Socialist Review issue

June 2003 #275

Young, gifted and abck

News

by Editorial

Whatever happened to the 'Baghdad bounce?'

by Nicolai Gentchev

Tony Blair's government was due to announce the result of the Treasury's 'five economic tests on the euro' on 9 June, after bitter rows within New...

Supermarket labelling - Saddam Hussein's banjo sold on the internet - CBI's fat cat jargon - Tory website bargains

by Paul Foot

The last time there was a crisis in the international stockmarket they made a film about it.

by Fran Cetti

Although Britain hosts just 2 percent of the world's refugees - 0.3 percent of its population - the asylum debate is imbued with a dangerous...

by Andrew Stone

Education minister Charles Clarke's idea of school life as a 'magical experience' is not one that many school students - or their teachers or...

Features

Feature
Rob Hoveman

Cabinet resignations, backbench rebellions and increasing public anger are all making life difficult for the government. Rob Hoveman views the prospects for the left.

Feature
Carlo Morelli, Joe Hartney, Mike Gonzalez, Michael Lavalette

Carlo Morelli, Joe Hartney and Mike Gonzalez examine the success of the Scottish socialists, while Michael Lavalette explains how he won in Preston.

Feature
Jim Wolfreys

Although in the May 2003 local elections the British National Party (BNP) achieved the biggest fascist vote since the late 1970s - its 221 candidates polled around 100,000 votes - it failed to...

Feature
Martin Smith

There is a golden opportunity for the trade union movement to revitalise itself, and rebuilding grassroots networks is the key.

Feature
Bryan Masters

Bryan Masters pays tribute to cameraman James Miller who was killed in Gaza last month.

Feature
Phil Marshall

Anger against Mubarak's regime is growing.

Feature
Tony Cliff

The third volume of Tony Cliff's selected writings is now available and contains this extract on the family, first published in 1984.

Feature
Lindsey German

Lindsey German celebrates the re-release of 'The Leopard', the classic film about the conflict between the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie during the creation of Italy.

Opinion

Columnists
by Martin Empson

'It's been said that dreams are our road maps to the future. If so, where are we headed?' So starts the 'About Us' section of the Common Dreams website, www....

Columnists
by The Walrus

The only way to win a union election is to berate New Labour.

Columnists
by Chris Harman

The recent election in Argentina teaches us lessons on how to organise.

Columnists
by Mike Gonzalez

Socialism without freedom is not worthy of the name.

Columnists
by Pat Stack

Britain's filthy role in Northern Ireland is exposed by the Stakeknife affair.

Letters

by Dan Mayer

Graeme Kemp and Alan Woodward (Letters, May SR) raise a number of interesting questions about the nature of workers' democracy.

by Ian Birchall

Graeme Kemp and Alan Woodward (May SR) are quite right that my short piece on workers' democracy (April SR) left many questions unresolved.

by Simon Basketter

John Rees's article (May SR) should be a starting point for an active debate about the tasks for socialists in the coming months.

Interviews

by Haifa Zangana, by Noori Bashir, by Hani Lazim

We interview three Iraqi activists about the current situation there.

Reviews

Books
by Martin Smith

Review of 'Reefer Madness', Eric Schlosser, Penguin £10.99

Books
by Solomon Hughes

Review of 'Power Failure', Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins, Aurum Press £14.99

Books
by Mubin Haq

Review of 'Race and Revolution', Max Shachtman, Verso £14

Books
by Andrew Stone

Review of 'Red Sky at Night', eds. Andy Croft and Adrian Mitchell, Five Leaves £9.99

Books
by Chanie Rosenberg

Review of 'The Country Under My Skin', Gioconda Belli, Bloomsbury £7.99

Books
by Chris Bambery

Review of 'The French and Italian Communist Parties', Cyrille Guiat, Frank Cass £39.50

Books
by Nick Grant

Review of 'Shooting People', Sam Brenton and Reuben Cohen, Verso £12

Books
by Chris Nineham

Review of 'One No, Many Yeses', Paul Kingsnorth, The Free Press £10

Film
by Joseph Choonara

Review of 'Matrix Reloaded', directors Larry and Andy Wachowski

Film
by Chanie Rosenberg

Review of 'To Kill a King', director Mike Barker

Film
by Tom Wall

Review of 'Lilya 4-Ever', director Lukas Moodysson

Film
by Nigel Davey

Review of 'Max', director Menno Meyers

Theatre
by Shaun Doherty

Review of 'Henry V', director Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre, London

Opera
by Sabby Sagall

Review of 'Jerry Springer: The Opera', director Stewart Lee, National Theatre, London