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Varadkar, Ireland’s new Prime Minister: Unapologetic Thatcherite assumes power

Varadkar, Ireland’s new Prime Minister: Unapologetic Thatcherite assumes power

The election of Leo Varadkar, first as leader of Fine Gael, then as Taoiseach, has been hailed by the international media as an important change. Varadkar is an openly gay man and the son of an immigrant, and the election of such a man as Taoiseach would have been unthinkable up until relatively recent times. […]

Posted in: International, Ireland
Greece: The rise and fall of Syriza

Greece: The rise and fall of Syriza

On 5 July 2015 a historic referendum took place in Greece against the European troika’s austerity memorandum, with a tremendous 61.5% majority vote for No. But two years later, Greek society under a Syriza-led government is faced with the continuation of the same policies that were applied by the traditional parties of the ruling class, […]

Posted in: Greece, Workers' Parties
USA: Democratic Socialists of America Grows to 21,000

USA: Democratic Socialists of America Grows to 21,000

Toward a New Socialist Party! We are witnessing the largest opening to build the socialist movement in the U.S. in decades and it is not just leftists who recognize it. National Review, a leading right-wing journal, published a breathless warning in March titled “Socialism’s Rising Popularity Threatens America’s Future” by David Nammo, CEO of the […]

Posted in: US
July 1917: The Bolsheviks “become a power”

July 1917: The Bolsheviks “become a power”

A century ago this week, 500,000 workers and soldiers marched through the Russian capital Petrograd, with tens of thousands joining marches in Moscow, Kiev and other cities. The demonstrations on 1 July (18 June according to Russia’s old calendar), called by the pro-government socialist parties who at that time held a majority in the soviets […]

Ireland: Jobstown – Not Guilty

Ireland: Jobstown – Not Guilty

A rotten stitch up exposed “The news has just come through from the Central Criminal Court and I am the first to report it to the House. Deputy Paul Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Michael Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Kieran Mahon, not guilty; Frank Donaghy, not guilty; Michael Banks, not guilty; and Scott Masterson, not guilty.”- […]

Posted in: International, Ireland
Britain’s earthquake election: Consolidating the Corbyn revolution

Britain’s earthquake election: Consolidating the Corbyn revolution

In April Theresa May called a snap general election with the Tories 20 points ahead in the polls – expecting to win easily and to rout Labour. Then Jeremy Corbyn defied Labour’s right wing and launched a radical anti-austerity manifesto. Now May hangs by a thread, presiding over a split party in a minority government […]

France: Record low vote in legislative election
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France: Record low vote in legislative election

Time to build a fighting left force The ‘sweeping victory’ for ‘La Republique En Marche!’ (REM) – the party of neo-liberal President Emmanuel Macron- in the second round of parliamentary elections is not as resounding a victory as it might appear. It has indeed got 308 MPs out of 577, plus 42 for its allies […]

Posted in: France, International
Russian Revolution: May and June 1917

Russian Revolution: May and June 1917

May and June: Provisional Government weak but revolutionary movement not yet able to take power The situation is one of dual power: the weakness of the Provisional Government is becoming increasingly clear; the revolutionary movement not yet able to take control. Right-wing social democrats are poised to join a coalition with the capitalist and pro-tsarist […]

Grenfell Tower tragedy: concerns about safety were raised by residents

Grenfell Tower tragedy: concerns about safety were raised by residents

Major investigation needed, independent of government Police have stated that at least 79 died in the fire, and the final number is likely to be higher. The response to fire reveals the social divides in Britain. The Prime Minister, Teresa May, on her first visit does not speak to any residents and is surrounded by […]

Ireland: Jobstown Trial Exposes Establishment

Ireland: Jobstown Trial Exposes Establishment

Two and a half years ago in Ireland, nationwide protests against water charges – a new double tax introduced along with massive austerity measures – were building steadily. As the rate of nonpayment by households was rising toward 70%, Joan Burton, a leading government minister and member of the Labour Party, attended a graduation ceremony […]

Posted in: International, Ireland