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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The war in Iraq was wrong. But the anti-war movement has very little to be smug about

The backlash against this invasion discredited the idea of humanitarian interventions

These eulogies for Chavez give the Left a bad name

'El Comandante' ruined Venezuela's economy and brushed aside human rights

French intervention in Mali is not colonialism. The Islamists really are our enemies

Too often commentators do not weigh the human cost of Western inaction

The Game and Real Social dynamics: Is the seduction community pushing the idea that ‘no’ just means ‘not yet’?

This form of teaching 'how to pick up women' can have a darker meaning

With rates of social mobility stagnant, it’s time to admit we got it wrong on grammar schools

Anybody who believes the life chances of a child shouldn't be determined by their parents' bank balance must recognise the tragedy of our education system

As benefits dry up, Wonga will prosper: 2013 could be the year of the payday lender

The Tories prioritise being "tough" on benefits above being correct about them

Three cheers for the UN: female genital mutilation is male insecurity defined

The UN has rightly called for a ban on female genital mutilation

Cigarette companies ordered to apologise, but is junk food the new tobacco?

Pointing the finger of blame at others for our poor health and obesity isn't acceptable.

Boys inspect the rubble in Gaza City

Israel, Hamas, and why the conflict in Gaza needs less ideological posturing

Hysterical commentary from both Left and Right will only prolong warfare

War is never glorious, so why we do we bully those who protest against poppy culture?

A student refused to lay a poppy wreath last Sunday

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