Socialist Review issue

November 2007 #319

The politics of the post strike


by Patrick Acureuil

On 16 September 17 Iraqi civilians were killed by Blackwater contractors on a convoy escort operation.

by Peter Bearder

The peculiar marriage between Hugo Chavez and Bush's man in the Americas - President Uribe of Colombia - has onlookers scratching their heads.

by Patrick Ward

MPs have just been awarded an extra four days of holiday for 2008, taking their total to 91.

by Rada Leu

At the recent inauguration of a Moscow memorial to the victims of the gulag Nicolas Sarkozy made a fervent speech about the importance of human...

by Patrick Ward

Last month, stories about naively bigoted Tories hit the newsstands quicker than you could say "political correctness gone mad".

by Patrick Ward

If you want to boldly go where no market has gone before you'll need a way to pay for it.


Charlie Kimber

The postal workers' strikes have seen 130,000 workers taking action, with picket lines in every town and city across the country. Charlie Kimber looks at the impact of the dispute and how the...

Jonathan Neale, Patrick Ward

Against the backdrop of failure in Iraq, Afghanistan is often promoted as the enduringly justifiable, and winnable, war. Jonathan Neale explains why this is not the case, while former US...

John Parrington

When Nobel prize winner James Watson made racist comments about black people and intelligence last month, he was using his scientific credentials to legitimise bigotry.


Letter from
by Manel Ros

As the Spanish state goes on the offensive against the Basque left and ETA, Manel Ros reports on developments since the ETA ceasefire ended in June.

In my view column
by Lindsey German

Last month Gordon Brown became the nearly man.

In perspective column
by Chris Harman

No one can predict whether the recent financial crises will develop into a proper recession.

Culture column
by Martin Smith

I might be a month late, but I think it is time to celebrate the October revolution. No, not the Russian one, but Wednesday 10 October 2007.

A-Z of Socialism
by Weyman Bennett

Fascism is so often used as an insult that any real analysis of its specific meaning is often obscured.


by Penny Howard

Chris Harman laments the historical "role of most British anthropology as the handmaiden of colonialism" (In Perspective, Socialist Review,...

by Andy Abel

Chris Harman's decision to watch BBC's Tribe may have been prompted purely by the dismal alternatives on offer at the time, but his column about it (In Perspective, Socialist Review...

by Sam Robson

Paul Haste's article on the development of a left alternative in Colombia was really inspiring (Letter from Colombia, Socialist Review,...

by Tony Phillips

We live in times of great opportunities for the left. Wide layers of workers and activists around us are demanding increasingly sophisticated explanations and arguments about the way forward.


by Hannah Dee, by Martin Smith

The Bays are one of the most exciting bands in Britain, with an innovative and unique sound. Yet you won't find their music in record shops. Band member Simon Richmond talks to Hannah Dee and...


by John Newsinger

At a time when Gordon Brown is cynically taking up the cause of Darfur in a vain attempt to find some moral high ground for New Labour to occupy, it is worth remembering the British Empire's...

by Beccy Reese

Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Serpent's Tail, £10.99

by Mary Brodbin

Irène Némirovsky, Chatto & Windus, £12.99

by Pete Cannell

Eds: Gerry Mooney and Alex Law, The Policy Press, £22.99

by Sarah Ensor

Deborah Cameron, Oxford University Press, £10.99

by Clare Fermont

Philip Roth, Jonathan Cape, £16.99

by Andrew Murray

Tony Benn, Hutchinson, £20

by Nick Clark

Kim Moody, The New Press, £15.99

by Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Maryam Panah, Pluto Press, £35

by John Molyneux

Neil J Smelser, Princeton University Press, £17.95

by Shereen Prasad

Benjamin Zephaniah, Bloomsbury, £5.99

by Charlie Hore

Eds: Baruch Hirson and Arthur J Knodel, Pluto, £19.99

by Judith Orr

Roddy Doyle, Jonathan Cape, £16.99


Linda Smith - children's SF - rendition thriller - lesbian mums

by Judith Orr

Director: Robert Redford; Release date: 9 November

by Patrick Ward

Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; Release date: 23 November

by Aysha Ali

Director: Sarah Gavron; Release date: 16 November

by Olivia Fletcher

Director: Kasi Lemmons; Release date: 23 November

by Louis Bayman

The London Film Festival kicked off in mid-October with over 150 films from across the globe. A common thread is the desire to express the uncertainties of the modern world.

by Ingrid Lamprecht

Director: Emanuele Crialese

by Jon Berry

Steve Earle

Art / Exhibitions
by Colin Wilson

Barbican, London, until 27 January 2008

Five Things Listing

Equiano in Birmingham - London Jazz Festival - Statement of Regret at the NT - We Insist! Freedom Now Suite by Max Roach - The World is Yours by Ian Brown