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The Bizarre Case of Bashar

When I first heard that, on April 4, Bashar al-Assad had bombed Khan Sheikhoun with nerve gas my inner voice whispered: wait. Something wrong. Something smells fishy. First of all, it was too quick. Just a few hours after the event, everybody knew it was Bashar who did it.... [read more]

"Don't Talk Zionism!"

Decades ago in Israel, "Zionism” was a kind of joke among young people. "Don’t talk Zionism!" meant "Don’t talk highfaluting nonsense!"... [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]

Cui Bono?

Cui bono – "who benefits" – is the first question an experienced detective asks when investigating a crime.... [read more]

The Great Rift

I believe that it is there that the solution lies. We must get rid of the occupation, by all available means, the quicker the better.... [read more]

That's How It Happened

When everybody on both sides was exhausted, the war ended with a set of armistices, which defined the recognized borders of Israel... [read more]

The Face of a Boy

The Israeli occupation in the Palestinian occupied territories is being filmed all the time. Everybody now has cellular phones that take pictures... [read more]

Education for the Masses

If education served to empower people, they would be taught how to live off the land, how to clean, how to talk to other people and how to pursue their own interests... [read more]

All Quiet on the Southern Front

Uri Avnery comments on the rationale behind Israel's latest bombing of the Gaza strip... [read more]

Abe, Izzy & Bibi

The whole thing could have been a huge practical joke, if it had not been real. All of Israel was taken in. Left, right and center. All the newspapers and TV networks, without exception.... [read more]

The New Wave

When I was young, there was a joke: "There is no one like you – and that's a good thing!"... [read more]

The Most Moral Army

A few days ago I happened upon an excellent British movie, "Testament of Youth", based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain. The movie brought me back to the affair of Elor Azaria... [read more]

The Kissinger Story

Kissinger achieved his goal. The Soviets lost the Arab world to the United States. Until Vladimir Putin came along... [read more]

The Great Rift

The tragedy of present-day Israel is not that there are so many divisions, but that they all converge in one large rift.... [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 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]

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]

Nasser and I

Forty five years ago Gamal Abd-al-Nasser died at the early age of 52. It continues to have a huge influence on the present, and probably will on the future... [read more]

The Molten Three

In 2009, the three leading ministers – Netanyahu, Barak and Lieberman – decided that the time had come to attack Iran... [read more]

The Magician's Apprentice

One has to choose: Binyamin Netanyahu is either incredibly shrewd or incredibly foolish... [read more]

Cats in a Sack

A fight is going on. A fight of all against all. A fight without rules or limits... [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]

Flight MH17 – Imperialism and the art of hypocrisy

The blame game commenced immediately. Without waiting for an investigation or any hard information whatsoever, Washington lost no time in pointing an accusing finger at Moscow... [read more]

Killjoy Was Here

Journalist and former Knesset member, Uri Avnery, reviews Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at the United Nations... [read more]

A Bird’s Eye View

Uri Avnery explains a principle that has long guided Zionists: 'accept every compromise that gives us what we can get at any stage, but never let the final aim out of our sight'... [read more]

World Cup Fever Starts To Cool

The football World Cup is one giant consumerist showcase, argues Steve Jones.... [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]

Financial Meltdown Deepens

In the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Michael Roberts examines the present financial slump. ... [read more]

Kaya, the royal Dog

The spectacle is almost bizarre: a political party refuses to accept new members. And not just a few individuals, but tens of thousands... [read more]

"Anyone But Bibi"

The vultures are circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting for his end.... [read more]

The Myth of Trump’s Nationalism and Non-Intervention

For all their obvious flaws, one of the good things about early Trump supporters in the US was their opposition to war.... [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]

One, Two, Three – Rejoice!

I remember the first few Independence Days, just after the foundation of the State of Israel. There was spontaneous jubilation, we were all out in the streets, the celebration was real. This year's Independence Day was not a happy affair... [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]

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]

University of Terror

Some days ago, a man committed an act of terrorism in the center of London, a city I love.... [read more]

Confessions of a Megalomaniac

I was invited by Mahmood Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, to take part in joint Palestinian-Israeli consultations in advance of the international conference in Paris.... [read more]

Yes, We Can

Lately, more and more people in Israel and around the world have been saying that the "Two-State Solution" is dead.... [read more]

Oh My God, Trump!

We do not really know who Trump is, and what he will do during the next four years. We know only the Trump of the elections: a nasty person, a megalomaniac, a liar, an ignoramus.... [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]

Welcome! Bienvenue!

"Anti-Semitism in France" is now all the rage in Israel. A huge propaganda effort is invested in this campaign. The aim is to induce French Jews to come to Israel... [read more]

Hatred Unlimited

Absent all chances for a serious effort for peace, hatred will just grow and grow, until it engulfs us all... [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]

My Terrorist, Your Terrorist

After World War I, when the victorious Great Powers carved up the Ottoman Empire between them, France insisted on the creation of a Christian Lebanese state under its stewardship... [read more]

Iraq’s Greatest Danger Yet: Collapse of: “The most dangerous dam in the world.”

It is hard to believe anything more catastrophic could befall Iraq. Now though comes a truly apocalyptic warning - that Mosul itself, Baji, Tikrit, ancient Samarra could be engulfed in a flood of literally biblical proportions... [read more]

Holy Water

In the last few months Netanyahu has appointed new people to several of the most important government functions... [read more]

When God Despairs

God is shaking his head. These humans, He asks Himself, will they never learn... [read more]

Extreme, Extremer, Extremest

By 1967, the situation was quite different. The causes of the new war were disputed, David had turned into Goliath, a world-wide Cold War was on... [read more]

Seashore Thoughts

Looking out at the sea, I thought about the three great dangers I perceive... [read more]

Palestine

Just to think of Palestine is evocative. From the lush orange orchards to the laden olive groves... [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]

The Settlers' Prussia

Israeli democracy is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably... [read more]

The Litter Bug!

If you want an end to waste, you have to show it to the people, not hide it... [read more]

Sheldon's Stooges

In Japan in the good old days, Binyamin Netanyahu would by now have committed hara-kiri... [read more]

The Treaty

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

Marching Against Austerity: London 20 June 2015

Up to 250,000 people came to London and no one can argue that the demonstration, organised by The People's Assembly, wasn’t representative of the broad spectrum of people’s anger against Tory policies... [read more]

The Real Naqba

Three weeks ago was Naqba Day – the day on which Palestinians inside and outside Israel commemorate their "catastrophe... [read more]

Is Britain now Too Gerrymandered To Be A Genuine Democracy?

During the last 27 years, Conservative and Coalition Governments have passed legislation aimed at reducing the voting rights of people not likely to be supportive of the Conservative Party... [read more]

National Unity

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

The Messiah Hasn't Come

As the American saying goes: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."... [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]

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]

Some deny society exists. Let’s prove them wrong

There’s more to life than consumerism. But to find it we need new models of supporting each other, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Zionists All

The term Zionism can mean many different things. Like the term socialism, for example. Francois Hollande is a socialist. So was Joe Stalin. Any resemblance?... [read more]

Ageing or Just Raging

The difficulty has been distinguishing between simply ageing and those aspects of our world that appear difficult to cope with regardless of age... [read more]

Waving in the first Row

Netanyahu went to Paris as part of his election campaign... [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]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 2)

The second part of an 'Introduction' to an illustrated book of poetry by Faysal Mikdadi. The collection, Painted into a Corner, appeared in the summer of 2014... [read more]

The Unholy City

In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Uri Avnery's weekly article... [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]

IMT Statement: Kobane threatened with massacre: Fight imperialism! Defend the Kurds!

The forces of ISIS are closing in on the besieged town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border... [read more]

God Wills It!

For six decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don't make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces ... [read more]

Son of Death

The war was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.... [read more]

Update On Shimomuran Economics: The Day May Come

Western governments and their advisors can no longer continue to ignore the work of the master economist Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) who provided the insights which have produced the high growth of the China Sea economic zone... [read more]

Sisyphus Redeemed

If there is a God, he surely has a sense of humor. The career of Shimon Peres, who is about to finish his term as President of Israel, is clear evidence... [read more]

A Coup? Nonsense!

Journalist and former member of the Israeli parliament, Uri Avnery, describes how the Israeli Defence Force is held on a pedestal... [read more]

Patagonian Dreams

During his short visit to Israel, Pope Francis laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl, writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

A Shameful Chapter

How would the US react to a declaration that the Palestinians would not conduct negotiations with an Israeli government that includes semi-fascist parties?... [read more]

Carry out the legacy of Hugo Chavez!

5th March marked one year since the death of Hugo Chávez, the great Venezuelan revolutionary, who was an inspiration to the masses in Latin America and across the world... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century? (Part 2 of 2)

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

An Iraq war veteran's reflection

Before President Obama even began the State of the Union address, two people I knew in the audience, from two defining points in my life... [read more]

The Imperator

In the middle of the 70s, Ariel Sharon asked me to arrange something for him - a meeting with Yasser Arafat... [read more]

At last, a law to stop almost anyone from doing almost anything

Protesters, buskers, preachers, the young: all could end up with 'ipnas'. Of course, if you're rich, you have nothing to fear, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Peace Comes through Forgiveness

I am a Palestinian. My family moved to Beirut after Israel was created because we were the "myth" that was Palestine... [read more]

Angel Face

Seeing her face on the TV screen, one is struck by her beauty. It is the face of an angel, pure and innocent... [read more]

The Different Sources of Unemployment, and the Economic Remedy for Each of These

Unemployment is a complex phenomenon. The ultimate roots of all large-scale unemployment is the lack of an adequate economic understanding by a country’s professional economic advisors and its politicians... [read more]

John Gray, David Hawkes and the Myth of Progress

Meliorism "is the view that the world is neither completely good nor completely bad, and that incremental progress or regress depend on human actions." This view holds that "By creative intelligence and education we can improve the environment and social conditions."... [read more]

The Alternative 2013 Spending Review, Or What Mr Osborne Could Have Said If He Understood Macro-economics

The Spending Review by George Osborne contained no surprises. But suppose Mr Osborne really understood economics and actually wanted to improve the British economy. George Tait Edwards provides a constructive speech for a competent chancellor... [read more]

“Palestine’s existence depends on respect and on our children” - Dr Rauf Azar (Director of the Beit Sahour medical centre)

Patrizia Bertini interviews Rauf Azar, a Palestinian doctor, using the pioneering Lego Serious Play technique... [read more]

A nation divided over same sex marriage

France’s Parliament, the Assemblee Nationale, has started the long debate to enshrine same sex marriages in law. David Eade reports.... [read more]

Time for our unions to come to Spain’s aid

David Eade calls for a renewal of international solidarity to help Spain’s embattled workers... [read more]

Palestine- The Right of Return

Dr Faisal Mikdadi looks at some of the arguments used to justify Israel's annexation of Palestinian land and discusses the 'right of return'... [read more]

Not just a pretty Face(Book)

Google has a rival. Mirage discusses the rise of the social media application Facebook as it lays down the gauntlet... [read more]

Racism By Any Other Name Smells

Thomas Riggins reveals the results of a poll conducted by ScienceDaily examining attitudes to the new voter identification laws in the US... [read more]

The Politics of Truth

Politicians are easy targets and scoring points off aunt sallies is a national sport. Stephen Gilbert discusses the chasm between the accountability of political columnists and that of MPs... [read more]

Redefining the ‘Arab Spring’: Is Chaos Overtaking Revolution?

The age of revolutionary romance is over. Various Arab countries are now facing hard truths. Millions of Arabs merely want to live with a semblance of dignity, free from tyranny and continuous anxiety over the future, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Trade unions in Cuba and the emergence of a private sector

Recently returned from a study tour of Cuba, Dr Tomasz Pierscionek recounts his meeting with Jesus Montera, an international relations officer of the CTC... [read more]

Spying an opportunity

Stephen Gilbert argues that surveillance over the whole population involves an erosion of our basic liberties. We give away our rights at our own peril. ... [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]

''You are fed up with him?''

Uri Avnery gives his opinion on a recent leaked conversation between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy... [read more]

Empty words from Israel?

Uri Avnery casts a close eye on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu\'s threat of an attack against Iran... [read more]

The More Enemies, The More Honor

Uri Avnery reflects upon Israel\'s faltering relations with its allies.... [read more]

Dale Farm Ethnic cleansing - Not is our name

An activist involved in the Save Dale Farm campaign calls for solidarity with the site’s residents who are facing eviction within a week. ... [read more]

Bush Didn't Write No Damn Book

The former US president's autobiography is little more than a revisionist hoax, writes Ahmed Amr.... [read more]

Budget for Bosses: Workers under Attack

Socialist Appeal's Steve Jones reflects on George Osborne's emergency budget.... [read more]

Labour Leadership: Abbott Gets on the Ballot

If Diane Abbott is serious about standing as a real alternative to the Milibands, she should espouse a leftwing platform, says Steve Jones.... [read more]

Facebook and Muslim Outrage: Gleaning the Wrong Lesson, Again

Ramzy Baroud bemoans yet another controversy about Muslim intolerance towards 'blasphemous' artistic output.... [read more]

Choice… or No Choice: We Say John4leader!

Steve Jones calls on the left to get behind John McDonnell's candidacy for the Labour leadership.... [read more]

One Holy Land United With Liberty and Justice for All

The absurd mythology of Zionism cannot hold firm forever, writes Ahmed Amr.... [read more]

Deport the Palestinians to Where They Came From - Israel

Ahmed Amr calls on Barack Obama to show courage and stand up to the racism of the Israeli state.... [read more]

“Hold Me Back!”

The idea that Iran would risk certain annihilation by attacking Israel is ludicrous, writes Uri Avnery.... [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]

“…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]

Bye Bye, Dubai?

Mick Brooks looks at the unfolding crisis in Dubai, and its potential implications for the world economy. ... [read more]

In Mourning for the Victims of War

Remembrance Day events should be a commemoration of the dead on both sides, not just our own, writes Symon Hill.... [read more]

The Looming Threat of Terror that Comes From the Far Right

The threat comes not only from jihadis but 'neo-Nazis' out to kill black people, Jews and gays, says Johann Hari.... [read more]

The 'Boris Keep Your Promise' Campaign

Jennifer Drew on how London's mayor reneged on an election promise of funding for Rape Crisis Centres in London.... [read more]

The Johnny Procedure

Uri Avnery on the conspiracy of silence which protects Israeli war criminals.... [read more]

Clinton's Unpromising Start

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

Cross Your Fingers and Carry On

George Monbiot asks: Why does the UK government refuse to make contingency plans for peak oil? ... [read more]

Hillsborough Twenty Years On

With the nation marking the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, Steve Jones reflects on the UK's worst stadium disaster.... [read more]

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]

The Great Depression

Michael Roberts argues that the big "bailouts" of financial institutions have exposed the fallacy behind the "free market" ideologies which have dominated British and American political and economic systems for the past thirty years.... [read more]

The Final Offensive for the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is a Stark Contrast to Other Developments in the Hemisphere

Mario A. Murillo on the contrast between the US client regime in Colombia and the progressive politics of some of Colombia's Latin American neighbours.... [read more]

Brown Inches Closer to Ingsoc

Tom Bangay on why Brown's Britain is sleepwalking into a surveillance society.... [read more]

Colombia’s Double Realities: Threats Against Indigenous Communities Ignored as Calls for a Second Re-election of President Uribe Get Louder

As Colombia's President Uribe continues to target the country's indigenous communities, Mario A. Murillo examines why many Colombians are opposed to Uribe's reactionary government.... [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]

"Stop the Arms Trade Week" Comes to London

CAAT will hold its annual event in Islington this week, to draw attention to the murderous multi-million pound arms trade.... [read more]