Socialist Review issue

October 2011 #362

Towards a mass strike


by Peter Dwyer

The global economy is entering "a dangerous new phase", said the International Monetary Fund before its annual meeting last month. The same can be...

by Jack Farmer

The government's Health and Social Care Bill will spell the end of the NHS as we know it

by Mark L Thomas

There are times, decades even, when events drag and nothing seems to happen, and there are weeks and months when history seems to leap forward....


Esme Choonara

In recent times some have suggested that we have witnessed the rise of the "precariat". This new class of workers, who endure insecure conditions and low wages, are thought to have different...

Jim Wolfreys

The new Higher Education White Paper marks a step change in the neoliberal transformation of universities. Jim Wolfreys looks at the ideology behind the government's plans, what it will mean for...

Martin Smith, Dave Renton

The English Defence League's plan to march through Tower Hamlets was defeated by an anti-fascist mobilisation. Martin Smith looks at the lessons for the fight against the EDL, while Dave Renton...

Carl Lee, Danny Dorling

The recent riots and looting have provoked a fresh wave of demonisation of so-called "feral" young people in Britain's cities. Carl Lee and Danny Dorling examine the reality of life in a society...

Simon Assaf

The uprising in Libya was inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. But the intervention of Nato forces changed the situation dramatically. Simon Assaf asks if Libya is now destined to...


Letter from
by Mike Stanton

Mike Stanton reports on Chile's explosive student movement following the two day general strike

In perspective column
by Estelle Cooch

The Palestinian bid for statehood has serious problems. But it has revealed the hypocrisy of world leaders

Culture column
by Jennifer Wilkinson

Caryl Churchill is one of the most important playwrights of modern times, writes Jennifer Wilkinson

Revolutionary Lessons
by Emma Davis

Emma Davies argues that international revolution is possible - and essential if we are to overthrow capitalism


Death of a social democrat The June issue of Socialist Review carried a short piece on the spring federal election here in Canada (Letter From, Socialist Review, June 2011), and noted the enormous...


by Jeff Jackson

Richard Hamilton, who died last month, was one of the most important British artists of the 20th century. His work could be deeply subversive, was of great influence and was instrumental in...


by Julie Sherry

Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini

by Emma Davis

Paul Street and Anthony DiMaggio

by Clare Fermont

Amy Waldman

by John Newsinger

Richard Gott

by Jess Edwards

Catherine Hakim

by Terry Wrigley

Melissa Benn

by Jonathan Dodds

John Molyneux

Classic reads
by Michael Bradley

Vasily Grossman

by Rachel Harger

The Help is an adaptation of the novel by Kathryn Stockett, based in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963. The film attempts to show the simmering tension between black maids ("the help") and their white...

by Annette Mackin

For Felix Mutati, Minister for Trade and Commerce in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, the writing is on the wall in his office: Chinese writing, of an obscure regional variety no one can successfully...

by Francine Koubel

Ten years on from the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 and the start of the "war on terror", this documentary follows the life of one Afghan from childhood to early adulthood.

by Alex Rodgers

Neighbourhood Watch is veteran playwright Alan Ayckbourn's 75th play. It is a strongly political drama set in an upper middle class neighbourhood. The protagonists Martin and Hilda are siblings...

by Xanthe Rose

PJ Harvey