Author Archives: Socialist Party

Gender-based violence on the rise during pandemic

By Leah Whelan On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked by feminists all around the world.  This year is one of the most important years to organise and challenge the system that perpetrates violence and sexual abuse against women and girls.  Gender-based violence has been an increasing issue in society, but has ...

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25N — We need socialist feminism against capitalist violence!

Statement by the ISA’s International Women’s Bureau November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, founded in 1981 after the murder of the Mirabal sisters by the military dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. For us socialist feminists, the fight for an end to violence against women must be an anti-capitalist fight. Violence is ...

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Review: Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly

SRAB Films, Rectangle Productions, 2019 Reviewed by Róise McCann Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables (2019) borrows its name from Victor Hugo’s historic novel written in 1862 but is most relevant in 2020. The film is set in the district of Montfermeil, where Ly grew up and where the events of Hugo’s original were written to have taken place. “It hasn’t changed ...

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Covid vaccines: Welcome developments but profiteering must be opposed

By Keishia Taylor  Ten months after the novel coronavirus erupted around the world, after 58 million cases and 1.4 million deaths, we now face a collision of COVID-19 with the winter flu season. The R-rate in the US is worse than ever, before Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Christmas have even begun. In Ireland, our collapsing health system is overwhelmed in ...

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Oscar Traynor Road debacle: Build public homes on public land

By Michael O’Brien, former Solidarity Dublin City Councillor (2014-2019)  The news that the proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) development of the council owned Oscar Traynor Road site, known locally as the Lawrence Lands, was voted down by Dublin City Councillors was a very welcome turnaround. This was shaping up to be a criminal giveaway to private developers. The proposal involved ...

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Peru: Mass protests bring down illegitimate coup president

Emily Culver, Socialist Alternative (Our sister organisation in the US) Tens of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets across Peru to protest the illegitimate impeachment of Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra. The coup comes after years of political turmoil. In the most recent presidential election in 2016, centrist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) narrowly won against the right wing candidate ...

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John Hume from civil rights to peace process – A critical assessment

On 3 August, John Hume, former leader of the nationalist SDLP, passed away at the age of 83. He was eulogised by establishment figures in the North – including Unionists – as well as in the South, Britain and internationally. His passing was also met with genuine expressions of respect from the mass of ordinary people in Northern Ireland, among ...

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Ethiopia plunges into war

Per-Ake Westerlund, Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (our sister organisation in Sweden) The war that started last week in the region of Tigray, Ethiopia, between the national army and Tigray armed forces, is putting millions at risk of famine and displacement. Within a few days, dozens of soldiers have been killed and hundreds are wounded, although the total shutdown of the region means ...

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Teachers action can win pay equality, safeguard health & safety

By Diarmuid Naessans  At the end of October, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) voted to take industrial action up to and including strike action on several key issues. The long-standing equal pay for equal work ballot was passed to act with one or both other teachers’ unions. In more recent times health and safety issues ...

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Never another Trump: why we need a working class party in the US

By Tom Crean, Socialist Alternative USA Working people in the U.S. are facing a crisis of massive proportions. Decades of neoliberal attacks on unions and the gains of working people have created the greatest level of inequality in a century and massive precarity. The deep cuts to public hospitals over the past years on top of millions being without health ...

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