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The arms industry is the only sure winner in Yemen and Ukraine

There are at least two big wars right now, in Ukraine and in Yemen. One is teleported into our homes 24 hours a day. The other generally does not deserve a reference.

To speak of peace, or even a ceasefire, in Ukraine is to invite ridicule. This goes against the dominant narrative in the West that the “Ukrainians” are winning and the “Russians” are getting a lesson they so richly deserve. Some, however, are beginning to wonder who is really winning the war in Ukraine.

However, there is little danger that calls for peace will spoil the party in Yemen, once the war is kept off the airwaves.

There are, in fact, many losers in both conflicts and very few winners.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has calculated that
The civilian death toll from the war in Ukraine stood at 6,114 as of October 2 – a shocking figure. However, the same body estimated that at the end of last year as many as 377,000 people had lost their lives in the NATO-fueled war in Yemen.

Of these, 227,000 died from war-induced starvation and the destruction of civilian and medical infrastructure. The other 150,000 innocent civilians were mostly killed in the relentless shelling.

The only certain winner in the continuation of these two wars is the arms industry, the so-called military-industrial complex.

Billy Fitzpatrick

Terenide

Dublin 6W

Two alternatives to the BusConnects package

It’s no wonder that the majority of Dublin-based NTA’s nearly 2,230 submissions to BusConnects proposals for Cork City are entirely negative.

Remarkably, it took more than five years for the NTA to come up with a plan that totally lacked credibility, empathy and consistency.

The proposals lack a grain of realism and have succeeded in upsetting and alienating almost the entire population of the city, as well as high-ranking politicians, councillors, communities, environmentalists and the business community in general.

Apparently the NTA’s strategy is that the combined intelligence and common sense of the people of Cork will force sweeping changes to facilitate a reasoned outcome.

A viable alternative not considered was congestion charging, a popular system in many enlightened cities in the UK, EU and far beyond.

London pioneered this method with great benefit, reducing congestion, pollution with benefits for everyone’s health, safety and well-being.

With park and ride locations throughout the city, congestion charging would, at a hugely reduced cost, avoid the need to desecrate the environment and negatively impact communities and businesses.

In the meantime, it is imperative that the business case for refusing to consider these alternatives be released immediately.

John Leahy

Wilton Road

Cork

Much of Sunak’s plans still unknown

Rishi Sunak’s coronation as Tory leader caps a swift political comeback by the former chancellor after losing to Ms Truss in the last leadership race.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The former chancellor made no political promises during the truncated four-day contest or made any speeches or media interviews.

After Liz Truss’ tumultuous 44-day tenure, questions remain about Sunak’s plans for the job.

Gerry Coughlan

Kilnamanagh

Dublin 24

Britain was asked the wrong question

If Rishi Sunak is the answer, Britain is asking all the wrong questions.

Shame on the Conservatives for avoiding a general election.

Michel Deasy

bandon

Co Cork

Review of “Banshees of Inisherin”

I was a bit of an admirer of Martin McDonagh since his dark, comedic plays – The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West, among others.

These reversed the usual romantic perspective of the west of Ireland and gave a caustic assessment of life in modern Connemara.

However, 20 years later, McDonagh is still trying to overturn Synge’s Gaelicized language by introducing a host of clichés to the Ireland of 100 years ago, with a film set in the dramatic landscape of a fictional island called Inisherin during the Irish Civil War. .

The result [The Banshees of Inisherin] is a half-baked theme gallimaufry, a mixum-gatherum of boredom that, at the end of its 114 minutes, has long since outlived its right to life.

There’s no superbly slapstick hint of a Playboy Of The Western World; just an outdated flogging of a dead horse by McDonagh whose condescending opinion of a dying great culture has long since run its moderate course.

Maurice O’Callaghan

Stillorgan

Co Dublin

Visit to Cork reveals planning problems

On my first visit home after Covid I was shocked at the number of vacant stores on St Patrick’s St.

The city council’s decision to close the street to cars in the afternoon doesn’t help, nor does the high cost of parking. Why couldn’t a parking flat rate of €4, for example, be introduced from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on a trial basis?

It is also necessary to introduce more park and rides and open the event center as soon as possible.

Henry Hannon

Warmley

Bristol

Ads take priority over our future

Across the water today, important decisions have been taken that will affect the economic and political future of Europe and Ireland. The first news stories tonight on Virgin Media and RTÉ related to opening hours for pubs and nightclubs which will be introduced next year. That’s what interests us, apparently.

Pat O’Mahony

Westport

Co-Mayo

Neglected troubled past of other parties

While once again criticizing Sinn Féin, saying they ‘systematically refuse to confront the past’, Fergus Finlay was biased in the extreme [‘Irish Examiner’, October 25].

I say this because he rather conveniently forgot to mention that the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parties also had a troubled past.

Liam Burk

dunmore

Co Kilkenny

Role of the “market” in British politics

The “market” essentially means the City of London, Wall Street and a handful of big players in international finance, such as the Vanguard Group and Blackrock, who dominate global markets and are interconnected with a cabal of business elites who shape the national government programs.

Liz Truss was probably mined that way.

I noticed that the day before her resignation, she claimed that she was “a fighter and not a quitter”.

Certainly, before her resignation, senior executives from two major companies that dominate the UK stock market decided to sabotage her government in the hope of replacing her with someone more sympathetic to their interests. It was a market coup in other words. It had nothing to do with democracy.

Louis Shawcross

Hillsborough

co down

A timely reminder of a welcome bonus

I welcome the return of the clocks. At my age, every extra hour is a bonus

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont

Dublin 9

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The author John Smith