A non-partisan journal of the left.

Labour's chance. Will they take it?

by David Lindsay

Wed 13th Mar 2013
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]

Iraqi Freedom Ten Years after Liberation

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 13th Mar 2013
Next week, on Tuesday 19 March, many of us will remember how, precisely ten years ago, in another and dreamlike existence, we incredulously watched the beginning of the invasion of Iraq. Faisl Mikdadi shares some personal reflection... [read more]

The Economy: Happy Days Are Here Again! For Whom?

by Thomas Riggins

Wed 13th Mar 2013
Last week the stock market made a great leap forward. "Dow Leaps to Record" the Wall Street Journal blazoned on its front page. Thomas Riggins shows that the resurrection and coming again of the Dow is only one expression of the economy... [read more]
 

A Capitalist Command Economy

by George Monbiot

Mon 11th Mar 2013
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]

“Ich bin ein Bil’iner!”

by Uri Avnery

Mon 11th Mar 2013
This does not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has NOT been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. ... [read more]

Reading Lenin: Materialism and Empiro-criticism

by Thomas Riggins

Sat 9th Mar 2013
Following his excellent analysis of Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder, Thomas Riggins prepares to guide us through another of Lenin's major works... [read more]
 

Spain is the Most Corrupt Nation in the EU

by David Eade

Wed 6th Mar 2013
LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, shows how the Spanish people have lost faith in their politicians and national institutions... [read more]

John Lewis Cleaners to Strike for the Living Wage

by Chris Ford

Mon 4th Mar 2013
Cleaners at the John Lewis Partnership are to ballot for strike action at the flagship Oxford Street store. This is the first step in the revived campaign to win the Living Wage for all cleaners employed by John Lewis... [read more]

Federal IDs for All US Workers: A Trial Balloon?

by Thomas Riggins

Sun 3rd Mar 2013
According to an article in last Thursday's Wall Street Journal, the Senate is considering a bipartisan plan to require all working people in the US to carry a biometric ID card. Thomas Riggins reports... [read more]
 

After Eastleigh

by David Lindsay

Fri 1st Mar 2013
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

by George Monbiot

Thu 28th Feb 2013
Companies like EDF, seeking to terrify protesters with lawsuits, are likely to become victims of their own aggression, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

If markets weren't masters and economics worked for people

by Alfie Stirling

Wed 27th Feb 2013
The choice on the one hand is for people to be a resource for a rich economy. The choice on the other is for a rich economy to be a resource for society. Alfie Stirling explains... [read more]
 

Secrets of the Rich

by George Monbiot

Mon 25th Feb 2013
Billionaires are hiding behind a network of “independent” groups, who manipulate politics on their behalf, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Lessons and Conclusions from Lenin's Left-Wing Communism: an Infantile Disorder

by Thomas Riggins

Sun 24th Feb 2013
Thomas Riggins concludes his analysis of Lenin's 'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder and looks at what conclusions can be drawn from the book's previous nine chapters... [read more]

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

by David Eade

Thu 21st Feb 2013
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]
 

Shallow Depths

by Elizabeth Ellis

Mon 18th Feb 2013
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]

WikiLeaks is a rare truth-teller

by John Pilger

Fri 15th Feb 2013
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*

by Ilia Xypolia

Fri 15th Feb 2013
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

by David Eade

Thu 14th Feb 2013
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]

Iraq Ten Years On: What You Don’t Hear!

by Hussein Al-alak

Thu 14th Feb 2013
10 years on from the invasion of Iraq, Hussein Al-Alak examines the long term psychological effects of the occupation... [read more]

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

by Peter Tatchell

Tue 12th Feb 2013
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]