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Eurovision and the whitewashing of Israeli occupation

Eurovision and the whitewashing of Israeli occupation

Millions across the world watch the Eurovision every year. This year’s competition, however, will see a significant boycott of what the popular rock band Wolf Alice has called the “most controversial Eurovision Song Contest that’s ever happened.” Artists from across the world have joined trade unionists and Palestinian solidarity activists in calling for a boycott of the event being held in Israel, including the Musicians’ Union of Ireland and the actors’ union, Irish Equity.

Venezuela: once again in the crosshairs of imperialism

Venezuela: once again in the crosshairs of imperialism

On 23 January 2019, Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela. Shortly afterwards, he was recognised as such by the USA and Canada. A few days later, Britain, France, Germany and many others followed suit. Ann Orr looks at the ongoing attempts by imperialist forces to crush the government of Nicolás Maduro and argues that Venezuela does not represent a failure of socialism, but a stark warning about why a fundamental break with capitalism and real socialist transformation of society is required.

Why you should join the socialists!

Why you should join the socialists!

At this year’s state of the union address Donald Trump stated that “America will never be a socialist country.” More recently at a National Republican Congressional Committee Dinner, he declared that he will be running in 2020 to fight a “socialist takeover” of the United States and a prominent US […]

Welfare ‘reform’ disaster for working-class communities

Welfare ‘reform’ disaster for working-class communities

In November 2015, DUP, Sinn Féin and Alliance MLAs lined up to hand the Tories in Westminster the power to impose their draconian ‘welfare reform’ policies on working-class people here. The vote was agreed by them as part of the Fresh Start Agreement – as their reward, the local parties would be able to slash corporate taxes.

How can the trade union movement organise young workers?

How can the trade union movement organise young workers?

The trade union movement must connect itself to the aspirations and demands of this section of young and precarious workers. This means fighting on more than just the immediate “bread and butter” issues. Unite Hospitality in Belfast, which Socialist Party members are central to, has spearheaded the way forward

Trade unionists: reclaim our history of workers’ unity

Trade unionists: reclaim our history of workers’ unity

Workers face many problems in 2019 – from the ongoing effects of the cuts, years of below-inflation pay rises, and the ever present threat of sectarianism. In 1919, 1944 and 1969 the working class were given a powerful lead by militant workplace activists. In each period they also had trade union-linked political representation. We need to learn from these struggles, rebuild fighting trade unions, and recreate a socialist political alternative. We need to reclaim our past.