To party or not to party? – The SWP and Scottish independence – review by Allan Armstrong

The following  posts includes the Contents and the Introduction of a review by Allan Armstrong of Breaking up the British state – Scotland, Independence & Socialism, editors, Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry and Colm Bruce. The full review can be read at: https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/breaking-up-the-british-state.pdf   TO PARTY OR NOT TO PARTY? THE SWP AND SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE   Introduction…

Twelfth festival of hate – the state moves to support loyalism

The following article was in the annual 12th July bonfires in Belfast was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)   TWELFTH FESTIVAL OF HATE – THE STATE MOVES TO SUPPORT LOYALISM     Events have moved on from this year’s Twelfth parades, with general relief at the absence of widespread violence. However a sense of…

Glasgow protest against the Nationality and Borders Bill

This article written by Maria Elena Carpentero Torres-Quevedo was first posted by bella caledonia. It reports from the Glasgow  protest against the  Nationality and Borders Bill organised by the No Evictions Network. It is followed by a poem by Ewan Girvan read out on the Buchanan Street steps. 1. GLASGOW PROTEST AGAINST THE NATIONALITY AND…

Dublin – No church involvement in the National Maternity Hospital

    The following article based on an interview with Anne Conway, founder member of the Campaign against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare, was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)   DUBLIN – NO CHURCH INVOLVEMENT IN THE NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL Anne Conway a founding member of the Campaign against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare…

Unite Hospitality: Organising against sexual harassment and gender-based violence

The following article written by Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo first appeared in bella caledonia. It looks at how hospitality workers are trying to organise against sexual harassment and gender-based violence.   HOW HOSPITALITY WORKERS ARE ORGANISING AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE “There’s no protection for Hospitality workers,” say Caitlin Alexandria Lee. She’s one of…

Rayner O’Connor Lysaght Presente!

Rayner O’Connor Lysaght, born in 1941, passed away on 2nd July, little more than a year after his comrade Kevin Keating, both members of Socialist Democracy (Ireland). Before meeting Rayner I had read some of his earlier books, being particularly impressed by his writing on the 1919 Limerick Soviet. Deidre McCartan, who was a former…

Isolation at G7, chaos in Ireland sees British retreat on Brexit border

The following article from Peoples Democracy (Ireland) updates the current situation the UK and Irish states face over the Brexit Border.   ISOLATION AT G7, CHAOS IN IRELAND SEES BRITISH RETREAT ON BREXIT BORDER In the run-up to the meeting of the G7 committee Boris Johnson and his negotiator Lord Frost uttered bloodcurdling threats about…

Pogrom state made manifest

This article by Tony Greenstein looks at how Palestinian resistance to attempted Zionist pogroms, beginning in East Jerusalem, has unnerved the Israeli state. POGROM STATE MADE MANIFEST   Since the ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, Israeli police have been taking their revenge on Israel’s Palestinians for what Jonathan Freedland concedes has been a “strategic disaster”.1 Oren…

Belfast Hovis Strike

This article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)and outlines the struggle between the Belfast Hovis workers fighting for pay parity with fellow workers in the rest of the UK, and the limitations imposed on their struggle by the relationship between the UK state and Northern Ireland and its acceptance by the trade union bureaucracy.…

The Return of Nature – a review

The following review of John Bellamy’s latest book, The Return of Nature has been written by Esteban Mercatante and was posted by Left Voice (USA) John Bellamy Foster’s book The Return of Nature picks up where the author left off 20 years ago in Marx’s Ecology, which, as the title indicates, addresses the aspects of Marx’s critique of…