Recovering repressed memories from Scotland’s formative period

We are pleased to be able to re-open the historical debate which began in Emancipation & Liberation and which involved a number of socialists (see later links). Johnnie Gallacher of the Republican Socialist Platform takes us back to the period of the Covenanters and the clans. And the illustrations are so much better this time…

The Democrats won’t save democracy

This article by Jason Koslowski of Left Voice (USA) highlights the hypocrisy of Joe Biden’s Democrats in their attempts to block the Republicans’ latest attempt to limit the electorate and remove largely black voters from the electoral roll. “While Republicans are attacking voting rights, the Democrats are pretending they’re champions of democracy. They’re not. Real…

The aftermath of Kenmure Street challenges us all

This article written by Sean Bell for Source News highlights the dangers ahead, following the stunning Kenmure Street victory, as  Priti Patel and the Tory government make plans to up the ante. “Kenmure Street was a stunningly successful example of solidarity and nonviolent resistance. We should not be surprised if the authorities’ next moves attempt…

Palestine – the view from Edinburgh and Belfast

The Scottish government is a signatory to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition on ‘anti-semitism’. This definition conflates criticism of Israel with criticism of Jews. In view of the horrific attacks by Zionist settler thugs and the of the Israeli state on Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Gaza in order to to ethnically cleanse even more…

No more ‘delays’ in trans rights: reform the GRA now!

The following article by Lesley Cunningham of rs21 argues that the Scottish government has run out of excuses not to implement their promised GRA reforms. In March 2019, the Scottish Government announced it was extending the Public Consultation on reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. These reforms would simplify the process of legally changing gender, make…

The growing recognition that Israel is an apartheid state

This article, first published by Tony Greenstein in his blog points, to the unravelling of the arguments made by the Zionist supporters of Israel. . Having suppressed Corbyn and his allies with false accusations of anti-semitism in the run-up to the 2019 general election, Israel’s assaults on the Palestinians and their resistance has shown that…

Further reflections on the Battle of Kenmure Street

We are posting two further articles on the events at Kenmure Street on 13th May. The first is by Smina Akhtar of Glasgow University , which outlines the blog post by Smina Akhtar, University of Glasgow, describing the history organisation in Glasgow which led to this successful challenge. The second if by Alistair Davidson, first posted…

It hasn’t gone away you know – the Irish housing crisis erupts yet again

This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) examines the public  re-emergence of the housing crisis in Ireland and looks to its causes and possible solutions. The housing crisis in Ireland has exploded yet again. As in a slow motion car crash, everyone foresees the eventual destruction of the coalition government but not a way…

Trump’s renewed assault on democracy

With many pointing to the revival of US neoliberal imperialism under Joe Biden, this article by Daniel Lazare highlights Trump’s continued hold over the Republican Party.  Trump’s authoritarian Right populism still his waiting for Biden’s inevitable faltering, the first signs of which are already emerging. Trump’s cult of the personality is taking on Bonapartist traits.…