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The Bizarre Case of Bashar

When I first heard that, on April 4, Bashar al-Assad had bombed Khan Sheikhoun with nerve gas my inner voice whispered: wait. Something wrong. Something smells fishy. First of all, it was too quick. Just a few hours after the event, everybody knew it was Bashar who did it.... [read more]

False Evidence Appearing Real

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

Bullying and Hijacking Muslim Women’s Voices in the UK Live on Air

Iqbal Tamimi reflects on a gross incident of on-air sexist bullying on the UK Arabic TV channel, Alhiwar.... [read more]

Late For Class or Did the Dog Eat Your Homework?

Here in the UK we’re trapped yet again by that old mantra: Hurry up and wait. It’s such a familiar fallback by now we tend to regard it as the norm.... [read more]

High & Mighty

A few decades ago, a visit to my cousin in upstate New York included a trip to a shopping mall. ... [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]

The Orange Man

So here we are. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president... [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]

Education, Education, Deprivation

If you were a university student at any time from 1962 to 1989, you received a maintenance grant; it started off at a little under £400 p.a. and reached £1,430 in 1980... [read more]

The Day That Spanish Democracy Died

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

The race to the bottom of the political barrel continues as claimants head for food banks

Felix McHugh describes how Tory policy is rolling back the clock to the Victorian era... [read more]

The Italian crisis and the wait for Godot

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

The year of cataclysm for the NHS

It has been a big year for the English health service, for the wrong reasons. With so much happening so fast, Alex Nunns of the NHS Support Federation pulls together the strands to explain what is really going on in the NHS... [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]

The Recession is the Government's Opportunity to Act on its Green Promises

Luke Aldred argues the current economic crisis represents a perfect opportunity for the British government to implement far-reaching changes to make Britain greener and more sustainable.... [read more]

Back to Boom and Bust

Eric Hollies on the self-fulfilling prophecy of the global economic downturn.... [read more]

THEN AND, UNFORTUNATELY, NOW

Our public duty is to demonstrate our lack of faith in the thoughtless and insensitive polity that erodes the social fabric as a matter of deliberate intention. Philistine and self-satisfied domesticity cannot be the aim of a thinking democracy in a creative culture... [read more]

Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All At Risk

Central bankers are now aggressively playing the stock market. To say they are buying up the planet may be an exaggeration, but they could. They can create money at will, and they have declared their independence from government. They have become rogue players in a game of their own.... [read more]

Control Freaks

Open your hand and breathe into the palm. Now close your fist. What have you caught?... [read more]

A Public Bank for Los Angeles? City Council Puts It to the Voters

California legislators exploring the public bank option may be breaking not just from Wall Street but from the Federal Reserve.... [read more]

The Siamese Twins

After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Drucker's TV series "The Captains", I must come back to the one whose episode I have not yet covered: Yitzhak Rabin.... [read more]

The Day of Shame

I asked myself: what would I have done if I had been a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip?... [read more]

Who is the vassal?

"If you want to understand the policy of a nation, look at the map!" Napoleon is supposed to have said.... [read more]

A Song is Born

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

Salisbury, Skripal and Novichok – a local view

From the moment the news came out that on Sunday March 4th in Salisbury, one of England’s revered cathedral cities, a Russian spy and his daughter had been poisoned by some form of ‘nerve agent’ my reaction was ‘Oh dear’. ... [read more]

1945

1945 is a sacred year in Labour mythology... [read more]

Branded

Perhaps the most sadly significant sign among the daily deceits currently stinking up the White House, is the redefinition of "presidential."... [read more]

Donald Trump and Theresa May - Partners in Planning Armageddon?

Prime Minister May’s endlessly repeated mantra “Brexit means Brexit” (Britain leaving the European Union) takes on a whole new meaning: she is prepared to trigger the UK departing the planet.... [read more]

“Making America Great Again”, by Reducing the Word to Ashes?

Without the slightest proof produced by the US that such a test was attempted, yet alone a nuclear one, Donald Trump’s language and that of his fiefdom have been on the level of a bar room brawl rather than statesmanlike... [read more]

Better world

A poem by Kay Channon... [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]

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]

Just a Trick

This peace process is like a sleeping dog. A dangerous dog. While it sleeps, Netanyahu can get away with everything... [read more]

Is Dumbing Down a Reality?

As the future of public service broadcasting is uncertain, it is timely now to again ask a familiar question and to broaden the debate beyond the confines of sectional interest... [read more]

Iran - A Travelogue to Home Away from Home

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

Replacing reality by fantasy

John Green tales a look at the recent, much-hyped German series Deutschland 83... [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]

Leader without Glory

Abu Mazen was very different from Arafat. Arafat was flamboyant, spontaneous, extrovert. Abu Mazen is rather withdrawn, introverted, cautious, meticulous... [read more]

Lord Mandelson Speaks

The most damaging aspect of Lord Mandelson’s initiative, however, is not what is said, but what is not said... [read more]

The Ministry of Fear

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself," said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was wrong... [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]

Has Jeremy Corbyn started the political conversation that England needs?

Many people, battered and depressed by the result of the general election cheered up when Jeremy announced he was entering the Labour leadership contest... [read more]

Together

"You've got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain" David Cameron ... [read more]

Labour and benefit cuts‏

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, asks how voters are likely to view a party that so manifestly lacks the courage of its convictions... [read more]

“Guerrilla Warfare” Against the EU-ECB-IMF Economic Hegemony: The Challenge and Promise of Greece. The Nationalization of the Banking System

Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees... [read more]

The Shameful Tragedy of Tariq Aziz. A Metaphor for the “New Iraq.”

As with everything to do with “The New Iraq”, the death of the country’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Tariq Aziz, 79, was announced with a lie... [read more]

Governments submit to “Too Big to Fail” banks (part 2)

Governments make gifts galore to private banks... [read more]

New Labour is the Problem, Not the Solution

After Labour’s dismal performance in Thursday’s election there have been a lot of theories on why it turned out to be such a terrible night for the party... [read more]

Tariq Aziz’s Son: “Time is not on our side.”

24th April 2015, Twelfth Anniversary of a US Travesty of Justice... [read more]

The Israeli Salvation Front

The 2015 election was a giant step towards the self-destruction of Israel. An Israel Salvation Front is needed now.... [read more]

The ECB’s Noose Around Greece

Remember when Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks?... [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]

John Cantlie writes from within Islamic State captivity… what messages should we take from his article?

Freedom of speech and expression has become a much debated concept depending who interprets and how it is defined... [read more]

Dehumanisation in war

The murder of Baha Mousa springs to mind as a line in the sand where we may have publicly turned a corner for soldiers being exposed for abusing innocent civilians... [read more]

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

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

Testament For Truth

A poem by Geoffrey Heptonstall... [read more]

How the world was saved from a nuclear catastrophe

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

Farah, A Gazan “Anne Frank”

Farah, who began blogging when she was just 12, sends her messages to be read by global audience, most of whom she will never meet... [read more]

Never Again

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

I Am a Palestinian

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

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empirio-Criticism Thomas Riggins

Thomas Riggins talks us though the rest of Chapter 4 of Lenin's book Materialism and Empirio-Criticism ... [read more]

The Watch on the Jordan

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

Review: VJ McGill on Russell's Critique of Marxism

In the "The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell" volume in the Library of Living Philosophers (1944) VJ McGill (1897-1977) published a detailed critique of Russell's political and economic philosophy... [read more]

Europe swings right as Spain turns left

All the chatter after the European Elections has been about the surge in the far right parties with the National Front in France and UKIP in the UK leading the charge. Yet in Spain the move has been markedly to the left, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Ukraine: US Ambassador to Moscow’s 2008 Cable: “Nyet, Means Nyet – Russia’s NATO Engagement’s Red Line.”

Headlines in the mainstream Western media, and Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague, obediently echo White House propaganda... [read more]

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

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

Pakistan’s shame: Missing persons at epidemic proportions, campaigners call for urgent action

Carol Grayson highlights the campaign against enforced disappearances in Pakistan... [read more]

Carry out the legacy of Hugo Chavez!

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

Missing Moazzam: For former Guantanamo detainee, the ordeal continues

I am missing the presence of Moazzam Begg as an important contributor to the daily political debate on terrorism and counter-terrorism on social media... [read more]

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

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

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

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

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]

An economy ruled by the mob

It is not easy for any of us to get our heads around the complexities of modern economics. Many capitalists themselves and certainly most politicians no longer understand how the system really works... [read more]

In Defence of Lenin

Following the 90th anniversary of Lenin's death, Rob Sewell reviews his legacy... [read more]

Ariel Sharon: Serial war criminal, mass murderer

Richard Becker, author of "Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire" describes the true legacy of the virulently anti-Arab racist and former Israeli prime minister... [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]

NHS In Crisis: The Story of Torrington Community Hospital

Elijah Pryor discusses the significance of Torrington Community Hospital for the North Devon community and the campaign to challenge cutbacks to the hospital's services... [read more]

Marx and the Muslim Brothers

How should one respond to the claim that Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are "Marx's contemporary successors"?... [read more]

International Relations and the Classroom

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

The Origin of Shimomura’s Japanese Economic Miracle, or the Second Economic Bomb - Japan from 1946 to 1965 (Economic miracles Part 2)

Japan was the first Asian country to demonstrate how a self-confident culture, with adequate leadership, could rapidly adopt Western industrial technologies while preserving the integrity of their domestic cultural legacy... [read more]

Bringing Anne Frank's Vision to the Modern World

It was once stated, that “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes”. Over the past few weeks, in the northern city of Manchester, UK, the question of learning has been at the very centre of the Anne Frank + You exhibition, writes Hussein Al-alak... [read more]

Barbican Centre Cleaners in Historic Strike for the Living Wage

Election Day for the Corporation of London will see a strike of cleaners at the Barbican Centre... [read more]

Smart Phones, Dumb Companies

Phone companies do too little to ensure the minerals they use are conflict-free. Here's what you can do to hold them to account, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Waiting 17 months for an appeal (Part 2)

Felix McHugh reveals the outcome of Paula’s appeal... [read more]

Proportional Representation in the UK

After the disaster that was Nick Clegg's attempt at electoral reform it appears that reforming the voting system may be off the agenda for at least a generation, longer if the two main parties have their way, writes Bobby Gant.... [read more]

It’s like Déjà-Vu All Over Again

The Israeli-US rhetoric towards Iran is more than just hollow threats. History shows us why Iran is next in the firing line, and why an invasion just might be inevitable. ... [read more]

Mas means less

LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, provides a breakdown of the Catalan elections and discusses the implications the election results have for the issue of Catalan independence... [read more]

Palestine- The Right of Return

Dr Faisal Mikdadi looks at some of the arguments used to justify Israel's annexation of Palestinian land and discusses the 'right of return'... [read more]

Melinda Taylor: The Spy That Got Away?

On the 7th of June 2012, Melinda Taylor and three other ICC delegates were arrested in the city of Zintan in Libya by Zintani militia. How should the Australian media handle the story? Finn Bowen takes a look.... [read more]

Shadow of London “Orbit” in Bosnia: Steel, Blood, and the Suppression of Memory

As ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company, invests 19.2 million pounds of steel to construct a monument marking London’s Olympic Games, a disturbing story is emerging about the refusal to memorialise a former concentration camp in Bosnia it owns today... [read more]

Anomie

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

A Putsch Against War

Uri Avnery reveals that in Israel senior military officers and intelligence chiefs are speaking out against President Binyamin Netanyahu's calls for war with Iran. However, Netanyahu ignores their warnings and carries on regardless... [read more]

Beat the Cheat: an alternative take

With the Sun newspaper launching yet another campaign of 'Beat the Cheat', Felix McHugh highlights the problem of claimants being cheated out of their benefits... [read more]

Behind the Scenes: The Secret NATO Report on the Taliban

The secret NATO report, "State of the Taliban 2012," commissioned by the US and NATO was never supposed to see the light of day. Unfortunately for the US war party it was leaked to the press, writes Thomas Riggins ... [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]

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 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]

Cancer patients: throw off the chains of dependancy

Felix McHugh looks at the how the Coalition government plans to cut Employment and Support Allowance to further impoverish those who have the least... [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]

Empty words from Israel?

Uri Avnery casts a close eye on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu\'s threat of an attack against Iran... [read more]

The Lairds of Learning

Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the Western world? Whose monopolistic practices makes WalMart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch look like a socialist?... [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]

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]

Stating the Obvious: WikiLeaks Indicts and Vindicates US Diplomats

The Wikileaks disclosures have smashed the US government's edifice of rhetoric and lies about Iraq, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Defending the NHS Against Privatisation: John Lister talks to London Progressive Journal (Part Two)

The second part of Tomasz Pierscionek's discussion with prominent anti-privatisation campaigner John Lister.... [read more]

Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Righting a Perpetual Wrong

Like Palestinian refugees elsewhere, Lebanon's Palestinian exiles are treated as second class citizens, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

One Holy Land United With Liberty and Justice for All

The absurd mythology of Zionism cannot hold firm forever, writes Ahmed Amr.... [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]

The Cleggameron Coalition Comes to Power; the New Labour Era Ends.

Socialist Appeal's Rob Sewell reflects on the historic events of the past few days at Westminster.... [read more]

An Eruption of Reality

George Monbiot asks: has our society become too complex to sustain?... [read more]

The Greeks are Fighting for Us All

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

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]

End the Embargo on Cuba

Rob Miller calls on the US and UK governments to end the anachronistic, brutal and illegal blockade of Cuba.... [read more]

Ousted: US Diplomat Who Wanted Inquiry into Afghan vote

US representative Peter Galbraith was recalled by the United Nations after a row over the disputed Afghan election, as Rupert Cornwell explains.... [read more]

Justice This Time Around: Will Goldstone's Report Deliver?

Israel has arrogantly dismissed the findings of a new, detailed UN report into Israeli war crimes in Gaza, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Jamaica: A Grim Place to be Gay

Peter Tatchell argues Britain should use its economic leverage to pressure the Jamaican legal system into reforming its backward approach to homosexuality.... [read more]

The Johnny Procedure

Uri Avnery on the conspiracy of silence which protects Israeli war criminals.... [read more]

Gaza and the Language of Power

The Israeli assault on Gaza his slipped off the radar of mainstream news coverage, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Green Shoots of Economic Recovery?

Mick Brooks considers recent claims that the world economic system is on the mend.... [read more]

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

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

Making the Case for Equality

Matt Genner considers a recent Equality Trust report on the societal benefits of social equality.... [read more]

Day of Celebrations across Venezuela for Revolution’s 10th Anniversary

Tamara Pearson on the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Hugo Chavez's presidency. ... [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]

Stop Israel's Massacre in Gaza!

With hundreds of innocent civilians killed in Israel's brutal attack on Gaza in recent days, Walter Leon argues that the Israeli labour movement has a moral duty to help rally domestic opposition to the aggression.... [read more]

The Cluster Bomb Treaty and the World’s Unfinished Business

Ramzy Baroud examines the curious logic behind the United States' refusal to sign a treaty banning cluster bombs - and finds it wanting.... [read more]

Book Review: Frank Ackerman, "Can We Afford the Future?"

Matt Genner on a new book which debunks the economic myths around global warming.... [read more]

Venezuela Advances Integration and Shares New Satellite with Ecuador

James Suggett on the latest development in the ongoing Venezuelan-led initiative for greater Latin American integration in the face of the world economic crisis.... [read more]

Two Years On: Remembering Anna Politkovskaya

The trial of three men accused of murdering the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya began in Moscow this week. Sara Hall looks back on the circumstances surrounding her death, and considers the bleak prospects for freedom of speech and human rights in Russia today.... [read more]

Venezuela and South American Allies Advance Integration

James Suggett examines the latest steps of an ambitious initiative to bring about the economic integration of a number of South American countries.... [read more]

Bail-out Blackmail

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

The Final Offensive for the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is a Stark Contrast to Other Developments in the Hemisphere

Mario A. Murillo on the contrast between the US client regime in Colombia and the progressive politics of some of Colombia's Latin American neighbours.... [read more]

Strange Fruit

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

The Magic Pudding

George Monbiot on why the US government still pouring billions into missile defence.... [read more]

Israel and Western Hypocrisy: Mordechai Vanunu Talks to London Progressive Journal

Joanna Allan talks to anti-nuclear campaigner Mordechai Vanunu about his experience at the hands of the Israeli government.... [read more]

Hay Festival Raises More Questions Than Answers

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

London Court Rules in Favour of Venezuela in Dispute with Exxon

James Suggett on a courtroom victory for Venezuela against big business. ... [read more]