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Solitary Confinement

I may be alone - but Palestine lives in me awaiting liberation through your selective humanity.... [read more]

The Culture of Blame Will Get Us Nowhere

Dr Faysal Mikdadi challenges the culture of blame associated with the long running conflict between Palestinins and Israelis ... [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]

In the Panama Capers we Trust

The leaked Panama Papers, from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, are spilling the beans on the details of what the rich, powerful and greedy get up to with unseemly amounts of dosh... [read more]

A New Israeli-Palestinian Discourse

There is a need for both Israelis and Palestinians to change their discourse which is based on a mixture of rewriting history, expansionist aims, victimhood and endless conspiracy theories where none exist... [read more]

Je suis un être humain

For the first time in a long lifetime, the events in Paris have left me cold, shocked, speechless and terrified. Cold because of its inevitable cruelty. Shocked because of the awful response from a hypocritical world. Speechless because there can be nothing I could possibly say to explain the inexplicable - to defend the indefensible. And terrified because I have brown skin, a beard and I am a Muslim Palestinian... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 4)

The fourth 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]

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]

Time Magazine and My Psychosis

Dr. Faysal Mikdadi discusses a recent letter he wrote to Time magazine... [read more]

The Majority of Israelis and Palestinians Want Peace

Susan Walpole discusses how the majority of Jews and Muslims wish to live in peace... [read more]

What is Learning

The following is an extract from Learning, a work synthesising forty five years in education. ... [read more]

The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal

As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the U.S. and Europe... [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]

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]

Fear and Loathing in the Labour Movement

The gravity of feeling was embedded in his face and voice as he spoke of his fears for the future of the party he once led... [read more]

Lucky Bibi

Luck can be a great benefactor. It can also be the cause of catastrophes. I seem to remember that one of those evil Greek gods or goddesses destroyed their human victims by making them lucky.... [read more]

Clean eating versus industry

During the eighties and nineties here in the UK we were broadly encouraged to eat lower fat spreads such as margarine, associated with a push for polyunsaturated fat consumption... [read more]

John Whittingdale's Curious Notion of Culture

The Minister of Culture, Media and Sport has chosen a controversial film as his favourite... [read more]

Clean Eating Logic

The logic behind clean eating is simple... [read more]

Health and Humanity Part 4: MIC and BPS

The recent and ongoing reaction of the political class here in the UK to the first prominent peace-promoting party leader in recent times is a yardstick for the modern politician’s disregard to anything Eisenhower said... [read more]

When God Despairs

God is shaking his head. These humans, He asks Himself, will they never learn... [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]

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

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

Rethinking Economics The Washington Consensus vs the Tokyo Consensus Background

On Tuesday 6 May 2014, I published a blog about ”Shimomuran Economics and the Rise of Japan”... [read more]

Why Not Create A Scottish Pound and Adopt Investment Credit Economics to Scotland’s Benefit?

On 21 February I sent an email to the Government of Scotland, suggesting it would be an immense advantage to the “Yes” campaign for Scottish independence if the Scots adopted a policy of having their own currency when independent... [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]

The Different Sources of Unemployment, and the Economic Remedy for Each of These

Unemployment is a complex phenomenon. The ultimate roots of all large-scale unemployment is the lack of an adequate economic understanding by a country’s professional economic advisors and its politicians... [read more]

Currently Mistaken Ideas in Western Economics and Their Suggested Corrections (preferably soon) Part 1

Economist George Tait Edwards straightens out some of the economic myths taught at Western universities (Part 1 of 2) ... [read more]

A Tale of Two Prime Ministers

George Tait Edwards comments on the comparisons and contrasts between the policies and personalities of Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minster of Japan, and David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom... [read more]

Education for the Masses

If education served to empower people, they would be taught how to live off the land, how to clean, how to talk to other people and how to pursue their own interests... [read more]

Darwinism versus Social Darwinism

Social Darwinism is a school of thought which used Darwin’s ideas to justify bourgeois ideology explains David Benbow... [read more]

uk eurosceptics

Labour kept Britain out of the euro. Labour MPs have elected three Eurosceptics out of three to represent them on the party’s National Executive Committee... [read more]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 2)

Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 2)... [read more]

Britain: BMA strike - The Truth

Last month's day of action by doctors in Britain attracted a lot of criticism from the Tory press - no surprise there! Dr Tomasz Pierscionek puts forward the case for the doctors' strike and explains what really happened.... [read more]

The Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples

Tomasz Pierscionek writes about Cuba's internationalist outlook following discussions with a representative of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples and his own observations in Havana... [read more]

Straight to the heart

Gay marriage: 'oh dear, oh lor’, how did this become the issue of the hour? The world appears to have divided itself into two camps and I find myself in neither'- journalist and writer W Steven Gilbert shares his thoughts... [read more]

The Zionist reaction to the death of 10 Palestinian children in a bus fire

A video was taken earlier this week when 10 Palestinian children were killed and 20 were injured while travelling on a bus that caught fire in a horrific collision between the bus and an Israeli truck east of Ramallah, writes Iqbal Tamimi. ... [read more]

Think of a Tank

The “free market thinktanks” and their secret funders are a threat to democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

No Emergency Summits for Arab Human Development Crisis

Ramzy Baroud calls on Arab governments to do more to provide for their peoples' basic educational needs.... [read more]

Perpetual Grief over September 11th

In the wake of the 8th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001, Ramzy Baroud examines the skewed framework within which the mainstream discourse has treated '9/11'.... [read more]

Book of the Month: "Beyond Bogota" by Garry Leech

This month's recommendation is a work of great courage, insight and journalistic integrity, as Matt Genner explains.... [read more]

Interview: Manuel Yepe talks to London Progressive Journal

On the Fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, Alexa Van Sickle talks to Manuel Yepe, the former Cuban Ambassador to Romania and close friend of Che Guevara, about what the future may hold for the Caribbean island. ... [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]

The Bigger Picture

Here in the UK, the British Academy of Film and Television has just presented the Bafta awards, and yes, as an elected lifetime member I’m one of the several thousand who vote for the nominees.... [read more]

Short Essay on the Greek Crisis

This short essay is a study of the history and politics of the Greek Crisis... [read more]

What Do You Wish for?

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

Referendums of Politics - Part I

Great Britain, since 2016, has gone through a difficult period. This difficult period has been caused by the politics of Crisis, the politics of Brexit, and the politics of the Referendum of 2016... [read more]

Short Essay on Brexit and the Left

Brexit is the major political crisis in Britain today. Brexit is dividing the British Left... [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]

Dear Mister Corbyn

This is not a letter I thought I would ever have to write when I joined the Labour Party, but it has to be written.... [read more]

No Problem

The problem extends well beyond one particular question. For a long time now the world has been run on the presumption that all problems are easily soluble.... [read more]

A Very Intelligent Person

Would I vote for Barak in spite of his record?... [read more]

Princely Visits

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, visited Israel this week.... [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]

Two-state solution is dead, Palestinian courage should spur international action

After 70 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is still unresolved. The conflict simmers for a few years, then erupts again with new massacres and violence.... [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]

Did the CIA Sabotage Russia at the Olympics?

There is something very fishy about the Anti Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) pinned on the Russian curler and Russian bobsledder during the final week of the Peyongchang Winter Olympics. ... [read more]

From Barak to Trump

Ehud Barak has "broken the silence". He has published an article in The New York Times attacking our prime minister in the most abrasive terms... [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]

Political commentators

Political commentators have long been puzzled by the fact that, right across the globe and for several decades, the political left has been in retreat and – more than that – has apparently been unable to mount any significant challenge to the growing neo-liberal hegemony which has dominated western democracies since the 1980s... [read more]

Two Meetings

During the last few days, I met with two old friends: Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin... [read more]

Reasons to Be Cheerful 2017

2017 is almost done. Many things have changed in the world whilst others remain the same. Capitalism and greed are still rife... [read more]

Reportage: Adjusting the Focus

Two book reviews by outRageous!... [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]

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]

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]

Observations and Impressions from Russia

For over two weeks this May, a delegation of 30 Americans visited seven regions and ten cities across Russia... [read more]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ‘MY GENERATION’?

And there are those who ask, ‘Whatever happened to the idealism of my generation?’ Anyone who remembers the Sixties/Seventies years finds themselves asking that question... [read more]

Open Letter to the World Anti Doping Agency and International Olympic Committee Regarding the McLaren Report and the Politicization of Doping in Sports

Russian track and field athletes, plus the entire Paralympics team, were banned from the Rio Games last summer. This was based on the first McLaren report commissioned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).... [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]

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]

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]

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]

The Health Of Humanity Post 2016

So here we are a year on. And what a year it’s been.... [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]

An Old Palestinian Heart still Beats on

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

Power Will Be Restored

Would or could a different leader of this or that have altered the prospect of past, present or future... [read more]

Western countries cling on to censorship to save 'democracy'

News outlets like Russia Today, whether or not you agree with the content and ideas espoused, promote diversity of thought and provide a different perspective on world events that is urgently needed to broaden opinions, balance perspectives... [read more]

Religiosity

A poem by Rumi, translated by Pirouz Azadi... [read more]

The Swallow with an Injured Wing

A poem by Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [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]

What the Trade Union movement can learn from the junior doctors’ dispute. (Part 1)

All industrial disputes should be assessed to see what we can learn for the future, and the junior doctors’ dispute is no different.... [read more]

Service or Disservice?

The National Health versus The Health of the Nation by outRageous!... [read more]

The Orange Man

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

Self, Celebrity, Debt And Sport

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect" Mark Twain... [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 Great BDS Debate

But what does peace mean? Peace is made between two enemies. It presupposes the existence of both. When one side destroys the other, as Rome destroyed Carthage, it puts an end to the war. But it is not peace... [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]

Humans, Dancers, Travel and Fight Club

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

Health and Humanity Part 3: Charity Begins At Home

Increasingly, it appears charities and NGOs are behaving in a corporate fashion, which may or may not be a good thing.... [read more]

Just A Ride

The Wachowski Brothers’ 1999 Film 'The Matrix' centres upon the concept that the modern world may not be all we perceive it to be... [read more]

Yemen: The slaughter continues

UK Parliamentary Committee Calls for Halt to Arms Sales, Moots International Inquiry into Alleged International Law Abuses... [read more]

Health and Humanity

I would humbly suggest to the readership that we should, instead, start 2016 off with some ‘navel gazing... [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]

Health and Humanity

This upcoming series on health and humanity comes at an interesting time... [read more]

How David Cameron's Coalition Government Stole the 2015 General Election

This article is an edited extract (from section 3.9) of the book How David Cameron Fixed The 2015 General Election and Much Else ... [read more]

Yalda: the winter solstice

Winter solstice has been celebrated by many human communities throughout the millennia... [read more]

The Scottish Industrial Revolution, or The Scottish First Industrial Miracle 1700–1800

Most accounts of the origins of the industrial revolution are Anglo-centric, focused upon how the industrial revolution in England began from about 1750... [read more]

The Subversive Vision of Patricia Highsmith

The release of the film ‘Carol’, based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, ‘The Price of Salt’, gives us an opportunity to enter into the subversive world of one of the 20th century’s greatest popular writers... [read more]

Cacoethes Loquendi

Poem composed on the occasion of The United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - Sunday 29 November 2015.... [read more]

Islam's Trojan Horse

Over the last two years, there has been a worrying increase is Islamophobia... [read more]

We’ve Got to Talk about Water and the Middle East

This is the text of a lecture given in Dorchester on Wednesday 28 October 2015... [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]

What’s wrong with Britain?

One glance on Sunday morning at The Guardian website demonstrated quite clearly what is wrong with Britain – and, probably, the rest of the ‘developed’ world... [read more]

A lurch to the left

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, explains why Jeremy Corbyn's campaign appealed to those who are disturbed by increased poverty and widening inequality... [read more]

British Government Racism – Europe’s Shame?

Britain’s top “diplomat” has accused migrants of threatening Europe’s “standard of living.”... [read more]

Yemen: A Voice in the Wilderness

Vanessa Beeley interviews a woman who fled Yemen in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes against her country... [read more]

BDS, the New Enemy

For years now, Netanyahu has built his career on fear of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb... [read more]

Reflections on China’s South Sea Trouble Thomas Riggins

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

The Real Naqba

Three weeks ago was Naqba Day – the day on which Palestinians inside and outside Israel commemorate their "catastrophe... [read more]

Who Will Save Israel

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed ... [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]

A Day and Night-mare

Binyamin Netanyahu seems to be detested now by everyone... [read more]

The plausible normalisation of U.S.-Iran Diplomatic Relations: Who are the losers and winners?

The gains to all sides from a nuclear resolution and the strategically inevitable normalisation of relations between the U.S. and Iran will far outweigh the collective perceived losses... [read more]

Nowruz, the New Year at the spring vernal equinox

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

The Left, Anti-Zionism & Anti-Semitism

For those of us who study Israel and Zionism from the vantage point of Britain, there are some things we are able to predict with unerring accuracy... [read more]

To pay or not to pay?

Joseph Stiglitz shows that a suspension of debt repayments can be beneficial for a country and its people... [read more]

What’s in your sack, Father Christmas?

What’s in your sack, Father Christmas?... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 1)

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

Chickenshit

When a high-ranking official of one country calls the leader of another country "chickenshit", it may be assumed that the relations between the two countries are not at their best... [read more]

‘Cleansing the stock’ and other ways governments talk about human beings

Those in power don’t speak of ‘people’ or ‘killing’ – it helps them do their job. And we are picking up their dehumanising euphemisms, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Younger Self

A poem from Palestinian poet, writer and artist Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Ah, If I Were 25

Recently, Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit has written an article in which he equally condemns “extreme rightists” and “extreme leftists”, those who advocate war and those who advocate peace... [read more]

Compassion Should Extend Beyond The Home

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, provides a riposte to Roger Scruton’s piece in The Guardian... [read more]

The Divine in Man

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

Education, Work and Cooperation: Abolition of the wages system, institutional hierarchy and bosses

The third in the series of articles by Steven Colatrella titled 21st Century Cosmopolis: Constitution for a Better World... [read more]

I Am a Palestinian

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

Goal Moscow

The USA wants to turn Ukraine into a permanent area of crisis, keeping it just off the boil of war. In this way Russia will feel threatened... [read more]

The International Brigade of Terror?

For many years, I’ve understood the involvement of British fighters in the Spanish Civil War, to have been made up of people from a variety of different backgrounds, who took up arms to combat the spread of Fascism in Europe... [read more]

Scotland – Independently Great: an English view of the Scottish Referendum

While most of us are happy to trade, to buy products from other countries, to take part in what is now a “global community”, we want to do it on our own terms... [read more]

A strategy for improving economic performance

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, discusses a strategy for improving economic performance and addressing inequality... [read more]

In Their Own Juice

According to press reports, President Barack Obama has decided to let Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas “stew in their own juice.”... [read more]

Farage's demagoguery obscures UKIP's reactionary nature

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek discusses how UKIP seek to plug an electoral void that ought to be filled by a Labour Party offering a socialist programme... [read more]

Banks: Fudged health report

The final part of the series by Eric Toussaint - Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game!... [read more]

Changing The Flag

New Zealand has decided to change its flag. This was only briefly mentioned in the media here. But it is a significant example for us... [read more]

The People's Assembly- Building an Alternative

The People’s Assembly has the potential to become the successor to the popular fronts of the 1930s in uniting the broad left writes Dr Thabo Miller... [read more]

Bank Created Credit

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains how orthodox monetary policy is fundamentally misconceived... [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]

How Big Tobacco's lobbyists get what they want from the media

With cigarette packs on the agenda, the BBC must be asked why it lets thinktanks argue the tobacco companies' case without revealing who their paymasters are, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

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]

In Defence of Lenin

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

PTSD: From pain to purpose, US veterans Hart and Ethan speak out

I don’t claim to be any expert on rap music but seeing a photo of Snoop Dog in a smart jacket at the White House in the company of Obama was a bit of a let down... [read more]

Spend Now, Pay Later?

Climate change is happening, all over the world, not just in certain locations... [read more]

Not Michael Gove's Misbegotten Shambles

Michael Gove is a neoconservative member of Denis MacShane’s Henry Jackson Society, and thus also an admirer of Tony Blair and of George W Bush, neither of whom would have got any of the jokes in Blackadder... [read more]

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 2 of 2)

Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 2 of 2)... [read more]

Forget Conspiracy Theories, The Truth Is Often More Shocking

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek shows how truth can be stranger and more shocking than fiction... [read more]

Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?

The Western world, used to its democratic frame of mind, is constantly telling Muslims in general and Arabs in particular, to build democratic governments... [read more]

Parties to the left of Labour

In both, the Labour votes remain solid enough to provide realistic bases for recapture in 2015. The main party that has lost ground is demonstrably the other one... [read more]

Aiming At The Wrong Target

Former Labour cabinet member, Bryan Gould, takes to task recent comments made by Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves on the subject of the unemployed... [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]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 3) - The greatest offensive against European social rights since the Second World War

We should not underestimate the capacity of the elites to make the most of a crisis situation writes Eric Toussaint... [read more]

The Failure of Innovation in the Anglo-Saxon Economies

George Tait Edwards examines the role of innovation in economic development... [read more]

Red Love – the story of an East German Family

John Green reviews Maxim Leo’s Red Love – the story of an East German Family... [read more]

The Errors of the ‘Localism Act’: Tax, Growth and Urban Expansion

Elijah Pryor identifies several problems associated with the introduction of the Localism Act... [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]

Not The Wharton Bill

When James Wharton stages his Canute-like attempt to prevent Labour from taking back Stockton South, then that party ought to put down an amendment declining to give the 'Daft Bill' a Second Reading in view of its entire failure to address some issues, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

Slavko Martinov: The antidote to Propaganda? Question everything!

Patrizia Bertini conducts an exclusive interview with film producer Slavko Martinov... [read more]

On summer solstice, my £100 bet against solar power ends - who won?

Solar may be popular but environmentalists must be hard-headed about how to reduce CO2 in the cheapest way, writes George Moniot.... [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]

The Road to Damascus

Tomasz Pierscionek deconstructs the story behind calls for intervention in Syria... [read more]

Russian Homeland Threatened by Feminism

Vladimir Putin's government's crack down on Pussy Riot may have helped save the Russian Federation from the 'peril' of creeping feminism, writes Thomas Riggins... [read more]

The Argo Deception: How Hollywood masks the ugly truth of Iran-US relations

Exiled Iranian journalist and documentary filmmaker, Lila Ghobady, talks about the fabrication of history through film... [read more]

From Goulash Socialism to Hunger March

David Eade discusses Hungary’s answer to the Jarrow march... [read more]

Iraq Ten Years On: What You Don’t Hear!

10 years on from the invasion of Iraq, Hussein Al-Alak examines the long term psychological effects of the occupation... [read more]

The end of nuclear power? Careful what you wish for

Flawed and stalled as the plans for toxic waste may be, at least they exist. There is no way to clean up CO2, the greater evil, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

A nation divided over same sex marriage

France’s Parliament, the Assemblee Nationale, has started the long debate to enshrine same sex marriages in law. David Eade reports.... [read more]

Who to vote for?

The Israeli elections will take place in three days, and they are boring, boring, boring writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

Waiting 17 months for an appeal (Part 2)

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

New Year Misery in Spain

On the second day of the new year a 57-year-old family man in Malaga set fire to himself because he has no work, no money and no future says Michael S... [read more]

Copying our neighbour's work ethic

I may be guilty of being unkind towards David Cameron, but I take his comments on emulating German industry under the suspicion that he is being his usual ‘selective’ self when referring to our European neighbours, Karl Davis explains... [read more]

The development of the European social models

The 19th century in Europe saw the development of philosophical, political and economical theories that challenged and questioned the political structure of the time (Part 1).... [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]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 1)

Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 1)... [read more]

Lenin on the Role of a Marxist Party in Relation to the People: Chapter Five of 'Left Wing' Communism an Infantile Disorder

In 1920, Lenin produced an analysis of the political conditions in Germany after the failure of the Communist uprising in 1918. The Communists had split into two rival factions. The issues facing the German Marxists were somewhat analogous to those facing Marxist movements today, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]

Recipes for Disaster

George Monbiot asked whether it is about time the media stopped publishing recipes for threatened fish?... [read more]

Bahrain

History replays itself over and over again. An endless loop. And we watch. Mesmerised. As if it were the first time. And we never learn... From Hungary to Bahrain, Dr Faisal Mikdadi contemplates the struggle for democracy.... [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]

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]

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 Spectre of Communism

The eulogies in the media for the late Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, praise his historical insight yet express bemusement at his adherence to the Communist cause. Why is there a lack of understanding as to why so many of his generation remained loyal to the cause of their youth? John Green explains.... [read more]

Engagement with the News

A friend recently sent me a news report that she felt showed that peace was inevitable between Palestinians and Israelis at some future point. On the surface, the conclusion to the report appeared valid. However, a careful reading showed a lack of engagement with the piece which militates against the conclusion that she had reached, writes Elizabeth Ellis. NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ARTICLE ER 07/10... [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]

Is Iran a threat?

Dr Faisal Mikdadi asks if Iran is a threat and if so, to whom?... [read more]

Nuclear power, the energy of protest: The future could be renewable

With proper commitment and investment in renewable energy and a push towards an alternative model of development, the future need not resemble the past or indeed the increasingly catastrophic present, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

Unionbook: a Bastion of Online Activism

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

Shifting Truths in Sinai: Who Stands to Gain from the Carnage?

Two Toyota Land Cruisers filled with well-built gunmen in ski masks and all-black outfits appear seemingly out of nowhere. They approach a group of soldiers huddled around a simple meal as they prepare to break their Ramadan fast. The gunmen open fire. This is not an opening scene of a Hollywood action movie. The massacre actually took place at an Egyptian military post in northern Sinai, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

A Word in Your Shell-like

In his latest article, resident philosopher Stephen Gilbert bemoans the lack of confidence in our society.... [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]

Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Corporate Interest?

Elijah Pryor talks about the power of the media in formulating the public's opinions... [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]

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]

Who are the benefit thieves?

Lord Freud, Welfare Reform Minister, recently said: "We always push for the strongest possible punishment for benefit thieves who are stealing money from the people who need it the most".If David Freud did not exist it would be necessary for a left-wing writer to invent him, writes Felix McHugh.... [read more]

Alternative living, not just a green gap year

Miles Caston explores an alternative 'Gap Year' idea for those wanting to differ from the norm. WWOOF lets you contribute to a local community abroad and help the environment through maintaining sustainable ways of living ... [read more]

DEREK, or LITTLE by LITTLE

By common consent (at least among those like me who lived through it), the ‘golden age’ of broadcasting – at the BBC especially – was that which spanned the 1960s, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

BDS: Power of the People at Work

The recent University of Pennsylvania BDS conference, organized by student group, PennBDS, was the latest example to illustrate both the effectiveness of the global movement and also of the real worry felt by supporters of Israel in the US, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

Can the far-right be blamed for their Ignorance?

For years now the debate over choices of far-right supporters has created social and ethical tensions. Since the political rumble of the 1970s and 1980s, which sparked far-left and far-right tensions, the far-right membership has increased and declined more than any other political following, writes Elijah Pryor.... [read more]

The State of Racism in Britain

UK society is dead. Or that is what its detractors would like you to think. Many will point the finger not at our leaders or themselves but towards those who they believe don’t belong here - immigrants and asylum seekers, writes Chris Bath.... [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]

New beginnings

John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 1)... [read more]

Book review: America and the Imperialism of Ignorance: US foreign policy since 1945

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a book that charts the development of America's foreign policy throughout the course of the Cold War and beyond... [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]

Masked in Gaza: The Untold History of Palestinian ‘Militancy’

It really doesn’t take much to kill a ‘militant’ in Gaza, argues Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

The call for a UK amendment on the EU

There is a rising tide of Euroscepticism within mainstream political parties and on the floors of national Parliaments throughout the European Union, says David Lindsay.... [read more]

The King's speech

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

Hateful stories & hate crimes

Fuelled by tabloid media propaganda, Felix McHugh shows how hate crimes against disabled people are on the rise ... [read more]

'Zero-Problems' Foreign Policy No More: Turkey and the Syrian 'Abyss'

Ramzy Baroud notes the U-turn in Turkey's foreign policy towards its neighbour Syria.... [read more]

The Corporate Welfare State

Despite the crisis, it’s still socialism for the 1 per cent, capitalism for the rest.... [read more]

''You are fed up with him?''

Uri Avnery gives his opinion on a recent leaked conversation between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy... [read more]

A violent double standard

Phil Bates cast an eye on David Cameron's hypocrisy and the recent threat of rubber bullets being used by police... [read more]

Slavery for Dummies - Part 2

Part 2 of an analysis by OutRageous! looking at the slavery endemic in our modern society.... [read more]

Show Me The Money

We have a democratic right to know who is funding public advocacy, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

'Justice' American style

Jean Claude van Itallie tells how the state of Georgia callously executed an innocent man, Troy Davis.... [read more]

The Return of the Generals

Uri Avnery discusses how a recent resurgence of hostilities between Islamic militants and the Israeli army could undermine a growing social protest movement within Israel, playing right into Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s hands.... [read more]

Even the most powerful man in the world is not above a pie in the face

When media magnate Rupert Murdoch was summoned before the Commons select committee on 19th July, one man tried to ensure he would not walk away untarnished. Jonathan May Bowles, famed as the individual who threw a shaving foam pie at Murdoch, explains his actions.... [read more]

The Banker who knows his Kapital

John Green translates and reflects on an interview with Edgar Most formerly of Deustche Bank and of the GDR State Bank, where he considers capitalism vs. socialism.... [read more]

Behind the Israeli Wall: A Lesson in Reality

Rich Whiles' timely new book takes a refreshingly honest look at the experiences of the victims of Israeli apartheid, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Saudi Sheik's Obsession with Sex Fatwas

Iqbal Tamimi on how the Muslim religious edict, or fatwa, has been used to control women.... [read more]

Beyond Violence and Non-Violence: Resistance as a Culture

Political resistance is not simply gratuitous violence - is a collective response to oppression, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

Labour Leadership: Abbott Gets on the Ballot

If Diane Abbott is serious about standing as a real alternative to the Milibands, she should espouse a leftwing platform, says Steve Jones.... [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]

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]

‘Islamism’ in the Western Imagination

Richard Greeman kicks off his 16-part series, 'Contextualising the Threat of Radical Islam', by taking a critical look at the Western media's appropriation of World War Two terminology to legitimise the 'War on Terror'. ... [read more]

Bleak Havens

It's time to close the net on tax havens, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Book of the Month: 'The Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver

John Green recommends this witty and evocative political novel set in 1930s Mexico.... [read more]

Consumer Hell

George Moniot asks: How do we break a system which now permeates every aspect of our lives? ... [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]

A Paradigm Shift in Singapore: Yet Apec Offers No Clear Answers

Ramzy Baroud on the high-profile international summit held in Singapore this week.... [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]

Globalization Unchecked: How Alien Media is Suffocating Culture

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

Champions of the Overdog

Local papers are vanishing. George Monbiot asks: Does it matter? ... [read more]

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

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

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]

Venezuela Government Condemns Peruvian Massacres

James Suggett on the Venezuelan government's response to the massacre of indigenous protestors in the Peruvian Amazon.... [read more]

Green Shoots of Economic Recovery?

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

The Drones Are Coming: A New War on Civilians

Despite much talk of a change of culture in US foreign policy under President Obama, the bombing of civilians will remain a cornerstone of US strategy in the Middle East, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Israel Investigated, But Will It Repent?

Ramzy Baroud issues a call for justice for the victims of Israeli violence.... [read more]

Someone Else’s England

Guardian journalist George Monbiot makes the case for further devolutionary reform in Britain.... [read more]

Big Brother is Watching You Masturbate

In the week that a controversial new law on pornography came into force, Symon Hill outlines his concerns about the implications for sexual freedom, and civil liberties more broadly.... [read more]

The Tempo of the Struggle

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

Book of the Month: Matti Kohonen and Francine Mestrum Eds, "Tax Justice"

In the first of our regular "Book of the Month" features, Matt Genner recommends this insightful collection of essays on economic reform.... [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]

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]

Protect and Survive

George Monbiot on how Peter Mandelson is bullying the world’s poorest nations into following a development route that can’t work. ... [read more]

The Contradiction of Choice from the Government

The Government offers us 'choice' as 'empowerment' but are they really giving us less choice as a result?... [read more]

Chávez Calls for Renewal of US - Venezuela Dialogue

James Suggett on the Chávez government's calls for a thawing of relations with the United States.... [read more]

Saying Sorry: Does it Ease the Pain?

Now that the Australian government has apologised for the pain it caused to its Stolen Generation, Vanessa Stevens asks: What does the apology really mean for Australia? ... [read more]

The Western Corporate Giants Supporting Burmese Tyranny

Johnny Chatterton on the big Western companies making a killing from Burmese state repression.... [read more]

Heathrow - It's Terminal

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

Veiled Sentiments: Does The Burka Stand Up In Court?

A courtroom ban on burkas is not racist - just practical.... [read more]

Remembering My Lai

Ian Broughton reflects on the My Lai massacre, forty years on.... [read more]

Secession: If It Feels Good, Do It

Richard Maidu considers the questions raised by the inception of Europe's newest state.... [read more]