Monthly Archives: September 2017

Spanish State/Catalonia: Government repression against Catalonia’s right to decide

Statement by Esquerra Revolucionària (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Catalonia/Spanish State)  The Catalan people have the right to decide! After days of a police and judicial offensive, without quarter, in which democratic rights have been trampled on with fury, the Spanish Partido Popular (People’s Party/PP) government decided to use massive repression to prevent the people of Catalonia from ...

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Why socialists oppose a border poll

By Stephen Boyd In the wake of last year’s “Brexit” vote and the demand of the Scottish National Party (SNP) for a second independence referendum in Scotland, Sinn Féin first and now the SDLP also, have raised the call for the holding of a border poll. Stephen Boyd outlines the socialist case for opposing a border poll and what’s needed ...

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Myanmar: ‘Ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya causes worldwide outrage

By Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers International (CWI- the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated)  What was a slow-burning conflict between the government of Myanmar (Burma) and the Rohingya people of Rakhine, has escalated in the last three weeks into a major humanitarian crisis. More than 400,000 people fled the country towards neighbouring ...

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Catalonia: One million demonstrate in Barcelona for self-determination referendum

Statement by Esquerra Revolucionària (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the Spanish State)  On the 11th September one million people spilled onto the streets of Barcelona shouting loud and clear their intention to vote during the 1st October referendum, making it clear that they were not going to let the ruling Partido Popular (People’s Party/PP) deny them this right. ...

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Venezuela: the capitalist offensive – has socialism failed?

By Tony Saunois (Secretary of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated) An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try to weaken Jeremy Corbyn. In Spain, the ...

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Homelessness, profiteering & the private market

By Colm McCarthy THE DEATH of three homeless people in Dublin, Kildare and Cork in less than a week at the end of August/beginning of September is just the latest horrific illustration of the ongoing crisis in the country’s rental sector and the housing sector generally. The Peter McVerry Trust estimates that 13 fresh people became homeless everyday in 2016. ...

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End the burden of childcare costs

By Adrienne Harvey Fears that the Government’s More Affordable Childcare Scheme would increase the financial burden on parents have been realised. The subsidy of up to €80 per month was intended to help parents cope with rising childcare costs. However, some parents have already seen this potential gain wiped out after being notified of increases of €90 per month. This ...

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North Korea: Dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict

The North Korean bomb test on 3 September, the most powerful yet, and the bellicose reaction of the US, underlines the volatile and dangerous situation in the peninsula and entire region. The huge blast in the north of the country was felt in South Korea and China. The regime claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, up to fourteen times more ...

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Homelessness, inequality, childcare… Why capitalism isn’t delivering?

By Kevin McLoughlin SUPPLY AND demand in the “free market” is supposedly the best way to produce what we need.“Free market” are just sanitised words for capitalism – production for profit. The pursuit of profit inevitably leads to economic inequality and as of June, five men owned the same amount of wealth as half the world’s population. Over the last ...

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As Dáil Committee meets, demand: Pro-choice- Nothing less

  By Ruth Coppinger TD CRITICAL DECISIONS will be made on abortion rights in Ireland between September and December. An Oireachtas Committee of 21 TDs and Senators will adjudicate on the Citizens’ Assembly proposals. It will recommend to the Dáil what should happen regarding a referendum on the 8th Amendment and what legislation should follow. It’s vital that the entire ...

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