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31 August 2016

France: Burkini ban fuels division

International outrage has resulted from the decision of over 20 town mayors in the south of France to ban from beaches the wearing of 'burkini' swimsuits, on the grounds of 'inciting terrorism' and 'threatening public safety'. Despite a court decree rejecting the ban as unconstitutional, the mayors say they will ignore the ruling. Judy Beishon reports on how the issue has become the focus of an ugly backlash to the recent terrorist attacks in France.

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6 July 2016

Turkey: Deadly terrorist attack at Istanbul airport

A terrorist attack, presumed to have been carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), killed at least 43 people and injured 239 others at the Istanbul Atatürk airport on 28 June.

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29 June 2016

United working class resistance can cut across racism

The appalling racist abuse and physical attacks reported since the EU referendum must be condemned and opposed.

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22 June 2016

Middle East: Isis under pressure on several fronts

Working classes will take to road of mass struggle again: Isis is under attack in and around the last big three cities it holds in Iraq and Syria - Fallujah, Mosul and Raqqa - and is also struggling to hold on to Sirte, its main base in Libya.

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15 June 2016

Orlando massacre: working class unity to defeat homophobia, terrorism and racism

Homophobia and transphobia do not come from one section of society. LGBT rights have recently been under attack in the US. This is not an 'Islam problem', it is a problem within capitalist society as a whole.

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11 May 2016

Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

The Northern Ireland Assembly election was a dull and uneventful affair. The result has brought little change. Yet there were significant signs that the growing alienation from sectarianism, austerity and backward social policies is beginning to find a positive expression.

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27 April 2016

Poland: anger at abortion ban plan

A plan by the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party to introduce a total ban on abortion in Poland has angered a significant section of the population. It has sparked a series of city demonstrations and a large movement fighting for abortion rights.

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20 April 2016

Ireland: 100 years since the 1916 Easter rising

For many working class people in Ireland this rising against British rule is regarded as a key defining event in Irish history

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14 April 2016

"Not the church, not the state - women must decide their fate!"

Socialist Party members joined hundreds protesting at the Polish embassy in London on 9 April in solidarity with thousands demonstrating in Warsaw and at other embassies around the world against attacks on abortion rights

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30 March 2016

Belgium: Far right attack vigil for Brussels victims

Eyewitness report from members of Linkse Socialistische Partij/Parti Socialiste de Lutte Socialist Party's sister organisation in Belgium

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23 March 2016

Socialist Party national congress 2016

A serious, thoughtful, optimistic and lively national congress of the Socialist Party took place on 19-21 March.

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9 March 2016

Refugee crisis: cruel capitalist regimes responsible

In the EU referendum campaign the issue of migration has been put centre stage by the pro-big business campaigns on both sides of the debate

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2 March 2016

Stop the war on the Kurds!

A horror is being perpetrated on Kurdish people in south east Turkey. Since summer 2015, the Turkish government has declared curfews in seven provinces, enforced by tanks and heavy artillery. There have been hundreds of deaths and arrests, and a massacre in the town of Cizre.

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27 January 2016

Tories 'Prevent' civil liberties

The editorial of the Socialist: Increasingly the government's 'Prevent' strategy is facing protest. It is just one example of the Tory's government's accelerating racism and attacks on civil liberties.

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9 December 2015


Do you have something to say? Send your news, views and criticism in not more than 150 words to the Socialist Postbox. Bushtucker and class, Hilary Benn's pro-war speech.

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9 December 2015

Confronting the far right in Derby

Derby Socialist Party members arrived to do our weekly campaign stall on 28 November when we noticed around ten supporters of the far-right group Britain First with their own stall nearby.

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2 December 2015

Don't bomb Syria! War vote reveals two Labour Parties in one

For workers' unity against war, terrorism and racism. Ahead of parliament's vote on bombing Syria, deep divisions opened between Jeremy Corbyn and the Blairites.

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2 December 2015

A socialist Christmas gift guide

What does a Socialist Party member buy their loved ones at Christmas? Certainly not rolling in money; unlikely to have loads of time to go shopping...

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2 December 2015

Belgium: ruling class can't be trusted with 'security'

If we consider how Belgium's government deals with our wages, our benefits and our jobs, we should have no confidence to entrust them with our security.

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25 November 2015

Bombing Syria won't stop Isis

While Cameron's plan to bombard Isis can weaken it, it cannot remove it completely; and extending Britain's military action from Iraq to Syria will make terrorist attacks on British targets more likely.

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