Author Archives: Socialist Party

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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Covid threat from mink farming: barbaric industry must go!

By Oisin Kelly The outbreak of a new strain of the corona virus among mink farmed in Denmark is a new alarming development in the covid-19 crisis. It not only opens up the fears many have of a wave of a new strain of the virus, but also exposes the nature of agriculture under capitalism. Denmark has the largest number ...

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We need fighting trade unionism – lessons & legacy of the Debenhams struggle

By Michael O’Brien As we go to press the struggle by the Debenhams workers for the honouring of the redundancy agreement their union Mandate reached with the employer in 2016 has passed its seventh month, and has long since earned its place in the lore of this country’s labour history.[1] The court injunction granted to the liquidator KPMG against the ...

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