Socialist Review issue

January 2010 #343

Obama one year on: Is the dream over


by Judith Orr

Gordon Brown's government is waging class war against the rich, so claim the Tories - and the rich.

by Patrick Ward

Proposed reforms of the House of Lords expenses system have run into trouble - the lords aren't happy.

by Patrick Ward

Advertisers and bankers are of less value to society than hospital cleaners and child minders, according to a report published last month.

by Tim Evans

The new First Minister of the Welsh Assembly, Carwyn Jones, is a slight turn to the right from his predecessor, Rhodri Morgan, who retired last...

by Sabah Jawad

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war opened amid widespread scepticism in Britain and internationally.

by Patrick Ward

"Officers and community support officers are reminded that we should not be stopping and searching people for taking photos," emailed Andy Trotter...

by Patrick Ward

Tony Blair was guest speaker for Azerbaijan methanol producer Azmeco last month.


Joe Bageant

A year is a very long time in politics. The election of Barack Obama, the first black president of the US, symbolised hope and the possibility of change for millions of Americans. US writer and...

Judith Orr

7.7 percent of households have no bank account.

Mark L Thomas

There is a sharp rise in hunger in the US.


The highest rate of incarceration in the world.

Judith Orr

"All our services are free and are provided by volunteers. The doctor is free; the dentist is free; the eye doctor is free."

Simon Assaf

The long war that is getting longer.

Charlie Hore

China is now widely tipped to challenge the power and dominance of the US in the next few decades. In the final part of our series on China, Charlie Hore assesses the global implications of China'...


Letter from
by Charles-Andre Udry

A referendum has led to a constitutional ban on the construction of minarets on mosques. Charles-André Udry reports on the scapegoating of Muslims in the country.

In my view column
by Lindsey German

"The instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace." So said Barack Obama in Oslo last month as he accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace.

In my view column
by Raj Patel

On the tenth anniversary of the Seattle protests the temptations and opportunities to misremember them were legion.

Union-made column
by Robert

Last month's ballot result for industrial action by British Airways cabin crews showed how widespread the fear and anger about management attacks was.

Culture column
by Pat Stack

Channel 4's new series, Cast Offs, proved to be a breath of fresh air in the world of media and disability.


by Pura Ariza

The rise in homophobic attacks (Feature, Socialist Review, December 2009) is being met head-on by a confident and...

by Karen Johnson

I wish to challenge John Richmond's argument (Feedback, Socialist Review, November 2009) and also to question his...

by Jonathan Maunder

Roger van Zwanenberg's criticism of the theory of state capitalism to describe the USSR raises the question of what we mean by socialism today (Feedback,...


by Chris Jones

Abu and Umm Shams are members of Harakat Abnaa elBalad (Sons of the Land Movement), a revolutionary organisation based in Israel and active since the 1960s. They talked to Chris Jones about life...

by Sally Campbell, by Judith Orr, by Hester Eisenstein

Socialist feminist and US academic Hester Eisenstein spoke to Sally Campbell and Judith Orr about her book, Feminism Seduced, and the challenges facing the women's movement in the US and worldwide...


by Shaun Doherty

Terry Eagleton and Matthew Beaumont, Verso, £17.99

by Mike Haynes

Simon Pirani, Pluto Press, £17.99

by Mike Gonzalez

Roberto Bolaño, Picador, £16.99

by Anne Alexander

Eugene Rogan, Penguin Books, £25

by Gareth Jenkins

Louis Begley, Yale University Press 2009, £18

by Clare Fermont

Wu Ming, Verso, £14.99

by Nick Grant

Dexter Whitfield, Spokesman Books, £18

by Patrick Ward

Peter Richardson, The New Press, £19.99

by Amy Leather

Tariq Ali, Chicago University Press, £9.99

by Kris Stewart

Dave Zirin, The New Press, £14.99

by Lukas Kudic-Gloster

Seven Stories Press, £14.99

by Hesham Zakai

Abdul Wakil Sulamal Shinwari, Dorrace Press, £5

by Liz Wheatley

Director: Jason Reitman, Release date: 15 January

by Beccy Reese

Director: Joe Berlinger, Release date: 15 January

by Viv Smith

Director: Zoltan Korda, Release date: 18 January

by Jack Farmer

Mark Lawson, writing in the Guardian last month, asked, "Is this a new golden age for British theatre?"

Art / Exhibitions
by Angela Stapleford

Magnum Print Room, London