Monthly Archives: October 2019

Capitalist rivalry, trade wars & Globalisation Today

The last year-and-a-half has seen a steady escalation of a trade war between the world’s two major capitalist powers, the United States and China. This dispute takes place against the background of the world economy undergoing a period of what has been described as “slowbalisation” and a reversal of the process of globalisation, writes Cillian Gillespie. In May of this ...

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25 November: Socialist feminist struggle against gender violence !

“We are not silent. We are not scared. We are not obeying.” — Istanbul, Turkey — chants from protest against gender violence International Women’s Day 2019 in defiance of a state ban on the demonstration and police use of tear gas “My life is not your porn” — Seoul, South Korea — main slogan on 70,000 strong demonstration against ‘spy ...

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Cork North Central By Election: Vote for a socialist fighter

By Conor Payne Councillor Fiona Ryan has been selected as the Solidarity candidate in the upcoming Cork North Central By-Election. Fiona is a member of the Socialist Party. As an activist and Councillor, Fiona has a record as a fighter for working class people:   She has led tenants fighting against evictions, including the successful struggle of Leeside Apartments residents ...

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“Chile despertó”! Chile wakes up in mass protest

Just weeks ago, right-wing President Piñera was declaring in the media that Chile was an oasis in Latin America and the IMF was praising its merits. But when he announced a 30 pesos (about 5 euro cents) increase in the fee for a metro ticket, thousands of young people from secondary schools organised massive protests. The youth ‘invaded’ the metro ...

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Capitalism – This broken system can’t be “reset” 

  By Daniel Waldron  “We need a dynamic capitalist economy that gives everybody a justified belief that they can share in the benefits. What we increasingly seem to have instead is an unstable rentier capitalism, weakened competition, feeble productivity growth, high inequality and, not coincidentally, an increasingly degraded democracy. Fixing this is a challenge for us all, but especially for ...

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The Green New Deal & Climate Change – Why capitalism must go

The 2018/2019 school year marked the start of a global youth-led movement against climate change. Governments were pushed to declare climate emergencies and to propose action against the crisis. In this article, Myriam Poizat looks at the Green New Deal, a resolution put forward by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), left-wing congresswoman in the US, and how such a reform could be ...

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US: AOC endorses Bernie Sanders

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US)  October 16 was an important night for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. His performance at the fourth Democratic Party primary debate showed the continued fire behind his campaign. In a moment that has since gone viral, he defended his recent statement that “billionaires should not exist” by pointing to the ...

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Housing crisis and landlord abuse of power 

By Ruth Coppinger TD Exploitation has always been part and parcel of the private rented sector, including sexual exploitation. With the escalating housing crisis, the balance of power has dramatically shifted even more to landlords. But until recently‘sex for rent’ had only been anecdotal and not publicly brought out in Ireland. In September, Socialist Party members were approached by a ...

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Interview: Women’s football 2019- Equal pay, #Metoo & Megan Rapinoe

Keishia Taylor interviewed Suzanne Wrack, Women’s Football Writer for The Guardian and Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England and Wales) member, on her way to Lisbon – the first time The Guardian had sent someone to cover an international women’s friendly! The Women’s World Cup was extremely significant this year, with the equal pay campaign and the wonderful Megan ...

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