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The left as an alternative to both populism and neoliberalism

2016 has been the year of Brexit, Trump’s election and the defeat of the Italian prime minister Renzi in the constitutional referendum... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Doreen Carvajal writes in the New York Times about the possibility that our genes carry some memories of our ancestors' experiences and 'unfinished business'. Dr Faysal Mikdadi wonders whether this is beneficial, now and for a future generation. ... [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]

Through the looking glass: An insight into old age and PTSD

History gives us perspective, it’s the chance to look back on events and examine the findings. History is the opportunity to question our direction writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Bringing Anne Frank's Vision to the Modern World

It was once stated, that “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes”. Over the past few weeks, in the northern city of Manchester, UK, the question of learning has been at the very centre of the Anne Frank + You exhibition, writes Hussein Al-alak... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Needs editing pre publication... [read more]

Behind the Israeli Wall: A Lesson in Reality

Rich Whiles' timely new book takes a refreshingly honest look at the experiences of the victims of Israeli apartheid, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Beyond Violence and Non-Violence: Resistance as a Culture

Political resistance is not simply gratuitous violence - is a collective response to oppression, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Workers' Participation is Necessary for Final Push in Iran

If the unrest in Iran is to culminate in a radical upheaval, Iran's workers will have to take centre-stage, argues Maziar Razi.... [read more]

Why the Honduras Crisis Matters to Me

For seven months in 1969 I hitch-hiked around the US, Mexico and Central America with my best friend from high school... [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]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ‘MY GENERATION’?

And there are those who ask, ‘Whatever happened to the idealism of my generation?’ Anyone who remembers the Sixties/Seventies years finds themselves asking that question... [read more]

Autonomy and progressive policies

How much should individuality be important for progressive forces? And is it possible to reconcile economic utility and individual autonomy?... [read more]

E=MC2

A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Italy: the missed generation

The truth is that the situation in Italy is getting desperate. Amongst those under 25, unemployment is as high as 40% with many of those in work underpaid and on short term contracts... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empirio-criticism [ Part 3 ]

Thomas Riggins guides us through Section I, Chapter I of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism... [read more]

Straight to the heart

Gay marriage: 'oh dear, oh lor’, how did this become the issue of the hour? The world appears to have divided itself into two camps and I find myself in neither'- journalist and writer W Steven Gilbert shares his thoughts... [read more]

On Freedom and Imperialism: Arab Spring and the Intellectual Divide

The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is creating an intellectual divide that threatens any sensible understanding of the turmoil engulfing several Arab countries, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Fatah: A New Beginning or an Imminent End?

The 'pragmatism' of the Fatah Congress threatens to derail the Palestinian national project,as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

In the Name of Iraq? Luton Protesters Are Out of Touch

Hussein Al-Alak reflects on the recent tabloid furore over an ill-conceived miniature anti-war protest led by Muslim extremists in the UK.... [read more]

Interview: María Augusta Calle talks to London Progressive Journal

Samuele Mazzolini spoke to María Augusta Calle, a former member of Ecuador's Constituent Assembly, currently standing as a candidate for President Correa's Movimiento País coalition.... [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]

Tulsi Gabbard Comes to San Francisco

“I'm running for president to be able to bring about this sea change in our foreign policy that is so necessary for us and for the world.”... [read more]

A SENSE OF CHARACTER

In a culture of bland conformity it is stimulating to find a challenge. It surely demands a response. To dismiss it out of hand would be to show no respect.... [read more]

Britain’s Homeless Crisis

Under the suffocating shadow of economic austerity, homelessness in Britain is increasing, poverty and inequality deepening.... [read more]

Alcohol: Why do we drink?

Alcohol consumption is one damaging effect among many that flow from this dominant socio-economic system... [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]

THE F WORD

RTFM? Baffled by those initials? No, it's not the latest in cool social media acronyms, but an older caveat, dating back to early 20th century military slang... [read more]

WE ARE ALL CITIZENS OF EVERYWHERE

Migration is natural. Like many I can claim age-old ancestry of one place, yet equally there are those roots in distant places, and a history of migrations across seas and continents even in recent years... [read more]

Separation is Beautiful

It says the Likud is the most cunning instrument for keeping the Mizrahim down. That the endless rule of Binyamin Netanyahu, the very personification of the Ashkenazi elite... [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]

Observations and Impressions from Russia

For over two weeks this May, a delegation of 30 Americans visited seven regions and ten cities across Russia... [read more]

On the Road of Damascus, I Met Jeremy Corbyn

I come from a fairly long line of mercantile family forebears with strong business skills and profit inspired attitudes. Although I chose not to go into business as my brothers did and I became a teacher of English, every emotional nerve in my body believed in wealth creation as being the only way forward for all.... [read more]

Getting out of mass society in order to foster social change

Social change needs good politics. Good politics needs communities. And communities need individuality... [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]

Dear UK, I am European

I have grown up unable to say where I belong, due to having two passports and two nationalities which taught me to look at the world from two very different angles... [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]

Holocaust Education and the Iraqi Community

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on the 27th January and is marked on that day to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, by the Soviet Union’s Red Army... [read more]

Jack Goody: An Appreciation

David Morgan writes an obituary for Jack Goody... [read more]

Re-Packaging Masculinity in Tony Abbott’s Body Politic - A Painting

In 2015 the industry of terrorism has moved into a new phase and the scenarios I painted – such as the militarisation of civil society - have gone mainstream... [read more]

Fast-track Hands the Money Monopoly to Private Banks — Permanently

In March 2014, the Bank of England let the cat out of the bag... [read more]

Fateful Steps That Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part 2)

The borders of the Ukraine today are very different than they were before WWII... [read more]

Life, Oil and Ghosts in the delta of the river Niger

Sweet and light - crude oil from the delta of the river Niger is the major Nigerian commodity and European and American companies export it for a profit... [read more]

Prolegomena to Any Future Understanding of the Crisis in Ukraine

The political and military manoeuvres now going on in the Ukraine have the potential of escalating out of control... [read more]

Numbers

There are many ways in which numbers assume a significant role in our lives... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives (Part 6)

Thomas Riggins continues with his analysis of Piketty's book - Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 3)

The third 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 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 Jihadis Return - ISIS and the New Sunni Awakening by Patrick Cockburn

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews Patrick Cockburn's latest book... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives

Part 1 of Thomas Riggins's analysis of Thomas Piketty's book - Introduction to Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empirio-Criticism Thomas Riggins

Thomas Riggins talks us though the rest of Chapter 4 of Lenin's book Materialism and Empirio-Criticism ... [read more]

The International Brigade of Terror?

For many years, I’ve understood the involvement of British fighters in the Spanish Civil War, to have been made up of people from a variety of different backgrounds, who took up arms to combat the spread of Fascism in Europe... [read more]

Fast-tracking Neo-liberalism in India

Apparently, the results of the national general election in India mark a turning point. We are told that the nation has spoken and has given the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party a ‘landslide victory’... [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]

The Promise of the New and the Delusion of the Old

In 1952 the Egyptian Army Officers' Revolution of the 23 July brought in a new era of hope and pride. By 1967 it had brought us Arabs to the brink of disaster... [read more]

Pakistan: Warning letter on human rights abuses in state custody was ignored, Taliban kill 23 FC men in retaliation

I express my deep sadness when hearing of the torture and unlawful killing of persons in state custody or the recent execution of 23 Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers by Tehrik -i-Taliban (TTP) Mohmand Agency.... [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]

The Logic of War Crimes in a Criminal War

When U.S. marines carried out the savage and systematic execution of Iraqi families and small children in Haditha [in November 2004], it was initially reported as a “battle” with “insurgent casualties.”... [read more]

Fighting FGM, Human Trafficking in Manchester, UK

On 18/1/2014, around two hundred people gathered in Manchester for a fundraising benefit to aid the cause of teenage asylum seeker, Olayinka, who faces the risk of Female Genital Mutilation, if forcibly returned to Nigeria... [read more]

Racism Is Alive and Well - Yet So Polite

Carol Anne Grayson's recent article evoked so many memories of my own life in Britain since the late 1960s. Grayson is undoubtedly right in feeling so uneasy at what she had experienced of Britain's racism... [read more]

The Theory of Knowledge of Dialectical Materialism and of Empirio-Criticism

Thomas Riggins continues to lead us through Chapter 3 of Lenin's book Materialism and Empiro-criticism ... [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]

International Relations and the Classroom

We in Britain are often subject to the age old criticism of being insular and self engrossed. Whereas this is not strictly speaking true, there is an element of truth in this belief... [read more]

For Whom the Cock Crows

Thomas Riggins discusses Marx's 1844 article on Hegel's philosophy of law... [read more]

Red Love – the story of an East German Family

John Green reviews Maxim Leo’s Red Love – the story of an East German Family... [read more]

Bulgarian Democracy: In A Delicate State

David Eade revisits Bulgaria a month after the elections that brought the Bulgarian Socialist Party to power.... [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]

Chapter One Sections Five and Six: Does Man Think With The Help Of The Brain?

Thomas Riggins continues his analysis of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

Bulgaria elections: Widespread abuse but hope

I set off to Bulgaria after being selected by the Party of European Socialists to be part of the 100 plus team from all across the European Union to monitor the General Election. David Eade reports.... [read more]

Marx Reloaded

Thomas Riggins reviews Marx Reloaded, a film by Jason Barker... [read more]

Lenin on "Left-Wing" Communism in Great Britain

As part of our series analysing Lenin's book "Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins looks at what Lenin had to say about the problems of ultra-leftism in Britain in 1920... [read more]

PTSD in Gaza: A mental health time-bomb

The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is the leading Palestinian non-governmental organisation which provides mental health services to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, Hussein Al-alak reports... [read more]

Trials and Tribulations in Turkey

Turkey’s lamentable human rights record and its attempts to intimidate independent Kurdish organisations was the theme of an important seminar held on the 18 September in Garden Court Chambers, London. David Morgan reports.... [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]

Arrigoni’s Murder Trial in Gaza: Answers Not Just a Verdict

Justice for Vittorio Utopia Arrigoni has been paramount, but we also expect the Gaza government to hand down more than a verdict, also answers to those trying to kill Vittorio’s dream – along with our humanity, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

The Russian Revolution: An Essential Condition of Success

Mass Support + Iron Party = Socialist Revolution? Thomas Riggins analyses chapter two of Lenin’s Left Wing Communism: an Infantile Disorder... [read more]

Monarchy not the main obstacle to a better tomorrow

Karl Davis argues that those protesting against the monarchy are aiming their ire at the wrong target... [read more]

Book review- The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

David Lane reviews ‘The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia’ by Angus Roxburgh... [read more]

Looking in the mirror, living in denial: The Arundhati effect

Colin Todhunter reveals the motives behind those launching personal attacks on Booker prize winning novelist, activist and social commentator, Arundhati Roy ... [read more]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Nathan Englander

Emmeline Ravilious reviews Nathan Englander's latest book... [read more]

Alfred Russel Wallace: Socialist and co-founder of evolutionary theory

Next year will see the centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace. Simultaneously with Darwin the discoverer of evolution due to natural selection, but history has largely eclipsed his name under Darwin’s immense shadow, writes John Green.... [read more]

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul

In an exclusive for the London Progressive Journal, writer and former actor John Wight reflects on his years in Hollywood and shines a spotlight on the ‘glamour’ of life in the movie industry... [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]

Protest Movement or tourist attraction?

David Eade contrasts the Occupy movement in the UK with the 15-M movement in Spain... [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]

Slash and Burn Capitalism

Now the government intends to strip away protection from our most treasured places, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Local communities bear the brunt of the Con-Dem agenda

Deborah X provides a personal view of the effect of the coalition’s policies on single parents, their children and the communities in which they live... [read more]

Book review: Venceremos

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

Venceremos Brigade challenges travel ban, promotes exchange

Mike Chrisemer reflects on his experiences of being a member of the Venceremos solidarity brigade on a recent trip to Cuba.... [read more]

Whitewashing Defeat

For all his poise and rhetoric, Obama’s indecisiveness is the defining feature of his presidency, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Professor Nutt Urges New Thinking on Drugs

As the controversial medical expert David Nutt finds himself back on the news agenda, Tom Bangay considers the vexed question of drug law reform.... [read more]

An Age of Consent of 14?

Peter Tatchell argues education, not criminalisation, is the best way to protect children when it comes to sexuality.... [read more]

Combat Stress: A Living History

Hussein Al-Alak looks at the lifesaving work of a mental health charity that has spent the past ninety years helping ex-soldiers cope with life after service.... [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]

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]

Berlusconi: Europe's Real Pandemic

The enormous popularity of Italy's right-wing demagogue is a reflection of the corrupt cynicism of contemporary mass culture, argues Paolo Mossetti.... [read more]

The 'Copenhagen Accord' - All Hot Air

National self-interest and capitalist pragmatism condemned the Copenhagen talks to failure, says Adam Booth.... [read more]

Chavez Calls for International Organisation of Left Parties

Kiraz Janicke on the Venezuelan president's call for a 'Fifth International' of left parties.... [read more]

Obama: Progress Towards Fulfilling Manifesto Commitments

Chris Vasey reckons it's been a promising first few months in the White House for Barack Obama. ... [read more]

Interview: Michael Prysner Talks to London Progressive Journal

Tomasz Pierscionek interviews ex-US army veteran and prominent anti-war campaigner Michael Prysner.... [read more]

Obama Working His Magic on Arabs?

Much has been made of Barack Obama's big speech in Egypt last week. Ramzy Baroud is not convinced.... [read more]

April Fools

Tom Bangay looks back on a turbulent month in British domestic politics.... [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 People Won the Vote, Now The People Must Become the Government”

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

Someone Else’s England

Guardian journalist George Monbiot makes the case for further devolutionary reform in Britain.... [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]

Interview: Carlos Bula Camacho talks to London Progressive Journal

Samuele Mazzolini spoke to Carlos Bula Camacho, Secretary General of Polo Democrático Alternativo, the Colombian opposition party.... [read more]

Zimbabwe: Why the International Community Must Intervene

Examining the legal framework of humanitarian intervention, Alexa Van Sickle calls on the international community to act now to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in Zimbabwe.... [read more]

Why the UN is Crying Out for Reform

With the US President-elect soon to enter office on a promise of "change", Luke Aldred argues that the international security system is a prime candidate for a radical overhaul.... [read more]

Venezuela Says US Uses Anti-Drug List as “Weapon of Domination”

James Suggett on how the United States is using the pretext of counter-narcotics to further its political struggle against Hugo Chávez's Venezuela. ... [read more]

Venezuela’s Chavez Pushes for New World Financial System in Argentina

James Suggett on Venezuela's increasing influence in economic policy across the South American continent. ... [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]

Interview: Labour Councillor James Alexander

Cristina Brooks talks to Labour Councillor James Alexander.... [read more]

The Death of Dith Pran

Chris Bath on the journalist who told the world about the killing fields of Cambodia.... [read more]

Proposed Child DNA Database Will Increase Crime and Social Division

Matt Genner on the latest bright idea for crime-fighting.... [read more]