Socialist Review issue

May 2015 #402

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Imperialism and the new wars in the Middle East


by Sally Campbell
As we go to press the 2015 general election campaign is beginning to sour for the Tories. Their initial focus on attacking Labour leader Ed Miliband...
by Carlo Morelli
The SNP’s dramatic rise in membership and electoral popularity between the referendum in September 2014 and the general election in May 2015 has had...
by Iain Ferguson
Since the 1980s social workers and social care workers have been regular targets for Tory attacks. While their statutory powers in areas such as...
by Alan Gibson
A general election campaign marred by grotesque levels of racism has been punctured by some of the most graphic images of the effect of racism — the...


Simon Assaf

The decline of US imperialism in the Middle East is fuelling rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Simon Assaf looks at the region as it plunges deeper into violence and uncertainty.

Andy Durgan

With a series of vital elections coming up this year, the Spanish state's two-party sytem is collapsing. Andy Durgan examines the development and limitations of the radical new party, Podemos....

Susan Rosenthal

The rich like to promote their charitable work as a sign of their moral standing, but many of these donations are merely cover, writes Canadian socialist Susan Rosenthal.

David Gilchrist

The Workers' Theatre Movement developed out of the confident working class movement of mid-1920s Britain, but was later buried by the changing priorities of the Communist Party. Its radical legacy...


by Joseph Choonara

Heavyweight economists can offer only a partial understanding of the weak recovery. Step forward, Karl Marx.

by Sheila McGregor

Can Marxism shape feminism? And if so, what kind of Marxism and what kind of feminism? A 500-strong conference in Berlin provided some answers but left some questions open, writes Sheila McGregor...

Culture clash
by Noel Halifax
Günter Grass, novelist, poet and human rights campaigner, died in April aged 87. He was called the conscience of Germany, or more accurately West Germany. But at the heart of both the writer and the...


by Au Loong Yu

We revisit Hong Kong-based socialist Au Loong Yu to talk about the dangers and opportunities that have emerged from Occupy Central.


by Sally Kincaid

I would recommend to anyone who wants a short, accessible read about the effects of Chinese economic development to ask their local library, if there is one left, to order Ghost Cities of China....

by Brian Richardson

Politicians playing the race card and scapegoating immigrants is a depressingly familiar feature of modern election campaigns. As I write these words, those vying for our votes continue to talk...

by Lina Nicolli

If you’ve ever wondered what possible link there might be between the actors Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles and Udham Singh, the man who shot the British officer responsible for the 1919...

by Simon Guy

The title of Peter Hain’s new book represents an attempt to assess the state of the Labour Party judged through the vision put forward by Tony Crosland, a central figure in its history. Crosland’s...

by Alan Gibson

The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of the Global Order is an extraordinarily valuable book which traces the tumult that convulsed every part of the globe in the years following the end of...

by Mary Brodbin

Author and Palestinian activist Ghada Karmi had vowed never to go back to the Palestine her family were forced to flee in 1948 when she was just six years old. But go back she did, for the first...

by Mark Krantz

Anti-Semitism was at the heart of the politics of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) from its very foundation in 1932 by Sir Oswald Mosley. Daniel Tilles demonstrates this in this fascinating...

by Eve R Stone Light

Ada Gobetti’s Partisan Diary is an expanded version of the contemporary diary she kept from the day the Germans entered Turin in September 1943 through to liberation. First published in 1956 with...

by John Newsinger

An ex-miner, fiercely proud of the working class, Dennis Skinner has stood out as an uncompromising opponent of Tory governments and their works since he was first elected as a Labour MP in 1970....

Art / Exhibitions
by Xanthe Rose

The Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum sits uncomfortably between the past and present. It is a powerful combination of art and artefacts from the history of the hundreds of...

Art / Exhibitions
by Kate Abildgaard

Sonia Delaunay was no socialist, but she was a revolutionary. An early companion wrote to her from Moscow in 1906 “beware of ideology”. There were those who sought to change the world through...

by Alan Gibson

Russell Brand makes no secret about whose side he’s on in his latest film, made in collaboration with director Michael Winterbottom. Taking up Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale of the same name...

by Jo Cardwell

On the night of 21 March 2000, cell 38 of Feltham Young Offenders Institute (YOI) became the setting for a racist murder. Zahid Mubarek was the victim and fellow inmate Robert Stewart the murderer...

by Michelle Adhémar

Samba is a comedy drama that traces the relationship between Senegalese illegal immigrant Samba (Omar Sy) and affluent, alienated charity worker Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The film presents a...

by Saba Shiraz aka Kali Rayt

Sciamma’s Girlhood (following Tomboy and Water Lilies) is an unforgettable piece of cinema, gripping from start to finish. The story gives an honest portrayal of the lives of young, working class...

by Roddy Slorach

The Tribe is an inventive and uncompromising film about a group of teenagers at a residential deaf school in Ukraine. There’s no spoken dialogue, translation or voiceover. The action takes place...