A non-partisan journal of the left.

Mere insults should not be criminal offences

by Peter Tatchell

Fri 25th May 2012
Peter Tatchell says Section 5 of the Public Order Act is a menace to free speech and the right to protest... [read more]

Iran uses intimidation to deter Arab protests

by Dan Brett

Thu 24th May 2012
Dan Brett says Tehran is using martial law, arrests, imprisonment, torture & killings to suppress its Arab minority... [read more]

Never forget that Bradley Manning, not gay marriage, is the issue

by John Pilger

Thu 24th May 2012
John Pilger shows that Barack Obama’s sudden “conversion” to the cause of same-sex marriage barely disguises the prime motives of a president as reactionary and violent as George W Bush.... [read more]
 

What is NATO, anyway? The reality of the "defensive alliance"

by March Forward

Wed 23rd May 2012
The following is a statement by March Forward! which took part in the protests against NATO in Chicago on Saturday 19th May.... [read more]

Taking Another look at ‘Chavs’

by John Wight

Tue 22nd May 2012
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]

Destroying the Social Fabric of India: The Indian Premier League: Sex, Lies and Capitalism

by Colin Todhunter

Tue 22nd May 2012
Colin Todhunter, London Progressive Journal's India correspondent, reports on the worrying fusion of news and entertainment that is part of modern India... [read more]
 

'Curious anatomys': an extraordinary story of dissection and discovery

by Tomasz Pierscionek

Sun 20th May 2012
Tomasz Pierscionek reviews a rare exhibition of 17th century anatomical dissections publically displayed for the first time... [read more]

The Palestinian Nakba: The Resolve of Memory

by Ramzy Baroud

Sat 19th May 2012
Writing about the events of Al-Nakba, Ramzy Baroud reports that every region in Palestine that was meant to be taken was captured, its people were expelled or massacred in their homes and villages. Ben Guiron ‘cleansed’ the land, but he failed to cleanse Israel’s past. Memory persists. ... [read more]

Senior Moment

by W Stephen Gilbert

Fri 18th May 2012
This month, I turn 65. If you know your musicals, my naming Eliza Doolittle Day as the date in question will give you the day that this event takes place. If indeed it is An Event, says W. Stephen Gilbert (photo courtesy of Barbra Flinder).... [read more]
 

The anniversary of the Catastrophe

by John Wight

Thu 17th May 2012
John Wight provides a detailed account of al-Nakba, known to Palestinians around the world as 'the catastrophe'... [read more]

Dead-end journey

by Colin Todhunter

Wed 16th May 2012
Colin Todhunter, London Progressive Journal's India correspondent, reports from Chennai on how a funeral procession through a poor neighbourhood is a metaphor for where India is heading with current social and economic policies... [read more]

Spain’s May 15 protest movement celebrates its anniversary

by David Eade

Mon 14th May 2012
As the Spanish 15-M protest movement celebrates its first anniversary, LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, reveals that the movement is spreading from main street to mainstream... [read more]
 

Alternative living, not just a green gap year

by Miles Caston

Sun 13th May 2012
Miles Caston explores an alternative 'Gap Year' idea for those wanting to differ from the norm. WWOOF lets you contribute to a local community abroad and help the environment through maintaining sustainable ways of living ... [read more]

A Putsch Against War

by Uri Avnery

Fri 11th May 2012
Uri Avnery reveals that in Israel senior military officers and intelligence chiefs are speaking out against President Binyamin Netanyahu's calls for war with Iran. However, Netanyahu ignores their warnings and carries on regardless... [read more]

Do not be fooled by India's media love affair with Hillary Clinton

by Colin Todhunter

Thu 10th May 2012
You always know when a high-ranking US politician is in India. Much of the media turns sycophant. It happened when Obama visited in 2010, and it occurred again as Hillary Clinton recently touched down in Kolkata but despite the media spin, India is not engaged in any form of bilateralism with the US, says Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]
 

Who are the benefit thieves?

by Felix McHugh

Wed 9th May 2012
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]

Struggle over Iran: Tumultuous Israeli Politics Will Not Usher Peace

by Ramzy Baroud

Wed 9th May 2012
Israel is currently experiencing the kind of turmoil that may or may not affect its political hierarchy following the next general election. However, there is little reason to believe that any major transformations in the Israeli political landscape could be of benefit to Palestinians, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

I am the President of the youth of France

by David Eade

Wed 9th May 2012
David Eade reports from Paris on the outcome of the French Presidential elections... [read more]
 

A Monstrous Proposal

by George Monbiot

Tue 8th May 2012
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

by Alfie Stirling

Tue 8th May 2012
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]

Trade unions in Cuba and the emergence of a private sector

by Tomasz Pierscionek

Tue 8th May 2012
Recently returned from a study tour of Cuba, Dr Tomasz Pierscionek recounts his meeting with Jesus Montera, an international relations officer of the CTC... [read more]