Socialist Review issue

January 2015 #398

Resist the racist offensive against muslims


by Sally Campbell
In four months time we face a general election amid an unprecedented political crisis. This is set to be the most racist general election campaign...
by Simon Assaf
The report on torture, referred to as “enhanced interrogation techniques”, released by a US Senate Committee on 3 December is a damning indictment of...
by Mary Smith
The autumn of 2014 saw a massive revolt by the Irish working class against the attempt by the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition to impose swingeing water...
by Brian Richardson
Fifty years ago last month Dr Martin Luther King was being feted in Europe as he travelled to Norway to collect the Nobel Peace Prize. The previous...
by Au Loong Yu

Hong Kong’s Occupy movement inspired vast numbers of young people to take action in opposition to China’s plans to limit previously promised...


Susan Rosenthal

In the first part of a two-part series, Canadian socialist Susan Rosenthal takes apart the liberal notion of personal choices and shows how profoundly capitalism shapes our private lives.

Red fist
Hassan Mahamdallie

The coalition government has unveiled new laws that target Muslims, while across Europe there is growing Islamophobia. But our movement can resist this onslaught, argues Hassan Mahamdallie.

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw
Andy Zebrowski

The opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw represents a milestone in confronting both the country's history and present day anti-Semitism, writes Andy Zebrowski.

Tom Kay

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Tom Kay examines how anti-Semitism used by the German ruling class as a weapon against the workers' movement escalated into genocide.


Eichmann on trial
by Rob Ferguson

To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the BBC is showing a dramatisation of the trial of Adolf Eichmann.

In perspective column
by Joseph Choonara

Despite slashing public spending, the coalition's economic medicine has failed. Now the economy is taking another turn for the worse.


Bob Cox
by Jeff Jackson

Bob Cox was an organic intellectual who used his technical skills to aid the struggle for a better world. Jeff Jackson collects together the memories of Bob's friends, family and comrades.


Tony Stock
by Jon Robins
Jon Robins

Author Jon Robins spoke to Matt Foot about the decades old campaign to clear the name of a man wrongly jailed for robbery in 1970.

Esther Brunstein
by Esther Brunstein

Esther Brunstein is a survivor of the Holocaust. She spoke to Miriam Scharf about her socialist roots and the need to continue the fight against fascism.


Alasdair Gray
Art / Exhibitions
by Saoirse MacDermott-Cox

Alasdair Gray is under-appreciated outside Scotland, although his novels, especially Lanark and Poor Things, have been deservedly and broadly praised. Even in Scotland no one loves Alasdair Gray...

William Blake
Art / Exhibitions
by Kate Douglas

The poet and engraver William Blake was one of the great revolutionary artists. Some of his best works were inspired by the French Revolution. He courageously donned the famous symbol of liberty...

by Liz Wheatley

I’ve been a fan of Mary J Blige, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, ever since What’s The 411? came out in 1992 and so was eagerly awaiting her latest album, The London Sessions. It promised something a...

by Rhys Williams

This is the story of Abel and his struggle against organised crime and the unions to make his fuel company a success. From this brief description it would seem to be a right wing story of the...

Testament of Youth
by Rachel Cohen

Testament of Youth is based on Vera Brittain’s remarkable First World War memoir. Published in 1933 and covering the years 1900 to 1925, it is an account of falling in love, coming of age and...

by Xanthe Rose

As more of our documents, photos and personal information depart for the Cloud — a network of remote servers that centralise data storage — this is a good moment to reflect on how Cloud computing...

by Merlin Reader

This excellent book looks at the state of the Tibetan Plateau and the effects of climate change. It paints a very worrying picture. Global warming will have a dramatic effect on the plateau....

by Mary Brodbin

This is a collection of subversive short stories, the most notorious being The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher which the Daily Telegraph refused to publish despite paying a substantial sum for...

by Chris Newlove

Left wing philosopher Slavoj Žižek’s latest book, Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism, combines his usual blend of cultural analysis, jokes, philosophy and...

by Simon Magorian

Channel 4’s new cross-channel series consists of three strands showing across Channel 4, E4 and 4oD — Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. The titles are references to states of male sexual arousal. This is...