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Lenin on Anarchism and Opportunism: Chapter Four of 'Left Wing' Communism: An Infantile Disorder

by Thomas Riggins

Sat 27th Oct 2012
Thomas Riggins gives an analysis of Chapter Four of Lenin's 'Left Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder and describes the Bolsheviks' struggle against both 'opportunism' and 'petty-bourgeois revolulutionism'... [read more]

Making the world a more dangerous place - the eager role of Julia Gillard

by John Pilger

Thu 25th Oct 2012
Julia Gillard has returned Australia to its historic relationship with Washington, similar to that of an eastern European satellite with Moscow, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Ash Cloud

by George Monbiot

Wed 24th Oct 2012
There was a time when conservatism meant what the word suggests. It was an attempt to keep things as they are: to arrest economic and social change, to defend the position of the dominant class. Today conservatism has become a nihilistic festival of destruction, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]
 

Australia's Julia Gillard is no feminist hero

by John Pilger

Tue 23rd Oct 2012
The Guardian's description of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott as "neanderthal" is not unreasonable. Misogyny is an Australian blight and a craven reality in political life. But for so many commentators around the world to describe Julia Gillard's attack on Abbott as a "turning point for Australian women" is absurd, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Rhetorically Speaking: US Elections and the Middle East

by Ramzy Baroud

Tue 23rd Oct 2012
US elections are manifestly linked to the Middle East, at least rhetorically. In practical terms, however, US foreign policies in the region are compelled by the Middle East’s own dynamics and the US’ own political climate, economic woes, or ambitions, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Empty Promise

by George Monbiot

Mon 22nd Oct 2012
George Monbiot asks if scientists have got the impacts of climate change on food supply wildly wrong?... [read more]
 

The Majority of Israelis and Palestinians Want Peace

by Susan Walpole

Sat 20th Oct 2012
Susan Walpole discusses how the majority of Jews and Muslims wish to live in peace... [read more]

Growth Comes with Jobs, Innovation and Access to Credit

by David Eade

Sat 20th Oct 2012
David Eade talks to Parti Socialiste MP Axelle Lemaire about French President François Hollande budget for 2013... [read more]

The Liberal Democrats: Liberalism in the European sense only

by Nathaneal Sansam

Tue 16th Oct 2012
After months of activity and apologies, the message from Nick Clegg to the left of centre voter was this: "We are not the party for you." At least, this was the message I took away with me. Not just from the Lib-Dem conference but also from the New Statesman article by Richard Reeves, Clegg's former director of strategy, writes Nathaneal Sansam.... [read more]
 

Turkey’s Policies at a Crossroads: From Zero-Problems to a Heap of Trouble

by Ramzy Baroud

Sat 13th Oct 2012
It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the ‘Zero Problems with Neighbours’ notion, once the foreign policy centrepiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), is all but a romantic notion of no use in realpolitik, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

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]