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EDL divisions developby Martin Smith
Two important protests, in Bolton and Dudley, have taken place since Socialist Review published the article "English Defence League Uncovered" in March.
Afghanistan: the elephant in the roomby John Newsinger
The reason British troops are in Afghanistan has nothing to do with the safety of the British people and even less to do with the security of the world.
Veiled threatsby Judith Orr
When a Muslim woman was stopped by police for wearing a niqab while driving in Nantes, western France, last month it gave a warning of what may be to come.
Thailand's class revolt against royalist elitesby Giles Ji Ungpakorn
There is little difficulty choosing sides in the current class war being conducted in Thailand.
Clear as ashby Patrick Ward
"The planes are back in the air. And it's not a minute too soon," grumbled the Daily Star's editorial on 22 April, after ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano grounded flights.
Regenerating profitsby Patrick Ward
"We must never include a product or service in sound or vision in return for cash, services or any consideration in kind," says the BBC's website. "This is product placement."
Letter from the United Statesby Chip Ward
In recent months a populist right wing movement has taken to the streets. Chip Ward reports on the mad hatters at America's Tea Party
The crisis: over or just beginning?by Joseph Choonara
The post-election period will be dominated by the dire state of the British economy. While the political elite are desperate to make us pay for the crisis, they are also paralysed by the fear of a renewed recession precipitated by speculation against the pound. Joseph Choonara reports
Turmoil in the Catholic churchby Kevin Devine
Recent months have seen the row over the abuse of children by Catholic priests intensify, with the pope himself directly implicated in the cover-up. Kevin Devine analyses the social role of the Catholic church, and the circumstances which enabled these crimes to continue for so many years
Kyrgyzstan: at the impasse of imperialismby Tim Nelson
The government brought to power by the 2005 Tulip Revolution was itself deposed by a popular uprising last month. This is the latest crisis for the "colour coded" revolutions of the former Soviet Bloc states and signifies another challenge to US expansionism in the region, argues Tim Nelson
Greece: the fightback against austerityby Ian Taylor
Greece has been a focal point of crisis and resistance in Europe since exposure of its ballooning debt. Panos Garganos, editor of Socialist Worker's sister paper in Greece, spoke to Ian Taylor about the situation
In my view
Disaster capitalismby Pat Stack
Volcanic ash, eh? What is it about disasters and capitalism? It seems that any event outside the daily norm exposes all the system's horrors and weaknesses.
United in struggleby Ray Watt
Despite the huge outcry following the multi-billion pound bank bailouts, the mainstream parties still thought they could win support competing over who could make the deepest cuts to the public sector.
First aid, then povertyby Mike Gonzalez
Aid organisations pose as the noble saviours of the needy. In fact they often reinforce and deepen exploitation
The ambivalent legacy of Free Cinemaby Sasha Callaghan
"I've just seen a marvellous programme of documentaries," I enthused to a young sculptor friend who has no particular interest in cinema. "Oh! Documentaries," he replied, "You mean those films that are like driving along in a car with the radio on!" - John Berger, Sight and Sound, 1957.
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Lenin's Political Thoughtby Mark L Thomas
Neil Harding, Haymarket, £25.99
Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persistsby Iain Ferguson
Daniel Dorling, Policy Press, £19.99
The Enigma of Capitalby Jonny Jones
David Harvey, Verso, £14.99
On Evil by Neil Davidson
Terry Eagleton, Yale University Press, £18.99
The Dead Republicby Kevin Devine
Roddy Doyle, Jonathan Cape, £17.99
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christby Sarah Ensor
Philip Pullman, Canongate, £14.99
Requiem for a Speciesby Camilla Royle
Clive Hamilton, Earthscan, £14.99
Desertby Colin Smith
J M G Le Clézio, Atlantic, £16.99
Red April by Mike Gonzalez
Santiago Roncagliolo, Atlantic Books, £10.99
Nobody Called Me Charlieby Sadie Robinson
Charles Preston, Monthly Review Press, £18.95
All That Followsby Jack Farmer
Jim Crace, Picador, £16.99
New in paperbackEngels - Wollstonecraft - People's Train - The Long Fall
Four Lionsby Patrick Ward
Director: Chris Morris; Release date: 7 May
Susby Matt Foot
Director: Robert Heath; Release date: 7 May
Vincereby Louis Bayman
Director: Marco Bellocchio; Release date: 14 May
The Time That Remainsby Jacqui Freeman
Director: Elia Suleiman; Release date: 20 May
Erasing Davidby Simon Guy
Directors: David Bond and Melinda McDougall
Eyes Wide Openby Colin Wilson
Director: Haim Tabakman; Release date: 14 May
Lebanonby Simon Assaf
Director: Samuel Maoz; Release date: 14 May
Fall Out: War and Conflictby Jennifer Jones
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Five things to get or see this monthThe White Guard - Posh - Paris Opera Ballet - Petropolis - James Brown tribute