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The Case of Soldier A

A group of soldiers, supported by a major part of the political scene, has mutinied against their commanders. This is a major menace to the structure of the state, a challenge to what remains of our democracy.... [read more]

You can’t have human rights in a neoliberal economy: Britain and the Universal Declaration at 70

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948... [read more]

Palestine's Nelson Mandela

Divide et impera – "divide and rule" – since Roman times this has been a guiding principle of every regime that suppresses another people. In this the Israeli authorities have been incredibly successful.... [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]

Decent Respect

Sweden, like Britain, was always considered a "pro-Israeli" country, loyally voting against "anti-Israel" resolutions in the UN. If such important Western nations are reconsidering their attitudes towards the policy of Israel, what does it mean?... [read more]

Capitalism and crisis

Nelson Wan provides an overview of Marx's explanation for why capitalism goes into crisis, discussing the inherent contradictions within the capitalism system... [read more]

Eyeless in Gaza

I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief.... [read more]

The Israeli Macron

When I was 10 years old, my family fled from Nazi Germany. We were fearful that the Gestapo was after us. Then our train crossed the bridge that separated Germany from France, and we heaved a deep sigh of relief.... [read more]

A Word About Fidel

Fidel – a revolutionary hero to some, a ruthless tyrant to others. Why, we must ask, should the question be posed in terms of such polarity?... [read more]

Adolf, Amin and Bibi

It is not very pleasant when serious people around the world – historians, psychiatrists, diplomats – ask themselves if my prime minister is completely sane... [read more]

Je suis un être humain

For the first time in a long lifetime, the events in Paris have left me cold, shocked, speechless and terrified. Cold because of its inevitable cruelty. Shocked because of the awful response from a hypocritical world. Speechless because there can be nothing I could possibly say to explain the inexplicable - to defend the indefensible. And terrified because I have brown skin, a beard and I am a Muslim Palestinian... [read more]

Once And For All!

In this war, both sides have the same aim: to put an end to the situation that existed before it started... [read more]

The myths about Marxism

The past two decades have witnessed a barrage of propaganda against Marxism and its revolutionary heritage from the mainstream media... [read more]

Racism Is Alive and Well - Yet So Polite

Carol Anne Grayson's recent article evoked so many memories of my own life in Britain since the late 1960s. Grayson is undoubtedly right in feeling so uneasy at what she had experienced of Britain's racism... [read more]

A Modest Proposal for the Improvement of the Younger Generation

It is a most distressing sight to see various education ministers and other self seeking professionals falling over each other to gain credit at the expense of so many poor teachers and their most unfortunate children... [read more]

Italy: an economy based on free labour

A leading phenomenon of the Italian job market is the ability of employers to rely on an abundant supply of free labour. Patrizia Bertini explains... [read more]

From Goulash Socialism to Hunger March

David Eade discusses Hungary’s answer to the Jarrow march... [read more]

The Majority of Israelis and Palestinians Want Peace

Susan Walpole discusses how the majority of Jews and Muslims wish to live in peace... [read more]

Condemnation partly motivated by hindsight

The condemnation of past behaviours has become fashionable. It is partly motivated by hindsight. It is also partly motivated by sheer outrage, as any decent and humane person cannot help but be outraged by man's often barbaric treatment of other human beings, writes Elizabeth Ellis.... [read more]

UK riots: Missing the bigger picture

Tomasz Pierscionek examines a variety of proposals to deal with the rioting that swept London and reveals gaps in the logic of those calling for the usual knee jerk reaction.... [read more]

Cut to Shreds: Injustice for All

The coalition government's vicious attack on the public sector amounts to nothing less than a political coup d'état, says Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

The Union Busters

William Roche on the ongoing tradition of intimidation and manipulation aimed at undermining industrial democracy and equality. ... [read more]

William Morris, Socialism, and the World

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

Multi-Headed Dragon Monster Hominids Persist on Earth

The monster is a self-absorbed multiheaded dragon who in his conniving mind incredulously believes he is magnanimous... [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]

Civilisations, a current television project, stimulates responses

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

Political commentators

Political commentators have long been puzzled by the fact that, right across the globe and for several decades, the political left has been in retreat and – more than that – has apparently been unable to mount any significant challenge to the growing neo-liberal hegemony which has dominated western democracies since the 1980s... [read more]

Against Da Law (Part 1)

What do you do if you’re the victim of injustice against major institutions, walled up behind teams of legal eagles whose expertise focuses first and foremost on closing ranks and damage limitations?... [read more]

The Cannons of Napoleon

All intelligent Israelis realize by now that we are facing a fateful choice: either two states, or an apartheid state, or a single Arab-majority state. Most Israelis want none of these.... [read more]

Trumpism and the Working Class

Trumpism is not a uniquely American phenomena. It is the local variant of an ultra-right anti-establishment ideology that has a worldwide manifestation... [read more]

Western countries cling on to censorship to save 'democracy'

News outlets like Russia Today, whether or not you agree with the content and ideas espoused, promote diversity of thought and provide a different perspective on world events that is urgently needed to broaden opinions, balance perspectives... [read more]

The Lesser Evil

Who will win the elections in the US in three days?... [read more]

How did it come to this?

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister, Bryan Gould, asks how Labour MPs became so divorced from the wishes and ambitions of those they claim to represent?... [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]

Petty Corruption

Many years ago I received a phone call from the Prime Minister's office. I was told that Yitzhak Rabin wanted to see me in private... [read more]

The Center Doesn't Hold

"The best lack all convictions, while the worst are full of passionate intensity!"... [read more]

An Incongruous UN Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

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

The Other Gandhi

I had a visitor: General Rehavam Ze'evi, known by his nickname Gandhi, an extreme rightist, came to see me.... [read more]

Squaring the Circle

This week, President Rivlin published a peace plan. That is not a usual act by a president, whose office is mainly ceremonial.... [read more]

The Great BDS Debate

But what does peace mean? Peace is made between two enemies. It presupposes the existence of both. When one side destroys the other, as Rome destroyed Carthage, it puts an end to the war. But it is not peace... [read more]

Bernie Sanders' message

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister Bryan Gould considers why Bernie Sanders' support amongst voters keeps growing... [read more]

Questions of Power and Slavery

All governments encroach, creep into our lives, and smother our minds with ever more legislation that infringes our human rights and civil liberties... [read more]

The Cats of Ariel

Every time you think we have reached the limit, something else pops up and the limit moves... [read more]

Labour’s Lost Soul: the UK and the Labour Party leadership election

I’ve done it, pushed out my boat on to uncharted seas and voted for Jeremy Corbyn to be leader of Britain’s Labour Party... [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 Fourth of July and the right of revolution

Every schoolchild in the United States is exposed at one point or another to this famous passage from the Declaration of Independence... [read more]

War Crimes? Us???

The concept of "war crimes" is dubious. The biggest crime is starting the war in the first place... [read more]

Why are Labour's leadership hopefuls so right-wing?‏

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, asks why the Labour Party throws up would-be leaders who are clearly so reluctant to rock the boat... [read more]

Back Corbyn for Labour leader! Fight back with socialist policies!

The veteran left wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has declared that he is putting himself forward to go on the ballot paper for the Labour leadership election... [read more]

General Election disaster for working people as Tories stay in power

Big business and the fat cats of the City of London are celebrating the victory of their friends in the Tory Party... [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]

The Riderless Horse

There were events in 1951 which helped shape the subsequent history of much of the world... [read more]

How America Became an Oligarchy

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists... [read more]

An Expensive Speech

Churchill famously said that democracy is the worst political system, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time... [read more]

Over Bottled

Everybody knows what the Israeli elections are about. The choice is stark: on the one side, the dream of a Greater Israel "from the sea to the river"; on the other side, an end to the occupation and peace... [read more]

Splendid Isolation

Almost a thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine... [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]

Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age

Big business and its lobbyists have taken control of our politics. But there is an alternative. In the first of a new series, here’s how we can take on the fat cats, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

GMOs, Corporatocentrism And Economic Plunder: The Right To Challenge And Refuse

The recently leaked report by India's Intelligence Bureau - ‘Impact of NGOs on Development’ - accuses certain activists and civil organisations of working against the national interest by colluding with foreign interests to undermine development and growth... [read more]

Farage's demagoguery obscures UKIP's reactionary nature

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek discusses how UKIP seek to plug an electoral void that ought to be filled by a Labour Party offering a socialist programme... [read more]

Twelve Years a Slave, Sixty Six Years a Living Dead

Dr Faysal Mikdadi dreams of his lost love - Palestine... [read more]

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

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

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 1 of 2)

Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

The Culture of Blame Will Get Us Nowhere

Dr Faysal Mikdadi challenges the culture of blame associated with the long running conflict between Palestinins and Israelis ... [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]

How we are gentrified, impoverished and silenced – if we allow it

Momentous change almost always begins with the courage of people taking back their own lives against the odds, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

You are now leaving Working England, Welcome to Middle England: The socio-economic underachievement of Neo-Liberalism in attaining reduced class disparity

Since the economic reform of the 1980’s, politicians like Blair, Thatcher and Prescott absolutely believe that the working class no longer exists and the majority of UK citizens are now middle class, writes Elijah Pryor.... [read more]

Barbican Centre Cleaners in Historic Strike for the Living Wage

Election Day for the Corporation of London will see a strike of cleaners at the Barbican Centre... [read more]

“Ich bin ein Bil’iner!”

This does not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has NOT been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. ... [read more]

Federal IDs for All US Workers: A Trial Balloon?

According to an article in last Thursday's Wall Street Journal, the Senate is considering a bipartisan plan to require all working people in the US to carry a biometric ID card. Thomas Riggins reports... [read more]

Greece's Big Smog: Neoliberal austerity, public health, and the environment*

Neoliberal austerity in crisis-torn Greece has a significant implication for public health and the environment. The disturbing reality is that the unbearable cost of heating oil for a large portion of the country's population has led to an increased use of solid fuel heating, writes Ilia Xypolia.... [read more]

If you think we're done with neoliberalism, think again

The global application of a fraudulent economic theory brought the west to its knees. Yet for those in power, it offers riches, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

You are now leaving Working England, Welcome to Middle England: The socio-economic underachievement of Neo-Liberalism in attaining reduced class disparity

Since the economic reform of the 1980’s, politicians like Blair, Thatcher and Prescott absolutely believe that the working class no longer exists and the majority of UK citizens are now middle class, writes Elijah Pryor. SOFT EDIT - ER 17/01/13... [read more]

Ain’t football grand?

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

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 1)

Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 1)... [read more]

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

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

Ed's speech of faith

“That is my faith. One nation: a country for all, with everyone playing their part. A Britain we rebuild together.” David Eade reports on Ed Milliband's speech to the Labour Party Conference... [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]

From MI5 to Islamabad, safe in our hands: death, destruction and spymaster saviours

Colin Todhunter explains that the US had its fingers all over much of the Arab Spring since before day one.... [read more]

The Radical Alternative to Austerity

A message to all readers from Labour MP John McDonnell...... [read more]

Paying by the mile

Sam Hunt lets off steam as he tallies up the cost of running a car these days... [read more]

The Acceptable Face of Violence

The recent claims about India’s poverty having fallen by around seven per cent provided a stark reminder of the violent times we live in, writes Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

Hurrah for Egypt!

Uri Avnery has warm words for the new democratically elected Egyptian parliament... [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]

The Blockbusters

Uri Avnery shows how the differences that exist between the different cultural blocs in Israeli society are a barrier to peace ... [read more]

A Ghost Story Retailed (part three)

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

Damned Scroungers

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book challenging one of the last remaining forms of prejudice deemed ‘socially acceptable’ in modern Britain. (This book is now free to download from this review.)... [read more]

Indiana: labor's next big battle

Jeff Bigelow discusses how the state of Indiana has become the latest battleground in the fight to prevent 'right to work' legislation coming into force ... [read more]

The Stolen War

Uri Avnery shows how Hamas' decision to make peace with Israel scuppers plans for war... [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]

The secret to obtaining DLA

Welfare rights worker Felix McHugh reports that, contrary to regularly repeated rumours, obtaining Disability Living Allowance is much harder than many are led to believe... [read more]

The tilted scales of justice

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek looks at how the state reacts when it feels its authority being usurped.... [read more]

Miliband: The Knives are Already Being Sharpened

Now that the dust has settled on Ed Miliband's surprise victory in the Labour leadership election, Michael Prior considers the challenges facing the new leader as he seeks to move the party away from Blairism.... [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]

Walled In

Science and humanities students view each other with incomprehension: blame our dumb, narrow schooling, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Fighting Racism in Italy: Immigrant Workers Lead the Way

Hugh Edwards considers the significance of last week's historic demonstration by Italy's immigrant community.... [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]

Vestas: “You Don’t Have to Just Sit and Take It. You Can Stand Up and Fight”.

Socialist Appeal's Adam Booth says the Vestas closure is just another manifestation of an economic system which prioritises private interests over the public good.... [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]

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]

Banks in Crisis? Take them Over

With politicians and financial experts grasping at straws in their efforts to resolve the worst economic crisis in decades, Mick Brooks outlines the case for the nationalisation of the banking system.... [read more]

Unsettling Signs: Buzzwords, Politics and US Elections

Looking back over the US presidential election contest, Ramzy Baroud is sceptical about the likelihood of serious "change" under an Obama administration.... [read more]

£50bn Bail-out Will Not Stop the Rot

Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks on the UK government's financial bail-out package.... [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]

Losing the Will to Serve

With below-inflation pay rises and increased targets, no wonder Labour has lost the votes of the public sector workers who keep this country going.... [read more]

Support the Tube Cleaners!

After a successful strike last month was followed by a similar action at the start of July, Rick Grogan urges the public to get behind the Tube cleaners.... [read more]

Hedge Funds, Speculation and Capitalism

With market speculation very much in the news at the moment, Mick Brooks examines the phenomenon of the hedge fund, and its role in the current economic malaise.... [read more]

New EU Immigration Policy is a Disgrace to Europe

Samuele Mazzolini on the outrageous new direction taken by the EU on immigration.... [read more]

BBC Faces Challenge Over Ecuador Distortions

Samuele Mazzolini examines the misleading BBC documentary that has caused outrage among some of London's Ecuadorean community.... [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]

Conscription Is The Antidote To Militarism And Imperialism

We need to re-think the relationship between society and the military.... [read more]