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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 Mockery of Banking Discipline

Part 7 of Eric Toussaint series, Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game... [read more]

Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 1)

Eric Toussaint looks at 2007-2012: Six years that shook the banking world... [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]

What is to be Done with the Banks? Radical Proposals for Radical Changes

Immediate measures for moving towards socialisation of the banking sector... [read more]

A journey into the vice-ridden world of banking

The primary objective of the world’s leaders is to avoid another banking and financial crash that could be worse than the one in September 2008... [read more]

In the Panama Capers we Trust

The leaked Panama Papers, from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, are spilling the beans on the details of what the rich, powerful and greedy get up to with unseemly amounts of dosh... [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 Impunity Enjoyed by the Banks must Stop

The final part of the series by Eric Toussaint - The Banks and the “Too Big to Jail” Doctrine... [read more]

Banks: Fudged health report

The final part of the series by Eric Toussaint - Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game!... [read more]

An economy ruled by the mob

It is not easy for any of us to get our heads around the complexities of modern economics. Many capitalists themselves and certainly most politicians no longer understand how the system really works... [read more]

The Global Economic Crisis and ‘Possible Futures’

David Lane reviews a collection of three volumes compiled by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian chronicling the origins and aftermath of the global financial crisis... [read more]

Bail-out Blackmail

Mick Brooks on the truth behind the US government's bail-out of the financial sector.... [read more]

Common Factors in Cases of Economic Resurgence

Successive British Governments have persistently denied the importance of industry in the national economy, with some of ministers foolishly regarding industrial decline as inevitable writes George T Edwards... [read more]

Banks bluff in a completely legal way

Part 8 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks Versus The People: The Underside Of A Rigged Game!... [read more]

The Banker who knows his Kapital

John Green translates and reflects on an interview with Edgar Most formerly of Deustche Bank and of the GDR State Bank, where he considers capitalism vs. socialism.... [read more]

Financial Meltdown Deepens

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

Warren’s Post Office Proposal: Palast Aims at the Wrong Target

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs... [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]

£50bn Bail-out Will Not Stop the Rot

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

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]

Gordon Brown and "Light Touch" Regulation

Mick Brooks on how Gordon’s policies left the UK unprepared for the present financial crisis.... [read more]

Hedge Funds, Speculation and Capitalism

With market speculation very much in the news at the moment, Mick Brooks examines the phenomenon of the hedge fund, and its role in the current economic malaise.... [read more]

Regulation Is Killing Community Banks – Public Banks Can Revive Them

Crushing regulations are driving small banks to sell out to the megabanks, a consolidation process that appears to be intentional. Publicly-owned banks can help avoid that trend and keep credit flowing in local economies.... [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]

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]

Empire of Capital

A one-sided justice sees weaker states punished as rich nations and giant corporations project their power across the world, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Unprecedented!

Michael Roberts on why the present economic crisis demonstrates the vulnerability of "free market" capitalism. ... [read more]

Health and Humanity: Conclusion

A healthy human, with a foundation of biopsychosocial health, could hope to find their purpose in life... [read more]

Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks (part 1)

Since 2007, the major Central Banks of the most industrialised countries have lent massively to private banks at very low interest rates in order to avoid their failure... [read more]

Rethinking Economics The Washington Consensus vs the Tokyo Consensus Background

On Tuesday 6 May 2014, I published a blog about ”Shimomuran Economics and the Rise of Japan”... [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]

Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 2)

The European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve are at the service of the major private banks... [read more]

Euro zone crisis: A Green alternative

We are watching economic injustice crush a nation before our eyes. On 20 March, Greece must meet the next tranche of debt repayments,says Alfie Stirling.... [read more]

The Great Cop-Out

Impeded by Gordon Brown, the G20 has decided that bankers won’t be properly regulated, as George Monbiot explains.... [read more]

Green Shoots of Economic Recovery?

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

Interview: Greg Maughan, Campaign for a New Workers' Party

Cristina Brooks spoke to Greg Maughan of the Campaign for a New Workers' Party about his views on recent developments in the economic sphere.... [read more]

Venezuela and South American Allies Advance Integration

James Suggett examines the latest steps of an ambitious initiative to bring about the economic integration of a number of South American countries.... [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]

Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador

Global developments in finance and geopolitics are prompting a rethinking of the structure of banking and of the nature of money itself... [read more]

Killing Off Community Banks: Intended Consequence of Dodd-Frank?

The Dodd-Frank regulations are so lethal to community banks that some say the intent was to force them to sell out to the megabanks... [read more]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 3) - The greatest offensive against European social rights since the Second World War

We should not underestimate the capacity of the elites to make the most of a crisis situation writes Eric Toussaint... [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]

The End of Money

It’s Time to End Our Slavery to the Money-System declares Oliver Thompson ... [read more]

Light and fluid warriors

In the second of her interviews using the 'Lego Serious Play' method, Patrizia Bertini meets Ollie, a young occupier at the OccupyLSX camp... [read more]

No2VAG's request falls on deaf ears

No2VAG has a legitimate right to be heard by the NLWA, as Ellen Graubart explains. The campaign group has requested a hearing at the Authority's meetings, and three times the group has been refused.... [read more]

Boom at the top

At a time when the poorest are being hit hardest, W Stephen Gilbert comments on the obsence bonuses enjoyed by those at the top echelons of the financial sector and puts paid to the reasons most commonly used to justify such unfair practice.... [read more]

Crisis: The Worst Since the 1930s

Michael Roberts argues the present economic slump is merely the first stage of a long-term deflationary depression.... [read more]

The big private banks run on LTRO

Part 6 of the series 'Too Big to Fail' by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

Staying in Touch with the Real World

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains how economic teaching lags behind reality... [read more]

A Slow-Burning Revolution‏

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, details the beginnings of a paradigm shift in economic thinking... [read more]

The Big Banks Organise Massive Tax Evasion on an International Scale

Part 7 of Eric Toussaint's series 'The banks and the “Too Big to Jail” doctrine'... [read more]

Martial Law and the Economy: Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?

Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup, writes Ellen Brown... [read more]

Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross-hairs

In an August 2013, journalist Greg Palast posted evidence of a secret late-1990s plan devised by Wall Street ans US Treasury officials to open banking to the lucrative derivatives business... [read more]

Nations Get what their Financial-Industrial Systems Deliver: A Comparative Analysis of Three Different Groups of Financial-Industrial Systems

George Tait Edwards compares three different financial-industrial systems and considers the merits of each model... [read more]

It Can Happen Here: The Bank Confiscation Scheme for US and UK Depositors

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets reveals Ellen Brown... [read more]

A long and dishonourable tradition

George Osborne may be just about the last person in Britain to believe that austerity offers a real path to recovery from recession and the resumption of growth - and it may be doubted that even he remains a true believer, writes Bryan Gould... [read more]

Business As Unusual

We need more people to throw down their swords and raise their voices with the healing words of true democracy... [read more]

A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bail-Ins Begin

While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US... [read more]

A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis... [read more]

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

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

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken... [read more]

The G20 Leaders Communique′

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

Drug and Bank Lords

Part three of the series by Eric Toussaint: The banks and the “too big to jail” doctrine... [read more]

The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland

The Irish have a long history of being tyrannized, exploited, and oppressed—from the forced conversion to Christianity in the Dark Ages, to slave trading of the natives in the 15th and 16th centuries, to the mid-nineteenth century “potato famine” that was really a holocaust... [read more]

The Public Debt of Japan and China – Funded by Investment Credit Creation or by Foreign Borrowing?

Economist George Tait Edwards puts paid to rumours of impending financial crises in Japan and China... [read more]

A Critique of the analysis of Karl Marx within the BBC’s ‘Masters of Money’ Series

David Benbow critiques the BBC's ‘Masters of Money’ episode, aired last year, that focused on the economic theories of Karl Marx... [read more]

The ‘MENA’ region and the International Monetary Fund

Daniel Robicheau describes the lead up to the war in Syria and the involvement of the IMF... [read more]

Wealth Destroyers

The Corporation of the City of London has harmed you more than you know, says George Monbiot. ... [read more]

Out of the Ashes

Now is the time to start planning for a new economy, not dependent on growth. ... [read more]

The Greeks are Fighting for Us All

The Greek crisis is merely the first stage of a wider global backlash against neoliberal economics, argues Steven Colatrella.... [read more]

The Greek Crisis and the Threat to the Euro

Can the EU afford to let Greece withdraw from the Eurozone? Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks considers the significance of the Grek Crisis.... [read more]

Bank Bailouts - Throwing Good Money After Bad

As the UK government plans further massive bank bailouts, Mick Brooks calls for the complete nationalisation of the banking industry.... [read more]

Outsourcing Unrest

George Monbiot argues that the crisis in British politics has its roots in the decline of Britain's status in the world economy.... [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]

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]

Venezuela to Propose Reduced Oil Production at OPEC Meeting

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

Congress Confronts Its Contradictions

George Monbiot on why it's ordinary taxpayers who will pay the price for the incompetence of big finance.... [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]

Welcome back, Ms Thatcher!

There's one question that remains unanswered: who really benefits from Brexit?... [read more]

Brexit: The UK’s referendum on EU membership delivers a self-inflicted wound

This constantly troublesome and disloyal bunch of Labour MPs don’t care about the country or their Party. They cannot see that it is they, not Corbyn, who are making the Party unelectable... [read more]

Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card

The government can reduce the debt by buying it – and ripping it up... [read more]

The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion

In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system... [read more]

Grexit or Jubilee? How Greek Debt Can Be Annulled

The crushing Greek debt could be canceled the way it was made – by sleight of hand... [read more]

“Guerrilla Warfare” Against the EU-ECB-IMF Economic Hegemony: The Challenge and Promise of Greece. The Nationalization of the Banking System

Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees... [read more]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

How America Became an Oligarchy

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 8 of 9)

The Community Interest Bank Key to Local SME Development... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 6 of 9)

The No-Cost Keynesian Stimulation of Demand in the Economy ... [read more]

Growth: the destructive god that can never be appeased

The blind pursuit of economic exapansion stokes a cycle of financial crisis, and is wrecking our world. Time for an alternative, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Bank abuses in the real estate sector and illegal foreclosures in the United States

Part 2 in the series by Eric Toussaint - The banks and the “too big to jail” doctrine'... [read more]

Scotland – Independently Great: an English view of the Scottish Referendum

While most of us are happy to trade, to buy products from other countries, to take part in what is now a “global community”, we want to do it on our own terms... [read more]

The Leveraged Buyout of America

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres... [read more]

The Key Relevance of the Writings of Professor Kenneth Kenkichi Kurihara

George Tait Edwards explains how the writings of economist Kenneth Kurihara serve as the gateway to understanding Shimomuran high-growth economics ... [read more]

Margaret Thatcher and the bias of the British Media

Dr Amjad Mirza reflects on the response of the mainstream media to Margaret Thatcher's death... [read more]

If markets weren't masters and economics worked for people

The choice on the one hand is for people to be a resource for a rich economy. The choice on the other is for a rich economy to be a resource for society. Alfie Stirling explains... [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]

Militarism mixed with empty liberal rhetoric

Richard Becker dissects Obama's 2012 State of the Union address and shows that the 'CEO of the imperialist ruling class is carrying on with business as usual... [read more]

Poor's show

Ever since the decline of European Socialism in the 1980s and the collapse of the Soviet Union in the ’90s, capitalism has considered itself king of the world and has behaved accordingly, says W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

The Struggle Continues

Despite David Cameron's attempt to brush the November 30th strike under the carpet and continue with his attacks on the poorest, John Wight predicts that strong resistance to the cuts will continue.... [read more]

Venezuelan UN Speech Criticises "Market Totalitarianism"

The Venezuelan ambassador to the UN, Jordge Valero, has delivered a stinging attack on global capitalism's failure to guarantee basic human rights, as Tamara Pearson reports.... [read more]

Reformed Venezuelan Bank Law Separates Banks and Media

Tamara Pearson reports on an important Venezuelan initiative to prevent the corporate media from getting directly involved in the banking and finance industries.... [read more]

International Banking – A System Ruled by Stupidity and Fraud

Reflecting on the fraud allegations against Goldman Sachs, Mick Brooks argues that only full nationalisation can provide proper accountability for the banking system.... [read more]

Venezuela and Argentina Increase Cooperation in Gas, Agriculture, and Finance

James Suggett on the latest Venezuelan-led initiative to further economic cooperation between Latin American states.... [read more]

The Tempo of the Struggle

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

Top Economic Strategist Warns of ‘Catastrophe and Revolution’

Rob Sewell on how the financial press is interpreting the economic crisis.... [read more]

US Democrats Yet to Convince Working Class America

Richard Scorer on how the current economic crisis presents a challenge to the Democrats' cosy relationship with big business and finance.... [read more]

Back to Boom and Bust

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

Making a Killing from Hunger

Leading NGO GRAIN on why we need to overturn food policy.... [read more]

Dear Mr. President, Be Careful What You Wish for: Higher Interest Rates Will Kill the Recovery

Higher interest rates will triple the interest on the federal debt to $830 billion annually by 2026, will hurt workers and young voters, and could bankrupt over 20% of US corporations, according to the IMF.... [read more]

What a State-Owned Bank Can Do for New Jersey

Having a cheap and ready credit line with the state’s own bank can have similar benefits for New Jersey and other states... [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]

Can Jill Carry Bernie’s Baton?

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

The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless

Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends... [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]

Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails

Before 2011, Libya had achieved economic independence, with its own water, its own food, its own oil, its own money, and its own state-owned ban... [read more]

Health and Humanity Part 3: Charity Begins At Home

Increasingly, it appears charities and NGOs are behaving in a corporate fashion, which may or may not be a good thing.... [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]

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]

Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks (part 2)

Governments make gifts galore to private banks... [read more]

With this attack on community energy the big six win out over 'big society'

By changing the rules, this government has sabotaged the promise of a UK community energy revolution and secured the dominance of the big six energy companies, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Big banks’ tampering with interest rates

Part 5 in the series by Eric Toussaint - The banks and the “too big to jail” doctrine... [read more]

Unpaid internships and the hypocrisy of capitalism

According to research conducted by the Sutton Trust, an educational charity based in the UK, almost a third of university graduate interns are being forced to work without pay, as a means of ‘getting their foot in the door’ of their respective careers... [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]

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

I have three challenges for the architects of a proposed transatlantic trade deal. If they reject them, they reject democracy, 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]

From Obamacare to trade, superversion not subversion is the new and very real threat to the state

Rightwing politicians and their press use talk of patriotism to disguise where their true loyalty lies: the wealthy elite, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Shooting down Helicopters

Money is the lubricant that permits the economic system to work. Goods and wealth that are produced, distributed, circulated, used and owned do so because of money... [read more]

Currently Mistaken Ideas in Western Economics and Their Suggested Corrections (preferably soon) Part 2

Economist George Tait Edwards straightens out some of the economic myths taught at Western universities (Part 2 of 2)... [read more]

Shimomuran Economics: The No-Debt Investment Credit Creation Path to More Rapid Economic Growth

George Tait Edwards MBE makes the case for the urgent implementation of Keynesian economics to stimulate growth, based on the economic model's previous success in the US, China and Japan... [read more]

Cooperative Bank: A Basic Failure

Casper Denck reports on The Cooperative Bank's decision to no longer offer accounts to persons who are undischarged bankrupt... [read more]

The Great Impostors

Under the guise of saving the natural world, governments are privatising it and rarely will the money to be made by protecting nature match the money to be made by destroying it, writes 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]

Trashy beauty queens and the men who rule the world

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter that predicted where the US was heading - the world he warned about is the world we now have as bankers control the money supply having the power to make or break nations. Colin Todhunter explains ... [read more]

Bankers’ Oligarchy spells the end of democracy

A qualitative change is taking place within the European Union where it is crystal clear that national independence and democracy are being dumped without formal procedure or public announcement, says John Boyd.... [read more]

Angry, broke and Homeless

As the Spanish general election approaches, David Eade shows how a protest movement, led by the homeless, will be campaigning out on the streets.... [read more]

The Real Cost of the Banking Crisis

Mick Brooks reviews the Bank of England's assessment of the banking crisis.... [read more]

Election 2010: Whoever Wins, We Are in for Cuts

Decades of compromise have left the Labour party unfit to meet the challenges of the present crisis, writes John Green.... [read more]

Return to Family Values is Way Out of Crisis say the Tories

The Conservative Party started their election campaign on familiar ground, as John Green explains.... [read more]

Why We Must Nationalise Northern Rock

Examining the ongoing crisis of the Northern Rock bank, Chris Vasey argues nationalisation is the only way to safeguard public money and jobs.... [read more]

Budget: Where’s Our Bail-out?

As New Labour announces its new budget, Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks provides his assessment of the British economic malaise.... [read more]

President Obama Announces $1 trillion ‘New Deal’ Programme

Christopher Vasey on the Obama administration's new initiative to kick-start the US economy.... [read more]

World Capitalism Looks Into the Abyss

Socialist Appeal's Terry McPartlan on how the present economic crisis could enhance class consciousnous and provide the impetus for far-reaching social change.... [read more]

Mail Order Cuts

Rob Ray on the closures ordered across the UK's postal service. ... [read more]

If China Can Fund infrastructure with Its Own Credit, So Can We

While American politicians debate endlessly over how to finance the needed fixes and which ones to implement, the Chinese have managed to fund massive infrastructure projects all across their country, including 12,000 miles of high-speed rail built just in the last decade... [read more]

Danegeld

It was just over a thousand years ago that the King of England shook his piggy bank and found it full of twigs and trinkets. He needed dosh and he needed it fast.... [read more]

America Polarized in Turmoil

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

The Health Of Humanity Post 2016

So here we are a year on. And what a year it’s been.... [read more]

The Italian Banking Crisis: No Free Lunch—or Is There?

It has been called “a bigger risk than Brexit”– the Italian banking crisis that could take down the eurozone... [read more]

Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?

Despite North Dakota's collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. This article looks at what California, with fifty times North Dakota's population, could do following that state's lead... [read more]

BCE / LTRO: what’s that ?

Part 5 of the series 'Too Big to Fail' by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

Palestine

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

An Anti-Austerity 2015 UK Budget

George Tait Edwards explains how Shimomuran-Wernerian macroeconomics is the best available path to prosperity once the politicians of the West understand the effectiveness of that option... [read more]

US-Iran Nuclear Deal and Rapprochement: The Historic U.S Policy Paradigm Shift in the “Middle East” and Beyond

With the signing of the Iran nuclear deal, western foreign policy is undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift... [read more]

Greece: Alternatives to the Capitulation

On 5 July 2015 the Greek people overwhelmingly rejected the austerity measures imposed by the institutions that were known as the Troika... [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]

Derailing Amtrak

Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis... [read more]

Now for the Rise of the Republic of The North!

It’s not only the Scots who are disillusioned with Westminster politics. The 2015 election once again doomed the north to five more years under a leadership it hasn’t voted for... [read more]

The plausible normalisation of U.S.-Iran Diplomatic Relations: Who are the losers and winners?

The gains to all sides from a nuclear resolution and the strategically inevitable normalisation of relations between the U.S. and Iran will far outweigh the collective perceived losses... [read more]

The ECB’s Noose Around Greece

Remember when Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks?... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 5 of 9)

The Two Great Traditions in Western Economic Thinking ... [read more]

Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds

Remember when Goldman Sachs – dubbed by Matt Taibbi the Vampire Squid – sold derivatives to Greece so the government could conceal its debt, then bet against that debt, driving it up?... [read more]

Extremism is prevailing in Eurozone Negotiations

The negotiations between the newly elected Greek Government and the other Eurozone states have been a battle between pragmatism and extremism... [read more]

Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age

Big business and its lobbyists have taken control of our politics. But there is an alternative. In the first of a new series, here’s how we can take on the fat cats, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

HSBC: the bank with a shameful past and scandalous present

The fourth article in the series The banks and the “too big to jail” doctrine by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

On gloves, rubber and the spatio-temporal logics of global health

Over the last decades and not least through the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, health initiatives have received unprecedented attention and funding... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives

Part 3 of Thomas Riggins's analysis of Thomas Piketty's book - Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

Comparison of the Washington, Berlin, and Tokyo Consensus Zones -Which one really works?

George Tait Edwards compares three separate economic systems presently operating around the world... [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]

India: a vote of despair

Dr Lal Khan provides analysis on the Indian elections and the landslide victory of the BJP... [read more]

Terrorism or Heroism?

The International Brigades were hailed for bravery. But British citizens who fight in Syria are damned. If only they did it for the money, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

The Many Major Uses of Investment Credit Creation: A brief walk through the observed results so far, and the future possibilities made available through Shimomuran Economics

Money is the measure of all things and personal wealth sets the boundaries of what the individual and his or her family can afford... [read more]

Transylvanian Count to Chair Bloodbank

The government wants a chairman who can flog nature and have chosen a Tory party donor with a background in investment banking and housing developments, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Forget Conspiracy Theories, The Truth Is Often More Shocking

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek shows how truth can be stranger and more shocking than fiction... [read more]

Flourishing in a Not-For-Profit World by 2050

Imagine waking up in a world where you feel good about going to work, no matter the nature of your job... [read more]

Currently Mistaken Ideas in Western Economics and Their Suggested Corrections (preferably soon) Part 1

Economist George Tait Edwards straightens out some of the economic myths taught at Western universities (Part 1 of 2) ... [read more]

The Failure of Innovation in the Anglo-Saxon Economies

George Tait Edwards examines the role of innovation in economic development... [read more]

Why Will Labour Not Readmit Me?

On 12th May, I re-joined the Fabian Society and the Christian Socialist Movement, writes David Lindsay... [read more]

An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World (Part 1 of 3)

Former Labour MP and member of the Shadow Cabinet, Bryan Gould, provides a road map for reviving Britain's ailing economy... [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]

The Origin and Spread of Investment Credit Economics

George Tait Edwards provides a brief timeline about the creation and spread of the new knowledge about how to make an economy grow with explosive force ... [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]

Literacy Skills: A Basic Human Right

Shirley Langer, author of 'Anita's revolution', lived and worked in Cuba for almost five years in the mid 1960s. She describes how, after the revolution, Cubans managed to eradicate illiteracy in a matter of months.... [read more]

A Telling Silence

They parasitise us from above. But landowners and the Tory party's idle rich are spared the fairest and simplest of taxes, 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]

Palestine Entangled: The Politics of Money

The link between political statements and action, and money is obvious for all to see. What may appear as political concessions can oftentimes be attributed to some frozen or funds waiting to be delivered. It is transaction-based politics at its best, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Spanish State Faces Disintegration

The Spain of today is in a deep financial crisis. Rather than the country pulling together it is pulling apart. LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, discusses the possibility of the Spainish state breaking up into autonomous regions... [read more]

Charity Economics, Subservient Politics: Why Oslo Must Go

Recent demonstrations in protest of the rising cost of living have swept across the West Bank. While they are not indicative of a Palestinian version of the ‘Arab Spring’, they are still an important first step, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The US government is promoting corruption in Malawi

Ben Chiza takes a look at the newly installed government of President Joyce Banda in Malawi... [read more]

Beer, Vomit And Lipstick: Revolting Acts In An Age Of Crisis

'Freedom' within the confines of what increasingly resembles an open prison isn't much to celebrate. The actual reality in Britain is economic meltdown and social crisis, writes Colin Todhunter ... [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]

A Monstrous Proposal

Extending transparency laws to the private sector would make the likes of News International think twice before misbehaving, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Democracy is licking its wounds but the fight for social justice is gathering momentum

Sadly, the resounding feature of the 2012 local elections is one of a weak democracy. It’s true that of the 32 per cent of people who decided to vote, more voted Labour than any other party. But the dominant characteristic of 2012 is that almost seven in every 10 people decided that the election wasn’t worth the walk to the polling station writes Alfie Stirling.... [read more]

Can Capitalism Survive?

In the first of a series of articles, by internationaly renowned Greek economist Professor Lefteris Tsoulfidis, focusing on the origins and state of the European economic crisis, Professor Tsoulfidis discusses whether Capitalism has a future... [read more]

How Can We Save the British Economy from Third Rate Status?

Following the decline of the manufacturing sector, in recent years, Dr Jonathan Feldmann discusses ways in which Britain could go about redeveloping its industrial base... [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]

A Conservative Christmas Carol

The London Progressive Journal gives its take on current events in the latest fortnightly editorial... [read more]

Ban the Spanish Royal family from business

David Eade looks at allegations of a business scandal involving members of the Spanish royal family... [read more]

Embracing the Working Time Directive

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

A future apology

Mark Chivers apologises prospectively for our generation's lack of action in safeguarding the planet ... [read more]

Occupy Italy: the missing country and the missed opportunity

Patrizia Bertini comments on the slow beginnings of the Occupy Italy movement but notes that in recent days events have been picking up pace... [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]

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]

Introducing ... British Government Plc

John Green on the growing preponderance of unelected advisors from the business sector in senior government roles. ... [read more]

Cut to Shreds: Injustice for All

The coalition government's vicious attack on the public sector amounts to nothing less than a political coup d'état, says Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

Saudi Sheik's Obsession with Sex Fatwas

Iqbal Tamimi on how the Muslim religious edict, or fatwa, has been used to control women.... [read more]

Yemen’s Options: ‘Revolt, Migrate or Die’

Yemen is emerging as the latest casualty of the so-called 'War on Terror', as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

The Cleggameron Coalition Comes to Power; the New Labour Era Ends.

Socialist Appeal's Rob Sewell reflects on the historic events of the past few days at Westminster.... [read more]

An Eruption of Reality

George Monbiot asks: has our society become too complex to sustain?... [read more]

BA Strike is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

The trade union movement is taking a lead in the struggle against the false panacea of austerity; John Green reckons the British Airways dispute is just the beginning.... [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]

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]

Our Hollowed Out Democracy

Thus far, the Tory and Labour election campaigns have been a showcase of the hypocrisy at the heart of British politics, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

Soldiers for Hire

Melanie Macdonald on the dangerous and disturbing proliferation of neo-colonial private militias.... [read more]

Khaled Taja: The Anthony Quinn of Arab Drama

Khaled Taja, 70 years old and the iconic figure of Arabic drama, is planning to play the leading role in a movie about the tunnels of Gaza, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Media Vultures Are Coming: Freedom of Expression at Risk

The increasing concentration of ownership of media outlets into relatively few hands presents a serious threat to democratic freedom of expression, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Pension Rights And Wrongs

Socialist Appeal's Eric Hollies on how Britain's bosses and directors continue to prosper while the financial crisis takes its toll on the rest of the nation.... [read more]

Book of the Month: Slavoj Žižek's 'First As Tragedy, Then As Farce'

This month's recommendation is a thoughtful critique of the complacency of contemporary political culture, reviewed by Nathaniel Mehr.... [read more]

Bye Bye, Dubai?

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

Political Crisis Deepens in Britain

Rob Sewell picks apart the media furore over the MPs' expenses scandal which has rocked British politics over the past fortnight.... [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]

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]

Circles of Crisis

Michael Prior examines the political crisis at the heart of the UK slowdown.... [read more]

Ethical Investment Campaigning at UCL Pays Off for Students

University College London student Craig Griffiths on how relentless campaigning forced the issue on ethical investment at UCL.... [read more]

A Scandal a Day Keeps the Voters Away!

Steve Jones talks us through New Labour's latest sleaze mess.... [read more]

Book Review: "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations"

Gavin O'Toole reviews Jonathan Cook's insightful book about the thinking behind US Middle East policy.... [read more]

The Recession is the Government's Opportunity to Act on its Green Promises

Luke Aldred argues the current economic crisis represents a perfect opportunity for the British government to implement far-reaching changes to make Britain greener and more sustainable.... [read more]

Free the Unborn! A Proposal for Slowing Down Politics

George Monbiot on why the struggle against climate change is being undermined by political short-termism.... [read more]

The Contest for the Centre

Matt Genner on how the ongoing struggle for the political centre ground is undermining democracy.... [read more]

Financial Chaos Coming on London Tube

The RMT's Rick Grogan on the disastrous financial management of London's part-privatised transport system.... [read more]

Corporate Media Bashes Venezuelan Government's Law Decrees

Chavez critics don't explain Venezuelan law or how Supreme Court rulings interpret it. Nor do they report how the Enabling Law works, that the nation's Constitution authorizes it, that four other presidents used it, among many other things. How can they? It would expose their false accusations and discredit their entire argument.... [read more]

Interview: George Monbiot Talks to London Progressive Journal

London Progressive Journal's Haseeb Khokhar spoke to prominent climate change campaigner George Monbiot.... [read more]

Nation, language, culture - play things of the elites?

One vital aspect of Globalisation is that local wage traditions, built up over centuries of trade union struggles by the working class, have to give way to cheap labour that moves at the speed of money around the globe to satisfy the needs of multinational companies. Cheap labour has been achieved by making wars and creating a refugee crisis... [read more]

How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico's Debt Without Hurting Bondholders

During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt.... [read more]

Reasons to Be Cheerful 2017

2017 is almost done. Many things have changed in the world whilst others remain the same. Capitalism and greed are still rife... [read more]

Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for the State’s Bucks

Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy and other states are not far behind, largely due to unfunded pension liabilities; but there are solutions.... [read more]

Is Brexit Ready to Exit: Mayhem and changing opinions in the UK

A year ago the UK voted to leave the EU after a stupid, unnecessary referendum. Not only that, but it has emerged that the Brexit campaign was funded by some secretive and dodgy deals.... [read more]

Iraq: Will Tony Blair Finally Stand Trial for His Part in the “Supreme International Crime”?

Perhaps, at last, justice may have a chance, one which might set a precedent and also deter any politician or leader from embarking on the “supreme international crime”, ever again. Here’s fervently hoping.... [read more]

Sovereign Debt Jubilee, Japanese-Style

Japan has found a way to write off nearly half its national debt without creating inflation. We could do that too.... [read more]

Syria: Trump’s Tomahawks, Double Standards - Using Chemical and Radioactive Weapons for Profit?

In a nauseating irony, exposed by the Palmer Report, Trump may have profited from the deaths he caused.... [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]

The “White Helmets” go to Hollywood

The White Helmets movie is a tactic in the ongoing campaign of distortion and deception around Syria... [read more]

Trump and the left – a case of mass hysteria?

The stark truth is that the left has long ago lost its way politically. Sadly those left fractions, whose kneejerk political solution is to organise an obligatory protest action where slogans, such as “Dump Trump”, are chanted ad nauseum, have become an obstacle to the advance of socialism... [read more]

Respect the Green Line!

The most incisive analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict I have ever read was written by the Jewish-Polish-British historian Isaac Deutscher... [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]

“We’ll Look at Everything:” More Thoughts on Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

The Trump agenda, it seems, is not set in stone. The president-elect has a range of advisors with as many ideas... [read more]

The Call of the Nation

A dark wave is submerging democracies all over the Western world.... [read more]

Women Battle The Highest Rates Of Attempted Suicide In Post-Conflict Bougainville

Sexual violence, early marriage, gender inequality and poverty are some of the factors being blamed for the alarming rates of depression and attempted suicide among women in Bougainville... [read more]

Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Bolder Solution

Central banks have been pumping money into the global economy without a whole lot to show for it... [read more]

Funding California Schools: Proposition 51 Versus a State-owned Bank

There is a much cheaper way to fund this $9 billion school debt... [read more]

Does Syria Have the Right to Defend Itself?

The Syrian government is truly fighting to defend itself against an armed opposition that is violent, sectarian and unpopular with the large majority of Syrians... [read more]

Abu-Mazen's Balance Sheet

People wonder why Netanyahu denounces Abbas as an "inciter", while not mentioning Hamas. To solve this mystery, one must understand the Israeli Right does not fear war, but is afraid of international pressure – and therefore the "moderate" Abbas is more dangerous than the "terrorist" Hamas.... [read more]

Libya, David Cameron’s “Iraq”? Damning Report Shreds Another War Monger

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron is consistent in just one thing - jumping ship when the going gets tough... [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]

Clintonites Prepare for War on Syria

Neoconservatives including Clintonites are pushing hard for a direct US attack on Syria to prevent the collapse of their regime change project... [read more]

Turkey’s Attempted Coup - Cui Bono?

“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” (J. Edgar Hoover, Elks Magazine, August 1956).... [read more]

Service or Disservice?

The National Health versus The Health of the Nation by outRageous!... [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]

Just a Trick

This peace process is like a sleeping dog. A dangerous dog. While it sleeps, Netanyahu can get away with everything... [read more]

“Print the Money”: Trump’s “Reckless” Proposal Echoes Franklin and Lincoln

The right of government to issue its own money was one of the principles for which the American Revolution was fought... [read more]

Kudos for civic activism and social justice: you are a born communicator!

As we stroll along the transitory journey of life, it is only natural to progressively focus first and foremost on our education, acquiring skills, career aspirations, and perhaps marriage... [read more]

European Union Throws Greece and Refugees to the Sharks

"Hypocrisy, the most protected of vices." Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin, 1622-1673)... [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]

Ukraine, the price of survival: from civilian aircraft to attack drones

The Ukrainian aviation conglomerate Antonov was more than an industry; it was a legend... [read more]

EU - Should we stay or should we go?

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister, Bryan Gould, questions the economic benefits Britain supposedly derives from being part of the EU... [read more]

Just A Ride

The Wachowski Brothers’ 1999 Film 'The Matrix' centres upon the concept that the modern world may not be all we perceive it to be... [read more]

The Pied Piper of Zion

The Israeli Peace Camp is in despair. No savior is in sight. Many just sit in front of their TV set and wring their hands... [read more]

Polls versus principles

"How sad if Labour’s courage should fail it, so that it lags behind progressive opinion, just as a new mainstream is developing." A commentary by Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister... [read more]

The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond

The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by Syriza to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader... [read more]

Health and Humanity

I would humbly suggest to the readership that we should, instead, start 2016 off with some ‘navel gazing... [read more]

The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed's "independence" by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding... [read more]

Iran and Saudi Arabia: The latest skirmishes and its impact on Syria’s future

The regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia has intensified as a result of Riyadh’s summary execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr... [read more]

Imagined Nations

Each of us has a few books that formed and changed his or her world view... [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]

The Subversive Vision of Patricia Highsmith

The release of the film ‘Carol’, based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, ‘The Price of Salt’, gives us an opportunity to enter into the subversive world of one of the 20th century’s greatest popular writers... [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]

Thatcher’s Poll Tax Gerrymander

The Poll Tax Gerrymander gave the UK an unforecast by pollsters 4th Conservative victory and the undistinguished government of John Major... [read more]

What’s wrong with Britain?

One glance on Sunday morning at The Guardian website demonstrated quite clearly what is wrong with Britain – and, probably, the rest of the ‘developed’ world... [read more]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Speech at the Labour Conference

The politicos still don’t get it. The public do... [read more]

Time for the Nuclear Option: Raining Money on Main Street

Predictions are that we will soon be seeing the “nuclear option” — central bank-created money injected directly into the real economy... [read more]

Monsanto's 'Hand of God': Planned Obsolescence Of The Indian Farmer

Global agribusiness is playing fast and loose with poor people’s lives and is profiting handsomely.... [read more]

What Labour can learn from the Corbyn campaign‏

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, shows what lessons Jeremy Corbyn can teach the Labour Party... [read more]

British Government Racism – Europe’s Shame?

Britain’s top “diplomat” has accused migrants of threatening Europe’s “standard of living.”... [read more]

Nuclear Deal or Not?

The ratification must be solely entrusted to the U.S. and Iran-- and NOT to Israel and Saudi Arabia... [read more]

From Liberal Hand-wringing to the Political Economy of Assassination: The Charleston Shootings and Mainstream Society’s Complicity in Murder (Part 1)

The larger social architecture defined by the academic, political and corporate ties of the gun lobby helps explain how we could systematically take the fight to the NRA... [read more]

Part 3 of the series Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks

Private banks shamefully enjoy a monopoly of lending to the public sector... [read more]

The Nuclear with Iran and the Prospect of Regional Transformation

The long anticipated historic nuclear accords between the P5+1 countries and Iran is now poised to set a new milestone for non-confrontation and dialogue... [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]

“Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards”: The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements

Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

Ukraine slides towards default

When the international bourgeoisie begins to openly worry about a default, we can be sure that the Ukrainian economy is in a lot of trouble... [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]

Nothing to Lose But Our Fears‏

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains the need for Labour to break free from the neo-liberal consensus that has long imprisoned the left in an intellectual straitjacket... [read more]

How the Election Was Won‏

Bryan Gould, former member of the Labour shadow cabinet, explains how popular sentiment on political issues can be manipulated... [read more]

Mr Cameron, The Tories & the mirage of compassionate conservatism: compelled to justify neoliberal politics at #ge2015?

As the British election campaign gathers momentum, it is of interest to reflect upon some aspects of the key debates... [read more]

Penrose Inquiry: “Bad Blood”, biological terrorism and cover-up under a failed western democracy

The Penrose Inquiry, the public inquiry into the circumstances in which patients treated by the NHS in Scotland became infected with Hepatitis C, HIV, or both, through the use of blood or blood products published its Final Report on Wednesday, 25 March 2015... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 7 of 9)

The Re-Establishment of British Banks Along Four Main Functional Lines... [read more]

Complicity of Dexia in very serious Human Rights violations in the Israeli occupied territories

Part 8 of the series 'The banks and the “Too Big to Jail” doctrine'... [read more]

Iraq’s Children: Ever Expendable - From Madeleine Albright to “Save the Children.”

By 2010, seven years in to an unending war, over a quarter of Iraqi children suffered from Post Traumatic Stress disorder... [read more]

The TTIP trade deal will throw equality before the law on the corporate bonfire

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a reckless destruction of democratic principles. But we can beat it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Je suis un être humain

For the first time in a long lifetime, the events in Paris have left me cold, shocked, speechless and terrified. Cold because of its inevitable cruelty. Shocked because of the awful response from a hypocritical world. Speechless because there can be nothing I could possibly say to explain the inexplicable - to defend the indefensible. And terrified because I have brown skin, a beard and I am a Muslim Palestinian... [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]

Tony Blair, Infanticide Endorser Rewarded by Save The Children

When the Orwellianly name “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for “his tireless charitable work” there was widespread disbelief... [read more]

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

NATO weakness in the epoch of geo-political turbulence and instability

The main outcome of the NATO summit that took place in Newport, Wales on 4th-5th September appears to have been the decision to launch a new ‘spearhead’ rapid response task force... [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]

Gaza should make us sick; but we need a more courageous, honest and truthful debate

An article from Dr David McCoy, public health physician and chair of global health charity Medact... [read more]

Washington's madness in Ukraine

What is happening right now in Ukraine may not just be another conflict that will rumble on for a few years and then slowly end in a messy compromise... [read more]

Lenin on the State and Revolution: The Paris Commune (1871)

Thomas Riggins reviews Chapter IV of Lenin's State and Revolution (1917)... [read more]

Climbing High: Samina Baig first Pakistani woman to achieve “seven highest peaks” challenge

Samina Baig from the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan has once again made the news becoming the first female to summit all seven highest peaks in the seven continents in just under eight months... [read more]

Israel: International Anger Mounts

“The situation involving Palestine 
and Israel is an undeclared war, in which the aggressor, Israel, has 
destroyed the Palestinian economy, robbed people of their land, 
unilaterally changed borders, and unilaterally built a wall of exclusion 
to keep Palestinians out of their land... [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]

GMOs, Corporatocentrism And Economic Plunder: The Right To Challenge And Refuse

The recently leaked report by India's Intelligence Bureau - ‘Impact of NGOs on Development’ - accuses certain activists and civil organisations of working against the national interest by colluding with foreign interests to undermine development and growth... [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]

Sovereignty of Self-Governed Cities and Abolition of National States and Capitalism

The second in the series of articles by Steven Colatrella titled 21st Century Cosmopolis: Constitution for a Better World... [read more]

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, A Thatcherite Revolution: “Free Trade”, Corporate Plunder and the War on Working People

Prior to the recent national elections in India, there were calls for a Thatcherite revolution to fast-track the country towards privatisation and neo-liberalism... [read more]

Saving the world should be based on promise, not fear

For 30 years I banged on about threats. But research shows we must to be true to ourselves – and to the wonder in nature, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Tiananmen: the massacre that wasn't

What really happened 25 years ago in Tiananmen Square?... [read more]

North Waziristan suffers a fierce bombardment, civilians traumatized by air strikes

Carol Grayson reports on the latest airstrikes against North Waziristan... [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 making of the Grenada Revolution

John Green reviews two books that detail the lead up to and aftermath of the Grenada Revolution... [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]

Capitulating To Monsanto And Wall Street: What Future India?

The Indian Oil and Environment minister has added fuel to the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by approving field trials of 200 GM food crops on behalf of companies like Monsanto... [read more]

Welcome to Britain, the new land of impunity

No matter the criticisms made or damage done, fat cats and politicians seem able to cling on. Often their efforts are rewarded, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

UK: Prime Minister Finds God, Bans Bishops, Priests, the Poor – and Crutches

When Prime Minister David Cameron pulls a stunt, or indeed, announces a “ground breaking” new policy, it is pretty well guaranteed to back fire. Indeed, his coalition government policy U-turns are heading for encyclopaedic... [read more]

This cash for grouse scandal shows how Britain has become a plutocrats' paradise

We subsidise the landed gentry and their shotguns. While the poor are plunged into brutal insecurity, the rich are untroubled, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Capitalism and crisis

Nelson Wan provides an overview of Marx's explanation for why capitalism goes into crisis, discussing the inherent contradictions within the capitalism system... [read more]

The myths about Marxism

The past two decades have witnessed a barrage of propaganda against Marxism and its revolutionary heritage from the mainstream media... [read more]

Why Not Create A Scottish Pound and Adopt Investment Credit Economics to Scotland’s Benefit?

On 21 February I sent an email to the Government of Scotland, suggesting it would be an immense advantage to the “Yes” campaign for Scottish independence if the Scots adopted a policy of having their own currency when independent... [read more]

The Peoples Assembly - Flexing Our Muscles

Dr Thabo Miller encourages the People's Assembly to adopt an electoral strategy... [read more]

Ukraine and Crimea - an Illegal Putsch and a Democratic Referendum

Felicity Arbuthnot discusses the outcome of the Crimean referendum in view of rampant propaganda being hysterically stirred from Washington and Whitehall... [read more]

80 years of inhumanity, and counting....‏

More reports of callousness and chaos from the world of social security appeals as revealed by welfare rights officer, Felix McHugh... [read more]

New York City Settles Fire Department Discrimination Case

New York City settlement of fire department discrimination is a blow against racism but panned by ultra-right New York Post ... [read more]

Bank Created Credit

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains how orthodox monetary policy is fundamentally misconceived... [read more]

EU Financial Help For The UK's Super Rich

The world is no longer ruled by so-called governments, elected or otherwise. In brutal fact, those who really determine how we plebs live are the International Bankers and their Multinational Business Conglomerate cohorts... [read more]

How Big Tobacco's lobbyists get what they want from the media

With cigarette packs on the agenda, the BBC must be asked why it lets thinktanks argue the tobacco companies' case without revealing who their paymasters are, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Fidesz Will Spend More Than Twice The Legal Limit in Hungarian Elections...And Get Away With It

The Hungarian General Election takes place on Sunday April 6. The spotlight has been on the far right party, Jobbik, which will be fielding a national list at the polls... [read more]

Three Women

This is a declaration of love. Three loves, actually... [read more]

Did an undercover cop help organise a major riot?

The wrongly convicted activist John Jordan claims the Met helped plan serious civil disorder. An independent public inquiry is now vital, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

Welfare payments, health care for the poor, and benefits for the elderly and disabled have been slashed. State workers have been downsized... [read more]

Spend Now, Pay Later?

Climate change is happening, all over the world, not just in certain locations... [read more]

Lenin's State and Revolution Today- The Preface

The first in a series of articles by Thomas Riggins analysing Lenin's famous work The State and Revolution: The Marxist theory of the State and the tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution... [read more]

In India, a spectre for us all, and a resistance coming

Neoliberalism has failed the vast majority of India's people. But the spirit that gave the nation independence is stirring, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Doctors and Drones 2014: Interview with Tomasz Pierscionek on the updated Medact Report

Journalist and researcher, Carol Anne Grayson, talks to Dr Tomasz Pierscionek about his involvement in campaigning against the use of armed drones ... [read more]

Time for a complete withdrawal in Afghanistan, we should never have invaded in the first place

Journalist Carol Grayson was asked to write an article on the war in Afghanistan for a new magazine, Afghan Zariza, but was told that the “boss” thought it was “too inflammatory, so the article was banned from publication!... [read more]

Shimomuran Economics is the Most Significant Advance Ever Made in Economic Understanding and the West Still Doesn't Get It

Shimomuran economics is the name I have given to the collection of no-debt, high-growth economic understandings practised in post-war Japan and post-rapprochement China... [read more]

Russell Brand and the Nixon inequality shock

Russell Brand's call for revolution reverberated with many beyond the underclass he referenced... [read more]

The US Role and Iran in Southwest Asia

Déjà vu all over again: US foreign policy has once again arrived at a critical historical crossroad... [read more]

Bankocracy: from the Venetian Republic to Mario Draghi and Goldman Sachs

From the 12th century to the beginning of the 14th, the Knights Templar, present in much of Europe, had become the bankers for the powerful and had taken part in the financing of several crusades... [read more]

The Major Policy of the Current Coalition Government is NOT Fiscal Balance But an Increased Rate of Income Shifting From Wage Earners to the Pockets of the Already Rich

The policy of the Coalition Government is not the much-trumpeted and unachievable aim of a balanced budget but the deliberate lowering of median British living standards and the production of more poverty... [read more]

Malala's ordeal

Dr Lal Khan explains how the Western media conveniently suppresses aspects of Malala Yousafzai's background so that Pakistani youth and workers remain oblivious of this brave girl’s struggle... [read more]

The Failure of the Debt System

Eric Toussaint and Daniel Munevar put forward the case for abolishing third world debt... [read more]

An Excerpt From Carl Sandburg’s Poem “Yes, The People” Re-considered As An Economic And Political Commentary

All people receive new information through a kind of perceptual grid consisting of their background, education and prejudices, which modifies their capability to absorb new information... [read more]

Why is Apple so shifty about how it makes the iPhone?

The paragon of modern tech risks losing its shine by dodging queries about Indonesia, and an orgy of unregulated tin mining, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Who is listening to the Syrian people?

Throughout the whole Syria crisis, one thing which has been striking, is the clear absence among British political circles, to actually listen to the points being raised by the Syrian people... [read more]

Gibraltarians Demand Vote in EU In-Out Referendum

Dsvid Eade writes about the battle to ensure Gibraltarians are allowed to vote in the Conservative’s EU In-Out Referendum should the Tories be returned to power at the next UK election... [read more]

Book review: The Socialist Way

Former shadow cabinet member and Labour MP Bryan Gould reviews a stimulating and thoughtful collection of essays... [read more]

The Shimomuran Economics Solution to the Western Economic Crisis

George Tait Edwards explains how investment credit creation could resurrect Western economies... [read more]

NHS In Crisis: The Story of Torrington Community Hospital

Elijah Pryor discusses the significance of Torrington Community Hospital for the North Devon community and the campaign to challenge cutbacks to the hospital's services... [read more]

For Whom the Cock Crows

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

Is there an alternative to the Labour Party?

Trade unionist Karl Davis looks at comments made by RMT General Secretary Bob Crow who called for the formation of a new political party for workers... [read more]

The Landed Mafia

Those of us who defend the planet are increasingly subject to abuse. It is the price we pay for confronting the power of money, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World (Part 2 of 3)

Former Labour MP and member of the Shadow Cabinet, Bryan Gould, provides a road map for reviving Britain's ailing economy... [read more]

Bono can't help Africans by stealing their voice

Because the U2 frontman and others like him are seen as representatives of the poor, the poor are not invited to speak, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Report on anti-G8 demonstration in Belfast

Conor reports on the anti-G8 demo that took place in Belfast last weekend... [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]

Becoming free, the need for a child to read!

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to come from a family where reading books was encouraged and seen as vital for the development of spelling. Visits to the library were a past time and among the furniture of the home, heaped book cases were normal... [read more]

The Counter-Enlightenment

What happens to people when they become government science advisers? Are their children taken hostage? Is a dossier of compromising photographs kept, ready to send to the Sun if they step out of line? George Monbiot writes.... [read more]

The Self-Hating State

Devolving policy to “the market” doesn’t solve the problem of power. It makes it worse, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Margaret Thatcher's Contribution to Neoliberalism

Former Labour MP and Shadow Cabinet member, Bryan Gould, reflects on the tendency to lionise and exaggerate the importance of Margaret Thatcher's contribution towards promoting free market economics... [read more]

Peter Tatchell - Margaret Thatcher: Extraordinary but heartless

Former British Prime Minister's fee market policies paved the way for current economic crisis and she legislated the UK’s first new anti-gay law in over 100 years: Section 28, writes Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation.... [read more]

The Battle to Save Democracy

Last week I spent several days in Budapest at a conference organised by the Party of European Socialists (PES), David Eade reports... [read more]

Money for the People: Grillo's Populist Plan for Italy

Comedian Beppe Grillo was surprised himself when his Five Star Movement got 8.7 million votes in the Italian general election of February 24-25th... [read more]

The Economy: Happy Days Are Here Again! For Whom?

Last week the stock market made a great leap forward. "Dow Leaps to Record" the Wall Street Journal blazoned on its front page. Thomas Riggins shows that the resurrection and coming again of the Dow is only one expression of the economy... [read more]

Spain is the Most Corrupt Nation in the EU

LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, shows how the Spanish people have lost faith in their politicians and national institutions... [read more]

Good News for the Left in Andalucía; Bad News for Democracy in Spain

The southern most region of Spain, Andalucía, has always been a socialist fiefdom but the centre right Partido Popular (PP) came very close to toppling the socialist PSOE party from power in the 2012 regional elections, writes David Eade... [read more]

Lessons and Conclusions from Lenin's Left-Wing Communism: an Infantile Disorder

Thomas Riggins concludes his analysis of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder and looks at what conclusions can be drawn from the book's previous nine chapters... [read more]

Welcome to the Shammies, the media awards that recognise truly unsung talent

There are awards for everyone. There are the Logies, the Commies, the Tonys, the Theas, the Millies ("They cried with pride") and now the Shammies, writes John Pilger... [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]

ASLEF Tube Driver Strike: Look beyond the picket line to see the real story..

On Boxing Day, ASLEF members employed by London Underground Limited (LUL) staged a 24 hour strike and the press have been predictable in attempting to whip up hysteria and outrage, reports Karl Davis... [read more]

Betrayal Without Remedy: The Case of the Missing Wages

Thomas Riggins explains how the US company Hostess Brands Inc. took its workers' wages and used them to cover its own expenses ... [read more]

The development of the European social models

The 19th century in Europe saw the development of philosophical, political and economical theories that challenged and questioned the political structure of the time (Part 1).... [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]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 2)

Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 2)... [read more]

Netanyahu’s High-stakes Game in Gaza: Same Time, Same Place

Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested some, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Social Constructionism Applied to Working Class Educational Attainment

Elijah Pryor looks into the origins, definitions and theory of Social Constructionism and explains inequalities faced by working class children in education... [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 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]

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]

Principal Stages in the History of Bolshevism 1905-1917 and their Relevance Today

Lenin, in his book "'Left Wing' Communism: An Infantile Disorder," written in 1920, maintained that lessons from the Russian Revolution were of interest to those outside Russia. Thomas Riggins provides an analysis. ... [read more]

Iran and the imminent prospect of another unilateral war waged by Israel in the Middle East

Israel, presumably due to its longstanding failure to reach amicable peace with Palestine and the Arab neighbors since 1967, is imminently determined to wage a unilateral war on Iran while struggling to divert internal dissent from its lingering economic and socio–political challenges and international isolations, writes Freeman Ure. ... [read more]

Romnesia

The parasitical ultra-rich often deny the role of others in the acquisition of their wealth – and even seek to punish them for it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

US War Agenda: Coke or Goldman Sachs, What's Your Poison?

Colin Todhunter asks who in their right mind would be prepared to fight and die for Shell, Chevron or Coca Cola?... [read more]

Unionbook: a Bastion of Online Activism

Rhys Harrison talks about Unionbook, the progressive activist's answer to Facebook and Twitter... [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]

The ethical case for ‘people power’

Peter Tatchell sets out the ethics and efficacy of direct action protest across a range of issues, including OutRage!’s successful campaign against the police harassment of the LGBT community... [read more]

Hunger Games

The rich world is causing the famines it claims to be preventing, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Scorched Earth Economics

The model is dead; long live the model. Austerity programmes are extending the crises they were meant to solve, yet governments refuse to abandon them and the UK provides a powerful example, writes George Monbiot. ... [read more]

Historic Victory and a Spicy Tale

In the last of a series of articles on the French elections, David Eade looks at the breakdown of the National Assembly elections and the way forward for Francois Hollande and the Parti Socialiste ... [read more]

The Mendacity of Hope

Rio 2012: the summits which promise to save the world keep us dangling, not mobilising, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Off the Agenda: The Unresolved Question of Egypt's Economy

A new Egypt demands a new constitution and president. Many pressing questions also need to be addressed, including the religious-secular divide, the value of Sharia in the making of law, citizenship, minority rights, the rule of civil society, foreign policy, and much more, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Radical Alternative to Austerity

A message to all readers from Labour MP John McDonnell...... [read more]

Spain’s May 15 protest movement celebrates its anniversary

As the Spanish 15-M protest movement celebrates its first anniversary, LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, reveals that the movement is spreading from main street to mainstream... [read more]

Do not be fooled by India's media love affair with Hillary Clinton

You always know when a high-ranking US politician is in India. Much of the media turns sycophant. It happened when Obama visited in 2010, and it occurred again as Hillary Clinton recently touched down in Kolkata but despite the media spin, India is not engaged in any form of bilateralism with the US, says Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

New smells, old smells

In the 60's I assigned myself the meditation of walking extremely slowly down 14th Street, Greenwich Village’s northern border, to Union Square, allowing my senses to notice acrid smells, loud sounds, crowded store windows – but not letting my mind grab for any of it, says Jean Claude van Itallie.... [read more]

Obama’s Afghan Pledge is Grossly Misleading

As the US President hints at a withdrawal from Afghanistan, R.M. Harrison wonders whether he has taken heed of the old saying “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. ... [read more]

East Africa at the Brink: Hidden Hands behind Sudan’s Oil War

Once again Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Rest is Hasbara: Jenny Tonge’s Victory over the Lobby

Baroness Tonge, spoke at the House of Lords in January 2009 of the "impotence of the international community, not just in Gaza, but…over 40 years of occupation of Palestine by Israel," Ramzy Baroud explains further.... [read more]

Rewilding Our Children

When my second child reaches my age I fear the NHS, along with the tiger and rhino, will be part of a mythologised arcadia, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

An Olympian Inspiration

With the Olympic Games and Paralympics only months away, Hussein Al-Alak introduces some of the key competitors of the Paralympics... [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]

Hollande: in bed with the voters

In the first of a series of articles on the forthcoming French Presidential elections, David Eade evaluates Francois Hollande - the Parti Socialiste candidate who may well be the next French President... [read more]

When will the Palestinians revolt?

After six decades of occupation, Israeli government strategists are yet to realize that the Palestinian people are not a singular body of blind followers who can be easily manipulated and controlled, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

The Elephant is Still in the Room

The Republicans have no one to blame but themselves if they appear to be careering to electoral defeat, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

Between Politics and Principles: Hamas’ Perilous Manoeuvres

Despite all of Hamas’ assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Nice work indeed

Felix McHugh asks whether Social Security appeal tribunals provide good value for taxpayers' money... [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]

The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it

The London Progressive Journal gives its take on current events in the latest fortnightly editorial. (Dr Tomasz Pierscionek encourages the campaign to derail the Health and Social Care Bill).... [read more]

How Independen​t Would An Independen​t Scotland Be?

Britain’s history of war and imperialism, and its current role as junior partner in service to US hegemony, has had a deleterious impact on British society at home, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Lucy Parsons: labor activist, writer and revolutionary- A Liberation Black History Month profile

Women of every oppressed nationality are often at the helm of revolutionary movements. Unfortunately, the contributions of women are frequently dismissed or forgotten... [read more]

Ain't football great

In the first LPJ sports column, Felix McHugh gives a rundown of events in the world of football... [read more]

The Great Pay Robbery

Here’s why the government’s proposals on executive pay won’t work – and why we need a maximum wage, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Blockbusters

Uri Avnery shows how the differences that exist between the different cultural blocs in Israeli society are a barrier to peace ... [read more]

An outRageous! essay on The Arts, Education and The People.

This rant is aimed at your crassness, Cameron. It goes to the heart of what is art, and why it's so important in preparing people for democracy, says outRageous!... [read more]

Economic democracy – The next big social reform?

Peter Tatchell says democratising economic decision-making is the key to a fairer society and a more stable economy... [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]

The State of Racism in Britain

UK society is dead. Or that is what its detractors would like you to think. Many will point the finger not at our leaders or themselves but towards those who they believe don’t belong here - immigrants and asylum seekers, writes Chris Bath.... [read more]

New beginnings

John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 1)... [read more]

Why capitalism likes us to behave irrationally

It’s a great irony that although human beings, as distinct from other animals, are characterised by their ability for rational thinking, so much of our behaviour is irrational, argues John Green.... [read more]

Unmasking the Press

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

What a £ot of Balls!

outRageous! thinks sports have gone Doo-£ally!... [read more]

Good and Evil

What happened to considerations of good and evil? This is the question that Jean Claude van Itallie ponders.... [read more]

'Zero-Problems' Foreign Policy No More: Turkey and the Syrian 'Abyss'

Ramzy Baroud notes the U-turn in Turkey's foreign policy towards its neighbour Syria.... [read more]

Bankers' Coups D'etat in Southern Europe

Steven Colatrella unveils that the very tenets of democracy in Europe are under threat as finance capital launches the first of its coups d'etat in Greece and Italy.... [read more]

Telling the Players with a Scorecard

How politics is manifested as economics and economics as politics should concern us right now, argues Steven Colatrella.... [read more]

The Corporate Welfare State

Despite the crisis, it’s still socialism for the 1 per cent, capitalism for the rest.... [read more]

Weimar Revisited

Uri Avnery explains how the three main pillars of Israeli democracy - the courts, the media and the human rights organisations - are under threat from the political right. ... [read more]

The War on Libya: Behind Appearances - Part 3

An in-depth critique and analysis of the beginnings of the civil war in Libya and what was at stake for all parties involved in the final conflict, split into three parts. (Part 3)... [read more]

Voters swing behind the PCE on its 90th anniversary

David Eade recounts the history of the Communist Party of Spain and shows that the party still has influence in Spanish politics... [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]

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]

Slavery for Dummies- Part three

The third and final part of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society. ... [read more]

Bollywood Novacaine and the Dull Pain of Poverty

Colin Todhunter debunks the myth of India as an \'economic miracle\' ... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies

OutRageous! takes a look at the slavery endemic in modern society. ... [read more]

Modern Pauperism and its Consequences: A Dissenting View on the Riots in England (Part I of II)

The first part of an essay by Matthias Dapprich in which he adopts a class based analysis of the recent London riots. ... [read more]

Blog: Lies Lies Lies

outRageous! - Lies about the recent gunplay in Kabul and the stuff no one wants you to know.... [read more]

Think of a Tank

The “free market thinktanks” and their secret funders are a threat to democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Lairds of Learning

Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the Western world? Whose monopolistic practices makes WalMart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch look like a socialist?... [read more]

The Truth About the Situation in Libya

As Colonel Gaddafi’s regime enters its final days, Brian Becker looks at NATOs involvement in bolstering the rebel movement and the truth behind the so called campaign of ‘humanitarian intervention’ ... [read more]

UK Riots: Crackdown will solve nothing

As expected the state is warming to the task of cracking down hard, as they like to put it, on looters/rioters past, present and future. Cameron and May have been strutting around talking tough about what they are going to do. ... [read more]

The ruling class policy toward its soldiers - Use Once and Throw Away

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek describes the treatment of war veterans, from the Vietnam era to those returning from present day conflicts, and highlights the continual deceit war-mongering governments use to deceive the public. The real enemies are not foreign but domestic.... [read more]

From Tiananmen Square to Tahrir Square

Steven Colatrella on the nature of uprisings against the state in the wake of revolution in Tunisia and Egypt.... [read more]

Bullying and Hijacking Muslim Women’s Voices in the UK Live on Air

Iqbal Tamimi reflects on a gross incident of on-air sexist bullying on the UK Arabic TV channel, Alhiwar.... [read more]

Media Ambivalence About 'Red Ed' is a Sign of the Times

Nathaniel Mehr reflects on the media reaction to Ed Miliband's success in the Labour leadership election.... [read more]

Mervyn King Comes to Town

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

End of Recession is Imminent Says Venezuela’s Planning Minister

Venezuela's Planning and Finance Minister has announced a positive forecast for the country's economy, as James Suggett reports.... [read more]

Lansley can Shove his White Paper

The Tory-Lib Dem coalition is intent on a wholesale privatisation of the National Health Service, writes John Lister.... [read more]

Defending the NHS Against Privatisation: John Lister talks to London Progressive Journal (Part One)

Tomasz Pierscionek talked to veteran health campaigner and London Health Emergency information director Dr John Lister.... [read more]

Thatcherism Phase Two

The UK's 'progressive coalition' is implementing a neo-Thatcherite revolution, a war against the poor, writes Richie Nimmo.... [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]

Britain's Coalition Government: Unleashing the Forces of Hell

It's now several weeks since the Tories swept into office, propped up by the Liberal Democrats. Chris Mason-Felsing looks at the story so far.... [read more]

The Middle East is Changing, and Ankara Knows It

Ramzy Baroud reflects on the Turkish response to Israel's murderous assault on an aid flotilla two weeks ago.... [read more]

The Money Gusher

The oil industry’s decommissioning costs will dwarf those of nuclear power. The money being made now should be put aside to meet them, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Venezuela: Workers and State Rally for Nationalizations,

James Suggett on a new series of anti-corruption measures in Venezuela.... [read more]

Election 2010: Don’t Mention the Class War

'New' Labour is too close to big business to deliver the radical change the country needs, but it is by far the lesser of the two evils on offer, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

The Lobby vs. America: On Netanyahu’s Lies and the Spineless Politicians

In the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu's AIPAC speech, Ramzy Baroud picks apart the Israeli PM's poisonous rhetoric.... [read more]

An Alternative Reading of the Al-Mabhouh Murder

The assassination of Palestinian activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was a well-planned, violent and sadistic act of international terrorism, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

Flexible Afghanistan War Objectives: And the Agony Grinds On

As the war in Afghanistan grinds on with no end in sight, Ramzy Baroud pours scorn on the various attempts to rationalise and justify this disastrous campaign.... [read more]

Venezuela Creates Peasant Militias

The Chavez regime is arming the Venezuelan peasantry to protect them against militias bent on undermining the country's agrarian reform initiatives, as Kiraz Janicke explains.... [read more]

Turkey: Working Class Resistance Rebuilding Itself

Ekrem Ekici and Ceren Türkmen on how Turkey's labour organisations are fighting back against privatisation and attacks on labour rights. ... [read more]

Who Cares About Carers?

Will Stone on the desperate need for radical reform of the UK's woefully under-funded social care system.... [read more]

Teachers' Union Opposes Government's 'Licence to Teach' Proposal

The government's plan to impose a 'licencing' system on the teaching profession is bureaucratic and unworkable, says Christine Blower.... [read more]

Consumer Hell

George Moniot asks: How do we break a system which now permeates every aspect of our lives? ... [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]

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]

A Paradigm Shift in Singapore: Yet Apec Offers No Clear Answers

Ramzy Baroud on the high-profile international summit held in Singapore this week.... [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]

Book of the Month: George Lansbury's 'Miracle of Fleet Street'

This month's recommended read is a passionate and intriguing account of the early life of the Daily Herald newspaper, as Matt Genner explains.... [read more]

Chavez: Venezuela Will Defend Itself

Hugo Chavez has warned the US and Colombia that any aggression against Venezuela will be met with firm resistance, as James Suggett explains.... [read more]

Colombia “Hands Over Its Sovereignty” to US with Military Accord

Hugo Chavez has condemned the Colombian government's decision to permit the US to expand its military presence in Colombia, as James Suggett explains.... [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]

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]

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]

Swine Flu and Capitalist Exploitation

Chris Vasey on how big business is capitalising on the Swine Flu outbreak.... [read more]

Exchanging Puppets: Why the International Left Should Not Support Iran's So-Called Reformist Leaders

Lila Ghobady argues that the leadership of Iran's reformist movement does not have the country's interests at heart.... [read more]

US Support is Propping Up Honduran Military Coup

Francisco Dominguez insists the US must respect the constitutional sovereignty of Honduras and withdraw its support for the military coup.... [read more]

Beyond Politics: People for Sale in a Hungry World

Ramzy Baroud reviews the findings of a US State Department report on human trafficking.... [read more]

Stop the Slaughter of the Tamils!

With thousands killed in an ongoing state-sponsored bloodbath in Sri Lanka, Elizabeth Clarke urges the international community to take urgent action.... [read more]

The Plot Thickens

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

Who's the Boss?

After a tumultuous few weeks in Israeli politics, Uri Avnery examines the worrying rhetoric emanating from the new administration.... [read more]

Venezuela’s Chávez Declares Support for Obama’s Nuclear Disarmament Pledge

James Suggett on the Venezuelan president's declaration of support for a worldwide disarmament campaign.... [read more]

Civil Servants or Arms Dealers?

Selina Larsen on the cosy relationship between the UK government and the international arms trade.... [read more]

South American Nations Meet in Venezuela to Lay Foundation for Bank of the South

James Suggett on a ground-breaking initiative that may help Latin American countries break free from the stranglehold of IMF and World Bank economics.... [read more]

The Proceeds of Crime

The US and British governments have created a private prison industry which preys on human lives, says George Monbiot.... [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]

Convention of the Left: Challenging the Two-Party System

With mainstream politicians apparently unable to find a way out of the present financial mess, Michael Prior believes now is a critical time for the left to mobilise.... [read more]

Australian Administration Puts UK Labour Party in the Shade

Steven Littlewood believes Gordon Brown could learn a thing or two from his Australian counterpart.... [read more]

You Stand for Nothing But Election

George Monbiot sets a few things straight in an open letter to government minister Hazel Blears.... [read more]

Day of Celebrations across Venezuela for Revolution’s 10th Anniversary

Tamara Pearson on the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Hugo Chavez's presidency. ... [read more]

Big Business Loots Carbon Trading Scheme

Fred McDowell argues that free market solutions to the problem of industrial pollution are bound to fail.... [read more]

Economic Outlook Worsens as Unemployment Increases

With UK unemployment figures reaching a ten-year high, Christopher Vasey reviews the experts' forecasts for an even gloomier 2009.... [read more]

Is Israel Winning the 'Media War' over Gaza?

In the week that the death toll from Israel's vicious onslaught passed the 1,000 mark, Ramzy Baroud looks back on a clinical campaign of distortion and misinformation by the Western mainstream media.... [read more]

Book of the Month: Matti Kohonen and Francine Mestrum Eds, "Tax Justice"

In the first of our regular "Book of the Month" features, Matt Genner recommends this insightful collection of essays on economic reform.... [read more]

Interview: Manuel Yepe talks to London Progressive Journal

On the Fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, Alexa Van Sickle talks to Manuel Yepe, the former Cuban Ambassador to Romania and close friend of Che Guevara, about what the future may hold for the Caribbean island. ... [read more]

‘Close to One Billion’ People Going Hungry. That’s Capitalism.

Fred McDowell on a UN report which is offers a damning indictment of the failures of the capitalist world economy.... [read more]

In Defence of Socialism

As the capitalist world engages in much earnest soul-searching in response to the current financial crisis, Tomasz Pierscionek challenges the deeply-ingrained hostility towards socialism which pervades much of contemporary political culture.... [read more]

One Shot Left

George Monbiot on how the Bush administration, in its final death throes, is stepping up its war on the environment.... [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]

Unsettling Signs: Buzzwords, Politics and US Elections

Looking back over the US presidential election contest, Ramzy Baroud is sceptical about the likelihood of serious "change" under an Obama administration.... [read more]

US Congress: Colombia Cocaine Production Up Despite $5 Billion in Aid

Campaign group Justice for Colombia on how Washington is gradually coming to terms with the failure of US policy in Colombia.... [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]

Students - Join the Fight for Socialism

As the academic term begins in earnest, Socialist Appeal's Dan Morley outlines why students should join the struggle for socialism.... [read more]

Difficult Times Ahead For Ecuador's Progressive New Constitution

Samuele Mazzolini on why Ecuador's new constitution is threatened by the vested economic and political interests of neoliberalism which have dominated Latin America for the past twenty years.... [read more]

After the Crash of 2008, Who Owns the Progressive Future?

Jonathan Rutherford on how the current economic crisis has highlighted the iniquities intrinsic to capitalist society.... [read more]

Millions Spent on Hirst's Vacuous Artworks Reflect The Decadence of 21st Century Capitalism

Laura Hayhurst-France on the artistic and moral decline implicit in the immense commercial success of the artist/businessman Damian Hirst.... [read more]

The Bailout: A Reality Check for America

Safreena Rajan on why the present recession is a damning indictment of the incompetence of the Bush administration.... [read more]

The Patron Saint of Charlatans

George Monbiot asks: How does Christopher Booker get away with it?... [read more]

The New Labour Brand is Now Toxic

John Cruddas MP on why the Labour Party's present crisis calls for a rejection of the ethos of selfish individualism which defined the New Labour project.... [read more]

The Price of Free Speech

A grotesque case of legal bullying using a 13th-Century law shows that in some respects we still haven’t shaken off feudalism.... [read more]

Protect and Survive

George Monbiot on how Peter Mandelson is bullying the world’s poorest nations into following a development route that can’t work. ... [read more]

Why the Russian Invasion of Georgia is a Blessing for Misguided US Foreign Policy

Professor William Hickey on why the Georgia crisis has highlighted the cynically self-serving basis of US foreign policy.... [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]

Where does Labour stand after Miliband?

The recent intervention by David Miliband and the resulting manoeuvrings reveals much about the febrile state within the Labour Party. Beyond the Blairite-Brownite soap opera, which goes on even after one of the protagonists leaves the stage - rather like Ernie Wise continuing to define himself after poor Eric passed away - this is an existential crisis for Labour.... [read more]

Outsourcing in the UK: How Widespread?

Fred McDowell on the rise of outsourcing in the UK's public services.... [read more]

Coal Scuttled

George Monbiot on why we should all support this week's Climate Camp demonstration.... [read more]

Venezuela Bridges Diplomatic Fissures and Polishes Alliances in European Tour

James Suggett on the latest phase of Hugo Chávez's tour of Europe.... [read more]

Morning Star Back on Track After Office Fire

In the week that the Morning Star's London office sustained extensive damage from an electrical fire, Tomasz Pierscionek urges readers to show their support for Britain's only socialist daily.... [read more]

Venezuela Strengthens Alliance with Russia to Promote “Polycentrism”

James Suggett on the recent meeting between Hugo Chávez and Dimitri Medvedev.... [read more]

Poor get Hit as Business Walks Free

Rob Ray on why the Treasury won't plug the holes in the UK tax system.... [read more]

Is Gender-based Violence the Greatest Barrier to Equality?

Amnesty International's Lucy Wake on the ongoing worldwide struggle against gender-based violence.... [read more]

Obama Moves Quickly to Court Israel Lobby

Barack Obama's recent comments on his Israel-Palestine policy suggest real "change" is definitely not on his Middle East agenda.... [read more]

Hay Festival Raises More Questions Than Answers

Matt Genner considers Naomi Klein's comments at this year's Hay Festival.... [read more]

Who Cares for the Carers?

How privatisation is costing social care workers. ... [read more]

Ecuador's President Correa in Conflict with Indigenous Movement

Samuele Mazzolin on why the Ecuaodorean president's agenda for modernisation and wealth redistribution has brought him into an unlikely conflict with the country's indigenous groups.... [read more]

Ken is a Loss for London

Despite his flaws, Ken Livingstone was a mayor Londoners could be proud of.... [read more]

Palm Oil or Orang-utans? We Must Soon Decide Which we Prefer

Chris Bath on the campaign for greater regulation of the palm oil trade.... [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]

Can the US Democrats Harness the Growing sense of Injustice?

The Democrats must move away from pro-business policies to secure electoral victory.... [read more]

Vote Livingstone For Mayor

Steve Jones on why Londoners must vote for Ken despite his flaws.... [read more]

Up On The Roof

Leo Murray explains the thinking behind Plane Stupid's recent high profile rooftoop protest at Westminster.... [read more]

How To Solve A Problem Like Auschwitz

The British government plans to educate children about the horrors of mass murder by sending them to visit the Auschwitz death camps.... [read more]

This Week in the Media: Al Fayed Loses Dignity, Entertains Nation; Poll Findings Indicate Egalitarian Leanings Among Guardian Readers

David Floyd is offended by the grotesque Mohamed Al Fayed pantomime that's still plaguing our courts.... [read more]

An Exchange of Souls

As government documents show, Sir Nicholas Stern accidentally launched a trade in human lives.... [read more]

Arms Spending Dwarfs Commitment to Development Goals

World leaders struggle to meet development goals; military spending remains sky-high.... [read more]

Nigeria: Corruption Pays

Ian Broughton compares the situation in Kenya with recent history in Nigeria.... [read more]