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One year after Savita’s death – real change not delivered

A year has passed since the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. Last November saw over two thousand people take to the streets of Dublin to express their sorrow as well as their outrage that in 2012 a young woman could effectively be left to suffer and die in pain rather than be granted a termination of pregnancy that could have potentially saved her life. Savita’s death sparked widespread anger amongst ordinary people and an outcry for change, putting the issue of women’s reproduction rights into the spotlight and forcing the discussion back to the forefront …

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Gender quotas for company directors: A step to genuine equality?

On Tuesday the European Parliament endorsed a proposal from the European Commission to introduce a quota of at least 40% for each gender among non-executive directors in major European companies that are listed on stock markets. Should it be approved by the governments of EU member states the quota will fully come into effect from 2020.The fact that only a tiny proportion of the members of boards and senior management of major companies are women is a symptom of the systematic oppression and discrimination that women face under capitalism. The Commission and the EU establishment …

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Release Putin’s Political Prisoner – Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a Russian political activist and member of the punk group Pussy Riot, was jailed in August 2012 for hooliganism and blasphemy. Her crime was to stage an anti-Putin protest, along with two other performers, inside Moscow’s Orthodox Cathedral. Despite claims that Russia has made steps towards becoming a more open or permissive society, those in power took immediate steps to silence the band’s radical feminist message. Putin’s regime could not tolerate musicians whose stated goal is to combat “the repressions of a corporate political system that directs its power against basic human rights …

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Rosa Luxemburg: A Life Inspired

Rosa Luxebmurg

Rosa Luxemburg was born in Poland, 1871 – the year of the Paris Commune. In her short lifetime she experienced three major revolutions and participated in the most important debates amongst socialists internationally.  They did not then have a model of a successful socialist revolution, but were trying to grapple with how workers would move into struggle and become conscious of the need to change society. Rosa was a thinking and ‘creative’ Marxist, ready to defend the ideas of Marx and Engels but prepared to develop them when necessary. Hers was an inspirational life, exuding …

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Reproductive rights report – postponed by Dark Ages MEPs

Arriving outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg on a mild autumn Monday afternoon, Members of Parliament (MEPs), were confronted with a group of protestors of a particular kind. Reactionary “Pro- Life” and “Anti LGBT Rights” activists had gathered to protest against a report on “Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights”, scheduled to be voted on Tuesday which, according to these “anti-choice” campaigners, “reads like a horror novel crowned with 12 EU stars.” Paul Murphy MEP reports from Strasbourg: The real horror novel unfolded in the chamber unfortunately as the European Conservatives and Reformists proposed a procedural …

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