Socialist Review issue

July / August 2012 #371

A region transformed


by Ian Taylor

The Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking ended in June, no doubt to collective relief in establishment circles. We must wait until the autumn for...

by Michael Lavalette
Back in February Glasgow Rangers Football Club entered administration. The administrators claimed there were short-term problems and the club would...
by Mark L Thomas

David Cameron has promised yet more welfare cuts if the Tories win the next election. The only response from Liam Byrne, Labour's shadow secretary...

by Phil Marfleet

After Mohamed Morsi's victory in Egypt Phil Marfleet looks at the fractures in the Muslim Brotherhood's base and the challenges that face the left...


Simon Assaf

The Arab Spring has been marked by a series of momentous events that herald the beginning of an era of revolutionary change. The uprisings have transformed in weeks and months a region mired in...

Terry Wrigley

The leaking of Michael Gove's plans to return to O-levels in place of GCSEs reignited a row about "falling standards" in British schools. Here Terry Wrigley argues it is not enough for the left to...

Jack Farmer

Right wingers usually argue that the state should get out of the way of private capital - that economic problems are caused by an overbearing state or regulation. Jack Farmer argues that the state...

Ellie May

As World Pride arrives in London, Ellie May looks at its radical roots, considers what has changed since the Stonewall riots in 1969 and asks how we strengthen the struggle for LGBT equality today...

George Paizis

Victor Serge was an anarchist who rallied to the Russian Revolution and Bolshevism. He later fought against both Stalinism and fascism to keep the real revolutionary tradition alive. Here George...


In my view column
by Pat Stack
It would appear that Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will not be invited to one of David Cameron's country suppers - these are reserved only for the great and good such as...
In my view column
by Mark Bergfeld

The German Pirate Party has captured the imagination of millions of young and unemployed voters but, asks Mark Bergfeld, are they really the radical anti-establishment force they claim to be?

In my view column
by Ian Birchall

Fifty years since Algerian independence Ian Birchall looks at the uprising that forced the French to leave

In perspective column
by Simon Hester

Simon Hester looks at the government's attacks on health and safety laws

Revolutionary Lessons
by Samir Karnik Hinks

Economy Class

Culture column
by Martin Smith

In preparation for the tenth anniversary celebrations of Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR), I looked through my old folder of political memorabilia. There I discovered a copy of the first ever...


Rio not so Grande Ian Rappel's excellent article in last month's Socialist Review (Frontlines, June 2012) detailed the limited expectations that many had for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. In the 20...


by Mona Dohle

Paul Krugman

by Riya Al'Sanah

Sarah Irving

by Ian Bradley

Dave Renton

by Sian Ruddick

Edited by Alex Strick Van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn

by Rebecca Short

John Molyneux

by Pat Stack

Peter Hain

by Charlie Kimber

Peter Dwyer and Leo Zeilig

Classic reads
by Keira Brown

Ray Bradbury

by Nick Grant

Today Ken Loach is an internationally feted filmmaker. But he was also once a prophet in his own country. Working with a generation of radicals, he excelled at what became known as the drama-...

by Matt Williamson

Michael Frayn is a bit of a rarity: he writes both good novels and good plays. His backstage farce Noises Off has been playing to great reviews in the West End, while novels such as Spies have...

Art / Exhibitions
by Jack Farmer

An attempt to convey the essence, as the author perceives it, of a particular time and location is often central to literature. This has arguably become more important in the last 200 hundred...

Art / Exhibitions
by Socialist Review

Our round-up of some of this summer's cultural highlights

Art / Exhibitions
by Socialist Review

Edward Burtynsky says that the main aim of his work is to depict nature transformed through industry. Over a long career he has photographed mines, quarries, scrapyards, shipyards, recycling yards...