Inspiration

Hope is a Weapon

Recently, whilst scanning a sea of angry comments on Facebook raging, quite rightly, at the injustice of the Covid scandal, I came across one particular remark which triggered unexpected deep emotion: ‘can anyone offer me some words of hope?’ it read.  I was arrested by this simple plea which seemed to carry more force precisely due to its plaintive directness. […]

Nurses March With 100,000 in London For Truth And Freedom

This co-editor attended the huge protest in London yesterday (April 24th 2021) against the Lockdown, vaccine passports, masks – all restrictions, in fact – and the experimental jab itself. The day was bright sunshine, music, laughter and above all, solidarity. In our own communities we may be outnumbered by the unawakened and it’s easy to feel isolated and depressed, but […]

War Against Syria, Part 2: What is Syria Really Like?

(All photo credits: Janice Kortkamp) Syria is not a “shit hole” country. I hate that term. To me it represents both extreme ignorance and arrogance. In my life and travels I’ve seen how there is good and bad, beauty and ugliness everywhere. Introduction and overview There is not one single American I’ve ever met (other than people of Middle East […]

Britain’s secret state and the need for whistle-blowing

Who defines national security? In its own small way, my case illustrates the conflict and tensions around the issue of “national security”. I would argue that the Iraq war was not only against our national security but has been catastrophic for global security as a whole.  In fact, Lord Goldsmiths’ own legal advice at the time (prior to him changing […]

Anarchism Without the Name: Lessons from the Town of Cherán

IN A SMALL MEXICAN TOWN, LOCAL INDIGENOUS RESIDENTS HAVE CREATED A NEW, DEMOCRATIC, AND LARGELY PEACEFUL COMMUNITY. THE QUESTION, WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS? Murray Bookchin, in his seminal work in the field of social ecology, The Ecology of Freedom, criticised the tendency of history to focus upon the ‘achievement of power’, the empires with their ‘temples, mortuaries and palaces’ […]

For Jim

My dad Jim died today. He had advanced emphysema but was still driving two days ago. I found him on the floor of his bedroom so I ran and called 999 and was put on hold!!! No ambulances were available the automatic message said!! I was frantic and rang my mum and sister who live quite near. Then someone materialised […]

Corona: It’s Love the Elites Are Really Afraid Of

‘The world stands at a parting of the ways’ begins one of my favourite quotes. And we are at such a crossroads now. In the coming weeks and months of this corona crisis the world will be divided into those who are not prepared to discard the community spirit we have (re)discovered and will use it to build a society […]

Bring Him Home

Alison Banville (BSNews co-editor) My thoughts and love are with officer Haian Dalloul, and his beloved mother, my dear friend, Rajaa Kahwaje, and Haiian’s brave brother and dear friend, Lieutenant Ali Dalloul at this time. Please pray for them and let us do all we can to bring Haian home: Yadhira Lopez writes: Dear Friends, Some of you are my friends on Facebook, […]

Coronavirus: A Call To Awaken

BSNews co-editor Alison Banville shares her concise thoughts on how this seemingly terrifying threat is actually a potent historical moment offering us a dynamic opportunity to move to a space of personal empowerment and enlightenment capable of resisting both the virus and the malefic forces keeping us cowed and terrified: I once emailed with a ‘maverick’ AIDS researcher who was […]

We Kept Our Faith: A Message From Syria

Ibrahim Mohammad, a resident of Aleppo and formerly of the Syrian Arab Army, sends a strong and moving message on the realities of the regime change war on his country. Read carefully for those who have doubts. Some of you might find my way aggressive sometimes.. Well, consider this, I lived this bloody crisis through every detail of it, I fought […]