Monthly Archives: May 2015

Resounding YES to LGBTQ Rights: Now Repeal the 8th!

By Laura Fitzgerald As well as a blow to homophobia and a hugely positive recognition of LGBTQ lives, the inspiring and decisive marriage equality referendum victory is a robust boost to the fight for a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment as a mobilised and politically engaged section of LGBTQ people, women, the working class and young people that were ...

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Top 50 US companies hoarding $1 trillion in cash

By Manus Lenihan The fifty biggest companies in the United States are sitting on piles of money adding up to $1.1 trillion. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Pfizer and Cisco alone have $439 billion between them (Financial Times). Like dragons sprawled watchfully dozing over heaps of gold, these gigantic corporations would fly into a rage over any plans to nationalise or raise ...

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A Historic victory for Equality

The Yes vote the Marriage Equality referendum represented a huge vote in support of equality for LGBTQ people and in support of progress and social change. The streets of Dublin and other cities were packed with people celebrating a victory which was the culmination of decades of struggle by LGBTQ people. This Facebook post from LGBT activist Panti Bliss captures ...

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North: Election marks growing rejection of sectarian status quo

By Daniel Waldron and Kevin  Henry While the election in Northern Ireland may, on the surface, seem to have been business as usual, the results suggest that rejection of the sectarian status quo is growing. Opposition to austerity and reactionary social policies found a voice in the midst of the campaign. There are positive pointers towards the opportunities to build ...

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Film review: Russell Brand’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

Helen Pattison reviews The Emperor’s New Clothes, the latest film starring Russell Brand and directed by Michael Winterbottom. “I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t already know”. That is comedian Russell Brand’s opening gambit in The Emperor’s New Clothes. You might not know these examples, he says, but you know the story of tax evasion and huge bonuses ...

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Review: “No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State” by Glenn Greenwald

This powerful, gripping and incisive book was first published on 13 May 2014. Glenn Greenwald and, of course, his star whistleblower, Edward Snowden, have done a tremendous service in revealing the unimaginable scale of surveillance and repression being perpetrated in the USA, Britain and other countries. My regret is not reading this work when it was first published. Greenwald details ...

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Greece: Subordination to Troika or rupture with austerity?

Statement by Xekinima, sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece The Greek picture is becoming clearer and clearer. We are now in May, the fourth month of the new SYRIZA-led government’s term, and the result of the so-called “negotiations” with the Troika is zero! The position taken by the so-called “European partners” is not only unacceptable, but it’s also malicious ...

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Water charges: Don’t panic, don’t pay!

Irish Water Refuse to Give Payment Figures Despite Taoiseach telling TDs ‘to toddle along’ for information Kenny’s ignorant Dail remark shows govt rocked & proposed Legislation no ‘silver bullet’ to Irish Water Boycott Massive Boycott in process & Irish Water Cannot Deduct at Source & Courts will be jammed Earlier in the Dail today during Leaders Questions Taoiseach Enda Kenny ...

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Disgraceful attacks on the disabled

By Finghin Kelly On 1 April, with the support of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, the government passed the Social Welfare Bill. This legislation is no April fool’s joke; it contains serious attacks on the right of people with disabilities and the elderly to access a carer. As well as making it harder to qualify for a carer, now, instead ...

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