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'Tribal' smokescreenby Patrick Ward
The media reports surrounding recent events in Kenya have tended to portray it as yet another "tribal" clash.
Making peace with Washingtonby Unjum Mirza
The crisis of legitimacy faced by Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has been exacerbated by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto last December.
Troops out - by their own choiceby Patrick Ward
A defence select committee of MPs has reported that the morale of British troops has fallen dramatically over the past several years, leading to a haemorrhaging of soldiers.
Whose lines are they anyway?by Howard Rodman
Striking screenwriter Howard Rodman spoke to Socialist Review about challenging the studios over royalties from the "new media".
ID think twice about itby Patrick Ward
Following the negative reception to recent data losses the public are yet to warm to the idea of ID cards. Leaked reports (can they not keep their hands on anything?) suggest that the rollout will start in 2012, two years later than anticipated.
Diploma with friesby Patrick Ward
Companies such as McDonald's are now eligible to award nationally recognised qualifications equal to A Levels and advanced diplomas, the government has announced.
Letter from Serbiaby Vladimir Unkovski-Korica
The Serbian elections highlight the imperialist powers' scramble for influence. But, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica, neither the West nor Moscow will benefit ordinary Serbs.
Economic crisis: Capitalism exposedby Chris Harman
Every time economic crises develop they are described as aberrations in an otherwise rational and balanced system. Chris Harman looks at the roots and implications of the recent credit crunch, and explains why crises are in fact an intrinsic feature of capitalism.
LGBT history month: The rainbow nation todayby Viv Smith
The South African constitution is one of the most advanced in the world when it comes to LGBT rights. Viv Smith, a gay rights activist who worked for the ANC during the writing of the constitution, describes how these advances were won but argues there is still so much to fight for today.
Obstacles to truthby Nick Davies
In his new book, Flat Earth News, award-winning journalist Nick Davies argues that the main threat to truth-telling journalism has moved from propagandist proprietors such as Lord Beaverbrook to the corporations and their commercial interests exemplified by business magnate Rupert Murdoch.
Algeria: torture last timeby Ian Birchall
When Algerian journalist Henri Alleg published his account of being tortured at the hands of the French colonial regime it became an instant bestseller. Ian Birchall tells us why the book is still as relevant today as it was 50 years ago during the Algerian War of Independence.
Interview: Changing society, imagining the futureby Patrick Ward
Matter is the seventh science fiction novel by Iain Banks about "the Culture". He talks to Patrick Ward about writing, utopias, and New Labour.
In my view
London mayoral elections: Why I'm standingby Lindsey German
The election for London mayor is shaping up to be a celebrity clash between the incumbent mayor, Ken Livingstone, and his main rival, the Tory Neanderthal MP for Henley, Boris Johnson.
Schools out!by Alex Kenny
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is preparing to ballot over 200,000 members in England and Wales for strike action against below inflation pay rises.
Ads and smokesby Martin Smith
"Mad Men was a term used in the late 1950s to describe the advertising executives of Madison Avenue, New York. They coined it."
Cairo's callingby Sasha Simic
The articles on the strike wave that has been rocking Egypt's ruling class were brilliant (Feature, Socialist Review, January 2008).
Still a runnerby Ed Mynott
I think Colin Wilson was a little too harsh in his review of The Kite Runner (Culture, Socialist Review, January 2008).
Agencies for changeby John Appleyard
Local government relies on agency workers to cover for staff who are either on holiday or long term sick leave.
"Pro-life" hypocritesby Jonathan Tipton
Jackie Turner's column (In My View, Socialist Review, December 2007), in emphasising the tactic of the anti-abortion lobby to appeal to quasi-scientific arguments for advances in medical treatment and understanding in order to reduce the current 24-week upper limit to abortion, is highly commendable
A to Z of Socialism
I for Imperialismby John Newsinger
Why does the BBC History magazine have a special issue devoted to the British Empire in 2008?
Revolutionary Horizonsby Joseph Choonara
Forrest Hylton and Sinclair Thomson
Defeatby Mark Thomas
Jonathan Steele, IB Tauris, £20
The World on Fireby Mike Haynes
Anthony Read, Jonathan Cape, £25
Flat Earth Newsby Dave Crouch
Nick Davies, Chatto and Windus, £17.99
The Stuff of Thoughtby John Parrington
Steven Pinker, Penguin, £25
Gang Leader for a Dayby Weyman Bennett
Sudhir Venkatesh, Allen Lane, £18.99
The Donegal Womanby Mary Brodbin
John Throne, The Drumkeen Press, £10.99
The World Bankby Michael McDonnell
Eric Toussaint, Pluto, £16.99
The Naked Manby Colin Wilson
Desmond Morris, Jonathan Cape, £18.99
Matterby Patrick Ward
Iain M. Banks, Orbit, £18.99
New in paperback & children's booksWorld working class – black and British in the 60s and 70s – Iraq graphic novel – political teddy bears
The Selfish Capitalistby Nick Clark
Oliver James, Vermilion, Oliver James
Battle for Hadithaby Hannah Dee
Director: Nick Broomfield; Release date: Out now
The Savagesby Jacqui Freeman
Director: Tamara Jenkins; Release date: Out now
The 11th Hourby Kelly Hilditch
Directors: Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen; Release date: 15 February
Sweeney Toddby Sally Campbell
Director: Tim Burton; Release date: out now
There Will Be Bloodby Judith Orr
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson; Release date: 8 February
Sofie's Choiceby Sofie Mason
Let There be Love – Weapons of Happiness – Roots – The Living Unknown Soldier – Shadow Language
Video, TV, DVD
Havana Bluesby Beccy Reese
Directors Alberto Yoel, Roberto Sanmartin, Yailene Sierra and Benito Zambrano; Release date: out now
From Russiaby Mike Gonzalez
Royal Academy of Arts
Five things to get or see this monthAnti-war art in Aberdare - Pilger documentary - anti-war Iraqi school students - Joy Division - war photos