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John Gray, David Hawkes and the Myth of Progress

Meliorism "is the view that the world is neither completely good nor completely bad, and that incremental progress or regress depend on human actions." This view holds that "By creative intelligence and education we can improve the environment and social conditions."... [read more]

Coming to Grips with Zizek

Two new books by Slavoj Zizek have recently been reviewed by John Gray in the The New York Review of Books, here Thomas Riggins reviews Gray's article. ... [read more]

The Myth of Trump’s Nationalism and Non-Intervention

For all their obvious flaws, one of the good things about early Trump supporters in the US was their opposition to war.... [read more]

Lenin: State and Revolution, Chapter 6: Vulgarisation of Marx by the Opportunists

Thomas Riggins continues to guide us through Lenin's work - State and Revolution... [read more]

Israel slates Gaza for fighting back but why the double standards on “resistance”?

The Palestinians of Gaza consider themselves to be living within “occupied territory”, a fact recognised by the United Nations Human Rights Council and Human Rights Watch due to the fact that Israel maintains control of Gaza’s airspace, waters and borders... [read more]

Bosnia and Croatia: What is the tie with Iran?

Professor David Rahni uses etymology to explain how different cultures may have more in common with each other than they think... [read more]

Penny Red – Notes from the New Age of Dissent

John Green reviews the latest book from an up and coming journalist who describes herself as a journalist, author, feminist, socialist, utopian, general reprobate and troublemaker... [read more]

Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution in Banking?

Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies... [read more]

Is the UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set to “Savage” Tony Blair?

It seems no radio, television news or current affairs programme is without Blair giving his opinion on the upcoming UK referendum on whether to stay in the European Union... [read more]

I Was There

"Please don't write about Ya'ir Golan!" a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!"... [read more]

Questions of Power and Slavery

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

The Inverted World of Niall Ferguson: On the Real Obama Doctrine

Niall Ferguson has a very conservative world outlook which, when applied to the analysis of current social reality, has a tendency to so warp his perceptions that the situation he writes about becomes an imaginary inverted world... [read more]

Jack Goody: An Appreciation

David Morgan writes an obituary for Jack Goody... [read more]

Quantitative Easing for People: The UK Labour Frontrunner's Controversial Proposal

British MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a “People’s QE” that has critics crying hyperinflation and supporters saying it’s about time... [read more]

From Liberal Hand-wringing to the Political Economy of Assassination: The Charleston Shootings and Mainstream Society’s Complicity in Murder (Part 1)

The larger social architecture defined by the academic, political and corporate ties of the gun lobby helps explain how we could systematically take the fight to the NRA... [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]

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The making of the Grenada Revolution

John Green reviews two books that detail the lead up to and aftermath of the Grenada Revolution... [read more]

“If Stones Could Weep”: Syria, Blair’s Plans and an Archbishop’s Son

Not only is Middle East “Peace Envoy”, Catholic convert and Butcher of Baghdad, Tony Blair gunning for mass destruction in Syria, he has recruited the son of an Archbishop to help him... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century? (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of Eric Toussaint's review of Thomas Piketty book Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [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]

Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game (Part 6) - Even the IMF agrees…

In October 2012, the IMF provided a key explanation of why the crisis was getting worse in Europe... [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]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism Part 10

Thomas Riggins analyses Chapter Two; Sections Five and Six of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism [Part 8]

Thomas Riggins leads us through chapter two: the theory of knowledge of Empirio-Criticism and of Dialectical Materialism... [read more]

Why Radical Islam is Growing and How to Deal with It

After the 9/11 tragedy there has been a surge in the radical Islamist movement writes Ola Onikoyi... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism [Part 5]

Thomas Riggins continues to guide us through Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI brings an opportunity to reform Catholic doctrine on human rights issues, writes Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.... [read more]

Ensuring Scottish sovereignty

Ellen Brown discusses options for economic development in a future independent Scotland... [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]

Condemnation partly motivated by hindsight

The condemnation of past behaviours has become fashionable. It is partly motivated by hindsight. It is also partly motivated by sheer outrage, as any decent and humane person cannot help but be outraged by man's often barbaric treatment of other human beings, writes Elizabeth Ellis.... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Doreen Carvajal writes in the New York Times about the possibility that our genes carry some memories of our ancestors' experiences and 'unfinished business'. Dr Faysal Mikdadi wonders whether this is beneficial, now and for a future generation. ... [read more]

No2VAG's request falls on deaf ears

No2VAG has a legitimate right to be heard by the NLWA, as Ellen Graubart explains. The campaign group has requested a hearing at the Authority's meetings, and three times the group has been refused.... [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]

An Alternative Reading of the Al-Mabhouh Murder

The assassination of Palestinian activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was a well-planned, violent and sadistic act of international terrorism, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [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]

Smuggling Music and Sex Education: 'Bravo' Magazine in the German Democratic Republic

Alexa Van Sickle looks back on a popular magazine which achieved cult status in East Germany during the Cold War era.... [read more]

Mosul’s “Liberation”: Another Fallujah, Dresden - or Hiroshima?

"In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli." (Howard Zinn, 1922-2010)... [read more]

Syria: Trump’s Tomahawks, Double Standards - Using Chemical and Radioactive Weapons for Profit?

In a nauseating irony, exposed by the Palmer Report, Trump may have profited from the deaths he caused.... [read more]

Being There

President Donald Trump – we must get used to these three words. The only one thing that can be said with some certainty is that nothing is certain. That this man is totally unpredictable... [read more]

Quo Vadis, Venezuela?

Even if highly exaggerated in the western press, the economic and political crisis in Venezuela is real... [read more]

An Old Palestinian Heart still Beats on

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

The Hungarian Revolution: 60 years on

On 23rd October 1956, political revolution against Stalinist dictatorship lept from the pages of Leon Trotsky’s writings and roared into life in Hungary.... [read more]

The Crowning Achievement of Bob Dylan

The mid-Seventies album Desire is for me Bob Dylan’s crowning achievement... [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]

The Biased Report that Led to Banning Russian Athletes

The targeting of Russia and indiscriminate punishment of their athletes is a betrayal of the Olympic spirit.... [read more]

The War on Weed Part II: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for Corporate Cannabis

California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use... [read more]

The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless

Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends... [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]

Replacing reality by fantasy

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

A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bail-Ins Begin

While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US... [read more]

Palestine

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

Killing Off Community Banks: Intended Consequence of Dodd-Frank?

The Dodd-Frank regulations are so lethal to community banks that some say the intent was to force them to sell out to the megabanks... [read more]

Mislead: “to give false or misleading information to” (Collins Dictionary)

How wrong, devious and duplicitous can one man be? For how long can he now avoid justice?... [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]

British Government Racism – Europe’s Shame?

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

Ali

Dr Faysal Mikdadi writes a poem in memory of a Palestinian toddler burnt alive earlier this week by Israeli extremists... [read more]

The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion

In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system... [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]

Absolutely Bloody Bonkers!

At a Badger Trust seminar a few days later a great debate took place between both pro and anti-cull experts... [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]

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]

Fateful Steps That Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part 2)

The borders of the Ukraine today are very different than they were before WWII... [read more]

Let’s not fool ourselves. We may not bribe, but corruption is rife in Britain

Allegations of a cover-up at Scotland Yard show that the British are as prone to malfeasance as any other nation, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

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

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

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]

Is Russia a Kleptocracy?

Many anti-Russian commentators today have no problem with classifying Vladimir Putin's government as kleptocratic... [read more]

Libya Lies - Rape as a Weapon of War - Made in the USA?

The US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, and Foreign Affairs advisor, Samantha Power, are credited with helping persuade President Obama to intervene in Libya... [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]

Iraq’s Children: Ever Expendable - From Madeleine Albright to “Save the Children.”

By 2010, seven years in to an unending war, over a quarter of Iraqi children suffered from Post Traumatic Stress disorder... [read more]

Some deny society exists. Let’s prove them wrong

There’s more to life than consumerism. But to find it we need new models of supporting each other, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

With this attack on community energy the big six win out over 'big society'

By changing the rules, this government has sabotaged the promise of a UK community energy revolution and secured the dominance of the big six energy companies, 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]

Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone

As a new report is published on the need to limit fossil fuel production to stop dangerous global warming, the UK is poised to pass an act committing governments to extracting as much oil out of the ground as possible, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Niall Ferguson on Kissinger's 'World Order' [Part Two]

"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet, seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace." (Alexander Pope, Essay on Man)... [read more]

If you found treasure worth thousands would you declare it?

It’s a morality tale for our times: three old rogues had two options. They could reveal their find or say nothing, and share it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

If you must eat meat, save it for Christmas

From chickens pumped with antibiotics to the environmental devastation caused by production, we need to realise we are not fed with happy farm animals, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Menace on the Menu: Development and the Globalization of Servitude‏ (Part 2)

Me-first acquisitiveness is now pervasive throughout the upper strata of society... [read more]

Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age

Big business and its lobbyists have taken control of our politics. But there is an alternative. In the first of a new series, here’s how we can take on the fat cats, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain

Scotland is breaking the cover-up that stifles our political thought. Bring the Highland Spring south, 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]

Growth: the destructive god that can never be appeased

The blind pursuit of economic exapansion stokes a cycle of financial crisis, and is wrecking our world. Time for an alternative, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Interstellar: magnificent film, insane fantasy

Movies about abandoning Earth reflect the political defeatism of our age: that adapting to climate breakdown is preferable to stopping it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The British government is leading a gunpowder plot against democracy

This bill of corporate rights threatens to blow the sovereignty of parliament unless it can be stopped, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

On gloves, rubber and the spatio-temporal logics of global health

Over the last decades and not least through the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, health initiatives have received unprecedented attention and funding... [read more]

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

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

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

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Bury my Heart at Gaza City

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

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]

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

Thomas Riggins reviews Chapter IV of Lenin's State and Revolution (1917)... [read more]

Is a Tea Party movement about to kick off in Britain?

A fallen government minister who fought the ‘green blob’ seems to be contemplating a US-style insurgency, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and the truth

In his latest essay, John Pilger describes the liberal "one-way, legal/moral screen" behind which great power and its Orwellian propaganda ensure an impunity for war and deception, dependent on what Leni Riefenstahl called our "submissive void".... [read more]

The elixir of life – in a poisoned chalice?

Longevity science may divide us into treated and untreated: the first living ever longer, the second dying even younger than now, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The real enemies of press freedom are in the newsroom

The principal threat to expression comes not from state regulation but from censorship by editors and proprietors, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Chagos: Britain, the CIA and Diego Garcia – Something fishy going on?

My attention was drawn by chance to another article on Diego Garcia in the Independent stating that the government must renegotiate with US over the use of the island for rendition flights.... [read more]

Saving the world should be based on promise, not fear

For 30 years I banged on about threats. But research shows we must to be true to ourselves – and to the wonder in nature, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Police, Guns, Action – how safe were England’s pilot badger culls?

The British government’s policy to rid England’s cattle of bovine TB by culling badgers is unravelling writes Lesley Docksey... [read more]

Monsanto, Syngenta, Pioner et al: With Friends in High Places, the GMO Biotech Sector is Kicking Open the Door to Europe

The proposal to hand back some decision powers to member states of the European Union regarding GMO approvals is currently being discussed, writes Colin Todhunter... [read more]

Good for the Jews?

The claim by Binyamin Netanyahu that he has a right to pick and choose the Palestinian government is rather astonishing, writes Uri Avnery ... [read more]

Piketty, The Wall Street Journal, and Rational Conservatives

Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the 21st Century, has almost had the effect of a tsunami on economic thinking in the United States, writes Thomas Riggins... [read more]

The only way to fairness in housing is to tax property

Help to Buy and the other government schemes merely lock in place an unjust system which rewards those in power, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Iraq: The Chilcot Inquiry – British Government Blocks Transparency

Amidst howls of “whitewash” from media commentators and interested observers of all political hues, it seems the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war are finally to be published by the end of this year... [read more]

Patagonian Dreams

During his short visit to Israel, Pope Francis laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl, writes Uri Avnery... [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]

The Impossibility of Growth

It's the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity's undoing, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Highland Spring?

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

Highland Spring?

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

A National Hero

Just before Israel’s 66th Independence Day, the country acquired a new national hero, writes Uri Avnery... [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]

Iraq: Sixty Nine Days In Fallujah General Hospital Emergency Department

Felicity Arbuthnot writes about the ongoing massacre in Fallujah, Iraq, as government forces continue to attack the city... [read more]

Welcome to Britain, the new land of impunity

No matter the criticisms made or damage done, fat cats and politicians seem able to cling on. Often their efforts are rewarded, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Common Factors in Cases of Economic Resurgence

Successive British Governments have persistently denied the importance of industry in the national economy, with some of ministers foolishly regarding industrial decline as inevitable writes George T Edwards... [read more]

This cash for grouse scandal shows how Britain has become a plutocrats' paradise

We subsidise the landed gentry and their shotguns. While the poor are plunged into brutal insecurity, the rich are untroubled, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Chemical War: The Ties That Bind

Few countries in the Middle East have experienced the same level of chemical attacks as the Iraqi people writes Hussein Al-alak... [read more]

Iraq: General Mark Kimmitt’s Easter Day Mistruths and “The Sound of Freedom.”

In 2003, a month into the invasion, Easter Day fell on the same day as this year, 20th April, as Iraqis of all denominations and none, died, were incarcerated, tortured, found with their heads drilled or no heads, thrown on garbage piles... [read more]

Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective

John Green reviews Homo Sapiens - a Liberal’s Perspective by Ron Newby... [read more]

Tony Blair, George W. Bush and David Cameron: Hijacking God?

There must be something in the water at Number 10 Downing Street, writes Felicity Arbuthnot... [read more]

Censorship double standards: State terrorism websites vs insurgent websites

Carol Grayson asks whether the CIA website should be banned as the organisation is implicated in torture and promotes violence... [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]

Hungarians believe their politicians are corrupt

When Transparency International issued its report on election spending on Monday the section that captured the headlines was that showing that Fidesz would spend over double the legal limit – and get away with it. Fidesz stayed quiet on this revelation but needless to say the opposition parties took to the social media immediately, writes David Eade.... [read more]

The forgotten coup - and how the godfather rules from Canberra to Kiev

Washington's role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed, writes John Pilger. ... [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]

Tony Benn A Great British Thinker

Tony Benn, the former British MP known to millions, has passed away at the age of 88. He died peacefully on 14 March 2014 at home surrounded by his family... [read more]

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

I have three challenges for the architects of a proposed transatlantic trade deal. If they reject them, they reject democracy, 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]

The Flat World and the Good Society

The other evening, within a matter of five minutes, I sent messages to socialist colleagues in France, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania via Facebook and received answers back. The content was more social than socialist but I could have easily been organizing a Europe-wide campaign or demonstration, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Pakistan Taliban announce ceasefire and TTP commander Adnan Rashid writes on Mir Ali attack

My announcement of a one month ceasefire by the Pakistan Taliban on Twitter was cautiously welcomed by some... [read more]

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

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

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

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

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century?

Part 1 of Eric Toussaint's review of Thomas Piketty book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

Lenin on the "Withering Away'' of the State and Violent Revolution

Lenin discusses these two topics in section four of chapter one of The State and Revolution (1917)... [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]

'Good' and 'Bad' war - and the struggle of memory against forgetting

The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

'Good and Bad' war - and the struggle of memory against forgetting

The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Terrorism or Heroism?

The International Brigades were hailed for bravery. But British citizens who fight in Syria are damned. If only they did it for the money, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Free Rolf Kaestel: The prisoner who blew the whistle on a prison blood scandal linked to Bill Clinton

Most of us have read how difficult it has been for whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowdon since exposing state secrets, now imagine blowing the whistle from behind bars of one of America’s most notorious penitentiaries... [read more]

The Logic of War Crimes in a Criminal War

When U.S. marines carried out the savage and systematic execution of Iraqi families and small children in Haditha [in November 2004], it was initially reported as a “battle” with “insurgent casualties.”... [read more]

Did an undercover cop help organise a major riot?

The wrongly convicted activist John Jordan claims the Met helped plan serious civil disorder. An independent public inquiry is now vital, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Pakistan, terrorism and torture: How I was radicalised by the state

Mohammad Yahiya shares his personal experience of state terrorism and torture in this article... [read more]

State and Revolution: Chapter One: Class Society and the State

Thomas Riggins explains how, according to Lenin, the State is a product of the irreconcilability of class antagonisms ... [read more]

At last, a law to stop almost anyone from doing almost anything

Protesters, buskers, preachers, the young: all could end up with 'ipnas'. Of course, if you're rich, you have nothing to fear, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

In India, a spectre for us all, and a resistance coming

Neoliberalism has failed the vast majority of India's people. But the spirit that gave the nation independence is stirring, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

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

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

Iraq’s Persecuted Christians

The Christmas day attacks against Iraq’s Christian community has once again thrust this besieged and dwindling minority back into the media writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

The Philosophical Idealists as Comrades in Arms and Successors of Empirio-Criticism

Thomas Riggins walks us through Chapter 4 of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-Criticism ... [read more]

Mandela is gone, but apartheid is alive and well in Australia

In the late 1960s, I was given an usual assignment by the London Daily Mirror's editor in chief, Hugh Cudlipp. I was to return to my homeland, Australia, and "discover what lies behind the sunny face", writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Artists and the Law: Exploring A Jurisprudence Of New Capabilities

When I first heard the suggestion that the judiciary and greater Parliamentary oversight could redress the reckless use of new capabilities by Britain's security service GCHQ, an image flashed into my mind of a 1903 painting by Australian impressionist Tom Roberts - known locally as The Big Picture... [read more]

Nuclear scare stories are a gift to the truly lethal coal industry

Coal is a much nastier power source than the one we have chosen to fear in a deadly form of displacement activity, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Transylvanian Count to Chair Bloodbank

The government wants a chairman who can flog nature and have chosen a Tory party donor with a background in investment banking and housing developments, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Lenin on Freedom and Necessity

Thomas Riggins Analyses The Next Two Parts Of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism... [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]

The Banks, Fragile Giants

Part 5 of Eric Toussaint's series Banks versus the People: the Underside of a Rigged Game shows that big banks continue playing with fire, because they are persuaded that governments will save them whenever necessary... [read more]

For Pope Francis the liberal, this promises to be a very bloody Sunday

Francis is the poster pope for progressives. But canonising a genocidal missionary like Junípero Serra epitomises the Catholic history problem, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Now you can vote for the next EC President

On Wednesday 6 November a very significant event took place in Brussels. Martin Schulz was confirmed as the Party of European Socialists candidate designate for the European Commission President. So how does this impact on you? The answer is in a very big way, writes David Eade.... [read more]

One of the truest journalists is a cartoonist armed with a penguin

Steve Bell is a contemporary Hogarth, with a touch of Peter Sellers, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

We can still celebrate bonfire night without burning toxic waste

Dioxins released when we set fire to our junk on Guy Fawkes night are entering the food chain, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Theory of Knowledge of Dialectical Materialism and of Empirio-Criticism

Thomas Riggins continues to lead us through Chapter 3 of Lenin's book Materialism and Empiro-criticism ... [read more]

Why bad movies keep coming out and what to do about it

Unlike the babbling brook of Hollywood – with its suppression of truth, fake heroes and warmongering – a masterpiece, or just a good movie, is unforgettable, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

The farce of the Hinkley C nuclear reactor will haunt Britain for decades

We need nuclear power. But the government has plumped for outdated technology at the worst price imaginable, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

From Obamacare to trade, superversion not subversion is the new and very real threat to the state

Rightwing politicians and their press use talk of patriotism to disguise where their true loyalty lies: the wealthy elite, writes George Monbiot.... [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 problem with education? Children aren't feral enough

The 10-year-old Londoners I took to Wales were proof that a week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Britain can do better

This afternoon [Tuesday] Labour Leader Ed Miliband made his keynote speech to his party’s annual conference in Brighton. Speaking as is now usual for more than hour without notes Miliband set out his vision of how “Britain can do better” under Labour, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Why is Apple so shifty about how it makes the iPhone?

The paragon of modern tech risks losing its shine by dodging queries about Indonesia, and an orgy of unregulated tin mining, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Leveraged Buyout of America

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres... [read more]

The Delusion of Democracy

It is an amazing fact that in most democracies the majority does not rule, writes Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Gibraltarians Demand Vote in EU In-Out Referendum

Dsvid Eade writes about the battle to ensure Gibraltarians are allowed to vote in the Conservative’s EU In-Out Referendum should the Tories be returned to power at the next UK election... [read more]

From Hiroshima to Syria, the enemy whose name we dare not speak

John Pilger writes that regardless of diplomatic attempts to delay an attack on Syria, the US objective has nothing to do with chemical weapons and everything to do with wiping out the last independent states in the Middle East.... [read more]

Obama's rogue state tramples over every law it demands others uphold

For 67 years the US has pursued its own interests at the expense of global justice – no wonder people are sceptical now, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Obama's rogue state tramples over every law it demands others uphold

For 67 years the US has pursued its own interests at the expense of global justice – no wonder people are sceptical now, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Lake District is a wildlife desert. Blame Wordsworth

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

What is behind this fracking mania? Unbridled machismo

Promoting extractive industries is seen by politicians as a proper, manly pursuit, even if it makes no sense, writes George Monbiot.... [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]

Resurrecting woolly mammoths is exciting – but it's a fantasy

De-extinction sounds like a great idea. But there’s a problem most people have overlooked, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

How we are gentrified, impoverished and silenced – if we allow it

Momentous change almost always begins with the courage of people taking back their own lives against the odds, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

It’s Franco’s heart that beats in Madrid

No Gibraltarian, and come to that anybody living in the real world, will believe the confrontations at sea last week over the reef laying and the six hour car queues to leave Gibraltar at the weekend were anything but linked, writes David Eade.... [read more]

For Whom the Cock Crows

Thomas Riggins discusses Marx's 1844 article on Hegel's philosophy of law... [read more]

Who is killing the people of Iraq?

The United Nations recently warned that the ongoing turmoil inside Syria and Iraq has formed a situation where "the battlefields are merging” into one, writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Why Will Labour Not Readmit Me?

On 12th May, I re-joined the Fabian Society and the Christian Socialist Movement, writes David Lindsay... [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]

Spaniards believe their political parties are corrupt

The article based on the findings from Transparency International on its Global corruption Barometer was squeezed in at the bottom of the Spanish newspaper. This isn’t because the editor thought it unimportant it is just that the reports on the various corruption cases engulfing the centre right Partido Popular left little space, writes David Eade.... [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]

The Four Keynesian Cornerstones of Shimomuran Economics (or Investment Credit Economics)

In the General Theory Keynes made four key comments that presage the practice of Shimomuran investment credit economics writes George Tait Edwards... [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]

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]

There is a war on ordinary people and feminists are needed at the front

The problem with media-run "conversations" on gender is not merely the almost total absence of male participants, but the suppression of class, writes John Pilger.... [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]

A manifesto for rewilding the world

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

Britain's Poverty Addiction

I was absolutely horrified to read that the UK Government may be underestimating the numbers of families in poverty, by up to an estimated 40%, according to academics at Edinburgh University writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Chapter One Sections Five and Six: Does Man Think With The Help Of The Brain?

Thomas Riggins continues his analysis of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

Hold the front page! We need free media, not an Order of Mates

The other day, I stood outside the strangely silent building where I began life as a journalist. It is no longer the human warren that was Consolidated Press in Sydney. It seems in Australia, hard-won rights are being buried beneath corporate might, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Climate milestone is a moment of symbolic significance on road of idiocy

The only way forward is back: to retrace our steps and seek to return atmospheric concentrations to around 350ppm, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Materialism and Empiro-criticism [Part 6- Did Nature Exist Prior to Man?]

Thomas Riggins guides us through the next part of Lenin's Materialism and Empiro-criticism... [read more]

Urgent calls for a General Election in Bulgaria

On Sunday 12 May Bulgaria will hold its general election. The outcome will not only be closely awaited by the people of that country but by fellow European Union States and organisations such as Transparency International, which has been monitoring corruption in Bulgaria for over a decade, writes David Eade.... [read more]

The Counter-Enlightenment

What happens to people when they become government science advisers? Are their children taken hostage? Is a dossier of compromising photographs kept, ready to send to the Sun if they step out of line? George Monbiot writes.... [read more]

Voting violations in an EU member state

Voting violations such as ballot rigging, vote buying and control are acts we associate with the shadier, non democratic nations of the world. However such practices are alive and well right here in the EU, writes David Eade.... [read more]

The Self-Hating State

Devolving policy to “the market” doesn’t solve the problem of power. It makes it worse, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Marx Reloaded

Thomas Riggins reviews Marx Reloaded, a film by Jason Barker... [read more]

You are now leaving Working England, Welcome to Middle England: The socio-economic underachievement of Neo-Liberalism in attaining reduced class disparity

Since the economic reform of the 1980’s, politicians like Blair, Thatcher and Prescott absolutely believe that the working class no longer exists and the majority of UK citizens are now middle class, writes Elijah Pryor.... [read more]

The Great Unmentionable

We have offshored the problem of escalating consumption, and our perceptions of it, by considering only territorial emissions, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Together, We Can Save Our Post Office

For 20 years, central government has been privatising the postal service by stealth. In reaction, the idea of mutualisation does the rounds, writes David Lindsay.... [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]

Peter Tatchell - Margaret Thatcher: Extraordinary but heartless

Former British Prime Minister's fee market policies paved the way for current economic crisis and she legislated the UK’s first new anti-gay law in over 100 years: Section 28, writes Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation.... [read more]

Political Barbed Wire

Why are 97 per cent of our rivers shut to the public? A millionaire minister’s amazing conflicts of interest give you a clue, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The new propaganda is liberal. The new slavery is digital

What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state. In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Through the looking glass: An insight into old age and PTSD

History gives us perspective, it’s the chance to look back on events and examine the findings. History is the opportunity to question our direction writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Materialism and Empirio-criticism [Part 4 ]

Thomas Riggins guides us through Chapter I, Section II of Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism... [read more]

Unchangeable Constitution?

I find it incredible that ordinary US citizens believe that they have the right to keep and bear arms in this day and age writes Susan Walpole... [read more]

An uninformed MP and a bigoted Judge

Ungrateful as I feel for bashing someone who was actually trying to be helpful, it was difficult not to (a) laugh and then (b) groan at a short letter I recently received from a client’s local MP, writes Felix McHugh... [read more]

Line of Battle

The 'private good, public bad' madness sees a bedroom tax foisted on the poor while the rich amass vast property wealth, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Press regulation and parliament​ary sovereignt​y

Patriotism is meaningless unless it extends to active participation in the fight against each and all of the threats to our sovereignty, to our liberty, and to our parliamentary and municipal democracy, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

The Booing of Churchill

Viewers of Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ‘45 are shocked to see Winston Churchill being booed and heckled during the 1945 General Election campaign. They ought not to be remotely surprised writes David Eade... [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]

A long and dishonourable tradition

George Osborne may be just about the last person in Britain to believe that austerity offers a real path to recovery from recession and the resumption of growth - and it may be doubted that even he remains a true believer, writes Bryan Gould... [read more]

The choice to be British

Congratulations to the British Falkland Islanders, including the large Saint Helenian community there, some of whom are my relatives on my mother's side, writes David Lindsay after a referendum that was controversial in some parts of the world.... [read more]

Marching with the Neo-Nazis

On Saturday I attended the MSZP socialist party rally in Budapest. It was held at the national stadium dedicated to Ferenc Puskás, writes David Eade... [read more]

Labour's chance. Will they take it?

Jim Murphy may speak truer than he knows. Labour is on course for a majority of over 80, with UKIP quite capable of handing scores of Conservative seats to the Lib Dems, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

A Capitalist Command Economy

Forcing schools into the hands of unelected oligarchs is the latest contradiction of everything the market fetishists claim to stand for, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

After Eastleigh

Labour’s disastrous showing at Eastleigh is a self-inflicted wound but it still needs a friendly critic and a critical friend, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

Corporate Blowback

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

Secrets of the Rich

Billionaires are hiding behind a network of “independent” groups, who manipulate politics on their behalf, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Good News for the Left in Andalucía; Bad News for Democracy in Spain

The southern most region of Spain, Andalucía, has always been a socialist fiefdom but the centre right Partido Popular (PP) came very close to toppling the socialist PSOE party from power in the 2012 regional elections, writes David Eade... [read more]

WikiLeaks is a rare truth-teller

WikiLeaks is a rare example of a newsgathering organisation that exposes the truth. Julian Assange is by no means alone, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

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

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

Andalucía High Court backs workers’ champion

If you have an image of a person who is an old school Communist mayor and trade unionist in Andalucía the chances are you would come up with a description of Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Shallow Depths

In front of me is a copy of today's Khaleej Times; its front page story is about a speech by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed who is the Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, writes Elizabeth Ellis... [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]

The real invasion of Africa is not news and a licence to lie is Hollywood's gift

It is as if Africa’s proud history of liberation has been consigned to oblivion by a new master’s black colonial elite, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Labour should keep up momentum against a Eurofederalist project

Even if there were nothing else to do, the solution to an alleged electoral bias against the Conservatives cannot be the abolition of scores of Shire Tory seats. Instead, we need constituency members, county members, regional members and national members, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

A Telling Silence

They parasitise us from above. But landowners and the Tory party's idle rich are spared the fairest and simplest of taxes, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Wolf killings are based on the most cynical of premises

Governments in Russia, Canada and Scandinavia claim they need to protect lesser species and habitats – while continuing their smash and grab raid on natural resources, writes George Monbiot. ... [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]

If you think we're done with neoliberalism, think again

The global application of a fraudulent economic theory brought the west to its knees. Yet for those in power, it offers riches, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

You are now leaving Working England, Welcome to Middle England: The socio-economic underachievement of Neo-Liberalism in attaining reduced class disparity

Since the economic reform of the 1980’s, politicians like Blair, Thatcher and Prescott absolutely believe that the working class no longer exists and the majority of UK citizens are now middle class, writes Elijah Pryor. SOFT EDIT - ER 17/01/13... [read more]

Waiting 17 months for an appeal...

Paula is depressed. She has no motivation to look after herself, to eat or to get dressed. Some days she stays in bed and doesn’t open the curtains. Felix McHugh discusses the hurdles one of his clients faces in trying to navigate the welfare system.... [read more]

"Leave. Go to Brixton- you'll make it there"

I am a Palestinian British Muslim. I take great pride in my dual heritage. There shouldn't be a price to pay for this duality, but there is. I have paid it always reluctantly, occasionally resentfully and once or twice bitterly, writes Faisal Mikdadi... [read more]

New Year Resolutions in the Arab Spring

Regrettably 2013 has started in a most ghastly realisation of my pessimistic forecast, writes Faysal Mikdadi. The Egyptian comedian, Bassem Youssef, has dared to poke fun at President Morsi and a charge has been filed against him for parodying the President's speeches... [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]

Was the Bahraini ambassador trying to bribe British MPs?

It is interesting to receive two different news stories on the same day both mentioning the Gulf state of Bahrain and the UK Parliament, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Lying Around Like Dogs In Ditches

Just two weeks ago in the London Progressive Journal I wrote of the hundreds of Republican supporters seeking refuge at La Sauceda who were rounded up by Franco’s forces and slain at El Marrufo in Andalucía in the Spanish Civil War, today I report on another burial that took place on Sunday, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Palestine’s New Status: A History Rerun or a New Palestinian Strategy

Palestine has become a “non-member state” at the United Nations as of Thursday November 29, 2012.The draft of the UN resolution beckoning what many perceive as a historic moment passed with an overwhelming majority of General Assembly members: 138 votes in favour, nine against and 41 abstentions, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Israel's war on journalists

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

Urgent Action Needed to Combat European Climate Change

What we need is binding international agreements that reduce and eliminate the use of all chemicals that endanger the lives, health and well being of human beings and other life forms making up the biosphere, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]

A Different War in Gaza, and the War Ahead

Ramzy Baroud writes, in life, some phenomena cannot be explained by ordinary logic or technical language, let alone official discourses. How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigour in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war in 2008-9?... [read more]

Lenin on "Reactionary" Trade Unions: Chapter Six of "Left-Wing" Communism: an Infantile Disorder

In his latest article analysing “Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins looks at Lenin's views on what sort of relations a Marxist party should have with the trade union movement... [read more]

Carrot Versus Breadcrumb: A Palestinian Dilemma

Palestinian Authority leader, President Abbas, is attempting to gain an upgraded status for Palestine at the UN this month writes Susan Walpole... [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]

Netanyahu’s High-stakes Game in Gaza: Same Time, Same Place

Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested some, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

Lip Service to Peace: EU as an Enabler of Netanyahu’s Colonial Policies

Europe is different, as we are often reminded. The general wisdom is unlike the US’ unconditional support for Israel. European countries tend to be more balanced in their approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Extreme Weather: The Maya and Us

Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged New Jersey and New York thousands of people are still without power, food or portable water and are dependent on the city, state and federal government, and increasingly on Occupy Sandy (the volunteers from Occupy Wall Street and related groups) for basic survival goods, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]

Call Mr Robeson – a Life with Songs

John Green writes about the life and work of one of America’s greatest singers who was ‘disappeared’ from public life and airbrushed out of the history books... [read more]

Palestine Entangled: The Politics of Money

The link between political statements and action, and money is obvious for all to see. What may appear as political concessions can oftentimes be attributed to some frozen or funds waiting to be delivered. It is transaction-based politics at its best, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The political trial of a caring man and the end of justice in America

The political trial and 22-year sentence of Dr Rafil Dhafir, an Iraqi-born doctor and humanitarian, makes a mockery of the notion that all are equal in the eyes of US law, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Struck Dumb

Despite hurricane Sandy, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney will speak about global warming. The danger this poses is huge, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Manipulating History: The Different Faces of ‘Popular Resistance’ in Palestine

Apparently, ‘popular resistance’ has suddenly elevated to become a clash of visions or strategies between the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and its rivals in Gaza, underscoring an existing and deepening rift between various factions and leaderships, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Who Needs an Unstable Middle East?

Being a supporter of Palestinian statehood used to be a more lonely road than it is now. It was difficult to mention Palestine in public because it was such a 'dirty' word, Susan Walpole writes... [read more]

The internet- Plutocracy's Achilles' Heel?

Ironically Capitialism's well founded fear of unfettered public access to matters of vital importance stems from the advent of the internet, writes Jim Handley... [read more]

Troubled Children Adopted by Homo/Heterosexual Parents Flourish Equally Well

Anyone concerned about the anti-gay agenda of the radical right in the US will find scores of websites dedicated to the proposition that gay couples should not be allowed to adopt children, writes Thomas Riggins.... [read more]

Cameron’s Contagion

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

Review: The Master

OK, I saw "The Master." Now I know what the fuss is about. I don't pretend to know the film's "message" but I walked out afterward seeing/feeling the world from its point of view, writes Jean Claude van Italie.... [read more]

Making the world a more dangerous place - the eager role of Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard has returned Australia to its historic relationship with Washington, similar to that of an eastern European satellite with Moscow, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Lenin on Anarchism and Opportunism: Chapter Four of 'Left Wing' Communism: An Infantile Disorder

Thomas Riggins gives an analysis of Chapter Four of Lenin's 'Left Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder and describes the Bolsheviks' struggle against both 'opportunism' and 'petty-bourgeois revolulutionism'... [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]

Australia's Julia Gillard is no feminist hero

The Guardian's description of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott as "neanderthal" is not unreasonable. Misogyny is an Australian blight and a craven reality in political life. But for so many commentators around the world to describe Julia Gillard's attack on Abbott as a "turning point for Australian women" is absurd, writes John Pilger.... [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]

The life and death of an Australian hero, whose skin was the wrong colour

Arthur Murray died the other day. I turned to Google Australia for tributes, and there was a 1991 obituary of an American ballroom instructor of the same name. There was nothing in the Australian media, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

The Liberal Democrats: Liberalism in the European sense only

After months of activity and apologies, the message from Nick Clegg to the left of centre voter was this: "We are not the party for you." At least, this was the message I took away with me. Not just from the Lib-Dem conference but also from the New Statesman article by Richard Reeves, Clegg's former director of strategy, writes Nathaneal Sansam.... [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]

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]

Eric Hobsbawm – towering above his critics

Naturally there have been many glowing tributes to Eric Hobsbawm following his death at the age of 95, but there have also been some extremely ungenerous slights and grotesque attacks on his integrity as an individual and as an historian, writes David Morgan... [read more]

Ed's speech of faith

“That is my faith. One nation: a country for all, with everyone playing their part. A Britain we rebuild together.” David Eade reports on Ed Milliband's speech to the Labour Party Conference... [read more]

The Empire Trapped: The US’ Unpromising Role in the New Middle East

Since the Second World War, US foreign policy has been largely predicated on military adventures, by severely punishing enemies and controlling ‘friends’. Diplomacy was often the icing on the cake of war, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

That defining moment: On anti-Muslim films, cartoons and my Gaza neighbour

Insulting Islamic symbols often represents a breaking point for many Muslims. Spiritual, religious figures and symbols often represent the last hope to which poor, humiliated and disenfranchised people cling onto with absolute ferocity, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

Iran and the imminent prospect of another unilateral war waged by Israel in the Middle East

Israel, presumably due to its longstanding failure to reach amicable peace with Palestine and the Arab neighbors since 1967, is imminently determined to wage a unilateral war on Iran while struggling to divert internal dissent from its lingering economic and socio–political challenges and international isolations, writes Freeman Ure. ... [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]

Romnesia

The parasitical ultra-rich often deny the role of others in the acquisition of their wealth – and even seek to punish them for it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Has ‘Citizen Khan’ on BBC One bridged the gap? .

‘Citizen Khan’ might have taken the mickey of some Muslims, but not of Islam, and that is a huge difference. I would not say that the show has stereotyped Asians as claimed, but rather seemed to be a reflection of self-criticism, writes Iqbal Tamini.... [read more]

Charity Economics, Subservient Politics: Why Oslo Must Go

Recent demonstrations in protest of the rising cost of living have swept across the West Bank. While they are not indicative of a Palestinian version of the ‘Arab Spring’, they are still an important first step, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Mind Thieves

The evidence linking Alzheimer’s disease to the food industry is strong and is growing, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Palestinian Refugees from Syria Lost and ‘Betrayed’

The official position of Arab nations is unambiguous: solidarity with Palestine is paramount. But facts on the ground point to a disturbingly different reality, one in which Palestinians are mistreated beyond any rational justification in various Arab countries, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

A Step Towards the Dock

Desmond Tutu has helped us see the true nature of what the former prime minister did to Iraq and increased pressure for a prosecution, writes George Monbiot. ... [read more]

Spot the Difference: Public Relations and Journalism

Finn Bowen asks that in light of the possible convergence of Public Relations and Journalism - once completely separate professions - can we ‘trust the truth’ the media portray? ... [read more]

The psychological damage of warfare

Since the federation of Australia in 1901, more than 100,000 young men have died, fighting to protect their country. But the real victims here were those affected psychologically, writes Finn Bowen. ... [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]

An animation calling for economic democracy

To answer the question of what the world will look like after capitalism, we first have to decide what we mean by capitalism. If it means a system that arises from lending money at interest, then there will be no “after capitalism” writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Children Are Still Dying: Violence is Not News

Somewhere in my home I have a set of photo albums I rarely go near. I fear the flood of cruel memories that might be evoked from looking at the countless photos I took during a trip to Iraq, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Genetic Memories

Needs editing pre publication... [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]

Democracy By Candlelight: Living In Fear And Kept In The Dark

Giving people the opportunity to vote every four or five years, while in the meantime deceiving, misinforming and lying to them, has no more to do with democracy or freedom than what is happening in Syria right now, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

Neocons vs. the ‘Arab Spring’: Back on the Warpath

The neoconservatives are back with a vengeance. While popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries had briefly rendered them irrelevant in the region, Western intervention in Libya signaled a new opportunity, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Great Impostors

Under the guise of saving the natural world, governments are privatising it and rarely will the money to be made by protecting nature match the money to be made by destroying it, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Dance With the One Who Brung You

Protecting the environment, like protecting the welfare of a nation’s poorest and weakest people, requires a sweeping reform of political funding, on both sides of the Atlantic, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Independence In The Pocket Of The US: "Mera Pyara Bharat" ("I Love My India?")

With a population of 1.2bn people, many believe that India is the arena where the future direction of humanity is being played out. However, the future of humanity may not be determined in India, but by events in a much smaller country – Syria, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

Nothing ‘Accidental’ in Mali – More Misery Awaits

Northern Mali promises to be the graveyard of scores of innocent people if African countries don’t collectively challenge Western influence in the region, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Beer, Vomit And Lipstick: Revolting Acts In An Age Of Crisis

'Freedom' within the confines of what increasingly resembles an open prison isn't much to celebrate. The actual reality in Britain is economic meltdown and social crisis, writes Colin Todhunter ... [read more]

Scorched Earth Economics

The model is dead; long live the model. Austerity programmes are extending the crises they were meant to solve, yet governments refuse to abandon them and the UK provides a powerful example, writes George Monbiot. ... [read more]

Lurking Danger: Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Palestinian refugees in Syria cannot expect to exist outside a paradigm of danger and unpredictability. Their brethren in Lebanon learned the same lesson years ago, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

From Nehru to Mao: India's Tryst with Destiny

In 1947, Nehru spoke about a tryst with destiny. Free from the shackles of British colonialism, India was on course for a bright new future. Fast forward and witness the not so glittering outcome that Nehru didn’t have in mind, writes Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

Turkey, the Kurdish Struggle and the New Middle East

Turkey, a NATO member, has historically been a key strategic ally of the West in the Cold War but the political situation inside the country is far from tolerant of opposition, writes David Morgan. ... [read more]

Britain’s Summer: A Juxtaposition of Sport & Politics - The Question of Nationalism

We may end up remembering 2012 for it’s grand summer of British national pride but we must not forget the country is in a terrible state and it doesn’t appear that things will get better, writes Joseph A. Daniels. ... [read more]

Passage to Ecuador: Chomsky, Assange, sham justice, sham democracies

The mainstream corporate media has been fooling the public for decades. It fails to shine a light on important decisions that are made behind closed doors by unaccountable corporate players, senior politicians and unelected bureaucrats, writes Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

Spain's abusive banks

The big economic news has been the massive 100bn euros bailout of Spain’s banks. However the back story has been the numerous protests by Spaniards against measures to support banks which are largely in trouble through their own greed, corruption and mismanagement, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Anniversary of Gaza Blockade: A State of Siege, and Normalcy

Condemning Israeli rights violations in Palestine by leading human rights and humanitarian organizations is nothing new. Unfortunately, such calls are rarely followed by any organized political campaigns, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

More than just a Game: football as the modern opium of the masses

The spectacle of sport, like the 2012 Euro Cup, is the primary medium through which nations and national identities are imagined, writes Ilia Xypolia.... [read more]

The Mendacity of Hope

Rio 2012: the summits which promise to save the world keep us dangling, not mobilising, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Manhunt

Uri Avnery, Israeli journalist and former Knesset member, writes about the abuse of African migrants in his country... [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]

The War on Palestinian Soccer: Free Mahmoud Sarsak

On 3 June, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 80 days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Resurgent Aristocracy

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

Starving and Broke: Yemen’s Renewed ‘War on Terror’

Yemeni forces continue to push against fighters affiliated with al-Qaeda. Their major victories come on the heels of the inauguration of Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi, who is now entrusted with the task of leading the country through a peaceful transition writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Redefining the ‘Arab Spring’: Is Chaos Overtaking Revolution?

The age of revolutionary romance is over. Various Arab countries are now facing hard truths. Millions of Arabs merely want to live with a semblance of dignity, free from tyranny and continuous anxiety over the future, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

Taking Another look at ‘Chavs’

Chavs by Owen Jones has rightly been lauded as an overdue rejoinder to the steady and near unstoppable denigration of the working class in Britain over the past three decades of unbroken Thatcherism, under both the Tories and New Labour, reviews John Wight.... [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]

A Monstrous Proposal

Extending transparency laws to the private sector would make the likes of News International think twice before misbehaving, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Democracy is licking its wounds but the fight for social justice is gathering momentum

Sadly, the resounding feature of the 2012 local elections is one of a weak democracy. It’s true that of the 32 per cent of people who decided to vote, more voted Labour than any other party. But the dominant characteristic of 2012 is that almost seven in every 10 people decided that the election wasn’t worth the walk to the polling station writes Alfie Stirling.... [read more]

Illegal Settlements Bonanza: Israel Plots an Endgame

Israel’s colonization policies are entering an alarming new phase, comparable in historic magnitude to the original plans to colonize Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the war of 1967, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

East Africa at the Brink: Hidden Hands behind Sudan’s Oil War

Once again Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Alternative music

Pop dinosaurs head up Britain’s Eurovision challenge and the Olympic jamboree. New seasons of X Factor and Pop Idol are being spawned in some modern marketing womb of entertainment hell. They are destroying Britain’s reputation as an alternative music powerhouse, writes Miles Caston.... [read more]

The Keys to the Blood Bank

The Conservative minister charged with protecting wildlife is making a packet as a result of weak wildlife protection laws, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Rewilding Our Children

When my second child reaches my age I fear the NHS, along with the tiger and rhino, will be part of a mythologised arcadia, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

The Last to Fall (the life and letters of Ivor Hickman – an International Brigader in Spain)

John Green reviews a book by John L. Wainwright about the life of international brigader Ivor Hickman... [read more]

The New Mandela

Uri Avnery writes about the determination of the Israeli state to keep Marwan Barghouti, Palestine's Mandela, behind bars... [read more]

What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians

Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, is a unifying figure among Palestinians, last week he called on Palestinians to launch a “large-scale popular resistance” which would “serve the cause of our people,” writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The Great ESA Robbery

The removal of contributory Employment and Support Allowance assessment has not been a major talking point during the Welfare Reform Act's progress onto the statute book but I believe it is actually the most pernicious of all the benefit cuts which are just about to take place, writes Felix McHugh.... [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]

Coalition: crafty or chaotic?

Offering businesses a PR opportunity with the Prime Minister, and riling up the public into believing fuel will disappear in the very near future, both seem like quick and highly-profitable business ventures, writes Sam Hunt ... [read more]

When will the Palestinians revolt?

After six decades of occupation, Israeli government strategists are yet to realize that the Palestinian people are not a singular body of blind followers who can be easily manipulated and controlled, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Civil Rights in America

The tragic and senseless killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida recently once more confirms that racism remains an ever-present corrosive in US society in spite of the election of the nation’s first black president in 2008, writes John Wight.... [read more]

The symbolic violence of reality television

Prior to the encroachment of neo-liberal policy into the economic and cultural landscape of Britain, television programmes we would typify as ‘entertainment shows’ were built around the dominant working-class lifestyle and values, writes Tom Chivers.... [read more]

Costly ‘Freedom’ in Afghanistan: On Morbid Wars and Logic

The Afghans are a proud people with a long and formidable history of resistance to foreign occupation. The fact that they have always prevailed, however, should not distract from the horror they still routinely experience, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

What's behind Kony 2012?

Eugene Puryear describes some of the hidden motivations to bringing Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, to justice... [read more]

The Elephant is Still in the Room

The Republicans have no one to blame but themselves if they appear to be careering to electoral defeat, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

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

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

Alfred Russel Wallace: Socialist and co-founder of evolutionary theory

Next year will see the centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace. Simultaneously with Darwin the discoverer of evolution due to natural selection, but history has largely eclipsed his name under Darwin’s immense shadow, writes John Green.... [read more]

Between Politics and Principles: Hamas’ Perilous Manoeuvres

Despite all of Hamas’ assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Cold War in Warm Waters: US-China’s Dangerous Contest for Asia-Pacific

A conflict is brewing, and China, emboldened by astonishing economic growth as well as military advancement, seems to be gearing up to challenge the US’s uncontested military dominance in the region, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

How Independen​t Would An Independen​t Scotland Be?

Britain’s history of war and imperialism, and its current role as junior partner in service to US hegemony, has had a deleterious impact on British society at home, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Don’t Quota Me

Is there a single reputable argument in favour of positive discrimination? The fact that so many of our institutions are unrepresentative of the make-up of society is of course deplorable, but manipulating recruitment in order to create an artificial balance is no way to put this right, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [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]

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]

Israel Vying for War: Attacking Iran Will Not Repeat History

One would think that the years between 1991 – the first war on Iraq - and 2003 would have been enough to convince US-led Western allies that economically besieged, politically isolated and war torn Iraq had no capacity for producing WMDs, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Liberal Constipation

Conservatism is linked to low intelligence; but the real idiots are the progressives letting it win, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Anti-Semitism and Israel’s Inherent Contradictions

In a recent article, columnist Yaniv Halili described British author Ben White as 'anti-Semitic'. He also denounced Arab Knesset member Hanin Zoabi for writing a forward to White's latest book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

Saudi judge demands extreme action against female journalist

Following her description of the religious police as "ex-convicts and drug addicts", a Saudi judge has demanded withdrawing the nationality of a female journalist, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Waiting for False Prophets: The Puzzling Matter of the Israeli Liberals

Regardless of who may rule Israel, little change ever occurs in the country’s foreign policy, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Why I’m Right and Everyone Else is Wrong

Emmeline Ravilious reviews Tom Harris - Why I'm Right and Everyone Else is Wrong, a collection of the MP's blogs and more... [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]

Protest Movement or tourist attraction?

David Eade contrasts the Occupy movement in the UK with the 15-M movement in Spain... [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]

In Memoriam

It has long been said that justice delayed is justice denied, yet it would be hard to find anyone to agree with this sentiment over the conviction of David Norris and Gary Dobson for the murder of Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Letter to a Soldier of the IDF

John Wight writes a letter in commemoration of the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's military assault on Gaza, it is written in the form of a letter to an IDF soldier. ... [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]

Taking a look at L.H.O.O.Q

outRageous! gives a critique of the first edition of L.H.O.O.Q- a new online culture magazine... [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]

Mutiny on the Titanic

Uri Avnery reflects on recent events in Israel... [read more]

The lasting legacy of 9/11

Since the September 11 2001 attacks the world has witnessed the best and worst of humanity, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Think of a Tank

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

Politics and the UK Riots

The recent civil unrest points to the failure of three decades of Thatcherite consensus, writes Nathaniel Mehr.... [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]

Jody McIntyre: Victim of Police Brutality and Media Distortion

The case of Jody McIntyre typifies the hypocrisy of the media discourse on political violence, writes Ben Maisky.... [read more]

Introducing ... British Government Plc

John Green on the growing preponderance of unelected advisors from the business sector in senior government roles. ... [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]

Bewildering Times!

From student fees to taxes, the Liberal Democrats are increasingly being seen as cheerleaders for hard-line Tory policies, writes Chris Mason-Felsing.... [read more]

Students Lead the Way in the Fight Against Austerity Measures

The two huge student protests that rocked London were just the tip of the iceberg, writes Ben Maisky.... [read more]

Bush Didn't Write No Damn Book

The former US president's autobiography is little more than a revisionist hoax, writes Ahmed Amr.... [read more]

Another Baghdad Massacre: Iraqi Christians Are Already at Home

Media rhetoric over the struggles of Iraqi Christians represents classic 'divide and rule' imperialism, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Behind the Coup in Ecuador

The recent coup attempt in Ecuador was just the latest attempt to destabilise independent development in Latin America, writes Eva Golinger.... [read more]

‘Dying to Win’: Newt Gingrich’s ‘Terrorism’

Bush may be gone, but right-wingers in the US are still exploiting public fears of terrorism to pursue their foreign policy agenda, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [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]

Lansley can Shove his White Paper

The Tory-Lib Dem coalition is intent on a wholesale privatisation of the National Health Service, writes John Lister.... [read more]

Towering Lunacy

Green enthusiasm for vertical farms shows that no one is untouched by magical thinking, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

A Clash of Fundamentalisms

In the third article in his series, 'Contextualising the Threat of Islam', Richard Greeman compares Islamic Fundamentalism with the U.S. regime's own brand on fundamentalist politics.... [read more]

Venezuela Breaks Relations with Colombia

The long-running tensions between Colombia and Venezuela have escalated this week after further provocation by the Colombian government, writes Eva Golinger.... [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]

Thatcherism Phase Two

The UK's 'progressive coalition' is implementing a neo-Thatcherite revolution, a war against the poor, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

Cluster Bombs and Civilian Lives: Efficient Killing, Profits and Human Rights

An Amnesty International report has brought the issue of cluster bombs back into the public limelight, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

UK's Libel Laws: Still a Legal Minefield

Reform of the UK's libel laws could have an important impact on political debate, writes Demetrius Notice.... [read more]

Millennium Goals Revisited: Noble Ideas, and Feel-Good Moments

The UN's much-vaunted Millenium Development goals have turned out to be little more than wishful thinking, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

ALBA Backs Struggle for Honduran Democracy on Anniversary of Coup

Latin America's left-wing governments have rallied to support democracy in Honduras, writes Steven Mather.... [read more]

BP’s Dumb Investors

The companies now threatening to sue BP have only themselves to blame, 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]

Modern Football: Money, Hype and Hysteria

John Green looks at how the status of the 'beautiful game' has changed in recent years.... [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]

The Money Gusher

The oil industry’s decommissioning costs will dwarf those of nuclear power. The money being made now should be put aside to meet them, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Israel is Incapable of Conducting an Impartial Inquiry

The US will continue to shield Israel from acccountability in the wake of the flotilla massacre, writes Ahmed Amr.... [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]

One Holy Land United With Liberty and Justice for All

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

Venezuela Creates Public Import-Export Company to Combat Capitalism

A new state-run import-export company will seek to redress regional trade imbalances in favour of Venezuela's economy, writes Kiraz Janicke.... [read more]

Netanyahu’s Ring and the Legitimacy of Zionism

At the root of Israeli state violence is a total refusal to recognise the Palestinians as a people, let alone a nation, writes Ahmed Amr.... [read more]

Election 2010: Don’t Mention the Class War

'New' Labour is too close to big business to deliver the radical change the country needs, but it is by far the lesser of the two evils on offer, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

Book Publishers Should Embrace the Digital Age

Publishing can - and should - adapt to the changing technological landscape, writes John Oakes. ... [read more]

“Hold Me Back!”

The idea that Iran would risk certain annihilation by attacking Israel is ludicrous, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Morality Policing

The police treat protests and festivals as a threat to their power, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Freed FARC Hostage Thanks Venezuelan President

FARC kidnap victim Captain Pablo Emilio Moncayo has publicly expressed his gratitude for Hugo Chávez's efforts to secure his release, writes Kiraz Janicke.... [read more]

Bosses' Pay - the Worse They do, the More They Want!

Enormous compensation packages are keeping bosses happy amid the misery of economic stagnation, writes Dan Morley.... [read more]

Book of the Month: Fenner Brockway's 'Inside the Left'

John Green reviews Fenner Brockway's autobiographical account of a long and dedicated political career.... [read more]

Chimes At Midnight: Football in Crisis

Ordinary fans are being ripped off by the unfettered greed of modern footbal, writes Steve Jones.... [read more]

Election 2010: Whoever Wins, We Are in for Cuts

Decades of compromise have left the Labour party unfit to meet the challenges of the present crisis, writes John Green.... [read more]

Our Hollowed Out Democracy

Thus far, the Tory and Labour election campaigns have been a showcase of the hypocrisy at the heart of British politics, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

Tens of Thousands of Students Rally in Support of Chavez in Venezuela

A student rally in the Venezuelan capital has rallied behind the country's president, writes Kiraz Janicke.... [read more]

Book of the Month: 'Common Wealth' by Martin Large

John Green reviews this month's recommended read, which takes a critical look at the increasing dominance of corporate interests over civil society.... [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]

Justice for Western Sahara

Joanna Allan on the high-profile campaign to draw international attention to the plight of the people of the Western Sahara at the hands of the brutal Moroccan occupation.... [read more]

The Hypocrisy of Al-Demoqratia

A rising tide of official anti-Muslim paranoia in continental Europe is exposing the hypocrisy of Western democracy, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

In Mourning for the Victims of War

Remembrance Day events should be a commemoration of the dead on both sides, not just our own, writes Symon Hill.... [read more]

If Nothing Else, Save Farming

It’s probably too late to prepare for peak oil, but we can at least try to salvage food production, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

US Military Documents Show Colombia Base Agreement Poses Threat to Region

Garry Leech on the increasing international concern at US moves to consolidate and expand its military presence in Colombia.... [read more]

Exorcising the Ghosts of Paramilitary Violence: Reclaiming Liberty in Libertad

Garry Leech on how the Colombian community of Libertad has struggled to free itself from the brutal violence of Colombia's paramilitary forces.... [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]

Vestas: “You Don’t Have to Just Sit and Take It. You Can Stand Up and Fight”.

Socialist Appeal's Adam Booth says the Vestas closure is just another manifestation of an economic system which prioritises private interests over the public good.... [read more]

Colombia’s Deteriorating Displacement Crisis

Garry Leech reports on the plight of Colombia's millions of displaced persons.... [read more]

Obama Administration Shifts US focus in Colombia from Counternarcotics to Counterinsurgency

Garry Leech on how the new regime in Washington is committing itself to a Colombia policy that is even more militaristic than that of the Bush administration.... [read more]

Venezuela Condemns US Hypocrisy on Drugs

The Venezuelan government has challenged the objectivity of a US report on drug trafficking, writes Tamara Pearson.... [read more]

Interview with a Colombian Political Prisoner

Garry Leech interviews political prisoner Liliany Obando in her sell in Buen Pastor Prison.... [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]

Ahmadinejad Re-elected: Israel and Obama’s Iran Puzzle

The crisis in Iran presents a singular challenge to Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

Washington Post Shamelessly Promotes US Drug Policy in Colombia

Garry Leech critically analyses a typically obsequious mainstream portrayal of US policy in Latin America.... [read more]

Uribe’s Latest Misfirings Against the FARC

Garry Leech on how the Colombian government continues to lose moral authority despite its repeated claims that it is fighting an 'anti-terrorist' campaign.... [read more]

Colombian Government's Role in Human Rights Abuses

Garry Leech examines the appalling recent history of state-sponsored terrorism in Colombia under the US-backed President Uribe.... [read more]

Book of the Month - 'Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good'

This month's recommendation is an insightful examination of the life and work of a truly exceptional figure.... [read more]

Presidents of Venezuela and Colombia Pledge Peace and Economic Development

James Suggett on an encouraging meeting between Uribe and Chávez.... [read more]

Plan Colombia: The New Military Strategy for Afghanistan?

Garry Leech considers a worrying Washington initiative aimed at applying the disastrous 'Plan Colombia' counterinsurgency strategy to the battlefields of Afghanistan.... [read more]

The Internet: A Democratising Force or Information Overload?

Matt Genner examines the impact of the dot com revolution on democratic debate and political activism.... [read more]

Book of the Month: "Feminism and War: Confronting US Imperialism"

Nathaniel Mehr reviews this month's recommendation.... [read more]

Someone Else’s England

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

Book Review: "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations"

Gavin O'Toole reviews Jonathan Cook's insightful book about the thinking behind US Middle East policy.... [read more]

US Policy Towards Venezuela and Colombia Will Change Little Under Obama

Garry Leech on why US policy towards its Latin American neighbours is unlikely to change significantly under President Obama.... [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]

Chavez Hopes Obama Will Stop US Aggression Against Venezuela

S.E. on the Venezuelan President's hopes for a constructive relationship with the incoming Obama administration.... [read more]

Plan Colombia Devastates Afro-Colombian Communities

Garry Leech examines the devastating impact of US policy in Colombia upon the country's Afro-Colombian rural communities.... [read more]

The Triumph of Ignorance: Why Morons Succeed in US politics

An exasperated George Monbiot tries to account for the pervasiveness of vacuous, ill-informed garbage in the discourse of US electoral politics.... [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]

Venezuela and China Expand Joint Oil and Investment Accords

James Suggett on the strengthening of trade ties between China and Venezuela. ... [read more]

Venezuela Says US Uses Anti-Drug List as “Weapon of Domination”

James Suggett on how the United States is using the pretext of counter-narcotics to further its political struggle against Hugo Chávez's Venezuela. ... [read more]

Venezuelan Government Turns Large Estates Into Socialist Production Centers

Tamara Pearson on the Venezuelan government's plan for large-scale, socialised food production.... [read more]

Venezuela Supports the Independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Tamara Pearson on Venezuela's declaration of support for Russia and the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.... [read more]

Chávez Declares Support for Venezuelan Indigenous Occupying Ancestral Lands

James Suggett on Hugo Chávez's support for indigenous communities in Venezuela.... [read more]

United Socialist Party of Venezuela Begins Campaign for Regional Elections

Tamara Pearson on the start of election campaigning in Venezuela.... [read more]

Hypocrites Unite!

George Monbiot on Julie Burchill's ill-informed diatribe against environmentalists.... [read more]

Venezuela Pledges Strengthened Alliance with Bolivia Following Morales Referendum Victory

James Suggett reflects on Bolovian President Evo Morales's referendum victory.... [read more]

Venezuela’s Chavez Pushes for New World Financial System in Argentina

James Suggett on Venezuela's increasing influence in economic policy across the South American continent. ... [read more]

Venezuela Bridges Diplomatic Fissures and Polishes Alliances in European Tour

James Suggett on the latest phase of Hugo Chávez's tour of Europe.... [read more]

Venezuela Increases Oil Financing for Petrocaribe Nations

James Suggett on how Venezuela is taking a lead in strengthening economic links between Latin America and the Caribbean.... [read more]

Push-Polling (Continued): The Appearance of Ethics, And the Same Old Same Old

Following on from last week's article, Sven Eric Balabanoff continues his look at the role of "Push-polling" in this year's US elections. ... [read more]

Push Polling 2008; Have the Rules Changed? Or Not?

Sven Eric Balabanoff examines the phenomenon of "push polling" within the wider context of US electoral politics.... [read more]

Venezuela Halts Mining in Forest Preserve, but Renews Permit Discussions

James Suggett on the ongoing struggle for control of Venezuela's natural resources.... [read more]

Mail Order Cuts

Rob Ray on the closures ordered across the UK's postal service. ... [read more]

Coca-Cola Paralysed by Ex-Fleet-Workers in Venezuela

James Suggett on the induestrial dispute disrupting Coca-Cola distribution in Venezuela.... [read more]

Venezuela’s Only Contacts with FARC were for Humanitarian Exchange Says Minister

Venezuela's foreign minister has refuted US-sourced allegations that Hugo Chavez has been financing the Colombian rebel group FARC.... [read more]

Who Cares for the Carers?

How privatisation is costing social care workers. ... [read more]

How to Build a Human Bomb

George Monbiot argues that the Guantanamo Bay concetration camp is an affront to the very idea of justice.... [read more]

Chávez Emphasizes Global Context of Venezuelan Food Shortages

James Suggett on Venezuelan fears of a global food crisis.... [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]

Obama > Clinton

The US Democratic Party needs a backbone.... [read more]

Pro-Death

George Monbiot considers the implications of attempts to reverse progress on abortion.... [read more]