Socialist Review issue

December 2007 #320

Is Iran next?

News

by Christophe Chataigné

The US-backed invasion of Somalia by Ethiopian forces has predictably turned into a disaster for the Somali people.

by Keith Flett

Tory leader David Cameron has been to Manchester to launch a Conservative cooperative movement.

by Patrick Ward

"The party can only win the election by putting forward radical socialist policies," claimed a Labour MP in the October 1994 issue of Socialist...

by Hsiao-Hung Pai

Just as people are getting ready for Christmas shopping, tens of millions of toys have been found to pose a health hazard - not only to children...

by Patrick Ward

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

by Patrick Ward

"I don't think anyone got killed there!" responded Wendy Deng, wife of Rupert Murdoch, when asked about China's treatment of the people of Tibet...

Features

Feature
Lindsey German, Naz Massoumi

With two disastrous wars under their belt, the desperate neocons in the White House are pushing for one more throw of the blood stained dice. Lindsey German looks at their plans for another regime...

Feature
Martin Smith

The last few months have seen vigorous arguments over the future of Respect, culminating in George Galloway leading a split from the coalition. Martin Smith looks at where we are now and the...

Feature
Mike Davis

Fires in California hit the headlines with stories of Arnold Schwarzenegger giving hope to his super-rich friends. But the real victims weren't those who lost a wing of their mansion, writes Mike...

Feature
John Newsinger

A Woody Guthrie song commemorates the heroic attempts by Michigan copper miners to achieve union recognition in 1913. The bosses resorted to any murderous means they could and in one incident 62...

Opinion

Letter from
by Kavita Krishnan

Peasants and small farmers across India are fighting government land grabs for "Special Economic Zones", where multinational companies can make their own laws. Kavita Krishnan reports.

In my view column
by Jackie Turner

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the private member's bill which led to the Abortion Act of 1967, allowing abortion up to 28 weeks of pregnancy, that was lowered to 24 weeks in 1990 by...

Union-made column
by Karen Reissmann

On 5 November I was sacked after 25 years from the job I loved as a community psychiatric nurse. Three days later 150 community mental health workers went on strike indefinitely for my...

In perspective column
by Chris Harman

Divisions within the left, such as that which has occurred in Respect, always have their basis in political disagreements. Socialists must always fight for their principles to take the movement...

Culture column
by Mike Gonzalez

Not a week passes without the Daily Mail or the Daily Express bitterly complaining that art has been taken over by anarchists and crackpots.

A-Z of Socialism
by Hannah Dee

The modern gay liberation movement was born out of two nights of rioting in June 1969 after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York.

Letters

by Dinah Murray

John Parrington's article about James Watson's views on genetics is persuasive (Science, Socialist Review, ...

by Paul Garraway

Charlie Kimber is right about how solid the postal workers' dispute has been (The Politics of the Post Strike, Socialist Review,...

by Heather Kay

Lindsey German highlighted the importance of Respect last month (In my view, Socialist Review, November 2007...

Interviews

by Phil Turner

Trevor Griffiths, co-writer of the film Reds, talks to Phil Turner about why he is committed to making a film on 18th century radical Tom Paine.

Reviews

Books
by Hassan Mahamdallie, by Marcus Rediker

US historian Marcus Rediker talks to Hassan Mahamdallie about oppression and resistance.

Books
by Henry Blaxland

Andy Worthington, Pluto, £16.99

Books
by Andy Brown

Gregory Wilpert, Verso, £16.99

Books
by Mark L Thomas

Jonathan Rabb, Halban, £10.99

Books
by Rachel Thomas

Tim Webb, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, £3

Books
by Sian Ruddick

Ed: François Polet, Zed Books, £16.99

Books
by Charlotte Bence

Sukhdev Sandhu, Verso, £10.99

Books
by Keith Flett

Gillian Darley, Five Leaves Publications, £14.99

Books
by Stewart Halforty

Terry Eagleton, Verso, £7.99

Books
by Judith Orr

Nicky Falkof, Fusion, £10.99

Books
by Despina Mavrou

Richard Bradbury, Muswell Press, £10

Books

Nuclear power - drug multinationals - remembering slavery - Emma Goldman

Film
by Jinan Coulter

Director: Francis Ford Coppola; Release date: 14 December

Film
by Christophe Chataigné

Director: Claude Chabrol; Release date: 14 December

Film
by Louis Bayman

Director: Andrew Dominik; Release date: out now

Film
by Noreen Fatima

Director: Jamil Dehlavi; Release date: out now

Film
by Ingrid Lamprecht

Director Werner Herzog; Release date: out now

Theatre
by Sofie Mason

A round-up of plays to come

Music
by Christophe Chataigné

Souad Massi started in a rock band in her native Algeria, eventually fleeing the country because of the political nature of the outfit and its popularity - during live performances Massi used to...

Five Things Listing

Aretha Franklin - Dhafer Youssef and Wolfgang Muthspiel - The Golden Compass - Fela Kuti - Women of Troy