Socialist Review issue

October 2013 #384



by Mark L Thomas
Something surprising happened in September. Ed Miliband managed to dominate the party conference season and even make mainstream politics spark to...
by Weyman Bennett
The English Defence League (EDL) suffered a significant blow last month when they attempted to march through the heart of Tower Hamlets in East...
by Volkhard Mosler
At first glance Angela Merkel has won a brilliant victory in last month's German election. The vote of her conservative CDU and its Bavarian sister...


Yasser Munif
Manbij is a poor and rural town of some 200,000 people in north eastern Syria. The city is half an hour's drive from the border with Turkey and the vital Tishrin Dam. It sits in the agricultural...
Ghayath Naisse

Ghayath Naisse argues that the local committees, councils and Free Syrian Army brigades that emerged out of the revolt are a testament to the popular nature of the revolution.

Simon Assaf

Zero hours contracts have become a symbol of austerity Britain. Workers at the Hovis bakery in Wigan have shown how they can be beaten.

Simon Basketter

Simon Basketter reports on an important step forward in the battle to rebuild union organisation across construction sites.

Sabby Sagall

October 2013 is the bicentenary of the birth of the great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. Sabby Sagall explains how his operas were not only profoundly shaped by the revolutionary times he...


In my view column
by Sally Campbell
A whole series of new and renewed groups, protests and movements have appeared in response to the "new sexism" - personified by raunch culture popular on campus - that are increasingly defining...
In my view column
by Michael Lavalette

A string of drugs scandals have highlighted the contradictions of sport under capitalism.

In my view column
by Josh Hollands

Bayard Rustin was a key strategist in the US civil rights movement and the main organiser of the March on Washington. He was also gay and a communist. Josh Hollands celebrates his life and...

Culture column
by Ben Windsor
The Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park has just doubled in size - taking over an old gunpowder store nearby. This was built during the Napoleonic wars "in case of foreign invasion or popular uprising"....


by Rob Ferguson
Talat Ahmed's article, Islamophobia, Repression and Resistance (Feature, Socialist Review, September 2013), was an incisive analysis of the rise of Islamophobia while asserting the importance of...
by Alex May
Martin Upchurch's piece (Socialist Review, September 2013) on the reduction in workers' ability to control how the job is organised is interesting and frightening. The use of management bullying...


by Alex Callinicos

Alex Callinicos pays tribute to a lifelong and powerful fighter for justice and socialism.

by Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien celebrates the life and poetry of Ireland's rebel poet.


by Hassan Mahamdallie

Socialist Review spoke to Hassan Mahamdallie, one of the contributors to the new book Say it Loud, about the fight against racism in Britain, the role played by socialists and the lessons for...


Classic reads
by John Newsinger

On 12 May 1916, the Irish socialist James Connolly was strapped to a chair because of his wounds, acquired during the defeated 1916 Easter rising, and executed by a British firing squad. The news...

by Sarah Creagh

Women played a central role in the Russian Revolution of 1917. It was a women textile workers' strike in February that sparked the revolution which toppled the Tsar. Yet most accounts of the...

by Colin Wilson

The American LGBT movement has been dominated, for the last 20 or so years, by campaigns around marriage. The story began in 1993, when three same-sex couples sued the state of Hawaii, arguing...

by Charlie Kimber

Anyone who has read Leon Trotsky's brilliant writings on Britain will know that he directs some of his strongest invective at a group of left wing union leaders. This book is about one of those...

by Rhys Williams

This well-researched, fascinating and terrifying book is a history of nuclear weapons told through the story of a nuclear accident. The narrative alternates between an emergency at a nuclear...

by Nick Howard

For those who know little of Chile's 1973 September 11, this is a good starter. President Allende, a brave and decent man, a socialist and a democrat died defending his elected government against...

by Simon Assaf

This book is a great little introduction to Marxist theories. The authors use illustrations and text to explain concepts such as historical materialism and the dialectic but without crude...

by Peter Robinson

This is a beautiful new addition to the Photofile series. Parks's photographic career spanned the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The book gives us a revealing history of African American life and much more....

Classic reads
by Des Barrow

Since I have been teaching geography in East London for over 15 years, it is not surprising that I have chosen a book by a geographer: Danny Dorling's So You Think You Know About Britain?


by Michelle Adhémar

Half a century after being first released, Michael Roemer's independent film, Nothing But A Man, has finally made it onto a British cinema screen. The film is set in a small town in the Deep South...

by Karen Reissmann, by Irene Davies

All Arthur Miller's plays are brilliant critiques of the immorality of capitalism. All My Sons, written in 1947, is no exception. It is from a true story. In 1941-43, Wright Aeronautical...

by Kevin Best

It's not too often that a Brecht play is staged in the West End and this Jonathan Church production, transferred after a successful run in Chichester Festival Theatre, lends itself well. Brecht...

by Senan Mortell

Elvis Costello and The Roots

by Fermin Muguruza

Fermin Muguruza is one of the most important musicians from the Basque Country. In 1983 he formed the ska/punk band Kortatu influenced by the Clash and the Redskins. Since the 1980s his music has...