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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]

Alone Of All The Arts

Writing is the hand that feeds society’s conscience and consciousness. Writing examines life, the essential process of civilized awareness, the fuel of serious social discourse... [read more]

The Global Economic Crisis and ‘Possible Futures’

David Lane reviews a collection of three volumes compiled by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian chronicling the origins and aftermath of the global financial crisis... [read more]

Reportage: Adjusting the Focus

Two book reviews by outRageous!... [read more]

Iraq: The Beats and the Bedouins

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

Camping Needs Solid Ground

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

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]

The One-World View

Here's a tale to warm your cockles - wherever they may be... [read more]

A Document with a Mission

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

The BBC – a flawed institution but worth preserving

The Tories must not be allowed to destroy the BBC. For all its flaws, it is well worth preserving... [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]

Splendid Isolation

Almost a thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine... [read more]

Women, Fertility and the Rise of Modern Capitalism: Review

Thomas Riggins reviews an article by Alberto Alesina from the Harvard Economics Department - Women, Fertility and the Rise of Modern Capitalism... [read more]

The Schumacher Institute: An Interview with Ian Roderick, Director

Born in 1911, Ernst Fritz Schumacher was and continues to be one of the most inspiring environmental writers that the UK has ever had... [read more]

Change is the Only Constant: Got Any Spare?

outRageous! is back asking the questions no one else dares... [read more]

Book review: Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

It is a book that is sure to irk readers of the Daily Mail, some of whose writers come under literary fire. On the other hand it has made the long list of the Guardian’s first book award, says Emmeline Ravilious.... [read more]

The ‘Last Ever’ Issue

Our site is changing from its current weekly format to a more conventional blog-like design. London Progressive Journal’s webmaster explains what will change and why.... [read more]

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

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

Book Review: John Docker, 'The Origins of Violence'

Tom Bangay reviews John Docker's expansive literary genealogy of genocidal violence.... [read more]

Remembering Professor Kulthum Odeh (1892 -1965)

Reviewing the life of Kulthum Odeh, the first woman in the Arab world to hold a professorship, Iqbal Tamimi considers the all-pervading ignorance about Palestine.... [read more]

Czechoslovakia

Forty years ago, on the night of August 20th-21st Russian and other Warsaw Pact forces invaded Czechoslovakia, thus putting an end to the ‘Prague Spring.’... [read more]

Camilo Comes to San Francisco and Analyzes the Soft Coup Attempt in Nicaragua

Camilo’s visit accomplished the goal. Media interviews in Spanish and English reached many thousands. He brought information and analysis which has been largely censored or ignored in coverage of Nicaragua. ... [read more]

WE ARE ALL CITIZENS OF EVERYWHERE

Migration is natural. Like many I can claim age-old ancestry of one place, yet equally there are those roots in distant places, and a history of migrations across seas and continents even in recent years... [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]

The Writer, Almeida Theatre

A review of the angry new play at the Almeida.... [read more]

Why I am Angry

In today's Israel, the antagonism between Mizrahim and Ashkenazim is growing stronger from year to year, with vast political and social repercussions... [read more]

That's How It Happened

When everybody on both sides was exhausted, the war ended with a set of armistices, which defined the recognized borders of Israel... [read more]

The Health Of Humanity Post 2016

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

Remember Naboth

An incredible piece of legislation is now being debated in Jerusalem.... [read more]

Congressional Hawks Rush to Intensify War in Syria

One of the big lies regarding Syria is that the US has been inactive... [read more]

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]

Olympic Jews?

The scene at Ben-Gurion airport this week was rather astonishing.... [read more]

UK – How a Book on Art and Culture Draws Suspicion of Terrorism

The UK it seems has joined the US in its government developing a collective form of acute paranoia... [read more]

Turkey’s Attempted Coup - Cui Bono?

“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” (J. Edgar Hoover, Elks Magazine, August 1956).... [read more]

Welcome! Bienvenue!

"Anti-Semitism in France" is now all the rage in Israel. A huge propaganda effort is invested in this campaign. The aim is to induce French Jews to come to Israel... [read more]

Squaring the Circle

This week, President Rivlin published a peace plan. That is not a usual act by a president, whose office is mainly ceremonial.... [read more]

Pen International

Pen International has become the conscience of our sadly cruel world... [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

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

There are thousands of reasons not to bomb Syria

There are many reasons why Members of Parliament should not vote in favour of bombing Syria... [read more]

The Settlers' Prussia

Israeli democracy is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably... [read more]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Speech at the Labour Conference

The politicos still don’t get it. The public do... [read more]

"Don't Talk Zionism!"

Decades ago in Israel, "Zionism” was a kind of joke among young people. "Don’t talk Zionism!" meant "Don’t talk highfaluting nonsense!"... [read more]

Rewriting Democracy: Scotland’s movement towards independence with a National Yes Registry

Many people thought (and hoped) that Scotland voting No in its Independence Referendum last year had laid that idea to rest. Far from it... [read more]

Re-Packaging Masculinity in Tony Abbott’s Body Politic - A Painting

In 2015 the industry of terrorism has moved into a new phase and the scenarios I painted – such as the militarisation of civil society - have gone mainstream... [read more]

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

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

Zionists All

The term Zionism can mean many different things. Like the term socialism, for example. Francois Hollande is a socialist. So was Joe Stalin. Any resemblance?... [read more]

Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis

Surrounded as we are by crises, it can sometimes seem like there is no hope. But whether it’s climate change, conflict, food security or inequality, there is a solution. We call it localization... [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]

The GM Biotech Sector's Complete Contempt For Democracy: Don't Be Fooled By The Propaganda

Strategically placed politicians and scientists are conveying the message that GM food is both safe and necessary... [read more]

God Bless Putin

Binyamin Netanyahu is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump up and applaud wildly at everything he says, including that tomorrow the sun will rise in the west... [read more]

Three Women

This is a declaration of love. Three loves, actually... [read more]

The Death Of Robber Ronnie Biggs

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

Nelson Mandela: Lest we forget “Madiba” was supported from a Britain which is still riddled with prejudice and racial inequalities

When I heard of the death of Nelson Mandela (age 95) I was transported back to another era and some uncomfortable images from the past... [read more]

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]

Who Turned the Lights Off?

Thomas Riggins reviews Jonathan Israel's analysis of Anthony Pagden's new book - The Enlightenment and why it still matters... [read more]

Italy: an economy based on free labour

A leading phenomenon of the Italian job market is the ability of employers to rely on an abundant supply of free labour. Patrizia Bertini explains... [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]

Welcome to the Shammies, the media awards that recognise truly unsung talent

There are awards for everyone. There are the Logies, the Commies, the Tonys, the Theas, the Millies ("They cried with pride") and now the Shammies, writes John Pilger... [read more]

Book review: The Contradictions of Real Socialism

David Lane reviews The Contradictions of Real Socialism, a book by Michael A Lebowitz... [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]

Arrigoni’s Murder Trial in Gaza: Answers Not Just a Verdict

Justice for Vittorio Utopia Arrigoni has been paramount, but we also expect the Gaza government to hand down more than a verdict, also answers to those trying to kill Vittorio’s dream – along with our humanity, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

Solidarity with Zarakolu and Ersanli

David Morgan reports on the trial of two public figures in Turkey charged with breaking the country’s dubious anti terror laws... [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]

Looking in the mirror, living in denial: The Arundhati effect

Colin Todhunter reveals the motives behind those launching personal attacks on Booker prize winning novelist, activist and social commentator, Arundhati Roy ... [read more]

The Acceptable Face of Violence

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

The great 'American' nightmare

Whilst some have gained much from India's economic boom, many have also lost out from the 'Americanisation of India'. Colin Todhunter discusses.... [read more]

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul

In an exclusive for the London Progressive Journal, writer and former actor John Wight reflects on his years in Hollywood and shines a spotlight on the ‘glamour’ of life in the movie industry... [read more]

Plutocracy, Pure and Simple

Now it’s a straight fight with the billionaires and corporations, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

The world war on democracy

From the Chagos islands to Libya, a ruthless system has been at work, often resorting to violence whilst trying to maintain the illusion of democracy... [read more]

Obit: Never a Soft or quiet Russell

W Stephen Gilbert pays tribute to Ken Russell, the enigmatic, eccentric film director who died on Sunday. ... [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]

Understanding Imperialism - Then As Now

From JA Hobson's re-published classic to Doug Stokes and Sam Rafael's lucid contemporary critique, understanding imperialism is key to achieving a fairer and more sustainable world, writes Nathaniel Mehr.... [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]

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]

Yahoo and AP Seemingly Caught Manipulating User Comments

Online user comments are a new site in the battle over public perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, writes Ahmed Amr.... [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]

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]

Khaled Taja: The Anthony Quinn of Arab Drama

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

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]

Book of the Month: Stephen Chan, 'The End of Certainty'

Matt Genner reviews this month's recommendation.... [read more]

The Tone and the Music

While Obama proclaims the 21st century, the government of Israel is returning to the 19th, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Is the New Statesman Committing Suicide?

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

Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Guardian journalist George Monbiot poors scorn on the notion that climate change issues are the preserve of a misanthropic middle-class snobbery.... [read more]

Unscripted: Green Zone Theatre and the Shoe Drama

Ramzy Baroud on how Muntadhar al-Zaidi's shoe-throwing intervention served to pierce, however momentarily, the veil of stage-managed deception which characterises Nuri al-Maliki's Iraq.... [read more]

A League of Their Own

Hussein Al-Alak reviews the achievements of Palestinian sportsmen across the Arab world.... [read more]

Corporate Media Bashes Venezuelan Government's Law Decrees

Chavez critics don't explain Venezuelan law or how Supreme Court rulings interpret it. Nor do they report how the Enabling Law works, that the nation's Constitution authorizes it, that four other presidents used it, among many other things. How can they? It would expose their false accusations and discredit their entire argument.... [read more]

Justice Undone

George Monbiot reflects on his bold attempt to effect a citizen's arrest of John Bolton.... [read more]

Conspiracy Theories: An Irrelevant Distraction

Nathaniel Mehr argues that conspiracy theories are irrelevant to the project of the peace movement.... [read more]

Interview: George Monbiot Talks to London Progressive Journal

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