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Release Putin’s political prisoner

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a Russian political activist and member of the punk group Pussy Riot, was jailed in August 2012 for hooliganism and blasphemy. Her crime was to stage an anti-Putin protest, along with two other performers, inside Moscow's Orthodox Cathedral. Despite claims that Russia has made steps towards becoming a more open society, those in power took immediate steps to silence the band’s radical feminist message.

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Interview & review – Utopia by John Pilger

John Pilger, the renowned investigative journalist and award winning film maker, has recently completed a new film, Utopia, which deals with the subjugation of the Aboriginal First Australians. Niall Mulholland interviews John about the film’s themes, followed with a review of Utopia.

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State & media shame over victimisation of Roma families

The recent cases where two children were taken from their Roma families in Tallaght and Athlone  and placed in the care of the HSE by the Gardaí, solely on the grounds that they looked different to their parents, highlights the discrimination that this group faces on a daily basis.

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Why I joined the Socialist Party

My whole life, there a few things I have always believed without any doubt and one of these is the indisputable right for a woman to decide what to do with her own body. It is the first and basic step toward the achievement of a real and complete women's emancipation.

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Scottish independence referendum – one year to go

The Scottish independence referendum is taking place on 18 September 2014. An average of this  year’s opinion polls indicates that currently one third of people would vote Yes for independence and  around one half would vote No. While there are differences depending on which organisation conducts  the poll, the trend over the last nine months has been relatively static.

 

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US – A graphic picture of decline

New book charts economic, social and political decay of America

 

“No one can say when the unwinding began – when the coil that held Americans together in its secure and  sometimes stifling grip first gave way. Like any great change, the unwinding began at countless times, in  countless ways – and at some moment the country, always the same country, crossed a line of history and  became irretrievably different”.

So begins George Packer in this tremendous book, The Unwinding, which paints a devastating picture of US  capitalism in decline. Similar to Packer, Karl Marx described the collapse of the Spanish Empire as a “slow and  inglorious decay”. The difference is that Spain’s decline took place over centuries, whereas the astonishing  collapse of the US – still, nevertheless, the strongest capitalist power on the planet – has been compressed  into 50 or 60 years!

 

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