Tag Archives: COVID-19

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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No cutting of Dublin Bus workers’ annual leave

By Michael O’Brien Dublin Bus management are steamrolling through their policy of enforced annual leave. I was given sight of a list of sixty drivers’ names that has been posted up on the wall in Harristown Garage yesterday, where they are being told they must take next Monday off. The officialdom of the two unions that organise there are effectively ...

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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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Capitalism and the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919

By Keishia Taylor The 1918-1919 “Spanish Flu” killed between 50-100 million people, more than the number of deaths in the First and Second World Wars combined. According to expert Laura Spinney the Spanish flu “re-sculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death.” The war plague The influenza epidemic began in the spring of 1918, quickly spreading throughout ...

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Housing crisis in a pandemic

By Andrea Murray Covid-19 has plunged the world into a situation of unparalleled uncertainty and anxiety, for none more so than those already suffering from the housing crisis. In January this year, there were officially 10,271 homeless people in Ireland. The number of homeless families had increased by 302% to 1,611 since 2015. More than one in three people in ...

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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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Workers cannot wait to safeguard their health – unions must act

By Mick Barry TD On Weds 25 March 1,000 workers at Moy Park Portadown walked off the job demanding proper health and safety protections for the workforce. The same day nearly 100 workers at a Larry Goodman meat plant – ABP in Lurgan – did the same thing for the same reason. On Friday 27 March workers at Linden Meats ...

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1930s Great Depression & global crisis today

“The shock to the global economy from COVID-19 has been both faster and more severe than… even the Great Depression.” That comment by economist Nouriel Roubini on 24th March indicates the growing possibility of global events entering an entirely new period. One way to prepare is to study and draw lessons from the 1930s. By Per-Ake Westerlund, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (our ...

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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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