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Educating Peterby Dave Sewell
First secretary. Business secretary. Comeback kid. Prince of Darkness. There aren't enough titles to fully encapsulate the role played by Peter Mandelson.
An inspector gallsby Andrew Stone
Ofsted, the schools inspectorate, has never been at the top of teachers' Christmas card lists.
Labour's last throw of the diceby Shaun Doherty
Commentators in the Guardian were left clutching at straws in the wake of the queen's speech outlining the government's legislative programme in the run up to the general election.
Festive debtby Patrick Ward
If you are still at a loss as to what to buy friends and family for Christmas, and you have more money than sense, help is at hand courtesy of the Good Gifts catalogue.
Assault on our screensby Patrick Ward
Fresh from the controversy over splashing out £47 million on bonuses for high-end civil servants, the ministry of defence (MoD) is now under fire for giving the equivalent of 141 days' labour to Jeremy Clarkson for free.
Remembering Dissentby Lindsey German
Debate on Afghanistan is reaching boiling point. I write this on 11 November, Remembrance Day, marking the date of the armistice which ended the First World War.
Letter from Franceby Vanina Giudicelli
Undocumented workers in Paris are waging an extraordinary battle to win their rights, reports Vanina Giudicelli
Capitalism and Climate Change: Accumulating Chaosby Martin Empson
As world leaders gather at the Cohenhagen summit to discuss climate change, Martin Empson argues that the market cannot save the planet - we need a mass movement.
Copenhagen: the burning issuesby Patrick Bond
Patrick Bond examines the forces battling it out at the climate summit in Copenhagen - and the resistance from below.
Climate change: Capitalism's inbuilt obsolescenceby Martin Empson
The economic driving force of capitalism is the need to accumulate wealth - to make profits.
Homophobic attacks: A rise in hate?by Hannah Dee
Thousands of people gathered at a vigil in Trafalgar Square last month where just weeks earlier Ian Baynham, a gay man, had been battered to death by teenagers.
Tributes to Chris Harmanby Panos Garganas
Chris Harman died as he lived, in the struggle. He was a formidable intellectual but his integrity and unassuming approach meant that perhaps only now the impact of his life and work is fully appreciated.
Chris Harman: A man of political clarityby Choi Il-bung
I first met Chris in London just before Marxism 1990. My first impression was that he seemed argumentative and particularly so towards me, a former orthodox Trotskyist with a mishmash of vague ideas.
Chris Harman: A masterful bookby Graham Turner
Zombie Capitalism is a masterful book, a culmination of Chris Harman's work spanning four decades as one of the world's leading Marxist economists. The timing of his passing is both tragic and deeply ironic.
Chris Harman: He never thought of himself as too importantby Mary Phillips
All Chris's publications are important, but two in particular stand out for me. One is a pamphlet called Is a Machine After Your Job? It deals with the way employers use new technology to get more work out of fewer people without giving them more leisure time.
Chris Harman: A thinker and a polemicistby Larry Elliott
The last time I saw Chris Harman he was in his element.
Joe Sacco: A long drawn out conflictby Tim Sanders and Patrick Ward
Joe Sacco talks to Tim Sanders and Patrick Ward about how he got into comic journalism and the power of cartoons
Superdrug: The poor can't pay anymoreby Superdrug worker
We have just been on all-out strike for three weeks. We struck to resist plans by Superdrug to attack our pay and conditions.
Sounds of city streetsby Martin Smith
The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) rips through the heart of two of New York's finest boroughs.
Held to Ransomeby Sasha Simic
I really enjoyed John Parrington's review of The Last Englishman, Roland Chamber's new biography of Arthur Ransome (Books, Socialist Review, November 2009).
Canada against warby Sid Lacombe
In the previous issue there was a letter about the Canadian anti-war movement (Feedback, Socialist Review, November 2009). In Canada we face many challenges trying to build mass demonstrations against the war, but that should not be confused with the mass sentiment against the war that does exist.
From Russia with loveby Roger van Zwanenberg
The theory of the USSR as a form of state capitalism has a long history. But as a key element of the SWP analysis of the old USSR the issue remains important (Socialist Review, November 2009).
Trotsky: A Biographyby Dave Sherry
Robert Service, Pan Macmillan, £25
A World of Troubleby John Newsinger
Patrick Tyler, Portobello Books, £12.99
My Paper Chaseby Simon Basketter
Harold Evans, Little, Brown, £25
The Insurrectionistsby James Haywood
William J Fishman, Five Leaves, £9.99
Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!by Caroline Clark
Ralph Nader, Seven Stories Press, £17.99
King Didoby Jack Farmer
Alexander Baron, Five Leaves, £9.99
Uranium Warsby John Parrington
Amir D Aczel, Palgrave Macmillan, £18.99
Morbid Symptoms: Health under Capitalismby Kambiz Boomla
Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, Merlin Press, £15.95
Too Big to Failby Rachel Eborall
Andrew Ross Sorkin, Penguin, £14.99
The Lost Revolutionby Kevin Devine
Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, Penguin, £20
Social Work After Baby Pby Jim Board
Edited by Iain Ferguson and Michael Lavalette, Liverpool Hope University Press, £5.95
New in paperback and children's booksThe Group - Lost Causes - I and I - Girls are not Chicks
A Serious Manby Louis Bayman
Directors Ethan and Joel Coen; Release date: out now
Seraphineby Sally Campbell
Director Martin Provost; Release date: out now
Disgraceby Elane Heffernan
Director Steve Jacobs; Release date: out now
The Girlfriend Experienceby Mark L Thomas
Director Steven Soderbergh; Release date: 4 December
Angels of Anarchyby Mike Gonzalez
Manchester Art Gallery
Ms Understood: Women's Liberation in 1970s Britainby Mary Brodbin
Women's Library, London Metropolitan University
What I Believeby Keith Flett
Space, Hackney, until 19 December
Five things for DecemberWorld Press Photo - District 9 - Hurt Locker - Miners' Tapes - Ashmolean Museum