Socialist Review issue

November 2017 #429

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Catalonia

News

by Simon Guy
There have been growing signs that forces on the far right are reorganising and making gains of late. The idea you could go to protest racism and...
by Andy Brown, by Simon Shaw
The refugee crisis has not gone away and the need for solidarity and aid is as great as ever. The destruction of the the “Jungle” last autumn,...

Features

Feature
Héctor Sierra

The Spanish state’s violent response to the Catalan independence referendum last month was shocking, writes Héctor Sierra, but now is the time for the left to take a lead.

Feature
Iain Ferguson

Author Iain Ferguson spoke to Socialist Review about his new book, Politics of the Mind

Feature
Jan Nielsen

John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World is the best known eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution, but he was accompanied on his visit in 1918. Jan Nielsen tells the story of Louise Bryant...

Feature
Delia Hutchings

There is a long history of Irish workers organising alongside their English comrades and of anti-Irish feeling dividing the working class. One hundred and fifty years ago three Irish men were...

Feature
Rob Ferguson

How should we define mass violence, such as that against the Rohingya? Rob Ferguson raises questions about the terms ethnic cleansing and genocide.

Opinion

Comment
by John Newsinger

It is important that we remember the war that created the belligerent North Korean regime, writes John Newsinger, and that Britain's Labour government supported it at the time, though the public...

Letters

by Laura Miles
In response to Sally Campbell’s article on the Gender Recognition Act Kristina Harrison makes some interesting points (Feedback, October SR) but I think some of her arguments are flawed. She...
by Susan Rosenthal
I agree completely with Sally Campbell’s argument with regard to transgender rights (September SR). However, the article needed a stronger last sentence. It’s not just that “There is no evidence...
by Alan Gibson
Even the UK’s most stolid institutions are waking up to the fact that, post-Grenfell, things are changing. Rather than award its annual top gong to someone responsible for designing a posh museum,...
by Phil Webster
The SWP is quite right to support the right of the people of Catalonia to determine their own future. Most of the mainstream media frames the question as “Should Catalonia break away from Spain?” In...
by Colin Crilly
The survival of many of our hospital services in South West London is at a critical stage, and the government (with complicity from local management and Clinical Commissioning Groups) is taking them...
by Jill Chanter
John Parrington (Letters, SR October) argues that a greater emphasis should be placed on the role of biology in order to understand why some individuals develop schizophrenia. John criticises Oliver...

Reviews

Books
by Alan Gibbons

Writer and campaigner Alan Gibbons spoke to Socialist Review about his latest novel, Winds of October

Books
by Shaun Doherty

The dominant narrative in Northern Irish politics from both imperialist and nationalist perspectives is the existence of two tribes with separate and incompatible interests. We have argued that...

Books
by Pam Corr

This is an autobiography of Chris Searle, who was inspired by poetry, especially by the East End (of London) poet Isaac Rosenberg. More than that, he inspired children, teenagers and working class...

Books
by Sheila McGregor

2017 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Volume 1 of Capital and David Harvey rightly wants to commemorate this with a reassertion of the importance of Marx’s writings on political...

Books
by Geoff Brown

In today’s fight for the right of free movement, countering racist myths is at the heart of our task. We need to know the history of migration and this well written, easy to read book can help. It...

Books
by Glyn Robbins

This is a collection of 24 short articles covering different, but interlinked, aspects of austerity. Perhaps the book’s most important contribution is to describe recent and current government...

Theatre
by Peter Robinson

This is the first production at the Bridge, a brand new commercial theatre founded by Nicholas Hytner, formerly of the National Theatre. Hytner has commissioned a new farce from Richard Bean,...

Books
by Margaret Woods

This book examines the present state of Europe and its relationship with America at what the author sees as a crucial time for the world. His perception is that with the EU in possible danger of...

Books
by Alan Gibson

The question on the book’s jacket, “Whatever happened to British protest?” is silly, particularly given the 20 marvellous incidents it records. But don’t let that put you off a really good...

Books
by Tony Phillips

The republishing of this key work by one of the 20th century’s most important Marxist thinkers is very welcome. This is CLR James’s first book, originally published in 1937. James provided the...

Art / Exhibitions
by Gareth Jenkins

Any attempt to root opera in a broader social, political and cultural context is to be welcomed. The leitmotiv (so to speak) of this new exhibition, staged in collaboration with the Royal Opera...

Art / Exhibitions
by Christine Lewis

Käthe Kollwitz was a leading German artist, whose work spanned the end of the 19th century and both World Wars.

Not as well known in Britain as her male contempories Otto Dix and George...

Film
by Shirin Hirsch

Mudbound is a film about war, racism, brutality and change. It is also a film about family, love and work. With great performances from the cast which includes Carey Mulligan and Mary J Blige, the...

Film
by Sally Campbell

Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a renowned heart surgeon, lives with his wife, Anna (Nicole Kidman), and their teenage daughter and young son, Kim and Bob. They are wealthy, polite and apparently...

TV / DVD
by Esme Choonara

Sathnam’s mum has found him a nice Sikh woman who she assures him looks just like Kylie Minogue. Or maybe he would like the one who allegedly resembles Cheryl Cole. Meanwhile, however, Sathnam is...

Music
by James Pettefar

You’ve got to hand it to Enter Shikari, these four friends from Hatfield. Few bands from the British alternative scene have managed to achieve such dizzying heights of acclaim and success while...

Five Things Listing

The Tin Drum
Bristol Old Vic; Truro’s Hall for Cornwall and Shoreditch Town Hall in November

Gunther...