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Walk on, walk on...

When an individual with mobility problems seeks to obtain Employment and Support Allowance, simply getting to the assessment centre can be the first of many unpleasant battles. Felix McHugh reports.... [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]

US Democrats Yet to Convince Working Class America

Richard Scorer on how the current economic crisis presents a challenge to the Democrats' cosy relationship with big business and finance.... [read more]

Occupation of Wall Street- going from strength to strength

Jean Claude van Itallie gives an update on the Occupy Wall Street campaign ... [read more]

A Ghost Story Retailed (part two)

W Stephen Gilbert delivers an up-to-date, state and fate of the retail trade in Britain, it is partly warmingly, personal and anecdotal, and partly a critical overview: part two...... [read more]

Can the US Democrats Harness the Growing sense of Injustice?

The Democrats must move away from pro-business policies to secure electoral victory.... [read more]

What a State-Owned Bank Can Do for New Jersey

Having a cheap and ready credit line with the state’s own bank can have similar benefits for New Jersey and other states... [read more]

The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond

The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by Syriza to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader... [read more]

Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds

Remember when Goldman Sachs – dubbed by Matt Taibbi the Vampire Squid – sold derivatives to Greece so the government could conceal its debt, then bet against that debt, driving it up?... [read more]

Tiananmen: the massacre that wasn't

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

A National Hero

Just before Israel’s 66th Independence Day, the country acquired a new national hero, writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

The Economy: Happy Days Are Here Again! For Whom?

Last week the stock market made a great leap forward. "Dow Leaps to Record" the Wall Street Journal blazoned on its front page. Thomas Riggins shows that the resurrection and coming again of the Dow is only one expression of the economy... [read more]

The true 'creatives' - let them eat cake? Or, in India, poor quality rice

The LPJ's India correspondent, Colin Todhunter, describes how India's true wealth creators are increasingly sidelined as temples to global capitalism spring up across the country... [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]

A Ghost Story Retailed

W Stephen Gilbert delivers an up-to-date, state and fate of the retail trade in Britain, it is partly warmingly, personal and anecdotal, and partly a critical overview: part one... [read more]

These are the days of decision

Jean Claude van Itallie reflects on the recent occupation of Wall Street... [read more]

Bail-out Blackmail

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

Can Jill Carry Bernie’s Baton?

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

The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed's "independence" by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding... [read more]

Killing Off Community Banks: Intended Consequence of Dodd-Frank?

The Dodd-Frank regulations are so lethal to community banks that some say the intent was to force them to sell out to the megabanks... [read more]

Mining The Past

Paul Lloyd looks back at the findings of a coroner’s inquest that investigated the deaths of seven Cumbrian miners nearly a century ago. ... [read more]

Crisis: The Worst Since the 1930s

Michael Roberts argues the present economic slump is merely the first stage of a long-term deflationary depression.... [read more]

Dear Mr. President, Be Careful What You Wish for: Higher Interest Rates Will Kill the Recovery

Higher interest rates will triple the interest on the federal debt to $830 billion annually by 2026, will hurt workers and young voters, and could bankrupt over 20% of US corporations, according to the IMF.... [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]

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]

Kissinger and Shultz on 'The Iran Deal'

The Wall Street Journal on 8 April turned over an entire editorial page to former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz... [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]

Bulgarian Democracy: In A Delicate State

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

A manager's dog

‘I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray, tell me sir, whose dog are you?' ( Alexander Pope, Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog which I gave to his Royal Highness)... [read more]

A Ghost Story Retailed (part three)

W Stephen Gilbert delivers an up-to-date, state and fate of the retail trade in Britain, it is partly personal and anecdotal, and partly a critical overview: part three.... [read more]

Wearing Your Heart on Your Lapel

W Stephen Gilbert reflects on the politics of poppy wearing, its dissociation in popular society from what it actually represents and its hijacking by politicians. ... [read more]

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

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

US Imperialism Looks Beyond the Middle-East

Nathaniel Mehr on the latest round of sabre-rattling emanating from the United States.... [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]

Lucky Bastards of The 20th Century: The Story of The Economic Bomb

During 1980 a small group was formed to act under the aegis of Michael Grylls, MP, who was then the Chairman of the back bench Industry Committee in the House of Commons... [read more]

The Litter Bug!

If you want an end to waste, you have to show it to the people, not hide it... [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]

Tony Blair, Infanticide Endorser Rewarded by Save The Children

When the Orwellianly name “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for “his tireless charitable work” there was widespread disbelief... [read more]

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 Auschwitz Volunteer

Andrew Balcerzak tells the story of a daring Polish army officer who entered Auschwitz on a mission to reveal the horrors of the Nazi genocide... [read more]

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]

Martial Law and the Economy: Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?

Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup, writes Ellen Brown... [read more]

Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross-hairs

In an August 2013, journalist Greg Palast posted evidence of a secret late-1990s plan devised by Wall Street ans US Treasury officials to open banking to the lucrative derivatives business... [read more]

The Palestinian Right to Education

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

My World Is Upside Down

What does the ordinary Arab man or woman in the street think about current events? Dr Faysal Mikdadi ponders... [read more]

John Lewis Cleaners to Strike for the Living Wage

Cleaners at the John Lewis Partnership are to ballot for strike action at the flagship Oxford Street store. This is the first step in the revived campaign to win the Living Wage for all cleaners employed by John Lewis... [read more]

Federal IDs for All US Workers: A Trial Balloon?

According to an article in last Thursday's Wall Street Journal, the Senate is considering a bipartisan plan to require all working people in the US to carry a biometric ID card. Thomas Riggins reports... [read more]

Spain’s May 15 protest movement celebrates its anniversary

As the Spanish 15-M protest movement celebrates its first anniversary, LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, reveals that the movement is spreading from main street to mainstream... [read more]

Spying an opportunity

Stephen Gilbert argues that surveillance over the whole population involves an erosion of our basic liberties. We give away our rights at our own peril. ... [read more]

Musings on the shortest day of 2011

One year from today is the end of the Mayan calendar, the predicted “end of history,” as the late brilliant ethnobotanist and art historian Terrence McKenna called it, says Jean Claude van Itallie.... [read more]

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

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

Kettled in TopShop

Cristina Brooks recounts her treatment at the hands of the Metropolitan police while shopping during the student marches earlier this year.... [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]

Whither Iran?

In the wake of the demostrations of 11th February, which saw hard-liners and pro-democracy campaigners alike take to the streets of Tehran, Maziar Razi assesses the balance of forces in Iranian politics.... [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]

Exploited Labour On The High Street

Some of the UK’s most popular clothing brands use child labour to mass produce its merchandise. This must stop now - human dignity is at stake. ... [read more]

Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for the State’s Bucks

Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy and other states are not far behind, largely due to unfunded pension liabilities; but there are solutions.... [read more]

Trump, Fake News, and the Press

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

Trading Places

More than ever in human history, we're caught in a tug of war that threatens to destabilise entire populations and even to redefine geo-political and cultural boundaries.... [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]

Left in Agony

Cameron is responsible for taking us all to the edge of the cliff... [read more]

Is the UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set to “savage” Tony Blair?

Charles Anthony Lynton Blair is beyond all shame. No matter how widely the guilt is spread, he was Captain of the No 10 Downing Street ship, and thus should shoulder commensurate blame.... [read more]

Hang On to Your Wallet: Negative Interest, the War on Cash and the $10 Trillion Bail-In

In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is there some deeper, darker threat afoot?... [read more]

Time for the Nuclear Option: Raining Money on Main Street

Predictions are that we will soon be seeing the “nuclear option” — central bank-created money injected directly into the real economy... [read more]

Iraq Inquiry – Five Year, £10 Million Whitewash of Blair Regime?

Bereaved UK families who lost sons and daughters in the illegal invasion of Iraq have now threatened legal action against Sir John Chilcot... [read more]

From Liberal Hand-wringing to the Political Economy of Assassination: The Charleston Shootings and Mainstream Society’s Complicity in Murder (Part 1)

The larger social architecture defined by the academic, political and corporate ties of the gun lobby helps explain how we could systematically take the fight to the NRA... [read more]

Fast-track Hands the Money Monopoly to Private Banks — Permanently

In March 2014, the Bank of England let the cat out of the bag... [read more]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

How America Became an Oligarchy

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists... [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]

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]

Piketty, The Wall Street Journal, and Rational Conservatives

Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the 21st Century, has almost had the effect of a tsunami on economic thinking in the United States, writes Thomas Riggins... [read more]

Fascism Today

A friend reminded us on Facebook that today, 8 May, is the anniversary of the end of the War in Europe when Fascism was thankfully defeated... [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]

Letter to President Obama

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

Ukraine: a very Western coup

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

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

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

At last, a law to stop almost anyone from doing almost anything

Protesters, buskers, preachers, the young: all could end up with 'ipnas'. Of course, if you're rich, you have nothing to fear, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Leveraged Buyout of America

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres... [read more]

Iraq: The Beats and the Bedouins

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

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]

Spaniards believe their political parties are corrupt

The article based on the findings from Transparency International on its Global corruption Barometer was squeezed in at the bottom of the Spanish newspaper. This isn’t because the editor thought it unimportant it is just that the reports on the various corruption cases engulfing the centre right Partido Popular left little space, writes David Eade.... [read more]

The Origin and Spread of Investment Credit Economics

George Tait Edwards provides a brief timeline about the creation and spread of the new knowledge about how to make an economy grow with explosive force ... [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]

Extreme Weather: The Maya and Us

Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged New Jersey and New York thousands of people are still without power, food or portable water and are dependent on the city, state and federal government, and increasingly on Occupy Sandy (the volunteers from Occupy Wall Street and related groups) for basic survival goods, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]

If The Drugs Don't Work, The Drones Certainly Will: Imperialism In The X-Factor Age

Forget TV with informed debate when platitudes, simple emotion and 'common sense' outlooks will do, says Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

Mere insults should not be criminal offences

Peter Tatchell says Section 5 of the Public Order Act is a menace to free speech and the right to protest... [read more]

Dead-end journey

Colin Todhunter, London Progressive Journal's India correspondent, reports from Chennai on how a funeral procession through a poor neighbourhood is a metaphor for where India is heading with current social and economic policies... [read more]

Trashy beauty queens and the men who rule the world

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter that predicted where the US was heading - the world he warned about is the world we now have as bankers control the money supply having the power to make or break nations. Colin Todhunter explains ... [read more]

News International Wapping Exhibition closes as Sun on Sunday is launched

David Eade reviews the News International Wapping – 25 Years on exhibition that has been touring around the UK... [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]

A Conservative Christmas Carol

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

Poor's show

Ever since the decline of European Socialism in the 1980s and the collapse of the Soviet Union in the ’90s, capitalism has considered itself king of the world and has behaved accordingly, says W Stephen Gilbert.... [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]

Slavery for Dummies- Part three

The third and final part of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society. ... [read more]

Leon Panetta in Iraq: More lies, more war

Michael Prysner, reveals how the newly appointed American Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, is bringing back Bush-era rhetoric and pushing to extend the occupation of Iraq.... [read more]

Iranian judges defy their Supreme Court to hang teen

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell on the plight of an Iranian man sentenced to die for being gay and what you can do to help him.... [read more]

Britain's Coalition Government: Unleashing the Forces of Hell

It's now several weeks since the Tories swept into office, propped up by the Liberal Democrats. Chris Mason-Felsing looks at the story so far.... [read more]

World Cup Fever Starts To Cool

The football World Cup is one giant consumerist showcase, argues Steve Jones.... [read more]

Ban on Same-sex Marriage Must be Lifted

Marriage equality is the litmus test of David Cameron's commitment to gay rights, writes Peter Tatchell.... [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]

Justice for Western Sahara

Joanna Allan on the high-profile campaign to draw international attention to the plight of the people of the Western Sahara at the hands of the brutal Moroccan occupation.... [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]

Venezuelan Socialist Party to Form Worker Patrols and Host International Leftist Meeting

James Suggett reports from Merida on two important new initiatives by the Chavez government.... [read more]

US Audacity of Hope Falters: Settlement Freeze No Longer Required

The Obama administration's policy on Israel-Palestine is looking increasingly indistinguishable from that of the Bush years, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Beware the Assault on Journalism

John Pilger retraces the 'cultural Chernobyl'of Rupert Murdoch's impact on British life.... [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]

Support the Iranian People, Oppose Tehran’s Clerical Fascism

Peter Tatchell believes the left should unite against the theocratic regime in Tehran.... [read more]

Unprecedented!

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

Financial Meltdown Deepens

In the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Michael Roberts examines the present financial slump. ... [read more]

Brown Inches Closer to Ingsoc

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

Safety Initiatives are Criminalising Young People

As a new curfew is scheme is tried out in Cornwall, Matt Genner argues that such policies will only ostracise young people and perpetuate a culture of fear and isolation.... [read more]

London Tube Violence: Workers Get it in the Neck, Boris to Blame

Rick Grogan on how Boris Johnson's poorly-implemented Tube drink ban meant Underground workers faced abuse, vandalism and violence. ... [read more]

Wistful Eyes

From whatever angle one looks at it, the death sentence is a barbaric and stupid measure. It has been abolished by all civilized countries, except some US states (which can hardly be called civilized)... [read more]

Iraq: Will Tony Blair Finally Stand Trial for His Part in the “Supreme International Crime”?

Perhaps, at last, justice may have a chance, one which might set a precedent and also deter any politician or leader from embarking on the “supreme international crime”, ever again. Here’s fervently hoping.... [read more]

Ten Problems with the Anti-Russia Obsession

Western media and Democratic Party politicians have made a major campaign accusing Russia of “meddling” in the U.S. election. The following are major problems with the “anti-Russia” theme, starting with the lack of clear evidence.... [read more]

Taking the Shilling

A poem by Dick Jones... [read more]

And Where is Glastonbury?

The hope is that we wake up to something within our grasp at last.... [read more]

Syria: Trump’s Tomahawks, Double Standards - Using Chemical and Radioactive Weapons for Profit?

In a nauseating irony, exposed by the Palmer Report, Trump may have profited from the deaths he caused.... [read more]

If China Can Fund infrastructure with Its Own Credit, So Can We

While American politicians debate endlessly over how to finance the needed fixes and which ones to implement, the Chinese have managed to fund massive infrastructure projects all across their country, including 12,000 miles of high-speed rail built just in the last decade... [read more]

On the Road of Damascus, I Met Jeremy Corbyn

I come from a fairly long line of mercantile family forebears with strong business skills and profit inspired attitudes. Although I chose not to go into business as my brothers did and I became a teacher of English, every emotional nerve in my body believed in wealth creation as being the only way forward for all.... [read more]

Danegeld

It was just over a thousand years ago that the King of England shook his piggy bank and found it full of twigs and trinkets. He needed dosh and he needed it fast.... [read more]

Westminster Attack – Courage, Cowardice and Double Standards

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, was rushed into a car 40 yards from the gates outside Parliament where shots were fired minutes after the incident occurred. What a contrast to President Bashar Al Assad and his wife, who with their children, have never fled terrorist attacks on their country ongoing since March 2011, terrorist attacks which include entirely illegal, massive bombings by UK and US air power.... [read more]

University of Terror

Some days ago, a man committed an act of terrorism in the center of London, a city I love.... [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]

Perhaps the Messiah will Come

If someone had told me 50 years ago that the rulers of Israel, Jordan and Egypt had met in secret to make peace, I would have thought that I was dreaming.... [read more]

The “White Helmets” go to Hollywood

The White Helmets movie is a tactic in the ongoing campaign of distortion and deception around Syria... [read more]

The Pawn Queen

Theresa May’s moral failings are evident. They are certain to lead to political failure that may take some time to become evident.... [read more]

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]

Pollution Rap

A poem by Beth Porter... [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]

Respect the Green Line!

The most incisive analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict I have ever read was written by the Jewish-Polish-British historian Isaac Deutscher... [read more]

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]

Lenin Deserves To Be Rescued From His False Reputation

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

Don't Send Him!

Donald Trump has spat in the faces of at least half the Israeli population. He has appointed a bankruptcy lawyer named David Friedman to the job of US ambassador in Israel.... [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]

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]

US Presidential Election: who will win and who deserves to win?

It has been widely commented that the two main contenders in the US presidential race are both deeply flawed candidates, even that they are both unfit to hold high office... [read more]

The Lesser Evil

Who will win the elections in the US in three days?... [read more]

John Pilger: Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump

The following is an edited version of an address given by John Pilger at the University of Sydney, entitled ‘A World War Has Begun’.... [read more]

Syria, the UK and Funding the “Moderate armed opposition”

The British government has spent “over £100 million” since 2012, “working closely with a range of actors” to “find a political solution to the conflict and prepare to rebuild the country in the post Assad era.” ... [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]

The Betrayal of Syria - US, France and Britain’s UN Ambassadors at the United Nations

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

White Helmets Deceive ‘Right Livelihood’ and CodePink

The story of the White Helmets is principally a “feel good” hoax to manipulate public perception about the conflict in Syria and continue the drive for “regime change”... [read more]

Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution in Banking?

Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies... [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]

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]

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

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

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

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

Today Forty Nine Years Ago

Palestine and Israel can live in peace and harmony. If only we could just glimpse all that we have in common in our humanity... [read more]

A Document with a Mission

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

Iraq - US Apocalypse in Mosul in the Guise of Bombing ISIS

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” (Albert Camus 1913-1960).... [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]

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]

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]

Under the Lime Trees

One of the most famous lines in German poetry is "Don't greet me under the lime trees."... [read more]

You Sit On The Back Row

A poem by John Gohorry... [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]

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]

Hillary Clinton on Cutting Drug Costs - ie: Kick the Poor off Medicare

Forbes magazine doesn't always paint a rosy picture of capitalism... [read more]

Yemen’s Plight and Britain’s “creative clout” - Arms Sales and Advice on Killing

In spite of the UN stating that civilians are being disproportionately killed in Yemen, arms sales rose to over one billion pounds... [read more]

UK - Drone Strike Assassinates Prime Minister Cameron’s “Transparency” Mandate

David Cameron has made “transparency” a mantra. In May 2010 he vowed to rip off the: “cloak of secrecy” around government... [read more]

A Lonely Lawyer

By now every Israeli has seen the TV clip several times - showing a 14-year old Arab girl being shot dead... [read more]

BCE / LTRO: what’s that ?

Part 5 of the series 'Too Big to Fail' by Eric Toussaint... [read more]

Iraq – Did Tony Blair’s Regime Order Legal Advice of Illegality “Burned”?

Given the ongoing revelations on the extent of Tony Blair’s duplicitous collusion in the illegal bombing and invasion of Iraq, it seems the “bunker busters” and Cruise missiles are finally coming home to roost... [read more]

The Cats of Ariel

Every time you think we have reached the limit, something else pops up and the limit moves... [read more]

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

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

Syria: Russian Intervention Exposes Coalition Lies

How speedily the lies of the “international community” in general, and those of the US and UK in particular, about the Syrian situation are unraveling since the participation of Russia... [read more]

United-States : the Fed Bails Out Wall Street

Part 4 of Eric Toussaint's series: Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks... [read more]

Bill Hunter: The Life of a Revolutionary

I was around sixteen years old when I first met Bill Hunter who throughout all his life was committed to the cause for Marxism and in whose lifetime witnessed major global events... [read more]

Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card

The government can reduce the debt by buying it – and ripping it up... [read more]

The Douma Market Attack: a Fabricated Pretext for Intervention?

Eric Draitser raises important questions about the recent attack on a market in the Syrian town of Douma and highlights gaps in the official narrative of events... [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]

Over Forty Percent of US Children are Living in Poverty

A report from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health reveals that forty four percent of US children are living in poverty... [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]

Greece: Alternatives to the Capitulation

On 5 July 2015 the Greek people overwhelmingly rejected the austerity measures imposed by the institutions that were known as the Troika... [read more]

Grexit or Jubilee? How Greek Debt Can Be Annulled

The crushing Greek debt could be canceled the way it was made – by sleight of hand... [read more]

Marching Against Austerity: London 20 June 2015

Up to 250,000 people came to London and no one can argue that the demonstration, organised by The People's Assembly, wasn’t representative of the broad spectrum of people’s anger against Tory policies... [read more]

Sin, Socialism and Sacrilege

In some ultra-conservative circles the issue of gay marriage has become the cause célèbre du jour.... [read more]

Now for the Rise of the Republic of The North!

It’s not only the Scots who are disillusioned with Westminster politics. The 2015 election once again doomed the north to five more years under a leadership it hasn’t voted for... [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]

Penrose Inquiry: “Bad Blood”, biological terrorism and cover-up under a failed western democracy

The Penrose Inquiry, the public inquiry into the circumstances in which patients treated by the NHS in Scotland became infected with Hepatitis C, HIV, or both, through the use of blood or blood products published its Final Report on Wednesday, 25 March 2015... [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]

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

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

Iraq’s Children: Ever Expendable - From Madeleine Albright to “Save the Children.”

By 2010, seven years in to an unending war, over a quarter of Iraqi children suffered from Post Traumatic Stress disorder... [read more]

Waving in the first Row

Netanyahu went to Paris as part of his election campaign... [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]

An outrage borne witness to‏

An outrage borne witness to‏... [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]

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]

What GMOs Are Really About: Profits, Power and Geopolitics

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world... [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]

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]

Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

John Green reviews an exhibition focusing on British artists’ contribution in support of the Spanish Republican government in its struggle against General Franco’s fascist coup in 1936... [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]

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]

On gloves, rubber and the spatio-temporal logics of global health

Over the last decades and not least through the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, health initiatives have received unprecedented attention and funding... [read more]

Would Scottish Independence Mean Economic Sovereignty?

Scottish voters will go to the polls on September 18th to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country... [read more]

Washington's madness in Ukraine

What is happening right now in Ukraine may not just be another conflict that will rumble on for a few years and then slowly end in a messy compromise... [read more]

Oil, Blood, Confusion, Fear: Fuelling The British Public's Appetite For War

Back in 2003, Tony Blair stated that Saddam Hussein could hit Britain with a missile within 45 minutes. He also said that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction... [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]

Iraq: US and Israel Plan Destruction of the Nation State

The Yinon plan is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states... [read more]

Who is Winning?

Uri Avnery asks what history would look like if it were written in the style of the "Solid Cliff (a.k.a. Protective Edge) operation?... [read more]

The Atrocity

Bombs are raining on Gaza and rockets on Southern Israel, people are dying and homes are being destroyed... [read more]

Which way forward for Cuba?

Recently a young worker and member of the Leeds Marxist Society, Ben Curry, travelled to Cuba as an international delegate to the May Day celebrations. We publish below his thoughts on what is happening in Cuba... [read more]

An Armed Ghetto

One side's terrorists are the other side’s freedom fighters. That is not simply a matter of terminology. It is a difference of perception, which has far-reaching practical consequences... [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]

Has the US-UK War for Oil Detonated the “New Iraq”?

Flames are rising from Iraq's largest oil refinery at Baiji, the result of mortar attacks by the varying forces sweeping towards the capital city. Felicity Arbuthnot describes the latest tragedy to befall Iraq... [read more]

The War on Democracy

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

Iraq: The Chilcot Inquiry – British Government Blocks Transparency

Amidst howls of “whitewash” from media commentators and interested observers of all political hues, it seems the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war are finally to be published by the end of this year... [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]

The Death Of Blair Peach: Remembering A Day Of Infamy

Blair Peach was killed 35 years ago today. Lindsey German, who knew him as a radical young teacher, looks back at the day in Southall when anti-fascists bore the brunt of police brutality... [read more]

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

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

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

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

The Promise of the New and the Delusion of the Old

In 1952 the Egyptian Army Officers' Revolution of the 23 July brought in a new era of hope and pride. By 1967 it had brought us Arabs to the brink of disaster... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century? (Part 2 of 2)

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

Did an undercover cop help organise a major riot?

The wrongly convicted activist John Jordan claims the Met helped plan serious civil disorder. An independent public inquiry is now vital, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

Welfare payments, health care for the poor, and benefits for the elderly and disabled have been slashed. State workers have been downsized... [read more]

Doctors and Drones 2014: Interview with Tomasz Pierscionek on the updated Medact Report

Journalist and researcher, Carol Anne Grayson, talks to Dr Tomasz Pierscionek about his involvement in campaigning against the use of armed drones ... [read more]

Time for a complete withdrawal in Afghanistan, we should never have invaded in the first place

Journalist Carol Grayson was asked to write an article on the war in Afghanistan for a new magazine, Afghan Zariza, but was told that the “boss” thought it was “too inflammatory, so the article was banned from publication!... [read more]

The Death Of Robber Ronnie Biggs

Last week the news broke that Ronnie Biggs has died at age 84. Whilst I can certainly spare a thought for his family as they grieve, l cannot reconcile the popular perception held by many that Biggs was a kind of 'loveable rogue' who got one over on 'the man'... [read more]

Self-Boycott

Can a country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.... [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 JFK Conspiracy Theories and Why they Still Matter Today

It is now fifty years ago, come November 22nd, that John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in an event that had a huge bearing on the course of history from that day on... [read more]

The Major Policy of the Current Coalition Government is NOT Fiscal Balance But an Increased Rate of Income Shifting From Wage Earners to the Pockets of the Already Rich

The policy of the Coalition Government is not the much-trumpeted and unachievable aim of a balanced budget but the deliberate lowering of median British living standards and the production of more poverty... [read more]

New York City Mayor's Race: Living Wage or Wage Slavery: de Blasio vs. Lhota on the Dignity of Labour

The election for mayor of New York City is less that a month away and Bill de Blasio's lead in the polls appears insurmountable... [read more]

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

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

The formula for revolution

Three years ago few predicted that a revolution, a coup and an emergent civil war would soon explode in a country considered a prime tourist hot spot and ruled by the same autocrat for nearly 30 years ... [read more]

What is behind this fracking mania? Unbridled machismo

Promoting extractive industries is seen by politicians as a proper, manly pursuit, even if it makes no sense, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 2)

The European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve are at the service of the major private banks... [read more]

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

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

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

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

The Key Relevance of the Writings of Professor Kenneth Kenkichi Kurihara

George Tait Edwards explains how the writings of economist Kenneth Kurihara serve as the gateway to understanding Shimomuran high-growth economics ... [read more]

Gibraltar: A Rock of Democratic Stability As Some Nations Become Ungovernable

David Eade discusses the recent GSLP by-election victory in Gibraltar and examines the fragility of democracy across Europe... [read more]

Stop and Frisk: What Mayor Bloomberg Really Thinks About Minority Youth

New York City Mayor Bloomberg tries to defend the NYPD's massive stop and frisk program directed against minority youth... [read more]

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

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

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]

From Ragged Trousered Philanthropists to Label Wearing Ostriches?

Frank Owen, the lead character in Robert Tressell’s novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, expressed his frustration at the dismissive response of his fellow workers to his arguments for a better society... [read more]

FDR’s American Economic Miracle 1938-44, or the First Economic Bomb - The USA from 1938 to 1944 (Part 1)

George Tait Edwards reveals the secret of America's economic boom during the the FDR years ... [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]

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]

If markets weren't masters and economics worked for people

The choice on the one hand is for people to be a resource for a rich economy. The choice on the other is for a rich economy to be a resource for society. Alfie Stirling explains... [read more]

WikiLeaks is a rare truth-teller

WikiLeaks is a rare example of a newsgathering organisation that exposes the truth. Julian Assange is by no means alone, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Shallow Depths

In front of me is a copy of today's Khaleej Times; its front page story is about a speech by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed who is the Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, writes Elizabeth Ellis... [read more]

A move to the centre

Uri Avnery provides an analysis of the Israeli election results... [read more]

President Chavez

Millions of people around the world are wishing President Hugo Chavez a quick recovery so he can continue to improve the lives of Venezuelans and show the world that there is an alternative to the ravages of disaster capitalism... [read more]

The Narcosis of Charity

Joseph Johnson asks whether charity is replacing welfare... [read more]

Ensuring Scottish sovereignty

Ellen Brown discusses options for economic development in a future independent Scotland... [read more]

Revolution in Spain

Mike S reports on a Spain at the crossroads of change... [read more]

Betrayal Without Remedy: The Case of the Missing Wages

Thomas Riggins explains how the US company Hostess Brands Inc. took its workers' wages and used them to cover its own expenses ... [read more]

The Martian

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

Who Needs an Unstable Middle East?

Being a supporter of Palestinian statehood used to be a more lonely road than it is now. It was difficult to mention Palestine in public because it was such a 'dirty' word, Susan Walpole writes... [read more]

Time for our unions to come to Spain’s aid

David Eade calls for a renewal of international solidarity to help Spain’s embattled workers... [read more]

Rhetorically Speaking: US Elections and the Middle East

US elections are manifestly linked to the Middle East, at least rhetorically. In practical terms, however, US foreign policies in the region are compelled by the Middle East’s own dynamics and the US’ own political climate, economic woes, or ambitions, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

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

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

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]

Cooperative Bank: A Basic Failure

Casper Denck reports on The Cooperative Bank's decision to no longer offer accounts to persons who are undischarged bankrupt... [read more]

The USA: Glorious Diversity or Cruel Contradiction?

Faysal Mikdadi takes a look at the reality of the 'American Dream'... [read more]

Unionbook: a Bastion of Online Activism

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

The Implication of Syria's Civil Strife

Syria's Civil War is essentially a war between the majority Sunni Muslims and the minority Alawites (Shi'ites) who have ruled Syria for over 40 years. The result is a foregone conclusion. President Assad will lose and the Alawites will be ousted. Or will they? And before they do, what will be the price paid by others, asks Faysal Mikdadi.... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Doreen Carvajal writes in the New York Times about the possibility that our genes carry some memories of our ancestors' experiences and 'unfinished business'. Dr Faysal Mikdadi wonders whether this is beneficial, now and for a future generation. ... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Needs editing pre publication... [read more]

The ethical case for ‘people power’

Peter Tatchell sets out the ethics and efficacy of direct action protest across a range of issues, including OutRage!’s successful campaign against the police harassment of the LGBT community... [read more]

Hunger Games

The rich world is causing the famines it claims to be preventing, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Talking Zionism

Uri Avnery discusses the origins and the future of Zionism... [read more]

Blair, Olympic deals and the glimpse of another Britain

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

From Nehru to Mao: India's Tryst with Destiny

In 1947, Nehru spoke about a tryst with destiny. Free from the shackles of British colonialism, India was on course for a bright new future. Fast forward and witness the not so glittering outcome that Nehru didn’t have in mind, writes Colin Todhunter.... [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]

Bad Sight of the Week

At the weekend, I sent a letter to The Observer via email. So sure am I that the paper will not run it this coming Sunday that I breathe life into it by reproducing it here below... [read more]

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 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]

This is free Europe, never again!

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

Camping Needs Solid Ground

LPJ's arts correspondent and resident philosopher, Stephen Gilbert, comments that an emphasis on celebrity is the prevailing television flavour of the age, infecting every genre of programming, whether appropriate or not... [read more]

Longing to Reign Over Us

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

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]

Senior Moment

This month, I turn 65. If you know your musicals, my naming Eliza Doolittle Day as the date in question will give you the day that this event takes place. If indeed it is An Event, says W. Stephen Gilbert (photo courtesy of Barbra Flinder).... [read more]

East Africa at the Brink: Hidden Hands behind Sudan’s Oil War

Once again Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The French Presidential Campaign: As Viewed from the Rue de Solférino

David Eade talks to Pierre Kanuty about Francois Hollande's real chance of victory in the upcoming French election.... [read more]

Easter Rising 1916

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

The Acceptable Face of Violence

The recent claims about India’s poverty having fallen by around seven per cent provided a stark reminder of the violent times we live in, writes Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

Political policing

Still needs a lot of editing, especially last part...... [read more]

It's time we recognised the Blair government's criminality

John Pilger shows that in the Kabuki theatre of British parliamentary politics, great crimes do not happen and criminals go free... [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]

How Independen​t Would An Independen​t Scotland Be?

Britain’s history of war and imperialism, and its current role as junior partner in service to US hegemony, has had a deleterious impact on British society at home, writes John Wight.... [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]

Euro zone crisis: A Green alternative

We are watching economic injustice crush a nation before our eyes. On 20 March, Greece must meet the next tranche of debt repayments,says Alfie Stirling.... [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]

Hurrah for Egypt!

Uri Avnery has warm words for the new democratically elected Egyptian parliament... [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]

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]

Protest Movement or tourist attraction?

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

The Stolen War

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

Shukran, Israel

If Islamist movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bête noire, Israel, states Uri Avnery ... [read more]

Once in Unreal David's (Big) Society

Stephen Gilbert asks whether Britain is a Christian country and whether Cameron's coalition government lives up to the Christian values he professes... [read more]

Why capitalism likes us to behave irrationally

It’s a great irony that although human beings, as distinct from other animals, are characterised by their ability for rational thinking, so much of our behaviour is irrational, argues John Green.... [read more]

The Bible of the revolution and its Quran

The 2011 revolution of the people of Egypt shocked the international community on many different levels, says Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

No2VAG's request falls on deaf ears

No2VAG has a legitimate right to be heard by the NLWA, as Ellen Graubart explains. The campaign group has requested a hearing at the Authority's meetings, and three times the group has been refused.... [read more]

Boom at the top

At a time when the poorest are being hit hardest, W Stephen Gilbert comments on the obsence bonuses enjoyed by those at the top echelons of the financial sector and puts paid to the reasons most commonly used to justify such unfair practice.... [read more]

The War on Libya: Behind Appearances - Part 3

An in-depth critique and analysis of the beginnings of the civil war in Libya and what was at stake for all parties involved in the final conflict, split into three parts. (Part 3)... [read more]

Why Freecycle could change the world

Deborah X tells of an online scheme were strangers share items according to their needs... [read more]

Wealth Destroyers

The Corporation of the City of London has harmed you more than you know, says George Monbiot. ... [read more]

The end of the world as we know it…

In the first of a new series of editorials, the London Progressive Journal gives its views on current events... [read more]

Angry, broke and Homeless

As the Spanish general election approaches, David Eade shows how a protest movement, led by the homeless, will be campaigning out on the streets.... [read more]

Mutiny on the Titanic

Uri Avnery reflects on recent events in Israel... [read more]

The real genius of the Big Society? It can only get Bigger

Tom Rollins shows how Cameron is using his concept of the ‘Big Society’ to launch a fresh class war... [read more]

The Roma of Iraq- a forgotten community

Iqbal Tamimi considers the fate of the Roma women of Iraq: from dancing and prostitution before the US invasion of Iraq to harassment and begging on the streets afterwards.... [read more]

Venceremos Brigade challenges travel ban, promotes exchange

Mike Chrisemer reflects on his experiences of being a member of the Venceremos solidarity brigade on a recent trip to Cuba.... [read more]

Over 300 U.S. troops dead in Afghanistan in 2011

Kevin Baker shows how the US administation cares little for the lives of American soldiers. Many troops dying in Afghanistan today were 8 years old when the 9/11 attacks happened. ... [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]

Out of the Ashes

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

The Egyptian Revolt is Coming Home

John Pilger reflects on Egypt and the revolution and what it means to leaders in the west.... [read more]

Any Egyptian Demonstration Must Be A Riot

Ahmed Amr relates his experience from the front line of the anti-Mubarak demonstrations and considers culpability of the US in what happened. ... [read more]

Introducing ... British Government Plc

John Green on the growing preponderance of unelected advisors from the business sector in senior government roles. ... [read more]

Modern Football: Money, Hype and Hysteria

John Green looks at how the status of the 'beautiful game' has changed in recent years.... [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]

Talking Politics with Hratche Koundarjian

First-time voter Chris Mason-Felsing met with Labour's Hratche Koundarjian to discuss Labour's Gernal Election prospects.... [read more]

The Biggest Lie in the World and a Few Truths

Steven Colatrella picks apart the myth that free market capitalism is the most rational way of allocating resources.... [read more]

The Greek Crisis and the Threat to the Euro

Can the EU afford to let Greece withdraw from the Eurozone? Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks considers the significance of the Grek Crisis.... [read more]

The Useless Logic of Round Numbers

The media fixation with pointless symbolic milestones serves to trivialise the everyday misery of victims of US violence, argues Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

British Stars Stand up for Haiti

A concert in London, jointly organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and the TUC, will raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.... [read more]

Iran, Israel and Latin America: The Media States Its Case

Ramzy Baroud scrutinises the mainstream media consensus on the designated enemies of the US.... [read more]

Khaled Taja: The Anthony Quinn of Arab Drama

Khaled Taja, 70 years old and the iconic figure of Arabic drama, is planning to play the leading role in a movie about the tunnels of Gaza, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Venezuela Refuses to Recognise Honduran Elections and Congratulates Uruguan President-elect

Tamara Pearson on the Chavez government's reaction to two very different elections.... [read more]

Tony Blair's Legacy

War criminal Tony Blair missed out on the EU presidency last week. Tomasz Pierscionek looks back on how the Blair years destroyed the credibility of the Labour party.... [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]

The Looming Threat of Terror that Comes From the Far Right

The threat comes not only from jihadis but 'neo-Nazis' out to kill black people, Jews and gays, says Johann Hari.... [read more]

Surrogates: Who's Behind the Attacks in Iran? (part one)

In the first of a two-part essay examining the background to the recent terrorist attack in Iran, Daniel Pye looks at the US government's employment of proxy armies or 'surrogates' in its bid for strategic control of the Middle East. ... [read more]

The Population Myth

George Monbiot says people who claim that population growth is the big environmental issue are shifting the blame from the rich to the poor.... [read more]

TUC Takes an Important Step Forward

John Haylett applauds the TUC's assertiveness in supporting a boycott of Israel.... [read more]

Wobbly Stools

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

Al-Megrahi: Media Hype Obscures Question Marks Over Lockerbie Conviction

In the wake of the highly politicised media storm over the release of the 'Lockerbie bomber', Adrian Cruden reflects on a number of unanswered questions about the Pan Am bombing.... [read more]

Interview: Michael Prysner Talks to London Progressive Journal

Tomasz Pierscionek interviews ex-US army veteran and prominent anti-war campaigner Michael Prysner.... [read more]

Tories and Cuts: The Dangers Ahead

Whatever David Cameron may be saying publicly, massive public sector cuts will be a certainty if the Tories win the next election, as Steve Jones explains.... [read more]

Matter of the Heart

Uri Avnery looks back over the first 100 days of Binyamin Netanyahu's second term as Israeli Prime Minister.... [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]

US Support is Propping Up Honduran Military Coup

Francisco Dominguez insists the US must respect the constitutional sovereignty of Honduras and withdraw its support for the military coup.... [read more]

Forget the Headlines - Iraqi Freedom Deferred

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

Stonewall 40 - Our Lost Gay Radicalism

Peter Tatchell believes London's gay community has lost much of its radical edge.... [read more]

Britain's Secret War in Colombia

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

Ahmadinejad Re-elected: Israel and Obama’s Iran Puzzle

The crisis in Iran presents a singular challenge to Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Venezuela Investigates Private TV Station Globovision for Inciting Assassination

James Suggett on the Venezuelan government's response to the ongoing anti-Chavez campaign being pursued by the country's corporate mass media.... [read more]

Washington Post Shamelessly Promotes US Drug Policy in Colombia

Garry Leech critically analyses a typically obsequious mainstream portrayal of US policy in Latin America.... [read more]

Captive Knowledge

The funding for academic research has been taken over by business, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Is the New Statesman Committing Suicide?

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

President Obama Announces $1 trillion ‘New Deal’ Programme

Christopher Vasey on the Obama administration's new initiative to kick-start the US economy.... [read more]

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

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

The Proceeds of Crime

The US and British governments have created a private prison industry which preys on human lives, says George Monbiot.... [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]

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]

Economic Outlook Worsens as Unemployment Increases

With UK unemployment figures reaching a ten-year high, Christopher Vasey reviews the experts' forecasts for an even gloomier 2009.... [read more]

The Tempo of the Struggle

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

Violent Opposition Student Protests Shut Down Venezuelan City and University

James Suggett on the violent confrontations initiated by anti-Chávez demonstrators in Venezuela.... [read more]

The Damian Green Affair: What are the Issues?

Steve Jones dissects the controversy surrounding the recent arrest of the Conservative politician Damian Green.... [read more]

Unsettling Signs: Buzzwords, Politics and US Elections

Looking back over the US presidential election contest, Ramzy Baroud is sceptical about the likelihood of serious "change" under an Obama administration.... [read more]

Lest We Forget

George Monbiot asks: Could the First World War have been avoided?... [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]

Gordon Brown and "Light Touch" Regulation

Mick Brooks on how Gordon’s policies left the UK unprepared for the present financial crisis.... [read more]

Talk of "Progress" in Iraq is a Smokescreen as Sectarian Militants Target Christian Community

As violence continues unabated in "free" Iraq, Hussein Al-Alak questions the convenient myth that there is something inherently natural about sectarian violence in Iraq.... [read more]

£50bn Bail-out Will Not Stop the Rot

Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks on the UK government's financial bail-out package.... [read more]

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

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

The Bailout: A Reality Check for America

Safreena Rajan on why the present recession is a damning indictment of the incompetence of the Bush administration.... [read more]

Bolivia: Big Business Interests Continue to Stoke Up Confrontation Against Morales

Samuele Mazzolini on the vicious campaign being waged by right-wing elements opposed to the mildly socialist reforms of Bolivia's President Evo Morales.... [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]

United Socialist Party of Venezuela Begins Campaign for Regional Elections

Tamara Pearson on the start of election campaigning in Venezuela.... [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]

Morning Star Back on Track After Office Fire

In the week that the Morning Star's London office sustained extensive damage from an electrical fire, Tomasz Pierscionek urges readers to show their support for Britain's only socialist daily.... [read more]

How the NHS was Founded – the Fight Against Private Medicine

As Britain's National Health Service celebrates another milestone anniversary, Barbara Humphries reviews sixty years of struggle against encroaching privatisation.... [read more]

Hay Festival Raises More Questions Than Answers

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

"Stop the Arms Trade Week" Comes to London

CAAT will hold its annual event in Islington this week, to draw attention to the murderous multi-million pound arms trade.... [read more]

Venezuela’s Only Contacts with FARC were for Humanitarian Exchange Says Minister

Venezuela's foreign minister has refuted US-sourced allegations that Hugo Chavez has been financing the Colombian rebel group FARC.... [read more]

Let's Put People before Profits - If not now, then When?

Noel Hatch attributes Labour's electoral demise to its total abandonment of an egalitarian agenda.... [read more]

Is Bolivia’s “Pink Tide” Being Forced to Turn?

Joanna Allan on the elite-led autonomist rebellion which threatens to undermine unity and progress in Bolivia.... [read more]

The BBC vs Hugo Chavez

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

We're Still Too Fixated On Oil

Labour MP Michael Meacher on the ongoing obsession with oil.... [read more]

Resist the Ration Cuts!

Ending the food ration system in Iraq will cause a humanitarian disaster.... [read more]

Burnt Out

The Government’s plans for clean coal are another great green scam.... [read more]

Anti-FARC March Only Tells Part Of the Story

As millions march against the FARC in Colombia, Samuele Mazzolini considers the wider context of Colombia's internal security problems.... [read more]