Socialist Review issue

February 2008 #322

Economic crisis

News

by Patrick Ward

The media reports surrounding recent events in Kenya have tended to portray it as yet another "tribal" clash.

by Unjum Mirza

The crisis of legitimacy faced by Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has been exacerbated by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto last December....

by Patrick Ward

A defence select committee of MPs has reported that the morale of British troops has fallen dramatically over the past several years, leading to a...

by Howard Rodman

Striking screenwriter Howard Rodman spoke to Socialist Review about challenging the studios over royalties from the "new media".

by Patrick Ward

Following the negative reception to recent data losses the public are yet to warm to the idea of ID cards. Leaked reports (can they not keep their...

by Patrick Ward

Companies such as McDonald's are now eligible to award nationally recognised qualifications equal to A Levels and advanced diplomas, the...

Features

Feature
Chris Harman

Every time economic crises develop they are described as aberrations in an otherwise rational and balanced system. Chris Harman looks at the roots and implications of the recent credit crunch, and...

Feature
Viv Smith

The South African constitution is one of the most advanced in the world when it comes to LGBT rights. Viv Smith, a gay rights activist who worked for the ANC during the writing of the constitution...

Feature
Nick Davies

In his new book, Flat Earth News, award-winning journalist Nick Davies argues that the main threat to truth-telling journalism has moved from propagandist proprietors such as Lord...

Feature
Ian Birchall

When Algerian journalist Henri Alleg published his account of being tortured at the hands of the French colonial regime it became an instant bestseller. Ian Birchall tells us why the book is still...

Opinion

Letter from
by Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

The Serbian elections highlight the imperialist powers' scramble for influence. But, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, neither the West nor Moscow will benefit ordinary Serbs.

In my view column
by Lindsey German

The election for London mayor is shaping up to be a celebrity clash between the incumbent mayor, Ken Livingstone, and his main rival, the Tory Neanderthal MP for Henley, Boris Johnson.

Union-made column
by Alex Kenny

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is preparing to ballot over 200,000 members in England and Wales for strike action against below inflation pay rises.

Culture column
by Martin Smith

"Mad Men was a term used in the late 1950s to describe the advertising executives of Madison Avenue, New York. They coined it."

A-Z of Socialism
by John Newsinger

Why does the BBC History magazine have a special issue devoted to the British Empire in 2008?

Letters

by Sasha Simic

The articles on the strike wave that has been rocking Egypt's ruling class were brilliant (Feature, Socialist Review,...

by Ed Mynott

I think Colin Wilson was a little too harsh in his review of The Kite Runner (Culture, Socialist Review, January...

by John Appleyard

Local government relies on agency workers to cover for staff who are either on holiday or long term sick leave.

by Jonathan Tipton

Jackie Turner's column (In My View, Socialist Review, December 2007), in emphasising the tactic of the anti-...

Interviews

by Patrick Ward, by Iain Banks

Matter is the seventh science fiction novel by Iain Banks about "the Culture". He talks to Patrick Ward about writing, utopias, and New Labour.

Reviews

Books
by Joseph Choonara

Forrest Hylton and Sinclair Thomson

Books
by Mark L Thomas

Jonathan Steele, IB Tauris, £20

Books
by Mike Haynes

Anthony Read, Jonathan Cape, £25

Books
by Dave Crouch

Nick Davies, Chatto and Windus, £17.99

Books
by John Parrington

Steven Pinker, Penguin, £25

Books
by Weyman Bennett

Sudhir Venkatesh, Allen Lane, £18.99

Books
by Mary Brodbin

John Throne, The Drumkeen Press, £10.99

Books
by Michael McDonnell

Eric Toussaint, Pluto, £16.99

Books
by Colin Wilson

Desmond Morris, Jonathan Cape, £18.99

Books
by Patrick Ward

Iain M. Banks, Orbit, £18.99

Books

World working class - black and British in the 60s and 70s - Iraq graphic novel - political teddy bears

Books
by Nick Clark

Oliver James, Vermilion, Oliver James
£14.99

Film
by Hannah Dee

Director: Nick Broomfield; Release date: Out now

Film
by Jacqui Freeman

Director: Tamara Jenkins; Release date: Out now

Film
by Kelly Hilditch

Directors: Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen; Release date: 15 February

Film
by Sally Campbell

Director: Tim Burton; Release date: out now

Film
by Judith Orr

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson; Release date: 8 February

TV / DVD
by Beccy Reese

Directors Alberto Yoel, Roberto Sanmartin, Yailene Sierra and Benito Zambrano; Release date: out now

Theatre
by Sofie Mason

Let There be Love - Weapons of Happiness - Roots - The Living Unknown Soldier - Shadow Language

Art / Exhibitions
by Mike Gonzalez

Royal Academy of Arts

Five Things Listing

Anti-war art in Aberdare - Pilger documentary - anti-war Iraqi school students - Joy Division - war photos