Socialist Review issue

September 2013 #383



by Mark L Thomas

The US attack on Syria is haunted by the ghost of Iraq.

First World War Chemical weapons were deployed for the first time in warfare. Chlorine and phosgene gases were released from canisters and dispersed...
by Ken Montague
The growing resistance to fracking - the "hydraulic fracturing" of deep level shale rocks to extract natural gas - promises to reignite the climate...


Talat Ahmed

How we can resist attempts by the state to foster anti-Muslim hatred.

Philip Marfleet

The 30 June military coup marks the gathering strength of the counter-revolution in Egypt.

Thanasis Kampagiannis

Socialist Review interviewed Thanasis Kampagiannis, a member of the Greek Socialist Workers Party (SEK), about the political situation in Greece, the moves to the right by Syriza and the prospects...

Kevin Devine

One hundred years ago thousands of workers took part in what became known as the Great Dublin Lockout.

James Connolly

The revolutionary socialist James Connolly played a key role in the Dublin Lockout, taking over the leadership of the ITWU when Larkin was arrested. He wrote this article in the British socialist...


In my view column
by Alan Gibson

Alan Gibson looks at the wave of anti-immigrant racism that has been marked by the "Go Home" vans and UK Border Agency raids at London tube stations.

In my view column
by Martin Upchurch
An examination of the contemporary British workplace reveals that all is not well. Workers tell a story of increasing pressure to meet targets, longer working hours and constant surveillance....
Culture column
by Jeff Jackson
"I had never seen such a land, and didn't think there were such lands." Vladimir Mayakovsky The Mexican Revolution that began in 1910 when Emiliano Zapata launched his land reform known as the...


by Dick Pole
Following on from Tom Hickey's article on the growing campaign for a boycott of Israel (Feature, Socialist Review, July/August), I thought readers would be interested to learn of a major success on...


by Maxine Peake, by Pat Carmody

Maxine Peake recently performed Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy to sell-out audiences. She talks to Socialist Review's Pat Carmody about the poem and her new radio play about a 1993 colliery...


Classic reads
by Tim Knight-Hughes

Many people still associate socialism and especially Marx's version of socialism with the brutal Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union.

Tony Cliff's book State Capitalism in Russia has...

by Kate Hurford

Say It Loud! is a must-have book for all socialists, anti-racists and anti-fascists.

In the first chapter the book offers a Marxist analysis of where racism comes from and how and why it is...

by John Newsinger

Frank Ledwidge is not a left wing anti-imperialist. Indeed in his new book he actually laments that the RAF did not play a larger role in the recent bombing of Libya. Apparently, the Danes carried...

by Michael Lavalette

This edited collection brings a number of writers together to consider the impact of the 2012 Olympic Games on Britain.

Edited by Mark Perryman, of Philosophy Football, it gathers essays...

by Amy Leather

Dellarobia is a frustrated young mother and housewife. Married at 17 after accidently becoming pregnant, ten years on she is living on a run down farm in the Appalachian Mountains, spending her...

by Roger Cox

Mike Gonzalez will be no stranger to readers of this publication as a writer on the politics of Latin America and its diverse cultures. In this new book Mike and Marianella Yanes seek to explain...

by Tomas Tengely-Evans

This September marks the fifth anniversary of the collapse of Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers. It is now over half a decade since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, but the...

by Peter Dwyer

Over the summer most of us will have been unable to ignore the tennis at Wimbledon, the IAAF athletics World Championships in Moscow and the start of the football season in August. During this...

by Mark L Thomas

Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser's novel about the arrival and subsequent fate of Caroline Meeber, a young country girl in Chicago in 1889, marked a dramatic departure in American fiction. It was...

by Brian Richardson

For many people on the left and in black communities, the Stuart Hall that we care about is not the disgraced "It's a Knockout" presenter. Instead, the man who enthralled us is one of the foremost...

by Emma Davis

Although Any Day Now takes place in Brooklyn in the 1970s, the issues of LGBT and disabled people's oppression that it raises are as relevant today as they were then. On the back of the LGBT...

by Ruairi O'Neill

Good Vibrations is the story of Belfast's "Godfather of punk" Terri Hooley. On the most bombed street in Western Europe, Hooley set up an "alternative Ulster" in his record shop Good Vibrations....

by Keith McKenna

Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is often at its most impressive when giving a voice to those suffering injustice.

Michael Milligan has been touring the US with Mercy Killers, a...