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Trumpism and the Working Class

Trumpism is not a uniquely American phenomena. It is the local variant of an ultra-right anti-establishment ideology that has a worldwide manifestation... [read more]

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

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

Greek Capitalism at a Critical Point

Greek capitalism continues to be the weak link of the Eurozone as it is still under the “intensive care” of the EU support mechanisms for the fourth consecutive year and is in recession for the sixth consecutive year... [read more]

State and Revolution (conclusion)

Thomas Riggins concludes his analysis of Lenin's work - State and Revolution... [read more]

The emergence of separatist movements in Pakistan

We have undergone two martial law regimes since the National Assembly adopted the 1973 Constitution. The 1973 Constitution failed to transform Pakistan into an economic success... [read more]

The myths about Marxism

The past two decades have witnessed a barrage of propaganda against Marxism and its revolutionary heritage from the mainstream media... [read more]

The Italian crisis and the wait for Godot

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

Bread and Circuses in a Digital Age

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

UK's Libel Laws: Still a Legal Minefield

Reform of the UK's libel laws could have an important impact on political debate, writes Demetrius Notice.... [read more]

Election 2010: Don’t Mention the Class War

'New' Labour is too close to big business to deliver the radical change the country needs, but it is by far the lesser of the two evils on offer, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

America’s Brexit: to fight Trump, fight Capitalism!

What once seemed unthinkable — akin to an episode of the Twilight Zone — has become a surreal reality... [read more]

Mutant Forms: The Problem of Cross-breeding in Pakistani Politics

The people of Pakistan are faced with three mountainous problems. They face the tyranny of feudalism, comprador capitalism and imperialist domination... [read more]

The history and modern role of political Islam

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

Telling the Players with a Scorecard

How politics is manifested as economics and economics as politics should concern us right now, argues Steven Colatrella.... [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]

Political Crisis Deepens in Britain

Rob Sewell picks apart the media furore over the MPs' expenses scandal which has rocked British politics over the past fortnight.... [read more]

Veiled Sentiments: Does The Burka Stand Up In Court?

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

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

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

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]

“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]

The Fourth of July and the right of revolution

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

The Iraqi and the American

A poem by Dr Tomasz Pierscionek... [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]

IMT Statement: Kobane threatened with massacre: Fight imperialism! Defend the Kurds!

The forces of ISIS are closing in on the besieged town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border... [read more]

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

The form of state prevalent in the developed capitalist world at the time of the Commune was a state that functioned to support the bourgeoisie in its war against the working class... [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]

Waiting for Mangabe or Slavoj Zizek on Mandela's Socialist Failure

This is a reply to Slavoj Zizek's article "Mandela's Socialist Failure" published online in The Stone (a New York Times maintained philosophy blog) on December 6, 2013... [read more]

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

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

Malala's ordeal

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

Voting violations in an EU member state

Voting violations such as ballot rigging, vote buying and control are acts we associate with the shadier, non democratic nations of the world. However such practices are alive and well right here in the EU, writes David Eade.... [read more]

New York City Stop and Frisk Police Harassment Found Unconstitutional

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

Book review: The Contradictions of Real Socialism

David Lane reviews The Contradictions of Real Socialism, a book by Michael A Lebowitz... [read more]

Defend victimised students! Defend education!

The victimisation of a Cambridge University student has caused anger and outrage amongst the wider student body. Thus far, 2800 Cambridge students have signed a petition condemning the University’s decision to suspend the individual concerned... [read more]

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer

The London Progressive Journal gives its take on current events in the latest fortnightly editorial... [read more]

The ruling class policy toward its soldiers - Use Once and Throw Away

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek describes the treatment of war veterans, from the Vietnam era to those returning from present day conflicts, and highlights the continual deceit war-mongering governments use to deceive the public. The real enemies are not foreign but domestic.... [read more]

Flexible Afghanistan War Objectives: And the Agony Grinds On

As the war in Afghanistan grinds on with no end in sight, Ramzy Baroud pours scorn on the various attempts to rationalise and justify this disastrous campaign.... [read more]

Trump and the Rise of Fascism in America

Mr Trump seems to be planning the annihilation of vast populations by unleashing a new reign of fascist barbarity.... [read more]

Thanking Obama or The best slaves are the ones who thank their masters

As President Obama takes his last lap around the governing field before turning it over to Donald Trump LLC, many liberals and some deluded "leftists" have taken to thanking him for his eight years of service to the 1%... [read more]

The Hungarian Revolution: 60 years on

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

The Day of the Rhinos

Position after position is taken over by the far-far right, which is ruling Israel now. Slowly. Very, very slowly.... [read more]

PSL statement on Jeremy Corbyn’s election as British Labour Party Leader

On becoming Leader, Corbyn also became Leader of the Opposition to the current Conservative government of David Cameron... [read more]

Divide et Impera

Binyamin Netanyahu is not known as a classical scholar, but even so he has adopted the Roman maxim Divide et Impera, divide and rule.... [read more]

Modern Ukraine RIP (Born 1991- Died 2014)

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

Ukrainian parliamentary elections: if you don’t have anything nice to say

The expression “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” is the best way to describe the reaction in the Western media to the results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine.... [read more]

HSBC: the bank with a shameful past and scandalous present

The fourth article in the series The banks and the “too big to jail” doctrine by Eric Toussaint... [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]

Farage's demagoguery obscures UKIP's reactionary nature

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek discusses how UKIP seek to plug an electoral void that ought to be filled by a Labour Party offering a socialist programme... [read more]

Captain Boycott Rides Again

It has always been a secret ambition of mine to have a Bagatz ruling bearing my name... [read more]

Lenin's State and Revolution: Chapter One Parts 2&3

Still basing himself on Engels' work, Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, Lenin points out that the State is the first form of society exclusively to base itself on a given territory... [read more]

State and Revolution: Chapter One: Class Society and the State

Thomas Riggins explains how, according to Lenin, the State is a product of the irreconcilability of class antagonisms ... [read more]

Lenin's State and Revolution Today- The Preface

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

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]

The middle classes: stripped of their halo by capitalism

The undermining of the middle classes, who are continually being pushed down into the working class, represents, at the same time, a weakening of the ruling class, who are finding it increasingly difficult to find a social basis for their programme - an international programme of austerity... [read more]

The Russian revolution – triumph or tragedy?

On Thursday 10th October the Marxist Student Federation hosted a fiery debate between Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, and Orlando Figes, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, on the topic of "The Russian Revolution: Triumph or Tragedy?"... [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]

Urgent calls for a General Election in Bulgaria

On Sunday 12 May Bulgaria will hold its general election. The outcome will not only be closely awaited by the people of that country but by fellow European Union States and organisations such as Transparency International, which has been monitoring corruption in Bulgaria for over a decade, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Lenin on "Left-Wing" Communism in Great Britain

As part of our series analysing Lenin's book "Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins looks at what Lenin had to say about the problems of ultra-leftism in Britain in 1920... [read more]

Is this the Sudanese summer?

Omar Zaki explores the recent protests taking place across Sudan and the implications for the government of President Omar Al-Bashir... [read more]

Militarism mixed with empty liberal rhetoric

Richard Becker dissects Obama's 2012 State of the Union address and shows that the 'CEO of the imperialist ruling class is carrying on with business as usual... [read more]

The Truth About the Situation in Libya

As Colonel Gaddafi’s regime enters its final days, Brian Becker looks at NATOs involvement in bolstering the rebel movement and the truth behind the so called campaign of ‘humanitarian intervention’ ... [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]

From Tiananmen Square to Tahrir Square

Steven Colatrella on the nature of uprisings against the state in the wake of revolution in Tunisia and Egypt.... [read more]

French Workers are on the Move

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

French Workers are on the Move

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

Mervyn King Comes to Town

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

Greece: Workers Take a Stand

Daniel Serge dispels a few myths about the recent unrest in Greece. ... [read more]

Fighting Corruption or Persecuting Political Opponents in Venezuela? A Response to the New York Times

James Suggett picks apart the New York Times' claims about alleged political persecution in Chavez's Venezuela.... [read more]

UK Libel Law Needs Reforming

Two high-profile cases in 2009 have highlighted the desperate need for reform of the UK's libel laws, as Demetrius Notice explains.... [read more]

Iran and The Green Revolution: Is a Revolution Possible?

Chris Vasey looks to make sense of the complex situation currently unfolding in Iran.... [read more]

Book of the Month: "Feminism and War: Confronting US Imperialism"

Nathaniel Mehr reviews this month's recommendation.... [read more]

Colombian Court Orders Arrest of President Uribe

A domestic wage dispute has led to the issuing of an order for the arrest of the Colombian President.... [read more]

Corporate Media Bashes Venezuelan Government's Law Decrees

Chavez critics don't explain Venezuelan law or how Supreme Court rulings interpret it. Nor do they report how the Enabling Law works, that the nation's Constitution authorizes it, that four other presidents used it, among many other things. How can they? It would expose their false accusations and discredit their entire argument.... [read more]

Nigeria: Corruption Pays

Ian Broughton compares the situation in Kenya with recent history in Nigeria.... [read more]

Russian Perspectives on US-Russian Relations

Russians see themselves being encircled by NATO. Of the 16 countries bordering Russia, eight have anti-Russia sentiments... [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 Tunic of Nessus

In a few weeks, Israel will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Millions of words, most of them hollow, will be poured out. As usual.... [read more]

Trump and the left – a case of mass hysteria?

The stark truth is that the left has long ago lost its way politically. Sadly those left fractions, whose kneejerk political solution is to organise an obligatory protest action where slogans, such as “Dump Trump”, are chanted ad nauseum, have become an obstacle to the advance of socialism... [read more]

Quo Vadis, Venezuela?

Even if highly exaggerated in the western press, the economic and political crisis in Venezuela is real... [read more]

Iran and Iranians: The Historical Contributions to Humanity

A form of organised central government in one form or another, as ruled by over 30 dynasties, has governed Iran since antiquity... [read more]

Expelled for being a socialist: victim of the #LabourPurge

UNISON activist Terry McPartlan arrived home one day to find a letter stating that he’d been expelled from the Party after 36 years of continuous membership.... [read more]

Does Syria Have the Right to Defend Itself?

The Syrian government is truly fighting to defend itself against an armed opposition that is violent, sectarian and unpopular with the large majority of Syrians... [read more]

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

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

The Great Railway Scandal

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

Turkey, Coup Plots and Tinpot Tyrants

Reports of Erdogan supporters beheading soldiers in public, and film of screaming crowds stamping on the bodies of soldiers who were trying to surrender, expose the atavistic sentiments for revenge that the coup seems to have unleashed as a backlas... [read more]

NY Times reports US has Strong Concerns over Russian air strikes on US financed mercenaries

Like it or not, the Syrian government is the internationally recognised legal government of that nation and is a member of the UN... [read more]

The Effect of David Cameron On The BREXIT Referendum

What we now appear to be witnessing is the final bitter breakup of the Conservative Party into two warring factions, neither of which have any care for the continued integrity of the United Kingdom... [read more]

What Happened to the Jews?

A new generation of Jews in America is turning their backs on Israel altogether... [read more]

Remain or Brexit: the UK’s referendum on the European Union

The only reason the UK is having a referendum on whether the UK should stay in (Remain) or leave (Brexit) the EU, is because of the difference of opinion within the Conservative Party.... [read more]

Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails

Before 2011, Libya had achieved economic independence, with its own water, its own food, its own oil, its own money, and its own state-owned ban... [read more]

Obama, Putin and the US Election

Why is Obama deliberately stirring up old Cold War tensions with Russia by ordering saber rattling by the Pentagon and our puppet military alliance NATO?... [read more]

Junior doctors’ struggle escalates as Tory desperation shows

So far this year, junior doctors – for the first time in over 40 years – have taken two days of industrial action in defence of their terms and conditions, and to defend the NHS against Tory cuts and privatisation.... [read more]

Holy Water

In the last few months Netanyahu has appointed new people to several of the most important government functions... [read more]

A Lady With A Smile

For months now, Israel has been in the throes of a mini-intifada... [read more]

Optimism of the Will

Optimistic? Today? When the Israeli peace camp is in deep despair? When home-grown fascism is raising its head and the government is leading us towards national suicide?... [read more]

Iran and Saudi Arabia: The latest skirmishes and its impact on Syria’s future

The regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia has intensified as a result of Riyadh’s summary execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr... [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]

The left wing case for quitting the EU

Much of the left would agree that the European Union does not always function in the best interests of either the European or International working class... [read more]

Corbyn – A Very British Story

Nowhere else in the world of politics, other than in Britain, is there or could there be a Jeremy Corbyn... [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]

Back Corbyn for Labour leader! Fight back with socialist policies!

The veteran left wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has declared that he is putting himself forward to go on the ballot paper for the Labour leadership election... [read more]

Cats in a Sack

A fight is going on. A fight of all against all. A fight without rules or limits... [read more]

An Iranian model of altruism, volunteerism, philanthropy and scholarship in the Diaspora

The devotion of one’s intellectual and material resources to the betterment of human society has been emphasized in Persian literature, culture and religions since the earliest times... [read more]

Malcolm Fraser, RIP

John Malcolm Fraser, prime minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983, passed away on 20 March 2015... [read more]

Iraq Invasion: The “Six Wise Men” Tony Blair Ignored

“Nothing justifies killing of innocent people.” Tony Blair, CNN, 15th January 2015... [read more]

Ghosts of evils past

A poem by Dr Tomasz Pierscionek... [read more]

The War on Terror and the Terror of War

The vicious cycle of state and individual terror continues unabated. Marxists have long explained that imperialism and Islamic fundamentalism are two aspects of the same reactionary phenomenon—the decay and decline of capitalism—which threatens to take the whole of humanity down with it.... [read more]

The Origin of Islamic fundamentalism and possibilities for its eradication

The global resurgence of violent Islamic fundamentalism can only be circumvented with a full comprehension and acknowledgment of what has historically gone wrong... [read more]

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

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

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]

State and Revolution: Chapter 5 - Withering Away the State

Thomas Riggins continues to guide us through chapter 5 of Lenin's State and Revolution... [read more]

The revolutionary reawakening of Burkina Faso

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

Ukraine: NATO hypocrisy over “Russian invasion” as Kiev suffers defeat

As politicans from across the world met at the NATO summit in Wales, the crisis in Ukraine saw an escalation in rhetoric... [read more]

God Wills It!

For six decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don't make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces ... [read more]

Lenin: State and Revolution: Withering Away the State

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

Piketty for Progressives

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

Interview with Robert Braun (Part 1 of 2)

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

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

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

Flight MH17 – Imperialism and the art of hypocrisy

The blame game commenced immediately. Without waiting for an investigation or any hard information whatsoever, Washington lost no time in pointing an accusing finger at Moscow... [read more]

Sisyphus Redeemed

If there is a God, he surely has a sense of humor. The career of Shimon Peres, who is about to finish his term as President of Israel, is clear evidence... [read more]

The War on Democracy

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek describes how yet another nation has fallen victim to 'Shock and Awe' ... [read more]

The Day That Spanish Democracy Died

These are exciting times for Spanish royalists. They anticipate a new king, and it appears they are going to get one... [read more]

Tiananmen: the massacre that wasn't

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

India: a vote of despair

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

Fast-tracking Neo-liberalism in India

Apparently, the results of the national general election in India mark a turning point. We are told that the nation has spoken and has given the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party a ‘landslide victory’... [read more]

Capitalism and crisis

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

Imperialist war crimes against the people of Syria piling up

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

New York City Settles Fire Department Discrimination Case

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

Ukraine: a very Western coup

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

Return, Return oh Shulamit

Dina Dinur, the wife of the Holocaust-writer K. Zetnik, called to invite me to meet Pete Seeger... [read more]

Self-Boycott

Can a country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.... [read more]

Russian Revolution still a shining example

Following the 96th anniversary of this world-shaking event, Eugene Puryear describes the historical significance of the Russian revolution and shows that more people are looking to an alternative as global capitalism continues to decline... [read more]

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

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

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

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

Shooting down Helicopters

Money is the lubricant that permits the economic system to work. Goods and wealth that are produced, distributed, circulated, used and owned do so because of money... [read more]

Gibraltarians Demand Vote in EU In-Out Referendum

Dsvid Eade writes about the battle to ensure Gibraltarians are allowed to vote in the Conservative’s EU In-Out Referendum should the Tories be returned to power at the next UK election... [read more]

Elections in Norway

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

Marxism, the Taliban and Plato

Recently Simon Blackburn, the well known British philosopher, reviewed "Knowing Right from Wrong," the new book by Kieran Setiya, in the TLS... [read more]

A Critique of the analysis of Karl Marx within the BBC’s ‘Masters of Money’ Series

David Benbow critiques the BBC's ‘Masters of Money’ episode, aired last year, that focused on the economic theories of Karl Marx... [read more]

Who Turned the Lights Off?

Thomas Riggins reviews Jonathan Israel's analysis of Anthony Pagden's new book - The Enlightenment and why it still matters... [read more]

Not The Wharton Bill

When James Wharton stages his Canute-like attempt to prevent Labour from taking back Stockton South, then that party ought to put down an amendment declining to give the 'Daft Bill' a Second Reading in view of its entire failure to address some issues, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

The battle of Gezi – the battle for freedom

When the first shots sounded I closed my eyes. I shut them closed. I tried to just breathe, not think, while my heart pounded hard against my eardrums. Kitty Ehn reports from Taksim square!... [read more]

Bulgaria elections: Widespread abuse but hope

I set off to Bulgaria after being selected by the Party of European Socialists to be part of the 100 plus team from all across the European Union to monitor the General Election. David Eade reports.... [read more]

Assata Shakur: Understanding the politics behind the FBI's new attack

On May 2, the FBI suddenly announced that they had placed Assata Shakur on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list. The FBI's accusations target Shakur as an individual, but the labeling of her as a terrorist is an attack on all revolutionaries says Eugene Puryear... [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]

The choice to be British

Congratulations to the British Falkland Islanders, including the large Saint Helenian community there, some of whom are my relatives on my mother's side, writes David Lindsay after a referendum that was controversial in some parts of the world.... [read more]

Lessons and Conclusions from Lenin's Left-Wing Communism: an Infantile Disorder

Thomas Riggins concludes his analysis of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder and looks at what conclusions can be drawn from the book's previous nine chapters... [read more]

Andalucía High Court backs workers’ champion

If you have an image of a person who is an old school Communist mayor and trade unionist in Andalucía the chances are you would come up with a description of Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, writes David Eade.... [read more]

uk eurosceptics

Labour kept Britain out of the euro. Labour MPs have elected three Eurosceptics out of three to represent them on the party’s National Executive Committee... [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]

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]

The Kurds and Human Rights

David Morgan asks what the Kurdish people have to celebrate as International Human Rights’ Day 2012 approaches... [read more]

As Gaza is savaged again, understanding the BBC's historical role is vital

We must understand the BBC as a pre-eminent state propagandist and censor by omission, says John Pilger.... [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]

The Spectre of Communism

The eulogies in the media for the late Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, praise his historical insight yet express bemusement at his adherence to the Communist cause. Why is there a lack of understanding as to why so many of his generation remained loyal to the cause of their youth? John Green explains.... [read more]

Principal Stages in the History of Bolshevism 1905-1917 and their Relevance Today

Lenin, in his book "'Left Wing' Communism: An Infantile Disorder," written in 1920, maintained that lessons from the Russian Revolution were of interest to those outside Russia. Thomas Riggins provides an analysis. ... [read more]

Iran and the imminent prospect of another unilateral war waged by Israel in the Middle East

Israel, presumably due to its longstanding failure to reach amicable peace with Palestine and the Arab neighbors since 1967, is imminently determined to wage a unilateral war on Iran while struggling to divert internal dissent from its lingering economic and socio–political challenges and international isolations, writes Freeman Ure. ... [read more]

The US government is promoting corruption in Malawi

Ben Chiza takes a look at the newly installed government of President Joyce Banda in Malawi... [read more]

Democracy By Candlelight: Living In Fear And Kept In The Dark

Giving people the opportunity to vote every four or five years, while in the meantime deceiving, misinforming and lying to them, has no more to do with democracy or freedom than what is happening in Syria right now, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [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]

Off the Agenda: The Unresolved Question of Egypt's Economy

A new Egypt demands a new constitution and president. Many pressing questions also need to be addressed, including the religious-secular divide, the value of Sharia in the making of law, citizenship, minority rights, the rule of civil society, foreign policy, and much more, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Starving and Broke: Yemen’s Renewed ‘War on Terror’

Yemeni forces continue to push against fighters affiliated with al-Qaeda. Their major victories come on the heels of the inauguration of Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi, who is now entrusted with the task of leading the country through a peaceful transition writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Bahrain: a microcosm that typifies the intensifying dilemma of the Arab regimes

David Rahni discusses the political deadlock in Bahrain... [read more]

Sorry, folks..the wake is over

The change in the Greek political scene is an opportunity for Europe, not a threat, argues Ilia Xypolia.... [read more]

Taking Another look at ‘Chavs’

Chavs by Owen Jones has rightly been lauded as an overdue rejoinder to the steady and near unstoppable denigration of the working class in Britain over the past three decades of unbroken Thatcherism, under both the Tories and New Labour, reviews John Wight.... [read more]

Struggle over Iran: Tumultuous Israeli Politics Will Not Usher Peace

Israel is currently experiencing the kind of turmoil that may or may not affect its political hierarchy following the next general election. However, there is little reason to believe that any major transformations in the Israeli political landscape could be of benefit to Palestinians, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Illegal Settlements Bonanza: Israel Plots an Endgame

Israel’s colonization policies are entering an alarming new phase, comparable in historic magnitude to the original plans to colonize Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the war of 1967, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The state of Alternative comedy

This year Britain’s king of alternative comedy, Billy Connolly, hits 70-years-old. Still alive and kicking. But is the notion of alternative comedy dead asks Miles Caston.... [read more]

Is the BBC middle class enough?

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

George Galloway’s “Bradford Spring” & the fight for the alternative

Ben Maisky explains how George Galloway’s overwhelming victory in the Bradford West by-election demonstrates a clear rejection of the three main parties and their policies.... [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]

The symbolic violence of reality television

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

The great 'American' nightmare

Whilst some have gained much from India's economic boom, many have also lost out from the 'Americanisation of India'. Colin Todhunter discusses.... [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]

Spain's last election

David Eade contemplates the chances of the Left parties winning the Andalucían Parliamentary Elections on 25th March... [read more]

The future for Tunisia

Thomas Riggins examines the background and ideology of the Ennanah Party, now heading the governing alliance in Tunisia following the overthrow of President Ben Ali ... [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]

Saltley Gate 1972

Terry McPartlan recalls how forty years ago coordinated and determined action by unions halted the Conservative government's plans to drive down living standards... [read more]

The State of Racism in Britain

UK society is dead. Or that is what its detractors would like you to think. Many will point the finger not at our leaders or themselves but towards those who they believe don’t belong here - immigrants and asylum seekers, writes Chris Bath.... [read more]

New beginnings

John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 2)... [read more]

Bankers’ Oligarchy spells the end of democracy

A qualitative change is taking place within the European Union where it is crystal clear that national independence and democracy are being dumped without formal procedure or public announcement, says John Boyd.... [read more]

The call for a UK amendment on the EU

There is a rising tide of Euroscepticism within mainstream political parties and on the floors of national Parliaments throughout the European Union, says David Lindsay.... [read more]

Marxist Historians Map Out an Agenda for Today

If the evidence of the successes of recent events is anything to go by, interest in the socialist approach to history is on the increase, which is probably no surprise given the turbulent and uncertain times in which we currently live, says David Morgan.... [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]

A valuable victory for the anti-cuts movement- HSBC 3 Win Appeal

Mark Tyers and Jonathon Proctor show how a victory in court helps to protect the appetite and capacity of our movement\'s ability to protest... [read more]

The tilted scales of justice

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek looks at how the state reacts when it feels its authority being usurped.... [read more]

Modern Pauperism and its Consequences: A Dissenting View on the Riots in England (Part II of II)

The second part of an essay by Matthias Dapprich in which he adopts a class based analysis of the recent London riots.... [read more]

Are U.S./NATO powers aiming to make Syria into Libya 2.0?

Mazda Majidi asks whether the NATO attack on Libya was just a dress rehersal for a future invasion of Syria... [read more]

Schism opens in Israel

The spreading of the Arab Spring marks a change in Israel’s ability to continue its policy under the Netanyahu government of intransigence and refusal to negotiate a fair settlement with the Palestinians and the Obama administration in good faith, argues John Wight.... [read more]

The Traitor of Baghdad

Hussein Al-Alak sheds light on prominent Iraqis who helped pave the way for the imperialist invasion of their nation.... [read more]

The New Anti-Semitism

Uri Avnery, Israeli writer and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement, offers a warning from history as he examines a modern form of racism taking root across Europe.... [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]

UK Riots: Crackdown will solve nothing

As expected the state is warming to the task of cracking down hard, as they like to put it, on looters/rioters past, present and future. Cameron and May have been strutting around talking tough about what they are going to do. ... [read more]

Tunisia: How We Got Here and the Task Ahead

Ramzy Baroud reflects on the causes of the popular uprising and where we go from here.... [read more]

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

The tensions on the Korean border are unlikely to die down so long as the US maintains its intransigent stance towards North Korea, says Kevin Gray.... [read more]

Book review: The Tolpuddle Boy

John Green reviews "The Tolpuddle Boy", a timely tribute to the struggles of early trade unionism.... [read more]

Rebranding Iraq: Playing with Numbers and Human Lives

As the US troop withdrawal begins in earnest, Ramzy Baroud asks: who won? And is the war really over?... [read more]

Smoke on a Bridge: Lebanon Awaits a Verdict

Ramzy Baroud reports from Lebanon on the thoughts of one of its citizens on the future of the country.... [read more]

Canadian and US Unions Offer Solidarity to Threatened Mexican Workers

Daina Z. Green reports on the terrorism of Mexican unions by their own Government in support of business interests over that of their own workers. ... [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]

Universal Cure

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

Election 2010: Media Gets it Wrong ... Again

Nathaniel Mehr considers the UK media's skewed coverage of the post-election political landscape. ... [read more]

'Urgent Threats' of Yesteryear

In the second article in his series, 'Contextualising the Threat of Islam', Richard Greeman looks back on the US government's long history of constructing official enemies to justify foreign aggression and domestic repression alike.... [read more]

The Greeks are Fighting for Us All

The Greek crisis is merely the first stage of a wider global backlash against neoliberal economics, argues Steven Colatrella.... [read more]

Why Support the Palestinians?

Of the many international solidarity movements in the world today, the Palestinian struggle has a special status. Greg Sharzer explains why.... [read more]

What Good is Charity?

The humanitarian crisis in Haiti has brought into sharp focus the injustice of neoliberal economic exploitation; Greg Sharzer argues that charity alone cannot pull Haiti out of its desperate plight. ... [read more]

Turkey: Working Class Resistance Rebuilding Itself

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

Heroes of the 21st Century

The first decade of the 21st Century has been marred by violence, militarism and oppression in the Global South. But there has also been resistance. Tomasz Pierscionek profiles some of the radical heroes of the past ten years.... [read more]

Workers' Participation is Necessary for Final Push in Iran

If the unrest in Iran is to culminate in a radical upheaval, Iran's workers will have to take centre-stage, argues Maziar Razi.... [read more]

Bye Bye, Dubai?

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

The Socialist Case Against The Cuts

Britain's three biggest parties are committed to massive spending cuts. Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks challenges the mainstream consensus.... [read more]

Fatah: A New Beginning or an Imminent End?

The 'pragmatism' of the Fatah Congress threatens to derail the Palestinian national project,as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Open Letter to Mir-Hossein Mousavi

Maziar Razi throws down the gauntlet to Mr Mousavi, the 'reformist' candidate in the recent Iranian elections.... [read more]

240 UK MPs Call for End to UK Military Aid to Colombia

A Justice for Colombia report on an important petition calling on the British government to end its support of the murderous Uribe regime in Colombia.... [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]

The Economic Crisis and Poor Countries

Mick Brooks compares the 'boom and bust' economics of the past twenty years with similar patterns in the 1920s and 1930s: once again it is the poorer nations that stand to lose the most.... [read more]

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]

Twenty-Five Years On

John Haylett looks back on the struggle which defined the politics of a decade and paved the way for the rise of New Labour.... [read more]

The Great Depression

Michael Roberts argues that the big "bailouts" of financial institutions have exposed the fallacy behind the "free market" ideologies which have dominated British and American political and economic systems for the past thirty years.... [read more]

Anatomy of an Investigation: The Colombian State’s War Against Civil Society

Garry Leech examines how the Colombian governmetn is using anti-terrorism as a pretext for a concerted attack on patently non-violent social organisations.... [read more]

Chavez Hopes Obama Will Stop US Aggression Against Venezuela

S.E. on the Venezuelan President's hopes for a constructive relationship with the incoming Obama administration.... [read more]

Gaza: Why We Must Act Now

Addressing a Lenasia rally in solidarity with the people of Gaza on 14th January, Zwelinzima Vavi characterised the Israeli government as a racist regime comparable to Apartheid South Africa. ... [read more]

Interview: Rob Miller of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign

Rob Miller answers Tomasz Pierscionek's questions about the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.... [read more]

Their Guns Will Not Conquer

Daniel Pye on the multi-faceted struggle of the Karen against Burma's military government.... [read more]

Czechoslovakia

Forty years ago, on the night of August 20th-21st Russian and other Warsaw Pact forces invaded Czechoslovakia, thus putting an end to the ‘Prague Spring.’... [read more]

The End of "The End of History"

David Brandon examines the discredited view that world history came to an end when the Berlin Wall came down.... [read more]

FARC Leader Dies

The death of FARC leader Manuel Marulanda.... [read more]

The Union Busters

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

China and Myanmar: Contrasting Government Responses to Natural Disasters

With thousands killed in natural disasters in both Myanmar and China, Ian Broughton compares the murderous neglect of Myanmar's government with the more progressive stance adopted by China.... [read more]

Paraguay's "Red Bishop" Takes Over

Nathan Morrison on the rise of Fernando Lugo in Paraguay.... [read more]

"Unfashionable" Balkan Nationalism?

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

Secession: If It Feels Good, Do It

Richard Maidu considers the questions raised by the inception of Europe's newest state.... [read more]