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The 'Boris Keep Your Promise' Campaign

Jennifer Drew on how London's mayor reneged on an election promise of funding for Rape Crisis Centres in London.... [read more]

The Great Consolidation

George Monbiot on New Labour's ongoing attack on the NHS.... [read more]

Chavez Inaugurates Internet Centre to Facilitate Popular Power in Venezuela

Tamara Pearson reports on a Venezuelan government initiative to improve public access to the World Wide Web in Venezuela.... [read more]

Greek Capitalism at a Critical Point

Greek capitalism continues to be the weak link of the Eurozone as it is still under the “intensive care” of the EU support mechanisms for the fourth consecutive year and is in recession for the sixth consecutive year... [read more]

You Stand for Nothing But Election

George Monbiot sets a few things straight in an open letter to government minister Hazel Blears.... [read more]

Just A Ride

The Wachowski Brothers’ 1999 Film 'The Matrix' centres upon the concept that the modern world may not be all we perceive it to be... [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]

Uday Al-Zaidy: The Face of Liberated Iraq

On 10th January the Brussells Tribunal circulated, internationally, an urgent Appeal for the release of the prominent Iraqi journalist and human rights campaigner Mr Uday Al-Zaidy... [read more]

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, A Thatcherite Revolution: “Free Trade”, Corporate Plunder and the War on Working People

Prior to the recent national elections in India, there were calls for a Thatcherite revolution to fast-track the country towards privatisation and neo-liberalism... [read more]

NHS In Crisis: The Story of Torrington Community Hospital

Elijah Pryor discusses the significance of Torrington Community Hospital for the North Devon community and the campaign to challenge cutbacks to the hospital's services... [read more]

Right Wing Conservative Political Elite Engineer an Electoral Comeback in Pakistan

Dr Amjad Ayab Mirza provides analysis on the recent elections in Pakistan... [read more]

Walk on, walk on...

When an individual with mobility problems seeks to obtain Employment and Support Allowance, simply getting to the assessment centre can be the first of many unpleasant battles. Felix McHugh reports.... [read more]

The problem with ‘Workfare’

Karl Davis discusses the unfairness and flaws inherent to the Workfare scheme... [read more]

New beginnings

John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 2)... [read more]

Bollywood Novacaine and the Dull Pain of Poverty

Colin Todhunter debunks the myth of India as an \'economic miracle\' ... [read more]

Arab Journalism and Egypt’s’ claimed control over UK’s mosques

Iqbal Tamimi on the ego-fuelled misrepresentation of facts by the Arab press.... [read more]

Australia and Asylum Seekers: Another Offshore Solution?

Catherine Wilson reports on the Australian Government's approach to refugees and its attempts to avoid its obligations to the Refugee Convention by processing them overseas.... [read more]

Congress Confronts Its Contradictions

George Monbiot on why it's ordinary taxpayers who will pay the price for the incompetence of big finance.... [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]

Mosul’s “Liberation”: Another Fallujah, Dresden - or Hiroshima?

"In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli." (Howard Zinn, 1922-2010)... [read more]

Why Donald Trump Is Right To Look East

The investment potential of the Russian economy offers good reasons why it is time for the West to take a more positive attitude towards the country. The President-elect might be doing everyone a favour in the long run, David Morgan argues.... [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]

“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]

Turkey’s Attempted Coup - Cui Bono?

“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” (J. Edgar Hoover, Elks Magazine, August 1956).... [read more]

Gulliver among the Houyhnhnms

A poem by John Gohorry... [read more]

Is Dumbing Down a Reality?

As the future of public service broadcasting is uncertain, it is timely now to again ask a familiar question and to broaden the debate beyond the confines of sectional interest... [read more]

John Whittingdale's Curious Notion of Culture

The Minister of Culture, Media and Sport has chosen a controversial film as his favourite... [read more]

Iraq Invasion - Anniversary of The Biggest Terrorist Attack in Modern History?

Since terrorism is again in the news, it is timely to revisit one of the biggest acts of terrorism in modern history - the illegal invasion and destruction - ongoing - of Iraq... [read more]

Health and Humanity Part 4: MIC and BPS

The recent and ongoing reaction of the political class here in the UK to the first prominent peace-promoting party leader in recent times is a yardstick for the modern politician’s disregard to anything Eisenhower said... [read more]

Health and Humanity

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

US Wars: Russia’s Fantasy “Stray Missiles” - America’s Real Ones

"Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terrorism." (Barack Obama 15th February 2013)... [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]

Now for the Rise of the Republic of The North!

It’s not only the Scots who are disillusioned with Westminster politics. The 2015 election once again doomed the north to five more years under a leadership it hasn’t voted for... [read more]

Just when hope and courage are called for, Labour promises bean-counting

Labour’s focus on cutting the deficit means progressive voters will have to look elsewhere for inspiration, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

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]

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]

How the world was saved from a nuclear catastrophe

In 1983 the world stood on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. War between NATO and the USSR was prevented by a high ranking NATO official secretly working for the GDR foreign intelligence service... [read more]

Ukraine: NATO hypocrisy over “Russian invasion” as Kiev suffers defeat

As politicans from across the world met at the NATO summit in Wales, the crisis in Ukraine saw an escalation in rhetoric... [read more]

Gaza: Middle East “Peace Envoy” Tony Blair Parties as Gaza Burns

The Fourth Geneva Convention is specific in prohibiting attacks on civilian hospitals, medical transport and of course designates collective punishment a war crime... [read more]

The Dilemma of the Israeli Government in Gaza

The 72 hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas did not last more than a few hours... [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]

This cash for grouse scandal shows how Britain has become a plutocrats' paradise

We subsidise the landed gentry and their shotguns. While the poor are plunged into brutal insecurity, the rich are untroubled, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

At last, a law to stop almost anyone from doing almost anything

Protesters, buskers, preachers, the young: all could end up with 'ipnas'. Of course, if you're rich, you have nothing to fear, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Why bad movies keep coming out and what to do about it

Unlike the babbling brook of Hollywood – with its suppression of truth, fake heroes and warmongering – a masterpiece, or just a good movie, is unforgettable, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

The problem with education? Children aren't feral enough

The 10-year-old Londoners I took to Wales were proof that a week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

A Brief Guide To Early Chinese History: The Mongol Conquest Of China And Its Consequences

George Tait Edwards introduces the next in a series of articles about early Chinese civilisation to help put into context the country's recent economic rise... [read more]

Gibraltarians Demand Vote in EU In-Out Referendum

Dsvid Eade writes about the battle to ensure Gibraltarians are allowed to vote in the Conservative’s EU In-Out Referendum should the Tories be returned to power at the next UK election... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism [Part 8]

Thomas Riggins leads us through chapter two: the theory of knowledge of Empirio-Criticism and of Dialectical Materialism... [read more]

Bulgaria elections: Widespread abuse but hope

I set off to Bulgaria after being selected by the Party of European Socialists to be part of the 100 plus team from all across the European Union to monitor the General Election. David Eade reports.... [read more]

A Telling Silence

They parasitise us from above. But landowners and the Tory party's idle rich are spared the fairest and simplest of taxes, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Australia's Julia Gillard is no feminist hero

The Guardian's description of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott as "neanderthal" is not unreasonable. Misogyny is an Australian blight and a craven reality in political life. But for so many commentators around the world to describe Julia Gillard's attack on Abbott as a "turning point for Australian women" is absurd, writes John Pilger.... [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]

Sorry, folks..the wake is over

The change in the Greek political scene is an opportunity for Europe, not a threat, argues Ilia Xypolia.... [read more]

Trashy beauty queens and the men who rule the world

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter that predicted where the US was heading - the world he warned about is the world we now have as bankers control the money supply having the power to make or break nations. Colin Todhunter explains ... [read more]

Paga Hill – a model for the future of the Pacific Islands?

Catherine Wilson reports how a housing crisis in Papua New Guinea’s capital is socially empowering squatter communities... [read more]

A Ghost Story Retailed (part two)

W Stephen Gilbert delivers an up-to-date, state and fate of the retail trade in Britain, it is partly warmingly, personal and anecdotal, and partly a critical overview: part two...... [read more]

New beginnings

John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 1)... [read more]

A Ghost Story Retailed

W Stephen Gilbert delivers an up-to-date, state and fate of the retail trade in Britain, it is partly warmingly, personal and anecdotal, and partly a critical overview: part one... [read more]

Why capitalism likes us to behave irrationally

It’s a great irony that although human beings, as distinct from other animals, are characterised by their ability for rational thinking, so much of our behaviour is irrational, argues John Green.... [read more]

Interview: Behind the Lines

Hussein Al-Alak speaks with a Jordanian based activist involved in helping Iraqi refugees who have fled to Jordan.... [read more]

United in our Heritage

In response to comments made by David Cameron, Hussein Al-Alak takes a look at the origins of ‘Britishness’... [read more]

Whither Iran?

In the wake of the demostrations of 11th February, which saw hard-liners and pro-democracy campaigners alike take to the streets of Tehran, Maziar Razi assesses the balance of forces in Iranian politics.... [read more]

Iran and The Green Revolution: Is a Revolution Possible?

Chris Vasey looks to make sense of the complex situation currently unfolding in Iran.... [read more]

Cross Your Fingers and Carry On

George Monbiot asks: Why does the UK government refuse to make contingency plans for peak oil? ... [read more]

Changing the Face of Bolivia

Jeremy Corbyn examines the dilemmas facing the progressive government of Evo Morales in Bolivia.... [read more]

The Great Depression

Michael Roberts argues that the big "bailouts" of financial institutions have exposed the fallacy behind the "free market" ideologies which have dominated British and American political and economic systems for the past thirty years.... [read more]

Government Watchdog Report Highlights Need for Asylum Reform

With a woefully inefficient asylum system letting down applicants and taxpayers alike, Sara Hall makes the case for much-needed reform.... [read more]

Gaza: Why We Must Act Now

Addressing a Lenasia rally in solidarity with the people of Gaza on 14th January, Zwelinzima Vavi characterised the Israeli government as a racist regime comparable to Apartheid South Africa. ... [read more]

Book Review: Frank Ackerman, "Can We Afford the Future?"

Matt Genner on a new book which debunks the economic myths around global warming.... [read more]

Push-Polling (Continued): The Appearance of Ethics, And the Same Old Same Old

Following on from last week's article, Sven Eric Balabanoff continues his look at the role of "Push-polling" in this year's US elections. ... [read more]

Is Gender-based Violence the Greatest Barrier to Equality?

Amnesty International's Lucy Wake on the ongoing worldwide struggle against gender-based violence.... [read more]

The End of "The End of History"

David Brandon examines the discredited view that world history came to an end when the Berlin Wall came down.... [read more]

Nothing Left to Fight For

The most rightwing government Britain has had since the Second World War does not deserve to be re-elected.... [read more]

How to Build a Human Bomb

George Monbiot argues that the Guantanamo Bay concetration camp is an affront to the very idea of justice.... [read more]

Green Belt – A False Blessing

Anton Howes believes affordable housing and environmentally-friendly urban living provides a more viable long-term solution to climate change than the false utopianism of the "Green Belt".... [read more]

A "Partisan and Right-Skewed Press"

Matt Genner examines the reasons behind the right-wing bias in the mainstream media.... [read more]

In Like Flint...

Anthony Healy considers proposed changes to the council housing system.... [read more]