A non-partisan journal of the left.

Paying by the mile

by Sam Hunt

Mon 7th May 2012
Sam Hunt lets off steam as he tallies up the cost of running a car these days... [read more]

New smells, old smells

by Jean Claude van Itallie

Fri 4th May 2012
In the 60's I assigned myself the meditation of walking extremely slowly down 14th Street, Greenwich Village’s northern border, to Union Square, allowing my senses to notice acrid smells, loud sounds, crowded store windows – but not letting my mind grab for any of it, says Jean Claude van Itallie.... [read more]

CIA and MI5 linked to assassinations in the Congo in sixties

by John Green

Fri 4th May 2012
Shortly after progressive Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba was overthrown by a Western backed coup in 1960, the former UN secretary general, Dag Hammarskjöld, died in mysterious circumstances. John Green asks if the two events were in any way connected.... [read more]
 

Illegal Settlements Bonanza: Israel Plots an Endgame

by Ramzy Baroud

Wed 2nd May 2012
Israel’s colonization policies are entering an alarming new phase, comparable in historic magnitude to the original plans to colonize Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the war of 1967, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Obama’s Afghan Pledge is Grossly Misleading

by R.M. Harrison

Wed 2nd May 2012
As the US President hints at a withdrawal from Afghanistan, R.M. Harrison wonders whether he has taken heed of the old saying “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. ... [read more]

Empire of Capital

by George Monbiot

Tue 1st May 2012
A one-sided justice sees weaker states punished as rich nations and giant corporations project their power across the world, says George Monbiot.... [read more]
 

DEREK, or LITTLE by LITTLE

by W Stephen Gilbert

Mon 30th Apr 2012
By common consent (at least among those like me who lived through it), the ‘golden age’ of broadcasting – at the BBC especially – was that which spanned the 1960s, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

You are all suspects now. What are you going to do about it?

by John Pilger

Sun 29th Apr 2012
John Pilger describes the politicising of the law in western democracies and the emergence of increasingly draconian police powers: the corollary of a contrived state of 'permanent war'. Why should this be accepted?... [read more]

The state of Alternative comedy

by Miles Caston

Sat 28th Apr 2012
This year Britain’s king of alternative comedy, Billy Connolly, hits 70-years-old. Still alive and kicking. But is the notion of alternative comedy dead asks Miles Caston.... [read more]
 

Henry David Thoreau 150th anniversary

by Miles Caston

Sat 28th Apr 2012
The importance of Henry David Thoreau, the man who told us all we must listen to the world and march to a different drummer, is greater now than the day he died 150 years ago in May 1862, says Miles Caston.... [read more]

University fees and a recession?

by Sam Hunt

Sat 28th Apr 2012
Sam Hunt says whenever he says that he doesn't believe in the recession, he feels like some sort of conspiracy theorist, yet considering the vast scope of our economy even at a base level it makes him too sceptical to believe that the recession is anywhere near as large as it is made out to be, if not completely non-existent. One such example is the revenue that universities generate.... [read more]

East Africa at the Brink: Hidden Hands behind Sudan’s Oil War

by Ramzy Baroud

Fri 27th Apr 2012
Once again Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]
 

Alternative music

by Miles Caston

Fri 27th Apr 2012
Pop dinosaurs head up Britain’s Eurovision challenge and the Olympic jamboree. New seasons of X Factor and Pop Idol are being spawned in some modern marketing womb of entertainment hell. They are destroying Britain’s reputation as an alternative music powerhouse, writes Miles Caston.... [read more]

The French Presidential Campaign: As Viewed from the Rue de Solférino

by David Eade

Thu 26th Apr 2012
David Eade talks to Pierre Kanuty about Francois Hollande's real chance of victory in the upcoming French election.... [read more]

An Olympian Inspiration

by Hussein Al-alak

Wed 25th Apr 2012
With the Olympic Games and Paralympics only months away, Hussein Al-Alak introduces some of the key competitors of the Paralympics... [read more]
 

Advantage Hollande

by David Eade

Tue 24th Apr 2012
David Eade on the increase in French left-wing voters and the possibility this might mean victory for Francois Hollande.... [read more]

The Keys to the Blood Bank

by George Monbiot

Sun 22nd Apr 2012
The Conservative minister charged with protecting wildlife is making a packet as a result of weak wildlife protection laws, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Rejection of the wi-fi world

by Miles Caston

Sun 22nd Apr 2012
Miles Caston makes the case that life is better lived off-line ... [read more]
 

The Rest is Hasbara: Jenny Tonge’s Victory over the Lobby

by Ramzy Baroud

Thu 19th Apr 2012
Baroness Tonge, spoke at the House of Lords in January 2009 of the "impotence of the international community, not just in Gaza, but…over 40 years of occupation of Palestine by Israel," Ramzy Baroud explains further.... [read more]

Book review- The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

by David Lane

Thu 19th Apr 2012
David Lane reviews ‘The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia’ by Angus Roxburgh... [read more]

Rewilding Our Children

by George Monbiot

Wed 18th Apr 2012
When my second child reaches my age I fear the NHS, along with the tiger and rhino, will be part of a mythologised arcadia, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]