Author Archives: Socialist Party

Review: The Mauritian directed by Kevin Macdonald

By Robert Ruane This is the harrowing, inspirational and true story of a prisoner who spent 14 years in Guantánamo Bay without a single charge against him and while experiencing extremely inhuman treatment. The director Kevin Macdonald splits the film into three different journeys; Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s fight for his life (played by Tahar Rahim), Slahi’s defense lawyer Nancy Hollander ...

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Tunisia: No to Saïed’s “Palace Coup”

By Serge Jordan, International Socialist Alternative Just over ten years since the popular uprising forced Tunisian dictator Ben Ali from power, new convulsions are rocking the country. Now the President has dismissed the government and frozen Parliament for 30 days. Late on Sunday, 25 July, Tunisia’s President, Kaïs Saïed, took the unilateral decision to suspend the Parliament, sack the government ...

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Climate catastrophe: A socialist world is needed- now more than ever

The following is an extract from a speech given by Socialist Party member, Haritha Olaganathan at “The Rally for a Socialist World” (link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPdWsEuUIzw) organised by International Socialist Alternative.  I’m really looking forward to the mobilisation in Glasgow in November [protests taking place at the UN COP26 meeting on climate change] because I’m sure you remember one of the ...

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The pollution of Ireland’s waterways: How can it be stopped?

By Conor Burke Ireland’s waterways form a complex network of rivers, lakes and streams that stretches from one end of the island to the other. Similar to the human body, there are the larger arteries such as the Shannon, the Corrib, the Lee, the Liffey, the Bann and so on, and there are literally thousands of streams and wetlands that ...

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US: How did the working class win the Voting Rights Act of 1965?

By Tamar Wilson, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) The Black working class, minority communities, and American poor were under consistent economic assault prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but have now entered a state of emergency in this sustained capitalist crisis. Tens of thousands of Black and brown people have died from the virus, millions more have ...

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North: Don’t let the Tories whitewash the Troubles!

By Kevin Henry The Tory government is attempting to end all prosecutions for incidents related to the Troubles – as well as civil cases and inquests – through the unilateral imposition of a ‘statute of limitations’. This has provoked serious anger among victims of both state and paramilitary violence during the Troubles, and within wider society.  Such an amnesty is ...

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Pegasus scandal: Big brother threat to our democratic rights and privacy

As the world continues to be ravaged by the pandemic and the signs of climate catastrophe are becoming all too apparent, a new bombshell dominated global media on 19 July. The Guardian, alongside 16 other media outlets, reported on a major new assault on democratic rights: Pegasus spyware. This technology, it noted, is capable of: “…bypassing your phone’s security and ...

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Unprecedented floods in Europe: Solidarity as the last line of defence

PSL (Left Socialist Party)-reporters in Liège, our sister organisation Belgium On Friday, the provisional death toll from the floods and extreme weather in Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium, rose to 18. Apocalyptic images followed one another without interruption. The only constant over the last few hours has been the enormous solidarity among the population and the heroism of the ...

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Food Riots in South Africa — Build organised working-Class struggle against the criminal capitalist class!

By Workers and Socialist Party (WASP–our sister organisation in South Africa) South Africa is currently engulfed in food riots. Scenes from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Gauteng, Eastern Cape, and the North West have shown masses of people rushing to secure what little they can from malls, grocery chains, and other shops. Many buildings have been set alight as well. At the time ...

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Pathways to Precarity – new government scheme announced

By Catherine Finnegan  The government announced a new Pathways to Work strategy this week aiming to get 75,000 long-term unemployed people back to work as part of the post-pandemic economic recovery. One aspect of this strategy is the Work Placement Experience Programme which claims to provide 10,000 “quality” paid jobs; but it is nothing more than an excuse to super-exploit ...

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