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September issue of Socialist Voice September 16, 2021

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The September issue of Socialist Voice is now available online:https://socialistvoice.ie/category/article/latest/

pdf: https://socialistvoice.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/SV-2021-09.pdf

Contents

Public housing is the solutionJimmy Doran

Government housing policy is the cause of the housing crisis. Homelessness, waiting-lists and extortionate private rent levels are the symptoms. Universally accessible public housing is the cure, the solution, to permanently end the housing crisis. Government housing policy works very well for those it is designed to benefit: the speculators, […]

Housing for whom, and for what? By Eugene McCartan & Aaron Nolan

At the beginning of September the coalition government published its long-awaited final, final, final housing strategy, “Housing for All,” to solve the deepening housing crisis. Thousands are on local authority housing lists, and tens of thousands are trapped in rising rents which are completely unsustainable from the renter’s point of […]

A sign of things to come? by Tommy McKearney

Last month Kathy Sheridan, writing for the Irish Times, opined about the dilemma faced by Ireland’s middle class as they agonise over whether or not to vote for Sinn Féin. The problem, it would appear, relates to the fact that while the party is promoting progressive policies, it simultaneously glorifies […]

Texas leads the way against women’s rights by Laura Duggan

On Wednesday 1 September 2021 the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, the Texas abortion law known as Senate Bill 8, came into effect. This bill amounts to a near-complete ban on abortion in the state. It prohibits abortion as soon as cardiac activity in the embryo is […]

People and communities suffer as a consequence of the “sectarian game” by Barry Murray

There was a great discussion recently with representatives of the Protestant/loyalist community about sectarianism and its roots, among other things, and the obvious effects on people and our society. That set me thinking about potential strategies. Socialists and republicans lay the blame for sectarianism at the door of British colonialism […]

Beginning of the end of US hegemony by Sajeev Kumar

There is a sense of déjà vu in the events that took place in Afghanistan, reminding us of what happened in 1975 when the United States was defeated in Vietnam. However, the outcomes are as different as chalk and cheese. If the outcome in Vietnam was a socialist government, which […]

The media and Afghanistan by Jimmy Corcoran

One would imagine that the chaotic scenes that accompanied the ending of the NATO occupation of Afghanistan would be followed by reflection and analysis in the Irish media. That was not the case. Their initial concern was the threat to women’s rights under the Taliban—and of course the threat the […]

Streamers v. socialism and media sovereignty by Dennis Broe

The “epic” battle being waged—or rather being reported on in the corporate entertainment press—is between streamers and cinemas, or between various streamers. However, this is a battle now being fought not just in the United States—Netflix is already losing American subscribers to its rivals Disney+ and HBO Max—but throughout the […]

An incremental shift in organising by Nicola Lawlor

As communists we understand the importance of the trade union movement. It is, first and foremost, simply the work-place or industrial collective organisation of the working class. Its most important function is as a working-class defence against the worst ravages and exploitation of employers and bosses. It is workers coming […]

Rayner O’Connor Lysaght (1941–2021) by Michael Healy

Rayner O’Connor Lysaght, who regularly attended events organised in Connolly Books, passed away on 2 July 2021 in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, after a prolonged illness. His funeral took place at Glasnevin crematorium, the coffin draped with the Starry Plough flag. Because of illness, Áine, his wife of forty-eight years, could […]

Complex struggle over simplified characters by Pat Delaney

Already the big intellectual guns of US imperialism—powerful professors and leading editorial writers—are being hauled out to tell us that there will not be a “new cold war” with China. Someone should have told the lackeys that their masters have actually increased the pace of the military, economic and ideological […]

Solidarity with Nicaragua by Philip Kelly

Paper given by Philip Kelly, Greater Belfast Branch, CPI ■ Today I joined comrades from around Latin America and Europe in a meeting with the Foreign Ministry of Nicaragua. Below is the text of my contribution. Brothers and sisters, comrades of the Sandinista Revolution, I speak to you today from […]

Climate destruction will not be challenged while billions are to be madeby Joe Hurley

Over the past few weeks farmers were given the opportunity to have their say in a full, nationwide consultation process concerning the recent CAP agreement. During this process a few issues cropped up. These were: During the on-line meetings farmers felt that their various questions concerning their future under the […]

Caravaggio and the Reformationby Jenny Farrell

Born 450 years ago, on 29 September 1571, Caravaggio lived during the Counter-Reformation. The art form of that time, with a specific political function, was the Baroque. The development of the new middle class—the bourgeoisie—brought with it the dawn of the modern, capitalist era. The artistic expression of this new […

A poet who fell foul of Franco by Gabriel Rosenstock

Poems from Prison and Life by the Spanish communist poet Marcos Ana (1920–2016), translated by David Duncombe and published by Smokestack Books, fills one with hope and despair. Hope comes from the motto found in the author’s note to the book: To live for others is the best way of […]

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1. Colm B - September 16, 2021

Texas: Complete ban on abortion introduced by cynical politicians (Republicans) to court religious right – bad

Nicaragua: Complete ban on abortion introduced by cynical politicians (Ortega/Murillo) to court religious right – ahem, cough, cough, er, um

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2. roddy - September 16, 2021

Daniel can be a problematic “ally”.He delivered a speech one time at Shannon airport which had obviously been written by Garland and his cronies and which was totally at odds with the reality of the “Irish question”.I

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3. Krista Marson - September 17, 2021

You shared some really good links here.

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