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Tulsi Gabbard Comes to San Francisco

“I'm running for president to be able to bring about this sea change in our foreign policy that is so necessary for us and for the world.”... [read more]

On Passing My Seventieth Year

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

Yalda: the winter solstice

Winter solstice has been celebrated by many human communities throughout the millennia... [read more]

An account from a doctor on board the Freedom Flotilla which was hijacked by the Israeli Navy

Events from 29 July when the Israeli Navy stormed the Freedom Flotilla al-Awda, hijacked and diverted it from its intended course to Gaza by Dr Swee Ang, medical doctor on board the al-Awda.... [read more]

Happy Holiday Season…

Most Iranians are believers and practitioners of the single golden rule of treating others as you would expect to be treated... [read more]

Weep, Beloved Country

Sometimes, a small incident can pierce the darkness and reveal a frightening picture... [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]

The Light That Cracks The Darkness

The people of Spain are actively resisting the effects of austerity. As Bryan G Taylor explains, no amount of 'Reforma Laboral' will stave off call for a revolutionary change... [read more]

INDIGO CAFÉ, CAMBRIDGE

A poem by Geoffrey Heptonstall... [read more]

William Morris, Socialism, and the World

This short essay is a study of William Morris, Socialism, and the World.... [read more]

ON THE EVE AND AFTER THE WAR

A poem by Geoffrey Heptonstall... [read more]

Princely Visits

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, visited Israel this week.... [read more]

A Song is Born

The situation in the Gaza Strip is as close to hell as one can get. Food at subsistence level, electricity for two to four hours a day, the water is polluted. Work is extremely scarce. Only the most severely ill are let out.... [read more]

A Writer's Place

It was a masterpiece of evasion. He was asked, as other writers were, to comment on the needs of publishers to seek out work of merit that might not be commercially viable... [read more]

After the Euphoria

A weak government whose core values are misguided by nostalgia for a lost empire... [read more]

A Tale of Two Stories

This Tuesday morning he arrived at the gate as usual. But something aroused suspicion among the guards. He was wearing a jacket, though the weather was quite hot on this early autumn day. The guards asked him to remove his jacket.... [read more]

Song For Freedom

A poem by Kay Channon ... [read more]

The Swallow with an Injured Wing

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

Alisoun and the Passage of Time to Death

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

The Second Coming?

Suddenly, a familiar face, almost forgotten, appeared on the TV screen... [read more]

Today Forty Nine Years Ago

Palestine and Israel can live in peace and harmony. If only we could just glimpse all that we have in common in our humanity... [read more]

You Sit On The Back Row

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

Isolation

A poem by Simon Cockle... [read more]

Iraq Atrocities - The UK’s “Independent” Inquiry

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair should be in the Hague alongside his cohorts... [read more]

Replacing reality by fantasy

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

David Cameron’s Christmas Crusade - More Killing

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and his Cabinet Ministers are rigidly consistent in one thing - their inconsistency... [read more]

Committee room 9: “Scotland and Palestine: Building Friendship and Solidarity”

Clive Hambidge reports on a recent seminar at the Houses of Parliament: “Scotland and Palestine” Building Friendship and Solidarity... [read more]

Nasser and I

Forty five years ago Gamal Abd-al-Nasser died at the early age of 52. It continues to have a huge influence on the present, and probably will on the future... [read more]

Jewish Terrorists

Some of my best friends demand that I write an article condemning unconditionally the "administrative detention" of Jewish terrorists. ... [read more]

The Shameful Tragedy of Tariq Aziz. A Metaphor for the “New Iraq.”

As with everything to do with “The New Iraq”, the death of the country’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Tariq Aziz, 79, was announced with a lie... [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]

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]

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Dead

A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

India: a vote of despair

Dr Lal Khan provides analysis on the Indian elections and the landslide victory of the BJP... [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]

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]

An Excerpt From Carl Sandburg’s Poem “Yes, The People” Re-considered As An Economic And Political Commentary

All people receive new information through a kind of perceptual grid consisting of their background, education and prejudices, which modifies their capability to absorb new information... [read more]

A Tale of Two Prime Ministers

George Tait Edwards comments on the comparisons and contrasts between the policies and personalities of Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minster of Japan, and David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom... [read more]

The Martian

A Martian landed in the woods near Thomas Hardy's Cottage... ... [read more]

Palestine Entangled: The Politics of Money

The link between political statements and action, and money is obvious for all to see. What may appear as political concessions can oftentimes be attributed to some frozen or funds waiting to be delivered. It is transaction-based politics at its best, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

IMT sympathiser shot in Swat - Barbarism must not prevail!

Earlier this week, Malala Yousafzai was brutally shot by gunmen as she was returning home from school. Masked assassins stepped onto a bus filled with terrified children, identified her, and shot her at point blank range in the head and neck.... [read more]

Mining The Past

Paul Lloyd looks back at the findings of a coroner’s inquest that investigated the deaths of seven Cumbrian miners nearly a century ago. ... [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]

What's behind Kony 2012?

Eugene Puryear describes some of the hidden motivations to bringing Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, to justice... [read more]

A manager's dog

‘I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray, tell me sir, whose dog are you?' ( Alexander Pope, Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog which I gave to his Royal Highness)... [read more]

The Bible of the revolution and its Quran

The 2011 revolution of the people of Egypt shocked the international community on many different levels, says Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

What might make Christopher Hitchens change his mind about 1492?

On the anniversary of ‘Columbus day’ David Hill questions journalist Christopher Hitchens\' admiration of the year 1492... [read more]

Towering Lunacy

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

Italy: Vendola Provides Hope for the Left

The Italian left has been in a state of stagnation for a number of years, but the emergence on the national stage of Nichi Vendola may precipitate a change in fortunes, as Samuele Mazzolini explains.... [read more]

Israel’s Premeditated Murder of Activists Was No Mistake

Ahmed Amr says the Israeli massacre of activists was a cynical and calculated act.... [read more]

The Looming Threat of Terror that Comes From the Far Right

The threat comes not only from jihadis but 'neo-Nazis' out to kill black people, Jews and gays, says Johann Hari.... [read more]

The Tone and the Music

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

Report from a Refugee Camp in Kashmir

As India and Pakistan engage in sabre rattling troops have been moving towards their forward deployments, Assed Baig asks: What about the victims of this age-old rivalry?... [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]