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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]

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]

The President Elect

We are entering an era of complete uncertainty. We Israelis and the entire world. From shoe-shine boy to head of state.... [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]

Alisoun and the Passage of Time to Death

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

“Conflict Issues” In Israel and Palestine: Debate in Committee Room G, British Houses of Parliament

Sitting in Committee Room G in the Houses of Parliament on 23rd October was a sobering affair... [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]

Police, Guns, Action – how safe were England’s pilot badger culls?

The British government’s policy to rid England’s cattle of bovine TB by culling badgers is unravelling writes Lesley Docksey... [read more]

The Palestinian Right to Education

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

Labour's chance. Will they take it?

Jim Murphy may speak truer than he knows. Labour is on course for a majority of over 80, with UKIP quite capable of handing scores of Conservative seats to the Lib Dems, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

Was the Bahraini ambassador trying to bribe British MPs?

It is interesting to receive two different news stories on the same day both mentioning the Gulf state of Bahrain and the UK Parliament, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

The soft colonialism's obsession: an interview with Adam Levick

Adam Levick has been the managing director of CIF Watch since July 2010. He was born in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 2009, Patrizia Bertini speaks to him through a 'Lego interview'.... [read more]

Palestinian Boxing: Raging Bulls

Despite cramped conditions and limited resources, the Baqa'a boxing club has provided a valuable facility for the young men of one Palestinian refugee camp, as Hussein Al-Alak explains.... [read more]

A "Partisan and Right-Skewed Press"

Matt Genner examines the reasons behind the right-wing bias in the mainstream media.... [read more]

Solitary Confinement

I may be alone - but Palestine lives in me awaiting liberation through your selective humanity.... [read more]

Central Bankers' Desperate Grab for Power

Central bankers are out of ammunition. Mark Carney, the soon-to-be-retiring head of the Bank of England, admitted as much in a speech at the annual meeting of central bankers... [read more]

What is Learning

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

Climate Destruction - bearing witness with Dahr Jamail

“The question is not are we going to fail. The question is how?” Stephen Jenkinson, author and storyteller.... [read more]

Why Is the Fed Paying So Much Interest to Banks?

When “Mary Poppins” was made into a movie in 1964, Mr. Banks’ advice to his son was sound. The banks were then paying more than 5% interest on deposits, enough to double young Michael’s investment every 14 years.... [read more]

Tulsi Gabbard Comes to San Francisco

“I'm running for president to be able to bring about this sea change in our foreign policy that is so necessary for us and for the world.”... [read more]

Brexit and the Labour Party

One of the things people were promised under Corbyn’s leadership, was a genuine member-led party, where members’ views were listened to and acted on.... [read more]

Public Spaces Private Control

The commercialization of public spaces in British cities and elsewhere in the industrialized world is going on apace.... [read more]

Sharing is Key to a New Economic and Democratic Order

In order to meet the colossal challenges of the time, fundamental change to the socio-economic order is needed... [read more]

How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

Wall Street owns the country. That was the opening line of a fiery speech that populist leader Mary Ellen Lease delivered around 1890. Franklin Roosevelt said it again in a letter to Colonel House in 1933, and Sen. Dick Durbin was still saying it in 2009. ... [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]

Natural England Loses Credibility

How often will Natural England (NE) be told by judges to release information about the ongoing badger culls?... [read more]

Jerusalem

On the 26th May 1967, using money borrowed from my stepmother after swearing her to secrecy because I lived in unjustified terror of a very kind Dad, I boarded a flight to Jerusalem... [read more]

Pickled Cucumbers

Hallelujah! At long last I have found a point on which I agree with Binyamin Netanyahu. Really!... [read more]

How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico's Debt Without Hurting Bondholders

During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt.... [read more]

Crusaders and Zionists

Caesarea was built by King Herod some 2000 years ago and named after his Roman master, Augustus Caesar. It once again became an important town under the Crusaders, who fortified it.... [read more]

Is Brexit Ready to Exit: Mayhem and changing opinions in the UK

A year ago the UK voted to leave the EU after a stupid, unnecessary referendum. Not only that, but it has emerged that the Brexit campaign was funded by some secretive and dodgy deals.... [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]

Lebanon Has a Few Stragglers Living There

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

Anti-Semitic Zionists

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

The Italian Banking Crisis: No Free Lunch—or Is There?

It has been called “a bigger risk than Brexit”– the Italian banking crisis that could take down the eurozone... [read more]

Congressional Hawks Rush to Intensify War in Syria

One of the big lies regarding Syria is that the US has been inactive... [read more]

Funding California Schools: Proposition 51 Versus a State-owned Bank

There is a much cheaper way to fund this $9 billion school debt... [read more]

The Kissinger Story

Kissinger achieved his goal. The Soviets lost the Arab world to the United States. Until Vladimir Putin came along... [read more]

Realism on the World Stage

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

The Swallow with an Injured Wing

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

Civil War

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

The Criminality of American and British Illegal Immigrants in Syria

The illegals are UK Special Forces in Syria to assist the “moderate” head chopping, hand chopping, child-decapitating “rebels.”... [read more]

The Shot Heard All Over the Country

Now the army, the last bulwark of national unity, is being torn apart... [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]

Brexit: The UK’s referendum on EU membership delivers a self-inflicted wound

This constantly troublesome and disloyal bunch of Labour MPs don’t care about the country or their Party. They cannot see that it is they, not Corbyn, who are making the Party unelectable... [read more]

Cannabis -Marijuana: The “War on Weed” Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto/Bayer Be the Winner?

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end... [read more]

Petty Corruption

Many years ago I received a phone call from the Prime Minister's office. I was told that Yitzhak Rabin wanted to see me in private... [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]

Language of the Years

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

Building the Fight against Austerity

It has been a depressing few weeks for the supporters of the Labour Party’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn... [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]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Speech at the Labour Conference

The politicos still don’t get it. The public do... [read more]

Jack Goody: An Appreciation

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

Syria: From the sublime to the shameful

What follows is a report from a resident of Aleppo whose identity is not revealed for reasons of security... [read more]

Jewish Terrorists

Some of my best friends demand that I write an article condemning unconditionally the "administrative detention" of Jewish terrorists. ... [read more]

Aleppo a city ravaged by “Islamic State” and Imperialism

This is a report from an Aleppo resident whose identity is protected for their own security... [read more]

To the Piraeus 2015

John Gohorry's latest poem... [read more]

The Speech

I was watching The Speech by Binyamin Netanyahu before the Congress of the United States. Row upon row of men in suits (and the occasional woman), jumping up and down, up and down, applauding wildly, shouting approval... [read more]

Ageing or Just Raging

The difficulty has been distinguishing between simply ageing and those aspects of our world that appear difficult to cope with regardless of age... [read more]

Half of Shas

The Shas party has split into two. Opinion polls show that both parts are hovering around the 3.12% threshold which is now necessary for entering the Knesset, after the minimum was raised by the last Knesset... [read more]

If you found treasure worth thousands would you declare it?

It’s a morality tale for our times: three old rogues had two options. They could reveal their find or say nothing, and share it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Menace on the Menu: Development and the Globalization of Servitude‏ (Part 2)

Me-first acquisitiveness is now pervasive throughout the upper strata of society... [read more]

Wine, Blood and Gasoline

Kafr Kanna, a village near Nazareth, is probably the place where Jesus – according to the New Testament - turned water into wine. Now it is the Arab village where the Israeli police is turning stones into blood... [read more]

How the world was saved from a nuclear catastrophe

In 1983 the world stood on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. War between NATO and the USSR was prevented by a high ranking NATO official secretly working for the GDR foreign intelligence service... [read more]

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Who is behind ISIS?

I have no idea where the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL or whatever name it uses came from, and I'm just as baffled by the roots of its violent ideology... [read more]

So, you think you know Iraq?

After the nearly decade long occupation of Iraq, you would have thought that some within British political circles would have learned about the country they sent troops to occupy back in 2003.... [read more]

UK: Prime Minister Finds God, Bans Bishops, Priests, the Poor – and Crutches

When Prime Minister David Cameron pulls a stunt, or indeed, announces a “ground breaking” new policy, it is pretty well guaranteed to back fire. Indeed, his coalition government policy U-turns are heading for encyclopaedic... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Carry out the legacy of Hugo Chavez!

5th March marked one year since the death of Hugo Chávez, the great Venezuelan revolutionary, who was an inspiration to the masses in Latin America and across the world... [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]

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

An Iraq war veteran's reflection

Before President Obama even began the State of the Union address, two people I knew in the audience, from two defining points in my life... [read more]

Peace Comes through Forgiveness

I am a Palestinian. My family moved to Beirut after Israel was created because we were the "myth" that was Palestine... [read more]

Racism Is Alive and Well - Yet So Polite

Carol Anne Grayson's recent article evoked so many memories of my own life in Britain since the late 1960s. Grayson is undoubtedly right in feeling so uneasy at what she had experienced of Britain's racism... [read more]

International Relations and the Classroom

We in Britain are often subject to the age old criticism of being insular and self engrossed. Whereas this is not strictly speaking true, there is an element of truth in this belief... [read more]

Control through fear: Milena Kaneva on information

Jounalist and LSP expert Patrizia Bertini interviews film director Milena Kaneva ... [read more]

Bono can't help Africans by stealing their voice

Because the U2 frontman and others like him are seen as representatives of the poor, the poor are not invited to speak, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Repealing the Health and Social Care Act

The last ditch attempt by the House of Lords to stop wholesale privatisation of the NHS has failed... [read more]

Dance on Thatcher's grave, but remember there has been a coup in Britain

In the wake of Thatcher's departure, John Pilger remembers her victims both at home and abroad, from miners to Vietnamese children.... [read more]

Together, We Can Save Our Post Office

For 20 years, central government has been privatising the postal service by stealth. In reaction, the idea of mutualisation does the rounds, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

Together, We Can Save Our Post Office

For 20 years, central government has been privatising the postal service by stealth. In reaction, the idea of mutualisation does the rounds says David Lindsay... [read more]

An uninformed MP and a bigoted Judge

Ungrateful as I feel for bashing someone who was actually trying to be helpful, it was difficult not to (a) laugh and then (b) groan at a short letter I recently received from a client’s local MP, writes Felix McHugh... [read more]

Iraqi Freedom Ten Years after Liberation

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

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]

Hard-working families. Aincha just sick of them?

Felix McHugh shines a spotlight on the propaganda spread by the mainstream parties that seeks to demonise those made unemployed or those who are too ill to work... [read more]

The Scotland Question answered

David Eade explains how allowing Scotland a referendum on independence may have implications for other secessionist movements across Europe.... [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]

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]

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]

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]

An Olympian Inspiration

With the Olympic Games and Paralympics only months away, Hussein Al-Alak introduces some of the key competitors of the Paralympics... [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]

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]

Don’t Quota Me

Is there a single reputable argument in favour of positive discrimination? The fact that so many of our institutions are unrepresentative of the make-up of society is of course deplorable, but manipulating recruitment in order to create an artificial balance is no way to put this right, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [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]

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]

Why Miliband and Balls have got it wrong

The capitulation by Labour to the austerity and cuts agenda of the Tories and the right-wing press has been confirmed by shadow chancellor Ed Balls' statement that Labour would not be able to reverse the Tory cuts and would maintain the pay freeze within the public sector if they come to power at the next election, says John Wight.... [read more]

Light and fluid warriors

In the second of her interviews using the 'Lego Serious Play' method, Patrizia Bertini meets Ollie, a young occupier at the OccupyLSX camp... [read more]

False Evidence Appearing Real

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

Good and Evil

What happened to considerations of good and evil? This is the question that Jean Claude van Itallie ponders.... [read more]

Bollywood Novacaine and the Dull Pain of Poverty

Colin Todhunter debunks the myth of India as an \'economic miracle\' ... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies - Part 2

Part 2 of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society.... [read more]

'Justice' American style

Jean Claude van Itallie tells how the state of Georgia callously executed an innocent man, Troy Davis.... [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]

Reformed Venezuelan Bank Law Separates Banks and Media

Tamara Pearson reports on an important Venezuelan initiative to prevent the corporate media from getting directly involved in the banking and finance industries.... [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]

Election 2010: A First-Time Voter's View

Chris Mason-Fielding voted in his first election on May 6th. He reflects on an entertaining and eventful campaign.... [read more]

Dispatch from China: Number 15 Has Left the Building

The fight against climate change presents a peculiar set of challenges for media oulets balancing corporate business models with the urgent need for critical debate, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Welcome to Palestine: A First Hand Account of Arbitrary Detention

Ten days ago, London Progressive Journal contributor Assed Baig was arrested and grilled by Israeli solidiers who mistook him for a Palestinian. His story offers a glimpse of the everyday reality for many Palestinians.... [read more]

The Naming of Things

George Monbiot suggests one small way in which the collapse of biodiversity could be slowed.... [read more]

The Kangaroo

A year into his presidency, Barack Obama has achieved relatively little in the foreign policy sphere. Uri Avnery urges him to keep trying.... [read more]

“…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

Barack Obama has weakly capitulated to Binyamin Netanyahu over Israeli settlement-building in the heart of the Arab community in East Jerusalem, says Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Iran's Nuclear Theatre Meant to Distract Attention

Ramzy Baroud dissects the media storm over Iran's arms programme.... [read more]

Wobbly Stools

Uri Avnery considers the respective struggles facing three embattled leaders - Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas.... [read more]

Should We Seek to Save Industrial Civilisation? A Debate with Paul Kingsnorth

Guardian journalist George Monbiot discusses climate change with the Oxford-based environmentalist Paul Kingsnorth.... [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]

Elderly and the Sick Pay the Price as Egypt Tows the US-Israeli Line

Reporting from the Rafah-Gaza border in Egypt, Assed Baig presents a damning assessment of the Egyptian authorities' subservience to US policy in the region.... [read more]

Banks in Crisis? Take them Over

With politicians and financial experts grasping at straws in their efforts to resolve the worst economic crisis in decades, Mick Brooks outlines the case for the nationalisation of the banking system.... [read more]

The Tempo of the Struggle

Socialist Appeal's Terry McPartlan provides a Marxist analysis of the current financial crisis.... [read more]

Zimbabwe: Why the International Community Must Intervene

Examining the legal framework of humanitarian intervention, Alexa Van Sickle calls on the international community to act now to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in Zimbabwe.... [read more]

Plan Colombia Devastates Afro-Colombian Communities

Garry Leech examines the devastating impact of US policy in Colombia upon the country's Afro-Colombian rural communities.... [read more]

The Credit Cruch - One Year On

Twelve months on from the beginning of the current economic crisis, Socialist Appeal's Michael Roberts examines the causes and effects of the so-called "Credit Crunch".... [read more]

Hypocrites Unite!

George Monbiot on Julie Burchill's ill-informed diatribe against environmentalists.... [read more]

Hay Festival Raises More Questions Than Answers

Matt Genner considers Naomi Klein's comments at this year's Hay Festival.... [read more]

Palm Oil or Orang-utans? We Must Soon Decide Which we Prefer

Chris Bath on the campaign for greater regulation of the palm oil trade.... [read more]

The BBC vs Hugo Chavez

Stephen Lendman on the biased coverage of events in Venezuela.... [read more]