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The fog of class warby Judith Orr
Gordon Brown's government is waging class war against the rich, so claim the Tories - and the rich.
Lords-a-leechingby Patrick Ward
Proposed reforms of the House of Lords expenses system have run into trouble - the lords aren't happy.
Who are the wealth creators?by Patrick Ward
Advertisers and bankers are of less value to society than hospital cleaners and child minders, according to a report published last month.
Balancing actby Tim Evans
The new First Minister of the Welsh Assembly, Carwyn Jones, is a slight turn to the right from his predecessor, Rhodri Morgan, who retired last month after ten years.
Warmongers, disloyal mandarins and WMDby Sabah Jawad
The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war opened amid widespread scepticism in Britain and internationally.
Unhappy snappersby Patrick Ward
"Officers and community support officers are reminded that we should not be stopping and searching people for taking photos," emailed Andy Trotter of British Transport police to fellow chief constables last month.
The new face of methanolby Patrick Ward
Tony Blair was guest speaker for Azerbaijan methanol producer Azmeco last month.
Letter from Switzerlandby Charles-Andre Udry
A referendum has led to a constitutional ban on the construction of minarets on mosques. Charles-André Udry reports on the scapegoating of Muslims in the country.
Is the dream over?by Joe Bageant
A year is a very long time in politics. The election of Barack Obama, the first black president of the US, symbolised hope and the possibility of change for millions of Americans. US writer and author of Deer Hunting with Jesus, Joe Bageant, thinks that things are changing - but not for the better.
US: Povertyby Judith Orr
7.7 percent of households have no bank account.
US: Food insecurityby Mark Thomas
There is a sharp rise in hunger in the US.
US: PrisonsThe highest rate of incarceration in the world.
US: Healthcareby Judith Orr
"All our services are free and are provided by volunteers. The doctor is free; the dentist is free; the eye doctor is free."
US: Imperialismby Simon Assaf
The long war that is getting longer.
Will this be China's century?by Charlie Hore
China is now widely tipped to challenge the power and dominance of the US in the next few decades. In the final part of our series on China, Charlie Hore assesses the global implications of China's economic growth and the impact of workers' struggles on the regime.
The enemy within - Palestinians in Israelby Chris Jones
Abu and Umm Shams are members of Harakat Abnaa elBalad (Sons of the Land Movement), a revolutionary organisation based in Israel and active since the 1960s. They talked to Chris Jones about life as Palestinians living within Israel, and their daily struggles against Zionism.
The corporate seduction of feminismby Sally Campbell and Judith Orr
Socialist feminist and US academic Hester Eisenstein spoke to Sally Campbell and Judith Orr about her book, Feminism Seduced, and the challenges facing the women's movement in the US and worldwide.
In my view
Peace, or just war?by Lindsey German
"The instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace." So said Barack Obama in Oslo last month as he accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace.
One, two, a thousand Seattlesby Raj Patel
On the tenth anniversary of the Seattle protests the temptations and opportunities to misremember them were legion.
British Airways: The mundane realityby Robert
Last month's ballot result for industrial action by British Airways cabin crews showed how widespread the fear and anger about management attacks was.
Casting off stereotypesby Pat Stack
Channel 4's new series, Cast Offs, proved to be a breath of fresh air in the world of media and disability.
Fighting back with confidence and prideby Pura Ariza
The rise in homophobic attacks (Feature, Socialist Review, December 2009) is being met head-on by a confident and angry resistance.
Dear Johnby Karen Johnson
I wish to challenge John Richmond's argument (Feedback, Socialist Review, November 2009) and also to question his agenda and motives.
Defending the theory of state capitalismby John Maunder
Roger van Zwanenberg's criticism of the theory of state capitalism to describe the USSR raises the question of what we mean by socialism today (Feedback, Socialist Review, December 2009).
The task of the criticby Shaun Doherty
Terry Eagleton and Matthew Beaumont, Verso, £17.99
Change in Putin's Russiaby Mike Haynes
Simon Pirani, Pluto Press, £17.99
Nazi Literature in the Americasby Mike Gonzalez
Roberto Bolaño, Picador, £16.99
The Arabsby Anne Alexander
Eugene Rogan, Penguin Books, £25
Why the Dreyfus Affair Mattersby Gareth Jenkins
Louis Begley, Yale University Press 2009, £18
Manituanaby Clare Fermont
Wu Ming, Verso, £14.99
Global Auction of Public Assetsby Nick Grant
Dexter Whitfield, Spokesman Books, £18
A Bomb in Every Issueby Patrick Ward
Peter Richardson, The New Press, £19.99
The Idea of Communismby Amy Leather
Tariq Ali, Chicago University Press, £9.99
A People's History of Sports in the United Statesby Kris Stewart
Dave Zirin, The New Press, £14.99
Censored 2010by Lukas Kudic-Gloster
Seven Stories Press, £14.99
Fifty Million Short Storiesby Hesham Zakai
Abdul Wakil Sulamal Shinwari, Dorrace Press, £5
Up in the Airby Liz Wheatley
Director: Jason Reitman, Release date: 15 January
Crudeby Beccy Reece
Director: Joe Berlinger, Release date: 15 January
Theatre round-up 2010by Jack Farmer
Mark Lawson, writing in the Guardian last month, asked, "Is this a new golden age for British theatre?"
Political Landscapesby Angela Stapleford
Magnum Print Room, London
Video, TV, DVD
Cry, The Beloved Countryby Viv Smith
Director: Zoltan Korda, Release date: 18 January