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Sri Lanka - the dead end of nationalismby Barry Pavier
The final stage of the Sri Lankan army's offensive to capture territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is approaching, with thousands of civilians being driven into an enclave on the north east coast.
Freudian slipsby Nick Clark
The desertion of New Labour's welfare reform adviser Sir David Freud to the Tories highlighted how little there is to choose between the main parties' policies.
No change in Israel by Patrick Ward
The Israeli general election has resulted in Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party being invited to form a new government.
Iceland and the saucepan revolutionby Christophe Chataigne
"We managed to topple the government using the best of non-violent protests, civil disobedience and political satire," - 24 year old receptionist Guðjón Heiðar Valgarðsson encapsulates what many of the protesters felt when on 26 January the then prime minister, Geir Hilmar Haarde, announced the resignation of his government.
Hate Mailby Patrick Ward
The fight by the Mail on Sunday (MoS) against extremism continues.
Scottish jobs for Scottish workersby Patrick Ward
"Use of foreign labour set to rise six-fold under SNP", shouts a press release from the Scottish Labour Party.
Letter From Hungaryby G M Tamas
The economic crisis has led to politicians blaming the poorest for society's problems, and the rise of the far right, writes G M Tamás
Economic crisis and job losses: who's to blame?by Martin Smith
Nationalism is always a dead end for the working class movement, argues Martin Smith, after the wildcat strikes that demanded "British jobs for British workers"
Views from the migrant workersby Hsiao-Hung Pai
Francesco and Gianluca, like their 98 Italian colleagues housed on a barge at Grimsby Fish Docks, had arrived in late January on a four-month contract to work at the French oil giant, Total, at Lindsey oil refinery in Immingham.
Agreements under threatby Robert Jackson
There are 267 different firms employed at Lindsey oil refinery alone. Is European law keeping bosses in line with national agreements on pay and conditions? Robert Jackson reports
Lehman Sisters?by Judith Orr
A steady stream of recent articles blames "macho behaviour" for the financial crisis. Judith Orr challenges the assumption that women would do it better.
New party to unite the French leftby Jim Wolfreys
The birth of the New Anti-capitalist Party in France is a welcome development for those opposed to neoliberalism. Over 9,000 people from different political backgrounds have already joined up. Jim Wolfreys reports from its founding congress and looks at its prospects and challenges.
Edward Upward - 1903-2009by Gareth Jenkins
Edward Upward, the last of the 1930s generation of left-wing British writers, has died at the age of 105. It is astonishing to think that someone who was in his late 20s when the Wall Street Crash heralded the Great Depression should live on to see an equally deep crisis begin to convulse the system once again.
Playing a part against injusticeby Sabby Sagall and Judith Orr
Oscar winning actor Julie Christie talks to Sabby Sagall and Judith Orr about her work and political commitment and how she feels about the media treatment of women in the public eye in the age of celebrity culture.
In my view
The other occupationby Lindsey German
Every mass campaign has its symbols. For me the most moving of the Gaza campaign were the dolls dressed in bloodstained baby clothes, carried by children or teenagers, brought up to the front of demos and cradled in people's arms.
Crystal clear intentionsby Donie Fell
We're in occupation to stop our factory from being shut down. The glass industry in Waterford is making a profit but not enough to satisfy corporate greed.
Slump, boom and climate changeby Chris Harman
From the European Union to Barack Obama, promises have been made to give priority to a "green agenda". In reality, they are using the recession to go into reverse.
Mark Wallinger's horse of another colourby John Molyneux
The selection of Mark Wallinger's proposal for a giant white horse for Ebbsfleet international station in Kent is an event of some cultural significance.
Wallace and Darwinby Pete Wearden
In an excellent article on the development of the theory of natural selection and its social and political context, it was very welcome to see Alfred Russel Wallace given his due place (Socialist Review, February 2009).
A class traitor?by Nick Grant
I recently read Stephen Jay Gould's essay on "Natural Selection and the Human Brain", from his collection, The Panda's Thumb.
Anti-slavery theoryby Phil Webster
In his review of Darwin's Sacred Cause, by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Terry Sullivan (Books, Socialist Review, February 2009) gives some praise to the book, but ends by saying that it is not totally convincing.
Not that long comingby Andrew Stone
I am puzzled by Millie Fry's statement that in 1964 "the civil rights movement had yet to explode onto the scene" (Culture, Socialist Review, February 2009). The Civil Rights Act signed that year by Lyndon Johnson was one index of a long, hard-fought struggle.
A to Z of Socialism
U is for united frontby Ian Birchall
In 1919 the Communist International was born. Throughout Europe and beyond new Communist Parties were founded, generally by splits in mass reformist parties. As anyone who has been through a split knows, the process left behind enormous political and personal bitterness. Yet within a couple of years the Communist International was urging its members to form united fronts with the reformist parties.
Round-up on Afghanistanby Jonathan Neale
The Afghan resistance is spreading and winning. The resistance has largely cut off the Khyber Pass, the main road from Pakistan, and has effective control of half the country.
2666by Mike Gonzalez
Roberto Bolaño, Picador; £20
The Great Financial Crisisby Joseph Choonara
John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff, Monthly Review Press; £10.95
Alone In Berlinby Charlotte Bence
Hans Fallada, Penguin; £20
Marching to the Fault Lineby Mike Simons
Francis Beckett and David Henke, Constable; £20
The Meaning of Sarkozyby Anindya Bhattacharyya
Alain Badiou, Verso; £12.99
The Bases of Empireby Peter Dwyer
Catherine Lutz, Pluto Press; £17.99
Defianceby Judith Orr
Nechama Tec, Oxford University Press; £7.95
New in paperback & children's booksSegregation - Failed Gods - White Tiger - Secret Diary
Il Divoby Tom Behan
Director Paolo Sorrentino; Release date: 20 March
Wendy and Lucyby Louis Bayman
Director Kelly Reichardt; Release date: 6 March
The Classby Jess Edwards
Director Laurent Cantet; Release date: out now
The Pitmen Paintersby Andrew Stone
Director Max Roberts; National Theatre, London, Until 14 April
Video, TV, DVD
The End of Americaby Eamonn Kelly
Directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg