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Health and Humanity

I would humbly suggest to the readership that we should, instead, start 2016 off with some ‘navel gazing... [read more]

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WAR?

War tends to be men’s way of settling the quarrels between tribes and territories. Homer depicts the heroic, savage or mad acts of men in the Trojan War. The women come later with Odysseus’s wanderings... [read more]

Yemen’s Plight and Britain’s “creative clout” - Arms Sales and Advice on Killing

In spite of the UN stating that civilians are being disproportionately killed in Yemen, arms sales rose to over one billion pounds... [read more]

Acquiescing to Big Biotech: The Deceptions and Falsehoods of the GMO Lobby

British Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is a staunch supporter of the GMO sector despite mounting evidence pointing to the deleterious health, social, ecological and environmental impacts of GMOs... [read more]

Self-Boycott

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

The War on Palestinian Soccer: Free Mahmoud Sarsak

On 3 June, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 80 days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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 Nuclear with Iran and the Prospect of Regional Transformation

The long anticipated historic nuclear accords between the P5+1 countries and Iran is now poised to set a new milestone for non-confrontation and dialogue... [read more]

Growth: the destructive god that can never be appeased

The blind pursuit of economic exapansion stokes a cycle of financial crisis, and is wrecking our world. Time for an alternative, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Genocide in Gaza – The Silence of the Jewellery Industry is Deafening and Telling

The horrific carnage we have seen unleashed in Gaza in recent weeks - a humanitarian catastrophe - would not have been politically or economically affordable without the tacit acquiescence of the global jewellery industry... [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]

Carry out the legacy of Hugo Chavez!

5th March marked one year since the death of Hugo Chávez, the great Venezuelan revolutionary, who was an inspiration to the masses in Latin America and across the world... [read more]

Lenin on Freedom and Necessity

Thomas Riggins Analyses The Next Two Parts Of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism... [read more]

Spaniards Fall Out Of Love With Their Royals

David Eade explains that since the financial crisis started there has been a fall in support for the Royal Household ... [read more]

When will the Palestinians revolt?

After six decades of occupation, Israeli government strategists are yet to realize that the Palestinian people are not a singular body of blind followers who can be easily manipulated and controlled, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

MI5 Engaged in ‘Outsourcing’ the Torture of Terror Suspects

Christopher Vasey on the high-profile committee report which has drawn unwanted attention to the UK secret services' involvement in the torture of alleged terrorist suspects. ... [read more]

Zimbabwe: Why the International Community Must Intervene

Examining the legal framework of humanitarian intervention, Alexa Van Sickle calls on the international community to act now to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in Zimbabwe.... [read more]

The Treacherous Quadrangle Impasse of Iran-Israel-Saudi-US Diplomacy (Part I)

Both nations of Iran and Israel share a common historical heritage... [read more]

High & Mighty

A few decades ago, a visit to my cousin in upstate New York included a trip to a shopping mall. ... [read more]

The Financial Secret Behind Germany’s Green Energy Revolution

Funding through the Federal Reserve may be controversial, but establishing a national public infrastructure and development bank should be a no-brainer.... [read more]

For the Bahrainis Bahrain was Never Independent

Bahrain is celebrating what is known as “the week of independence”, where several celebrations take place to commemorate the end of the British mandate on 16th August 1971.... [read more]

Ultimate Racists”: A Catalogue of Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the British Conservative Party, 2015-2018

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s remarks about veiled women looking like “letter boxes” is the tip of a very large iceberg... [read more]

Civilisations, a current television project, stimulates responses

Civilisation is the culture of cities, of permanent settlements. These demand social organisation to administer to the needs of citizens... [read more]

The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet

Bayer and Monsanto have a long history of collusion to poison the ecosystem for profit. The Trump administration should veto their merger not just to protect competitors but to ensure human and planetary survival.... [read more]

The One-World View

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

Trump, North Korea, Iran. Some Facts and “the instinct to attack.”

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” (Mahatma Gandi, 1869-1948)... [read more]

A History of Idiocy

I am furious. And I have good reason to be furious.... [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]

Yemen - Court Battle Exposes UK-Saudi Arms Deals And Humanitarian Tragedy

On Monday 10th July, a ruling was handed down by London’s High Court, which should, in a sane world, exclude the UK government ever again judging other nations' leaders' human rights records or passing judgement on their possession or use of weapons.... [read more]

The Myth of Trump’s Nationalism and Non-Intervention

For all their obvious flaws, one of the good things about early Trump supporters in the US was their opposition to war.... [read more]

Branded

Perhaps the most sadly significant sign among the daily deceits currently stinking up the White House, is the redefinition of "presidential."... [read more]

Better world

A poem by Kay Channon... [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]

America Polarized in Turmoil

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

Don't Send Him!

Donald Trump has spat in the faces of at least half the Israeli population. He has appointed a bankruptcy lawyer named David Friedman to the job of US ambassador in Israel.... [read more]

Fidel

Castro spearheaded one of the most successful resistance movements ever.... [read more]

The Call of the Mu'ezzin

So what is the situation of Israel's Arab citizens?... [read more]

Welcome! Bienvenue!

"Anti-Semitism in France" is now all the rage in Israel. A huge propaganda effort is invested in this campaign. The aim is to induce French Jews to come to Israel... [read more]

An Incongruous UN Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

President Erdogan should not have the honour of hosting the first ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit... [read more]

In the Panama Capers we Trust

The leaked Panama Papers, from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, are spilling the beans on the details of what the rich, powerful and greedy get up to with unseemly amounts of dosh... [read more]

Under the Lime Trees

One of the most famous lines in German poetry is "Don't greet me under the lime trees."... [read more]

What Happened to the Jews?

A new generation of Jews in America is turning their backs on Israel altogether... [read more]

Yemen: The slaughter continues

UK Parliamentary Committee Calls for Halt to Arms Sales, Moots International Inquiry into Alleged International Law Abuses... [read more]

Britain and Saudi Arabia - Collusion in Barbarism

Last September, Saudi was elected Chair of the UN Human Rights Council with Britain’s collusion... [read more]

A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bail-Ins Begin

While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US... [read more]

Iranian-Americans are once again the Scapegoat; why?

The inspiring quote from Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty encapsulates our nation’s vision... [read more]

Tiffany’s Supplier Funds a Unit of the Israeli Military Accused of War Crimes - Jewellery Industry Awash with Blood Diamonds

The hypocrisy and double standard that permeates the jewellery industry when it comes to blood diamonds is laid bare when one examines the ethical credential of Tiffany’s diamonds – one of the world’s most prestigious jewellers.... [read more]

The Litter Bug!

If you want an end to waste, you have to show it to the people, not hide it... [read more]

The Real Menace

Let's put it bluntly: to try to stop IS means supporting the Assad regime. Bashar al-Assad is an abominable fellow, but he has kept Syria together, protected its many minorities and kept the Israeli border quiet... [read more]

Bill Hunter: The Life of a Revolutionary

I was around sixteen years old when I first met Bill Hunter who throughout all his life was committed to the cause for Marxism and in whose lifetime witnessed major global events... [read more]

Nuclear Deal or Not?

The ratification must be solely entrusted to the U.S. and Iran-- and NOT to Israel and Saudi Arabia... [read more]

US-Iran Nuclear Deal and Rapprochement: The Historic U.S Policy Paradigm Shift in the “Middle East” and Beyond

With the signing of the Iran nuclear deal, western foreign policy is undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift... [read more]

Sheldon's Stooges

In Japan in the good old days, Binyamin Netanyahu would by now have committed hara-kiri... [read more]

Re-Packaging Masculinity in Tony Abbott’s Body Politic - A Painting

In 2015 the industry of terrorism has moved into a new phase and the scenarios I painted – such as the militarisation of civil society - have gone mainstream... [read more]

The American role in reshaping the future of the Middle East

The imminent prospect of a comprehensive accord between Iran and the P5+1... [read more]

A New Israeli-Palestinian Discourse

There is a need for both Israelis and Palestinians to change their discourse which is based on a mixture of rewriting history, expansionist aims, victimhood and endless conspiracy theories where none exist... [read more]

The plausible normalisation of U.S.-Iran Diplomatic Relations: Who are the losers and winners?

The gains to all sides from a nuclear resolution and the strategically inevitable normalisation of relations between the U.S. and Iran will far outweigh the collective perceived losses... [read more]

Malcolm Fraser, RIP

John Malcolm Fraser, prime minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983, passed away on 20 March 2015... [read more]

The Left, Anti-Zionism & Anti-Semitism

For those of us who study Israel and Zionism from the vantage point of Britain, there are some things we are able to predict with unerring accuracy... [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]

The Casino Republic

Money plays an ever-increasing role in politics. Election propaganda is made on television, which is very expensive... [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 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]

Menace on the Menu: Development and the Globalization of Servitude‏ (Part 2)

Me-first acquisitiveness is now pervasive throughout the upper strata of society... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 4)

The fourth 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]

‘Cleansing the stock’ and other ways governments talk about human beings

Those in power don’t speak of ‘people’ or ‘killing’ – it helps them do their job. And we are picking up their dehumanising euphemisms, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

IMT Statement: Kobane threatened with massacre: Fight imperialism! Defend the Kurds!

The forces of ISIS are closing in on the besieged town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border... [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]

The Jihadis Return - ISIS and the New Sunni Awakening by Patrick Cockburn

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews Patrick Cockburn's latest book... [read more]

Flight MH17 – Imperialism and the art of hypocrisy

The blame game commenced immediately. Without waiting for an investigation or any hard information whatsoever, Washington lost no time in pointing an accusing finger at Moscow... [read more]

Is it love?

A poem by Miles Caston... [read more]

The Monster on the Hill

There is nothing better than a scandal every week. A juicy scandal excites people, engages the media, takes our minds off matters like war and peace, occupation and apartheid... [read more]

Why a Major Spanish News Story Doesn't Get Into Foreign Press

Mike Summers gives a first hand account of a major protest involving over a million angry people who never existed, according to the Spanish media.... [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]

US Drug "War" Destroys Rain Forests

It seems that the drug war in Mexico has driven the drug gangs deep into the remotest areas of the jungles of Central America... [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]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game (Part 6) - Even the IMF agrees…

In October 2012, the IMF provided a key explanation of why the crisis was getting worse in Europe... [read more]

A journey into the vice-ridden world of banking

The primary objective of the world’s leaders is to avoid another banking and financial crash that could be worse than the one in September 2008... [read more]

The Sins Of Our Fathers

David Eade reports on the Daily Mail campaign to vilify the father of the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband... [read more]

Permacation: how a mixed environment can bring about a better delivery of education

There is no secret in saying that the National Curriculum was not introduced to promote co-operation or individual ingenuity. Elijah Pryor advocates a different model for learning... [read more]

EU Urgently Needs To Put Its Democracy In Order

David Eade argues that democracy is under threat across the entire European Union... [read more]

From Ragged Trousered Philanthropists to Label Wearing Ostriches?

Frank Owen, the lead character in Robert Tressell’s novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, expressed his frustration at the dismissive response of his fellow workers to his arguments for a better society... [read more]

Dance on Thatcher's grave, but remember there has been a coup in Britain

In the wake of Thatcher's departure, John Pilger remembers her victims both at home and abroad, from miners to Vietnamese children.... [read more]

It Can Happen Here: The Bank Confiscation Scheme for US and UK Depositors

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets reveals Ellen Brown... [read more]

Corporate Blowback

Companies like EDF, seeking to terrify protesters with lawsuits, are likely to become victims of their own aggression, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Lessons and Conclusions from Lenin's Left-Wing Communism: an Infantile Disorder

Thomas Riggins concludes his analysis of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder and looks at what conclusions can be drawn from the book's previous nine chapters... [read more]

ASLEF Tube Driver Strike: Look beyond the picket line to see the real story..

On Boxing Day, ASLEF members employed by London Underground Limited (LUL) staged a 24 hour strike and the press have been predictable in attempting to whip up hysteria and outrage, reports Karl Davis... [read more]

Teachers' Low Morale

For the first time in my life, if a youngster were to ask me if s/he should become a teacher, I would find myself feeling intensely uncomfortable repeating the old mantra about teaching being an honourable profession, a caring profession says Elizabeth Ellis... [read more]

Ain’t football grand?

For most of us an annual salary of £70,000 would be the stuff of dreams but for some young adults an offer of that nature would be considered a gross insult, says Felix McHugh... [read more]

Social Constructionism Applied to Working Class Educational Attainment

Elijah Pryor looks into the origins, definitions and theory of Social Constructionism and explains inequalities faced by working class children in education... [read more]

Making the world a more dangerous place - the eager role of Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard has returned Australia to its historic relationship with Washington, similar to that of an eastern European satellite with Moscow, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Turkey’s Policies at a Crossroads: From Zero-Problems to a Heap of Trouble

It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the ‘Zero Problems with Neighbours’ notion, once the foreign policy centrepiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), is all but a romantic notion of no use in realpolitik, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Public Sector Workers

We publish here a short verse from Danny Herbert... [read more]

US War Agenda: Coke or Goldman Sachs, What's Your Poison?

Colin Todhunter asks who in their right mind would be prepared to fight and die for Shell, Chevron or Coca Cola?... [read more]

The USA: Glorious Diversity or Cruel Contradiction?

Faysal Mikdadi takes a look at the reality of the 'American Dream'... [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]

Hooked On Treachery

Edward Bernays is known as the father of modern advertising/propaganda. Colin Todhunter emphasises and how we must and indeed can break free of the addictions and fears being promoted daily.... [read more]

Beer, Vomit And Lipstick: Revolting Acts In An Age Of Crisis

'Freedom' within the confines of what increasingly resembles an open prison isn't much to celebrate. The actual reality in Britain is economic meltdown and social crisis, writes Colin Todhunter ... [read more]

Doing Politics

Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book by former Labour MP Tony Wright, who sat in the House of Commons for nearly twenty years... [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]

Do not be fooled by India's media love affair with Hillary Clinton

You always know when a high-ranking US politician is in India. Much of the media turns sycophant. It happened when Obama visited in 2010, and it occurred again as Hillary Clinton recently touched down in Kolkata but despite the media spin, India is not engaged in any form of bilateralism with the US, says Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

DEREK, or LITTLE by LITTLE

By common consent (at least among those like me who lived through it), the ‘golden age’ of broadcasting – at the BBC especially – was that which spanned the 1960s, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

The passion of Bradley Manning- the story of the suspect behind the largest security breach in US history

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book about Bradley Manning- the young American soldier recognised as being the source behind thousands of documents that appeared on the Wikileaks website... [read more]

NONE SO BLIND - An outRageous! challenge

outRageous! lays down the gauntlet to all readers of the London Progressive Journal... [read more]

The Great Pay Robbery

Here’s why the government’s proposals on executive pay won’t work – and why we need a maximum wage, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

A future of Labour

Karl Davis suggests how Ed Miliband could give a big boost to Labour’s chances of winning the next General Election... [read more]

Once in Unreal David's (Big) Society

Stephen Gilbert asks whether Britain is a Christian country and whether Cameron's coalition government lives up to the Christian values he professes... [read more]

The King's speech

Uri Avnery discusses the implications of a parliamentary bill that would seek to push the Palestinian population out of the West Bank and into Jordan... [read more]

Obit: Never a Soft or quiet Russell

W Stephen Gilbert pays tribute to Ken Russell, the enigmatic, eccentric film director who died on Sunday. ... [read more]

Weimar Revisited

Uri Avnery explains how the three main pillars of Israeli democracy - the courts, the media and the human rights organisations - are under threat from the political right. ... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies

OutRageous! takes a look at the slavery endemic in modern society. ... [read more]

The Health and Social Care Bill and the Negation of Democracy

Colin Leys discusses the profound impact that the Health and Social Care Bill will have upon the publically owned National Health Service... [read more]

Schism opens in Israel

The spreading of the Arab Spring marks a change in Israel’s ability to continue its policy under the Netanyahu government of intransigence and refusal to negotiate a fair settlement with the Palestinians and the Obama administration in good faith, argues John Wight.... [read more]

Bush Didn't Write No Damn Book

The former US president's autobiography is little more than a revisionist hoax, writes Ahmed Amr.... [read more]

A Clash of Fundamentalisms

In the third article in his series, 'Contextualising the Threat of Islam', Richard Greeman compares Islamic Fundamentalism with the U.S. regime's own brand on fundamentalist politics.... [read more]

Flexible Afghanistan War Objectives: And the Agony Grinds On

As the war in Afghanistan grinds on with no end in sight, Ramzy Baroud pours scorn on the various attempts to rationalise and justify this disastrous campaign.... [read more]

Our Hollowed Out Democracy

Thus far, the Tory and Labour election campaigns have been a showcase of the hypocrisy at the heart of British politics, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

An Odyssey for Justice

Ramzy Baroud celebrates the spirit of international solidarity that has provided crucial practical and moral support for the Palestinian struggle in recent years.... [read more]

No Emergency Summits for Arab Human Development Crisis

Ramzy Baroud calls on Arab governments to do more to provide for their peoples' basic educational needs.... [read more]

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]

Should We Seek to Save Industrial Civilisation? A Debate with Paul Kingsnorth

Guardian journalist George Monbiot discusses climate change with the Oxford-based environmentalist Paul Kingsnorth.... [read more]

Exchanging Puppets: Why the International Left Should Not Support Iran's So-Called Reformist Leaders

Lila Ghobady argues that the leadership of Iran's reformist movement does not have the country's interests at heart.... [read more]

Afghanistan: Bloodshed Without End

In the week that the war in Aghanistan has returned to the front pages of British newspapers, Ewan Gibbs reminds us why Britain and the US are fighting.... [read more]

Budget: Where’s Our Bail-out?

As New Labour announces its new budget, Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks provides his assessment of the British economic malaise.... [read more]

Hillsborough Twenty Years On

With the nation marking the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, Steve Jones reflects on the UK's worst stadium disaster.... [read more]

Gordon Brown and "Light Touch" Regulation

Mick Brooks on how Gordon’s policies left the UK unprepared for the present financial crisis.... [read more]

Talk of "Progress" in Iraq is a Smokescreen as Sectarian Militants Target Christian Community

As violence continues unabated in "free" Iraq, Hussein Al-Alak questions the convenient myth that there is something inherently natural about sectarian violence in Iraq.... [read more]

After the Crash of 2008, Who Owns the Progressive Future?

Jonathan Rutherford on how the current economic crisis has highlighted the iniquities intrinsic to capitalist society.... [read more]

The Credit Cruch - One Year On

Twelve months on from the beginning of the current economic crisis, Socialist Appeal's Michael Roberts examines the causes and effects of the so-called "Credit Crunch".... [read more]

Lost in the System

What has happened to Bush’s secret prisoners?... [read more]

Building Ships to Die For

Seven Agir on the murderous consequences of competitiveness in Turkish shipbuilding. ... [read more]

Local Election Failure Shows the New Labour Project is in Decline

Darrell Goodliffe believes Labour's flop at the polls shows they have lost the confidence of the public.... [read more]

Misplaced Pride and Shame in the Wake of a Crisis

The people of Kenya are pulling together - in spite of the country's political leadership.... [read more]

The Misguided Search for “Britishness”

Anton Howes believes Gordon Brown's search for "Britishness" is a cheap gimmick, ill-suited to the reality of modern Britain.... [read more]