Socialist Review issue

September 2019 #449

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Break the Tories on the streets


by Sally Campbell
Boris Johnson’s apparently sudden decision to close down parliament for five weeks as Britain approaches the Brexit deadline provoked outrage from (...
by Rena Niamh Smith
Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have announced plans to shut down London Fashion Week (LFW) this month to raise awareness for climate change...
by Rory Anderson
The independence movement has found an unlikely ally in the breakup of the British state — Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell. Scottish...


Ian Taylor

Boris Johnson, within weeks of taking over as (unelected) prime minister, has outraged everyone by suspending parliament in the run-up to the Brexit deadline. Ian Taylor analyses the forces at...

Amy Leather

In the first of a series on food and the climate crisis, Amy Leather explains how capitalist agriculture has shaped our diet and the planet.

Lam Chi Leung

We asked local activist Lam Chi Leung about the character of the protesters and how their demands are developing.

Kevin Lin

In a sobering and detailed analysis, Kevin Lin speaks to Adrian Budd about the resilience of workers’ struggles in China, despite fierce state repression.


by Clare Lemlich

A tide of racism and violence is sweeping the US, but there is also resistance, reports Clare Lemlich.

by Brian Richardson

The prime minister, like many before him, has advocated greater police numbers and increased stop and search powers. This approach won’t tackle the issues fuelling violent crime, writes Brian...

by Joseph Choonara

The plight of the Kashmiris has long roots, stretching back to the end of Empire and the division of India after the Second World War.

US president Woodrow Wilson celebrating the signing of the Treaty of Versailles
by Steve Guy

The Treaty of Versailles was a vicious project, during which the Great Powers prioritised their own imperialist interests over the rhetoric of a “just and lasting peace”. Steve Guy looks at its...


by Nicola Field
Bethan Turner’s excellent article (“We don’t do well in times of reaction”, July/August SR) focused on the frightening increase in attacks on LGBTQ+ people and explained how LGBTQ+ rights are being...
by Dave Lyddon
I agree with Sabby Sagall’s sentiment that the “greater the confidence among workers, the greater the potential for unity against racism” (July/August SR). But his account of the highs and lows of...
by Mike McGrath
Martin Empson (“Are there too many people on the planet?” July/August SR) skewers the argument effectively that poor people are to blame for climate change. But avoids the more difficult question, “...
by David Hardman
Sue Caldwell (“Gender, Sport and Capitalism”, July/August SR) has helpfully drawn attention to discriminatory behaviour by the bureaucrats of international athletics, as well as questioning the...


by Rena Niamh Smith

A cursory glance at the catwalks reveals a new vogue for the trappings of political engagement, from the “pussy hats” of Trumps inauguration, to feminist slogan tee shirts. But the superficiality...

by Maggie Falshaw

The 16 August 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, where at least 18 people were killed by the military and 700 injured when some 80,000 people marched considerable...

by Richard Rose

This is an ambitious attempt to narrate some of the major battles of British working class history in a way which is accessible and entertaining to a new generation. It is an attempt which largely...

by Kambiz Boomla

Why is it that, the world over, people’s health is so poor, despite large amounts of money being spent on healthcare, and in every country large differences remain between the health of the rich...

by Jess Walsh

Kristen Ghodsee documents the lost history of activism of women from Eastern bloc countries, specifically focussing on Bulgaria, within the United Nations Decade of Women 1975-1985. The links made...

by John Newsinger

One important point to make about Helena Sheehan’s political odyssey — from a conservative Catholic upbringing through the radicalism of the US left in the 1960s and early 70s, on to Official Sinn...

by Patti Mckenna-Jones

This book starts well with a glib and intriguing introduction. We are invited to imagine a trip across the Argentinian Pampas, a journey that starts dreamily with visions of verdant fields of soya...

by Ian Taylor

Donald Trump’s presidency warrants extraordinary recounting and US journalist Michael Wolff’s account of the first seven months of the administration, Fire and Fury, delivered that in spades....

by Tony Phillips

Author Julia Lovell provides an overview of Maoism in China and all the countries in which it had or still has influence. The book includes a lot of detail on various Maoist movements around the...

Art / Exhibitions
by Sophia Beach

Jews, Money, Myth at the Jewish Museum explores the role of money in Jewish life and the centuries-old racist tropes that have arisen from this relationship. It is a sensitive and brilliantly...

by Geraldine Mirabile

Rojo is set in Argentina just before the right wing military coup that took place in 1976.

A man arrives in a restaurant and starts to attack and insult Claudio, a respected lawyer and the...

by Geraldine Mirabile

Director Benjamin Naishtat spoke to Socialist Review about his new film Rojo and Argentina in the 1970s and now.

by Michael Dance

In 1954 Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was arrested after approaching a fellow train passenger, who was in fact a policeman. On arrest, Williamson gave the names of men he had been sexually involved...

by David Gilchrist

The actor Peter Fonda, who died last month aged 79, was Hollywood royalty. His father was Henry Fonda, star of classic films such as Twelve Angry Men and The Grapes of Wrath. Fonda senior’s...

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