Socialist Review issue

February 2015 #399

Malcolm X

News

by Panos Garganas

Panos Garganas, a leading member of the revolutionary left organisation Antarsya, assesses the mood in Greece following Syriza's victory.

by Petros Constantinou
Golden Dawn, the Nazi party in Greece, came third in last month’s general election with 6.3 percent of the vote. It gained this position because of...
by Denis Goddard
The immediate response to the attack on Charlie Hebdo was that of “national unity” in the face of terrorism. This mood benefitted the government of...
by Dave Gilchrist
Khaled Idris Bahray was murdered outside his front door on Monday 12 January. The door was daubed with a swastika and the chilling slogan, “We’ll get...
by Simon Assaf
The heartbreaking murder of a young woman activist has exposed the fragility in the rule of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, a well respected...
by Sally Campbell
Last month Socialist Review reported that NHS workers would be back out on strike in January and February. As we went to press all the unions...

Features

Feature
Antony Hamilton

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Malcolm X. Antony Hamilton looks at his life and politics.

Feature
Jane Hardy

Despite its meteoric growth rates, China may not be the economic juggernaut the Western media portrays. Jane Hardy uncovers the structural tensions and the workers' movements challenging the...

Feature
Mark L Thomas

The Greens' advance in the polls is welcome because it shows the clear mood for radical change in the UK. But, as Mark L Thomas argues, there are limits to the project the party presents.

Feature
Noel Halifax

The Black Book trial of 1918 exposed the extent of anti-gay feeling in a British society at war. And, writes Noel Halifax, it gave us Noel Pemberton Billing, the Nigel Farage of his day.

Feature
Susan Rosenthal

In the second part of her two-part series on the family, Canadian socialist Susan Rosenthal explains how families can trap men, women and children in violent and abusive relations.

Opinion

In perspective column
by Joseph Choonara

We need to build a credible unified left alternative to Labour that is rooted in the struggle of the working class.

In my view column
by John Newsinger

After hearing that hundreds of racists had joined in the lynching and mutilation of a black labourer, Robert Charles called on black people to take up arms in self-defence. John Newsinger tells...

Culture clash
by Tim Sanders
The savage killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and journalists by terrorists in Paris is utterly contemptible, but not inexplicable. For me as a cartoonist this seemed to be horribly close to...

Letters

by Sabby Sagall
Tom Kay’s article, Roots of the Holocaust (January SR), reminds us of the dangers of racism in a period of deepening crisis. He identifies the crisis of the petty-bourgeoisie as a key factor in the...
by Julie W, Nottingham
I welcome the discussion in the pages of Socialist Review about the Exhibit B controversy. I don’t think it is right to call the exhibition racist, but I still signed the petition to cancel the...

Interviews

by Saladin Ambar

Saladin Ambar, author of Malcolm X at the Oxford Union, spoke to Socialist Review about Malcolm's historic 1964 speech, and why his ideas will remain relevant as long as oppression persists.

Reviews

Books
by Simon Assaf

When a copy of Andrew Hussey’s The French Intifada, The Long War Between France and Its Arabs, first came across my desk, I set it aside. The cover is of the Eiffel Tower surrounded by Islamic...

Books
by Sarah Ensor

On 18 March 1871 French head of state Adolph Thiers sent troops into Paris to capture cannons from the mainly working class National Guard. In a few hours thousands of ordinary Parisians,...

Books
by Paddy Nielsen

The maritime history we all learned at school was dominated by the names of admirals, generals and gentlemen who won their fame, fortune and their place in history by brutally exploiting hundreds...

Books
by Tomas Tengely-Evans

In debates surrounding the internet there tends to be a false polarisation between so-called “optimists” and “pessimists”. Evgeny Morozov’s first book, The Net Delusion, earned him a reputation...

Books
by Elaheh Rostami-Povey

In this collection of stories the interlinked narratives are set in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. The victims experience different forms of violence and crime and in the process become corrupt,...

Books
by Saba Shiraz

This is an inspiring, gripping and insightful look at the life of one of America’s most notorious black female revolutionary activists. It is easy to read, honest and politically driven, giving an...

Theatre
by Bob Light

One of the shittier aspects of the world we live in is that our rulers want us to like them. It is no longer enough that this is their world (while we just live in it). Now they want to be liked,...

Theatre
by Julie Bundy

It’s hard to comfortably watch a set so sparse and foreboding while seated at the Theatre Royal, sumptuous, gilded and warm as it is. A single chair we know means torture, grey walls, the world...

Film
by Michelle Adhémar

Early in 1965 civil rights activists and leaders agreed to focus their efforts on registering black voters in the Southern states of the US in the face of violent opposition. The campaign...

Film
by Peter Robinson

This entertaining movie has been described as a “surfer noir” and Joaquin Phoenix’s private investigator, Doc, as not so much a “gumshoe” as a “gum sandal”. It is the first film to be based on a...

Film
by Maggie Palmer

This is the second in a trilogy of films directed and co-written by Ira Sachs exploring the challenge of relationships. Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) decide to get married after 40...

Film
by Sasha Simic

In contemporary Budapest 13 year old Lili reluctantly moves into her estranged father’s tiny flat when her mother takes up an overseas academic post. Her friend, the gentle giant Hagen, comes too...

TV / DVD
by Nusrat Bukhari

Indian Summers, the most expensive drama Channel 4 has ever produced, is the explosive story of British rule in India and the natives’ fight for independence. It is set in 1932, a time when...