Ballaghaderreen: Bring people, bring jobs, bring the buzz back

82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.

Ballaghaderreen: Bring people, bring jobs, bring the buzz back

  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 […]

The world against Trump

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 world against Trump

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 […]

People Power Shows the Way in Poland

People Power Shows the Way in Poland

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 […]

Fidel Castro dies

Fidel Castro dies

    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 […]

Aleppo, Mosul, Yemen: imperialist destruction

Aleppo, Mosul, Yemen: imperialist destruction

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 […]

Who are the Populists?

Who are the Populists?

  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 […]

What’s wrong with conspiracy theories

What’s wrong with conspiracy theories

    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 […]

Bilal Kayed settlement reached, repression of Palestinian prisoners continues

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).

Bilal Kayed settlement reached, repression of Palestinian prisoners continues

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 […]

Neither Clinton nor Trump, but Jill Stein!

Becca Bor, an US socialist living in Derry analyses the US Presidential election

Neither Clinton nor Trump, but Jill Stein!

With the presidential election in the United States two months away, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tied in the polls. This is because progressives are not excited about Clinton and the right is enthusiastic about Trump. Clinton is the second most unpopular presidential candidate on record, second only to Trump. This election reflects the […]