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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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

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Natanz nuclear plant in 2007

Iran and the nuclear threat will define President Obama’s second term

The fear of previous generations that a lunatic regime would one day have a nuclear weapon may soon be realised

Christopher Hitchens had been undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer

It's time to give Christopher Hitchens a statue

The great essayist's opinions in later life were more solid than critics allow. But they shouldn't matter to any possible memorial

Print journalism is becoming a luxury few can afford

The problem isn't running out of people to enter the trade; it's that those who do enter will only come from a very narrow cross-section of our society: bad news all round

Don't forget there's a dark side to Hugo Chavez's Venezuela

Commentators have lauded the Venezuelan President after his re-election - but reports from Amnesty International and other watchdogs should give us pause for thought

Is class politics still relevant? Well yes and no

The left needs new vision, but whatever the Centre for Labour and Social Studies would like to believe, working people no longer identify with the old idea of class.

Today everyone wants to defend Salman Rushdie. It was not always like that

In 1988, when the Fatwa was issued, many who had enjoyed the fruits of free expression more than most could not bring themselves to defend it

Porn for women is here to stay

If you had believed the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon was going to quietly fade away with the last remnants of summer, sorry to have to break it to you, but there appears to be a whole lot more in the pipeline.

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee