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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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Free Ahed Tamimi: Courageous fighter against Israeli oppression

By Oisin Kelly The arrest of 16 year-old Ahed Tamimi and her 21 year old cousin Nur Tamimi following a confrontation with an Israeli soldier has caught global attention and once again highlighted the brutality of the Israeli State’s occupation of Palestine. They confronted the soldiers and challenged them about their presence in the courtyard of their home following the ...

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Iran rocked by mass protests

Sudden largescale nationwide protests have shaken Iran. Sections of the masses have shown utter defiance of the regime. Youth, facing unemployment estimated to be between 25% and 40%, have particularly been to the fore. The protests, initially against the rise in prices and corruption, almost immediately developed into fighting and clashes with security forces with a mounting death toll. In ...

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Catalan elections: Historic defeat for Spanish State reaction

Article by Esquerra Revolucionaria, the Socialist Party’s sister organisation in Catalonia   The Catalan elections on 21 December were a massive defeat for the Spanish nationalist “block of article 155” and an even bigger blow to this block’s main force, the PP party. The capitalist media try to minimise the magnitude of this defeat by talking about the “victory” of Ciudadanos ...

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Australia: Massive YES vote to marriage equality

Thousands of people gathered around the country this morning to watch the ABS chief statistician announce the results of the Australian marriage law postal survey. There was a huge turnout with 79.5% of eligible participants returning their surveys. Of those, 61.6% voted ‘yes’, in favour of marriage equality! That is 7,817,247 people in support of equal rights! All eight states ...

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Spanish State steps up repression in Catalonia

Statement of Izquierda Revolucionaria, sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the Spanish state  The proclamation of the Catalan Republic by the Catalan parliament provoked an immediate, furious response from the Spanish ruling class, state, and PP government as well as from Ciudadanos (right wing Spanish nationalist Party) and PSOE. Through the application of article 155 (see previous article) they ...

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The Spanish State: Its Francoist and repressive roots

By Kevin McLoughlin It’s just two generations ago that people in the Spanish State suffered under the brutal military police dictatorship of Franco. Undoubtedly, the repression imposed in Catalonia brings back memories of that hated time. Discontent grow in the years before Franco’s death in 1975. Fearing revolution from below, the regime was forced to implement some reforms, but in a way ...

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Eyewitness Report: Catalonia and the struggle against Francoist repression

Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Mick Barry visited Catalonia in the days before and after the 1 October referendum as part of team of international observers. In that time he met young people and workers fighting the repression of the Spanish State. I spent six days in Catalonia at the end of September and the beginning of October. I ...

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