Socialist Review issue

July / August 2002 #265

Give us a break


by Editorial

Welcome to Britain in the 21st century--a place where the old are told they will have to work until they die; where even some of those on a...

Yes, it does mean a 'bloodbath'. Even Shimon Peres, Israel's hapless foreign minister, said it in response to Bush's infamous Palestine speech....

Website charts collapses - Girl scouts introduce stress management badge - Drugs companies push for relaxation of testing rules

by Gareth Jenkins

New Labour likes to vaunt its modernising project--particularly when it comes to the rights of the individual. Yet its obsession with the right...

by Tom Behan

The echoes of last year's anti-capitalist protests in Genoa are still being felt all over Italy.

by Chris Nineham

One minute past midnight, 20 June in Seville, and we were witnessing something strange. Some 200 young activists were marching round the packed...

by Solomon Hughes

Labour's intellectuals prepared the party's current lurch to the right on asylum and immigration. Blairite thinkers in the 'Policy Network' said...

by Jim Wolfreys

Many commentators interpreted the mainstream right's victory in the French parliamentary elections in June as a return to normality after the...


Mike Marqusee

As India and Pakistan compete for American support the danger of nuclear war continues to threaten the subcontinent.

Martin Smith

Trade unionists are beginning to flex their muscles.

Lindsey German

The number of women at work may have reached record levels but they still have a long way to go to achieve equality with men--let alone genuine liberation.

Sabby Sagall

To be anti-Zionist does not mean you are anti-Semitic.

Jo Cardwell

You can't seperate sport from the racism and nationalism that go with it.


by The Walrus

New Labour stooges appear to be incapable of winning a trade union election.

by Chris Harman

Is Cuba free from capitalism? Chris Harman looks at the novels of a writer who does not think so.

by Mike Gonzalez

Watching the world cup was a game of two halves.

by Pat Stack

An increasingly frustrated Pat Stack bemoans the new TV circuses.


by John Shemeld

I agree with Chris Harman (June SR) on the danger of a re-emergence of popular front politics, but I do not agree that this meant abstaining in the second round of the French presidential election...

by Jamie Rankin

I don't agree with Chris Harman (June SR) that the French left should not have voted for Chirac to keep Le Pen out of power.

by Phil Webster

Chris Harman argues (June SR) that it was wrong to call for a vote for Chirac against Le Pen in the second round of the French election.

by Rae Street

Here is a draft letter we have done in Britain for the regional and local press. I hope everyone will write at least one letter to their local press, wherever they may live.

by Steve Parsons

In a review of Antony Beevor's 'Berlin: The Downfall' (June SR), mention is made of 'the greatest maritime disaster of all time', the sinking of the Goya by a Russian submarime with the consequent...

by Dave Taylor

I was surprised to read that Paul Jakubovic (Letters, June SR) considers the 'Big Bang' theory of the origin of the universe to be idealist and regressive.

by Frank Ward

Dogs were let loose on anti GM crop protestors in Scotland recently. At least one activist required medical treatment for bites to the chest.

by Unai Pascual

I would like to congratulate the SWP for your work, and especially for the great 'Socialist Review'.


by Brian Manning

Brian Manning looks back at the life of the distinguished historian Rodney Hilton.


by Judy Cox

Review of 'Shelley and Revolutionary Ireland', Paul O'Brien, Redwords £11

by Goretti Horgan

Review of 'Nickel and Dimed', Barbara Ehrenreich, Granta £8.99

by Mubin Haq

Review of 'Asians in Britain', Rozina Visram, Pluto £15.99

by Nicolai Gentchev

Review of 'Russia: Class and Power 1917-2000', Mike Haynes, Bookmarks £12

by Vicky Williamson

Review of 'Dark Light', Ken Mcleod, Orbit £16.99

by Alex Callinicos

Review of 'Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa', ed. Leo Zeilig, New Clarion Press £12.95

by James O'Nions

Review of 'The Attack Queers', Richard Goldstein, Verso £14

by Beccy Reese

Review of 'The Irish Famine', Colm Tóibín and Diarmaid Ferriter, Profile £8.99

by Andrew Stone

Review of 'Telling Lies About Hitler', Richard J Evans, Verso £14 and 'The Holocaust on Trial', DD Guttenplan, Granta £9.99

by David Eaves

Review of 'Asbestos Blues', Jack McCulloch, James Currey £12.95

by Peter Dwyer

Review of 'World Development: An Introduction', eds. Prodromos Panayitopoulos and Gavin Capps, Pluto £16.99

by John Rees

Review of 'Sunshine State', director John Sayles

by Chanie Rosenberg

Review of 'Beijing Bicycle', director Wang Xiaoshuai

by Andrew Baisley

Review of 'Cabaret', director Bob Fosse

by Paul Foot

Review of 'Rose Rage', adapted from Willliam Shakespeare by Edward Hall and Roger Warren, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

Art / Exhibitions
by Peter Morgan

Review of the Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester. Opens 5 July.