News & Analysis

Climate change: The costs of electric vehicles

By Davis Hay, Socialist Alternative — ISA in Canada Electric vehicles (EV) are hot news. Sales worldwide soared in 2020, increasing by 43 percent over the previous year. Automakers and governments are embracing new EV markets and pushing them as one of the most important solutions to climate change. Governments around the world are announcing support for the shift to ...

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Pride 2021: How will LGBTQ liberation be won?

By Marie O’Toole, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) As we honor Pride month this year, transgender people across the country are under attack by a record-breaking wave of anti-trans bills in state legislatures, primarily targeting trans youth. The number of bills overshadows the amount of discriminatory legislation brought forward even at the height of the 2016 ...

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Nothing to lose but our chains: Join the international socialist alternative!

Housing crisis, precarious work, climate catastrophe…Feeling like you’ve no future? IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S CAPITALISM! We live in a world of crisis and inequality because capitalism puts profit before all else, no matter the consequences. For example, Big Pharma’s patents on Covid vaccines (protecting intellectual property rights) means hundreds of thousands will needlessly die in the poorest countries. During the ...

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Review: Your Power by Billy Eilish

By Ciara Gannon Nineteen year-old Billie Eilish has been one of the most talked-about names in music over the last few weeks following both her British Vogue cover and the release of her latest single ‘Your Power’. Billie debuted a new look and a deeply personal single that addressed the uneven power dynamic in a previous abusive relationship. In her ...

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The legacy of the Debenhams workers’ struggle

By Michael O’Brien It can take the passage of time, years in fact, to have a sense of a particular strike’s place in history. Among trade unionists, socialists, activists, and sometimes the wider working class, disputes such as the six-month-long strike of An Post workers in 1979, the Clondalkin Paper Mill occupation in 1983, and the Dunnes Stores Anti-Apartheid Strike ...

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North: Poots victory ushers in a new period of instability

By Kevin Henry In the wake of Arlene Foster’s seemingly sudden resignation as DUP leader, Edwin Poots has narrowly defeated Jeffrey Donaldson in a leadership election, something unprecedented in the party’s history. Poots has indicated he intends to nominate Paul Givan as First Minister, rather than taking the position himself. There are now serious divisions within the party, as the ...

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Review: Superstore created by Justin Spitzer

By Sarah Killeen *Spoiler alerts* If you haven’t yet watched everything on Netflix and need a recommendation for something funny and light-hearted, then look no further than Superstore, the six-season comedy about the employees of the fictional Cloud Nine ‘big box store’. Warm and witty, Superstore offers some of the comforting escapism that we all need, yet it also has ...

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Cynical government defers Debenhams Bill

By Finghin Kelly Six years ago saw Clery’s department store in Dublin go into a tactical liquidation, leaving workers high and dry while shareholders kept hold of the bulk of the company’s assets. At the time the government were forced into saying that this should never happen again and set up the Cahill Duffy process which recommended that workers in ...

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