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The USA: Glorious Diversity or Cruel Contradiction?

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

Women Leaders key to post-conflict development on Bougainville

Following a recent trip to the island, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the end of the Bougainville Civil War, Catherine Wilson reports on the role women played in bringing peace to the island.... [read more]

Mining The Past

Paul Lloyd looks back at the findings of a coroner’s inquest that investigated the deaths of seven Cumbrian miners nearly a century ago. ... [read more]

Soldiers for Hire

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

Venezuela Halts Mining in Forest Preserve, but Renews Permit Discussions

James Suggett on the ongoing struggle for control of Venezuela's natural resources.... [read more]

An Open Letter to Tiffany’s Chairman, CEO, Chief Sustainability Officer and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Tiffany’s should act immediately to disassociate itself from BSGR and ensure that their cut and polished diamonds are not a source of revenue for regimes guilty of gross human rights violations in Africa or Palestine... [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]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 1)

Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 1)... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Doreen Carvajal writes in the New York Times about the possibility that our genes carry some memories of our ancestors' experiences and 'unfinished business'. Dr Faysal Mikdadi wonders whether this is beneficial, now and for a future generation. ... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Needs editing pre publication... [read more]

Shadow of London “Orbit” in Bosnia: Steel, Blood, and the Suppression of Memory

As ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company, invests 19.2 million pounds of steel to construct a monument marking London’s Olympic Games, a disturbing story is emerging about the refusal to memorialise a former concentration camp in Bosnia it owns today... [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]

WOMEN WORK TO ADDRESS SILENCE OVER WAR ATROCITIES IN POST-CONFLICT BOUGAINVILLE

In the northern coastal villages of Hako Constituency on Buka Island, in Papua New Guinea’s eastern autonomous region of Bougainville, life to all appearances is carefree... [read more]

Alisoun and the Passage of Time to Death

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

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]

International Relations and the Classroom

We in Britain are often subject to the age old criticism of being insular and self engrossed. Whereas this is not strictly speaking true, there is an element of truth in this belief... [read more]

Romnesia

The parasitical ultra-rich often deny the role of others in the acquisition of their wealth – and even seek to punish them for it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Bewildering Times!

From student fees to taxes, the Liberal Democrats are increasingly being seen as cheerleaders for hard-line Tory policies, writes Chris Mason-Felsing.... [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]

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]

Against Da Law (Part 1)

What do you do if you’re the victim of injustice against major institutions, walled up behind teams of legal eagles whose expertise focuses first and foremost on closing ranks and damage limitations?... [read more]

Silent Voices

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

The pro-Europeans make their voice heard – London’s anti-Brexit march

March 25th was the EU’s birthday. It was celebrated in London and elsewhere by anti-Brexit demonstrations... [read more]

The pro-Europeans make their voice heard – London’s anti-Brexit march

March 25th was the EU’s birthday. It was celebrated in London and elsewhere by anti-Brexit demonstrations. Initially organised by Unite for Europe, supported by the European Movement and the 3 Million group of EU citizens living in the UK... [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]

“Ryancare” Dead on Arrival: Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?

The new American Health Care Act has been unveiled, and critics are calling it more flawed even than the Obamacare it was meant to replace... [read more]

The Call of the Mu'ezzin

So what is the situation of Israel's Arab citizens?... [read more]

The Suffering of Palestinian Refugees in Jordan

To highlight suffering is one thing, to alleviate suffering yet another.... [read more]

The Kissinger Story

Kissinger achieved his goal. The Soviets lost the Arab world to the United States. Until Vladimir Putin came along... [read more]

Realism on the World Stage

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

The Wall

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

Olympic Jews?

The scene at Ben-Gurion airport this week was rather astonishing.... [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]

Glory in the Flower

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

Health and Humanity: Conclusion

A healthy human, with a foundation of biopsychosocial health, could hope to find their purpose in life... [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]

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]

US Wars: Russia’s Fantasy “Stray Missiles” - America’s Real Ones

"Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terrorism." (Barack Obama 15th February 2013)... [read more]

Ali

Dr Faysal Mikdadi writes a poem in memory of a Palestinian toddler burnt alive earlier this week by Israeli extremists... [read more]

BDS, the New Enemy

For years now, Netanyahu has built his career on fear of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb... [read more]

Fateful Steps That Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part One)

The crisis that struck Ukraine last year was the result of problems that had been festering, not only in Ukraine but all along the former frontiers of the USSR since the end of the cold war... [read more]

Over Bottled

Everybody knows what the Israeli elections are about. The choice is stark: on the one side, the dream of a Greater Israel "from the sea to the river"; on the other side, an end to the occupation and peace... [read more]

Ageing or Just Raging

The difficulty has been distinguishing between simply ageing and those aspects of our world that appear difficult to cope with regardless of age... [read more]

Uday Al-Zaidy – Another Life in the Balance in “The New Iraq”

Uday Al-Zaidi symbolizes all condemned to the nightmare of Iraq’s jails secret and overt in the “New Iraq.”... [read more]

Half of Shas

The Shas party has split into two. Opinion polls show that both parts are hovering around the 3.12% threshold which is now necessary for entering the Knesset, after the minimum was raised by the last Knesset... [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]

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]

“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]

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]

Younger Self

A poem from Palestinian poet, writer and artist Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Eyeless in Gaza

The trouble with war is that it has two sides. Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side... [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]

Has the US-UK War for Oil Detonated the “New Iraq”?

Flames are rising from Iraq's largest oil refinery at Baiji, the result of mortar attacks by the varying forces sweeping towards the capital city. Felicity Arbuthnot describes the latest tragedy to befall Iraq... [read more]

The only way to fairness in housing is to tax property

Help to Buy and the other government schemes merely lock in place an unjust system which rewards those in power, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Twelve Years a Slave, Sixty Six Years a Living Dead

Dr Faysal Mikdadi dreams of his lost love - Palestine... [read more]

“If Stones Could Weep”: Syria, Blair’s Plans and an Archbishop’s Son

Not only is Middle East “Peace Envoy”, Catholic convert and Butcher of Baghdad, Tony Blair gunning for mass destruction in Syria, he has recruited the son of an Archbishop to help him... [read more]

Ukraine and Crimea - an Illegal Putsch and a Democratic Referendum

Felicity Arbuthnot discusses the outcome of the Crimean referendum in view of rampant propaganda being hysterically stirred from Washington and Whitehall... [read more]

The Flat World and the Good Society

The other evening, within a matter of five minutes, I sent messages to socialist colleagues in France, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania via Facebook and received answers back. The content was more social than socialist but I could have easily been organizing a Europe-wide campaign or demonstration, writes David Eade.... [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]

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]

Peace Comes through Forgiveness

I am a Palestinian. My family moved to Beirut after Israel was created because we were the "myth" that was Palestine... [read more]

Self-Boycott

Can a country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.... [read more]

The Banks, Fragile Giants

Part 5 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game shows that big banks continue playing with fire, because they are persuaded that governments will save them whenever necessary... [read more]

Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?

The Western world, used to its democratic frame of mind, is constantly telling Muslims in general and Arabs in particular, to build democratic governments... [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]

The Delusion of Democracy

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

The Key Relevance of the Writings of Professor Kenneth Kenkichi Kurihara

George Tait Edwards explains how the writings of economist Kenneth Kurihara serve as the gateway to understanding Shimomuran high-growth economics ... [read more]

“Palestine’s existence depends on respect and on our children” - Dr Rauf Azar (Director of the Beit Sahour medical centre)

Patrizia Bertini interviews Rauf Azar, a Palestinian doctor, using the pioneering Lego Serious Play technique... [read more]

In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats

George Monbiot: Barack Obama's tears for the children of Newtown are in stark contrast to his silence over the children murdered by his drones... [read more]

That defining moment: On anti-Muslim films, cartoons and my Gaza neighbour

Insulting Islamic symbols often represents a breaking point for many Muslims. Spiritual, religious figures and symbols often represent the last hope to which poor, humiliated and disenfranchised people cling onto with absolute ferocity, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [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]

Economic Growth or Abnormal Swelling?

LPJ's India correspondent Colin Todhunter reports that India may have had eight or nine per cent economic growth until this year, but this doesn't show a true picture... [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]

Britain: BMA strike - The Truth

Last month's day of action by doctors in Britain attracted a lot of criticism from the Tory press - no surprise there! Dr Tomasz Pierscionek puts forward the case for the doctors' strike and explains what really happened.... [read more]

Bad Sight of the Week

At the weekend, I sent a letter to The Observer via email. So sure am I that the paper will not run it this coming Sunday that I breathe life into it by reproducing it here below... [read more]

Paying by the mile

Sam Hunt lets off steam as he tallies up the cost of running a car these days... [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]

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]

Nice work indeed

Felix McHugh asks whether Social Security appeal tribunals provide good value for taxpayers' money... [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]

Hurrah for Egypt!

Uri Avnery has warm words for the new democratically elected Egyptian parliament... [read more]

Why Libertarians Must Deny Climate Change

As soon as it encounters environmental issues, the ideology of the new right becomes ensnared in its own contradictions, says George Monbiot.... [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]

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

The tensions on the Korean border are unlikely to die down so long as the US maintains its intransigent stance towards North Korea, says Kevin Gray.... [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]

Britain's Coalition Government: Unleashing the Forces of Hell

It's now several weeks since the Tories swept into office, propped up by the Liberal Democrats. Chris Mason-Felsing looks at the story so far.... [read more]

Hallelujah, the World is Against Us!

Uri Avnery on conspiracy theories, old and new.... [read more]

Tony Blair's Legacy

War criminal Tony Blair missed out on the EU presidency last week. Tomasz Pierscionek looks back on how the Blair years destroyed the credibility of the Labour party.... [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]

Venezuela Reiterates Commitment to Multipolar World Following Israeli Accusations

Israeli intelligence is using the relationship between Iran and leftist leaders in Latin America to stoke up fears in relation to Iran's nuclear ambitions, says Tamara Pearson.... [read more]

Political Crisis Deepens in Britain

Rob Sewell picks apart the media furore over the MPs' expenses scandal which has rocked British politics over the past fortnight.... [read more]

Gordon Brown and "Light Touch" Regulation

Mick Brooks on how Gordon’s policies left the UK unprepared for the present financial crisis.... [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]

China is Bigger Than the Olympics: Why the Protestors Have Got it Wrong

Richard Maidu believes the bottle-throwing antics of anti-China protestors are undignified and counter-productive.... [read more]

Burnt Out

The Government’s plans for clean coal are another great green scam.... [read more]