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The March of Folly

There are two ways to look at historic disasters. The one sees them as plots of evil persons, the other as acts of folly.... [read more]

Chávez Declares Support for Venezuelan Indigenous Occupying Ancestral Lands

James Suggett on Hugo Chávez's support for indigenous communities in Venezuela.... [read more]

Interview with a doctor from Donetsk

During a recent trip to Kazakhstan, Dr Tomasz Pierscionek discussed the situation in Ukraine with a doctor from Donetsk... [read more]

The Son of my Eyes

Ruvi Rivlin, who was recently elected to the high but largely ceremonial post, is far from being a leftist... [read more]

Ukrainian parliamentary elections: if you don’t have anything nice to say

The expression “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” is the best way to describe the reaction in the Western media to the results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine.... [read more]

A National Hero

Just before Israel’s 66th Independence Day, the country acquired a new national hero, writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

Venezuela’s Chavez Calls for Calm after Violent Protests

A concerted campaign of destablisation from Venezuela's corporate media has fomented violent anti-Chavez demonstrations by right-wing students in Merida, as Tamara Pearson reports.... [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]

"Anyone But Bibi"

The vultures are circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting for his end.... [read more]

Flight MH17 – Imperialism and the art of hypocrisy

The blame game commenced immediately. Without waiting for an investigation or any hard information whatsoever, Washington lost no time in pointing an accusing finger at Moscow... [read more]

The War on Democracy

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

Iraq: General Mark Kimmitt’s Easter Day Mistruths and “The Sound of Freedom.”

In 2003, a month into the invasion, Easter Day fell on the same day as this year, 20th April, as Iraqis of all denominations and none, died, were incarcerated, tortured, found with their heads drilled or no heads, thrown on garbage piles... [read more]

Greek Capitalism at a Critical Point

Greek capitalism continues to be the weak link of the Eurozone as it is still under the “intensive care” of the EU support mechanisms for the fourth consecutive year and is in recession for the sixth consecutive year... [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]

Assassinating Egyptian Dreams

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

Scoundrel with Permission

Uri Avnery on how a spate of brutal murders by recent Jewish immigrants to Israel has focused attention on the country's controversial Law of Return.... [read more]

Surrogates: Who's Behind the Attacks in Iran? (part one)

In the first of a two-part essay examining the background to the recent terrorist attack in Iran, Daniel Pye looks at the US government's employment of proxy armies or 'surrogates' in its bid for strategic control of the Middle East. ... [read more]

North Korea and Trump’s Reality Free Zone - Tweeting About Armageddon

Currently, in addition to the massive war games, the US has been overflying North Korea with B-52 bombers, with further excercises taking place in and with South Korea and in the last days also with Japan... [read more]

A Tale of Two Stories

This Tuesday morning he arrived at the gate as usual. But something aroused suspicion among the guards. He was wearing a jacket, though the weather was quite hot on this early autumn day. The guards asked him to remove his jacket.... [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]

The Shot Heard All Over the Country

Now the army, the last bulwark of national unity, is being torn apart... [read more]

America

February 2016: Jeb Bush tweets a picture of his hand gun engraved with his name, under the heading "America”, as part of his presidential campaign. He later withdraws... [read more]

Health and Humanity Part 4: MIC and BPS

The recent and ongoing reaction of the political class here in the UK to the first prominent peace-promoting party leader in recent times is a yardstick for the modern politician’s disregard to anything Eisenhower said... [read more]

Tyson Fury Heavyweight Champion Of The World

In one of the greatest upsets in heavyweight boxing history, the 27-year-old Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko... [read more]

Replacing reality by fantasy

John Green tales a look at the recent, much-hyped German series Deutschland 83... [read more]

A Guide to Identifying Roses

A poem by Simon Cockle... [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]

Tariq Aziz’s Son: “Time is not on our side.”

24th April 2015, Twelfth Anniversary of a US Travesty of Justice... [read more]

English Heritage – with the UK’s general election ever closer, whose culture are we ‘celebrating’?

I fear the outcome of the general election; I fear the deals made by politicians desperate to stay in power, deals that will further harm the disadvantaged poor... [read more]

Waving in the first Row

Netanyahu went to Paris as part of his election campaign... [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]

U.S. cops kill at 100 times rate of other capitalist countries

How many people are killed every year by the police in the U.S?... [read more]

“We Stand With Shaker”: Tortured, ill, detained in Guantanamo, join new campaign to bring him home

A new campaign is being launched by independent journalist Andy Worthington calling for his release from Guantanamo.... [read more]

How the world was saved from a nuclear catastrophe

In 1983 the world stood on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. War between NATO and the USSR was prevented by a high ranking NATO official secretly working for the GDR foreign intelligence service... [read more]

Ukraine: NATO hypocrisy over “Russian invasion” as Kiev suffers defeat

As politicans from across the world met at the NATO summit in Wales, the crisis in Ukraine saw an escalation in rhetoric... [read more]

God Wills It!

For six decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don't make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces ... [read more]

Who is behind ISIS?

I have no idea where the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL or whatever name it uses came from, and I'm just as baffled by the roots of its violent ideology... [read more]

Gaza: Middle East “Peace Envoy” Tony Blair Parties as Gaza Burns

The Fourth Geneva Convention is specific in prohibiting attacks on civilian hospitals, medical transport and of course designates collective punishment a war crime... [read more]

Israel’s Golden Gift

In recent weeks, with the crisis which has befallen Iraq and the upsurge in ISIS related violence, Iraq has become the focus of many media articles which mostly state that the anti-war movement was right to oppose the 2003 war... [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]

Carry out the legacy of Hugo Chavez!

5th March marked one year since the death of Hugo Chávez, the great Venezuelan revolutionary, who was an inspiration to the masses in Latin America and across the world... [read more]

Missing Moazzam: For former Guantanamo detainee, the ordeal continues

I am missing the presence of Moazzam Begg as an important contributor to the daily political debate on terrorism and counter-terrorism on social media... [read more]

In Defence of Lenin

Following the 90th anniversary of Lenin's death, Rob Sewell reviews his legacy... [read more]

PTSD: From pain to purpose, US veterans Hart and Ethan speak out

I don’t claim to be any expert on rap music but seeing a photo of Snoop Dog in a smart jacket at the White House in the company of Obama was a bit of a let down... [read more]

De Blasio and the Sandinistas

According to a recent article in the New York Times two of the candidates running for mayor of New York have become alarmed about the worldview of Bill de Blasio, the front running candidate of the Democratic Party... [read more]

It was the CIA that helped jail Nelson Mandela

Crocodile tears to mask US imperialism's role as the enemy of African liberation... [read more]

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

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

Materialism and Empirio-criticism [Part 4 ]

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

WikiLeaks is a rare truth-teller

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

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]

Nice little earner

When it comes to dishonesty it may be that social security tribunals have more knowledge of the subject than one would expect, says Felix McHugh.... [read more]

The USA: Glorious Diversity or Cruel Contradiction?

Faysal Mikdadi takes a look at the reality of the 'American Dream'... [read more]

Neocons vs. the ‘Arab Spring’: Back on the Warpath

The neoconservatives are back with a vengeance. While popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries had briefly rendered them irrelevant in the region, Western intervention in Libya signaled a new opportunity, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

From MI5 to Islamabad, safe in our hands: death, destruction and spymaster saviours

Colin Todhunter explains that the US had its fingers all over much of the Arab Spring since before day one.... [read more]

Reclaiming the NHS

This weekend healthcare campaigners will gather for a conference on how to fight the Coalition’s newly passed Health Act. Alex Nunns assesses their options... [read more]

Easter Rising 1916

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

The great 'American' nightmare

Whilst some have gained much from India's economic boom, many have also lost out from the 'Americanisation of India'. Colin Todhunter discusses.... [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]

Masked in Gaza: The Untold History of Palestinian ‘Militancy’

It really doesn’t take much to kill a ‘militant’ in Gaza, argues Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

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]

Taking a look at L.H.O.O.Q

outRageous! gives a critique of the first edition of L.H.O.O.Q- a new online culture magazine... [read more]

Iranian \'assassination plot\': Cooked up to further U.S. aim of regime change?

Mazda Majidi dissects US allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate a Saudi diplomat on American soil.... [read more]

Mutiny on the Titanic

Uri Avnery reflects on recent events in Israel... [read more]

How the Billionaires Broke the System

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

Eight Colombians Arrested on Suspicion of Spying in Venezuela

Kiraz Janicke on the latest incident to further fuel the considerable distrust between Colombia and Venezuela.... [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]

Western Media, Not Israeli Hasbara

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

Venezuela Steps Up Aid Effort to Haiti and Questions US Military Deployment

Kiraz Janicke on the Venezuelan government's response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti.... [read more]

Chavez: US Withdrawl is 'Only Solution' to Colombian Friction

Kiraz Janicke on the Venezuelan response to US offers to mediate in the Colombian-Venezuelan dispute.... [read more]

Exorcising the Ghosts of Paramilitary Violence: Reclaiming Liberty in Libertad

Garry Leech on how the Colombian community of Libertad has struggled to free itself from the brutal violence of Colombia's paramilitary forces.... [read more]

Fatah: A New Beginning or an Imminent End?

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

Lover of the Country

Uri Avnery remembers a writer and activist who devoted his life to challenging the militarism of the Israeli state.... [read more]

Forget the Headlines - Iraqi Freedom Deferred

After over five years of carnage, Ramzy Baroud pours scorn on US claims to have 'liberated' Iraq.... [read more]

Shell Accused of Human Rights Abuses

Christopher Vasey on a lawsuit which could potentially have far-reaching consequences for corporate accountability.... [read more]

Eight Police Arrested for Death of Venezuelan Student Protestor

James Suggett reports on the Chávez government's attempt to tackle a deep-rooted culture of repressive policing in Venezuela.... [read more]

Palestinian Boxing: Raging Bulls

Despite cramped conditions and limited resources, the Baqa'a boxing club has provided a valuable facility for the young men of one Palestinian refugee camp, as Hussein Al-Alak explains.... [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]

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]

A Third Palestinian Intifada in the Making

Prominent journalist and author Ramzy Baroud considers the many uncertainties ahead for the Palestinian struggle. ... [read more]

Chávez Calls for Renewal of US - Venezuela Dialogue

James Suggett on the Chávez government's calls for a thawing of relations with the United States.... [read more]

Justice Undone

George Monbiot reflects on his bold attempt to effect a citizen's arrest of John Bolton.... [read more]

I'll Huff and I'll Puff....

To speak of "natural" disasters is to indulge in a misnomer. Inequality, very much a man-made phenomenon, has greatly exacerbated the human cost of a spate of natural disasters in recent years. ... [read more]

How to Build a Human Bomb

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

China and Myanmar: Contrasting Government Responses to Natural Disasters

With thousands killed in natural disasters in both Myanmar and China, Ian Broughton compares the murderous neglect of Myanmar's government with the more progressive stance adopted by China.... [read more]