Monthly Archives: October 2018

Bolsonaro – a threat to workers and all oppressed people

By André Ferrari , Liberty, Socialism and Revolution (LSR – sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Brazil) The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s second round presidential election by a 10% margin over the Workers’ Party (PT) candidate Fernando Haddad, represents a setback for the Brazilian working class and opens a new chapter in Brazil. It will also embolden ...

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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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Landlord & big business Government must go

By Paul Murphy TD With Denis Naughten forced to resign as a Minister as a result of multiple undeclared meetings with big businessman David McCourt, the government appears to be on its last legs. Even with Fianna Fáil abstaining, the government is now effectively reliant on the votes of Michael Lowry TD to continue. Depending on a convicted corrupt politician ...

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Scotland: Glasgow’s equal pay uprising shows power of working class

By Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland (CWI)  Around 8,500 Glasgow working class women made history on 23-24th October, when they took industrial action. As the BBC news commented, it was the “one of the biggest ever strikes in the UK on the issue of equal pay”. In truth, it was more like an uprising in which the power of the ...

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Enough is enough: Mass movement needed to win housing for all

By Matthew Waine “The Land Development Agency is a Government intervention that is 50 years overdue and which, in time, I believe will be seen to be as significant as the decision to establish the ESB, Aer Lingus or the IDA.” These are the words of Leo Varadkar announcing the launch of the Land Development Agency. It is a fitting ...

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Corruption, rural broadband & the disaster of privatisation

By Dave Murphy A minister should know that having dinner with a businessman involved in bidding for a state-contract can seriously shorten their ministerial careers. Denis Naughten, on the other hand, apparently didn’t see the harm in having numerous meetings and dinners with David McCourt, a billionaire American businessman, who was the last remaining bidder in the state’s failing National ...

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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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October 1968 – Mass revolt against sectarianism & poverty

By Ciaran Mulholland In a few brief months in late 1968, a mass movement challenged the Unionist government at Stormont and briefly posed the possibility of a revolutionary transformation of society here. Young people, in particular, rejected not just the misrule of the Unionist Party but also the deadening conservatism of the equally sectarian Nationalist Party. They turned to the ...

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