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How long can Hong Kong’s “zombie” leader Carrie Lam cling to power?

Interview with Vincent Kolo taken from www.chinaworker.info, the website of our sister organisation in Hong Kong/China/Taiwan on the mass protest protests that have erupted in Hong Kong against attempts to introduce a new extradition law. After one in four of Hong Kong’s population join mega demonstration – how far can the movement push? The incredible mass movement in Hong Kong ...

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Direct Provision = Institutionalised state racism

By Fiona Ryan Recent documents leaked from the Department of Justice exposed the rotten politics at the heart of the continued Direct Provision (DP) Asylum system. Despite minor reforms it remains one of the most restrictive in Europe. Officials claimed a recommended doubling of the weekly payment to asylum seekers from €21.60 to €40.85 would create the “most generous” system ...

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Brutal attack on abortion rights in the US

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Ireland)  In late May, the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature passed, and the governor signed, a near complete ban on abortion. This is now the most restrictive state law on abortion in the country since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. This Alabama bill makes abortion illegal at any ...

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Local elections: Class politics the only answer to sectarian division

The media coverage of Northern Ireland’s local election results has focused on the growth of the vote of the Alliance Party, and to a lesser extent the Green Party. These two parties are said to represent “the middle ground”. The increased vote for these parties is an important development but the headlines represent a partial truth only. A more rounded ...

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Sudan: Reject any compromise with the old regime – the revolution must continue!

Four months of mass struggle on the streets, with a ceaseless flow of demonstrations, strikes, occupations and sit-ins, culminated in the removal from power of dictator Omar al-Bashir one month ago. Since then, a continuing mass sit-in in front of the headquarters of the General Command of the Sudanese Army in Khartoum, and smaller occupations in front of the headquarters ...

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Socialists frighten US CEOs

“I’m a capitalist, and even I think capitalism is broken”. This was the message from Ray Dalio, head of the world’s largest hedge fund, in a manifesto in April this year. Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, with assets of $17 billion, now worried as so many other US executives over growing criticism of capitalism. He also expressed his ...

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Minimum wage: Why we need €15 NOW!

  By Shane Finnan Rents soar, the cost of living continues upwards, all the while wages remain, for the most part, restrained. Working-class people, especially the young, feel the pinch every week. Irish capitalism has failed to deliver for the working-class and young. Thousands of people are forced to stay at home in a state of delayed adolescence. Many are ...

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Limerick Soviet 1919 “The Bottom Dog” Revolts

By Aislinn O’Keefe and Dominic Haugh The period in Ireland after 1917 Ireland saw a wave of strikes and a radicalisation of the working class on a scale never before witnessed on the island. A key event in this period was the Limerick Soviet that saw the working class of the city take control of the city for a period ...

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Referendum in May Vote YES – Remove all restrictions on Divorce

By Paul Murphy TD “Hello Divorce – Bye Bye Daddy” was a key slogan of the right-wing No campaign seeking to prevent the introduction of divorce in Ireland in 1995. That referendum passed by the narrowest of margins, 0.5%. It is an indication of the sweeping social change which has taken place, particularly the undermining of the Catholic church, that ...

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Solidarity with nurses and midwives!

Full support for Nurses — a gain for them is a gain for all workers & for our health service Socialist Party members and Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Mick Barry have called for full support by all workers for nurses and midwives in their upcoming national strikes. “Nurses should get the full support of all workers and ...

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