Socialist Review issue

July / August 2010 #349

Eyewitness to state murder

News

by Graham Turner

"The Tories can reduce the deficit without a rise in VAT," boasted George Osborne to the Daily Telegraph on 6 April. "The plans we set out...

by Judith Orr

The budget was a big gamble for the ruling class. The government has gone on an all out assault against the working class.

by Danny Dorling

The first budget of the "progressive" coalition government saw George Osborne promise massive cuts for the poorest in society while offering tax...

by Martin Smith

After taking a short break to allow their friends in the Nazi British National Party (BNP) to have a free hand in the general election, the racist...

by Patrick Ward

Online polling company YouGov has become a staple for much of the media, but how reliable is it?

by Patrick Ward

BP may not have been able to plug the oil leak from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but it's good at plugging its own brand.

Features

Feature
Fulvio Grimaldi

What made our photographs on Bloody Sunday so important was the fact that there were only two photojournalists on the spot, myself and the Frenchman Gilles Peress, when the Paras came in shooting...

Feature
Kevin Ovenden

On 31 May Israeli commandos attacked a flotilla of ships carrying aid to Gaza, killing nine people and injuring dozens more. Kevin Ovenden from Viva Palestina recounts the horror of the attack and...

Feature
Mark Bergfeld

On 20 April a massive explosion at BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig caused the deaths of 11 workers and precipitated one of the most catastrophic oil spills in history. Mark Bergfeld argues that...

Feature
Alan Bailey, Hanif Leylabi

Queer politics are influential in LGBT liberation movements. Should this be embraced or is it an obstacle to taking the fight forward? We present the cases for and against.

Feature
Phil Marfleet

The flotilla attack sparked protests and solidarity worldwide. Phil Marfleet reports on the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which can offer a focus for solidarity with...

Feature
Sameh Habeeb

The siege began in 2006. In 2007, when Hamas took full control of Gaza, the siege stopped being only an economic embargo - a comprehensive siege was imposed. All aspects of life were harmed.

Opinion

Letter from
by Li Qiang

After the recent suicides of ten Foxconn workers, Li Qiang reports on conditions at the iPhone sweatshop.

In my view column
by Jonathan Neale

The war in Afghanistan is in crisis - the US postponed the summer offensive and the split between Hamid Karzai and the occupation forces worsens.

Union-made column
by Jess Edwards

The new government has launched a "radical reform" plan to expand the academies programme and introduce "free" schools. This threatens the future of state education by entrenching social...

Culture column
by Mike Gonzalez

Poor Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, dogged by a terrible genetic illness and a film of his life (Moulin Rouge) which probably undermined his reputation for a whole generation.

Interviews

by Judith Orr, by Eamonn McCann

Journalist and socialist Eamonn McCann witnessed the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, when British soldiers killed 14 demonstrators in Derry. He spoke to Judith Orr about the long campaign for...

Letters

Labour leadership - Islamophobia - EDL - Right to Work

Reviews

Books
by John Molyneux

Chris Harman, Bookmarks, £16.99

Books
by Geoff Dexter

Hannah Dee, Bookmarks, £7.99

Books
by Dan Swain

John Holloway, Pluto, £17.99

Books
by Julie Filer

Heather Rogers, Verso, £16.99

Books
by Louis Bayman

Simon Behrman, Redwords, £9.99

Books
by Colin Barker

Kevin Anderson, University of Chicago Press, £14.50

Books
by Tim Nelson

Per Gahrton, Pluto, £17.99

Books
by Kevin Devine

Richard Seymour, Zero Books, £6.99

Books
by Pete Dwyer

Nell Irvin Painter, Norton, £19.99

Books
by Luke Evans

Slavoj Žižek, Verso, £20

Books
by Xanthe Rose

Melissa Hope Ditmore, Antonia Levy and Alys Willman, Zed Books, £18.99

Books

Sarkozy - Bad Things - Malalai Joya - Bob Marley

Film
by Jinan Coulter

Director: Francis Ford Coppola; Release date: out now

Film
by Luke Stobart

Director: Oliver Stone; Release date: 30 July 2010

Film
by Mary Brodbin

Director: Nicole Holofcener; Release date: out now

Film
by Adam Thomas

Director: Babak Jalali; Release date: 28 July 2010

Theatre
by Matt Williamson

Writer: Moira Buffini; National Theatre

Art / Exhibitions
by Guy Smallman

Tate Modern; Until 3 October 2010

Art / Exhibitions
by Pura Ariza, by Luis Ariza

Tate Liverpool; Until 30 August 2010

Five Things Listing

Gormley - Tressell - Snape Proms - Surreal House - Clooney