Socialist Review issue

October 2018 #439

Can Labour grasp the moment


by Shaun Doherty
The Tory immigration policy is in a mess. They are caught in the bind between their “hostile environment” towards immigrants and the needs of their...
by Alan Gibson
Energy Company Cuadrilla could score a key victory for the government if it succeeds in starting fracking at its site at Little Plumpton, near...
by Sally Campbell
Workers in some (but not every) McDonald’s in ten US cities — Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando,...
by Åsa Hjalmers and Patrik Vulkan
The politics of the centre has come to an end. In last month’s election in Sweden both of the two main parties, the conservative Moderates and the...
by Abdulsalam Al-Kibdi

This is the story of 30 year old Abdulsalam Al-Kibdi, a Yemeni man who spent 13 years as a working migrant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, living with...

by Mirfat Sulaiman
Saudi Arabia has been leading the destruction of Yemen for the last three years, in the name of enforcing the rule of the corrupt and non-functional...


Shaun Doherty

The Tories’ Brexit troubles are escalating, with talk of an early general election returning. But can Corbyn’s Labour Party take advantage of the situation? Shaun Doherty investigates.

Christine Buchholz

Socialist Review spoke to left wing German MP Christine Buchholz about growing campaigns aimed at stopping the rise of the far-right

Adrian Budd

The recent centralisation of authority around Xi Jinping, and moves to reinforce conformity within Chinese society, have more to do with preparations to confront a host of emerging economic,...

Amy Leather

There has rightly been public outcry over the state of the oceans, with shocking images of sea creatures trapped in plastic bags. Amy Leather looks at how plastic developed as a by-product of...


by Brian Richardson
“Sadiq Khan’s Crime U-Turn” screamed the front page of the London Evening Standard on 19 September. The article’s subtitle added, “Mayor finally backs new public health approach we demanded”....
by Rena Niamh Smith

A handful of significant appointments of black designers and cover stars marks something of a change for the fashion industry, but racism is rooted in much deeper structural problems.

by John Newsinger
Many people have turned to George Orwell and his novel Nineteen Eighty Four for assistance in trying to understand the Trump presidency and its implications for both the US and the wider world. This...


by Lawrence Wong
Has the nationalism of the oppressed transformed itself into a nationalism of the oppressor? This is a question that flows from Simon Gilbert’s analysis of China and the national question (September...


by Saba Shiraz aka Kali Rayt

Celebrities often talk about themselves as if they’re among the most important people in the world. Rapper M.I.A is different. She has spent her career talking about some of the most marginalised...

by Shaun Doherty

The legacy of James Connolly, Ireland’s pre-eminent Marxist revolutionary, has been appropriated and sanitised by every political tradition including the Irish state to such an extent that his...

by Rebecca Townesend

Written in Chile in 1971 by Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart, How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic has had a troubled existence. Copies were burnt in Chile following...

by Simon Assaf

Rania Abouzeid represents that new generation of Arab, in this case Lebanese, journalists who in the years before the 2011 revolutions learned to view the region with a hard eye. They were unmoved...

by John Newsinger

Paul Hanebrink’s tremendous book could not be more timely. As he points out, we are in the middle of a “surge in political activity on the far-right in Europe and North America”. At...

by Mark Krantz

This book is written as a wake up call for the American ruling class. “If democracy cannot harness capitalism it runs the risk of subverting itself and giving way to neo-fascist regimes that will...

by Mirfat Sulaiman and Bridget Parson

The Battle of Brick Lane 1978 by AK Azad Konor tells the story of how a community was galvanised by the murder of a young Bangladeshi textile worker, Altab Ali, in a Whitechapel park in east...

Art / Exhibitions
by Vanley Burke

Known as the “Godfather of Black British Photography”, Vanley Burke was born in Jamaica and moved to Birmingham in 1965 at the age of 14. He spoke to Birmingham poet Kurly about his life, his...

by John Molyneux

“This is going to be harrowing”, I said to myself as I set out to see Black 47, the newly released film about the Irish Famine. In the event it was much less harrowing than I expected. Indeed...

by David Gilchrist

Having spent 20 years teaching, I thought that going to see a play about education might be a bit of a busman’s holiday. I was also worried that it might be rather like one of those programmes on...

by Mick Martin

In this new production by Bent Architect, the stories of revolutionary women who helped bring about the end of the First World War are explored through an imagined collaboration between radical...

Five Things Listing

The Clock by Christian Marclay
Tate Modern, London, until 20 January 2019...