Socialist Review issue

July / August 2013 #382

Labour's surrender to austerity


by Mark L Thomas

In Turkey it was the threat to cut down trees to make way for a re-development project in a park in the centre of Istanbul; in Brazil it was the...

by Anne Alexander

Like many of the things which have changed history, the "Rebel" campaign in Egypt started with a very simple idea. At the beginning of May, a...

by Simon Assaf

Simon Assaf examines the trajectory of Hebollah since 2006 that has led to their support of Assad in Syria


Iain Ferguson

In June Ed Miliband and Ed Balls signalled that a future Labour government will accept the framework of the Tories' austerity plans and put a cap on welfare spending. Iain Ferguson looks at Labour...

Julie Sherry

The union conference season has just finished. Julie Sherry looks at the mood among the activists who hold union organisation together in workplaces across Britain and asks what we can learn about...

Henrique Sanchez, Sean Purdy

Brazil, held up as an economic success story over the last decade, has been shaken by a massive revolt triggered by transport fare rises. Henrique Sanchez and Sean Purdy examine the roots of the...

Tom Hickey

Following Stephen Hawking's historic decision to boycott a conference in Israel, Tom Hickey looks at the growing campaign for BDS.

Alex Callinicos

In our ongoing series of debates on the role of Leninism today, Alex Callinicos replies to Ian Birchall's contribution...


In my view column
by Mark Bergfeld

Mark Bergfeld responds to Sandy Nicoll from last months issue on the Pop-Up Union at Sussex university. Here he...

In perspective column
by Colin Wilson

Homophobia is back on the political agenda of the right across Europe, writes Colin Wilson. But there is also potential for resistance if LGBT people unite with anti-cuts groups and trade...

In perspective column
by Martin Empson

In 2011 the charity Oxfam estimated that in the previous decade around 227 million hectares of land had been bought up in large scale "land grabs". This was mostly for the imposition of industrial...

Culture column
by Jonny Jones

The US cable channel HBO has acquired a reputation for developing television shows that are both intelligent and compulsive viewing. The best of these programmes, such as The Wire and The Sopranos...


Myths of the Pop-Up I'm deeply saddened by the standoffish attitude of articles published first in Socialist Worker and now Socialist Review towards the Pop-Up union. As a student, part time...


by Patrick Ward

Patrick Ward, who interviewed author Iain Banks for Socialist Review in 2008, looks at his life and work


by Riya Al'Sanah, by Estelle Cooch, by Mahmoud Sarsak

Mahmoud Sarsak is a professional footballer who was arrested in 2009 and imprisoned in Israel for three years without charge. In April 2012 he joined the coordinated hunger strikes by Palestinian...


Classic reads
by Yunus Bhaksh

Isaac Deutscher, Trotsky's biographer, described The History of the Russian Revolution as Trotsky's, "Crowning work, both in scale and power and as the fullest expression of his ideas on...

by Charlie Hore

Au Loong Yu

by Zak Cochrane

Catherine Higgs

by Kevin Devine

John Newsinger

by Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal

Terry Eagleton

by Steve Henshall

George Ciccariello-Maher

by Amy Gilligan

Andrew McGettigan

by Susie Helme

John Pickard

Classic reads
by Sally Campbell

Daniel Defoe

by Saoirse MacDermott-Cox

Joss Whedon, best known for the naturalistic banter and strong female characters of his TV shows, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel" and "Firefly", would perhaps not seem the perfect partner to...

by Siobhan Brown

The Amen Corner, the first play by the celebrated black writer and activist James Baldwin, is revived at the National Theatre in this moving, musical and charming production. Inspired by Baldwin's...

by Dan Berry


by Dan Berry

Boards of Canada

Art / Exhibitions
by Socialist Review

Venice Biennale and touring in 2014

Art / Exhibitions
by Noel Halifax

If you are brought up in the North like me, you tend to be force-fed Lowry as a symbol of Northern grit and working class art in contract to the fancy art of the London establishment.