Protestant workers are key

Almost without exception, commentators in the North believe that the Assembly election will be a brutal contest between Unionism and Nationalism, each side choosing a champion to take on the representatives of “the other side.”

Protestant workers are key

Thus, Sinn Fein and the SDLP fight for the right to represent the Green voters, while the DUP and the Ulster Unionists clash over who’s to lead the charge for Orangeism – and People Before Profit is told that we are “not living in the real world” when we pitch our message to people in […]

The Fall of the House of Hickey

The Fall of the House of Hickey

The initial reaction of many in Ireland to the arrest in Brazil of Irish Olympic Committee president Pat Hickey was to smile – or even to remark in satisfied tones that it had been a long time coming. Hickey and his sidekicks have been swanning around the world “representing” Irish sport for many years, attending […]

Eamonn McCann MLA says: Saudi From Saville To Chilcot- Protecting Those On Top

From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top.

Eamonn McCann MLA says: Saudi From Saville To Chilcot- Protecting Those On Top

From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top. The Chilcot Report into the Iraq war and the Saville Report into Bloody Sunday have a lot in common. Chilcot was published to on July 6th. Many were taken aback by the sharp tone of […]

Eamonn McCann says: Hilary Clinton and Gordon Gekko

Eamonn McCann says: Hilary Clinton and Gordon Gekko

In her concession speech following defeat to Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire Democratic primary last month, Hillary Clinton pledged to keep fighting to ensure that “Wall Street can never be allowed to once again threaten Main Street.” Sanders seemed rattled by the remark and no wonder. It was Sanders, not Clinton, who had been […]

Eamonn McCann says: Saudi Executions and Western Hypocrisy

The beheading of the senior Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia on January 2nd prompted an outpouring of anger across the world. But the protests of governments, particularly in the West, are phony, self-serving and won’t lead to meaningful action.

Eamonn McCann says: Saudi Executions and Western Hypocrisy

The beheading of the senior Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia on January 2nd prompted an outpouring of anger across the world. But the protests of governments, particularly in the West, are phony, self-serving and won’t lead to meaningful action. Not even the most vicious barbarity would persuade the US or European Union governments […]

Eamonn McCann says: How the US fans the flames

The United States has signed an agreement with new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to retain nine major military bases and 10,000 troops in the country.

Eamonn McCann says: How the US fans the flames

The United States has signed an agreement with new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to retain nine major military bases and 10,000 troops in the country. There are still 1,600 US troops in Iraq. Obama has asked Congress for funding to deploy 1,500 more, to expand its Joint Operations Centre in Baghdad and a base in […]

Eamonn McCann says: Making sense of the Middle East

"What are you fighting for? It's not my security. It's just an old war. Not even a cold war."

Eamonn McCann says: Making sense of the Middle East

“What are you fighting for? It’s not my security. It’s just an old war. Not even a cold war.” Thus Marianne Faithful in her classic 1979 song, Broken English. She might have been singing about the Middle East today. In Syria in September 2013 the residents of a Christian village, Maaloula, about 20 miles from […]

Eamonn McCann says: Having your Cuts and Eating Them

There are posters and placards all over the North shouting “Fight the Tory cuts!” Many have been erected by socialists or trades union groups. But the majority carry the logo of Sinn Fein.

Eamonn McCann says: Having your Cuts and Eating Them

  There are posters and placards all over the North shouting “Fight the Tory cuts!” Many have been erected by socialists or trades union groups. But the majority carry the logo of Sinn Fein. Meanwhile at Stormont, the axe continues to rise and fall, rise and fall, cutting, cutting, cutting. Education Minister John O’Dowd is […]

Eamonn McCann says: British Labour hits new low

In its unprincipled desperation to win votes, the British Labour Party has made mugs of anti-racists within its ranks.

Eamonn McCann says: British Labour hits new low

In its unprincipled desperation to win votes, the British Labour Party has made mugs of anti-racists within its ranks. “Controls on Immigration”, reads the slogan running around a coffee mug promoted by the party as election merchandise. A fiver a time for using immigrants as scapegoats for the country’s ills. There are no cups or […]

Eamonn McCann says: The Politics Behind the Headlines

It is remarkable that Flight 655 has scarcely been mentioned in coverage of the talks between Iran and the US and its allies on a possible deal involving curbs on Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

Eamonn McCann says: The Politics Behind the Headlines

It is remarkable that Flight 655 has scarcely been mentioned in coverage of the talks between Iran and the US and its allies on a possible deal involving curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Or, perhaps not remarkable at all. The 290 innocent people killed on Flight 655 were […]