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

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

Khaled Taja: The Anthony Quinn of Arab Drama

Khaled Taja, 70 years old and the iconic figure of Arabic drama, is planning to play the leading role in a movie about the tunnels of Gaza, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [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]

The BBC – a flawed institution but worth preserving

The Tories must not be allowed to destroy the BBC. For all its flaws, it is well worth preserving... [read more]

Is ISIS Coming?

If ISIS had approached the borders of Israel this week, nobody in the country would have noticed. Israel was riveted to a court-room drama... [read more]

The Tunic of Nessus

In a few weeks, Israel will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Millions of words, most of them hollow, will be poured out. As usual.... [read more]

Is the UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set to “Savage” Tony Blair?

It seems no radio, television news or current affairs programme is without Blair giving his opinion on the upcoming UK referendum on whether to stay in the European Union... [read more]

Malcolm Fraser, RIP

John Malcolm Fraser, prime minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983, passed away on 20 March 2015... [read more]

Bad Sight of the Week

At the weekend, I sent a letter to The Observer via email. So sure am I that the paper will not run it this coming Sunday that I breathe life into it by reproducing it here below... [read more]

The Politics of the Psyche

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

What a £ot of Balls!

outRageous! thinks sports have gone Doo-£ally!... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies - Part 2

Part 2 of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society.... [read more]

Unscripted: Green Zone Theatre and the Shoe Drama

Ramzy Baroud on how Muntadhar al-Zaidi's shoe-throwing intervention served to pierce, however momentarily, the veil of stage-managed deception which characterises Nuri al-Maliki's Iraq.... [read more]

ABC

Regular readers of outRageous! know at this time of the year, as well as keeping up with T.V. holiday viewing, I hide and hibernate to fulfil my duty as one of several thousands of official voters for the annual BAFTA awards... [read more]

The Siamese Twins

After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Drucker's TV series "The Captains", I must come back to the one whose episode I have not yet covered: Yitzhak Rabin.... [read more]

Salisbury continues to suffer while Theresa May plays Novichok game

On Easter Saturday I revisited Salisbury to see for myself. This was, after all, a holiday weekend, and Salisbury should be packed with people. Yes, car parks were full but…... [read more]

The One-World View

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

Reportage: Adjusting the Focus

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

The Great Railway Scandal

I am not the envious type, but I envy the Germans. I envy them for Angela Merkel... [read more]

Turkey’s Attempted Coup - Cui Bono?

“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” (J. Edgar Hoover, Elks Magazine, August 1956).... [read more]

The Left Will Only Win the Argument When It Takes Back Control of the Conversation

Let the Left fracture into smaller pieces, and then let it unite in a coalition determined to change the minds of the voters... [read more]

The Center Doesn't Hold

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

A Question of Perspective

David Morgan explains why Tom Driberg’s book, “Guy Burgess: A Portrait with Background” is still well worth reading.... [read more]

Replacing reality by fantasy

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

The Treaty

What if Binyamin Netanyahu was duped to become unwittingly the main collaborator of Iranian ambitions... [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]

Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address: “That’s Not Who we Are”

Borrowing from Hollywood-themed awards ceremonies, political theatre was taken to new lows with Obama’s sixth State of the Union speech to the US Congress on January 20th... [read more]

The Watch on the Jordan

The Arab world is in turmoil. Syria and Iraq are breaking apart, the thousand-year old conflict between Muslim Sunnis and Muslim Shiites is reaching a new climax... [read more]

Censorship double standards: State terrorism websites vs insurgent websites

Carol Grayson asks whether the CIA website should be banned as the organisation is implicated in torture and promotes violence... [read more]

The People's Assembly- Building an Alternative

The People’s Assembly has the potential to become the successor to the popular fronts of the 1930s in uniting the broad left writes Dr Thabo Miller... [read more]

Bread and Circuses in a Digital Age

Bread and circuses have always been a central aspect of ruling class hegemony and a means of keeping the masses in a soporific state... [read more]

Russian Revolution still a shining example

Following the 96th anniversary of this world-shaking event, Eugene Puryear describes the historical significance of the Russian revolution and shows that more people are looking to an alternative as global capitalism continues to decline... [read more]

The Russian revolution – triumph or tragedy?

On Thursday 10th October the Marxist Student Federation hosted a fiery debate between Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, and Orlando Figes, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, on the topic of "The Russian Revolution: Triumph or Tragedy?"... [read more]

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

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

As Gaza is savaged again, understanding the BBC's historical role is vital

We must understand the BBC as a pre-eminent state propagandist and censor by omission, says John Pilger.... [read more]

Has ‘Citizen Khan’ on BBC One bridged the gap? .

‘Citizen Khan’ might have taken the mickey of some Muslims, but not of Islam, and that is a huge difference. I would not say that the show has stereotyped Asians as claimed, but rather seemed to be a reflection of self-criticism, writes Iqbal Tamini.... [read more]

The Children Are Still Dying: Violence is Not News

Somewhere in my home I have a set of photo albums I rarely go near. I fear the flood of cruel memories that might be evoked from looking at the countless photos I took during a trip to Iraq, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Economic Growth or Abnormal Swelling?

LPJ's India correspondent Colin Todhunter reports that India may have had eight or nine per cent economic growth until this year, but this doesn't show a true picture... [read more]

Anniversary of Gaza Blockade: A State of Siege, and Normalcy

Condemning Israeli rights violations in Palestine by leading human rights and humanitarian organizations is nothing new. Unfortunately, such calls are rarely followed by any organized political campaigns, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Paternal Vigilance

The LPJ's resident philosopher and arts correspondent muses on David Cameron's parenting skills, VIP security and the conclusions of some of our favourite television series.... [read more]

Camping Needs Solid Ground

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

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 symbolic violence of reality television

Prior to the encroachment of neo-liberal policy into the economic and cultural landscape of Britain, television programmes we would typify as ‘entertainment shows’ were built around the dominant working-class lifestyle and values, writes Tom Chivers.... [read more]

Paga Hill – a model for the future of the Pacific Islands?

Catherine Wilson reports how a housing crisis in Papua New Guinea’s capital is socially empowering squatter communities... [read more]

The Lady Doth Screech too Much

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

Wearing Your Heart on Your Lapel

W Stephen Gilbert reflects on the politics of poppy wearing, its dissociation in popular society from what it actually represents and its hijacking by politicians. ... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies- Part three

The third and final part of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society. ... [read more]

Book review: Venceremos

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews Howard Waxman\'s first novel- a political thriller called Venceremos... [read more]

Arise the heroes of the people

Hussein Al-Alak considers what makes a hero of the people by examining the remarkable achievements of three working class individuals.... [read more]

The Palestinian Authority: Redundant but Dangerous Language

Ramzy Baroud takes a critical look at the language used by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority in their pronouncements on possible talks with Israel.... [read more]

An Odyssey for Justice

Ramzy Baroud celebrates the spirit of international solidarity that has provided crucial practical and moral support for the Palestinian struggle in recent years.... [read more]

“…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

Barack Obama has weakly capitulated to Binyamin Netanyahu over Israeli settlement-building in the heart of the Arab community in East Jerusalem, says Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Circles of Crisis

Michael Prior examines the political crisis at the heart of the UK slowdown.... [read more]

Convention of the Left: Challenging the Two-Party System

With mainstream politicians apparently unable to find a way out of the present financial mess, Michael Prior believes now is a critical time for the left to mobilise.... [read more]

Safety Initiatives are Criminalising Young People

As a new curfew is scheme is tried out in Cornwall, Matt Genner argues that such policies will only ostracise young people and perpetuate a culture of fear and isolation.... [read more]

The Sean Bell Verdict: Another Mockery of Justice for Black America

New York poet Erica Cardwell believes the Sean Bell verdict shows black life is cheap in the US justice system. ... [read more]

Veiled Sentiments: Does The Burka Stand Up In Court?

A courtroom ban on burkas is not racist - just practical.... [read more]