Author Archives: Socialist Party

The pandemic and the deepening mental health crisis

By Adam Dudley  Before any of us had heard of Covid-19, one in 10 people globally lived with a mental health disorder. Ireland, North and South, has consistently registered levels higher than the average (around 15%) and some of the highest prevalence in the world for anxiety disorders and psychiatric disorders like Schizophrenia. Since Covid struck, studies paint a picture ...

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Spanish State: Mobilize against state repression — Freedom for Pablo Hasel

By Rob McDonald — Socialisme Revolucionari (our sister organisation in Catalonia) As the crises of capitalism deepen, so does state repression. The jailing of Pablo Hasel is the latest attack from a vicious Spanish state against fundamental freedoms that it is supposed to protect. We must meet this by mobilizing, and organizing, but also understanding that we must struggle for ...

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India: Solidarity appeal. Release Disha Ravi! Protest is not a crime!

By supporters of International Socialist Alternative (ISA) in India (The Socialist Party is the Irish section of ISA) Young Indian climate activist Disha Ravi was arrested by the police at her home in Bangalore on 13 February. She was transferred to a cell in the capital Delhi. The reason for the arrest was her alleged involvement in a solidarity appeal ...

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Review: Vasily Grossman’s “Stalingrad”

Reviewed by Manus Lenihan Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad was originally published in the Soviet Union in 1952 under the title For a Just Cause, an epic novel about the pivotal battle of the Second World War. The narrative ends a few weeks into the battle with the fates of the main characters still up in the air, and millions of Soviet ...

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Brazil: Kick out the genocidal Bolsonaro!

By Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução (our sister organisation in Brazil) So far, the year 2021 has brought no relief from the ills of 2020. Rather, the problems have worsened. The second wave of the pandemic is more intense than the first, with the average number of deaths again exceeding a thousand a day, while government policy leads to the collapse ...

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Duncan Smith, the Labour Party and revolution – some home truths

By Dan O’Rourke In a recent viral Dáil debate on the topic of new Covid legislation and its potential effect on workers, Labour TD Duncan Smith attacked the Healy-Rae brothers for their “common-man” pretenses and their disingenuous concern for the working class. This was an accurate assessment of the Healy Raes, and one that should be highlighted more often.  Smith ...

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Film review: The White Tiger

Reviewed by Quinn Forskitt “In the jungle, which is the rarest of animals that comes along only once in a generation?” “The white tiger.” “That is what you are. The white tiger.” A dark drama based on Aravind Adiga’s novel, its stunning direction helps deliver us into the physical and psychological world of Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav). What on the ...

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The “skills gap” myth- State must invest in jobs

By Leon Fitzpatrick Simon Harris, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, last week announced what was billed as a lifeline for anxious hospitality workers impacted by the destruction caused by his government: skills! In what was hardly an innovative move, Harris announced to the newly unemployed the opportunity to “re-skill” and “upskill” by providing free ...

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Covid crisis: Suppress the virus – health before profit

By Finghín Kelly Last week while being interviewed about Ryanair’s near €1billion loss Michael O’Leary arrogantly attacked the Covid-19 measures, calling for a complete re-opening of society (and crucially for him the airlines!) once over 50s have been vaccinated.  Should his demands be satisfied it would guarantee a new wave of infections, thousands more deaths and potentially a major impetus ...

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