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December issue Socialist Voice. December 14, 2016

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Socialist Voice

Please find attached the December issue Socialist Voice.
It can also be viewed online: http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/index.html

Victory is within our grasp
Eugene McCartan
The Government’s latest quango, the Expert Commission on Domestic Public Water Services, has published its report on the future provision of water. 
     The first thing that needs to be said is that the people’s struggle and resistance against water charges has come a long way. 

The status quo can’t last . . .
Nicola Lawlor
The research team at Deutsche Bank published a report in September under the catchy title “Long-term asset return study: An ever-changing world,” looking at the likely prospects for capitalism over the next thirty-five years. http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/02-capital.html

Political statement
National Executive Committee, Communist Party of Ireland
The National Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Ireland, meeting in early December, discussed current political developments and the nature of the struggle that working people face into as we approach a new year. 
     The capitalist system is marked by an emerging political crisis, albeit at an early stage of development. 

Workers in struggle
NUJ versus Independent News and Media
In early December the National Union of Journalists and SIPTU 

Workers in Eir retail win a major victory
Ruairí Creaney (CWU)
Members of the Communications Workers’ Union working in Eir Retail have won a major victory

Public meetings celebrate Winifred Carney
Alan Hanlon
Winifred Carney was a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army. This was possibly the first army of the twentieth century to recruit female combatants and to treat them equally. 
     Winnie Carney was born in Bangor, Co. Down, in 1887.

Fidel Castro Ruz (1926–2016)
Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland
The Communist Party of Ireland expresses its great sadness at the announcement of the death of Fidel Castro. We send our sincere condolences to his family, and we pledge our continuing solidarity with the Cuban people and the Cuban Revolution. 

Outpouring of love and grief for Fidel
Seán Joseph Clancy
The scenes of mass love and grief being expressed all around Cuba following the death of the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Ruz should finally put to rest any doubts that may have lingered in some quarters about the legitimacy of his mandate while in power and the esteem in which he was held by his people throughout his long and charmed life. 

It couldn’t happen here!
Tommy McKearney
An incredibly wealthy businessman without any experience as an elected representative but full of bluster and with a huge penchant for self-promotion wins the highest office in the land. 
     It might happen in the United States, or Italy, but surely it couldn’t possibly happen here? 

“False news” how are you!
Robert Navan
The term “false news” has been getting a lot of attention in the media since the election of Donald Trump. 
     So far there doesn’t seem to be a satisfactory explanation of the term, or a definition of just what constitutes false news. 

The long, slow death of social democracy
Eoghan O’Neill
Brexit, the election of Trump and the rise of the right in Europe are phenomena that indicate the demise of liberal capitalism, with the accelerated accumulation of wealth, the global war economy, the increasing precariousness of labour, increasing poverty and inequality, the hollowing out of democratic structures

Microfinance as “local neoliberalism”
David Mulligan
■ Milford Bateman, Why Doesn’t Microfinance Work? The Destructive Rise of Local Neoliberalism, London: Zed Books, 2010. 

Microfinance—the idea of providing small “microloans” and other financial services to budding “micro-entrepreneurs”—

Government’s contempt for fisheries and the environment
Vincent Byrne
Atlantic is a film directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill, who also directed The Pipe. It deals with the capitalist exploitation of a natural resource, the damage to the ecosystem, and the impact on three fishing communities, in Newfoundland, Norway, and Ireland. 

The Aleppo Room
Jenny Farrell
It is of course deeply cynical to think of this season as one of good will. And yet this might be as good a time as any to reflect on a magnificent piece of art, exhibited in the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art. 

A young man named Frank Conroy
Michael Healy
The Frank Conroy Commemoration Committee have made a video called A Young Man Named Frank Conroy, written by Paul McCormack and filmed by Stephen Connelly. It can be seen on Youtube. 


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