International Women’s Day has always been a day of action, not a day for flowers and passivity!
This year on the 8th March we are being called upon to #BeBoldForChange and to #StrikeForRepeal. Every year, for over a century, women have had cause to march because our society values women less than men. We are paid less, promoted less often, less likely to hold office, more likely to be unemployed and more likely […]
82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.
Memet Uludag As the news was announced by the Department of Justice there was some mixed reaction in the town of 2000, but despite the unease and anger towards the government for its handling of the issue and its failure to consult, people were mostly sympathetic and wanted to welcome the refugees to their […]
There has never been a US Presidential inauguration like it.
In 670 cities across the world – from Melbourne to Copenhagen – people took the streets to protest in the biggest global demonstration since the great anti-Iraq War marches of 2003.
John Molyneux There has never been a US Presidential inauguration like it. In 670 cities across the world – from Melbourne to Copenhagen – people took the streets to protest in the biggest global demonstration since the great anti-Iraq War marches of 2003. The turnout was largest in America, of course. There the numbers were […]
Poland has restrictive laws regarding abortion. Highly influenced by the Catholic Church abortion is only allowed in cases of rape, incest, disability of the foetus and a risk to the health of the mother. Even with such restrictive laws, a termination can still be refused under these circumstances. In Poland medical personal can invoke a […]
Millions of radicals, leftists, socialists and anti-imperialists around the world will be saddened by the announcement of the death of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, at the age of 90. He will, obviously, be particularly mourned in much of Latin America, Africa and other parts of the ‘third world’ that […]
It was the very early hours of a hot August morning in Turkey when I said goodbye to Zeinah, Samir and their three children as they were getting ready for their final push for Europe, the crossing to the Greek island whose light five miles away could be seen from the Turkish coast. As the […]
In politics there’s always something to be learned from the names you are called by your opponents. A few weeks ago the label of choice for the serious left, primarily the Anti-Austerity Alliance –People Before Profit, was ‘the Trots’ i.e. followers of the Russian revolutionary, Leon Trotsky. Then it was ‘extremists’ in contrast […]
Five years ago I wrote an article (reproduced below) about the prevalence of ‘conspiracy theories’ on the fringes of the left in Ireland and elsewhere. Events of recent weeks – especially the election of Donald Trump, but also the war in Syria and Russia’s bombing of Aleppo – have shown that a […]
The surprise election victory of Donald Trump has shocked tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of people round the world and rightly so. That a politician who ran such a disgusting campaign full of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny and bigotry and insults of every kind should find himself in the White House […]
On 24 August, Bilal Kayed suspended his hunger strike after 71 days following a decision by the Israeli authorities to end his administrative detention (internment without trial or charge).
On 24 August, Bilal Kayed suspended his hunger strike after 71 days following a decision by the Israeli authorities to end his administrative detention (internment without trial or charge). Ruairí Gallagher reports. During the hunger strike Kayed lost a large amount a weight, suffered several incidents of prolonged loss of vision, and was later arbitrarily […]