Monthly Archives: October 2016

Statement from Kshama Sawant: End political repression against Standing Rock protesters

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Statement by Seattle City Councilmember and Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) member Kshama Sawant on the brutal repression against those protesting against the North Dakota pipeline. “Thursday in North Dakota, a police force backed by corporate paramilitary agents and armored vehicles moved against indigenous people and other activists courageously protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. ...

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Our planet can’t wait: System change not climate change!

Gas flares at the Suncor Oil Sands Mining Site.

By Manus Lenihan Climate change is no longer just a distant threat. The town of Fort McMurray in Canada burned for months earlier this year, part of a trend towards far more intense wildfires across the world. Extreme weather events have tripled since the 1960s. The Arctic could be ice-free in the summer by 2020. It’s now too late to ...

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Review: Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake”

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By Councillor Michael O’Brien The vicious harassment of the sick and unemployed by the Tory government in Britain provoked legendary director Ken Loach, now 80 years of age, to come out of retirement to make one more film. And what a film! ‘I, Daniel Blake’ tells the story of the eponymous character, a carpenter in his late fifties in Newcastle ...

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Sean Fitzpatrick trial: Jury selection of a different kind

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By Councillor Matt Waine On 3 October, the various defendants in the Jobstown trial, accused of falsely imprisoning then Tainaiste and Labour leader, Joan Burton, were assembling outside the Central Criminal Courts when who skips by, only Seanie Fitzpatrick on his way to plead not guilty to the charges of 21 counts of giving false or misleading information. Of course ...

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Q&A: How could socialism work?

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Socialism is on the rise once again internationally as a new generation looks for an alternative to the inequality and injustice of capitalism. While Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have popularised an idea of socialism in the 21st century, many questions arise as to what socialism actually is. Here Eddie McCabe and Cillian Gillespie answer some of these questions. Don’t ...

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Invest in free education: No loan schemes, no fees!

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By Megan Oglesby Since 2008, the Irish third level education system has been greatly suffering, with cuts to university funding approximating to a cumulative €600 million over the years of recession and austerity. As a result of this, students were forced to foot the bill with the average annual registration fees growing to €3000 per annum, and student grants offering ...

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Public transport: Oppose privatisation & race to the bottom

05/08/2013-NEWS-Dublin Bus workers line the road entering into the Dublin Bus Deopt at Phibsboro, Dublin.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons  /  IRISH TIMES

By Councillor Michael O’Brien Dublin Bus workers in SIPTU and the NBRU have accepted the pay offer of 11.25% over three years that emanated from the talks at the WRC. There is no doubt this higher offer has been won through the strike action spanning six days in September. Dublin Bus workers can hold their heads high as their determined ...

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Weak government faces “Winter of discontent”

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A coil can only be pushed back so much before it recoils and that’s what’s happening now as demands for pay increases are smacking Enda Kenny’s Government and different companies around the head. Garda organisations, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and others seem to be prepared to join workers at Bus Eireann and Irish Rail on a path towards ...

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US Presidential election & the need for a party of the 99%

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By Cillian Gillespie The US Presidential election has taken a dramatic twist with the coming to light of a secret recording of Donald Trump grotesquely bragging of his sexual assaults of various women.  As vile as these comments are, their content should not come as a major surprise to those who have listened to the litany of racist, Islamaphobic and ...

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