Is the Pope a Catholic?

Reading only the headlines about Pope Francis issuing an encyclical warning about climate change one could be forgiven for asking this question.

Is the Pope a Catholic?

  Reading only the headlines about Pope Francis issuing an encyclical warning about climate change one could be forgiven for asking this question. Certainly it shocked and angered some of the conservative Catholics in the US and the Republican Right who are climate change deniers to the last barrel of oil. He should stick to […]

For an alternative united Ireland

In 1916 James Connolly predicted that the partition of Ireland would lead to a ‘carnival of reaction’ on both sides of the border. He was proved right. Both North and South the establishment – essentially the capitalist ruling class – was able to use a combination of conservative religion (Protestant or Catholic) and nationalism (Orange or Green) to keep their populations down and divided.

For an alternative united Ireland

On 22 May the Irish Republic voted massively for marriage equality. On Saturday 6 June People Before Profit in Belfast called a march for marriage equality in the North and over 1000 people attended. Then a week later, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Amnesty International and the Rainbow Project also held a demo for […]

Who are the wealth creators?

Entrepreneurs are the wealth creators. How many times do we hear this, stated more or less as fact, on the media? How many times do we hear it from Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan or from Fianna Fail and Labour politicians (on both sides of the Irish Sea)?

Who are the wealth creators?

Entrepreneurs are the wealth creators.  How many times do we hear this, stated  more or less as fact, on the media? How many times do we hear it from Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan or from Fianna Fail and Labour politicians (on both sides of the Irish Sea)? Indeed Martin McGuiness, Pearse Docherty and Mary […]

Why Gerry Adams welcomes Prince Charles and we do not

Gerry Adams ‘historic’ handshake with Prince Charles offers a very clear example of the fundamental difference between how Sinn Féin sees the struggle against British rule in the north and how socialists see it, as well as of the wider difference between our two traditions: the Republican and the socialist.

Why Gerry Adams welcomes Prince Charles and we do not

Gerry Adams ‘historic’ handshake with Prince Charles offers a very clear example of the fundamental difference between how Sinn Féin sees the struggle against British rule in the north and how socialists see it, as well as of the wider difference between our two traditions: the Republican and the socialist. From the point of view […]

“We should look after our own first”

“We should look after our own first”

This is a commonly expressed sentiment. On the face of it, it sounds like common sense. And also there’s a way in which we don’t have much choice about it. We can look after our children or our parents but we can’t, at least not personally, look after all children or all old people and […]

Syriza – the Struggle Goes On

The attempt of the EU ‘institutions’, the hated Troika, to strangle the radical left Syriza government at birth is continuing.

Syriza – the Struggle Goes On

The attempt of the EU ‘institutions’, the hated Troika, to strangle the radical left Syriza government at birth is continuing. The European Central Bank has written to Greek banks instructing them not to buy any more government debt. That cuts off a potential source of emergency funding for Athens. Without access to capital markets, or […]

Syriza wins great victory – the struggle intensifies

The election is an outburst of rage against six years of brutal austerity which has produced extraordinary levels of unemployment, homelessness and mass deprivation.

Syriza wins great victory – the struggle intensifies

SYRIZA, the Coalition of the Radical Left, has won a stunning victory in the Greek General Election. This article is being written only the morning after the election, but it is clear that Syriza has topped the poll with about 36.3%, compared to the right wing New Democracy’s 27.8% and , with 149 seats, has […]

Socialism #1.01: Why talk about class?

“You socialists are obsessed with class. Surely we should forget about class and just see people as individuals”.

Socialism  #1.01: Why talk about class?

“You socialists are obsessed with class. Surely we should forget about class and just see people as individuals”. Actually it’s true. Socialists are obsessed with class and for a very good reason. It’s because class is the main source of unfairness, inequality and injustice in our society.   Socialists are opposed to all kinds of […]

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