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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]

Noncommittal for kindle or less than kind?

The Kindle - an infinity of reading or a bibliophile's nightmare? Stephen Gilbert shares his thoughts on the matter.... [read more]

Literacy Skills: A Basic Human Right

Shirley Langer, author of 'Anita's revolution', lived and worked in Cuba for almost five years in the mid 1960s. She describes how, after the revolution, Cubans managed to eradicate illiteracy in a matter of months.... [read more]

A Document with a Mission

When David Ben-Gurion read out Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948, I was in Kibbutz Hulda.... [read more]

Becoming free, the need for a child to read!

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to come from a family where reading books was encouraged and seen as vital for the development of spelling. Visits to the library were a past time and among the furniture of the home, heaped book cases were normal... [read more]

Abe, Izzy & Bibi

The whole thing could have been a huge practical joke, if it had not been real. All of Israel was taken in. Left, right and center. All the newspapers and TV networks, without exception.... [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 Defence of Lenin

Following the 90th anniversary of Lenin's death, Rob Sewell reviews his legacy... [read more]

Trump, Fake News, and the Press

Donald Trump is absolutely correct when he says the mainstream news media lies, purveys fake news, and is the enemy of the American people... [read more]

Service or Disservice?

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

Language of the Years

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

Betrayal Tinged with Greed and Stupidity

When, last July, an Israeli friend sent me a message about the news of John Kerry's declaration of the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, both she and I were not particularly hopeful.... [read more]

For Whom the Cock Crows

Thomas Riggins discusses Marx's 1844 article on Hegel's philosophy of law... [read more]

Time Magazine and My Psychosis

Dr. Faysal Mikdadi discusses a recent letter he wrote to Time magazine... [read more]

The Elephant is Still in the Room

The Republicans have no one to blame but themselves if they appear to be careering to electoral defeat, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

Alfred Russel Wallace: Socialist and co-founder of evolutionary theory

Next year will see the centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace. Simultaneously with Darwin the discoverer of evolution due to natural selection, but history has largely eclipsed his name under Darwin’s immense shadow, writes John Green.... [read more]

The Lairds of Learning

Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the Western world? Whose monopolistic practices makes WalMart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch look like a socialist?... [read more]

The Lebanon and the England

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

UK: The Iraq Inquiry, A Government U-Turn and an “Apology” from Tony Blair

“It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century. You don’t just invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests.” (John Kerry, “Meet the Press, 2nd March 2014)... [read more]

Farah, A Gazan “Anne Frank”

Farah, who began blogging when she was just 12, sends her messages to be read by global audience, most of whom she will never meet... [read more]

Pakistan: Tear gassed, baton charged and detained for peaceful protest on missing persons

The day started out with Amina Masood Janjua, Defence of Human Rights (DHR), rallying the relatives of “missing persons” in Pakistan... [read more]

Causality and Necessity in Nature

Thomas Riggins explores Lenin's take on the theory of knowledge of dialectical materialism and of empirio-criticism... [read more]

The Shimomuran Economics Solution to the Western Economic Crisis

George Tait Edwards explains how investment credit creation could resurrect Western economies... [read more]

Now they do not need evidence, they create secret witnesses

Öcalan’s isolation may be over as the hunger strike ends in Turkish prisons, but the unjust trials of the opponents of the Government continue. Tim Baster and Isabelle Merminod report ... [read more]

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]

In Memoriam

It has long been said that justice delayed is justice denied, yet it would be hard to find anyone to agree with this sentiment over the conviction of David Norris and Gary Dobson for the murder of Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Book of the Month: Stephen Chan, 'The End of Certainty'

Matt Genner reviews this month's recommendation.... [read more]

Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh

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

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]

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]

Remember Naboth

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

Oh My God, Trump!

We do not really know who Trump is, and what he will do during the next four years. We know only the Trump of the elections: a nasty person, a megalomaniac, a liar, an ignoramus.... [read more]

The Crowning Achievement of Bob Dylan

The mid-Seventies album Desire is for me Bob Dylan’s crowning achievement... [read more]

The Great Railway Scandal

I am not the envious type, but I envy the Germans. I envy them for Angela Merkel... [read more]

Clintonites Prepare for War on Syria

Neoconservatives including Clintonites are pushing hard for a direct US attack on Syria to prevent the collapse of their regime change project... [read more]

Health and Humanity Part 4: MIC and BPS

The recent and ongoing reaction of the political class here in the UK to the first prominent peace-promoting party leader in recent times is a yardstick for the modern politician’s disregard to anything Eisenhower said... [read more]

Britain and Saudi Arabia - Collusion in Barbarism

Last September, Saudi was elected Chair of the UN Human Rights Council with Britain’s collusion... [read more]

Mission Civilisatrice: Piketty et Houellebecq

We have so much to learn from the French. If only we could understand what they are saying half the time... [read more]

Yemen: A Voice in the Wilderness

Vanessa Beeley interviews a woman who fled Yemen in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes against her country... [read more]

“Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards”: The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements

Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

Here’s to a Pretty Pink Nation

The all-Tory government has only been in place for four weeks. The amount of daft and non-think policy statements coming out would be laughable if they weren’t so dreadful... [read more]

Modern Ukraine RIP (Born 1991- Died 2014)

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek explains how Ukraine, as it once was, no longer exists... [read more]

The Riderless Horse

There were events in 1951 which helped shape the subsequent history of much of the world... [read more]

Pakistan government shames itself over Israeli drone connection… no friend to Gazans

Last year July 2014, Mansoor Jaffar, a senior journalist for Al Arabiya, wrote a scathing article critcizing Pakistan for its “zombie-like response" to the Gaza killings... [read more]

Labour’s immigration Policy: A Progressive Perspective

Immigration, and how the parties claim they will control it, is one of a handful of issues that will be pivotal in swaying swing voters either right or left in this year’s general election... [read more]

Winston Churchill the Novelist

The fiftieth anniversary of Churchill's state funeral brings out the usual accolades as well as the customary recriminations... [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]

The Son of my Eyes

Ruvi Rivlin, who was recently elected to the high but largely ceremonial post, is far from being a leftist... [read more]

Pakistan: Alleged target killer for ISI and Blackwater executed after “confessing” to assassinations during peace talks

In recent days the name of the firm “Blackwater” has reared its ugly head once again with the trial of four men, part of an assignment contracted by the US State Department to provide “security” in Baghdad during 2007... [read more]

The Dilemma of the Israeli Government in Gaza

The 72 hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas did not last more than a few hours... [read more]

E=MC2

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

The return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and the truth

In his latest essay, John Pilger describes the liberal "one-way, legal/moral screen" behind which great power and its Orwellian propaganda ensure an impunity for war and deception, dependent on what Leni Riefenstahl called our "submissive void".... [read more]

From hope to despair- why the Soviet Union collapsed

John Green reviews a book written by Hans Modrow, the last prime minister of the German Democratic Republic... [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]

Imperialist war crimes against the people of Syria piling up

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

An Extended Review of "Princes of the Yen" by Professor Richard Werner

George Tait Edwards reviews “Princes of the Yen”, the latest book written by Professor Richard Werner... [read more]

Free Rolf Kaestel: The prisoner who blew the whistle on a prison blood scandal linked to Bill Clinton

Most of us have read how difficult it has been for whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowdon since exposing state secrets, now imagine blowing the whistle from behind bars of one of America’s most notorious penitentiaries... [read more]

Special Report: Interview with British “jihadis” and what you won’t read in the “Tackling Extremism in the UK” report

British journalist, writer and film producer Carol Grayson conducts an exclusive interview with a member of the Taliban and a British born 'Jihadist' ... [read more]

Who Are The Mother Agnes Critics?

It would be hilarious, if it wasn’t for the severity of the Syrian crisis, to read some of the allegations being directed against the Syrian based nun, Mother Agnes Mariam... [read more]

The Tory Party and Media Xenophobes

In recent days I have read a Tweet saying that if the next British General Election is fought on the issue of immigration then Labour will lose... [read more]

Slavko Martinov: The antidote to Propaganda? Question everything!

Patrizia Bertini conducts an exclusive interview with film producer Slavko Martinov... [read more]

Britain's Poverty Addiction

I was absolutely horrified to read that the UK Government may be underestimating the numbers of families in poverty, by up to an estimated 40%, according to academics at Edinburgh University writes Hussein Al-Alak... [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 Empiro-criticism

Following his excellent analysis of Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins prepares to guide us through another of Lenin's major works... [read more]

The end of nuclear power? Careful what you wish for

Flawed and stalled as the plans for toxic waste may be, at least they exist. There is no way to clean up CO2, the greater evil, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Ne Les Oublions Jamais

David Eade recounts his experience of Holocaust Memorial Day in Paris... [read more]

The real invasion of Africa is not news and a licence to lie is Hollywood's gift

It is as if Africa’s proud history of liberation has been consigned to oblivion by a new master’s black colonial elite, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Cypherpunks – freedom and the future of the internet

John Green reviews Cypherpunks – freedom and the future of the internet – a book By Julian Assange with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann... [read more]

Struck Dumb

Despite hurricane Sandy, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney will speak about global warming. The danger this poses is huge, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Tribunals, tigers and dogs

Felix McHugh, author of the book Damned Scroungers, is back with more stories about his daily struggle to ensure disability claimants receive the money to which they are rightly entitled... [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]

Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Corporate Interest?

Elijah Pryor talks about the power of the media in formulating the public's opinions... [read more]

Spain's abusive banks

The big economic news has been the massive 100bn euros bailout of Spain’s banks. However the back story has been the numerous protests by Spaniards against measures to support banks which are largely in trouble through their own greed, corruption and mismanagement, writes David Eade.... [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]

Sixty years of philatelic pleasure, and now?

For the five or six generations of solitary, sedentary boys in the middle of which fell my vintage (the baby boomers), the hobby par excellence was collecting stamps, recalls W Stephen Gilbert.... [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]

Book review: Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

It is a book that is sure to irk readers of the Daily Mail, some of whose writers come under literary fire. On the other hand it has made the long list of the Guardian’s first book award, says Emmeline Ravilious.... [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]

Walled In

Science and humanities students view each other with incomprehension: blame our dumb, narrow schooling, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Zionists Outraged as Holocaust Memorial Day Recognises Other Genocides

A number of recent initiatives have sought to place the narratives of Armenian, Rwandan and other genocide victims alongside the memory of the Jewish Holocaust. A vocal hardcore of Zionist bigots has reacted in predictable fashion, as Amanda Sebestyen explains.... [read more]

Book of the Month: George Lansbury's 'Miracle of Fleet Street'

This month's recommended read is a passionate and intriguing account of the early life of the Daily Herald newspaper, as Matt Genner explains.... [read more]

Exchanging Puppets: Why the International Left Should Not Support Iran's So-Called Reformist Leaders

Lila Ghobady argues that the leadership of Iran's reformist movement does not have the country's interests at heart.... [read more]

New Site Design and Features

The site's had an overhaul with new features and a new design added. Our Webmaster takes us through the changes.... [read more]

Push-Polling (Continued): The Appearance of Ethics, And the Same Old Same Old

Following on from last week's article, Sven Eric Balabanoff continues his look at the role of "Push-polling" in this year's US elections. ... [read more]

The Longest Day

A poem by David Van-Cauter... [read more]

The Visitation

There were two Donald Trumps this week. One of them was touring the Middle East, being feted everywhere. The second was in Washington, where he was battered from all sides... [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]

Donald Trump and Theresa May - Partners in Planning Armageddon?

Prime Minister May’s endlessly repeated mantra “Brexit means Brexit” (Britain leaving the European Union) takes on a whole new meaning: she is prepared to trigger the UK departing the planet.... [read more]

One, Two, Three – Rejoice!

I remember the first few Independence Days, just after the foundation of the State of Israel. There was spontaneous jubilation, we were all out in the streets, the celebration was real. This year's Independence Day was not a happy affair... [read more]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 3)

This is the third part of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker... [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]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 2)

This is the second part of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker.... [read more]

Cui Bono?

Cui bono – "who benefits" – is the first question an experienced detective asks when investigating a crime.... [read more]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 1)

This is the first of a five part paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker... [read more]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ‘MY GENERATION’?

And there are those who ask, ‘Whatever happened to the idealism of my generation?’ Anyone who remembers the Sixties/Seventies years finds themselves asking that question... [read more]

The Invisible Diasporan (Part 2)

Even Churchill had, amidst the overgrown hedgerow of complex racism, a deep-rooted sense of decency and humanity when he acknowledged the injustice to Palestinians... [read more]

The Cannons of Napoleon

All intelligent Israelis realize by now that we are facing a fateful choice: either two states, or an apartheid state, or a single Arab-majority state. Most Israelis want none of these.... [read more]

Lebanon Has a Few Stragglers Living There

As ever in life, there were compensations that made life tolerable despite many difficulties.... [read more]

President Kong

The real sad fact is that in every single speech since the inauguration, the main theme – indeed, almost the only theme - of President Donald Trump is I – I – I.... [read more]

Iran as the Historical Tri-Continental Bridge, and Ireland? An Ethno-Cultural and Etymological Interconnectedness

Over forty years ago, a number of Irish professors visiting the University of Tehran disseminated their research findings that there is a firm anthropological connection between Iran and Ireland from the distant past... [read more]

Being There

President Donald Trump – we must get used to these three words. The only one thing that can be said with some certainty is that nothing is certain. That this man is totally unpredictable... [read more]

Anti-Semitic Zionists

Can Trump's assistants now include rabid Zionists and rabid anti-Semites at the same time?... [read more]

Lenin Deserves To Be Rescued From His False Reputation

2017 is going to see many revised versions of the October Revolution. Some prejudices need to be countermanded even before they are uttered. Lenin’s reputation is overshadowed by, and confused with, Stalin’s.... [read more]

An Old Palestinian Heart still Beats on

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

Power Will Be Restored

Would or could a different leader of this or that have altered the prospect of past, present or future... [read more]

Happy Holiday Season…

Most Iranians are believers and practitioners of the single golden rule of treating others as you would expect to be treated... [read more]

A Word About Fidel

Fidel – a revolutionary hero to some, a ruthless tyrant to others. Why, we must ask, should the question be posed in terms of such polarity?... [read more]

Alone Of All The Arts

Writing is the hand that feeds society’s conscience and consciousness. Writing examines life, the essential process of civilized awareness, the fuel of serious social discourse... [read more]

The Israeli Trumpess

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

More Equal Than Others

Our society thrives on inequality, insofar as it thrives at all... [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 Betrayal of Syria - US, France and Britain’s UN Ambassadors at the United Nations

“An ambassador is a … gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” (Attributed to Sir Henry Wotton, 1568-1639)... [read more]

Realism on the World Stage

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

“Saint” Teresa of Calcutta: fanatical stooge of the ruling class

Mother Teresa has been beatified by Pope Francis I, after a series of "miracles" (where the role of modern medicine was conveniently swept under the rug) were fished out from her lifelong record running clinics for the poor in India.... [read more]

Alisoun and the Passage of Time to Death

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

Turkey’s Attempted Coup - Cui Bono?

“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” (J. Edgar Hoover, Elks Magazine, August 1956).... [read more]

Tony Blair’s Political Epitaph and Looming War Crimes Trial? Part 1 of 3

The banners and placards outside London’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre reflected an anger undiminished since maybe two million people marched against the war in the city on 15th February 2003... [read more]

The British Chicken Coup: 172 Labour MPs against a pro-Corbyn party

As soon as the result of the EU referendum was announced, the attempted coup – or Chicken Coup, as some named it – was in full swing.... [read more]

I Was There

"Please don't write about Ya'ir Golan!" a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!"... [read more]

Kudos for civic activism and social justice: you are a born communicator!

As we stroll along the transitory journey of life, it is only natural to progressively focus first and foremost on our education, acquiring skills, career aspirations, and perhaps marriage... [read more]

John Whittingdale's Curious Notion of Culture

The Minister of Culture, Media and Sport has chosen a controversial film as his favourite... [read more]

The Case of Soldier A

A group of soldiers, supported by a major part of the political scene, has mutinied against their commanders. This is a major menace to the structure of the state, a challenge to what remains of our democracy.... [read more]

Iraq Invasion - Anniversary of The Biggest Terrorist Attack in Modern History?

Since terrorism is again in the news, it is timely to revisit one of the biggest acts of terrorism in modern history - the illegal invasion and destruction - ongoing - of Iraq... [read more]

More Badger Culling, Less Science

The government’s badger culling project is getting more unscientific by the day, or should one say by the square kilometre? ... [read more]

Health and Humanity Part 3: Charity Begins At Home

Increasingly, it appears charities and NGOs are behaving in a corporate fashion, which may or may not be a good thing.... [read more]

Labour and the Trident Question

We all knew that Trident missiles would become an issue when Corbyn became leader of the UK Labour party... [read more]

Iran - A Travelogue to Home Away from Home

David Rhani describes his latest trip to Iran... [read more]

Preventing Christmas

A Christmas tale by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Iranian-Americans are once again the Scapegoat; why?

The inspiring quote from Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty encapsulates our nation’s vision... [read more]

Imagined Nations

Each of us has a few books that formed and changed his or her world view... [read more]

The Scottish Industrial Revolution, or The Scottish First Industrial Miracle 1700–1800

Most accounts of the origins of the industrial revolution are Anglo-centric, focused upon how the industrial revolution in England began from about 1750... [read more]

Questions of Power and Slavery

All governments encroach, creep into our lives, and smother our minds with ever more legislation that infringes our human rights and civil liberties... [read more]

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]

The Inverted World of Niall Ferguson: On the Real Obama Doctrine

Niall Ferguson has a very conservative world outlook which, when applied to the analysis of current social reality, has a tendency to so warp his perceptions that the situation he writes about becomes an imaginary inverted world... [read more]

Mislead: “to give false or misleading information to” (Collins Dictionary)

How wrong, devious and duplicitous can one man be? For how long can he now avoid justice?... [read more]

The Settlers' Prussia

Israeli democracy is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably... [read more]

What if David Cameron is a Gerrymandering PM?

Frankie Boyle the Scottish comedian used the Comment is Free section of the Guardian to ask the question “What if David Cameron is an Evil Genius?”... [read more]

The Ministry of Fear

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

UN Farce: Saudi Arabia to Head Human Rights Council

The UN has appointed Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council to head (or should that be “behead”) an influential human rights panel... [read more]

"Don't Talk Zionism!"

Decades ago in Israel, "Zionism” was a kind of joke among young people. "Don’t talk Zionism!" meant "Don’t talk highfaluting nonsense!"... [read more]

Jack Goody: An Appreciation

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

The Self Hating Arab

It felt odd to speak on Skype to a friend in war torn Syria. We had not seen each other since our school days in the 1960s... [read more]

What has education done for you?

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi dedicated to David Walpole... [read more]

Sheldon's Stooges

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

The Nuclear with Iran and the Prospect of Regional Transformation

The long anticipated historic nuclear accords between the P5+1 countries and Iran is now poised to set a new milestone for non-confrontation and dialogue... [read more]

The Shameful Tragedy of Tariq Aziz. A Metaphor for the “New Iraq.”

As with everything to do with “The New Iraq”, the death of the country’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Tariq Aziz, 79, was announced with a lie... [read more]

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of ‘Power’

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of ‘Power’. Or should that be the language of ‘assumed’ power?... [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]

How the Election Was Won‏

Bryan Gould, former member of the Labour shadow cabinet, explains how popular sentiment on political issues can be manipulated... [read more]

New Labour is the Problem, Not the Solution

After Labour’s dismal performance in Thursday’s election there have been a lot of theories on why it turned out to be such a terrible night for the party... [read more]

A New Israeli-Palestinian Discourse

There is a need for both Israelis and Palestinians to change their discourse which is based on a mixture of rewriting history, expansionist aims, victimhood and endless conspiracy theories where none exist... [read more]

English Heritage – with the UK’s general election ever closer, whose culture are we ‘celebrating’?

I fear the outcome of the general election; I fear the deals made by politicians desperate to stay in power, deals that will further harm the disadvantaged poor... [read more]

Let’s not fool ourselves. We may not bribe, but corruption is rife in Britain

Allegations of a cover-up at Scotland Yard show that the British are as prone to malfeasance as any other nation, writes 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]

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]

Has Democracy Gone Missing? Or was it ever here?

People are suffering from a deficiency which is as unbalancing as a hormone or vitamin deficiency. What we are severely lacking in is democracy... [read more]

The Casino Republic

Money plays an ever-increasing role in politics. Election propaganda is made on television, which is very expensive... [read more]

Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address: “That’s Not Who we Are”

Borrowing from Hollywood-themed awards ceremonies, political theatre was taken to new lows with Obama’s sixth State of the Union speech to the US Congress on January 20th... [read more]

Three Minutes to Midnight

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

The role of the state in the space race

In April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, when Vostok 1 made a successful orbit of the Earth. ... [read more]

The TTIP trade deal will throw equality before the law on the corporate bonfire

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a reckless destruction of democratic principles. But we can beat it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone

As a new report is published on the need to limit fossil fuel production to stop dangerous global warming, the UK is poised to pass an act committing governments to extracting as much oil out of the ground as possible, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Niall Ferguson on Kissinger's 'World Order' [Part Two]

"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet, seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace." (Alexander Pope, Essay on Man)... [read more]

Splendid Isolation

Almost a thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine... [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]

“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]

Gough Whitlam – It's Time to Rest In Peace

Edward Gough Whitlam (”Gough Whitlam”), a former Labour prime minister of Australia, passed away on 21st October, 2014 at 98 years of age ... [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]

Crusaders and Zionists

Lately, the words "Crusaders" and "Zionists" have been appearing more and more often as twins... [read more]

Interview with a doctor from Donetsk

During a recent trip to Kazakhstan, Dr Tomasz Pierscionek discussed the situation in Ukraine with a doctor from Donetsk... [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]

Two Speeches

If I could choose between the two rhetorical gladiators, I would rather have Mahmoud Abbas representing Israel and Netanyahu representing the other side... [read more]

Piketty for Progressives

Part 1 of Thomas Riggins's analysis of Thomas Piketty's book - Introduction to Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [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]

Anglophobia Abroad

Miles Caston makes some interesting observations whilst on holiday in Corfu... [read more]

“Operation Protective Edge”: Is Israel Planning Gaza’s “Final Solution”?

Yet another massive assault on Palestine is underway. Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Conventions is unequivocal: collective punishment is a war crime.... [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]

Tiananmen: the massacre that wasn't

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

North Waziristan suffers a fierce bombardment, civilians traumatized by air strikes

Carol Grayson reports on the latest airstrikes against North Waziristan... [read more]

Pakistan ambassador calls for ban on drones at UN conference as several persons reported killed in latest strike

The CCW Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) took place from 13 to 16 May 2014 at the United Nations in Geneva... [read more]

Syria and Ukraine: Two Elections, Diplomatic Shenanigans, Double Standards and Insurgents

Thursday 15th May marked Nakba Day, Yawm an-Nakba, “Day of Catastrophe”: the onset of the displacement of perhaps 800,000 Palestinians... [read more]

Ukraine: US Ambassador to Moscow’s 2008 Cable: “Nyet, Means Nyet – Russia’s NATO Engagement’s Red Line.”

Headlines in the mainstream Western media, and Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, obediently echo White House propaganda... [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]

Pakistan’s shame: Missing persons at epidemic proportions, campaigners call for urgent action

Carol Grayson highlights the campaign against enforced disappearances in Pakistan... [read more]

Tony Blair, George W. Bush and David Cameron: Hijacking God?

There must be something in the water at Number 10 Downing Street, writes Felicity Arbuthnot... [read more]

Twelve Years a Slave, Sixty Six Years a Living Dead

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

In One Word: Poof!

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

“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]

Lenin on the Paris Commune (1871): An Heroic Uprising

Thomas Riggins discusses Lenin's take on the Paris Commune... [read more]

Who is the terrorist? Drones, PTSD and the boy traumatised to death

I am outraged at seeing the photo of Hamza Hassan Bin Dahaman, a Yemeni youth so traumatised at witnessing a drone strike that he never recovered from the experience... [read more]

The forgotten coup - and how the godfather rules from Canberra to Kiev

Washington's role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed, writes John Pilger. ... [read more]

Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President, I was sorry to hear that you have been upset by that rogue President Putin... [read more]

The US and Britain’s Paedophile Colony

On February 25th, Iraq’s Cabinet approved a draft law lowering the age of legal marriage for females to nine years old... [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]

Pakistani accountant raises concerns for human rights of foreign workers in Saudi, claims Labour Law “not working”

Amendments have been made to Labour Law in Saudi Arabia to protect the rights of both foreign and Saudi workers, at least that is the theory but is it working in practice?... [read more]

Pakistan Taliban announce ceasefire and TTP commander Adnan Rashid writes on Mir Ali attack

My announcement of a one month ceasefire by the Pakistan Taliban on Twitter was cautiously welcomed by some... [read more]

Ukraine: a very Western coup

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek provides an analysis of the situation in Ukraine... [read more]

Missing Moazzam: For former Guantanamo detainee, the ordeal continues

I am missing the presence of Moazzam Begg as an important contributor to the daily political debate on terrorism and counter-terrorism on social media... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century?

Part 1 of Eric Toussaint's review of Thomas Piketty book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

'Good' and 'Bad' war - and the struggle of memory against forgetting

The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

'Good and Bad' war - and the struggle of memory against forgetting

The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Bowe Bergdahl, US soldier captured by Taliban: A reflection on his words and time for prisoner exchange

Carol Grayson reports on the status of Bowe Bergdahl, an American held prisoner by the Taliban since 2009, and provides a transcript of the unedited version of a video of Bowe which the Taliban recently released... [read more]

Three Women

This is a declaration of love. Three loves, actually... [read more]

The accessories to war crimes are those paid to keep the record straight

The BBC's Today programme is enjoying high ratings, and the Mail and the Telegraph are, as usual, attacking the corporation as left-wing... [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]

PTSD: From pain to purpose, US veterans Hart and Ethan speak out

I don’t claim to be any expert on rap music but seeing a photo of Snoop Dog in a smart jacket at the White House in the company of Obama was a bit of a let down... [read more]

The Mockery of Banking Discipline

Part 7 of Eric Toussaint series, Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game... [read more]

Ariel Sharon: Serial war criminal, mass murderer

Richard Becker, author of "Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire" describes the true legacy of the virulently anti-Arab racist and former Israeli prime minister... [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]

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]

Beware the bulldog mindset

A piece of political poetry written by John Gohorry... [read more]

Mandela is gone, but apartheid is alive and well in Australia

In the late 1960s, I was given an usual assignment by the London Daily Mirror's editor in chief, Hugh Cudlipp. I was to return to my homeland, Australia, and "discover what lies behind the sunny face", writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Nuclear scare stories are a gift to the truly lethal coal industry

Coal is a much nastier power source than the one we have chosen to fear in a deadly form of displacement activity, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

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]

The Historical Backdrop to the Third Economic Bomb: A Brief Guide to Early Chinese History - The Land and the People and the “First Emperor”

George Tait Edwards MBE, explains China's recent economic success by examining its ancient history through the first of a series of articles... [read more]

Who is listening to the Syrian people?

Throughout the whole Syria crisis, one thing which has been striking, is the clear absence among British political circles, to actually listen to the points being raised by the Syrian people... [read more]

Iraq: The Beats and the Bedouins

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, day to day accounts of what was taking place did not come from left or right wing journalists but from ordinary Iraqi writers, who gave outsiders a unique insight into events... [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]

Marx and the Muslim Brothers

How should one respond to the claim that Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are "Marx's contemporary successors"?... [read more]

The Failure of Innovation in the Anglo-Saxon Economies

George Tait Edwards examines the role of innovation in economic development... [read more]

The Public Debt of Japan and China – Funded by Investment Credit Creation or by Foreign Borrowing?

Economist George Tait Edwards puts paid to rumours of impending financial crises in Japan and China... [read more]

How we are gentrified, impoverished and silenced – if we allow it

Momentous change almost always begins with the courage of people taking back their own lives against the odds, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

The race to the bottom of the political barrel continues as claimants head for food banks

Felix McHugh describes how Tory policy is rolling back the clock to the Victorian era... [read more]

The Palestinian Right to Education

Dr Faysal Mikdadi explains how education is the key to Palestinian liberation and democracy... [read more]

Bulgarian Democracy: In A Delicate State

David Eade revisits Bulgaria a month after the elections that brought the Bulgarian Socialist Party to power.... [read more]

On summer solstice, my £100 bet against solar power ends - who won?

Solar may be popular but environmentalists must be hard-headed about how to reduce CO2 in the cheapest way, writes George Moniot.... [read more]

There is a war on ordinary people and feminists are needed at the front

The problem with media-run "conversations" on gender is not merely the almost total absence of male participants, but the suppression of class, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Socialism and Christianity

David Benbow compares the tenets of Christianity with Socialist theory... [read more]

Materialism and Empiro-criticism (Part 9)

Thomas Riggins discusses Lenin's take on the views of two materialist philosophers, Feuerbach and Dietzgen... [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]

Shimomuran Economics: The No-Debt Investment Credit Creation Path to More Rapid Economic Growth

George Tait Edwards MBE makes the case for the urgent implementation of Keynesian economics to stimulate growth, based on the economic model's previous success in the US, China and Japan... [read more]

A review of Anita's revolution

Linda Rogers reviews a novel by Shirley Langer, friend of Cuba and witness to the early years of the revolution... [read more]

Venezuelan elections

John Green provides an analysis of and background to today's election in Venezuela... [read more]

Paulo di Canio

David Lindsay asks why didn't they say anything about Paolo Di Canio at Swindon... [read more]

Peter Tatchell - Margaret Thatcher: Extraordinary but heartless

Former British Prime Minister's fee market policies paved the way for current economic crisis and she legislated the UK’s first new anti-gay law in over 100 years: Section 28, writes Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation.... [read more]

Unchangeable Constitution?

I find it incredible that ordinary US citizens believe that they have the right to keep and bear arms in this day and age writes Susan Walpole... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism

Part 2 of Thomas Riggins' analysis of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

Iraq Ten Years On: What You Don’t Hear!

10 years on from the invasion of Iraq, Hussein Al-Alak examines the long term psychological effects of the occupation... [read more]

Wolf killings are based on the most cynical of premises

Governments in Russia, Canada and Scandinavia claim they need to protect lesser species and habitats – while continuing their smash and grab raid on natural resources, writes George Monbiot. ... [read more]

One Nation- Ed's Third Way

David Eade reports on Ed Milliband's speech at the Fabian Society conference today... [read more]

"Leave. Go to Brixton- you'll make it there"

I am a Palestinian British Muslim. I take great pride in my dual heritage. There shouldn't be a price to pay for this duality, but there is. I have paid it always reluctantly, occasionally resentfully and once or twice bitterly, writes Faisal Mikdadi... [read more]

Teachers' Low Morale

For the first time in my life, if a youngster were to ask me if s/he should become a teacher, I would find myself feeling intensely uncomfortable repeating the old mantra about teaching being an honourable profession, a caring profession says Elizabeth Ellis... [read more]

The day my inner anarchist lost out to the bourgeois me

A winter's day, some years back: a fall on the ice landed George Monbiot in A&E – and that's when he met the man with tattoos on his neck and knuckles.... [read more]

Out of it

John Green reviews Palestinian author Selma Dabbagh's debut novel... [read more]

We Arabs know very little about democracy and understand even less

This is not a self hating statement made in frustration. It is simply the truth. The Arab World has never ever enjoyed a democracy as we understand it today in the Western World or as it was understood at the height of Athenian democratic rule, Dr Faisal Mikdadi says... [read more]

Palestine’s New Status: A History Rerun or a New Palestinian Strategy

Palestine has become a “non-member state” at the United Nations as of Thursday November 29, 2012.The draft of the UN resolution beckoning what many perceive as a historic moment passed with an overwhelming majority of General Assembly members: 138 votes in favour, nine against and 41 abstentions, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

El Marrufo starts to give up its Spanish Civil War dead

The Spanish Civil War will always hold a special place in the hearts of those on the left of politics. In Spain the memories are still raw, nowhere more so than amongst the thousands of families who lost relatives, assassinated by Franco’s forces... [read more]

A Different War in Gaza, and the War Ahead

Ramzy Baroud writes, in life, some phenomena cannot be explained by ordinary logic or technical language, let alone official discourses. How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigour in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war in 2008-9?... [read more]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 2)

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 2)... [read more]

The Martian

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

Mas means less

LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, provides a breakdown of the Catalan elections and discusses the implications the election results have for the issue of Catalan independence... [read more]

The political trial of a caring man and the end of justice in America

The political trial and 22-year sentence of Dr Rafil Dhafir, an Iraqi-born doctor and humanitarian, makes a mockery of the notion that all are equal in the eyes of US law, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Recipes for Disaster

George Monbiot asked whether it is about time the media stopped publishing recipes for threatened fish?... [read more]

Ash Cloud

There was a time when conservatism meant what the word suggests. It was an attempt to keep things as they are: to arrest economic and social change, to defend the position of the dominant class. Today conservatism has become a nihilistic festival of destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Majority of Israelis and Palestinians Want Peace

Susan Walpole discusses how the majority of Jews and Muslims wish to live in peace... [read more]

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

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

Turkey’s Policies at a Crossroads: From Zero-Problems to a Heap of Trouble

It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the ‘Zero Problems with Neighbours’ notion, once the foreign policy centrepiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), is all but a romantic notion of no use in realpolitik, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Eric Hobsbawm: A Tribute from the Socialist History Society

On behalf of the Socialist History Society, David Morgan pays tribute to its Honorary President Eric Hobsbawm who passed away on the 1 October at the age of 95.... [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]

Nice little earner

When it comes to dishonesty it may be that social security tribunals have more knowledge of the subject than one would expect, says Felix McHugh.... [read more]

The Mind Thieves

The evidence linking Alzheimer’s disease to the food industry is strong and is growing, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Unionbook: a Bastion of Online Activism

Rhys Harrison talks about Unionbook, the progressive activist's answer to Facebook and Twitter... [read more]

Melinda Taylor: The Spy That Got Away?

On the 7th of June 2012, Melinda Taylor and three other ICC delegates were arrested in the city of Zintan in Libya by Zintani militia. How should the Australian media handle the story? Finn Bowen takes a look.... [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]

Not just a pretty Face(Book)

Google has a rival. Mirage discusses the rise of the social media application Facebook as it lays down the gauntlet... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Needs editing pre publication... [read more]

Hooked On Treachery

Edward Bernays is known as the father of modern advertising/propaganda. Colin Todhunter emphasises and how we must and indeed can break free of the addictions and fears being promoted daily.... [read more]

Pussy Riot- the voice of the band members

In an exclusive, the LPJ has been provided with statements from each member of the Russian Band ’Pussy Riot’ prior to their sentencing ... [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]

Dance With the One Who Brung You

Protecting the environment, like protecting the welfare of a nation’s poorest and weakest people, requires a sweeping reform of political funding, on both sides of the Atlantic, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Blair, Olympic deals and the glimpse of another Britain

John Pilger reports on two letters that illuminate two very different Britains, and on how the London Olympics is being used to rehabilitate Tony Blair, the invader of Iraq.... [read more]

Anomie

Enclosure and dispossession have driven us, like John Clare, all a little mad, says 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]

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]

Anniversary of Gaza Blockade: A State of Siege, and Normalcy

Condemning Israeli rights violations in Palestine by leading human rights and humanitarian organizations is nothing new. Unfortunately, such calls are rarely followed by any organized political campaigns, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Longing to Reign Over Us

As is my wont, I found plenty to occupy me over the extended half-week holiday and never felt sufficiently at a loose end to find myself tuning in to any of the blowsy and noisy shenanigans somebody thought might be welcome to Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 60th anniversary of her accession, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

The War on Palestinian Soccer: Free Mahmoud Sarsak

On 3 June, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 80 days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

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]

'Curious anatomys': an extraordinary story of dissection and discovery

Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a rare exhibition of 17th century anatomical dissections publically displayed for the first time... [read more]

Who are the benefit thieves?

Lord Freud, Welfare Reform Minister, recently said: "We always push for the strongest possible punishment for benefit thieves who are stealing money from the people who need it the most".If David Freud did not exist it would be necessary for a left-wing writer to invent him, writes Felix McHugh.... [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]

Looking in the mirror, living in denial: The Arundhati effect

Colin Todhunter reveals the motives behind those launching personal attacks on Booker prize winning novelist, activist and social commentator, Arundhati Roy ... [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]

Easter Rising 1916

John Wight provides the historical background to the Easter Rising of 1916 that paved the way for Irish independence... [read more]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Nathan Englander

Emmeline Ravilious reviews Nathan Englander's latest book... [read more]

Hollande: in bed with the voters

In the first of a series of articles on the forthcoming French Presidential elections, David Eade evaluates Francois Hollande - the Parti Socialiste candidate who may well be the next French President... [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]

Why Israel Attacked Gaza: Bibi Stirring Trouble

The first Israel missile sped down to its target, scorching the Gaza earth and everything in between. Palestinians collected the body parts of two new martyrs, while Israeli media celebrated the demise of two terrorists, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Back to Basics in Palestine: Redefining Our Relationship to a People’s Struggle

Palestinians are governed by laws without internationally recognizable legal frame of reference, a situation that allows Israel to justify the detention of Gaza patients seeking medical treatment outside their besieged area, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Nice work indeed

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

The Light That Cracks The Darkness

The people of Spain are actively resisting the effects of austerity. As Bryan G Taylor explains, no amount of 'Reforma Laboral' will stave off call for a revolutionary change... [read more]

Israel Vying for War: Attacking Iran Will Not Repeat History

One would think that the years between 1991 – the first war on Iraq - and 2003 would have been enough to convince US-led Western allies that economically besieged, politically isolated and war torn Iraq had no capacity for producing WMDs, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The world war on democracy

From the Chagos islands to Libya, a ruthless system has been at work, often resorting to violence whilst trying to maintain the illusion of democracy... [read more]

The Great Pay Robbery

Here’s why the government’s proposals on executive pay won’t work – and why we need a maximum wage, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Why I’m Right and Everyone Else is Wrong

Emmeline Ravilious reviews Tom Harris - Why I'm Right and Everyone Else is Wrong, a collection of the MP's blogs and more... [read more]

Protest Movement or tourist attraction?

David Eade contrasts the Occupy movement in the UK with the 15-M movement in Spain... [read more]

Damned Scroungers

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book challenging one of the last remaining forms of prejudice deemed ‘socially acceptable’ in modern Britain. (This book is now free to download from this review.)... [read more]

The Stolen War

Uri Avnery shows how Hamas' decision to make peace with Israel scuppers plans for war... [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]

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]

A Ghost Story Retailed

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 one... [read more]

Book review: America and the Imperialism of Ignorance: US foreign policy since 1945

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book that charts the development of America's foreign policy throughout the course of the Cold War and beyond... [read more]

Christopher Hitchens - an obit and opinion

Amid the avalanche of articles and obituaries written in tribute to Christopher Hitchens in the wake of his recent passing, we have been reacquainted with the essential condition of western liberalism - moral depravity, says John Wight. ... [read more]

False Evidence Appearing Real

There is profit to be made in keeping the public fearful, Bryan G Taylor explains... [read more]

Legoviews ~ Goodbye yellow brick road!

In the first of her interviews using the novel 'Lego Serious Play' method, Patrizia Bertini speaks to one of the occupiers at the OccupyLSX camp.... [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]

Hateful stories & hate crimes

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

Slash and Burn Capitalism

Now the government intends to strip away protection from our most treasured places, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Bankers' Coups D'etat in Southern Europe

Steven Colatrella unveils that the very tenets of democracy in Europe are under threat as finance capital launches the first of its coups d'etat in Greece and Italy.... [read more]

The higher you build your barriers, the taller I become...

Jean Claude Van Itallie shows how a recent crackdown on Occupy protesters in the US will only bring more people out into the streets, as the 99% realise they have the power. ... [read more]

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]

What might make Christopher Hitchens change his mind about 1492?

On the anniversary of ‘Columbus day’ David Hill questions journalist Christopher Hitchens\' admiration of the year 1492... [read more]

Book review: Venceremos

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews Howard Waxman\'s first novel- a political thriller called Venceremos... [read more]

Blog: Lies Lies Lies

outRageous! - Lies about the recent gunplay in Kabul and the stuff no one wants you to know.... [read more]

Hail to the true victors of Rupert's revolution

John Pilger asks 'Cui bono' in relation to the conflict in Libya ... [read more]

Out of the Ashes

Now is the time to start planning for a new economy, not dependent on growth. ... [read more]

Innocent(ish) Until Proven Guilty

The British media have disregarded a key tenet of our democracy, endangering the safety of a woman who may be completely innocent. ... [read more]

Welcome to Gaza: Revolution and Change at the Rafah Border

Ramzy Baroud on how the new Egyptian government is signifying a welcome change to the border with Gaza.... [read more]

Stating the Obvious: WikiLeaks Indicts and Vindicates US Diplomats

The Wikileaks disclosures have smashed the US government's edifice of rhetoric and lies about Iraq, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

Towering Lunacy

Green enthusiasm for vertical farms shows that no one is untouched by magical thinking, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Cordoba House: House of Terrorism or Peace?

Omar Zaki on the so-called 'Ground Zero Mosque' and why it should be allowed to go ahead.... [read more]

A Clash of Fundamentalisms

In the third article in his series, 'Contextualising the Threat of Islam', Richard Greeman compares Islamic Fundamentalism with the U.S. regime's own brand on fundamentalist politics.... [read more]

An Interview with Yvonne Ridley

Tomasz Pierscionek talks to award winning journalist Yvonne Ridley about her capture by the Taliban in 2001 and subsequent conversion to Islam, as well as her views on the recent rise in Islamophobia and political opposition towards the veil... [read more]

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

The second part of Tomasz Pierscionek's discussion with prominent anti-privatisation campaigner John Lister.... [read more]

Beyond Violence and Non-Violence: Resistance as a Culture

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

The ‘Last Ever’ Issue

Our site is changing from its current weekly format to a more conventional blog-like design. London Progressive Journal’s webmaster explains what will change and why.... [read more]

Day of the Jackals: Eyewitness from the G20 Protests

In the wake of a violent police crackdown in Toronto, Daniel Serge reports on the protests at the recent G20 summit. ... [read more]

Hallelujah, the World is Against Us!

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

‘The Internet is a Game Changer’

With news coverage gradually moving towards a 'paperless world' in the internet age, Ramzy Baroud considers the implications for political journalism.... [read more]

Book Publishers Should Embrace the Digital Age

Publishing can - and should - adapt to the changing technological landscape, writes John Oakes. ... [read more]

“Hold Me Back!”

The idea that Iran would risk certain annihilation by attacking Israel is ludicrous, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Chavez Inaugurates Internet Centre to Facilitate Popular Power in Venezuela

Tamara Pearson reports on a Venezuelan government initiative to improve public access to the World Wide Web in Venezuela.... [read more]

Book of the Month: Fenner Brockway's 'Inside the Left'

John Green reviews Fenner Brockway's autobiographical account of a long and dedicated political career.... [read more]

‘Islamism’ in the Western Imagination

Richard Greeman kicks off his 16-part series, 'Contextualising the Threat of Radical Islam', by taking a critical look at the Western media's appropriation of World War Two terminology to legitimise the 'War on Terror'. ... [read more]

Book of the Month: 'The Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver

John Green recommends this witty and evocative political novel set in 1930s Mexico.... [read more]

Retrospective: Interview with Howard Zinn

The radical historian and activist Howard Zinn died this week, aged 87. In 2008, he gave this interview with London Progressive Journal's Daniel Pye.... [read more]

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

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

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]

Requiem for a Crowded Planet

George Monbiot's analysis of the failure of the climate talks.... [read more]

Chavez Calls for Systemic Change to Save Planet

Hugo Chavez has accused the world's powerful countries of lacking the political will to take serious action on climate change, as Kiraz Janicke reports.... [read more]

The Nightmare in Afghanistan Worsens

Following the 100th British death of 2009 in Afghanistan, Steve Jones argues that the unwinnable war in Afghanistan can never deliver social and economic progress to the Afghan people.... [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]

The End of Certainty

Stephen Chan, Professor of International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, talks about the adventures that inspired his new book, 'The End of Certainty'.... [read more]

Chavez Calls for International Organisation of Left Parties

Kiraz Janicke on the Venezuelan president's call for a 'Fifth International' of left parties.... [read more]

In Mourning for the Victims of War

Remembrance Day events should be a commemoration of the dead on both sides, not just our own, writes Symon Hill.... [read more]

A Paradigm Shift in Singapore: Yet Apec Offers No Clear Answers

Ramzy Baroud on the high-profile international summit held in Singapore this week.... [read more]

Globalization Unchecked: How Alien Media is Suffocating Culture

Ramzy Baroud considers the cultural impact of global economic integration in 'third world' societies. ... [read more]

Champions of the Overdog

Local papers are vanishing. George Monbiot asks: Does it matter? ... [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]

No Emergency Summits for Arab Human Development Crisis

Ramzy Baroud calls on Arab governments to do more to provide for their peoples' basic educational needs.... [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]

Drones and Democracy in Afghanistan

As Afghanistan goes to the polls amid a flurry of rhetoric about democratising the Middle East, Ramzy Baroud considers the democratic credentials of a US-led military campaign characterised by large-scale bombings and summary executions.... [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]

The Johnny Procedure

Uri Avnery on the conspiracy of silence which protects Israeli war criminals.... [read more]

No Matter Who Runs the Islamic Republic of Iran, They Would Stone Me to Death

Lila Ghobady outlines why Iran's 'reformist' candidate does not represent a real alternative to the repressiveness of the incumbent regime.... [read more]

Book of the Month: 'The Frock-Coated Communist' by Tristram Hunt

Nathaniel Mehr recommends Tristram Hunt's engaging - if somewhat frustrating - biography of Freidrich Engels.... [read more]

Forget the Headlines - Iraqi Freedom Deferred

After over five years of carnage, Ramzy Baroud pours scorn on US claims to have 'liberated' Iraq.... [read more]

Britain's Secret War in Colombia

As workers and trade unionists continue to be attacked by the Colombian state, Daniel Read looks at the involvement of Britain in assisting in this murderous process. ... [read more]

Should There Be a European Criminal Record?

Alexa Van Sickle examines the implications of a controversial new European Union initiative.... [read more]

Danger! Police at Work

Daniel Read examines allegations that London's police used under-cover agents to provoke violence at last month's G20 protests.... [read more]

War Without Context: Fatah, Hamas and Flawed Language

Ramzy Baroud on the sinister manipulation of language which characterises the mainstream discourse on the Israel-Palestine issue.... [read more]

Is the New Statesman Committing Suicide?

Examining a particularly unfortunate case of appalling journalism, Nathaniel Mehr wonders whether mainstream publications are complacent or just grossly out of touch.... [read more]

Who's the Boss?

After a tumultuous few weeks in Israeli politics, Uri Avnery examines the worrying rhetoric emanating from the new administration.... [read more]

G20 Riot Police Kill Bystander

In the wake of the unprovoked - and ultimately fatal - attack on bystander Ian Tomlinson at last week's G20, Daniel Read calls for an end to police brutality and the culture of police cover-ups. ... [read more]

In the Name of Iraq? Luton Protesters Are Out of Touch

Hussein Al-Alak reflects on the recent tabloid furore over an ill-conceived miniature anti-war protest led by Muslim extremists in the UK.... [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]

Day of Celebrations across Venezuela for Revolution’s 10th Anniversary

Tamara Pearson on the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Hugo Chavez's presidency. ... [read more]

Enter the Matrix...

Examining mainstream media coverage of recent international conflicts, Tomasz Pierscionek argues that the nearly all-encompassing false reality of the Hollywood sci-fi classic "The Matrix" is merely an example of art immitating life.... [read more]

Is Israel Winning the 'Media War' over Gaza?

In the week that the death toll from Israel's vicious onslaught passed the 1,000 mark, Ramzy Baroud looks back on a clinical campaign of distortion and misinformation by the Western mainstream media.... [read more]

Bush's Last Bullet: Why the US Attacked Syria

In the aftermath of the appalling US raid on Syria, Ramzy Baroud examines the familiar double-standard in the mainstream discourse on what constitutes unacceptable policy and aggression.... [read more]

Venezuelan Government Hopes for New Era of Peace and Respect with Obama

James Suggett on the Venezuelan government's positive response to the election of Barack Obama to the US presidency.... [read more]

The Triumph of Ignorance: Why Morons Succeed in US politics

An exasperated George Monbiot tries to account for the pervasiveness of vacuous, ill-informed garbage in the discourse of US electoral politics.... [read more]

Remembering Professor Kulthum Odeh (1892 -1965)

Reviewing the life of Kulthum Odeh, the first woman in the Arab world to hold a professorship, Iqbal Tamimi considers the all-pervading ignorance about Palestine.... [read more]

Millions Spent on Hirst's Vacuous Artworks Reflect The Decadence of 21st Century Capitalism

Laura Hayhurst-France on the artistic and moral decline implicit in the immense commercial success of the artist/businessman Damian Hirst.... [read more]

The Patron Saint of Charlatans

George Monbiot asks: How does Christopher Booker get away with it?... [read more]

Bail-out Blackmail

Mick Brooks on the truth behind the US government's bail-out of the financial sector.... [read more]

Brown Inches Closer to Ingsoc

Tom Bangay on why Brown's Britain is sleepwalking into a surveillance society.... [read more]

Where does Labour stand after Miliband?

The recent intervention by David Miliband and the resulting manoeuvrings reveals much about the febrile state within the Labour Party. Beyond the Blairite-Brownite soap opera, which goes on even after one of the protagonists leaves the stage - rather like Ernie Wise continuing to define himself after poor Eric passed away - this is an existential crisis for Labour.... [read more]

The Magic Pudding

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

The Russian Bear and Information War

Victor Petroff asks: Was the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia really the obvious battle of good vs. bad the media storm might have led us to think it was?... [read more]

Parliament Calls for End to UK Military Aid to Colombia

A new report asks serious questions about the UK's relationship with the Uribe regime in Colombia.... [read more]

Coal Scuttled

George Monbiot on why we should all support this week's Climate Camp demonstration.... [read more]

Far Right Emerging in Austria - Again

Austria’s governing coalition has collapsed - will this lead to the rise of the far-right Freedom Party?... [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]

Obama Moves Quickly to Court Israel Lobby

Barack Obama's recent comments on his Israel-Palestine policy suggest real "change" is definitely not on his Middle East agenda.... [read more]

Justice Undone

George Monbiot reflects on his bold attempt to effect a citizen's arrest of John Bolton.... [read more]

Cultural Values and the “Amstetten case”: what the International and Austrian Media are Saying About Josef Fritzl

Alexa Van Sickle dissects the response of national and international media to the Josef Fritzl scandal.... [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]

Interview: Howard Zinn talks to London Progressive Journal

Daniel Pye speaks to the legendary American historian and peace activist Howard Zinn.... [read more]

Will Colombia's Democratic Left Seize the Initiative from Uribe and the FARC?

Samuele Mazzolini calls on both sides in the FARC-Uribe stand-off to make concessions in the name of democracy.... [read more]

Veiled Sentiments: Does The Burka Stand Up In Court?

A courtroom ban on burkas is not racist - just practical.... [read more]

An Exchange of Souls

As government documents show, Sir Nicholas Stern accidentally launched a trade in human lives.... [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]