They are Defending the Indefensible

They are Defending the Indefensible

Fianna Fail are defending the indefensible. In the name of ‘stability’, the stability of a rotten, corrupt system of which they were the main architects over decades they are propping up a government that is both malicious and incompetent in equal proportions. In the process they are denying the people their say, their right to […]

When workers felled the Tsar

2017 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The revolution began in February 1917 with the overthrow of the Tsar and climaxed in October of the same year in a socialist revolution that overthrew of capitalism. Socialist Worker will run a series of articles dealing with the dramatic events of that year. Here Sean Carroll describes the February Revolution that began the process.

When workers felled the Tsar

On the 23 February 1917, International Women’s Day, a group of women textile workers in the Vyborg district of Petrograd went on strike in protest at bread shortages brought on by three years of imperialist war. Although political strikes were not unusual in Petrograd, this strike was to prove to be of historical significance as […]

The Rise of People Power

There is now widespread understanding among ordinary people in Ireland that if you want anything done in this country the way to go is People Power.

The Rise of People Power

John Molyneux If you don’t want to pay unjust water charges no amount of letter writing and debate in the Dáil or on RTE will do the trick. You have to block the installation of meters, put hundreds of thousands on the streets and refuse to pay. If you want something done about homelessness don’t […]

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 Vultures have Landed

Vulture funds have swooped on Ireland with a ruthless determination that has hardly ever been seen in other parts of the world. They are buying up vast swathes of Irish property – and the Fine Gael led government is encouraging them.

The Vultures have Landed

Kieran Allen A vulture fund brings together wealthy investors who pool their money to search for quick profits. Typically they move in two ways. Either they buy up distressed property – houses, apartments or commercial units – whose prices have collapsed after the crash of 2008. Or they buy up the debts. They approach institutions […]

Apollo House Occupation – Inspiration for Further Action

Housing has become the defining crisis of our time. Since the property collapse of 2008, hundreds of thousands of people have had their lives turned upside down by problems relating to where they live.

Apollo House Occupation – Inspiration for Further Action

Brian O’ Boyle There are currently 130,000 families on the social housing waiting list – some for periods of twenty years or more. At the present rate of public building, this list will not be cleared for more than 100 years. On top of this, 80,000 mortgages are in arrears with 56,000 unpaid for more […]

Election in the North: The Time for Change is Now, ‘Recovery’ in the South: The Time to Fight is Now

For the best part of a hundred years the politics of the North has been dominated by one issue: the division between Loyalism and Nationalism, Orange and Green. And for the majority of ordinary people this has brought only poverty, unemployment and deprivation.

Election in the North: The Time for Change is Now, ‘Recovery’ in the South: The Time to Fight is Now

Election in the North The Time for Change is Now For the best part of a hundred years the politics of the North has been dominated by one issue: the division between Loyalism and Nationalism, Orange and Green. And for the majority of ordinary people this has brought only poverty, unemployment and deprivation. For decades […]

Grant Thornton report and financial “crisis” at Bus Eireann.

  A report from accountancy firm Grant ThorntonGrant Thornton report and financial “crisis” at Bus Eireann. is to recommend huge cuts at Bus Eireann in both wages and conditions of staff and of services, especially in the west of Ireland with other routes been contracted out to private operators. The Board of CIE has accepted […]

The Cruelty of Direct Provision

The Cruelty of Direct Provision

  Stacey Wrenn, a student at Trinity and member of United Against Racism, recently visited the Direct Provision centre at Mosney. This is her report. I went to Mosney to visit ‘Naomi’. I cannot give her real name, the Direct Provision (DP) centre in Mosney has a habit of starving people who dare to question […]

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 […]

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