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Analysis

Book Review – Raising Hell and Raising Expectations

Book Review – Raising Hell and Raising Expectations

October 21, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Jane McAlevey will shortly be speaking in Dublin on November 17. Event details. It’s easy to become disillusioned with the state of the labour movement. With unions immersed in rearguard actions and membership often seen as little more than an insurance policy, it’s fair to say that they are not the fighting organisations called for by the circumstances. It’s instructive, then, to look at what unions can be and can do in the present day. Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) by Jane McAlevey does precisely that, providing case studies of the author’s work as an organiser for US unions... [Read the full story]

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Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger

August 5, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Brian Hanley on the politics of the First World War and its commemoration. The British establishment seem intent on using the centenary of the First World War to glorify militarism and rehabilitate imperialism.  From demands by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that the war be presented to children “as plainly a just war” to broadcaster Jeremy Paxman’s BBC series which contended that the conflict was one that pitted a democratic Britain against a dictatorial Germany, commemoration of the conflict is being presented in jingoistic terms. [Read the full story]  Read More →

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Book Review – Raising Hell and Raising Expectations

Book Review – Raising Hell and Raising Expectations

October 21, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Jane McAlevey will shortly be speaking in Dublin on November 17. Event details. It’s easy to become disillusioned with the state of the labour movement. With unions immersed in rearguard actions and membership often seen as little more than an insurance policy, it’s fair to say that they are not the fighting organisations called for by the circumstances. It’s instructive, then, to look at what unions can be and can do in the present day. Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell) by Jane McAlevey does precisely that, providing case studies of the author’s work as an organiser for US unions... [Read the full story]

History

Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger

August 5, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Brian Hanley on the politics of the First World War and its commemoration. The British establishment seem intent on using the centenary of the First World War to glorify militarism and rehabilitate imperialism.  From demands by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that the war be presented to children “as plainly a just war” to broadcaster Jeremy Paxman’s BBC series which contended that the conflict was one that pitted a democratic Britain against a dictatorial Germany, commemoration of the conflict is being presented in jingoistic terms. [Read the full story]  Read More →

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The Great Mortgage Swindle

The Great Mortgage Swindle

November 21, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

A generation in the Republic has been left in hock to the banks by one of modern Ireland’s biggest cons. Conor McCabe explodes some of the myths that drove the property bubble. There are those who will tell you that Irish people have a unique love-affair with property, that home-ownership is part of our DNA – a kind of Celtic mortgage double-helix which drives us to buy houses regardless of cost, need or availability. It is not just the usual suspects of estate agents, mortgage brokers and rent-a-quote economists who make this assumption – it is one that cuts across the political... [Read the full story]

World

TTIP: Democracy on trial

TTIP: Democracy on trial

October 7, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Secretive new trade deal will endanger jobs, the environment and severely limit legislative freedom in Ireland and Europe, write Padraig Mannion and Dara McHugh. The European Union and the the United States are currently in the process of negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a far-reaching trade deal that will have profound effects on national regulatory powers. According to Eric Byrne TD, “As a nation and as business interests we sing from the same hymn sheet” when it come to TTIP. If anyone was worried about potential damages done by the deal, thankfully... [Read the full story]

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TTIP: Democracy on trial

TTIP: Democracy on trial

Secretive new trade deal will endanger jobs, the environment and severely limit legislative freedom in Ireland and Europe, write Padraig Mannion and Dara McHugh. The European Union and the the United States are currently in the process of negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a far-reaching trade deal that will have... Read more of this article


Blantyre Says Yes

Blantyre Says Yes

John Cooney gives a personal view of the Scottish Independence Referendum Blantyre, the west of Scotland former coal mining village situated on the banks of the River Clyde eight miles south east of Glasgow where I grew up, was the birthplace of David Livingstone, the famous Victorian explorer of ‘Dark Africa’. Although a prominent statue of the... Read more of this article


Film Review: Pride

“Pride” tells the story of radicals, reactionaries, successes and failures. It’s a warm, human reflection on both the great British miners’ strike of the Thatcher era, and the emergence of the contemporary LGBT movement, uniting against the odds against the forces of reaction and misery. The story begins with Mark; a young,... Read more of this article


Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger

Brian Hanley on the politics of the First World War and its commemoration. The British establishment seem intent on using the centenary of the First World War to glorify militarism and rehabilitate imperialism.  From demands by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that the war be presented to children “as plainly a just war” to broadcaster... Read more of this article


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Secretive new trade deal will endanger jobs, the environment and severely limit... 


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