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Looking for a fightback in Italyby Phil Rushton
The impact of the economic crisis is heightening tensions in Italy and sharpening the need to reconstruct a political opposition to Silvio Berlusconi.
Policing the policeby Patrick Ward
The Territorial Support Group (TSG) - the "public order" section of the London Metropolitan police - has been accused of 159 assaults over the past year.
Sex education by Jennifer Jones
Last month the mainstream press reported on Romanian born student Alina Percea who "auctioned" her virginity on a website so that she could "afford to pay for her degree".
Savage repression won't bring peace to Sri Lankaby Dan Mayer
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) has reconquered all of the areas previously held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Crisis over!by Patrick Ward
With politicians jumping over one another to claim that they are steering the world back to economic recovery, there are still few indicators that this is actually the case. Or are there?
Pots and kettlesby Patrick Ward
Voters in the European elections were urged to punish the "greedy Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem MPs" by UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage. Perhaps they will. But Farage's message might have come across a little better had he not admitted during his election campaign that he was claiming vast sums of money himself.
Letter from Lebanonby Bassem Chit
What are the forces in this month's election and what are the prospects for the left? Bassem Chit reports
The best democracy money can buy?by Michael Lavalette
As workers lose their jobs and homes because of the recession, MPs from all the main parties have been caught on a spending spree with taxpayers' money. Michael Lavalette, a socialist councillor in Preston, makes the case for political representation with principles
MP expenses: How I remember itby Valerie Wise
Valerie Wise was a political assistant to her mother, left wing Labour MP Audrey Wise, on two occasions between 1977 and 1979 and between 1987 and 2000. She talked to Socialist Review about how MPs' expenses were dealt with in these periods.
Pakistan's new catastropheby Geoff Brown, Asim Jaan
Recent attacks on the Swat region of Pakistan have caused a deep political crisis in the country. Geoff Brown looks at the situation and talks with Asim Jaan, a socialist based in Karachi, about the impact of the offensive and how the left is responding
The devil's carouselby Kevin Devine
The global car industry has been rocked by the recession, thousands of jobs have gone and many thousands more are threatened. Kevin Devine reports on how bosses' attempts to save their profits will affect the workers on the "devil's carousel".
When no news is bad newsby Dave Crouch
The rise of blogging, "citizen journalism" and free online content has been held as partly responsible for the demise of the newspaper industry. Dave Crouch argues the media corporations' greed is to blame for the thousands of journalists losing their jobs
Working class life, two Erics and teamworkby Martin Smith
Director Ken Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty talk to Martin Smith about their new film Looking for Eric and looking for a new left
Interview: Mahmood Mamdani on Darfurby Charlie Kimber
In his new book Mahmood Mamdani puts the war in Darfur in historical context and challenges the Save Darfur Coalition's characterisation of the conflict and its call for international intervention. He talks to Charlie Kimber
In my view
Money well spent!by Lindsey German
There is nothing that well paid commentators and writers like more than being able to expose what they see as hypocrisy from the left.
String of surprisesby Dipankar Bhattacharya
What does the Congress party victory in India's recent elections mean for the struggle against neoliberalism?
Cinema and the Spanish Civil Warby Luke Stobart
Luke Stobart is looking forward to the BFI Southbank film season on the Spanish Civil War
Stand up to the policeby Andrew Lawson
Lindsey German and Ken Faro highlighted some of the recent examples of police violence, both in terms of police attacking demonstrators and deaths in custody (Socialist Review, May 2009).
Fight against the fascists goes onby Sadia Jabeen
In light of the current economic crisis and the political situation, it would appear that the fascist British National Party (BNP) are gaining popularity in a big way (Feature, Socialist Review, May 2009). However, our experiences of campaigning against them in the Midlands have been very positive.
Victory at Visteonby Linda Bartle
When we finally won the redundancy money we fought for we called off our 24-hour picket. Our last day was good, but sad at the same time. There'll be no more going to work.
A to Z of Socialism
X is for Xenophobiaby Christian Hogsbjerg
Xenophobia - literally fear and loathing of "the alien", "the stranger", "the foreigner" - has enjoyed a long if inglorious past, not least in Britain.
Reason, Faith and Revolutionby Neil Davidson
Terry Eagleton, Yale University Press; £18.99
Stalin's Nemesisby Andrew Stone
Bertrand M Patenaude, Faber & Faber; £20
The Pure Societyby John Parrington
André Pichot, Verso; £19.99
New Capitalism?by Rachel Eborall
Kevin Doogan, Polity Press; £16.99
Thatcher's Britainby Pat Stack
Richard Vinen, Simon & Schuster; £20
Dublin 1916by Simon Basketter
Clair Wills, Profile Books; £15.99
The City and The Cityby Viv Smith
China Miéville, Macmillan; £17.99
Wolf Hallby Sasha Simic
Hilary Mantel, Fourth Estate; £18.99
The Rest is Noiseby Colin Wilson
Alex Ross, Harper Perennial; £14.99
American Idol after Iraqby Louis Bayman
Nathan Gardels and Mike Medavoy, Wiley-Blackwell; £17.99
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Director: Andrzej Wajda; Release date: 19 June
Kissesby Pete Segal
Director: Lance Daly; Release date: 5 June
Floodplainby Christophe Chataigne
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