Socialist Review issue

February 2005 #293

Hell no, we won't go


by Editorial

Rarely can a prime minister have been so weak in the run-up to a general election as Tony Blair. Iraq runs like a festering sore right through the...

In early 2001 Exxon sent a memo to the White House. The world's biggest private oil and gas company requested that the chairman of the...

by Tony Phillips

The TUC is finally fighting back in defence of pensions, says Tony Phillips.

by Jim Wolfreys

Over 300,000 public sector workers demonstrated throughout France last month as part of a week of action against attacks on public services.

by Dave Crouch

Mass protests by pensioners in Russia have forced major concessions from the Putin government.

by Kevin Devine

The government's plans for 'independent treatment centres' (ITCs) - privately run units that carry out routine hip, knee and cataract operations...

by Sally Campbell

On 1 January this year Wal-Mart introduced a system of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on pallets and cases of merchandise going to 150...

by Peter Morgan

Two reports have revealed that the issue of torture of Iraqi detainees is far more widespread than either US or British officials would have us...

by Sabby Sagall

The first Palestinian election since 1996 has been greeted with a great international fanfare of publicity and a groundswell of expectations that...


Mundher Adhami

Whose elections are they anyway? Mundher Adhami looks at the prospects for democracy in Iraq.

Julie Bundy

Guilt-tripping the tourists won't save the planet.

Jacob Middleton

Despite New Labour's claims social justice and the free market are unhappy bedfellows.

Charles R Walker

Workers faced down the police and the army to unionise in 1930s America. Charles R Walker's classic American City takes up the story.


by Chris Harman

Bush's faces more problems in his second term than many realise, argues Chris Harman.

by Martin Empson

The battle for the future has begun.

by Mike Davis

There is nothing inevitable about an increasing number of deaths in natural disasters.

by Andrew Stone

Chile still has lessons for us today.


by Tim Evans

Jane Hardy's review of Simply Heavenly and of Langston Hughes's other work ('We Know We Are Beautiful', January...

by Sophie Jongman

It was good to read the article on Bob Marley ('Roots Revolutionary', January SR). However, I thought the...

by Tony Fala

I enjoyed the article on Bob Marley ('Roots Revolutionary', January SR), and concur with its thoughts of...

by Sasha Simic

The person that Orson Welles based Citizen Kane on certainly did go 'to extraordinary lengths to try and get the film shelved', as Stephen Philip wrote in his review of The Aviator (Movie...

by V Townley

The government is indeed attempting to rule through the politics of fear by 'putting security at the centre' of its programme ('Here Comes the Fear',...

by John Appleyard

Eileen Short's article on council housing and why we must defend it ('Street Spirit', December SR) was...

by Jonathan Maunder

Reading Mary Brodbin's review of Andrew Marr's book made me a little queasy ('I Heard the News Today', January SR...

by João Aguiar

I am a Portuguese Marxist and I started to read Socialist Review a few issues ago.

by Ron Acock

As I write this, the news is all about the Asian tsunami - what a terrible tragedy.

by Ged Peck

As a smoker of seven years, and then a non-smoker of 36 years, I am astonished at the way some of your readers miss the point about the proposed smoking ban (Letters,...

by Randall Patrick

What Andrew Stone ignores in his discussion of the proposed smoking ban ('The Drag Factor', December SR) is...


by Andrew Stone, by Simon Assaf, by Carl Webb, by George Solomou

Carl Webb from the US and George Solomou from Britain explain to Andrew Stone and Simon Assaf why they refuse to go and fight in Iraq.

by Peter Morgan, by Michael Leunig

Satirical cartoonist Michael Leunig discusses art and politics with Peter Morgan.


by Sally Campbell

Sally Campbell analyses Michael Albert's dreams.

by Michael Rosen

Review of 'The Meaning of Everything', Simon Winchester, OUP £7.99

by Ian Rappel

Review of 'The Greenpeace to Amchitka', Robert Hunter, Arsenal Pulp Press £13.99

by Peter Morgan

Review of 'The Freedom', Christian Parenti, New Press £12.99

by Maggie Falshaw

Review of 'Confronting an Ill Society', Patrick Hutt with Iona Heath and Roger Neighbour, Radcliffe £19.95

by Sasha Simic

Review of 'Wrong About Japan', Peter Carey, Faber £12.99

by Judy Cox

Review of 'The Plot Against America', Philip Roth, Jonathan Cape £16.99

by Tony Phillips

Review of 'The Social Europe We Need', editor Robin Blackburn, Spokesman £9.99

by Daniel Hartley

Review of 'Wars of the 21st Century', Ignacio Ramonet, Ocean £11.99

by Sarah Ensor

Social struggles are at the heart of many great American novels from the first half of the last century.

by Xanthe Rose

Review of 'The Woodsman', director Nicole Kassell

by Emma Bircham

Review of 'The Door in the Floor', director Tod Williams

by Adam Marks

Review of 'The Yes Men', directors Dan Ollman, Sarah Price and Chris Smith

by Stephen Philip

The Sea Inside - Spanglish - British film industry

by Kevin Devine

Review of 'Teenage Kicks - The Story of The Undertones'

by Patrick Connellan

Censorship of the arts is something that must be resisted, argues Patrick Connellan.

by Sabby Sagall

Review of 'King Lear' by William Shakespeare, Albery Theatre, London

Art / Exhibitions
by Mubin Haq

Review of 'Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600', Royal Academy of Arts, London, 22 January-12 April