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Saturday 26 August, 2017

Opinion: 'Trump should eliminate US nukes and give a chance to diplomacy'
# US-NORTH KOREAN RELATIONS
# US-NORTH KOREAN RELATIONS

Opinion: 'Trump should eliminate US nukes and give a chance to diplomacy'

Aug 26th 2017, 8:30 AM 5,552 Views 66 Comments

Yes, North Korea is a bad regime but this doesn’t mean that bombing it is the solution, writes Julien Mercille.

Thursday 10 August, 2017

RTÉ pay: 'Those who say that we need to pay a lot to attract talent are wrong'
# Opinion
# Opinion

RTÉ pay: 'Those who say that we need to pay a lot to attract talent are wrong'

Aug 10th 2017, 6:30 AM 9,460 Views 82 Comments

We know that many journalists working in the private media make peanuts, writes Julien Mercille.

Sunday 28 May, 2017

Opinion: 'Trump’s budget attacks science, medical research and disease prevention'
# Cuts
# Cuts

Opinion: 'Trump’s budget attacks science, medical research and disease prevention'

May 28th 2017, 9:30 AM 74 Views 39 Comments

Beyond the moral atrocities, Trump’s budget is not even competent from a technical perspective, writes Julien Mercille.

Friday 12 May, 2017

Opinion: 'Electing Macron last week could result in Le Pen winning the next election in 2022'
# French Elections
# French Elections

Opinion: 'Electing Macron last week could result in Le Pen winning the next election in 2022'

May 12th 2017, 6:10 AM 152 Views 65 Comments

Macron’s approach, is the failed strategy of austerity or neoliberalism, writes Julien Mercille.

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Julien Mercille: Liberals are wrong to cheer on Trump's bombs
# Opinion
# Opinion

Julien Mercille: Liberals are wrong to cheer on Trump's bombs

Apr 11th 2017, 6:20 AM 174 Views 59 Comments

Boosting humanitarian aid and taking in more refugees would be more effective in alleviating suffering, writes Julien Mercille.

Saturday 8 April, 2017

'Fox News' Bill O'Reilly will be replaced by another big mouth, cheering Trump on'
# Sexual Harassment
# Sexual Harassment

'Fox News' Bill O'Reilly will be replaced by another big mouth, cheering Trump on'

Apr 8th 2017, 9:30 AM 168 Views 38 Comments

The fact that the advertisers pulled out of the O’Reilly show doesn’t mean that they have withdrawn their money from Fox, writes Julien Mercille.

Tuesday 21 March, 2017

'Trump’s budget is easy to understand: he’s boosting the military, cutting everything else. Scary'
# Column
# Column

'Trump’s budget is easy to understand: he’s boosting the military, cutting everything else. Scary'

Mar 21st 2017, 6:20 AM 63 Views 113 Comments

Donald Trump’s first official budget document reveals his militarisation plans at the expense of the environment and civil society, writes Julien Mercille.

Friday 17 March, 2017

Julien Mercille: 'We should transform Paddy's Day into a people’s celebration, that's not about blind patriotism'
# Column
# Column

Julien Mercille: 'We should transform Paddy's Day into a people’s celebration, that's not about blind patriotism'

Mar 17th 2017, 8:30 AM 127 Views 84 Comments

If we created an alternative and more inclusive Paddy’s Day, it might even change the country for the better, writes Julien Mercille.

Saturday 28 January, 2017

American soap opera: 'Family, business and government all intertwined in Trump's presidency'
# Meet The Trumps
# Meet The Trumps

American soap opera: 'Family, business and government all intertwined in Trump's presidency'

Jan 28th 2017, 8:30 AM 125 Views 34 Comments

There are multiple conflicts of interest and ethical concerns surrounding Trump’s family, writes Julien Mercille.

Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Julien Mercille: 'From a progressive perspective, Obama's record is less than impressive'
# Column
# Column

Julien Mercille: 'From a progressive perspective, Obama's record is less than impressive'

Jan 18th 2017, 6:45 AM 253 Views 86 Comments

Barack Obama’s contributions to the economy and health care were positive but his list of failures is longer, writes Julien Mercille.

Friday 6 January, 2017

'The media should tell the truth about the alt-right'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'The media should tell the truth about the alt-right'

Jan 6th 2017, 6:09 PM 1,081 Views 189 Comments

The alt-right is a phenomenon, and matters to public life – so the media should report on it by telling the truth about it, writes Julien Mercille.

Friday 18 November, 2016

Julien Mercille: 'Trump is simply continuing policies pursued by Democrats'
# Immigration Policy
# Immigration Policy

Julien Mercille: 'Trump is simply continuing policies pursued by Democrats'

Nov 18th 2016, 8:30 PM 59 Views 41 Comments

Donald Trump’s mass deportation plan and wall building is very similar to Barack Obama’s and the Clinton’s, writes Julien Mercille.

Wednesday 9 November, 2016

Opinion: Four reasons why Donald Trump won the election
# Deplorables
# Deplorables

Opinion: Four reasons why Donald Trump won the election

Nov 9th 2016, 7:30 PM 831 Views 114 Comments

Working class Americans have been neglected by the political establishment, writes Julien Mercille.

Sunday 6 November, 2016

Opinion: We need a strike at 4.27pm this Friday for women’s pay
# Ireland
# Ireland

Opinion: We need a strike at 4.27pm this Friday for women’s pay

Nov 6th 2016, 9:30 AM 77 Views 133 Comments

Ireland’s pay gap between men and women is 14% – but can we do something about it, asks Julien Mercille.

Saturday 22 October, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Wikileaks: Is it legitimate to release personal emails in full?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Hillary Clinton and Wikileaks: Is it legitimate to release personal emails in full?

Oct 22nd 2016, 8:00 AM 135 Views 72 Comments

Should Wikileaks ensure that only details of public interest are released? The answers are not black and white, writes Julien Mercille.

Sunday 25 September, 2016

Column: The US football players kneeling for the national anthem are doing something important
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The US football players kneeling for the national anthem are doing something important

Sep 25th 2016, 7:40 AM 307 Views 46 Comments

There is a long history of athletes taking a stand for justice, writes Julien Mercille.

Monday 12 September, 2016

If you use Whatsapp, your data is about to become the property of Facebook
# Opinion
# Opinion

If you use Whatsapp, your data is about to become the property of Facebook

Sep 12th 2016, 7:00 AM 4,764 Views 33 Comments

Julien Mercille explains how you can take steps to protect your data.

Monday 22 August, 2016

Where will Namaleaks lead us? The answer depends on you
# Opinion
# Opinion

Where will Namaleaks lead us? The answer depends on you

Aug 22nd 2016, 8:00 PM 94 Views 26 Comments

Julien Mercille is a member of the Namaleaks team. He explains why the site was set up.

Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Why are so many British politicians resigning?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Why are so many British politicians resigning?

Jul 5th 2016, 3:00 PM 390 Views 56 Comments

Julien Mercille looks at the decisions of Nigel Farage, David Cameron and Boris Johnson to move out of the spotlight.

Saturday 2 July, 2016

The coup against Jeremy Corbyn is a case of elites trying to squash popular aspirations
# Opinion
# Opinion

The coup against Jeremy Corbyn is a case of elites trying to squash popular aspirations

Jul 2nd 2016, 9:45 AM 703 Views 127 Comments

Julian Mercille writes that the coming weeks could have fateful consequences for the Labour Party.

Saturday 18 June, 2016

On the death of Jo Cox: Racist rhetoric contributes to the rise in violence
# Jo Cox
# Jo Cox

On the death of Jo Cox: Racist rhetoric contributes to the rise in violence

Jun 18th 2016, 1:00 PM 255 Views 249 Comments

The hype around the Brexit campaign, hyper-patriotism, and “Britain first, immigrants out” discourses have led to this tragedy writes Julien Mercile

Sunday 8 May, 2016

The pink tax is just another cost of being a girl
# Shopping
# Shopping

The pink tax is just another cost of being a girl

May 8th 2016, 8:15 AM 2,487 Views 222 Comments

Women are charged a so-called “pink tax” because they pay more than men for equivalent products, writes Julien Mercille.

Thursday 7 April, 2016

Atrocities you probably haven't heard about through the media
# Opinion
# Opinion

Atrocities you probably haven't heard about through the media

Apr 7th 2016, 8:00 AM 1,557 Views 138 Comments

Brutality in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and elsewhere has been largely overlooked by western media outlets, Julien Mercille writes.

Sunday 20 March, 2016

Jack Chambers has taken some heat on social media, but public figures get criticised all the time
# Opinion
# Opinion

Jack Chambers has taken some heat on social media, but public figures get criticised all the time

Mar 20th 2016, 8:00 AM 800 Views 35 Comments

Columnist Julien Mercille writes that if we start policing the internet for online abuse we can say goodbye to freedom of speech.

Sunday 28 February, 2016

Five simple reasons the government got the mood of the people so wrong
# Opinion
# Opinion

Five simple reasons the government got the mood of the people so wrong

Feb 28th 2016, 6:00 AM 108 Views 52 Comments

The government’s electoral campaign emphasised the two slogans of “economic recovery” and “stability” failed to convince many voters, writes columnist Julien Mercille.

Wednesday 24 February, 2016

'For me, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are virtually the same'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'For me, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are virtually the same'

Feb 24th 2016, 8:00 AM 2,036 Views 107 Comments

Columnist Julien Mercille gives us his take on the election ahead.

Friday 5 February, 2016

'Anti-Islamic group Pegida are coming to town. We can't afford to laugh and dismiss them'
# Column
# Column

'Anti-Islamic group Pegida are coming to town. We can't afford to laugh and dismiss them'

Feb 5th 2016, 8:00 AM 1,553 Views 281 Comments

Two protests are taking place this Saturday – there are bound to be a clash of ideas, writes Julien Mercille.

Sunday 24 January, 2016

Promoting 'brand Ireland' with a film about emigration? I'm not comfortable with that
# Opinion
# Opinion

Promoting 'brand Ireland' with a film about emigration? I'm not comfortable with that

Jan 24th 2016, 6:30 PM 127 Views 139 Comments

There’s something weird about a media and government cheering on a movie about emigration, writes Julien Mercille.

Sunday 10 January, 2016

The Catholic Church does not promote an egalitarian ethic - it never has
# Column
# Column

The Catholic Church does not promote an egalitarian ethic - it never has

Jan 10th 2016, 8:00 AM 985 Views 206 Comments

The Catholic Church has a record of abuse, twisted morality and regressive politics, writes Julien Mercille.

Tuesday 29 December, 2015

'I watched this man bleed out. He was rolling on the ground and I imagined his last moments'
# Column
# Column

'I watched this man bleed out. He was rolling on the ground and I imagined his last moments'

Dec 29th 2015, 7:30 PM 47 Views 21 Comments

The drone programme has been referred to as a “global assassination campaign” that has murdered over 4,000 people, writes Julien Mercille.

Monday 21 December, 2015

Students loaded with loans are less free to conduct their lives in the way they wish. It's a bad idea
# Column
# Column

Students loaded with loans are less free to conduct their lives in the way they wish. It's a bad idea

Dec 21st 2015, 12:00 PM 336 Views 74 Comments

We know very well the negative consequences of a student loan system. Just look at the United States, writes Julien Mercille.

Monday 7 December, 2015

Ireland's health system is broken, we need an NHS model like the UK
# Opinion
# Opinion

Ireland's health system is broken, we need an NHS model like the UK

Dec 7th 2015, 8:00 AM 3,705 Views 63 Comments

Private for-profit health care systems are both more costly and provide lower quality care than public systems, writes Julien Mercille.

Sunday 22 November, 2015

To reduce the threat of terrorism, stop bombing and close Shannon Airport to the US military
# Column
# Column

To reduce the threat of terrorism, stop bombing and close Shannon Airport to the US military

Nov 22nd 2015, 8:00 AM 318 Views 284 Comments

There are a number of steps that should be taken to address the threat posed by terrorists, writes Julien Mercille.

Monday 9 November, 2015

What are political leaders waiting for? It's time to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws
# Opinion
# Opinion

What are political leaders waiting for? It's time to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws

Nov 9th 2015, 4:57 PM 121 Views 225 Comments

Abortion is a sensitive subject., but there are many reasons why the laws need to be overhauled, writes Julien Mercille.

Sunday 4 October, 2015

A wealth tax is a possibility. You don’t need to be a member of the far left to call for this
# Opinion
# Opinion

A wealth tax is a possibility. You don’t need to be a member of the far left to call for this

Oct 4th 2015, 8:00 AM 269 Views 110 Comments

Instead of cutting taxes and USC, politicians should start spending more, writes Julien Mercille.