Socialist Democracy

Ireland: 100 Years of Partition:  The carnival of reaction rolls on

Speaker: John McAnulty (Socialist Democracy)

1 February 2022
19.00 London/Dublin
Zoom platform
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Popular anger, but has Irish feminism lost its voice?


The size and number of the spontaneous mobilisations around the murder of Ashling Murphy, the depth of feeling displayed, indicate the anger at the continuation of misogyny and violence against women across the majority of the Irish populatio. However to achieve change spontaneity must be linked to a common understanding of the problem and to political demands that point to a solution. Despite the widespread anger, to a large extent Irish feminism appears to have lost its voice. (read more)

Ashling Murphy: A Victim of Misogyny


The recent murder of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore has focused the country’s attention on the question of male violence against women. The outpouring of grief and acts and vigils of solidarity with the family and the murdered woman show that the issue touched a nerve in Irish
society, however, such killings are not new and there have been a number of recent murders of other women which went unremarked and unnoticed by the mass of society, for a variety of reasons. (read more)

Film review: Belfast (2021)


The marketing people at Universal Pictures must have shrieked when they were told to come up with an advertising campaign for Kenneth Branagh’s new film Belfast. It goes on general release in Ireland and Britain this week. That goes some way to explaining why the social media campaign resembles a trailer for a Motown jukebox musical with Jamie Dornan, Belfast’s best-spoken joiner, belting out Everlasting Love at a do after his father’s funeral.(read more)

Police Ombudsman’s report finds ‘collusive behaviours' in Loyalist killings


When the North’s Police Ombudsman, Marie Anderson found ‘collusive behaviours’ by police in 19 murders by loyalists it was something of a surprise. Usually, these reports are produced by carefully selected safe pairs of hands who smooth over inconvenient truths.To that extent the Ombudsman deserves a great deal of credit for speaking plainly. On the other hand, ‘collusive behaviours’ sounds far too similar to an earlier finding of 'institutional racism' against the Metropolitan Police in London. (read more)

Sectarian baiting, muted response show how little has changed in the North


There were many expressions of outrage When Kate Hoey, Baroness of Rathlin and former British Labour party MP, joined with local front man for loyalism, Jamie Bryson in claiming a Catholic takeover of the media and professional bodies.  Hoey claimed there were  “very justified concerns that many professional vocations have become dominated by those of a nationalist persuasion”. Professions mentioned included journalism, law and the public service. (read more)

Covid infections surge across Ireland as Omicron takes hold


Over the course of December and early January Ireland has seen a surge in Covid infections. As the highly mutated and highly transmissible Omicron variant has become dominant the figure for infections has reached a level that dwarfs those seen in early periods of the pandemic. The record number for daily cases is set and then soon surpassed while the peak of this wave still to be reached. Yet in the face of this surge both the Irish government and the Stormont Executive limit themselves to the most minimal interventions. (read more)

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