This page covers Socialist Party articles from the Economy to France.


Index



Page updated, 29th Oct. 2006
Economy
Editorial: US economy , carried in The Socialist, No. 20, October 2006
Price rises hit hard in the Socialist Sept. 2006
Editorial: World Economy in the Socialist, July-August 2006
Editorial: 'Partnership' in the Socialist, April 2006
Editorial Socialist Voice, January 2004: US economy
Politicians and economists have been trumpeting the "recovery" in the US economy, heralding it as the sign of a new period of growth for the world economy. Third quarter (2003) growth rates for the US of over 8%, the highest in 20 years, factory orders of levels not seen since July 1950, and a halt to rising unemployment are being seen as indicators that the US economy has entered a new period of boom. It's early days yet; more data over a longer period is needed before their claims can be justified. Read more...
The one thing the main political parties here are all agreed on is that Northern Ireland should be sold to private profiteers. Read more from the November ’03 issue, Socialist Voice…. - By Carmel Gates

Bush leads US to war & recession – by Tom Crean and Alan Jones in America. Socialist Voice, Nov. 2002
The year the party ends: The Crisis of Global Capitalism, by George Soros, Little Brown, 1998, - Reviewed by Victor Paananen
"THE GLOBAL capitalist system which has been responsible for the remarkable prosperity of (the USA) in the last decade is coming apart at the seams".
NI Economy: Blair and Brown's Con trick Socialist Voice, June 2002
Editorial – world economy, Socialist Voice, Nov. 2001
Grim Economic Prospects: Editorial from Socialist Voice, August 2001
World economy slides into recession Ruling class commentators surveying the state of the world economy seem to be suffering terrible mood swings at the moment. By Tom Crean Socialist View, Summer 2001

Editorials
Editorial: US economy , carried in The Socialist, No. 20, October 2006
Editorial: World Economyin the Socialist, July-August 2006
Ed: Criminalising youth in the Socialist, June 2006
Ed: New Workers' Parties in the Socialist, May 2006
Editorial: 'Partnership' in the Socialist, April 2006
Iraq - Bush, the draft and the Pentagon's death squads From the May 05 edition of Socialist Voice

IRA statement - another dead end. This article was in the Feb. 2005 edition of the Socialist.
Abbas election - a new future for Palestinians? Article from the Jan. 2005 edition, the Socialist

Socialist Voice, January 2004: US economy
Politicians and economists have been trumpeting the "recovery" in the US economy, heralding it as the sign of a new period of growth for the world economy. Third quarter (2003) growth rates for the US of over 8%, the highest in 20 years, factory orders of levels not seen since July 1950, and a halt to rising unemployment are being seen as indicators that the US economy has entered a new period of boom. It's early days yet; more data over a longer period is needed before their claims can be justified. Read more...

Education
Schools charged for water, carried in The Socialist, No. 20, October 2006
Government fails primary school children in the Socialist Sept. 2006
United action to stop the cuts in the Socialist Sept. 2006
Dub West schools crisis in the Socialist, May 2006
Education Privatisation and Dundonald: Children's safety put at risk From the Nov-Dec 05 issue of the Socialist.
Stop education cuts - From the Sept. 2005 edition of the Socialist
United Action to Stop Education cuts From the May 05 edition of Socialist Voice - by Mary Cahillane
INTO Executive Committee (personal capacity)

Education under attack! - Build for further action! From the May 05 edition of Socialist Voice

Belfast language unit to be axed From the April 05 edition of Socialist Voice

Proper funding for Education by Brian Booth, NIPSA Branch 517 South Eastern Education & Library Board
Article from the Jan. 2005 edition, the Socialist

Saying no to education cuts by Sean Padraig, Belfast Socialist Youth
Article from the Jan. 2005 edition, the Socialist

NO CUTS IN EDUCATION - For a one day public sector strike: Article in the October 2004 edition, Socialist Voice
TWO EDUCATION Boards face the prospect of major cuts which, if implemented, would particularly affect services for special needs pupils.

Elections
Call an election now!, carried in The Socialist, No. 20, October 2006
Can the sectarian deadlock be broken? From the May 05 edition of Socialist Voice

Election Campaign From the April 05 edition of Socialist Voice

Editorial - No choice in Westminster elections From the April 05 edition of Socialist Voice

Socialist candidates to run in local election. This article was in the Feb. 2005 edition of the Socialist.
Local elections 2004 Socialist Party challenge Socialist Voice, July 2003
Assembly elections: slate needed to defend public services By Ciaran Mulholland, Socialist Voice June 2003
North: Assembly Elections - Time For a Working Class Voice By Ciaran Mulholland Socialist Voice, Feb. 03

Elections – South
Socialist Party Election Victories July 2004 edition, Socialist Voice
THE SOCIALIST Party doubled it's representation on local authorities winning four council seats on 11 June in Fingal, South County Dublin and Cork City councils.
N Ireland Euro poll July 2004 edition, Socialist Voice leaves just two main parties and...No voice for workers
Is Bertie's time up? July 2004 edition, Socialist Voce
WORKING CLASS people on their own initiative used this election to smack the arrogance out of this government.
The Socialist Party is standing Dublin West TD, Joe Higgins, for the Dublin constituency in the European Election and is putting up 14 candidates in the Southern Local Elections. From the May 2004 edition, Socialist Voice.
European Elections 11 June Vote Joe Higgins TD From the May 2004 edition, Socialist Voice.
European elections A sectarian yawn! THE EUROPEAN election will be the usual sectarian contest. It boils down to a battle between the four main parties for the three seats. From the May 2004 edition, Socialist Voice.
Proven campaigners who make a difference – Bin Charges campaigners and the elections May 2004 edition, Socialist Voice.
Pay back time at elections
Working class communities in Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown are still not paying the bin tax and local campaigns are preparing for the non-collection battle. By Kevin McLoughlin Read more here from the April ‘04 Socialist Voice.
European Elections: joe higgins to stand in dublin
Joe Higgins, Socialist Party TD for Dublin West, who spent a month in jail last Autumn for fighting the bin tax, will be the Socialist Party's candidate in the European election for the Dublin constituency on 11 June. Read more here from the April ‘04 Socialist Voice.
Joe Higgins Column: Government Waste; Electronic Voting When I got out of jail last November, having served a month for the anti-bin tax protests, I spoke widely about the huge hypocrisy that lay at the heart of the Government's waste management strategy.
Read this article from Socialist Voice, March 2004.

Government faces backlash:
2004 will be a defining year for the Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrat coalition. They face their first electoral test on 11 June in the Local and European elections the first to take place since their re-election in 2002. By MICHAEL MURPHY in Socialist Voice, January 2004:
Read more...
Elections Why "we're voting Socialist Party" in the November ’03 issue, Socialist Voice

Southern Election analysis Socialist Voice, June 2002
SP Candidates notes Socialist Voice, June 2002
Socialist Party calls for end to bin tax By Róisín Ingle in the Irish Times, Sat. 11th May 2002
Local press coverage for Clare Daly, May 3rd 2002
Ardagh Glass Closure Joe Higgins and Clare Daly: Press Statement 1st May 2002
Profile of the 5 SP Candidates, May 2002
What We Stand For Socialist Party election Manifesto 2002
SP Election Campaigns: Make it three out of three – S Boyd Socialist Voice, March 2002

Environment - Green politics
Nuclear power no solution in the Socialist, May 2006
Free the Rossport 5 From the Sept. 2005 edition of the Socialist
US – Hurricane Katrina - From the Sept. 2005 edition of the Socialist

Hurricanes, Asian quake, global warming...Capitalism destroying the planet for profit!

53,000 DEAD AND three million homeless in Pakistan; the city of New Orleans submerged by Hurricane Katrina. Natural disasters whose scale and consequences have been worsened by capitalism. Read the rest of this article from our new journal, Socialist View, No. 15, Winter 2005. The rest of this journal will be added online asap, but in the meantime printed copies are available from any of our branchs, the offices in Belfast and Dublin, and good bookshops.

Asian Earthquake
Authorities abandon the people of Bagh, Kashmir. "Death everywhere…a stench of decaying bodies. " Eyewitness report from Bagh and Rawalakot, by Jamal, a member of Socialist Liberation (CWI Kashmir).
Support the financial appeal from the comrades in that region.

Joe Higgins Column -Free the Rossport Five From the Socialist, August 2005.
By Joe Higgins TD

Global Dimming. Published in Socialist View, Spring 2005. By Daniel Waldron

What They're Not telling US About GMOs: - What You Don't Know Can Hurt You and the Environment. By Jessica Moore
Justice, paper of the CWI in America, Issue# 37 November 2003 - January 2004
Genetic engineering has become a topic of intense controversy, and with good reason. Genetic engineering involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into other, even completely unrelated, species to transfer a desired trait or character.

Read more here from the US cdes paper, Justice...

Factory Farms - The Bloody Truth About Our Meat
By Erika Blechinger and Ben Arenburg CWI-America Justice Sept-Oct 03:

Planning Green Growth. Written by Pete Dickenson, reviewed by Manny Thain (March/03)

Indian Ocean Disaster

The CWI was able to politically and morally respond to the disaster which occured after the Indian Ocean earthquake on Dec. 26th. A number of statements and reports were made. Initially it had been thought that a leading cde in Sri Lanka had been killed, but later news indicated that he had survived, two workmates were drowned, although seriously wounded. The condolences of the SP in Ireland goes out to the victims.

Cancel the debt Money for reconstruction not war
Article from the Jan. 2005 edition, the Socialist

There is an extensive list of articles on the cwi site, from the cdes in Indian, Sri Lanka, Australia as well as from the CWI etc.
The Tsunami that made thousands benami (nameless)
10,000 killed as wave pounded southern fishing villages.
Jagadish Chandra, New Socialist Alternative (cwi-India), Tuesday 4 January 2005

Indian Ocean tsunami: The Australian response to the tsunami disaster
Massive response from ordinary people puts corporate Australia and Government to shame.
Stephen Jolly, Socialist Party councillor Yarra, Melbourne, Australia, Monday 3 January 2005

Campaign Sri Lanka: Appeal sheet
In pdf format, opens in new window.
socialistworld.net, Sunday 2 January 2004

Sri Lanka: latest news and appeal for help
The devastation and escalating death toll in the Indian Ocean region can leave no one unmoved.
cwi, Saturday 1 January 2005

Indian Ocean tsunami: Catastrophe for Sweden
Worst disaster since the "Spanish disease" following the First World War
Arne Johansson, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (cwi, Sweden), Friday 31 December 2004

Indian Ocean tsunami: Natural disaster in War Zone Aceh
The Indonesian ‘province’ of Aceh on the island of Sumatra is just 155 kilometres from the epicentre of last Sunday’s earthquake.
Arne Johansson, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna, Friday 31 December 2004

cwi comment and analysis: Global capitalism to blame for scale of tragedy
Everyone in the region and tens of millions elsewhere in the world is shocked and bewildered by what happened on the shores of the Indian Ocean on the morning of 26 December.
cwi statement, Thursday 30 December 2004

Tsunamis and warning systems: “We tried to do what we could”
Despite the biblical scale of floods and destruction, the death along the Indian Ocean coastline was no ‘Act of God’.
Jon Dale - Socialist Party (England and Wales), Thursday 30 December 2004

Earthquake: Devastation in Sri Lanka
Death toll reaches 13,000 and still rising
socialistworld.net, Tuesday 28 December 2004

Rash of new mobile masts
Article from the Jan. 2005 edition, the Socialist

The poisoned cocktail - Bil Hopwood, Socialism Today, journal of the SP in England and Wales, No. 85, July-August 2004
Across Britain local communities are fighting plans to build new waste incinerators in their area. With the need to reduce the amount of waste that is dumped in holes in the ground – landfill – the waste industry and many local authorities see incinerators as an easy answer. BILL HOPWOOD, who was involved in a successful four-year struggle in Newcastle to stop an incinerator, reviews a recent government-funded report on incineration and health. Read more here.

Ciaran Molloy, Militant, November 1989 - Chico Mendes - in his own words: A review of Fight for the Forest - Chico Mendes in his own words
In this era of the development of 'green' politics internationally, a new publication from LAB books details the life and death of Chico Mendes, trade union leader, rubber tapper and ecologist. It is a timely reminder that the struggle against environmental destruction is inseparably linked to the transformation of society on a global scale.

Joe Higgins Column: Government Waste; When I got out of jail last November, having served a month for the anti-bin tax protests, I spoke widely about the huge hypocrisy that lay at the heart of the Government's waste management strategy.
Read this article from Socialist Voice, March 2004.

What They're Not telling US About GMOs: - What You Don't Know Can Hurt You and the Environment. By Jessica Moore
Justice, paper of the CWI in America, Issue# 37 November 2003 - January 2004
Genetic engineering has become a topic of intense controversy, and with good reason. Genetic engineering involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into other, even completely unrelated, species to transfer a desired trait or character.Read more here from the US cdes paper, Justice...


Health warning: Incinerators get go ahead: "Grow up, be mature and stop the nonsense" - these were the words of Environment Minister Martin Cullen last month addressing the concerns of Cork residents opposed to the siting of a national toxic waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy. Read more here from the Feb. 04 Socialist Voice...
The alternative to the waste crisis Socialist Voice June 2003
Can capitalism be green? PETE DICKINSON writes. Socialism Today, October 2002, No. 69
Waste: Cullen’s plan for incineration and more household charges – a cover-up for pathetic failure to implement radical and effective policy. Press Statement – 12th August 2002
Shut Sellafield Now! – Socialist Youth, July 2002
Our Simmering Planet - What to do about global warming? By Joyeeta Gupta Reviewed by Amrita Huggins Socialism Today, No. 65, May 2002
Socialist Party calls for end to bin tax by Róisín Ingle in the Irish Times, Sat. 11th May 2002
Exxon Valdez: Ten Years After By Jessica Moore, Justice No 29 March-May 2002 Paper of Socialist Alternative (US-CWI)

European Union See also the Nice referendum articles
No mood to party. - European Union enlargement in Central Europe. Karl Debbaut, CWI, Wednesday 28 April 2004.
On the first of May ten countries joined the European Union after months of negotiations and a series of successful referendums. 'New Europe', as famously described by Donald Rumsfeld, has married 'Old Europe', but is this the wedding that will lead to the break up of the European Union? Read more here...
European Elections: joe higgins to stand in dublin
Joe Higgins, Socialist Party TD for Dublin West, who spent a month in jail last Autumn for fighting the bin tax, will be the Socialist Party's candidate in the European election for the Dublin constituency on 11 June. Read more here from the April ‘04 Socialist Voice.
Joe Higgins Column, Socialist Voice, January 2004 - European Union
The fact that the Irish Government will have the presidency of the European Union for the next six months and the European elections means that more public attention than usual will be focused on important issues relating to the EU.
Read more...

Estate Management
See Housing

Fanon:
Ciaran Mulhollland reviews Frantz Fanon: A man who always asked questions ‘Frantz Fanon: A Life’, by David Macey. (Published by Granta Books, London, 2000 (paperback edition, 2001)

Farming
The Land League: rural workers and tenant farmers
Tom Burns writing in Militant Irish Monthly, No. 76, Sept. 1979 [A mix of a history article and a 1970s socialist programme for agriculture.]

Fascism
Should fascists be allowed free speech? Mick Barry - Youth against Racism in Cork wrote this piece in Militant, October 1993. The visit of Nazi historian David Irving to Ireland raises the issue of how to combat fascism.
BNP - not a 'radical alternative' to New Labour
NEW LABOUR has betrayed the hopes of millions of working-class people. This has dramatically hit their support, particularly in areas like Stoke-on-Trent where they previously had such strong backing. The Socialist 7 - 13 April 2005
Opposition to 'fascist' rock gig growing
Website warns of plans for concert:
By Belfast Telegraph Staff Reporter 18 May 2004

ANTI-FASCIST activists in Ulster are urging venues in the north Antrim area not to host a "neo Nazi" rock concert.

White Nationalist Party supporters are planning to hold a "Blood & Honour" gig in the area to boost support for their ongoing campaign of organisation in Northern Ireland, according to opponents.

The website said: "These thugs have announced that they intend to bring a fascist "Blood & Honour" band over from England to play in the north Antrim area. This concert should not go ahead. The Fascists Out! Campaign are asking every venue in the area to refuse to let fascists use their facilities. Make sure every door in the area is closed to these Hitlerites."

The anti-fascists have also launched their own poster campaign with material stating 'Keep Nazis out of North Antrim'. Read more here.

Nazis confronted in Portrush
Members of the right-wing White Nationalist Party were recently confronted by anti-fascists and prevented from giving out leaflets in Portrush. We have received the following report and photographs from a group called the Fascists Out! Campaign who carried out this activity. Read more here from the April ‘04 Socialist Voice.
Sunday Life reports of fascist threats to SP activists
The Sunday Life on 8th Feb. 2004 carried a report on fascist threats to the SP in Belfast. We've been engaged in giving out thousands of leaflets across South Belfast and organising a number of recent stalls, getting a very positive response from residents of different areas in South. For the details of the article Read on here...

The politics of anti-fascism
An article from Socialism Today, the monthly journal of our comrades in the Socialist Party - England and Wales.

To try and limit the growth of the BNP in the June elections a new organisation, Unite Against Fascism, has recently been launched. NAOMI BYRON assesses whether it can succeed in its aim.

Stop the BNP - by any means necessary. The Law Society in University College Cork has invited Tony Wentworth, the youth organiser of the British National Party, to speak in UCC at the end of January.
By David Convery, Socialist Voice, January 2004: Read more...
No to the Nazis! by Chris Henry
Socialist Voice, Sept. 2003
British National Party Socialist Voice, June. 2002
What prospects now for the BNP? - NAOMI BYRON writes. Socialism Today, No. 66, June 2002
Britain and the Nazis - The Chamberlain-Hitler collusion, by Alvin Finkel and Clement Leibovitz, The Merlin Press Ltd., 1998.
Reviewed by Paul Ursell in Socialism Today No. 37, April 1999 CONVENTIONAL HISTORY teaches us that Britain can be proud of its role in World War Two: the entire nation stood up as one to defend democracy and the rights of smaller nations, and to defeat the tyranny of fascism.If you hold this view, reading The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion will shock. Read more here...

FBU
Firefighters say: Hands off our pensions By Tony Maguire, N.I. Regional Secretary, FBU From the Nov-Dec 05 issue of the Socialist.
Left victory in FBU general secretary election From the May 05 edition of Socialist Voice

Fire Fighters say.. No backtracking on the deal
This article is from the Sept. 2004 edition, Socialist Voice
MORE THAN 5,000 members of the Fire Brigades Union are balloting for industrial action following the failure of the Fire Service employers to honour the agreement that ended the firefighters' strike in June 2003.
By Tony Maguire
  • THE FIRE Service Pay Campaign cannot have escaped the attention of very many. A struggle to win fair pay for the nation's fire workers "morphed" into a desperate struggle to defend the very fabric of the fire service. Government spin and a compliant media fed the public a diet consisting of the need to "modernise" an already exemplary, high performing service.Read more from the November ’03 issue, Socialist Voice... - By Jim Barbour, Executive Committee Fire Brigades Union
    FireFighters -Reject the "Strings" May 2003 Socialist Voice
    North: Firefighters Reject "Latest Final Offer" Firefighters' Union support for Youth Against the War
    Attack on the FBU: A socialist response to the Governments move, 28 Jan 2003
    Blair declares war on firefighters Editorial, Socialist Voice, Nov. 2002
    FBU: Pay the firefighters Ian Beard, FBU Rep. Socialist Voice, Nov. 2002
    Stand by the firefighters Socialist Voice, Nov. 2002

    Fianna Fail
    'Socialist' Bertie fleeces the Old Sick and poor Article from the Jan. 2005 edition, the Socialist

    Is Bertie's time up? July 2004 edition, Socialist Voce
    WORKING CLASS people on their own initiative used this election to smack the arrogance out of this government.

    Film reviews
    1905 Russian Revolution on the screen
    Restored version of ‘Battleship Potemkin’ at 55th Berlin Film Festival Reviewed by Aron Amm in Socialism Today, No. 92.
    ONE HIGHLIGHT of this year’s Berlin Film Festival was the re-screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s The Battleship Potemkin.

    Rambo – a Reagan fantasy Pat Smyth, Militant Irish Monthly October 1985
    “I’ve always thought,” Rambo tells us in his first remotely intelligent remark half way through the film, “that the mind is the best weapon.” How then could they send a man to totally defenceless to do battle with the entire Vietnamese nation and most of the Russian army thrown in for good measure? Read on

    Flood Tribunal
    Flood Tribunal reveals Fianna Fail’s web of corruption – Michael Murphy Socialist Voice, Nov. 2002

    France
    France: Anti-CPE victory in the Socialist, April 2006
    Riots expose inequality and racism in France From the Nov-Dec 05 issue of the Socialist.
    Karl Debbaut, CWI,Tuesday 8 October 2005
    Days of riots across France have profoundly shaken the French establishment and the political elite. An outpouring of unstoppable rage has crisscrossed France for eleven days in a row, in the course of which cars, police stations and banks were set on fire in poor districts in cities and towns. Read the rest of this piece here.


    The following is a translation of a leaflet produced and distributed, last weekend, in France, by Gauche révolutionnaire (CWI France), in response to the current riots in Paris and across France. France:Right wing Interior Minister Sarkozy insults youth on estates
    ‘Sarkozy: We’ve had enough! No to repression! No to racism!’


    France hit by strike wave. This article was in the Feb. 2005 edition of the Socialist.
    France: Chirac bans headscarves. The recent unveiling of plans by the French Government to ban the wearing of religious symbols in public schools (but not private schools) has created a massive rift in French society and has provoked protests in France and across the world. Read more here from the Feb. 04 Socialist Voice...
    France: millions on the march against cuts Judy Beishon reports from France on the protest movement and the debates within it on a way forward. Socialist Voice June 2003
    Le Pen: Article by the French members of International Socialist Resistance. April 2002