Socialist Democracy

Ukraine: How do 
we end the war? 

Speaker: Clare Daly (MEP)

31 May 2022
19.00 London/Dublin
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Sinn Fein victory turns to ashes

22/05/22

In the recent Assembly elections the majority of nationalists were convinced by Sinn Féin claims of epic political advance through winning the position of First Minister in the Stormont executive. As we have already explained elsewhere, what was happening was unionist decay rather than Sinn Féin advance. However, that illusion of progress hid a number of other illusions that are even more significant. Amongst nationalists there was a clear acceptance of partition. The election swung around maximising the vote to obtain a nationalist First Minister rather than organising to assert the need for an Irish democracy. (read more)

British gymnastics over Irish protocol

20/05/22

There is no doubting the reality of the Brexit crisis for Britain and Ireland. Both are contradictions obscured by fantasy. In Britain, the fantasy is that British 
capitalism can produce a land of milk and honey by breaking from Europe. In Ireland, the illusion is that the DUP privately support the Good Friday
Agreement and that Stormont must be revived to resolve social and economic problems, despite its utter failure throughout its history to form a functioning administration. (read more)

Understanding Imperialism

18/05/22

It’s really hard to miss the dangers of the current hysteria sweeping the world. The nearest equivalent would be the run-up to the First World War. At that time hatred of Germany was so extreme that, just before the end of the war, the British Royal family had to change the name of their house from the Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the more English Windsor. Today a wave of hatred is being launched against Russian people, athletes and cultural figures.  (read more)

Press Freedom, Palestine and the War in Ukraine

17/05/22

The recent murder of the Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, once again demonstrated the lack of freedom in general in Palestine and the lack of freedom of the press and expression in particular. Her murder came as no surprise, though it occurred in front of the cameras and at a time when liberals are going all out against the lack of freedom in Russia and say little or nothing about other countries and in some cases appear on platforms with representatives of governments whose record is as equally questionable as Russia’s. (read more)

Sinn Fein election “victory” blunted as DUP blocks Assembly formation

14/05/22

The huge significance of Sinn Fein becoming the leading political party in the north after its success in last week’s Assembly election has been emphasised
in commentary across the board. In news reports words such as “historic” “seismic” and “generational” have been bandied about freely. The assumption is, that the political balance in Ireland and GB has shifted decisively towards Irish nationalism and that the movement towards a united Ireland has taken great
strides.  (read more)

Two faces of Irish neutrality

08/05/22

The trial of two American anti-war activists for interfering with operations at Shannon airport speaks volumes about the dual nature of Irish neutrality. Tarak Kauff, 80, and Ken Mayers, 85, were convicted of interfering with the operation, safety or management of an airport by entering the runway area and causing the airport to close and fined €5000 each. The peace activists spent 13 days in prison and were obliged to spend nine months in Ireland pending trial. (read more)

Videos

Gender identity ideology

Presentation by Orla Ni Chomhrai on why socialists should oppose a dogma which undermines women's rights, gay rights, free speech, and science.

18 October 2021