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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]

Cligg’s Clangers

Dorset’s wildlife campaigners are working flat out to prepare for a possible badger cull... [read more]

The Price of Free Speech

A grotesque case of legal bullying using a 13th-Century law shows that in some respects we still haven’t shaken off feudalism.... [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]

Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 2)

The European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve are at the service of the major private banks... [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]

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]

How to defeat war-mongering America

The recent actions by Trump are a futile attempt to regain the waning global influence of American imperialist hegemony... [read more]

Death in Yemen - UK Arms Sales to Saudi and the “Proper Use” of Illegal Weapons

Amnesty has been pressing the British government on Saudi Arabia’s use of outlawed weapons, only to be told sanguinely that UK Ministers have been provided with “assurances” by Saudi Arabia “of their proper use.” Work that one out: “proper use” of illegal weapons.... [read more]

Language of the Years

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

BCE / LTRO: what’s that ?

Part 5 of the series 'Too Big to Fail' by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

Quantitative Easing for People: The UK Labour Frontrunner's Controversial Proposal

British MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a “People’s QE” that has critics crying hyperinflation and supporters saying it’s about time... [read more]

A Gerrymandered Election and A Flawed Mandate

To the great puzzlement and consternation of pundits and pollsters, the British general election produced what seems a great democratic victory for the Conservative party... [read more]

John Cantlie writes from within Islamic State captivity… what messages should we take from his article?

Freedom of speech and expression has become a much debated concept depending who interprets and how it is defined... [read more]

Police, Guns, Action – how safe were England’s pilot badger culls?

The British government’s policy to rid England’s cattle of bovine TB by culling badgers is unravelling writes Lesley Docksey... [read more]

Pakistan Taliban announce ceasefire and TTP commander Adnan Rashid writes on Mir Ali attack

My announcement of a one month ceasefire by the Pakistan Taliban on Twitter was cautiously welcomed by some... [read more]

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Doctors and Drones 2014: Interview with Tomasz Pierscionek on the updated Medact Report

Journalist and researcher, Carol Anne Grayson, talks to Dr Tomasz Pierscionek about his involvement in campaigning against the use of armed drones ... [read more]

Drop the outrageous charges on CCNY student activists!

The ANSWER Coalition calls for protests and a letter-writing campaign to reinstate Khalil Vasquez and Tafador Sourov, two student leaders at the City College of New York disciplined and charged for trying to stop the closure of a student centre... [read more]

The Resurgent Aristocracy

Rural policy is once again the preserve of the elite, and wildlife and people suffer as a result, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

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]

The BBC vs Hugo Chavez

Stephen Lendman on the biased coverage of events in Venezuela.... [read more]

WMD in Syria just like Iraq in 2003? Contradictions in the UN/OPCW Report on Khan Shaykhun

In early 2003 it was claimed that Iraq was a threat to other countries. Today we have something similarly ridiculous and dangerous. Supposedly the Syrian government decided to use a banned chemical weapon which they gave up in 2013-2014... [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]

How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

A team of researchers at the University of Oxford published the results of a survey of the world’s best artificial intelligence experts, who predicted that there was a 50 percent chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks within 45 years... [read more]

Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for the State’s Bucks

Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy and other states are not far behind, largely due to unfunded pension liabilities; but there are solutions.... [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]

Mosul’s “Liberation”: Another Fallujah, Dresden - or Hiroshima?

"In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli." (Howard Zinn, 1922-2010)... [read more]

Syria: Trump’s Tomahawks, Double Standards - Using Chemical and Radioactive Weapons for Profit?

In a nauseating irony, exposed by the Palmer Report, Trump may have profited from the deaths he caused.... [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]

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]

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]

Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Bolder Solution

Central banks have been pumping money into the global economy without a whole lot to show for it... [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]

White Helmets Deceive ‘Right Livelihood’ and CodePink

The story of the White Helmets is principally a “feel good” hoax to manipulate public perception about the conflict in Syria and continue the drive for “regime change”... [read more]

Can Jill Carry Bernie’s Baton?

Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential candidate... [read more]

Cannabis -Marijuana: The “War on Weed” Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto/Bayer Be the Winner?

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end... [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]

Iraq Outrage: Chilcot Inquiry Publication Delayed: “ to avoid embarrassing Tony Blair.”

"Nothing justifies killing of innocent people." (Tony Blair, CNN, 15th January 2015)... [read more]

The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless

Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends... [read more]

Iraq Invasion - Anniversary of The Biggest Terrorist Attack in Modern History?

Since terrorism is again in the news, it is timely to revisit one of the biggest acts of terrorism in modern history - the illegal invasion and destruction - ongoing - of Iraq... [read more]

What Happened to the Jews?

A new generation of Jews in America is turning their backs on Israel altogether... [read more]

Tyson Fury Heavyweight Champion Of The World

In one of the greatest upsets in heavyweight boxing history, the 27-year-old Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko... [read more]

The big private banks run on LTRO

Part 6 of the series 'Too Big to Fail' by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bail-Ins Begin

While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US... [read more]

Bombing Yemen, Munitions Sales to Saudi Arabia - Britain’s “Robust Arms Export Control Regime.”

Since March this year, bombing raids and a blockade of ports imposed by the Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Gulf states have crippled much of Yemen... [read more]

The Reign of Absurdiocy

There is no such thing as "international terrorism". To declare war on "international terrorism" is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both.... [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]

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: 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]

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]

A Day and Night-mare

Binyamin Netanyahu seems to be detested now by everyone... [read more]

Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds

Remember when Goldman Sachs – dubbed by Matt Taibbi the Vampire Squid – sold derivatives to Greece so the government could conceal its debt, then bet against that debt, driving it up?... [read more]

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?

In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation’s only state-owned bank, is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group... [read more]

The role of the state in the space race

In April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, when Vostok 1 made a successful orbit of the Earth. ... [read more]

Can the Duke become King?

On Monday, the 19th Knesset voted to dissolve itself, less than two years after its election... [read more]

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]

In Their Own Juice

According to press reports, President Barack Obama has decided to let Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas “stew in their own juice.”... [read more]

Imperialist war crimes against the people of Syria piling up

Demonstrators denounce mercenary attack on Kassab in Syria... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century?

Part 1 of Eric Toussaint's review of Thomas Piketty book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

Islamic Terrorist or Innocent Man?

Spaniards and Gibraltarians will remember well the case of Cengiz Yalcin. However as the British, French and USA secret services were claimed to be involved in his arrest, the case probably reverberated around the world... [read more]

Three Women

This is a declaration of love. Three loves, actually... [read more]

The Banks, Fragile Giants

Part 5 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game shows that big banks continue playing with fire, because they are persuaded that governments will save them whenever necessary... [read more]

Another Keynes was Born and Lived and Died in Japan and The West Didn’t Notice

Another Keynes was born in the Saga Prefecture in the north west part of the island of Kyushu, Japan, in 1910 ... [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]

In the wake of the German elections – the all-too-soon forgotten Euro Hawk drone scandal

The German federal elections have just run their course and the CDU/CSU gained the lion’s share of the public's support. Apparently the electoral results were unaffected by the major political scandal of the summer... [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]

Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 1)

Eric Toussaint looks at 2007-2012: Six years that shook the banking world... [read more]

The Landed Mafia

Those of us who defend the planet are increasingly subject to abuse. It is the price we pay for confronting the power of money, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Britain's Poverty Addiction

I was absolutely horrified to read that the UK Government may be underestimating the numbers of families in poverty, by up to an estimated 40%, according to academics at Edinburgh University writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Smart Phones, Dumb Companies

Phone companies do too little to ensure the minerals they use are conflict-free. Here's what you can do to hold them to account, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Ne Les Oublions Jamais

David Eade recounts his experience of Holocaust Memorial Day in Paris... [read more]

Struck Dumb

Despite hurricane Sandy, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney will speak about global warming. The danger this poses is huge, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

The Promised Land

To be young in the post-industrial nations today is to be excluded. Excluded from the comforts enjoyed by preceding generations; excluded from jobs; excluded from hopes of a better world; excluded from self-ownership, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

If The Drugs Don't Work, The Drones Certainly Will: Imperialism In The X-Factor Age

Forget TV with informed debate when platitudes, simple emotion and 'common sense' outlooks will do, says Colin Todhunter.... [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]

Mere insults should not be criminal offences

Peter Tatchell says Section 5 of the Public Order Act is a menace to free speech and the right to protest... [read more]

Dead-end journey

Colin Todhunter, London Progressive Journal's India correspondent, reports from Chennai on how a funeral procession through a poor neighbourhood is a metaphor for where India is heading with current social and economic policies... [read more]

A Monstrous Proposal

Extending transparency laws to the private sector would make the likes of News International think twice before misbehaving, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

An Olympian Inspiration

With the Olympic Games and Paralympics only months away, Hussein Al-Alak introduces some of the key competitors of the Paralympics... [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]

Political policing

Still needs a lot of editing, especially last part...... [read more]

The Elephant is Still in the Room

The Republicans have no one to blame but themselves if they appear to be careering to electoral defeat, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

The Death Penalty: Flawed Justice

Introducting the death penalty is not only controversial but, as Chris Bath shows, it is too easy for mistakes to be made and for innocent people to die.... [read more]

Ain't football great

In the first LPJ sports column, Felix McHugh gives a rundown of events in the world of football... [read more]

The world war on democracy

From the Chagos islands to Libya, a ruthless system has been at work, often resorting to violence whilst trying to maintain the illusion of democracy... [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]

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]

The War on Libya: Behind Appearances - Part 3

An in-depth critique and analysis of the beginnings of the civil war in Libya and what was at stake for all parties involved in the final conflict, split into three parts. (Part 3)... [read more]

Show Me The Money

We have a democratic right to know who is funding public advocacy, says George Monbiot.... [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]

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]

Hail to the true victors of Rupert's revolution

John Pilger asks 'Cui bono' in relation to the conflict in Libya ... [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]

Rebranding Iraq: Playing with Numbers and Human Lives

As the US troop withdrawal begins in earnest, Ramzy Baroud asks: who won? And is the war really over?... [read more]

BP’s Dumb Investors

The companies now threatening to sue BP have only themselves to blame, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Recession, Labour Productivity and the ‘Mole of Revolution’

Dan Morley reflects on why - the Greeks apart - workers across Europe and America have not turned to class-based political struggle in these recession-hit times.... [read more]

Book Publishers Should Embrace the Digital Age

Publishing can - and should - adapt to the changing technological landscape, writes John Oakes. ... [read more]

Media Vultures Are Coming: Freedom of Expression at Risk

The increasing concentration of ownership of media outlets into relatively few hands presents a serious threat to democratic freedom of expression, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Time for BAE to Face Justice

Symon Hill examines what is possibly the biggest case of corporate corruption ever heard by a British court.... [read more]

The Great Cop-Out

Impeded by Gordon Brown, the G20 has decided that bankers won’t be properly regulated, as George Monbiot explains.... [read more]

Politically Transmitted Disease

Rising rates of teen pregnancy and STDs in the United States are the result of programmes intended to stamp them out, argues George Monbiot.... [read more]

Matter of the Heart

Uri Avnery looks back over the first 100 days of Binyamin Netanyahu's second term as Israeli Prime Minister.... [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]

Big Brother is Watching You Masturbate

In the week that a controversial new law on pornography came into force, Symon Hill outlines his concerns about the implications for sexual freedom, and civil liberties more broadly.... [read more]

Crisis: The Worst Since the 1930s

Michael Roberts argues the present economic slump is merely the first stage of a long-term deflationary depression.... [read more]

The Damian Green Affair: What are the Issues?

Steve Jones dissects the controversy surrounding the recent arrest of the Conservative politician Damian Green.... [read more]

Unprecedented!

Michael Roberts on why the present economic crisis demonstrates the vulnerability of "free market" capitalism. ... [read more]

Protect and Survive

George Monbiot on how Peter Mandelson is bullying the world’s poorest nations into following a development route that can’t work. ... [read more]

Strange Fruit

Guardian columnist George Monbiot on....fruit.... [read more]

The Contradiction of Choice from the Government

The Government offers us 'choice' as 'empowerment' but are they really giving us less choice as a result?... [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]

Back to Boom and Bust

Eric Hollies on the self-fulfilling prophecy of the global economic downturn.... [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]

I'll Huff and I'll Puff....

To speak of "natural" disasters is to indulge in a misnomer. Inequality, very much a man-made phenomenon, has greatly exacerbated the human cost of a spate of natural disasters in recent years. ... [read more]

China and Myanmar: Contrasting Government Responses to Natural Disasters

With thousands killed in natural disasters in both Myanmar and China, Ian Broughton compares the murderous neglect of Myanmar's government with the more progressive stance adopted by China.... [read more]

We're Still Too Fixated On Oil

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

Obama > Clinton

The US Democratic Party needs a backbone.... [read more]

Up On The Roof

Leo Murray explains the thinking behind Plane Stupid's recent high profile rooftoop protest at Westminster.... [read more]

Death of the Noble Idea

Big money trumps everything in politics, even the most dearly-held beliefs.... [read more]

Nigeria: Corruption Pays

Ian Broughton compares the situation in Kenya with recent history in Nigeria.... [read more]