Why is the EU so interested in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa?

Why is the EU so interested in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa?

By Mick Wallace MEP. The Sahel region consists of those countries lying to the immediate south of the Sahara Desert, stretching in a strip from the west to east coast. The region is semi-arid, part desert, part savannah and it links the Sahara to more fertile lands further south. From ...
Three reasons why the Greens shouldn’t prop up FFFG

Three reasons why the Greens shouldn’t prop up FFFG

By Damien Thomson. The Green Party elected representatives agreed to enter formal talks with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail for a programme of government. Entering government requires the thumbs-up from two-thirds of the Greens’ party membership. Here’s three of many reasons why the Irish Greens should not go into government ...
European Parliament fails to block fossil fuel projects

European Parliament fails to block fossil fuel projects

By Damien Thomson. Just as always, they think we are not watching. Just as always, their voting record shows where they stand. Today an extremely important vote took place in the European Parliament – an objection to the EU’s publicly funded fossil fuel infrastructure projects  – and I needn’t name the ...
How do we build a climate movement that can win?

How do we build a climate movement that can win?

By Lisbeth Latham. The unprecedented glacial melting, diminishing sea ice shelves, and extensive fires globally have fuelled growing existential angst around the looming climate catastrophe. This angst has been a major source of the emergence and growth of the climate strike movement globally which has seen millions of people drawn ...
Channeling anger into action on climate change

Channeling anger into action on climate change

By Damien Thomson. Anger is generally characterised as a negative emotion, but I’d beg to differ. Social movements need anger. Anger motivates. It unites. Last week in climate politics gives us a lot to be angry about. Monday At the United Nations headquarters in New York, the UN Climate Summit ...
The Irish elections: Results and prospects for the left

The Irish elections: Results and prospects for the left

By Sean Byers. The results of the recent elections in Ireland correspond to the fragmented and radically uncertain times we now inhabit. They reveal continuities in terms of the resilience of the dominant parties as well as changes in the overall composition and balance of political forces in both jurisdictions. ...
Thousands plan to protest Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland

Thousands plan to protest Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland

By Memet Uludag. Protest: Thursday June 6, 6pm at the Garden of Rembrance, Dublin. See the Facebook event here. Donald Trump is a threat to us all. His presidential campaign was based on racism against Mexicans – “build that wall!” He has tried to ban visitors and migrants from Muslim ...
‘Change the System’ is core demand of climate strikers

‘Change the System’ is core demand of climate strikers

By Damien Thomson. Around 3,000 students gathered outside government buildings in Dublin and towns across the country on Friday (May 24) to demand rapid and radical action on climate change. This is the second international strike co-ordinated by Fridays for Future – a global movement of climate protest.  Speaking to ...
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