Author Archives: Socialist Party

Art or ideology? Some statues have hidden histories

By Aislinn Ní Chaoimh Listening to senator Michael McDowell on Prime Time talking about the removal of the Shelbourne statues, you might get the impression that he is some progressive pushing for non-biased history and that he is even a supporter of the arts. Taking down statues is not erasing history. Has anyone ever learnt history from looking at a ...

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USA: Federal troops pushed back in Portland and Seattle

By Steve Edwards, Socialist Alternative USA In a victory for mass protests in downtown Portland and in defense of democratic rights, the federal government has agreed to “phase out” all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers from the city starting Thursday, according to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Similarly, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced late Tuesday night that federal troops were leaving Seattle.  ...

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A tale of two Covid crises – billionaire bailouts & bupkis

By Mike Murphy We’re all in this together apparently. But, like a ship that’s taking on water after a frontal collision, only one end of the vessel is going under; the other end is ascending. The Covid-19 pandemic is very much upon us, and we are all well aware of the strong economic implications. The World Bank predicted in June ...

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ISA in Action: Over 1,500 attend historic Virtual Marxist University

Socialists from 37 countries attended the largest ever international gathering of International Socialist Alternative (formerly the CWI) between 18 and 25 July By Danny Byrne, ISA International Executive The first ever ISA Virtual Marxist University was an incredible success. It was full of vibrancy and enthusiasm, and at the same time, was extremely serious. Its success reflected a strong, youthful, ...

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Why the 1% are to blame for climate breakdown

By Sam Belton The word ‘crisis’ has by now become synonymous with the year 2020. It has been punctuated by highly broadcasted events such as the the US drone-killing of a top Iranian general, the apocalyptic Australian bushfires, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, intensified trade wars between the US and China, an unprecedented economic crash, and explosive uprisings against police brutality ...

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Debenhams workers’ struggle – an example to all

The closure of Debenhams Irish operation more than a 100 days ago was done in the cynical expectation that it was not possible for the workers to sustain any kind organised response through the lockdown months. Not only has the struggle for a decent settlement survived but it has grown in strength in recent weeks. With the proper resumption of ...

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USA: Blazing the path for a new left party

By Bryan Koulouris & Ginger Jentzen Socialist Alternative (USA) A rebellion has broken out, beginning in Minneapolis (where both authors of this article live) and spreading throughout the country. The uprising was sparked by a brutal racist police murder of George Floyd, and the underlying anger is based on deep injustices. A multi-racial movement of predominantly working-class people is emerging ...

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100 years since the Belfast Pogroms: A warning from history

By Kevin Henry This week marks 100 years since the outbreak of the Belfast pogroms, when the city saw serious sectarian violence and the expulsion of an estimated 10,000 men and 1,000 women from their workplaces, starting in the shipyards and spreading to other workplaces. The violence also spread to the Belfast slums with 22 killed and hundreds wounded. It ...

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Far-right homophobic rally targets Roderic O’Gorman TD

By Finn McKenna The Socialist Party condemns the homophobic campaign being waged against Roderic O’Gorman TD. It is clear that the driving motivation here is for far-right reactionaries to whip up vicious homophobic attacks in a twisted attempt find an echo for their backward political agenda. What was it about? These hypocrites claimed they were staging a protest to protect ...

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Stand with Debenhams workers in fight against multinational fraudsters!

By Michael O’Brien On the same day as the result of the Apple Tax case is to be announced Debenhams workers will descend again on the Dáil as Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Mick Barry will challenge the Taoiseach again about another example of the government looking the other way while multinational giant evades its responsibilities. Corporate slight of ...

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