International

19 April 2017

Turkey: constitutional referendum result a pyrrhic victory for Erdogan

Officially the 'Yes' side narrowly won with 51% of the vote, giving President Recep Erdogan dictatorial powers including the authority to dissolve parliament

19 April 2017

Trump escalates geopolitical tensions on Korean peninsula

Donald Trump's cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase on 6 April, during a round of "beautiful chocolate cake" with China's president Xi Jinping, marks a reckless and dangerous escalation of tensions

19 April 2017

Protest is not a crime: back Jobstown Not Guilty

On 24 April the biggest political trial in Ireland for a generation will begin

19 April 2017

Melenchon result shows potential for building a mass left force

French presidential election: Enthusiasm for Mélenchon and his anti-austerity programme was evident at his rally in Toulouse on 16 April

19 April 2017

Relaunch of socialistworld.net

The website of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) - the socialist international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated - has undergone a makeover

12 April 2017

France: Groundswell of support for left candidate

Old political elite discredited: In the forthcoming French presidential election Jean-Luc Mélenchon is closing the gap on the three frontrunners.

12 April 2017

Ireland: Bury the water charges

Simon Coveny, the Fine Gael Minister responsible for Water Charges in Ireland, endured a torrid time in the Dáil (Irish Parliament) on 6 April as Socialist Party member and Dublin South West TD (MP) Paul Murphy exposed his party's attempts to smuggle the iniquitous water charges in through the back door.

12 April 2017

Attacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

Trump orders missile strikes against Shayrat air base: US president Donald Trump's decision to launch missile attacks against the Shayrat air base in Syria ratcheted up the long running conflict there and dangerously fuelled tensions between the US and Russia and Iran.

5 April 2017

Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state

The 'Assembly for Justice' in Dublin was an inspiring display of working class solidarity with those facing trial for 'false imprisonment'

5 April 2017

Justice for Yemen workers

On 31 March campaigners internationally, spearheaded by the CWI, demanded justice for former Total/G4S workers in Yemen. As the Socialist (see issue 941) has previously reported, these giant corporations have washed their hands of responsibility for their former workers' unpaid wages and compensation.

5 April 2017

Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy

It is six years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. On 11 March 2011 - '3/11' - a devastating earthquake and series of tsunamis destroyed the cooling systems at the Fukushima power plant, one of 50 nuclear plants in the earthquake prone country.

5 April 2017

Turkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum

If the 16 April constitutional referendum called by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government results in a 'No' vote, it would constitute the beginning of the end of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's corrupt and polarising regime, which is based upon repression, chaos and fear.

29 March 2017

South Africa: Unity against poverty, crime and xenophobia

Over recent months a new wave of xenophobic violence has threatened to engulf South Africa.

29 March 2017

Belarus: movement developing against regime

Riot police viciously attacked anti-government protesters in Minsk and other cities across Belarus on 25 March

29 March 2017

Martin McGuinness: from IRA leader to Stormont minister

The funeral of Martin McGuinness, Irish republican and former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive, took place on 23 March

22 March 2017

Yemen: families left to starve by multinationals

The war in Yemen has not only destroyed the lives of civilians but created a landscape where multinational corporations can more easily behave like gangsters in robbing their workers. This includes the French energy giant Total and British security company G4S.

22 March 2017

Northern Ireland: divisive election a warning

The sectarian nature of the election - as well as the perceived pressure on voters to vote 'tactically' given a reduction in the number of seats - in general served to knock back forces seen as challenging the establishment from the left

22 March 2017

Netherlands: Heavy defeat for austerity government

Build a mass workers' party that fights for socialism: The most important feature of the elections is the colossal defeat for the outgoing austerity coalition government of the Liberal Party and the Labour Party

15 March 2017

International Women's Day: taking action against capitalist oppression

International Women's Day (8 March) was celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), including the Socialist Party in England and Wales.

8 March 2017

Support Jobstown defendants

The campaign has gained the backing of Len McCluskey


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