Cancel Rio Tinto: Going beyond symbols to fight a racist system

Cancel Rio Tinto: Going beyond symbols to fight a racist system

By Carlo Sands.When mining giant Rio Tinto blew up two sacred Indigenous sites dating back 46,000 years in the Pilbara in Australia’s north-west earlier this year, it was with the consent of the state Labor government.  It shows that while the Western Australian (WA) Labor Party sometimes pays formal respects ...
How to Get Rid of Christopher Columbus

How to Get Rid of Christopher Columbus

A poem by Kevin Higgins. Don’t get photographed presenting yourtwo thousand names to the Mayor,looking as if you’re graduatingwith a qualification you’ll never use.Don’t ask the Church of Ireland or National Council for the Advancement of Concerned Peopleto intervene.  Do it yourself.But not explosives, no.There’s always a mostly innocentretired car park ...
Labouring beside Lough Erne: a history beyond orange and green

Labouring beside Lough Erne: a history beyond orange and green

By Séamas Mac Annaidh. This is a book review of Labouring Beside Lough Erne, a Study of the Fermanagh Labour Movement 1826-1932, by Jim Quinn. This is the first part of a projected three-part history of the labour movement in County Fermanagh from the early 19th century to the 1930s. ...
What The Minister for Housing Proposes: Thinking Outside The Council House

What The Minister for Housing Proposes: Thinking Outside The Council House

A poem by Kevin Higgins. Easy for the Opposition to hang around overheated TV studios, spouting impossible promises which at this stage soundlike a recorded message from Santa Claus.But out there, in what I like to callthe world, a constituent of mineand his wheelchair recently spentthe coldest night of the yearin a discontinued ...
‘A Worker’s Guide to Historical Capitalism’ – a political economy podcast

‘A Worker’s Guide to Historical Capitalism’ – a political economy podcast

By IBL team. A new podcast series aims to provide an overall view of the historical development of the capitalist system – a ‘people’s history’ of the world. Trademark Belfast is the anti-sectarian unit of the Irish labour movement, which has carried out political education for trade unionists and workers ...
Do Not Resuscitate Capitalism: Science in a time of pandemic

Do Not Resuscitate Capitalism: Science in a time of pandemic

By Helena Sheehan. Of the many dimensions of the present pandemic that is swamping our lives and suspending our normal reality, one of the most central has been the role of science. Every report on our all-virus-all-the-time news references science. The new media stars are epidemiologists, virologists, mathematicians, physicians and ...
CULTURE: Being a working class writer in Ireland

CULTURE: Being a working class writer in Ireland

By Dave Lordan. On the same Easter Week of the 1916 rising, a Charlie Chaplin lookalike competition was held in Dublin. Chaplin, well-known to be a socialist as well as the world’s leading entertainer at the time, had a mass following among the Dublin working classes. Truth be told, among ...
Being LGBT+ in the Traveller community: a personal reflection

Being LGBT+ in the Traveller community: a personal reflection

By Lois Brooks-Jones. I remember being sat on the armchair, nails diggings at the leather out of stress as a comfort. I was 14 years old and was preparing to tell my family that I am bisexual. I had known for years, trying to suppress myself due to a phobia ...
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