Socialist Review issue

May 2002 #263

Imperialism and the Intifada

News

by Editorial

'The centre cannot hold.' This is the conclusion of the French presidential election, whose results sent shock-waves around the world.

by Jim Wolfreys

As polls closed after the first round of the French presidential election on 21 April exit polls were expected to confirm that the second round on...

Bush speech blunders - McDonalds sues complaining customers - US military fixes Star Wars tests

by Judith Orr

They came in their tens of thousands, young and old, black and white. Within hours of the news that Le Pen had come second in the first round of...

Can Le Pen's success be repeated in Britain? This is the big question as we go to press, with local elections only days away.

by Kevin Ovenden

Four years ago it all looked so different. Social Democratic parties had swept to office in all but three European Union states, in some cases, as...

by Paul Foot

A terrible squealing and squawking has been set up by the ruling class and their experts as they pretend to be 'shocked' by Gordon Brown's Budget...

Features

Feature
Birmingham Defend Council Housing

The Birmingham Defend Council Housing Campaign recall how they inflicted a serious defeat on New Labour.

Feature
Simon Assaf

Anger against Israel's murder of Palestinians has led to mass protests throughout the Middle East. Simon Assaf reports from Lebanon.

Feature
Solomon Hughes

The deadly arms trade between Britain, the US and Israel

Feature
Neve Gordon

Israeli peace activist Neve Gordon is shocked at the actions of a former fellow student.

Feature
Sabby Sagall

There was nothing generous in Israel's last offer to the Palestinians.

Feature
John Rose

A revolution throughout the Middle East is key to solving the problems of the Palestinians, argued John Rose in 1986. We reprint an extract from his pamphlet.

Feature
Tom Behan

Tom Behan looks at the growing working class struggle in Italy.

Feature
Keith Flett

May Day has long been a celebration of working class movements and struggle. Keith Flett looks at the radical history of international workers' day and how this can provide inspiration for today...

Feature
Jo Benefield

Report from a Marxist Forum in Bristol

Opinion

Columnists
by The Walrus

The rising cost of living and shortages of labour means London's workers now have more industrial power.

Columnists
by Chris Harman

As renewed political crisis sweeps Argentina, Chris Harman following a recent visit to the country argues there is a huge opening for the revolutionary left, provided it breaks from its sectarian...

Columnists
by Mike Gonzalez

Has the dream of the hippy commune now turned into a nightmare?

Columnists
by Pat Stack

Thatcher has at last agreed to shut up, although Tony Blair has now continued her legacy.

Interviews

by Yuri Prasad, by Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson spoke to Yuri Prasad about poetry, music and the fight against racism.

Letters

by Phil Butland

Alex Callinicos is right (April SR). Anti-capitalism is growing--and not just in Britain.

by Nick Savage

Alex Callinicos's article 'Unity in Diversity' (April SR) was a useful description of the relationship between revolutionaries and organisations such as Globalise Resistance and the Socialist...

by Alan Goatley

Recently 90 people were arrested in Johannesburg after a demonstration at the mayor's house. Some 49 are still held in prison, awaiting trial. The demonstration was built by the Soweto Electricity...

by Hugh Lowe

Regarding the Walrus article on pensions 'Move Over Darling' (April SR), I think the article is too detached from the struggle and has no clear class content. There are also some important...

by Richard Greeman

The Victor Serge Public Library has been functioning in Moscow for three years.

Reviews

Books
by Judith Orr

Review of 'Power Politics', Arundhati Roy, South End Press £7.99

Books
by John Newsinger

Review of 'The Scar', China Miéville, Macmillan £17.99

Books
by Beccy Reese

Review of 'Five Past Midnight in Bhopal', Dominique Lapierre, Simon and Schuster £17.99

Books
by Dave Renton

Review of 'The Wearing of the Green', Michael Herbert, IBRG £11.95

Books
by Hazel Croft

Review of 'Rethinking Welfare', Iain Ferguson, Michael Lavalette and Gerry Mooney, Sage £16.99

Books
by Fiona Prior

Review of 'At Swim, Two Boys', Jamie O'Neill, Scribner £19.99

Books
by Julian Goss

Review of 'Tigers of the Snow', Jonathan Neale, Little, Brown £18.99

Books
by Mark L Thomas

Review of 'Marx's Revenge', Meghnad Desai, Verso £19

Film
by Nicolai Gentchev

Review of 'No Man's Land', director Danis Tanovic

Theatre
by Sue Jones

Review of 'Shockheaded Peter' by Heinrich Hoffman, Albany Theatre, London

Theatre
by Karen Mee

Review of 'Richard III' by William Shakespeare, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Theatre
by Dave Beecham

Review of 'The Night Heron' by Jez Butterworth, Royal Court Theatre, London

Music
by Susan Ross

Review of 'Red Clydeside' by Alistair Hulett, Jump Up Records

Art / Exhibitions
by Emma Schad

Review of Artists Against the War

Art / Exhibitions
by Judy Cox

Review of 'The Invasion Handbook', Tom Paulin, Faber and Faber £12.99