Socialist Review issue

June 2009 #337

The best democracy money can buy


by Phil Rushton

The impact of the economic crisis is heightening tensions in Italy and sharpening the need to reconstruct a political opposition to Silvio...

by Patrick Ward

The Territorial Support Group (TSG) - the "public order" section of the London Metropolitan police - has been accused of 159 assaults over the...

by Jennifer Jones

Last month the mainstream press reported on Romanian born student Alina Percea who "auctioned" her virginity on a website so that she could "...

by Dan Mayer

The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) has reconquered all of the areas previously held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

by Patrick Ward

With politicians jumping over one another to claim that they are steering the world back to economic recovery, there are still few indicators that...

by Patrick Ward

Voters in the European elections were urged to punish the "greedy Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem MPs" by UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader...


Michael Lavalette

As workers lose their jobs and homes because of the recession, MPs from all the main parties have been caught on a spending spree with taxpayers' money. Michael Lavalette, a socialist councillor...

Valerie Wise

Valerie Wise was a political assistant to her mother, left wing Labour MP Audrey Wise, on two occasions between 1977 and 1979 and between 1987 and 2000. She talked to Socialist Review about...

Geoff Brown, Asim Jaan

Recent attacks on the Swat region of Pakistan have caused a deep political crisis in the country. Geoff Brown looks at the situation and talks with Asim Jaan, a socialist based in Karachi, about...

Kevin Devine

The global car industry has been rocked by the recession, thousands of jobs have gone and many thousands more are threatened. Kevin Devine reports on how bosses' attempts to save their profits...

Dave Crouch

The rise of blogging, "citizen journalism" and free online content has been held as partly responsible for the demise of the newspaper industry. Dave Crouch argues the media corporations' greed is...


Letter from
by Bassem Chit

What are the forces in this month's election and what are the prospects for the left? Bassem Chit reports

In my view column
by Lindsey German

There is nothing that well paid commentators and writers like more than being able to expose what they see as hypocrisy from the left.

In my view column
by Dipankar Bhattacharya

What does the Congress party victory in India's recent elections mean for the struggle against neoliberalism?

Culture column
by Luke Stobart

Luke Stobart is looking forward to the BFI Southbank film season on the Spanish Civil War

A-Z of Socialism
by Christian Høgsbjerg

Xenophobia - literally fear and loathing of "the alien", "the stranger", "the foreigner" - has enjoyed a long if inglorious past, not least in Britain.


by Sadia Jabeen

In light of the current economic crisis and the political situation, it would appear that the fascist British National Party (BNP) are gaining popularity in a big way (...

by Linda Bartle

When we finally won the redundancy money we fought for we called off our 24-hour picket. Our last day was good, but...


by Mike Gonzalez, by Marianella Yanes

Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes pay homage to the founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal, who died last month


by Martin Smith

Director Ken Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty talk to Martin Smith about their new film Looking for Eric and looking for a new left

by Charlie Kimber

In his new book Mahmood Mamdani puts the war in Darfur in historical context and challenges the Save Darfur Coalition's characterisation of the conflict and its call for international intervention...


by Neil Davidson

Terry Eagleton, Yale University Press; £18.99

by Andrew Stone

Bertrand M Patenaude, Faber & Faber; £20

by John Parrington

André Pichot, Verso; £19.99

by Rachel Eborall

Kevin Doogan, Polity Press; £16.99

by Pat Stack

Richard Vinen, Simon & Schuster; £20

by Simon Basketter

Clair Wills, Profile Books; £15.99

by Viv Smith

China Miéville, Macmillan; £17.99

by Sasha Simic

Hilary Mantel, Fourth Estate; £18.99

by Colin Wilson

Alex Ross, Harper Perennial; £14.99

by Louis Bayman

Nathan Gardels and Mike Medavoy, Wiley-Blackwell; £17.99


Blackest Streets - Most Wanted Man - We saw Spain die - Underpants

by Gareth Jenkins

Director: Andrzej Wajda; Release date: 19 June

by Pete Segal

Director: Lance Daly; Release date: 5 June

by Christophe Chataigné

Kronos Quartet

Five Things Listing

Radical Nature - Slumdog - Milk - Edinburgh Film Festival - Ornette Coleman