Author Archives: Socialist Party

Sudan: Revolution and counter-revolution back on the streets, as generals usurp power

By Serge Jordan, International Socialist Alternative On Monday morning, the conflict that has been brewing for months between the military and the civilian factions of the Sudanese power-sharing body, the ‘Sovereign Council’, came to a head. The top brass of the army orchestrated a coup, declaring a state of emergency, dissolving the Council and arresting Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and ...

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Irish capitalism & the unending housing crisis

By Leah Whelan The housing crisis is not unique to Ireland; it is a global issue impacting working-class and poor people. It is currently estimated that 1.6 billion people are living without adequate shelter, and that one in seven people live in slums – with this due to rise to one in four by 2030.1 As people struggle to find ...

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United States: Why is everyone quitting their job?

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Are you thinking about quitting your job? You can’t stand one more day working under the thumb of your manager, you’re not paid nearly enough to deal with the demands of unruly customers, and there’s no room for you to grow at the company anyway. If this sounds ...

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Regime of super-exploitation on Irish flagged fishing vessels

By Michael O’Brien The official publication today of The Treatment of Non-EEA Workers in the Irish Fishing Industry by Maynooth University Department of Law has gained widespread coverage in the national media in recent days. The research, funded by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (the global umbrella body for unions that organise in the maritime, transport and logistics sectors) is ...

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Agnes Tirop’s murder and the shadow pandemic of gender-based violence

By Harper Cleves On Wednesday, 13 October 25-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop was found tragically murdered in her home in Iten, Kenya. Her husband has been arrested as the prime suspect in this horrifically brutal crime. Tirop’s family have reported that Agnes had recently moved out of the shared home with her husband due to fears for her life, ...

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The collapse of Evergrande — Chinese regime on horns of a dilemma

Evergrande, the Chinese property company, is missing one payment deadline after another. If it collapses the consequences could be huge for China’s economy, its authoritarian regime and for global capitalism. ISA talks to Vincent Kolo of chinaworker.info about what could happen. ISA: The name Evergrande has suddenly entered the news. What is Evergrande? How has it become so big? VK: Evergrande is ...

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Review: What Britain did to Nigeria by Max Siollun

Hurst Publishers, 2021 Reviewed by Manus Lenihan  The Black Lives Matter movement in the United States last year raised new questions for millions of people about racism and the history of slavery. But it also encouraged more people to think about imperialism. During the lifetime of our grandparents and great-grandparents, a handful of European countries ruled over 95% of Africa ...

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A neo-liberal technocrat: Owen Keegan must go!

By Michael O’Brien, former Dublin City Councillor A snide email response by Owen Keegan to UCD Students Union has rightly drawn condemnation. The latter were rightly pointing out to Keegan the accommodation crisis for students in the city that is in no way being mitigated by totally unaffordable, so-called “purpose-built student accommodation” (PBSA). While the utter lack of professionalism in ...

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Review of RTÉ’s “Sold: The Eircom Shares Saga” – the fraud of “popular capitalism”

By Robert Cosgrave The RTÉ documentary, Sold: The Eircom Shares Saga, is not without its limitations, but it’s a more interesting fare than most of what you’d get from the “national broadcaster”. The documentary charts the story of the privatisation of the state-owned Telecom Eireann (later Eircom and now Eir) in 1999.  Population hoodwinked  The project of privatisation was spun ...

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