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"War on terror": The Afpak disasterby Nahella Ashraf
The war in Afghanistan has spread to Pakistan, and now the US is struggling to contain the disaster they call the Afpak war.
Greek expectations for the leftby Panos Garganas
It is not very often that governments decide to commit political suicide, but that is exactly what the ruling conservative party of New Democracy did when they called a snap election in Greece last month only to lose by a margin of 10 percent.
The Tory Tax Payers' Allianceby Patrick Ward
The Tax Payers' Alliance (TPA) describes itself as "Britain's independent grassroots campaign for lower taxes...The TPA is committed to forcing politicians to listen to ordinary taxpayers."
German elections: weak victors and strong leftby Stefan Bornost
The results of September's general election in Germany are contradictory. It brought to power a right wing combination of a conservative-liberal government.
Oil and Obama: Same old drillby Patrick Ward
"I don't take money from oil companies or Washington lobbyists, and I won't let them block change anymore," said Barack Obama in a campaign ad last year.
Halliburton's rules of warby Patrick Ward
Jamie Leigh Jones, a Halliburton/KBR worker, alleges that she was drugged and then raped by seven male contractors in Iraq in 2005 and then locked in a shipping container under armed guard. Meanwhile, vital evidence of the attack went "missing".
Cuts, war and MPs' expenses: Are we all in it together?by Lindsey German
A poll conducted after the Tory party conference last month showed that they were down one percentage point over the previous month, while Labour was up three points.
Letter from Chinaby Hsiao-Hung Pai
The 60th anniversary of the People's Republic has become a nationalistic festival of "ethnic harmony" manufactured to cover massive discontent, reports Hsiao-Hung Pai
1989-2009: the revolutions that brought down Stalinismby Mark L Thomas
Mass social movements swept across Eastern Europe 20 years ago, toppling repressive Stalinist regimes that had claimed to be socialist. Mark L Thomas introduces our coverage of the anniversary as he remembers the tumultuous events of 1989
1989-2009: celebrations muted by the disappointments of the presentby Mike Haynes
What happened to the illusions that free market capitalism would bring democracy, social justice and equality to the societies of Eastern Europe? Mike Haynes reports
1989-2009: civil rights, women's liberation - the power of mass movementsby Colin Barker
Twenty years ago popular mass movements brought down the Stalinist regimes in Eastern Europe. Such movements are the crucial vehicles of social transformation and the sole means through which capitalism can be surpassed.
Postal dispute: delivering first class resistance to Royal Mail bossesby Mark Dolan
With postal workers taking to the picket lines last month, Mark Dolan, a prominent CWU activist, writes about strikes, rank and file organisation and 30 years working in the post office
Through the glasses darklyby Slavoj Zizek
Cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek offers a thought provoking analysis of how ideology embeds itself by structuring the way we react to the conditions of our daily lives
60th anniversary of the Chinese revolution: A great leap forward?by Simon Gilbert
Post-revolutionary China needed rapid industrialisation to meet the demands of the middle class and compete with other capitalist states, but it was the workers and peasants who paid the price. Simon Gilbert continues our series on the revolution's sixtieth anniversary
Fort Hood: Iraq and Afghanistan - the resurgence of anti-war cafesby Judith Orr
In Killeen, Texas, the Under the Hood Cafe is getting military families and soldiers organised. Its founder, Cynthia Thomas, talks to Judith Orr
Defending migrant workers - Hands off my workmate!by Julia Rapkin
Migrant workers are no longer a marginal part of the workforce in Britain or simply a "reserve army of labour".
State capitalism - the theory that fuels the practiceby Chris Harman
With the fall of the Berlin Wall, many on the left concluded that socialism had failed. Others of us saw these countries as state capitalist and an integral part of the world system. This theory has renewed relevance today
Poland's subversive cinemaby Martin Smith
A popular joke in Soviet era Poland went something like this: "One day a pre-school teacher told her class, 'In Poland all kids are happy. They have lots of beautiful toys and live in great apartments...' Suddenly one child starts to cry and screams, 'I want to live in Poland!'"
Wapping dispute - an avoidable defeatby David Glanz
Ian Taylor's article (Feature, Socialist Review, September 2009) rightly condemns the print unions NGA and SOGAT for allowing Murdoch a dream run with Wapping.
China 1949: revolutionary potentialby Benjamin Kindler
I found last month's article on China interesting and Charlie Hore is right to point out that what happened in 1949 was not a socialist revolution (Feature, Socialist Review, October 2009).
No time to loseby John Richmond
I am not an SWP supporter but I love your magazine.
Post-sexism?by Marc James Leger
Lindsey German's column on 21st century feminism (Column, Socialist Review, October 2009) reiterates many of the crucial points of socialist feminism.
Egypt: The Moment of ChangeRabab El-Mahdi and Philip Marfleet, Zed Books; (£16.99)
Imre Nagy: A Biographyby Adam Fabry
János M Rainer, IB Tauris; £20
The Last Englishmanby John Parrington
Roland Chambers, Faber & Faber; £20
The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nestby Patrick Ward
Stieg Larsson, MacLehose Press; £18.99
Why Not Socialism?by Andrew Stone
G A Cohen, Princeton University Press; £12.99
The Illusion of Freedomby Neil Davidson
Tom Gallagher, Hurst and Company; £12.99
Field of Honour by Mike Gonzalez
Max Aub, Verso; £12.99
The Devil and Mr Casementby Roger Cox
Jordan Goodman, Verso; £17.99
Letters to my Grandchildrenby Sarah Ensor
Tony Benn, Hutchinson; £18.99
First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Jonathan Maunder
Slavoj Zizek, Verso; £7.99
New in paperback & children's booksThe Thing Around Your Neck - Five Years of My Life - Umpteen Pockets - The Silence Seeker
The Men Who Stare at Goatsby Louis Bayman
Director Grant Heslov; Release date: 6 November
Thirstby Alexander Harker
Director Park Chan-Wook; Release date: out now
Welcomeby Christophe Chataigne
Director Philippe Lioret; Release date: 6 November
The White Ribbonby Sally Campbell
Director Michael Haneke; Release date: 13 November
The Power of Yesby Jack Farmer
By David Hare; National Theatre, London until 10 January
Video, TV, DVD
Agnes Varda Collection: Volume Oneby Beth Stone
Release date: out now
Moctezuma: Aztec Rulerby Mike Gonzalez
British Museum, London
Five things to get or see this monthRevolution on paper - Ms Understood - Age of Stupid - Bonjour - This Much is True