Author Archives: Eddie McCabe

Misogyny, sexism & capitalism in the dock

The outcome of the Belfast rape trial saw an explosion of spontaneous demonstrations in every major city in Ireland bringing to the surface opposition to the culture of sexism and victim blaming in the legal system and society generally. It comes against the backdrop of the historic referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in the south and the emergence of ...

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Will the Agreement bring peace?- first published May 1998

The following article was first published in Socialism 2000, the precursor of Socialist Alternative, in the immediate aftermath of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement that was signed 20 years ago today.  By Peter Hadden Around the world the Good Friday Agreement may have been trumpeted as an “historic compromise”, an “exercise in reconciliation” and a “step to a final ...

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”Anti-semitism” slurs: latest attempt to derail Corbynism

The Blairite majority of Labour MPs will never be reconciled to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Corbyn resoundingly won the second leadership contest they forced on him in 2016 but they go on looking for every opportunity to undermine, damage and remove him. Their slandering him as ‘antisemitic’, dredging up a two-line Facebook comment he made in 2012, is a continuation of ...

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Mass protests against gun violence in the US

The March for Our Lives was one of the single biggest days of protest in U.S. history. With hundreds of thousands in D.C., and tens of thousands in major cities across the country, there were a total of 800 protests around the country and internationally — it is clear: young people have ignited a fight back. In fact the New York ...

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Britain: Russia, spies and nerve agents

By Peter Taaffe, General Secretary, Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) Jeremy Corbyn is broadly right and his pro-capitalist critics both within the Tory government and their Labour fifth column in the Parliamentary Labour Party are wrong and lying in their responses to the recent use of nerve agents in Britain. Of course, it is reprehensible for any human being ...

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Review: Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler

By Eljeer Hawkins The theatrical release and tremendous hype of Disney / Marvel’s, Black Panther, was a massive success in the United States as it broke records at the box office for a four-day opening weekend grossing $235 million and over $500 million worldwide in one week. In black communities across the US, grassroots initiatives to raise money to purchase ...

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Victim blaming & entrenched misogyny in the legal system

By Eleanor Crossey Malone The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described violence against women as a “global health problem of epidemic proportions.” Research carried out by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights found that 26% of women in Ireland had experienced sexual or physical violence at the hands of a partner or non-partner, and 31% had experienced psychological abuse from ...

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