Socialist Review issue

October 2015 #406

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by Iain Ferguson
August saw the launch in Scotland of RISE (Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism), a new left alliance initiated by activists from...
by John Molyneux
The radical left in Ireland has formed an alliance to field 40 candidates for the general election set for April 2016. The two main forces on the...
by Phil Turner
A fantastic show of strength and unity in Rotherham against the fascist Britain First last month showed how things are changing in the fight against...

Syriza held onto office in the snap elections on 20 September. Here we publish excerpts from the post-election statement of the Greek Socialist...


Shaun Doherty

Jeremy Corbyn's crushing victory over the Blairites sent the Establishment reeling. We must organise to defend him and, even more importantly, the principles he was elected on, writes Shaun...

Sally Campbell

Many socialists will consider joining Corbyn's party to defend him, but is it the right move for revolutionaries, asks Sally Campbell.

Anne Alexander

The crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by general Sisi's counter-revolutionary regime has generated much debate on the Egyptian left about how to relate to Islamists. Anne Alexander argues that...

John Sinha

International big business aims to smash barriers to higher profits. John Sinha explains what is actually at stake if TTIP passes.

Heike Schaumberg

Last month Heike Schaumberg looked at Argentina's 2001 neoliberal crisis and the uprising that followed it. With a general election approaching and a Trotskyist on the presidential ballot, she...

John Parrington

Is it the DNA we are born with or our environment that determines how we act? John Parrington, author of The Deeper Genome, looks beyond this false dichotomy to a dialectical approach.


by Ken Montague
In 2009 a group of British trade unionists involved in the Campaign against Climate Change won the backing of four unions — CWU, PCS, TSSA and UCU — to publish a pamphlet, One Million Climate Jobs...
In perspective column
by Joseph Choonara

The debate continues on how best to be an internationalist in the run up to the EU referendum.

Letter from
by Christine Buchholz

Christine Buchholz, socialist MP and member of die Linke, reports on the refugee "crisis" in Germany.

In my view column
by Brian Richardson

Colonial oppression continued after the abolition of slavery - and so did the struggles against it. Brian Richardson commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica.


by Simon Andrewes
The key point that James Anderson makes in his article (“EU referendum: Better to stay and fight”, September SR) is that a socialist party’s stance on the EU cannot be drawn directly from socialist...
by Steve Wilkins
We were for a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum not because we believed that independence was inherently progressive but because it would break up the British imperialist state and weaken our...
by Lucretia Packham
It was refreshing to read Susan Rosenthal’s article about Freud (July/August SR). To have Freudian theories placed squarely in a context of capitalist ideology is illuminating. It was not...
by Chris Lymn
When Noel Halifax writes that the Bomber Command monument was for its “work on Dresden and similar mass raids on German cities” (September SR) I am going to be generous and hope he was tired. In...


by Andy Brown

The rise of Podemos as an electoral force in the Spanish state is tremendously important. It has existed for a mere 18 months and in that time has rocked the political system to its very core....

by Esme Choonara

Submission is an irredeemably joyless novel steeped in misogyny and lazy stereotypes of Islam. Reviews on the cover promise that it will be “extraordinary” (Le Monde), “electrifying” (Spectator)...

by Chris Newlove

This book shows how Syriza went from 5 percent in 2007 to the government of Greece by resolutely opposing austerity and by calling for a “government of the left”.

Ovenden illustrates that...

by Ken Olende

A number of people have written recently trying to explain the growth of the Islamist group known as Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. Many over-simplify the issues involved.


by Kulsoom Mall

Reading Fanon never fails to put revolutionary spirits on a high. He was one of the leading theorists of postcolonial studies in the last century and the psychiatrist, philosopher and radical...

by Claire Fermont

The “woman question” is crucial in the battle for social justice. So argued Mary Wollstonecraft in 1791 in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

It remains one of the clearest...

by Rahul Patel

It is London in the hot and bright July days of 1985. Margaret Thatcher and the British state have just defeated the miners after a year long bitter struggle and gradually taking over the airwaves...

by Jay Williams

The Year of the Runaways is a very timely novel depicting the lives of Indian immigrants and the dynamics which force people into risking their lives to travel to an alien society.


by Gary McFarlane

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense represents the high point of the struggle for black liberation in the US. The story of the party’s founding by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in Oakland...

Art / Exhibitions
by Rebecca Townesend

This is a thrilling, colourful and challenging exhibition. It succeeds in demolishing any idea that the pop art movement of the 1960s and 1970s was a US and UK phenomenon produced largely by men...

by Mary Brodbin

Maud (Carey Mulligan) is leading an impoverished life in the East End of London in 1912. She works in an industrial laundry where noxious fumes and scalding water ensure daily accidents. Her boss...

by Antony Hamilton

Having watched Dogtooth a few years ago I was pretty excited to see what Yorgos Lanthimos did next. The Lobster proves to be just as strange, brutal and confusing.

The film is a brilliant...

by Sasha Simic

Russian director Aleksei German’s last film Hard to Be a God (2014) is an adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s 1964 novel of the same name.

The Strugatskys were Russian brothers who...

by Marianne Owens

“We are Bikini Kill, and we want revolution girl style, now”, screamed lead singer Kathleen Hanna on the band’s 1991 debut album, announcing the Riot Grrrl movement had arrived.


by Jenny Leow

“Are there any jokes? No,” says Stewart Lee midway through his new show A Room with a Stew, and he’s telling the truth. There aren’t any jokes as such.

But there is surreal, vivid imagery...

by Sabby Sagall

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is no ordinary musical ensemble. Founded in 1999 by Argentian/Israeli pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian author and academic Edward Said,...