Socialist Review issue

June 2018 #436

A victory for woman everywhere

News

by Simon Guy
Many around the world are celebrating the vote for abortion rights in Ireland. It has been a long time coming. The result is as exciting as the...
by Socialist Review
The political crisis in Italy, the third largest economy in the eurozone, intensified with the president Sergio Mattarella blocking the nominee of...
by Shaun Doherty
A demonstration of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), the far-right anti-immigrant party, in Berlin, Germany on 27 May was dramatically outnumbered...
by John Newsinger
President Donald Trump is ratcheting up the pressure against Iran, as well as elsewhere. Indeed, his election campaign was fought partly on the “bad...
by Simon Guy
Lecturers run amok The UCU union congress erupted in an argument when delegates dared to challenge their leadership using such weapons as democracy...

Features

Feature
Sinéad Kennedy, Judith Orr

The impact of the historic vote for abortion rights in Ireland last month was felt worldwide and is a real blow to the religious right. Socialist Review spoke to Sinéad Kennedy, Co-founder of the...

Feature
Ghada Karmi

Protesters demanding a right to return to their homes were attacked last month by snipers. Socialist Review spoke to Palestinian author and activist Ghada Karmi.

Feature
Mark L Thomas

Mark L Thomas assesses the state of the Labour party after the council ballots in early May which failed to deliver a decisive result for either side

Feature
Sally Kincaid

China’s economic success has improved the lives of some workers but also widened the gender and wealth gap. Sally Kincaid looks at what life has been like for women over the past 70 years since...

Feature
Joseph Choonara

A new book analyses the history of the British groups that have based their political strategies on the works of Leon Trotsky. Joseph Choonara looks at its strengths and contests its weaknesses....

Opinion

Opinion
by Brian Richardson
The rich man at his castle,/ The poor man at his gate;/ God made them high or lowly./ And ordered their estate. That was one of the verses of a popular hymn we used to sing when I was a child...
Opinion
by Steve Guy

In spring of 1918 the German military began an offensive against the allies called Operation Michael. Steve Guy details its impact on the strategy of allied forces and the tensions it led to...

Letters

by John Newsinger
The extraordinary nature of the alliance between Donald Trump and the evangelical right in the US was once again put on display at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Two evangelical pastors...
by Will Counsel
I read Peter Keighron’s letter, “Is Marxist theory on religion still relevant?” (April SR). I had to write an article recently about the Quaker families Fry and Cadbury and their chocolate...
by Terry Ward
Concerning Bob Light’s review of the subversive films of 1968 (May SR), I agree that Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers is a fantastic film, but not as impressive as his film Queimada (Burn! 1969), which...
by John Curtis
I disagree with Emma Davis’s call for tighter gun controls in the US (May SR). Firstly, anyone who is intent on killing does not need a gun — homemade bombs, Molotov cocktails, machetes and cars...

Reviews

Books
by Colm Bryce

This is an engrossing and readable account of the great sweep of rural revolts in England which more than lives up to its magnificent title.

The English countryside is usually presented to...

Books
by Naima Omar

French media and politicians are lining up to attack Maryam Pougetoux, president of the student union at the Sorbonne in Paris after she appeared in a documentary about student protests. Maryam is...

Books
by Alan Gibson

We are all profoundly mixed up genetically, and our ancestors were always moving. These are just two of the discoveries that David Reich presents in this exciting book about the ancient DNA...

Books
by Martin Empson

The 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth has produced plenty of articles and books discussing his legacy. Few of these have had any real clarity on Marx’s actual ideas. So it is refreshing to...

Books
by Patti McJones

Ever had the feeling that a shifting, hidden force is stealing your lifeforce in order to make millions (while you work ever harder just to make ends meet)? Aeron Davis confirms not only that this...

Books
by Jeff Jackson

In his monumental work, Weimar in Exile, Jean-Michel Palmier powerfully evokes the huge sense of loss, displacement and trauma that artists, writers and intellectuals faced when they were forced...

Books
by Mark Krantz

As well as being one of the most significant literary figures on the left in the 20th century George Orwell was also a broadcaster, a columnist, a poet, an essayist, a war correspondent — and a...

Books
by David Gilchrist

Geographer Danny Dorling quotes that in an 1879 testimony to a select committee of the British parliament one petitioner said, “Geography, sir, is ruinous in its effects on the lower classes....

Books
by Richard Rose

The second bestselling book ever written, The Communist Manifesto, has had an enormous impact on millions of people around the world. Pithy, powerful, packed with striking verbal images and...

Film
by Mark Brown

Set in contemporary Germany and Greece, In the Fade, the latest film from Hamburg-born filmmaker Fatih Akin, is a chilling exploration of European neo-Nazism as seen through one woman’s...

TV / DVD
by Sophie Squire

The Handmaid’s Tale is back for a second season after a wildly popular and dramatic first. The first season ended with June (Elisabeth Moss) being bundled into a van, to an uncertain fate. The...

Art / Exhibitions
by Mike Grisenthwaite

Double Fantasy is an exhibition showing the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words, personal photographs, artefacts, music and art. The exhibition focuses on the tumultuous years of...

Theatre
by Stuart Curlett

I was initially disappointed to notice no real celebrations of Karl Marx at 200 years old in Brighton this year — until I came across this wonderful piece of theatre, not very well advertised but...

Five Things Listing

War and Life
Tate Britain
There are two great exhibitions both showing at the Tate Britain. Aftermath: Art...

Culture
by Noel Halifax

The death has been announced of two of the bastions of the pop art movement, the artist Robert Indiana and the magazine Interview. Together they signal the final collapse of an art movement born...