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Syria and Ukraine: Two Elections, Diplomatic Shenanigans, Double Standards and Insurgents

Thursday 15th May marked Nakba Day, Yawm an-Nakba, “Day of Catastrophe”: the onset of the displacement of perhaps 800,000 Palestinians... [read more]

North Korea: A Threat Or A Victim? Some Facts

If anyone is still wondering why North Korea was being “provocative” in missile tests and repeatedly declaring what would seem to be a daunting arsenal (although there is still no irrefutable, concrete proof of deliverable, long range nuclear weapons capability) here is just a small taste of what it’s southern neighbor, in cahoots with Godfather America, has planned... [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]

Venezuela’s Chávez Declares Support for Obama’s Nuclear Disarmament Pledge

James Suggett on the Venezuelan president's declaration of support for a worldwide disarmament campaign.... [read more]

America and Turkey: A Difficult Relationship

What’s behind the current diplomatic row between Washington and Ankara? David Morgan seeks to find out. ... [read more]

Mislead: “to give false or misleading information to” (Collins Dictionary)

How wrong, devious and duplicitous can one man be? For how long can he now avoid justice?... [read more]

Nuclear Deal or Not?

The ratification must be solely entrusted to the U.S. and Iran-- and NOT to Israel and Saudi Arabia... [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]

In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.... [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]

Colombia “Hands Over Its Sovereignty” to US with Military Accord

Hugo Chavez has condemned the Colombian government's decision to permit the US to expand its military presence in Colombia, as James Suggett explains.... [read more]

Uribe's Reckless Aggression Sparks Latin American Crisis

Much of Colombia has rejoiced at the assassination of leading FARC member Raul Reyes. Samuele Mazzolini considers the wider implications of Colombia's reckless approach to counter-terrorism.... [read more]

North Korea - As Trump Threatens, the Nation Still Struggles with America’s Lethal Legacy

“Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or ‘disappeared’ … More often than not, the United States shares the blame.” (Amnesty International, 1996) ... [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]

The Betrayal of Syria - US, France and Britain’s UN Ambassadors at the United Nations

“An ambassador is a … gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” (Attributed to Sir Henry Wotton, 1568-1639)... [read more]

Britain and Saudi Arabia - Collusion in Barbarism

Last September, Saudi was elected Chair of the UN Human Rights Council with Britain’s collusion... [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]

The Imminent Prospect of a US-Iran Breakthrough worries the Hawks

The international community grapples once again with the imminent prospect of a “nuclear deal” between the US (P5+1) and Iran before the extended deadline of November 24 arrives... [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]

The US Role and Iran in Southwest Asia

Déjà vu all over again: US foreign policy has once again arrived at a critical historical crossroad... [read more]

Cypherpunks – freedom and the future of the internet

John Green reviews Cypherpunks – freedom and the future of the internet – a book By Julian Assange with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann... [read more]

Passage to Ecuador: Chomsky, Assange, sham justice, sham democracies

The mainstream corporate media has been fooling the public for decades. It fails to shine a light on important decisions that are made behind closed doors by unaccountable corporate players, senior politicians and unelected bureaucrats, writes Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

Venezuela Congratulates Colombian President-Elect but Remains Cautious

The Chavez government has given a cautious welcome to the election of Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia.... [read more]

Chavez: Venezuela Will Defend Itself

Hugo Chavez has warned the US and Colombia that any aggression against Venezuela will be met with firm resistance, as James Suggett explains.... [read more]

US Support is Propping Up Honduran Military Coup

Francisco Dominguez insists the US must respect the constitutional sovereignty of Honduras and withdraw its support for the military coup.... [read more]

Clinton's Unpromising Start

Ramzy Baroud on the inauspicious opening phase of the new Obama administration's Middle East policy.... [read more]

Venezuela Bridges Diplomatic Fissures and Polishes Alliances in European Tour

James Suggett on the latest phase of Hugo Chávez's tour of Europe.... [read more]

Is Peace Possible in the Western Sahara?

Joanna Allan on the ongoing struggle of the Saharawi people.... [read more]

Andean Crisis: Ecuador Rallies Latin American Support Against Colombian Incursion

Samuele Mazzolini with the latest on the diplomatic crisis between Ecuador and Colombia.... [read more]

Israeli General Escapes Arrest At Heathrow As UK Adopts Soft Stance on Alleged War Criminals

Chris Bath believes the UK is becoming a soft touch for alleged war criminals wishing to evade prosecution. ... [read more]

North Korea and Trump’s Reality Free Zone - Tweeting About Armageddon

Currently, in addition to the massive war games, the US has been overflying North Korea with B-52 bombers, with further excercises taking place in and with South Korea and in the last days also with Japan... [read more]

Dangerous Times: John Pilger Discusses North Korea, China and the Threat of Nuclear War and Accident

Western media continue to distort the chronology of cause and effect, inverting reality to claim that North Korea is provoking the West. John Pilger talks to T.J. Coles about the situation.... [read more]

Yemen - Court Battle Exposes UK-Saudi Arms Deals And Humanitarian Tragedy

On Monday 10th July, a ruling was handed down by London’s High Court, which should, in a sane world, exclude the UK government ever again judging other nations' leaders' human rights records or passing judgement on their possession or use of weapons.... [read more]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 3)

This is the third part of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker... [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]

Being There

President Donald Trump – we must get used to these three words. The only one thing that can be said with some certainty is that nothing is certain. That this man is totally unpredictable... [read more]

Anti-Semitic Zionists

Can Trump's assistants now include rabid Zionists and rabid anti-Semites at the same time?... [read more]

It Can Happen Here

Political ideas and structures don't die easily. The human mind is lazy and apprehensive, and clings to familiar ideas, long after they have become obsolete... [read more]

Tony Blair’s Political Epitaph and Looming War Crimes Trial? Part 1 of 3

The banners and placards outside London’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre reflected an anger undiminished since maybe two million people marched against the war in the city on 15th February 2003... [read more]

Just a Trick

This peace process is like a sleeping dog. A dangerous dog. While it sleeps, Netanyahu can get away with everything... [read more]

“Conflict Issues” In Israel and Palestine: Debate in Committee Room G, British Houses of Parliament

Sitting in Committee Room G in the Houses of Parliament on 23rd October was a sobering affair... [read more]

Syria: Russian Intervention Exposes Coalition Lies

How speedily the lies of the “international community” in general, and those of the US and UK in particular, about the Syrian situation are unraveling since the participation of Russia... [read more]

Syria: The Murder of Dr Khaled al-Assad, The Guardian of Palmyra

When a new Syria one day confronts the impossible task of rebuilding itself, one elderly academic’s quiet resistance will provide a stark example of dauntlessness and civilization amidst the rubble of its bleakest hour... [read more]

Iraq Inquiry – Five Year, £10 Million Whitewash of Blair Regime?

Bereaved UK families who lost sons and daughters in the illegal invasion of Iraq have now threatened legal action against Sir John Chilcot... [read more]

US-Iran Nuclear Deal and Rapprochement: The Historic U.S Policy Paradigm Shift in the “Middle East” and Beyond

With the signing of the Iran nuclear deal, western foreign policy is undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift... [read more]

The Nuclear with Iran and the Prospect of Regional Transformation

The long anticipated historic nuclear accords between the P5+1 countries and Iran is now poised to set a new milestone for non-confrontation and dialogue... [read more]

The Second Battle of Trafalgar

A mighty naval battle took place this week on the waves of the Mediterranean. It will go down in history as the equal of Salamis or Trafalgar... [read more]

GMOs: dogma instead of science

There are clear signs that the producers of GMOs and the regulators are suffering from a siege mentality... [read more]

Kissinger and Shultz on 'The Iran Deal'

The Wall Street Journal on 8 April turned over an entire editorial page to former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz... [read more]

National Unity

My first reaction after the election was: “Oh, no! Not a National Unity Government, please!... [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]

Gough Whitlam – It's Time to Rest In Peace

Edward Gough Whitlam (”Gough Whitlam”), a former Labour prime minister of Australia, passed away on 21st October, 2014 at 98 years of age ... [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]

Israel: International Anger Mounts

“The situation involving Palestine 
and Israel is an undeclared war, in which the aggressor, Israel, has 
destroyed the Palestinian economy, robbed people of their land, 
unilaterally changed borders, and unilaterally built a wall of exclusion 
to keep Palestinians out of their land... [read more]

Iraq: US and Israel Plan Destruction of the Nation State

The Yinon plan is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states... [read more]

The return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and the truth

In his latest essay, John Pilger describes the liberal "one-way, legal/moral screen" behind which great power and its Orwellian propaganda ensure an impunity for war and deception, dependent on what Leni Riefenstahl called our "submissive void".... [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]

Banks and the New “Too Big to Jail” Doctrine

Part 1 of the series 'Banks and the new “too big to jail” doctrine' by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

Iraq: The Chilcot Inquiry – British Government Blocks Transparency

Amidst howls of “whitewash” from media commentators and interested observers of all political hues, it seems the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war are finally to be published by the end of this year... [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]

The US and Britain’s Paedophile Colony

On February 25th, Iraq’s Cabinet approved a draft law lowering the age of legal marriage for females to nine years old... [read more]

Terrorism or Heroism?

The International Brigades were hailed for bravery. But British citizens who fight in Syria are damned. If only they did it for the money, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Ariel Sharon: Serial war criminal, mass murderer

Richard Becker, author of "Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire" describes the true legacy of the virulently anti-Arab racist and former Israeli prime minister... [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]

The Judaization of Israel

On my 16th birthday, in 1939, I rushed to the district registration office of the Government of Palestine to change my name officially... [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]

The Origin and Spread of Investment Credit Economics

George Tait Edwards provides a brief timeline about the creation and spread of the new knowledge about how to make an economy grow with explosive force ... [read more]

Brutal executions of Kurdish women activists in Paris - an attempt to derail the peace process that won’t succeed

David Morgan reports on the execution of three leading Kurdish activists in Paris... [read more]

Was the Bahraini ambassador trying to bribe British MPs?

It is interesting to receive two different news stories on the same day both mentioning the Gulf state of Bahrain and the UK Parliament, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Obituary: Colonial officer, overseas aid administrator and champion of the oppressed who advanced the cause of gay people in the Civil Service'

Richard Kirker remembers Ian Buist: the quintessential Civil Service mandarin, but also a doughty proponent of social progress. He had a fearless determination to champion the rights of the victims of injustice, minorities and the marginalised.... [read more]

Obituary: Colonial officer, overseas aid administrator and champion of the oppressed who advanced the cause of gay people in the Civil Service'

Ian Buist: Ian Buist, CB, colonial officer, overseas aid administrator and champion of human and gay rights, was born on May 30, 1930. He died on October 19, 2012, aged 82, remembered by Richard Kirker.... [read more]

The Kurds and Human Rights

David Morgan asks what the Kurdish people have to celebrate as International Human Rights’ Day 2012 approaches... [read more]

Netanyahu’s High-stakes Game in Gaza: Same Time, Same Place

Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested some, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Lip Service to Peace: EU as an Enabler of Netanyahu’s Colonial Policies

Europe is different, as we are often reminded. The general wisdom is unlike the US’ unconditional support for Israel. European countries tend to be more balanced in their approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

Australia's Julia Gillard is no feminist hero

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

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]

French Canadian battles to speak for London in Paris

France may have a new President but the electoral contest is far from over, reports David Eade... [read more]

East Africa at the Brink: Hidden Hands behind Sudan’s Oil War

Once again Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Costly ‘Freedom’ in Afghanistan: On Morbid Wars and Logic

The Afghans are a proud people with a long and formidable history of resistance to foreign occupation. The fact that they have always prevailed, however, should not distract from the horror they still routinely experience, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Assange case means we are all suspects now

John Pilger reveals the extent to which the White House will go to silence 'Whistleblowers' speaking the truth... [read more]

Book review: America and the Imperialism of Ignorance: US foreign policy since 1945

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book that charts the development of America's foreign policy throughout the course of the Cold War and beyond... [read more]

Iranian \'assassination plot\': Cooked up to further U.S. aim of regime change?

Mazda Majidi dissects US allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate a Saudi diplomat on American soil.... [read more]

Russian and Chinese Opposition to Intervention in Syria a Welcome Development

John Wight considers the decision by China and Russia to veto a recent UN Security Council Resolution condemning Syria... [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]

The Truth About the Situation in Libya

As Colonel Gaddafi’s regime enters its final days, Brian Becker looks at NATOs involvement in bolstering the rebel movement and the truth behind the so called campaign of ‘humanitarian intervention’ ... [read more]

‘From the Gulf to the Ocean’: The Middle East is Changing

Ramzy Baroud on the future of Egypt and the Middle East now that revolution has come.... [read more]

Stating the Obvious: WikiLeaks Indicts and Vindicates US Diplomats

The Wikileaks disclosures have smashed the US government's edifice of rhetoric and lies about Iraq, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Such is the Peace Process: Obama as a Salesman

Ramzy Baroud reflects on the mood of pessimism emanating from the latest round of peace talks in the Middle East.... [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]

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]

The Kangaroo

A year into his presidency, Barack Obama has achieved relatively little in the foreign policy sphere. Uri Avnery urges him to keep trying.... [read more]

Requiem for a Crowded Planet

George Monbiot's analysis of the failure of the climate talks.... [read more]

Venezuela Says Colombia Planning Attack in Venezuelan Territory

Hugo Chavez believes the Colombian government is planning to fabricate a pretext for a cross-border military attack, as James Suggett reports.... [read more]

How Israel Won the Settlement Battle Again

Ramzy Baroud on the gaping chasm between the rhetoric and the reality of US / UK policy on Israel-Palestine.... [read more]

Venezuela Captures Two Colombian Intelligence Agents Accused of Spying

James Suggett on how a row over espionage is exacerbating the intense friction between the Chavez government and the US-backed Uribe regime in Colombia.... [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]

Venezuelan Socialist Party to Form Worker Patrols and Host International Leftist Meeting

James Suggett reports from Merida on two important new initiatives by the Chavez government.... [read more]

South American Leaders Concerned Over Colombia - US Military Plan

Governments across Latin America are expressing growing unease over the militarism of joint US-Colombian policy in the region, as Kiraz Janicke 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 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]

Ahmadinejad Re-elected: Israel and Obama’s Iran Puzzle

The crisis in Iran presents a singular challenge to Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Venezuela Reiterates Commitment to Multipolar World Following Israeli Accusations

Israeli intelligence is using the relationship between Iran and leftist leaders in Latin America to stoke up fears in relation to Iran's nuclear ambitions, says Tamara Pearson.... [read more]

Presidents of Venezuela and Colombia Pledge Peace and Economic Development

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

Who's the Boss?

After a tumultuous few weeks in Israeli politics, Uri Avnery examines the worrying rhetoric emanating from the new administration.... [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]

Interview: Manuel Yepe talks to London Progressive Journal

On the Fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, Alexa Van Sickle talks to Manuel Yepe, the former Cuban Ambassador to Romania and close friend of Che Guevara, about what the future may hold for the Caribbean island. ... [read more]

Interview: Rob Miller of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign

Rob Miller answers Tomasz Pierscionek's questions about the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.... [read more]

Why the UN is Crying Out for Reform

With the US President-elect soon to enter office on a promise of "change", Luke Aldred argues that the international security system is a prime candidate for a radical overhaul.... [read more]

Lest We Forget

George Monbiot asks: Could the First World War have been avoided?... [read more]

Bush's Last Bullet: Why the US Attacked Syria

In the aftermath of the appalling US raid on Syria, Ramzy Baroud examines the familiar double-standard in the mainstream discourse on what constitutes unacceptable policy and aggression.... [read more]

Venezuelan Government Hopes for New Era of Peace and Respect with Obama

James Suggett on the Venezuelan government's positive response to the election of Barack Obama to the US presidency.... [read more]

Cuba's Healthcare Policy Shows the True Meaning of Humanitarianism and Internationalism

As part of our ongoing series of articles marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban revolution, Tomasz Pierscionek examines Cuba's exemplary record on healthcare. ... [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]

Nuking the Treaty

George Monbiot argues Iran is the least of the world’s offenders against non-proliferation.... [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]

Merchants of War: A Letter to the Times Newspaper

Mehrnaz Shahabi's recent letter to the Times newspaper exposes media deception as the sabre-rattling o Iran continues.... [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]

Secession: If It Feels Good, Do It

Richard Maidu considers the questions raised by the inception of Europe's newest state.... [read more]

Anti-FARC March Only Tells Part Of the Story

As millions march against the FARC in Colombia, Samuele Mazzolini considers the wider context of Colombia's internal security problems.... [read more]