A non-partisan journal of the left.

Copying our neighbour's work ethic

by Karl Davis

Sun 16th Dec 2012
I may be guilty of being unkind towards David Cameron, but I take his comments on emulating German industry under the suspicion that he is being his usual ‘selective’ self when referring to our European neighbours, Karl Davis explains... [read more]

It’s like Déjà-Vu All Over Again

by Oliver Lewis Thompson

Thu 13th Dec 2012
The Israeli-US rhetoric towards Iran is more than just hollow threats. History shows us why Iran is next in the firing line, and why an invasion just might be inevitable. ... [read more]

Australia and Asylum Seekers: Media Perspectives

by Finn Bowen

Thu 13th Dec 2012
The issue is not 'boat people' but imperialist expansion explains Finn Bowen ... [read more]
 

Lenin on Marxism and Bourgeois Democracy

by Thomas Riggins

Wed 12th Dec 2012
In chapter seven of "'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder" Lenin addresses himself to the ultra-left claim that socialists should no longer work with or be members of bourgeois parliaments. Thomas Riggins explains.... [read more]

Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign Launched

by David Morgan

Tue 11th Dec 2012
A new campaign to honour the memory of the militant Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison on the 100th anniversary of her tragic death was launched on 29 November at the Firebox Café in King’s Cross. David Morgan reports ... [read more]

The Gift of Death

by George Monbiot

Tue 11th Dec 2012
Every year we splurge on pointless, planet-trashing products, most of which are not wanted. Why not just bake them a cake, asks George Monbiot. ... [read more]
 

The development of the European social models

by Anthony Binder

Sun 9th Dec 2012
The 19th century in Europe saw the development of philosophical, political and economical theories that challenged and questioned the political structure of the time (Part 1).... [read more]

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

by Ramzy Baroud

Fri 7th Dec 2012
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]

El Marrufo starts to give up its Spanish Civil War dead

by David Eade

Thu 6th Dec 2012
The Spanish Civil War will always hold a special place in the hearts of those on the left of politics. In Spain the memories are still raw, nowhere more so than amongst the thousands of families who lost relatives, assassinated by Franco’s forces... [read more]
 

The Kurds and Human Rights

by David Morgan

Tue 4th Dec 2012
David Morgan asks what the Kurdish people have to celebrate as International Human Rights’ Day 2012 approaches... [read more]

Obituary: Colonial officer, overseas aid administrator and champion of the oppressed who advanced the cause of gay people in the Civil Service'

by Richard Kirker

Mon 3rd Dec 2012
Richard Kirker remembers Ian Buist: the quintessential Civil Service mandarin, but also a doughty proponent of social progress. He had a fearless determination to champion the rights of the victims of injustice, minorities and the marginalised.... [read more]

Israel's war on journalists

by Iqbal Tamimi

Mon 3rd Dec 2012
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

by Thomas Riggins

Mon 3rd Dec 2012
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]

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

by Thomas Riggins

Sat 1st Dec 2012
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]

Our psychology makes us neglect the victims of climate change

by Billy Larsson

Fri 30th Nov 2012
Psychologist Billy Larsson looks at how our human psychology prevents us from stepping up to the mark and dealing with the imminent problem of climate change... [read more]
 

A Different War in Gaza, and the War Ahead

by Ramzy Baroud

Thu 29th Nov 2012
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]

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

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 29th Nov 2012
Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 2)... [read more]

PTSD in Gaza: A mental health time-bomb

by Hussein Al-alak

Wed 28th Nov 2012
The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is the leading Palestinian non-governmental organisation which provides mental health services to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, Hussein Al-alak reports... [read more]
 

Carrot Versus Breadcrumb: A Palestinian Dilemma

by Susan Walpole

Wed 28th Nov 2012
Palestinian Authority leader, President Abbas, is attempting to gain an upgraded status for Palestine at the UN this month writes Susan Walpole... [read more]

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

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 28th Nov 2012
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]

The Fat of the Land

by George Monbiot

Wed 28th Nov 2012
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]