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India and COVID-19: “Social distancing is a privilege”

By Ana Mitra  On the 25 March 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a 21 day lockdown in India, leaving the nation of 1.3 billion people approximately four hours to prepare for it. This announcement resulted in the country queuing up to panic buy groceries and essentials to stock up for the three weeks. Moreover, while essential services were ...

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Gaza: brutal siege will ensure COVID-19 catastrophe

By Finghín Kelly  As relatively developed health care systems in Europe and North America are struggling to cope with the ravages of Covid-19, the people of Gaza are bracing themselves for what could be a massive humanitarian catastrophe should the virus take hold in the territory.  Open air prison Home to two million Palestinian refugees, Gaza is an open air ...

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Nevada homelessness – a picture of US capitalism today

By Harper Cleves In the last weekend of March, images of a parking lot converted into a homeless shelter in Las Vegas, Nevada sparked outrage. The images of the make-shift shelter are stark and are illustrative of the grotesque inequalities that lie at the heart of US capitalism.   Human beings lie directly on asphalt, or on thin blue foam sheets ...

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Coronavirus crisis – a socialist feminist view

By International Socialist Alternative (ISA) Women’s Bureau (ISA is the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party is the Irish section of) The covid-19 crisis has hit the world hard. Health care workers, whose voices were never heard when they screamed for more staff and resources in movements and strikes all over the world in the last years, are ...

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Iran & Covid-19: Trump’s criminal sanctions amount to biological warfare

By Dean O’Donnell 2020 got off to an alarming start with the US government assasination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. An act of imperialist aggression and the result of escalating tensions between both states, it posed a  direct threat of war in the Middle East — a reminder of the deeply unstable period we are currently living through. Now, not ...

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Covid-19: from outbreak to pandemic – a chain of profiteering

By Niamh Brannelly How has COVID-19 spread so far and so fast? Catastrophes are not caused by a single event, but rather a chain of events, in this case linked to the type of society we live in where profit is put before the needs of people. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. This article follows this chain of events ...

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COVID-19 crisis and Italy

Guiliano Bruneti – member of the Socialist Party’s sister group in Italy, Resistenze Internazionali – spoke in an online meeting last Saturday, organised by Ruth Coppinger, and gave a firsthand account of the spread of Covid19 in Italy. He spoke of the efforts by the boss class to keep production going, particularly in manufacturing, thus jeopardising the health of workers. ...

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World Economy: The Coronavirus Recession Has Begun

By the International Executive of International Socialist Alternative (ISA- the socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated to)  The coronavirus pandemic has infected hundreds of thousands and taken the lives of thousands. Most scientific and medical experts warn that the situation is bound to get far worse, with millions likely to lose their lives globally. This ...

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Stock Market Freefall as Fears of Recession Mount

By Daniel Waldron The collapse on the world’s stock exchanges on 9 March was the largest since the beginning of the global capitalist crisis in 2008. The fall on the US stock market at opening time was so severe that it led to a technical trade stoppage after just five minutes. The main reason for the global stock market crashes ...

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Starbucks & Nespresso’s child labour secret exposed

A boy of ten or twelve carries a sack of coffee beans bigger than his torso up a steep hill. He stops to rub his back, grimacing in pain, then picks up the sack again and carries on. This is the true face of Starbucks and Nespresso, behind the mask of “ethical” corporate branding: children working for 40 hours a week, for about £5 per day.

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