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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]

Preventing Christmas

A Christmas tale by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Momentum's Night of the Long Knives

And so the Bonaparte of Momentum was born. At a stroke, Momentum’s democratic structures have been abolished; the tireless work of thousands of Corbyn supporters over the past year-and-a-half thrown out the window... [read more]

Humility

A poem from Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

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]

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]

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WAR?

War tends to be men’s way of settling the quarrels between tribes and territories. Homer depicts the heroic, savage or mad acts of men in the Trojan War. The women come later with Odysseus’s wanderings... [read more]

Why Is the Fed Paying So Much Interest to Banks?

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

The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should “be a larger part of our conversation” when it comes to funding the “Green New Deal.... [read more]

Marie Colvin, Homs and Media Falsehoods about Syria

In April 2014 I was part of an international delegation which visited Syria for five days. In each city we had meetings with political, religious and social leaders but also had time to wander about and talk with people on the streets. ... [read more]

ON THE EVE AND AFTER THE WAR

A poem by Geoffrey Heptonstall... [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]

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]

A Writer's Place

It was a masterpiece of evasion. He was asked, as other writers were, to comment on the needs of publishers to seek out work of merit that might not be commercially viable... [read more]

We'll Always Have Paris

Reflections on May 1968... [read more]

Jerusalem

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

A Confession

Today is the last day of the 93rd year of my life. Ridiculous. If by a miracle I could be returned to, say, 14, and travel all this long way again, would I like that? No, I would not.... [read more]

Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh

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

Blink

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

The Invisible Diasporan (Part 2)

Even Churchill had, amidst the overgrown hedgerow of complex racism, a deep-rooted sense of decency and humanity when he acknowledged the injustice to Palestinians... [read more]

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]

President Kong

The real sad fact is that in every single speech since the inauguration, the main theme – indeed, almost the only theme - of President Donald Trump is I – I – I.... [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]

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]

The Kissinger Story

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

Realism on the World Stage

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

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s Unelectable Leader

The strident anti-Corbyn headlines are endless. Almost every day a new headline drums the message home: Jeremy Corbyn must go... [read more]

Business As Unusual

We need more people to throw down their swords and raise their voices with the healing words of true democracy... [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]

Health and Humanity: Conclusion

A healthy human, with a foundation of biopsychosocial health, could hope to find their purpose in life... [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]

An Anti-Austerity 2015 UK Budget

George Tait Edwards explains how Shimomuran-Wernerian macroeconomics is the best available path to prosperity once the politicians of the West understand the effectiveness of that option... [read more]

Just when hope and courage are called for, Labour promises bean-counting

Labour’s focus on cutting the deficit means progressive voters will have to look elsewhere for inspiration, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 7 of 9)

The Re-Establishment of British Banks Along Four Main Functional Lines... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 5 of 9)

The Two Great Traditions in Western Economic Thinking ... [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]

The TTIP trade deal will throw equality before the law on the corporate bonfire

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a reckless destruction of democratic principles. But we can beat it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 3)

The third part of an 'Introduction' to an illustrated book of poetry by Faysal Mikdadi. The collection, Painted into a Corner, appeared in the summer of 2014... [read more]

Deaths in detention: Defence of Human Rights group in Pakistan on a “high- risk” mission to Swat

Many innocent people have become victims of the state in Pakistan as successive governments assisted the US with its War on Terror operations after 9/11... [read more]

Eyeless in Gaza

The trouble with war is that it has two sides. Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side... [read more]

Is it love?

A poem by Miles Caston... [read more]

Comparison of the Washington, Berlin, and Tokyo Consensus Zones -Which one really works?

George Tait Edwards compares three separate economic systems presently operating around the world... [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]

Pakistan: Warning letter on human rights abuses in state custody was ignored, Taliban kill 23 FC men in retaliation

I express my deep sadness when hearing of the torture and unlawful killing of persons in state custody or the recent execution of 23 Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers by Tehrik -i-Taliban (TTP) Mohmand Agency.... [read more]

Peace Comes through Forgiveness

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

Special Report: Interview with British “jihadis” and what you won’t read in the “Tackling Extremism in the UK” report

British journalist, writer and film producer Carol Grayson conducts an exclusive interview with a member of the Taliban and a British born 'Jihadist' ... [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]

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 Alternative 2013 Spending Review, Or What Mr Osborne Could Have Said If He Understood Macro-economics

The Spending Review by George Osborne contained no surprises. But suppose Mr Osborne really understood economics and actually wanted to improve the British economy. George Tait Edwards provides a constructive speech for a competent chancellor... [read more]

A move to the centre

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

Ain’t football grand?

For most of us an annual salary of £70,000 would be the stuff of dreams but for some young adults an offer of that nature would be considered a gross insult, says Felix McHugh... [read more]

The day my inner anarchist lost out to the bourgeois me

A winter's day, some years back: a fall on the ice landed George Monbiot in A&E – and that's when he met the man with tattoos on his neck and knuckles.... [read more]

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]

Now they do not need evidence, they create secret witnesses

Öcalan’s isolation may be over as the hunger strike ends in Turkish prisons, but the unjust trials of the opponents of the Government continue. Tim Baster and Isabelle Merminod report ... [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]

Why Israel Attacked Gaza: Bibi Stirring Trouble

The first Israel missile sped down to its target, scorching the Gaza earth and everything in between. Palestinians collected the body parts of two new martyrs, while Israeli media celebrated the demise of two terrorists, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Sixty years of philatelic pleasure, and now?

For the five or six generations of solitary, sedentary boys in the middle of which fell my vintage (the baby boomers), the hobby par excellence was collecting stamps, recalls W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

Ain't football great

In the first LPJ sports column, Felix McHugh gives a rundown of events in the world of football... [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]

Why Libertarians Must Deny Climate Change

As soon as it encounters environmental issues, the ideology of the new right becomes ensnared in its own contradictions, says George Monbiot.... [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]

Occupy Italy: the missing country and the missed opportunity

Patrizia Bertini comments on the slow beginnings of the Occupy Italy movement but notes that in recent days events have been picking up pace... [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]

Women Who Fantasise About Group Sex Can Be Lawfully Raped, Says UK Court

A recent rape case at Preston Crown Court has shed light on the misogynistic logic used to determine the credibility of alleged rape victims, as Peter Tatchell explains.... [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]

“…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

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

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]

Lover of the Country

Uri Avnery remembers a writer and activist who devoted his life to challenging the militarism of the Israeli state.... [read more]

Green Shoots of Economic Recovery?

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

Government Watchdog Report Highlights Need for Asylum Reform

With a woefully inefficient asylum system letting down applicants and taxpayers alike, Sara Hall makes the case for much-needed reform.... [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]

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]

Why the Russian Invasion of Georgia is a Blessing for Misguided US Foreign Policy

Professor William Hickey on why the Georgia crisis has highlighted the cynically self-serving basis of US foreign policy.... [read more]

Where does Labour stand after Miliband?

The recent intervention by David Miliband and the resulting manoeuvrings reveals much about the febrile state within the Labour Party. Beyond the Blairite-Brownite soap opera, which goes on even after one of the protagonists leaves the stage - rather like Ernie Wise continuing to define himself after poor Eric passed away - this is an existential crisis for Labour.... [read more]

New EU Immigration Policy is a Disgrace to Europe

Samuele Mazzolini on the outrageous new direction taken by the EU on immigration.... [read more]

Washington Determined to Strike Iran

Washington sabre-rattling suggests the US will press ahead with its aggressive designs on Iran, regardless of the truth about the alleged threat posed by Iran, and regardless of the consequences. ... [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]