A Very Unlikely Story – QAnon Movement

With the growth of conspiracy theories we are posting this article on the QAnon phenomenon by Paul Demarty first published in Weekly Worker. This is followed by a comment from John Lanigan. It seems we are living through a golden age of conspiracy theories. The vigorous state action required in response to the Covid-19 pandemic,…

Cultural Appropriation – A Reactionary Debate

E&L has appreciated the significance of cultural arena in the struggle for self-determination. We are posting this article by Gearoid O’Loingsidh which addresses the issue of cultural appropriation. In the world of identity politics and the myriad expressions of it, one topic pops its head up on a fairly regular basis, that of Cultural Appropriation.…

‘FAR LEFT FASCISM’: THE NON-EXISTENT DISORDER

As part of our continuing coverage of the political situation in the USA, we are posting this article by Susan Pashkoff. This was first posted by Socialist Resistance.   ‘FAR LEFT FASCISM’: THE NON-EXISTENT DISORDER     As I watched the coronavirus pandemic spread globally and the resulting global economic crisis my only thoughts were…

IDEOLOGY AND SCIENCE

In the political  climate since the 2008 Financial Crisis and now with  the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been a marked increase on anti-science thinking. Whilst particularly prevalent on the Far Right, such thinking has spread far wider. Thus article, first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland), examines this phenomenon in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.  …

BBC’s WAR ON CORBYN

Tony Greenstein takes apart the BBC’s Panorama programme Is Labour anti-Semitic? providing the Right wing,  racist and Islamophobic background of its producer, John Ware and highlighting the tendentious biased techniques used in its production. BBC’S WAR ON CORBYN       As John Pilger has long argued, the BBC is the most refined propaganda service in…

THE IRISH STATE, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE NEW ABORTION LAW

Socialist Democracy (Ireland) provides a further two articles outlining the continued resistance of the Right and Catholic Church to women’s rights in the aftermath of the historic victory over the Eight Amendment.   1. NEW IRISH ABORTION LAW A 350 million euro hospital for the nuns, 14 years jail time for those who exercise the…

FAKE NEWS AND CONSPIRACY MYTHS

We are posting two related articles. The first is from Media Lens and is about their book, Propaganda Blitz, which addresses the issue of corporate control of the mainstream media. The second is written by Thomas Klikauer and looks at the connection between ‘fake news’ and the far right. There is a connection between the…

THE IHRA AND APARTHEID ISRAEL

We are posting three pieces following the Labour Party’s adoption of the IHTA statement on Anti-Semitism. the first is by Moshe Machover, founder member of the socialist Matzpen Party in Israel, who successfully resisted  a joint Zionist and Labour Right attempt to have him expelled from the  Labour Party. The second is by a Shahd…

FRANKIE GOES TO IRELAND

Following Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland we are posting this article by D. R. O’Connor Lysaght of Socialist Democracy (Ireland).   FRANKIE GOES TO IRELAND He came, he saw and, well, he addressed congregations considerably smaller than those prophesied, talked to representative of the many individuals assaulted by officials of his bureaucracy and went back…

FROM FARAGE’S BREXIT TO TRUMP’S “BREXIT PLUS, PLUS, PLUS”, AND ON TO ‘MADAME FREXIT’? – a dialogue

WHAT DOES TRUMP’S VICTORY SIGNIFY? – ALLAN ARMSTRONG IN CONVERSATION WITH ALAN BISSETT, BRIAN HIGGINS, PAUL STEWART AND JOHN TUMMON (see short biogs at end)    1. ALLAN ARMSTRONG – 9.11.16 “An even greater leap into fantasy land is the belief that Brexit will provide a progressive example to other member states wanting to break…