Socialist Review issue

May 2008 #325

1968: The year the world caught fire


by Almuth Ernsting

As of 15 April, all petrol and diesel sold at British filling stations has to be blended with biofuels.

by Annabelle Williams

Campaigners have won a landmark legal case against the government over the halting of an investigation into allegedly corrupt arms deals with...

by Patrick Ward

When Ken Livingstone lobbied for the 2012 Olympics he argued that the resulting investment was needed desperately by east London, as it had seen...

by Joseph Choonara

In April the International Monetary Fund dubbed the growing economic crisis "the largest financial shock since the Great Depression", leading to a...

by Patrick Ward

Tesco in Thailand is suing a columnist for suggesting the supermarket chain "doesn't love Thais".

by Patrick Ward

The average Londoner is captured some 300 times a day on CCTV cameras.


Chris Harman, and others

The events of 1968 inspired a generation and shaped struggles around the world for years to come. Chris Harman, a student activist at the time, looks back at this tumultuous year

Hossam el-Hamalawy

What impact has the recent strike wave and protest had on Egyptian society? Egyptian revolutionary socialist Hossam el-Hamalawy argues that the struggles of the working class are central to the...

Hsiao-Hung Pai

The deaths of 23 Chinese cockle pickers in 2004 exposed the appalling working conditions of thousands of migrants in Britain. Hsiao-Hung Pai, author of a new book, Chinese Whispers,...

Ilan Pappe

Sixty years ago half of Palestine's population was expelled when the state of Israel was created. Acclaimed anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappe looks at the legacy of the Nazi persecution of Jews,...

Sabby Sagall

Sabby Sagall recently visited Palestine as part of a twinning project. Here he describes the daily struggles of Palestinians as they continue to resist the Israeli occupation.


Letter from
by Phil Rushton

April saw the right deal a devastating blow in the Italian elections. Phil Rushton looks at the reasons for the defeat and how the left can rebuild

In my view column
by Dahr Jamail

When a journalist decides to "embed" they can only report on the unit they are with. They see what the unit sees, and limit themselves to what the military decides they will see.

Union-made column
by Pat Carmody

Every night, all around the country, in the 21st century factories known as call centres, some 750,000 workers will breathe a collective sigh of relief as they get the signal that their shift has...

Culture column
by Martin Smith

In their quest to see some of the best views of San Francisco, tourists dive into the lift that takes them to the top of the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill and rush past a foyer full of beautiful...

A-Z of Socialism
by Dan Mayer

There have been many revolutionary upheavals in the past century, each one unleashing the huge creative energy of millions of people.


by Amanda Logan

I was interested to read Back On Track (Feature, Socialist Review, April 2008) about the effects of...

by Elane Heffernan

Martin Smith rescues the working class - of all ethnic backgrounds - from the garbage of the BBC's White Season (Feature, Socialist Review,...

by Michael Lavalette

Last month's article on Islamophobia (Feature, Socialist Review, April 2008) was an important counter to anti...

by Asya Stolberg

Your review of Happy Go Lucky (Culture, Socialist Review, April 2008) wasn't hard enough, but thank...


by John Molyneux

Chris Harman, Bookmarks, £5 (special price)

by Anne Alexander

Patrick Cockburn, Faber and Faber, £16.99

by Charlotte Bence

Parag Khanna, Allen Lane, £25

by Kevin Devine

Ed Moloney, Poolberg Press, £13.99

by Ingrid Lamprecht

Fadhil al-Azzawi, AUC Press, £10.99

by Charlie Hore

Floris-Jan van Luyn, The New Press, £21.99

by Ian Allinson

Eds: Andreas Bieler, Ingemar Lindberg and Devan Pillay, Pluto Press, £19.99

by Nick Howard

Philip Hensher, Fourth Estate, £17.99

by Andrew Stone

Nick Turse, Faber and Faber, £16.99

by Esme Choonara

Ronan Bennett, Bloomsbury, £7.99

by Christophe Chataigné

Victor Serge, New York Review of Books, £9.99


World food system - war on terror novel - Pullman prequel - graphic Kafka

by Nick Grant

Mike Cole, Routledge £24.99

by Emma Bircham

Director: Barbet Schroeder; Release date: 16 May

by Stewart Halforty

Director: Kimberly Peirce; Release date: out now

by Alys Zaerin

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi; Release date: out now

by Patrick Ward

Director: Morgan Spurlock; Release date: 9 May

by Jacqui Freeman

Director: Nadine Labaki; Release date: 16 May

Five Things Listing

1968 - anti-racist carnival - Naomi Klein - 60s radical prints - Liverpool culture fest