Socialist Review issue

July / August 2015 #404

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Time to get organised!


by Simon Assaf
The European Union’s (EU) response to the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War is more detention camps, fast track repatriation and jail...
by Ron Margulies
The general election in Turkey on 7 June was a huge setback for the ruling Islamist AKP party, and a breakthrough for the left-leaning Kurdish HDP...
by Simon Assaf
Hong Kong MPs have thrown out a bill proposed by China that would tighten its control over how the country’s leader, known as the chief executive, is...
by Sarah Bates
A study released earlier this year made the headline-grabbing claim that 5 percent of students are sex workers. The Student Sex Work Project,...


Shaun Doherty

The Tories' election victory has provoked moves towards 'doing politics differently'. Shaun Doherty stresses how workers' confidence to fight back lies in industrial struggle.

Joseph Choonara

As the debate over European Union membership heats up, Joseph Choonara argues that socialists should argue for a left wing No vote, despite the right wing dominating the campaign for a "Brexit"....

Noel Halifax

In the late 1960s the Black Panthers and the early gay liberation movement fought against different forms of oppression. But, as Noel Halifax explains, they could find common ground.

Susan Rosenthal

The pioneer of psychiatry began as an advocate of the oppressed, documenting the effects of trauma on mental health. But he soon switched sides to justify the status quo, writes Susan Rosenthal....


by John Stewart
The run-up to the international climate talks in Paris coincides with the period in which the government will make its decision on new airport capacity. When it came to power in 2010 the Tory/Lib...
by Tom Kay
An argument has developed on the left regarding the effectiveness of so-called “A to B marches”. A critique, articulated by some activists on the left, argues that the cycle of annual anti-austerity...
by John Newsinger

Today when the working class is under sustained attack from the Tories, John Newsinger's new book on the class war in Britain is timely. Here he picks out the lessons from the explosive year of...

Culture clash
by Laura Miles
Just possibly readers of Socialist Review may not be acquainted with the Kardashians and so may also be unaware that one of the show’s participants, 1976 Olympic gold decathlete Bruce Jenner, now...


by Sabby Sagall
Sally Campbell is right to point out that Labour’s general election vote improved on the previous election for the first time since 1997, gaining nearly three quarters of a million votes (Why Did the...
by Paddy Nielsen
The interview in June’s SR, “Putting the Politics Back into Pride”, was a brilliant insight into how we can learn from previous struggles and use those lessons to fight against the Tories and...


by Ewa Jasiewicz and Rafel Sanchis

Socialist Review spoke to Ewa Jasiewicz and Rafel Sanchis of the Unite Hotel Workers Branch about organising in the hospitality industry


by Martin Empson

Next month is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. There will be official events, which combine just the right amount of sombreness with a celebration of the victory of “...

by Siobhan Brown

Not much is known about Lizzie Burns, the working class Irish woman who was also the partner of Friedrich Engels. Mrs Engels, Gavin McCrea’s debut novel, tries to fill in some gaps.


by Brian Richardson

All Involved, Ryan Gattis’s latest novel, is one of the most eagerly anticipated books of 2015. It is set in Los Angeles and begins on 29 April 1992, the day that a jury acquitted three LAPD...

by Lewis Nielsen

It is 75 years since Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was assassinated by a Stalinist agent in Mexico. Paul Le Blanc’s short biography provides an introduction to a life at the heart of the...

by Zak Cochrane

This novel tells the story of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976, while he was trying to organise a peace concert aimed at ending violence in Jamaica.

“The Singer”, as...

by Sarah Ensor

In 1968 three trawlers from Hull, the Kingston Peridot, St Romanus and Ross Cleveland, sank within days of each other in storms off Iceland, killing 58 men.

When news of the second sinking...

by Stuart Curlett

The project of “21st century socialism” that Hugo Chavez espoused in 2005 seems very distant in Latin America today.

What we see instead is rising inflation, suppression of wages,...

by Kate Abildgaard

The curator used to be a venerable character, caring for his cabinet of curiosities. From the mid-1990s the verb “to curate” came into common usage, and since then we have lived in what David...

by Jean Manuel

Tom Wall’s debut novel tells the story of a young man, Bill Rowe, who refuses to serve in the Second World War and is imprisoned for his conscientious objection.

The narrative moves back...

by Jack Blackett

In The Deeper Genome John Parrington argues that understanding the information coded in our genes is merely the start of understanding what makes us human. This goes against the prevailing view in...

by Bob Light

This is in so many ways a remarkable and important play. It is after all a world premiere of a major play, staged to mark the centenary of Arthur Miller, one of the great playwrights of the last...

Art / Exhibitions
by Saoirse Cox

It is impossible to separate Barbara Hepworth’s work from its method. Although she was far from the first artist to choose carving over other methods of sculpture, it remained a less popular and...

by Saba Shiraz aka Kali Rayt

This documentary will challenge everything anyone thought they knew about Amy Winehouse.

The tragic death of the English soul and jazz singer at the age of 27 in 2011 ended a talent that...

by Antony Hamilton

Dear White People comes out at a time when the issue of institutional racism in the US has exploded into the open. A wave of protest has forced the mainstream press to acknowledge that racism hasn...

by Rebecca Townesend

Documentary The Salt of the Earth introduces the career of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado. Born in 1944, he initially trained as an economist and this “equipped him with a…knowledge of…...

by Francesca Manning

This new series on Virginia Woolf is perhaps the most radical, and truthful, on-screen account of her life to date.

Refreshingly, the programme’s director, Simon Kaijser, does not portray...

by Roger Huddle

Jazz is a mercurial form of music. Separated from the mainstream by the stamp of “abstract obscurity”, it remains constantly changing and shifting.

Change is generated from the music’s...