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Gunning for profitsby Patrick Acureuil
On 16 September 17 Iraqi civilians were killed by Blackwater contractors on a convoy escort operation.
Unlikely partnersby Peter Bearder
The peculiar marriage between Hugo Chavez and Bush's man in the Americas - President Uribe of Colombia - has onlookers scratching their heads.
Parliamentary privilegesby Patrick Ward
MPs have just been awarded an extra four days of holiday for 2008, taking their total to 91.
Sarkozy's raids of the playgroundsby 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 rights, underlining the necessity of interaction between authorities and population.
The Conservative Future isn't so brightby Patrick Ward
Last month, stories about naively bigoted Tories hit the newsstands quicker than you could say "political correctness gone mad".
Intergalactic marketby Patrick Ward
If you want to boldly go where no market has gone before you'll need a way to pay for it.
Letter from Spainby 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.
The politics of the post strikeby 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 political fallout has led many union members to question trade union links with the Labour Party.
Afghanistan: the other lost warby Jonathan Neale and 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 infantryman Johnny Rico speaks out about his experiences on the Afghan frontline
From great to disgraceby 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.
Playing for the Momentby Hannah Dee and 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 Martin Smith.
In my view
The grotesque bargainby Lindsey German
Last month Gordon Brown became the nearly man.
Rate of profit warningby Chris Harman
No one can predict whether the recent financial crises will develop into a proper recession.
Welcome to the revolutionby 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.
Anthropologists of the world, unite!by Penny Howard
Chris Harman laments the historical "role of most British anthropology as the handmaiden of colonialism" (In Perspective, Socialist Review, October 2007).
Tribal loyaltyby 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, October 2007) showed how key political theories can be highlighted by reference to mainstream cultural forms.
Guilty menby Sam Robson
Paul Haste's article on the development of a left alternative in Colombia was really inspiring (Letter from Colombia, Socialist Review, September 2007).
Dispatches from the workplaceby 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.
A to Z of Socialism
F is for Fascismby Weyman Bennett
Fascism is so often used as an insult that any real analysis of its specific meaning is often obscured.
The Decline and Fall of the British Empireby 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 record in the same region.
Bridge of the Golden Hornby Beccy Reese
Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Serpent's Tail, £10.99
Fire in the Bloodby Mary Brodbin
Irène Némirovsky, Chatto & Windus, £12.99
New Labour/Hard Labour?by Pete Cannell
Eds: Gerry Mooney and Alex Law, The Policy Press, £22.99
The Myth of Mars and Venusby Sarah Ensor
Deborah Cameron, Oxford University Press, £10.99
Exit Ghostby Clare Fermont
Philip Roth, Jonathan Cape, £16.99
More Time for Politicsby Andrew Murray
Tony Benn, Hutchinson, £20
From Welfare State to Real Estate by Nick Clarke
Kim Moody, The New Press, £15.99
The Islamic Republic and the Worldby Elaheh Rostami-Povey
Maryam Panah, Pluto Press, £35
The Faces of Terrorismby John Molyneux
Neil J Smelser, Princeton University Press, £17.95
Teacher's Deadby Shereen Prasad
Benjamin Zephaniah, Bloomsbury, £5.99
Reporting the Chinese Revolutionby Charlie Hore
Eds: Baruch Hirson and Arthur J Knodel, Pluto, £19.99
The Deporteesby Judith Orr
Roddy Doyle, Jonathan Cape, £16.99
New in paperback & children's booksLinda Smith – children's SF – rendition thriller – lesbian mums
Lions for Lambsby Judith Orr
Director: Robert Redford; Release date: 9 November
Jesus Campby Patrick Ward
Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; Release date: 23 November
Brick Laneby Aysha Ali
Director: Sarah Gavron; Release date: 16 November
Talk to Meby Olivia Fletcher
Director: Kasi Lemmons; Release date: 23 November
51st London Film Festivalby 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.
Video, TV, DVD
The Golden Doorby Ingrid Lamprecht
Director: Emanuele Crialese
Washington Square Serenadeby Jon Berry
Seducedby Colin Wilson
Barbican, London, until 27 January 2008
Five things to get or see this monthEquiano 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