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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]

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 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 British Labour Party, The Northern Ireland Labour Party And The Scottish Referendum

Dr Chaminda Weerawardhana explains how the Scottish referendum exposes Labour’s inconsistencies on UK regions... [read more]

How David Cameron's Coalition Government Stole the 2015 General Election

This article is an edited extract (from section 3.9) of the book How David Cameron Fixed The 2015 General Election and Much Else ... [read more]

Northern Ireland Unionism's Dangerously Fascistic Tendency

After a lull over the Christmas period there have once again been violent protests on the streets of Belfast reports Conor... [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]

Brexit: The Supreme Court Decides!

Ten lords and one lady justice of the Supreme Court decided that triggering Article 50 requires the authority of parliament.... [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]

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]

Report on anti-G8 demonstration in Belfast

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

Spying an opportunity

Stephen Gilbert argues that surveillance over the whole population involves an erosion of our basic liberties. We give away our rights at our own peril. ... [read more]

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]

WE ARE ALL CITIZENS OF EVERYWHERE

Migration is natural. Like many I can claim age-old ancestry of one place, yet equally there are those roots in distant places, and a history of migrations across seas and continents even in recent years... [read more]

Labour Leave – Not the Way Ahead

It is true that in the EU referendum, more people (52%) voted to leave than remain (48%) with the EU. But of the total electorate, that was 37% wanting to leave, 35% wanting to remain, and 28% that did not vote. ... [read more]

UK Government Bribes its Way to Climate Change

Despite falling apart at the seams over its Brexit ‘negotiations’ with the EU, and its internal fights and scandals, bringing shame and embarrassment to the UK, Theresa May’s government is determined to carry on with its money-oriented and earth-trashing policies... [read more]

London Bridge Attack – Hypocrisy, Double Standards and Double Dealing

When she spoke after Manchester’s tragedy: “May’s speech did not address allegations that in 2011, while she was Home Secretary, Libyan Islamists previously under surveillance in Britain were given back their passports and helped by the government to fly to Libya to fight Muammar Gadaffi’s administration.... [read more]

Referendum Fever – Tories battle over the EU

The UK is suffering from EU referendum fever and being swamped by arguments for Remain or Brexit... [read more]

Remain or Brexit: the UK’s referendum on the European Union

The only reason the UK is having a referendum on whether the UK should stay in (Remain) or leave (Brexit) the EU, is because of the difference of opinion within the Conservative Party.... [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]

Iraq Inquiry – Five Year, £10 Million Whitewash of Blair Regime?

Bereaved UK families who lost sons and daughters in the illegal invasion of Iraq have now threatened legal action against Sir John Chilcot... [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]

Here’s to a Pretty Pink Nation

The all-Tory government has only been in place for four weeks. The amount of daft and non-think policy statements coming out would be laughable if they weren’t so dreadful... [read more]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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 Florence Anderson Row

Patrick Cawkwell brings attention to the unfair suspension of a Labour Party Councillor... [read more]

Capitalism\'s Lost Generation

Rob Sewell looks at the global problem of rising youth unemployment... [read more]

Out of the Ashes

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

The Gay Liberation Front's Social Revolution

Forty years ago, the Gay Liberation Front challenged society's gender system. Peter Tatchell looks back on four decades of activism.... [read more]

Tribe or Nation? A Critical Look at Background to the Current Irish Scene

Irish politics has been back in the UK media limelight in recent weeks and months. Veteran campaigner Roy Johnston sets out a condensed history of the political dimension of the Irish independence struggle.... [read more]

Soldiers for Hire

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

Britain's Secret War in Colombia

As workers and trade unionists continue to be attacked by the Colombian state, Daniel Read looks at the involvement of Britain in assisting in this murderous process. ... [read more]

Ultimate Racists”: A Catalogue of Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the British Conservative Party, 2015-2018

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s remarks about veiled women looking like “letter boxes” is the tip of a very large iceberg... [read more]

THE F WORD

RTFM? Baffled by those initials? No, it's not the latest in cool social media acronyms, but an older caveat, dating back to early 20th century military slang... [read more]

Draft Dodger in Chief Dodges “Historic” Opening of US Embassy, Jerusalem

It was NBC’s Cal Parry who summed up the obscenity of Donald Trump’s ignorant and igniting decision to move the US Embassy to West Jerusalem... [read more]

King and Emperor

Zionism is an anti-Semitic creed. It was so right from the beginning.... [read more]

Against Da Law (Part 2)

The law is indeed trickier than a snake, and can slip under obstacles and slither away into the undergrowth. It leaves in its wake tattered truth and battered justice... [read more]

The Myth of Trump’s Nationalism and Non-Intervention

For all their obvious flaws, one of the good things about early Trump supporters in the US was their opposition to war.... [read more]

Westminster Attack – Courage, Cowardice and Double Standards

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, was rushed into a car 40 yards from the gates outside Parliament where shots were fired minutes after the incident occurred. What a contrast to President Bashar Al Assad and his wife, who with their children, have never fled terrorist attacks on their country ongoing since March 2011, terrorist attacks which include entirely illegal, massive bombings by UK and US air power.... [read more]

The Cannons of Napoleon

All intelligent Israelis realize by now that we are facing a fateful choice: either two states, or an apartheid state, or a single Arab-majority state. Most Israelis want none of these.... [read more]

Expelled for being a socialist: victim of the #LabourPurge

UNISON activist Terry McPartlan arrived home one day to find a letter stating that he’d been expelled from the Party after 36 years of continuous membership.... [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]

I Was There

"Please don't write about Ya'ir Golan!" a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!"... [read more]

Iraq Outrage: Chilcot Inquiry Publication Delayed: “ to avoid embarrassing Tony Blair.”

"Nothing justifies killing of innocent people." (Tony Blair, CNN, 15th January 2015)... [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]

Truss’s Decision: Badger Culling Will Continue

Lesley Docksey reports on the government's plans to continue culling badgers... [read more]

Imagined Nations

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

The Scottish Industrial Revolution, or The Scottish First Industrial Miracle 1700–1800

Most accounts of the origins of the industrial revolution are Anglo-centric, focused upon how the industrial revolution in England began from about 1750... [read more]

BCE / LTRO: what’s that ?

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

Cameron’s Strategic Defence and Security Review and the New Cold War

Every state that ever existed in world history has sought to justify its actions abroad by claiming that it is has the moral right and justice on its side... [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]

Lord Mandelson Speaks

The most damaging aspect of Lord Mandelson’s initiative, however, is not what is said, but what is not said... [read more]

The left wing case for quitting the EU

Much of the left would agree that the European Union does not always function in the best interests of either the European or International working class... [read more]

"Don't Talk Zionism!"

Decades ago in Israel, "Zionism” was a kind of joke among young people. "Don’t talk Zionism!" meant "Don’t talk highfaluting nonsense!"... [read more]

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of ‘Power’

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of ‘Power’. Or should that be the language of ‘assumed’ power?... [read more]

Is Britain now Too Gerrymandered To Be A Genuine Democracy?

During the last 27 years, Conservative and Coalition Governments have passed legislation aimed at reducing the voting rights of people not likely to be supportive of the Conservative Party... [read more]

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]

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 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]

The role of the state in the space race

In April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, when Vostok 1 made a successful orbit of the Earth. ... [read more]

To pay or not to pay?

Joseph Stiglitz shows that a suspension of debt repayments can be beneficial for a country and its people... [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]

Splendid Isolation

Almost a thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine... [read more]

Can the Duke become King?

On Monday, the 19th Knesset voted to dissolve itself, less than two years after its election... [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]

My journey from Christianity to Humanism

Peter Tatchell explains how he made the transition from dogma & superstition to rationalism... [read more]

Would Scottish Independence Mean Economic Sovereignty?

Scottish voters will go to the polls on September 18th to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country... [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]

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]

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]

Tony Blair, George W. Bush and David Cameron: Hijacking God?

There must be something in the water at Number 10 Downing Street, writes Felicity Arbuthnot... [read more]

Changing The Flag

New Zealand has decided to change its flag. This was only briefly mentioned in the media here. But it is a significant example for us... [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]

The US and Britain’s Paedophile Colony

On February 25th, Iraq’s Cabinet approved a draft law lowering the age of legal marriage for females to nine years old... [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]

Captain Boycott Rides Again

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

Not Michael Gove's Misbegotten Shambles

Michael Gove is a neoconservative member of Denis MacShane’s Henry Jackson Society, and thus also an admirer of Tony Blair and of George W Bush, neither of whom would have got any of the jokes in Blackadder... [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]

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]

Monuments to Conscientious Objectors,

David Lindsay highlights a campaign to raise money to erect a monument to three forgotten groups of individuals... [read more]

Not The Wharton Bill

When James Wharton stages his Canute-like attempt to prevent Labour from taking back Stockton South, then that party ought to put down an amendment declining to give the 'Daft Bill' a Second Reading in view of its entire failure to address some issues, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

Why Radical Islam is Growing and How to Deal with It

After the 9/11 tragedy there has been a surge in the radical Islamist movement writes Ola Onikoyi... [read more]

Edmund Burke would be Labour in 2013

A new biography of Edmund Burke has been written by Jesse Norman, and it has attracted favourable comment from Charles Moore, official biographer of Margaret Thatcher... [read more]

The writing out of the Radical tradition

Regular readers are aware of my view of Winston Churchill. On the five pound note, he will replace Elizabeth Fry, whom Michael Gove also wants to remove from the National Curriculum along with Robert Owen... [read more]

Dance on Thatcher's grave, but remember there has been a coup in Britain

In the wake of Thatcher's departure, John Pilger remembers her victims both at home and abroad, from miners to Vietnamese children.... [read more]

Paulo di Canio

David Lindsay asks why didn't they say anything about Paolo Di Canio at Swindon... [read more]

Political Barbed Wire

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

Greece's Big Smog: Neoliberal austerity, public health, and the environment*

Neoliberal austerity in crisis-torn Greece has a significant implication for public health and the environment. The disturbing reality is that the unbearable cost of heating oil for a large portion of the country's population has led to an increased use of solid fuel heating, writes Ilia Xypolia.... [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]

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 Resurgent Aristocracy

Rural policy is once again the preserve of the elite, and wildlife and people suffer as a result, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Hana Shalabi ends hunger strike, other prisoners begin

The decisions of political prisoners, Hana Shalabi and Khader Adnan, to go on hunger strike to protest their detention without charge has ignited a new wave of protest amongst Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails.... [read more]

UKs French set to oust Sarkosy

In his latest article on the upcoming French Presidential elections, David Eade looks at the crucial role French voters living in Britain will play in determining the winner... [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]

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]

Once in Unreal David's (Big) Society

Stephen Gilbert asks whether Britain is a Christian country and whether Cameron's coalition government lives up to the Christian values he professes... [read more]

The call for a UK amendment on the EU

There is a rising tide of Euroscepticism within mainstream political parties and on the floors of national Parliaments throughout the European Union, says David Lindsay.... [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]

The War on Libya: Behind Appearances - Part 2

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 2)... [read more]

A violent double standard

Phil Bates cast an eye on David Cameron's hypocrisy and the recent threat of rubber bullets being used by police... [read more]

The Incontinent of Europe

W Stephen Gilbert analyses recent events in Europe and makes the case for Britain to remain part of the EU... [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]

Protests turn to Riots as Working Classes Vent Their Anger

As the dust settles on the UK riots, Ben Maisky considers the possible causes of the recent civil unrest. ... [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]

Cluster Bombs and Civilian Lives: Efficient Killing, Profits and Human Rights

An Amnesty International report has brought the issue of cluster bombs back into the public limelight, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Anti-Palestinism Is Hate Speech

Ahmed Amr examines the acceptable bigotry that pervades the mainstream debate on Israel-Palestine.... [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]

“…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

Barack Obama has weakly capitulated to Binyamin Netanyahu over Israeli settlement-building in the heart of the Arab community in East Jerusalem, says Uri Avnery.... [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]

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 Open Veins of Wales

Guardian journalist George Monbiot on his love for his adopted country.... [read more]

The Cluster Bomb Treaty and the World’s Unfinished Business

Ramzy Baroud examines the curious logic behind the United States' refusal to sign a treaty banning cluster bombs - and finds it wanting.... [read more]

£50bn Bail-out Will Not Stop the Rot

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

The 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]

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]

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]

Britain Sleepwalks Towards 42-day Detention

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

Death of the Noble Idea

Big money trumps everything in politics, even the most dearly-held beliefs.... [read more]