Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

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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Project fear and Brexit: How should trade unions should respond?

By Kevin Henry The trade union movement, which claims 800,000 members north and south have a responsibility to oppose any aspect of a Brexit deal which is not in the interests of their members. For example, the Central Bank has warned of potential of 20,000 job losses in the South. In the North, various figures point toward a serious recession.  ...

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Devastating IPCC report on climate change: Capitalism must be challenged!

The debate on the reality of human-caused climate change is over, now is the time to act. The recent report issued by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) showed that dramatic change is required before 2030 to prevent a catastrophic climate scenario. Worse than thought The study outlined the extremely dangerous consequences for the Earth’s climate and ecosystem unless ...

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Review of Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie

Rosie, Tiff, 2018, Directed by Paddy Breathnach Reviewed by Grace Gageby The housing crisis in Ireland today has created an increasing precarity for an entire generation. The Fine Gael government has presided over the normalisation of sky rocketing rents, slum landlordism, young people locked out of the housing market, people sleeping rough on the street with emergency accommodation services at breaking point, ...

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