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The Pawn Queen

Theresa May’s moral failings are evident. They are certain to lead to political failure that may take some time to become evident.... [read more]

Is There Really Much Difference Between McCain and Obama on Free Trade?

With the US elections just around the corner, Garry Leech examines the candidates' respective positions on international economic issues, and concludes that there is relatively little to choose between them.... [read more]

Left in Agony

Cameron is responsible for taking us all to the edge of the cliff... [read more]

The Dangers of Form Agnosia

Kate Zagoskina describes the West's tendency to shut its eyes to the bigger picture and ignore the link between action and consequence... [read more]

Urgent Action Needed to Combat European Climate Change

What we need is binding international agreements that reduce and eliminate the use of all chemicals that endanger the lives, health and well being of human beings and other life forms making up the biosphere, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]

US Military Documents Show Colombia Base Agreement Poses Threat to Region

Garry Leech on the increasing international concern at US moves to consolidate and expand its military presence in Colombia.... [read more]

Interview: Antonio Navarro Wolff talks to London Progressive Journal

Samuele Mazzolini met prominent Colombian politician Antonio Navarro Wolff, the governor of the southern department of Nariño, to discuss the many social and political problems affecting Colombia.... [read more]

The US Election and the Changing Face of Electoral Politics

Matt Genner on what the 2008 primaries have told us about the nature of electoral politics in the 21st Century.... [read more]

America Polarized in Turmoil

United, we must take back our country from the ultra-supremacists in the White House... [read more]

America’s Brexit: to fight Trump, fight Capitalism!

What once seemed unthinkable — akin to an episode of the Twilight Zone — has become a surreal reality... [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]

Corbyn versus the Consensus

In any political movement there is a tension between what is desirable and what is possible... [read more]

WOMEN WORK TO ADDRESS SILENCE OVER WAR ATROCITIES IN POST-CONFLICT BOUGAINVILLE

In the northern coastal villages of Hako Constituency on Buka Island, in Papua New Guinea’s eastern autonomous region of Bougainville, life to all appearances is carefree... [read more]

If Only...

Discontent among the uninformed tends toward unreasoned emotion. The educated dissentient is able and willing to identify the nature of a problem and articulate an indictment of the problem’s source.... [read more]

How did it come to this?

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister, Bryan Gould, asks how Labour MPs became so divorced from the wishes and ambitions of those they claim to represent?... [read more]

John Whittingdale's Curious Notion of Culture

The Minister of Culture, Media and Sport has chosen a controversial film as his favourite... [read more]

The European Central Bank’s true priorities

Part 7 in a series of articles by Eric Toussaint - Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks ... [read more]

Building the Fight against Austerity

It has been a depressing few weeks for the supporters of the Labour Party’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn... [read more]

Cameron’s Strategic Defence and Security Review and the New Cold War

Every state that ever existed in world history has sought to justify its actions abroad by claiming that it is has the moral right and justice on its side... [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]

Mission Civilisatrice: Piketty et Houellebecq

We have so much to learn from the French. If only we could understand what they are saying half the time... [read more]

United-States : the Fed Bails Out Wall Street

Part 4 of Eric Toussaint's series: Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks... [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]

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 War on Terror and the Terror of War

The vicious cycle of state and individual terror continues unabated. Marxists have long explained that imperialism and Islamic fundamentalism are two aspects of the same reactionary phenomenon—the decay and decline of capitalism—which threatens to take the whole of humanity down with it.... [read more]

Crusaders and Zionists

Lately, the words "Crusaders" and "Zionists" have been appearing more and more often as twins... [read more]

The history and modern role of political Islam

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the capitalist counter-revolution in China, an immense political vacuum opened up in ideology and politics on a world scale. Article by Dr Lal Khan... [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]

President Obama Receives “Ambassador for Humanity” Award (Not Satire)

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” (Voltaire, 1694-1778).... [read more]

Pakistan’s shame: Missing persons at epidemic proportions, campaigners call for urgent action

Carol Grayson highlights the campaign against enforced disappearances in Pakistan... [read more]

Farage's demagoguery obscures UKIP's reactionary nature

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek discusses how UKIP seek to plug an electoral void that ought to be filled by a Labour Party offering a socialist programme... [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]

The Disenchantment Of British Voters With Democracy

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains the need for politicians to restore public faith in the value of government and democracy in order to cure voter disaffection ... [read more]

Self-Boycott

Can a country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.... [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]

Marxism is Real Naturalism: Galen Strawson and Panpsychism

Sartre once remarked that the attempt to construct a philosophy that goes beyond Marxism simply recreates a pre-Marxist view that is no longer relevant to current understanding... [read more]

Darwinism versus Social Darwinism

Social Darwinism is a school of thought which used Darwin’s ideas to justify bourgeois ideology explains David Benbow... [read more]

An uninformed MP and a bigoted Judge

Ungrateful as I feel for bashing someone who was actually trying to be helpful, it was difficult not to (a) laugh and then (b) groan at a short letter I recently received from a client’s local MP, writes Felix McHugh... [read more]

WikiLeaks is a rare truth-teller

WikiLeaks is a rare example of a newsgathering organisation that exposes the truth. Julian Assange is by no means alone, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Australia and Asylum Seekers: Media Perspectives

The issue is not 'boat people' but imperialist expansion explains Finn Bowen ... [read more]

The internet- Plutocracy's Achilles' Heel?

Ironically Capitialism's well founded fear of unfettered public access to matters of vital importance stems from the advent of the internet, writes Jim Handley... [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]

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]

Tribunals, tigers and dogs

Felix McHugh, author of the book Damned Scroungers, is back with more stories about his daily struggle to ensure disability claimants receive the money to which they are rightly entitled... [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]

Is the BBC middle class enough?

Are our national media outlets the domain of the middle class, or is the truth even worse...? Felix McHugh discusses... [read more]

Easter Rising 1916

John Wight provides the historical background to the Easter Rising of 1916 that paved the way for Irish independence... [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]

Divine Injustice

Drone warfare can be used to thwart democratic movements, anywhere, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Cuba’s truths

A interesting editorial from Cuba's national newspaper, Granma, rebuts the latest claims of human rights abuses put forth by the US and some countries of the EU... [read more]

Unmasking the Press

The corporate newspapers are the elite’s enforcers, misrepresenting the sources of oppression, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Assassinating Egyptian Dreams

Ahmed Amr reveals how the Egyptian military are suffocating the spirit of the Tahrir square revolution... [read more]

Obit: Never a Soft or quiet Russell

W Stephen Gilbert pays tribute to Ken Russell, the enigmatic, eccentric film director who died on Sunday. ... [read more]

Are U.S./NATO powers aiming to make Syria into Libya 2.0?

Mazda Majidi asks whether the NATO attack on Libya was just a dress rehersal for a future invasion of Syria... [read more]

The Health and Social Care Bill and the Negation of Democracy

Colin Leys discusses the profound impact that the Health and Social Care Bill will have upon the publically owned National Health Service... [read more]

French Workers are on the Move

Socialist Appeal's Alan Woods considers the significance of the recent industrial unrest in France.... [read more]

French Workers are on the Move

Socialist Appeal's Alan Woods assesses the significance of the recent industrial unrest in France.... [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]

Universal Cure

George Monbit proposes a simple means of transforming the UK’s universities, schools and society. ... [read more]

Talking Politics with Hratche Koundarjian

First-time voter Chris Mason-Felsing met with Labour's Hratche Koundarjian to discuss Labour's Gernal Election prospects.... [read more]

The Biggest Lie in the World and a Few Truths

Steven Colatrella picks apart the myth that free market capitalism is the most rational way of allocating resources.... [read more]

Western Media, Not Israeli Hasbara

Despite the best efforts of the mainstream media to play down the barbaric assault on Gaza, Israel cannot win the public relations war, argues Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Tony Blair's Legacy

War criminal Tony Blair missed out on the EU presidency last week. Tomasz Pierscionek looks back on how the Blair years destroyed the credibility of the Labour party.... [read more]

Africa in Colombia: The First Free Black Community in the Americas Continues Its Struggle

Garry Leech looks back on the historic struggles of Colombia's black community.... [read more]

Interview with a Colombian Political Prisoner

Garry Leech interviews political prisoner Liliany Obando in her sell in Buen Pastor Prison.... [read more]

Thatcher - The Real Legacy

With the right-wing press this week celebrating the anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's rise to power, David Brandon reminds us that it was Thatcher's politics that paved the way for the present crisis. ... [read more]

Pakistan: Civilians Paying the Price for the 'War on Terror'

Assed Baig on the humanitarian tragedy resulting from join US-Pakistani military actions in the border regions of Pakistan.... [read more]

Ecuador's Correa Hoping for Parliamentary Majority

Samuele Mazzolini previews the forthcoming elections in Ecuador.... [read more]

The New Face of Plan Colombia: An "Alliance for Progress" for the 21st Century?

Garry Leech examines the US-backed soft reform programme aimed at undermining support for radical movements in Colombia.... [read more]

“The People Won the Vote, Now The People Must Become the Government”

James Suggett interviews Venezuela-based journalist and activist Vanessa Davies.... [read more]

Book of the Month: "Beyond Bogota" by Garry Leech

This month's recommendation is a work of great courage, insight and journalistic integrity, as Matt Genner explains.... [read more]

Anatomy of an Investigation: The Colombian State’s War Against Civil Society

Garry Leech examines how the Colombian governmetn is using anti-terrorism as a pretext for a concerted attack on patently non-violent social organisations.... [read more]

Report from a Refugee Camp in Kashmir

As India and Pakistan engage in sabre rattling troops have been moving towards their forward deployments, Assed Baig asks: What about the victims of this age-old rivalry?... [read more]

Gaza: Why We Must Act Now

Addressing a Lenasia rally in solidarity with the people of Gaza on 14th January, Zwelinzima Vavi characterised the Israeli government as a racist regime comparable to Apartheid South Africa. ... [read more]

Stop Israel's Massacre in Gaza!

With hundreds of innocent civilians killed in Israel's brutal attack on Gaza in recent days, Walter Leon argues that the Israeli labour movement has a moral duty to help rally domestic opposition to the aggression.... [read more]

Venezuelan Local Elections: Change or Continuity?

Adam Gill reviews the recent local elections in Venezuela, and considers the long-term implications of a mixed outcome for the Chávez government.... [read more]

Interview: Michael Albert on the Communal Councils in Venezuela

Michael Albert is a prominent activist and economist and a co-founder of Z Magazine. Adam Gill spoke to him about the Venezuelan government's radical "Consejos Comunales" initiative, aimed at deepening participatory democracy.... [read more]

Colombia: Displacement, Disappearances and Extrajudicial Executions Increase Under Uribe

Garry Leech reflects on the rise in state-sponsored violence in Colombia under the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.... [read more]

Ecuador Seizes Banking Firms

Samuele Mazzolini on the bold steps taken by Ecuador's President Correa as he bids to bring financial stability and security to the country.... [read more]

Betancourt Freed - Where Now for Colombia?

Samuele Mazzonlini considers how the rescue of Ingrid Betancourt and other FARC hostages will affect the Colombian situation.... [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]

Why We Oppose 42 Days

Mick Brooks outlines the case against 42-day detention.... [read more]

A Policeman's Lot: The Police and Industrial Action

David Brandon on why the left must support the police in their current industrial dispute.... [read more]

Washington Determined to Strike Iran

Washington sabre-rattling suggests the US will press ahead with its aggressive designs on Iran, regardless of the truth about the alleged threat posed by Iran, and regardless of the consequences. ... [read more]

How to Build a Human Bomb

George Monbiot argues that the Guantanamo Bay concetration camp is an affront to the very idea of justice.... [read more]

The USA Today: Weariness, Despair, Indifference

Robert Israel sees, in Canada, a hint of a more inclusive and hopeful political culture in North America.... [read more]

Shadow Networks: Violence, War and Plunder in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

Colonial rivalry and capitalist exploitation are at the heart of the violence in the Congo.... [read more]

A "Partisan and Right-Skewed Press"

Matt Genner examines the reasons behind the right-wing bias in the mainstream media.... [read more]