Socialist Review issue

July / August 2007 #316

Climate change and class conflict


by Kamil Mahdi

In recent months Iraq's oil workers have come into confrontation with the puppet government in Baghdad. Kamil Mahdi writes on a union movement...

by Patrick Ward

At last, someone is standing up for fast food workers. Safe working conditions, reasonable pay and respectful management are mere side issues to...

by Shaun Doherty

The Irish elections saw Fianna Fáil emerge again as the largest party, but without an overall majority.

by Symon Hill, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT)

Public opposition to the arms trade has risen sharply in Britain, largely in response to a never-ending stream of scandals surrounding BAE Systems...

If you ever had the misfortune to grapple with visa applications to Britain you may be interested in a report from the independent monitor of UK...

Nice to see gender roles being challenged in a shop near you. Pencil cases now stocked in Woolworths bear the slogan "Boys are stupid, throw rocks...


Chris Harman

Global warming threatens all humanity, but fighting it requires more than individual action, reliance on government or dropping other concerns. Chris Harman explains.

Lindsey German

Lindsey German has written about and been active in struggles for women's rights for many years. She looks at the changing lives of women and explains what stimulated her to write her new book,...

Chris Harman

Supporters of Israel want to undermine union support for the Palestinians. The left must be clear about imperialism's role in the region, and about how to maximise solidarity, writes Chris Harman...


Letter from
by Ayman Wehbe

People could be forgiven for thinking the recent fighting in Lebanon is due to clashes between fanatics. But, as Ayman Wehbe reports, it is part of the wider imperialist battle for the Middle East...

Letter from
by Farah Koubaissy

On 14 April this year Lebanese campaigners launched the people's tribunal to investigate the disappearances and massacres committed during Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war.

In my view column
by Andrew Murray

The political landscape is starting to change around the anti-war movement. The departure of Tony Blair from office much earlier than he would have preferred - itself the result of the catastrophe...

Union-made column
by Mark Serwotka

I was sorry that John McDonnell's campaign to stand as Labour Party leader came to a halt.

A-Z of Socialism
by Ben Fine

Both across the social sciences and in popular parlance, there has emerged what has been termed a plethora of capitals.


by Tom Eastwood

So, Gordon Brown has finally signalled his support for the city academy programme.

by Keith Flett

Howard Zinn argues that all history is partisan, it is just that some historians make a pretence that they are presenting straight history rather than their own prejudices (Interview, Socialist...

by Hazel Sabey

Black Gold (Film, Socialist Review, May 2007) is about the desperate plight of Ethiopian coffee farmers...

by Pat Carmody

My first thought on reading Paul Sillett's excellent review of Julien Temple's Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (Film, Socialist Review,...

by Simon Furze

Last month's Socialist Review caused some good debates at the mail sorting office where I work.


by Leo Zeilig

Ousmane Sembène was one of those rare people whose death feels like a personal loss even to those who did not know him. We have lost a great mind.


by Martin Smith

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello talks to Martin Smith about playing at stadiums, demonstrations and coffee shops.


by Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander spoke to Ghada Karmi about her new book and the situation in Palestine

by Ian Birchall

Eric Hobsbawm, Little, Brown, £17.99

by Jane Hardy

Lindsey German, Bookmarks, £12.99

by Neil Davidson

Dan Hind, Verso, £14.99

by Chris Nineham

John Berger, Verso, £14.99

by Unjum Mirza

Ayesha Siddiqa, Pluto Press, £19.99

by Kevin Devine

Larry Elliot and Dan Atkinson, Constable, £7.99

by Sara Tomlinson

Warwick Mansell, Politico's, £19.99

by Shaun Doherty

Christopher Hitchens, Atlantic Books, £17.99

by Mary Brodbin

Dinaw Mengestu, Jonathan Cape, £12.99

by Jonny Jones

Robert Albritton, Pluto Press, £15.99

by Rosa Hirsch

Howard Zinn, Seven Stories, £10.99 and £11.99

by Donna Guthrie

Editor: Brian Richardson, Bookmarks, £6.99

by Matt Perry

Andy Durgan, Palgrave, £14.50

by Martin Empson

Kevin Smith, Carbon Trade Watch

by Ken Olende

Wole Soyinka, Methuen, £19.99

by Adrian Budd

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Release date: 27 July

by Christophe Chataigné

Director: Asger Leth, Release date: 20 July

by Patrick Ward

Director: Geoffrey Wright, Release date: 13 July

by Colin Wilson

Director: Howard Davies, National Theatre, London until 18 August

by Berit Kuennecke

Director: Peter Gill, The Old Vic, London until 18 August

by Colin Smith

Rapper K'Naan spoke to Colin Smith about growing up in Somalia and using beats against US foreign policy