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Ireland: Socialists campaign against anti-worker Lisbon Treaty

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Capitalist establishment conduct a campaign of fear to secure a yes vote in second referendum

Socialist Party reporters (CWI in Ireland)

There are only a few days left before the second referendum vote on the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland. The big business and political elite in Europe on the one hand, but also many workers and activists on the other, will be watching the result closely but hoping for different results.

The Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) and our MEP, Joe Higgins, have been key elements in the campaign for a no vote. Joe Higgins is the only MEP who is fighting for a no vote. Even more so than last year, Joe has clearly been the most consistent, clear and effective leader on the no side in the media, able to deal with the general points but also bringing out the very dangerous attacks hidden in the depths of the treaty. Joe and the party have made a real impact.

The Lisbon Treaty is being promoted as a ‘tidying up’ exercise, aimed at stream-lining the structures of the EU. The reality is that Lisbon is not about achieving a better future for all.

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Is Obama’s Honeymoon Over?

Big-Business agenda fuels discontent

Philip Locker, from Justice, newspaper of Socialist Alternative (CWI in the USA)

Just seven months after taking office on a wave of hope and euphoria at the end of eight years of George Bush’s rule, President Barack Obama has seen a sharp fall in public support. Discontent is building from all sides, as disappointment with Obama’s inability to bring real change has brought about the end of Obama’s honeymoon.

Obama’s job approval is down to about 50% from a high of 70% on inauguration day. On Obama’s signature issue – healthcare reform – there has been a sharp fall-off in support for his approach. A CNN/Opinion Research Poll conducted at the end of August found that only 44% of Americans supported his handling of healthcare, while 53% disapproved.

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Irish Socialists and Workers in Struggle Explain Implications of Bosses’ Treaty

Why the Lisbon treaty is bad for workers' rights?

Socialist Party reporters (CWI in Ireland)

Today at a press conference in the Davenport Hotel, Dublin, prominent Socialist Party spokespeople, accompanied by strike leaders from Coca Cola and MTL Dockworkers, laid out their opposition to the Lisbon Treaty, and explained how the treaty would undermine workers' rights.

Councillor Clare Daly pointed out, "If the government was truly concerned with the rights of workers there was nothing stopping them introducing legislation in the Dáil (Irish parliament). Not one specific claim has been made by the government or any of the ‘yes’ side as to how ratifying Lisbon is going to enhance the position of workers.

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US Health Care Debate

The limits of reform from above – the need for struggle from below

He has been called a “socialist” and “Nazi.” They say there will be “death panels” where government bureaucrats will make decisions on whether or not to let grandma live. These are just some of the attacks raised against US President Obama and his plans for health care reform by enraged Fox News-sponsored right wingers who are disrupting recent 'town hall' meetings around the US. Of course none of them are true.

Jesse Lessinger, Socialist Alternative (CWI in the USA)

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Thomas Cook workers arrested by Irish police

PROTESTS IN SCOTLAND AND IRELAND  

25 people including 16 workers sacked by Thomas Cook at their Grafton Street store in Dublin were arrested this morning (Tuesday 4th August)  after defying an court order which was granted when they occupied the shop on Saturday. Dozens of Gardai broke into the store by smashing the window and arrested the occupiers. Those arrested included Socialist Party Councillor, Matthew Waine and an eight and a half month pregnant woman who gave birth to her daughter after being taken to hospital following her arrest.

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Joe Higgins first speech to European parliament

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Video Socialist MEP launches attack on capitalist representatives http://socialistworld.net/eng/2009/07/2102.html Here in Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) MEP Joe Higgins´ first speech in the European Parliament he talks about the grand coalition between the right wing EPP and supposed ’social democrats’ ...

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Withdraw the troops from Afghanistan

Afghanistan

End UK and US led occupation of Afghanistan 

In this month alone, eighteen British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. Eight were killed in just 24 hours, three of them just 18 years old. In total 187 British troops have lost their lives since the invasion of Iraq in 2001. This senseless waste of young lives has aroused a new anger and questioning about the war in Afghanistan. People demand answers about the lack of equipment which has led to so many soldiers' deaths, and about why they are still there fighting an unwinnable war.

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Korean Peninsula: Only Working Class Action Can End War Threat

North Korea

The underground explosion of a massive nuclear bomb on 25 May and the accompanying war-like declarations of the North Korean regime brought it suddenly to the centre of world attention.

It aroused grave fears in the region and internationally of a major confrontation - a war that could include nuclear exchanges.  Clare Doyle considers the motives of North Korea's ossified Stalinist regime and what likelihood there is of a regional conflagration.

EVEN THE well-informed capitalist press with its behind-the-scenes sources, is at a loss to understand the motives and the perspectives for the behaviour of what they call this 'rogue state' - shrouded in mystery and, according to them, one of the last bastions of 'communism'.

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Where Now for the Iranian Revolution?

Iranian Revolution 2009

Working class must decisively enter the struggle

THIRTY YEARS after the 1979 revolution, Iran has again erupted in revolutionary convulsions. Millions have taken to the streets to protest against the undoubted rigging of the presidential election, in which president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cohorts in the theocratic dictatorship claimed a sweeping victory.

Tony Saunois, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI)

However this revolutionary crisis unfolds in the coming weeks, it is clear that Iran will never be the same again. This massive movement for change marks the beginning of the end of the existing dictatorship.

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Iran – Mass Protests Erupt

Iran Mass Protests

Mass protests and demonstration have erupted in Iran in protest at the apparent rigging of the Presidential elections by the Mahmoud Ahmedinejad regime. According to reports, the largest anti-government demonstration of over one million people took place in the capital Tehran. Reports coming out of Iran claim that over a dozen have been killed in clashes with the police and hated Basij militia. With heavy press censorship, much of the movement has been co-ordinated through the use of ‘Twitter’ – Iran has the highest number of internet ‘bloggers’ per head of population.

By Tony Saunois, CWI

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