Socialist Review issue

February 2003 #271

Facing down the empire

News

by Editorial

It's a question of 'weeks not months', warns the warmonger in the White House.

by Andrew Stone

In a time when politicians and advertisers have devalued the word 'historic' to another piece of hyperbole, 15 February looks set to reclaim it...

Tories campaign for tax handouts - New Labour Can't Count - Crime Worst in Vatican - Adverts Against Junk Email

'We will not introduce "top-up" fees and have legislated to prevent them.' So promised Labour's 2001 election manifesto.

by Unjum Mirza

Years of underfunding combined with New Labour's obsession with privatisation are to blame for the near disaster when a London Underground train...

Features

Feature
Mike Haynes

The fight against war must also be linked with the fight against the system that breeds it.

Feature
Peter Morgan

Labour Party activists talk about their anger at Blair's drive to war.

Feature
Andrew Stone

Bush and Blair are desperate to justify war on Iraq. Andrew Stone demolishes their lies one by one.

Feature
Mike Davis

US imperialism has received a cold reception in Greenland.

Feature
Chris Bambery

Chris Bambery recalls the brutal history of the British empire.

Feature
Sabby Sagall

An attack on Iraq will lead to more instability in the Middle East.

Feature
Johnny Connolly

Three Irish Republicans are facing a show trial in Colombia.

Feature
Joseph Choonara, George Gomez

George Gomez has been a Trotskyist since 1948. He recently attended the Asian Social Forum at Hyderabad and spoke to Joseph Choonara about his life.

Opinion

Columnists
by Martin Empson

If you have watched the television or read some of the tabloids over the last few weeks, you could be forgiven for thinking that the web has become the realm of the child pornographer and the...

Columnists

What have the rail, power and pensions industries got in common? This would be funny if it wasn't such a disaster.

Columnists
by Chris Harman

London's congestion charge will do little to solve its transport problems.

Columnists
by Mike Gonzalez

The city that has become an icon offers different views on life.

Columnists
by Pat Stack

Blaming hip-hop won't tackle gun crime.

Letters

by Colin Wilson

After having just seen, and very much enjoyed, 'Gangs of New York', there are a number of things I'd like to add to Mike Davis's article ('Bloody Streets of New York', January SR).

by Paul Sillett

Joe Strummer's recent untimely death robs us of a true rebel, as John Rees explained (January SR).

by Hugh Lowe

The article 'From final salary to final straw' (January SR) needs some additions, mainly because it does not examine the fundamental flaws of privatised pensions adequately--particularly final...

Reviews

Books
by Jane Shallice

Review of 'Dead Cities', Mike Davis, New Press, £16.95

Books
by Solomon Hughes

Review of 'Down the Tube', Christian Wolmar, Aurum £9.99

Books
by Martin Smith

Review of 'Artists on the Left', Andrew Hemingway, Yale University Press £35

Books
by Chanie Rosenberg

Review of 'Caught in the Crossfire', Alan Gibbons, Dolphin £4.99

Books
by Andy Strouthous

Review of 'Race, Class and Power in the Alabama Coalfields, 1908-1921', Brian Kelly, University of Illinois Press £16.99

Books
by Nicolai Gentchev

Review of 'Labour Party Plc', David Osler, Mainstream Publishing £15.99

Books
by Lawrence Wong

Review of 'China's New Rulers', eds. Andrew J Nathan and Bruce Gilley, Granta £14.99

Books
by Sam Ashman

Review of 'Power and Resistance in the New World Order', Stephen Gill, Palgrave £17.99

Books
by Tom Wall

The Wilderness Years'. TC Campbell and R McKay, Canongate £9.99

Books
by Richard McEwan

Review of 'Stalinism', Ed: David L Hoffman, Blackwell £15.99

Film
by Sue Jones

Review of 'The Hours', director Stephen Daldry

Film
by Bob Light

Review of 'Revengers Tragedy', director Alex Cox

Film
by Shaun Doherty

Review of 'The Magdalene Sisters', director Peter Mullen

Film
by Ian Stone

Review of 'Live Forever', director John Dower

Theatre
by Ian Crosson

Review of 'The Threepenny Opera' by Bertolt Brecht, National Theatre, London, and touring

Theatre
by Kevin Best

Review of 'Victory at the Dirt Palace' by Adriano Shaplin, Riverside Studios, London, and touring

Theatre
by Talat Ahmed

Review of 'Midnight's Children' by Salman Rushdie, Barbican, London, and touring

Music
by Tom Whittaker

Review of 'Peace Not War' CD, Various, £15