Socialist Review issue

February 2019 #443

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Tories at an impasse


by Shaun Doherty
The Immigration and Social Security Bill which had its second reading last month is designed to put an end to freedom of movement after Britain...
by Alan Gibson
A general strike of French trade unionists alongside further Yellow Vest protests at the beginning of February was set to up the pressure on...
by Alan Gibson
Around 35,000 Irish health workers walked out of and picketed hospitals and clinics across the republic at the end of last month over pay and...
by Héctor Puente Sierra
The ongoing right wing offensive to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro came to a head on 23 January, with National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó...


Joseph Choonara

After two and a half years of negotiations, it is still absolutely unclear what will or will not happen with Brexit. Joseph Choonara looks at the scale of the crisis for Theresa May’s government,...

Jan Nielsen

Underlying the sexism women experience is a structural oppression based on women’s role in the family, exacerbated by austerity, writes Jan Nielsen

Lewis Nielsen and Naima Omar

One arena in which the far right is trying to build is in universities. Lewis Nielsen and Naima Omar investigate.

John Rose

Forty years ago protests in Iran rolled over into a revolution. John Rose tells a tale of huge potential brutally suppressed.

Martin Empson

In the 1870s agricultural workers across Britain began a whirlwind campaign to organise trade unions. Martin Empson looks at the involvement of the now little known leader of the movement, Joseph...


by Rena Niamh Smith

From the gilets jaunes to the sans-culottes, clothing might not be the central question when considering radical movements, but there is more to it than you might expect, writes Rena Niamh Smith...

by Bethan Turner

Fifty years on from the Stonewall riots, the picture for LGBT+ people is very different, yet there can be no complacency in a time when the far right is attempting to weaponise our struggle,...

by John Newsinger

John Newsinger brings his analysis of the Christian right in the US up to the present day, with a look at why they have backed Donald Trump’s administration to the hilt and will likely continue to...


by Ian Birchall
In “God, Greed and Homophobia” (January SR) John Newsinger writes, “the great Clement Attlee did send 20,000 British troops to Saigon in 1945 to fight alongside the French against the Communist...
by Ken Olende
It was refreshing to read Barry Conway’s article on the Zulu victory at Isandlwana in South Africa (January SR). It can’t be overemphasized that the British were defeated because of racist...
by Sybil Cock
Clearly, attacks from the right on LGBT rights must be resisted, as Laura Miles says (“The war on trans”, January SR). However, the potential erasure of “women” and “lesbian” as categories are...
by Susan Rosenthal
I want to thank Leahy and Thomas for their comments regarding the professional middle class (Feedback, January SR). As the capitalist class shrink in numbers and the working class grow in numbers,...
by Sabby Sagall
Raph Piggot (Feedback, January SR) correctly attacks the EU for its role in imposing austerity on Greece and now Italy. However, the EU’s Social Chapter safeguards many workers’ rights — its working...


by Colm Bryce

Jack Robertson has written a magnificent account of Alexander Pushkin’s poem The Bronze Horseman, which brings it to life in a wonderfully accessible new translation and restores the radical,...

by Jeff Jackson

This is a long overdue translation of Erno Munkácsi’s 1947 first-hand account of the final months and days that saw the extermination of over 400,000 Hungarian Jews in the death camp at Auschwitz...

by Yvonne Oades

Privatisation is the theme of the post-Thatcher era and key to understanding it is the attack on state assets, such as rail, post, coal and power, and on land ownership. The overt privatisation of...

by Ken Olende

This is a worthy companion piece to CLR James’s Black Jacobins, which immortalised Toussaint L’Ouverture and the successful slave revolt in the French Caribbean colony of Saint Domingue (now Haiti...

by Kate Hunter

I read this book hoping to learn about the Philippines, a country of which I have only a smattering of knowledge. I finished it with a slightly larger smattering: about Spanish and US imperial...

by Vaios Triantafyllou

Paul Le Blanc adds to a rich tradition of historical analysis that shows a clear discontinuity between the Russian Revolution of 1917, as well as some bright periods of pluralism and worker self-...

by Sally Campbell

We first see Rosa Luxemburg in a snowy prison yard, guards patrolling the walls high above her. As she walks a raven hops beside her, the first of many references to Rosa’s affinity with nature....

by Rhys Williams

American cinema’s appetite for themes of race and class shows no sign of abating. This latest contribution from debut writer and director Reinaldo Marcus Green comes in a series of increasingly...

by Saba Shiraz

Love Sonia comes at a time when a 200 million-strong strike was held in India and 5 million women formed a wall of protest. The correlation between films about resistance and women’s rights in...

by Nick Grant

“Driving while black” is no 21st century curse. Since the earliest days of the motor car black American drivers have faced oppression. At petrol stations, restaurants, resorts and motels white...

by Kevin McCaighy

What does cinema know that we don’t? That is the intriguing question posed by two powerful documentaries about the cinematic legacy of the Nazi era and the Weimar Republic respectively.


by Mark Brown

Mark Brown, author of Modernism and Scottish Theatre Since 1969, gives the run down on how Scotland’s particular kind of Reformation stunted the development of dramatic writing for centuries, not...

Five Things Listing

Doreen Fletcher, A Retrospective
Nunnery Gallery, Bow Road, London, until 24 March