Socialist Review issue

October 2003 #278

Blood, oil, lies


by Editorial

Tony Blair said he was willing to pay the ’blood price‘ of war in Iraq. He is unlikely to have to do so personally. He is already paying a...

by Sally Campbell

The resort of Cancun seemed the perfect place for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to hold its talks.

DLR and Arms Fair - New Job for Nick Leeson - Boots Boss Hears Workers' Suggestions

by Fran Choules

The narrow vote against national strike action by postal workers came as a shock to many of us in the Communication Workers Union.

by Andrew Stone

New Labour‘s descent into the gutter continues apace, with plans to further tighten already draconian anti asylum seeker legislation.

by Sabby Sagall

The much-vaunted Middle East ’road map to peace‘ has reached a dead end.

by Jon Berry

On the opening morning of this year‘s TUC conference at Brighton, a small group of demonstrators shouted slogans at delegates as they entered.


Mike Davis

Mike Davis investigates Europe‘s deadly heatwave.

Chris Nineham

The collapse of the recent WTO summit is a blow against neoliberalism, but the struggle for trade justice goes beyond the issue of subsidies.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith explores jazz, racism and resistance through the life of a legend.

Gareth Jenkins

Gareth Jenkins analyses Edward Upward‘s contribution to 20th century literature.

Luciana Genro

Raúl Zibechi spoke to Brazilian socialist Luciana Genro about Lula‘s government.

Pat Stack, Mark Steel

Pat Stack asks socialist comedian Mark Steel about his new TV series The Mark Steel Lectures


Alex Callinicos, Lindsey German and Bookmarks Publications offer their sincere apologies to Quintin Hoare and Branka Magas in connection with a book entitled The Balkans, Nationalism and...


by Martin Empson

One of the most common activities on the web is illegal.

by The Walrus

Campbell‘s departure is unlikely to halt the repackaging of privatisation.

by Chris Harman

Our definition of neoliberalism has profound effects on our solutions.

by Mike Gonzalez

Leapfrogging kids beat David Blaine‘s vigil every time.

by Pat Stack

Jimmy Greaves was my boyhood hero.


by Tim Evans

The war on Iraq and its prolonged aftermath are now determining the political agenda.

by Stevie Darlington

I was glad to read Paul Embery‘s reply (Letters, September SR) to Martin Wicks‘ claim that various rank and file groups were ’SWP organisations‘.

by Dave Roberts

Thanks for a fine article on the anti-war movement (’Within Political Inches‘, September SR), most of which I agreed with.

by Mike Marqusee

The claims about my views, actions and motives made by Lindsey German and Andrew Murray (’Within Political Inches‘, September SR) are wildly inaccurate.


by Andrew Stone

As the situation in Iraq worsens day by day, Andrew Stone talks to a range of key activists about how we can end the occupation.


by Charlie Kimber

Review of ’A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali‘ by Gil Courtemanche, Canongate £14.99

by Lindsey German

Review of ’Weapons of Mass Deception‘ by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, Robinson £6.99; ’The Iraq War Reader‘ by Micah L Sifry and Christopher Cerf,
Touchstone £12.99; ’Iraq‘ by Dilip...

by Clare Fermont

Review of ’Syria‘ by Alan George, Zed Books £13.95

by Matt Perry

Review of ’Cold War, Crisis and Conflict‘ by John Callaghan, Lawrence & Wishart £14.99

by John Baxter

Review of ’Don‘t Worry, It‘s Safe to Eat‘ by Andrew Rowell, Earthscan £16.99

by Sam Southgate

Review of ’The People as Enemy‘ by John Spritzler, Black Rose Books £17.99

by Sarah Ensor

Review of ’The Assassination of Julius Caesar‘ by Michael Parenti, New Press £14.95; and ’Rubicon‘ by Tom Holland, Little Brown £20

by Kim Harrison

Review of ’Enemy Aliens‘ by David Cole, The New Press £16.95

by Judy Cox

Review of ’Sylvia Pankhurst‘ by Shirley Harrison, Aurum Press £20

by Kelly MacDermott

Review of ’Ned Kelly‘, director Gregor Jordan

by James Meadway

Review of ’Young Adam‘, director David MacKenzie

by Andrew Stone

Review of ’Cypher‘, director Vincenzo Natali

by Nigel Davey

Review of ’Comandante‘, director Oliver Stone

by Tom Behan

Review of ’The Illustrious Corpse‘ by Tariq Ali, Soho Theatre, London

by Hannah Dee

Review of ’The People Next Door‘ by Henry Adams, Theatre Royal, London

by Dan Mayer

Review of ’Animal‘ by Kay Adshead, Soho Theatre, London

by Phil Whaite

Review of ’The War is Dead, Long Live the War‘ by Patrick Jones, Touring


by Eric Schlosser

In his first play the author of Fast Food Nation powerfully dissects the moment when the US chose the path of empire.

Arcola Theatre,...