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#319 Focail Chur in Aithne \ Introduce Yourself

Posted by Connolly16 on 11 January 2012 - 12:42 AM

My name's Conor. I'm a 16 year old Communist republican, non aligned at the moment but considering joining a socialist republican group this year. I'm currently in Secondary school. I enjoy sport, particularly Football, Hurling and Soccer, I play football myself. Asides from sport I have a big interest in music, history and politics. Most of my friends would be non political and wouldn't even know that I am, so I suppose you could say I live abit of a double life!
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#2894 KONY 2012?

Posted by Connolly16 on 08 March 2012 - 07:51 PM

Kony has not been seen in around six years. The only reason there are still child soldiers is becasue there is a diamond trade to fund wars and when the people of a resource rich nation divide, the western multinationals always benefit.

The Kony 2012 campaign is perhaps the most innovative propaganda campaign of all history, it is the first time that a war has been hyped up through social media. This campaign is calling for military intervention in Uganda against not only the LRA but also the Ugandan government. They are attacking the Ugandan army because they were apparently "too inactive" in stopping the LRA. Lybia, Somalia, Algeria, Egypt and now Uganda, the whole African continent will sooner be under siege by the NATO rats. WE NEED THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES AGAIN!!
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#911 IRSP Picket in Support of POWs

Posted by Fodla32 on 21 January 2012 - 07:06 PM

The IRSP held a white line picket in Belfast today in support of Irish political prisoners in Maghaberry Gaol.

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#8373 Stormont has failed, fight the welfare reform bill

Posted by RNU pro on 11 October 2012 - 03:52 PM

From the website


RNU are disappointed yet not surprised at the failure of the political parties to use powers which were at their disposal to block the callous ‘Welfare Reform Bill’ on Tuesday night’s second stage Stormont vote.
The Stormont administration aping the British Government is now gearing up to launch visit vicious attacks upon the most vulnerable in our society. They will slash the income of families on benefits, penalising illness and even threatening the roofs over the heads of ordinary working class people.
An estimated £600 million per year is to be grabbed from the poorest families in the six Counties, as a cap of £500 a week is placed upon unemployed & sick households here.
Changes to housing benefit will leave parents - whose children have moved out of the family home - expected to pay for vacated rooms or move to a smaller house, an appalling prospect for already hard hit citizens.
And as if this wasn’t bad enough, people on benefits will now face the prospect of losing their benefits altogether if they refuse to take up low paid unsuitable work.
To claim that this is a move towards getting people into work is a blatant lie. Jobs are not there, taking £600 million a year from the local economy is not to create jobs.
The Tory’s are conducting Class War on the poorest here, Catholic and Protestant alike, in an attempt to blame them for the global financial crash, and to force them into low paid jobs which suits their friends in the business elite.
This was a process which should have been resisted; all the political parties could have issued a ‘petition of concern’. That they did not is a shame on them.
On Tuesday night Stormont failed the people. Theatricals’ aside, no party stood up for the vulnerable, the unemployed and the sick.
What we are seeing is the failure of Nationalist reformism to provide for even the most basic demands of the Irish Working Class.
Republican Network for Unity is ready to stand with our people on the streets to fight the coming nightmares which will arise from this onslaught on the vulnerable.
We encourage all progressive groups to Unite in Political opposition to prevent this legislation becoming an act, and in partnership with Trade Union activists within the public sector.
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#8246 Annual Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi Day School and National Commemoration for A...

Posted by Fodla32 on 08 October 2012 - 11:14 AM

Day School to be held at the Offices of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, 33 Gardiner Place, Dublin 1, beginning at 12 noon, on Saturday October 20th, the day Al Gaddafi was martyred, and will include speakers from the Communist Party of the Irish Republic and from the Irish Republican Socialist Party. Topics covered:

The Seduction of the Western Left - How the Imperialists got most of the Western Left to support a privatization agenda in Libya and Syria, and the replacing of Socialist, Secular, states with racist, sectarian gang rule.

Direct Democracy, Peoples Committees and the Green Book compared with Western practice of representational parliaments.

An overview of the current political and military situations in Libya, Syria and the rest of the Arab world.

A structural analysis of the practice of imperialism in the light of the current collapse of Western Capitalism, in Ireland and in the rest of the colonized world.

Time will be allocated at the end of each talk for open discussion from the floor.

At three o'clock we will go to the Garden of Remembrance, for a ceremony to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives fighting the plague of imperialism, all over the world and down through the centuries.

All Anti-imperialists are welcome to attend both the Day School and the Commemoration. There will be no charge for attendance, and some refreshments will be served.
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#6946 FARC–EP Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia — Ejército del Pueblo

Posted by TadhgÓBarraí on 16 August 2012 - 01:01 AM

It's a pity we haven't got boys like that over here!! All this talk of "We could have gotten the Queen if we wanted" yet the militarists refuse to address the more pressing issues that face the anti-imperialist struggle in Ireland!! Are we doomed to failure??!!
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#504 Focail Chur in Aithne \ Introduce Yourself

Posted by bie on 14 January 2012 - 12:02 AM

Hi, my name is Bartosz. I was born in socialist Peoples Republic of Poland. I have witnessed counterrevolution of 1989/91 as a kid, with all its frauds and false promises. Now it is clear that communists were right; even if they used force, they did it to protect the people's and workers gains against the class enemy.

I am Marxist-Leninist, a member of the Communist Party. I strongly believe that the future belongs to Socialism, similar to the one we have experienced in XX century, but enriched by the new developments of science, technology and culture. Capitalism cannot overcome its internal contradictions, which, sooner or later will inflate in a form of World War or a destabilization of the internal situation. The more imperialism sinks, the more clear the solution given by the Marxism-Leninism will appear to the people.
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#4280 Debating Marxism.

Posted by Guest on 02 May 2012 - 05:23 PM

One is that Marxism/communism is great on paper but would never work in practice, be cause their would always be a elite ruling class "some are more equal than others" situation. This can be seen in the USSR, Cuba and DPRK.

Marxism and communism do not seek to make people "equal". This is a common misconception. There will always be inequality in society.

One of the most well known phrases associated with communism is "From each according to ability to each according to need". People are not equal in ability nor in their needs.

Ireland doesn't need socialism cause we're all well enough off as we are.

The economic system in Ireland and elsewhere is completely unsustainable. It requires constant production and re-investment to maintain economic growth and employment. Economically and environmentally this results in cyclical economic crisis and environmental disaster. While some may say they are "well off as they are", this is a temporal opinion. While such an opinion may have had some credence up to 2008, many, if not most are now realising the 'boom' was one built upon credit and are now drowining in debt. It is wearing thin. As Marx said - "all that is solid turns into air". In otherwords, opinions and consciousness are temporal and changeable. The Marxist perspective provides a useful set of tools to explain how the system really is - its operations, mechanisms, predicted path and effects - irrespective of whether that opinion is popular or not at any given time.

How can you have socialism if you don't run in elections.

Socialism, quite simply, is the decommmodification of human activity and life. This is done through the removal of the capitalist market as the mechanism of organising human life and activity.

Socialism already exists for most human activity. Family interactions, friendships, relations between work collegues, neighbours, volunteer groups and hobby/recreation groups already operate without "the capitalist market". For example, I am not charging you now for me writing this post. Your mother does not charge you for talking to her. And so forth. To charge for this is to commodify the activity. No elections in site.

Marxism leads to dictatorships.

The taking of power by hierarchal vanguard organisations "claiming" to be Marxist may and have lead to dictatorship.

This is why libertarian socialism is a more sophisticated political position, analysing things not just from a class perspective, but from a power perspective. But this is more of a political point.

From an economic point of view, there is no reason why the decommodification of human activity leads to dictatorship.
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#4093 Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom

Posted by Comrádaí on 23 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

"A short film about a young Chinese lad who decides to go to Ireland to learn the Irish language."

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#316 Focail Chur in Aithne \ Introduce Yourself

Posted by Comrádaí on 11 January 2012 - 12:09 AM

Is mise Nico. And just like Fodla32 I'm a Communist and a PROUD Irish Republican! I'm also getting lessons from Fodla32 in as Gaeilge, tá sé múinteoir ar fheabhas! I play a bit of music myself, "an feadóg stain agus an bódhran" and hope to learn the bag-pipes with comrades through the James Connolly Soviet. I'm full of soviet home made brew (http://soviet.ie/ind...e-home-brewing/) and on a happy one, tomorrow I might be a bastard lol

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#314 Focail Chur in Aithne \ Introduce Yourself

Posted by Fodla32 on 10 January 2012 - 11:48 PM

To get the ball rolling, I'm a member of James Connolly Soviet, and I'm a Communist and an Irish Republican.  I go along with Comrade Mao's maxim: In wars of liberation, patriotism is applied internationalism.  I believe that you must be national before you can be international.  Both are needed.  The attack on Libya affected me very deeply, and let me know the importance of the Wretched of the Earth standing together.  Separately we are weak, but together we are unbeatable. I love the Irish language, and teach in Connolly Soviet's Irish classes in Connolly Books.  I also love learning other languages - but my failing is that I try too many of them and don't really progress in any.  I dont play any musical instruments, but I have put my name down for Connolly Soviets bagpipes classes - so who knows...  Also I love dancing Tango and Salsa, and we are hoping to have a Latin Dancing class coming up in the very near future.  I also help out with Connolly Soviet's Comedy Club at the Maple Hotel.  Thanks for reading a chairde.  Adh mór libh.
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#3096 Free State Army to be Increased

Posted by Guest on 14 March 2012 - 10:17 PM

AFAIK there was actually a row between the Gardai and the army during the clearing of ODS. Soldiers were seen rowing with gardai and then turning their back on them and walking away. Someone also said the soldiers pointed their weapons at the gardai.

It seems that on the night the gardai called the army for the clearance and the army were thinking "WTF did you call us out here for at 3.30 to clear a protest camp".

But its mad that they are recruiting 600 more. Apart from guarding cash vans, I dont see much of a use for the army bar emergencies.
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#2805 Soviet.ie - Intro

Posted by Comrádaí on 06 March 2012 - 02:34 AM

Here's a wee intro I've been messing around with, I ended up adding a few images to it also, let me know what ya's think :)

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#280 Any ideas for the forum?

Posted by Felix Rourke on 10 January 2012 - 05:02 PM

also - the amount of 'dead threads' on Republican.ie is remarkable. Stories that are simply lifted from newspapers and are thrown up for seemingly little reason. I think the benefit of this forum should be quality over quantity, so if people are putting up a link from a news story there ought to be an onus on them to create debate around the story and get people to think about it and discuss some of the small points on it, by posing questions or making a statement in the OP. And if it is a story that everybody will be agreeing with in general then the OP should be made to make a few remarks on it showing why they are opposed/in favour of it from a socialist perspective.

Also - the amount of threads on Republican.ie which descend into pure gossip and pub talk - take the example of "we could have killed the Queen" thread. Why and how is that still running? and more importantly what does it contribute to people's education in socialism or republicanism? the answer of course is nothing. I think that if you're going to spend time on an internet forum it should be in arming yourself with the theoretical tools and discussing how to apply practical revolutionary processes to real life (the founders of this forum clearly realise this!). I think that curbing these gossip threads around what some bloke in the Reals ate for his breakfast yesterday or what time he took a shit at last Saturday would go a long way to realising the potential of this forum!
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#266 Marxists Internet Archive

Posted by Comrádaí on 10 January 2012 - 12:45 PM

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The Marxists Internet Archive (MIA, http://www.marxists.org/) is an all-volunteer, non-profit public library, started more than 20 years ago in 1990. In 2006, MIA averaged 1.1 million visitors per month, downloading 15.5 million files per month. This represents a 25% increase in visitors since 2005, and a 380% increase in visitors since 2000.

Continue reading... http://www.marxists....intro/index.htm


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#2300 The News in Brief

Posted by Fahd on 23 February 2012 - 09:07 PM

The Egyptian Régime, including the Muslim Brotherhood, closed it's embassy in Syria.  Meanwhile, it maintains it's embassy in Israel.  Never bite the hand that feeds...
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#1327 Anti-Authoritarian Assembly

Posted by Guest on 01 February 2012 - 11:31 PM

Anti-authoritarian assembly - Saturday 18th February 2012

There's plenty going on in Dublin right now and never so many reasons to need to organise. RAG are calling an Anti-Authoritarian Assembly in Dublin 2.30pm, Saturday 18th February in Seomra Spraoi.
We want to invite any Dublin-based anti-authoritarian groups or individuals together for a couple of hours - a chance to chat, to network, to help others, to get advice and to find points of common struggle etc. The proposed format is to give each group five minutes to tell everyone what they are up to and follow that by some facilitated discussion. We aim for a respectful atmosphere and a productive afternoon.
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#11209 Images of Resistance

Posted by Fodla32 on 14 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

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#10379 Images of Resistance

Posted by jkleoc on 29 December 2012 - 07:28 PM

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#1029 Pro-Gaddafi forces capture Bani Walid

Posted by Scáthach on 23 January 2012 - 05:48 PM

Pro-Gaddafi forces capture Bani Walid, 5 NTC troops killed - report

Fighters loyal to late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have clashed with revolutionary forces in the former-regime stronghold of Bani Walid, taking control of the city in the process.
The head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdel Jalil today warned of the threat of another civil war.
At least five NTC troops were killed and 30 others injured in the violence, Interfax reports.
M’barek al-Fotmani, a local official, says the pro-Gaddafi rebels who seized control of Bani Walid were using heavy weaponry including 106mm anti-tank weapons.
He also said that authorities called for help when the attack began, but the NTC did not send any troops.
"There are between 100 and 150 men armed with heavy weapons who are attacking. We have asked for the army to intervene, but the Defense Ministry and NTC have let us down," he told Agence France Press.
"We're out of the frying pan into the fire. We've been warning about this for the past two months," he added.
Witnesses say the violence erupted on Monday after Gaddafi loyalists, angry over the arrest of one of their men, attacked pro-revolution fighters.
The town of Bani Walid was one of the last bastions of pro-Gaddafi force in Libya's eight-month civil war.
The clashes came after mass protests in the city of Benghazi over the weekend and the subsequent resignation of NTC deputy chief Abdel Hafiz Ghoga.
Sabah al-Mukhtar, president of the Arab Lawyers Association, believes a new civil war is a real threat.
“Reason number one is that the arms are still in the hands of the various militias in various areas," in addition to competing tribes in those areas, he explained.
“At the same time, the political views of the people are in conflict. You have a situation when people want Islam to be a part of the constitution, while you have others that are liberals who do not.”
So you have the conflict on policies as well as the availability of arms,” he concluded.
Sabah al-Mukhtar also says there are dramatic divergences in what the NTC says and what it actually does.
Many of them are actually from the old regime – including the leader who was a Minister of Justice under Gaddafi – and there are many other people like his deputy, like many others, who were men of Gaddafi and at the same time now they say, 'we will not allow those who benefited from Gaddafi`s regime to stand for elections.'"
The lawyer pointed out that the head of NTC himself served as a Minister of Justice under Gaddafi and turned blind eye to many injustices in the country.

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