The on-going stitch-up against Julian Assange

The UN findings confirmed that Assange’s detention has been unlawful since his very first arrest in the United Kingdom in 2010. But Phillip Hammond thinks the UN detention report ‘frankly ridiculous’. Daniel Margrain unpicks the real drivers of this cat and mouse saga.

Moving full steam ahead towards the disastrous US healthcare model

The Tories are deliberately under-funding the NHS to erode public confidence in order to manufacture consent for privatisation. The aim is to reconfigure the service from a free at the point of use healthcare system, towards a fee-paying US model. Daniel Margrain provides the insight…

Why capitalism is safer in Corbyn’s hands

You know there’s something deeply wrong with the state of the global economy when American venture capitalist, Nick Hanauer, reaches consensus with Jeremy Corbyn, that if capitalism doesn’t change fundamentally, it will destroy itself. 

Green washing and the psychology of climate change denial

When it comes to climate change, corporations and governments are cynically exploiting the space between public perception and scientific fact. We’re being lulled into a false sense of security that climate change is a problem for the future, rather than an urgent one that must be addressed in order for the species to secure its long-term future.

How both Labour & the Tories have engineered the NHS crisis

We’re seeing more public sector entities being outsourced, health and social care services privatized and a culture of competition and management speak introduced into public services. Daniel Margrain shows how the political agenda on both sides have shaped the NHS crisis unfolding today.

Havana: city of dreams underpinned by harsh socioeconomic realities

Havana is a city of dreamers and dreams; of myths and fantasies, where “anything is possible”. But it is also a city that cannot escape a present guided by the dark forces of its past. In essence, Havana is a contradiction that represents the antithesis of the kind of nightmares imposed on it by its superpower adversary 90 miles away.

Socialism for the rich

The principal objective of the UK tax system, in which the poor pay a higher proportion of tax than the rich, is not to improve the collective well-being of society, but to funnel cash – largely through tax cuts – to the corporate elite. This isn’t free-market capitalism in the formal sense, but socialism for the rich – a form of state capitalism – no different in principle to the old statist economies of the former Soviet Union.

Why Prince Charles’ environmental ‘concerns’ are fake

Prince Charles has reputation for being an eco-warrior. But his noble rhetoric is not matched by his actions. In reality, the heir to the throne is part of a wider media PR machine whose role as a vocal opponent of war and environmental degradation and the neoliberal economic system that overrides them, is to act as their gatekeeper by providing the public with a humane face.

Corruption begins at home

Bribery and corruption is an inherent and unfortunate part of big business deal-making across the developed and developing world.  But the idea that the Western corporate media would present domestic and foreign corruption as the same is unthinkable. Instead, viewers of the BBC are conveniently invited to vent their anger towards black politicians in far away places.

Did Syria’s President Assad attack his own people with chemical weapons?

The UK government is funding a top-of-the-line propaganda campaign in Syria to facilitate regime change. Media allies continue to blame Assad for chemical attacks on his own people despite the debunking of several flawed reports and the arrests of five propagandists who were caught filming fake footage in Cairo trying to pass it off as scenes of suffering in Aleppo. While propaganda and the staging of suffering is not unique to Syria, it shows the demand for it within the corridors of imperial power and their proxies who have shared vested interests.

The elites are carving up our cities

The creation of major asset bubbles exemplified by the rising costs of housing, is a consequence of deliberate Tory government policy geared towards satisfying the asset diversification needs of the super rich rather than meeting the human need for homes for ordinary people to live in. In other words, the key motivating factor shaping government housing policy is not to end the housing crisis, but to bolster the investment opportunities of the rich which will make it worse.

Gods and monsters

Western liberal democracies may emphasise the separation of church and state, but in practice their attempts to control the population are similar to the pre-Enlightenment days where human nature was seen as unchanging, private property ‘natural’, and the power of Kings a fixed, grand purpose designed and ordained by God. Much like the industrial revolution resulted in a grand transfer of power from feudal landlords to corporate grandees, it is unlikely that the establishment will be able to control the forces which Corbynism has unleashed.

The politics behind ‘Russiagate’

From the unsubstantiated assertions that Putin fixed the US election, the fake claims of Russian hacking, the hysterical and baseless claims of Facebook ads paid for by the Kremlin, Washington’s banning of RT and Sputnik ads and Theresa May’s speech calling Russia a threat to Western civilisation, the attempts to demonise Russia and Vladimir Putin have taken a sinister, McCarthy-ite turn.

Right to Left: UK foreign policy on Syria follows an historical pattern

From the colonial-imperial wars of the early 19th century through to the 1950s in Syria and the early 1980s in Afghanistan and beyond, the objectives of the Western powers has always been the same – the drive for profits. In which we critique the role both the Right and the Left in Britain have, and are, playing in the propaganda process. Has there ever been an ethical dimension in relation to UK foreign policy in Syria and elsewhere?

How Western imperial power set out to destroy Syria

The Syrian conflict has never been about democracy, or human rights. It has always been about Assad’s relationship with Iran and Russia. In the first of this two-part series, we examine some of the media myths in relation to Syria, and the extent to which corporate media-state power continues to demonise the country’s president through the use of propaganda.

Venezuela: History repeating itself?

Contrary to popular opinion, Venezuela is not ‘flirting with dictatorship’. In reality, these claims couldn’t be further from the truth. But majority support for a Constituents Assembly, and the fact that the Governing United Socialist Party won 17 out of 23 governor races is irrelevant to Washington’s nefarious objectives. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson is threatening to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is he doesn’t leave of his own accord.” The country is being “softened up” through the press as a precursor to its subsequent destruction.

North Korea: A history of American aggression

Given the column-inches devoted to maligning Kim Jong Un as some kind of crazed war-maker,  you’d be forgiven for having the impression that North Korea is provoking a potential military conflict in the Asia-Pacific.  In reality, America has been trying to provoke war with the country since the 1950s when President Harry S Truman imposed a military dictatorship in South Korea, crippling sanctions on North Korea, and wiping out four million Koreans with napalm and white phosphorus from 1950-53. Don’t be fooled. Tensions with North Korea are entirely of America’s own making. 

Neoliberalism: The manipulation of the many to benefit the few

The Tory exchequer has roughly four times as much money at its disposal as it did six decades ago.  Yet, Britain’s richest 1% has as much wealth as the poorest 57% combined. When Theresa May says capitalism is the “greatest agent of collective human progress ever created”, what she really means is that it is the best model through which her class is able to financially enrich themselves by manipulating the institutions of society.