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The financial panic that never wasby Chris Harman
As we go to press the financial panic that made the headlines across the world in August seems to have subsided.
Democrats for dictatorshipby Haroon Khalil
The election season in Pakistan has brought a feeling of disenchantment with parliamentary politics for a large section of the country.
Taking the Wikiby Patrick Ward
Readers may remember a story in the July/August edition of Socialist Review about a campaign by McDonald's to change the dictionary definition of "McJob" to something a little more PR friendly. They have, however, found little success.
Migrant workers and British hospitalityby Hsiao-Hung Pai
"If you don't know who employs you, you can lose your job at any time," said a Polish hotel worker. "I feel this insecurity about my future in England. There are no rules here."
Dubious role modelby Patrick Ward
The prime minister has asked Commission for Equalities and Human Rights chair Trevor Phillips to organise a strategy for tackling the appeal of gangs by using senior black military figures in the belief that teenagers will look up to them as role models. The logic seems to be that it is far better for them to get shot in Basra than in Brixton.
Jumping one sinking ship for anotherby Patrick Ward
"Quentin Davies is a senior parliamentarian and he commands respect on all sides," said Gordon Brown of the ex Tory minister's defection to the Labour benches, "I welcome him to the new Labour Party."
Letter From Colombia
by Paul Haste
The rise of the first left opposition in Colombia for 20 years is having an impact throughout Colombian society, argues Paul Haste
The dentist and the story that shook Egyptby Gehan Shabaan
Dr Alaa Al Aswany's first published novel, The Yacoubian Building, provoked fury from the Egyptian regime, but has captured the imagination of the Egyptian public. Gehan Shabaan asks the bestselling author about his work and the film adaptation coming to Britain this month.
What's behind Brown's pay freeze?by Kevin Devine
As public sector unions organise to resist Gordon Brown's pay freeze Kevin Devine asks what lies behind the government's obsession that higher wages cause inflation
Tony Benn on life on the outsideby Lindsey German and Judith Orr
Gordon Brown, the Left outside the Labour Party and the power of popular protest - Tony Benn speaks to Lindsey German and Judith Orr
In my view
Relocation inflationby Lindsey German
The ferment over the US subprime mortgage market, which has been helping to make the money markets so unsteady in recent weeks, tends to ignore one aspect: people are so desperate to obtain decent housing they will take on debt they are simply incapable of ever paying back.
Old fashioned valuesby Billy Hayes
"The affairs of the world are ordered in accordance with orthodox opinions. Owen saw that in the world a small class of people were possessed of a great abundance.
The not so "weightless world"by Chris Harman
As many look to radical alternatives to the barbaric system of capital, the ideas of philosophers such as Slavoj Žižek have struck a chord. But beneath the surface of his post-Marxist arguments, do his ideas have the potential to change the world?
Class campaigns neededby Tony Barnsley
The summer floods in Britain were the latest example of weather patterns becoming more extreme due to the effects of global warming.
Twin trackby Miriam Scharf
Chris Harman's article on Palestine (Feature, Socialist Review July/August 2007) stresses the importance of focusing the boycott debate on the barbaric behaviour of the US, Britain and Israel.
Don't give up the fightby Rebecca Johnson
I couldn't agree more with Lindsey German that progress to liberate women needs to continue (Feature, Socialist Review, July/August 2007).
World against warby Stewart Halforty
Kamil Mahdi's article (Frontlines, Socialist Review July/August 2007) gave a valuable glimpse of the struggle against Iraqi oil law.
Oops...by Ted Dyment
Sorry to send you guys a spitball, but here it is. You screwed up the name of the single most famous union in the history of the planet.
A to Z of Socialism
D is for Dictatorshipby Colin Barker
The phrase the "dictatorship of the proletariat" is famous, and much misunderstood. It's certainly liable to frighten the bourgeoisie. The difficulty is, it's also liable to frighten our side.
The Great Partitionby Barry Pavier
Yasmin Khan, Yale University Press, £20
Afghan Womenby Lindsey German
Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Zed Books, £15.99
The End of Toleranceby Hsiao-Hung Pai
Arun Kundnani, Pluto Press, £15.99
The Last of the Angelsby Colin Wilson
Fadhil al-Azzawi, American University in Cairo Press, £13.50
Client Stateby Jamie Allinson
Gavan McCormack, Verso, £17.99
Gordon Brownby Simon Basketter
Francis Beckett, Haus, £10.99
Poverty and Neoliberalismby Roxanna Benge
Ray Bush, Pluto Press, £19.99
Perilous Powerby Chris Nineham
Noam Chomsky and Gilbert Achcar, Hamish Hamilton, £16.99
Chartismby John Charlton
Malcolm Chase, Manchester University Press, £15
Death and the Maidensby Paul O'Brien
Janet Todd, Profile Books, £17.99
The Fall of Paris; The Price of Glory; To Lose a Battleby James Barr
Alistair Horne, Penguin Books, £9.99, £12.99 and £12.99
IQby Jane Bassett
Stephen Murdoch, Duckworth Press, £20
Humanitarian Imperialismby Christophe Chataigné
Jean Bricmont, Monthly Review Press, £12.99
It's a Free World...by Nick Clarke
Director: Ken Loach; Late September Channel 4
Sugarhouseby Patrick Ward
Director: Gary Love; Release date: out now
12.08 East of Bucharestby Mubin Haq
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu; Release date: out now
The Rise of the Footsoldierby Paul Sillett
Director: Julian Glibey
Jean Renoirby Jacqui Freeman
Jean Renoir Collection, Optimum Releasing £44.99; Jean Renoir at the Barbican, 2 to 30 September 2007
Edinburgh Fringeby Keith McKenna
Video, TV, DVD
The Caimanby Louis Bayman
Director: Nanni Moretti; Optimum Releasing, £17.99
Max Roach: Speak Brother Speakby Martin Smith
It was a sad day for jazz and music in general when, on 16 August 2007, it was announced that Max Roach had died.