Socialist Review issue

May 2006 #306

Italy: Can the party last?


Chris Bambery

Romano Prodi's victory in last month's Italian elections saw the end of one of Europe's most hated right wing governments. But, asks Chris Bambery, can the coalition that beat Berlusconi stand up...

Chris Bambery, Phil Rushton

Round table discussion: a strong movement from below is needed

Chris Nineham

Modernism: Designing a New World is the latest Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition. Chris Nineham reflects on the history of modernism and its legacy for today.

Third World Report (Africa)
Motsomi Marobela

Africa is normally seen negatively, particularly from the West, which often sees itself as the saviour of a dark continent marred by problems. Hunger, war, disease, refugees and debt are the...

Third World Report (Asia)
David Seddon

During April hundreds of thousands of people came out onto the streets of Nepal in an impressive show of anger against the authoritarian regime of King Gyanendra. In the wake of the king's...

Third World Report (Latin America)
Mike Gonzalez

In this year of elections in Latin America, a half-forgotten name has re-emerged.

Third World Report (Middle East)
Bassem Chit

The US's attempt to "democratise" the Middle East - or, to put it bluntly, to create puppet regimes - has had two spectacular failures recently.


by Noel Douglas

Making visible the invisible is a key concept in Marxist and modernist aesthetics.

by Martin Smith

Today the pop industry can easily cope with artists who are openly gay, but can it cope with artists singing about men having sex with men?

by Lindsey German

Margaret Hodge's claim that eight out of ten voters in Barking have considered voting BNP has given a massive boost to the far right.

by Chris Harman

Talk of an Israel lobby lets capitalism off the hook.


by Dragan Plavsic

"The history of a revolution is for us first of all the history of the forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of rulership over their own destiny."

by Beverly Brown

I found Chris Jones's review of The New East End (April SR) unfair.


by Jim Wolfreys

Faïza Guène grew up in Pantin, a banlieue north of Paris. Her first book, Just Like Tomorrow, sold over 200,000 copies in France. She spoke to Jim Wolfreys about being a French-Arab...


by Anindya Bhattacharyya

Anindya Bhattacharyya takes a look at some recently published books that examine the philosophical implications of the struggle for radical political change.

by Donny Gluckstein

Review of 'Occupied Minds', Arthur Neslen, Pluto Press £16.99

by Sam Ashman

Review of 'Spaces of Global Capitalism', David Harvey, Verso £14.99

by Peter Morgan

Review of 'Queer London', Matt Houlbrook, University of Chicago Press £19

by Ian Rappel

Review of 'A People's History of Science', Clifford D Connor, Nation Books £11.99

by Sue Jones

Sue Jones looks at how advertisers are becoming increasingly desperate for our attention.

by Beccy Reese

Review of 'Fateless', director: Lajos Koltai

by Stephen Philip

Review of 'Time to Leave', director: François Ozon

by Kerri Parke

Review of 'Love + Hate', director: Dominic Savage

by Jane Trainer

Review of 'The Devil and Daniel Johnston', director: Jeff Feuerzig

by Adeola Johnson

A revival in politically conscious reggae is finding a global audience, says Adeola Johnson.

Art / Exhibitions
by Roni Margulies

Conflict and beauty emerged from the rise of the Ottoman Empire, says Ron Margulies. Review of 'Bellini and the East', National Gallery, London, until 25 June