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Eric Hobsbawm – towering above his critics

Naturally there have been many glowing tributes to Eric Hobsbawm following his death at the age of 95, but there have also been some extremely ungenerous slights and grotesque attacks on his integrity as an individual and as an historian, writes David Morgan... [read more]

Eric Hobsbawm: A Tribute from the Socialist History Society

On behalf of the Socialist History Society, David Morgan pays tribute to its Honorary President Eric Hobsbawm who passed away on the 1 October at the age of 95.... [read more]

Retrospective: Interview with Howard Zinn

The radical historian and activist Howard Zinn died this week, aged 87. In 2008, he gave this interview with London Progressive Journal's Daniel Pye.... [read more]

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]

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]

Iran as the Historical Tri-Continental Bridge, and Ireland? An Ethno-Cultural and Etymological Interconnectedness

Over forty years ago, a number of Irish professors visiting the University of Tehran disseminated their research findings that there is a firm anthropological connection between Iran and Ireland from the distant past... [read more]

The Settlers' Prussia

Israeli democracy is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably... [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]

The return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and the truth

In his latest essay, John Pilger describes the liberal "one-way, legal/moral screen" behind which great power and its Orwellian propaganda ensure an impunity for war and deception, dependent on what Leni Riefenstahl called our "submissive void".... [read more]

The Spectre of Communism

The eulogies in the media for the late Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, praise his historical insight yet express bemusement at his adherence to the Communist cause. Why is there a lack of understanding as to why so many of his generation remained loyal to the cause of their youth? John Green explains.... [read more]

A Putsch Against War

Uri Avnery reveals that in Israel senior military officers and intelligence chiefs are speaking out against President Binyamin Netanyahu's calls for war with Iran. However, Netanyahu ignores their warnings and carries on regardless... [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]

United in our Heritage

In response to comments made by David Cameron, Hussein Al-Alak takes a look at the origins of ‘Britishness’... [read more]

Interview: Howard Zinn talks to London Progressive Journal

Daniel Pye speaks to the legendary American historian and peace activist Howard Zinn.... [read more]

Art for All : British Socially Committed Art c.1939 - c.1962

John Green reviews a new book by Christine Lindey... [read more]

Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All At Risk

Central bankers are now aggressively playing the stock market. To say they are buying up the planet may be an exaggeration, but they could. They can create money at will, and they have declared their independence from government. They have become rogue players in a game of their own.... [read more]

North Korea - As Trump Threatens, the Nation Still Struggles with America’s Lethal Legacy

“Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or ‘disappeared’ … More often than not, the United States shares the blame.” (Amnesty International, 1996) ... [read more]

A Confession

Today is the last day of the 93rd year of my life. Ridiculous. If by a miracle I could be returned to, say, 14, and travel all this long way again, would I like that? No, I would not.... [read more]

Crusaders and Zionists

Caesarea was built by King Herod some 2000 years ago and named after his Roman master, Augustus Caesar. It once again became an important town under the Crusaders, who fortified it.... [read more]

The Four-Letter Word

Nobody will start peace negotiations if they believe that peace is impossible. The belief in peace will not make peace certain. But at least it will make peace possible.... [read more]

The Escalating War on Syria and Need for International Law

As I will show below, it is likely the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun were caused by an armed opposition faction, not the Syrian government. The goal was precisely what has happened: a media firestorm leading to direct U.S. aggression against Syria.... [read more]

The Invisible Diasporan (Part 2)

Even Churchill had, amidst the overgrown hedgerow of complex racism, a deep-rooted sense of decency and humanity when he acknowledged the injustice to Palestinians... [read more]

The National Riddle

Binyamin Netanyahu wants to have them under his control. Completely. Totally. Radio. Television. The social media. The lot.... [read more]

Yes, We Can

Lately, more and more people in Israel and around the world have been saying that the "Two-State Solution" is dead.... [read more]

The Call of the Nation

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

“Confronting China”: John Pilger Talks about His New Film, America’s ‘Pivot to Asia’, and the Role of Japan and Australia

T.J. Coles, author of Britain’s Secret Wars talks to multi-awarded-winning journalist, author and filmmaker, John Pilger, about his new documentary, The Coming War on China... [read more]

The Future belongs to the Optimists

Despair is easy. It is also comfortable, whether in Berlin or Tel Aviv. Looking around at this moment, despair is also logical. But despair corrupts. Despairing people create nothing, and never did... [read more]

Is Dumbing Down a Reality?

As the future of public service broadcasting is uncertain, it is timely now to again ask a familiar question and to broaden the debate beyond the confines of sectional interest... [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]

The big private banks run on LTRO

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

King Bibi

The real danger of Netanyahu's reign is his total lack of an answer to Israel's main problem... [read more]

BCE / LTRO: what’s that ?

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

Committee room 9: “Scotland and Palestine: Building Friendship and Solidarity”

Clive Hambidge reports on a recent seminar at the Houses of Parliament: “Scotland and Palestine” Building Friendship and Solidarity... [read more]

“Conflict Issues” In Israel and Palestine: Debate in Committee Room G, British Houses of Parliament

Sitting in Committee Room G in the Houses of Parliament on 23rd October was a sobering affair... [read more]

Adolf, Amin and Bibi

It is not very pleasant when serious people around the world – historians, psychiatrists, diplomats – ask themselves if my prime minister is completely sane... [read more]

The Inverted World of Niall Ferguson: On the Real Obama Doctrine

Niall Ferguson has a very conservative world outlook which, when applied to the analysis of current social reality, has a tendency to so warp his perceptions that the situation he writes about becomes an imaginary inverted world... [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 Treaty

What if Binyamin Netanyahu was duped to become unwittingly the main collaborator of Iranian ambitions... [read more]

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

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

A Boy Called Bibi

There are two different opinions about Binyamin Netanyahu. It is difficult to believe that they concern the same person... [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]

A New Israeli-Palestinian Discourse

There is a need for both Israelis and Palestinians to change their discourse which is based on a mixture of rewriting history, expansionist aims, victimhood and endless conspiracy theories where none exist... [read more]

How America Became an Oligarchy

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

Iraq: The Destruction of Nineveh’s History – Murdering Mesopotamia

March 19th commemorates the twelfth anniversary of the beginning of the destruction of Iraq... [read more]

Winston Churchill the Novelist

The fiftieth anniversary of Churchill's state funeral brings out the usual accolades as well as the customary recriminations... [read more]

The War on Terror and the Terror of War

The vicious cycle of state and individual terror continues unabated. Marxists have long explained that imperialism and Islamic fundamentalism are two aspects of the same reactionary phenomenon—the decay and decline of capitalism—which threatens to take the whole of humanity down with it.... [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]

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]

Chickenshit

When a high-ranking official of one country calls the leader of another country "chickenshit", it may be assumed that the relations between the two countries are not at their best... [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]

Genocide in Gaza – The Silence of the Jewellery Industry is Deafening and Telling

The horrific carnage we have seen unleashed in Gaza in recent weeks - a humanitarian catastrophe - would not have been politically or economically affordable without the tacit acquiescence of the global jewellery industry... [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]

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]

Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective

John Green reviews Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective by Ron Newby... [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]

Captain Boycott Rides Again

It has always been a secret ambition of mine to have a Bagatz ruling bearing my name... [read more]

The accessories to war crimes are those paid to keep the record straight

The BBC's Today programme is enjoying high ratings, and the Mail and the Telegraph are, as usual, attacking the corporation as left-wing... [read more]

In Defence of Lenin

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

The Auschwitz Volunteer

Andrew Balcerzak tells the story of a daring Polish army officer who entered Auschwitz on a mission to reveal the horrors of the Nazi genocide... [read more]

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

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

Mandela is gone, but apartheid is alive and well in Australia

In the late 1960s, I was given an usual assignment by the London Daily Mirror's editor in chief, Hugh Cudlipp. I was to return to my homeland, Australia, and "discover what lies behind the sunny face", writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Artists and the Law: Exploring A Jurisprudence Of New Capabilities

When I first heard the suggestion that the judiciary and greater Parliamentary oversight could redress the reckless use of new capabilities by Britain's security service GCHQ, an image flashed into my mind of a 1903 painting by Australian impressionist Tom Roberts - known locally as The Big Picture... [read more]

The Delusion of Democracy

It is an amazing fact that in most democracies the majority does not rule, writes Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

From Hiroshima to Syria, the enemy whose name we dare not speak

John Pilger writes that regardless of diplomatic attempts to delay an attack on Syria, the US objective has nothing to do with chemical weapons and everything to do with wiping out the last independent states in the Middle East.... [read more]

How we are gentrified, impoverished and silenced – if we allow it

Momentous change almost always begins with the courage of people taking back their own lives against the odds, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

The new propaganda is liberal. The new slavery is digital

What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state. In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign Launched

A new campaign to honour the memory of the militant Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison on the 100th anniversary of her tragic death was launched on 29 November at the Firebox Café in King’s Cross. David Morgan reports ... [read more]

The Kurds and Human Rights

David Morgan asks what the Kurdish people have to celebrate as International Human Rights’ Day 2012 approaches... [read more]

As Gaza is savaged again, understanding the BBC's historical role is vital

We must understand the BBC as a pre-eminent state propagandist and censor by omission, says John Pilger.... [read more]

Making the world a more dangerous place - the eager role of Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard has returned Australia to its historic relationship with Washington, similar to that of an eastern European satellite with Moscow, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Is Iran a threat?

Dr Faisal Mikdadi asks if Iran is a threat and if so, to whom?... [read more]

The Delusion of Democracy

Elizabeth Elis reminds us that when added together, minorities form a majority and it is only through unity that power can be wrested away from a tiny elite and placed firmly in the hands of the masses... [read more]

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

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

This time he went too far: Norman Finkelstein

Matt Hill takes a look at recent rhetoric from acclaimed author and historian Norman Finkelstein.... [read more]

Democracy By Candlelight: Living In Fear And Kept In The Dark

Giving people the opportunity to vote every four or five years, while in the meantime deceiving, misinforming and lying to them, has no more to do with democracy or freedom than what is happening in Syria right now, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

In southern Iraq too, Ottoman-era heritage decays

Two cemeteries sprawl in this southern Iraqi town. One is for British and Indian soldiers. The other for Turkish veterans. Both died in World War I... [read more]

Bosnia and Croatia: What is the tie with Iran?

Professor David Rahni uses etymology to explain how different cultures may have more in common with each other than they think... [read more]

Passage to Ecuador: Chomsky, Assange, sham justice, sham democracies

The mainstream corporate media has been fooling the public for decades. It fails to shine a light on important decisions that are made behind closed doors by unaccountable corporate players, senior politicians and unelected bureaucrats, writes Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

The world war on democracy

From the Chagos islands to Libya, a ruthless system has been at work, often resorting to violence whilst trying to maintain the illusion of democracy... [read more]

This time he went too far: On Norman Finkelstein

Matt Hill takes a look at recent rhetoric from acclaimed author and historian Norman Finkelstein... [read more]

What might make Christopher Hitchens change his mind about 1492?

On the anniversary of ‘Columbus day’ David Hill questions journalist Christopher Hitchens\' admiration of the year 1492... [read more]

The Roma of Iraq- a forgotten community

Iqbal Tamimi considers the fate of the Roma women of Iraq: from dancing and prostitution before the US invasion of Iraq to harassment and begging on the streets afterwards.... [read more]

Hail to the true victors of Rupert's revolution

John Pilger asks 'Cui bono' in relation to the conflict in Libya ... [read more]

One Crazy Pastor Threatens to Ignite More Than The Quran

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

Israel is Incapable of Conducting an Impartial Inquiry

The US will continue to shield Israel from acccountability in the wake of the flotilla massacre, writes Ahmed Amr.... [read more]

Zionists Outraged as Holocaust Memorial Day Recognises Other Genocides

A number of recent initiatives have sought to place the narratives of Armenian, Rwandan and other genocide victims alongside the memory of the Jewish Holocaust. A vocal hardcore of Zionist bigots has reacted in predictable fashion, as Amanda Sebestyen explains.... [read more]

Preview of Ramzy Baroud's 'My Father was a Freedom Fighter'

Stephen Lendman previews the forthcoming book by journalist, campaigner and regular London Progressive Journal contributor Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Remembering Professor Kulthum Odeh (1892 -1965)

Reviewing the life of Kulthum Odeh, the first woman in the Arab world to hold a professorship, Iqbal Tamimi considers the all-pervading ignorance about Palestine.... [read more]

Freedom of Expression and the BNP

Chris Bath considers the ongoing debate about the limits of freedom of speech.... [read more]

"Unfashionable" Balkan Nationalism?

Victor Petroff on the rise of right-wing populism in Bulgaria.... [read more]