Socialist Review issue

April 2005 #295

Look to the future

News

by Editorial

The right wing media and the three main political parties constantly tell us that the trade union movement is an anachronism - that working class...

by Editorial

Michael Howard has again scoured the gutter by attacking travellers and Gypsies.

by Mike Gonzalez

Bolivians are fighting to protect their natural resources.

by Farah Reza

It started with the Cosmopolitan interviews - all three party leaders expressed personal unease over the abortion issue, but Michael Howard...

by Tom Wall

Last month a teenager in Suffolk was served with an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from using abusive language and visiting...

by Vinod Moonesinghe

Despite much talk of reconstruction since the Boxing Day tsunami ravaged the coastline of Sri Lanka, ordinary people still find themselves in a...

by Kevin Devine

Union leaders have hailed as a major victory the government's recent announcement of measures aimed at ending the two-tier workforce in privatised...

by Dave Crouch

Dave Crouch reports from Ukraine's capital Kiev about how much has changed for people since the uprising last year.

by Solomon Hughes

The British-backed European Union decision to lift the arms embargo on China is not just about military equipment.

by Sabby Sagall

Last December a call went out for delegates and activists from the Middle East, Europe and America to attend the third anti-war and anti-...

Features

Feature
Peter Morgan

Respect is set to challenge Labour in a number of key seats in this year's election, as Peter Morgan explains. He also speaks to psephologist Paul Whiteley about why Labour is facing declining...

Feature
Keith Flett

Since the Chartists, the left has often debated mounting electoral challenges, writes Keith Flett.

Feature
Jacob Middleton

The Liberal Democrats may fish for left wing votes, argues Jacob Middleton, but they are no alternative to the parties of war and neoliberalism.

Feature
Tony Staunton

Tony Staunton looks behind the rhetoric of 'children's rights'.

Feature
Nick Grant

A recent conference discusses alternative ways of learning.

Feature
Jim Quilty

Beirut-based journalist Jim Quilty questions the Washington-spun imagery of the 'Cedar Revolution' in Lebanon.

Feature
Ken Olende

British efforts to preserve empire in Kenya unleashed a wave of atrocities, says Ken Olende.

Opinion

Columnists
by Chris Harman

Watching the televised congress of Italy's biggest far left party, Rifondazione Comunista, last month brought to mind a statement by its general secretary, Bertinotti, when he spoke at the SWP's...

Columnists
by Mike Davis

The battle for the soul of the US trade union movement has begun.

Columnists
by Martin Empson

The web has a selective view of the election.

Columnists
by Andrew Stone

Back to the dark ages with the right-wing think tanks

Letters

by China Miéville

I wanted to respond to the discussion of Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's play Behzti.

by Daniel Ashcroft

Patrick Connellan and letter writers have raised an interesting issue concerning free speech and offensive theatre.

by Keith Copley

Some of the points raised by readers in response to Patrick Connellan's article 'Thought For the Play' (February SR...

by John Appleyard

Kevin Devine's article ('Merger Most Horrid?', March SR) should be read by all trade unionists.

by Sabby Sagall

I have just one point to add to Ian Birchall's excellent review of Paul Foot's The Vote (March SR).

by Gwen Ansell

Thank you for the thoughtful review of my book Soweto Blues (March SR).

by Tom Foot

Thank you Sabby Sagall for your review of the RSC's production of King Lear, (February SR).

Interviews

by Pat Stack

Journalist and playwright Richard Norton Taylor tells Pat Stack about his dramatisation of the Saville inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

Reviews

Books
by Viren Swami

Viren Swami appreciates good neuroscience.

Books
by Andrew Stone

Review of 'In the Colonie', Michael Rosen, Penguin £7.99

Books
by Keith Flett

Review of 'The Edwardians' by Roy Hattersley, Little Brown £25

Books
by Chris Bambery

Review of 'Mussolini', Martin Clark, Pearson £14.99

Books
by Patrick Ward

Review of 'Priceless', Frank Ackerman and Lisa Heinzerling, New Press £17.95

Books
by Chanie Rosenberg

Review of 'Mary Wollstonecraft', Lyndall Gordon, Virago £25 and 'Caleb Williams', William Godwin, Penguin £8.99

Books
by Jim Wolfreys

Review of 'Pierre Bourdieu', Michael Grenfell, Continuum £16.99

Books
by Simon Sobrero

Review of 'Conversations in Sicily', Elio Vittorini (trans. Alane Salierno Mason), Canongate £7.99

Books
by Alastair Dallas

Review of 'Forget Kathmandu', Manjushree Thapa, Penguin India

Books
by Sarah Ensor

A selection of books on the history and continuing reality of US and British imperialism.

Film
by Beccy Reese

Beccy Reese wonders what we can learn from the last days of Hitler.

Film
by Nigel Davey

Review of 'The Assassination of Richard Nixon', director Niels Mueller

Film
by Kevin Best

Review of 'The Edukators', director Hans Weingartner

Film
by Farah Reza

Review of 'Bullet Boy', director Saul Dibb

Film
by Stephen Philip

Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals become more political

Theatre
by Josephine Dyer

Review of the Last Waltz Season, Arcola Theatre, Hackney, London

Theatre
by Sarah Ensor

Review of 'A Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansberry

Music
by Brian Richardson

Review of Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble, Touring

Music
by Eve R Light

Review of 'Get Lifted Live' by John Legend

Music
by Jenny Taylor (with help from Louise Taylor)

Review of 'Where the Humans Eat' by Willy Mason