Socialist Review issue

December 2010 #353

The midterms, Obama, the Tea Party....


by Simon Englert

It will take some time for us to judge the full meaning of the 10 November demonstration accurately. But it is worth reflecting on how it has...

by Sinéad Kennedy

Ireland, once the poster-child of globalised, deregulated, neoliberal capitalism, is now in the midst of a spectacular collapse.

by John Clossick

The British ruling class is increasingly on the back foot. With rising opposition over domestic policies and acknowledgement of failure abroad it...

by Charlotte Bence

After spending 15 of the past 20 years under house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi has finally been released.

by Patrick Ward

Con-Dem plans to use companies such as McDonald's and Diageo, the makers of Guinness, to draft health policy have been slated by health...


Gary Younge

Last month's midterm elections in the US saw a surge in support for the Republicans, fuelled by the growth of the right wing Tea Party movement. Gary Younge examines the US after two years of...

Esme Choonara

After the massive and militant student demonstration last month, and the responses to it, Esme Choonara looks at the question of what sort of leadership we need to take the struggle forward.

Hsiao-Hung Pai

Last month David Cameron visited China in an effort to encourage trade with Britain, but barely mentioned the touchy issue of human rights. Hsiao-Hung Pai analyses the "miracle" of Chinese...


Letter from
by Petros Constantinou

The recent council elections in Greece saw a surge in support for anti-capitalist candidates, reports Petros Constantinou.

In perspective column
by Graham Turner

"There's a danger of having any government of any composition led by a party which doesn't have a proper mandate across the country try to push through really difficult decisions. I think a lot of...

In perspective column
by Patrick Ward

During last month's midterm elections in the US Californian voters narrowly rejected a proposal to legalise cannabis. But what does this mean for the policy of prohibition?

In perspective column
by Matt Foot

Louise Casey, former Asbo tsar, is recommending that the government curtail the right to request a jury trial for some offences. Matt Foot exposes the injustices at the heart of Britain's justice...

Culture column
by Sarah Ensor

The Cock Tavern Theatre, Kilburn, London, until 11 December


Soft analysis - Henry Friedman - Glam dram - Say it again, Joe


by Martin Smith

New Orleans is often regarded as the birthplace of jazz. Martin Smith spoke to jazz musician Christian Scott about growing up in the city, the devastation after Katrina and making music to move...


by John Newsinger

George W Bush, Virgin Books, £25

by Mary Brodbin

Roland Camberton, Five Leaves, £9.99

by Chloe Glover

Norton, Morris Dickstein, £13.99

by Suzanne Jeffery

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M Conway, Bloomsbury, £25

by Roddy Slorach

Carl Neville, Zero Books, £9.99

by John Rose

Jim Al-Khalili, Allen Lane, £25

by John Parrington

Carol Kaesuk Yoon, Norton, £12.99

by Jonathan Collier

Ibrahim M Abu-Rabi' (ed), Pluto, £21.99

by Beccy Reese

Ilan Pappe, Pluto, £14.99

by Gareth Jenkins

Gavin Hyman, I.B. Taurus, £14.99


China Miéville (Pan £7.99)

The London of Kraken is a satisfyingly rich world of magic and madness, the exposition of which is sure to please fans of earlier Miéville...

by Stephanie Hanisch

Directors Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe, from 17 December

by John Travis

Directors Marc Silver and Gael García Bernal, Out now

by Liz Wheatley

Director Brian Welsh, from 10 December

by Ruairidh MacLean

Director Xavier Beauvois, From 3 December

by Louis Bayman

The darkness of the BFI screening rooms for the 54th London Film Festival last month might have seemed one place of shelter from austerity woes and the far-off tinkle of shattered glass.

Art / Exhibitions
by Jack Farmer

British Library, Until April 2011

Art / Exhibitions
by Paul Brandon

Museum of London, until March 2011

Five Things Listing

Fela! - Soweto Kinch - Miral - Restrepo - Rosen