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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Friday September 09, 2011 22:14 by PaulB   image 1 image
Here we are at the end of the Summer and it’s time for the politicians and bureaucrats of the Eurozone to come back to the office and take a look at what’s lurking in their in-trays. By the same token, it’s also time for all of us interested in fighting back against a Europe of Austerity, to take stock of the lie of the land. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday September 09, 2011 22:04 by Ben O'Ceallaigh
The Fine Gael party was confronted with angry scenes at not one but two different blockades during a meeting of the parliamentary party in Galway city yesterday.   Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his cabinet were attending their pre-budget think-in at the luxury Radisson hotel when some 30 students from the NUIG Free Education for Everyone (FEE) group and the Students’ Union blockaded the entrance in protest at the government’s policy of education cuts, registration fee increases and the ever-looming prospect of full fees.  They were joined by two dozen members of the Save Roscommon Hospital Alliance who were equally intent on showing the Fine Gael party what they think of their callous indifference to the welfare of the working class.  read full story / add a comment
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irlande / grande-bretagne / crime, prison et punition / opinion / analyse Wednesday August 24, 2011 18:37 by Aidan, Andrew & Dermot - Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM)   image 1 image
Le meurtre de Mark Duggan par la police a engendré quatre nuits d’émeutes dans toute l’Angleterre. Le déclencheur immédiat en a été le meurtre lui-même, mais aussi la goujaterie de la police envers la famille et les amis de Mark. Cependant, les émeutes ont rapidement pris une dimension plus large, exprimant une colère et une aliénation plus générales, colère qui trop souvent a été mal ciblée, frappant les cibles les plus proches et à portée de main. Il y eut par conséquent de grandes destructions de biens, dans des quartiers déjà déshérités, et des attaques anti-sociales contre des riverains. Malgré ces aspects, les racines des émeutes résident dans les conditions économiques et politiques qui régissent ces zones, non pas dans la “piètre éducation” des parents ou dans la “criminalité aveugle”. Ces conditions ont été créées par cette même élite de politiciens et d’hommes d’affaire qui en appellent maintenant à un retour à la normalité et à la répression. Les émeutes surgissent à un moment particulier, qui voit le capitalisme atteint d’une crise profonde. En effet, les émeutes ont eu lieu au même moment qu’un nouveau krach dans les marchés mondiaux. Les deux événements se sont tenus la dragée haute dans les Unes des medias. Il ne s’agit pas d’une coïncidence, car le krach et les coupes budgétaires destinées à rejeter son coût sur les épaules des gens ordinaires, ont non seulement fait monter en flèche le chômage, mais aussi saigné à blanc les services publics. Le montant total des destructions provoquées par les émeutes est estimé à 200 millions de £, chiffre dont l’insignifiance pâlit à côté des destructions de richesses causées par les marchés boursiers. [English] [Română] read full story / add a comment
Riot police deploy in Manchester
irlanda / marea britanie / crime prison and punishment / opinion/analysis Thursday August 18, 2011 20:23 by Aidan, Andrew & Dermot   image 1 image
Uciderea lui Mark Duggan de catre politie a rezultat in patru nopti de revolta in Anglia. Declansarea imediata a fost uciderea in sine si lipsa de respect a politiei in legatura cu familia si prieteni lui Mark. Dar revoltele si-au extins exprimarea spre o ura generala si anxietate; o ura prea des nefocalizata care pandea orice oportunitate. Acest fapt a dus la distrugerea resurselor in cartierele deja defavorizate si la atacuri anti-sociale asupra trecatorilor. In ciuda acestui fapt,radacinile rascoalei se regasesc in conditiile economice si politice din aceste cartiere, si nu in “educatia proasta” sau in “criminalitatea fara minte”. Aceste conditii au fost create de catre insusi politicienii si elita de afaceri, care acum fac apel la revenirea la normalitate si represiune. [English] read full story / add a comment
Riot police deploy in Manchester
ireland / britain / crime prison and punishment / feature Thursday August 18, 2011 14:03 by Aidan, 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 by Alex   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 by Andrew   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 by Alan 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 by Gregor 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 by Workers 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 by Jack 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 by Jack 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 by Dara 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 by Liberty & 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 by Liberty & 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 by Dara 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 by Cian 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 by Gregor 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 by Sean 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 by Sean 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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10982782_400702316785877_3447241981251257262_n.jpg imageAmnesty International is holding its International Council Meeting in Dublin 17:07 Mon 10 Aug by Andrew Flood 0 comments

Amnesty International is holding its International Council Meeting in Dublin this week and earlier today many of the delegate attending staged a protest at the Dail (Irish Parliament) against the criminalisation of women under Ireland's anti-choice laws.

dublinsolidarityphotoshoot.jpg imageDublin protests in solidarity with the Belfast mother charged with supplying the abortion pill to he... 19:35 Thu 23 Jul by Andrew 0 comments

A couple of hundred people came to the pro choice solidarity rally in Dublin, Ireland last nigh organised by the WSMt. It was called to protest against the prosecution of a women in Belfast for supplying her daughter with the abortion pill.

belfastwomentrial.jpg imageBelfast woman charged for helping daughter procure an abortion 17:44 Mon 20 Jul by Fionnghuala 0 comments

News broke on the 19th June that a Belfast woman is to stand trial for helping her daughter procure an abortion. In response on 24th June a letter was handed in signed by 215 abortion activists admitting that they are guilty of breaking the law by either taking or helping someone procure the Early Medical Abortion (EMA) pill.

clerysbossesrules.jpg imageVulture capitalist games lose 460 jobs at Clerys store in Dublin 17:51 Tue 07 Jul by andrew 0 comments

Friday June 12ths shock closure of the iconic Clery’s department store in Dublin shows how the law is set up to favour capital and screw workers. Workers are being told there may be no additional redundancy or owed holiday payments as the company is in debt. But this is only the case because right before the closure the largest asset, the building itself, was separated off from the accumulated debts. This was almost certainly legal under our system but of such obvious dubious morality that the workers could expect massive popular support if they occupied the building on a permanent ongoing basis.

Poster for the 10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair image10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair - April 25th #DABF 19:48 Fri 17 Apr by Andrew 0 comments

The 10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair which will take place Saturday 25th of April around Smithfield square. If you live in Ireland come along and meet anarchists and hundreds of people curious about anarchism in what is the biggest annual gathering of any radical left event.

lcg.jpg imageNasce in Galles un'organizzazione especifista 14:03 Mon 17 Nov by Libertarian Communist Group 0 comments

Il Libertarian Communist Group si è formalmente costituito durante l'assemblea tenutasi nel Galles del Nord, sabato 8 novembre 2014, nel giorno dell'anniversario della nascita di Nestor Makhno, il famoso anarchico ucraino. [English]

lcg_1.jpg imageOrganização especifista fundada no País de Gales 23:35 Tue 11 Nov by Libertarian Communist Group - LCG 0 comments

O Libertarian Communist Group [Grupo Comunista Libertário] foi lançado formalmente em um encontro em Gales do Norte no sábado, 8 de novembro de 2014, aniversário de nascimento de Nestor Makhno, o famoso anarquista ucraniano. [English]

lcg.jpg imageEspecifist organisation founded in Wales 15:02 Tue 11 Nov by Libertarian Communist Group 0 comments

The Libertarian Communist Group was formally launched at a meeting in North Wales on Saturday, November 8, 2014, the anniversary of the birth of Nestor Makhno, the famous Ukrainian anarchist. [Português] [Italiano]

textBrief report from the WSM conference in Ireland 22:04 Thu 16 Oct by Andrew 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement had out conference last weekend at which many of the conclusions from the collections education and discussion process we have had over the last 2-3 years were formalised as policies.

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.

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imageThe reality of homelessness, the fight for decent housing and lessons from The Bolt hostel Aug 27 by Joe Conlon 0 comments

Over the Last 12 months, particularly since Christmas the housing and homeless problem has deepened significantly. From last summer the amounts of families’ registering as homeless went from 264 to now, which are 531. The number of families that are registered as being in need of emergency accommodation is 792 adults with 1,112 dependent children. These statics were issued by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. This is a 100% rise within 12 months, but yet the state has not come out and said there is a crisis in housing.

imageSave on Child Care: Smash the Patriarchy! Aug 21 by Tom Murray 0 comments

Child-care in Ireland is so expensive because it is so undervalued. Only through care-workers’ collective withdrawal of labour will those who rely on us realise how vital our work is.

imageWe are winning the water war Aug 21 by Brian Ancom 0 comments

Our upcoming show of strength in Dublin on August 29th is going to be an absolutely huge gathering of people from all over the island to deliver a wholehearted 'No' to the Fine Gael/Labour government's plans to establish water charges.

imageBrutality in Maghaberry Prison - the Background Aug 10 by Joe Conlon 0 comments

50 people protested outside Amnesty International HQ, in Dublin, against the brutal treatment of republican prisoners in Maghaberry prison in Antrim. This has flared up again with, for instance, republican prisoner Martin Kelly having his arm broken and face stomped on by the riot squad only 5 days ago. Here is the background to the struggle of these political prisoners for basic human rights.

imageThe Housing Crisis is Really a Capitalist Crisis - Resist, Repopulate, Reclaim! Aug 06 by Joe C 0 comments

“Ours is a society in which, in every field, one group of people makes decisions, exercise control, limits choices, while the great majority have to accept these decisions, submit to this control and act within the limits of these externally imposed choices. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of housing: one of those basic human needs which throughout history and all over the world people have satisfied as well as they could for themselves, using the materials what were at hand and their own, and their neighbors labor. The marvelously resourceful anonymous vernacular architecture of every part of the globe is a testimony to their skill, using timber, straw, grass, leaves, hides, stone, clay, bone, earth, mud sand even snow. Consider the igloo: maximum enclosure of space with minimum of labor. Cost of materials and transportation, nil. And all made of water. Nowadays, of course, the Eskimos live on welfare handouts in little northern slums. Man, as Habraken says “no longer houses himself: he is housed” – Colin Ward

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imageNasce in Galles un'organizzazione especifista Nov 17 LCG 0 comments

Il Libertarian Communist Group si è formalmente costituito durante l'assemblea tenutasi nel Galles del Nord, sabato 8 novembre 2014, nel giorno dell'anniversario della nascita di Nestor Makhno, il famoso anarchico ucraino. [English]

imageOrganização especifista fundada no País de Gales Nov 11 0 comments

O Libertarian Communist Group [Grupo Comunista Libertário] foi lançado formalmente em um encontro em Gales do Norte no sábado, 8 de novembro de 2014, aniversário de nascimento de Nestor Makhno, o famoso anarquista ucraniano. [English]

imageEspecifist organisation founded in Wales Nov 11 LCG 0 comments

The Libertarian Communist Group was formally launched at a meeting in North Wales on Saturday, November 8, 2014, the anniversary of the birth of Nestor Makhno, the famous Ukrainian anarchist. [Português] [Italiano]

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.

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