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June 29, 2012

12th of September 2010 was the date of the referendum in Turkey for some limited but progressive constitutional changes. Some of the 27 changes to the Turkish constitution (a constitution that was forced upon people by the military junta of the 12 September 1980 coup d'état) enabled the civilian courts to put on trial the remaining 2 generals of the military junta. Turkey, for the first time, in its history of multiple military coup d'états, was going to hold accountable the military leaders for the brutal consequences of the coup.

The trial has started in April 2012. Chief of the General Staff General Kenan Evren and General Tahsin Şahinkaya are on trial in Ankara.

12th of September 2010 was the date of the referendum in Turkey for some limited but progressive constitutional changes. Some of the 27 changes to the Turkish constitution (a constitution that was forced upon people by the military junta of the 12 September 1980 coup d'état) enabled the civilian courts to put on trial the remaining 2 generals of the military junta. Turkey, for the first time, in its history of multiple military coup d'états, was going to hold accountable the military leaders for the brutal consequences of the coup.

June 9, 2012

Mick Wallace, Media hypocrisy and the left.

The rightwing press are having a field day with Mick Wallace’s admission that he has not paid €2.1 million of VAT and interest to the Revenue Commissioners. But the tone of righteous indignation has a distinctly political purpose - they want to associate Mick Wallace with the left in order to claim that there are ‘double standards’ at play.

The rightwing press are having a field day with Mick Wallace’s admission that he has not paid €2.1 million of VAT and interest to the Revenue Commissioners. But the tone of righteous indignation has a distinctly political purpose - they want to associate Mick Wallace with the left in order to claim that there are ‘double standards’ at play.

April 23, 2012

This article was written for the Irish Marxist Review

Ever since the onset of the international economic crisis in 2008 and the consequent collapse of the Celtic Tiger and the Irish banking system we have seen the abject failure of the Irish trade union movement to mobilise serious resistance to the attempts by successive governments to make working people and the underprivileged pay for the crisis of the system

This article was written for the Irish Marxist Review

Ever since the onset of the international economic crisis in 2008 and the consequent collapse of the Celtic Tiger and the Irish banking system we have seen the abject failure of the Irish trade union movement to mobilise serious resistance to the attempts by successive governments to make working people and the underprivileged pay for the crisis of the system .