A non-partisan journal of the left.

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

by Iqbal Tamimi

Sun 23rd Sep 2012
‘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]

Nice little earner

by Felix McHugh

Sat 22nd Sep 2012
When it comes to dishonesty it may be that social security tribunals have more knowledge of the subject than one would expect, says Felix McHugh.... [read more]

Charity Economics, Subservient Politics: Why Oslo Must Go

by Ramzy Baroud

Thu 20th Sep 2012
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 psychological damage of warfare

by Finn Bowen

Tue 18th Sep 2012
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]

The US government is promoting corruption in Malawi

by BenChiza

Mon 17th Sep 2012
Ben Chiza takes a look at the newly installed government of President Joyce Banda in Malawi... [read more]

The Delusion of Democracy

by Elizabeth Ellis

Mon 17th Sep 2012
Elizabeth Elis reminds us that when added together, minorities form a majority and it is only through unity that power can be wrested away from a tiny elite and placed firmly in the hands of the masses... [read more]
 

Growing Isolation: Boycott of Israel Crosses to Governments’ Realm

by Ramzy Baroud

Fri 14th Sep 2012
Should Israel be worried? Very much so, for the age of total impunity is coming to an end. Critical voices of the Israeli occupation and mistreatment of Palestinians are rising - not only within civil society circles, but among world governments as well, argues Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Mass media directing the masses

by Luke Innes

Fri 14th Sep 2012
Luke Innes looks at the effect of mass media on the working class in Britain... [read more]

Palestine- The Right of Return

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 13th Sep 2012
Dr Faisal Mikdadi looks at some of the arguments used to justify Israel's annexation of Palestinian land and discusses the 'right of return'... [read more]
 

Unionbook: a Bastion of Online Activism

by R.M. Harrison

Thu 13th Sep 2012
Rhys Harrison talks about Unionbook, the progressive activist's answer to Facebook and Twitter... [read more]

The Mind Thieves

by George Monbiot

Wed 12th Sep 2012
The evidence linking Alzheimer’s disease to the food industry is strong and is growing, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Mining The Past

by Paul Lloyd

Sun 9th Sep 2012
Paul Lloyd looks back at the findings of a coroner’s inquest that investigated the deaths of seven Cumbrian miners nearly a century ago. ... [read more]
 

The Implication of Syria's Civil Strife

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 7th Sep 2012
Syria's Civil War is essentially a war between the majority Sunni Muslims and the minority Alawites (Shi'ites) who have ruled Syria for over 40 years. The result is a foregone conclusion. President Assad will lose and the Alawites will be ousted. Or will they? And before they do, what will be the price paid by others, asks Faysal Mikdadi.... [read more]

Palestinian Refugees from Syria Lost and ‘Betrayed’

by Ramzy Baroud

Thu 6th Sep 2012
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]

Allan Horsfall 1927-2012: In remembrance

by Peter Tatchell

Wed 5th Sep 2012
Peter Tatchell recalls the contribution of LGBT rights pioneer Allan Horsfall, who died from heart failure on 27 August 2012, aged 84-years-old.... [read more]
 

Spot the Difference: Public Relations and Journalism

by Finn Bowen

Tue 4th Sep 2012
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]

A Step Towards the Dock

by George Monbiot

Mon 3rd Sep 2012
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]

A boost for peaceful direct action in Spain

by Jim Handley

Mon 3rd Sep 2012
Jim Handley reports on recent Anarchist action against austerity... [read more]
 

Melinda Taylor: The Spy That Got Away?

by Finn Bowen

Fri 31st Aug 2012
On the 7th of June 2012, Melinda Taylor and three other ICC delegates were arrested in the city of Zintan in Libya by Zintani militia. How should the Australian media handle the story? Finn Bowen takes a look.... [read more]

Genetic Memories

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 31st Aug 2012
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]

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

by Ramzy Baroud

Thu 30th Aug 2012
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]