John Wight
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'American Sniper' - Evidence of the Swamp of Moral Depravity in Which America Is Sinking

(248) Comments | Posted 24 January 2015 | (00:00)

The swamp of moral depravity in which America is sinking is illustrated by a movie glorifying the exploits of a racist killer, American Sniper, receiving six Oscar nominations, while a movie depicting the historic struggle against racism led by Martin Luther King, Selma, has been largely overlooked.

Directed...

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Britain's Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is a Disgrace

(35) Comments | Posted 13 January 2015 | (00:00)

In the wake of the heinous massacre that took place in Paris last week, and with Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia having just received 50 lashes out of the 1000 he's been sentenced to for the crime of setting up a blog deemed 'insulting to Islam',...

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Bigots and Racists Who Speak Impeccable English Are a Far Greater Problem Than NHS Doctors Who Don't

(106) Comments | Posted 6 January 2015 | (00:00)

Nigel Farage sounds increasingly like a man who walks around in Enoch Powell underpants. His latest wheeze involves making doctors currently working within the NHS from outwith the UK take mandatory tests on their English language skills, on pain of being sacked. This is despite the fact that...

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No UN Vote Can Deny the Palestinian People Their Right to Self Determination

(111) Comments | Posted 3 January 2015 | (00:00)

As we enter 2015, just what do the Palestinians have to do to win their right to self determination, freedom, and peace? It's a question that needs to be asked in the wake of the the recent vote by the UN Security Council to reject a Palestinian resolution...

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The Normalisation of Relations Between the US and Cuba Is a Victory for Right Over Might

(4) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (16:43)

The announcement that the US and Cuba are to begin the process of normalising relations after decades of a US-imposed economic blockade and policy of undermining the Cuban Revolution is long overdue.

Cuba and the Cuban people have successfully defied the world's most powerful superpower for decades, which history will...

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A Class War Is Raging in Britain, But Only One Side Is Taking Punches

(131) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (00:00)

Go into any supermarket in the run up to Christmas and you will likely see a shopping trolley by the door designated for donations to your local foodbank. For many of us the idea of walking past it without donating jars, forcing us to wrestle with a conscience that is...

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The Campaign to Rehabilitate Tony Blair

(2) Comments | Posted 28 November 2014 | (13:34)

So now we know - a campaign to rehabilitate the reputation and legacy of Tony Blair is well and truly under way.

How else are we to make sense of a three-month period in which the former prime minister has been presented with a GQ...

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Emily Thornberry Is Not the Enemy of Working Class People, the Sun Newspaper and Everything it Represents Is

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (08:02)

Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper is to working people what Dr Harold Shipman is to medicine. Yet from the transparent and naked opportunism of this downmarket, criminally compromised tabloid in seeking to exploit the furore over Labour's Emily Thornberry, you would think it's the in-house newspaper of the British trade union...

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Band Aid Is Offensive

(87) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (00:00)

Back in 1984 a group of rich pop stars gathered together to 'save Africa' in response to famine in Ethiopia. The result was Band Aid. Thirty years on and another group of rich pop stars has come together to 'save Africa' in response to ebola.

Tarzan of the Apes...

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A Vote for Jim Murphy In the Scottish Labour Leadership Election Is a Vote for a Tory Government In 2015

(56) Comments | Posted 12 November 2014 | (00:00)

When it comes to the three candidates fighting it out for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party - Jim Murphy, Sarah Boyack, and Neil Findlay - if the Tories in Scotland and the SNP could cast a vote between November 17, when the ballot commences, and December 13, when...

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On Remembrance Day Who Are The Real Patriots?

(4) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (11:46)

With Remembrance Day almost upon us we have entered another period of debate and discussion over the symbolism of the poppy. It's a debate which offers irrefutable proof of the increasing politicisation of this annual event, one which rather than unite the country around a shared narrative and set of...

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Russell Brand Must Be Doing Something Right

(199) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (00:00)

Russell Brand has stepped into the political arena and is being made to pay a heavy price for it. Ever since his first and by now legendary Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman a year ago, the comedian and entertainer has come under attack from all and sundry, with...

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The Heroes of Kobane

(2) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (09:27)

On the Turkish frontier, around the town of Kobane in northern Syria, the world is witnessing the very best of humanity alongside the very worst.

The very best are of course the Kurdish defenders of the town, whose courage and heroism in resisting an onslaught by the...

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The Tories Have Declared War on Society - Now Society Must Declare War on Them

(358) Comments | Posted 7 October 2014 | (01:00)

It is hard to decide what was more repugnant at the Tory Party Conference recently: the sight of a packed auditorium in Birmingham applauding the prime minister's pledge to cut the benefits of 10million families, or the applause that greeted his pledge to scrap human rights legislation.

Trying to fathom...

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The Assault on George Galloway

(54) Comments | Posted 1 September 2014 | (21:36)

The assault suffered by George Galloway in broad daylight in a west London street recently was an attack on democracy. Though some might wish it were not the case, Mr Galloway is a Member of Parliament with a mandate to articulate the views he does on issues at home and...

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Scottish Independence Obscures the Real Divide In Society

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2014 | (12:04)

With just three weeks to go before people in Scotland go to the polls to decide the future of the United Kingdom, the referendum campaign has by now settled on the political arguments being articulated on either side of the debate.

Let me set my stall out before we go...

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Iraq Enters the Abyss

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2014 | (10:03)

The shocking news that the city of Mosul in northern Iraq has just been overrun by ISIS Sunni extremists exposes beyond dispute the disastrous policy that is being followed by the British government in the Middle East, and more broadly the pressing need to hold the original authors...

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Across Europe Nationalism Is on the Rise

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2014 | (21:20)

Not since the 1930s has nationalism enjoyed the influence and traction in Europe it does today.

Across the continent we are witnessing nationalist parties and movements - extreme and not so extreme - having the kind of impact they could only ever have in a time of economic recession and...

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The 2014 Sunday Times Rich List Is Britain's Badge of Shame

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2014 | (14:39)

The revelation that the UK is now officially home to more billionaires per head of population than any other country in the entire world is a badge of shame.

The annual Sunday Times Rich List has just been published and it makes sobering reading.

London, with 72...

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The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett Proves That the Death Penalty Is Barbaric

(4) Comments | Posted 30 April 2014 | (14:43)

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma this week is yet more evidence that the death sentence is barbaric and has no place in a civilized society.

The fact that, as reported, Lockett was left "writhing in agony" on the gurney of the death chamber of Oklahoma...

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