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Geoffrey Roberts is Emeritus Professor of History at UCC and a former member of the British Communist Party.

The guns fell silent three-quarters of a century ago and this year’s commemoration of the end of the Second World War in Europe has been overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis. But the sharp political struggle about the causes, course and consequences of the war continues unabated. On one side are those who celebrate the allied victory in 1945 as an important validation of anti-fascist unity while, on the other, are those who lament the communist subjugation of parts of Europe in the decades that followed.

The current round of polemics was kick-started by the European Parliament in September when it passed a resolution that...

JF, Baile Átha Cliath.

One hundred and fifty years have passed since the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, known to the world as Lenin. There are very few figures whose life and legacy carries such world-historic importance, a figure of the kind that Hegel referred to as moving beyond mere intention and “falling in with the needs of the age”. Lenin led a revolution of the oppressed masses that...

RM, Corcaigh

At the 2020 Congress of the Connolly Youth Movement a motion was passed to drop support for all social democratic parties in Ireland. One of the main reasons that social democracy deserves our criticism is it’s inherent link with Imperialism. As socialist republicans who live under the triple-lock of Imperialism (British, American & European) this connection is not something...

AC, Baile Átha Cliath

No, dolphins have not traveled to Venice to watch 12,000 Italians die of a pandemic, elephants haven’t broken into gardens to get drunk off wine in China and no, the environment isn’t benefiting from humans struggling with Covid-19.

Recently hitting one million likes on Twitter, one tweet, from a woman based in New Delhi, India, @ikaveri spread a rumour about swans and...

AH, Baile Átha Cliath.

Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland have recently been in the headlines. They intend to allow the accumulation of unpaid interest rates despite the mortgage payment freeze. Outrage and shock pours over the minds and emotions of many of their customers. This outrage is justified, as is the shock at the unscrupulousness of these institutions which themselves owe a debt to...

AH, Baile Átha Cliath

The role of the state in a crisis, as sold to us by some begging liberals, is to maintain a form of vague idea of ‘social partnership’, which is usually determined by the interests of free markets and maintaining fiscal stability of the fictitious capital that pervades the stock market. COVID-19 is shining a spotlight on the operating nature of the Leinster and Stormont...

Introduction

Capitalism and health make for strange bed-fellows. Terms associated with health usually revolve around those of moderation and balance or attempts at finding harmony between an arrangement of variables. As an economic system capitalism has instead committed itself to constructing an environment dominated by a class that is obsessed with extraction and growth, the scale of...

AOC, Dublin

In 1998, a British ex-physician published a piece linking the MMR vaccine with autism, he was proven wrong by numerous studies since and found guilty of scientific fraud. Also in the late 90s, the manufacturers of all-natural personal care products began rumours of a popular shampoo foaming agent causing cancer, this was debunked long after they made their money. US Vice president...

CP IrelandAt its meeting on Saturday 7 December the National Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Ireland discussed both the national and the international situation and the current balance of global forces.

The outcome of the recent by-elections in the Republic has shown the stability of the system and the strength of the establishment political parties. But they cannot escape the deep economic...

Workers’ Party President Michael Donnelly has condemned the apparent arson attack which took place targetting Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny. 

Speaking following the attacks, Donnelly said: 

“What took place at Deputy Kenny’s home appeared to be a pre-meditated and targetted attempt to silence anti-racist activists in the community. It is a sinister signal that dangerous, far right...

Some months ago, I was approached by an old friend with a query. A work colleague of his was exploring the option of running in the local elections on a youth mental health platform and was looking for advice on how best to run the campaign.

Why this person decided the best way to tackle the issue of mental health was through the granting of dog licenses and planning permission, is a story for...

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