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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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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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The economy: Precarious, neo-liberal growth fuels inequality

By Paul Murphy TD “Irish households have ‘never been better off’” blared the Irish Independent headline on 8 January 2018, citing an IBEC economic review.  A major propaganda drive is underway to suggest that the ‘good times’ are back and that the crisis of capitalism in Ireland over the past decade was nothing more than a blip away from the ...

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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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Why sex education needs to be overhauled

By Grace Gageby The #MeToo movement has gained traction internationally against a backdrop of a growing revolt against sexual violence and macho culture. From the women’s marches against Trump, the Ni Una Menos movement throughout Latin America, and the ubiquitous nature of the ‘Times Up’ slogan, the issue of gender-based violence can no longer be ignored. In Ireland specifically, the ...

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International Women’s Day 2018: The fight for abortion rights in Ireland

The following statement was written by Socialist Party member and ROSA activist Laura Fitzgerald for the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International to mark International Women’s Day 2018.  International Women’s Day 2018 will be dominated by the issue of abortion on the island of Ireland, with particular focus on the South where years of agitation and mobilisation has ...

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US: Parkland school massacre – youth rise up against violence and inequality

By Stephen Edwards, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) As we publish this, walkouts have been held in schools across the country in solidarity with students in Parkland, Florida. Hundreds of high school students walked out, marched, and rallied in Florida, Maryland, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, and Minnesota with many more preparing for walkouts in the ...

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Corbynism’s critical year

As Britain’s weak Tory government clings on – and numerous social, political and economic shocks threaten its downfall – a key factor is whether the Labour Party can provide a mass alternative to harsh austerity. This is one of the main themes in the British Perspectives document for the Socialist Party’s national congress in March, drafted by HANNAH SELL (Deputy ...

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