A non-partisan journal of the left.

About John Wight

John writes and commentates on economics, international affairs, current affairs, politics, popular culture and sport. His work has appeared in a variety of websites, online magazines, popular magazines and other places on the web. He lives in Scotland.

Articles Written

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]

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]

Easter Rising 1916

by John Wight

Mon 9th Apr 2012
John Wight provides the historical background to the Easter Rising of 1916 that paved the way for Irish independence... [read more]
 

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Civil Rights in America

by John Wight

Sun 25th Mar 2012
The tragic and senseless killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida recently once more confirms that racism remains an ever-present corrosive in US society in spite of the election of the nation’s first black president in 2008, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul

by John Wight

Sat 25th Feb 2012
In an exclusive for the London Progressive Journal, writer and former actor John Wight reflects on his years in Hollywood and shines a spotlight on the ‘glamour’ of life in the movie industry... [read more]

How Independen​t Would An Independen​t Scotland Be?

by John Wight

Tue 21st Feb 2012
Britain’s history of war and imperialism, and its current role as junior partner in service to US hegemony, has had a deleterious impact on British society at home, writes John Wight.... [read more]
 

Why Miliband and Balls have got it wrong

by John Wight

Sun 15th Jan 2012
The capitulation by Labour to the austerity and cuts agenda of the Tories and the right-wing press has been confirmed by shadow chancellor Ed Balls' statement that Labour would not be able to reverse the Tory cuts and would maintain the pay freeze within the public sector if they come to power at the next election, says John Wight.... [read more]

In Memoriam

by John Wight

Tue 3rd Jan 2012
It has long been said that justice delayed is justice denied, yet it would be hard to find anyone to agree with this sentiment over the conviction of David Norris and Gary Dobson for the murder of Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Letter to a Soldier of the IDF

by John Wight

Tue 27th Dec 2011
John Wight writes a letter in commemoration of the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's military assault on Gaza, it is written in the form of a letter to an IDF soldier. ... [read more]
 

Christopher Hitchens - an obit and opinion

by John Wight

Wed 21st Dec 2011
Amid the avalanche of articles and obituaries written in tribute to Christopher Hitchens in the wake of his recent passing, we have been reacquainted with the essential condition of western liberalism - moral depravity, says John Wight. ... [read more]

The Struggle Continues

by John Wight

Tue 6th Dec 2011
Despite David Cameron's attempt to brush the November 30th strike under the carpet and continue with his attacks on the poorest, John Wight predicts that strong resistance to the cuts will continue.... [read more]

Russian and Chinese Opposition to Intervention in Syria a Welcome Development

by John Wight

Sun 16th Oct 2011
John Wight considers the decision by China and Russia to veto a recent UN Security Council Resolution condemning Syria... [read more]
 

Schism opens in Israel

by John Wight

Wed 14th Sep 2011
The spreading of the Arab Spring marks a change in Israel’s ability to continue its policy under the Netanyahu government of intransigence and refusal to negotiate a fair settlement with the Palestinians and the Obama administration in good faith, argues John Wight.... [read more]

The lasting legacy of 9/11

by John Wight

Tue 13th Sep 2011
Since the September 11 2001 attacks the world has witnessed the best and worst of humanity, writes John Wight.... [read more]