Roger Cox

Tango

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Mike Gonzalez will be no stranger to readers of this publication as a writer on the politics of Latin America and its diverse cultures. In this new book Mike and Marianella Yanes seek to explain the birth and development of tango, the dance that originated in Argentina.

Revolutionary Communist at Work

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Roger Seifert and Tom Sibley

Bert Ramelson was the national industrial organiser of the Communist Party (CP) from 1965 to 1977, a period of huge industrial unrest in Britain. With the rise of Stalin the CP had ceased to be a revolutionary party. Its programme, the "British Road to Socialism", looked to "a parliamentary majority of Labour and CP members supported by an extra-parliamentary movement". The revolution was now to take place in parliament and we could wave banners outside.

Letter from Bolivia

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The Bolivian government is launching a counter-offensive against the very successful and popular campaign of the indigenous peoples from Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park (Tipnis). This is a massive rainforest in which a number of indigenous nations either live or depend on.

With money from the Brazilian government a road is being built connecting Brazil to the Pacific Ocean. The route of the road goes through this important environment. It is estimated that a million trees will be destroyed.

The Devil and Mr Casement

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Jordan Goodman, Verso; £17.99

If money grew on trees, the tree would be called Hevea brasiliensis - the wild Amazon rubber tree. With the discovery of the vulcanisation of latex to make rubber and the invention of the pneumatic tyre, demand for latex from the Amazon regions became voracious. This created a savage exploitation of the Indian peoples that lived in the forest. It also produced a group of very rich "rubber barons".

Life on the Tracks

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Frank Henderson, Bookmarks, £7.99

Frank Henderson was an active Trotskyist all his working life and a militant car worker during the great revival of the British working class after the war. This account of his life, subtitled Memoirs of a Socialist Worker, shows that this was not an easy time despite the conditions of full employment that existed.

City of Men

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Director: Paulo Morelli; Release date: 18 July

Following on from their successful film City of God, Paulo Morelli and Fernando Meirelles have produced another action packed drama. City of God concentrated on drug gang warfare through individuals living in the slum who were drawn into the endless gang wars that swelled around the favela.

Bolivia: Right Wing Threatens Morales

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The fledgling left wing administration in Bolivia faces growing challenges to its programme of reforms.

Recent weeks have seen "strikes" coordinated by business organisations and renewed demands for regional autonomy in the east of the country. The growing tensions flow from the attempts by the new government to reconcile competing demands from different sections of Bolivian society.

Zionist Lobbies are Important

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Chris Harman is shockingly wrong to argue that "talk of an Israel lobby lets capitalism off the hook" (May SR).

Racist lobbies do exist, and to resist them effectively we must be free to discuss their power. The Socialist Workers Party has a history of resisting racism and should not be intimidated out of this struggle.

The Zionist lobby is one of the most powerful, and most racist, interest groups in the world.

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