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Chimes At Midnight: Football in Crisis

Ordinary fans are being ripped off by the unfettered greed of modern footbal, writes Steve Jones.... [read more]

No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain

Scotland is breaking the cover-up that stifles our political thought. Bring the Highland Spring south, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

This cash for grouse scandal shows how Britain has become a plutocrats' paradise

We subsidise the landed gentry and their shotguns. While the poor are plunged into brutal insecurity, the rich are untroubled, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

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]

Interview: Michael Albert on the Communal Councils in Venezuela

Michael Albert is a prominent activist and economist and a co-founder of Z Magazine. Adam Gill spoke to him about the Venezuelan government's radical "Consejos Comunales" initiative, aimed at deepening participatory democracy.... [read more]

Building Ships to Die For

Seven Agir on the murderous consequences of competitiveness in Turkish shipbuilding. ... [read more]

The real enemies of press freedom are in the newsroom

The principal threat to expression comes not from state regulation but from censorship by editors and proprietors, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Highland Spring?

The scoured, scorched Highlands could be brought to life – maybe an independent nation will have the courage to act, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Highland Spring?

The scoured, scorched Highlands could be brought to life – maybe an independent nation will have the courage to act, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Despite the NRA and the Ultra-Right Most Americans Favor Gun Controls

Thomas Riggins states that the majority of Americans support more gun controls to reduce and prevent the epidemic of violence in the US ... [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]

Reformed Venezuelan Bank Law Separates Banks and Media

Tamara Pearson reports on an important Venezuelan initiative to prevent the corporate media from getting directly involved in the banking and finance industries.... [read more]

Financial Meltdown Deepens

In the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Michael Roberts examines the present financial slump. ... [read more]

Venezuelan Government Turns Large Estates Into Socialist Production Centers

Tamara Pearson on the Venezuelan government's plan for large-scale, socialised food production.... [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]

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]

Bankocracy: from the Venetian Republic to Mario Draghi and Goldman Sachs

From the 12th century to the beginning of the 14th, the Knights Templar, present in much of Europe, had become the bankers for the powerful and had taken part in the financing of several crusades... [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]

The Crime of Alleviating Poverty: A Local Community Currency Battles the Central Bank of Kenya

Ellen Brown reports on how former Peace Corps volunteer Will Ruddick and several residents of Bangladesh, Kenya, face a potential seven years in prison after developing a cost-effective way to alleviate poverty in Africa’s poorest slums... [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]

Secrets of the Rich

Billionaires are hiding behind a network of “independent” groups, who manipulate politics on their behalf, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Ain’t football grand?

For most of us an annual salary of £70,000 would be the stuff of dreams but for some young adults an offer of that nature would be considered a gross insult, says Felix McHugh... [read more]

\'Illegal settlements\' to be destroyed - just the wrong ones

Matthew Hill takes a look at the plight of the Bedouin living in the Negev desert-a minority within Israel\'s Arab minority.... [read more]

Venezuela: Workers and State Rally for Nationalizations,

James Suggett on a new series of anti-corruption measures in Venezuela.... [read more]

Haitian Tragedy and White Man’s Burden Redux

International reaction to the catastrophe in Haiti has had a distinctly neo-colonial flavour, says Ben Selwyn.... [read more]

Media Vultures Are Coming: Freedom of Expression at Risk

The increasing concentration of ownership of media outlets into relatively few hands presents a serious threat to democratic freedom of expression, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Venezuela’s Globovision to be Investigated Over Calls for a Coup D’État

Kiraz Janicke on the latest events in the bitter struggle between the Chavez government and Venezuela's right-wing corporate media.... [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]

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]

The Union Busters

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

Tulsi Gabbard Comes to San Francisco

“I'm running for president to be able to bring about this sea change in our foreign policy that is so necessary for us and for the world.”... [read more]

Trump Takes on the Fed

The president has criticized Federal Reserve policy for undermining his attempts to build the economy. The best way to make the central bank serve the needs of the economy is to make it a public utility.... [read more]

An account from a doctor on board the Freedom Flotilla which was hijacked by the Israeli Navy

Events from 29 July when the Israeli Navy stormed the Freedom Flotilla al-Awda, hijacked and diverted it from its intended course to Gaza by Dr Swee Ang, medical doctor on board the al-Awda.... [read more]

Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising

The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed’s push to “tighten”?... [read more]

Salisbury, Skripal and Novichok – a local view

From the moment the news came out that on Sunday March 4th in Salisbury, one of England’s revered cathedral cities, a Russian spy and his daughter had been poisoned by some form of ‘nerve agent’ my reaction was ‘Oh dear’. ... [read more]

"Not Enough!"

Many years ago, right after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, I was asked to write a book about the events... [read more]

How Uncle Sam Launders Marijuana Money

In a blatant example of “do as I say, not as I do,” the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits.... [read more]

Kaya, the royal Dog

The spectacle is almost bizarre: a political party refuses to accept new members. And not just a few individuals, but tens of thousands... [read more]

If China Can Fund infrastructure with Its Own Credit, So Can We

While American politicians debate endlessly over how to finance the needed fixes and which ones to implement, the Chinese have managed to fund massive infrastructure projects all across their country, including 12,000 miles of high-speed rail built just in the last decade... [read more]

Remember Naboth

An incredible piece of legislation is now being debated in Jerusalem.... [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]

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]

Gulliver among the Houyhnhnms

A poem by John Gohorry... [read more]

The Great BDS Debate

But what does peace mean? Peace is made between two enemies. It presupposes the existence of both. When one side destroys the other, as Rome destroyed Carthage, it puts an end to the war. But it is not peace... [read more]

The Widening Gap

In any list of Israel's 100 most important women, Ilana Dayan would occupy a prominent position... [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]

BDS, the New Enemy

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

Sin, Socialism and Sacrilege

In some ultra-conservative circles the issue of gay marriage has become the cause célèbre du jour.... [read more]

How America Became an Oligarchy

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

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?

In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation’s only state-owned bank, is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group... [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]

If you found treasure worth thousands would you declare it?

It’s a morality tale for our times: three old rogues had two options. They could reveal their find or say nothing, and share it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age

Big business and its lobbyists have taken control of our politics. But there is an alternative. In the first of a new series, here’s how we can take on the fat cats, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Unholy City

In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Uri Avnery's weekly article... [read more]

Lenin: State and Revolution: Withering Away the State

Thomas Riggins reviews the first part of Chapter V of Lenin's State and Revolution (1917)... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives

Part 2 of Thomas Riggins's analysis of Thomas Piketty's book - Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

The Yellow-Vented Bulbul‏

A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

Interview with Robert Braun (Part 1 of 2)

Dr Robert Braun, veteran politician and senior member of Hungary’s opposition party, MSZP, speaks with Dr Tomasz Pierscionek about Hungary’s transition from Eastern Bloc state to neo-liberal democracy and describes the challenges currently facing the country... [read more]

Lenin on the State and Revolution: The Paris Commune (1871)

Thomas Riggins reviews Chapter IV of Lenin's State and Revolution (1917)... [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]

UK: Prime Minister Finds God, Bans Bishops, Priests, the Poor – and Crutches

When Prime Minister David Cameron pulls a stunt, or indeed, announces a “ground breaking” new policy, it is pretty well guaranteed to back fire. Indeed, his coalition government policy U-turns are heading for encyclopaedic... [read more]

Twelve Years a Slave, Sixty Six Years a Living Dead

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

New York City Settles Fire Department Discrimination Case

New York City settlement of fire department discrimination is a blow against racism but panned by ultra-right New York Post ... [read more]

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

Uncapped, almost unconditional, the vast sums of public money we give to farmers buy only destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

Uncapped, almost unconditional, the vast sums of public money we give to farmers buy only destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Lenin's State and Revolution Today- The Preface

The first in a series of articles by Thomas Riggins analysing Lenin's famous work The State and Revolution: The Marxist theory of the State and the tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution... [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]

Climate Change and Marxism

Using Karl Marx's early works, Elijah Pryor asks if there is an alternative to the Capitalism vs Communism debate?... [read more]

The Sins Of Our Fathers

David Eade reports on the Daily Mail campaign to vilify the father of the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband... [read more]

NHS In Crisis: The Story of Torrington Community Hospital

Elijah Pryor discusses the significance of Torrington Community Hospital for the North Devon community and the campaign to challenge cutbacks to the hospital's services... [read more]

Treasure hunt in Wendish Lusatia

Tomaš Kappa tells a story about Germany’s biggest secret and a scandal, its treatment of the Sorbian people ... [read more]

From Ragged Trousered Philanthropists to Label Wearing Ostriches?

Frank Owen, the lead character in Robert Tressell’s novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, expressed his frustration at the dismissive response of his fellow workers to his arguments for a better society... [read more]

It Can Happen Here: The Bank Confiscation Scheme for US and UK Depositors

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets reveals Ellen Brown... [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]

New York City Stop and Frisk Police Harassment Found Unconstitutional

Thomas Riggins reports on a ruling that states the "stop and frisk" policy used by the NYPD is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution ... [read more]

Is Iran a threat?

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

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]

What is NATO, anyway? The reality of the "defensive alliance"

The following is a statement by March Forward! which took part in the protests against NATO in Chicago on Saturday 19th May.... [read more]

A Monstrous Proposal

Extending transparency laws to the private sector would make the likes of News International think twice before misbehaving, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Book review- The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

David Lane reviews ‘The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia’ by Angus Roxburgh... [read more]

Nice work indeed

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

The Blockbusters

Uri Avnery shows how the differences that exist between the different cultural blocs in Israeli society are a barrier to peace ... [read more]

A Ghost Story Retailed (part two)

W Stephen Gilbert delivers an up-to-date, state and fate of the retail trade in Britain, it is partly warmingly, personal and anecdotal, and partly a critical overview: part two...... [read more]

New beginnings

John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 1)... [read more]

Angry, broke and Homeless

As the Spanish general election approaches, David Eade shows how a protest movement, led by the homeless, will be campaigning out on the streets.... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies - Part 2

Part 2 of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society.... [read more]

UK riots: Missing the bigger picture

Tomasz Pierscionek examines a variety of proposals to deal with the rioting that swept London and reveals gaps in the logic of those calling for the usual knee jerk reaction.... [read more]

Government Intervention Fails Indigenous Communities in Australia

Catherine Wilson on the continued disparity of wealth between the indigenous Australians and the rest of society and empty attempts by the government to change this.... [read more]

‘From the Gulf to the Ocean’: The Middle East is Changing

Ramzy Baroud on the future of Egypt and the Middle East now that revolution has come.... [read more]

Al Arabiya’s piracy and journalism’s codes of ethics

Iqbal Tamimi on the rights of journalists and photographers and the attempts by major news organisations to ride roughshod over them.... [read more]

Worker Self-Management Introduced in Guayana, Venezuela

Tamara Pearson on a bold Venezuelan government initative to radically democratise a number of state-owned industries.... [read more]

Bosses' Pay - the Worse They do, the More They Want!

Enormous compensation packages are keeping bosses happy amid the misery of economic stagnation, writes Dan Morley.... [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]

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]

US Audacity of Hope Falters: Settlement Freeze No Longer Required

The Obama administration's policy on Israel-Palestine is looking increasingly indistinguishable from that of the Bush years, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Interview: Michael Prysner Talks to London Progressive Journal

Tomasz Pierscionek interviews ex-US army veteran and prominent anti-war campaigner Michael Prysner.... [read more]

Yes, You Can!

Barack Obama faces a historic challenge in the Middle East, as Uri Avnery explains.... [read more]

Marxists Must Stand Firm Against Ahmadinejad

An Iranian Marxist makes a plea to Venezuelans to reject their government's support for Iran's reactionary president Ahmadinejad.... [read more]

Green Shoots of Economic Recovery?

Mick Brooks considers recent claims that the world economic system is on the mend.... [read more]

Non-Violence in Palestine: Timing and Intentions

Ramzy Baroud examines the discourse on violence in relation to the Israel-Palestine conflict.... [read more]

Presidents of Venezuela and Colombia Pledge Peace and Economic Development

James Suggett on an encouraging meeting between Uribe and Chávez.... [read more]

Hillsborough Twenty Years On

With the nation marking the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, Steve Jones reflects on the UK's worst stadium disaster.... [read more]

Venezuela’s Chávez Declares Support for Obama’s Nuclear Disarmament Pledge

James Suggett on the Venezuelan president's declaration of support for a worldwide disarmament campaign.... [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]

Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Guardian journalist George Monbiot poors scorn on the notion that climate change issues are the preserve of a misanthropic middle-class snobbery.... [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]

Baby Show Organisers Rocked as Arms Trade Links Exposed

Annabelle Williams on the events company which has found itself at the centre of a storm over its links with the international arms trade.... [read more]

Manufactured Famine

George Monbiot on the European trade initiatives which are likely to exacerbate existing food shortages in the developing world.... [read more]

Ecuador Seizes Banking Firms

Samuele Mazzolini on the bold steps taken by Ecuador's President Correa as he bids to bring financial stability and security to the country.... [read more]

Hay Festival Raises More Questions Than Answers

Matt Genner considers Naomi Klein's comments at this year's Hay Festival.... [read more]

Up On The Roof

Leo Murray explains the thinking behind Plane Stupid's recent high profile rooftoop protest at Westminster.... [read more]

Israeli General Escapes Arrest At Heathrow As UK Adopts Soft Stance on Alleged War Criminals

Chris Bath believes the UK is becoming a soft touch for alleged war criminals wishing to evade prosecution. ... [read more]