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Review: The Mauritian directed by Kevin Macdonald

By Robert Ruane This is the harrowing, inspirational and true story of a prisoner who spent 14 years in Guantánamo Bay without a single charge against him and while experiencing extremely inhuman treatment. The director Kevin Macdonald splits the film into three different journeys; Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s fight for his life (played by Tahar Rahim), Slahi’s defense lawyer Nancy Hollander ...

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Climate catastrophe: A socialist world is needed- now more than ever

The following is an extract from a speech given by Socialist Party member, Haritha Olaganathan at “The Rally for a Socialist World” (link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPdWsEuUIzw) organised by International Socialist Alternative.  I’m really looking forward to the mobilisation in Glasgow in November [protests taking place at the UN COP26 meeting on climate change] because I’m sure you remember one of the ...

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The pollution of Ireland’s waterways: How can it be stopped?

By Conor Burke Ireland’s waterways form a complex network of rivers, lakes and streams that stretches from one end of the island to the other. Similar to the human body, there are the larger arteries such as the Shannon, the Corrib, the Lee, the Liffey, the Bann and so on, and there are literally thousands of streams and wetlands that ...

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North: Don’t let the Tories whitewash the Troubles!

By Kevin Henry The Tory government is attempting to end all prosecutions for incidents related to the Troubles – as well as civil cases and inquests – through the unilateral imposition of a ‘statute of limitations’. This has provoked serious anger among victims of both state and paramilitary violence during the Troubles, and within wider society.  Such an amnesty is ...

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Pathways to Precarity – new government scheme announced

By Catherine Finnegan  The government announced a new Pathways to Work strategy this week aiming to get 75,000 long-term unemployed people back to work as part of the post-pandemic economic recovery. One aspect of this strategy is the Work Placement Experience Programme which claims to provide 10,000 “quality” paid jobs; but it is nothing more than an excuse to super-exploit ...

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Interview: Hospitality workers need to organise

The hospitality sector has experienced an unprecedented level of attacks on workers’ conditions and pay, with the employers utilizing the Covid pandemic and lockdowns as a convenient cover for dodgy employment practices. Despite this, workers in the sector have been attempting to organise together to fight for dignity and respect at work. The Socialist spoke to Neil Moore, organiser for ...

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Defend the right to protest- Drop the fines against ROSA activists!

In the first known charge of its kind under the Public Health Act Covid regulations, members of ROSA have been fined up to €500 and face prosecution over safe, outdoor protests highlighting gender violence during the pandemic. This follows activists in Belfast receiving fines of £200 for organising similar protests. ROSA called small but vital socially-distanced protests in several cities ...

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The Delta threat: Premature opening of hospitality as Covid cases spike

By Cathal Curran  The more contagious Delta variant of Covid is driving record infection numbers across Europe. The Netherlands, for example, recorded over 10,000 new cases in one day. Delta is now the dominant strain here. This forms the backdrop of the newest push from the hospitality sector lobby and their backers in government and opposition parties to reopen indoor ...

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No to layoffs at Cork Airport: Re-nationalise Aer Lingus!

By Mick Barry Hundreds of workers are facing temporary layoff in September when Cork Airport shuts for runway repairs. Aer Lingus has announced plans to lay off 198 workers and other big airport employers like OCS and Swissport may take a similar stance. This is even though Aer Lingus and others have received large amounts of state funding during the ...

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