Socialist Review issue

February 2020 #454

Australia's political firestorm

News

by Ian Taylor
The current battle to lead the Labour Party stands in sharp contrast to the leadership contests in 2015 and 2016 when Jeremy Corbyn’s candidature...
by Ian Taylor
Britain finally left the EU at 11pm on 31 January, signalling the ease with which Boris Johnson can now get his way in parliament following the...
by Lewis Nielsen
There is a real possibility of Donald Trump being re-elected in November. Trump has made much of the mini revival of the US economy, while the...
by John Newsinger
Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, according to the British establishment one of the finest, wisest, kindest men in the world, has died. Flags were...

Features

Feature
Camilla Royle and Caitlin Doyle

The startling effects of climate change have highlighted the global catastrophe for people who might have thought they were immune. Camilla Royle explains the political context of the crisis and...

Feature
Michael Bradley

Tens of thousands of university workers are set to go on strike this month. Michael Bradley looks at the roots of the dispute and the debates about strategy within the movement.

Feature
Terry Sullivan and Donny Gluckstein

Terry Sullivan and Donny Gluckstein spoke to Socialist Review about Hegel, history and dialectics and why we still need to understand them.

Feature
John Newsinger

Seventy years after his death, George Orwell has been canonised by the literary establishment as a liberal critic of totalitarianism. John Newsinger argues that his life and his work show him to...

Opinion

Opinion
by Anne Alexander
With much fanfare and mutual backslapping, Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu launched the US government’s “peace plan” at a glitzy press conference on 28 January. In addition to the world’s media,...
Opinion
by Naima Omar

In the final column on the life, politics and activism of Angela Davis, we look at her contributions to theory and practice.

Opinion
by Sean Vernell

The untimely death of Nita Sanghera is a shock to us all. The UCU and the labour and trade union movement as a whole has been robbed of one of its most courageous fighters for justice, writes Sean...

Opinion
by Martin Empson

Readers recommend an old or forgotten text that is worth revisiting. This month Martin Empson highlights an early work of radical ecology.

Opinion
by Christian Høgsbjerg

Despite its title, the new award-winning epic film 1917 directed by Sam Mendes is a war film about the Western front rather than the Russian Revolution. But the life of Mendes’s socialist...

Opinion
by John Sinha
As the world’s billionaires were gathering in Davos for the 50th World Economic Forum, activists from across Europe were converging at the starting point of a three day march to oppose them. The...

Letters

by David Paenson
I very much enjoyed Sarah Bates’s insightful article on online dating (“Love me Tinder, love me true?”, January SR), and it’s very refreshing that a socialist magazine takes up such subjects on the...
by Mark Brown
In her review of Terrence Malick’s movie A Hidden Life (January SR), Jessica Walsh contends that “you could easily lose over an hour without losing any plot points.” This argument betrays a rather...
by Sasha Simic
I greatly enjoyed Bob Light’s article “Vasily Grossman always sided with the oppressed” (January SR). Bob is correct to claim Grossman for the left. It’s clear Grossman understood there was a...
by Nick Moore
Socialists can be forgiven for not noticing the Royal Statistical Society’s announcement of its UK Statistic of the Decade in December. The statistic was 0.3 percent. But beneath this rather dull...
by Alan Gibson
Jim Barlow’s article “Tackling drug dependency” (January SR) revealed how damaging the government’s War on Drugs is. Its refusal to countenance the Scottish government’s proposal for safe places for...
by Brian Claffey
Last month around 80,000 people marched in Glasgow for Scottish independence, in drookit weather that echoed the results of the general election a month earlier — though like the results, the weather...

Reviews

Books
by Eliza Gearty

Alasdair Gray, the author, illustrator, artist and political commentator, died aged 85 at the turn of the last decade on 29 December 2019. He will be remembered for his polymathic talent, the...

Books
by Jane Bassett

The Nazi occupation of The Netherlands is indelibly linked to reading Ann Frank’s diary; her extraordinary description of surviving in hiding for over two years and her tragic death in Belsen...

Books
by Eve R Stone Light

Jack the Ripper’s murder of five “prostitutes” on the streets of London’s East End has spawned thousands of books, TV programmes and vile walking tours of sites where the five women were mutilated...

Books
by Adrian Budd

Walden Bello has championed the interests of the Global South, particularly its poorest and most disadvantaged, since the late-1960s. The struggles of workers and working class communities do not...

Art / Exhibitions
by Noel Halifax

John Baldessari, who died last month, was called the godfather of conceptual art. He played a pivotal role in the development of western art in the second half of the 20th century, both in its...

Art / Exhibitions
by Dave Clinch

This exhibition displays some of the extraordinary pots and plates made by ceramicists Vicky Lindo and Bill Brookes, who won a major prize for this work.

The pieces represent the journey...

TV / DVD
by Sophie Squire

The eagerly anticipated second series of Sex Education is currently on Netflix.

The first and second series documents the loves, relationships and sex lives of students at Moordale...

Film
by Esme Choonara

There are just 45 public ambulances in Mexico City, serving a population of around 9 million. The rest of emergency care is provided by an informal system of private ambulances, competing to make...

Film
by Sally Campbell

There is a moment about half way through this panic-inducing film, where Howard Ratner’s (Adam Sandler) soon-to-be-ex-wife stares him in the face coldly and says, “I think you’re the most annoying...

Music
by Elizabeth Adofo

London-based Irish poet Sinéad O’Brien ended 2019 giving us a gift of pure punk poetry darkness with her single “Limbo”, the follow-up to her release A Thing You Call Joy.

On my commute...

Music
by Rena Niamh Smith

Despite the digital art form, Bubba is brimming with old-fashioned musical ability. The second full-length release from Haitian-Canadian producer Louis Kevin Celestin has an ever-evolving sound of...

Music
by Rory Anderson

Here is an album about change – a perceived uncontrollable change and the despair at seeing the world around you crumbling. Singer Sam Treber’s anger at gentrification of his hometown Pittsburgh...