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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A young Palestinian boy walks over debris from a house that was destroyed in an airstrike in Deir Al Balah

The Middle East debate has more to do with the fashion for revolutionary tourism than real politics

Why isn’t the same level of concern shown for the world’s many other seemingly intractable problems?

Unreliable boyfriends and other dreadful political metaphors

Does Ed Miliband really have a mummy problem?

An image posted on a militant website appears to show Isis fighters leading away captured Iraqi soldiers for execution in Tikrit

Who is and who isn’t to blame for Isis being in Iraq

Whether or not you opposed the war in 2003 - you were wrong

It's time to bust some myths about benefit fraud and tax evasion

Get angry about people playing the system by all means, but start at the top and work your way down if you expect to be taken seriously

Meritocracy is a myth

A disadvantaged child will nearly always and everywhere become a disadvantaged adult

No political games: Alex Salmond, champion of the Scottish independence referendum

Don’t be fooled, Alex Salmond is no socialist

He gushes over Vladimir Putin, is disconcertingly sanguine over Tory philosophy and is Thatcherite in tooth and claw

Putin is turning both left and right-wingers into apologists for despotism

Meanwhile, Britain retreats into splendid isolation

Unless Labour addresses burgeoning inequality, it will not reclaim the voters it's losing to Ukip

Hardly any attempts have been made by the party to reconnect with 'blue-collar' voters

Syrians look through rubble following a reported airstrike attack by governmenet forces on Daraya, southwest of the capital Damascus

Syria: After three years of horror, the West's kneejerk peaceniks have some explaining to do

Inaction can be just as bad as intervention

Britain isolated is Britain undone. When will Eurosceptics realise that the era of the nation state has ended?

Meaningful reform will in future only come through concerted transnational action

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And it will trigger more war in future
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