Socialist Democracy

Colombia: Five Years On From Peace, Where Are The Changes?


Iván Márquez, the main negotiator for the FARC recently published a column to mark the five years since the signing of a peace deal with the FARC asking a series of questions about the progress made with the agreement and a number of dubious statements about it. These are good questions, but not in the sense Márquez means. We should put these same questions to him. (read more)

What’s a woman? That’s a tricky question


O’Hagan and those who affect to share her uncertainty on the reality of biological sex want people to be kind. There’s nothing wrong with that, but in the real world it is always women who are being obliged to be nice. They are being told they are bigots if they don’t want men in their changing rooms, refuges or even in their prisons. Unlike the radical intellectuals, working class people know what the difference is between a man and a woman and in their majority are accepting of people who don’t conform to gender stereotypes.(read more)

A victory for workers at Glen Dimplex


Glen Dimplex, a highly successful electrical appliance company with 70% of the UK's home heating market, has just experienced that rarest of things in a
confrontation with its employees, a clear-cut victory for the workers. The company, notorious for harsh working conditions and low pay, is owned by Martin
Naughton, billionaire and well known philanthropical supporter of the arts and charity.(read more)

Ireland's environmental budget


In the weeks preceding COP26 the Irish government published its proposals for limiting climate change. The proposals had many of the weaknesses of overall climate strategy as outlined by the capitalist powers. High on aspiration and nebulous voluntary targets, low on detail, skewed towards payment by the working class and poor, heavily reliant on the private sector and technical innovation, the Irish proposals, as with the circus in Glasgow, are essentially a gesture of contempt towards the mass of humanity.(read more)

Loyalist bus hi-jackings


Following a second bus burning by the Protestant Action Force, a cover name for the UVF, bus drivers staged a protest at City Hall in Belfast and refused to
drive into areas where the threat of loyalist violence existed. It was a spontaneous and highly successful protest and the union leaders were left playing
catch up.(read more)

Colombia: Piedad Córdoba and Unburied Corpses


Piedad Córdoba formalised her resignation from the Liberal Party in an open letter to the president of the said group, César Gaviria, stating she no longer wanted to be a militant in an unburied corpse. The expression is rather unfortunate as the Liberal Party knows a lot about buried and unburied corpses. Something which doesn’t seem to concern her as much.(read more)

New Publication

Imperialism and the fall of Afghanistan 

Afghanistan: The Defeat of U.S. Imperialism and the Road Ahead 
Socialist Action (US) 26/08/21

After 20 years of untold U.S. government-inflicted barbaric horrors on the people of Afghanistan the world’s greatest military power, along with its NATO allies, stands humiliated, demoralized and defeated, forced to abandon their claimed nation-building project in the face of irreversible Taliban victories over the past year and longer. (read more)

On the fall of Kabul 
Anti-Capitalist Resistance 16/08/21

A few days ago United States Intelligence said that Kabul could hold out for 3 months. Ashraf Ghani the Afghan president told his people on TV that he was organising the city's defence. The US were carefully planning their announced withdrawal and setting up diplomatic talks in Doha with the Taliban. (read more)

Debacle in Afghanistan 
New Left Review 16/08/21

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban on 15 August 2021 is a major political and ideological defeat for the American Empire. The crowded helicopters carrying US Embassy staff to Kabul airport were startlingly reminiscent of the scenes in Saigon - now Ho Chi Minh City - in April 1975. (read more)

Taliban Again to Rule Afghanistan after 20 Years of Imperialist Occupation 
Left Voice 15/08/21

After 20 years of imperialist occupation, the Taliban are back in power in Afghanistan. Images are circulating across social media that compare it with the American defeat in Vietnam. But while there are some similarities, these two events are not the same. To be sure, we have deep disagreements with the Vietnamese communists, but a central difference is the reactionary and bourgeois character of the Taliban. (read more)


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