Archive for the ‘Prisons and crime’ Category

Abuse was not a failure of the system. It was the system.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The Irish Times aren't generally known for coherent or incisive editorials, but their reaction to the Ryan report makes for sobering reading: We have to call this kind of abuse by its proper name – torture. We must also call the organised exploitation of unpaid child labour – young girls placed ...

The curious case of Steven Kurtz

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Back in 2004 I posted an item about an artist who had been arrested and charged with terrorism-related charges. Steven Kurtz had been using (harmless) bacteria as part of various art projects, as part of his work with the Critical Art Ensemble. He has recently - 4 years later - ...

Kucinich introduces articles of impeachment against Bush

Monday, June 9th, 2008

I had heard nothing of this previously, and there's nothing on the BBC News website, which is generally my first destination for breaking news in the US or UK. However, Dennis Kucinich is currently on the floor of the US House of Representatives, introducing 35 articles of impeachment against Bush. ...

Aftermath of riots – interrogating the discourse

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Over at Tuppenceworth Fergal Crehan has a thoughtful piece that raises a point I've seen discussed, also, at Irish Indymedia regarding responses to the riot in Dublin last week - that is, the dismissive and Daily Mail-style hatred for the 'underclass.' I say Daily Mail because their Middle-England blend of small-minded ...

Of riots and politics

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Firework Smoke Originally uploaded by O6scura. Waking up on Saturday morning - on Illinois time - to news of riots in Dublin was not something I expected. The first hint I got was from fluffy's blog, with of course much more coverage ...

Data retention and vehicle tracking

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Just before I came home for Christmas I was Paul's guest on MediaGeek on WEFT. We had intended, originally, to talk about the state of community media in Ireland and Europe generally, but ended up spending most of the show talking about the Data Retention compromise that had just passed ...

Omnibus edition

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

I've spent most of the past week or two travelling and entertaining visitors, so I've fallen a little behind in posting various items that I would generally try to cover on this blog, so it's time for a bumper compendium:The website for Radio Research Ireland, a new network of individuals ...

Irish courts restrict physical access

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Over at the Tuppenceworth blog Simon has posted a thoughtful and important piece about pending 'security precautions' at the Four Courts in Dublin:The front door to the Four Courts is the symbol of the public's access to justice. It is the physical manifestation of the means by which the citizens ...

Cruel and unusual

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Question: Is it acceptable to use Q-tips to apply pepper spray to the eyes of passive protesters? Answer: In California the issue is still up in the air! Update (2005-04-29): The protesters have won their case.

IRA offer to kill killers – surprised no one thanks them

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Those who've been following Irish current affairs recently will know that there has been an interesting turn of events in the aftermath of the tragic murder of Robert McCartney in Belfast. McCartney was murdered by a gang of IRA members who chased him out of a pub and beat him ...