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Tony Blair’s Save the Children Award: An Inadequate Apology

On the evening of 19th November 2014, the charity Save the Children "recognized" Tony Blair - whose government enjoined in the ending of the fledgling lives of children on an industrial scale in Afghanistan and Iraq - with their “Global Legacy Award.”... [read more]

President Obama Receives “Ambassador for Humanity” Award (Not Satire)

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” (Voltaire, 1694-1778).... [read more]

Iraq’s Children: Ever Expendable - From Madeleine Albright to “Save the Children.”

By 2010, seven years in to an unending war, over a quarter of Iraqi children suffered from Post Traumatic Stress disorder... [read more]

Tony Blair, Infanticide Endorser Rewarded by Save The Children

When the Orwellianly name “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for “his tireless charitable work” there was widespread disbelief... [read more]

The White Helmets Controversy

Unknown to most people, the White Helmets brand was conceived and directed by a marketing company named “The Syria Campaign” based in New York. They have managed to fool millions of people... [read more]

The “White Helmets” go to Hollywood

The White Helmets movie is a tactic in the ongoing campaign of distortion and deception around Syria... [read more]

Beat the Cheat: an alternative take

With the Sun newspaper launching yet another campaign of 'Beat the Cheat', Felix McHugh highlights the problem of claimants being cheated out of their benefits... [read more]

Against Da Law (Part 2)

The law is indeed trickier than a snake, and can slip under obstacles and slither away into the undergrowth. It leaves in its wake tattered truth and battered justice... [read more]

White Helmets Deceive ‘Right Livelihood’ and CodePink

The story of the White Helmets is principally a “feel good” hoax to manipulate public perception about the conflict in Syria and continue the drive for “regime change”... [read more]

“Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards”: The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements

Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

Cypherpunks – freedom and the future of the internet

John Green reviews Cypherpunks – freedom and the future of the internet – a book By Julian Assange with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann... [read more]

Was the Bahraini ambassador trying to bribe British MPs?

It is interesting to receive two different news stories on the same day both mentioning the Gulf state of Bahrain and the UK Parliament, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Alternative music

Pop dinosaurs head up Britain’s Eurovision challenge and the Olympic jamboree. New seasons of X Factor and Pop Idol are being spawned in some modern marketing womb of entertainment hell. They are destroying Britain’s reputation as an alternative music powerhouse, writes Miles Caston.... [read more]

The Great ESA Robbery

The removal of contributory Employment and Support Allowance assessment has not been a major talking point during the Welfare Reform Act's progress onto the statute book but I believe it is actually the most pernicious of all the benefit cuts which are just about to take place, writes Felix McHugh.... [read more]

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Civil Rights in America

The tragic and senseless killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida recently once more confirms that racism remains an ever-present corrosive in US society in spite of the election of the nation’s first black president in 2008, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Book review: Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

It is a book that is sure to irk readers of the Daily Mail, some of whose writers come under literary fire. On the other hand it has made the long list of the Guardian’s first book award, says Emmeline Ravilious.... [read more]

The Changing Face of the Egyptian Media

Iqbal Tamimi considers the challenges facing the Egyptian media in light of the recent political upheaval in that country. ... [read more]

Labour Must Endorse Living Wage Campaign to Win Back Popular Support

Matt Genner argues that committing itself to a national living wage would help restore Labour's credentials as the mainstream party most committed to social justice. ... [read more]

The One-World View

Here's a tale to warm your cockles - wherever they may be... [read more]

Did the CIA Sabotage Russia at the Olympics?

There is something very fishy about the Anti Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) pinned on the Russian curler and Russian bobsledder during the final week of the Peyongchang Winter Olympics. ... [read more]

From Myanmar, to Whitehall, to Washington - The Festering Nadir of Politics

It seems politics has hit a shameful, stinking, festering, inhuman low. Given the lows of the last decades, that is really saying something. ... [read more]

Westminster Attack – Courage, Cowardice and Double Standards

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, was rushed into a car 40 yards from the gates outside Parliament where shots were fired minutes after the incident occurred. What a contrast to President Bashar Al Assad and his wife, who with their children, have never fled terrorist attacks on their country ongoing since March 2011, terrorist attacks which include entirely illegal, massive bombings by UK and US air power.... [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]

Does Syria Have the Right to Defend Itself?

The Syrian government is truly fighting to defend itself against an armed opposition that is violent, sectarian and unpopular with the large majority of Syrians... [read more]

The Saga of Sisyphus

Shimon Peres was a genius. A genius of impersonation... [read more]

“Saint” Teresa of Calcutta: fanatical stooge of the ruling class

Mother Teresa has been beatified by Pope Francis I, after a series of "miracles" (where the role of modern medicine was conveniently swept under the rug) were fished out from her lifelong record running clinics for the poor in India.... [read more]

UK – How a Book on Art and Culture Draws Suspicion of Terrorism

The UK it seems has joined the US in its government developing a collective form of acute paranoia... [read more]

Is the UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set to “Savage” Tony Blair?

It seems no radio, television news or current affairs programme is without Blair giving his opinion on the upcoming UK referendum on whether to stay in the European Union... [read more]

Iraq - US Apocalypse in Mosul in the Guise of Bombing ISIS

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” (Albert Camus 1913-1960).... [read more]

Iraq - Fallujah’s Residents Starving, Murdered, Besieged by US Backed Government Forces and ISIS

It is hard to imagine that anything worse could befall Fallujah after the war crimes and criminal assaults by the US military in 2004... [read more]

Iraq’s Greatest Danger Yet: Collapse of: “The most dangerous dam in the world.”

It is hard to believe anything more catastrophic could befall Iraq. Now though comes a truly apocalyptic warning - that Mosul itself, Baji, Tikrit, ancient Samarra could be engulfed in a flood of literally biblical proportions... [read more]

Has Jeremy Corbyn started the political conversation that England needs?

Many people, battered and depressed by the result of the general election cheered up when Jeremy announced he was entering the Labour leadership contest... [read more]

Pakistan government shames itself over Israeli drone connection… no friend to Gazans

Last year July 2014, Mansoor Jaffar, a senior journalist for Al Arabiya, wrote a scathing article critcizing Pakistan for its “zombie-like response" to the Gaza killings... [read more]

Penrose Inquiry: “Bad Blood”, biological terrorism and cover-up under a failed western democracy

The Penrose Inquiry, the public inquiry into the circumstances in which patients treated by the NHS in Scotland became infected with Hepatitis C, HIV, or both, through the use of blood or blood products published its Final Report on Wednesday, 25 March 2015... [read more]

California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping?

In California’s epic drought, wars over water rights continue, while innovative alternatives for increasing the available water supply go untapped... [read more]

Farkhunda and Lahore killings: Acts of violent sexual perversion by “out of control” men

The men who attacked Farkhunda and their supporters are deluded if they think their actions were in defence of Allah... [read more]

Newcastle Unites to give Pegida the push: One message “We’re black and white”

As expected the people of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with a reputation the world over for their friendly attitude and tolerance took to the streets of Newcastle today with a very simple but strong message to Pegida... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 4 of 9 - Shimomuran Economics

Bryan Gould and George Tait Edwards describe Shimomuran Economics... [read more]

John Cantlie writes from within Islamic State captivity… what messages should we take from his article?

Freedom of speech and expression has become a much debated concept depending who interprets and how it is defined... [read more]

Three Minutes to Midnight

The threat is serious, the time short... [read more]

Uday Al-Zaidy – Another Life in the Balance in “The New Iraq”

Uday Al-Zaidi symbolizes all condemned to the nightmare of Iraq’s jails secret and overt in the “New Iraq.”... [read more]

The Big Banks Organise Massive Tax Evasion on an International Scale

Part 7 of Eric Toussaint's series 'The banks and the “Too Big to Jail” doctrine'... [read more]

The CIA, Torture, and American “Democracy”

The Senate report on CIA torture reads like a Stephen King novel, a transcript from the Nuremberg trials, or Josef Mengele’s notes from Auschwitz... [read more]

Two activists pay tribute to Palestinian minister killed at human rights day ceremony

Planting a tree should be a joyous occasion, new life, growth and the fruits of labour but not in the West Bank where this simple act cost Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein (55) his life... [read more]

“We Stand With Shaker”: Tortured, ill, detained in Guantanamo, join new campaign to bring him home

A new campaign is being launched by independent journalist Andy Worthington calling for his release from Guantanamo.... [read more]

Deaths in detention: Defence of Human Rights group in Pakistan on a “high- risk” mission to Swat

Many innocent people have become victims of the state in Pakistan as successive governments assisted the US with its War on Terror operations after 9/11... [read more]

Decent Respect

Sweden, like Britain, was always considered a "pro-Israeli" country, loyally voting against "anti-Israel" resolutions in the UN. If such important Western nations are reconsidering their attitudes towards the policy of Israel, what does it mean?... [read more]

Pakistan Taliban: Omar Khalid Khorasani releases video urging the Mujahideen of Islamic State and JN to unite

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban Jammat-ul-Ahrar senior leader, Omar Khalid Khorasani, has released a new video (October 3rd, 2014) calling for a united front from “Mujahideen groups” around the world... [read more]

Pakistan Air Force: Could “retirement” and detention cases have a link to drone policy?

A letter received by the author earlier this year may shed some light on the strange case of officers allegedly being penalized after seeking to take early retirement from the Pakistan Air Force and refused their requests... [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]

Pakistan: Alleged target killer for ISI and Blackwater executed after “confessing” to assassinations during peace talks

In recent days the name of the firm “Blackwater” has reared its ugly head once again with the trial of four men, part of an assignment contracted by the US State Department to provide “security” in Baghdad during 2007... [read more]

Farah, A Gazan “Anne Frank”

Farah, who began blogging when she was just 12, sends her messages to be read by global audience, most of whom she will never meet... [read more]

Climbing High: Samina Baig first Pakistani woman to achieve “seven highest peaks” challenge

Samina Baig from the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan has once again made the news becoming the first female to summit all seven highest peaks in the seven continents in just under eight months... [read more]

Israel slates Gaza for fighting back but why the double standards on “resistance”?

The Palestinians of Gaza consider themselves to be living within “occupied territory”, a fact recognised by the United Nations Human Rights Council and Human Rights Watch due to the fact that Israel maintains control of Gaza’s airspace, waters and borders... [read more]

Gaza genocide: Urgent plea from Dr Mads Gilbert (Shifa hospital)

An open letter for help from Dr Mads Gilbert who is tending to the casualties at Shifa hospital, Gaza... [read more]

Rethinking Economics The Washington Consensus vs the Tokyo Consensus Background

On Tuesday 6 May 2014, I published a blog about ”Shimomuran Economics and the Rise of Japan”... [read more]

Chagos: Britain, the CIA and Diego Garcia – Something fishy going on?

My attention was drawn by chance to another article on Diego Garcia in the Independent stating that the government must renegotiate with US over the use of the island for rendition flights.... [read more]

FREE: Bowe Bergdahl exchanged for 5 Taliban captives

Carol Grayson reports on the release of Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier held prisoner by the Taliban for five years... [read more]

North Waziristan suffers a fierce bombardment, civilians traumatized by air strikes

Carol Grayson reports on the latest airstrikes against North Waziristan... [read more]

Pakistan ambassador calls for ban on drones at UN conference as several persons reported killed in latest strike

The CCW Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) took place from 13 to 16 May 2014 at the United Nations in Geneva... [read more]

UK: Prime Minister Finds God, Bans Bishops, Priests, the Poor – and Crutches

When Prime Minister David Cameron pulls a stunt, or indeed, announces a “ground breaking” new policy, it is pretty well guaranteed to back fire. Indeed, his coalition government policy U-turns are heading for encyclopaedic... [read more]

Pakistan: Tear gassed, baton charged and detained for peaceful protest on missing persons

The day started out with Amina Masood Janjua, Defence of Human Rights (DHR), rallying the relatives of “missing persons” in Pakistan... [read more]

Pakistan’s shame: Missing persons at epidemic proportions, campaigners call for urgent action

Carol Grayson highlights the campaign against enforced disappearances in Pakistan... [read more]

Tony Blair, George W. Bush and David Cameron: Hijacking God?

There must be something in the water at Number 10 Downing Street, writes Felicity Arbuthnot... [read more]

Why Not Create A Scottish Pound and Adopt Investment Credit Economics to Scotland’s Benefit?

On 21 February I sent an email to the Government of Scotland, suggesting it would be an immense advantage to the “Yes” campaign for Scottish independence if the Scots adopted a policy of having their own currency when independent... [read more]

Censorship double standards: State terrorism websites vs insurgent websites

Carol Grayson asks whether the CIA website should be banned as the organisation is implicated in torture and promotes violence... [read more]

Who is the terrorist? Drones, PTSD and the boy traumatised to death

I am outraged at seeing the photo of Hamza Hassan Bin Dahaman, a Yemeni youth so traumatised at witnessing a drone strike that he never recovered from the experience... [read more]

The US and Britain’s Paedophile Colony

On February 25th, Iraq’s Cabinet approved a draft law lowering the age of legal marriage for females to nine years old... [read more]

Pakistani accountant raises concerns for human rights of foreign workers in Saudi, claims Labour Law “not working”

Amendments have been made to Labour Law in Saudi Arabia to protect the rights of both foreign and Saudi workers, at least that is the theory but is it working in practice?... [read more]

Pakistan Taliban announce ceasefire and TTP commander Adnan Rashid writes on Mir Ali attack

My announcement of a one month ceasefire by the Pakistan Taliban on Twitter was cautiously welcomed by some... [read more]

Missing Moazzam: For former Guantanamo detainee, the ordeal continues

I am missing the presence of Moazzam Begg as an important contributor to the daily political debate on terrorism and counter-terrorism on social media... [read more]

Pakistan: Warning letter on human rights abuses in state custody was ignored, Taliban kill 23 FC men in retaliation

I express my deep sadness when hearing of the torture and unlawful killing of persons in state custody or the recent execution of 23 Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers by Tehrik -i-Taliban (TTP) Mohmand Agency.... [read more]

Bread and Circuses in a Digital Age

Bread and circuses have always been a central aspect of ruling class hegemony and a means of keeping the masses in a soporific state... [read more]

Bowe Bergdahl, US soldier captured by Taliban: A reflection on his words and time for prisoner exchange

Carol Grayson reports on the status of Bowe Bergdahl, an American held prisoner by the Taliban since 2009, and provides a transcript of the unedited version of a video of Bowe which the Taliban recently released... [read more]

Free Rolf Kaestel: The prisoner who blew the whistle on a prison blood scandal linked to Bill Clinton

Most of us have read how difficult it has been for whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowdon since exposing state secrets, now imagine blowing the whistle from behind bars of one of America’s most notorious penitentiaries... [read more]

Pakistan, terrorism and torture: How I was radicalised by the state

Mohammad Yahiya shares his personal experience of state terrorism and torture in this article... [read more]

PTSD: From pain to purpose, US veterans Hart and Ethan speak out

I don’t claim to be any expert on rap music but seeing a photo of Snoop Dog in a smart jacket at the White House in the company of Obama was a bit of a let down... [read more]

The Afghan child “suicide” bomber and 8 year old Yemeni drone “spy”: Whose “truth” and whose “propaganda”?

There is often online censorship on insurgents for alleged “propaganda” and instigating violence yet we do not see the same level of censorship for governments that churn out false information on Afghanistan and drone civilians... [read more]

Doctors and Drones 2014: Interview with Tomasz Pierscionek on the updated Medact Report

Journalist and researcher, Carol Anne Grayson, talks to Dr Tomasz Pierscionek about his involvement in campaigning against the use of armed drones ... [read more]

Time for a complete withdrawal in Afghanistan, we should never have invaded in the first place

Journalist Carol Grayson was asked to write an article on the war in Afghanistan for a new magazine, Afghan Zariza, but was told that the “boss” thought it was “too inflammatory, so the article was banned from publication!... [read more]

Activists and Afghan Taliban slate Guantanamo and did US attempt to drone Bowe Bergdahl?

Back in 2013 a number of human rights activists including myself joined a solidarity hunger strike with Guantanamo prisoners... [read more]

Special Report: Interview with British “jihadis” and what you won’t read in the “Tackling Extremism in the UK” report

British journalist, writer and film producer Carol Grayson conducts an exclusive interview with a member of the Taliban and a British born 'Jihadist' ... [read more]

Nelson Mandela: Lest we forget “Madiba” was supported from a Britain which is still riddled with prejudice and racial inequalities

When I heard of the death of Nelson Mandela (age 95) I was transported back to another era and some uncomfortable images from the past... [read more]

The Banks, Fragile Giants

Part 5 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game shows that big banks continue playing with fire, because they are persuaded that governments will save them whenever necessary... [read more]

International Relations and the Classroom

We in Britain are often subject to the age old criticism of being insular and self engrossed. Whereas this is not strictly speaking true, there is an element of truth in this belief... [read more]

The Failure of Innovation in the Anglo-Saxon Economies

George Tait Edwards examines the role of innovation in economic development... [read more]

Literacy Skills: A Basic Human Right

Shirley Langer, author of 'Anita's revolution', lived and worked in Cuba for almost five years in the mid 1960s. She describes how, after the revolution, Cubans managed to eradicate illiteracy in a matter of months.... [read more]

The Argo Deception: How Hollywood masks the ugly truth of Iran-US relations

Exiled Iranian journalist and documentary filmmaker, Lila Ghobady, talks about the fabrication of history through film... [read more]

“Ich bin ein Bil’iner!”

This does not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has NOT been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. ... [read more]

Waiting 17 months for an appeal...

Paula is depressed. She has no motivation to look after herself, to eat or to get dressed. Some days she stays in bed and doesn’t open the curtains. Felix McHugh discusses the hurdles one of his clients faces in trying to navigate the welfare system.... [read more]

"Leave. Go to Brixton- you'll make it there"

I am a Palestinian British Muslim. I take great pride in my dual heritage. There shouldn't be a price to pay for this duality, but there is. I have paid it always reluctantly, occasionally resentfully and once or twice bitterly, writes Faisal Mikdadi... [read more]

Ensuring Scottish sovereignty

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

The Fat of the Land

The European Union's farm subsidies are a modern equivalent of feudal aid. As Europe suffers under austerity, it's right to call for reform, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The life and death of an Australian hero, whose skin was the wrong colour

Arthur Murray died the other day. I turned to Google Australia for tributes, and there was a 1991 obituary of an American ballroom instructor of the same name. There was nothing in the Australian media, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

The psychological damage of warfare

Since the federation of Australia in 1901, more than 100,000 young men have died, fighting to protect their country. But the real victims here were those affected psychologically, writes Finn Bowen. ... [read more]

How the chosen ones ended Australia's sporting prowess and revealed its secret past

John Pilger describes how sports-obsessed Australia's disappointing showing at the London 2012 Olympics have offered a glimpse of a secret past.... [read more]

Blair, Olympic deals and the glimpse of another Britain

John Pilger reports on two letters that illuminate two very different Britains, and on how the London Olympics is being used to rehabilitate Tony Blair, the invader of Iraq.... [read more]

Isle of Wight Festival – an alternative perspective – June 2012

Miles Caston describes the highlights of this year’s Isle of Wight festival and suggests a ‘greener’ way to enjoy music festivals... [read more]

Paternal Vigilance

The LPJ's resident philosopher and arts correspondent muses on David Cameron's parenting skills, VIP security and the conclusions of some of our favourite television series.... [read more]

Never forget that Bradley Manning, not gay marriage, is the issue

John Pilger shows that Barack Obama’s sudden “conversion” to the cause of same-sex marriage barely disguises the prime motives of a president as reactionary and violent as George W Bush.... [read more]

You are all suspects now. What are you going to do about it?

John Pilger describes the politicising of the law in western democracies and the emergence of increasingly draconian police powers: the corollary of a contrived state of 'permanent war'. Why should this be accepted?... [read more]

It's time we recognised the Blair government's criminality

John Pilger shows that in the Kabuki theatre of British parliamentary politics, great crimes do not happen and criminals go free... [read more]

The Assange case means we are all suspects now

John Pilger reveals the extent to which the White House will go to silence 'Whistleblowers' speaking the truth... [read more]

No shortage of jobs?

Felix McHugh looks at the extraordinary and insulting comments made by the Minister for Disabled People... [read more]

The world war on democracy

From the Chagos islands to Libya, a ruthless system has been at work, often resorting to violence whilst trying to maintain the illusion of democracy... [read more]

An outRageous! essay on The Arts, Education and The People.

This rant is aimed at your crassness, Cameron. It goes to the heart of what is art, and why it's so important in preparing people for democracy, says outRageous!... [read more]

The lasting legacy of 9/11

Since the September 11 2001 attacks the world has witnessed the best and worst of humanity, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Government Intervention Fails Indigenous Communities in Australia

Catherine Wilson on the continued disparity of wealth between the indigenous Australians and the rest of society and empty attempts by the government to change this.... [read more]

An Interview with Yvonne Ridley

Tomasz Pierscionek talks to award winning journalist Yvonne Ridley about her capture by the Taliban in 2001 and subsequent conversion to Islam, as well as her views on the recent rise in Islamophobia and political opposition towards the veil... [read more]

Muslim Women Find Expression Through Cartoons

Iqbal Tamimi on how some Muslim women have overcome cultural marginalisation to express themselves through popular art.... [read more]

Thank You, Mayor Luzhkov

Peter Tatchell reports on the successful rallying, against all the odds, of an anti-homophobia campaign in Moscow.... [read more]

Making Money From Education

Dan Morley on the drive to introduce free market principles into the education system.... [read more]

Losing the Will to Serve

With below-inflation pay rises and increased targets, no wonder Labour has lost the votes of the public sector workers who keep this country going.... [read more]

The USA Today: Weariness, Despair, Indifference

Robert Israel sees, in Canada, a hint of a more inclusive and hopeful political culture in North America.... [read more]

Another Defeat for the Italian Left

Samuele Mazzolini on what the Italian Left can learn from its recent election defeat.... [read more]