Author Archives: Socialist Party

United States: Biden’s big promises

By Rebecca Green, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) This isn’t the first time that Joe Biden has entered the White House during an economic catastrophe. It’s not his first time being sworn in while millions of Americans faced unemployment, eviction, foreclosure, and hunger. But this time is worse. On top of the economic crisis is a ...

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North: Unison members’ backlash – how should trade unionists respond?

One hundred and ten British Army medics have been deployed to Northern Ireland hospitals to assist with the Covid crisis, operating as regular NHS staff. In the aftermath of this announcement, many Unison members and branches reacted angrily to a statement issued by the leadership of their union, which they perceived to be in opposition to the use of army ...

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Film review: Dear Comrades!

Reviewed by Manus Lenihan  Dear Comrades!, a film directed and written by renowned filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, tells the story of a massacre of striking workers that took place in the Stalinist Soviet Union in 1962. This is an understated film, all in black and white, with sharp dialogue. Powerful and well-composed interior shots give way to outdoor scenes of crowds ...

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Stock market gambling & GameStop: The billionaires own the casino

By Conor Tormey The price of shares for GameStop went up 700% in the past week due to what people have called a “bloodbath” with small investors, organised through a subgroup on Reddit, going against a Wall Street hedge fund’s prediction that the GameStop stock would fall.  GameStop has had massive losses in the past few years with the rise ...

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Revolutionary anniversary — 130 Years since birth of Antonio Gramsci

By Massimo Amadori from Resistenze Internazionali — our sister organisation in Italy Antonio Gramsci is certainly one of the most popular Marxist thinkers, and is considered one of the greatest intellectuals of the twentieth century. In recent years, his ideas have been particularly studied and appreciated by the Latin American left, as they look to the political legacy of this ...

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Film review: Rocks

By Shane Finnan Sarah Gavron’s Rocks is a modern coming-of-age film, focused on the life and struggles of the main character, Olushola “Rocks” Omotoso. The film is set in pre-Covid London, and follows Rocks’ and her group of teenage girl schoolmates in their day-to-day life in multicultural, working-class London. The main plotline revolves around Rocks responding to and coping with ...

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Oxfam report: Grotesque inequality exacerbated by pandemic

By Leon Fitzpatrick The latest Oxfam report forecasts good news and bad news for the world’s population as Covid-19 continues its rampage. Great news for the 10 richest men in the world who have seen their combined wealth increase by half a trillion dollars during the pandemic, good news for the 1,000 richest people in the world who have recovered ...

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Russia — Anti-corruption Protests “Down with the Tsar — For a new 1917”

Over 100 cities across nine time zones from Vladivostok in the Far East to Kaliningrad on the Baltic Coast, from Magadan and Murmansk through Yakutia, where the temperature was fifty degrees below zero, to sunny Sochi on the Black Sea and Sebastopol in Crimea, were shaken by protests today. Some involved hundreds of people, more often thousands. The centre of ...

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Australia: Growing support for recognising Invasion Day

January 26 will once again see Invasion Day rallies for Indigenous rights across Australia. More and more people in Australia recognise the hurt associated with the official ‘Australia Day’ holiday. January 26 was chosen as the date the First Fleet arrived in 1788. It is offensive to increasing numbers of people that we have a day of celebration that marks the ...

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A tragic injustice: Uncovering the truth about George Nkencho’s killing

By Eddie McCabe The tumultuous year that was 2020 ended with the tragic shooting in Dublin 15 of George Nkencho — a 27 year-old Black man — by the Garda Armed Support Unit. News of the shooting and the events surrounding it sparked considerable discussion in the local community, and nationally on social media — where unfortunately debate tended to ...

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