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LookLeft issue 8 in the shops now

October 7, 2011

Just a heads up that the new issue of LookLeft (#8) is now in the shops (including every Eason’s nationwide). I’ve got three articles in it – one about the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes and two reviews of Debtocracy and Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights. Go pick up a copy.

Also, keep an eye out for the upcoming new issue of No Quarter (#6, Anti-Fascist Action’s magazine) in which I will have an article on the ultra-right in Israel.

In this issue of LookLeft

Can trade unions lead a fight back? – Paul Dillon examines the strategic choices which face the trade union movement North and South

LookLeft looks at how class defines health outcomes

Nama plays no constructive economic role so why was it created, asks Conor McCabe

Historian Brain Hanley takes a look at the life of socialist-republican George Gilmore

Donal Fallon and Kevin Brannigan take alook at Ultra football culture

ESB – ‘It’s Your energy…for now”

Slaves and Slavery – William Wall looks at the economics underpinning the Magdalene Laundries

Tom Redmond on Left Unity

Reports from Bodenstown and Peter Daly commemorations

Tomas MacGiolla – An enduring legacy

Fighting austerity in the Banana Republic of Italy – Angela Gissi, an Italian living in Ireland, examine the backgroudn to Italy’s recent general strike

An Uncertain Future – the Arab Spring

A toxic Triangle – Gavan Titley examines the media’s role in the growth of Islamophobia.

Saving the Euro and the cowardice of Social Democracy – Influential Greek economist, Yanis Varoufakis,

Interview with the authors of White Riot and history of Punk


Three pages of news from working class communities and the left

Five pages of reviews

The Jemmy Hope Column



Football Fashionistas

September 21, 2011

Football Fashionistas
LookLeft #7, July 2011

June saw the opening of Ireland’s first dedicated football fashion and revolutionary casual-wear store. As its tagline indicates, Casa Rebelde, located on Crow Street in Dublin’s Temple Bar, is dedicated to supplying quality, affordable European style “clothing for the discerning football fan and revolutionary”, something that has long been lacking in Ireland where overpriced jerseys seem to be all we can buy.

Along with famous brands like Copa (Holland), Partisano (Catalonia) and Fire & Flames (Germany), it also stocks retro jerseys and their own unique line of ‘sports-revolutionary’ t-shirts and posters featuring legends like Paul McGrath, Mohammed Ali, Johnny Giles, Che Guevara and Cristiano Lucarelli. Casa Rebelde is also Ireland’s only official stockist of merchandise from Germany’s famous anti-fascist club FC St. Pauli.

Michael Dixon, the shop’s owner, told LookLeft: “This is my way of sticking up two fingers to those who say sport and politics don’t mix. Just because sporting bureaucrats want us to believe it, it doesn’t make it true. Besides, there’s no reason why football fans shouldn’t look stylish too”.

Casa Rebelde is on the web at