Author Archives: Socialist Party

Lebanon: Explosion in Beirut

Statement by Yassine Laabadi, Tayaar al’Amael al’Qaaedi (ISA in Tunisia) The huge explosion that occurred yesterday evening in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in the heart of the commercial port, has shocked many people the world over. It resulted in a large number of victims. Extensive solidarity was displayed on social media from various parts of the world, especially after photos ...

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75 years on – only socialist policies offer ‘No More Hiroshimas’

By James Clement On 6 August 1945 the world first witnessed the horrific power of the atomic bomb. The bombings of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki only days later, are today still the only examples of nuclear weapons having been deployed against a population. The death toll immediately after the blast in Hiroshima was 75,000 people; yet by December this number had risen ...

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Dáil speaking time: Govt & Sinn Féin join forces to silence the Left

By Oisin Kelly The government and Sinn Féin have passed new Dáil speaking rules to reduce the impact of smaller left parties and groups. In over 100 years of the Dáil all parties spoke once in the first round of speakers with the allocation in subsequent rounds making speaking time proportional. The government and Sinn Féin have come together to ...

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Solidarity with Direct Provision protest in Cahersiveen

By Colm McCarthy A campaign by Direct Provision (DP) residents of the Skellig Star Hotel in Cahersiveen County Kerry, which culminated in the hunger strike by the 32 adult residents, has forced the government to promise to move all residents out of the centre.  Intolerable conditions In March, Asylum seekers from four separate DP centres in Dublin were moved into ...

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Art or ideology? Some statues have hidden histories

By Aislinn Ní Chaoimh Listening to senator Michael McDowell on Prime Time talking about the removal of the Shelbourne statues, you might get the impression that he is some progressive pushing for non-biased history and that he is even a supporter of the arts. Taking down statues is not erasing history. Has anyone ever learnt history from looking at a ...

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USA: Federal troops pushed back in Portland and Seattle

By Steve Edwards, Socialist Alternative USA In a victory for mass protests in downtown Portland and in defense of democratic rights, the federal government has agreed to “phase out” all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers from the city starting Thursday, according to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Similarly, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced late Tuesday night that federal troops were leaving Seattle.  ...

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A tale of two Covid crises – billionaire bailouts & bupkis

By Mike Murphy We’re all in this together apparently. But, like a ship that’s taking on water after a frontal collision, only one end of the vessel is going under; the other end is ascending. The Covid-19 pandemic is very much upon us, and we are all well aware of the strong economic implications. The World Bank predicted in June ...

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ISA in Action: Over 1,500 attend historic Virtual Marxist University

Socialists from 37 countries attended the largest ever international gathering of International Socialist Alternative (formerly the CWI) between 18 and 25 July By Danny Byrne, ISA International Executive The first ever ISA Virtual Marxist University was an incredible success. It was full of vibrancy and enthusiasm, and at the same time, was extremely serious. Its success reflected a strong, youthful, ...

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Why the 1% are to blame for climate breakdown

By Sam Belton The word ‘crisis’ has by now become synonymous with the year 2020. It has been punctuated by highly broadcasted events such as the the US drone-killing of a top Iranian general, the apocalyptic Australian bushfires, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, intensified trade wars between the US and China, an unprecedented economic crash, and explosive uprisings against police brutality ...

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Debenhams workers’ struggle – an example to all

The closure of Debenhams Irish operation more than a 100 days ago was done in the cynical expectation that it was not possible for the workers to sustain any kind organised response through the lockdown months. Not only has the struggle for a decent settlement survived but it has grown in strength in recent weeks. With the proper resumption of ...

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