Feb 25 2018

BERNADETTE MCALISKEY, SINN FEIN AND CIVIL RIGHTS

In early February, writing a platform piece in Belfast’s Irish News, Bernadette McAliskey reacted to Sinn Fein claims that they had led the early civil rights struggle. Socialist Democracy member, John McAnulty says Bernadette was absolutely right to slap down these absurd claims by a group that was not formed until years later. However much of the debate around civil rights is as relevant today and  John has added his own comments below.

 

BERNADETTE McALISKEY, SINN FEIN AND CIVIL RIGHTS

 

Setting the record straight

Bernadette McAliskey in Platform (reprinted from Irish News 9/2/18)

In August 1968 the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) organised its first march from Coalisland to Dungannon. On February 6 1972, NICRA organised what was effectively its last civil rights march, in Newry, to protest the State killing of unarmed civilians taking part in the Derry march on what became Bloody Sunday. Continue reading “BERNADETTE MCALISKEY, SINN FEIN AND CIVIL RIGHTS”

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Feb 22 2018

MAJOR VICTORY FOR THE 94 UKRAINIAN MINERS FACING COURT FOR PROTESTING

In a follow up to an earlier posting, we are pleased to be able to report a victory for Ukrainian miners. This article was first posted at the Ukriainian Solidarity Campaign website at:- https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2018/02/21/major-victory-for-the-94-ukrainian-miners-facing-court-for-protesting/

 

MAJOR VICTORY FOR THE 94 UKRAINIAN MINERS FACING COURT FOR PROTESTING

 

The Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine  has secured a major victory for the 94 miner facing court proceedings.   The miners at the uranium mine “Ingulska” were facing court after protesting for months of unpaid wages. Continue reading “MAJOR VICTORY FOR THE 94 UKRAINIAN MINERS FACING COURT FOR PROTESTING”

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Feb 14 2018

AHED TAMINI – TWO FACED HYPOCRISY

 

We are posting this article by Tony Greenstein about the Ahed Tamini Affair. It was first posted at:- https://www.weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1189/two-faced-hypocrisy/

 

TWO-FACED HYPOCRISY

 

 

Ahed Tamimi: her treatment highlights the true nature of Zionism

Over the past month a 16-year-old girl, Ahed Tamimi, has become a Palestinian heroine compared to Joan of Arc. Israeli Zionists – both ‘doves’ and ‘hawks’ – were in uproar when on December 15 Ahed was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier. He had invaded the grounds of Ahed’s house in the village of Nabi Saleh, a militant village of around 600 people, about 12 miles from Ramallah. It is a village that has seen its lands and even its sole freshwater spring confiscated by the nearby settlement of Halamish. Continue reading “AHED TAMINI – TWO FACED HYPOCRISY”

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Feb 11 2018

TRUMP AND THE LEFT IN THE USA

Eric Chester wrote  the following article on Trump and the Left. It was originally posted on the Utopian e-zine

 

 

TRUMP AND THE LEFT IN THE USA

Resisting the Trump presidency has lead many on the broad Left to focus on electing Democrats. However, is Trump the central problem confronting us, or is he just a crude manifestation of the fundamental problem, a global capitalist system that is spiralling downward and veering out of control? Continue reading “TRUMP AND THE LEFT IN THE USA”

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Feb 08 2018

HANDS OFF AFRIN! SOLIDARITY WITH THE KURDS

If ever the Kurdish saying “No friends but the mountains” applied it is in the situation the People’s Defence Force/Womens’s Defence Force  now confront in Afrin on the Turkish Syrian border. In the Byzantine politics for which this region is infamous, for a brief period the interests of the US government and the Kurds in northern Syria coincided. The US, having created the Islamic fundamentalist forces which have ravaged this region, faced blowback, after ISIS took  over large areas of Iraq and Syria. The most effective forces confronting ISIS in the region are the Kurdish Left YPG/YPJ, so they received some short-term cynical and limited backing from the US State Department. With ISIS in retreat, it is back to supporting other Islamic fundamentalist forces, particularly the al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front, and trying to win Turkey back from the Russian Federation to the US side. This article, written by Martin Suchanek,  first appeared in Neue Internationale no. 226, and addresses the complex situation in Afrin.

 

Turkish airforce and artillery strike at Kurdish YPG/YPJ held town of Afrin

HANDS OFF ADRIN! SOLIDARITY WITH THE KURDS

“Operation Olive Branch”, the Turkish incursion into the Kurdish held territory of Afrin, has been running since January 20th. Last weekend alone, the Turkish army flew over a hundred bombing missions. Already days before, heavy artillery had fired at the positions of the Kurdish self-defence forces YPG/YPJ (People’s Defence Force / Women’s Defence Units). Since Sunday, 21 January, tanks and infantry, often deployed by puppet troops of the Turkish-led FSA (Free Syrian Army), including numerous Islamist ultra-reactionaries, have penetrated into the Kurdish territory around Afrin. Continue reading “HANDS OFF AFRIN! SOLIDARITY WITH THE KURDS”

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Feb 03 2018

THE OUSTING OF BARRY MCELDUFF

Category: Against Unionism,IrelandRCN @ 12:51 am

The following is an article about the ousting of Barry McElduff, Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone, after his notorious tweet. This article first appeared in Socialist Democracy (Ireland). 

 

 THE OUSTING OF BARRY McELDUFF

Barry McElduff

A sustained campaign of outrage has led to the ousting of the Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone. The campaign arose from the posting of a tweet showing the MP balancing a loaf of bread on his head in a supermarket declaiming; “where do they keep the bread?” Unfortunately the bread was from the Kingsmill bakery and McElduff’s antics were on the anniversary of the IRA sectarian massacre of ten protestant workmen at Kingsmills.

The thesis behind the outrage was that McElduff was a sectarian and the stunt a deliberate provocation. By extension Sinn Fein, failing to immediately force his resignation, were themselves guilty of sectarian provocation. Continue reading “THE OUSTING OF BARRY MCELDUFF”

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Dec 21 2017

94 UKRAINIAN MINERS ON TRIAL FOR UNION PROTEST

We are posting the following appeal from the Ukrainian Solidarity Campaign, which was first posted at:- https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2017/12/18/94-ukrainian-miners-on-trial-for-union-protest/

94 UKRAINIAN MINERS ON TRIAL FOR UNION PROTEST

URGENT APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY

 

 

Ukrainian miners of the uranium mine “Ingulska” (Kirovohrad region), who were protesting for a wage increase, are facing prosecution for holding a protest underground after their shift finished. Court proceedings began against the 94 miners on 18 December in Kropyvnytskyi.

Dmytro Bondaryev, leader of the Independent Trade Union of Mineworkers (NGPU) at the mine, states that the miners had to   hold the underground protests because of the lack of effective dialogue with the management.  The miners are demanding  wage increase of 50 percent. Dmytro Bondariev says: Continue reading “94 UKRAINIAN MINERS ON TRIAL FOR UNION PROTEST”

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Dec 10 2017

DERRY SOLIDARITY WITH GENERAL STRIKE IN CATALUNYA

We are posting the following piece from the IWW (Ireland) about the Solidarity with Catalunya protest organised at Free Derry Wall. 

 

DERRY SOLIDARITY WITH GENERAL STRIKE IN CATALUNYA

 

Members of the IWW in Derry today took part in a rally held at Free Derry Wall in solidarity with workers throughout Catalonia on General Strike following Sunday’s referendum on self-determination. This evening solidarity action coincided with similar actions in Ireland and across the world at which many sections of the IWW participated. Continue reading “DERRY SOLIDARITY WITH GENERAL STRIKE IN CATALUNYA”

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Dec 10 2017

BOMBARDIER-BOEING DISPUTE THREATENS WORKERS IN THE NORTH

Bombardier is a Canadian owned aircraft company which employs 4000 people in Belfast. At the moment these workers’ jobs, pay and conditions  are threatened as an outcome  of growing American protectionism, reflected through the Northern Irish political set-up, which hamstrings any effective trade union response. This consequences of this are explained in this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) 

 

BOMBARDIER-BOEING DISPUTE THREATENS WORKERS IN NORTH

 

Bombardier aerospace factory Belfast

 

The ongoing dispute between aerospace companies Bombardier and Boeing – which has raised fears over future of production at Bombardier’s Belfast facility – has served to highlight the highly integrated nature of modern capitalism and the exposure of the Northern Ireland economy to global upheavals. Continue reading “BOMBARDIER-BOEING DISPUTE THREATENS WORKERS IN THE NORTH”

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Dec 04 2017

AUSTRIA’S RIGHT TURN

There has been some debate amongst the British and American Left about the nature of the challenges to the old political establishment offered by Brexiters and Trump (‘Brexit plus, plus, plus’). Some have argued that these represent fightbacks.  by the working class against the neoliberalism, albeit somewhat distorted. This blog has posted several articles which have argued that these Right populist challenges have been mounted by sections of the ruling class, not so openly compromised by the 2008 crash, in order to win wider ruling class support and launch a stepped up ruling class offensive. They have indeed successfully made appeals to  sections of the working class, but mainly those  who have lost their traditional organisations and self-confidence and are looking instead for saviours.

The recent triumph of the Right in Austria shows this process going one step further.  This has happened shortly after some other liberal and Left commentators argued that  the recent defeat of the far right Freedom Party’s presidential candidate in Austria, and  the electoral victories over Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen show that right populism is  being contained in Western Europe at least.

However, a section of Austria’s  leading traditional conservative People’s Party, led by Sebastian Kurz, decided it would break the longstanding Peoples Party/Social Democrat Party coalition and push politics to the Right. Kurz  successfully captured the Peoples Party leadership. After the recent general general election he  led the party into a new government coalition, this time  with the  Freedom Party.

Far from undermining neo-liberalism, Kurz intends to use this coalition to mount a stepped up neo-liberal offensive. This is also the trajectory of the real leaders of the Brexit and of Trump and his backers.

This article by Benjamin Opratko describes what has happened in Austria.

 

AUSTRIA’S RIGHT TURN

 

Kurz rebrands the conservative Peoples Party as the New Folk Party

With the two parties of the Right entering into a coalition government, Austrians can expect more neoliberalism and more xenophobia. Continue reading “AUSTRIA’S RIGHT TURN”

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