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Yemen: Saudi regime creates horrific famine

By Colm McCarthy Yemen is undergoing a major humanitarian catastrophe. Already the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula prior to civil war, it is now experiencing famine. The UN estimates that 18 million of Yemen’s 27 million people are food insecure. 1.8 million children are malnourished and the threat of cholera is widespread.  A massive devaluation in the Yemeni currency ...

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Private profiteering leads to school closures

By Councillor Matt Waine The school crisis that has emerged in the last week is a disaster. 1,200 pupils now have nowhere to go, parents have been left in limbo wondering how they will manage and all the vital sports, childcare and community groups, including Foroige services, are now homeless, unable to provide the services that so many rely on. ...

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Brazil: Mobilise to defeat Bolsonaro and re-build a Socialist Left!

Article written by members of LSR, sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Brazil, on the upcoming Presidential elections there, where there is a real risk of far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro being elected.  Following the elections on 7 October, Brazil is in great danger from the point of view of millions of workers, peasants, youth, women, black and indigenous ...

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“Bold, brave, undaunted”- The Life & Ideas of James Connolly

5 June 2018 will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly. The following article was originally written for the Socialist Party’s publication “Ireland’s Lost Revolution 1916-1923- The Working Class and The Struggle for Socialism” in 2016. We are also reprinting an extract from an article from the same book “A Stand Against Imperialism and War” by Kevin McLoughlin ...

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Film review: The Florida Project directed by Sean Baker

By Darragh O’Dwyer “Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America.” – Walt Disney Few things excite children more than the prospect of a trip to Disney World – that fantastical utopia populated by the characters of their most treasured films. It might seem peculiar that  writer/director Sean Baker’s meditation on childhood ...

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Paul Murphy TD on Jobstown trials, political policing & the role of the state

“This public force exists in every state; it consists not merely of armed men, but also of material appendages, prisons and coercive institutions of all kinds…” The ‘public force’ designed to protect the interests of the ruling class described in Friedrich Engels’ (Karl Marx’s lifelong collaborator) Origins of the Family Private Property and the State is on full display in ...

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The “fake news” hysteria in the US

By George Martin Fell Brown, Socialist Alternative in the US Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election signifies a war on workers, on women, on immigrants, on LGBTQ people and racial minorities. But for some, it signifies a war on truth itself. The Oxford English Dictionary has gone so far as to name “post-truth” it’s word of the year ...

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Trump prepares vicious attacks- We must prepare resistance

Trump’s victory in the presidential election was a profound shock to tens of millions of progressive workers, young people, immigrants, women, people of color, Muslims, and LGBTQ people across the U.S. The target list of Trump’s administration has become clearer. This is compounded by a rise in hate crimes around the country since the election. The enormous fear and anger ...

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Capitalism, climate change and the Anthropecene

The following article by originally published in the December/January 2016 edition of Socialism Today, the magazine of the Socialist Party in England and Wales.  Human beings have radically altered the Earth, adapting nature in the struggle to survive and thrive. The pace of change accelerated rapidly with the development of agriculture and class-based society. It hit breakneck speed in the ...

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