A non-partisan journal of the left.

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

by John Pilger

Sat 13th Oct 2012
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]

IMT sympathiser shot in Swat - Barbarism must not prevail!

by Alan Woods

Fri 12th Oct 2012
Earlier this week, Malala Yousafzai was brutally shot by gunmen as she was returning home from school. Masked assassins stepped onto a bus filled with terrified children, identified her, and shot her at point blank range in the head and neck.... [read more]

Is Iran a threat?

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 12th Oct 2012
Dr Faisal Mikdadi asks if Iran is a threat and if so, to whom?... [read more]
 

The Spanish State Faces Disintegration

by David Eade

Wed 10th Oct 2012
The Spain of today is in a deep financial crisis. Rather than the country pulling together it is pulling apart. LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, discusses the possibility of the Spainish state breaking up into autonomous regions... [read more]

The Spectre of Communism

by John Green

Wed 10th Oct 2012
The eulogies in the media for the late Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, praise his historical insight yet express bemusement at his adherence to the Communist cause. Why is there a lack of understanding as to why so many of his generation remained loyal to the cause of their youth? John Green explains.... [read more]

Public Sector Workers

by Danny Herbert

Mon 8th Oct 2012
We publish here a short verse from Danny Herbert... [read more]
 

The shadows of terror

by Chris

Mon 8th Oct 2012
We publish a poem by Usiemure Christopher.... [read more]

Eric Hobsbawm – towering above his critics

by David Morgan

Sun 7th Oct 2012
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

by David Eade

Sun 7th Oct 2012
“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

by Ramzy Baroud

Thu 4th Oct 2012
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]

Walk on, walk on...

by Felix McHugh

Wed 3rd Oct 2012
When an individual with mobility problems seeks to obtain Employment and Support Allowance, simply getting to the assessment centre can be the first of many unpleasant battles. Felix McHugh reports.... [read more]

Principal Stages in the History of Bolshevism 1905-1917 and their Relevance Today

by Thomas Riggins

Tue 2nd Oct 2012
Lenin, in his book "'Left Wing' Communism: An Infantile Disorder," written in 1920, maintained that lessons from the Russian Revolution were of interest to those outside Russia. Thomas Riggins provides an analysis. ... [read more]
 

Eric Hobsbawm: A Tribute from the Socialist History Society

by David Morgan

Tue 2nd Oct 2012
On behalf of the Socialist History Society, David Morgan pays tribute to its Honorary President Eric Hobsbawm who passed away on the 1 October at the age of 95.... [read more]

Trials and Tribulations in Turkey

by David Morgan

Sun 30th Sep 2012
Turkey’s lamentable human rights record and its attempts to intimidate independent Kurdish organisations was the theme of an important seminar held on the 18 September in Garden Court Chambers, London. David Morgan reports.... [read more]

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

by Ramzy Baroud

Fri 28th Sep 2012
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]
 

The circulating money supply: Why QE3 won’t jumpstart the Economy—and What Would

by Ellen Brown

Fri 28th Sep 2012
The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers — but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives, argues Ellen Brown.... [read more]

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

by Colin Todhunter

Thu 27th Sep 2012
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]

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

by Freeman Ure

Thu 27th Sep 2012
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]
 

Whose truth is it anyhow?

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 26th Sep 2012
Dr Faysal Mikdadi remembers the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in 1982 and examines the findings of the Kahan Commission which found that responsibility lay with former Israeli Defence minister, Ariel Sharon... [read more]

Condemnation partly motivated by hindsight

by Elizabeth Ellis

Wed 26th Sep 2012
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]

Romnesia

by George Monbiot

Tue 25th Sep 2012
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]