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ireland / britain / crime prison and punishment / feature Thursday August 18, 2011 14:03 byAidan, Andrew & Dermot   image 5 images
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. (Image: By SkyFireXII via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0) read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / news report Monday August 15, 2011 16:52 byAlex   image 1 image
Workers Solidarity interviewed Hackney local and education worker, Alex Carver, about the roots of the London riots. Alex is a long standing activist in the IWW union, housing struggles in the East End, and the big left events since the start of the recession, most recently the M26 Militant Workers Block and the J30 Strike project. He was a direct witness to the rioting on Monday. Here he tells Workers Solidarity why he thinks that the riots are best understood by loooking at class rather than race. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / repression / prisoners / opinion / analysis Wednesday August 03, 2011 21:16 byAndrew   image 1 image
Last Thursday the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission released an interim report on the Garda rape-threat tape recordings that were revealed last April. GSOC is the official state body to investigate complaints against the police force of southern Ireland (Garda). The GSOC report contains a major error that suggests GSOC are the source of repeated attempts to spin the story in the media as somehow being the fault of the women the Garda were recorded discussing threatening to rape. The timing of the release of the report was also suspect, coming in the week Shell resumed construction and the day before a national day of action in Erris durig which four Shell to Sea campaigners were injured by Garda and/or private security violence. Such was the level of spin applied that some media made the mistake of leading with the news that the Garda had been cleared of something no-one had ever accused them of - directly threatening the two women with rape. read full story / add a comment
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irlande / grande-bretagne / histoire / opinion / analyse Tuesday August 02, 2011 20:26 byAlan MacSimóin   image 3 images
Quand le drapeau rouge flottait dans la province de Munster... Grèves d'ouvriers agricoles, occupations de laiteries, des drapeaux rouges qui flottent et des constitutions de « soviets ». Pas le genre de choses habituellement associées aux années 1919-1923, les années de la Guerre d'Indépendance et de la Guerre Civile. Ce furent des années parmi les plus inquiétantes pour l'establishment, à tel point que même encore maintenant ils préfèrent que ces évènements demeurent oubliés. Les anarchistes, à l'opposé, sont désireux/ses de voir cette histoire redécouverte parce que cela nous rappelle l'esprit et le pouvoir potentiel qui vit dans la classe ouvrière. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday July 29, 2011 22:22 byGregor Kerr
The announcement from the Irish government that households are to face a charge of €100 per annum from January 1st with separate water and property taxes to follow by 2014 has met with fierce opposition across the country.  Radio and television shows have been inundated with texts and phonecalls from irate people who see this latest tax as a step too far and who have been pledging to resist the charge.  In a TV3 IrelandAM poll this morning, Wednesday, 87% of people answered ‘Yes’ to the question “Would you consider boycotting the household charge?” read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / repression / prisoners / opinion / analysis Friday July 22, 2011 06:04 byWorkers Solidarity Movement PRO   image 1 image
Around 30 Republican prisoners continue to engage in a ‘dirty protest’ in Maghaberry prison over the failure of the Northern Ireland Administration and the Prison Officers Association to implement a facilitated agreement reached between all parties last August. This is part of a wider criminalisation policy to punish, brutalize and isolate prisoners which includes regular beatings and strip-searching - which remains the outstanding issue to be resolved. Similarly to the 1980/81 prison struggles, the prisoners are simply asking for their rights and dignity to be respected. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / news report Friday July 15, 2011 19:19 byJack White   image 3 images
Rioting erupted in ‘nationalist areas’ across the North on Tuesday after the annual Orange Order parades. The worst of the trouble was in Ardoyne in North Belfast which left 16 police officers injured and with over 60 lethal plastic bullets fired leaving many people injured. WSM member 'John Creagh' reports from the Ardoyne on the disturbances and what they tell us.
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday July 12, 2011 08:57 byJack White
It is this time of year again when the spectre of sectarianism and division comes to the fore in the north of Ireland. It is a time when communities, kerbstones and poles are marked and carved into territory. There are those who will be living in fear and silenced from speaking out while the rest of us are told to turn the other check in the interests of peace and stability. It is unfortunate, if perhaps somewhat inevitable, that the now annual battles around the ‘marching season’ fall along religious lines. The Orange parades are being used to test the supposed 'neutrality' of the northern regime and the PSNI in particular. The losing side in this dangerous game however is likely to be the working class, as the confrontations and the sectarian attacks that occur around the Orange marches drive people further into ‘their own’ communities.

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irlanda / gran bretagna / la sinistra / opinione / analisi Sunday July 10, 2011 14:38 byDara MacAoidh   image 1 image
Dopo l'iperbole della campagna elettorale, abbiamo cominciato a capire che le voci di un nuovo giorno nella politica irlandese sono state grandemente esagerate. Ora che la cosa si è un po' sgonfiata, si affonda nuovamente dentro la stessa vecchia crisi. Mentre l'inchiesta Moriarty ci fa conoscere - con parsimonia - come funziona la politica per i ricchi, noi siamo in grado di sapere come funzionano esattamente le cose per tutti noi. [English] read full story / add a comment
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irlanda / gran bretagna / lotte sul territorio / opinione / analisi Sunday July 10, 2011 13:59 byLiberty & Solidarity   image 1 image
"Sovrebbero gli scioperi arrecare gravi danni al nostro tessuto economico e sociale e dovrebbe crescere in noi la spinta ad agir?." Così Vince Cable ha detto alla conferenza annuale della GMB che lancia il guanto di sfida alla sinistra ed al movimento operaio con la minaccia velata di dure leggi antisindacali. Ora più che mai, la questione "come possiamo sconfiggere i tagli?" ha disperatamente bisogno di una risposta. [English] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Friday July 08, 2011 23:25 byLiberty & Solidarity   text 2 comments (last - wednesday july 13, 2011 06:54)   image 1 image
“Should strikes impose serious damage to our economic and social fabric, the pressure on us to act would ratchet up. ” said Vince Cable at the GMB's annual conference, laying down the gauntlet to the left and the labour movement with the thinly-veiled threat of tougher anti-union laws. Now more than ever the question of “how can we fight back?” needs desperately answered. The left has responded to this question in different ways, from the civil disobedience of UK Uncut to the March 26th mass demonstration in London called by the TUC. Much of the focus was on the June 30th strikes, arguing for even greater, more militant action. But after June 30th, what next? Clearly a single day of action, no matter how militant, has not and can not change government policy, what should our longer-term strategy be against the cuts? [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / opinion / analysis Thursday July 07, 2011 21:02 byDara MacAoidh   image 1 image
After the hyperbole of the election campaign, we have started to realise that rumours of a new day in Irish politics were greatly exaggerated. Somewhat deflated, we now sink back into the same old crisis. While the limited exposures of the Moriarty tribunal [ed: a public inquiry into political corruption in Ireland] have shown us how politics works for the rich, we are about to learn exactly how it works for the rest of us. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / gender / news report Thursday July 07, 2011 20:50 byCian Lynch
WSM and other pro-choice activists took place in a counter demonstration to the “Rally for Life” which took place in Dublin on Sunday 3 July 2011. The anti-abortion rally was organised by Youth Defence (including “The Life Institute”(previously Mother & Campaign – an outgrowth of Youth Defense) and Belfast Based "Precious Life". Approximately 2,000 people seem to have attended. The pro-choice counter demonstration, organised at short notice was still attended by around 300 people. Many attending the anti-abortion rally came from all over Ireland and even included a small group of migrants from the Philippines. There were some tense exchanges between pro-choice campaigners and anti-abortion marchers. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 21:14 byGregor Kerr
The government has made it clear that it is determined to press ahead with its attempts to impose not one but two new taxes on us.  Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is preparing to bring plans to government for a household tax, probably starting at €100 per year, from 1st January.  This tax will be added to by a water tax, expected to be introduced within the next couple of years. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / repression / prisoners / news report Monday June 27, 2011 23:09 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
The reality behind the new beginning to policing was once again revealed on the streets of the North yesterday whenever children returning from a bus trip to Dublin where terrorised by heavily armed PSNI members for up two hours. The bus trip organised by the Republican Network for Unity contained 13 children and 6 adults were returning from a trip to Kilmainham Gaol was stopped and searched allegedly for explosives just outside Banbridge by up to 60-70 PSNI officers with a forensic lab and helicopters.

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ireland / britain / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Wednesday June 22, 2011 18:15 bySean Matthews
The cracks beneath the surface in the peace process were once again exposed on the streets of East Belfast last night in the second night of serious sectarian rioting. A UVF led mob numbering in the 100's has been engaged in attacks on catholic homes at the edge of the Short Strand. This is the reality of a peace dividend which has failed to deliver to working-class communities and stands in stark contrast to suburbia only 5 miles away which produced golf champion Rory McElroy.
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ireland / britain / crime prison and punishment / news report Wednesday June 15, 2011 23:39 byPaulB   image 1 image
As the economic crisis deepens in Ireland, brutal conditions worsen in it's already overcrowded prisons. Of course the incarcerated are almost exclusively from the poorest sections of society, and the real criminals who have brought economic blight upon the country will never see the inside of a cell or have to endure slopping out. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Wednesday June 15, 2011 23:07 byPaulB
Although the global crash and the end of the property bubble has brought severe recession to Ireland with drastic cuts to services, public and private sector wages and rising unemployment, for the capitalist class, the good times still roll. read full story / add a comment
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irlanda / gran bretagna / imperialismo / guerra / cronaca Monday June 06, 2011 15:26 byAndrew   image 2 images
Circa 250 persone hanno preso parte mercoledì sera alla marcia organizzata da Éirígí (Partito repubblicano socialista irlandese, ndt) durante il banchetto in onore della regina d'Inghilterra, presso il castello di Dublino. I membri del WSM (Workers Solidarity Movement) si sono uniti alla manifestazione ma la Garda (la polizia irlandese, ndt) ha intercettato la persona che trasportava le nostre bandiere e i nostri striscioni rendendoci invisibili. Questa è stata solo una parte della strategia di soppressione della protesta visibile che è stata adottata dalla Garda durante tutta la visita della regina d'Inghilterra, nonostante avesse precedentemente affermato che avrebbe "agevolato la protesta". [English] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / link to pdf Thursday May 26, 2011 22:58 byWSM   image 1 image
The May - June 2011 Edition of the Workers Solidarity freesheet, Ireland's anarchist paper is now online to read or download as a PDF. read full story / add a comment

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sorrymigrantx.jpg imageIreland - Migrant X refused an abortion and forced to have a C-section 22:31 Thu 21 Aug by Andrew 0 comments

This is as complete a story about what happened to 'Migrant X' that we are aware of.  Migrant X is a young migrant women who it emerged was refused an abortion by the Irish state despite apparently meeting the grounds of the X-case legislation and instead forced to carry the pregnancy and agree to a C-section.  The pregnanacy itself was the result of rape, Migrant X attempted suicide after being refused the abortion and later went on a hunger and thirst strike.  Once what had happened to her became known there were sizeable pro-choice solidarity demonstrations called across Ireland and at Irish embassies overseas.   We have been given information that the migrant woman at the centre of the current forced pregnancy was 'committed' to a psychiatric hospital following her initial request for termination. It’s already known that the initial request was made when she was 8 weeks pregnant.  It was this crucial period in which she was being held incommunicado which led directly to the Caesarian option being possible to impose as an ‘alternative’ to allowing her to access the abortion she had asked for.

Not actually the book fair poster imageThe Dublin anarchist Bookfair returns to Liberty Hall on Saturday 12th of April this year 19:43 Tue 08 Apr by Andrew 0 comments

There will be discussions, speakers from movements engaged in struggle, home and abroad.  There will be books and stalls and much more.  If you’ve been to one, then you know what I’m talking about, if you haven’t make sure you keep the date set aside, and we’ll be seeing you on the 12th of April. Please mark your attendence on the main Facebook event for the bookfair and invite any friends you think should be interested.  Publicity is one of the big costs of hosting it every year so you contribution in that way really helps.

wslast.jpg imageReport on WSM (Ireland) National Conference - Autumn 2013 20:50 Wed 18 Dec by Andrew 0 comments

The WSM had its Autumn national conference in Dublin on the 23rd November.  National Conference is the ultimate decision making body in the WSM. It happens every six months usually over a day or two. As well as discussing motions time is also spent on discussing the past six months activity and prospects for the next period. Conference also hears reports of activity from all branches, officers and working groups.  This covered areas like the Irish Anarchist Review, WSM Website, Dublin Anarchist Bookfair and our pro-choice and anti racist work.

irelandmaptourposter.jpg imageLessons from the Mass Student strike in Quebec - Ireland tour September 2013 22:12 Mon 16 Sep by andrew 1 comments

In 2012 the attempt by the government to Quebec to introduce a 75% fee hike was defeated by the organisation of a mass student strike that lasted over 6 months. That fee increase was part of the global process of imposing the privatisation and commodification of education. Since the victory, organisers of the strike have been being doing speaking tours to aid the process whereby "youth and students everywhere are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to organize as a means to defend education as a social right". In September this tour reaches Ireland where we need to hear how a sustained and militant student movement that can win is built.

cact.jpg imageCollective Action affiliate to Anarkismo 15:18 Wed 10 Jul by Collective Action 0 comments

We are pleased to announce our affiliation to the international anarchist communist co-operative project, Anarkismo. Our affiliation comes after months of discussion and clarification of Collective Action's political positions as well as the positions of constituent members of Anarkismo.

milliuonstrong.jpg imageWhy we are leaving Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT) 22:57 Wed 26 Jun by Workers Solidarity Movement 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement has decided to withdraw from the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. Please see statement below. We have made a donation of €1,000 towards paying off the debts of CAHWT.

irishnewsbuildingscare.jpg imageAnarchists Condemn G8 Scaremongering 15:29 Thu 23 May by Glykosymoritis 0 comments

In response to yesterday’s Irish News (Mon 20 May 2013) front page article, “Police to Occupy hundreds of vacant premises in Belfast during G8”, the Workers Solidarity Movement condemned security forces scaremongering in the media.

Una lavanderia Magdalen negli anni '40. imageIrlanda: Le responsabilità dello Stato e le Case Magdalen 22:07 Wed 06 Feb by Nestor McNab 0 comments

Dopo 18 mesi di investigazioni, la commissione governativa - presieduta dal senatore Martin McAleese - nominata dal governo per stabilire i fatti riguardanti il coinvolgimento dello Stato irlandese nelle lavanderie Magdalen ha pubblicato la sua relazione finale (1). Il documento non ha disatteso le aspettative e stabilisce infatti che lo Stato era coinvolto direttamente nel sistema gestito dalle Case Magdalen, a gestione di ordini di suore cattoliche.

freedom_1.jpg imageSolidarity with "Freedom" 02:49 Tue 05 Feb by Relations internationales de la CGA 0 comments

Solidarity Statement with "Freedom"

freedom.jpg imageSolidarité avec "Freedom" 02:44 Tue 05 Feb by Relations internationales de la CGA 0 comments

Communiqué de solidarité avec Freedom

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imageInto the Shadows - Britain’s dirty war in Ireland Dec 28 by Sean Matthews 0 comments

The recent BBC documentary 'Panorama: Britain's Secret Terror Force' may have once again put a spotlight on the extent of British state-sponsored terrorism in the North and the activities of its various shadowy forces; but the level of orchestration, impunity, collusion and cover up is yet to be truly uncovered.

imageAlbert Meltzer and the fight for working class history Oct 26 by Kate Sharpley Library 0 comments

Albert Meltzer was a central figure in the development of the Kate Sharpley Library, both practically (laying out and distributing the bulletin and pamphlets) and also philosophically.

imageCéad Míle Fáilte*? Racial Profiling in the Ireland Oct 24 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 1 comments

Over the last couple of days we have witnessed massive media hysteria about the case of Maria, a young girl supposedly abducted by a Roma couple in Greece. DNA tests and Lombroso-style racial profiling have come into action in a case that has stirred the irrational anxiety that feeds racism and bigotry. Beyond the fact that child abduction is a serious issue, the "whiteness" and "blondeness" of the alleged victim have been emphasised together with the "Roma" condition of the alleged culprits. Let us remember that this is taking place in Greece, a country where blatant racism (as expressed by Golden Dawn) is on the rise, so there are good reasons to be cautious about this whole case.

imageIrish Travellers - Apartheid, Irish Style Oct 23 by D. Sreenan 0 comments

In Ireland institutional racism has evolved to come fitted as standard. At the same time the State dithers about making the decision on whether or not to grant Travellers ethnic status. As the Stephen Lawrence family lawyer, Imran Khan stated – when you write laws of the land specifically for a people – it is a sure sign that you recognise them as a specific group when you bring in laws that pertain only to them. So, in Ireland, are Travellers specifically targeted in the Anti-Trespass Act brought in 2002 and Section 24 of the Criminal Justice Act (1994).

imageA ascensão da Rússia no sistema internacional Sep 23 by Bruno Lima Rocha 0 comments

Vladimir Putin, ex-agente da KGB, é um homem com estreitos vínculos com a indústria petrolífera Gazprom e ancora seu poder no aparato de segurança russo, revigorado por seus governos. [English]

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imageWhy we are leaving Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT) Jun 26 WSM 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement has decided to withdraw from the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. Please see statement below. We have made a donation of €1,000 towards paying off the debts of CAHWT.

imageAnarchists Condemn G8 Scaremongering May 23 0 comments

In response to yesterday’s Irish News (Mon 20 May 2013) front page article, “Police to Occupy hundreds of vacant premises in Belfast during G8”, the Workers Solidarity Movement condemned security forces scaremongering in the media.

imageSolidarity with "Freedom" Feb 05 0 comments

Solidarity Statement with "Freedom"

imageSolidarité avec "Freedom" Feb 05 0 comments

Communiqué de solidarité avec Freedom

imageStatement from Liberty & Solidarity 7th Conference Sep 27 L&S 1 comments

Liberty & Solidarity's 7th Biannual conference has taken the decision to disband the organisation. We are still proud of what Liberty & Solidarity has achieved and we hope to continue to work together towards shared goals, engaging with an ever broader range of trade unionists and community activists. Our project, the empowerment of working people within the workplace and society, remains the same.

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