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Product Placement – Why UK Television Viewers Should be Worried

The UK government is bowing to business pressure and looking to lift the ban on product placement in television programmes, as John Green explains.... [read more]

The BBC – a flawed institution but worth preserving

The Tories must not be allowed to destroy the BBC. For all its flaws, it is well worth preserving... [read more]

DEREK, or LITTLE by LITTLE

By common consent (at least among those like me who lived through it), the ‘golden age’ of broadcasting – at the BBC especially – was that which spanned the 1960s, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

Camping Needs Solid Ground

LPJ's arts correspondent and resident philosopher, Stephen Gilbert, comments that an emphasis on celebrity is the prevailing television flavour of the age, infecting every genre of programming, whether appropriate or not... [read more]

The symbolic violence of reality television

Prior to the encroachment of neo-liberal policy into the economic and cultural landscape of Britain, television programmes we would typify as ‘entertainment shows’ were built around the dominant working-class lifestyle and values, writes Tom Chivers.... [read more]

Venezuela Continues to Expand Free Public Higher Education Programmes

James Suggett reports on the progress of Venezuela's ambitious education initiative, 'Mission Sucre'.... [read more]

Politically Transmitted Disease

Rising rates of teen pregnancy and STDs in the United States are the result of programmes intended to stamp them out, argues George Monbiot.... [read more]

So you want to help Africa Owen Paterson? Then stop promoting ideology and falsehoods to push GMOs

Former UK Environment Minister Owen Paterson this week accused the European Union and Greenpeace of condemning people in the developing world to death by refusing to accept genetically modified crops... [read more]

China’s All-Inclusive Economic Miracle: The Third Economic Bomb

George Tait Edwards explains China's recent economic success by examining its past history... [read more]

A Tale of Two Prime Ministers

George Tait Edwards comments on the comparisons and contrasts between the policies and personalities of Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minster of Japan, and David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom... [read more]

Scorched Earth Economics

The model is dead; long live the model. Austerity programmes are extending the crises they were meant to solve, yet governments refuse to abandon them and the UK provides a powerful example, writes George Monbiot. ... [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]

From Under The Net

A new BBC season of programmes concerns ‘the novels that shaped our world.’ The perspective is the novel as a social agent, articulating experience to give it public voice.... [read more]

You can’t have human rights in a neoliberal economy: Britain and the Universal Declaration at 70

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948... [read more]

Syria, the UK and Funding the “Moderate armed opposition”

The British government has spent “over £100 million” since 2012, “working closely with a range of actors” to “find a political solution to the conflict and prepare to rebuild the country in the post Assad era.” ... [read more]

From Obamacare to trade, superversion not subversion is the new and very real threat to the state

Rightwing politicians and their press use talk of patriotism to disguise where their true loyalty lies: the wealthy elite, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

An Excerpt From Carl Sandburg’s Poem “Yes, The People” Re-considered As An Economic And Political Commentary

All people receive new information through a kind of perceptual grid consisting of their background, education and prejudices, which modifies their capability to absorb new information... [read more]

Elections in Norway

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

Resurrecting woolly mammoths is exciting – but it's a fantasy

De-extinction sounds like a great idea. But there’s a problem most people have overlooked, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

A Manifesto for Psychopaths

Ayn Rand’s ideas have become the Marxism of the new right, she may have died 30 years ago but the belief system constructed by her has never been more popular or influential, says George Monbiot. ... [read more]

A Ghost Story Retailed (part three)

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

Italy: Vendola Provides Hope for the Left

The Italian left has been in a state of stagnation for a number of years, but the emergence on the national stage of Nichi Vendola may precipitate a change in fortunes, as Samuele Mazzolini explains.... [read more]

Universal Cure

George Monbit proposes a simple means of transforming the UK’s universities, schools and society. ... [read more]

Cuts, Cuts ... And Yet More Cuts!

Steve Jones argues that Britain's three main political parties are engaged in a 'race to the bottom' on public spending.... [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]

Crisis: The Worst Since the 1930s

Michael Roberts argues the present economic slump is merely the first stage of a long-term deflationary depression.... [read more]

Making a Killing from Hunger

Leading NGO GRAIN on why we need to overturn food policy.... [read more]

What is Learning

The following is an extract from Learning, a work synthesising forty five years in education. ... [read more]

Changing Trains

The divisions within society are distorted by an amalgam of selective fact and prejudicial myth... [read more]

THE F WORD

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

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]

Dangerous Times: John Pilger Discusses North Korea, China and the Threat of Nuclear War and Accident

Western media continue to distort the chronology of cause and effect, inverting reality to claim that North Korea is provoking the West. John Pilger talks to T.J. Coles about the situation.... [read more]

Eminent Psychiatrists Express Deep Concern at President’s “dangerousness”, “instability”, and “unpredictability.”

The insane threats also come from a man who achieved five draft deferments during the Vietnam war, thus has no knowledge even of what one bullet can do, let alone the vapourising monstrosities he seems to think he has divine power to unleash on a whim.... [read more]

The Pawn Queen

Theresa May’s moral failings are evident. They are certain to lead to political failure that may take some time to become evident.... [read more]

Twenty-Four Hours in Yemen: UN, US, UK Devastation, Complicity and Double Standards

“Let me ask you one question. Is your money that good? Will it buy you forgiveness? Do you think that it could?” ... [read more]

Left in Agony

Cameron is responsible for taking us all to the edge of the cliff... [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]

Replacing reality by fantasy

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

Time for the Nuclear Option: Raining Money on Main Street

Predictions are that we will soon be seeing the “nuclear option” — central bank-created money injected directly into the real economy... [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]

Three Minutes to Midnight

The threat is serious, the time short... [read more]

Dying for Industry

Pathological cruelty and neglect have to be dealt with so that animals do not fall prey to the farming trade’s worst practitioners... [read more]

Tony Blair, Infanticide Endorser Rewarded by Save The Children

When the Orwellianly name “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for “his tireless charitable work” there was widespread disbelief... [read more]

The revolutionary reawakening of Burkina Faso

The West African country of Burkina Faso exploded into a full blown revolutionary situation on Thursday 30th October... [read more]

On gloves, rubber and the spatio-temporal logics of global health

Over the last decades and not least through the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, health initiatives have received unprecedented attention and funding... [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]

NATO weakness in the epoch of geo-political turbulence and instability

The main outcome of the NATO summit that took place in Newport, Wales on 4th-5th September appears to have been the decision to launch a new ‘spearhead’ rapid response task force... [read more]

India: a vote of despair

Dr Lal Khan provides analysis on the Indian elections and the landslide victory of the BJP... [read more]

Censorship double standards: State terrorism websites vs insurgent websites

Carol Grayson asks whether the CIA website should be banned as the organisation is implicated in torture and promotes violence... [read more]

Bread and Circuses in a Digital Age

Bread and circuses have always been a central aspect of ruling class hegemony and a means of keeping the masses in a soporific state... [read more]

The Many Major Uses of Investment Credit Creation: A brief walk through the observed results so far, and the future possibilities made available through Shimomuran Economics

Money is the measure of all things and personal wealth sets the boundaries of what the individual and his or her family can afford... [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 Schumacher Institute: An Interview with Ian Roderick, Director

Born in 1911, Ernst Fritz Schumacher was and continues to be one of the most inspiring environmental writers that the UK has ever had... [read more]

The Different Sources of Unemployment, and the Economic Remedy for Each of These

Unemployment is a complex phenomenon. The ultimate roots of all large-scale unemployment is the lack of an adequate economic understanding by a country’s professional economic advisors and its politicians... [read more]

Blitz or Bling

The great British Blitz tradition has been replaced by the great bling tradition. We live purely on sensationalism, exaggeration, self indulgence, dishonest reporting and, sadly, undignified realities... [read more]

The problem with education? Children aren't feral enough

The 10-year-old Londoners I took to Wales were proof that a week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 3) - The greatest offensive against European social rights since the Second World War

We should not underestimate the capacity of the elites to make the most of a crisis situation writes Eric Toussaint... [read more]

A manifesto for rewilding the world

A mass restoration of ecosystems offers us hope where there was little hope before, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

You are now leaving Working England, Welcome to Middle England: The socio-economic underachievement of Neo-Liberalism in attaining reduced class disparity

Since the economic reform of the 1980’s, politicians like Blair, Thatcher and Prescott absolutely believe that the working class no longer exists and the majority of UK citizens are now middle class, writes Elijah Pryor.... [read more]

Bringing Anne Frank's Vision to the Modern World

It was once stated, that “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes”. Over the past few weeks, in the northern city of Manchester, UK, the question of learning has been at the very centre of the Anne Frank + You exhibition, writes Hussein Al-alak... [read more]

Iraqi Freedom Ten Years after Liberation

Next week, on Tuesday 19 March, many of us will remember how, precisely ten years ago, in another and dreamlike existence, we incredulously watched the beginning of the invasion of Iraq. Faisl Mikdadi shares some personal reflection... [read more]

You are now leaving Working England, Welcome to Middle England: The socio-economic underachievement of Neo-Liberalism in attaining reduced class disparity

Since the economic reform of the 1980’s, politicians like Blair, Thatcher and Prescott absolutely believe that the working class no longer exists and the majority of UK citizens are now middle class, writes Elijah Pryor. SOFT EDIT - ER 17/01/13... [read more]

Obituary: Colonial officer, overseas aid administrator and champion of the oppressed who advanced the cause of gay people in the Civil Service'

Richard Kirker remembers Ian Buist: the quintessential Civil Service mandarin, but also a doughty proponent of social progress. He had a fearless determination to champion the rights of the victims of injustice, minorities and the marginalised.... [read more]

Obituary: Colonial officer, overseas aid administrator and champion of the oppressed who advanced the cause of gay people in the Civil Service'

Ian Buist: Ian Buist, CB, colonial officer, overseas aid administrator and champion of human and gay rights, was born on May 30, 1930. He died on October 19, 2012, aged 82, remembered by Richard Kirker.... [read more]

The Martian

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

The psychological damage of warfare

Since the federation of Australia in 1901, more than 100,000 young men have died, fighting to protect their country. But the real victims here were those affected psychologically, writes Finn Bowen. ... [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]

Is the BBC middle class enough?

Are our national media outlets the domain of the middle class, or is the truth even worse...? Felix McHugh discusses... [read more]

The Logic of Unintended Consequences: The ‘Mess in Mali'

Ramzy Baroud explains how NATO's foray into Libya is beginning to have unforseen consequences across North Africa... [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]

Expectation, Myth & Disappointment

In her latest article, outRageous! explains how the world-wide political agenda is peeing its pants in anticipation of agents of change.... [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]

Obit: Never a Soft or quiet Russell

W Stephen Gilbert pays tribute to Ken Russell, the enigmatic, eccentric film director who died on Sunday. ... [read more]

Introducing ... British Government Plc

John Green on the growing preponderance of unelected advisors from the business sector in senior government roles. ... [read more]

Book Review: Cuba's Education Revolution

Tomasz Pierscionek reviews Theodore MacDonald's new book, a comprehensive survey of Cuba's education system since 1959.... [read more]

The BBC’s defence of the ‘Death in the Med’ is far from being convincing or ethical

Iqbal Tamimi on why the BBC's response to the complaints they received of bias in their 16th August 2010 Panorama programme is inadequate.... [read more]

ALBA Backs Struggle for Honduran Democracy on Anniversary of Coup

Latin America's left-wing governments have rallied to support democracy in Honduras, writes Steven Mather.... [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]

Gay Footballers and Fans to get FA from the FA?

Peter Tatchell urges the Football Association to push ahead with a planned anti-homophobia campaign which has mysteriously stalled this week. ... [read more]

Iran, Israel and Latin America: The Media States Its Case

Ramzy Baroud scrutinises the mainstream media consensus on the designated enemies of the US.... [read more]

Consumer Hell

George Moniot asks: How do we break a system which now permeates every aspect of our lives? ... [read more]

The Real Climate Scandal

A scandal over faked evidence has been a boon to climate change deniers. George Monbiot looks to redress the balance.... [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]

End the Embargo on Cuba

Rob Miller calls on the US and UK governments to end the anachronistic, brutal and illegal blockade of Cuba.... [read more]

Beware the Assault on Journalism

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

US Support is Propping Up Honduran Military Coup

Francisco Dominguez insists the US must respect the constitutional sovereignty of Honduras and withdraw its support for the military coup.... [read more]

Ecuador's Correa Hoping for Parliamentary Majority

Samuele Mazzolini previews the forthcoming elections in Ecuador.... [read more]

One Shot Left

George Monbiot on how the Bush administration, in its final death throes, is stepping up its war on the environment.... [read more]

Cuba's Hurricane Season

As part of our ongoing series celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, Tomasz Pierscionek examines how the country's infrastructure dealt with the challenge posed by severe weather on a number of occasions in 2008.... [read more]

From Aid Agency to Cash Machine?

Mick Brooks on how overseas aid programmes are merely exacerbating social inequality in developing countries.... [read more]

‘Justice’ Cut to the Bone

Rob Ray considers the effect of budget cuts across the criminal justice system.... [read more]

Congress Confronts Its Contradictions

George Monbiot on why it's ordinary taxpayers who will pay the price for the incompetence of big finance.... [read more]

Nuking the Treaty

George Monbiot argues Iran is the least of the world’s offenders against non-proliferation.... [read more]

Pro-Death

George Monbiot considers the implications of attempts to reverse progress on abortion.... [read more]

Interview: George Monbiot Talks to London Progressive Journal

London Progressive Journal's Haseeb Khokhar spoke to prominent climate change campaigner George Monbiot.... [read more]

Arms Spending Dwarfs Commitment to Development Goals

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

Death of the Noble Idea

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