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We’ve Got to Talk about Water and the Middle East

This is the text of a lecture given in Dorchester on Wednesday 28 October 2015... [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]

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]

Jerusalem

On the 26th May 1967, using money borrowed from my stepmother after swearing her to secrecy because I lived in unjustified terror of a very kind Dad, I boarded a flight to Jerusalem... [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]

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]

A Manifesto for Psychopaths

Ayn Rand’s ideas have become the Marxism of the new right, she may have died 30 years ago but the belief system constructed by her has never been more popular or influential, says George Monbiot. ... [read more]

Musings on the shortest day of 2011

One year from today is the end of the Mayan calendar, the predicted “end of history,” as the late brilliant ethnobotanist and art historian Terrence McKenna called it, says Jean Claude van Itallie.... [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]

Why Do We Think We Own The Earth?

Is it too late to ditch our rigid world view, our superiority, our belief in our ‘right’ to own and control our world? ... [read more]

How Much Is A Job Worth?

There was a time when organized labour was widely and regularly accused of greed and social irresponsibility when campaigning for more equitable wages. Today we see fortunes bestowed on the managers of capital without anything like the same measure of censure. ... [read more]

Today Forty Nine Years Ago

Palestine and Israel can live in peace and harmony. If only we could just glimpse all that we have in common in our humanity... [read more]

Mission Civilisatrice: Piketty et Houellebecq

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

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]

The Promise of the New and the Delusion of the Old

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

A tale of gold, guns, greed and rat poison in the Brazilian jungle

The miners of northern Brazil live by the laws of power, honour, money and lust. But sometimes, karma asserts itself too, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 1 of 2)

Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 1 of 2)... [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]

Human Conflict- is there a solution?

Professor David Rahni of Pace University, New York, asks a controversial question- Are humans genetically programmed for destruction, greed and fear of others?... [read more]

Spain's abusive banks

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

The 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]

Consumer Hell

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

Universal Spiritual Humanism or Divine Faith Religiocism

From as far back as the early Stone Age three million years ago, our ancestral hominids must have developed a cognition to discern whether or not a certain invisible being was responsible for punitive afflictions... [read more]

The Bigger Picture

Here in the UK, the British Academy of Film and Television has just presented the Bafta awards, and yes, as an elected lifetime member I’m one of the several thousand who vote for the nominees.... [read more]

Beth is Baffled!

As I inch toward my 78th birthday it’s not just frustrating, but inexplicable why the number of my age should provoke dismissal, even disdain... [read more]

Is the Run on the Dollar Due to Panic or Greed?

What’s going on in the repo market? Rates on repurchase (“repo”) agreements should be about 2%, in line with the Federal Reserve funds rate... [read more]

What is Learning

The following is an extract from Learning, a work synthesising forty five years in education. ... [read more]

5G and Trump’s Tweets - Ignorance, Greed, or Insanity?

“The 5G Rollout is Absolutely Insane.” Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University.... [read more]

High & Mighty

A few decades ago, a visit to my cousin in upstate New York included a trip to a shopping mall. ... [read more]

‘No Love on the Streets’: Knife crime in Britain

There is something fundamentally wrong with a society when children feel they have to carry deadly weapons in order to protect themselves.... [read more]

Britain’s Homeless Crisis

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

Public Spaces Private Control

The commercialization of public spaces in British cities and elsewhere in the industrialized world is going on apace.... [read more]

Sharing is Key to a New Economic and Democratic Order

In order to meet the colossal challenges of the time, fundamental change to the socio-economic order is needed... [read more]

Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Destructive Lifestyles

Throughout the world heat waves, flooding and uncontrollable wildfires have caused widespread havoc, lives have been lost, homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined. ... [read more]

The Changing Political Discourse about Israel and Palestine

This is the transcript of a brief talk given by Dr Faysal Mikdadi at the screening by the Dorset Palestinian Israeli Peace Group (DPIPG) of Eran Riklis’ film ‘Lemon Tree’ on Wednesday 20 June 2018... [read more]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ‘MY GENERATION’?

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

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]

The Invisible Diasporan (Part 1)

Mallards Cottage was where I wrote my first novel. I called it The Return. I used to dream most of its events – the very plot was born of a dream on Christmas Eve of 1976... [read more]

Happy Holiday Season…

Most Iranians are believers and practitioners of the single golden rule of treating others as you would expect to be treated... [read more]

The Swallow with an Injured Wing

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

Pen International

Pen International has become the conscience of our sadly cruel world... [read more]

Aleppo

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Living in the age of austerity

Living in the age of austerity. A poem by Rachel Kirk... [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]

Questions of Power and Slavery

All governments encroach, creep into our lives, and smother our minds with ever more legislation that infringes our human rights and civil liberties... [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]

Yemen: A Voice in the Wilderness

Vanessa Beeley interviews a woman who fled Yemen in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes against her country... [read more]

Britain – no longer ‘Great’ but doomed to another 5 years of pain

Lesley Docksey states: "On this dark and depressing day, our land needs us".... [read more]

Modern Ukraine RIP (Born 1991- Died 2014)

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek explains how Ukraine, as it once was, no longer exists... [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]

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 CIA, Torture, and American “Democracy”

The Senate report on CIA torture reads like a Stephen King novel, a transcript from the Nuremberg trials, or Josef Mengele’s notes from Auschwitz... [read more]

Menace on the Menu: Development and the Globalization of Servitude‏ (Part 2)

Me-first acquisitiveness is now pervasive throughout the upper strata of society... [read more]

Menace on the Menu: Development and the Globalization of Servitude‏ (Part 1)

In his book ‘The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective’, economist Angus Maddison noted that India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth until the 17th century... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 4)

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

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 3)

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

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 2)

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

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 1)

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

Interstellar: magnificent film, insane fantasy

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

State and Revolution: Chapter 5 - Withering Away the State

Thomas Riggins continues to guide us through chapter 5 of Lenin's State and Revolution... [read more]

The British government is leading a gunpowder plot against democracy

This bill of corporate rights threatens to blow the sovereignty of parliament unless it can be stopped, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Conservatism in a nutshell

It’s not enough to defeat Tory ideology. We also have to defeat the Tory propaganda machine that brainwashes people with their slogans and catch-phrases... [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]

A sea-change‏

Steve Richards is right to say that next year’s election will not, and should not, be decided by personality politics. So what will determine the voters’ preferences, asks former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould... [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]

Betrayal Tinged with Greed and Stupidity

When, last July, an Israeli friend sent me a message about the news of John Kerry's declaration of the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, both she and I were not particularly hopeful.... [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]

A Modest Proposal for the Improvement of the Younger Generation

It is a most distressing sight to see various education ministers and other self seeking professionals falling over each other to gain credit at the expense of so many poor teachers and their most unfortunate children... [read more]

A Lifetime of Disillusion

I recently turned sixty five. This is the same age as the State of Israel. From our side of the fence (or should I say 'of the Separation Wall'), it the same date as the birthday of our dispossession as a Palestinian people... [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]

The Culture of Blame Will Get Us Nowhere

Dr Faysal Mikdadi challenges the culture of blame associated with the long running conflict between Palestinins and Israelis ... [read more]

Socialism: an unarticulated reality

Cumbria Unison convenor Paul Lloyd argues that whereas Socialism may have lost its voice in the political arena, it is still present in our daily life... [read more]

Why Do They Hate Our Freedoms So Much?

Former President Bush Junior, not remembered for being remotely articulate, claimed that "our enemies hate our freedoms".... [read more]

Socialism and Christianity

David Benbow compares the tenets of Christianity with Socialist theory... [read more]

Iraqi Freedom Ten Years after Liberation

Next week, on Tuesday 19 March, many of us will remember how, precisely ten years ago, in another and dreamlike existence, we incredulously watched the beginning of the invasion of Iraq. Faisl Mikdadi shares some personal reflection... [read more]

Assimilation or Separatism?

Susan Walpole argues that the problems facing Christians, Muslims, Jews and other religions today appear to be firmly rooted in their ideologies of identity... [read more]

The shadows of terror

We publish a poem by Usiemure Christopher.... [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]

The Implication of Syria's Civil Strife

Syria's Civil War is essentially a war between the majority Sunni Muslims and the minority Alawites (Shi'ites) who have ruled Syria for over 40 years. The result is a foregone conclusion. President Assad will lose and the Alawites will be ousted. Or will they? And before they do, what will be the price paid by others, asks Faysal Mikdadi.... [read more]

The psychological damage of warfare

Since the federation of Australia in 1901, more than 100,000 young men have died, fighting to protect their country. But the real victims here were those affected psychologically, writes Finn Bowen. ... [read more]

An animation calling for economic democracy

To answer the question of what the world will look like after capitalism, we first have to decide what we mean by capitalism. If it means a system that arises from lending money at interest, then there will be no “after capitalism” writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Hooked On Treachery

Edward Bernays is known as the father of modern advertising/propaganda. Colin Todhunter emphasises and how we must and indeed can break free of the addictions and fears being promoted daily.... [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]

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]

Anomie

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

Rejection of the wi-fi world

Miles Caston makes the case that life is better lived off-line ... [read more]

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

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

Easter Rising 1916

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

Liberal Constipation

Conservatism is linked to low intelligence; but the real idiots are the progressives letting it win, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

A manager's dog

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

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]

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]

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]

Legoviews ~ Goodbye yellow brick road!

In the first of her interviews using the novel 'Lego Serious Play' method, Patrizia Bertini speaks to one of the occupiers at the OccupyLSX camp.... [read more]

The higher you build your barriers, the taller I become...

Jean Claude Van Itallie shows how a recent crackdown on Occupy protesters in the US will only bring more people out into the streets, as the 99% realise they have the power. ... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies

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

Gaddafi, the War on Libya and the Left

Ben Maisky scrutinises Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s Socialist and anti-imperialist credentials and questions whether certain sections of the left are mistaken in their support for Gaddafi.... [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]

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]

The Cordoba House: House of Terrorism or Peace?

Omar Zaki on the so-called 'Ground Zero Mosque' and why it should be allowed to go ahead.... [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]

Chimes At Midnight: Football in Crisis

Ordinary fans are being ripped off by the unfettered greed of modern footbal, writes Steve Jones.... [read more]

Bleak Havens

It's time to close the net on tax havens, says George Monbiot.... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Captive Knowledge

The funding for academic research has been taken over by business, says George Monbiot.... [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]

Monarchy: Wrong in Principle

Graham Smith, from the British campaign group Republic,on why republicanism matters.... [read more]

UK Blacklist Finally Exposed

Steve Kelly of the Unite union on the recent revelations about employers' trade union blacklists in the construction industry.... [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]

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]

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 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]

Hay Festival Raises More Questions Than Answers

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