Monthly Archives: June 2019

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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#TeachDontPreach: Protests demand proper sex education

By Andrea Murray On May 28, parents of children who attend Castleknock Educate Together National School staged a protest at the school’s continuing use of Catholic marriage agency Accord to deliver Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) to fifth and sixth class students. Accord was set up in 1962 by Catholic bishops and is clearly biased in their direction. Educate together ...

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The Ballymurphy Massacre: Families deserve truth & justice

By Kevin Henry Six months before Bloody Sunday – when the infamous Parachute Regiment (Paras) killed 14 unarmed protesters at a civil rights march in Derry – eleven people were killed in Ballymurphy by the same regiment. For over 48 years, the families of these victims have been denied justice by the British state. Now, an inquest is finally highlighting ...

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Mass movement defeated water charges before and will defeat them again

Press Statement: Paul Murphy TD (Solidarity) 10 June 2019 €500 excessive usage water charges are Trojan Horse for future charges for all Mass movement defeated water charges before and will defeat them again “The news that Irish Water is seeking to charge households up to €500 for so-called ‘excessive water usage’ is the fruits of Fianna Fail’s betrayal of its ...

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Hong Kong’s one million march – political strike is the way forward

Protests escalate as government refuses to bend over extradition law Dikang, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) One million marchers on June 9 vented their anger and defiance against the government’s proposed amendments to the extradition law. It was the biggest demonstration in Hong Kong since the handover to Chinese rule, matched only by the demonstration in June 1989 immediately ...

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Climate catastrophe: Why you must be red to be green

The first half of 2019 has been characterised by the eruption of a huge movement around climate change, sparked by protests and walkouts of millions of school students internationally, writes Monika Janas. This reflects the growing understanding of the peril which our planet is in and the need for urgent and radical action to reverse this. In reality the term ...

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Tackling the mental health crisis

by Ryan McNally  Mental health services continue to be so overwhelmed by demand that people seeking help routinely face long waiting lists to access the treatment they need. Long waiting times, which can be up to a year in extreme cases, can allow illnesses to grow worse while they are left untreated and can make patients less likely to engage ...

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“Keep it in the ground”: End the use of fossil fuels

By Dean O’Donnell Last year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we have a mere 12 years to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, after which point the more catastrophic effects of climate change – floods, droughts, heatwaves – will greatly worsen. Such a goal can only be achieved through a drastic reduction in ...

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