News & Analysis

Big pharma’s patents: Profiting from the pandemic

By Jonathan Diebold  The rapid development of the Covid-19 vaccine has given us a glimpse of what humanity can achieve given enough drive and resources. However, it has also demonstrated the shortcomings of capitalism, and of patent laws and the reliance of a small number of massive, highly profitable companies in the production of our medicinal needs. Global inequalities  While ...

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Johnson praises the role of “capitalism and greed” in Covid response

By Daniel Waldron On the anniversary of the first lockdown in the UK, Boris Johnson proclaimed  to Tory backbenchers, “The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.” The real result of the Tories’ callous, pro-capitalist policies during the Covid pandemic has been almost 130,000 lost lives, one of the highest per-capita death ...

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Review: Reeling in the Years (2010)

Reviewed by Manus Lenihan Just gonna stand there and watch me burn […] Just gonna stand there and hear me cry […] – Eminem with Rihanna, ‘Love the way you lie,’ 2010 RTÉ’s Reeling in the Years has aired an episode covering major events in the painful year 2010. For working-class people, that time was a nightmare. Hundreds of thousands ...

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New Climate Action Bill: Still a weak response to urgent crisis

By Padraig O’Flynn To muted fanfare and coverage the government recently published its Climate Action Bill. The document might appear ambitious on the surface, but, on closer inspection, specific measures for achieving these targets are largely absent. Weak proposals Indeed, the most interesting thing about the document is what’s missing from it. For example, it contains no free public transport ...

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One year of the English Language Student Union

It’s been a year now since the establishment of the English Language Students’ Union (ELSU Ireland). The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a major crisis in the English Language Education (ELE) school sector. Identifying the vulnerable situations many international English-language students found themselves in, Fiachra Ó Luain, an English-language teacher based in Dublin, set about petitioning English language students about their experiences. ...

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Socialist Party statement on the rioting in Belfast

No going back! Fight for working-class unity! Protests and rioting have taken place over recent days in Protestant working-class areas across Northern Ireland, last night escalating into clashes at the ‘peace wall’ on Lanark Way in Belfast.  There is now a real danger of a significant increase in sectarian violence in the coming months. The fact that a bus driver ...

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Debenhams – Year Long Still Strong!

On a number of occasions, as various milestones were passed, the Debenhams shop stewards have said that they did not set out to break records. However, to sustain a struggle for a year in the freakish circumstances of a pandemic and a lockdown is remarkable and further seals the place of the Debenhams workers in Irish labour history. Issues unresolved  ...

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Review: Seaspiracy directed by Ali Tabrizi

Seaspiracy, Netflix, 2021, Director: Ali Tabrizi Reviewed by Heather O’Callaghan  In a new Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy, the British filmmaker, Ali Tabrizi, tackles ocean pollution and sustainability and embarks on a worldwide voyage to answer questions of why sea pollution has gotten so bad and is seemingly getting worse. More importantly, he asks what we, the world’s population, can do to ...

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Review: The New Corporation — the Unfortunately Necessary Sequel

By Martin LeBrun (our sister organisation in Canada) The 2003 film The Corporation explored the question “if a corporation is a person, what kind of person is it?” The film’s answer, in one of the best documentaries condemning corporations and capitalism, was that corporations are psychopaths. Psychopathy manifests itself in superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, a manipulative personality, pathological lying, ...

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