A non-partisan journal of the left.

Passage to Ecuador: Chomsky, Assange, sham justice, sham democracies

by Colin Todhunter

Sun 24th Jun 2012
The mainstream corporate media has been fooling the public for decades. It fails to shine a light on important decisions that are made behind closed doors by unaccountable corporate players, senior politicians and unelected bureaucrats, writes Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

Reclaiming the NHS

by Alex Nunns

Fri 22nd Jun 2012
This weekend healthcare campaigners will gather for a conference on how to fight the Coalition’s newly passed Health Act. Alex Nunns assesses their options... [read more]

Spain's abusive banks

by David Eade

Thu 21st Jun 2012
The big economic news has been the massive 100bn euros bailout of Spain’s banks. However the back story has been the numerous protests by Spaniards against measures to support banks which are largely in trouble through their own greed, corruption and mismanagement, writes David Eade.... [read more]
 

Anniversary of Gaza Blockade: A State of Siege, and Normalcy

by Ramzy Baroud

Wed 20th Jun 2012
Condemning Israeli rights violations in Palestine by leading human rights and humanitarian organizations is nothing new. Unfortunately, such calls are rarely followed by any organized political campaigns, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

More than just a Game: football as the modern opium of the masses

by Ilia Xypolia

Wed 20th Jun 2012
The spectacle of sport, like the 2012 Euro Cup, is the primary medium through which nations and national identities are imagined, writes Ilia Xypolia.... [read more]

Historic Victory and a Spicy Tale

by David Eade

Wed 20th Jun 2012
In the last of a series of articles on the French elections, David Eade looks at the breakdown of the National Assembly elections and the way forward for Francois Hollande and the Parti Socialiste ... [read more]
 

The Mendacity of Hope

by George Monbiot

Tue 19th Jun 2012
Rio 2012: the summits which promise to save the world keep us dangling, not mobilising, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Paternal Vigilance

by W Stephen Gilbert

Mon 18th Jun 2012
The LPJ's resident philosopher and arts correspondent muses on David Cameron's parenting skills, VIP security and the conclusions of some of our favourite television series.... [read more]

The Global Economic Crisis and ‘Possible Futures’

by David Lane

Mon 18th Jun 2012
David Lane reviews a collection of three volumes compiled by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian chronicling the origins and aftermath of the global financial crisis... [read more]
 

Storm Warning

by George Monbiot

Sat 16th Jun 2012
I suppose I should have seen this coming. In January, I discovered that the forecasters employed by a company called Positive Weather Solutions, whose inaccurate predictions were widely used by the newspapers, don’t exist, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Manhunt

by Uri Avnery

Fri 15th Jun 2012
Uri Avnery, Israeli journalist and former Knesset member, writes about the abuse of African migrants in his country... [read more]

Off the Agenda: The Unresolved Question of Egypt's Economy

by Ramzy Baroud

Thu 14th Jun 2012
A new Egypt demands a new constitution and president. Many pressing questions also need to be addressed, including the religious-secular divide, the value of Sharia in the making of law, citizenship, minority rights, the rule of civil society, foreign policy, and much more, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]
 

Camping Needs Solid Ground

by W Stephen Gilbert

Mon 11th Jun 2012
LPJ's arts correspondent and resident philosopher, Stephen Gilbert, comments that an emphasis on celebrity is the prevailing television flavour of the age, infecting every genre of programming, whether appropriate or not... [read more]

High Quality Healthcare- Competition brings Quality?

by Tomasz Pierscionek

Sun 10th Jun 2012
Tomasz Pierscionek sheds light on the recent High Quality Healthcare conference organised by pro free market think tank Reform ... [read more]

Longing to Reign Over Us

by W Stephen Gilbert

Fri 8th Jun 2012
As is my wont, I found plenty to occupy me over the extended half-week holiday and never felt sufficiently at a loose end to find myself tuning in to any of the blowsy and noisy shenanigans somebody thought might be welcome to Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 60th anniversary of her accession, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]
 

The true 'creatives' - let them eat cake? Or, in India, poor quality rice

by Colin Todhunter

Fri 8th Jun 2012
The LPJ's India correspondent, Colin Todhunter, describes how India's true wealth creators are increasingly sidelined as temples to global capitalism spring up across the country... [read more]

The War on Palestinian Soccer: Free Mahmoud Sarsak

by Ramzy Baroud

Thu 7th Jun 2012
On 3 June, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 80 days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Monarchy not the main obstacle to a better tomorrow

by Karl Davis

Thu 7th Jun 2012
Karl Davis argues that those protesting against the monarchy are aiming their ire at the wrong target... [read more]
 

The Resurgent Aristocracy

by George Monbiot

Wed 6th Jun 2012
Rural policy is once again the preserve of the elite, and wildlife and people suffer as a result, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

French Canadian battles to speak for London in Paris

by David Eade

Tue 5th Jun 2012
France may have a new President but the electoral contest is far from over, reports David Eade... [read more]

Starving and Broke: Yemen’s Renewed ‘War on Terror’

by Ramzy Baroud

Sun 3rd Jun 2012
Yemeni forces continue to push against fighters affiliated with al-Qaeda. Their major victories come on the heels of the inauguration of Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi, who is now entrusted with the task of leading the country through a peaceful transition writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]