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A victory for the left in El Salvador?by Mike Gonzalez
El Salvador may be one of Latin America's smallest countries (the size of Wales with a population of around 7 million), but politically it is highly significant.
Top-up fees - Education as luxuryby Jennifer Jones
A recent BBC poll of 53 university vice-chancellors reveals that two thirds want the top-up fee cap to be increased from the current £3,000.
Northern Ireland by Judith Orr
When Barack Obama announced George Mitchell as his "peace envoy" in the Middle East there was praise for his choice of the "peacebroker" of Northern Ireland (NI). Yet only two months later the peace was shattered when two British soldiers and then a police officer were killed by Republican groups.
Behind the hype of the alcohol price hikeby Phil Mellows
When the going gets tough, governments turn to drink.
Chalking Senseby Patrick Ward
In recent weeks police have been seen to arbitrarily stop and search young people outside the Taking Liberties exhibition at the British Library (slogan: "In some countries you wouldn't have the right to visit this exhibition about your rights").
Not Shelling outby Patrick Ward
"Shell is helping create viable and sustainable alternatives for both fuel and power through scientific and technology developments in such areas as wind, biomass, hydrogen and solar." So says the website for Shell, amid a flurry of other stories of how the gas company is saving the world.
Letter from Gazaby Dr Nafaz Abu Shaban
Israel's war led to the deaths of 1,434 Palestinians. Dr Nafaz Abu Shaban, Gaza's leading burns specialist, explains the deadly siege of Gaza and the use of white phosphorus on civilians.
Who will pay the price for the crisis?by Danny Dorling
While politicians clearly have no idea of how to solve the economic crisis unemployment continues to rise across Britain. But where is it having the most impact? Danny Dorling argues that it is the young - "Thatcher's grandchildren" - who will bear the brunt of the recession.
Pakistan on the brinkby Geoff Brown
As the protest movement in Pakistan scores a victory, the Afghanistan war threatens increasing instability along the countries' shared border. Geoff Brown assesses this key faultline of US imperialism
Nato's bloody historyby John Newsinger
Sixty years after its formation Nato continues to be an important tool of US imperialism. John Newsinger traces the organisation's history from its first meeting on 4 April 1949 to today's war in Afghanistan and its expansion into the countries of eastern Europe.
Interview: David Harvey - Exploring the logic of capitalby Joseph Choonara
Joseph Choonara spoke to acclaimed Marxist theoretician David Harvey about capitalism's current crisis and his online reading group of Karl Marx's Capital which shows the revival of interest in this work.
In my view
A government's revengeby Lindsey German
It's beginning to look as if the government is out for revenge on the Muslim community for its resurgent mobilisation over Gaza.
Further education: Time to expand, not cutby Amanda Sackur
London Metropolitan University is facing massive funding cuts after an audit by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) discovered that university management had been submitting inaccurate data.
Raw as war - Generation Killby Martin Smith
The military theory of "rapid dominance" or, as it is more commonly known, "shock and awe", was deployed by the US military during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The theory is as simple as it is brutal.
Support the Tamilsby Matt Foot
I did not agree with the emphasis of the article "Sri Lanka - the dead end of nationalism" (Frontlines, Socialist Review, March 2009).
Back to schoolby Seb Cooke, March 2009), but the film's review last month was quite patronising and lazy.
I found Laurent Cantet's film The Class a compelling and uncomfortable drama (Film, Socialist Review
Darwin and Wallaceby John Parrington
Pete Wearden and Nick Grant's letters make interesting points about Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace but they also contain flaws that need addressing (Feedback, Socialist Review, March 2009).
Wallace's evolutionby Barry Conway
Much as I have always admired Stephen Jay Gould's insights, I cannot agree that Alfred Wallace was a proponent of what we now call intelligent design (Feedback, Socialist Review, March 2009).
A to Z of Socialism
V is for Violenceby Pat Stack
I would guess that most socialists are instinctively anti-violence. We hate almost all of its manifestations from war all the way through to bullying. Many of us came to socialist politics via anti-war movements or struggles against various forms of oppression.
The Spirit Levelby Iain Ferguson
Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, Allen Lane; £20
The Gambleby Mark Krantz
Thomas E Ricks, Allen Lane; £25
War and Peace in the Caucasusby Sasha Simic
Vicken Cheterian, Hurst; £25
UFO in Her Eyesby Hsiao-Hung Pai
Xiaolu Guo, Chatto & Windus; £12.99
Resistanceby Colin Wilson
Alastair Crooke, Pluto; £17.99
Bodiesby Rachel Eborall
Susie Orbach, Profile Books; £10.99
Hackney, That Rose-Red Empireby Gareth Jenkins
Iain Sinclair, Hamish Hamilton; £20
The Room of Lost Thingsby Beth Stone
Stella Duffy, Virago; £7.99
Communication Revolutionby Des Freedman
Robert W McChesney, The New Press; £13.99
Vietnam - A Portrait of its People at Warby Charlotte Bence
David Chanoff and Doan Van Toai, IB Tauris; £9.99
China's Global StrategyJenny Clegg, Pluto; £19.99
Paperbacks and children's booksThree trillion dollar war - Mad, Bad and Sad - Winter Soldiers - Guantanamo Boy
Goodby Berit Kuennecke
Director Vicente Amorim; Release date: 17 April
Let the Right One Inby Alexander Harker
Director Tomas Alfredson; Release date: 10 April
Everlasting Momentsby Ingrid Lamprecht
Director Jan Troell; Release date: 17 April
In Loving Memory of Americaby Charlie Hore
CD, Gilad Atzmon