Socialist Review issue

November 2012 #374

One divided nation


by Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal
The weekend running up to 20 October was a calamitous one for the Tories. It began when their chief whip, Andrew Mitchell, was forced to resign in...
by Mark L Thomas
Spreading the pain The economic crisis is having a more pronounced and more protracted impact on living standards than either the recession of the...
by Estelle Cooch
During the culmination of the American presidential debates the world bore witness to a bizarre, but revealing, foreign policy battle between Barack...


Mark L Thomas

At Labour's annual conference Ed Miliband claimed his party could unite Britain as "one nation". Mark L Thomas looks at the reality of Labour's arguments for a responsible capitalism

Joel Sans Molas

Spain has seen increasing calls for independence for Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, alongside strikes and protests. Joel Sans Molas argues that economic turmoil and austerity are...

Gareth Jenkins

The controversy about Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses in 1989 revealed the hypocrisy of the ruling class and stoked Islamophobia. But, argues Gareth Jenkins, Rushdie's new memoir reveals...

Saba Shiraz aka Kali Rayt, Estelle Cooch, Ibrahim Shikaki

Saba Shiraz and Estelle Cooch spoke to economist and East Jerusalem activist Ibrahim Shikaki about the recent protests in the West Bank and the impact of the Arab Spring on Palestine


In my view column
by Kevin Devine

The news that Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port is to move to a four-day week, albeit with no cut in basic working hours, highlights the predicament facing the UK motor industry. The industry appeared to...

In perspective column
by Martin Empson

The publication of Silent Spring 50 years ago in September 1962 caused shockwaves through an America dominated by the belief that, through technology, humans could dominate nature in their own...

Revolutionary Lessons
by Kevin Best

Companies still rely on states to protect their profits

Complex supply chains give groups of workers a lot of power to halt production


Israel-funded artists are not independent Mike Orr was spot on in his column about the forthcoming tour of the UK by the Batsheva Dance Ensemble (Don't dance with Israeli apartheid, Socialist...


by Paul Blackledge

When he died last month, Eric Hobsbawm left behind a superb body of work explaining and criticising the development of capitalism - but his Stalinist-influenced politics nonetheless affected his...


by Aamna Mohdin, by Jamie Woodcock

After a six-month strike students in Quebec celebrated a victory last month when the new Parti Quebecois government announced it would reverse a planned tuition fees hike. The new government also...


by Anindya Bhattacharyya

Alain Badiou

by Jack Farmer

JK Rowling

by Nicola Ginsburgh

Matthew Carr

by Barry Pavier

Nirmalangshu Mukherji

by Ruth Lorimer

Barbara Kingsolver

by Susie Helme

Recorded history in the Caribbean islands begins with slavery, when Christopher Columbus "discovered" that superior military technology would enable his soldiers to violently exploit the native...

by Miriam Scharf

Patrick Tyler

Classic reads
by Sophie Smith-Rudge

Alan Sillitoe

by Dave Gibson

Woody Guthrie was born on 14 July 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. He died in 1967 in relative obscurity, having been hospitalised for the last 15 years of his life. Yet his music continues to be an...

by Louis Bayman

Frankenweenie, Great Expectations, Argo, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Midnight's Children, Ginger and Rosa, No, Amour, The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, The Central Park Five, Free Angela and All...

by Ken Olende

Directors Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Release date: 2 November

by Ayodele Jabbaar

Writer Lolita Chakrabarti

At the Tricycle Theatre, London, until 24 November

Art / Exhibitions
by Socialist Review

Syrian revolutionaries are using every weapon at their disposal to resist the regime of Bashar al-Assad - including cartoons. In the comic strip reproduced above, Bashar al-Assad tickles the...