Monthly Archives: November 2019

Delfin: English Language Teachers strike for union recognition

By Katia Hancke  “Like most labor battles, these strikes were about winning respect as much as anything else. More often than not, fights around pay are simultaneously struggles for basic human dignity…” – From “Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics” by Eric Blanc In the second week in November and seven weeks into their dispute, English ...

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O’Devaney Gardens Sell Out by the Greens, Soc Dems and Labour

By Fionn Daly  The ruling administration of Dublin City Council composed of Fianna Fáil, Green Party, Social Democrats and Labour have picked up from where the previous Sinn Féin led administration left off. They’ve agreed to the privatisation of council owned land, in this instance O’Devaney Gardens, in return for a paltry delivery of public housing. As far back as ...

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Bolivia: No to the coup!

Fight the right-wing and imperialism throughout Latin America By Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução – LSR (our sister organisation in Brazil) On Sunday afternoon (10 November,) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, and Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, announced their resignation from their positions in a process that can only be characterized as an ultra-right wing coup d’état backed by landowners, the military ...

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US: How socialists defeated Amazon’s bid to buy Seattle’s elections

Jeff Bezos’s bid to buy Seattle City Council has backfired. Despite big business dropping unprecedented cash behind Amazon-backed candidates in all seven council races, Seattle voters rejected this attempt to flip the council to the right in all but two of the seven council races. In Seattle’s most-watched, most expensive, and most polarized council in decades, Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant ...

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The Berlin Wall comes down as power lay in the streets

On 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall was pulled down in dramatic scenes. In the latest of our series marking the events of 1989 in Eastern Europe, Ingmar Meinecke of SAV (German section of the CWI-majority), who as a teenager participated in these events, explains what happened.   “Dear friends, fellow citizens, it is as if one has opened the windows ...

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Review: ‘Sorry We Missed You’ directed by Ken Loach

By Andrea Murray Sorry We Missed You is a gritty and gruelling look at the “gig economy” by Ken Loach and the award winning team behind I, Daniel Blake. It’s a powerful exploration of the modern world of work and the challenges facing one particular family struggling to keep it together, set in and around Newcastle in North-East England. Ricky ...

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Review of From Lucifer to Lazarus – A Life on the Left

From Lucifer to Lazarus – A Life on the Left  By Mick O’Reilly Published by Lilliput, 2019 Reviewed by Michael O’Brien This autobiography by the former Irish Regional Secretary of the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers’ Union (ATGWU, since renamed Unite) is, among other things, an important window into a period of the Irish workers’ movement going back to the ...

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Germany: “Rent madness” checked by campaign for nationalisation

by Lucy Redler, SAV (our sister organisation in Germany)  Debates about the need to nationalise housing corporations have been continuing for months in Berlin and across Germany. The discussion was initiated by the Berlin based campaign to “Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co.”, which the SAV (German section of the CWI-majority) supports. As a result, the state parliament is to vote ...

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British elections: Fight for a Corbyn-led Labour government!

Build a mass movement to win- Organise to fight for socialism December’s general election has the potential to mark an historic turning point. It is an opportunity to build a mass movement to demand a society that works for the millions. It’s a chance to kick out the Tories and put Jeremy Corbyn in number ten. Corbyn can win this ...

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Brexit: Johnson deal threatens division and race to the bottom

The seemingly intractable problem of Brexit continues. After MPs rejected Boris Johnson’s plans to rush his deal with the EU through in three days, a further extension requested by Parliament against the wishes of the government was granted. Now, voters are set to go to the polls on 12th December after Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour backed the call, assured that a ...

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