Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

France in revolt

By Clare Doyle, Committee for a Workers International (the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated) For more than a month now, since 17 November, France has seen an apparently unstoppable revolt from below. A massive tide of very visible protest has swept the country, initially against a rise in the tax on diesel, but ...

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US: White House document sparks debate about socialism

By Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “Coincident with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, socialism is making a comeback in American political discourse.” This is the opening sentence of an October 23, 2018 72-page paper produced by the “Council of Economic Advisors,” over forty professional economists working for Trump White House. ...

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Precarity- Why a new generation of workers must organise

From fast food workers getting organised to fight for a living wage, to Uber drivers fighting a company infamous for its use of bogus self-employment models, to McDonalds’ workers in the US saying ‘No More’ to sexual harassment, a section of workers traditionally seen as “hard to organise” are proving their willingness to fight. Katia Hancke looks at what this ...

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50 years on- The real history of the Prague Spring

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring when the rule of Stalinism in Czechoslovakia and in the entire  “Eastern Bloc” was threatened. Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Mick Barry looks at the lessons of these explosive events. On August 20 1968, 250,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 2000 tanks invaded Czechoslovakia under the direction of the Soviet ...

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Opposing racism and the far right

The election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s Presidential election is an important warning of the growth in support for the far right and right-populism across the world. His election by a 10% margin will mean the formation of the first far-right government in the country since the military junta ended in 1985. Kevin Henry looks at how the threat of ...

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Review: Nae Pasaran

Nae Pasaran  Director: Felipe Bustos Sierra Debasers Filums, 2018 Reviewed by Neil Moore On the 45th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’état, a new documentary tells the story of a group of Scottish factory workers and their incredible act of solidarity with the Chilean people against a brutal right-wing dictatorship. Chile, the 11 September 1973 – a military coup backed ...

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Brexit and the border: A warning to the workers movement

By Socialist Party reporter  On March 29th 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. For seventeen months the British government and the EU negotiators have been struggling to reach a legally binding “withdrawal agreement” to govern the terms of UK withdrawal, including the “divorce bill” or the sum the UK pays to settle its obligations to ...

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Spanish State: 1.5 million school students strike against sexism

The general student strike called by the Sindicato de Estudiantes (SE – students union) and Libres y Combativas (free and combative, socialist feminist platform of SE and Izquierda Revolucionaria – sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the Spanish state) has been a powerful success. More than 1.5 million students emptied the classroom with 90% support for the strike in ...

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#ThisIsNotConsent: Victim-blaming in rape trial provokes mass anger

By Socialist Party reporter “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” These comments from defence barrister Elizabeth O’Connell in a Cork rape trial have sparked ...

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Maurice McCabe and the rot inside the state

By James McCabe Whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s efforts to expose corruption in the local Garda force in Cavan was met with vicious reprisals from the national leadership of An Garda Síochána. Misconduct and corruption are nothing new for the police force of this state, but even so, many were shocked to discover that the top echelons of the Gardaí conducted a ...

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