Religion & politics

A tale that is close to home

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Rosalind Robson

When the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985, its author, Margaret Atwood, was concerned about the growing strength of Christian fundamentalism in US politics. Unfortunately her story is still very relevant, in fact more relevant, thirty years later.

A review of The Handmaid’s Tale on Channel 4.

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The DUP: the really nasty party

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Micheál MacEoin

The Conservative Party’s loss of their parliamentary majority has left Theresa May reliant on Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a hard-right organisation which has 10 MPs in the House of Commons. So who are the Tories’ new unionist bedfellows?

The DUP has its roots in a politicised form of evangelical Protestantism which arose again in the 1950s and 60s, but has a long tradition in the Protestant areas of Ulster.

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Letters: Socialism is not just 99% versus 1%; Women need equality in law!

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Andrew Northall and Cathy Nugent

I am grateful to Martin Thomas for his response to my letter (Solidarity 439).Rather than seeking to avoid measures which would invite “a counter revolutionary reaction”, I was attempting to point out the very tight limits of social-democratic reformism, i.e. if you try and raise really serious amounts of revenue from the rich to pay for your reform programme, such a government will very quickly run into serious trouble.

Socialism is not just 99% versus 1%; Women need equality in law!

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Religious practices should not be banned

An Indian socialist presents a view different from Solidarity’s on an attempt to get the Supreme Court to rule unconstitutional the practice of triple talaq (where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq three times).

An Indian socialist on attempts to get the Supreme Court to rule unconstitutional the practice where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq three times.

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Underground tomb found at Irish “mother and baby” home

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Rosalind Robson

A Commission appointed by the Irish government to look into the mass burial of infants at a former “mother and baby” home has confirmed “significant quantities of human remains” have been found in the grounds of the home. The Commission was appointed in 2015 after historian Catherine Corless found death certificates for babies born at a home in Tuam, County Galway, but no burial records.

A Commission has been appointed by the Irish government to look into the mass burial of infants at former “mother and baby” homes.

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Algerian feminists comment on France's "Hijab Day"

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Marieme Helie-Lucas, Lalia Ducos, and Zazi Sadou

We republish commentaries from three Algerian feminists on the recent "Hijab Day" in Paris.


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By Marieme Helie-Lucas

Commentaries from three Algerian feminists on the recent "Hijab Day", organised by students in Paris.

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Eurocentrism as a fig leaf, and the art of conjuring in politics

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Marieme Helie-Lucas

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On New Year’s Eve 2015, simultaneous coordinated sexual attacks took place against women in public space in about 10 cities, mostly in Germany, but also in Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland… Several hundred women, to this day, filed a case for sexual attack, robbery, and rape. These attacks were perpetrated by young men of migrant descent (be they immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, or other) from North Africa and the Middle East.

Marieme Helie-Lucas, the Algerian sociologist and socialist-feminist, contributes to discussions on patriarchy, women's rights, and racism following the Cologne attacks.

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The 13 November attacks in Paris: the terror of the Islamic State, the state of emergency in France, our responsibilities

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Pierre Rousset and François Sabado (Nouvel Parti Anticapitaliste)

Pierre Rousset and François Sabado are prominent members of the Nouvel Parti Anticapitaliste (New Anticapitalist Party, NPA), France's largest far-left party. They are both veterans of the Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (Revolutionary Communist League, LCR), the Trotskyist group which founded the NPA and then dissolved into it. This article was originally written for the Spanish-language site Viento Sur, and is online here.

Pierre Rousset and François Sabado, veterans of the Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (Revolutionary Communist League, LCR) in France and prominent members of the Nouvel Parti Anticapitaliste (New Anticapitalist Party, NPA) comment on the Paris attacks.

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Is "cultural difference" an excuse for sexism?

There was a discussion at Workers' Liberty's 'Ideas for Freedom' discussion weekend in 2006 about 'The Left and Cultural Relativism'. The two speakers were Janine Booth and Peter Tatchell. These are the notes from Janine's contribution.




AWL is a socialist organisation. We are part of ‘the left’. For us, that means we unequivocally support women’s rights, freedom and equality. Similarly, we unequivocally oppose racism and homophobia.

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Listen to the secular!

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Martin Thomas

Pretty much all the left press other than Solidarity has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed Rabina Khan, Rahman's ally, for the new mayoral election on 11 June.

Does the left press reckon that Rahman didn't do what the court disqualified him for doing? Or that he did do it, but it was all right? It's hard to tell. I don't know if the writers in the left press even read the judgement.

Pretty much all the left press has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed his ally Rabina Khan in the new mayoral election.

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