Author Archives: Socialist Party

India: Massive Protest Puts Modi Under Fire

The protest against the Hindu nationalist regime of Narendra Modi of the BJP is growing to phenomenal proportions. A well-organised farmers’ protest keeps the capital Delhi in its grip. At the same time, on 26 November, there was a colossal general strike with 250 million participants. Geert CoolL, SP / PSL (ISA in Belgium) Farmers go to Delhi Under the ...

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Re-opening the economy: Government prioritises business interests… again

By Conor Payne  Last week saw the move to Level three Covid restrictions. The six week period of Level five restrictions certainly had an effect in reducing the infection rate. However, a recent increase in cases shows major dangers ahead, with the full rollout of a vaccine likely not to take place until well into next year.  Dangers ahead While ...

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Education not exploitation – pay student nurses & midwives!

By Leah Whelan This year saw a major increase of pressure on our healthcare staff and facilities. The Covid-19 crisis put our frontline workers at a dangerous risk of contracting the virus. Nurses and other healthcare staff had no choice but to work through an unprecedented situation, in an underfunded two-tier health system, in order to keep the infection rates ...

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Chile: Neoliberalism, the 2019 revolt and the plebiscite

By Josafat Arrieta- Alternativa Socialista (our sister organisation in Mexico) For years Chile was seen as a regional success story of the neoliberal economic model. As the country with the highest Human Development Index (HDI) in Latin America, it has always been considered by advocates of neoliberalism as an example to follow. However, behind the positive economic indicators there was ...

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Government reaches peak hypocrisy in dealing with Cervical Check victims

By Katia Hancke Once again, the government was in the news over the last month due to its disgraceful treatment of cervical check victims. The tribunal that was intended to bring out the truth regarding the state’s, and the private corporations’ responsibility for this debacle, is now at risk of turning into an inquisition of the surviving victims. Private profit ...

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Review: Unquiet Graves

Unquiet Graves opens with a harrowing re-enactment of the murder of two young men, Colm McCartney and Sean Farmer, in 1975. Returning from a Gaelic football game in Dublin, the two were stopped at a ‘British Army’ checkpoint near the village of Newtownhamilton in County Armagh and shot dead. Throughout the documentary families of victims detail the horrific experiences suffered ...

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The bitter legacy of Margaret Thatcher

By Mike Forster (Socialist Alternative- our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher with tears in her eyes ended her eleven year reign as Prime Minister of Britain. A pioneer of neoliberalism, she fought for the interests of her class — the rich, while the working class grew to so hate her, many celebrated when ...

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Debenhams & Arcadia: Stop the retail jobs slaughter!

Article by members of the Socialist Party in the North about a new jobs massacre that’s taking place in the retail sector in the UK. Trade unions need to take a firm stance in defence of these jobs and to demand state intervention, including democratic public ownership, to ensure they are maintained. This week, high street giant Arcadia – owner ...

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US- Kshama Solidarity campaign launched to oppose right wing recall

Article by a member of Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in the US, about attempts by big business and the right wing to remove our Seattle City Council member, Kshama Sawant, from office. This is a serious attack on the left both in the US and globally, Kshama and Socialist Alternative have led major battles that have resulted in important ...

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Outrage from below at IBSA forces action

By Aislinn O’Keeffe Legislation designed to outlaw image based sexual abuse (IBSA), often referred to as ‘revenge porn’, will go before the Justice Committee this Tuesday 1 December. While this is a welcome move, it is long overdue. Campaigners have been pushing for this change for several years including former Solidarity TD and Socialist Party member Ruth Coppinger who raised ...

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