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Indonesia: “New Hope” president faces intense pressures

Indonesia: “New Hope” president faces intense pressures

November 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm

“A New Hope” was the headline for the front cover of the latest issue of ‘Time’ magazine. It described Jokowi Widowo, the newly elected populist president known simply as Jokowi, as the new ‘Rising Star’ in ‘third world politics’. He is considered unique in Indonesia’s presidential history because he is […]

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New Zealand: Extreme poverty getting worse

New Zealand: Extreme poverty getting worse

November 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

The push to make ordinary people pay for the economic crisis is undermining our standard of living and forcing an increasing number of people into poverty conditions. In 2009 it was estimated that the urban homeless numbered around 300, those in rural improvised housing numbered 500-1000, and those in temporary […]

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US: Building a political alternative in Seattle

US: Building a political alternative in Seattle

October 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

“Poll shows Sawant polarising, but with impressive favourable rating” is the title under which a confirmation of the politics of Kshama Sawant and her organisation, Socialist Alternative (co-thinkers of the Socialist Party in the US), was published. The poll, carried out by media research company EMT, reveals that people in […]

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How capitalism stifles science

How capitalism stifles science

October 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

We are told that capitalism drives innovation and progress but the truth is production for profit mostly hampers the ability of science and technique to advance. By Toby Dite, Socialist Party All throughout the world people needing medical attention for diseases, curable or otherwise, are often neglected on the basis […]

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International day of action for abortion rights in Ireland

International day of action for abortion rights in Ireland

October 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

On October 28 protests will take place around the world, called by Irish campaign ROSA (Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity). The day will mark the second anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar – victim of Ireland’s backward abortion laws. By Socialist Party reporters Two years later, despite […]

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Ireland: Byelection triumph marks turning point

Ireland: Byelection triumph marks turning point

October 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

Paul Murphy wins parliamentary seat as 100,000 march against water charges! 12 October 2014 will be a day that’s remembered for years to come in Ireland. An estimated 100,000 marched in Dublin against the hated water charges. And on the same day, Paul Murphy, Socialist Party member and Anti Austerity […]

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Defending Australian profit interests in Iraq

Defending Australian profit interests in Iraq

October 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

In mid September Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that 600 military personnel would be deployed to Iraq to fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS). By Conor Flynn, Socialist Party The task force, which will include SAS forces and eight Super Hornet assault jets, will be stationed in […]

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NZ: National to form third successive government

NZ: National to form third successive government

September 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

Labour Party and the Left in crisis The New Zealand National Party has won its third election in a row. This result is a boost to big business interests. The workers’ movement will continue to be confronted with serious challenges as Prime Minister John Key moves to implement a number […]

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Scotland: 1.6 million vote ‘Yes’ in a revolt against austerity

Scotland: 1.6 million vote ‘Yes’ in a revolt against austerity

September 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

In the teeth of a ferocious campaign from the British capitalist establishment, the independence campaign in Scotland won the support of more than 1.6 million people, overwhelmingly from the working class, securing 45%. No won with 55%. By Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland According to the YouGov polling organisation support […]

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Ebola outbreak in West Africa

September 17, 2014 at 11:49 am

More than 1000 people have died in West Africa since February, during the worst epidemic of Ebola since the appearance of the disease in 1976. Ebola is caused by a virus with a very high mortality rate, but a low chance of infection. Sufferers face a painful death within a […]

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