James Bloodworth

James is a political journalist and editor of Left Foot Forward. He has previously written for the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the Irish Independent, the Huffington Post, Red Pepper and Jacobin.

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Economy drive: Cuba may soon be changing

Cuba: Obama gets it - the best way to defeat the Castro brothers is to end the embargo

The embargo is the excuse that for half a century has kept on giving

Will he he won't he? He won't

#CameronMustGo: Step away from Twitter and close down your laptop — a hashtag will not win the next General Election

We're all becoming too eager to equate Twitter campaigns with actual democratic will

Shutting down abortion debates and banning the SWP - what a terrible week for free speech

People ought to be able to have a debate on any issue they damn well please

Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech at the 'Policy Network Conference' held in the Science Museum on July 3, 2014

Ed Miliband might make you cringe, but if you care about inequality then he's the only option you have

Rampant and unjustifiable inequality is the biggest issue Britain faces, and he gets it

Winton, aged 105, presented with Order of the White Lion by the Czech president in Prague

We celebrate our ‘British Schindler’ Sir Nicholas Winton, but we've forgotten what he stood for

The word ‘foreigner’ has become so toxic that Britain is now prepared to let refugees drown

Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis

Russell Brand's incoherent and scattergun approach to politics is Revolution as play

What Brand appears not to grasp is that any revolution simply involves the replacement of one set of unaccountable leaders with another

Kurdish men look towards Kobani from the Turkish-Syrian border as US-led bombing grows in intensity

War with Isis: Why should anyone have faith in the left if it continues to sit on the fence when it comes to supporting the Kurds?

The NUS is happy to condemn Robin Thicke for a pop song, but not a a group which enslaves women

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during the second meeting of security personnel of the Korean People's Army

The Conservatives’ plan to scrap the Human Rights Act will be applauded by dictators around the world

Chris Grayling’s proposals are a calculated move to win over UKIP’s growing constituency of angry little men

Assad has overseen a civil war in which 190,000 people have died

Syria air strikes: Bashar al-Assad is not the 'lesser evil', but a major part of the problem

A Western alliance with Assad would be based on two colossal misunderstandings of the situation in Syria

Scottish referendum results: A change is gonna come – it’s GOT to come

If it doesn’t, then politics could turn very nasty indeed

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all