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Schulz Fights For A Democratic Europe

I first heard Martin Schulz speak in Sofia in June at the PES Congress. He was then, as he is now, President of the European Parliament. He articulated a clear vision for reforming the EU which struck a chord... [read more]

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Civil Rights in America

The tragic and senseless killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida recently once more confirms that racism remains an ever-present corrosive in US society in spite of the election of the nation’s first black president in 2008, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Now you can vote for the next EC President

On Wednesday 6 November a very significant event took place in Brussels. Martin Schulz was confirmed as the Party of European Socialists candidate designate for the European Commission President. So how does this impact on you? The answer is in a very big way, writes David Eade.... [read more]

MPs' Use of Allowances In The Spotlight Following The Misuse Of Public Funds

Chris Bath believes that the controversy regarding MPs' expenses undermines public confidence.... [read more]

Which direction for Labour?

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, says Labour's leaders must be prepared to do the hard work needed to produce a convincing alternative in line with much current and developing economic thinking... [read more]

In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.... [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]

Book of the Month: 'Common Wealth' by Martin Large

John Green reviews this month's recommended read, which takes a critical look at the increasing dominance of corporate interests over civil society.... [read more]

Marie Colvin, Homs and Media Falsehoods about Syria

In April 2014 I was part of an international delegation which visited Syria for five days. In each city we had meetings with political, religious and social leaders but also had time to wander about and talk with people on the streets. ... [read more]

Strong as Death

I have spent many happy hours in Gaza. I had many friends there. From the leftist Dr. Haidar Abd al-Shafi to the Islamist Mahmoud al-Zahar, who is now the foreign minister of Hamas... [read more]

Natural England Loses Credibility

How often will Natural England (NE) be told by judges to release information about the ongoing badger culls?... [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]

Replacing reality by fantasy

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

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]

Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

John Green reviews an exhibition focusing on British artists’ contribution in support of the Spanish Republican government in its struggle against General Franco’s fascist coup in 1936... [read more]

My journey from Christianity to Humanism

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

Police, Guns, Action – how safe were England’s pilot badger culls?

The British government’s policy to rid England’s cattle of bovine TB by culling badgers is unravelling writes Lesley Docksey... [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]

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]

Empty Promise

George Monbiot asks if scientists have got the impacts of climate change on food supply wildly wrong?... [read more]

Top Economic Strategist Warns of ‘Catastrophe and Revolution’

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

Popular Entertainment Update: Britney Spears in Trouble, Martin Amis is Not a Racist

David Floyd feels sorry for semi-clothed pop megastar Britney Spears, a product of turbocapitalism.... [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]

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]

Eyeless in Gaza

I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief.... [read more]

Son of a Dog

The non-violent struggle is an excellent idea.... [read more]

Political commentators

Political commentators have long been puzzled by the fact that, right across the globe and for several decades, the political left has been in retreat and – more than that – has apparently been unable to mount any significant challenge to the growing neo-liberal hegemony which has dominated western democracies since the 1980s... [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]

How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

A team of researchers at the University of Oxford published the results of a survey of the world’s best artificial intelligence experts, who predicted that there was a 50 percent chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks within 45 years... [read more]

Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh

In the tumult of the last few days, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the "unification" of Jerusalem, one of the articles stated that "even peace-activist Uri Avnery" voted in the Knesset for the unification of the city.... [read more]

Change of society: the only option for progressives to survive changes in society

So far, this year seems to have inverted the trend observed in 2016... [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]

“Making America Great Again”, by Reducing the Word to Ashes?

Without the slightest proof produced by the US that such a test was attempted, yet alone a nuclear one, Donald Trump’s language and that of his fiefdom have been on the level of a bar room brawl rather than statesmanlike... [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 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]

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]

The Israeli Trumpess

What will Donald Trump do if he loses the elections in a week and a half from now, as most polls indicate?... [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]

Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution in Banking?

Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies... [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]

Fidel Castro – 90 revolutionary years

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution celebrated his 90th birthday on 13 August 2016. CSC executive member Dr Francisco Dominguez looks back at his legacy and internationalism... [read more]

Is the UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set to “Savage” Tony Blair?

It seems no radio, television news or current affairs programme is without Blair giving his opinion on the upcoming UK referendum on whether to stay in the European Union... [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]

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]

When God Despairs

God is shaking his head. These humans, He asks Himself, will they never learn... [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]

Hang On to Your Wallet: Negative Interest, the War on Cash and the $10 Trillion Bail-In

In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is there some deeper, darker threat afoot?... [read more]

Jack Goody: An Appreciation

David Morgan writes an obituary for Jack Goody... [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]

The Map on the Wall

History shows us that there are (at least) two kinds of peace agreements. One kind, the stupid one, is based on power. The other, the intelligent, is based on common interest... [read more]

The Kiev Junta: A study in the Anatomy of Fear and Ignorance

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek shows the apparent ease with which fear propagates ideas which might otherwise be rejected as absurd... [read more]

The USSR – the Democracy You Didn’t Know About

Kate Zagoskina explains the origins of democracy and it various manifestations throughout history... [read more]

How America Became an Oligarchy

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

Newcastle Unites to give Pegida the push: One message “We’re black and white”

As expected the people of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with a reputation the world over for their friendly attitude and tolerance took to the streets of Newcastle today with a very simple but strong message to Pegida... [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]

Education, Education, Deprivation

If you were a university student at any time from 1962 to 1989, you received a maintenance grant; it started off at a little under £400 p.a. and reached £1,430 in 1980... [read more]

Zionists All

The term Zionism can mean many different things. Like the term socialism, for example. Francois Hollande is a socialist. So was Joe Stalin. Any resemblance?... [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]

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]

Ah, If I Were 25

Recently, Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit has written an article in which he equally condemns “extreme rightists” and “extreme leftists”, those who advocate war and those who advocate peace... [read more]

Lots of soldiers could die in Iraq — and not fighting ISIS

U.S. troops today should take that lesson to heart. It is not worth being the cannon fodder in another arrogance-driven military adventure in the Middle East... [read more]

Oil, Blood, Confusion, Fear: Fuelling The British Public's Appetite For War

Back in 2003, Tony Blair stated that Saddam Hussein could hit Britain with a missile within 45 minutes. He also said that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction... [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]

A Shameful Chapter

How would the US react to a declaration that the Palestinians would not conduct negotiations with an Israeli government that includes semi-fascist parties?... [read more]

Imperialist war crimes against the people of Syria piling up

Demonstrators denounce mercenary attack on Kassab in Syria... [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]

State and Revolution: Chapter One: Class Society and the State

Thomas Riggins explains how, according to Lenin, the State is a product of the irreconcilability of class antagonisms ... [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]

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]

Assata Shakur: Understanding the politics behind the FBI's new attack

On May 2, the FBI suddenly announced that they had placed Assata Shakur on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list. The FBI's accusations target Shakur as an individual, but the labeling of her as a terrorist is an attack on all revolutionaries says Eugene Puryear... [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]

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]

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 life and death of an Australian hero, whose skin was the wrong colour

Arthur Murray died the other day. I turned to Google Australia for tributes, and there was a 1991 obituary of an American ballroom instructor of the same name. There was nothing in the Australian media, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

The circulating money supply: Why QE3 won’t jumpstart the Economy—and What Would

The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers — but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives, argues Ellen Brown.... [read more]

Condemnation partly motivated by hindsight

The condemnation of past behaviours has become fashionable. It is partly motivated by hindsight. It is also partly motivated by sheer outrage, as any decent and humane person cannot help but be outraged by man's often barbaric treatment of other human beings, writes Elizabeth Ellis.... [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]

Talking Zionism

Uri Avnery discusses the origins and the future of Zionism... [read more]

Coming to Grips with Zizek

Two new books by Slavoj Zizek have recently been reviewed by John Gray in the The New York Review of Books, here Thomas Riggins reviews Gray's article. ... [read more]

The anniversary of the Catastrophe

John Wight provides a detailed account of al-Nakba, known to Palestinians around the world as 'the catastrophe'... [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]

Ain't football great

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

Hateful stories & hate crimes

Fuelled by tabloid media propaganda, Felix McHugh shows how hate crimes against disabled people are on the rise ... [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 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]

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]

''You are fed up with him?''

Uri Avnery gives his opinion on a recent leaked conversation between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy... [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]

Canadian and US Unions Offer Solidarity to Threatened Mexican Workers

Daina Z. Green reports on the terrorism of Mexican unions by their own Government in support of business interests over that of their own workers. ... [read more]

Beyond Violence and Non-Violence: Resistance as a Culture

Political resistance is not simply gratuitous violence - is a collective response to oppression, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

The Looming Threat of Terror that Comes From the Far Right

The threat comes not only from jihadis but 'neo-Nazis' out to kill black people, Jews and gays, says Johann Hari.... [read more]

Venezuela: US Criticisms of Venezuelan Arms Purchases Lack “Moral Weight”

James Suggett on the uncompromising Venezuelan response to US criticisms of recent arms purchases from Russia.... [read more]

Thank You, Mayor Luzhkov

Peter Tatchell reports on the successful rallying, against all the odds, of an anti-homophobia campaign in Moscow.... [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]

An Important but Risky Victory for Venezuela and for Socialism

Gregory Wilpert assesses the implications of Hugo Chávez's referendum victory.... [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]

Thirty-Eight Trade Unionists Assassinated in Colombia in 2008

Colombia's state-linked paramilitaries are becoming more efficient in their murderous campaign against the trade unionists. ... [read more]

Dying for a Coke

Kacie Morgan on the campaign to expose the Coca-Cola company's links with right-wing paramilitary violence.... [read more]

"Stop the Arms Trade Week" Comes to London

CAAT will hold its annual event in Islington this week, to draw attention to the murderous multi-million pound arms trade.... [read more]

The Union Busters

William Roche on the ongoing tradition of intimidation and manipulation aimed at undermining industrial democracy and equality. ... [read more]

Death of the Noble Idea

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