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A Song is Born

The situation in the Gaza Strip is as close to hell as one can get. Food at subsistence level, electricity for two to four hours a day, the water is polluted. Work is extremely scarce. Only the most severely ill are let out.... [read more]

The Crowning Achievement of Bob Dylan

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

Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh

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

Nelson Mandela: Lest we forget “Madiba” was supported from a Britain which is still riddled with prejudice and racial inequalities

When I heard of the death of Nelson Mandela (age 95) I was transported back to another era and some uncomfortable images from the past... [read more]

The Yellow-Vented Bulbul‏

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

There are thousands of reasons not to bomb Syria

There are many reasons why Members of Parliament should not vote in favour of bombing Syria... [read more]

Life, Oil and Ghosts in the delta of the river Niger

Sweet and light - crude oil from the delta of the river Niger is the major Nigerian commodity and European and American companies export it for a profit... [read more]

New smells, old smells

In the 60's I assigned myself the meditation of walking extremely slowly down 14th Street, Greenwich Village’s northern border, to Union Square, allowing my senses to notice acrid smells, loud sounds, crowded store windows – but not letting my mind grab for any of it, says Jean Claude van Itallie.... [read more]

Memory in Exile: An Interview with Jorge Coulon of Inti Illimani

Ramona Wadi speaks with a member of the famous Chilean band Inti Illimani, a group that was part of the nueva cancion movement in the 60s and 70s... [read more]

From Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un

Reece Ferguson provides a detailed report of the funeral of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il... [read more]

There’s an elephant in the room

In the first of our series of political poetry, David Foley waxes lyrical in his song about bankers' bonuses and bailouts. ... [read more]

Celebrating Woody Guthrie

Sven Eric Balabanoff on America's greatest protest singer.... [read more]

Strong as Death

I have spent many happy hours in Gaza. I had many friends there. From the leftist Dr. Haidar Abd al-Shafi to the Islamist Mahmoud al-Zahar, who is now the foreign minister of Hamas... [read more]

"Pour Out Your Wrath"

I was about to write an article about Pesach eve' when I remembered that I wrote exactly the same article six years ago. So I am sending the old article again – I just have nothing to add.... [read more]

Wake Up Rise Up

A poem by Kay Channon... [read more]

North Korea: A Threat Or A Victim? Some Facts

If anyone is still wondering why North Korea was being “provocative” in missile tests and repeatedly declaring what would seem to be a daunting arsenal (although there is still no irrefutable, concrete proof of deliverable, long range nuclear weapons capability) here is just a small taste of what it’s southern neighbor, in cahoots with Godfather America, has planned... [read more]

Kaya, the royal Dog

The spectacle is almost bizarre: a political party refuses to accept new members. And not just a few individuals, but tens of thousands... [read more]

Song For Freedom

A poem by Kay Channon ... [read more]

One, Two, Three – Rejoice!

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

The pro-Europeans make their voice heard – London’s anti-Brexit march

March 25th was the EU’s birthday. It was celebrated in London and elsewhere by anti-Brexit demonstrations... [read more]

The pro-Europeans make their voice heard – London’s anti-Brexit march

March 25th was the EU’s birthday. It was celebrated in London and elsewhere by anti-Brexit demonstrations. Initially organised by Unite for Europe, supported by the European Movement and the 3 Million group of EU citizens living in the UK... [read more]

Anti-Semitic Zionists

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

The Swallow with an Injured Wing

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

The Other Gandhi

I had a visitor: General Rehavam Ze'evi, known by his nickname Gandhi, an extreme rightist, came to see me.... [read more]

Humans, Dancers, Travel and Fight Club

Air travel is one of humanity’s main technological advancements thus far, but does it make us more or less ‘human’?... [read more]

The Pied Piper of Zion

The Israeli Peace Camp is in despair. No savior is in sight. Many just sit in front of their TV set and wring their hands... [read more]

Iran - A Travelogue to Home Away from Home

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

Palestine

Just to think of Palestine is evocative. From the lush orange orchards to the laden olive groves... [read more]

The Treaty

What if Binyamin Netanyahu was duped to become unwittingly the main collaborator of Iranian ambitions... [read more]

To the Piraeus 2015

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

A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis... [read more]

Reflections on China’s South Sea Trouble Thomas Riggins

Lying in the South China Sea between Indochina and the Philippines is a collection of 700 or so small islands collectively known as the Spratly Islands... [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]

My Glorious Brothers

When I was 15 years old and a member of the Irgun underground (by today's criteria, an honest-to-goodness terrorist organization), we sang "(In the past) we had the heroes / Bar Kochba and the Maccabees / Now we have the new ones / The national youth…"... [read more]

The Son of my Eyes

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

“We Stand With Shaker”: Tortured, ill, detained in Guantanamo, join new campaign to bring him home

A new campaign is being launched by independent journalist Andy Worthington calling for his release from Guantanamo.... [read more]

The Watch on the Jordan

The Arab world is in turmoil. Syria and Iraq are breaking apart, the thousand-year old conflict between Muslim Sunnis and Muslim Shiites is reaching a new climax... [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]

Betrayal Tinged with Greed and Stupidity

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

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

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

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]

Three Women

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

The Mockery of Banking Discipline

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

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

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

Romnesia

The parasitical ultra-rich often deny the role of others in the acquisition of their wealth – and even seek to punish them for it, 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]

Isle of Wight Festival – an alternative perspective – June 2012

Miles Caston describes the highlights of this year’s Isle of Wight festival and suggests a ‘greener’ way to enjoy music festivals... [read more]

Paternal Vigilance

The LPJ's resident philosopher and arts correspondent muses on David Cameron's parenting skills, VIP security and the conclusions of some of our favourite television series.... [read more]

The King's speech

Uri Avnery discusses the implications of a parliamentary bill that would seek to push the Palestinian population out of the West Bank and into Jordan... [read more]

Obit: Never a Soft or quiet Russell

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

Weimar Revisited

Uri Avnery explains how the three main pillars of Israeli democracy - the courts, the media and the human rights organisations - are under threat from the political right. ... [read more]

Everybody\'s son

Uri Avnery comments on the recent Israel-Palestine prisoner swap and the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit... [read more]

What might make Christopher Hitchens change his mind about 1492?

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

Hallelujah, the World is Against Us!

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

Globalization Unchecked: How Alien Media is Suffocating Culture

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

Bank Bailouts - Throwing Good Money After Bad

As the UK government plans further massive bank bailouts, Mick Brooks calls for the complete nationalisation of the banking industry.... [read more]

Africa in Colombia: The First Free Black Community in the Americas Continues Its Struggle

Garry Leech looks back on the historic struggles of Colombia's black community.... [read more]

Thank You, Mayor Luzhkov

Peter Tatchell reports on the successful rallying, against all the odds, of an anti-homophobia campaign in Moscow.... [read more]

“The People Won the Vote, Now The People Must Become the Government”

James Suggett interviews Venezuela-based journalist and activist Vanessa Davies.... [read more]

In Defence of Socialism

As the capitalist world engages in much earnest soul-searching in response to the current financial crisis, Tomasz Pierscionek challenges the deeply-ingrained hostility towards socialism which pervades much of contemporary political culture.... [read more]

Roses Are Red, Violets are Violet: The British Red Rose Revolution

A campaign advertisement form the British Red Rose movement.... [read more]

Unprecedented!

Michael Roberts on why the present economic crisis demonstrates the vulnerability of "free market" capitalism. ... [read more]

Smuggling Music and Sex Education: 'Bravo' Magazine in the German Democratic Republic

Alexa Van Sickle looks back on a popular magazine which achieved cult status in East Germany during the Cold War era.... [read more]

Misplaced Pride and Shame in the Wake of a Crisis

The people of Kenya are pulling together - in spite of the country's political leadership.... [read more]

Heathrow - It's Terminal

Eric Hollies examines the government's contradictory position on climate change.... [read more]

How Iraq’s Once Effective Healthcare System Was Sold Down the Nation’s Two Rivers

On top of one million dead, war has shattered an Iraqi healthcare system already decimated by sanctions.... [read more]

"Unfashionable" Balkan Nationalism?

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