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So, you think you know Iraq?

After the nearly decade long occupation of Iraq, you would have thought that some within British political circles would have learned about the country they sent troops to occupy back in 2003.... [read more]

The other 9/11 tragedy- the day democracy died

As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches, Dr Tomasz Pierscionek examines another tragedy that the date September 11th is famous for.... [read more]

Two Natanz-es? The One I Eternally Adore Is . . . Real!

Natanz is the name of the ancient and tranquil township whose otherwise noble name has been excessively abused by the Western and US media circus in the past decade... [read more]

A poem for The Great Shimomura

There once was a man who had a plan to double the income of Japan... [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]

The Global Struggle for Queer Freedom

Delivering the 2009 Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell hailed the ongoing defiance of the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the face of deeply-entrenched homophobic prejudice.... [read more]

The Economic Crisis and Poor Countries

Mick Brooks compares the 'boom and bust' economics of the past twenty years with similar patterns in the 1920s and 1930s: once again it is the poorer nations that stand to lose the most.... [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 Secret to Funding a Green New Deal

As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the U.S. and Europe... [read more]

We'll Always Have Paris

Reflections on May 1968... [read more]

London Bridge Attack – Hypocrisy, Double Standards and Double Dealing

When she spoke after Manchester’s tragedy: “May’s speech did not address allegations that in 2011, while she was Home Secretary, Libyan Islamists previously under surveillance in Britain were given back their passports and helped by the government to fly to Libya to fight Muammar Gadaffi’s administration.... [read more]

If China Can Fund infrastructure with Its Own Credit, So Can We

While American politicians debate endlessly over how to finance the needed fixes and which ones to implement, the Chinese have managed to fund massive infrastructure projects all across their country, including 12,000 miles of high-speed rail built just in the last decade... [read more]

Quo Vadis, Venezuela?

Even if highly exaggerated in the western press, the economic and political crisis in Venezuela is real... [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]

America’s Brexit: to fight Trump, fight Capitalism!

What once seemed unthinkable — akin to an episode of the Twilight Zone — has become a surreal reality... [read more]

The Kiev Junta: A study in the Anatomy of Fear and Ignorance

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek shows the apparent ease with which fear propagates ideas which might otherwise be rejected as absurd... [read more]

NATO weakness in the epoch of geo-political turbulence and instability

The main outcome of the NATO summit that took place in Newport, Wales on 4th-5th September appears to have been the decision to launch a new ‘spearhead’ rapid response task force... [read more]

Comparison of the Washington, Berlin, and Tokyo Consensus Zones -Which one really works?

George Tait Edwards compares three separate economic systems presently operating around the world... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century? (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of Eric Toussaint's review of Thomas Piketty book Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [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]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 3) - The greatest offensive against European social rights since the Second World War

We should not underestimate the capacity of the elites to make the most of a crisis situation writes Eric Toussaint... [read more]

Urgent calls for a General Election in Bulgaria

On Sunday 12 May Bulgaria will hold its general election. The outcome will not only be closely awaited by the people of that country but by fellow European Union States and organisations such as Transparency International, which has been monitoring corruption in Bulgaria for over a decade, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Venezuelan elections

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

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]

Sixty years of philatelic pleasure, and now?

For the five or six generations of solitary, sedentary boys in the middle of which fell my vintage (the baby boomers), the hobby par excellence was collecting stamps, recalls W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

The Lady Doth Screech too Much

Rhys Harrison reviews 'Iron Lady', a recent film about the life of Margaret Thatcher ... [read more]

The ruling class policy toward its soldiers - Use Once and Throw Away

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek describes the treatment of war veterans, from the Vietnam era to those returning from present day conflicts, and highlights the continual deceit war-mongering governments use to deceive the public. The real enemies are not foreign but domestic.... [read more]

From Tiananmen Square to Tahrir Square

Steven Colatrella on the nature of uprisings against the state in the wake of revolution in Tunisia and Egypt.... [read more]

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

The tensions on the Korean border are unlikely to die down so long as the US maintains its intransigent stance towards North Korea, says Kevin Gray.... [read more]

‘Islamism’ in the Western Imagination

Richard Greeman kicks off his 16-part series, 'Contextualising the Threat of Radical Islam', by taking a critical look at the Western media's appropriation of World War Two terminology to legitimise the 'War on Terror'. ... [read more]

Heroes of the 21st Century

The first decade of the 21st Century has been marred by violence, militarism and oppression in the Global South. But there has also been resistance. Tomasz Pierscionek profiles some of the radical heroes of the past ten years.... [read more]

Interview with a Colombian Political Prisoner

Garry Leech interviews political prisoner Liliany Obando in her sell in Buen Pastor Prison.... [read more]

Economic Outlook Worsens as Unemployment Increases

With UK unemployment figures reaching a ten-year high, Christopher Vasey reviews the experts' forecasts for an even gloomier 2009.... [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]

Why David Cameron Blames the Poor

Peter Taylor-Gooby argues that the Conservative party's latest attempt to scapegoat the poor reflects the extent to which Thatcherite individualism has poisoned British society after over a decade of New Labour in power.... [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]

The Failure of New Labour was to Ignore Society

Compass's Jonathan Rutherford believes New Labour has lost touch with society.... [read more]

The Key to Solving the Climate Crisis Is Beneath Our Feet

The Green New Deal resolution that was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in February hit a wall in the Senate, where it was called unrealistic and unaffordable... [read more]

Short Essay on the Greek Crisis

This short essay is a study of the history and politics of the Greek Crisis... [read more]

The American Dream Is Alive and Well—in China

Home ownership has been called “the quintessential American dream.” Yet today less than 65% of American homes are owner occupied, and more than 50% of the equity in those homes is owned by the banks.... [read more]

Why Do We Think We Own The Earth?

Is it too late to ditch our rigid world view, our superiority, our belief in our ‘right’ to own and control our world? ... [read more]

The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us

As public banking gains momentum across the country, policymakers in California and Washington state are vying to form the nation’s second state-owned bank, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919.... [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]

Universal Basic Income Is Easier Than It Looks

Calls for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) have been increasing, most recently as part of the “Green New Deal” introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and supported in the last month by at least 40 members of Congress... [read more]

This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work

With what author and activist Naomi Klein calls “galloping momentum,” the “Green New Deal” promoted by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., appears to be forging a political pathway for solving all of the ills of society and the planet in one fell swoop... [read more]

Western Media Attacks Critics of the White Helmets

The October 16 issue of NY Review of Books has an article by Janine di Giovani titled Why Assad and Russia Target the White Helmets. The article exemplifies how western media promotes the White Helmets uncritically and attacks those who challenge the myth.... [read more]

How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

Wall Street owns the country. That was the opening line of a fiery speech that populist leader Mary Ellen Lease delivered around 1890. Franklin Roosevelt said it again in a letter to Colonel House in 1933, and Sen. Dick Durbin was still saying it in 2009. ... [read more]

Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Destructive Lifestyles

Throughout the world heat waves, flooding and uncontrollable wildfires have caused widespread havoc, lives have been lost, homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined. ... [read more]

What's the Big Idea?

A little riddle for your amusement. It has more to do with class capitalism than you might suppose... [read more]

Blackstone, BlackRock or a Public Bank? Putting California’s Funds to Work

California has over $700 billion parked in private banks earning minimal interest, private equity funds that contributed to the affordable housing crisis, or shadow banks of the sort that caused the banking collapse of 2008.... [read more]

Classy Questions

Are you fit enough to join the front-line in the UK's Class War?... [read more]

Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising

The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed’s push to “tighten”?... [read more]

The One-World View

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

What We Need

One of the most frustrating aspects of analysing current events is just how fast the world-picture changes... [read more]

Scottish Left On The Eve of the Centenary of Bolshevik Revolution

Scottish coordinator for ICOR, Amjad Ayub Mirza looks at the effects of revisionism and reformism on Scottish left politics... [read more]

Regulation Is Killing Community Banks – Public Banks Can Revive Them

Crushing regulations are driving small banks to sell out to the megabanks, a consolidation process that appears to be intentional. Publicly-owned banks can help avoid that trend and keep credit flowing in local economies.... [read more]

Transaction Analysis

Baffled? Confused? Me too!... you, too?... [read more]

North Korea an Aggressor? A Reality Check

The mention of one tiny country appears to strike at the rationality and sanity of those who should know far better... [read more]

Observations and Impressions from Russia

For over two weeks this May, a delegation of 30 Americans visited seven regions and ten cities across Russia... [read more]

On the Road of Damascus, I Met Jeremy Corbyn

I come from a fairly long line of mercantile family forebears with strong business skills and profit inspired attitudes. Although I chose not to go into business as my brothers did and I became a teacher of English, every emotional nerve in my body believed in wealth creation as being the only way forward for all.... [read more]

Danegeld

It was just over a thousand years ago that the King of England shook his piggy bank and found it full of twigs and trinkets. He needed dosh and he needed it fast.... [read more]

“Ryancare” Dead on Arrival: Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?

The new American Health Care Act has been unveiled, and critics are calling it more flawed even than the Obamacare it was meant to replace... [read more]

So Near and Yet So Far

Stop buying, start making! Stop buying, start growing! Stop buying, start sharing!... [read more]

Trump and the Rise of Fascism in America

Mr Trump seems to be planning the annihilation of vast populations by unleashing a new reign of fascist barbarity.... [read more]

Women Battle The Highest Rates Of Attempted Suicide In Post-Conflict Bougainville

Sexual violence, early marriage, gender inequality and poverty are some of the factors being blamed for the alarming rates of depression and attempted suicide among women in Bougainville... [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]

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 Criminality of American and British Illegal Immigrants in Syria

The illegals are UK Special Forces in Syria to assist the “moderate” head chopping, hand chopping, child-decapitating “rebels.”... [read more]

Business As Unusual

We need more people to throw down their swords and raise their voices with the healing words of true democracy... [read more]

Looming Dangers

Only by developing a set of radical and progressive alternative political solutions can Labour be able to challenge effectively this upsurge on the right... [read more]

An Unlikely Story: the Radio Times sells badger culling

The latest issue of the Radio Times must be making anti-badger culling people spitting mad... [read more]

The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond

The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by Syriza to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader... [read more]

The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed's "independence" by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding... [read more]

Killing Off Community Banks: Intended Consequence of Dodd-Frank?

The Dodd-Frank regulations are so lethal to community banks that some say the intent was to force them to sell out to the megabanks... [read more]

A major factor in Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal to voters

It is Labour’s long-standing support for, and failure to challenge, the central tenets of neo-classical orthodoxy that has disabled any challenge they have tried to make to any other aspect of the Tory progamme... [read more]

Monsanto's 'Hand of God': Planned Obsolescence Of The Indian Farmer

Global agribusiness is playing fast and loose with poor people’s lives and is profiting handsomely.... [read more]

Syria: From the sublime to the shameful

What follows is a report from a resident of Aleppo whose identity is not revealed for reasons of security... [read more]

Syria: America’s “Inherent Resolve” to Destroy Another Sovereign Nation

The US led “coalitions” of recent years have, it seems, moved on from destroying towns, now entire sovereign nations are laid to waste... [read more]

Derailing Amtrak

Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis... [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]

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]

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]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 1 of 9)

The Coalition Government’s Failed Austerity Programme... [read more]

Labour’s immigration Policy: A Progressive Perspective

Immigration, and how the parties claim they will control it, is one of a handful of issues that will be pivotal in swaying swing voters either right or left in this year’s general election... [read more]

Menace on the Menu: Development and the Globalization of Servitude‏ (Part 1)

In his book ‘The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective’, economist Angus Maddison noted that India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth until the 17th century... [read more]

Taxi story

Reams have been written about how awful and oppressive East Germany was - a virtual slave state with Stasi surveillance informers everywhere. That image was rudely demolished in a curious way the other day... [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]

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]

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

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

Oil, Blood, Confusion, Fear: Fuelling The British Public's Appetite For War

Back in 2003, Tony Blair stated that Saddam Hussein could hit Britain with a missile within 45 minutes. He also said that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction... [read more]

Monsanto’s Biotech Public Relations Makeover: Lubricating the Wheels of the GMO Trojan Horse

Monsanto believes it is having trouble getting its message across to the public. Last year, it began a makeover. It realised that it and GMOs have an image problem... [read more]

Israel’s Golden Gift

In recent weeks, with the crisis which has befallen Iraq and the upsurge in ISIS related violence, Iraq has become the focus of many media articles which mostly state that the anti-war movement was right to oppose the 2003 war... [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]

Update On Shimomuran Economics: The Day May Come

Western governments and their advisors can no longer continue to ignore the work of the master economist Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) who provided the insights which have produced the high growth of the China Sea economic zone... [read more]

Goal Moscow

The USA wants to turn Ukraine into a permanent area of crisis, keeping it just off the boil of war. In this way Russia will feel threatened... [read more]

The Day That Spanish Democracy Died

These are exciting times for Spanish royalists. They anticipate a new king, and it appears they are going to get one... [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]

Ukraine: US Ambassador to Moscow’s 2008 Cable: “Nyet, Means Nyet – Russia’s NATO Engagement’s Red Line.”

Headlines in the mainstream Western media, and Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, obediently echo White House propaganda... [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]

An Extended Review of "Princes of the Yen" by Professor Richard Werner

George Tait Edwards reviews “Princes of the Yen”, the latest book written by Professor Richard Werner... [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]

Iraq’s Persecuted Christians

The Christmas day attacks against Iraq’s Christian community has once again thrust this besieged and dwindling minority back into the media writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Mandela is gone, but apartheid is alive and well in Australia

In the late 1960s, I was given an usual assignment by the London Daily Mirror's editor in chief, Hugh Cudlipp. I was to return to my homeland, Australia, and "discover what lies behind the sunny face", writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Forget Conspiracy Theories, The Truth Is Often More Shocking

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek shows how truth can be stranger and more shocking than fiction... [read more]

Victory at Cuito Cuanavale

In the run-up to December 7's Latin America conference Victoria Brittain remembers Cuba's contribution to the fight for freedom in Angola and against apartheid 25 years ago... [read more]

Russell Brand and the Nixon inequality shock

Russell Brand's call for revolution reverberated with many beyond the underclass he referenced... [read more]

Elections in Norway

Patrizia Bertini speaks with Norwegian Labour Party politician Rudolph Brynn about the general election next week... [read more]

Treasure hunt in Wendish Lusatia

Tomaš Kappa tells a story about Germany’s biggest secret and a scandal, its treatment of the Sorbian people ... [read more]

Iraq: Between Drug Dealers and Death Squads

Hussein al-Alak shows how drug addiction has taken hold across Iraq following the invasion a decade ago... [read more]

Nations Get what their Financial-Industrial Systems Deliver: A Comparative Analysis of Three Different Groups of Financial-Industrial Systems

George Tait Edwards compares three different financial-industrial systems and considers the merits of each model... [read more]

Why Radical Islam is Growing and How to Deal with It

After the 9/11 tragedy there has been a surge in the radical Islamist movement writes Ola Onikoyi... [read more]

The End of Money

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

Margaret Thatcher's Contribution to Neoliberalism

Former Labour MP and Shadow Cabinet member, Bryan Gould, reflects on the tendency to lionise and exaggerate the importance of Margaret Thatcher's contribution towards promoting free market economics... [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]

A long and dishonourable tradition

George Osborne may be just about the last person in Britain to believe that austerity offers a real path to recovery from recession and the resumption of growth - and it may be doubted that even he remains a true believer, writes Bryan Gould... [read more]

Money for the People: Grillo's Populist Plan for Italy

Comedian Beppe Grillo was surprised himself when his Five Star Movement got 8.7 million votes in the Italian general election of February 24-25th... [read more]

Iraqi Freedom Ten Years after Liberation

Next week, on Tuesday 19 March, many of us will remember how, precisely ten years ago, in another and dreamlike existence, we incredulously watched the beginning of the invasion of Iraq. Faisl Mikdadi shares some personal reflection... [read more]

After Eastleigh

Labour’s disastrous showing at Eastleigh is a self-inflicted wound but it still needs a friendly critic and a critical friend, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

Ensuring Scottish sovereignty

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

It’s like Déjà-Vu All Over Again

The Israeli-US rhetoric towards Iran is more than just hollow threats. History shows us why Iran is next in the firing line, and why an invasion just might be inevitable. ... [read more]

Lenin on Marxism and Bourgeois Democracy

In chapter seven of "'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder" Lenin addresses himself to the ultra-left claim that socialists should no longer work with or be members of bourgeois parliaments. Thomas Riggins explains.... [read more]

Our psychology makes us neglect the victims of climate change

Psychologist Billy Larsson looks at how our human psychology prevents us from stepping up to the mark and dealing with the imminent problem of climate change... [read more]

“It was so bad you just wanted to laugh”

LPJ French political affairs correspondent, David Eade, comments on the recent leadership election within France’s Conservative opposition party, the UMP... [read more]

Why drone assassinations just don't work

The London Progressive Journal gives its take on current events in our editorial column... [read more]

The teratoid of US foreign policy

Since the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776, the US has struggled with its foreign policy and its perceived role within global politics. Finn Bowen discusses the past, present and future of US foreign policy... [read more]

The internet- Plutocracy's Achilles' Heel?

Ironically Capitialism's well founded fear of unfettered public access to matters of vital importance stems from the advent of the internet, writes Jim Handley... [read more]

The Liberal Democrats: Liberalism in the European sense only

After months of activity and apologies, the message from Nick Clegg to the left of centre voter was this: "We are not the party for you." At least, this was the message I took away with me. Not just from the Lib-Dem conference but also from the New Statesman article by Richard Reeves, Clegg's former director of strategy, writes Nathaneal Sansam.... [read more]

The circulating money supply: Why QE3 won’t jumpstart the Economy—and What Would

The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers — but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives, argues Ellen Brown.... [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 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]

Democracy By Candlelight: Living In Fear And Kept In The Dark

Giving people the opportunity to vote every four or five years, while in the meantime deceiving, misinforming and lying to them, has no more to do with democracy or freedom than what is happening in Syria right now, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

Britain’s Summer: A Juxtaposition of Sport & Politics - The Question of Nationalism

We may end up remembering 2012 for it’s grand summer of British national pride but we must not forget the country is in a terrible state and it doesn’t appear that things will get better, writes Joseph A. Daniels. ... [read more]

Historic Victory and a Spicy Tale

In the last of a series of articles on the French elections, David Eade looks at the breakdown of the National Assembly elections and the way forward for Francois Hollande and the Parti Socialiste ... [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]

Taking Another look at ‘Chavs’

Chavs by Owen Jones has rightly been lauded as an overdue rejoinder to the steady and near unstoppable denigration of the working class in Britain over the past three decades of unbroken Thatcherism, under both the Tories and New Labour, reviews John Wight.... [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]

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 Logic of Unintended Consequences: The ‘Mess in Mali'

Ramzy Baroud explains how NATO's foray into Libya is beginning to have unforseen consequences across North Africa... [read more]

Memory in Exile: An Interview with Jorge Coulon of Inti Illimani

Ramona Wadi speaks with a member of the famous Chilean band Inti Illimani, a group that was part of the nueva cancion movement in the 60s and 70s... [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]

Embellishing the Iraq War: Moral Victory, and Selective Body Counts

Someone ought to let mainstream news producers know that the nearly 4,500 US soldiers killed in the Iraq war were not the only victims. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have also been killed as a result of the US invasion, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Christopher Hitchens - an obit and opinion

Amid the avalanche of articles and obituaries written in tribute to Christopher Hitchens in the wake of his recent passing, we have been reacquainted with the essential condition of western liberalism - moral depravity, says John Wight. ... [read more]

A future apology

Mark Chivers apologises prospectively for our generation's lack of action in safeguarding the planet ... [read more]

Women Leaders key to post-conflict development on Bougainville

Following a recent trip to the island, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the end of the Bougainville Civil War, Catherine Wilson reports on the role women played in bringing peace to the island.... [read more]

The Son of Africa claims a continent’s crown jewels

John Pilger denounces American imperialist strategy in Africa ... [read more]

\'Illegal settlements\' to be destroyed - just the wrong ones

Matthew Hill takes a look at the plight of the Bedouin living in the Negev desert-a minority within Israel\'s Arab minority.... [read more]

The Roma of Iraq- a forgotten community

Iqbal Tamimi considers the fate of the Roma women of Iraq: from dancing and prostitution before the US invasion of Iraq to harassment and begging on the streets afterwards.... [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]

Over 300 U.S. troops dead in Afghanistan in 2011

Kevin Baker shows how the US administation cares little for the lives of American soldiers. Many troops dying in Afghanistan today were 8 years old when the 9/11 attacks happened. ... [read more]

Leon Panetta in Iraq: More lies, more war

Michael Prysner, reveals how the newly appointed American Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, is bringing back Bush-era rhetoric and pushing to extend the occupation of Iraq.... [read more]

Understanding Imperialism - Then As Now

From JA Hobson's re-published classic to Doug Stokes and Sam Rafael's lucid contemporary critique, understanding imperialism is key to achieving a fairer and more sustainable world, writes Nathaniel Mehr.... [read more]

The Hunt for FARC Commander Alfonso Cano

The Colombian military has had numerous successes targeting high-ranking leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in recent years. Its two greatest successes were the killing of secretariat members Raúl Reyes in 2008 and Jorge Briceño, alias “Mono Jojoy,” last year. By Garry Leech... [read more]

Book Review: Cuba's Education Revolution

Tomasz Pierscionek reviews Theodore MacDonald's new book, a comprehensive survey of Cuba's education system since 1959.... [read more]

Clinton Revises Colombia’s Drug History to Justify US Military Role in Mexico and Central America

Garry Leech reflects on the Orwellian distortions in Hillary Clinton's recent comments on the history of US involvement in Central America.... [read more]

Mervyn King Comes to Town

Rob Sewell considers the significance of Mervyn King's address to the TUC in Manchester.... [read more]

Regarding US Muslims: A Misguided Debate

Ramzy Baroud on why there is a blinkered and one-sided view of what causes Islamaphobia in America and how best to tackle it.... [read more]

End of Recession is Imminent Says Venezuela’s Planning Minister

Venezuela's Planning and Finance Minister has announced a positive forecast for the country's economy, as James Suggett reports.... [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]

Millennium Goals Revisited: Noble Ideas, and Feel-Good Moments

The UN's much-vaunted Millenium Development goals have turned out to be little more than wishful thinking, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

World Cup Fever Starts To Cool

The football World Cup is one giant consumerist showcase, argues Steve Jones.... [read more]

Election 2010: Don’t Mention the Class War

'New' Labour is too close to big business to deliver the radical change the country needs, but it is by far the lesser of the two evils on offer, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

Election 2010: Don't Let the Tories In

Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks says the radical left must rally behind Labour on May 6th.... [read more]

Chimes At Midnight: Football in Crisis

Ordinary fans are being ripped off by the unfettered greed of modern footbal, writes Steve Jones.... [read more]

The Greeks are Fighting for Us All

The Greek crisis is merely the first stage of a wider global backlash against neoliberal economics, argues Steven Colatrella.... [read more]

The Greek Crisis and the Threat to the Euro

Can the EU afford to let Greece withdraw from the Eurozone? Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks considers the significance of the Grek Crisis.... [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]

Zionists Outraged as Holocaust Memorial Day Recognises Other Genocides

A number of recent initiatives have sought to place the narratives of Armenian, Rwandan and other genocide victims alongside the memory of the Jewish Holocaust. A vocal hardcore of Zionist bigots has reacted in predictable fashion, as Amanda Sebestyen explains.... [read more]

Tribe or Nation? A Critical Look at Background to the Current Irish Scene

Irish politics has been back in the UK media limelight in recent weeks and months. Veteran campaigner Roy Johnston sets out a condensed history of the political dimension of the Irish independence struggle.... [read more]

Teachers' Union Opposes Government's 'Licence to Teach' Proposal

The government's plan to impose a 'licencing' system on the teaching profession is bureaucratic and unworkable, says Christine Blower.... [read more]

Berlusconi: Europe's Real Pandemic

The enormous popularity of Italy's right-wing demagogue is a reflection of the corrupt cynicism of contemporary mass culture, argues Paolo Mossetti.... [read more]

Preview of Ramzy Baroud's 'My Father was a Freedom Fighter'

Stephen Lendman previews the forthcoming book by journalist, campaigner and regular London Progressive Journal contributor Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The US and Colombian Roles in the Honduran Crisis

Garry Leech argues that the US role in the Honduran crisis represents a continuation of the traditional US approach towards democracy in Central America.... [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]

Popular Pressure is the Only Way Now

Jeremy Corbyn MP urges Londoners to take to the streets on Saturday in protest at the disastrous Afghan war.... [read more]

Youth Unemployment - Nearly at the Million Mark

Steve Jones on the deteriorating state of the British economy under New Labour's so-called 'third way'.... [read more]

Venezuela: US Criticisms of Venezuelan Arms Purchases Lack “Moral Weight”

James Suggett on the uncompromising Venezuelan response to US criticisms of recent arms purchases from Russia.... [read more]

Africa in Colombia: The First Free Black Community in the Americas Continues Its Struggle

Garry Leech looks back on the historic struggles of Colombia's black community.... [read more]

Tories and Cuts: The Dangers Ahead

Whatever David Cameron may be saying publicly, massive public sector cuts will be a certainty if the Tories win the next election, as Steve Jones explains.... [read more]

Colombia’s FARC Weapons Claim A “Dirty Campaign”

Kiraz Janicke on the latest round in the ongoing war of words between the Venezuelan and Colombian governments.... [read more]

Venezuela Condemns US Hypocrisy on Drugs

The Venezuelan government has challenged the objectivity of a US report on drug trafficking, writes Tamara Pearson.... [read more]

Book review: 'The New Latin American Left'

Nathaniel Mehr reviews an insightful edited collection on the new left in Latin America.... [read more]

Washington Post Shamelessly Promotes US Drug Policy in Colombia

Garry Leech critically analyses a typically obsequious mainstream portrayal of US policy in Latin America.... [read more]

President Obama Announces $1 trillion ‘New Deal’ Programme

Christopher Vasey on the Obama administration's new initiative to kick-start the US economy.... [read more]

Twenty-Five Years On

John Haylett looks back on the struggle which defined the politics of a decade and paved the way for the rise of New Labour.... [read more]

Venezuela Re-Takes Course Toward Socialism With Inauguration of Water Pump and Commune

James Suggett on the Venezuelan government's new project to enhance popular access to natural resources.... [read more]

The New Face of Plan Colombia: An "Alliance for Progress" for the 21st Century?

Garry Leech examines the US-backed soft reform programme aimed at undermining support for radical movements in Colombia.... [read more]

Australian Administration Puts UK Labour Party in the Shade

Steven Littlewood believes Gordon Brown could learn a thing or two from his Australian counterpart.... [read more]

Day of Celebrations across Venezuela for Revolution’s 10th Anniversary

Tamara Pearson on the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Hugo Chavez's presidency. ... [read more]

Interview: Carlos Bula Camacho talks to London Progressive Journal

Samuele Mazzolini spoke to Carlos Bula Camacho, Secretary General of Polo Democrático Alternativo, the Colombian opposition party.... [read more]

‘I Can Give You the Names of Those Responsible’ – Interview with a Colombian Human Rights Activist

Campaign group Justice for Colombia recently conducted the following interview with a human rights activist who works closely with the trade union movement in the Colombian department of Meta. ... [read more]

‘Close to One Billion’ People Going Hungry. That’s Capitalism.

Fred McDowell on a UN report which is offers a damning indictment of the failures of the capitalist world economy.... [read more]

Interview: Antonio Navarro Wolff talks to London Progressive Journal

Samuele Mazzolini met prominent Colombian politician Antonio Navarro Wolff, the governor of the southern department of Nariño, to discuss the many social and political problems affecting Colombia.... [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]

Review: The Façade of Arms Control, by Anna Stavrianakis

Alexa Van Sickle reviews the Campaign Against the Arms Trade booklet by Anna Stavrianakis. ... [read more]

The Working Class Must Not be Left to Pay for Wall Street Mess

Socialist Appeal's Walter Leon on the far-reaching implications of the financial crisis. ... [read more]

US Democrats Yet to Convince Working Class America

Richard Scorer on how the current economic crisis presents a challenge to the Democrats' cosy relationship with big business and finance.... [read more]

Venezuela and China Expand Joint Oil and Investment Accords

James Suggett on the strengthening of trade ties between China and Venezuela. ... [read more]

Where does Labour stand after Miliband?

The recent intervention by David Miliband and the resulting manoeuvrings reveals much about the febrile state within the Labour Party. Beyond the Blairite-Brownite soap opera, which goes on even after one of the protagonists leaves the stage - rather like Ernie Wise continuing to define himself after poor Eric passed away - this is an existential crisis for Labour.... [read more]

Outsourcing in the UK: How Widespread?

Fred McDowell on the rise of outsourcing in the UK's public services.... [read more]

Far Right Emerging in Austria - Again

Austria’s governing coalition has collapsed - will this lead to the rise of the far-right Freedom Party?... [read more]

Ten Years On: The Iraq Sanctions

Hussein Al-Alak looks back on the murderous sanctions regime imposed upon Iraq prior to the overt aggression of 2003.... [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]

Obama Moves Quickly to Court Israel Lobby

Barack Obama's recent comments on his Israel-Palestine policy suggest real "change" is definitely not on his Middle East agenda.... [read more]

Ecuador's President Correa in Conflict with Indigenous Movement

Samuele Mazzolin on why the Ecuaodorean president's agenda for modernisation and wealth redistribution has brought him into an unlikely conflict with the country's indigenous groups.... [read more]

Palm Oil or Orang-utans? We Must Soon Decide Which we Prefer

Chris Bath on the campaign for greater regulation of the palm oil trade.... [read more]

How Iraq’s Once Effective Healthcare System Was Sold Down the Nation’s Two Rivers

On top of one million dead, war has shattered an Iraqi healthcare system already decimated by sanctions.... [read more]

NUJ to Stand up for Journalism and Journalists

NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear believes media workers must resist cuts.... [read more]

We're Still Too Fixated On Oil

Labour MP Michael Meacher on the ongoing obsession with oil.... [read more]

Snow Jobs

George Monbiot examines the detail behind "job creation".... [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]