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Perpetual Grief over September 11th

In the wake of the 8th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001, Ramzy Baroud examines the skewed framework within which the mainstream discourse has treated '9/11'.... [read more]

In the meantime things are getting meaner

In the meantime there is a crisis of democracy. It is not a crisis in one country. The peace dividends we were promised have been squandered.... [read more]

The Betrayal of Syria - US, France and Britain’s UN Ambassadors at the United Nations

“An ambassador is a … gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” (Attributed to Sir Henry Wotton, 1568-1639)... [read more]

Kudos for civic activism and social justice: you are a born communicator!

As we stroll along the transitory journey of life, it is only natural to progressively focus first and foremost on our education, acquiring skills, career aspirations, and perhaps marriage... [read more]

“What’s in a Name?”

Dr Faysal Mikdadi asks if first names are linked with the individual name holder's GCSE results... [read more]

Which direction for Labour?

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, says Labour's leaders must be prepared to do the hard work needed to produce a convincing alternative in line with much current and developing economic thinking... [read more]

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

Uncapped, almost unconditional, the vast sums of public money we give to farmers buy only destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

Uncapped, almost unconditional, the vast sums of public money we give to farmers buy only destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?

The Western world, used to its democratic frame of mind, is constantly telling Muslims in general and Arabs in particular, to build democratic governments... [read more]

Shallow Depths

In front of me is a copy of today's Khaleej Times; its front page story is about a speech by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed who is the Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, writes Elizabeth Ellis... [read more]

UK riots: Missing the bigger picture

Tomasz Pierscionek examines a variety of proposals to deal with the rioting that swept London and reveals gaps in the logic of those calling for the usual knee jerk reaction.... [read more]

'Urgent Threats' of Yesteryear

In the second article in his series, 'Contextualising the Threat of Islam', Richard Greeman looks back on the US government's long history of constructing official enemies to justify foreign aggression and domestic repression alike.... [read more]

Fatah: A New Beginning or an Imminent End?

The 'pragmatism' of the Fatah Congress threatens to derail the Palestinian national project,as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Hypocrites Unite!

George Monbiot on Julie Burchill's ill-informed diatribe against environmentalists.... [read more]

Does the Higher Education Remain a Boom or Become a Bust?

A liberal arts education has yielded a fulfilling life for hundreds of millions, advancing society and humanity in the U.S. and globally, since the 19th century... [read more]

What is Learning

The following is an extract from Learning, a work synthesising forty five years in education. ... [read more]

Good Tyrant, Bad Tyrant: How and Why Britain Protected Rwanda's Paul Kagame and Helped Depose Libya's Muammar Gaddafi

In their new book Union Jackboot: What Your Media and Professors Don't Tell You About British Foreign Policy, doctors T.J. Coles and Matthew Alford discuss a range of topics, including neo-colonialism and the hypocrisy it necessitates.... [read more]

U.S. IMMIGRATION: Is It Still an (inter-)National Asset or a Heartland Liability? You be the final Judge!

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ... [read more]

The Post

Spielberg’s film The Post is about events that are now history. Yet they remain so relevant.... [read more]

Son of a Dog

The non-violent struggle is an excellent idea.... [read more]

America and Turkey: A Difficult Relationship

What’s behind the current diplomatic row between Washington and Ankara? David Morgan seeks to find out. ... [read more]

A Confession

Today is the last day of the 93rd year of my life. Ridiculous. If by a miracle I could be returned to, say, 14, and travel all this long way again, would I like that? No, I would not.... [read more]

My Palestinian Exile Is Not Theatre, Mr Fleisher. It Is Real Life

I am a Palestinian. Do not relegate me to some imperial design suiting Israel's ends and tell me to pack off to Jordan or anywhere other than where I was born and where my forefathers have lived for well over a thousand year... [read more]

The Invisible Diasporan (Part 2)

Even Churchill had, amidst the overgrown hedgerow of complex racism, a deep-rooted sense of decency and humanity when he acknowledged the injustice to Palestinians... [read more]

The Invisible Diasporan (Part 1)

Mallards Cottage was where I wrote my first novel. I called it The Return. I used to dream most of its events – the very plot was born of a dream on Christmas Eve of 1976... [read more]

So Near and Yet So Far

Stop buying, start making! Stop buying, start growing! Stop buying, start sharing!... [read more]

America Polarized in Turmoil

United, we must take back our country from the ultra-supremacists in the White House... [read more]

Autonomy and progressive policies

How much should individuality be important for progressive forces? And is it possible to reconcile economic utility and individual autonomy?... [read more]

Expelled for being a socialist: victim of the #LabourPurge

UNISON activist Terry McPartlan arrived home one day to find a letter stating that he’d been expelled from the Party after 36 years of continuous membership.... [read more]

Alone Of All The Arts

Writing is the hand that feeds society’s conscience and consciousness. Writing examines life, the essential process of civilized awareness, the fuel of serious social discourse... [read more]

America’s Brexit: to fight Trump, fight Capitalism!

What once seemed unthinkable — akin to an episode of the Twilight Zone — has become a surreal reality... [read more]

A Victor Hugo

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Fear and Loathing in the Labour Movement

The gravity of feeling was embedded in his face and voice as he spoke of his fears for the future of the party he once led... [read more]

US Immigration policy is again adrift amid the Presidential Election

US leadership and competitiveness has historically been anchored on its immigration policy... [read more]

A Question of Perspective

David Morgan explains why Tom Driberg’s book, “Guy Burgess: A Portrait with Background” is still well worth reading.... [read more]

Living in the age of austerity

Living in the age of austerity. A poem by Rachel Kirk... [read more]

Iran - A Travelogue to Home Away from Home

David Rhani describes his latest trip to Iran... [read more]

We’ve Got to Talk about Water and the Middle East

This is the text of a lecture given in Dorchester on Wednesday 28 October 2015... [read more]

UN Farce: Saudi Arabia to Head Human Rights Council

The UN has appointed Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council to head (or should that be “behead”) an influential human rights panel... [read more]

Yemen: A Voice in the Wilderness

Vanessa Beeley interviews a woman who fled Yemen in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes against her country... [read more]

The Labour leadership election

Bryan Gould, former member of the Labour shadow cabinet, describes what is missing from the leadership contest... [read more]

Here’s to a Pretty Pink Nation

The all-Tory government has only been in place for four weeks. The amount of daft and non-think policy statements coming out would be laughable if they weren’t so dreadful... [read more]

GMOs: dogma instead of science

There are clear signs that the producers of GMOs and the regulators are suffering from a siege mentality... [read more]

The Riderless Horse

There were events in 1951 which helped shape the subsequent history of much of the world... [read more]

The Messiah Hasn't Come

As the American saying goes: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."... [read more]

Life, Oil and Ghosts in the delta of the river Niger

Sweet and light - crude oil from the delta of the river Niger is the major Nigerian commodity and European and American companies export it for a profit... [read more]

Prolegomena to Any Future Understanding of the Crisis in Ukraine

The political and military manoeuvres now going on in the Ukraine have the potential of escalating out of control... [read more]

Israeli Prime Minister to appear before the US Congress

The much hyped up appearance of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the US Congress... [read more]

Education, Education, Deprivation

If you were a university student at any time from 1962 to 1989, you received a maintenance grant; it started off at a little under £400 p.a. and reached £1,430 in 1980... [read more]

Mutant Forms: The Problem of Cross-breeding in Pakistani Politics

The people of Pakistan are faced with three mountainous problems. They face the tyranny of feudalism, comprador capitalism and imperialist domination... [read more]

The Origin of Islamic fundamentalism and possibilities for its eradication

The global resurgence of violent Islamic fundamentalism can only be circumvented with a full comprehension and acknowledgment of what has historically gone wrong... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 3)

The third part of an 'Introduction' to an illustrated book of poetry by Faysal Mikdadi. The collection, Painted into a Corner, appeared in the summer of 2014... [read more]

The Imminent Prospect of a US-Iran Breakthrough worries the Hawks

The international community grapples once again with the imminent prospect of a “nuclear deal” between the US (P5+1) and Iran before the extended deadline of November 24 arrives... [read more]

Labour's vision

Labour leaders have often been eloquent in articulating a vision of the kind of society they want; it is explaining how that vision is to be realised that seems to be the problem... [read more]

Would Scottish Independence Mean Economic Sovereignty?

Scottish voters will go to the polls on September 18th to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country... [read more]

Iraq: US and Israel Plan Destruction of the Nation State

The Yinon plan is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states... [read more]

Ukraine: US Ambassador to Moscow’s 2008 Cable: “Nyet, Means Nyet – Russia’s NATO Engagement’s Red Line.”

Headlines in the mainstream Western media, and Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, obediently echo White House propaganda... [read more]

God Bless Putin

Binyamin Netanyahu is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump up and applaud wildly at everything he says, including that tomorrow the sun will rise in the west... [read more]

Lenin's State and Revolution: Chapter One Parts 2&3

Still basing himself on Engels' work, Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, Lenin points out that the State is the first form of society exclusively to base itself on a given territory... [read more]

Peace Comes through Forgiveness

I am a Palestinian. My family moved to Beirut after Israel was created because we were the "myth" that was Palestine... [read more]

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 2 of 2)

Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 2 of 2)... [read more]

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 1 of 2)

Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

Self-Boycott

Can a country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.... [read more]

The US Role and Iran in Southwest Asia

Déjà vu all over again: US foreign policy has once again arrived at a critical historical crossroad... [read more]

Marx and the Muslim Brothers

How should one respond to the claim that Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are "Marx's contemporary successors"?... [read more]

For Whom the Cock Crows

Thomas Riggins discusses Marx's 1844 article on Hegel's philosophy of law... [read more]

The Road to Damascus

Tomasz Pierscionek deconstructs the story behind calls for intervention in Syria... [read more]

If markets weren't masters and economics worked for people

The choice on the one hand is for people to be a resource for a rich economy. The choice on the other is for a rich economy to be a resource for society. Alfie Stirling explains... [read more]

Assimilation or Separatism?

Susan Walpole argues that the problems facing Christians, Muslims, Jews and other religions today appear to be firmly rooted in their ideologies of identity... [read more]

Ensuring Scottish sovereignty

Ellen Brown discusses options for economic development in a future independent Scotland... [read more]

Copying our neighbour's work ethic

I may be guilty of being unkind towards David Cameron, but I take his comments on emulating German industry under the suspicion that he is being his usual ‘selective’ self when referring to our European neighbours, Karl Davis explains... [read more]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 2)

Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 2)... [read more]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 1)

Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 1)... [read more]

Iran and the imminent prospect of another unilateral war waged by Israel in the Middle East

Israel, presumably due to its longstanding failure to reach amicable peace with Palestine and the Arab neighbors since 1967, is imminently determined to wage a unilateral war on Iran while struggling to divert internal dissent from its lingering economic and socio–political challenges and international isolations, writes Freeman Ure. ... [read more]

Whose truth is it anyhow?

Dr Faysal Mikdadi remembers the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in 1982 and examines the findings of the Kahan Commission which found that responsibility lay with former Israeli Defence minister, Ariel Sharon... [read more]

A boost for peaceful direct action in Spain

Jim Handley reports on recent Anarchist action against austerity... [read more]

Israel’s Plans for a New Arab World

Dr Faysal Mikdadi discusses the consequences of the division and disorganisation seen amongst the countries of the Arab world... [read more]

Monarchy not the main obstacle to a better tomorrow

Karl Davis argues that those protesting against the monarchy are aiming their ire at the wrong target... [read more]

Bahrain: a microcosm that typifies the intensifying dilemma of the Arab regimes

David Rahni discusses the political deadlock in Bahrain... [read more]

A violent double standard

Phil Bates cast an eye on David Cameron's hypocrisy and the recent threat of rubber bullets being used by police... [read more]

The tilted scales of justice

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek looks at how the state reacts when it feels its authority being usurped.... [read more]

Regarding US Muslims: A Misguided Debate

Ramzy Baroud on why there is a blinkered and one-sided view of what causes Islamaphobia in America and how best to tackle it.... [read more]

Millennium Goals Revisited: Noble Ideas, and Feel-Good Moments

The UN's much-vaunted Millenium Development goals have turned out to be little more than wishful thinking, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

The Biggest Lie in the World and a Few Truths

Steven Colatrella picks apart the myth that free market capitalism is the most rational way of allocating resources.... [read more]

Khaled Taja: The Anthony Quinn of Arab Drama

Khaled Taja, 70 years old and the iconic figure of Arabic drama, is planning to play the leading role in a movie about the tunnels of Gaza, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Tony Blair's Legacy

War criminal Tony Blair missed out on the EU presidency last week. Tomasz Pierscionek looks back on how the Blair years destroyed the credibility of the Labour party.... [read more]

Stonewall 40 - Our Lost Gay Radicalism

Peter Tatchell believes London's gay community has lost much of its radical edge.... [read more]

Ahmadinejad Re-elected: Israel and Obama’s Iran Puzzle

The crisis in Iran presents a singular challenge to Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

A Boy and an Artificial Leg: A Gaza Story

Ramzy Baroud on the everyday struggle of the child victims of Israeli violence.... [read more]

The Tone and the Music

While Obama proclaims the 21st century, the government of Israel is returning to the 19th, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Obama Working His Magic on Arabs?

Much has been made of Barack Obama's big speech in Egypt last week. Ramzy Baroud is not convinced.... [read more]

Thatcher - The Real Legacy

With the right-wing press this week celebrating the anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's rise to power, David Brandon reminds us that it was Thatcher's politics that paved the way for the present crisis. ... [read more]

Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Guardian journalist George Monbiot poors scorn on the notion that climate change issues are the preserve of a misanthropic middle-class snobbery.... [read more]

A Third Palestinian Intifada in the Making

Prominent journalist and author Ramzy Baroud considers the many uncertainties ahead for the Palestinian struggle. ... [read more]

Corporate Media Bashes Venezuelan Government's Law Decrees

Chavez critics don't explain Venezuelan law or how Supreme Court rulings interpret it. Nor do they report how the Enabling Law works, that the nation's Constitution authorizes it, that four other presidents used it, among many other things. How can they? It would expose their false accusations and discredit their entire argument.... [read more]

No Evidence of Iranian Nuclear Threat: Bush Administration to Proceed Regardless

Professor David Rahni considers the background to the lastest round of US sabre-rattling on Iran.... [read more]

Can the US Democrats Harness the Growing sense of Injustice?

The Democrats must move away from pro-business policies to secure electoral victory.... [read more]

Is Peace Possible in the Western Sahara?

Joanna Allan on the ongoing struggle of the Saharawi people.... [read more]