Author Archives: Socialist Party

Catalonia: Draconian jail sentences for pro-independence leaders

By Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI in Spanish state) reporters The Spanish state has sentenced the leaders of the Catalan independence movement to long prison terms for “sedition”, for the “crime” of organising a democratic referendum on Catalan independence. 7 pro-independence leaders and politicians were sentenced to jail terms of between 10 and 12 years each, with 2 more sentenced to 9 ...

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Review: The Socialist Manifesto

Published by: Verso Books, 2019 In this year’s State of the Union address, Donald Trump stated that “America will never be a socialist country.” More recently, he declared that he will be running in 2020 to fight a “socialist takeover.” Why, all of a sudden, do we have this anti-socialist rhetoric? Because socialist ideas are making a comeback! A recent ...

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Oppose Turkish invasion of Rojava

The invasion of northern Syria by Turkey marks a new stage in the endless conflict that has engulfed Syria. Turkish President Erdogan’s stated aim is to crush the Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) and the Kurdish cantons of Rojava which have been a source of inspiration for many across the world. The operation – given the Orwellian name “Fountain of ...

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The powerful resurgence of US labour movement

By Laura Fitzgerald  The resurgence of a powerful US labour movement, with a militant-rank-and file its engine, shows no sign of abating in 2019. This is after a historic 2018. in which a total of 485,000 workers went on strike, more than in any year since 1986. 2018 figures contrasted dramatically with 2017, in which only 25,000 went out on ...

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Rojava: No to Turkish invasion

By Claus Ludwig SAV CWI in Germany. This is an updated version of an article from sozialismus.info A new stage of the war in Syria is now beginning after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkish troops are ready to attack and occupy the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. The first wave of troops accompanied by widespread ...

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Film review: Joker – A Reflection of Modern Times?

By James McCabe Joker is an engaging film. It won the top award at the Venice Film Festival, but has also faced a wave of scorn from film critics; some of whom describe it as “irresponsible” and “toxic”. Set in the fictional Gotham City of the early 1980s, commentators from all quarters have argued that the film’s backdrop of wealth inequality ...

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Tony Mulhearn- Working class fighter and leader

By Hugh Caffrey (Socialist Alternative- our sister organisation in England and Wales)  Liverpool lost one of its greatest ever working-class leaders, and a great family man, when Tony Mulhearn passed away at the age of 80 on 7 October. Tony was in many ways born a class fighter. The appalling poverty of the Liverpool slums, which endured longer than in ...

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John Throne 1944 – 2019

Addressing a National Conference of the Socialist  Party in Dublin on September 21st, National Executive member, Kevin McLoughlin, marked the recent passing of John Throne in Chicago and registered his important role in the founding and building the Militant Tendency, the forerunner of the Socialist Party, and the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI). We have included here a link ...

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Review: Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios

Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin  Reviewed by Aislinn O’Keefe  In April 1919, less than six months after the ending of World War I and just a few months after the crushing of the November Revolution by the German Social Democratic Party leadership, Walter Gropius set up the Bauhaus (School of Building) in the historic town ...

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