Author Archives: Socialist Party

Chernobyl: A warning from history

With growing calls, including from some on the left, for nuclear fission to be widely harnessed as a means to shift away from fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions, HBO’s mini-series Chernobyl comes as a timely reminder of the colossal dangers associated with this technology. The series – currently the highest rated ever on IMDb – follows the events which ...

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August 1969 – When British troops went into Northern Ireland

By Peter Hadden (first published in August 2009) August 1969 was a turning point in the history of Northern Ireland. It was then that the Labour Government of Harold Wilson took the decision to send troops onto the streets, first of Derry, then of Belfast. The measure was presented as temporary – troops were needed, they said, because, with riots ...

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Seattle: Socialist City Council Member Kshama Sawant to Face Off Against Amazon’s Candidate

By Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative (CWI in the US and the sister organisation of the Socialist Party. The initial results for Seattle’s city council primary elections will greatly sharpen the class divisions in Seattle. Led by Amazon, big business in Seattle is waging a ferocious campaign to defeat every candidate who isn’t firmly aligned with them. Through a record-breaking infusion ...

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Mass protest needed to stop Modi’s attack on the people of Kashmir

By Geert Cool, Left Socialist Party (CWI in Belgium)  Seventy two years after the agreement between the Maharajah (King) of Kashmir and the Indian Government on accession of Kashmir in the areas of foreign affairs, telecommunications and defence, India is unilaterally terminating the autonomous status of Jammu & Kashmir. After years of rebellion in Indian-occupied Kashmir, the government announced that ...

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Karl Marx’s ecological socialism is a guide for today’s struggle

By Arne Johansson. First published 18 July in Offensiv, weekly paper of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI Sweden) Too many socialists, even among those who like to see themselves as revolutionary Marxists, have been sadly late in discovering and understanding the ecological analysis of capitalism’s irreparable metabolic rift with the planet and nature that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels began working on ...

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Abortion rights, marriage equality: The North is Now!

By Eleanor Crossey Malone Over three-quarters of MPs in the House of Commons have voted to extend abortion rights and equal marriage here via amendments to the Northern Ireland Bill. If made into law, the amendments would remove the North from the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, decriminalising abortion, in the event that Stormont does not resume by 22 ...

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Harland & Wolff: The hidden history of workers’ struggle

The history of Northern Ireland is often present as simply being of two traditions – nationalism and unionism – in conflict with each other. Almost everything is painted as belonging to one or the other, including the shipyard. It is also true that most things do have a history tainted by sectarianism and this is most certainly true of the ...

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Solildarity message to Harland & Wolff workers

Message of Solidarity to Harland & Wolff workers from Solidarity and Socialist Party TDs Mick Barry, Ruth Coppinger & Paul Murphy: We salute the occupation of the shipyard by Harland & Wolff workers. The action you have taken is crucial in order to save the jobs that are under threat. The fact that you have both engaged in such militant ...

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Kautsky and the Parliamentary Road to Socialism – A Reply to Eric Blanc

By Rob Rooke, member of Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US- article was originally published in its journal Socialist World)  We are living through a dramatic period in U.S. history. While the Trump presidency has emboldened the right, we have also witnessed the re-emergence of strikes, the growth of a new left with DSA, Alexandria Occasio Cortez’s stunning ...

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US: Importance of the Kshama Sawant Re-Election Campaign

By Bryan Koulouris, member of Socialist Alternative- sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US. Kshama Sawant was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2013 with over 90,000 votes, running as a proud Socialist Alternative member back before “Bernie” and “AOC” were household names. Kshama used her 2013 election campaign to advocate strongly for the $15 an ...

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