A non-partisan journal of the left.

Search London Progressive Journal

  • Enter text and click Search. This search does not accept exact strings with " or '. For exact searching click 'Exact Search'.
  • or

The Arabs Did It

For eight months there was hardly a drop of rain. A strong, hot, east wind blew in from the desert. The land dried up. Any little spark could have started a major fire.... [read more]

The Cheapest Way to Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed

Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the cheapest and most efficient way to tackle the climate crisis. So states a Guardian article, citing a new analysis published in the journal Science.... [read more]

Our government’s big green idea: let’s subsidise natural disasters

Britain pays billions to support farming, and then billions to repair the catastrophic damage it causes, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

A manifesto for rewilding the world

A mass restoration of ecosystems offers us hope where there was little hope before, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

FREE: Bowe Bergdahl exchanged for 5 Taliban captives

Carol Grayson reports on the release of Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier held prisoner by the Taliban for five years... [read more]

Bowe Bergdahl, US soldier captured by Taliban: A reflection on his words and time for prisoner exchange

Carol Grayson reports on the status of Bowe Bergdahl, an American held prisoner by the Taliban since 2009, and provides a transcript of the unedited version of a video of Bowe which the Taliban recently released... [read more]

Cameron’s Contagion

There couldn’t be a clearer case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. For the past three years there have been clear and unequivocal warnings that ash die-back could come to Britain, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Strange Fruit

Guardian columnist George Monbiot on....fruit.... [read more]

Two activists pay tribute to Palestinian minister killed at human rights day ceremony

Planting a tree should be a joyous occasion, new life, growth and the fruits of labour but not in the West Bank where this simple act cost Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein (55) his life... [read more]

Highland Spring?

The scoured, scorched Highlands could be brought to life – maybe an independent nation will have the courage to act, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Highland Spring?

The scoured, scorched Highlands could be brought to life – maybe an independent nation will have the courage to act, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

Uncapped, almost unconditional, the vast sums of public money we give to farmers buy only destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

Uncapped, almost unconditional, the vast sums of public money we give to farmers buy only destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Ash Cloud

There was a time when conservatism meant what the word suggests. It was an attempt to keep things as they are: to arrest economic and social change, to defend the position of the dominant class. Today conservatism has become a nihilistic festival of destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Invisible Diasporan (Part 1)

Mallards Cottage was where I wrote my first novel. I called it The Return. I used to dream most of its events – the very plot was born of a dream on Christmas Eve of 1976... [read more]

Alisoun and the Passage of Time to Death

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

Palestine

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

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

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

Twelve Years a Slave, Sixty Six Years a Living Dead

Dr Faysal Mikdadi dreams of his lost love - Palestine... [read more]

A tale of gold, guns, greed and rat poison in the Brazilian jungle

The miners of northern Brazil live by the laws of power, honour, money and lust. But sometimes, karma asserts itself too, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Fat of the Land

The European Union's farm subsidies are a modern equivalent of feudal aid. As Europe suffers under austerity, it's right to call for reform, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Anomie

Enclosure and dispossession have driven us, like John Clare, all a little mad, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Resurgent Aristocracy

Rural policy is once again the preserve of the elite, and wildlife and people suffer as a result, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Back to Basics in Palestine: Redefining Our Relationship to a People’s Struggle

Palestinians are governed by laws without internationally recognizable legal frame of reference, a situation that allows Israel to justify the detention of Gaza patients seeking medical treatment outside their besieged area, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Welcome to Palestine: A First Hand Account of Arbitrary Detention

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

The 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 Runaway Dog

One of the paradoxes of our species is the total control we have over almost every aspect of our babyhood during the first year or so of life... [read more]

Pinocchio's Green Nose

If your only introduction to the character of Pinocchio was Disney's animated adventures, you were assumed not to be "man enough" to handle Carlo Collodi's original and far more brutal fairy-tale... [read more]

Why Do We Think We Own The Earth?

Is it too late to ditch our rigid world view, our superiority, our belief in our ‘right’ to own and control our world? ... [read more]

On Passing My Seventieth Year

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

Nowruz 2019

Persian New Year at spring vernal equinox is the beacon of hope & reconciliation, forgiveness & love, and the yearnings for liberty, dignity, fraternity, equality, tranquility, justice & peace!... [read more]

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

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

A Citizen Of Everywhere

At the geographic centre of Europe, Berlin is a microcosm of European history.... [read more]

An account from a doctor on board the Freedom Flotilla which was hijacked by the Israeli Navy

Events from 29 July when the Israeli Navy stormed the Freedom Flotilla al-Awda, hijacked and diverted it from its intended course to Gaza by Dr Swee Ang, medical doctor on board the al-Awda.... [read more]

Nowruz: 2018

The Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox is commemorated in Iran, Central/West Asia and by the diaspora... [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]

Nowruz, the Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox

Nowruz in Persian literally means the first day [of the New Year]. It is the most prominent seasonal celebration of the solar calendars... [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]

Lebanon Has a Few Stragglers Living There

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

Iran as the Historical Tri-Continental Bridge, and Ireland? An Ethno-Cultural and Etymological Interconnectedness

Over forty years ago, a number of Irish professors visiting the University of Tehran disseminated their research findings that there is a firm anthropological connection between Iran and Ireland from the distant past... [read more]

Yes, We Can

Lately, more and more people in Israel and around the world have been saying that the "Two-State Solution" is dead.... [read more]

Chiaroscuro

A poem by Simon Cockle... [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]

The Swallow with an Injured Wing

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

Death in Yemen - UK Arms Sales to Saudi and the “Proper Use” of Illegal Weapons

Amnesty has been pressing the British government on Saudi Arabia’s use of outlawed weapons, only to be told sanguinely that UK Ministers have been provided with “assurances” by Saudi Arabia “of their proper use.” Work that one out: “proper use” of illegal weapons.... [read more]

WOMEN WORK TO ADDRESS SILENCE OVER WAR ATROCITIES IN POST-CONFLICT BOUGAINVILLE

In the northern coastal villages of Hako Constituency on Buka Island, in Papua New Guinea’s eastern autonomous region of Bougainville, life to all appearances is carefree... [read more]

Nowruz, the Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox

Nowruz in Persian literally means the first day [of the New Year]. It is the most prominent seasonal celebration of the solar calendars... [read more]

The Widening Gap

In any list of Israel's 100 most important women, Ilana Dayan would occupy a prominent position... [read more]

Thanksgiving

Poem written for Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Poet, Artist, Bookseller, Publisher, Activist ... [read more]

The Holy Land

A lament for lands once conquered where men were laid to rest... [read more]

Questions of Power and Slavery

All governments encroach, creep into our lives, and smother our minds with ever more legislation that infringes our human rights and civil liberties... [read more]

Committee room 9: “Scotland and Palestine: Building Friendship and Solidarity”

Clive Hambidge reports on a recent seminar at the Houses of Parliament: “Scotland and Palestine” Building Friendship and Solidarity... [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]

Jewish Terrorists

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

Nowruz, the New Year at the spring vernal equinox

Nowruz in Persian literally means the first day... [read more]

Iraq: The Destruction of Nineveh’s History – Murdering Mesopotamia

March 19th commemorates the twelfth anniversary of the beginning of the destruction of Iraq... [read more]

It's time to shout stop on this war on the living world

Our consumption is trashing a natural world infinitely more fascinating and intricate than the stuff we produce, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Pakistan: Alleged target killer for ISI and Blackwater executed after “confessing” to assassinations during peace talks

In recent days the name of the firm “Blackwater” has reared its ugly head once again with the trial of four men, part of an assignment contracted by the US State Department to provide “security” in Baghdad during 2007... [read more]

Bury my Heart at Gaza City

The similarities between the building of Israel and the US are astonishing. The native people are portrayed as savage, inherently violent, unable to understand peace... [read more]

Israel: International Anger Mounts

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

Activists and Afghan Taliban slate Guantanamo and did US attempt to drone Bowe Bergdahl?

Back in 2013 a number of human rights activists including myself joined a solidarity hunger strike with Guantanamo prisoners... [read more]

Blitz or Bling

The great British Blitz tradition has been replaced by the great bling tradition. We live purely on sensationalism, exaggeration, self indulgence, dishonest reporting and, sadly, undignified realities... [read more]

The Lake District is a wildlife desert. Blame Wordsworth

I revere Wordsworth the poet, but not his view of farming as a benign force. The Lakes fells don't need world heritage status – just fewer sheep, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Landed Mafia

Those of us who defend the planet are increasingly subject to abuse. It is the price we pay for confronting the power of money, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Venezuelan elections

John Green provides an analysis of and background to today's election in Venezuela... [read more]

“Ich bin ein Bil’iner!”

This does not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has NOT been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. ... [read more]

Corporate Blowback

Companies like EDF, seeking to terrify protesters with lawsuits, are likely to become victims of their own aggression, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Greece's Big Smog: Neoliberal austerity, public health, and the environment*

Neoliberal austerity in crisis-torn Greece has a significant implication for public health and the environment. The disturbing reality is that the unbearable cost of heating oil for a large portion of the country's population has led to an increased use of solid fuel heating, writes Ilia Xypolia.... [read more]

Israel's war on journalists

Targeting journalists is not a new Israeli strategy as some might believe. There is irrefutable evidence that the Israeli military is targeting journalists covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Empty Promise

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

IMT sympathiser shot in Swat - Barbarism must not prevail!

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

The Palestinian Nakba: The Resolve of Memory

Writing about the events of Al-Nakba, Ramzy Baroud reports that every region in Palestine that was meant to be taken was captured, its people were expelled or massacred in their homes and villages. Ben Guiron ‘cleansed’ the land, but he failed to cleanse Israel’s past. Memory persists. ... [read more]

These are the days of decision

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

Why I think students fees are a good thing...

In an ideal world (one in which The X Factor is but a terrible dream, foisted upon us by a vengeful Satan), students wouldn't have to pay tuition fees, says Chris Mason-Felsing.... [read more]

The Palestinian Authority: Redundant but Dangerous Language

Ramzy Baroud takes a critical look at the language used by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority in their pronouncements on possible talks with Israel.... [read more]

‘The Internet is a Game Changer’

With news coverage gradually moving towards a 'paperless world' in the internet age, Ramzy Baroud considers the implications for political journalism.... [read more]

Money’s Hunger

Industrial civilisation is trashing the environment. George Monbiot asks: should we try to reform it or just watch it go down? ... [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]

Yes, You Can!

Barack Obama faces a historic challenge in the Middle East, as Uri Avnery explains.... [read more]

Non-Violence in Palestine: Timing and Intentions

Ramzy Baroud examines the discourse on violence in relation to the Israel-Palestine conflict.... [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]

Report from a Refugee Camp in Kashmir

As India and Pakistan engage in sabre rattling troops have been moving towards their forward deployments, Assed Baig asks: What about the victims of this age-old rivalry?... [read more]

Free the Unborn! A Proposal for Slowing Down Politics

George Monbiot on why the struggle against climate change is being undermined by political short-termism.... [read more]

The USA Today: Weariness, Despair, Indifference

Robert Israel sees, in Canada, a hint of a more inclusive and hopeful political culture in North America.... [read more]

The Death of Dith Pran

Chris Bath on the journalist who told the world about the killing fields of Cambodia.... [read more]

Yes He Can

New York poet Erica Cardwell wants American voters to be brave and choose Obama.... [read more]

Interview: George Monbiot Talks to London Progressive Journal

London Progressive Journal's Haseeb Khokhar spoke to prominent climate change campaigner George Monbiot.... [read more]