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The Internet: A Democratising Force or Information Overload?

Matt Genner examines the impact of the dot com revolution on democratic debate and political activism.... [read more]

Engagement with the News

A friend recently sent me a news report that she felt showed that peace was inevitable between Palestinians and Israelis at some future point. On the surface, the conclusion to the report appeared valid. However, a careful reading showed a lack of engagement with the piece which militates against the conclusion that she had reached, writes Elizabeth Ellis. NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ARTICLE ER 07/10... [read more]

The British Labour Party, The Northern Ireland Labour Party And The Scottish Referendum

Dr Chaminda Weerawardhana explains how the Scottish referendum exposes Labour’s inconsistencies on UK regions... [read more]

The Syrian Crisis is Part of a War Waged on Russia by the West

The roots of the current Syrian refugee crisis lie in the adoption of regime change as a key plank of US and NATO foreign policy... [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]

Has Democracy Gone Missing? Or was it ever here?

People are suffering from a deficiency which is as unbalancing as a hormone or vitamin deficiency. What we are severely lacking in is democracy... [read more]

On Democracy and Strike Ballots

Given the bloody nose Boris Johnson received from the well supported actions of RMT members in their dispute over the closure of ticket offices, it is not surprising that he should be lobbying Cameron to neutralise the union's opposition... [read more]

“If Stones Could Weep”: Syria, Blair’s Plans and an Archbishop’s Son

Not only is Middle East “Peace Envoy”, Catholic convert and Butcher of Baghdad, Tony Blair gunning for mass destruction in Syria, he has recruited the son of an Archbishop to help him... [read more]

Coming to Grips with Zizek

Two new books by Slavoj Zizek have recently been reviewed by John Gray in the The New York Review of Books, here Thomas Riggins reviews Gray's article. ... [read more]

Embracing the Working Time Directive

Karl Davis has some advice for David Cameron... [read more]

Obama’s Test: Democracy or Chaos in Latin America

Will the Obama administration break with tradition and provide US support for democracy in Latin America? Probably not, if the Honduras coup is anything to go by, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Clinton's Unpromising Start

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

‘The Child is Father of the Man’

Review of an insightful book showing Karl Marx’s days bound each to each by lifelong development... [read more]

REMEMBER HIM AND READ HIM

A poet believes in poetry, not only his work but the genre itself and all that is contained within the word poetry, the making of words that mean more than words can say... [read more]

The Runaway Dog

One of the paradoxes of our species is the total control we have over almost every aspect of our babyhood during the first year or so of life... [read more]

Reading

Helene Hanff is well remembered for 84 Charing Cross Road, a record of her long correspondence with a London bookseller. ... [read more]

The Marxism of Perry Anderson

This short essay is a study of the Marxism of Perry Anderson... [read more]

What is Learning

The following is an extract from Learning, a work synthesising forty five years in education. ... [read more]

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WAR?

War tends to be men’s way of settling the quarrels between tribes and territories. Homer depicts the heroic, savage or mad acts of men in the Trojan War. The women come later with Odysseus’s wanderings... [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]

Knowing Who We Are

What is happening is real enough. Finding the causes of this undeniable reality is problematic. Yet more problematic is finding an acceptable way of articulating what I see... [read more]

After the Euphoria

A weak government whose core values are misguided by nostalgia for a lost empire... [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]

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]

Fear and Loathing in the Labour Movement

The gravity of feeling was embedded in his face and voice as he spoke of his fears for the future of the party he once led... [read more]

US Immigration policy is again adrift amid the Presidential Election

US leadership and competitiveness has historically been anchored on its immigration policy... [read more]

The Ministry of Fear

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself," said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was wrong... [read more]

UN Farce: Saudi Arabia to Head Human Rights Council

The UN has appointed Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council to head (or should that be “behead”) an influential human rights panel... [read more]

Has Jeremy Corbyn started the political conversation that England needs?

Many people, battered and depressed by the result of the general election cheered up when Jeremy announced he was entering the Labour leadership contest... [read more]

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of ‘Power’

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of ‘Power’. Or should that be the language of ‘assumed’ power?... [read more]

The USSR – the Democracy You Didn’t Know About

Kate Zagoskina explains the origins of democracy and it various manifestations throughout history... [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]

An Armed Ghetto

One side's terrorists are the other side’s freedom fighters. That is not simply a matter of terminology. It is a difference of perception, which has far-reaching practical consequences... [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]

Only Eight Per Cent of Abortions in Spain Would Be Legal Under the New Law

There have been many words spoken in Parliament in Spain about the new repressive anti-abortion law proposed by Rajoy’s Partido Popular Government... [read more]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game (Part 6) - Even the IMF agrees…

In October 2012, the IMF provided a key explanation of why the crisis was getting worse in Europe... [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]

The Lake District is a wildlife desert. Blame Wordsworth

I revere Wordsworth the poet, but not his view of farming as a benign force. The Lakes fells don't need world heritage status – just fewer sheep, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Northern Ireland Unionism's Dangerously Fascistic Tendency

After a lull over the Christmas period there have once again been violent protests on the streets of Belfast reports Conor... [read more]

Copying our neighbour's work ethic

I may be guilty of being unkind towards David Cameron, but I take his comments on emulating German industry under the suspicion that he is being his usual ‘selective’ self when referring to our European neighbours, Karl Davis explains... [read more]

Palestine’s New Status: A History Rerun or a New Palestinian Strategy

Palestine has become a “non-member state” at the United Nations as of Thursday November 29, 2012.The draft of the UN resolution beckoning what many perceive as a historic moment passed with an overwhelming majority of General Assembly members: 138 votes in favour, nine against and 41 abstentions, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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 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]

Turkey’s Policies at a Crossroads: From Zero-Problems to a Heap of Trouble

It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the ‘Zero Problems with Neighbours’ notion, once the foreign policy centrepiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), is all but a romantic notion of no use in realpolitik, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Anomie

Enclosure and dispossession have driven us, like John Clare, all a little mad, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Doing Politics

Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book by former Labour MP Tony Wright, who sat in the House of Commons for nearly twenty years... [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]

Ed Miliband's party funding proposals

Karl Davis makes the case for the Labour Party to embrace its Trade Union roots as part of its challenge to show there is an alternative to the unpopular austerity programme implemented by the Tory dominated Coalition... [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]

The Struggle Continues: US vs. Genuine Reforms at the United Nations

The country that has long been known to abuse its powers and privileges in the United Nations is now leading a campaign to reform the same organization, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Why Miliband and Balls have got it wrong

The capitulation by Labour to the austerity and cuts agenda of the Tories and the right-wing press has been confirmed by shadow chancellor Ed Balls' statement that Labour would not be able to reverse the Tory cuts and would maintain the pay freeze within the public sector if they come to power at the next election, says John Wight.... [read more]

Transcendental argument

Through a mist of tears, I caught up with the conclusion of 'My Transsexual Summer', Channel 4’s four-part fly-on-the-wall series, says W Stephen Gilbert.... [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]

End the Embargo on Cuba

Rob Miller calls on the US and UK governments to end the anachronistic, brutal and illegal blockade of Cuba.... [read more]

Economic Crisis and Political Alienation

Lack of popular participation in the political process is both a cause and an effect of the present crisis, as Rick Wolff explains.... [read more]

Drones and Democracy in Afghanistan

As Afghanistan goes to the polls amid a flurry of rhetoric about democratising the Middle East, Ramzy Baroud considers the democratic credentials of a US-led military campaign characterised by large-scale bombings and summary executions.... [read more]

The Magic Pudding

George Monbiot on why the US government still pouring billions into missile defence.... [read more]

No Evidence of Iranian Nuclear Threat: Bush Administration to Proceed Regardless

Professor David Rahni considers the background to the lastest round of US sabre-rattling on Iran.... [read more]

Florida Cubans and Republican Foreign Policy

Alexa Van Sickle on the influence of Florida's Cuban exile community.... [read more]