselves as part of the solution, when they haven’t gone through any sort of Damascene conversion o give their virtue-signalling even a thin veneer of legitimacy.Today’s object lesson is Larry Fink, the Chairman and CEO of the ginormous fund manager BlackRock (not to be confused with the private equity/alternative asset manager Blackstone). BlackRock, with $6.2 trillion under management as of October, 2018, is the largest asset manager in the world,.Fink became a big cheerleader of sustainability in early 2018, which makes him awfully late to this party; “environment, social, and governance” has been an investment fad for well over a decade. We’ve embedded his 2019 letter letter to CEOs at this end of this post..

I think a lot of it is with the backdrop of brexit and the government saying "Yeah we should revise the GFA".

Yeah I suppose, but its pretty lazy, they ignore arms caches exploding because they're left on top of boilers, punishment shootings, the already extant cross border smuggling operations etc. but lavish attention on a shitty bomb?

holy shit this timeline might actually start going somewhere

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Fair points, but you've got to remember most of us mainlanders are pretty ignorant about basic facts of Norn: I mean I didn't know until a few months back that you mostly have sectarian-segregated schools and that integrationism was a big issue. Heck the Northern Ireland SoS didn't know people fucking voted for Them'uns vs Us'uns.
But carbombs are sexy because people remember them in the UK, they don't remember the other shit related to the troubles (The drugs, arms, et al smuggling, the checkpoints, the punishment shootings) because that didn't affect them. I think it's why it is so easy for someone to be a loyalist on the Mainland because "the loyalists never did anything to us!".
I mean for us young lot, the troubles are just something that happened in distant history: I hear people singing in club toilets "Ohh, Ah, Up The 'Ra" and "FUCK THE IRA (Fuck the I-R-A)" in equal measure. The troubles is some historical thing you pick a side on and that's that. People think every catholic was a 'Ra supporter and every protestant was a noble British Patriot that loved Ian Paisley. They can't conceptualise a situation like Strabane: where a mostly catholic community was at odds with both the squaddies and the IRA, why would they not like either you have to pick a side! Also most have never heard of the NICRA or anything like it, and think the troubles just started overnight about Irish nationalism. It's really fucked if you think about it.

So are the Troubles back? Is Good Friday off? I thought dissident Republicans were a very small minority

We are nowhere near the troubles lad. GFA is still immensely popular. The dissos are small in number but are highly concentrated in Derry and have support in the South.

I've been to Davao. Duterte is a leftist. Aquinos tried to call him a Commie.

Public hospitals, nailing the rich. He's honestly better than the NPA.
Is that why he is gobbling up arms from Israel?

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Holy fucking shit what a surprise. Really activate my almonds there pal.
Listen you Dengoid fucktard, just because Duterte’s a shill for imperialism with Chink characteristics™️, doesn’t mean that the miserable fucker’s a leftist.

He has some commie allies but it is a stretch to call him leftist, even more so better than the NPA. He really wouldn't get as much goodwill if NPA isn't around.