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Engagement with the News

A friend recently sent me a news report that she felt showed that peace was inevitable between Palestinians and Israelis at some future point. On the surface, the conclusion to the report appeared valid. However, a careful reading showed a lack of engagement with the piece which militates against the conclusion that she had reached, writes Elizabeth Ellis. NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ARTICLE ER 07/10... [read more]

Weep, Beloved Country

Sometimes, a small incident can pierce the darkness and reveal a frightening picture... [read more]

Is Russia a Kleptocracy?

Many anti-Russian commentators today have no problem with classifying Vladimir Putin's government as kleptocratic... [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]

Andean Crisis: Ecuador Rallies Latin American Support Against Colombian Incursion

Samuele Mazzolini with the latest on the diplomatic crisis between Ecuador and Colombia.... [read more]

The Bigger Picture

Here in the UK, the British Academy of Film and Television has just presented the Bafta awards, and yes, as an elected lifetime member I’m one of the several thousand who vote for the nominees.... [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]

John Cantlie writes from within Islamic State captivity… what messages should we take from his article?

Freedom of speech and expression has become a much debated concept depending who interprets and how it is defined... [read more]

The Dangers of Form Agnosia

Kate Zagoskina describes the West's tendency to shut its eyes to the bigger picture and ignore the link between action and consequence... [read more]

Malala's ordeal

Dr Lal Khan explains how the Western media conveniently suppresses aspects of Malala Yousafzai's background so that Pakistani youth and workers remain oblivious of this brave girl’s struggle... [read more]

Red Love – the story of an East German Family

John Green reviews Maxim Leo’s Red Love – the story of an East German Family... [read more]

Smuggling Music and Sex Education: 'Bravo' Magazine in the German Democratic Republic

Alexa Van Sickle looks back on a popular magazine which achieved cult status in East Germany during the Cold War era.... [read more]

WHAT IS TO BE DONE NOW?

When I was very young there was an old lady who lived down the road in a house without electricity.... [read more]

The March of Folly

The Israeli argument was that the victims were shot while trying to "storm the fences". Actually, not a single such attempt was photographed, though hundreds of photographers were posted on both sides of the fence.... [read more]

What the Hell?

What the hell am I? An Israeli? A Jew? A peace activist? A Journalist? An author? An ex-combat soldier in the Israeli army? An ex-terrorist?... [read more]

"Anyone But Bibi"

The vultures are circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting for his end.... [read more]

The Funeral Ruckus

Shimon Peres would have enjoyed it. A public battle about his funeral.... [read more]

The Center Doesn't Hold

"The best lack all convictions, while the worst are full of passionate intensity!"... [read more]

Under the Lime Trees

One of the most famous lines in German poetry is "Don't greet me under the lime trees."... [read more]

Hillary Clinton on Cutting Drug Costs - ie: Kick the Poor off Medicare

Forbes magazine doesn't always paint a rosy picture of capitalism... [read more]

The Ministry of Fear

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself," said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was wrong... [read more]

Sheldon's Stooges

In Japan in the good old days, Binyamin Netanyahu would by now have committed hara-kiri... [read more]

The War of Fools

A few days ago, Israeli TV Channel 10 broadcast an investigative story about the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, known as "Lebanon War II"... [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]

Metro Gaza

Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset, Uri Avnery, suggests a solution to the ongoing conflict in Gaza... [read more]

Happy Independence Day? India, Monsanto, GMOs and the Bigger Picture

On 15 August, India will mark its 67th anniversary of independence from Britain. It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empirio-Criticism Thomas Riggins

Thomas Riggins talks us though the rest of Chapter 4 of Lenin's book Materialism and Empirio-Criticism ... [read more]

The Watch on the Jordan

The Arab world is in turmoil. Syria and Iraq are breaking apart, the thousand-year old conflict between Muslim Sunnis and Muslim Shiites is reaching a new climax... [read more]

The Italian crisis and the wait for Godot

A crisis is a crucial point, a turning point, a situation that demands change or reaction in order to resolve the situation... [read more]

Materialism and Empirio-criticism [Part 4 ]

Thomas Riggins guides us through Chapter I, Section II of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism... [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]

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]

Facebook and Muslim Outrage: Gleaning the Wrong Lesson, Again

Ramzy Baroud bemoans yet another controversy about Muslim intolerance towards 'blasphemous' artistic output.... [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]

Whose Acre?

Uri Avnery on how the battle over the identity of the historic port of Acre reflects wider struggles over cultural identity in Israel-Palestine.... [read more]

London Tube Violence: Workers Get it in the Neck, Boris to Blame

Rick Grogan on how Boris Johnson's poorly-implemented Tube drink ban meant Underground workers faced abuse, vandalism and violence. ... [read more]

Election Analysis from the Left List

Left-wing coalition group Left List offer their verdict on the local elections.... [read more]

The Power of Sex

Looking back over the decades as I approach my 78th birthday, I marvel at the recurring and evolving attempts to address the issues that affect us all... [read more]

A Beautiful but Deceptive Documentary:

The documentary movie "For Sama" has won a host of awards in Europe and North America.... [read more]

Sanctions and More. Who suffers?

Kaveh Boveiri’s research focuses on Hegelian and Marxist philosophy. The following is a description of what he observed on his return to Iran after four years... [read more]

The Runaway Dog

One of the paradoxes of our species is the total control we have over almost every aspect of our babyhood during the first year or so of life... [read more]

THEN AND, UNFORTUNATELY, NOW

Our public duty is to demonstrate our lack of faith in the thoughtless and insensitive polity that erodes the social fabric as a matter of deliberate intention. Philistine and self-satisfied domesticity cannot be the aim of a thinking democracy in a creative culture... [read more]

Authoritarianism is killing the Arab Spring

Major unforeseen events such as the Arab Spring precipitated instability across the Middle East and North Africa.... [read more]

Britain’s Homeless Crisis

Under the suffocating shadow of economic austerity, homelessness in Britain is increasing, poverty and inequality deepening.... [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]

What's the Big Idea?

A little riddle for your amusement. It has more to do with class capitalism than you might suppose... [read more]

The Siamese Twins

After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Drucker's TV series "The Captains", I must come back to the one whose episode I have not yet covered: Yitzhak Rabin.... [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]

The Day of Shame

I asked myself: what would I have done if I had been a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip?... [read more]

Who is the vassal?

"If you want to understand the policy of a nation, look at the map!" Napoleon is supposed to have said.... [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]

A Song is Born

The situation in the Gaza Strip is as close to hell as one can get. Food at subsistence level, electricity for two to four hours a day, the water is polluted. Work is extremely scarce. Only the most severely ill are let out.... [read more]

Salisbury continues to suffer while Theresa May plays Novichok game

On Easter Saturday I revisited Salisbury to see for myself. This was, after all, a holiday weekend, and Salisbury should be packed with people. Yes, car parks were full but…... [read more]

A Terrible Thought

Suddenly, A terrible thought struck me. What if Avi Gabbay really believes what he is saying?... [read more]

Transaction Analysis

Baffled? Confused? Me too!... you, too?... [read more]

1945

1945 is a sacred year in Labour mythology... [read more]

Yemen - Court Battle Exposes UK-Saudi Arms Deals And Humanitarian Tragedy

On Monday 10th July, a ruling was handed down by London’s High Court, which should, in a sane world, exclude the UK government ever again judging other nations' leaders' human rights records or passing judgement on their possession or use of weapons.... [read more]

Parliamentary Riffraff

When Adlai Stevenson ran for the presidency, he was told "Don't worry, every thinking person will vote for you." "But I need a majority," Stevenson famously replied.... [read more]

David Cameron’s Partisan Gerrymandering of the British Democracy

David Cameron rigged the 7 May 2015 election and planned to gerrymander the constituency boundaries in 2016 on the basis of a vastly reduced British electorate - the great majority of the voters who were removed from the rolls were non-Conservative voters.... [read more]

The Israeli Macron

When I was 10 years old, my family fled from Nazi Germany. We were fearful that the Gestapo was after us. Then our train crossed the bridge that separated Germany from France, and we heaved a deep sigh of relief.... [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]

Nowruz, the Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox

Nowruz in Persian literally means the first day [of the New Year]. It is the most prominent seasonal celebration of the solar calendars... [read more]

The Great Rift

I believe that it is there that the solution lies. We must get rid of the occupation, by all available means, the quicker the better.... [read more]

That's How It Happened

When everybody on both sides was exhausted, the war ended with a set of armistices, which defined the recognized borders of Israel... [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]

In the meantime things are getting meaner

In the meantime there is a crisis of democracy. It is not a crisis in one country. The peace dividends we were promised have been squandered.... [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 Hungarian Revolution: 60 years on

On 23rd October 1956, political revolution against Stalinist dictatorship lept from the pages of Leon Trotsky’s writings and roared into life in Hungary.... [read more]

The White Helmets Controversy

Unknown to most people, the White Helmets brand was conceived and directed by a marketing company named “The Syria Campaign” based in New York. They have managed to fool millions of people... [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]

Abu-Mazen's Balance Sheet

People wonder why Netanyahu denounces Abbas as an "inciter", while not mentioning Hamas. To solve this mystery, one must understand the Israeli Right does not fear war, but is afraid of international pressure – and therefore the "moderate" Abbas is more dangerous than the "terrorist" Hamas.... [read more]

Civil War

Something strange happens to retired chiefs of the Israeli internal Security Service, Shin Bet.... [read more]

Service or Disservice?

The National Health versus The Health of the Nation by outRageous!... [read more]

Fracktured Britain

By downplaying all the issues that adversely affect the environment, the politicos have been mutually assuring our own demise - and theirs!... [read more]

Welcome! Bienvenue!

"Anti-Semitism in France" is now all the rage in Israel. A huge propaganda effort is invested in this campaign. The aim is to induce French Jews to come to Israel... [read more]

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

Charles Anthony Lynton Blair is beyond all shame. No matter how widely the guilt is spread, he was Captain of the No 10 Downing Street ship, and thus should shoulder commensurate blame.... [read more]

Clean eating versus industry

During the eighties and nineties here in the UK we were broadly encouraged to eat lower fat spreads such as margarine, associated with a push for polyunsaturated fat consumption... [read more]

America

February 2016: Jeb Bush tweets a picture of his hand gun engraved with his name, under the heading "America”, as part of his presidential campaign. He later withdraws... [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]

Nowruz, the Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox

Nowruz in Persian literally means the first day [of the New Year]. It is the most prominent seasonal celebration of the solar calendars... [read more]

An Unlikely Story: the Radio Times sells badger culling

The latest issue of the Radio Times must be making anti-badger culling people spitting mad... [read more]

Just A Ride

The Wachowski Brothers’ 1999 Film 'The Matrix' centres upon the concept that the modern world may not be all we perceive it to be... [read more]

Extreme, Extremer, Extremest

By 1967, the situation was quite different. The causes of the new war were disputed, David had turned into Goliath, a world-wide Cold War was on... [read more]

Health and Humanity

This upcoming series on health and humanity comes at an interesting time... [read more]

Seashore Thoughts

Looking out at the sea, I thought about the three great dangers I perceive... [read more]

The Reign of Absurdiocy

There is no such thing as "international terrorism". To declare war on "international terrorism" is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both.... [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]

Jack Goody: An Appreciation

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

The Face of a Boy

The Israeli occupation in the Palestinian occupied territories is being filmed all the time. Everybody now has cellular phones that take pictures... [read more]

The Fourth of July and the right of revolution

Every schoolchild in the United States is exposed at one point or another to this famous passage from the Declaration of Independence... [read more]

War Crimes? Us???

The concept of "war crimes" is dubious. The biggest crime is starting the war in the first place... [read more]

Who Will Save Israel

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed ... [read more]

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?

My father once taught me how to withstand blackmail: imagine that the awful threat of the blackmailer has already come about. Then you can tell him: Go to hell... [read more]

The Messiah Hasn't Come

As the American saying goes: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."... [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]

Anti-What?

Uri Avnery asks if anti-semitism is on the rise in Europe... [read more]

Je suis un être humain

For the first time in a long lifetime, the events in Paris have left me cold, shocked, speechless and terrified. Cold because of its inevitable cruelty. Shocked because of the awful response from a hypocritical world. Speechless because there can be nothing I could possibly say to explain the inexplicable - to defend the indefensible. And terrified because I have brown skin, a beard and I am a Muslim Palestinian... [read more]

The CIA, Torture, and American “Democracy”

The Senate report on CIA torture reads like a Stephen King novel, a transcript from the Nuremberg trials, or Josef Mengele’s notes from Auschwitz... [read more]

My Glorious Brothers

When I was 15 years old and a member of the Irgun underground (by today's criteria, an honest-to-goodness terrorist organization), we sang "(In the past) we had the heroes / Bar Kochba and the Maccabees / Now we have the new ones / The national youth…"... [read more]

What GMOs Are Really About: Profits, Power and Geopolitics

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world... [read more]

Menace on the Menu: Development and the Globalization of Servitude‏ (Part 1)

In his book ‘The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective’, economist Angus Maddison noted that India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth until the 17th century... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 3)

The third 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]

Interstellar: magnificent film, insane fantasy

Movies about abandoning Earth reflect the political defeatism of our age: that adapting to climate breakdown is preferable to stopping it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Decent Respect

Sweden, like Britain, was always considered a "pro-Israeli" country, loyally voting against "anti-Israel" resolutions in the UN. If such important Western nations are reconsidering their attitudes towards the policy of Israel, what does it mean?... [read more]

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The history and modern role of political Islam

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the capitalist counter-revolution in China, an immense political vacuum opened up in ideology and politics on a world scale. Article by Dr Lal Khan... [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]

The Dead

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

Who is Winning?

Uri Avnery asks what history would look like if it were written in the style of the "Solid Cliff (a.k.a. Protective Edge) operation?... [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]

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, A Thatcherite Revolution: “Free Trade”, Corporate Plunder and the War on Working People

Prior to the recent national elections in India, there were calls for a Thatcherite revolution to fast-track the country towards privatisation and neo-liberalism... [read more]

An Armed Ghetto

One side's terrorists are the other side’s freedom fighters. That is not simply a matter of terminology. It is a difference of perception, which has far-reaching practical consequences... [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]

Tiananmen: the massacre that wasn't

What really happened 25 years ago in Tiananmen Square?... [read more]

Patagonian Dreams

During his short visit to Israel, Pope Francis laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl, writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

Acquiescing to Big Biotech: The Deceptions and Falsehoods of the GMO Lobby

British Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is a staunch supporter of the GMO sector despite mounting evidence pointing to the deleterious health, social, ecological and environmental impacts of GMOs... [read more]

Review: VJ McGill on Russell's Critique of Marxism

In the "The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell" volume in the Library of Living Philosophers (1944) VJ McGill (1897-1977) published a detailed critique of Russell's political and economic philosophy... [read more]

In Their Own Juice

According to press reports, President Barack Obama has decided to let Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas “stew in their own juice.”... [read more]

The making of the Grenada Revolution

John Green reviews two books that detail the lead up to and aftermath of the Grenada Revolution... [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]

Capitalism and crisis

Nelson Wan provides an overview of Marx's explanation for why capitalism goes into crisis, discussing the inherent contradictions within the capitalism system... [read more]

So, after the IPCC report, which bit of the world are you prepared to lose?

George Monbiot asks: When people say we should adjust to climate change, do they understand what that actually means?... [read more]

To Smash or be Smashed? Lenin's Theory of the State

In Chapter Two of State and Revolution, Lenin discusses the lessons of the European revolutionary movement of 1848-51... [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]

Pakistan: Warning letter on human rights abuses in state custody was ignored, Taliban kill 23 FC men in retaliation

I express my deep sadness when hearing of the torture and unlawful killing of persons in state custody or the recent execution of 23 Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers by Tehrik -i-Taliban (TTP) Mohmand Agency.... [read more]

Pakistan, terrorism and torture: How I was radicalised by the state

Mohammad Yahiya shares his personal experience of state terrorism and torture in this article... [read more]

The Afghan child “suicide” bomber and 8 year old Yemeni drone “spy”: Whose “truth” and whose “propaganda”?

There is often online censorship on insurgents for alleged “propaganda” and instigating violence yet we do not see the same level of censorship for governments that churn out false information on Afghanistan and drone civilians... [read more]

Doctors and Drones 2014: Interview with Tomasz Pierscionek on the updated Medact Report

Journalist and researcher, Carol Anne Grayson, talks to Dr Tomasz Pierscionek about his involvement in campaigning against the use of armed drones ... [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]

Nelson Mandela: Lest we forget “Madiba” was supported from a Britain which is still riddled with prejudice and racial inequalities

When I heard of the death of Nelson Mandela (age 95) I was transported back to another era and some uncomfortable images from the past... [read more]

A Modest Proposal for the Improvement of the Younger Generation

It is a most distressing sight to see various education ministers and other self seeking professionals falling over each other to gain credit at the expense of so many poor teachers and their most unfortunate children... [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]

Elections in Norway

Patrizia Bertini speaks with Norwegian Labour Party politician Rudolph Brynn about the general election next week... [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]

Everything is information, you have to choose. An interview with Jean-Philippe Tremblay

Patrizia Bertini interviews Canadian film director Jean-Philippe Tremblay using the Lego Serious Play (LSP) method... [read more]

Italy: an economy based on free labour

A leading phenomenon of the Italian job market is the ability of employers to rely on an abundant supply of free labour. Patrizia Bertini explains... [read more]

The Master Economist Dr Osamu Shimomura - Probably the Greatest Economist of the 20th Century After John Maynard Keynes

George Tait Edwards discusses the immense contribution that Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) made to the field of economics... [read more]

Margaret Thatcher's Contribution to Neoliberalism

Former Labour MP and Shadow Cabinet member, Bryan Gould, reflects on the tendency to lionise and exaggerate the importance of Margaret Thatcher's contribution towards promoting free market economics... [read more]

The Argo Deception: How Hollywood masks the ugly truth of Iran-US relations

Exiled Iranian journalist and documentary filmmaker, Lila Ghobady, talks about the fabrication of history through film... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empirio-criticism [ Part 3 ]

Thomas Riggins guides us through Section I, Chapter I of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism... [read more]

Shallow Depths

In front of me is a copy of today's Khaleej Times; its front page story is about a speech by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed who is the Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, writes Elizabeth Ellis... [read more]

A move to the centre

Uri Avnery provides an analysis of the Israeli election results... [read more]

Welcome to the Shammies, the media awards that recognise truly unsung talent

There are awards for everyone. There are the Logies, the Commies, the Tonys, the Theas, the Millies ("They cried with pride") and now the Shammies, writes John Pilger... [read more]

Australia and Asylum Seekers: Media Perspectives

The issue is not 'boat people' but imperialist expansion explains Finn Bowen ... [read more]

The Martian

A Martian landed in the woods near Thomas Hardy's Cottage... ... [read more]

Call Mr Robeson – a Life with Songs

John Green writes about the life and work of one of America’s greatest singers who was ‘disappeared’ from public life and airbrushed out of the history books... [read more]

Review - Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective

David Lane reviews a book which illustrates the global nature of developments in healthcare: Health Care Reform and Globalisation: The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective... [read more]

Empty Promise

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

Growing Isolation: Boycott of Israel Crosses to Governments’ Realm

Should Israel be worried? Very much so, for the age of total impunity is coming to an end. Critical voices of the Israeli occupation and mistreatment of Palestinians are rising - not only within civil society circles, but among world governments as well, argues Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Talking Zionism

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

Storm Warning

I suppose I should have seen this coming. In January, I discovered that the forecasters employed by a company called Positive Weather Solutions, whose inaccurate predictions were widely used by the newspapers, don’t exist, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Politics of Truth

Politicians are easy targets and scoring points off aunt sallies is a national sport. Stephen Gilbert discusses the chasm between the accountability of political columnists and that of MPs... [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]

Do not be fooled by India's media love affair with Hillary Clinton

You always know when a high-ranking US politician is in India. Much of the media turns sycophant. It happened when Obama visited in 2010, and it occurred again as Hillary Clinton recently touched down in Kolkata but despite the media spin, India is not engaged in any form of bilateralism with the US, says Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

New smells, old smells

In the 60's I assigned myself the meditation of walking extremely slowly down 14th Street, Greenwich Village’s northern border, to Union Square, allowing my senses to notice acrid smells, loud sounds, crowded store windows – but not letting my mind grab for any of it, says Jean Claude van Itallie.... [read more]

Obama’s Afghan Pledge is Grossly Misleading

As the US President hints at a withdrawal from Afghanistan, R.M. Harrison wonders whether he has taken heed of the old saying “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. ... [read more]

The Last to Fall (the life and letters of Ivor Hickman – an International Brigader in Spain)

John Green reviews a book by John L. Wainwright about the life of international brigader Ivor Hickman... [read more]

The New Mandela

Uri Avnery writes about the determination of the Israeli state to keep Marwan Barghouti, Palestine's Mandela, behind bars... [read more]

Straight to the heart

Gay marriage: 'oh dear, oh lor’, how did this become the issue of the hour? The world appears to have divided itself into two camps and I find myself in neither'- journalist and writer W Steven Gilbert shares his thoughts... [read more]

The alleged drunkenness of the British

Miles Caston challenges propaganda alleging Britain is a nation of boozers... [read more]

Goodbye homophobia. Hello sexual diversity

Peter Tatchell gives his thoughts on what a post homophobic society might look like... [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]

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]

From Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un

Reece Ferguson provides a detailed report of the funeral of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il... [read more]

Shukran, Israel

If Islamist movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bête noire, Israel, states Uri Avnery ... [read more]

Embracing the Working Time Directive

Karl Davis has some advice for David Cameron... [read more]

The King's speech

Uri Avnery discusses the implications of a parliamentary bill that would seek to push the Palestinian population out of the West Bank and into Jordan... [read more]

Transcendental argument

Through a mist of tears, I caught up with the conclusion of 'My Transsexual Summer', Channel 4’s four-part fly-on-the-wall series, says W Stephen Gilbert.... [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]

Slavery for Dummies- Part three

The third and final part of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society. ... [read more]

Show Me The Money

We have a democratic right to know who is funding public advocacy, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Conservative Conference: Economy and House Building

Mirela Ivanova scrutinises David Cameron’s address to the Conservative Party conference... [read more]

Think of a Tank

The “free market thinktanks” and their secret funders are a threat to democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Even the most powerful man in the world is not above a pie in the face

When media magnate Rupert Murdoch was summoned before the Commons select committee on 19th July, one man tried to ensure he would not walk away untarnished. Jonathan May Bowles, famed as the individual who threw a shaving foam pie at Murdoch, explains his actions.... [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]

Professor Nutt Urges New Thinking on Drugs

As the controversial medical expert David Nutt finds himself back on the news agenda, Tom Bangay considers the vexed question of drug law reform.... [read more]

French Workers are on the Move

Socialist Appeal's Alan Woods considers the significance of the recent industrial unrest in France.... [read more]

French Workers are on the Move

Socialist Appeal's Alan Woods assesses the significance of the recent industrial unrest in France.... [read more]

Arab Journalism and Egypt’s’ claimed control over UK’s mosques

Iqbal Tamimi on the ego-fuelled misrepresentation of facts by the Arab press.... [read more]

Behind the Israeli Wall: A Lesson in Reality

Rich Whiles' timely new book takes a refreshingly honest look at the experiences of the victims of Israeli apartheid, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Defending the NHS Against Privatisation: John Lister talks to London Progressive Journal (Part One)

Tomasz Pierscionek talked to veteran health campaigner and London Health Emergency information director Dr John Lister.... [read more]

BP’s Dumb Investors

The companies now threatening to sue BP have only themselves to blame, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Italian Elections: More of the Same

Samuele Mazzolini reflects on an election that has consolidated the dominance of Silvo Berlusconi's centre-right bloc, and the continuing malaise of the Italian left.... [read more]

Turkey: Working Class Resistance Rebuilding Itself

Ekrem Ekici and Ceren Türkmen on how Turkey's labour organisations are fighting back against privatisation and attacks on labour rights. ... [read more]

Khaled Taja: The Anthony Quinn of Arab Drama

Khaled Taja, 70 years old and the iconic figure of Arabic drama, is planning to play the leading role in a movie about the tunnels of Gaza, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Muslim Women Find Expression Through Cartoons

Iqbal Tamimi on how some Muslim women have overcome cultural marginalisation to express themselves through popular art.... [read more]

Obama: Progress Towards Fulfilling Manifesto Commitments

Chris Vasey reckons it's been a promising first few months in the White House for Barack Obama. ... [read more]

Beware the Assault on Journalism

John Pilger retraces the 'cultural Chernobyl'of Rupert Murdoch's impact on British life.... [read more]

The Tone and the Music

While Obama proclaims the 21st century, the government of Israel is returning to the 19th, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Captive Knowledge

The funding for academic research has been taken over by business, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Pakistan: Civilians Paying the Price for the 'War on Terror'

Assed Baig on the humanitarian tragedy resulting from join US-Pakistani military actions in the border regions of Pakistan.... [read more]

Cross Your Fingers and Carry On

George Monbiot asks: Why does the UK government refuse to make contingency plans for peak oil? ... [read more]

The Internet: A Democratising Force or Information Overload?

Matt Genner examines the impact of the dot com revolution on democratic debate and political activism.... [read more]

Gutter Press Campaign Aims to Distort Union Demands

Rob Sewell on the mainstream press's campaign to discredit the unions in the wake of recent strike action.... [read more]

Book of the Month: "Beyond Bogota" by Garry Leech

This month's recommendation is a work of great courage, insight and journalistic integrity, as Matt Genner explains.... [read more]

You Stand for Nothing But Election

George Monbiot sets a few things straight in an open letter to government minister Hazel Blears.... [read more]

Economic Outlook Worsens as Unemployment Increases

With UK unemployment figures reaching a ten-year high, Christopher Vasey reviews the experts' forecasts for an even gloomier 2009.... [read more]

Interview: Antonio Navarro Wolff talks to London Progressive Journal

Samuele Mazzolini met prominent Colombian politician Antonio Navarro Wolff, the governor of the southern department of Nariño, to discuss the many social and political problems affecting Colombia.... [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]

Review: The Façade of Arms Control, by Anna Stavrianakis

Alexa Van Sickle reviews the Campaign Against the Arms Trade booklet by Anna Stavrianakis. ... [read more]

Colombia’s Double Realities: Threats Against Indigenous Communities Ignored as Calls for a Second Re-election of President Uribe Get Louder

As Colombia's President Uribe continues to target the country's indigenous communities, Mario A. Murillo examines why many Colombians are opposed to Uribe's reactionary government.... [read more]

Why the Russian Invasion of Georgia is a Blessing for Misguided US Foreign Policy

Professor William Hickey on why the Georgia crisis has highlighted the cynically self-serving basis of US foreign policy.... [read more]

The Magic Pudding

George Monbiot on why the US government still pouring billions into missile defence.... [read more]

Ecuador's President Correa in Conflict with Indigenous Movement

Samuele Mazzolin on why the Ecuaodorean president's agenda for modernisation and wealth redistribution has brought him into an unlikely conflict with the country's indigenous groups.... [read more]

A Simple Solution to the Housing Crisis

Anton Howes believes a Land Value Tax would produce a fairer housing market.... [read more]

The Sean Bell Verdict: Another Mockery of Justice for Black America

New York poet Erica Cardwell believes the Sean Bell verdict shows black life is cheap in the US justice system. ... [read more]

Boycotts and Tibet – A Little Perspective

Natalie Jones believes we should think before jumping on the "boycott China" bandwagon.... [read more]

Remembering My Lai

Ian Broughton reflects on the My Lai massacre, forty years on.... [read more]

"Unfashionable" Balkan Nationalism?

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

Arms Spending Dwarfs Commitment to Development Goals

World leaders struggle to meet development goals; military spending remains sky-high.... [read more]