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International Women’s Day 2015 – For a global challenge to the capitalist system of oppression and inequality

  Lea Valance Restrictive Abortion laws & lack of reproductive rights Approximately 25% of the world’s population lives in a country where abortion is restricted and is only allowed when it poses a risk to the life of the pregnant woman. In Europe, Ireland and Malta are the most restrictive, on par with countries like Chile, Brazil and El Salvador in Latin America, Angola, Somalia and Nigeria in Africa, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen in the Middle East and Indonesia, Laos and the Philippines in Asia to cite but a few. In total, 66 Countries have …

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Interview with Laura Fitzgerald from ROSA by Jeanine Thuemmig, German left and women’s movement activist with Socialist Alternative

Laura, you and other women in the Socialist Party established ROSA (for Reproductive rights against Opression, Sexism and Austerity) two years ago, as an anti-capitalist initiative to fight women’s oppression. ROSA is at the forefront of the struggle in Ireland to repeal the 8th amendment which is a constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland. ROSA also established a campaign last year called “Repeal the 8th in May 2015” with a view to increasing pressure on the Labour Party in particular, who are part of a coalition government, for a referendum (necessary to change the constitution …

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Review:‘Eleanor Marx – a life’

Clare Doyle reviews ’Eleanor Marx – A Life’ by Rachel Holmes Eleanor Marx was an extraordinary woman – youngest daughter of an extraordinary man, Karl Marx, and of Jenny, his lifelong partner through revolution and counter-revolution. Many socialists know of Eleanor’s tremendous role in the preparation and publication of Marx’s great work, Das Kapital, completing the task with Marx’s close friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels. We are also familiar with her involvement in building mass working class organisations in Britain at the end of the 19th century, in the great strikes of that period and …

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Film Review: Vessel

The documentary film “Vessel”, screened by ROSA in December, is an inspiring account of the development of Women on Waves and Women on Web. It charts how a group of women led by Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, endeavoured to provide abortions to women who lived in states that banned or restricted abortions. They wished to create a space where the only permission a woman needed to continue with her pregnancy was her own.  The audacity, passion and bravery of the women stand out as they overcome one barrier after another to pursue this goal. They offered …

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The Political Legacy of Malcolm X:50 years after his Assassination

By Eljeer Hawkins  “The centerpiece of Malcolm’s political project was to internationalize the condition of Black peoples in the United States.”  Sohail Daulatzai, Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America, p.36  This February 21 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the public assassination of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz known to all as Malcolm X. In the shadow of the nationwide revolt against endemic police violence, economic exploitation and social alienation the embryo of a new movement led by youth of color is upon us under the banner #Black Lives Matter. …

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