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Iraq: General Mark Kimmitt’s Easter Day Mistruths and “The Sound of Freedom.”

In 2003, a month into the invasion, Easter Day fell on the same day as this year, 20th April, as Iraqis of all denominations and none, died, were incarcerated, tortured, found with their heads drilled or no heads, thrown on garbage piles... [read more]

Saudi judge demands extreme action against female journalist

Following her description of the religious police as "ex-convicts and drug addicts", a Saudi judge has demanded withdrawing the nationality of a female journalist, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Venezuela Investigates Private TV Station Globovision for Inciting Assassination

James Suggett on the Venezuelan government's response to the ongoing anti-Chavez campaign being pursued by the country's corporate mass media.... [read more]

Melinda Taylor: The Spy That Got Away?

On the 7th of June 2012, Melinda Taylor and three other ICC delegates were arrested in the city of Zintan in Libya by Zintani militia. How should the Australian media handle the story? Finn Bowen takes a look.... [read more]

Bullying and Hijacking Muslim Women’s Voices in the UK Live on Air

Iqbal Tamimi reflects on a gross incident of on-air sexist bullying on the UK Arabic TV channel, Alhiwar.... [read more]

The Ease of Righteous Causes: What to Feel About Undocumented Migration

People should stop thinking about undocumented migrants merely as victims, argues Laura Agustín.... [read more]

Venezuelan Government Arrests Suspect in Attack on Globovision Television Station

Kiraz Janicke on the Venezuelan government's move to distance itself from the violent actions of some of its core supporters.... [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 War of Fools

A few days ago, Israeli TV Channel 10 broadcast an investigative story about the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, known as "Lebanon War II"... [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 strange death of the Tory north

Congratulations to the Conservative Party on having delivered its South Shields leaflets in Jarrow. Everywhere beyond the Mason-Dixon Line that runs from the Bristol Channel to the Wash is now just "the North," to the Tories, isn't it? David Lindsay reports.... [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 state of Alternative comedy

This year Britain’s king of alternative comedy, Billy Connolly, hits 70-years-old. Still alive and kicking. But is the notion of alternative comedy dead asks Miles Caston.... [read more]

Transcendental argument

Through a mist of tears, I caught up with the conclusion of 'My Transsexual Summer', Channel 4’s four-part fly-on-the-wall series, says W Stephen Gilbert.... [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]

“The People Won the Vote, Now The People Must Become the Government”

James Suggett interviews Venezuela-based journalist and activist Vanessa Davies.... [read more]

Interview: Greg Maughan, Campaign for a New Workers' Party

Cristina Brooks spoke to Greg Maughan of the Campaign for a New Workers' Party about his views on recent developments in the economic sphere.... [read more]

‘No Love on the Streets’: Knife crime in Britain

There is something fundamentally wrong with a society when children feel they have to carry deadly weapons in order to protect themselves.... [read more]

Marie Colvin, Homs and Media Falsehoods about Syria

In April 2014 I was part of an international delegation which visited Syria for five days. In each city we had meetings with political, religious and social leaders but also had time to wander about and talk with people on the streets. ... [read more]

Salisbury, Skripal and Novichok – a local view

From the moment the news came out that on Sunday March 4th in Salisbury, one of England’s revered cathedral cities, a Russian spy and his daughter had been poisoned by some form of ‘nerve agent’ my reaction was ‘Oh dear’. ... [read more]

Reportage: Adjusting the Focus

Two book reviews by outRageous!... [read more]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ‘MY GENERATION’?

And there are those who ask, ‘Whatever happened to the idealism of my generation?’ Anyone who remembers the Sixties/Seventies years finds themselves asking that question... [read more]

Oh My God, Trump!

We do not really know who Trump is, and what he will do during the next four years. We know only the Trump of the elections: a nasty person, a megalomaniac, a liar, an ignoramus.... [read more]

Libya, David Cameron’s “Iraq”? Damning Report Shreds Another War Monger

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron is consistent in just one thing - jumping ship when the going gets tough... [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]

Inconvenient truths

Aldous Huxley once said: ‘Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.’ The British government in 1945 and, half a century later, the government of a reunited Germany both chose to hide and ‘rebrand’ the realities of nazi concentration camps in order to fit political needs over the principle of truth. John Green reports ... [read more]

Replacing reality by fantasy

John Green tales a look at the recent, much-hyped German series Deutschland 83... [read more]

British Government Racism – Europe’s Shame?

Britain’s top “diplomat” has accused migrants of threatening Europe’s “standard of living.”... [read more]

Gaza: The hijacking of The Marianne by “The Pirates of the Mediterranean”

In the early hours of the morning of 29th June, three Israeli Navy ships intercepted and hijacked a Swedish flagged ship... [read more]

Who Will Save Israel

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed ... [read more]

State and Revolution (conclusion)

Thomas Riggins concludes his analysis of Lenin's work - State and Revolution... [read more]

With this attack on community energy the big six win out over 'big society'

By changing the rules, this government has sabotaged the promise of a UK community energy revolution and secured the dominance of the big six energy companies, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Three Minutes to Midnight

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

Can the Duke become King?

On Monday, the 19th Knesset voted to dissolve itself, less than two years after its election... [read more]

The revolutionary reawakening of Burkina Faso

The West African country of Burkina Faso exploded into a full blown revolutionary situation on Thursday 30th October... [read more]

The Dangers of Form Agnosia

Kate Zagoskina describes the West's tendency to shut its eyes to the bigger picture and ignore the link between action and consequence... [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]

The GM Biotech Sector's Complete Contempt For Democracy: Don't Be Fooled By The Propaganda

Strategically placed politicians and scientists are conveying the message that GM food is both safe and necessary... [read more]

Fidesz Will Spend More Than Twice The Legal Limit in Hungarian Elections...And Get Away With It

The Hungarian General Election takes place on Sunday April 6. The spotlight has been on the far right party, Jobbik, which will be fielding a national list at the polls... [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]

Shimomuran Economics is the Most Significant Advance Ever Made in Economic Understanding and the West Still Doesn't Get It

Shimomuran economics is the name I have given to the collection of no-debt, high-growth economic understandings practised in post-war Japan and post-rapprochement China... [read more]

The Leveraged Buyout of America

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres... [read more]

From Hiroshima to Syria, the enemy whose name we dare not speak

John Pilger writes that regardless of diplomatic attempts to delay an attack on Syria, the US objective has nothing to do with chemical weapons and everything to do with wiping out the last independent states in the Middle East.... [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]

Slavko Martinov: The antidote to Propaganda? Question everything!

Patrizia Bertini conducts an exclusive interview with film producer Slavko Martinov... [read more]

The End of Money

It’s Time to End Our Slavery to the Money-System declares Oliver Thompson ... [read more]

Venezuelan elections

John Green provides an analysis of and background to today's election in Venezuela... [read more]

The choice to be British

Congratulations to the British Falkland Islanders, including the large Saint Helenian community there, some of whom are my relatives on my mother's side, writes David Lindsay after a referendum that was controversial in some parts of the world.... [read more]

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI brings an opportunity to reform Catholic doctrine on human rights issues, writes Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.... [read more]

Welcome to the Shammies, the media awards that recognise truly unsung talent

There are awards for everyone. There are the Logies, the Commies, the Tonys, the Theas, the Millies ("They cried with pride") and now the Shammies, writes John Pilger... [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]

Camping Needs Solid Ground

LPJ's arts correspondent and resident philosopher, Stephen Gilbert, comments that an emphasis on celebrity is the prevailing television flavour of the age, infecting every genre of programming, whether appropriate or not... [read more]

Longing to Reign Over Us

As is my wont, I found plenty to occupy me over the extended half-week holiday and never felt sufficiently at a loose end to find myself tuning in to any of the blowsy and noisy shenanigans somebody thought might be welcome to Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 60th anniversary of her accession, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [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]

Destroying the Social Fabric of India: The Indian Premier League: Sex, Lies and Capitalism

Colin Todhunter, London Progressive Journal's India correspondent, reports on the worrying fusion of news and entertainment that is part of modern India... [read more]

Democracy is licking its wounds but the fight for social justice is gathering momentum

Sadly, the resounding feature of the 2012 local elections is one of a weak democracy. It’s true that of the 32 per cent of people who decided to vote, more voted Labour than any other party. But the dominant characteristic of 2012 is that almost seven in every 10 people decided that the election wasn’t worth the walk to the polling station writes Alfie Stirling.... [read more]

An Olympian Inspiration

With the Olympic Games and Paralympics only months away, Hussein Al-Alak introduces some of the key competitors of the Paralympics... [read more]

UKs French set to oust Sarkosy

In his latest article on the upcoming French Presidential elections, David Eade looks at the crucial role French voters living in Britain will play in determining the winner... [read more]

The problem with ‘Workfare’

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

The New Colony - Balochistan

Assed Baig comments on US initiatives to gain access to a previously ignored mineral rich area of the globe... [read more]

Can Capitalism Survive?

In the first of a series of articles, by internationaly renowned Greek economist Professor Lefteris Tsoulfidis, focusing on the origins and state of the European economic crisis, Professor Tsoulfidis discusses whether Capitalism has a future... [read more]

Euro zone crisis: A Green alternative

We are watching economic injustice crush a nation before our eyes. On 20 March, Greece must meet the next tranche of debt repayments,says Alfie Stirling.... [read more]

Goodbye homophobia. Hello sexual diversity

Peter Tatchell gives his thoughts on what a post homophobic society might look like... [read more]

The Politics of the Psyche

BBC 4’s Saturday night primetime slot is cornering the market in excellent European drama but we don’t need Denmark to point out how impotent we feel. However idealistic were its ancient Roman origins, the UK’s version of representative democracy has become as distorted as a burning pillar of wax, says outRageous!... [read more]

Lies, Damned Lies and Opinion Polls

Stephen Gilbert challenges the so called 'accuracy' of ICM opinion polls and shows how Labour continues to miss classic opportunities to rebut Conservative policy. ... [read more]

Youth unemployment figures reveal Britain beating its 'personal best'

The London Progressive Journal gives its take on current events in the latest fortnightly editorial... [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]

Good and Evil

What happened to considerations of good and evil? This is the question that Jean Claude van Itallie ponders.... [read more]

The Corporate Welfare State

Despite the crisis, it’s still socialism for the 1 per cent, capitalism for the rest.... [read more]

Hail to the true victors of Rupert's revolution

John Pilger asks 'Cui bono' in relation to the conflict in Libya ... [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]

African history: the need for its teaching in UK schools

Madeleine Louise Fry reflects on the Anglo-centric nature of history teaching in the UK's schools.... [read more]

Another Baghdad Massacre: Iraqi Christians Are Already at Home

Media rhetoric over the struggles of Iraqi Christians represents classic 'divide and rule' imperialism, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Obama's Next War Project

For all its rhetoric on Iraq, history suggests the Obama administration is likely to embark on a new war, says Rhoderick Gates.... [read more]

Reformed Venezuelan Bank Law Separates Banks and Media

Tamara Pearson reports on an important Venezuelan initiative to prevent the corporate media from getting directly involved in the banking and finance industries.... [read more]

Towering Lunacy

Green enthusiasm for vertical farms shows that no one is untouched by magical thinking, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Saudi Sheik's Obsession with Sex Fatwas

Iqbal Tamimi on how the Muslim religious edict, or fatwa, has been used to control women.... [read more]

Venezuela: Workers and State Rally for Nationalizations,

James Suggett on a new series of anti-corruption measures in Venezuela.... [read more]

Election 2010: A First-Time Voter's View

Chris Mason-Fielding voted in his first election on May 6th. He reflects on an entertaining and eventful campaign.... [read more]

“Hold Me Back!”

The idea that Iran would risk certain annihilation by attacking Israel is ludicrous, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Eight Colombians Arrested on Suspicion of Spying in Venezuela

Kiraz Janicke on the latest incident to further fuel the considerable distrust between Colombia and Venezuela.... [read more]

War With the Ghosts

George Monbiot asks: what are our nuclear weapons for, and who controls them? ... [read more]

Tens of Thousands of Students Rally in Support of Chavez in Venezuela

A student rally in the Venezuelan capital has rallied behind the country's president, writes Kiraz Janicke.... [read more]

Globalization Unchecked: How Alien Media is Suffocating Culture

Ramzy Baroud considers the cultural impact of global economic integration in 'third world' societies. ... [read more]

Chavez: Opposition Student Protests Defend Impunity and Corruption

Kiraz Janicke on Hugo Chavez's assessment of Venezuela's opposition student movement.... [read more]

Ezra Nawi Spared Jail, For Now

Peter Tatchell urges readers to show their support for Israeli human rights campaigner Ezra Nawi.... [read more]

Venezuela Reviews Relations with Colombia as More US Bases Established

Kiraz Janicke on how the increasing US presence in Colombia is causing friction between Colombia and Venezuela.... [read more]

Eight Police Arrested for Death of Venezuelan Student Protestor

James Suggett reports on the Chávez government's attempt to tackle a deep-rooted culture of repressive policing in Venezuela.... [read more]

Presidents of Venezuela and Colombia Pledge Peace and Economic Development

James Suggett on an encouraging meeting between Uribe and Chávez.... [read more]

Chavez Hopes Obama Will Stop US Aggression Against Venezuela

S.E. on the Venezuelan President's hopes for a constructive relationship with the incoming Obama administration.... [read more]

Stop Israel's Massacre in Gaza!

With hundreds of innocent civilians killed in Israel's brutal attack on Gaza in recent days, Walter Leon argues that the Israeli labour movement has a moral duty to help rally domestic opposition to the aggression.... [read more]

Ecuador Pushing to Break Free from the Cycle of Debt

Samuele Mazzolini examines a bold new intiative from the Ecuadorean government, aimed at establishing a coordinated transnational policy among debtor nations with respect to the crippling debt burdens that are stifling progress in the developing world.... [read more]

Free the Unborn! A Proposal for Slowing Down Politics

George Monbiot on why the struggle against climate change is being undermined by political short-termism.... [read more]

Venezuelan Newspaper Editor Investigated for Inciting President’s Assassination

James Suggett on the latest episode in the Venezuelan corporate media's compaign against Hugo Chávez.... [read more]

The Russian Bear and Information War

Victor Petroff asks: Was the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia really the obvious battle of good vs. bad the media storm might have led us to think it was?... [read more]

Ecuador Seizes Banking Firms

Samuele Mazzolini on the bold steps taken by Ecuador's President Correa as he bids to bring financial stability and security to the country.... [read more]

Dying for a Coke

Kacie Morgan on the campaign to expose the Coca-Cola company's links with right-wing paramilitary violence.... [read more]

Coca-Cola Paralysed by Ex-Fleet-Workers in Venezuela

James Suggett on the induestrial dispute disrupting Coca-Cola distribution in Venezuela.... [read more]

Another Defeat for the Italian Left

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

A Sporting Chance: Why the Olympics is a Perfect Arena for Protest

Alexa Van Sickle on the significane of the Olympic protests.... [read more]

Shurpayev Murder Highlights Authoritarianism Of Putin's Russia

Chris Bath on the latest in a series of political murders in Russia. ... [read more]

"Unfashionable" Balkan Nationalism?

Victor Petroff on the rise of right-wing populism in Bulgaria.... [read more]