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Spain’s other valley of the fallen

David Eade discusses Spain’s ‘Valley of the Fallen’ where to this day the bones of those who perished under the Nationalist onslaught in the Civil War still lie on the ground... [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 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]

Wearing Your Heart on Your Lapel

W Stephen Gilbert reflects on the politics of poppy wearing, its dissociation in popular society from what it actually represents and its hijacking by politicians. ... [read more]

Leaders of the world

In years gone by it never bothered me too much who was leading what country or international organisations because there were so many good leaders about who knew how the world worked... [read more]

How Uncle Sam Launders Marijuana Money

In a blatant example of “do as I say, not as I do,” the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits.... [read more]

After the Euphoria

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

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]

The Center Doesn't Hold

"The best lack all convictions, while the worst are full of passionate intensity!"... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 1 of 9)

The Coalition Government’s Failed Austerity Programme... [read more]

A strategy for improving economic performance

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, discusses a strategy for improving economic performance and addressing inequality... [read more]

Blitz or Bling

The great British Blitz tradition has been replaced by the great bling tradition. We live purely on sensationalism, exaggeration, self indulgence, dishonest reporting and, sadly, undignified realities... [read more]

If you think we're done with neoliberalism, think again

The global application of a fraudulent economic theory brought the west to its knees. Yet for those in power, it offers riches, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Universal Cure

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

Welcome to Austerity Britain

Whoever wins the next election, 'austerity' - i.e. cutting back services for those who need them most - will be the watchword of British politics for the next few years, as Rob Sewell explains.... [read more]

Missing

A poem, taken from Simon Cockle's first full-length collection, 'River Lane' (published by Arenig Press), about the loss of a loved one in the Great War. ... [read more]

This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work

With what author and activist Naomi Klein calls “galloping momentum,” the “Green New Deal” promoted by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., appears to be forging a political pathway for solving all of the ills of society and the planet in one fell swoop... [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]

The March of Folly

The Israeli argument was that the victims were shot while trying to "storm the fences". Actually, not a single such attempt was photographed, though hundreds of photographers were posted on both sides of the fence.... [read more]

The Undeserving Pedro Sanchez

If Spain’s PSOE “socialist” party is to be remembered for any one single thing, perhaps that will be weak leadership. ... [read more]

Joining The Labour Party

In September 2016 I did something I never believed I would ever do. I joined the Labour Party.... [read more]

The One-World View

Here's a tale to warm your cockles - wherever they may be... [read more]

We'll Always Have Paris

Reflections on May 1968... [read more]

Political commentators

Political commentators have long been puzzled by the fact that, right across the globe and for several decades, the political left has been in retreat and – more than that – has apparently been unable to mount any significant challenge to the growing neo-liberal hegemony which has dominated western democracies since the 1980s... [read more]

Branded

Perhaps the most sadly significant sign among the daily deceits currently stinking up the White House, is the redefinition of "presidential."... [read more]

So Near and Yet So Far

Stop buying, start making! Stop buying, start growing! Stop buying, start sharing!... [read more]

Quo Vadis, Venezuela?

Even if highly exaggerated in the western press, the economic and political crisis in Venezuela is real... [read more]

Alisoun and the Passage of Time to Death

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

Can Jill Carry Bernie’s Baton?

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

The Biased Report that Led to Banning Russian Athletes

The targeting of Russia and indiscriminate punishment of their athletes is a betrayal of the Olympic spirit.... [read more]

Iraq - US Apocalypse in Mosul in the Guise of Bombing ISIS

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” (Albert Camus 1913-1960).... [read more]

Tata Steel

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister, Bryan Gould, explains the consequence of the decline of British manufacturing is that we have run a perennial trade deficit in every year since 1982... [read more]

Inconvenient truths

Aldous Huxley once said: ‘Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.’ The British government in 1945 and, half a century later, the government of a reunited Germany both chose to hide and ‘rebrand’ the realities of nazi concentration camps in order to fit political needs over the principle of truth. John Green reports ... [read more]

Thanksgiving

Poem written for Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Poet, Artist, Bookseller, Publisher, Activist ... [read more]

What if David Cameron is a Gerrymandering PM?

Frankie Boyle the Scottish comedian used the Comment is Free section of the Guardian to ask the question “What if David Cameron is an Evil Genius?”... [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]

Ideological reforms vs Greek democracy

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, explains how Europe is witnessing a triumph of ideology over common sense ... [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]

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]

The Riderless Horse

There were events in 1951 which helped shape the subsequent history of much of the world... [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]

Lenin: State and Revolution, Chapter 6: Vulgarisation of Marx by the Opportunists

Thomas Riggins continues to guide us through Lenin's work - State and Revolution... [read more]

The G20 Leaders Communique′

Mark Horner critically reviews four major themes of the G20 Leaders Communique... [read more]

Interstellar: magnificent film, insane fantasy

Movies about abandoning Earth reflect the political defeatism of our age: that adapting to climate breakdown is preferable to stopping it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Holocaust Legacy - Britain’s New Nazis

The first Holocaust of this century is taking place in Mosul, Iraq, and the British Government is strangely silent... [read more]

Is a Tea Party movement about to kick off in Britain?

A fallen government minister who fought the ‘green blob’ seems to be contemplating a US-style insurgency, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Failure of Western Neoclassical economics - Invention without innovation results in increasing poverty

Many individuals in the Western nations are still great at invention, but innovation — defined as the transfer of these inventions to the factory floor — has generally failed in the West... [read more]

Goal Moscow

The USA wants to turn Ukraine into a permanent area of crisis, keeping it just off the boil of war. In this way Russia will feel threatened... [read more]

Banks and the New “Too Big to Jail” Doctrine

Part 1 of the series 'Banks and the new “too big to jail” doctrine' by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

The War on Democracy

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek describes how yet another nation has fallen victim to 'Shock and Awe' ... [read more]

Iraq: The Chilcot Inquiry – British Government Blocks Transparency

Amidst howls of “whitewash” from media commentators and interested observers of all political hues, it seems the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war are finally to be published by the end of this year... [read more]

Review: VJ McGill on Russell's Critique of Marxism

In the "The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell" volume in the Library of Living Philosophers (1944) VJ McGill (1897-1977) published a detailed critique of Russell's political and economic philosophy... [read more]

Nigel Farage's UKIP and the Mainstream Media are Preventing an Honest Debate on the European Elections

Ruben De Sai on how Nigel Farage's UKIP and the mainstream media are preventing an honest debate on the European elections, and the economic issues that no one is talking about.... [read more]

Ukraine: US Ambassador to Moscow’s 2008 Cable: “Nyet, Means Nyet – Russia’s NATO Engagement’s Red Line.”

Headlines in the mainstream Western media, and Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, obediently echo White House propaganda... [read more]

Who Owns the Future?

Bryan Gould states there is no novelty in arguing, as George Osborne does, that there is no alternative to his destructive and divisive policies of austerity... [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]

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]

Bum Rap for the Rapa Nui

A new report details a re-evaluation of the view that the native inhabitants of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) were responsible for the collapse of their population... [read more]

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 2 of 2)

Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 2 of 2)... [read more]

We can still celebrate bonfire night without burning toxic waste

Dioxins released when we set fire to our junk on Guy Fawkes night are entering the food chain, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Killjoy Was Here

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

Who is killing the people of Iraq?

The United Nations recently warned that the ongoing turmoil inside Syria and Iraq has formed a situation where "the battlefields are merging” into one, writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

The Four Keynesian Cornerstones of Shimomuran Economics (or Investment Credit Economics)

In the General Theory Keynes made four key comments that presage the practice of Shimomuran investment credit economics writes George Tait Edwards... [read more]

The Italian crisis and the wait for Godot

A crisis is a crucial point, a turning point, a situation that demands change or reaction in order to resolve the situation... [read more]

From Ragged Trousered Philanthropists to Label Wearing Ostriches?

Frank Owen, the lead character in Robert Tressell’s novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, expressed his frustration at the dismissive response of his fellow workers to his arguments for a better society... [read more]

FDR’s American Economic Miracle 1938-44, or the First Economic Bomb - The USA from 1938 to 1944 (Part 1)

George Tait Edwards reveals the secret of America's economic boom during the the FDR years ... [read more]

Spaniards Fall Out Of Love With Their Royals

David Eade explains that since the financial crisis started there has been a fall in support for the Royal Household ... [read more]

Venezuelan elections

John Green provides an analysis of and background to today's election in Venezuela... [read more]

Political Barbed Wire

Why are 97 per cent of our rivers shut to the public? A millionaire minister’s amazing conflicts of interest give you a clue, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The year of cataclysm for the NHS

It has been a big year for the English health service, for the wrong reasons. With so much happening so fast, Alex Nunns of the NHS Support Federation pulls together the strands to explain what is really going on in the NHS... [read more]

Review - Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective

David Lane reviews a book which illustrates the global nature of developments in healthcare: Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective... [read more]

Ed's speech of faith

“That is my faith. One nation: a country for all, with everyone playing their part. A Britain we rebuild together.” David Eade reports on Ed Milliband's speech to the Labour Party Conference... [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]

A Word in Your Shell-like

In his latest article, resident philosopher Stephen Gilbert bemoans the lack of confidence in our society.... [read more]

Anomie

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

Spain's abusive banks

The big economic news has been the massive 100bn euros bailout of Spain’s banks. However the back story has been the numerous protests by Spaniards against measures to support banks which are largely in trouble through their own greed, corruption and mismanagement, writes David Eade.... [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]

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]

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]

Beat the Cheat: an alternative take

With the Sun newspaper launching yet another campaign of 'Beat the Cheat', Felix McHugh highlights the problem of claimants being cheated out of their benefits... [read more]

Back to Basics in Palestine: Redefining Our Relationship to a People’s Struggle

Palestinians are governed by laws without internationally recognizable legal frame of reference, a situation that allows Israel to justify the detention of Gaza patients seeking medical treatment outside their besieged area, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Light That Cracks The Darkness

The people of Spain are actively resisting the effects of austerity. As Bryan G Taylor explains, no amount of 'Reforma Laboral' will stave off call for a revolutionary change... [read more]

Behind the Scenes: The Secret NATO Report on the Taliban

The secret NATO report, "State of the Taliban 2012," commissioned by the US and NATO was never supposed to see the light of day. Unfortunately for the US war party it was leaked to the press, writes Thomas Riggins ... [read more]

A manager's dog

‘I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray, tell me sir, whose dog are you?' ( Alexander Pope, Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog which I gave to his Royal Highness)... [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]

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]

\'Illegal settlements\' to be destroyed - just the wrong ones

Matthew Hill takes a look at the plight of the Bedouin living in the Negev desert-a minority within Israel\'s Arab minority.... [read more]

How the Billionaires Broke the System

The US deficit reduction plan makes no sense – until you remember who’s behind the Tea Party movement. ... [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]

Mervyn King Comes to Town

Rob Sewell considers the significance of Mervyn King's address to the TUC in Manchester.... [read more]

One Crazy Pastor Threatens to Ignite More Than The Quran

Assed Baig on why one man's Islamaphobic beliefs will have big implications around the world.... [read more]

Thatcher and the Last Tory cuts

Eric Hollies puts today's coalition government in historical perspective by looking back on the brutal public spending cuts imposed by the Thatcher government.... [read more]

Millennium Goals Revisited: Noble Ideas, and Feel-Good Moments

The UN's much-vaunted Millenium Development goals have turned out to be little more than wishful thinking, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

Italian Elections: More of the Same

Samuele Mazzolini reflects on an election that has consolidated the dominance of Silvo Berlusconi's centre-right bloc, and the continuing malaise of the Italian left.... [read more]

Michael Foot and his Legacy for Labour

Michael Foot stood head and shoulders above the men who succeeded him as Labour leader, argues Barbara Humphries.... [read more]

If Nothing Else, Save Farming

It’s probably too late to prepare for peak oil, but we can at least try to salvage food production, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Socialist Case Against The Cuts

Britain's three biggest parties are committed to massive spending cuts. Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks challenges the mainstream consensus.... [read more]

Gaza’s Kite Runners

Ramzy Baroud on how the simple act of flying a kite came to symbolise resistance in Gaza.... [read more]

Green Shoots of Economic Recovery?

Mick Brooks considers recent claims that the world economic system is on the mend.... [read more]

The Economic Crisis and Poor Countries

Mick Brooks compares the 'boom and bust' economics of the past twenty years with similar patterns in the 1920s and 1930s: once again it is the poorer nations that stand to lose the most.... [read more]

The Plot Thickens

Solomon Hughes examines the sinister circumstances surrounding the detention of Babar Ahmad. ... [read more]

Banks in Crisis? Take them Over

With politicians and financial experts grasping at straws in their efforts to resolve the worst economic crisis in decades, Mick Brooks outlines the case for the nationalisation of the banking system.... [read more]

The Tempo of the Struggle

Socialist Appeal's Terry McPartlan provides a Marxist analysis of the current financial crisis.... [read more]

Benefit Claimants in Government's Firing Line

Fred McDowell on New Labour's latest populist diversion.... [read more]

Venezuela to Propose Reduced Oil Production at OPEC Meeting

James Suggett on how Venezuela is reacting to the world financial crisis.... [read more]

£50bn Bail-out Will Not Stop the Rot

Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks on the UK government's financial bail-out package.... [read more]

The Working Class Must Not be Left to Pay for Wall Street Mess

Socialist Appeal's Walter Leon on the far-reaching implications of the financial crisis. ... [read more]

Bolivia: Big Business Interests Continue to Stoke Up Confrontation Against Morales

Samuele Mazzolini on the vicious campaign being waged by right-wing elements opposed to the mildly socialist reforms of Bolivia's President Evo Morales.... [read more]

Manufactured Famine

George Monbiot on the European trade initiatives which are likely to exacerbate existing food shortages in the developing world.... [read more]

Back to Boom and Bust

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

Losing the Will to Serve

With below-inflation pay rises and increased targets, no wonder Labour has lost the votes of the public sector workers who keep this country going.... [read more]

Britain Sleepwalks Towards 42-day Detention

As the Brown government seeks to push through 42-day detention, Tom Bangay argues this latest counter-terrorism measure is impractical, unpopular, and an affront to civil liberties. ... [read more]

The Western Corporate Giants Supporting Burmese Tyranny

Johnny Chatterton on the big Western companies making a killing from Burmese state repression.... [read more]