India’s Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War 18:59 Aug 13 0 comments
July 2019 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online 03:00 Aug 09 0 comments
Canada’s ‘Liberals’ Have a Disturbing Imperial Streak 04:13 Jun 24 0 comments
The USA’s Favorite Weapon: Sanctions Are Genocidal 01:47 Jun 21 0 comments
Poder e Governação 02:58 May 17 0 commentsmore >>
The continuing opposition by loyalists to the decision by Belfast city council to limit the flying of the Union Jack (bringing it into line with other council chambers) is a product of a deeply sectarian colonial settlement that smothers the importance of class.The disturbances were pretty predicable in the context of summer riots over parading, intra-unionist rivalry and rising anger in traditional protestant working-class communities over shortage of jobs, housing and perceived gains made by the ‘nationalist’ community. The mass inflammatory leafleting by unionist parties in the days leading up to the council vote served to heighten fears in a constituency which is easily inflamed and mobilised in defence of the realm. This is not the cause of the disturbances; but the logical conclusion of capitalist decay and opportunist politicians battling for the hearts and minds of protestant working class communities - disenchanted and disillusioned with the peace dividends promised over 10 years ago.
There are some stories that are hard to cover - the death of Savita Halappanavar, a pregnant women, from septicemia whose life might have been saved if an abortion was not delayed is a hard as they come. According to the Irish Times Praveen Halappanavar, the husband of Savita said she had asked for a termination several times over a three day period only to be told "this is a catholic country."All the ruling parties – Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Greens and the Labour party - have prevaricated, delayed, avoided and ignored the issue. This has led to two further court cases where girls in care had to go to the courts in order to be allowed to travel to another country. It has led to court cases over ownership of eggs used in IVF. It has, no doubt, led to the forced pregnancies of immigrant women who cannot travel. It has led to women ordering abortion drugs over the Internet. It has forced women to travel under stressful conditions at great expense to other countries, including women who are carrying foetuses who will not survive birth. And now the delay in carrying out a termination has led to the death of a women. Whether it’s due to cowardice or callousness, all the ruling parties have shown little concern for the misery they inflict on women's lives.
National and international solidarity campaign with electrical engineers in the UK, who in recent months have been forced to organise in response to attacks from the 8 bigger employers in the industry.Last summer these 8 firms announced their intention to leave the agreement on pay (the JIB) that governs the industry. The workers expect wage cuts of up to 35% and the deterioration of their working conditions. These workers are already required, with their low wages, to perform overtime in order to provide for their families.
It is not an isolated attack on a particular occupation in an individual country. It’s well known that these firms are supported by all firms in the building industry, some of which are multinational.
[Italiano] [Français] [Castellano]
clip_image003.jpg 0.01 Mb
ireland / britain / crime prison and punishment Thursday August 18, 2011 15:03 by Aidan, Andrew & Dermot
The police killing of Mark Duggan resulted in four nights of rioting across England. The immediate trigger was the killing itself, and the disrespect shown by the police to Mark’s family and friends. But the riots rapidly broadened to expressions of a more general anger and alienation; an anger that was all too often unfocused and striking out at the nearest target of opportunity. This resulted in widespread destruction of resources in already deprived neighborhoods and some anti-social attacks on bystanders. Despite this, the roots of the riots lie in the economic and political conditions of these districts, and not in ‘poor parenting’ or ‘mindless criminality’. These conditions were created by the very politicians and business elite who now call for a return to normality and repression.The riots happened at a particular moment, a moment when capitalism is in deep crisis. Indeed the riots occurred at the same time as yet another crash in global markets. The two competed with each other to be the lead story on the news. This is not a coincidence; the crash, and the cuts unleashed to impose it’s costs on ordinary people, mean not only rocketing unemployment but also the slashing of public services. And while the focus is on the estimated £200 million of destruction caused by the rioting, this pales into insignificance in comparison with the huge destruction of wealth taking place on the stock exchanges.
It's now official, the Irish state is in talks with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund about a so called "rescue plan" to bail out the Irish capitalist class from the disaster created by the international crash of the capitalist economic system.A crisis that was magnified in Ireland by the corruption of local crony capitalism on the one hand and the dependency of the economy on "globalization" on the other. Trapped between such a cast of crooks and idiots it is perhaps not surprising that many in Ireland hope things will be improved when the running of our lives will be handed over to those who many hope might have a clue.
More articles on the Irish crisis
[Italiano] [Ελληνικά] [Castellano] [Nederlands] [Català]
Fri 23 Aug, 15:56
Sinn Féin: From Full Confidence Of Victory To Arrogance And Entitlement Jun 13 18:04 0 comments
Interview with the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG) from Great Britain Jun 09 04:27 0 comments
Συνέντευξη με τη_... Jun 05 21:09 0 comments
Die plattform: Interview mit der Anarchist Communist Group (ACG) aus Großbritannien May 26 02:30 0 comments
Defend Julian Assange May 13 23:17 0 comments
[Book review] A beautiful idea: history of the Freedom Press anarchists by Rob Ray Feb 24 17:31 0 comments
Alan MacSimóin (1957-2018): pionero del anarquismo en Irlanda Dec 26 19:07 0 comments
Alan MacSimóin (1957-2018): a pioneer of anarchism in Ireland Dec 14 08:34 0 comments
Πρώτο βήμα η αυτο ... Dec 08 20:28 0 comments
Alan MacSimóin (1957-2018) – Dublin Historian and Political Activist Dec 06 16:02 0 comments
Alan MacSimóin (1957-2018)- Rest In Power Dec 06 15:50 0 comments
WSM marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at their strateg... Nov 26 21:12 0 comments
Organising ourselves is the first and main step towards our aim Oct 30 22:08 0 comments
30 años de la masacre de Loughgall: rumores y contrainsurgencia británica Jun 26 18:26 0 comments
Call for Solidarity with our Russian Comrades! Jun 12 19:13 0 comments
Appel à la solidarité avec nos camarades Russes! Jun 10 20:31 0 comments
Appello di solidarietà con i compagni russi! Jun 10 20:29 0 comments
8 reasons anarchists are voting Yes to Repeal the hated 8th May 25 19:44 2 comments
WSM International Women’s Day Message - 2018 Mar 08 19:13 0 comments
Decades of organising wins new abortion referendum in Ireland Feb 02 18:43 0 comments
Rallying for Choice in Belfast Oct 14 00:31 0 comments
The WSM on the struggle for abortion rights in Ireland Oct 13 23:32 0 comments
March for Choice 2017 - report & video from Dublin Oct 13 23:03 0 comments
From Dublin to Brussels demand universal access to abortion Sep 26 20:09 0 comments
National Conference Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland Sep 03 21:37 0 comments
In Ireland Jobstown not Guilty verdict points to a Garda conspiracy Jul 21 00:26 0 comments
Rally 4 Choice successfully sees off annual anti-choice parade in Ireland Jul 21 00:17 0 comments
Irish state fails in bid to frame community activists for false imprisonment Jun 30 23:27 0 comments
Absolute boy - The Youth Revolt that led Corbyn to a victory of sorts Jun 15 20:24 0 comments
Successful secondary pickets bring public transport to a halt in Ireland Mar 31 19:04 0 commentsmore >>