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The Banks, Fragile Giants

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

A journey into the vice-ridden world of banking

The primary objective of the world’s leaders is to avoid another banking and financial crash that could be worse than the one in September 2008... [read more]

BP’s Dumb Investors

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

Banks bluff in a completely legal way

Part 8 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks Versus The People: The Underside Of A Rigged Game!... [read more]

What is to be Done with the Banks? Radical Proposals for Radical Changes

Immediate measures for moving towards socialisation of the banking sector... [read more]

GMOs: dogma instead of science

There are clear signs that the producers of GMOs and the regulators are suffering from a siege mentality... [read more]

The ECB’s Noose Around Greece

Remember when Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks?... [read more]

Why climate ‘uncertainty’ is no excuse for doing nothing

Former environment minister Owen Paterson has called for the UK to scrap its climate change targets... [read more]

Monsanto, Syngenta, Pioner et al: With Friends in High Places, the GMO Biotech Sector is Kicking Open the Door to Europe

The proposal to hand back some decision powers to member states of the European Union regarding GMO approvals is currently being discussed, writes Colin Todhunter... [read more]

Banks: Fudged health report

The final part of the series by Eric Toussaint - Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game!... [read more]

Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 1)

Eric Toussaint looks at 2007-2012: Six years that shook the banking world... [read more]

The Working Class Must Not be Left to Pay for Wall Street Mess

Socialist Appeal's Walter Leon on the far-reaching implications of the financial crisis. ... [read more]

Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador

Global developments in finance and geopolitics are prompting a rethinking of the structure of banking and of the nature of money itself... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 7 of 9)

The Re-Establishment of British Banks Along Four Main Functional Lines... [read more]

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken... [read more]

Banks and the New “Too Big to Jail” Doctrine

Part 1 of the series 'Banks and the new “too big to jail” doctrine' by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

Elections in Norway

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

A Word in Your Shell-like

In his latest article, resident philosopher Stephen Gilbert bemoans the lack of confidence in our society.... [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]

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]

How to Pay for It All: An Option the Candidates Missed

The Democratic Party has clearly swung to the progressive left, with candidates in the first round of presidential debates coming up with one program after another to help the poor, the disadvantaged and the struggling middle class... [read more]

What is Learning

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

5G and Trump’s Tweets - Ignorance, Greed, or Insanity?

“The 5G Rollout is Absolutely Insane.” Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University.... [read more]

Fracking Filthy Fuel

Hydraulic fracking is the process of releasing gas and oil from shale rock: huge quantities of water, proppant (usually sand ) and chemicals are injected at high-pressure into hydrocarbon-bearing rocks... [read more]

Blackstone, BlackRock or a Public Bank? Putting California’s Funds to Work

California has over $700 billion parked in private banks earning minimal interest, private equity funds that contributed to the affordable housing crisis, or shadow banks of the sort that caused the banking collapse of 2008.... [read more]

A Writer's Place

It was a masterpiece of evasion. He was asked, as other writers were, to comment on the needs of publishers to seek out work of merit that might not be commercially viable... [read more]

How Uncle Sam Launders Marijuana Money

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

WMD in Syria just like Iraq in 2003? Contradictions in the UN/OPCW Report on Khan Shaykhun

In early 2003 it was claimed that Iraq was a threat to other countries. Today we have something similarly ridiculous and dangerous. Supposedly the Syrian government decided to use a banned chemical weapon which they gave up in 2013-2014... [read more]

Regulation Is Killing Community Banks – Public Banks Can Revive Them

Crushing regulations are driving small banks to sell out to the megabanks, a consolidation process that appears to be intentional. Publicly-owned banks can help avoid that trend and keep credit flowing in local economies.... [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]

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 Only Way Is Ethics: A Crash Course in Six Parts

Part Four: Who's That Skulking In The Lobby?... [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]

Can Jill Carry Bernie’s Baton?

Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential candidate... [read more]

Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?

Despite North Dakota's collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. This article looks at what California, with fifty times North Dakota's population, could do following that state's lead... [read more]

Clean eating versus industry

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

The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless

Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends... [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]

The Left Case For Brexit

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister, Bryan Gould, puts forward the left wing case for Brexit... [read more]

Clean Eating Logic

The logic behind clean eating is simple... [read more]

Health and Humanity

I would humbly suggest to the readership that we should, instead, start 2016 off with some ‘navel gazing... [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]

Bombing Yemen, Munitions Sales to Saudi Arabia - Britain’s “Robust Arms Export Control Regime.”

Since March this year, bombing raids and a blockade of ports imposed by the Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Gulf states have crippled much of Yemen... [read more]

Islam's Trojan Horse

Over the last two years, there has been a worrying increase is Islamophobia... [read more]

“Guerrilla Warfare” Against the EU-ECB-IMF Economic Hegemony: The Challenge and Promise of Greece. The Nationalization of the Banking System

Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees... [read more]

A Gerrymandered Election and A Flawed Mandate

To the great puzzlement and consternation of pundits and pollsters, the British general election produced what seems a great democratic victory for the Conservative party... [read more]

Derailing Amtrak

Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis... [read more]

Absolutely Bloody Bonkers!

At a Badger Trust seminar a few days later a great debate took place between both pro and anti-cull experts... [read more]

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?

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

The Impunity Enjoyed by the Banks must Stop

The final part of the series by Eric Toussaint - The Banks and the “Too Big to Jail” Doctrine... [read more]

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

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

To pay or not to pay?

Joseph Stiglitz shows that a suspension of debt repayments can be beneficial for a country and its people... [read more]

The Big Banks Organise Massive Tax Evasion on an International Scale

Part 7 of Eric Toussaint's series 'The banks and the “Too Big to Jail” doctrine'... [read more]

Where trade agreements are a risk to sovereignty

A nation's sovereign right to determine matters within its borders is put at risk where its government signs a trade agreement which includes a dispute resolution clause known as an Investor State Dispute Settlement ('ISDS') clause... [read more]

Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age

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

Big banks’ tampering with interest rates

Part 5 in the series by Eric Toussaint - The banks and the “too big to jail” doctrine... [read more]

The G20 Leaders Communique′

Mark Horner critically reviews four major themes of the G20 Leaders Communique... [read more]

Deaths in detention: Defence of Human Rights group in Pakistan on a “high- risk” mission to Swat

Many innocent people have become victims of the state in Pakistan as successive governments assisted the US with its War on Terror operations after 9/11... [read more]

The British Labour Party, The Northern Ireland Labour Party And The Scottish Referendum

Dr Chaminda Weerawardhana explains how the Scottish referendum exposes Labour’s inconsistencies on UK regions... [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]

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Sound Science and the GMO Biotech Sector's Version of Science

Coming from the GMO biotech industry, or its political mouthpieces, the term “sound science” rings extremely hollow... [read more]

Israel: International Anger Mounts

“The situation involving Palestine 
and Israel is an undeclared war, in which the aggressor, Israel, has 
destroyed the Palestinian economy, robbed people of their land, 
unilaterally changed borders, and unilaterally built a wall of exclusion 
to keep Palestinians out of their land... [read more]

Update On Shimomuran Economics: The Day May Come

Western governments and their advisors can no longer continue to ignore the work of the master economist Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) who provided the insights which have produced the high growth of the China Sea economic zone... [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]

Capitulating To Monsanto And Wall Street: What Future India?

The Indian Oil and Environment minister has added fuel to the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by approving field trials of 200 GM food crops on behalf of companies like Monsanto... [read more]

The People's Assembly- Building an Alternative

The People’s Assembly has the potential to become the successor to the popular fronts of the 1930s in uniting the broad left writes Dr Thabo Miller... [read more]

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

I have three challenges for the architects of a proposed transatlantic trade deal. If they reject them, they reject democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

God Bless Putin

Binyamin Netanyahu is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump up and applaud wildly at everything he says, including that tomorrow the sun will rise in the west... [read more]

Three Women

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

An economy ruled by the mob

It is not easy for any of us to get our heads around the complexities of modern economics. Many capitalists themselves and certainly most politicians no longer understand how the system really works... [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]

Rajoy Versus Europe's Socialists Over Repressive Abortion Law

Spain’s right wing Partido Popular leader and Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has achieved a notable feat. He has managed to have all the socialist parties in Europe declare war on his government.... [read more]

Artists and the Law: Exploring A Jurisprudence Of New Capabilities

When I first heard the suggestion that the judiciary and greater Parliamentary oversight could redress the reckless use of new capabilities by Britain's security service GCHQ, an image flashed into my mind of a 1903 painting by Australian impressionist Tom Roberts - known locally as The Big Picture... [read more]

Forget Conspiracy Theories, The Truth Is Often More Shocking

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek shows how truth can be stranger and more shocking than fiction... [read more]

Why is Apple so shifty about how it makes the iPhone?

The paragon of modern tech risks losing its shine by dodging queries about Indonesia, and an orgy of unregulated tin mining, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

CCS sidelined by tenuous financing

Energy Consultant, Jeffrey Michel, discusses the problems with using CCS technology to reduce global warming... [read more]

Universal Credit: UC what U want 2C

The Major Projects Authority has serious doubts about the prospects for Iain Duncan Smith’s pet project, the Universal Credit, says Felix McHugh... [read more]

The Counter-Enlightenment

What happens to people when they become government science advisers? Are their children taken hostage? Is a dossier of compromising photographs kept, ready to send to the Sun if they step out of line? George Monbiot writes.... [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]

Netanyahu’s High-stakes Game in Gaza: Same Time, Same Place

Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested some, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Empty Promise

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

IMT sympathiser shot in Swat - Barbarism must not prevail!

Earlier this week, Malala Yousafzai was brutally shot by gunmen as she was returning home from school. Masked assassins stepped onto a bus filled with terrified children, identified her, and shot her at point blank range in the head and neck.... [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]

Democracy and Slaughter in Burma: Gold Rush Overrides Human Rights

The widespread killings of Rohingya Muslims in Burma – or Myanmar - have received only passing and dispassionate coverage in most media. What they actually warrant is widespread outrage, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Global Economic Crisis and ‘Possible Futures’

David Lane reviews a collection of three volumes compiled by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian chronicling the origins and aftermath of the global financial crisis... [read more]

A Putsch Against War

Uri Avnery reveals that in Israel senior military officers and intelligence chiefs are speaking out against President Binyamin Netanyahu's calls for war with Iran. However, Netanyahu ignores their warnings and carries on regardless... [read more]

A Monstrous Proposal

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

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]

Unmanned Drones- the future of warfare?

The London Progressive Journal gives its take on current events in our editorial column... [read more]

The Politics of the Psyche

BBC 4’s Saturday night primetime slot is cornering the market in excellent European drama but we don’t need Denmark to point out how impotent we feel. However idealistic were its ancient Roman origins, the UK’s version of representative democracy has become as distorted as a burning pillar of wax, says outRageous!... [read more]

Lies, Damned Lies and Opinion Polls

Stephen Gilbert challenges the so called 'accuracy' of ICM opinion polls and shows how Labour continues to miss classic opportunities to rebut Conservative policy. ... [read more]

Is Ed making a balls of it?

David Eade reflects on Ed Balls' recent speech at a Fabian Society conference and asks whether the Shadow Chancellor is more of a hinderence than a help to his own party... [read more]

An outRageous! essay on The Arts, Education and The People.

This rant is aimed at your crassness, Cameron. It goes to the heart of what is art, and why it's so important in preparing people for democracy, says outRageous!... [read more]

The Corporate Welfare State

Despite the crisis, it’s still socialism for the 1 per cent, capitalism for the rest.... [read more]

Gaza Boats Seized, but ‘Freedom Waves’ Will Continue

Despite the Israeli government’s continued aggression towards humanitarian aid ships sailing to Gaza, Ramzy Baroud shows how the aid flotillas show no sign of giving in to intimidation. ... [read more]

Interview: Behind the Lines

Hussein Al-Alak speaks with a Jordanian based activist involved in helping Iraqi refugees who have fled to Jordan.... [read more]

UK riots: Missing the bigger picture

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

Mervyn King Comes to Town

Rob Sewell considers the significance of Mervyn King's address to the TUC in Manchester.... [read more]

The Real Cost of the Banking Crisis

Mick Brooks reviews the Bank of England's assessment of the banking crisis.... [read more]

Bye Bye, Dubai?

Mick Brooks looks at the unfolding crisis in Dubai, and its potential implications for the world economy. ... [read more]

Genetic Modification: A Pandora's Box

Tomasz Pierscionek dissects the arguments on both sides of the GM controversy.... [read more]

Cops Must Face Law

Liz Davies says some pressing questions need to be answered about the way in which London's police conducted themselves during the G20 protests.... [read more]

An Important but Risky Victory for Venezuela and for Socialism

Gregory Wilpert assesses the implications of Hugo Chávez's referendum victory.... [read more]

World Capitalism Looks Into the Abyss

Socialist Appeal's Terry McPartlan on how the present economic crisis could enhance class consciousnous and provide the impetus for far-reaching social change.... [read more]

Top Economic Strategist Warns of ‘Catastrophe and Revolution’

Rob Sewell on how the financial press is interpreting the economic crisis.... [read more]

Cyclone Nargis: Exposing Forgotten Truths About the Burmese junta

Illegitimate, out of touch and increasingly isolated, the Burmese junta may struggle to regain its former prominence in the aftermath of Cyclone Nagis. ... [read more]

The Great Consolidation

George Monbiot on New Labour's ongoing attack on the NHS.... [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]